"Pippin"; "Here Lies Love"; "Frances Ha"; and Please Explain: Neuroaesthetics

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Three stars from “Pippin,” Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, and Terrence Mann, talk about their Tony-nominated roles in the Broadway revival of this beloved musical. David Byrne talks about bringing his disco musical “Here Lies Love,” to the Public Theater, and its star, Ruthie Ann Miles, talks about playing Imelda Marcos. Director Noah Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig discuss their new film, “Frances Ha.” And this week’s Please Explain is about neuroaesthetics and the science of how we perceive beauty.


Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, and Terrence Mann, three of the stars of “Pippin” talk about the new Broadway production. The original production of “Pippin,” directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.


David Byrne and Ruthie Ann Miles on "Here Lies Love"

David Byrne talks about his 1980s disco musical about the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, “Here Lies Love,” along with Ruthie Ann Miles, who plays Imelda Marcos. Set in a dance club atmosphere, the musical traces Imelda Morcos’s meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. It’s playing at the Public Theater through July 28.

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Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig on “Frances Ha”

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig talk about their film “Frances Ha,” which they co-wrote, Baumbach directs, and Gerwig stars in, playing the title role. It’s a coming-of-age film centered on Frances, an aspiring dancer who is drifting in New York between college and full adulthood, coping with shifting friendships and life expectations.

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Please Explain: Neuroaesthetics

Neuroaesthetics is an emerging field of studying art through neuroscience to find out what it is about certain works of art that moves us. David Freedberg, the Pierre Matisse Professor of the history of art at Columbia University, and Neuroscientist Ed Vessel, research scientist at the NYU Center for Brain Imaging, explain what happens in our brains when we see artwork that we find beautiful and what the neuroaesthetics is revealing  how we look at art and the mind. 

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Guest Picks: Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin and two of her fellow stars from the musical "Pippin" were on the Leonard Lopate Show May 31, 2013. She shared a few of her favorite things with us!


Guest Picks: Terrence Mann

Terrence Mann and two of his fellow stars from the musical "Pippin" were on the Leonard Lopate Show May 31, 2013. He shared a few of his favorite books and foods with us.


David Byrne and Ruthie Ann Miles at WNYC May 31, 2013

Guest Picks: David Byrne

David Byrne was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing his disco musical "Here Lies Love" to the stage of the Public Theater. He also told us what music he's listening to right now!


Leonard's Conversations with 2013 Tony Award Nominees

The 67th Annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 9. Leonard’s spoken to a bunch of the nominees and you can listen to those conversations here!


Tributes: Jean Bach

Jean Bach's lifelong love of jazz, and fascination with a black-and-white photograph of a group of 57 musical titans gathered on the stoop of 17 East 126th Street, would lead to her making a documentary about that moment, called "A Great Day in Harlem."  It would be nominated for an Academy Award in 1994.  The always fashionable former radio producer was such a fixture in the New York jazz world that reputedly Frank Sinatra would always ask upon coming to town, "What's happening down at Jean's?"  She died just recently at the age of 94.  And you can hear Leonard's interview with her from 1995 about the making of "A Great Day in Harlem."


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