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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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WNYC News

Broadway Attendance Falls, Another Victim of Sandy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Attendance at Broadway theaters was down six percent in the year-long season that just ended, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Broadway League, and the group said Sandy is to blame.

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Here's The Thing

Stacy Keach

Monday, May 27, 2013

When Stacy Keach first pursued a career in acting, he started with Shakespeare, which took him from a festival in Oregon to studying classical theater in England.  

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WQXR Blog

Lincoln Center Names Jed Bernstein as its Next President

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jed Bernstein, a veteran Broadway producer, administrator and fundraiser, is to be the president of Lincoln Center. He takes over from Reynold Levy.

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Soundcheck

Why Are Black Producers So Rare On Broadway?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

According to The Root’s Keli Goff, black producers are “Halley's Comet rare” on Broadway. Goff joins Soundcheck to discuss the theater world’s production gap.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Tony Nominees

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz reviews the nominations for Broadway's Tony Awards.

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Around Broadway

Telekinetic Matilda Moves Broadway

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wait a minute. A girl who can make objects move just with her mind. Hasn’t this been on Broadway already — and failed? Yes, but that was Carrie, an altogether different girl. This girl is Matilda and her new Broadway musical is based on a children’s book by Roald Dahl.

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WNYC News

Tony Cutoff Crunch: Shows Crowd Broadway Stages

Friday, April 19, 2013

"I always look at April as sort of Broadway's clown car; the producers always see how many shows they can cram into that last two or three weeks." — Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz.

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Soundcheck

Nice Work If You Can Get It: The Trainer Behind Broadway's Actor Animals

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Back in the '70s, Bill Berloni wanted desperately to make it as an actor. "But those were teenage dreams," he tells us. While apprenticing one summer at a theater, he was told that he would receive his Equity Card and a stage part -- if he could buy, feed and train a dog for an upcoming production of Annie (all for $35, by the way). "I found the original Sandy," he says. "That's where my career began." 

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Soundcheck

Broadway's 'Matilda,' Satisfying And Subversive

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Matilda is Broadway’s newest import from the UK, where it won a record breaking 7 Olivier Awards (their version of the Tonys). New York Times chief theater critic Ben Brantley joins us to discuss the show, which he calls, “the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain.”

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Around Broadway

The Sounds of the Motor City Roll onto Broadway

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

More than 50 hit songs, made famous on the legendary Detroit record label Motown, are heard in Motown: the Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway.

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Features

Cyndi Lauper on the Freedom of Broadway

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

“I like to study music and I like visuals. I think that there’s nothing better than telling a story that’s authentic about the real human condition, about people who are trying,” she said.

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Features

Critics' Picks: What's Worth the Buzz (And What Isn't) on Broadway

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A handful of performances, both on and off Broadway, are making headlines this month — for reasons both good and bad: Of one of the newest shows on the Great White Way, one critic fumes: "It's one of the worst things that I've seen on Broadway in I don't know how long."

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Fishko Files

Sinking Into Success: Playwright Clifford Odets

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Clifford Odets play is coming to New York more than 60 years after its first run on Broadway.  WNYC’s Sara Fishko has this Fishko Files report…

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bill Irwin and David Shiner on "Old Hats"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner talk about reuniting for “Old Hats,” a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. “Old Hats” uses music by Nellie McKay and is playing at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Features

Theater: Broadway Gears Up for Spring

Friday, March 01, 2013

Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Bette Midler. These are some of the big stars landing on Broadway this spring season. And even before the stars come out, a number of other shows are drawing attention.

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On The Media

A Conversation With "The Daily Show's" Aasif Mandvi

Friday, March 01, 2013

Aasif Mandvi is a stage and film actor, a writer and teller of stories, and Senior Muslim Correspondent on The Daily Show. A purveyor of "fake news" and an advocate of real issues, Mandvi sat down with Brooke for a live event to discuss being "the brown guy" in theater, movies, and of course, The Daily Show.

 

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WNYC News

Les Miz: Back on Broadway as Oscar Winner

Monday, February 25, 2013

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Les Misérables took home three Oscars Sunday night, and now it’s going back to Broadway.

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Soundcheck

For Those With Autism, Attending the Theater Becomes A Little Bit Easier

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Going to see a Broadway show is exciting experience for anyone – kid or adult. But for people on the autism spectrum, attending theater performances and other public events can be challenging, if not impossible.

That’s where the Autism Theatre Initiative, a program run by the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) comes in. The group has sponsored specially modified performances of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and Elf on Broadway -- and recently announced that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark would also be holding an autism-friendly performance in April

We hear more how theatre can be adapted to meet the needs of those with autism from Lisa Carling, who runs the Theatre Development Fund’s accessibility programs – and Donia Fahim, co-founder of the organization Autism Friendly Spaces. Plus, actor Derrick Davis, a member of The Lion King Broadway cast, joins us to share his experience as part of an autism-friendly performance. 

(Photos: Top: A shot of the crowd at an autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. Bottom: Audience members take a break in an "activity zone" at an autism-friendly performance of The Lion King. Credit: TDF/Autism Theatre Initiative)

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Here's The Thing

Patti LuPone

Monday, February 18, 2013

Patti LuPone was only four years old when she realized she belonged on stage. LuPone entertained her audience—even if they were only family members in her Long Island living room.

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