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The Leonard Lopate Show

Peter and the Starcatcher

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Celia Keenan-Bolger, who stars as Molly in “Peter and the Starcatcher” and director Roger Rees talk about the Broadway production. In the play, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a company of 12 actors plays more than a hundred characters, all on a journey to answer the question: How did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grew Up? It’s playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia on "Sleepwalk with Me"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia discuss collaborating on the new movie “Sleepwalk with Me.” The film was written, directed by, and stars Mike Birbiglia, and it’s based on his one-man show and “This American Life” stories about his adventures with sleep disturbances and relationship upheaval. "Sleepwalk with Me" opens August 24 at the IFC Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Amy Adams and Denis O'Hare on "Into the Woods"

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Amy Adams, who stars as the Baker’s Wife, and Denis O’Hare, who stars as the Baker, talk about their roles in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s “Into the Woods.” The production is part of the 50th Anniversary season at The Delacorte, home of Shakespeare in the Park.

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Frank Langella on "Robot and Frank"

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Frank Langella talks about his new film, “Robot and Frank.” Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone, so his son he him Frank a humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. “Robot and Frank” opens August 17 at the Paris Theater and the Angelika Film Center.

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Marjane Satrapi on "Chicken with Plums"

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Marjane Satrapi discusses writing and co-directing the new film “Chicken with Plums,” based on her graphic novel of the same name. The story begins in Teheran in 1958, when renowned musician Nasser Ali Khan has lost the will to live since his violin has been destroyed. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed and wait for death. Through the film a poignant secret of his life comes to light, a story of love that inspired his genius and his music. “Chicken with Plums” opens August 17 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jackson Pollock’s Last Painting

Monday, August 13, 2012

Vanity Fair contributor Leslie M. M. Blume discusses the ongoing battle over what may have been Jackson Pollock’s last painting. When she first saw Jackson Pollock's purported final painting, "Red, Black, & Silver," on the bedroom mantelpiece of Pollock's mistress Ruth Kligman, she knew she'd stumbled upon something special. She chronicles the torturous tug-of-war over the painting's authenticity in her article “The Canvas and the Triangle,” which appears in the September issue of Vanity Fair.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Spike Lee

Friday, August 10, 2012

Spike Lee talks about his career as a filmmaker, and working with guest host John Turturro in the films “Do the Right Thing,” and “Jungle Fever,” among others. And he’ll talk about his new film “Red Hook Summer,” the latest in Spike Lee’s chronicles of Brooklyn. It’s about a young boy who spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook. "Red Hook Summer" opens August 10 at Landmark Sunshine, AMC Empire, AMC Magic Johnson Harlem, and BAM Rose Cinemas.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Bullet for Adolf"

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Woody Harrelson and Frankie Hyman discuss writing the comic play "Bullet for Adolf, "which Harrelson also directs. The play is set in Houston during the summer of 1983, when a couple of mid-western rubes with uncertain futures meet and form an unlikely friendship with a slick New Yorker on the run from his past. It's playing at New World Stages through September 9.

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Rashida Jones

Monday, August 06, 2012

Rashida Jones talks about co-writing and starring in the new film “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” about a married couple who try to remain best friends when they break up, and also stars Andy Samberg. She’ll also talk about her roles on the NBC comedies “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.”

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Features

Culture Report Ranks World Cities

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Is New York the cultural capital of the world? The World Cities Culture Report, commissioned by the Mayor of London, takes a look at how 12 world cities compare in their cultural offerings. Vote on what cities you think rank as the most cultural.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Judy Kaye and Michael McGrath talk about their roles in “Nice Work If You Can Get It” the new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. It’s playing at the Imperial Theatre.

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"End of the Rainbow"

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tracie Bennett discusses her role as Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow.” The play is set in December 1968, when Judy Garland is about to make her comeback... again. This drama offers insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture, and it features some of Garland's most memorable songs.

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“Old Jews Telling Jokes”

Monday, July 23, 2012

Daniel Okrent, a creator of “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” and performers Todd Susman and Audrey Lynn Weston, talk about the show, a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—new and old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world. “Old Jews Telling Jokes” is playing at the Westside Theatre.

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"Uncle Vanya" at the Soho Rep

Friday, July 20, 2012

Annie Baker, who adapted Chekhov’s classic “Uncle Vanya,” discusses the play, along with Reed Birney and Michael Shannon, who star in it. Variety critic Marilyn Stasio called Baker’s version “a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind.” “Uncle Vanya” is playing at the Soho Rep, and has been extended through August 26.

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Salute to Gene Kelly

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Gene Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, discusses the Film Society of Lincoln Center's special 23-film salute to the great dancer/choreographer, “Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly.” The series runs July 13–26 and explores Gene Kelly’s role in creating a particularly American dance form and his innovative use of cinematography, choreography, and animation.

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“Love Goes to Press”

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Heidi Armbruster and Angela Pierce talk about starring in “Love Goes to Press,” along with Jonathan Bank, artistic director of the Mint Theater. Written by war correspondents Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles, the play paints a portrait of two smart, funny, brave, ambitious and complex women working just miles from the front lines, surrounded by less competent, less adventurous men. It’s based on the writers’ own experiences. “Love Goes to Press” is playing through July 29 at the Mint Theater.

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“The Cockfight Play”

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Actors Jason Butler Harner and Amanda Quaid and director James Macdonald talk about the “The Cockfight Play”. When John and his boyfriend take a break, the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams. Now he has a big choice to make. It’s playing at The Duke on 42nd Street.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Weekend Activity Recommendations

Monday, July 16, 2012

Another summer weekend has come and gone. What movie, concert, restaurant, hike or bike trip or whatever did you see/do this weekend? Would you recommend it to other listeners?

→ Check out some of the Brian Lehrer Show's recommendations below!

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“Farewell My Queen”

Friday, July 13, 2012

Director Benoit Jacquot discusses “Farewell My Queen,” along with Diane Kruger, who plays Marie Antoinette in the film. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, it captures the final days of the court of Marie Antoinette, just before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. “Farewell My Queen” opens July 13 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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"Harvey" on Broadway

Friday, June 29, 2012

Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht, and Carol Kane discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production “Harvey.” Parsons stars as the charming Elwood P. Dowd, who has one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. His sister Veta (Jessica Hecht) delivers Elwood to the local sanatorium, but the doctors mistakenly commit her, and Elwood slips out of the hospital with his invisible rabbit. “Harvey” opens is playing at Studio 54.

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