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President Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors, Highlighting Rift With Artists

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:55:39 -0400

Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.

Remembering Broadway's Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:19:00 -0400

Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, died on Tuesday. She spoke to Fresh Air in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singer.

There's No Easy Answer For Why 'The Great Comet' Is Closing

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:09:00 -0400

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 received rave reviews and 12 Tony nominations, the makings of a Broadway hit. Now, it's closing, in part because of a controversy over casting and race.

Bruce Springsteen Is Headed To Broadway For An Intimate Series Of Performances

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:28:00 -0400

The Boss has announced a limited, intimately scaled music-and-words show at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, running in October and November.

Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:34:00 -0400

Cook became famous for her parts in Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Meredith Willson's The Music Man. Then, when Broadway roles became scarce, she reinvented herself as a concert and cabaret artist.

Our Backstage Pass Takes Us To The Wings Of London's Globe Theatre

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:09:00 -0400

If all the world's a stage, and men and women merely players, there must be somewhere to stash the scenery and change your costumes. What's it like in the wings at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre?

Poetry Of Failure Comes To Life At Chicago's 'Baudelaire In A Box'

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 18:42:00 -0400

This weekend in Chicago, a small theater troupe with a big resume will present all of the poems in Charles Baudelaire's "Les Fleurs du Mal" — sung by more than 50 performers from around the world.

Md. Teens' 'Step' Journey Unfolds Amid Aftermath Of Freddie Gray's Death

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:05:00 -0400

The documentary Step tracks a group of dancers at a Baltimore high school. It traces the journey of individual step dancers and what they go through to make their way to the next step in their lives.

Actor Ed Harris Says Sam Shepard Was 'Iconically American'

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:16:00 -0400

Playwright/actor Sam Shepard died Thursday at the age of 73. Actor Ed Harris worked with him on many different project on the stage and screen; he offers his memories.

Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:16:00 -0400

Kevin Hart is launching a streaming comedy service. The actor's Laugh Out Loud Network, which rolls out this week, enters an already crowded market. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: There are two bleeps in actualities in this piece at :14 and :44 in.

Sam Shepard, 'Poet Laureate Of America's Emotional Badlands,' Dies At 73

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:09:00 -0400

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, Shepard cut a towering presence in theater and cinema. He died last week of complications from ALS, a family spokesman says.

Sasheer Zamata Uses Comedy To Address Intolerance

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:17:00 -0400

The comedian just came off four seasons on Saturday Night Live. Now, she wants to break through to the next part of her career — convincing people she's a writer as well as a performer.

Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Offers A Look At Up-And-Coming Talent

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 18:08:58 -0400

The international comedy festival draws new and established stand-ups, improvisers, sketch actors, comedy writers. Some people are just looking for a good laugh, but some want to hire the comedians.

Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:10:00 -0400

The pioneering hip-hop radio duo drop by the Code Switch podcast to talk about making their way in a traditionally black genre and their new NPR interview show, What's Good? with Stretch & Bobbito.

Feeling 'Young, Scrappy And Hungry'? Have A 'Hamilton'-Inspired Meal

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:35:00 -0400

It was only a matter of time before fans of the Broadway hit sought out culinary tributes to their most treasured folk hero. Here are historically minded ideas to eat like the Founding Father.