Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
By Chris Palmer
For the students who participate, the spring musical is a high point of their high school experience. And nowhere is that more true than at Brooklyn Theater Arts High School in Canarsie, Brooklyn, a 330-student 9-12 school that emphasizes performance and theater -- and where the annual musical is a seminal event. Last year the show almost did not go on. But this theater tale has a happy ending.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Theater director Andre Gregory talks about putting on a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse in the 1990s, with actors Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes. The project became the film “Vanya on 42nd Street,” directed by Louis Malle, which was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD for Criterion.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Legendary ballet dancer (and Tony-winner) Natalia Makarova, considered the best ballerina of the 20th century, talks about her life and career. She defected from the Soviet Union in 1970 and was the first artistic exile to be invited back to perform in the Soviet Union. Makarova will be honored at special tribute evening on April 28 by Youth America Grand Prix, the world's larges student ballet scholarship competition.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Monday, April 09, 2012
Actor, author, and director Simon Callow discusses his role in the new play “Being Shakespeare.” Written and researched by preeminent Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare’s prose is layered with British history and culture, providing a comprehensive picture of how Shakespeare’s childhood, schooling, and life during the Elizabethan period would have inspired his characters. Callow is the author if 16 books and has starred in the films "Amadeus," "A Room with a View," "Shakespeare in Love," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," among others. “Being Shakespeare” is playing at BAM April 4-14.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe talks about her season at the Metropolitan Opera, performing in three major roles in three different styles. Earlier this year, she reprised her role in Handel’s Baroque opera "Rodelinda" opposite Renee Fleming; later this season she will star as Fricka, queen of the gods, in Wagner’s "Ring cycle"; and currently she’s in the role of Amneris in "Aida," one of the greatest mezzo-soprano roles in all of opera.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Laura Cantrell performs live with Mark Spencer and discusses her residency at Hill Country Live, where she’s performing every Thursday night through February. She also talks about her latest album, "Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music."
Friday, February 17, 2012
Sam Gold, director, and Matthew Rhys, who plays Jimmy, discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Look Back in Anger.” Often regarded as a pivotal theatrical work of the last century, the play is a vibrant drama about four people struggling to live together and love each other in 1950s England. It’s playing at the Laura Pels Theatre.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Playwright Paula Vogel, Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Elizabeth Reaser talk about Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “How I Learned to Drive.” The play explores the complex relationship between Li’l Bit (Reaser) and her Uncle Peck (Butz), as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker.
Monday, February 13, 2012
George Steel, General Manager and Artistic Director of New York City Opera, discusses the long road to its new season and his vision for the opera’s future. The opera’s new season begins at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Jonathan Miller's production of "La Traviata," opening on February 12, followed by the U.S. debut of Rufus Wainwright's first opera, "Prima Donna," which opens on February 19.
Friday, February 03, 2012
Tony– and Emmy Award–winner Cynthia Nixon discusses her role in “Wit,” where she portrays a brilliant and exacting poetry professor undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.