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Monday, January 25, 2021

13,140,000 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent' by Jeff Lunden

On Jan. 25, 1996, a new rock musical by a little-known writer, Jonathan Larson, gave its first performance. But that show almost didn't happen: Larson died of an aortic aneurysm early that m…

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Veteran Broadcaster Larry King Dies At 87 by Jeff Lunden

With his trademark suspenders and Brooklyn-accented baritone, King spoke with world leaders, celebrities, authors, scientists, athletes — everyone.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Broadway Star Rebecca Luker Dies At 59 by Jeff Lunden

Broadway star Rebecca Luker has died of complications from ALS. She and her husband also had COVID-19 earlier this year.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

No 'Nutcracker'? Or 'Messiah'? How Theaters Are Facing A COVID Christmas by Jeff Lunden

In normal times, audiences would be flocking to theaters for Christmas productions right now. But 2020 is anything but normal — especially when it comes to holiday traditions.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Illusionist Scott Silven Can Turn A Video Call Into A Magical 'Journey' by Jeff Lunden

The Journey is an ingenious use of a virtual performance space. Silven invites 30 audience members to travel to his childhood home in Scotland where they interact in amazing feats of magic.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference by Jeff Lunden

A new play — directed and performed via Zoom — imagines workplace life at Russia's Internet Research Agency, a real life troll-farm indicted for its interference in the 2016 election.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Central Park Is Alive With The Sound Of Music, Thanks To A Site-Specific App by Jeff Lunden

Created by Pulitzer-winning composer Ellen Reid, Soundwalk lets visitors score their socially distanced walks around the park with an ever-changing, GPS-sensitive soundtrack.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference by Jeff Lunden

A new play — directed and performed via Zoom — imagines workplace life at Russia's Internet Research Agency, a real life troll-farm indicted for its interference in the 2016 election.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Ballet Hispánico Celebrates 50 Years As Ambassadors Of Latinx Dance by Jeff Lunden

The dance company features work of Latinx choreographers, as well as a robust educational outreach program. It was just awarded a $4 million grant from the Ford Foundation.

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Ballet Hispánico Celebrates 50 Years As Ambassadors Of Latinx Dance by Jeff Lunden

The dance company features work of Latinx choreographers, as well as a robust educational outreach program. It was just awarded a $4 million grant from the Ford Foundation.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

What Will The Future Of Theater Look Like? 'Our Artists Are Going To Lead Us' by Jeff Lunden

It's hard to predict exactly how theater will come back after the pandemic, but here are a couple guesses: Fewer crowds, more collective imagination, and a focus on racial and environmental …

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What Will The Future Of Theater Look Like? 'Our Artists Are Going To Lead Us' by Jeff Lunden

It's hard to predict exactly how theater will come back after the pandemic, but here are a couple guesses: Fewer crowds, more collective imagination, and a focus on racial and environmental …

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot by Jeff Lunden

The magazine given out at theaters isn't just a program, it's a cherished souvenir. The publication has doubled down on its digital offerings, and to almost everyone's surprise, it's doing q…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot by Jeff Lunden

The magazine given out at theaters isn't just a program, it's a cherished souvenir. The publication has doubled down on its digital offerings, and to almost everyone's surprise, it's doing q…

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years by Jeff Lunden

Tuesday, July 21, marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of musicians.

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Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years by Jeff Lunden

July 21 marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician and advocate for the arts, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of …

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning by Jeff Lunden

Even before the age of social-distancing, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had been leading an online chorus for a decade. Choir members say the connection they foster is more important …

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time by Jeff Lunden

On Site Opera, a company that stages performances in unlikely places, has changed its format during the pandemic. Now it organizes live performances for an audience of just one — over the …

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On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time by Jeff Lunden

On Site Opera, a company that stages performances in unlikely places, has changed its format during the pandemic. Now it organizes live performances for an audience of just one — over the …

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Actors' Equity Approves 2 Live Theater Performances In Western Massachusetts by Jeff Lunden

Actors' Equity is allowing theaters in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts to put on performances this summer. The theaters plan two live shows with limited audiences and safety protocols…

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Actors' Equity Approves 2 Live Theater Performances In Western Massachusetts by Jeff Lunden

Actors' Equity is allowing theaters in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts to put on performances this summer. The theaters plan two live shows with limited audiences and safety protocols…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

'Never Known A Kinder Person': Actor Nick Cordero Dies Of COVID-19 At 41 by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway actor was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Bullets Over Broadway. Cordero had been working on a production of Rock of Ages when he developed symptoms of pneumon…

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'Never Known A Kinder Person': Actor Nick Cordero Dies Of COVID-19 At 41 by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway actor was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Bullets Over Broadway. Cordero had been working on a production of Rock of Ages when he developed symptoms of pneumon…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Broadway To Remain Closed For The Rest Of The Year by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway League, which represents theater producers and owners, has announced that none of Broadway's 41 theaters will reopen before the end of 2020.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway To Remain Closed For The Rest Of The Year by Jeff Lunden

The Broadway League, which represents theater producers and owners, has announced that none of Broadway's 41 theaters will reopen before the end of 2020.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Theaters Return To An Old Art Form — The Radio Drama — With A Twist by Jeff Lunden

Theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to get work to the public. Some are doing plays for podcast, others are turning what would have been stage works into audio dra…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Theaters Return To An Old Art Form — The Radio Drama — With A Twist by Jeff Lunden

Theaters closed due to the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to get work to the public. Some are doing plays for podcast, others are turning what would have been stage works into audio dra…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Shetler Studios In New York City Closes Due To Economic Downturn by Jeff Lunden

For 30 years, Shetler Studios provided affordable space in New York's theater district for rehearsals, readings, classes and auditions. The owners can't afford to continue because of the pan…

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Shetler Studios In New York City Closes Due To Economic Downturn by Jeff Lunden

For 30 years, Shetler Studios provided affordable space in New York's theater district for rehearsals, readings, classes and auditions. The owners can't afford to continue because of the pan…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Now Playing On Broadway: Uncertainty, Unemployment And Displays Of Unity by Jeff Lunden

Broadway has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Theaters are shuttered indefinitely, millions of dollars have been lost, and some members of the community have been infected by the coro…

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Now Playing On Broadway: Uncertainty, Unemployment And Displays Of Unity by Jeff Lunden

Broadway has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Theaters are shuttered indefinitely, millions of dollars have been lost, and some members of the community have been infected by the coro…

Linked From National Public Radio at 05:04AM

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