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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Friday, August 11, 2017

Remembering Broadway's Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, died on Tuesday. She spoke to Fresh Air in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singe…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

There's No Easy Answer For Why 'The Great Comet' Is Closing by Elizabeth Blair

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 received rave reviews and 12 Tony nominations, the makings of a Broadway hit. Now, it's closing, in part because of a controversy over casting and…

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Bruce Springsteen Is Headed To Broadway For An Intimate Series Of Performances by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The Boss has announced a limited, intimately scaled music-and-words show at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, running in October and November.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Our Backstage Pass Takes Us To The Wings Of London's Globe Theatre by Petra Mayer

If all the world's a stage, and men and women merely players, there must be somewhere to stash the scenery and change your costumes. What's it like in the wings at Shakespeare's Globe Theatr…

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Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89 by Jeff Lunden

Cook became famous for her parts in Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Then, when Broadway roles became scarce, she reinvented herself as a concert and cabaret…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Poetry Of Failure Comes To Life At Chicago's 'Baudelaire In A Box' by Dan Weissman

This weekend in Chicago, a small theater troupe with a big resume will present all of the poems in Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" — sung by more than 50 performers from around th…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Md. Teens' 'Step' Journey Unfolds Amid Aftermath Of Freddie Gray's Death by Mandalit Del Barco

The documentary Step tracks a group of dancers at a Baltimore high school. It traces the journey of individual step dancers and what they go through to make their way to the next step in the…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market by Elizabeth Blair

Kevin Hart is launching a streaming comedy service. The actor's Laugh Out Loud Network, which rolls out this week, enters an already crowded market. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: There are two bleeps …

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Actor Ed Harris Says Sam Shepard Was 'Iconically American'

Playwright/actor Sam Shepard died Thursday at the age of 73. Actor Ed Harris worked with him on many different project on the stage and screen; he offers his memories.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam Shepard, 'Poet Laureate Of America's Emotional Badlands,' Dies At 73 by Colin Dwyer

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, Shepard cut a towering presence in theater and cinema. He died last week of complications from ALS, a family spokesman says.

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Sasheer Zamata Uses Comedy To Address Intolerance by Elizabeth Blair

Comedian Sasheer Zamata just came off four seasons on Saturday Night Live. Now, she wants to break through to the next part of her career. She just performed her own standup at the internati…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Offers A Look At Up-And-Coming Talent by Andrew Limbong

The international comedy festival draws new and established stand-ups, improvisers, sketch actors, comedy writers. Some people are just looking for a good laugh, but some want to hire the co…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging by Aleli May Vuelta

The pioneering hip-hop radio duo drop by the Code Switch podcast to talk about making their way in a traditionally black genre and their new NPR interview show, What's Good? with Stretch & B…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Feeling 'Young, Scrappy And Hungry'? Have A 'Hamilton'-Inspired Meal by Kristen Hartke

It was only a matter of time before fans of the Broadway hit sought out culinary tributes to their most treasured folk hero. Here are historically minded ideas to eat like the Founding Fathe…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Working Actor: Performing In 2 Different Plays On The Same Day by Jeff Lunden

The Canadian theater company Soulpepper performs dramas, cabarets, concerts. Some actors perform in multiple shows on the same day. We followed one actor during a grueling, but satisfying da…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels' by Jeff Lunden

George Balanchine's modernist masterpiece was the first full-length, nonnarrative ballet. Russian, American and French ballet dancers have gathered to perform it together in New York City.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe Brings Dance Education To Paris' Underserved Communities by Eleanor Beardsley

When the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe tours, they do community outreach. This summer they're in Paris, holding classes for disadvantaged, young dancers.

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