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It's Not Only a Play — It Has a Movie Star

Friday, September 12, 2014

Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Mia Farrow are just a few of the big stars appearing on Broadway this season. And that's not counting the star-studded "It's Only a Play."

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Soundcheck

Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij On Scoring For Broadway's 'This Is Our Youth'

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Vampire Weekend producer and multi-instrumentalist just made his Broadway scoring debut with the play This Is Our Youth.

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Studio 360

The Rise and Rise of Tavi Gevinson

Friday, September 05, 2014

Before she had even started high school, Tavi Gevinson’s style blog won her fame in the fashion world (and got her funny looks in math class). Now she’s about to become a Broadway star.

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Around Broadway

Fall Theater Previews and Picks

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests some new shows that are likely to pique the interests of Broadway and Off-Broadway patrons.

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Idina Menzel Returns To Broadway; Michael Franti Turns To Yoga

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.

Transportation Nation

On Broadway, Drivers Will Have to Slow Down

Sunday, August 03, 2014

From Columbus Circle to West 220th Street, the speed limit will be 25 mph instead of 30.

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Spinning on Air

The Improbable Delights of Industrial Musicals

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.

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WNYC News

Feeling Lazy? Here is Another Jukebox Musical

Friday, August 01, 2014

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical grossed $1.3 million dollars last week, trailing only Aladdin, another production centered around previously released songs. 

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Studio 360

Tupac on Broadway & Mad Magazine

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 ...

Studio 360

Saul Williams’ Tupac Musical Closes on Broadway

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?

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full conversation with Saul Williams

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alec Baldwin Remembers His 'Mom,' Elaine Stritch

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.

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WNYC News

Elaine Stritch Was a Member of the Family at the Carlyle Hotel

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch lived in the Upper East Side hotel for 12 years. We have one man's memories.

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Around Broadway

The '90s Jukebox Sounds Different

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Broadway's latest jukebox musical — a show built around pre-existing songs — is a new twist on this now-familiar theatrical form. Holler If Ya Hear Me is inspired by music of the late rap star Tupac Shakur.

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WNYC News

Tupac On Broadway, Ya Hear Me?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The music of late rapper Tupac Shakur doesn't, on the face of it, seem like Broadway material. But the musical is poised to be one of the season's breakout hits.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: John Cameron Mitchell

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Spoiler: he's a fan of both Shakespeare and Barry Manilow.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lopate's Conversations with Tony Winners Audra McDonald, Neil Patrick Harris & more

Monday, June 09, 2014

Leonard Lopate's conversations with the actors and directors who took home the night's biggest awards.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Audra McDonald

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Find out about the things that inspire her!

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Soundcheck

Alex Timbers Says Theater 'Feels Irrelevant'

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The renowned theater director talks about his work on Rocky The Musical as well as his upcoming projects, including Up Here -- a musical written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, of Book of Mormon and Frozen fame.

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WNYC News

Facing Mortality, with Humor

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Realistic Joneses is delightfully funny.

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Zach Braff And Marin Mazzie On 'Bullets Over Broadway'

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." 

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