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A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's our annual performance of "A Christmas Carol." Hear the radio drama inspired by Charles Dickens' classic tale featuring your favorite public radio personalities.

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Enrapturing Audiences with the Music of Carole King

Thursday, September 18, 2014

 With eight shows a week, the Tony Award winning star of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, is working on keeping it fresh.


Critics' Picks: What's Worth the Buzz (And What Isn't) on Broadway

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A handful of performances, both on and off Broadway, are making headlines this month — for reasons both good and bad: Of one of the newest shows on the Great White Way, one critic fumes: "It's one of the worst things that I've seen on Broadway in I don't know how long."


Theater: Broadway Gears Up for Spring

Friday, March 01, 2013

Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin, Bette Midler. These are some of the big stars landing on Broadway this spring season. And even before the stars come out, a number of other shows are drawing attention.

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One NY Artist: Carla Duren

Saturday, February 02, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in studios, basements and on stage. WNYC is bringing some of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.


A Cooler Roof For A New 'Cat'

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' iconic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may feature big names, but it aims for a quiet kind of authenticity. Director Rob Ashford asked his cast to take their characters off the pedestal of dramatic history and put them back in the scene.


Micropolis: Before the Curtain Rises

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Before they hit the stage, Broadway actors can often be found cocooned in their makeup rooms. But, what exactly do they do in there?


The Mystery Surrounding 'Rebecca'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It’s a tale worthy of Hitchcock (with a few shades of "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" thrown in for good measure). The lawyer for the lead producer of the $12 million production of “Rebecca” says that an exhaustive search by private investigators in New York and London revealed that four of the show's investors, including one who purportedly died of malaria, did not actually exist.

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A Broadway Mystery Worthy Of 'Rebecca'

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A musical adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Gothic novel Rebecca was set to come to Broadway — until the existence of its major investor came into question. New York Times theater writer Patrick Healy discusses the mystery on All Things Considered.


George Takei Takes Story Of Internment To The Stage

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The actor was born in 1937 to a Japanese-American family that, after Pearl Harbor, was sent to live in internment camps for the duration of World War II. His experience growing up in the camps inspired a new musical, Allegiance, which Takei also stars in.

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Culture Report Ranks World Cities

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Is New York the cultural capital of the world? The World Cities Culture Report, commissioned by the Mayor of London, takes a look at how 12 world cities compare in their cultural offerings. Vote on what cities you think rank as the most cultural.


Don't Keep Calm, But Carry On: Uncle Vanya at the Lincoln Center Festival

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

There are many definitions of comedy, and one is when circumstances are ripe for tragedy, but it fails to materialize. Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov’s tale of disappointed love and disappointed lives on a declining country estate, currently playing Lincoln Center Festival, is a comedy.


'Oklahoma!' Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Academy Award-winning actress was a star on both stage and screen, best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma!


Kristin Chenoweth Injured on Brooklyn Set of ‘The Good Wife’

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Actress Kristin Chenoweth was injured on the set of the CBS drama "The Good Wife" and taken by ambulance to a hospital, her publicist and the show's producer said.


Composer, Lyricist Richard Adler Dies at 90 in NY

Friday, June 22, 2012

Composer and lyricist Richard Adler, who won Tony Awards for co-writing the songs for such hit musicals as "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees," has died. He was 90.


50 Years Later, Still Free, Still Battling The Weather

Thursday, June 21, 2012

This summer marks the half-century anniversary of Central Park's Delacorte Theater, home of the free annual Shakespeare in the Park. Jeff Lunden looks at the theater's beginnings and how it continues its work today with a new production of As You Like It.

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New Arts Space to Open in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled its new performing arts space on Thursday. The 40,000 square-foot Richard B. Fisher Building, or BAM Fisher, sits in the footprint of the old Salvation Army building at 321 Ashland Place in Fort Greene. The space, which has its official opening on Sept. 5, will be devoted to showing the work of emerging and established artists.

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Tonys Set to Be An Awards Show Smackdown

Friday, June 08, 2012

The Tony Awards, to be held on Sunday and to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will include showdowns between Nina Arianda in "Venus In Fur" and Tracie Bennett in "End of the Rainbow"; and Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Corden in the Best Actor category. "Once" will also be going up against "Newsies" for the Tony for best musical.


Historic National Black Theater to Remain Open

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Harlem's National Black Theater, which once hosted the likes of Ossie Davis and Nina Simone on its stage, was set to shutter. But with the help of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and investment management firm Baltoro Capital, the historic venue will live on.


Broadway's 'Peter and the Starcatcher' Nominated for a Best Directing Tony for its Two Directors

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Broadway show "Peter and the Starcatcher" is now up for nine Tony Awards — the most of any production in 2012. What is unusual is that one of it its nominations — Best Direction — is for its two directors: Richard Rees and Alex Timbers.

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