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Quiz: Are you an Alexander or an Aaron?

The Broadway smash hit musical “Hamilton” has officially swept the nation. In wake of its 11 Tony Award wins and its record-breaking 16 nominations, this production has ushered in a new era of not just theater but also education. In order to commemorate the Fourth of July, we at the Clog would like to recognize this musical that highlights key moments in our nation’s founding and has actually brought some life to the repetitive American history we have been learning about since fifth grade. Even though this musical is historical both in what it’s doing for theater and in its content, we would like to focus on the important questions. Are you an Alexander Hamilton or an Aaron Burr, sir?
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Annie

Don’t bet your bottom dollar on ‘Annie’ remake

It’s hard not to root for “Annie” — both the modern-day reproduction of the 1930s musical and Quvenzhane Wallis’ adorably amicable portrayal of the titular character. With that said, “Annie” is far too modernist for its own good, relying excessively on gaudy embellishments of current trending topics and making insufficient
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‘Wicked’ defies gravity in San Jose

Even before the curtain rose, the 2014-15 national tour production of “Wicked” promised to uphold the hit musical’s reputation for a dazzling theatrical experience during its engagement at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. The stage curtain itself is an elaborate map of Oz centered around the Emerald
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Musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’ catches a lucky break

Across a backdrop of oranges and Pan Am blues, the cast of “Catch Me If You Can” spun and sang their way onto the outdoor stage at Oakland’s Woodminster Amphitheatre this weekend. Though the night was chilly and the script a bit weak, the largely upbeat cast boogied through the
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Lea Michele gets “Louder” on debut album

Lea Michele has a voice that could sing just about any musical genre, but if you had to slot her into one, it would be Broadway. Her wide range and precise musical training make her perfect for the stage, not for belting pop ballads. Michele’s debut album, Louder, is a
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Travel Tuesday: Tiny Temescal’s big surprises

Nestled within the curves of Broadway and the State Routes 24 and 13, Lake Temescal is a glittering blue gem amid miles of concrete. And less than one mile in circumference, it’s a tiny gem. But Lake Temescal offers us a precious treasure as we sink unquestioningly into the semester’s
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