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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten' by Terry Gross

Ten years ago, Costanzo had surgery that threatened to destroy his singing voice. Now the countertenor is starring as a gender-fluid Egyptian pharaoh in a new production by the Metropolitan …

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Satirist Randy Rainbow Uses Show Tunes And Pop Songs To Lampoon Trump by Terry Gross

"I always considered song parody kind of cheap," the Emmy-nominated lyricist and performer says. "But ... I've gotten [such a] response from others ... that I'm appreciating it as an art for…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof' Is A 'Dream Come True' For Lead Actor by Terry Gross

A new, Yiddish language production of the musical is currently running off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directs the show, explain why the play still resonat…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Remembering Jo Sullivan Loesser, Wife Of 'Guys And Dolls' Creator Frank Loesser by Terry Gross

Jo Sullivan Loesser, who died April 28, married Frank Loesser after starring in his Broadway show, The Most Happy Fella. After Frank died in 1969, she helped preserve his legacy.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Glenda Jackson On Playing King Lear: Gender Barriers 'Crack' With Age by Terry Gross

The 82-year-old British actor is currently playing Shakespeare's famed tragic figure on Broadway. "Doors have opened for women that were firmly locked many decades ago," she says.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Dancer Gwen Verdon by Terry Gross

Verdon, who died in 2000, spoke to Terry Gross in 1993 about her work with and marriage to choreographer Bob Fosse. The new FX series Fosse/Verdon revisits the complexities of their partners…

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Remembering Choreographer And Dancer Merce Cunningham by Terry Gross

Cunningham, who died in 2009, would have been 100 on April 16. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1985 about his unconventional approach to dance, in which music and dance are performed independently.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

How Women Have Been 'Profoundly' Left Out Of The U.S. Constitution by Terry Gross

As a teen, Heidi Schreck debated the Constitution in competitions. As an adult, she saw how it shortchanged the women in her family. Her play, What the Constitution Means to Me, will run on …

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Monday, December 24, 2018

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway by Terry Gross

Todd Purdum's book, Something Wonderful, is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind hit shows like Carousel and The Sound of Music. Originally broadcast Apri…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

How The 'Golden Age' Of Corporate Musicals Used Songs To Boost Sales by Terry Gross

Sheldon Harnick, John Russell and Steve Young discuss "industrial musicals," Broadway-style productions written and performed at the behest of corporations. Originally broadcast Nov. 5, 2013.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Remembering Master Magician And Sleight-Of-Hand Artist Ricky Jay by Terry Gross

Jay, who died Sunday, was an avid scholar of con games and could make cards disappear and reappear in ways that seemed impossible. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1987, 1998 and 2002.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

From Injury To Recovery, A Ballet Dancer Fought To Retire On Her Own Terms by Terry Gross

Restless Creature, now available on Netflix, chronicles Wendy Whelan's recovery from hip surgery and her final performance with the New York City Ballet. Originally broadcast July 10, 2017.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

'Fresh Air' Remembers Choreographer Paul Taylor by Terry Gross

Taylor, who died Wednesday, began dancing when he was 22 and worked with some of the world's most renowned choreographers before establishing his own dance troupe. Originally broadcast in 19…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway by Terry Gross

Todd Purdum's new book is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Originally broadcast Apri…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway by Terry Gross

Todd Purdum's new book, Something Wonderful, is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of…

Linked From National Public Radio at 01:48PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

'Mindhunter' Actor Jonathan Groff On His Most Life-Altering Roles by Terry Gross

Groff says his work on HBO's Looking changed his life: "It's one of my favorite things I've worked on, the most personal thing I've worked on." He now stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy by Terry Gross

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the a…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

From Injury To Recovery, A Ballerina Fought To Retire On Her Own Terms by Terry Gross

Wendy Whelan feared she would never dance again after undergoing hip surgery. The documentary Restless Creature chronicles her recovery and final performance with the New York City Ballet.

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