Sunday, January 16, 2022

After almost 4 decades, the San Francisco Ballet has a new director

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Tamara Rojo, the new artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet, about her vision for the role.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:24AM
Saturday, January 15, 2022

Kacey Musgraves by NPR

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves plays our game called, "O, Say Can You See." Three questions about national anthems. She is joined by panelists Maz Jobrani, Helen Hong, and …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:06PM

Opinion: Remembering a friendship with Terry Teachout by Scott Simon

NPR's Scott Simon remembers theater critic and playwright Terry Teachout, who died this week at the age of 65.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:03AM
Friday, January 14, 2022

Sidney Poitier: actor, activist, and trailblazing heartthrob by Karen Grigsby Bates

Tributes have cascaded in since Sidney Poitier died. And so they should have. He was an unparalleled actor, a committed activist, and a beloved family member. He was also, frankly, a heartth…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:42PM

Cultural critic Terry Teachout is remembered as 'unafraid of being human in public' by Neda Ulaby

Teachout has died at the age of 65. He wrote acclaimed biographies of such arts figures as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and George Balanchine.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:42PM

Two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage turns a triple play in New York City by Jeff Lunden

Nottage, the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, has a new play on Broadway, an opera at Lincoln Center and a Michael Jackson musical opening soon.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:12AM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Cecily Strong finds 'Signs of Intelligent Life' in a celebrated one-woman show by Jeff Lunden

The 'Saturday Night Live' cast member and 'Schmigadoon!' star performs in "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe," a one-woman show made famous by Lily Tomlin.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:42PM
Sunday, January 9, 2022

Actor and comedian Bob Saget dies at 65 by James Doubek

Saget was a prominent presence on American television screens throughout the 1990s as the father Danny Tanner on Full House and the host of America's Funniest Home Videos.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:54PM

Shoba Narayan's fight for South Asian representation began long before Jasmine by Deepa Shivaram

Cast as Aladdin's first South Asian Princess Jasmine in 2021, Shoba Narayan has been committed to bringing her cultural background to the character and the show.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:42AM

She left the stage years ago. Then 'Wicked' needed an understudy by Scott Simon

Scott Simon talks with Carla Stickler, a former understudy for the Broadway smash "Wicked." She was called back to perform on short notice after much of the current cast succumbed to COVID-1…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:36AM
Saturday, January 8, 2022

Woody Hoburg by NPR

Astronaut Woody Hoburg, part of NASA's Artemis program, plays our game called, "Dance With These Stars!" He is joined by panelists Peter Grosz, Roxanne Roberts, and Alonzo Bodden.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:59AM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

David Bowie joins constellation of stars selling off back catalogs for galactic sums by Neda Ulaby

David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Shakira all recently sold off all or part of their back catalogs. Why forgo future royalties and creative control?

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:03AM
Monday, January 3, 2022

With COVID outbreaks, Broadway's understudies take center stage by Jeff Lunden

Breakthrough infections from the omicron variant have been spreading like wildfire among casts and crews, so understudies and swing performers have been helping keep shows afloat.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:33AM
Saturday, January 1, 2022

WWDTM Best of 2021 January by NPR

WWDTM rings in the new year with some of our favorite moments from 2021, with Martin Short, Robin and Brook Lopez, Jane Kaczmarek, and André de Shields. Plus we feature some new moments wit…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:10AM
Thursday, December 30, 2021

50 wonderful things from 2021: The performances, moments, and laughs we'll remember by Linda Holmes

NPR pop culture critic Linda Holmes lists highlights from the year, including Ted Lasso, a TikTok dog, a twisty mystery, some great performances, and a moment in a mall.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:12AM
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

WWDTM Best of 2021 Bonus Podcast by NPR

Peter Sagal and Emma Choi reminisce about their favorite WWDTM moments from the past year.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:30PM
Saturday, December 25, 2021

Best of WWDTM December 2021 by NPR

It's our Christmas Spectacular with Bowen Yang, Lindsey Vonn, Elizabeth Warren, and Symone. Plus there's a shiny new Bluff the Listener game and other never-before-heard material.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:15AM
Friday, December 24, 2021

When 'The Boss' is worth $500 million, it's time for stars to sell their back catalogs by Neda Ulaby

Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stevie Nicks and Shakira all recently sold off all or part of their back catalogs. Why forgo future royalties and creative control over their songs?

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:03PM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Latest COVID surge hits Broadway during the lucrative holiday season by Jeff Lunden

While most shows are maintaining a regular schedule, nine popular musicals and plays announced they would take a hiatus until after Christmas because of breakthrough infections.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:48AM

Broadway musical 'Jagged Little Pill' closes after rising cases of coronavirus by Mia Estrada

The show, which takes its title from Alanis Morissette's 1995 album, cited the Omicron surge for closing.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:03AM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Keke Palmer by NPR

Keke Palmer, actor, singer and author of the new Kindle book Southern Belle Insults, plays our game about palm readers. She is joined by panelists Faith Salie, Mo Rocca, and Tom Bodett.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:27PM
Friday, December 17, 2021

Broadway shows, newly reopened after COVID, face new cancellations by The Associated Press

The sharp rise in cases backstage is to blame. Shows including the big draws like Hamilton in New York and a Cabaret revival in London's West End are going dark for several days.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:06AM
Monday, December 13, 2021

Latin Grammy winner to Cuban leaders: 'We're done with your lies and indoctrination' by Elisa Baena

Afro-Cuban rapper Yotuel Romero discusses the song that won Song of the Year and inspired protesters in one of the biggest waves of demonstrations in Cuba in decades.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:42AM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding crack open the old world in new opera by Nate Chinen

The pair took a close look at the subtexts of Euripides' sad, epic tale of Iphigenia — agency, testosterone, violence, faith — and, through a suite of new music, hold them up to the ligh…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:36PM

A Pulitzer winner at the worst possible time, 'A Strange Loop' is Broadway-bound by Neda Ulaby

Michael R. Jackson put 20 years into polishing his audacious, autobiographical musical, and then theaters went dark. Now, 'A Strange Loop' is building buzz on its way to New York City.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:36PM

As theater reopens, how directors are putting their reimaginations into action by Jeff Lunden

During the height of pandemic closures, three artistic directors spoke about their hopes for what theater would look like when it reopened. More than a year later, we check in to see what's …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:03AM
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin by NPR

Bashir and Sultan Salahuddin, creators and stars of HBO Max's South Side, play our game called "Welcome to the Real South Side!" Three questions about Antarctica. They are joined by panelist…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Spielberg offers a more complete telling of musical theater classic 'West Side Story' by Bob Mondello

Tony and Maria, Sharks and Jets — Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner take a fresh look at the musical theater classic West Side Story.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:18PM

For kids grappling with the pandemic's traumas, art classes can be an oasis by Elizabeth Blair

As health officials sound the alarm about the pandemic's impact on children's mental health, music, drama and other art classes are helping kids adjust to being in-person again.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:18PM
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
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Encore: Bette Midler discusses her children's book, 'The Tale Of The Mandarin Duck'

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bette Midler about her children's book, The Tale of the Mandarin Duck.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:24AM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre