Jenny Lawton appears in the following:
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Super 8 may be the biggest movie of the summer — but nothing can sway my loyalty to Friday Night Lights.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Sleep No More may be the most unusual, fantastical take on Macbeth ever produced. The London-based theater company Punchdrunk has transformed 100,000 square feet of New York City warehouse space into a meticulously detailed world — a kind of Macbeth theme park with no signage or...
Friday, June 10, 2011
If you’ve ever watched South Park, you know that a few of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's favorite things are organized religion and musical theater. In 2003, they did a musical episode all about Joseph Smith and the founding of Mormonism. This year the show's creators upped the ante considerably, teaming with composer Robert Lopez to...
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Marie Curie is the sexiest story in science history and has charmed authors, filmmakers, and playwrights. Add Alan Alda to the list, who makes his playwrighting debut with Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie. At the opening gala for the World Science Festival last night, a terrific cast (including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liev Shreiber) performed a reading.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Book of Mormon is the toast of Broadway (with 14 nominations for June’s Tony Awards). Trey Parker and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez, best known for Avenue Q, to put the spring in the Mormons' steps. In this preview clip of Kurt Andersen's interview with Lopez, the composer deconstructs the song “All-American Prophet” and revives hooks previously lost to the cutting-room floor.
Monday, April 18, 2011
A recently discovered audio recording of a 1946 speech by then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower reminds us that "they who have dwelt with death will be among the most ardent worshipers of life and beauty and of the peace in which these can thrive."
Friday, April 15, 2011
Later this year, Hasbro will unveil a partly-electronic version of one of the classic board games. But Studio 360 thinks Monopoly needs more of a makeover to bring it into the 21st century. Game designer Brenda Brathwaite says Monopoly is practically designed to be boring: it’s "literally just about waiting for people to run out of money...
Monday, March 21, 2011
Since the quake, Takehiko Inoue (the artist behind the manga Slam Dunk) he has posted several smiling images a day in support of the victims and to lift the spirits of his countrymen.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Last week, Japanese-American historian Bill Tsutsui found himself in Tokyo in the middle of the earthquake: “We were outside this hotel and the earth started moving. And all of a sudden people started running out. First just a few, but then wave after wave. And after it was ...
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The indie rockers in No One Knows About Persian Cats (out on DVD today) dare to play the music they love, even though they know it will likely land them in jail. Stars (and real-life musicians) Negar Shaghaghi and Ashkan Koshanejad told Kurt Andersen about the risks they faced while filming on-location in Tehran.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
In the off-Broadway spook show Play Dead, master magician Todd Robbins delights in pointing out that illusions are merely that. But he performs one trick that’s shockingly, horrifyingly real.
Friday, February 25, 2011
If you’ve just tuned in for the implosion of CBS’s most successful comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” you may be wondering: who’s this Chuck Lorre fellow?
Thursday, February 24, 2011
This weekend, Studio 360’s got growing pains. In a special rebroadcast of a show recorded live at WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, Kurt talks to three incredibly talented Gen-Xers -- Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Juno Diaz -- about the moment they left their youth behind.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Listen to full interviews with Donald Hall, Joel Meyerowitz, and Lynn Nottage.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Listen to full interviews with Ben Burtt, Stanley Kunitz, and Elizabeth Streb.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Listen to full interviews with Chuck Close, Richard Ford, Mira Nair, and Richard Serra.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jon Robin Baitz was already a successful playwright when he went to Hollywood to create ABC's Brother's and Sisters. The show was a hit for Baitz, but turns out, the city was anything but: "It was a nightmare. Just the fact that I came from New York and wrote sort of serious-ish plays, before I opened my mouth, there was a kind of trope going around the network already: 'We can't have any of the Baitzian angst.'''
Monday, January 24, 2011
Spark: How Creativity Works doesn't hit bookshelves until February 15. But to get you in the mood, we've got a sneak-preview. In his foreword to the book, Kurt describes how he embraced Daniel Boorstin's "Amateur Spirit" and summoned the courage to keep trying new things.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest. Today The New York Times is reporting that the leaders of the Belarus Free Theatre have been forced into hiding following an incident at a protest rally.