Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cole Porter's Pro-Immigration Ballet Gets A Trump-Era Revival by Deb Amos

Within the Quota criticized the restrictive immigration laws passed by Congress after World War I. Now the Princeton University Ballet has brought the show back — with a few updates.

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Dina Merrill, Actress, Heiress And Philanthropist, Dies At 93 by Doreen McCallister

Merrill, the daughter of Wall Street broker E.F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, went on to become a leading lady in movies. She died Monday at her home in East Hampton…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Asian Americans In Hollywood Still Waiting For The Spotlight by Leah Donnella

In the meantime, some are producing their own shows or creating material for alternative platforms like YouTube.

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Josh Groban Leaves Big Shoes To Fill In The Tony-Nominated 'Great Comet' by Elizabeth Blair

For his role as Pierre, Groban had to be able to play the accordion while navigating multiple sets of stairs. His replacement, Okieriete Onaodowan, has about two months to master the instrum…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Soul Queen Of New Orleans Has Been Performing On Mother's Day For 35 Years

In a New Orleans tradition dating back almost 35 years, soul singer Irma Thomas takes the stage at the Audubon Zoo to perform a special concert for fans on Mother's Day.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

When It Comes To Family Musicals, Kids' Opinions Matter More Than Critics' by Jeff Lunden

Normally, critical reviews can kill a Broadway show, but not so for kid-focused musicals. Anastasia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are currently on Broadway, vying for the kid seal of…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Tony Nominations: 'The Great Comet,' 'Dolly,' And 'A Doll's House' by Linda Holmes

The Tony nominations are out, and unlike last year, there's no founding-fathers-shaped giant absorbing the oxygen.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

'Indecent': A Play About A Yiddish Play That Was Ahead Of Its Time by Jeff Lunden

A new Broadway production takes audiences through the history of Sholem Asch's 1907 Yiddish play God of Vengeance, about a Jewish brothel owner whose daughter falls in love with a woman.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

'Indecent': A Play About A Play by Jeff Lunden

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel is using a controversial Yiddish play more than a hundred years old as the basis for her first Broadway production.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Actor John Leguizamo's Career Goal: To Give Latino Kids Their Own Heroes by Christina Cala

"I was growing up and maturing at a time where we were invisible," he says. " ... And I always wanted to be able to make Latin kids like myself feel more than."

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A Haunting '60s Film About Mental Illness And Incarceration Becomes A Ballet by Euan Kerr

Frederick Wiseman's controversial 1967 documentary Titicut Follies exposed conditions at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts. Fifty years later, the filmmaker, now 87, has adapted it…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music by La Johnson

It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Two Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes' by Jeff Lunden

"Great parts are meant to be played; they're not meant to be owned," says Laura Linney. So she and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to switch roles for each performance of Lillian Hellman's 1939 me…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her 'Resistance Music' And Video by Noor Wazwaz

Mona Haydar calls her music "resistance music" because it celebrates diversity and calls for women to be "unapologetic about who they are."

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Friday, April 21, 2017

From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins by Elizabeth Blair

Hawkins auditioned for his first acting gig at the Kennedy Center when he was 9 years old. Now he's the star of the action drama series 24: Legacy, and he's also appearing in a Broadway play.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hey You, Prestige Television Fan: Here's Why You Should See A New Play by Linda Holmes

While musicals have good pop-culture presence in many cases, plays tend not to. But in an environment that has embraced idiosyncratic and complicated TV, there's no better time to change tha…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Composer Tim Minchin Brings 'Groundhog Day' To Broadway by Jeff Lunden

Composer Tim Minchin brings his musical adaptation of the film, Groundhog Day, to Broadway. It's the story of a cynical weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over again.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

'Smart People' Asks Hard Questions About Racism In America by Michel Martin

Smart People is a thought provoking play that examines the difficulties of talking about race. Playwright Lydia R. Diamond discusses the genesis of the play.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

John Leguizamo Plays Professor In 'Latin History For Morons'

John Leguizamo has been in over 90 films and written and starred in six one-man shows. His latest project is called "Latin History for Morons," which tells the story of his search for an und…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Prince Contained Multitudes, New Book Confirms by Leah Donnella

Prince on defining his music: "The only thing I could think of, because I really don't like categories, but the only thing I could think of is inspirational."

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Nuyorican Poets Café, A Cauldron for Poetry And Politics by Manuel Betancourt

It embodies the belief that anyone can take the stage and interpret one of the most accessible art forms and "reveal poetry as a living art."

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Clint Smith: What Do We Risk If We Don't Speak Up? by Npr/ted Staff

Clint Smith is a poet and doctoral candidate at Harvard. As a high school English teacher, he taught his students the dangers of staying quiet and the importance of finding their voice.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wrestling Icon The Undertaker Retires In Wake Of Wrestlemania 33 Defeat

After nearly 30 years in the ring, pro-wrestler The Undertaker has retired. Or, at least, that's what fans believe, after he laid down his iconic hat and overcoat at Wrestlemania 33 last wee…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Gary Austin, Founder of the Groundlings Improv Group, Dies by Richard Gonzales

Austin, relatively unknown outside of entertainment circles, taught and inspired many big names in comedy.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit by Scott Simon

Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sandi Toksvig: Can Social Change Start With Laughter? by Npr/ted Staff

When comedian and TV host Sandi Toksvig came out as gay in the early 1990s, she used humor to recover from the onslaught of vitriol.Today, she says, humor can help bring about social change.

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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy? by Npr/ted Staff

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color by Karen Grigsby Bates

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

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Monday, March 20, 2017

In 'Confirmed Kills,' Iliza Shlesinger Cloaks Social Commentary In Comic Rants by Kelly McEvers

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's soci…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jo Lampert Takes On Joan Of Arc by Elizabeth Blair

New York artist Jo Lampert just landed her first major role: Joan in David Byrne's new rock opera based on Joan of Arc. With her androgynous appearance and bluesy voice, Lampert seems like a…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

'Fresh Air' Marks The 90th Birthday Of Broadway Composer John Kander

Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. Kander spoke to Terry Gross in 1991 and 2015.

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