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Lincoln Center Opens New Theater with Cheap Tickets

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

On June 4, Lincoln Center Theater will open a space dedicated to presenting the work of new artists and all the plays will have a ticket price of $20.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bebe Neuwirth on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth discusses her roles as Hippolyta and Titania in the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She’ll also talk about her new album, “Porcelain.”

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Studio 360

Can Obama's Turnaround Arts Initiative Save Schools?

Friday, May 04, 2012

Last week, the Obama administration announced a new initiative to improve a handful of the nation’s worst performing schools through arts education. The Turnaround Arts Initiative has chosen eight schools to receive $14.7 million over three years to integrate art, music, dance, and ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Conversations with the 2012 Tony Nominees

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday, May 1, and you can hear Leonard's conversations with many of this year’s nominees. (You can find a full list of the nominees here.) The awards will be presented on June 10.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Best on Broadway: Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

David Cote, theater editor for Time Out New York, discusses the Tony Award nominations for the best plays and musicals on Broadway this season.

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Features

Musical 'Once' Leads 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

On Tuesday, actors Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announced the nominees for the 66th annual Tony Awards. The musical "Once" got the most nominations -- 11. Both "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It" got 10 nominations, followed by "Peter and the Starcatcher," which landed nine. Get the full list of nominees here.

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The Takeaway

Anna Deavere Smith Reflects on Rodney King and LA Riots, 20 Years Later

Friday, April 27, 2012

On April 29, 1992, nearly 20 years ago, an all-white jury acquitted four white Los Angeles Police Officers in the case of Rodney King, a black motorist who suffered severe injuries after a brutal beating from the LAPD. South Los Angeles promptly exploded into riots that lasted six days, leaving more than 50 people dead, thousands injured, and $1 billion in damage. Anna Deavere Smith is an playwright, actress and author of "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," a one-woman show that Smith developed from interviews with 300 subjects involved in the Rodney King case and its aftermath. She reflects on the riots that tore the city apart, 20 years ago, and discusses whether and how police-community relations have changed since 1992.

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Studio 360

Recession Wanes, But Artists Still Starving

Friday, April 27, 2012

We’ve been inundated with reports of corporate layoffs and manufacturing jobs vanishing. But the creative class has been particularly hard hit. In an ongoing series for Salon, reporter Scott Timberg writes that the last few years have seen a huge drop-off in jobs in the creative industries. ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Andre Gregory on “Vanya on 42nd Street”

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Theater director Andre Gregory talks about putting on a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse in the 1990s, with actors Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes. The project became the film “Vanya on 42nd Street,” directed by Louis Malle, which was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD for Criterion.

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Features

Bobby Womack, Big Daddy Kane and UCB to Perform at SummerStage

Monday, April 23, 2012

Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage. The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.

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Features

Broadway Dramas Get a Start Off-Broadway

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's not a new trend, but this year many plays and dramas are seeing their full casts transfer from off-Broadway to the Broadway stage. Watch scenes from some of the season's offerings here. Plus, recommendations from the critics on what to see and what not to see.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Death of a Salesman”

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mike Nichols talks about directing Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” He’s joined by Linda Emond, who plays Linda Loman. “Death of a Salesman” is playing at the Barrymore Theatre.

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Features

London Smash 'Two Guvnors' Comes To Broadway

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A British comedy that was the fastest selling ticket in the history of London's West End opens on Broadway tonight with its original cast. As Jeff Lunden reports, One Man, Two Guvnors is full of whimsically portrayed stereotypes — and is based on 500-year-old comic traditions.

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Broadway Theaters Move Start Times Earlier

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In the past few years, many theaters have moved up their weekday curtains to 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. from the usual 8 p.m. start times. Learn why theaters are making the move and see our suggestions of how to entertain yourself if you show up late to your show.

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Features

2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Monday, April 16, 2012

The list of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners is out. Among this year's winners were the late Manning Marable for his book on Malcolm X, Brooklyn poet Tracy Smith and Kevin Puts for his "Silent Night" opera. For the first time in 35 years, there was no winner in the fiction category. See the full list of this year's winners here.

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The Takeaway

Trayvon Martin Story Echoed in New Play

Friday, April 13, 2012

The new play Slip/Shot opens tonight in Philadelphia. The play is set in 1962, at Florida State University in Tallahassee, and centers on the case of a 17-year-old African-American boy. The boy is unarmed, walking home from his girlfriend's late at night, when he is shot and killed by a white security guard. The local sheriff declines to press charges, and the security guard walks free. The story of Slip/Shot directly parallels the Trayvon Martin case, but playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger started working on the play months before the world had ever heard of Trayvon or George Zimmerman. And while Slip/Shot is set in the midst of the civil rights movement, its themes easily resonate today.

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Features

Revivals and Movie Musicals Take Over Broadway

Friday, April 13, 2012

Chances are if you see a Broadway musical, it's something you've already seen. The selections include many Off-Broadway transfers, revivals and movies made into stage musicals. WNYC invited Elisabeth Vincentelli, of The New York Post, and Scott Brown, of New York Magazine, to give their takes on “Evita,” “Newsies” and “Once.”

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Features

'Lion King' is Broadway's All-Time Box Office King

Monday, April 09, 2012

Very quietly, almost stealthily, a new king has been inaugurated on Broadway.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Simon Callow on "Being Shakespeare"

Monday, April 09, 2012

Actor, author, and director Simon Callow discusses his role in the new play “Being Shakespeare.” Written and researched by preeminent Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare’s prose is layered with British history and culture, providing a comprehensive picture of how Shakespeare’s childhood, schooling, and life during the Elizabethan period would have inspired his characters. Callow is the author if 16 books and has starred in the films "Amadeus," "A Room with a View," "Shakespeare in Love," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," among others. “Being Shakespeare” is playing at BAM April 4-14.

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Soundcheck

Exclusive: 'Newsies' Cast Recording Stream

Monday, April 02, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: Soundcheck's weeklong sneak preview of the "Newsies" cast recording is over. The stream has expired. Thank you for listening!

Disney's new Broadway musical "Newsies" will release an original cast recording on iTunes on April 10 and on CD on May 15. But Soundcheck premiered the album a week early with an exclusive stream. 

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