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'Hamilton' Refuted

The first blog post I wrote was terrible, a 4,000-word dramatic analysis of Hamilton, which you have definitely heard of by now. Based on the cast album, released in September 2015, I gave it a glowing review. Months later, Hamilton is a force of insane ticket sales and politicized power. Months ...


'The X-Files' Revival and Ten Favorite Episodes

The X-Files is coming back to FOX on Jan. for a "limited series event" of six hour-long episodes, and I've been in a fragile emotional state for months. The original series ran from 1993-2002, starting four years before and ending five years after I was born. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson star ...


David Bowie Is Immortal

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1976[/caption] The first David Bowie song I fell in love with was "Life on Mars?". I was a morose 14-year-old entering a retrospectively irritating age of nihilism, and morose 24-year-old David reached to me across the years ...


New Favorite: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Described as an "electropop opera", the original cast recording of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is a wild ride. It's a musical adaptation of a small section of War and Peace by New York-based composer and performer Dave Malloy, which opened off-Broadway in 2013. It was about as off-Broadway ...


Beautiful Monster - Sky-Pony

Released: 12/04/15, Knitting Factory Rating: 6/7 I've been madly in love with Lauren Worsham for nearly two years now, ever since her performance at the 2014 Tony Awards for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Hearing classical voices on Broadway that aren't being butchered to death by Andrew Lloyd ...


'Master of None' Season 1 (Netflix): Aziz Ansari Does Diversity Right

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Master of None on Netflix, 11/06/15[/caption] Netflix's latest venture into original television takes the from of Master of None, a New York-set comedy on the travails of growing up. It's a tired trope freshened by leading man and co-creator Aziz Ansari, ...


Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Hamilton began Broadway previews on Jul. 13 and opened on Aug. 6; the cast album dropped on Sept. 25.[/caption] At 35 years old, Lin-Manuel Miranda is a two time Pulitzer for Drama finalist, a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, and a Tony and Grammy winner well on ...

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