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PHOTOS| A Conversation with Wendell Pierce

Friday, March 06, 2015

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A conversation with Wendell Pierce in The Greene Space 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

'Into the Woods' Comes Back to the Stage

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A re-invention of the classic Sondheim show is stripped-down and unplugged, with just ten actors performing all the songs with one piano.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sting's Broadway Debut and the Future of 3-D Printing

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sting debuts in a new Broadway musical. Dan Pashman on Thanksgiving etiquette. Jerome Groopman on the future of 3-D Printing in medicine. A new side of Napoleon.

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Jonathan Lethem's 'The Fortress Of Solitude' Is Now a Musical

Monday, October 27, 2014

The coming-of-age saga following two teenage friends as they navigate adolescence and racial tensions in 1970s Brooklyn has just been extended through Nov. 16 at the Public Theater.

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Leonard Bernstein's 'On The Town' Is Back On Broadway

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"New York, New York" and "Lonely Town" are just two of the many memorable songs from Bernstein's progressive and raunchy musical. 

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Bryan Ferry On His New Album; 'On The Town' Back On Broadway; Wordless Music Orchestra Plays 'Tubular Bells'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bryan Ferry discusses his new album, Avonmore; Leonard Bernstein's 'On The Town' is back on Broadway; Wordless Music Orchestra plays Tubular Bells in the Soundcheck studio.

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Greil Marcus' Ten Songs That Embody Rock 'N' Roll; Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij Scores For Broadway; MTV's VMAs At 30

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Veteran rock critic Greil Marcus discusses songs that embody rock history; Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij scores for theater; looking back on MTV's first VMAs.

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New Jersey News

"This Trenton Life"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"This Trenton Life," a play created by high school students and the Passage Theatre Company, was performed this summer in in a revitalized vacant lot in Trenton. A mini-documentary about the experience now appears on the web site, State of the Arts. Mary Mann is with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University. She speaks with New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about the collaboration.

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Community

FULL VIDEO | August Wilson Talk Series: Bringing Black Works to Broadway

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Of the roughly 33 plays and musicals to open in the 2011-2012 Broadway season, only five featured prominent African-American characters, actors or story lines. 

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Summer on Stage: This Season's Notable Musicals

Friday, May 31, 2013

A young man grappling for meaning in life, surrounded by acrobats in hoops. A sung-through adaptation of the Russian novel "War and Peace." And a pop-star musical about the former first lady of the Philippines.

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Studio 360

Alex Timbers and Here Lies Love

Friday, May 17, 2013

The director Alex Timbers is young, but in the last few years he’s already carved out a unique niche as a director of historical mashup musicals. He directed Gutenberg! The Musical! as well as the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Timbers is the director of a new show, Here Lies Love ...

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Twitter Subpoenaed Over Threats to Mike Tyson Show

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The NYPD has used a subpoena to force Twitter to disclose information about the source of a tweet saying "people are gonna die" at the Broadway theater staging a one-man show by former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, the department said Tuesday.

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Features

Independent Theaters Band Together to Raise Funds

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

New York's independent theater community has decided to nickel and dime their way to financial stability.

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The Takeaway

David Henry Hwang on His New Play 'Chinglish'

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Perhaps this has happened to you before. You’ve said something that someone misunderstood — with or without a translator. Due to culture, language, or even gender, a statement like "I appreciate your frankness" comes across as "I enjoy your rudeness." The new play, "Chinglish" pays tribute to, and pokes fun at, these moments when something gets lost in translation. The play is in both Mandarin and English. And because the show has subtitles similar to those at the opera, the audience is fully in on all the jokes, even when the mono-lingual characters are not. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fighting With Heart

Monday, June 13, 2011

Writer, playwright, activist, co-founder of GMHC, and founder of Act Up Larry Kramer talks about the Tony-winning revival of his play "The Normal Heart" about the onset of the AIDS crisis, and his activism.

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The Takeaway

Rewriting 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark'

Monday, June 13, 2011

After months of setbacks, on-set injuries and pushed back opening nights, Spider-Man fans and U2 fans will finally get what they’ve all been waiting for: the official Broadway premiere of “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark." Two of the show's writers explain the process of bringing the show to the stage.

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The Takeaway

A Mormon Cast Member from the 'The Book of Mormon' Tells All

Friday, June 10, 2011

On Sunday night, theatre lovers, music lovers and “South Park” fans will all be cheering for one musical at the Tony Awards: “The Book of Mormon,” which is nominated for 14 Tonys—more than any other show this year. Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “South Park” fame and Robert Lopez of “Avenue Q,” it centers on a group of Mormon missionaries in Africa. Along the way, there are songs about closeted homosexuality and maggot infestations, and more than a few jokes at the expense of Mormons.

 

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The Takeaway

'Northern Lights 1996' Explores Students' Rights, Then and Now

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Half a century ago, as Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington and Freedom Riders tested the desegregation of interstate buses, students at a Detroit high school stood up for their rights, and won. Finding the facilities and education at their school inferior to what was available at predominately white schools, they staged a walk-out, and refused to come back to their school until their demands were met. A new play called “Northern Lights 1966” tells their story. Starring a cast of high school students, it’s being staged by Detroit’s Mosaic Youth Theatre through this weekend.

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The Takeaway

With Great Musical Power Comes Great Musical Responsibility

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

“Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” is the most expensive Broadway production in history, and may very well be the most talked about musical in decades. Boasting a $65 million budget, a score by U2’s Bono and the Edge, twenty seven daredevil flying scenes, and direction by Tony award-winner Julie Taymor, it appears to have all the ingredients for success. But the show has also been plagued by a seemingly endless supply of unintended drama: injuries, postponments and more. Tired of it all, and convinced he could deliver a better Spider-Man musical sooner, Justin Moran wrote and produced his own Spider-Man musical.

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Features

TV Carpio To Play Arachne In 'Spider-Man'

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

There's a new Arachne in the most expensive show on Broadway. The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have announced that T.V. Carpio will play the villainess spider-woman in Tuesday night's show.

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