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Video: August Wilson Talk Series - Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Monday, September 23, 2013

A conversation on the challenges and triumphs of staging works on Broadway that feature prominent African-American characters, actors and story lines. Hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest. 

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The Greene Space

Video: August Wilson Talk Series - The Lloyd Richards Effect

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lloyd Richards championed August Wilson’s plays and directed six of them on Broadway. WNYC’s Leonard Lopate explored one of the most successful artistic partnerships in American theater.

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Around Broadway

Small Town Plays Featured in NYC's West Village

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Lucy Thurber is getting an honor not usually granted to mid-career playwrights: a cycle of five of her plays is being mounted in New York City.

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Soundcheck

Revisiting The Bee Gees' Falsetto; Audra McDonald's Homecoming; Chris Thile Plays Bach

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.

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Around Broadway

Fall Preview: An Eclectic NY Theater Season

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Labor Day Weekend is here – alas, the unofficial end of Summer. But with that ending comes many new beginnings, one of which is the new theater season in New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Julie Harris

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.

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Around Broadway

Opposites Attract in New Broadway Musical 'First Date'

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director: Jack O'Brien

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Jack O'Brien

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.

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Around Broadway

In the Basement with Babs

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Playwright Jonathan Tolin has takes the surprising fact that Barbara Streisand has a basement in her barn and woven it into the one-man show Buyer & Cellar at the Barrow Street Theater.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Stark Sands

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stark Sands was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Billy Porter, to talk about starring in the Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots." He also told us what 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Billy Porter

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Billy Porter was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Stark Sands, to talk about starring in the Broadway musical, "Kinky Boots." The Tony winner also told us what he's watching and reading these days. 

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Around Broadway

London Calling

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Charles Isherwood, theater critic at The New York Times, just got back from a week in London and he spent substantial amounts of it going to the theater.

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Actor Jonny Orsini

Saturday, June 22, 2013

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.

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Fishko Files

West Side Story

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)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Courtney B. Vance

Friday, June 07, 2013

Courtney B. Vance was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy." He also told us what he's reading these days.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: George C. Wolfe

Friday, June 07, 2013

Director George C. Wolfe was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing Nora Ephron's final play, "Lucky Guy," to Broadway. He also told us what he's a fan of -- let's just say he's got a sweet tooth.

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Studio 360

Tonys Preview: Remembering Nora Ephron

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 ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen talks with George C. Wolfe

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Soundcheck

Jane Lynch Jumps Off A Creative Cliff In 'Annie'

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Jane Lynch is best known for her roles on Glee and in Christopher Guest films like Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. But her latest role is that of the mean Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie.

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Soundcheck

Audra McDonald: After Seven Years, A Musical Homecoming

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.

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