Sunday, August 1, 2021

Dancer Calvin Royal III Takes Center Stage At ABT — And Beyond by Alexandra Starr

Royal is only the third Black dancer to be promoted to principal at the American Ballet Theatre — which is even more impressive when you know he didn't begin training in ballet until he wa…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:12PM
Saturday, July 31, 2021

Stephen Fry by NPR

British actor, writer, TV host and Renaissance man Stephen Fry plays our game about one-hit wonders. He is joined by panelists Maeve Higgins, Hari Kondabolu, and Tom Bodett.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

Broadway Shows Will Reopen But Only If You're Vaccinated And Masked by The Associated Press

Producers announced the requirements will be in place at least through October. There are exceptions for people, such as children under 12, who can't get vaccinations.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:24AM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Black Theater Artists Are Helping Shakespeare Speak To More Diverse Audiences by Jeremy D. Goodwin

Scholars have a mantra: Shakespeare is universal and his works are for everyone. But for Black actors and audiences, does an implicit whiteness in the Bard's canon hinder access and identifi…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:06AM
Monday, July 26, 2021

Jackie Mason, Who Went From Rabbi To Stand-up Comedy Star, Dies At 93 by H.j. Mai

Mason, known for his quick-witted observational humor, used stories from his orthodox Jewish background, a thick Yiddish accent and wild gestures to keep his audiences entertained for decade…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:48PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021

Dr. Ellen Stofan by NPR

Dr. Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary For Science and Research at the Smithsonian, plays our game about other strange collections of artifacts. She is joined by panelists Karen Chee, Laci Mosley…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:16PM

'Ted Lasso' Recap: Season 2 Returns With Dogs, Yips And Bad Dates by Linda Holmes

In the season 2 premiere, Ted Lasso struggles to help a star player, Rebecca double dates with Keeley and Roy, and Jamie Tartt is a man on an island.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:54AM
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
Monday, July 19, 2021

Back Together And Blown Away: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Returns To Tanglewood by Jeff Lunden

The Boston Symphony Orchestra recently returned to its storied summer home, Tanglewood, after the pandemic canceled last season. With reopening comes normalcy, as well as an opportunity for …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:06PM

Rising From The Ashes, Jacob's Pillow Welcomes Back Dancers, Audiences by Jeff Lunden

Jacob's Pillow had a particularly tough 2020, closed by pandemic and struck by a fire that consumed one of its theaters. This summer the dance center rises from the ashes, literally and figu…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:24PM
Saturday, July 17, 2021

Phillipa Soo by NPR

Phillipa Soo, one of the stars of Hamilton, plays our game about a ton of ham. She is joined by panelists Gina Brillon, Helen Hong, and Mo Rocca.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

'Schmigadoon!' Will Get Your Toes Tapping, So Sing Along If You Know The Words by Linda Holmes

The new musical comedy series Schmigadoon! brings a delightful cast to a parody of 1940s Broadway musicals, with good musical results, if things are a little mixed otherwise.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:12PM

The Only 'New' Thing About Cross-Cultural Casting Is Who's Getting The Roles by Bob Mondello

Dev Patel as a knight of the Round Table, Jodie Turner-Smith as Anne Boleyn, the mostly nonwhite casts of Bridgerton and Hamilton — all belong to a tradition that has its roots in live the…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:12PM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Best of WWDTM July 2021 by NPR

WWDTM presents some favorite segments to remind everyone what shows with actual audiences sound like, with Leslie Odom, Jr., Regina King, and Laird Hamilton. We also feature some moments wit…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

Broadway Is Reopening This Fall, And Every New Play Is By A Black Writer by Josie Fischels

Seven new work by Black playwrights are scheduled to make their Broadway debut in 2021; Five of these writers are set to see their work performed on the Broadway stage for the very first tim…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:18AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Bandleader Jon Batiste by NPR

Batiste is the bandleader of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.' He joins us from his home piano where he plays music he wrote for the Pixar movie 'Soul' and songs from his album 'We Are.'…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:58AM
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
Monday, July 5, 2021

Bill Cosby Urges Howard University To Support Phylicia Rashad's Freedom Of Speech by Elizabeth Blair

The comedian defended Rashad's freedom of speech after the actress came under criticism for defending Cosby after his sexual assault conviction was overturned.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:36PM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Shakespeare In The Park Comes Back To New York City

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Oskar Eustis, artistic director of New York City's Public Theater, about the return of Shakespeare in the Park.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:03PM
Saturday, July 3, 2021

Roger Bennett by NPR

Roger Bennett, co-creator of Men In Blazers and an impressive sports broadcaster, answers our three questions about bowling. He is joined by guest host Faith Salie and panelists Paula Pounds…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Friday, July 2, 2021

The Statue Of Liberty's (Very) Little Sister Is Coming To Town by Eleanor Beardsley

The Statue of Liberty has a little sister, a 9-foot casting from Bartholdi's original mold. It departed Normandy by boat and arrives in New York City soon for temporary installation on Ellis…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:03PM

Bruce Springsteen Returns To Broadway by NPR

"The Boss" spoke with Terry Gross at his New Jersey home studio in 2016 about masculinity, depression, and wishing he was his stage persona. His one-man show, 'Springsteen on Broadway,' retu…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:53PM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

James Franco Agrees To Settle Class-Action Sexual Misconduct Suit For $2.2 Million by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The actor agreed to a settlement in a class-action suit led by two of his former students, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, at his now-shuttered Studio 4 school.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:48AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Uzo Aduba by NPR

Aduba's breakout role was as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in the Netflix series about a women's prison, 'Orange is the New Black.' Now she stars in the HBO reboot of 'In Treatment,' as therap…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:29AM
Saturday, June 26, 2021

T-Pain by NPR

T-Pain, the musician who won the first season of The Masked Singer, answers three questions about the half-masked singer, i.e. The Phantom of the Opera. He is joined by panelists Brian Babyl…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

Best Of: Anthony Ramos / Renée Elise Goldsberry by NPR

Anthony Ramos says Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical 'In the Heights' filled him with hope about a life on the stage: "I felt like I'm watching my cousins and my aunts and uncles on the …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:14AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Renée Elise Goldsberry On 'Girls5Eva' & 'Hamilton' by NPR

The comedy series 'Girls5Eva,' which was just renewed for a second season, follows a 1990s band that reunites after a long stretch of obscurity. Goldsberry was once in a girl group herself. …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:49PM

New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic by Elizabeth Blair

The American Rescue Plan set aside $135 million for arts and culture, nearly doubling the amount that was available in President Trump's CARES Act, and makes more groups eligible for funding.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:54AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

'Hamilton' Star Renée Elise Goldsberry Becomes A 1-Hit Wonder In 'Girls5Eva' by Ann Marie Baldonado

The comedy Girls5Eva, which was just renewed for a second season, follows a 1990s band that reunites after a long stretch of obscurity. Goldsberry was once in a girl group herself.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:36PM
Saturday, June 19, 2021

MacKenzie Scott's $10M Gift Makes A Big Impact For Dance Theatre of Harlem's Pandemic Recovery

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Dance Theatre of Harlem's artistic director Virginia Johnson about a 10 million dollar gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and what it means for the company'…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:36PM

In New York City, A Juneteenth Event Examines The Meaning Of Freedom by Jeff Lunden

Lincoln Center observes Juneteenth, now a federal holiday, with "I Dream a Dream That Dreams Back at Me," an ambulatory experience conceived by Carl Hancock Rux.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:36PM

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