July 9, 2020 at 9:28 pm #1203579320
We’ve seen quite a few televised productions of works originally based in theatre, so what do you think are the best ones, whether they were movies, miniseries, or live shows?
I got this idea because I was thinking of HBO’s Angels in America. It’s what introduced me to that masterful work, and it really did get the scope of that brilliant piece, with Tony Kushner and Mike Nichols getting masterful performance out of Pacino, Streep, Kirk, Wright (I struggle to think of anyone ever beating him for the title or best Belize), Louise Parker, Wilson, Shenkman (what a shame he didn’t get big), and Thompson.July 10, 2020 at 4:44 am #1203579633
If we’re talking straight plays, The Normal Heart.July 10, 2020 at 6:40 am #1203579699
Angels in America and Wit
Tobias Menzies, The Crown | J. Smith-Cameron, Succession
Christine Baranski, The Good Fight | Matthew Macfadyen, SuccessionJuly 10, 2020 at 7:06 am #1203579729
Angels in America.July 10, 2020 at 8:53 am #1203579950
Well so far all but one of these responses has included Angels in America, so since I mentioned that I’ll add another.
I personally adore the official video of Into the Woods’ original broadway cast. Sondheim’s music and lyrics combined with Lapine’s direction and book is an absolute treat, especially when it has such talented performers like Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Tom Aldredge, Kim Crosby, and a hilarious Robert Westenberg. And that’s not even mentioning Joanna Gleeson, who gave one of my favorite performances of all time in any medium ever.July 10, 2020 at 2:59 pm #1203580370
I’ve tried on 3 occasions to watch it for the sake of actors involved, but I find Angels in America to be so boring and uninteresting.
I wish there had been serialized adaptations of Neil Simon plays, I think they’d translate so well to screen.July 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm #1203580440
I mean, probably Angels in America, but I really loved Lackawanna Blues and felt it should have won more than just Lead Actress.July 12, 2020 at 12:52 am #1203582170
Angels in America
The Normal Heart
WitAugust 9, 2020 at 12:36 am #1203635073This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.August 9, 2020 at 4:24 am #1203635169
I watched Angels in America a couple of months ago and it was a masterpiece with astonishing performances.August 9, 2020 at 4:52 am #1203635184
Angels in America >>>>August 9, 2020 at 5:15 am #1203635199
I should see the Angels in America miniseries adaptation now shouldn’t I?
FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")August 9, 2020 at 9:46 am #1203635583
I gotta go with one that people haven’t probably seen: A Streetcar Named Desire (1984 film).
Trust me it’s that goodAugust 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm #1203636271
I still haven’t seen Angels in America, so the first film that came to mind for me is William Friedkin’s 1997 adaptation of 12 Angry Men. It doesn’t hold a candle to Sidney Lumet’s 1957 version (most films don’t), but considering the colossal shadow of its predecessor, it manages to be quite good on its own.
Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart is also very good.
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