In this week’s Wednesday Five: how the women of ‘Hamilton’ are changing Broadway; a new documentary “Her Story” looks at women’s achievements; the Vogue documentary on last year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy dreams of a second Oscar; and the 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin meets the Obamas.


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How the Women of ‘Hamilton’ are Changing Broadway

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If you watched the Grammy’s this year, you saw the stunning performance by the cast of Hamilton and the equally vibrant acceptance speech by the show’s creator and star Lin Manuel for Best Musical Theater Album.

Well, it turns out the critics are having a field day with the role, presence and prominence of the two women characters that surround Hamilton —the Schuyler sisters, Angelica and Eliza, who are engulfed in a love triangle with the leading man. If you think this is cliche — think again, says Constance Grady of Vox. She writes that the portrayal of the two women is actually a feminist one.

Hamilton does depart from the typical love triangle structure when it comes time to designate one of the women as good and the other as bad. The show has no interest in doing so, and it can be shocking to realize this. Watching Hamilton for the first time it is easy to anticipate . . . that because Eliza is “genteel” she must be “therefore dull,” or that because Angelica is politically intelligent she must be angry and shrill, as Noonan is pleasantly surprised to find she is not. Instead, Hamilton treats both its women with respect and admiration. It operates on the assumption that both of these characters are important, that the different ways they perform femininity are valid, and that their contributions to history are valuable.

Read the full commentary at Vox.

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New Documentary “Her Story” on Women’s Achievements

This new documentary “Her Story” shares a global perspective on where women are today. It aims to be more than a documentary about women’s progress but an audit of the staggering leaps women have made to attain that progress. The four-part series highlights the advancement made by women over the last 50 years in influencing economies, spearheading companies and driving social change. Read More »

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