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‘Heathers: The Musical’ To Premiere on the Roku Channel (TV News Roundup)

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‘Heathers: The Musical’ To Premiere on the Roku Channel (TV News Roundup)
Roku is set to release a live capture of the West End stage show “Heathers: The Musical” as a Roku Original special on the Roku Channel. The special will be available to stream in the U.S. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Based on the 1989 cult classic film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the musical adaptation follows Westerberg High student Veronica Sawyer, the beautiful yet cruel Heathers, and mysterious rebel Jason “J.D.” Dean. Ailsa Davidson (Veronica), Simon Gordon (J.D.), Maddison Firth (Heather Chandler), Vivian Panka (Heather Duke) and Teleri Hughes (Heather McNamara) star in the musical.

Andy Fickman directs the musical, with book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe. Fickman, Murphy and O’Keefe will produce, along with Village Roadshow Pictures (Vrp) and Bill Kenwright’s BKStudios. “Heathers: The Musical” will be filmed at The Other Palace, where the stage show made its U.K. debut
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‘Henry IV’ Review: Tom Hanks & Hamish Linklater Give Charismatic Pulse To Shakespeare Classic

‘Henry IV’ Review: Tom Hanks & Hamish Linklater Give Charismatic Pulse To Shakespeare Classic
For the average theatergoer, going to a production of a William Shakespeare play can either be an enlightening night of poetic culture or it can feel like homework. The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of Henry IV, helmed by Tony Award-winning Daniel Sullivan, lands somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, but leans towards enlightening and fun, thanks to its impressive cast of star power that is fronted by Academy Award-winning Tom Hanks, Scandal‘s Joe Morton, and Legion actor Hamish Linklater.

Henry IV, Shakespeare’s two-part play that makes for a three hour-plus theater experience at the Japanese Garden on the V.A. campus, can be considered a frenemy bromance between Linklater’s Hal and Hanks’ Falstaff, the latter being a character that appears multiple times in the Shakespeare-iverse. Hal is the son of the titular king, played with an appropriate patriarchial authority by Morton.

The King is in a crisis,
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Tom Hanks Brings His Heavyweight Talent to Shakespeare’s Falstaff in ‘Henry IV’

Tom Hanks Brings His Heavyweight Talent to Shakespeare’s Falstaff in ‘Henry IV’
Tom Hanks took to the stage last weekend as we’ve never seen him before — in a fat suit as a barreling and rambunctious drunk.

No, he wasn’t appearing in a “Saturday Night Live” skit, but instead bringing one of William Shakespeare’s most iconic comedic characters to life: John Falstaff in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry IV,” now playing through July 1.

While the Oscar winner consistently captivated in his L.A. stage debut as the overweight, vain and boastful cowardly knight who befriends the future king of England, the outdoor setting for the play could not have been more tranquil.

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The intimate stage at the Japanese Garden on the West Los Angeles Va Campus had a natural wooded backdrop, twinkling lights and bubbling streams that swept
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