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Some say that theater is dead, and that’s probably because most playhouses the world over are closed at the moment owing to a worldwide pandemic.
and yet the musical lives on… on Disney plus — as the nation has been rapt with a filmed version of the Broadway smash hit, Hamilton.

This had us come to the realization that a lot of the bread and butter of musical theater is built off of books! And so, like every television program that starts looking for new ideas, it has finally come to this: The It’s Lit! Musical episode

Hosted by Lindsay Ellis and Princess Weekes, It’s Lit! is a show about our favorite books, genres and why we love to read. It’s Lit has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Hosted by: Lindsay Ellis
Written by: Lindsay Ellis, Angelina Meehan
Director: David Schulte
Executive Producer: Amanda Fox
Producer: Stephanie Noone
Editors: Derek Borsheim, Sara Roma
Writing Consultants: Maia Krause
Executive Producer (PBS): Adam Dylewski
Editorial Producer (PBS): Gabrielle Ewing

Produced by Spotzen for PBS Digital Studios.

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  1. Your videos are always so informative and compelling. I also saw Lestat twice – once in previews and once after opening. I was hoping they would have fixed the beginning of Act Two (among many other things. Many.) so upon the second viewing when the curtain rose on what I like to refer to as the stage set of Dawson’s Creek, I uttered “No! (though not as vociferously as Anakin Skywalker it was a bit louder than i would like to admit). As someone who was working on a vampire oriented musical at the time (an adaptation of Salem’s Lot) I had many many thoughts about Lestat. Many.

  2. 7:25 So even before Frozen, Idena Menzel was no stranger to multi million selling properties that straight wash their main character(s), or at the very least just ignore the subtext.

    Tired and annoyed groans The more things change, am I right?

  3. Honestly with love never dies I loked the filmed stage show that came from Melbourne Australia. The smaller stage and production design just made it work alot better. Still a bit blah but its the best version of it that I have seen. The small stage just made everything seem bigger but also smaller and claustrophobic like you would expect in a city.