Friday, September 12, 2014
By Gisele Regatao : Senior Editor, Culture, WNYC News
Monday, September 08, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
In this episode: Idina Menzel became a household name as the voice of Queen Elsa in the Disney animated film Frozen -- singing the movie’s blockbuster song, “Let It Go.” But her roots are on Broadway, where she originated the roles of both Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked. Now, she’s back on Broadway as the lead of the show If/Then. Hear Menzel talk about motherhood, fate and her rabid “Fanzels” and watch her perform selections from If/Then in the Soundcheck studio.
Then: Michael Franti is best known as the leader of the band Spearhead, but he’s also passionate about yoga. This summer, he’s heading up a tour that combines both – inviting audiences to participate in a class before the concert begins. Franti talks about what led him to put down the bong and pick up the yoga mat, and with instructor Nicole Newman about whether music belongs in the yoga classroom and how yoga can help musicians with their aches and pains.
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Steve Young, a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, and musician/writer/artist Sport Murphy have been marveling at and collecting Industrial Musical LPs for years, and now they've created a lavish, humorous coffee table book titled Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals. David Garland welcomes Young and Murphy to the WNYC Studio to talk about and play examples of this music from a time when corporations wooed, soothed, and inspired their workforce with staged, costumed musicals featuring bouncy, razzle-dazzle songs about selling, buying, silicone, tractors, bathroom fixtures, air conditioners, or whatever was most germane.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur, closed after just one month of performances. Reviews were lackluster and ticket sales disappointing. But the show’s star, poet and actor Saul Williams, says Broadway audiences need to get over recycled shows like Rocky and ...
Friday, July 25, 2014
Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac musical, was forced to close after just one month of performances. Is Broadway still not ready for stories about the ‘hood?
Friday, July 18, 2014
The Broadway legend, who died Thursday at the age of 89, played Baldwin's mother on TV's "30 Rock." Baldwin shares his memories of Stritch and plays some of his favorite clips from their extended conversation on his WNYC program Here's The Thing.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
By Jorteh Senah
Elaine Stritch lived in the Upper East Side hotel for 12 years. We have one man's memories.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Leonard Lopate's conversations with the actors and directors who took home the night's biggest awards.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
We talk with co-stars Zach Braff and Marin Mazzie about the musical Bullets Over Broadway, based on the 1994 Woody Allen film of the same name. The two join us to talk about the early 20th century songs that make up the score -- and we get a few details about Zach Braff's upcoming film "Wish I Was Here."