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Shakespeare in the Park in 1962

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
Various actors and Joseph Papp, producer and director of the Shakespeare Festival in 1962, describe the magic behind the event.
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WNYC News

A Lear Less Bright Than Its Stars

Saturday, August 09, 2014

 King Lear is now showing at The Public's Delacorte Theater as part of their free annual Shakespeare in the Park series.

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WNYC News

Sunny Love from Sicily Opens Shakespeare in the Park

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is the quintessential romantic comedy. Set in sunny Sicily, it features a host of misunderstandings, some light intrigue, a masked ball, and one of the most famous romantic pairings in literature: Beatrice and Benedick, whose "merry war" of wits leads, of course, to falling in ...

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WNYC News

Weekend Staff Picks: Sandy Hook, Shakespeare & Soccer

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Get in line for a free performance of Shakespeare in the Park's Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte theater in Central Park.

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WQXR Features

Ticket Giveaway: Happy Birthday to The Bard

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today is Shakespeare's 450th birthday. You’ll also have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Shakespeare in the Park this summer and a one-year membership to the Public Theater.

Operavore

Shakespeare, the Musical Muse

Friday, August 16, 2013

Shakespeare’s plays, with their gorgeous language, are not always congenial for musical adaptation. And yet, the stories and characters are so vivid and, yes, human, writes Fred Plotkin.

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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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shakespeare in the Park's “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Friday, August 09, 2013

Rachel Dratch talks about starring in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park musical production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” along with Michael Friedman, who wrote the songs. The King and his best friends decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off women, but when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they’re forced to reconsider. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” is playing at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through August 18.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Rachel Dratch

Friday, August 09, 2013

Rachel Dratch was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with Michael Friedman, to talk about her role in Shakespeare in the Park's musical adaptation of "Love's Labour's Lost." She also told us what she's a fan of -- and no, we weren't expecting it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Michael Friedman

Friday, August 09, 2013

Michael Friedman was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with Rachel Dratch, to talk about writing the songs for Shakespeare in the Park's musical adaptation of "Love's Labour's Lost." He also told us what his favorite comfort food is. 

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Michael Friedman Sets Shakespeare To Song In 'Love's Labour's Lost'

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park is one of New York City’s most beloved summer traditions. But this year, something rather unusual is playing at the festival – a Shakespeare-based musical. Brought to you by the duo behind "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "Love's Labour's Lost" is a hilarious mash-up of original 16th century text and a modern-day college town setting.

Composer and lyricist Michael Friedman wrote the songs for the new production, and he joins us to talk about why he and director Alex Timbers were drawn to this particular play of Shakespeare's. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jesse Tyler Ferguson was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with co-star Hamish Linklater, to talk about playing identical twins in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Comedy of Errors." He also told us what he's a fan of (including his co-star).

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Hamish Linklater

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hamish Linklater was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with his co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. They play identical twins in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Comedy of Errors." Hamish also told us what he's listening to and what he's a fan of. Let's just say he's a very supportive colleague. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shakespeare in the Park's "Comedy of Errors"

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater discuss playing Dromio and Antipholus in “The Comedy of Errors,” one of this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park productions. The play concerns two sets of identical twins who were separated as children and now live as master-servant pairs in rival neighboring cities. It’s an enjoyable mess of mistaken identity, wrongful imprisonment, questionable flirting, and general mayhem. It’s playing at The Public’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park through June 30.

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Around Broadway

Shakespeare in the Park Kicks Off with Kid-Friendly Comedy

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Delacorte Theater unwraps itself for Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater presents two free Shakespeare works this season: The Comedy of Errors and later in the season, Love’s Labors Lost.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Oskar Eustis, Kevin Kline, and Jeffrey Wright Celebrate the Delacorte's 50th Anniversary

Monday, June 11, 2012

Oskar Eustis, artistic director at the Public Theater, and Shakespeare in the Park alumni Kevin Kline and Jeffrey Wright talk about celebrating the 50th anniversary the Delacorte Theater and the 2012 season of Shakespeare in the Park, which includes Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical “Into the Woods.”

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Joseph Papp and Shakespeare in the Park, 1962 & 1965

Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's summertime in New York, which means theater lovers all over the city have been scrambling to get tickets to the Public Theater's near-daily Shakespeare in the Park performances. Today we celebrate the tradition with two archival recordings from the WNYC/Municipal Archives collection featuring Joseph Papp, founder of the Public Theater (and, later, Joe's Pub).

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Operavore

Shakespeare and Opera: The Strange But True Story of Verdi's King Lear

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Opera fans know that Verdi wrote three brilliant operas based on Shakespeare: Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff. And then there is the great Shakespeare opera that Verdi struggled to create, but did not: Il Re Lear. Here's why.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Summer: The Shakespeare Season

Friday, July 08, 2011

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Features

Summer Shakespeare: Coming to a Subway Car, Park or Parking Lot Near You

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Hither" and "thither," the Bard's plays are all over the city. The tradition of free outdoor performances of Shakespeare in New York City dates back to the late 1950’s.

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