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Guest Picks: Jessie Mueller

Friday, December 07, 2012

Jessie Mueller was here to talk about the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," along with Jim Norton, who also stars in it, and Rupert Holmes, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics for. She shared her guest picks with us!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Rupert Holmes

Friday, December 07, 2012

Rupert Holmes was here to talk about the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," which he wrote the book, music, and lyrics for. He stopped by with two of the show's stars, Jim Norton and Jessie Mueller, and he shared his guest picks with us!

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WNYC News

Analysis: What a New Flop by Playwright David Mamet Says About Broadway

Friday, December 07, 2012

“The Anarchist” is a new play by David Mamet which just opened last Sunday on Broadway. But due to poor ticket sales and scathing reviews, its producers say it will close next week, on the 16th. The Anarchist is arguably the fastest failure of a major writer’s new play on the Great White way since the 80s, and its demise says a lot about the current state of the art form. Patrick Healy, theater reporter for The New York Times, discusses the issue with WNYC host Marc Garber.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Shape We’re In

Friday, December 07, 2012

Economist editor Daniel Franklin details the most pressing issues the world faces in 2013. Then Rupert Holmes, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” will be here along with two of the play’s stars: Jim Norton and Jessie Mueller. Jay Neugeboren talks about his latest novel, The Other Side of the World. And, mark the date! Because today’s Please Explain is all about calendars.

Studio 360

Charmingly Awkward Paul Rudd

Friday, December 07, 2012

Paul Rudd returns to the role of awkward father and husband later this month in Judd Apatow’s This is 40, a quasi-sequel to Knocked Up, but he’s taking on a less familiar character on Broadway now. In Grace, Rudd plays an evangelical businessman who wants to start a chain ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Roundabout Theatre Company is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens with new Broadway production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Rupert Holmes talks about writing the book, music, and lyrics, and Jim Norton and Jessie Mueller discuss their roles in the play. Set in a Victorian music hall, a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood—and it’s up to the audience to choose the killer! Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides. It’s playing at Studio 54 through March 10.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Muddling Through

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

On today’s show: New York Times contributing writer Robin Marantz Henig  and her daughter Samantha Henig talk about why so many 20-somethings are finding it hard to establish independent lives. Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Eric Ting discuss the New York premiere of “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...” Farmer Eric Herm explains how he thinks community, education, and agriculture will need to change in order for us to survive the 21st century. Plus, we’ll look at the toll Hurricane Sandy took on museums and galleries.

The Leonard Lopate Show

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Eric Ting discuss “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.” In the play, a troupe of American actors stumble over questions of authenticity and appropriation as they attempt to reconstruct the little known first genocide of the 20th Century—and land in an exploration that hits closer to home. It’s been extended through December 16 at the Soho Rep.

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The Greene Space

"Radio is a huge treat for us. You can bring actors, directors, writers and musicians together...and it's all in your imagination."

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Get a behind-the-scenes look at "American Song," a new dramatic audio series by The Flea Theater. As part of our ongoing Inside Look series, WQXR's Elliott Forrest sat down with several actors in the ensemble, including Oscar- and Tony-award nominee Sigourney Weaver, and Reg E. Cathey, Paul Juhn, and Max Gordon Moore. Also joining ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: David Hyde Pierce

Friday, November 30, 2012

David Hyde Pierce was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with his co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Kristine Nielsen, to discuss the Lincoln Center Theater production of Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." He's a big fan of cocktails!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dark and Light

Friday, November 30, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll find out about the complicated and often misunderstood history of Afghanistan. The director and two of the stars of a new production of “The Piano Lesson,” the fourth play in August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. A. M. Homes talks about May We Be Forgiven, her new dark-comic novel about 21st century suburban life. Please Explain is all about mold!

The Leonard Lopate Show

“The Piano Lesson”

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of “The Piano Lesson,” and Brandon Dirden and Roslyn Ruff, who play the leads, discuss the play, the fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. “The Piano Lesson” is a moving drama of family, history, and survival. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy – an antique piano. “The Piano Lesson” is playing at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Kristine Nielsen

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kristine Nielsen was on the Lopate Show recently, along with co-stars Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce, to discuss the Lincoln Center Theater's production of Christopher Durang's play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." She also told us about some of her favorite things!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Sigourney Weaver

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sigourney Weaver was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with her co-stars David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Nielsen, to discuss the Lincoln Center Theater production of Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." She also told us that she's fan of Kabuki theater. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, and Sigourney Weaver discuss their roles in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Playwright Christopher Durang takes characters and themes from Chekhov and mixes them up, and the result is a play set in present day Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is playing at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Creation

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Howard Bloom talks about his new book, The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates. We’ll take a look at why some psychotherapists are branding themselves to attract more patients—and what that means for the treatments they provide. Then Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce, and Sigourney Weaver discuss their roles in Christopher Durang’s latest comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Plus, we’ll examine whether positive thinking is really the true path to happiness.

The Leonard Lopate Show

"Giant" at The Public

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Michael John LaChiusa, who did the music and lyrics for “Giant,” the new musical based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, talks about the production, along with Brian D'Arcy James, who stars as Bick, and Kate Baldwin, who stars as Leslie. “Giant” is playing at the Public Theater through December 16.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Check In

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today we find out the true meaning of hospitality with Jacob Tomsky, who spent more than a decade working in the hotel industry and reveals some insider secrets about the passive-aggressive techniques that might be used during your stay. Actors Brian D’Arcy James and Kate Baldwin and composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa talk about the new musical “Giant.” Michael Feinstein, who knew Ira Gershwin well, looks back at the lives and legacies of the Gershwin brothers through 12 of their songs. And a new look at ancient Roman politician Cato, and how his principled stand against Caesar has been remembered through the ages.

The Brian Lehrer Show

At the Renaissance Faire

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rachel Lee Rubin, professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston and author of Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture, looks at what the phenomenon of "the faire" says about American culture at large.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Ivanov”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Director Austin Pendleton and Ethan Hawke, who stars in the title role, discuss the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov,” which continues the CSC’s Chekhov Cycle. As Chekhov’s first great dramatic anti-hero, Hawke takes on the role considered by many to be “the Russian Hamlet.” “Ivanov” is playing at the Classic Stage Company through December 9.

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