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Sunday, May 7, 2017

When It Comes To Family Musicals, Kids' Opinions Matter More Than Critics' by Jeff Lunden

Normally, critical reviews can kill a Broadway show, but not so for kid-focused musicals. Anastasia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are currently on Broadway, vying for the kid seal of…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

'Indecent': A Play About A Yiddish Play That Was Ahead Of Its Time by Jeff Lunden

A new Broadway production takes audiences through the history of Sholem Asch's 1907 Yiddish play God of Vengeance, about a Jewish brothel owner whose daughter falls in love with a woman.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

'Indecent': A Play About A Play by Jeff Lunden

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel is using a controversial Yiddish play more than a hundred years old as the basis for her first Broadway production.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes' by Jeff Lunden

"Great parts are meant to be played; they're not meant to be owned," says Laura Linney. So she and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to switch roles for each performance of Lillian Hellman's 1939 me…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Composer Tim Minchin Brings 'Groundhog Day' To Broadway by Jeff Lunden

Composer Tim Minchin brings his musical adaptation of the film, Groundhog Day, to Broadway. It's the story of a cynical weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over again.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Blind Theatergoer's 'Hamilton' Lawsuit Aims Spotlight On Broadway Accessibility by Jeff Lunden

The class-action suit brought against the hit musical doesn't seek damages. The attorneys say the hope is to draw attention to Broadway's spotty record in serving audiences with disabilities.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Not Your Grandpa's Circus: The Big Top Makes Room For Experimental Companies by Jeff Lunden

A nonprofit wants you to know that the circus is more than ringmasters and lion tamers — it's also an avant-garde art form.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Man Of Good Hope' Tells A Somali Refugee's Story — In Song by Jeff Lunden

The musical was inspired by Asad Abdullahi, who, as a child, embarked on a perilous journey through Africa. "It's sort of a Greek epic in its proportions," says director Mark Dornford-May.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Broadway's Getting A New Theater, Which Is Also Its Oldest by Jeff Lunden

In New York City, the venerable Hudson Theater reopens this week, after nearly a half-century of being used for other purposes. It's the newest addition to Broadway's 40 stages.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yale Repertory Marks 50 Years As A Theater Incubator by Jeff Lunden

The theater — part of the Yale School of Drama — has given leading playwrights a place to refine their work. August Wilson said it was crucial to his development.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise 'Understanding' On Stage by Jeff Lunden

What happens when you put seven cops and seven civilians in a rehearsal room once a week for 10 weeks? The result is a free show called To Protect, Serve, and Understand at the Brooklyn Musi…

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Taking A Crack At A New 'Nutcracker': This One's Set At The World's Fair by Jeff Lunden

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has a fresh take on the classic Christmas tale. The $4 million Joffrey Ballet production premieres Saturday, and doesn't center around a wealthy Victorian …

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

'Falsettos' Still Resonates In Changed Social Landscape by Jeff Lunden

When Falsettos first premiered in 1981, this frank, funny musical about gay, Jewish life in New York City was covering new territory. Now a revival is in the works, but will it still feel re…

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Guilt-Ridden Winner Takes Center Stage In Peter Brook's 'Battlefield' by Jeff Lunden

The theater director's latest production was inspired by the civil war in Syria. It tells the story of Yudishtira, a prince who is overwhelmed by guilt after he wins a bloody war.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

'The Encounter' Brings The Sound Of The Amazon To Broadway by Jeff Lunden

In 1969, an explorer and photographer named Loren McIntyre was dropped into the Amazon rainforest to try and make contact with a tribe called the Mayoruna. Now his story is headed to Broadwa…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Playwright Edward Albee, Who Changed And Challenged Audiences, Dies At 88 by Jeff Lunden

"All art should be useful," Albee said. "If it's merely decorative, it's a waste of time." The Pulitzer-winning playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died Friday following a short il…

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

On The Steps Of Lincoln Center, A Choir The Size Of An Army by Jeff Lunden

One thousand singers gathered Saturday to perform a new work by Pulitzer winner David Lang. Reporter Jeff Lunden was one of them.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew by Jeff Lunden

Percussionist Miles Salerni repeatedly auditioned to be a Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, but was rejected. So he found another way in.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

'OSLO' Tells The Surprising Story Behind A Historic Handshake by Jeff Lunden

A new play chronicles the secret negotiations that brokered the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord. It's a thriller, says playwright J.T. Rogers: "The ticking clock is the dramatist's fri…

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

'OSLO' Tells The Surprising Story Behind A Historic Handshake by Jeff Lunden

A new play chronicles the secret negotiations that brokered the 1993 Palestinian-Israeli peace accord. It's a thriller, says playwright J.T. Rogers: "The ticking clock is the dramatist's fri…

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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

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" bet…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

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

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…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Hamilton Wins 11 Tonys Out Of Its 16 Nominations by Jeff Lunden

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.

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Hamilton Wins 11 Tonys Out Of Its 16 Nominations by Jeff Lunden

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.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

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 nomi…

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

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 nomi…

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Friday, May 20, 2016

After Factory Layoffs, The 'Skeleton Crew' Is Left Behind by Jeff Lunden

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 econom…

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

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

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.

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

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.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Can Pop Musicals Bring New Audiences To Broadway? by Jeff Lunden

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.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Opera And Jazz Mingle In 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' by Jeff Lunden

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.

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