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Hey You, Prestige Television Fan: Here’s Why You Should See A New Play

Michelle Wilson and Johanna Day star in Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage.

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Michelle Wilson and Johanna Day star in Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage.

Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown

It’s not just Hamilton.

Musicals have always had a built-in advantage as cultural products. Individual songs can translate and build interest via cast albums or Tony telecasts in a way that’s very difficult for plays to emulate. A lot of kids grow up on musicals like Grease and Annie — and, yes, now Hamilton — while early introductions to plays, however great, might make them seem impenetrable or like homework. (I’m looking at you, William Shakespeare, and doing so lovingly.)

Last week, all five top-grossing Broadway shows were musicals; all five “underdogs” were plays. If you’ve ever been

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/monkeysee/2017/04/18/523930863/hey-you-prestige-television-fan-heres-why-you-should-see-a-new-play

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