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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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter? by Npr/ted Staff

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy? by Npr/ted Staff

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color by Karen Grigsby Bates

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

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Monday, March 20, 2017

In 'Confirmed Kills,' Iliza Shlesinger Cloaks Social Commentary In Comic Rants by Kelly McEvers

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's soci…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jo Lampert Takes On Joan Of Arc by Elizabeth Blair

New York artist Jo Lampert just landed her first major role: Joan in David Byrne's new rock opera based on Joan of Arc. With her androgynous appearance and bluesy voice, Lampert seems like a…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

'Fresh Air' Marks The 90th Birthday Of Broadway Composer John Kander

Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. Kander spoke to Terry Gross in 1991 and 2015.

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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 11, 2017

Phyllis Diller's File Of 53,000 Jokes

The female comedian would write a joke and have it typed on an index card and put in a file. Now at the Smithsonian, volunteers are digitizing the cards one at a time.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Patton Oswalt Explains How Pop Culture Gets Grieving All Wrong by Ari Shapiro

Nevermind the superhero stories; after his wife died, Oswalt wasn't motivated to channel his loss into fitness or crime fighting. He says so far push-ups have not been a part of his grieving…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

When Clothes Make The Man Appear Dangerous by Adrian Florido

The revival of playwright Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit" reminds us that clothes and garments have long been the site upon which bigots can project their prejudices and fears.

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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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Friday, February 24, 2017

Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions? by Npr/ted Staff

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more ris…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Exhibition Celebrates Merce Cunningham And His Choreography Of Chance by Euan Kerr

Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move — that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.

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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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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber Has 4 Musicals On Broadway — At The Same Time by NPR Staff

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber hit a milestone this past week. He's the first since Rodgers and Hammerstein to have four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway.

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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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As Trump Mulls Funding Cuts For The Arts, An Artist Argues Against The NEA

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for th…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

30 Years After 'A Different World,' 'The Quad' Brings HBCU Life Back To TV by NPR Staff

Actress Anika Noni Rose discusses her new show The Quad. The series follows success and scandal on the campus of a fictional historically black university.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

New Play About 'Roe V. Wade' Is A Prism For Looking At The American Divide by Elizabeth Blair

Roe tells the stories of "Jane Roe" and the lawyer who argued her side of the case. Playwright Lisa Loomer says it may be a history play, but so much of what happens in it still happens toda…

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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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Sunday, January 15, 2017

'Pretty Big Movement' Takes On Dance Company Stereotypes

A video of a dance company in New York has gone viral, with over 7 million views. Akira Armstrong explains why she founded the dance company for "full-figured" women, called "Pretty Big Move…

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After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus To Shut Down by Emma Bowman

After struggling to remain relevant amid public concern for animal welfare, coupled with high production costs, "The Greatest Show On Earth" will come to an end in May, the company announced…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry by Alice Fordham

Driven to save his culture, an ethnic Assyrian living in Britain is recording ancient, epic tales of adventure sung by modern-day bards. The songs echo stories from ancient Greece to the Bib…

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Gethard talks of hitting rock bottom in his off-Broadway show, billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Actor And Activist Jesse Williams: 'I'm Certain I'm Making A Difference' by NPR Staff

The Grey's Anatomy co-star tells NPR's Michel Martin he's seen the effects of his actions in the public consciousness and discourse. He says he's inspired by black women and the black LGBTQ …

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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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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Rockettes To Perform At Donald Trump's Inauguration, Whether They Like It Or Not by Maggie Penman

Donald Trump's transition team has confirmed that The Rockettes will perform at the inauguration celebration — though one dancer said on social media that she was "embarrassed and disappoi…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. …

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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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