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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:27:36 -0400

The creators of the highest-grossing animated film of all time aren't just simply letting it go — they've written a dozen new songs for a very sold-out theatrical adaptation.

An 'Anna Karenina' For Our Times At Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:50:29 -0400

The world-famous ballet company is iconic in Russia. Principal dancer Olga Smirnova says a new staging of a beloved epic takes it into the 21st century.

Russia's Bolshoi Theatre Brings Anna Karenina Ballet To Modern Era

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:40:00 -0400

The world-famous Bolshoi Theatre is a Russian icon. But a new staging of the ballet Anna Karenina takes the beloved Russian epic — and the theater — into the 21st century. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Bolshoi principal dancer Olga Smirnova.

Cirque Du Soleil Performer Falls To His Death During Show In Florida

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:23:00 -0400

Veteran aerialist Yann Arnaud slipped off the double rings during a performance and fell 20 feet, according to the theatrical company. He died of his injuries at a hospital on Sunday.

Clint Smith: How Should You Raise A Black Son In America?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:23:39 -0400

How do you raise a child in a world taught to fear the color of their skin? Poet and writer Clint Smith explains the difficulty of black parenting, and the implications of being black in America.

Harper Lee Estate Sues Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Script By Aaron Sorkin

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:17:00 -0400

The author's lawyer says a contract bars the producers of a high-profile stage adaptation from departing "in any manner" from the spirit of the classic novel.

Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

Author Harper Lee's estate is suing Aaron Sorkin over editorial liberties Sorkin took when turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a Broadway production.

Where Does Hollywood Go From Here?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:06:30 -0500

The Oscar night speeches, zingers, and calls to action are done. Now what?

Cloning A Beloved Pet May Be A Tempting Idea, But There Are Pitfalls

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 06:53:31 -0500

Barbra Streisand's story of cloning her late dog, Samantha, prompted NPR's Scott Simon to muse on the ways cloning falls short, and the alternatives to trying to re-create a beloved pet.

Send In The Clones: Barbra Streisand Reveals Fluffy Canine Copies

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:30:00 -0500

In an interview with Variety magazine, the legendary singer/filmmaker dropped a bombshell: Two of her three coton de tulears are clones of a favorite canine who died last year.

Yale's Whiffenpoofs A Cappella Group Admits First Woman

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sofia Campoamor, the first female member to be selected to for Yale's a cappella group, The Whiffenpoofs, since its founding in 1909.

Bernadette Peters On Fulfilling The Red Dress Of 'Hello, Dolly!'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

The Tony-Award-winning actress, the latest to play the titular role of Dolly Levi on Broadway, describes what she brought to an enduring musical.

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

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:19:19 -0500

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 a marriage.

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:55:32 -0500

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

Hamilton's Aaron Burr Has Some Culinary Advice: Talk Less, Cook More (Creatively)

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:00:25 -0500

On Broadway, Daniel Breaker shines as Alexander Hamilton's greatest rival. In the kitchen, he also creates a stir, sir. But whether acting or cooking, both require perseverance and experimentation.