All right. Well, the pandemic may have closed down Broadway theaters, but Broadway musicals keep resurfacing somehow, like "Hamilton" on Disney Plus. And the latest is "The Prom," in cinemas and soon on Netflix. It has what critic Bob Mondello says is a dream cast. Its leading lady, played by Meryl Streep, is in full diva mode.
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All right. Well, the pandemic may have closed down Broadway theaters, but Broadway musicals keep resurfacing somehow, like "Hamilton" on Disney Plus. And the latest is "The Prom," in cinemas and soon on Netflix. It has what critic Bob Mondello says is a dream cast.
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Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career — hired to write for every small paper that ever folded in Washington, just as it was about to collapse — saw that jinx broken in when he came to NPR. For more than three decades, Mondello has reviewed movies and covered the arts for NPR, seeing at least films annually, then sharing critiques and commentaries about the most intriguing on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered. In , he conceived and co-produced NPR's eight-part series " American Stages ," exploring the history, reach, and accomplishments of the regional theater movement. Mondello has also written about the arts for USA Today , The Washington Post , Preservation Magazine , and other publications, and has appeared as an arts commentator on commercial and public television stations.
With the Supreme Court hearing arguments this week on same-sex marriage, I'd like to point out a parallel evolution in what I see as a Hollywood mini-genre: films in which gay characters are either taken to court or seek redress in court for issues involving their sexuality. Arguably the most famous question ever asked in a courtroom about a line of poetry — "What is the love that dare not speak its name? It was an attempt to trap Wilde into admitting to then-illegal homosexual conduct. His impromptu answer, while eloquent, reinforced his guilt in the eyes of the court, an outcome that actor Peter Finch seems determined to avert in 's The Trials of Oscar Wilde , as he fairly rattles it off in a speech taken verbatim from the court transcripts. Briskly businesslike, forceful and assertive, Finch is not just addressing the court but also seeking to allay worries about unmasculine behavior in a buttoned-down, post-war era audience.