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"The Glass Menagerie"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones talks about playing Amanda Wingfield in the American Repertory Theater production of Tennessee Williams’ "The Glass Menagerie." She's joined by Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Laura, and Brian J. Smith who plays Jim, the Gentleman Caller. It’s playing at the Booth Theater through February 23.

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Mike Nichols on "Betrayal"

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"I think that to make something alive, instead of on a page, is an honorable task. And it turns me on."

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Billy Crystal

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Billy Crystal talks to Leonard Lopate about the most powerful and memorable moments of his life and career, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, to doing stand-up in the Village to "Saturday Night Live," "When Harry Met Sally," and hosting the Academy Awards.

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Guest Picks: David Morse

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Actor David Morse  was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role in “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin,” along with co-star Rich Sommer. He told us about his pizza allergy, and a few of the things he enjoys.

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Guest Picks: Rich Sommer

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Actor Rich Sommer was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role in “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin,” along with co-star David Morse. He told us about his love of board games and a few more of his favorite things.

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“The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin”

Thursday, July 25, 2013

David Morse and Rich Sommer talk about their roles in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s world premiere of “The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin.” Tom Durnin (played by Morse) did the time for a white-collar crime and is now determined to win back the respect he believes he deserves, no matter the price. Can Tom find a place in a family that has worked so hard to move on without him? It's playing at the Laura Pels Theatre.

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“Buyer & Cellar”

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Playwright Jonathan Tolins talks about his play “Buyer & Cellar,” along with Michael Urie, who stars in it. It’s about a  struggling actor in L.A., who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? It’s playing at the Barrow Street Theater and has been extended through mid-October.

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Aaron Neville

Friday, July 05, 2013

Grammy Award-winning singer Aaron Neville talks about his latest album, “My True Story” and his upcoming tour. Neville revitalizes some of his favorite songs from the doo-wop era and beyond, including “Tears on My Pillow” and “Under the Boardwalk.” In March PBS will air the special Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story—a concert filmed in November at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. Neville was joined by musicians and guests including Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five, and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings.

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Michael Bacon, Nellie McKay, and Philippe Quint on "Downtown Express"

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Michael Bacon, Nellie McKay, and Philippe Quint discuss the newly released soundtrack to David Grubin's film “Downtown Express,” which stars Quint and McKay. The soundtrack features original songs by McKay and Michael Bacon (of The Bacon Brothers) as well as classical performances by Quint.

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Rob Curto, Accordionist

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rob Curto, accordionist, and member of the band Matuto will be performing live! He’ll talk about the band’s recent release, “The Devil and the Diamond,” and his upcoming performance at Lincoln Center June 20.

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“Lucky Guy”

Friday, June 07, 2013

Director George C. Wolfe and actor Courtney B. Vance talk about Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy,” about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary, who won the Pulitzer Prize shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998. “Lucky Guy” is playing through July 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

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"The Trip to Bountiful"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Actress Cicely Tyson, director Michael Wilson, and Hallie Foote (Horton’s daughter) discuss Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” Cicely Tyson plays a woman trapped in a cramped Houston apartment with her soft-spoken son and out-spoken daughter-in-law, dreaming of a return to the small Gulf Coast town of Bountiful, where she grew up and raised her family. Worried that she’s an imposition and longing to escape her daughter-in-law’s watchful eye, she steals away with her latest pension check and heads home in the journey of a lifetime. “The Trip to Bountiful” is playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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City Defends Late Placements in Selective High Schools

Thursday, May 09, 2013

WNYC

“If you didn’t apply for your job, would you get it?” one parent asked a D.O.E. official at a heated meeting about the students who have been placed in selective high schools without being screened. “We’re going to be receiving children who didn’t go through the process at all, while I’ve spent thousands of dollars on my daughter’s artistic development over the course of her life.”

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The Flick at Playwrights Horizons

Monday, March 25, 2013

Playwright Annie Baker talks about her new play “The Flick,” along with Matthew Maher, who stars in it. “The Flick” is set in a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, where three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles, and not-so-tiny heartbreaks, more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen, play out in the empty aisles. “The Flick” is playing through April 7 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.

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“Belleville” at New York Theater Workshop

Monday, March 18, 2013

Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller talk about starring in Amy Herzog's play “Belleville.” It’s about Abby and Zack, a young American couple who have shirked the stability of a comfortable post-graduate life in the United States for Belleville, a bohemian neighborhood in Paris, but their relationship is put to the test. “Belleville” is playing at the New York Theatre Workshop and has been extended through April 14.

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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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Martin Moran's "All the Rage"

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Martin Moran discusses his one-man show, “All the Rage.” It takes the audience on a quest from west of the Rockies to south of Johannesburg, unearthing the unexpected connections and human hilarity that arise as he attempts to resolve an ancient riddle: how is it that we are compassionate in one moment and murderous in the next. “All the Rage” is playing at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

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Richard Thompson Goes Electric

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Grammy-nominated musician Richard Thompson talks about his new album, “Electric,” a guitar-driven set of 11 new songs, released by New West Records. Thompson has been named one of the “20 Greatest Guitarists” by Rolling Stone and called “one of this world’s most gifted songwriters” by American Songwriter.

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British pop icon Lulu

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

British pop icon Lulu talks about her career. She sung such classics as “To Sir With Love” and “Shout,” and she’s performed on American Idol, written the Grammy nominated hit “I Don't Wanna Fight” for Tina Turner, and been one of the center pieces of the Mike Figgis/Martin Scorses documentary on the influence of R & B on American music “Red, White and Blues.” Lulu makes her U.S. debut in New York on February 16 at B.B. King Blues Club.

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Director Fisher Stevens on "Stand Up Guys"

Friday, February 01, 2013

Director Fisher Stevens talks about his new film, “Stand Up Guys.” It stars Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken ,and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night.

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