After 11 Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and sold out shows until summer of 2017, it’s no doubt: Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biggest Broadway hit to date. In July, Miranda stepped away from the show and his role as the title character, Alexander Hamilton. The torch passed on to his alternate, Javier Muñoz, who has been stepping in as Hamilton since the show’s theatrical debut in 2015. Soon after Lin-Manuel announced his departure, others in the original cast stepped down from their roles, including Phillipa Soo, the Tony-nominated actress who played Elizabeth Schuyler, a role that’s since been taken over by Lexi Lawson. Both actors are no stranger to working in the vein of hip-hop musicals, as both have held roles in In the Heights at one point or another. Tonight, we sit down with both Javier and Lexi to discuss what it’s like to take over leading roles in what is being called a benchmark in Broadway history.
New York City, home to over 8 million residents, has a history of bringing people together across all religions, races, and social classes. Now, 3,000 religious leaders are preparing to gather at the Jacob Javits Center for this year’s Movement Day Global Cities, an annual conference that aims to address various issues facing New York and other major cities all around the world. In tonight’s Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America, Reverend Ebony Small, an elder at Bethel Gospel Assembly in Harlem and the director of Movement Day, gives us a preview of the conference and shares with us how poverty will be addressed at this year’s convention.
Meet the man who raised a generation and redefined comedy television in the 70’s. Norman Lear is best known for his hit shows like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son; titles that laid the groundwork for a new era in sitcoms and created a format that would be reused for countless other shows. Lear is now the subject of the newest American Masters installment, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, and he takes some time out to sit down with us and discuss the documentary.