All stories by Scott Simon on BroadwayStars

Saturday, July 18, 2020

'We Are Freestyle Love Supreme' Is An Accidental 'Hamilton' Cast Origin Story by Scott Simon

A new documentary catalogs the rise of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson and other members of the hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme in the mid-2000s before they became famous on Bro…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

'I'm A Purist': Mary-Louise Parker Returns To Broadway For A New Challenge by Scott Simon

The actor discusses her "arduous" role as a 53-year-old Yale professor in the dark play, The Sound Inside. "It requires a lot of technique," she said. "Because I don't want you to see the te…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

'Everybody's Other Than Everybody Else': Choreographer Mark Morris by Scott Simon

The prolific dancer and company director has written Out Loud -- a memoir of hits and flops, childhood trauma and a lifetime at the forefront of modern dance.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Opinion: The Prince Of Broadway's Legacy Lives On Through His Music by Scott Simon

NPR's Scott Simon honors the legacy of theatrical producer and director Hal Prince, who died this week at the age of 91.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Margaret Trudeau Takes Center Stage — This Time, On Purpose by Scott Simon

A wife and then a mother to Canadian prime ministers, she addresses her time in the public eye and her battles with mental illness in an upcoming one-woman show called Certain Woman Of An Ag…

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Barack Obama Collaborate On Gospel Version Of 'Hamilton' Song by Scott Simon

Barack Obama appears on the new song, "One Last Time (44 Remix)." Originally from the Broadway hit "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda reworked the number and included the former president.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

She's Mom To A Headstrong Teen — Who Happens To Be Joan Of Arc by Scott Simon

In Mother of the Maid, Glenn Close returns to the New York stage to portray a 15th-century peasant woman with a remarkable adolescent daughter she loves — and can't protect.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Glenda Jackson Stands Tall, On And Off Stage by Scott Simon

The Academy Award-winning actress (and former member of British Parliament) returns to Broadway after a 30-year absence in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Cloning A Beloved Pet May Be A Tempting Idea, But There Are Pitfalls by Scott Simon

Barbra Streisand's story of cloning her late dog, Samantha, prompted NPR's Scott Simon to muse on the ways cloning falls short, and the alternatives to trying to recreate a beloved pet.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bernadette Peters On Fulfilling The Red Dress Of 'Hello, Dolly!' by Scott Simon

The Tony-Award-winning actress, the latest to play the titular role of Dolly Levi on Broadway, describes what she brought to an enduring musical.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Frasier At The Opera: Kelsey Grammer Stars In 'Candide' by Scott Simon

The actor best known as Dr. Frasier Crane discusses his first opera performance, as Dr. Pangloss in Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Los Angeles Opera.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger by Scott Simon

The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is directed by Tina Landau. Even in the face of a dangerous volcano, she says SpongeBob "really reminds us to experience each moment with joy."

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit by Scott Simon

Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sondheim's Songs Go 'Into The Woods' And Onto The Big Screen : NPR by Scott Simon

Rob Marshall — who won an Academy Award in 2003 for his film of the musical Chicago — has brought Into the Woods to the screen. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that while he's made some chang…

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S. by Scott Simon

U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR's Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, it's American audiences who miss out.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Paul Provenza And The Art Of Stand-Up : NPR by SCOTT SIMON

Comedians don't like to talk about comedy any more than magicians like to talk about their tricks. Comedy isn't chemistry. You can't put laughs together like a recipe. Paul Provenza, the com…

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bernadette Peters Revives Sondheim's 'Follies' : NPR by Scott Simon

A rich, new production of Follies has opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with the original orchestrations. Bernadette Peters is playing the lead, and when she sings 'Broadway …

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata: 'Alive' With New Sounds by Scott Simon

Peter Keisewalter is the founding member of the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, and their new album, "The Hills are Alive," features their takes on songs from "The Sound of Music."

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