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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

2022 Pulitzer Prizes in arts and letters go to 'Fat Ham' and 'The Netenyahus' by Neda Ulaby

The 2022 Pulitzer Prizes in fiction, poetry, drama and other categories in arts and letters were announced in New York along with awards for journalism.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:54AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Library of Congress is preserving these major historical recordings for posterity by Neda Ulaby

The Library of Congress adds 25 new recordings to a national registry every year to be preserved for posterity. The 2022 list includes an album by Alicia Keys and historical broadcasts from …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:03PM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

A great Broadway theater is newly named for James Earl Jones by Neda Ulaby

The Shubert Organization has renamed Broadway's Cort Theatre in honor of the eminent actor who has won many accolades over the course of a career that spans more than six decades.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:18PM
Friday, January 14, 2022

Cultural critic Terry Teachout is remembered as 'unafraid of being human in public' by Neda Ulaby

Teachout has died at the age of 65. He wrote acclaimed biographies of such arts figures as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and George Balanchine.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:42PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

David Bowie joins constellation of stars selling off back catalogs for galactic sums by Neda Ulaby

David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Shakira all recently sold off all or part of their back catalogs. Why forgo future royalties and creative control?

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:03AM
Friday, December 24, 2021

When 'The Boss' is worth $500 million, it's time for stars to sell their back catalogs by Neda Ulaby

Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stevie Nicks and Shakira all recently sold off all or part of their back catalogs. Why forgo future royalties and creative control over their songs?

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:03PM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

A Pulitzer winner at the worst possible time, 'A Strange Loop' is Broadway-bound by Neda Ulaby

Michael R. Jackson put 20 years into polishing his audacious, autobiographical musical, and then theaters went dark. Now, 'A Strange Loop' is building buzz on its way to New York City.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:36PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A new question for an old religion: Should non-Jews play Jewish characters on-screen? by Neda Ulaby

A new Apple TV+ show, The Shrink Next Door, seems to reflect a trend of non-Jewish actors playing emphatically Jewish characters, which recently caught the ire of comedian Sarah Silverman.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:06PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

The casting of non-Jewish actors as Jewish characters is causing controversy by Neda Ulaby

A new Apple+ TV show that is premiering Friday seems to reflect a trend of non-Jewish actors playing emphatically Jewish characters, which recently caught the ire of of comedian Sara Silverm…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:24AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bette Midler And Joni Mitchell Are Among The Newest Kennedy Center Honorees by Neda Ulaby

The 44th Kennedy Center Honorees announced today include Motown founder Berry Gordy, folk icon Joni Mitchell, entertainer Bette Midler, TV impresario Lorne Michaels and opera star Justino D…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:06AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Raffaella Carrà, Glittery Queen Of Italian TV, Has Died At 78 by Neda Ulaby

The beloved entertainer is often credited with having sparked a sexual revolution in Italy with her spangled midriff-baring costumes and frank lyrics about initiating sex — and falling for…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:54PM
Thursday, April 1, 2021

U.S. Box Office Plummeted 86% in 2020, Says Leading Arts Group by Neda Ulaby

The new data show the drop in ticket sales at theaters, arts centers and orchestras in the United States, U.K. and Canada has been "catastrophic" for the performing arts.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:12PM
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Government Arts Boost 'Does Not Come Close To Meeting The Demand,' Says NEA Head by Neda Ulaby

Nearly a thousand arts organizations across the country are receiving funds from the CARES Act. But the National Endowment for the Arts says the $44 million in grants it announced today is n…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:18PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, Pioneering AIDS Activist And Writer, Dies At 84 by Neda Ulaby

Kramer was a writer with an Oscar-nominated screenplay when his friends started dying mysteriously — galvanizing him to found the Gay Men's Health Crisis, and later ACT UP, to combat AIDS.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:03PM
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Remembering Ballet Dancer Alicia Alonso by Neda Ulaby

Alicia Alonso, one of the finest ballet dancers of the 20th century, died Thursday in Havana. The dancer helped start the American Ballet Theatre, then built the Cuban state ballet program.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:48AM
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Franco Zeffirelli, Creator Of Lavish Productions On Screen And Stage, Dies At 96 by Neda Ulaby

The Italian director staged sumptuously visualized operas, which often resembled Renaissance paintings brought to life. On film, he brought Shakespearean and biblical tales to the big screen.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:42AM
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere by Neda Ulaby

The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly pl…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:48PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard by Neda Ulaby

A new play about Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, begins previews this week with Harry as a grown up. Grown, too, is the "Potter Generation," the kids who were the first to read the bo…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:30PM
Saturday, April 23, 2016

After Two Intense Dramas, Lupita Nyong'o Says She's Ready For A Change by Neda Ulaby

The actor is now starring on Broadway in Eclipsed, a searing story of young women held captive in Liberia. After that and 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o says she's ready for some lighter material.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:42PM
Monday, November 9, 2015

George Takei Debuts On Broadway In 'Allegiance' by Neda Ulaby

Inspired by Takei's own childhood experiences, the musical spotlights a dark era in American history: The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:34PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

'Spring Awakening' Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language by Neda Ulaby

The hit musical only closed six years ago, and now it's back, in a well-reviewed revival featuring hearing and deaf actors, who sing and sign during the performance.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:42PM
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Black Girlhood Takes Center Stage In A Work That's Serious About 'Play' by Neda Ulaby

"Black girls playing; black girl joy" — that's what choreographer Camille Brown says her new show is all about. She's taking Black Girl: Linguistic Play to stages, schools and prisons arou…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:31PM
Monday, April 20, 2015

Small South Carolina Newspaper Takes Home Top Pulitzer Prize by Neda Ulaby

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:35PM
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home' by Neda Ulaby

Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it's coming to Broadway. NPR's Neda Ulaby…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:17PM
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition by Neda Ulaby

Ninth-century satirist al-Jahiz remains a beloved figure in Islamic literature, but his modern-day counterparts — including comedian Bassem Youssef and cartoonist Ali Farzat — don't have…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:54AM

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