Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013
In this episode: In his new book, The Bee Gees: The Biography, writer David N. Meyer looks back at the music and legacy of The Bee Gees and its trademark soaring falsetto.
Actress and soprano Audra McDonald recently starred in Broadway's revival of Porgy and Bess. Now, she's back with her first solo album in seven years, Go Back Home, featuring songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, among others. McDonald performs songs from that album in the studio.
And mandolin extraordinaire Chris Thile performs the sonatas of Bach.
Monday, August 26, 2013
When Julie Harris was asked, later in her life, what she would do today, if she learned that the world would end tomorrow, she replied, "I'd go to the theater." The actress spent her life on the stage, becoming the most decorated performer in the history of Broadway for her roles in "The Member of the Wedding," "I Am a Camera," "Forty Carats," "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln," "The Belle of Amherst," and "The Gin Game." She died at the age of 87. We were lucky enough to have had her on our show. And you can listen to her interview from 1996 below.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
First Date, the first new Broadway musical of the season playing, is a romantic comedy about a young couple meeting for the first time on a blind date. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reports.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Director Jack O’Brien talks about the history of American regional theater and how he became a director. In Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director he explains that he didn’t intend to become a director, or to direct some of the most brilliant—and sometimes maddening—personalities of the age, but that’s what unexpectedly happened.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Director Jack O'Brien was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about what he calls his "accidental career" directing operas and Broadway plays and musicals. Find out why he says, "All I hear is Shakespeare" -- and what he's reading these days.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
June 22, 2103 —
There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally, and others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The 1950's was a time of great tension, both around the world and on the streets of New York. On Broadway, a new musical attempted to capture that tension on stage. WNYC's Sara Fishko reports on how the emotion and politics of the times infected the cast, and the show's creators. Here's the next Fishko files... (produced in 2001)
Friday, June 07, 2013
On Sunday, June 9, Broadway theater will celebrate itself at the 67th Tony Awards. Kurt Andersen spoke with Fiona Shaw, the star (and sole performer) of The Testament of Mary, which is nominated for Best Play; Tracy Letts, up for Best Actor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; and Tom Hanks ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Actress and soprano Audra McDonald recently starred in Broadway's revival of Porgy and Bess. Now, she's back with her first solo album in seven years.