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How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Producer Darren Bagert says there's a boom-or-bust environment on Broadway — you're either a huge hit or you close quickly. Two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals are closing this month.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tracing Muslim Identity on New York's Biggest Stages

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar on moving 'Disgraced' from Lincoln Center to Broadway, in discussion with Aasif Mandvi

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Exploring Muslim Identity in Theater, Comedy, and Revolution

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Aasif Mandvi guest hosts. Thanassis Cambanis on revolution in Cairo. Ayad Akhtar on heading to Broadway. Corey Powell on life on Mars. Dean Obeidallah on religion and comedy. 

WNYC News

Beginning Again and Again in the Romantic Drama 'Constellations'

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are lovers who may — or may not — get together in Nick Payne's new play.

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WNYC News

What It's Like to Wear a Burqa — and a Bikini

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nadia P. Manzoor's autobiographical, one-woman show has a lot to say about women in Muslim communities.

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Studio 360

Glenn Close: Strong Women Aren’t Evil

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Over a prolific career, Glenn Close has specialized in portraying powerful female characters that don’t need you to like them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Elephant Man Returns to Broadway

Friday, January 09, 2015

The true story about a 19th-century British man who became the star of a traveling freak show serves as an enduring tale of humanity.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Explosive Performances, Predicting Explosions

Friday, January 09, 2015

Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola on The Elephant Man. Marcus Roberts performs live in-studio. Patrick Stewart on his latest film. Please Explain is all about volcanoes!

The Leonard Lopate Show

New Theater Gets High Profile at 'Under the Radar' Fest

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Public Theater’s annual festival features an intense and international lineup, including a "remixed" David Foster Wallace essay.

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Morning Edition

The Theater Company Is 1927; The Technology Is Cutting Edge

Monday, January 05, 2015

The British troupe 1927 has used vintage style and distinctive animation to make a name for itself in London and beyond. Its latest play is Golem.

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WNYC News

Festival Brings Theater from Iran and Brazil

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Most plays in this year's edition of the Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival come from abroad.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A New Performance Inspired by the Genius of John Lennon

Friday, January 02, 2015

John R. Waters talks about the genius, music, and phenomenon of John Lennon, as well as Waters' new performance "Lennon: Through a Glass Onion."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Drama in the Life of One of the Country's Best Playwrights, Tennessee Williams

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tennessee Williams's plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. 

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WNYC News

Fearless New York Theater to Host Reading of 'The Interview'

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Treehouse Theater on West 29th Street is doing a free reading of the comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco about a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate Weekend: Jeffrey Horowitz & John Douglas Thompson, Joseph Stiglitz, and Elisabeth Rosenthal

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Leonard Lopate Show's three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 
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Morning Edition

The French Go Crazy For 'An American In Paris'

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with a Gershwin score, is getting rave reviews during its premiere in the city that inspired it.

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Studio 360

How a Happy Ending Ruined Pygmalion

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We mostly think of George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion" as the basis for the musical "My Fair Lady." But Shaw’s play was a feminist tract, not a highbrow rom-com.  

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All Things Considered

In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker has used sets and costumes designed by the author of Where the Wild Things Are. This year, the ballet is retiring the production.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Shepherd Rises to Power in Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine the Great”

Monday, December 22, 2014

"Tamburlaine the Great," a thrilling play about conquest, revolves around a Scythian shepherd of ferocious will who rises to power to become king of half the world.

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Morning Edition

For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Monday, December 22, 2014

The comic strip Little Orphan Annie was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's been since the 1930s.

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