Friday, December 2, 2022

The unplanned, unstoppable career of composer Tania León by Tom Huizenga

Failure was not an option when Léon arrived in New York, a determined 24-year-old pianist from Cuba. At nearly 80, she says some things haven't changed.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:24PM

A rare recording of a musical by an 18-year-old Stephen Sondheim surfaces by Bob Mondello

Broadway-legend-in-training Stephen Sondheim was a college sophomore in 1948 when his musical Phinney's Rainbow was produced — and recorded — at Williams College in Massachusetts.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:24PM

Encore: At The Museum of Broadway, people learn what it takes to make a show by Jeff Lunden

The Museum of Broadway in New York has lots of history and is also an interactive attraction where you can step inside a set or learn what it takes to make a show.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:06PM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

'Straight Line Crazy' explores power broker Robert Moses' legacy by Jim O'Grady

Power broker Robert Moses is seen as a villain now, but he transformed the urban landscape, sometimes for good. The play "Straight Line Crazy" starring Ralph Fiennes explores his legacy.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:54PM
Saturday, November 26, 2022

The Museum of Broadway reveals the show behind the show by Jeff Lunden

A new museum celebrating the history of Broadway is now in New York's theater district.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:42PM

WWDTM Best of NMJ Thanksgiving by NPR

Nathan Lane, Puja Patel, Darryl "Cornbread" McCray, and Jeremy O. Harris are featured in this Thanksgiving edition.Sign up for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me+ via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.o…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:04PM

For playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, theater doesn't just reflect reality – it creates it by Andrew Limbong

With a revival of her Pulitzer-winning play Topdog/Underdog on Broadway, and her new show about COVID off-Broadway, the acclaimed playwright is still learning new things about herself.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:42AM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Three global bands to look out for, courtesy of WOMEX by Anastasia Tsioulcas

A Mexican cumbia-punk band called Son Rompe Pera, a traditional singer from West Bengal named Rina Das Baul and a group from near Timbuktu called Al Bilali Soudan: three global acts on the r…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:54AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Everyone & Giant Puzzles by NPR

Comedian Maeve Higgins and Emma build the world's largest puzzle.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:59AM
Monday, November 21, 2022

Korean pop star Luna comes to Broadway in 'KPOP' by Jeff Lunden

The South Korean cultural phenomenon is now a new musical, starring actual K-pop idols.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:36AM
Sunday, November 20, 2022

K-Pop gets the Broadway treatment in a new musical about the industry by Jeff Lunden

A new Broadway musical follows how global K-Pop superstars put everything on the line when one singer tries to dismantle one of the largest record labels in the industry.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:18AM
Saturday, November 19, 2022

Freddie Johnson by NPR

This week we come to you from the Palace Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky with panelists Paula Poundstone, Adam Burke, and Alzo Slade. Our guest is Freddie Johnson of Buffalo Trace Distillery…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:03PM

Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof' is a dream come true for its lead actor by Terry Gross

The Yiddish language production of the musical is back. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directed the original, explain the musical's resonance. Originally broadcast July …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:03AM
Monday, November 14, 2022

'It chips away at you': Misty Copeland on the whiteness of ballet by Terry Gross

For years Copeland was told that her skin color, her body and her hair didn't conform to what ballerinas were supposed to look like. Her memoir is The Wind at My Back.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:32PM

Composer Jeanine Tesori on the new Broadway musical 'Kimberly Akimbo' by Ayesha Rascoe

A teenage girl ages rapidly in the new Broadway musical, "Kimberly Akimbo." NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with composer Jeanine Tesori about it.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:12AM
Saturday, November 12, 2022

Craig Robinson by NPR

Craig Robinson, star of the Office and host of Peacock's Harlem Globetrotters: Play It Forward, plays our game about Craigslist. Joining him are panelists Tom Papa; Negin Farsad and Brian Ba…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:15PM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

'Ellen Needs Insurance' is the real story of an actor in her quest to get coverage by Manuela López Restrepo

When Ellen Haun and Dru Johnston needed to meet a deadline for health insurance through their union, they decided to get creative.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:42AM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Behind the scenes with Peter and Lillian by NPR

Peter asks Producer and Editor Lillian King why some questions don't make the show. PLUS: Lillian plays those questions!

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:26PM
Saturday, November 5, 2022

Amber Ruffin by NPR

Amber Ruffin, host of The Amber Ruffin Show on Peacock and the purple M&M, plays our game called "Roughin' It" Three questions about camping. Joining in are panelists Karen Chee, Hari Ko…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:26PM
Friday, November 4, 2022

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

Porter won an Emmy for Pose, and a Tony for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. In addition to performing, he's also a star on the red carpet. His memoir is Unprotected. Originally broadcast i…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:32PM
Saturday, October 29, 2022

Festival Cervantino, Latin America's biggest cultural event, returns with new energy by Betto Arcos

After a virtual edition in 2020, and hybrid version last year, the Cervantino International Festival is back in person and celebrating 50 years.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:07PM

Hasan Minhaj by NPR

Hasan Minhaj, comedian with the new Netflix special "The King's Jester" and former host of Patriot Act, plays our game about former Patriot Rob Gronkowski. Joining him are panelists Helen Ho…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:47AM

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend viewing by Glen Weldon

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Andor, Aftersun, Southern Baptist Sissies and more.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:03AM

Director Cameron Crowe on the opening of his musical 'Almost Famous' in New York this week by Scott Simon

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to writer and director Cameron Crowe, whose movie, "Almost Famous" is now a musical, and opening in New York next week.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:03AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

NPR reporting on Oregon theater death threats prompt local and national response by Chloe Veltman

NPR broke the news about artistic director Nataki Garrett hiring a private security detail for her personal safety.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:19PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Everyone & The Supernatural by NPR

Comedian Mo Rocca considers buying a lighthouse and Emma goes ghost hunting.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:37PM

When a regional theater got millions to remake itself, it focused on racial healing by Neda Ulaby

The historically Black Penumbra Theatre has received millions in grants to remake itself into a center for racial healing. What will its choices reveal about regional theater's future?

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:55AM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Actor and comedian Leslie Jordan dead at 67 by Andrew Limbong

The Will & Grace actor died following a car crash this morning. Jordan's fame was on the rise as a social media star.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:19PM
Saturday, October 22, 2022

Dr Ibram X Kendi, a real genius by NPR

Dr Ibram X Kendi, author and MacArthur Genius, plays our game about the Genius Bar at Apple Stores. Joining him are panelists Alonzo Bodden, Josh Gondelman and Amy Dickinson.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Remembering Angela Lansbury, a legend of the stage and screen by Terry Gross

The Tony Award-winning actor starred in the Broadway musicals Mame, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd, as well as the TV series Murder, She Wrote. Lansbury died Oct. 11. Originally broadcast in 2000.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:07PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Without more federal money, what will regional theaters do? by Sonari Glinton

Subscriptions and ticket sales are down, but theater is needed more than ever. What theaters are doing to survive.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:19AM

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