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Rahm Emanuel Secretly Spent Night After Chicago Teachers' Strike Enjoying "Hamilton" on Broadway

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has a long list of enemies. Near the top is the Chicago Teachers Union, with which he’s feuded for his entire tenure as mayor. This past Friday, the union staged a one-day strike, closing schools across the city in order to draw attention to their latest round of negotiations with the city,…

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Hamilton's Renee Elizabeth Goldsberry Reps Great Women of History In BET Freestyle Cypher

If you had any questions about whether Broadway’s Hamilton is helping bring musical theater to hip-hop culture, look no further than Tuesday night’s BET Hip-Hop Awards, in which cast members became the first Broadway cast to cross over into the legendary Cypher. It was exciting, and best of all, Renée Elizabeth…

Should You Listen to the Soundtrack to Hamilton If You Have Not Seen Hamilton?

The first musical soundtrack I ever heard was for A Chorus Line, at age seven or eight, long before I even knew what Broadway was, or meant. My mom had the original cast recording, from 1975, and apparently I spent enough time unsupervised to have nabbed it from her cassette collection, because that shit was dirty,…

Sara Bareilles' Waitress Musical Starts Off Rocky But Ends Sweetly

A wavy pie crust outlining a polka-dot stage curtain greeted a full house on a recent Sunday afternoon at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ American Repertory Theatre. The seats were packed with locals and folks like myself who’d come from New York City to see Waitress: A New Musical, starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller…