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Monday, December 9, 2019

'I Done Been Through Some Things': The Tina Turner Musical Is Now On Broadway by Michel Martin

Tina playwright Katori Hall and star Adrienne Warren have plenty to say about working with the star, depicting domestic violence and learning to sing in a new voice.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Fairview' Is About Being Watched While Black by Michel Martin

It starts with a perfect black family in a model household, like a '70s sitcom. Then it gets weird. Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury says she was inspired by an experience with police survei…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

'Moonlight' Writer's Broadway Debut Stars A Queer, Black 'Choir Boy' by Michel Martin

Like many teenage dramas. Tarell Alvin McCraney's play is set in a prep school. But this one, populated by African-American boys and infused with spirituals and step routines, is a specific …

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Debuts 'Lazarus' To Celebrate 60th Anniversary by Michel Martin

The hour-long piece was created by choreographer Rennie Harris, who formed the first and longest running hip-hop dance touring company. Harris tells NPR's Michel Martin all about the new wor…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

This Yente Found The Perfect Match, Performing 'Fiddler' In Yiddish by Michel Martin

Jackie Hoffman grew up speaking what her mother called "kitchen Yiddish" — a few words here and there. Now, she's dusting off the mameloshn (mother tongue) for a production of the 1964 mus…

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

John Legend Pulls From Familiar Roots To Play Jesus In 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' by Michel Martin

NBC's latest one-night musical event revives the 1970s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Legend in its daunting lead role.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

On Stage, In Marriage, These 2 Alvin Ailey Dancers Learned The Steps Together by Michel Martin

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims met at work — at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Over 15 years of marriage later, they have some advice for balancing it all and sustaining …

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Bold Experiment Turned Broadway Hit, 'Lion King' Continues To Thrill — And Heal by Michel Martin

Director Julie Taymor took an unconventional tack in adapting the animated film for the big stage. Even 20 years on, she finds the musical's social themes evolve and resonate with audiences …

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps 'Institutionalize Hip-Hop' by Michel Martin

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.

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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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Saturday, July 1, 2017

How 'Fiddler On The Roof' (And Writing Its Sequel) Helped An Actress Find Closure by Michel Martin

Alexandra Silber's father died when she was just 18 — the same age as Fiddler's Hodel when she leaves her dad at a train station. Silber's new novel, After Anatevka, tells the rest of Hode…

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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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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Adding Color To 'The Great White Way' by Michel Martin

NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway! by Michel Martin

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Playing 'Crazy Eyes' Taught Actress 'It's OK To Be Just You' : NPR by Michel Martin

"I grew up in a very small town in Massachusetts, and it goes without saying that there weren't many Nigerian families in that town, and a lot of people couldn't say Uzoamaka," she explains.…

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Grammy Winner Audra McDonald: Say Yes To Yourself : NPR by Michel Martin

Audra McDonald has been dazzling audiences for more than a decade with her stunning soprano voice. She has won Grammy and Tony awards, and has starred in stage classics and the TV drama, 'Pr…

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