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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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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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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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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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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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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Working Actor: Performing In 2 Different Plays On The Same Day by Jeff Lunden

The Canadian theater company Soulpepper performs dramas, cabarets, concerts. Some actors perform in multiple shows on the same day. We followed one actor during a grueling, but satisfying da…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels' by Jeff Lunden

George Balanchine's modernist masterpiece was the first full-length, nonnarrative ballet. Russian, American and French ballet dancers have gathered to perform it together in New York City.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Playwright Edward Albee's Incomplete Works May Never See The Light Of Day by Jeff Lunden

Albee died in 2016, and in his will he asked that all his incomplete manuscripts be destroyed — including a play that was supposed to open off-Broadway.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

'These Kids Are Insane': Jimmy Awards Celebrate Outstanding Teen Performers by Jeff Lunden

Seventy-four high school singers, actors and dancers, selected from a pool of 50,000 students across America, recently came to New York City for a Broadway boot camp.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

'1984' Comes To Broadway And 'It's Not An Easy Evening' by Jeff Lunden

George Orwell's dystopia returned to bestseller lists after the inauguration. "It's quite something to bring it to New York now, in this political climate," says adaptation co-author Duncan …

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sponsors Pull Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Seems To Depict Trump by Jeff Lunden

Delta pulled its sponsorship of New York City's Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar that seems to depict an assassination of President Trump.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stage Managers: You Can't See Them, But Couldn't See A Show Without Them by Jeff Lunden

Off in the wings, stage managers coordinate cast and crew, calling hundreds of cues during Broadway performances. They may not win Tony Awards, but without them, not even the curtain would g…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Why A Theater Director Made A 'Color-Conscious Choice' In 'Virginia Woolf' Casting by Jeff Lunden

A small theater in Portland, Ore., cast an African-American actor in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But the Albee estate wouldn't grant the rights to produce the 1962 play.

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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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