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, October 30, 2017

Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal by Michel Martin

Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences …

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

She Watched Bootleg Episodes Of Seinfeld, Now The Indonesian Comic Performs Stand-Up by Ari Shapiro

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf grew up watching bootleg videos of Roseanne Barr and Jerry Seinfeld. Now she is breaking ground as a stand-up comedian who wears a hijab while openly mocking religious fundam…

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An American Comic In Canada

During a recent visit to Vancouver, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talked with American comedian Erik Griffin about what performing stand-up has been like during the Trump administration.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

'People, Places & Things' Is A Clear-Eyed Look At Addiction by Jeff Lunden

Irish playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage. It's an unsentimental take on addiction and recovery that offers no easy…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

In A Climate Of Fear, A Comedian Remembers What Makes Her Brave by Zahra Noorbakhsh

A rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes made comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh uneasy about performing live. Then she remembered a childhood experience that helped her regain her footing.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Film 'Te Ata' Tells Real Life Story Of Prolific Native American Performer

Te Ata is about the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw storyteller who was born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. She became one of the greatest Native American performers eve…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues by Tara Boyle

For decades, Johnny Fox has been a beloved figure at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Even as he battles serious health problems, Fox is back on stage this fall, thanks to support from fri…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere by Neda Ulaby

The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly pl…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners by Colin Dwyer

Jason De León, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Derek Peterson are among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, which honors "extraordinarily talented and creative individuals."

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps 'Institutionalize Hip-Hop' by Michel Martin

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence by Ted Robbins

Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.

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A New Musical — And Its Audience — Grapple With Asian Identity, Through K-Pop by Kat Chow

The show's plot and very existence provokes larger questions around race, representation and casting.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Bill Murray And Jan Vogler Take Us To 'New Worlds' On Their New Theatrical Album by Rachel Martin

After the comedian and cellist met on a flight, the two struck up a friendship and decided to release an album on which Murray sings and reads American classics accompanied by a classical tr…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column by Jeff Lunden

Before she was a famous author, Strayed wrote an advice column under the pseudonym "Dear Sugar." Now, it's been adapted into an unlikely off-Broadway play starring Nia Vardalos.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Theater Development Fund In New York Takes Playing Dress-Up To Another Level

The largest costume rental business in New York City is not a business at all, but the non-profit organization that runs the city's discount ticket booths.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Like It Or Not, You're Getting A 'Pretty Woman' Musical by Linda Holmes

Is it a good idea to make a musical adapted from Pretty Woman? Or is it, just possibly ... a "big mistake — huge!" We have a few details about the new show, coming to Broadway in 2018.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew by Michel Martin

In his new one-man show, On the Media host Bob Garfield grapples with questions of identity and belonging. "I've been running from the religious part of my religion for my entire adult life,…

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Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made by Jeff Lunden

Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can g…

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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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Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Houston Drag Queen Talks Fundraising

Regina Thorne-DuBois is a Houston drag queen who held a series of Facebook Live fundraisers for local community health organizations in the wake of Harvey. She joins NPR's Scott Simon.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bernard Pomerance, Playwright Of 'The Elephant Man,' Has Died by Merrit Kennedy

Pomerance wrote the Tony Award-winning play about the life of a very deformed man in Victorian England. It has been played hundreds of times, attracting top actors for the central role.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan

Kazan, whose film credits include Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, spoke in 1988 about directing Marlon Brando and his 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Com…

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

New York City Hosts Break Dancing Competition

NPR's Scott Simon talk with legendary break dancer Richard "Crazy Legs" Colón about New York City's biggest break dancing competition and the early days of the dance form.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Rotterdam Concert Canceled After Terror Plot Warning by Rebecca Hersher

Dutch police canceled a concert by the Los Angeles band Allah-Las after a tip from Spanish authorities about the possibility of an attack at the venue. Two men have been arrested.

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'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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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

John Abercrombie, Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72 by Tom Cole

John Abercrombie helped define the sound of jazz guitar: from jazz-rock fusion to funky organ combos to the distinctive less-is-more sound he created on dozens of albums for the ECM label.

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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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Saturday, August 19, 2017

President Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors, Highlighting Rift With Artists by Miles Parks

Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.

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