Thursday, June 1, 2023

Tony Awards have gendered actor categories — where do non-binary people fit? by Jeff Lunden

"We don't gender other people's professions," says actor Alex Newell. "You say ... I'm going to my dentist and I need to hire a plumber." But Broadway's highest honors have male/female disti…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:12AM
Saturday, May 27, 2023

WWDTM: John Goodman by NPR

We're back in New Orleans with the legendary John Goodman! He talks leaving L.A., The Big Lebowski, and being the voice of the St. Louis airport.Support NPR by signing up for Wait Wait... Do…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Saturday, May 20, 2023

WWDTM: Golda Rosheuvel by NPR

Golda Rosheuvel was so captivating as Bridgerton's Queen Charlotte that Netflix made a show all about her. She joins Luke Burbank, Negin Farsad, and Adam Burke to talk wigs, neck braces, and…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

Sara Bareilles thought 'Into the Woods' would last 2 weeks — she ended up on Broadway by Ann Marie Baldonado

What started as a stripped-down production with a limited run became a Grammy award-winning Broadway musical with six Tony nominations. Bareilles plays the Baker's Wife: "I'm so glad that I …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:03AM
Sunday, May 14, 2023

How a mother and her daughters created an innovative Indian dance company by Marianne Combs

Ragamala Dance Company is the life work of Ranee Ramaswamy — and now her adult daughters, Aparna and Ashwini. Creative work can be lonely, Aparna says, and having "built-in companions" is …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:18PM
Saturday, May 13, 2023

WWDTM: Gabrielle Dennis by NPR

On this week's show, The Big Door Prize's Gabrielle Dennis joins panelists Paula Poundstone, Alonzo Bodden, and Adam Felber to talk about living to your full potential and the job at Six Fla…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Thursday, May 11, 2023

Where the stage is littered with glitter: The top 10 acts of Eurovision 2023 by Glen Weldon

For the first time ever, viewers in the U.S. can vote for their favorite act in the lavish international spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest. Our critic shares his top 10 songs.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:18PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Meet the NBA dancers strutting into their Golden years by Taylor Haney

At halftime for the Golden State Warriors, a dance crew for performers age 55 and older hits the hardwood and steals the show.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:54PM
Tuesday, May 9, 2023

'Monsoon Wedding' is taking to the stage — a musical a decade in the making by Bilal Qureshi

Monsoon Wedding came out over 20 years ago. It was an indie darling and huge success. Now it's being made into a musical. It's been a decade in the making, worked on between London, Delhi an…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:36PM
Saturday, May 6, 2023

WWDTM: Ray Romano by NPR

Ray Romano joins panelists Tom Papa, Matt Rogers, and Helen Hong to talk about the secret to marriage, rewatching yourself on TV 15 years later, and having a good poker face.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:55AM

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josh Groban, cast of 'Hamilton' celebrate 'Sweeney Todd' by Jennifer Vanasco

The casts of both shows joined together to sing a parody song penned by Miranda.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:12AM
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

'Some Like It Hot' leads with 13 Tony Award nominations by Jennifer Vanasco

J. Harrison Ghee (Some Like It Hot) and Alex Newell (Shucked) are the first nonbinary actors to be nominated for Tonys, and today's announcement also highlighted three plays which have won P…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:06AM
Sunday, April 30, 2023

A rarely revived Lorraine Hansberry play comes to Broadway by Jeff Lunden

Playwright Lorraine Hansberry's show, "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window," opened last week on Broadway, almost 59 years ago since it first opened.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:24AM
Saturday, April 29, 2023

Opera Ebony broke boundaries in classical music for 50 years — but what comes next? by Brandon Gates

Opera Ebony was formed when opportunities for Black singers were few and far between. The company celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but may not survive its 81-year-old founder.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:12PM

WWDTM: Brad Paisley by NPR

Brad Paisley joins us live in Nashville to talk about getting recognized for insurance commercials, his skill at writing impromptu jingles for chili, and whether his kids think he's cool.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:04PM
Thursday, April 27, 2023

