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Rachel Chavkin Loves Chaos, And With 3 Shows In The Works, It Shows

Friday, July 29, 2016

The avant garde director has two shows running off-Broadway and a musical opening in October. Though she's working on several different projects, she says there's always "a conversation" between them.


'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

Monday, July 25, 2016

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.


New York Artists Search for Creative Real Estate

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Facing rising rents for rehearsal and performance spaces, artists are coming up with their own solutions.

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Hamilton Wins 11 Tonys Out Of Its 16 Nominations

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tony Awards host James Corden and the night's biggest winners paid an emotional tribute to the 50 lives lost in a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday morning.


May I Help You Find Your Seat? We Sat Down With Broadway's Longtime Ushers

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Winners for the 70th Annual Tony Awards are announced Sunday night. Every year, NPR's Jeff Lunden talks to some of the hardworking people in the theater biz who aren't eligible for Tony nominations.


After Factory Layoffs, The 'Skeleton Crew' Is Left Behind

Friday, May 20, 2016

Born and raised in Detroit, Dominique Morisseau has written three plays about her hometown. Her latest explores the lives of auto workers struggling to keep their jobs during the 2008 economic crisis.


Shakespeare Saw '360 Degrees Of Humanity,' And That's Why He Endures

Saturday, April 23, 2016

From actor David Tennant to artistic director Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Company thespians reflect on the Bard's legacy. Shakespeare is said to have died 400 years ago on April 23.


Can Pop Musicals Bring New Audiences To Broadway?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It's not just Hamilton: Some of the season's biggest shows feature original pop scores, including two written by real-life pop stars Sara Bareilles and Duncan Sheik.


Opera And Jazz Mingle In 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The show explores the life of the jazz saxophonist, with Lawrence Brownlee in the title role. It opens this weekend at the Apollo Theater in New York — a stage where Parker played.


'Zimerican' Playwright Danai Gurira Brings African Stories To American Stages

Saturday, March 12, 2016

You may know Gurira as Michonne, the samurai sword-wielding zombie slayer on The Walking Dead. But she's also an award-winning playwright and this week, two of her works are opening in New York.


Family Drama Meets Existential Horror In 'The Humans'

Thursday, February 18, 2016

On its surface, the play sounds pretty ordinary: A young woman and her boyfriend have her family over for Thanksgiving dinner. Then things start to get weird.


A New 'Cabin In The Sky' Offers Universal Stories — And A Problematic Past

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Best remembered as a 1943 film starring Ethel Waters, the musical is being resurrected as a concert series, which aims to both honor the story and reckon with its racist roots.


Jaap Van Zweden Named Next Music Director Of The New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The New York Philharmonic has appointed the 55-year-old Dutch conductor and violinist as its next music director. Does this mark a new artistic direction for the vaunted orchestra?


Young Theater Fans Find Their Tribe At The First Ever BroadwayCon

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For one 14-year-old fan, BroadwayCon was a chance to meet people who understand her theater obsession. "We can share what we love," she says.


'Glory Of The World' Is More Wacky Birthday Party Than Traditional Play

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Glory of the World is a new play that celebrates author and Catholic monk Thomas Merton — but it isn't really about Merton. "Everybody is far more complicated than that one simple line about being a great mystic, a great Buddhist, a great activist, whatever," says playwright Charles Mee. ...


Why Do Theater? Every Year, International Festival Looks For Answers

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Every January, as temperatures plummet, New York's Public Theater opens its doors to Under the Radar, a festival that features cutting-edge theater from around the world. Occasionally, these shows have moved onto the radar — like Gatz, an eight-hour adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which eventually had several runs ...


Song From Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Celebrates Founding Mothers

Friday, December 25, 2015

As part of NPR's year-end series "One That Got Away", reporter Jeff Lunden tells us about his favorite song from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. It's not about the founding fathers...


Conductor Kurt Masur Dies At 88

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Kurt Masur, the German conductor whose career spanned leading an orchestra in East Germany to more than a decade of reshaping the New York Philharmonic, has died at 88.


Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Music Empowers In 'School Of Rock'

Monday, December 07, 2015

The composer teamed up with Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to create the new rock musical adaptation of the 2003 movie.


'Invisible Thread' Is More Than A Musical About Uganda

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Based on co-writer Griffin Matthews' experiences in the country, Invisible Thread explores the connection between an American gay couple and a group of Ugandan orphans.