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Monday, February 12, 2018

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired by Jeff Lunden

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired by Jeff Lunden

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

A New Monologue For Eve Ensler, Re-Enacting Life With Cancer by Jeff Lunden

The playwright and activist behind The Vagina Monologues stars in the new one-woman show In The Body Of The World, which explores her efforts to empower women in Africa amid her own health s…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Actor John Mahoney, Dad On 'Frasier,' Dies At 77 by Jeff Lunden

Mahoney was best-known as Martin Crane, the gravely-voiced father on Frasier. He also had prominent roles in movies such as Say Anything and The American President.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Peter Martins Leaves New York City Ballet Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct by Jeff Lunden

In a letter to the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins announced he has decided to retire as its artistic director and head of its school. The announcement follows allegations from current a…

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Peter Martins Leaves New York City Ballet Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct by Jeff Lunden

In a letter to the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins announced he has decided to retire as its artistic director and head of its school. The announcement follows allegations from current a…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him by Jeff Lunden

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.

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The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him by Jeff Lunden

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Famed Conductor Charles Dutoit Faces Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct by Jeff Lunden

The famed conductor Charles Dutoit has been accused of sexual misconduct by four women including opera star Sylvia McNair. Six major orchestras have distanced themselves from him.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls' by Jeff Lunden

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.

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Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls' by Jeff Lunden

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures by Jeff Lunden

Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.

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Broadway's 'The Band's Visit' Tells A Story Of Common Ground Between Cultures by Jeff Lunden

Songwriter David Yazbek knew he wanted to write a musical that fused his two cultural backgrounds and avoid the tired stories about tribal conflict.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

150 Psalms, 12 Days: Music for Challenging Times At The White Light Festival by Jeff Lunden

One hundred fifty composers, from the 12th century to today, are part of The Psalms Experience, performances of all 150 psalms during Lincoln Center's White Light Festival in New York.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction by Jeff Lunden

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy…

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'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction by Jeff Lunden

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column by Jeff Lunden

Before she was a famous author, Strayed wrote an advice column under the pseudonym "Dear Sugar." Now, it's been adapted into an unlikely off-Broadway play starring Nia Vardalos.

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'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column by Jeff Lunden

Before she was a famous author, Strayed wrote an advice column under the pseudonym "Dear Sugar." Now, it's been adapted into an unlikely off-Broadway play starring Nia Vardalos.

Linked From National Public Radio at 06:05PM
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made by Jeff Lunden

Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can g…

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Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made by Jeff Lunden

Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can g…

Linked From National Public Radio at 08:11AM
Thursday, September 21, 2017

In Kitchens Across New York, 'Oh My Sweet Land' Serves Up Stories Of Syria by Jeff Lunden

The one-woman show centers on a Syrian-American who tells harrowing stories of Syria's civil war as she prepares a traditional dish. It's an intimate experience for both the audience and the…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In Kitchens Across New York, 'Oh My Sweet Land' Serves Up Stories Of Syria by Jeff Lunden

The one-woman show centers on a Syrian-American who tells harrowing stories of Syria's civil war as she prepares a traditional dish. It's an intimate experience for both the audience and the…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

'We Shall Not Be Moved': A New Opera Traces The Legacy Of The 1985 MOVE Bombing by Jeff Lunden

The opera, presented by Opera Philadelphia with the Apollo Theater, had its world premiere Sept. 16. It revisits the house at the center of the bombing and its impact on Philadelphia's youth…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Director Peter Hall, A Champion Of British Theater, Dies At 86 by Jeff Lunden

Hall ran two of the most important theater companies in England — the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He directed Waiting for Godot and Amadeus, among dozens of plays, …

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Director Peter Hall, A Champion Of British Theater, Dies At 86 by Jeff Lunden

Hall ran two of the most important theater companies in England — the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He directed Waiting for Godot and Amadeus, among dozens of plays, …

Linked From National Public Radio at 07:59AM
Monday, September 4, 2017

Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize by Jeff Lunden

Broadway casting directors are seeking to unionize like their colleagues in Hollywood, who are already represented. But Broadway producers are resisting and have even threatened to sue, desp…

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Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize by Jeff Lunden

Broadway casting directors are seeking to unionize like their colleagues in Hollywood, who are already represented. But Broadway producers are resisting and have even threatened to sue, desp…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

'Prince Of Broadway' Pays Tribute To A Musical Theater Legend by Jeff Lunden

Harold Prince began his career on Broadway as an unpaid assistant in his 20s. Now, at 89, the producer and director has 21 Tony awards and a long list of hit musicals to his name.

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'Prince Of Broadway' Pays Tribute To A Musical Theater Legend by Jeff Lunden

Harold Prince began his career on Broadway as an unpaid assistant in his 20s. Now, at 89, the producer and director has 21 Tony awards and a long list of hit musicals to his name.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89 by Jeff Lunden

Cook became famous for her parts in Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Then, when Broadway roles became scarce, she reinvented herself as a concert and cabaret…

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Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89 by Jeff Lunden

Cook became famous for her parts in Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Then, when Broadway roles became scarce, she reinvented herself as a concert and cabaret…

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