Writer Neil Gaiman debuts his first music album with an Australian string quartet by Olivia Hampton

British writer and comic book author Neil Gaiman launches first studio music album with Australia's FourPlay String Quartet.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:32AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Mo Willems' bossy Pigeon makes his operatic debut by Isabella Gomez Sarmiento

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! turns 20 this month. To mark the anniversary, Willems and Renee Fleming presented the pigeon's story in an opera at the Kennedy Center.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:54PM
Saturday, April 22, 2023

Dame Edna creator Barry Humphries dies at age 89 by The Associated Press

The Tony Award-winning comedian was internationally renowned for his garish stage persona Dame Edna Everage, a condescending snob whose evolving character delighted audiences over seven deca…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:48PM

WWDTM: Weird Al Yankovic by NPR

Weird Al joins panelists Josh Gondelman, Robby Hoffman, and Tom Bodett to talk about his new (mostly real) biopic, and what he would've done if Prince hadn't turned him down.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM
Friday, April 21, 2023

Broadway legend Chita Rivera dances through her life in a new memoir by Susan Stamberg

In Chita: A Memoir, Rivera recounts her career originating roles in major Broadway shows. Now 90, Rivera remembers West Side Story from the beginning: "I was there at the first flicker of th…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 07:24AM
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

'Fresh Air' pays tribute to the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb by Terry Gross

The new Broadway musical New York, New York includes Kander and Ebb's songs from Scorsese's 1977 film. We listen back to an '83 interview with Kander and Ebb, plus '91 and '15 interviews wit…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:54PM
Saturday, April 15, 2023

WWDTM: Kaila Mullady by NPR

Kaila Mullady started beatboxing in 5th grade to impress a boy, and since then has become a two-time world champion. But, can she answer questions abut boxes that get beat, AKA piñatas?Supp…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:00PM

'Phantom of the Opera' takes a final Broadway bow after 13,981 performances by Jeff Lunden

On Sunday night the curtain will fall on the longest-running show in Broadway history: Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega hit ran for more than 35 years. "I got the gig of a lifetime," says one cast…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:36AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

East Palestine students put on a play while the city recovers from a train derailment by Oliver Morrison

Students in East Palestine, Ohio put on the Spring play as residents work to recover from the February train derailment that disrupted life in the small town.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:02AM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

WWDTM: Everyone & Goodbyes by NPR

Emma and some of her co-hosts say goodbye to the greatest podcast the world has ever seen.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:00AM

Jodie Comer is coming to Broadway in the one-woman show, 'Prima Facie' by Megan Lim

NPR's Juana Summers talks with actress Jodie Comer about the Broadway premiere of her play Prima Facie.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:03AM
Monday, April 10, 2023

Josh Groban never gave up his dream of playing 'Sweeney Todd' by Ann Marie Baldonado

The Grammy-Award winning baritone first auditioned to play the Demon Barber of Fleet Street back in high school. He didn't get the part then; now he's starring in the Broadway production.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:48PM

Terence Blanchard's opera on the troubled life of boxer Emile Griffith premieres by Tom Vitale

Terence Blanchard's work based on the troubled life of boxing champion Emile Griffith premieres at the Metropolitan Opera.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:42AM
Saturday, April 8, 2023

WWDTM: The First Quarter Century by NPR

We celebrate our 25th anniversary with Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ed Helms, Bonnie Raitt, and more!

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 11:55AM

'Champion' is not your grandmother's Metropolitan Opera by Tom Vitale

Terence Blanchard made history last season when his opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones was the first work by a Black composer staged by the Metropolitan Opera. And the Met has asked for more.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:03AM
Friday, April 7, 2023

From Daft Punk to ballet: Thomas Bangalter makes full swing to classical by Olivia Hampton

Thomas Bangalter, formerly of French electronic music duo Daft Punk, has released a classical music album: the score to a ballet titled Mythologies that draws on American minimalism and Baro…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:42AM

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