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“Emerald City” — I’ll admit, I rolled my eyes when I first heard there would be another “Wizard of Oz” spinoff series. I read all of the Oz books growing up, and am a bit suspicious of spin-offs or reimagined tales. So far, this series has eased my fears. It honors the original while adjusting to make it more relatable to a modern and diverse audience. It’s darker, grittier, and definitely a long way from the technicolor classic. I’m curious to see where this slightly less polished yellow brick road leads.
“La La Land” — This sweet, little movie musical might not have caught on in another year. Its bright but bittersweet story with a delightful and catchy score and soundtrack seems to have hit a chord. Whether you’re a musical junkie or not, it’s worth seeing, if only because it will have you feeling a little bit better about life.
“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” — “Hamilton” fans, meet your next obsession. If you haven’t heard of “The Great Comet” yet, you will soon. This show has been around for a few years now, and finally made its Broadway debut this past fall. Based on a portion of Tolstoy’s “War & Peace,” is not your classic musical. Its gritty opera style with a rock edge make it stand out from most of Broadways current offerings. And yes, the title is a bit long-winded, but would you expect anything less from a musical based on a Russian novel?
“Hamilton” — My current (and for the foreseeable future) obsession is “Hamilton” and its incredible cast recording. It’s the story of one of the lesser-known founding father’s told with a very modern voice, that provides a unique perspective of our country’s history, while drawing parallels to where we are today. Even if you’re not able to see the show in New York, I highly recommend checking out the soundtrack (essentially the whole show, which is sung through). You can listen to the whole thing here: NPR First Listen—Hamilton
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” — This show is pure joy, which is why it’s earned a semi-permanent spot on my “approved” list. If you don’t absolutely love it, then we can’t be friends. Just kidding, sort of… Seriously check out this show, you can thank me later.
“Why Not Me” — I haven’t read this book yet, but having finished Mindy Kaling’s first book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” in record time, I feel safe in assuming that this book will also be incredible. If you haven’t yet fallen in love with Ms. Kaling, then you’ve obviously not seen any of her work. Lucky for you, I’m about to fix that: