NBC is no stranger to the live musical genre, having already produced “The Sound of Music,” “Peter Pan” and last year’s “The Wiz.” So you’d think that by now, they’ve got this down to a science. The answer is mostly yes – with a large and unfortunate no or two along the way.
With Hollywood seemingly focused on remakes and broadcast television struggling to get many shows past a first or second season, it is refreshing to find something both daring and original. Netflix and cable television tend to lead the way in bold new works and “Black Mirror,” which just released its third series on the streaming platform, is not to be ignored.
In “Hamilton’s America,” a documentary about the creation of the musical juggernaut premiering on PBS last night, the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says, “Musicals rarely get off the arts page.” Even more rare is a 90-minute film chronicling a show’s history. But this is no regular musical — and “Hamilton’s America” is quite possibly the best documentary made about musical theatre.
The title logo for Fox TV’s reboot of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” ended with the tag line “Let’s do the time warp again!”