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Predicting The Oscars; Courtney Barnett Plays Live; A Broadway Spring Preview

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In this episode: Before the Academy Awards on Sunday night, we talk about the candidates for Best Original Song (even one that got kicked off the list along the way) and Best Original Score with Melena Ryzik of The New York Times.

Then, hear Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett and her band perform "Avant Gardener" and more in the Soundcheck studio.

And: This spring is shaping up to be a busy one on Broadway, especially for musicals. We talk with New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel about a couple of the biggies coming our way -- including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, If/Then, and Bullets Over Broadway.

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WNYC News

When the Snow Falls, Broadway Deals and Open Tables

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Looking for a table at a top restaurant? A ticket for an in-demand event? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Get an Inside Look at Broadway's 'If/Then' with Anthony Rapp and LaChanze

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Greene Space's Inside Look: Broadway series continued on Monday, February 3 with a behind-the-scenes peek at the new Broadway musical, "If/Then" starring Idina Menzel. 

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Around Broadway

Bombers on Broadway

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A lineup of famous Yankees from several eras past and present are on the same stage in Bronx Bombers, a new play now running at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

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Soundcheck

Jessie Mueller: Playing Carole King On Broadway

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hear Jessie Mueller, appearing now as Carole King in the Broadway show Beautiful, perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Carole King’s Broadway Musical 'Beautiful'; Economist Paul Krugman Talks About 'Billie Jean'; Beats Music

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In this episode: Actress Jessie Mueller plays a very convincing Carole King in the new Broadway musical Beautiful. The young star talks about her one and only meeting with the legendary songwriter and s she performs songs from the show live in the Soundcheck studio.

Then, Nobel Prize-winning Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman also happens to be a diehard music fan. He shares a few favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's series Pick Three.

And: Beats Music is the latest entry in an already over-crowded market of streaming music services market that includes Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and others. So how does Beats Music compare? Eliot Van Buskirk, editor at Evolver.fm, gives his first impressions after a week with the new service.

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WNYC News

More Ramps and Wheelchair Seats Coming to Broadway Theaters

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nine Broadway theaters will be more accessible to the disabled thanks to an agreement with the federal government. 

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Around Broadway

The Irish Romance of 'Outside Mullingar'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Two Irish farmers, Anthony and Rosemary, are deeply tied to the land. Because they grew up as neighbors, they also have deep ties to one another, but their personal connections are not all positive.

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Around Broadway

Carole King Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In a new Broadway show, Carole King’s personal story is told with her songs. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets us know whether the journey is worth an evening in the theater.

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Soundcheck

'Frozen' Thawing Disney's Musical Deep Freeze

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Entertainment Weekly reporter Marc Snetiker explains why Frozen -- a hit at the box office and on the Billboard charts -- has been able to do what other recent Disney musicals haven't -- and what's ahead for the Frozen franchise.

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Soundcheck

Cynthia Weil And Barry Mann: The Songwriters Behind The Most-Played Song Of The 20th Century

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann have been writing songs together for more than 50 years and are responsible for crafting some of rock's biggest hits. Now they're depicted in the new Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The Grammy-winning husband and wife duo reflect on their musical collaborations, and what it was like to work during the famous Brill Building Era in New York City.

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Around Broadway

Curtain Up on Broadway 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The turn of the year marks the halfway point in the New York theater season. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood runs down a partial list of some 20 new shows opening between now and the Tony Awards in June. There are some new plays, some new musicals, a revival or two and headliners ranging from Alan Cumming to Denzel Washington, Toni Collette and Marisa Tomei.

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WNYC News

Our Holiday Guide For Theater Lovers

Friday, December 06, 2013

The holiday season means yet more to chose from on New York stages. There are dozens of Christmas-inspired shows — from the classic, to the "Occupy" versions — many family productions to consider if you have visitors in town, and several plays to see before they close.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Paul Chahidi in Twelfth Night and Richard III

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The actors discuss their roles in Shakespeare’s Globe repertory productions of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III on Broadway.

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Around Broadway

Spending a Night with Janis Joplin

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Written and directed by Randy Johnson, A Night with Janis Joplin brings you the songs that helped her become famous and some of the great performers who influenced her style.

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Theater Producer Daryl Roth

Saturday, October 12, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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Around Broadway

Billie Holiday's Story and Music Hits Broadway in Lady Day

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Billie Holiday’s voice and image are icons of 20th century America and the jazz world. Now her story comes to the stage in the musical biography Lady Day at the Little Shubert Theater.

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Soundcheck

James Murphy On 'Betrayal,' Producing Arcade Fire, And Despacio

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Former frontman of LCD Soundsystem James Murphy talks about his latest projects: A new revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and producing Arcade Fire's upcoming album Reflektor.

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Soundcheck

James Murphy On Broadway; Nicholson Baker’s Musical Novel; Sarah Jarosz Plays Live

Thursday, September 26, 2013

In this episode: Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy discusses his latest project: composing music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's drama "Betrayal."

Plus: Nicholson Baker’s new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a man who is having a hard time writing a new book — so he picks up a guitar instead. Baker discusses the book and the real-life companion album he recorded.

And: Sarah Jarosz is just 22, but she’s already made a mark on the folk and bluegrass scene thanks to her deep bluegrass knowledge and exceptional instrumental skills. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Texas plays live.  

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Community

FULL VIDEO | August Wilson Talk Series: Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WNYC

Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or story lines. 

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