Sunday, July 3, 2022

Influential theater director Peter Brook dies at 97 by Bob Mondello

Brook's work ranged from classical star-studded productions to radical experiments in theater. He reinvented King Lear and explored the fragility of civilization in the film Lord of the Flie…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:42PM
Saturday, July 2, 2022

Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'Fat Ham' takes 'Hamlet' in unexpected directions by Jennifer Vanasco

James Ijames' adaptation of Shakespeare's play is less a tragedy than a triumphant comedy.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:18PM

Darryl "Cornbread" McCray, by NPR

Darryl "Cornbread" McCray, called the creator of modern graffiti, plays a game about another kind of tagging. He is joined by panelists Alonzo Bodden, Faith Salie, and Josh Gondelman.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:54PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Everyone & Lost and Found by NPR

Reporter Shane O'Neill and Emma learn at the Lost and Found not all is lost, then think deep thoughts with an old friend.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:00AM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Street Symphony plays in harmony with Skid Row's 'sacred spaces' by Neda Ulaby

Vijay Gupta was a 19-year-old violin prodigy when he joined the LA Philharmonic. Now he runs Street Symphony, an organization bringing music to clinics, jails and homeless shelters on Skid R…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:42AM
Saturday, June 25, 2022

Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda by NPR

Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, creators of the new comedy series about E-sports, Players, on Paramount+ play our game about a C-sport: croquet. Joining them are panelists Peter Grosz, Adam B…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:58AM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

James Rado, who co-created the groundbreaking musical 'Hair,' dies at 90 by The Associated Press

Rado and two others wrote the groundbreaking hippie musical which celebrated protest, pot and free love and paved the way for the sound of rock on Broadway.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:54PM

Everyone & Elvis by NPR

Comedian Mic Nguyen and Emma search for someone to fill some very hard to fill shoes, and Mic gets lessons from the King.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:00AM
Monday, June 20, 2022

An Arab American singer reframes music about the Crusades by Anastasia Tsioulcas

A new project conceived by Lebanese American tenor Karim Sulayman recasts baroque music that by turns demonizes and exoticizes Arabs and Muslims.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:07PM

Oh, what a beautiful archive: Oscar Hammerstein's letters reveal his many sides by Bob Mondello

A thousand pages of correspondence by Oscar Hammerstein II, the lyricist for such musicals as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Sound of Music are available to a wide public for the fir…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:07PM
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Sean Hayes by NPR

Actor and podcast host Sean Hayes plays our game called, "Sean Hayes, Meet Purple Haze" Three questions about odd strains of marijuana. He is joined by panelists Bobcat Goldthwait, Maeve Hig…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Everyone & Dolphins by NPR

Comedian Maeve Higgins and Emma learn why you never want to be recognized by a dolphin and find out where the magic happens.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:01AM
Monday, June 13, 2022

Broadway's highest honors were handed out at Radio City Music Hall by Jeff Lunden

Sunday's 75th annual Tony Awards celebrated Broadway's first full season since the pandemic shutdown. A theme of the night was deep gratitude for the uncelebrated people who keep the shows r…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:24PM

6 Takeaways from the 2022 Tony Awards by Jennifer Vanasco

Ariana DeBose should host everything. Jennifer Hudson makes history. And we should all celebrate understudies.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:42AM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

The 2022 Tony Award winners and nominations by Jennifer Vanasco

We'll update this list of nominations with winners throughout the night.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:33PM

These essential workers aren't eligible to win Tonys but deserve the spotlight by Jeff Lunden

Music directors aren't eligible for awards at tonight's Tonys. We hear from three from Tony-nominated shows, talking about their craft and the challenges of conducting eight performances a w…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:24PM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

How 'A Strange Loop' fits into Black theater legacies by Nathan Pugh

The musical — which is up for 11 Tony Awards this Sunday — subverts and reimagines decades of Black theater and pop culture.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:06PM

Kenan Thompson by NPR

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured cast member of Saturday Night Live, plays our game about people who only lasted one day on the job. He is joined by panelists Luke Burbank, Negin Farsad a…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:57AM
Friday, June 10, 2022

High school teacher receives a Tony for dedication to musical theater

Roshunda Jones Koumba has taught musical theater to high school students in Houston, Texas, for nearly 20 years. She's receiving a Tony award for her years of dedication to the craft.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:42PM

Judy Garland at 100: A starter guide beyond the Yellow Brick Road by Aisha Harris

From her earliest days at MGM to The Judy Garland Show, the powerhouse entertainer was singular and enduring.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:42PM

Julie Andrews says she's not the squeaky clean lady you might expect by Terry Gross

The Sound of Music star will soon be honored with the AFI's Life Achievement Award. In 2008 and 2019, she spoke to Fresh Air about growing up during WWII and performing in her parents' vaude…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:42PM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Encore: Encore! Encore! Applauding the literal showstopper by Bob Mondello

NPR's Bob Mondello looks at a show-stopping theatrical phenomenon that's fallen out of fashion — the encore.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:24PM

How the arts can help children think about gun violence by Jon Kalish

The former Sesame Street writer is working with the NYPD to create a small pilot program on gun violence at an elementary school in East Harlem.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:24PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Everyone & Peter Sagal by NPR

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal pops by to share his favorites from the podcast so far. Turns out Peter loves Mountain Dew, Emma's Grandma's Kimchi, and unsolved ham mysteries.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:03AM
Sunday, June 5, 2022

Kyiv opera house reopens after 3 months by Julian Hayda

Ukraine's National Opera was built to celebrate Russian opera at the height of the imperial era. Performances were suspended after the war began but have recently re-started.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:54PM

Actor Pepe Serna wasn't interested in becoming a star. He just wanted to work by Mandalit Del Barco

Edward James Olmos calls Serna the "most extraordinary improvisational actor" he's seen.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:37AM

Meet Isaac and Nora, two French kids who are big in Latin American music by Betto Arcos

In 2019, an amateur video of two kids singing a Cuban bolero went viral on the internet. Three years later, the video of the song Veinte Años has been watched by millions on social media.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:37AM
Saturday, June 4, 2022

Best of NMJ June 2022 by NPR

This week as we (hopefully) say goodbye to Zoom shows, we feature Kacey Musgraves, Brian Cox, Audra McDonald, and Woody Hoburg.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Everyone & Graduation by NPR

Comedian Hari Kondabolu and Emma congratulate seniors and stress out over the cap and gown shortage. And Hari graduates with his degree in inspiration.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:11AM
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor by NPR

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor, hosts of Radiotopia's Ear Hustle podcast, play our game about the Steer Hustle, AKA, the rodeo. They are joined by panelists Maz Jobrani, Adam Burke and Paula …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:50AM
Friday, May 27, 2022

Angela Lansbury looks back on her great performances on stage and screen by Terry Gross

In June, Lansbury will receive the Tony Award for lifetime achievement. The Murder, She Wrote star previously won Tonys for her performances in Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. Originally broadcast i…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:33PM