All stories by Terry Gross on BroadwayStars

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Anthony Roth Costanzo nearly lost his voice to cancer. Now he's back as 'Akhnaten' by Terry Gross

A decade ago, Costanzo had surgery that threatened to destroy his singing voice. Now he stars as a gender-fluid Egyptian pharaoh in the Met Opera's production. Originally broadcast Oct. 7, 2…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:36PM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Conductor Marin Alsop talks about the joys and challenges of leading an orchestra by Terry Gross

Alsop talks about the rejection she faced on the way to becoming the first woman to lead a major American orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony. She's now the subject of a new documentary, The C…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:24PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

How the Method transformed film — and made acting more human by Terry Gross

Method acting is more than mining personal experiences to play a character — or physically transforming for a role. Author Isaac Butler traces the history of the technique in The Method.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:24PM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Mel Brooks says his only regret as a comedian is the jokes he didn't tell by Terry Gross

Brooks wrote countless edgy jokes over the years, but he doesn't regret any of them. He calls comedy his "delicious refuge" from the world. "I hide in humor," he says. His new memoir is All …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:54AM
Friday, December 3, 2021

'Fresh Air' remembers Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim (Part 3) by Terry Gross

We conclude our tribute to Sondheim by listening to archival interviews with collaborators and performers, including Stephen Colbert, James Lapine, Paul Gemignani and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:12PM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

'Fresh Air' remembers Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim (Part 2) by Terry Gross

We continue our tribute to Sondheim by listening back to a 2010 interview in which he shared the stories behind some of his most famous songs and gave his take on other great lyricists.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:48PM

'Fresh Air' remembers Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim (Part 1) by Terry Gross

Sondheim, who died Nov. 26, was the lyricist and composer who gave us Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and other shows. In 2010 he spoke about his writing process, from rhyming to finding the r…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:36AM
Saturday, November 20, 2021

Neither the pandemic nor age can keep choreographer Twyla Tharp from her work by Terry Gross

Twyla Moves, a documentary by PBS American Masters, tells the story of the legendary choreographer, who got her start performing on subway platforms in the 1960s. Originally broadcast April …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:33AM
Saturday, October 30, 2021

'Fresh Air' celebrates master magician Ricky Jay by Terry Gross

The noted sleight-of-hand artist, who died in 2018, was also a scholar of con games and oddities. This week, Sotheby's auctioned off part of Jay's 10,000-item collection. Originally broadcas…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:42AM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Billy Porter makes peace with himself: 'I set myself free, honey. No more secrets' by Terry Gross

Fourteen years after his initial diagnosis, the Pose actor revealed publicly that he is HIV-positive. Porter says being open about his health status felt like a rebirth. His new memoir is Un…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:06PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

'Dear Evan Hansen' Actor Ben Platt Escapes From Anxiety By Being In The Spotlight by Terry Gross

Platt frequently worries about the past and what's to come, but there's one place where his anxiety tends to subside. "Being on stage, for me, is kind of the antidote to that," he says.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:42PM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Finishing 'Sunday In The Park': Behind-The-Scenes Stories Of Working With Sondheim by Terry Gross

James Lapine worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Passion. In Putting it Together, he draws on interviews with Sondheim and members of the cast …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:48PM
Friday, May 14, 2021

Remembering NYC Ballet Principal Dancer Jacques D'Amboise by Terry Gross

D'Amboise, who died May 2, began dancing at 7 and joined the New York City Ballet at 15. He later founded the National Dance Institute, which teaches dance to children. Originally broadcast …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:42PM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

'Dance Can Give Community': Twyla Tharp On Choreographing Through Lockdown by Terry Gross

Twyla Moves, a new documentary by PBS American Masters, tells the story of the legendary choreographer, who got her start performing on subway platforms and rooftops in the 1960s.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:03PM
Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Remembering Broadway Star Rebecca Luker by Terry Gross

Luker, who died of ALS Dec. 23, received Tony nominations for her performances in Showboat, The Music Man and Mary Poppins. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1999, 2000, 2013 and 2020.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:24PM
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Remembering Dancer And Choreographer Marge Champion by Terry Gross

Champion, who died Oct. 21, danced with her husband Gower in the movie musicals Till the Clouds Roll By, Showboat and Lovely to Look At. Originally broadcast in 2001.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:03AM
Friday, October 16, 2020

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. A film of her Broadway play, What the Constitution Means to Me, is now available on Amazon Prime. Originally broadcast Marc…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:24PM

2 Broadway Stars Grapple With COVID And ALS: 'We're Adapting To A New Reality' by Terry Gross

Married Broadway stars Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker both contracted COVID in the spring. Burstein was hospitalized. Luker's case was less severe, but it came soon after she was diagnosed…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:12AM
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

'The Past Isn't Done With Us,' Says 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda by Terry Gross

A film of the original Broadway production of Hamilton, taped in 2016, begins streaming on Disney+ on Friday. Miranda, who stars in the title role, says the production is as timely as ever.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:03AM
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Steve Martin On His Years As A Comic — And Walking Away From Stand-Up by Terry Gross

At the height of his fame, Martin shifted his focus from stand-up to acting and writing. He called his memoir, Born Standing Up, a biography of "someone I used to know." Originally broadcas…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:42AM
Saturday, March 28, 2020

'Fresh Air' Celebrates Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim (Part 2) by Terry Gross

Sondheim, who turned 90 on March 22, composed the music and lyrics for Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Company and other shows. He spoke about his career in musical theater in this 2010 interv…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:54AM
Thursday, March 26, 2020

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadway Playwright Terrence McNally by Terry Gross

McNally, who died March 24 due to complications related to COVID-19, won Tony awards for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime and Master Class. Originally broadcast J…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:24PM
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

'Fresh Air' Favorites: Joan Rivers by Terry Gross

This week, we're listening back to some favorite Fresh Air interviews from the past decade. Rivers, who died in 2014, spoke to Terry Gross in 2010 about the sacrifices she made as a female c…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:36PM
Saturday, December 28, 2019

'Fresh Air' Favorites: 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda by Terry Gross

This week, we're listening back to some favorite Fresh Air interviews from the past decade. Terry Gross spoke to Miranda in 2017 about how his "mixed tape" musical came together.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:03PM

'Fresh Air' Favorites: 'Book Of Mormon' Creators Trey Parker And Matt Stone by Terry Gross

This week, we're listening back to some favorite Fresh Air interviews from the past decade. In 2011, Terry Gross spoke to the creators of South Park about their Broadway hit.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:03PM
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 …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:18AM
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…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:32PM
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…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:54PM
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.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:06AM
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.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:45PM
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…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:27PM