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News, interviews, and commentary on theater, the arts, music, and dance.

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'It's (Sexy) Asian Men!' Hallelujah!

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:18:00 -0500

The new short web film "It's Asian Men!" aims to tackle a big issue: Why Asian-American men are rarely cast on TV or in movies as the romantic or sexy lead. No Long Duk Dong here.

A Century Later, 'Peter Pan' Still Soars On Kids' Faith In Goodness

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:00 -0500

The play "Peter Pan" has been performed at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis for decades. One theater-lover finds new meaning in the old play by watching it through the eyes of school children.

Heart-Stopping Production Numbers Make Up For A Thin Plot In 'An American In Paris'

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:54:36 -0500

The new Broadway musical was inspired by the hit 1951 Hollywood musical starring Gene Kelly, with music by George Gershwin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz explains why he hopes a lot of people see the show.

Targeted To Teens, A German Play About ISIS Stokes Fear, Teaching Opportunities

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:38:47 -0500

A play based on the experiences of one of the few journalists to have reported from behind ISIS lines is causing controversy. Critics are wary of how students will receive the sensitive themes.

To Make It In Comedy You Have To Bet On Yourself

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:37:23 -0500

Stephen Agyei is a Denver-based comedian who's ready to quit his day job and take his comedy full time. The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr.'s advice? Move to a coast.

'Hamilton' To Pence: 'We Are The Diverse America Who Are Alarmed'

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:45:00 -0500

Pence was met with boos and cheers as he came to see the show, and afterwards the diverse cast and crew delivered a pointed statement about what they believe really makes America great.

'Hamilton' Cast Makes Appeal To Attendee Mike Pence, Amid Emotional Audience

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:07:00 -0500

Vice president-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway production of Hamilton last night. At the end of the musical, the cast of the show had a message for him.

The Story Behind The 'Tea And Oranges' In Leonard Cohen's Song 'Suzanne'

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:27:00 -0500

Cohen's friend Suzanne Verdal fed him a black tea with pieces of orange rind in it. That tea is Constant Comment, sold by the Bigelow Tea Co. First sold in the 1940s, it remains popular even today.

Anna Kendrick Says Acting Is 'The Way That I Learn About Other People'

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:13:00 -0500

The Pitch Perfect star started acting when she was 6. Back then, she says, she likely just did it for the attention. "Then it sort of transformed into something that was really meaningful for me."

Comedian Aparna Nancherla Makes Light Of The Heavy Stuff

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:50:00 -0500

Nancherla is riding high with a new TV special, a tour and a new album, Just Putting It Out There — all while dealing with some difficult personal issues, like depression and anxiety, on stage.

Akron Works To Bring Joy To Voting

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0500

Akron is one of four cities using civic-engagement grants to make voting a more playful and community-oriented act.

This Election Is Even Tough For Comedians

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 17:11:50 -0400

For the past two years this election season has been relentless. And it turns out it's especially tough for stand up comedians. Washington, D.C. comedian Rob Maher explains.

Bolshoi Dancer Jailed For Acid Attack Reportedly Returns For Practice

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:26:00 -0400

Pavel Dmitrichenko is back, just in practice rooms. Nearly four years ago, a Russian court convicted him in a shocking acid attack against the Ballet's then-artistic director Sergei Filin.

Debbie Allen's 'Weapons' To Stop Gun Violence Are Dance And Music

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 17:00:13 -0400

Director, actor and choreographer Debbie Allen's multimedia musical Freeze Frame examines the lives of young people living in cities with the backdrop of violence and police shootings.

'Falsettos' Still Resonates In Changed Social Landscape

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:30:00 -0400

When Falsettos first premiered in 1981, this frank, funny musical about gay, Jewish life in New York City was covering new territory. Now a revival is in the works, but will it still feel resonant in an age where gay rights have become mainstream?