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Sir Ian McKellen Discusses Life on Stage & Screen

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen stopped by The Greene Space at WNYC yesterday for a live lunchtime chat with a studio audience and our host John Hockenberry. He discussed his life and work in theater and on screen, from the Broadway stage play "Waiting for Godot," to X-Men and his friendship with Sir Patrick Stewart. Here you'll find selected audio and video clips of McKellen's interview, as well as a link to the full conversation.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: A Conversation with Sir Ian McKellen

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen stopped by The Greene Space on Tuesday, February 18 for an intimate conversation on his life and career with The Takeaway's John Hockenberry.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"The Standbys," a Documentary about Broadway Understudies

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Stephanie Riggs, the director of the new documentary "The Standbys," discusses her film, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Broadway understudies who are rarely seen by audiences. These performers, known as "standbys," remain backstage, prepared to go on at a moment's notice.  She will be joined by Ben Crawford and Alena Watters, who are featured in the film. "The Standbys" opens at the Quad Cinemas on February 21.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Eric Tucker

Friday, February 14, 2014

Eric Tucker was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about directing and performing in Bedlam Theatre's unusual production of George Bernard Shaw's play, Saint Joan. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to recently.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Saint Joan"

Friday, February 14, 2014

Director Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols talk about the acclaimed Bedlam production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan,” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater off-Broadway. Andrus Nichols plays Joan in the play, which is based on the life and trials of Joan of Arc. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cooking with Aphrodisiacs; Third Reich Scientists; "Saint Joan"; Please Explain: Genius

Friday, February 14, 2014

On today’s Valentine’s Day show with New York Times Dining columnist Melissa Clark talking about aphrodisiacs like figs, oysters and artichokes, and what to cook for your special someone. We’ll look at the secret American program to bring the Third Reich’s scientists into the US after the end of World War II. Director Eric Tucker talks about an unusual production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Saint Joan, starring Andrus Nichols as Joan of Arc.And this week’s Please Explain is all about genius and the various ways we measure intelligence.

The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Get an Inside Look at Broadway's 'If/Then' with Anthony Rapp and LaChanze

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Greene Space's Inside Look: Broadway series continued on Monday, February 3 with a behind-the-scenes peek at the new Broadway musical, "If/Then" starring Idina Menzel. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rebecca Hall on Her Role in "Machinal"

Friday, February 07, 2014

Rebecca Hall discusses her role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal.” Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, “Machinal.” Hall plays a young stenographer in the 1920s who realizes her life is nothing like she hoped it would be. She finds joy by having an illicit love affair, and she’ll go to any lengths to avoid returning to her routine existence. “Machinal” is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. 

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Row After Row,” a Play About Civil War Re-enactors

Friday, February 07, 2014

Playwright Jessica Dickey talk about her play “Row After Row,” along with actors P J Sosko and Rosie Benton, who star in it. "Row After Row" is a dark comedy about hard-core Civil War re-enactors in Gettysburg, and it's playing at City Center Stage II.

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Studio 360

Three’s Company Goes To Court

Friday, February 07, 2014

Three’s Company — the jaunty sitcom about three roommates and their double-entendre-infested apartment — went off the air in 1984. But a stage play is giving it new attention. David Adjmi’s 3C ran in New York City in 2012, but the TV show’s rights holders filed a cease-and-desist ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Climate Change and Weird Weather; the Plays "Machinal" and "Row After Row"; Please Explain

Friday, February 07, 2014

On today’s show: We’ll find out how polar vortexes, drought in the west, and snow in the south are connected to climate change. Then, Rebecca Hall tells us about her acclaimed role in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of “Machinal.” And we’ll find out about the off-Broadway play “Row After Row,” about Civil War re-enactors. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about container ships, and how products move around in a globalized world.

Studio 360

This Play from Iran Is an Actor’s Nightmare

Friday, February 07, 2014

Actors face stage fright all the time. But consider this scenario: you show up to perform a one-person show, and you’ve never seen the script. You don’t know what it’s about because you promised not to do any research. It’s your first performance, and the only one you’ll ever have ...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman And The Blessings Of Friction

Monday, February 03, 2014

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday, after a career in which he stepped back from both likeability and villainy to explore a different kind of connection with audiences.

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Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Karachi is Pakistan's economic hub, its major port and its largest city. It's also the country's most violent and crime-ridden city. But it's not all blood and thunder. Witness the musical Grease, now playing to packed houses in Karachi.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Brian F. O'Byrne

Friday, January 31, 2014

Brian F. O'Byrne was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, with co-star Debra Messing, to talk about starring John Patrick Shanley's play, Outside Mullingar. He also told us about being moved by watching The Mets and claims that he's dull. (We don't believe him.)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Debra Messing and Brian F. O’Byrne in "Outside Mullingar"

Friday, January 31, 2014

Debra Messing and Brian F. O’Byrne talk about their roles in John Patrick Shanley’s play “Outside Mullingar.” They play Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, which suits him well because he’s painfully shy. His neighbor Rosemary is determined to have him but is watching the years slip away. “Outside Mullingar” is playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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WNYC News

Sex and Sports Hard to Stage; Theater Producers Keep Trying

Friday, January 31, 2014

New and upcoming plays about boxing, baseball, kung fu and characters engaging in multiple affairs show that sex and sports are the hot topics this season. But don't get too excited - turns out they are both tough subjects to translate onto the stage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Pill that Prevents HIV; Black Barbershops and Civil Rights; "Outside Mullingar"; Please Explain

Friday, January 31, 2014

A pill called Truvada has been shown to prevent HIV—it’s safe, effective, approved by the FDA, and often covered by health insurance. We’ll find out why so few people are taking it. We’ll look into the cultural history of black barbershops in the United States since the 19th century, and the role they played in the civil rights movement. Debra Messing and Bryan F. O’Byrne talk about starring in John Patrick Shanley’s latest play, “Outside Mullingar.” Plus: following last week’s Please Explain about dogs, this week, we’ll find out all about cats!

Soundcheck

Jessie Mueller: Playing Carole King On Broadway

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hear Jessie Mueller, appearing now as Carole King in the Broadway show Beautiful, perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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WNYC News

More Ramps and Wheelchair Seats Coming to Broadway Theaters

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nine Broadway theaters will be more accessible to the disabled thanks to an agreement with the federal government. 

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