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Kiran Ahluwalia Performs Live

Friday, May 11, 2012

Indo-Canadian artist Kiran Ahluwalia performs live in our studio. Her new album “Common Ground,” which was awarded Canada’s prestigious Juno Award for Best World Music Album of the Year, merges contemporary Indian song with Saharan desert blues and beyond.

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Bebe Neuwirth on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth discusses her roles as Hippolyta and Titania in the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She’ll also talk about her new album, “Porcelain.”

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Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez discuss their careers, relationship, family, and faith. Their dual memoir, Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son, tells stories about more than 50 years of family history and reflect on their life journeys.

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Musical Theater, in the Spotlight

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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.

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Andre Gregory on “Vanya on 42nd Street”

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.

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Dancer Natalia Makarova

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.

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Kevin Kline

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kevin Kline talks about his new film, “Darling Companion.” He plays a doctor whose wife (played by Diane Keaton) rescues a lost dog and forms a special bond with it. When the dog runs away, they set off on a frantic search. “Darling Companion” opens April 20 at the Paris and Union Square Theaters.

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“Death of a Salesman”

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mike Nichols talks about directing Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” He’s joined by Linda Emond, who plays Linda Loman. “Death of a Salesman” is playing at the Barrymore Theatre.

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Simon Callow on "Being Shakespeare"

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.

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Edward Albee and Jane Alexander on “The Lady from Dubuque”

Friday, March 30, 2012

Playwright Edward Albee discusses “The Lady from Dubuque,” along with actress Jane Alexander, who is starring in the Signature Theatre Company’s production of the play. “The Lady from Dubuque” is playing at the End Stage Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Audrey Tautou on "Delicacy"

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Audrey Tautou discusses her film "Delicacy." She plays Nathalie, a successful Parisian business executive who finds herself suddenly widowed after a her soul mat dies.

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Stephanie Blythe

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.

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Haydn Gwynne on Her Role in "Richard III"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Haydn Gwynne talks about her role as Queen Elizabeth in the Bridge Project’s production of "Richard III" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Sam Mendes and featuring Kevin Spacey in the title role.

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Laura Cantrell Performs Live

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."

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“Look Back in Anger”

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.

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“How I Learned to Drive”

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.

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George Steel on New York City Opera's New Season

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.

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Gary Oldman

Friday, February 10, 2012

Gary Oldman talks about his film career and his Oscar nomination for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

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Jonah Hill on "Moneyball"

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Actor Jonah Hill discusses his career and his Oscar-nominated role as Brad Pitt’s baseball-obsessed sidekick in the film “Moneyball.”

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Cynthia Nixon on "Wit"

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.

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