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    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.

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    If we’re talking straight plays, The Normal Heart.

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    Angels in America and Wit

    FYC:
    Tobias Menzies, The Crown | J. Smith-Cameron, Succession
    Christine Baranski, The Good Fight | Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

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    Angels in America.

    FYC Emmy 2020:
    Laura Linney - Lead Actress in a Drama Series/ Julia Garner - Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
    Catherine O'hara - Lead Actress in a Comedy Series/ Annie Murphy - Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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    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.

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    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.

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    I mean, probably Angels in America, but I really loved Lackawanna Blues and felt it should have won more than just Lead Actress.

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    Angels in America
    The Normal Heart
    Wit

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    I watched Angels in America a couple of months ago and it was a masterpiece with astonishing performances.

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    Angels in America >>>>

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    I should see the Angels in America miniseries adaptation now shouldn’t I?

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", GLENN CLOSE FOR "HILLBILLY ELEGY", ANTHONY HOPKINS FOR "THE FATHER", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    I gotta go with one that people haven’t probably seen: A Streetcar Named Desire (1984 film).
    Trust me it’s that good

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    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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