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America Ferrera in "Bethany"

Friday, February 01, 2013

America Ferrera (from“Ugly Betty”) discusses the Women's Project Theater’s world premiere of the dark comedy “Bethany.” She stars as a financially strapped woman who discovers just how far she’ll go to regain what she has lost. “Bethany” is playing at City Center Stage II through February 17.

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Mare Winningham and Elizabeth Marvel in "Picnic"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mare Winningham and Elizabeth Marvel talk about their roles in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s new Broadway production of William Inge’s play “Picnic.” It’s an American classic about the line between restraint and desire. A group of women preparing for a picnic meet a handsome young drifter named Hal whose combination of uncouth manners and titillating charm sends the women reeling, especially the beautiful Madge. “Picnic” is playing at the American Airlines Theater.

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Aaron Neville

Tuesday, January 22, 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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Laurie Metcalf and Zoe Perry in “The Other Place”

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf and her daughter Zoe Perry talk about their roles in Sharr White’s play “The Other Place.”

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Under the Radar Festival

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mark Russell, director of the Under the Radar Festival, talks about the festival, which tracks new theater from around the world. The Under the Radar Festival runs January 9-20 at The Public Theater.

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Midori Celebrates 30 Years of Performing

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Violinist Midori discusses the 30th anniversary of her performing career, and the importance of music and arts education. She made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic in 1982. Today Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist.

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Golden Boy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Director Bartlett Sher discusses Lincoln Center Theater’s 75th Anniversary production of the Clifford Odets classic “Golden Boy,” along with Seth Numrich, who plays the lead, Joe Bonaparte, and Tony Shaloub, who plays Joe’s Italian uncle. “Golden Boy” is the story of Joe Bonaparte, a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter. “Golden Boy” is playing at the Belasco Theater.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Actor Samuel L. Jackson talks about his career and about starring in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained.”

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"Dead Accounts"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Norbert Leo Butz, Judy Greer, and Katie Holmes talk about the play “Dead Accounts.” Jack’s (played by Norbert Leo Butz) unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna, (played by Katie Holmes), needs answers. Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy tackles the issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back with no questions asked. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.

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Guest Picks: Jessie Mueller

Friday, December 07, 2012

Jessie Mueller was here to talk about the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," along with Jim Norton, who also stars in it, and Rupert Holmes, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics for. She shared her guest picks with us!

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Guest Picks: Rupert Holmes

Friday, December 07, 2012

Rupert Holmes was here to talk about the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," which he wrote the book, music, and lyrics for. He stopped by with two of the show's stars, Jim Norton and Jessie Mueller, and he shared his guest picks with us!

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"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Roundabout Theatre Company is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens with new Broadway production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Rupert Holmes talks about writing the book, music, and lyrics, and Jim Norton and Jessie Mueller discuss their roles in the play. Set in a Victorian music hall, a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood—and it’s up to the audience to choose the killer! Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides. It’s playing at Studio 54 through March 10.

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We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Eric Ting discuss “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.” In the play, a troupe of American actors stumble over questions of authenticity and appropriation as they attempt to reconstruct the little known first genocide of the 20th Century—and land in an exploration that hits closer to home. It’s been extended through December 16 at the Soho Rep.

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“The Piano Lesson”

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of “The Piano Lesson,” and Brandon Dirden and Roslyn Ruff, who play the leads, discuss the play, the fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. “The Piano Lesson” is a moving drama of family, history, and survival. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy – an antique piano. “The Piano Lesson” is playing at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, and Sigourney Weaver discuss their roles in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Playwright Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov and mixes them up, and the result is a play set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is playing at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

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"Giant" at The Public

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Michael John LaChiusa, who did the music and lyrics for “Giant,” the new musical based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, talks about the production, along with Brian D'Arcy James, who stars as Bick, and Kate Baldwin, who stars as Leslie. “Giant” is playing at the Public Theater through December 16.

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Michael Feinstein and the Gershwins

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Michael Feinstein gives an account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins—told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs and accompanied by an original CD of those songs, performed by Feinstein. The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs shares stories from the music that defined American popular song, along with rare Gershwin memorabilia he’s collected through the years. Michael Feinstein is also performing “A Gershwin Holiday” at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency November 27-December 22.

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“Ivanov”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Director Austin Pendleton and Ethan Hawke, who stars in the title role, discuss the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov,” which continues the CSC’s Chekhov Cycle. As Chekhov’s first great dramatic anti-hero, Hawke takes on the role considered by many to be “the Russian Hamlet.” “Ivanov” is playing at the Classic Stage Company through December 9.

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"Disgraced" at Lincoln Center

Friday, November 16, 2012

Playwright Ayad Akhtar talks about the play “Disgraced,” along with actor Aasif Mandvi, who plays the lead role. The play tells is the story of a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When he and his wife Emily, a white artist influenced by Islamic paintings, host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. “Disgraced” is playing at Lincoln Center Theater and has been extended through December 23.

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25 Years of the Irish Rep

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cara Seymour, who stars as Lily in Brian Friel's “The Freedom of the City,” talks about the Irish Repertory Theatre’s new production of the play and the Irish Rep’s 25thanniversary season. She’s joined by Ciaran O’Reilly, the producing director, and Charlotte Moore, the Irish Rep’s artistic director. “The Freedom of the City” is playing at the Irish Repertory Theatre through November 25, then January 2-20.

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