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Tributes: Jean Stapleton

Monday, June 03, 2013

Jean Stapleton may be remembered for her television work, especially portraying Edith Bunker, the slow-witted housewife with a huge heart in the groundbreaking series, “All in the Family.”  Her screechy duet with Carroll O’Connor, singing “Those Were The Days” opened that show.  Yet both before and after that hit sitcom, she made a name for herself on the stage, appearing in everything from “Damn Yankees” and “Funny Girl” (opposite Barbra Streisand), as well as in works by Harold Pinter and Eugene Ionesco.  Off Broadway, she was an incredible Julia Child in the one-woman mini-musical, “Bon Appétit.”  She died at her home here in New York City at the age of 90.  And you can hear the three-time Emmy-winning actress speak with Leonard, in her own, natural voice, in April of 2002.

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How Jean Stapleton And Eleanor Roosevelt Saved An Evening At The Theater

Monday, June 03, 2013

Susan Stamberg remembers an evening onstage with Jean Stapleton.

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Guest Picks: Andrea Martin

Friday, May 31, 2013

Andrea Martin and two of her fellow stars from the musical "Pippin" were on the Leonard Lopate Show May 31, 2013. She shared a few of her favorite things with us!

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Guest Picks: Terrence Mann

Friday, May 31, 2013

Terrence Mann and two of his fellow stars from the musical "Pippin" were on the Leonard Lopate Show May 31, 2013. He shared a few of his favorite books and foods with us.

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David Byrne and Ruthie Ann Miles on "Here Lies Love"

Friday, May 31, 2013

David Byrne talks about his 1980s disco musical about the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, “Here Lies Love,” along with Ruthie Ann Miles, who plays Imelda Marcos. Set in a dance club atmosphere, the musical traces Imelda Morcos’s meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. It’s playing at the Public Theater through July 28.

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Guest Picks: David Byrne

Friday, May 31, 2013

David Byrne was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about bringing his disco musical "Here Lies Love" to the stage of the Public Theater. He also told us what music he's listening to right now!

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Leonard's Conversations with 2013 Tony Award Nominees

Friday, May 31, 2013

The 67th Annual Tony Awards will be held on Sunday, June 9. Leonard’s spoken to a bunch of the nominees and you can listen to those conversations here!

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"Pippin"; "Here Lies Love"; "Frances Ha"; and Please Explain: Neuroaesthetics

Friday, May 31, 2013

Three stars from “Pippin,” Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, and Terrence Mann, talk about their Tony-nominated roles in the Broadway revival of this beloved musical. David Byrne talks about bringing his disco musical “Here Lies Love,” to the Public Theater, and its star, Ruthie Ann Miles, talks about playing Imelda Marcos. Director Noah Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig discuss their new film, “Frances Ha.” And this week’s Please Explain is about neuroaesthetics and the science of how we perceive beauty.

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"Pippin"

Friday, May 31, 2013

Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, and Terrence Mann, three of the stars of “Pippin” talk about the new Broadway production. The original production of “Pippin,” directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.

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WNYC News

Broadway Attendance Falls, Another Victim of Sandy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Attendance at Broadway theaters was down six percent in the year-long season that just ended, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Broadway League, and the group said Sandy is to blame.

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John Malkovich's Salacious Musical Theater

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

John Malkovich's salacious musical theater piece combines the life story of the famous lothario, Giacaomo Casanova, with music from three of Mozart’s greatest operas, including Don Giovanni, which was said to have been based on Casanova’s life.

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New Plays Turn Passive Audience Members Into Participants

Monday, May 27, 2013

Several productions in New York's smaller theaters aren't content with providing passive experiences — the audience is asked to participate. Here Lies Love, a new David Byrne musical about Imelda Marcos at the Public Theater, is set in a disco and the audience moves around, from scene to scene, dancing all the while. Natasha, Pierre and the Comet of 1812, is an electronic pop opera based on a portion of Tolstoy's War and Peace, and is set in a Russian restaurant where audiences are served a meal and vodka as part of the performance. And the audience explores a run-down hotel in Sleep No More, a dance/theater experience based loosely on Macbeth, following actors up and down floors and into different rooms.

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Two Songs That Led Keith Carradine From Screen To Broadway

Saturday, May 25, 2013

One of Keith Carradine's most famous roles in recent years was as Wild Bill Hickok on the HBO TV show Deadwood. But Carradine is also a musician, and it was a song that jump-started his career — and another that drew him to his latest Broadway role.

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Equity At 100: More Than Just A Broadway Baby

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The union of actors and stage managers, who banded together to improve working conditions in the early 1900s, marks its centennial this year. As Jeff Lunden reports, it's operating in an ever-shifting theatrical landscape.

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Clubbed Thumb: In the Risky Biz of Presenting New Plays

Friday, May 24, 2013

New plays are a risky proposition. While most theater companies avoid them, a tiny New York City organization called Clubbed Thumb has presented 80 new plays since it started 17 years ago.

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Studio 360

Alan Cumming

Friday, May 24, 2013

Alan Cumming likes doing accents. He’s played a German mutant in the X-Men franchise, a Russian Bond villain, and the venomous Washington operative Eli Gold on The Good Wife. Cumming is actually Scottish and he is playing a famous Scot on Broadway right now in Macbeth ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with Alan Cumming

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At L.A.'s UnCabaret, 25 Years Of Letting It All Hang Out

Monday, May 20, 2013

Launched as an alternative to the stale stylings of the '80s stand-up circuit, Beth Lapides' event bills itself as a venue for "idiosyncratic, conversational comedy." It's helped establish careers for performers from Kathy Griffin to Randy and Jason Sklar.

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Deaf Actors Play Tribute to Oliver Sacks

Friday, May 17, 2013

Oliver Sacks’ book Awakenings tells the story of how, as a young doctor in the 1960s, Sacks “woke up” a hospital ward full of people with a rare type of paralyzing encephalitis, using the drug L-dopa. Robin Williams played Sacks in a Hollywood version of Awakenings, but A Kind of Alaska ...

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Alan Cumming in "Macbeth"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The actor talks to Leonard Lopate about this production of the Bard's famous tragedy, in which he is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself.

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"Colin Quinn Unconstitutional"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colin Quinn talks about “Colin Quinn Unconstitutional,” a new comedy written that he wrote and stars in. On May 25, 1787, 55 delegates in wigs and tights sat down to create a country from scratch. Quinn offers his unique comedic perspective on our national character, from predator drones to the Kardashians, and he asks if this is what the founding fathers planned. It opens at The Barrow Street Theatre May 16.

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