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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Alan Cumming

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Alan Cumming was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his one-man production of "Macbeth." He also told us that the last great book he read was like plant porn. Find out what he's reading, watching and listening to!

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Guest Picks: Colin Quinn

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colin Quinn was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his off-Broadway play, "Colin Quinn Unconstitutional." He also told us that he's a fan of Wendy Williams. Find out what else Colin Quinn's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Colin Quinn Unconstitutional; Jim Gaffigan on Fatherhood; Alan Cumming in "Macbeth"; "The Trip to Bountiful"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colin Quinn talks about his new comedy, “Colin Quinn Unconstitutional,” about what our founding fathers might think of our country today. Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan shares stories about fatherhood. Alan Cumming discusses his acclaimed one-man production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” And we’ll find out about a new production of Horton Foote’s classic play “The Trip to Bountiful.”

The Leonard Lopate Show

"The Trip to Bountiful"

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Actress Cicely Tyson, director Michael Wilson, and Hallie Foote (Horton’s daughter) discuss Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful.” Cicely Tyson plays a woman trapped in a cramped Houston apartment with her soft-spoken son and out-spoken daughter-in-law, dreaming of a return to the small Gulf Coast town of Bountiful, where she grew up and raised her family. Worried that she’s an imposition and longing to escape her daughter-in-law’s watchful eye, she steals away with her latest pension check and heads home in the journey of a lifetime. “The Trip to Bountiful” is playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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'Show Boat' Steams On, Eternally American

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A revival of the Hammerstein-Kern classic showcases once again the rich tapestry and timeless themes of an American saga that changed the course of musical theater — and confronted audiences with painful truths about our history.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Tony Nominees

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz reviews the nominations for Broadway's Tony Awards.

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Eve Ensler Embodied

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Eve Ensler, activist, author of The Vagina Monologues and now, In the Body of the World: A Memoir, shares the story of how working with rape victims in the Congo and her own battle with cancer helped her reconnect with her body.

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WNYC News

Kinky Boots and Matilda Top Tony Nominations

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A rebel pop-star and a naughty British girl are the big winners of the Tony Award nominations. "Kinky Boots," which was scored by Cyndi Lauper,  has earned a leading 13 nominations, and the British import "Matilda: The Musical" was close behind with 12.

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Behind The Curtain Of 'Disgraced'

Monday, April 29, 2013

A play that tackles Islamophobia and questions of Muslim-American identity recently won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play is Disgraced, by first-time playwright Ayad Akhtar. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his play and the significance of the award.

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When Tonys Tap Faves, Look For These Names

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The nominations for the 67th Tony Awards are due April 30, and Barbara Chai of The Wall Street Journal has seen pretty much every show on Broadway this season. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Chai about what she loved, what she hated and what's likely to make the Tony cut.

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'Guilt Trip': Streisand On Songs, Film And Family

Friday, April 26, 2013

Singer, actor, writer, director and producer Barbra Streisand plays a well-meaning if overbearing Jewish mom in The Guilt Trip. The star says her own mother both encouraged her talents and was jealous of them.

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On Broadway, One Runt To Rule Them All

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bob Mondello looks at Broadway's new child-friendly musical Matilda through the prism of his very first commentary for NPR 29 years ago today — a piece about how Annie was really Oliver! in drag.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

La Ruta: A Play About Immigration

Thursday, April 25, 2013

La Ruta, a site-specific play about immigration, takes place inside a 48-foot trailer. Playwright Ed Cardona talks about its message, his process, and what it reflects about the real-world immigration debate.

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'Pippin' Revival Is A Circus Of A Show

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The smash-hit '70s musical, which made a name for Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, gets a shiny new production set at the circus — with real-life acrobats and Broadway pros alike in the center ring.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

MIchael Pollan, "Kon-Tiki," "Talley's Folly," and Selling NYC Parkland

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Michael Pollan has written about how our food is raised, grown and harvested. Today, he talks about how we cook, transforming those foods into dinner. Then, we’ll find out how the Oscar-winning documentary about the voyage of Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki” was made. Also Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson talk about starring in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly.” And a look at the recent trend of selling of public parkland and historic sites to private developers, and what can be done to protect these spaces.

The Leonard Lopate Show

"Talley's Folley"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson talk about starring in Roundabout Theatre Company’s new off-Broadway production of “Talley’s Folly.” At the end of World War II, a Jewish immigrant who has spent his life keeping others at a distance, returns to the small town where he first met Sally Talley, a nurse with deep misgivings about the country’s future. The two try to figure out their place in the world and with each other. “Talley’s Folly” is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre.

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L.A. On B'way: Midler, Mengers Take Manhattan

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Divine Miss M has had a colorful career, but even she's not as outsize a personality as larger-than-life Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers, whom she portrays in the new solo show I'll Eat You Last. Midler spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about the role, her career and her love of classic Hollywood.

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WNYC News

Tony Cutoff Crunch: Shows Crowd Broadway Stages

Friday, April 19, 2013

"I always look at April as sort of Broadway's clown car; the producers always see how many shows they can cram into that last two or three weeks." — Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz.

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