Musical Theater

Studio 360

“An American in Paris” Dances Its Way to the Stage

Thursday, April 30, 2015

“An American in Paris” is one of Hollywood’s most famous Golden Age musicals. Now it's a Broadway musical, up for 12 Tony Awards.


Studio 360

Inside Jeanine Tesori's "Fun Home”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Composer Jeanine Tesori sits down at the piano and shows Kurt Andersen what it took to create the hit Broadway musical, "Fun Home."

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Death, Sex & Money

Hedwig, Older and a Little Less Angry

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

John Cameron Mitchell created Hedwig and the Angry Inch when he in his 30s. Now he's playing the title role on Broadway, and says aging and loss have given the show new meaning.

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The Takeaway

New Musical Captures Great Migration & Journey Towards American Dream

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The new musical "Stagger Lee"  features songs that tell the stories of the goodbyes and farewells that came with the Great Migration, a journey made by millions that reshaped our nation.

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Studio 360

Staging “Rent” in Cuba

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The first musical to go from Broadway directly to Havana since the Revolution, “Rent” is perfect for Cuban audiences.

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Around Broadway

Songs Trace a Path Through the Past

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Courtney Love, a famous rock widow and an actor and rock star in her own right, is making a low-key return to performing in the new musical theater piece "Kansas City Choir Boy."



Watch: Idina Menzel Performs 'If/Then' Live On Soundcheck

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Tony Award-winning actress who sang "Let It Go" in Disney's Frozen performs songs from her current Broadway show, If/Then, in the Soundcheck studio.

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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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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.


Matisyahu's Spiritual And Musical Evolution; That Was A Hit?!? On Telstar; The Death Of The Movie Musical

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In this episode: Matisyahu, the self-proclaimed "Hasidic reggae superstar," found success and earned countless fans of both classic reggae and the Jewish community. Matisyahu reflects on the changes in his life, the evolution in his spirituality and music, plus he and his band performs songs from his latest album, Akeda, in the Soundcheck studio.



Then: Charts analyst Chris Molanphy shares the unusual and dark story of an instrumental hit from 1962, The Tornados' "Telstar," as part of Soundcheck's series, That Was A Hit?!?

And: In a six-month period in the 1960s, three movie musicals premiered: Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, and The Sound Of Music. Each would sweep across American movie theaters, Billboard charts, and awards shows. They effectively killed the movie musical, according to the recent book, Roadshow: The Fall Of Film Musicals In The 1960's.

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Alex Timbers On 'Rocky,' 'Here Lies Love' And 'Up Here'; Jessica Lea Mayfield Plays Live

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In this episode: Alex Timbers, director of Rocky: The Musical, discusses the challenges of bringing a beloved sports movie to the stage -- plus, we hear about his other projects, like David Byrne's disco musical Here Lies Love and his upcoming project with Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Then: On her latest album, Make My Head Sing, Jessica Lea Mayfield eschews her established country-flavored songs and unleashes a sharp-edged and noisy grunge sound. Hear the Ohio native perform her new songs in the Soundcheck studio.

And: For its latest “extra credit” challenge, Studio 360 wants you to record a version of W.C. Handy’s 100-year-old song “Yellow Dog Blues.” Producer David Krasnow talks about “the father of the blues,” his influential song, and how you can participate in “The 1914 Blues Challenge.”


Studio 360

American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cole Porter was out of the musical theater game during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of bad behavior.

Bonus Track: an updated version of "Anything Goes"

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Around Broadway

Woody Allen's Bullets Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The musical adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film has garnered half a dozen Tony nominations. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood offers his analysis of its strengths and weaknesses.



Soprano to Soprano, with Deborah Voigt and Diana Damrau

Saturday, May 03, 2014

This Saturday at 12:30 pm on WQXR, guest host Deborah Voigt has a tête-à-tête with soprano Diana Damrau about vocal color, career choices and singing "My Fair Lady" in German.


Studio 360

How to Compose Psychedelic Earthquakes

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Update: I finished a cut of the text, and, I have to say, I’m surprised that I didn’t have to get rid of much. Generally, I amalgamated angels — there are maybe two dozen individual angels with speaking roles — and I cut a large number of earthquakes. John the Revelator just could not get enough ...

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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. 


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.


Studio 360

American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, September 13, 2013

Cole Porter lived in Europe during the 1920s, and returned to American to write a sharp satire of this freewheeling era that has outlived the people and events it referred to. Music historian Will Friedwald explains how Frank Sinatra saved the song, and we hear a new version written by Joe Keenan.

Exclusive Bonus Track: An updated version of "Anything Goes"

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Spinning on Air

Adventures In, um, ah, Autobiography: Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s “Life and Times”

Sunday, September 08, 2013

In this episode of Spinning on Air, David Garland brings Nature Theater of Oklahoma's cast of six singers and three musicians to WNYC to perform two extended excerpts from Episode 1 of "Life and Times." OK Theater's co-directors Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper also join in to talk about their work, and the thoughts and process behind it.


Around Broadway

Less Shakespeare and More Musical in the Park

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The second offering at Shakespeare in the Park this summer is a musical adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost, the Bard's early comedy. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood weighs in.