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'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:18 -0400

In his new one-man show, On the Media host Bob Garfield grapples with questions of identity and belonging. "I've been running from the religious part of my religion for my entire adult life," he says.

Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:26 -0400

Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can get."

In Kitchens Across New York, 'Oh My Sweet Land' Serves Up Stories Of Syria

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:49:00 -0400

The one-woman show centers on a Syrian-American who tells harrowing stories of Syria's civil war as she prepares a traditional dish. It's an intimate experience for both the audience and the actress.

Director Peter Hall, A Champion Of British Theater, Dies At 86

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:59:00 -0400

Hall ran two of the most important theater companies in England — the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He directed Waiting for Godot and Amadeus, among dozens of plays, old and new.

Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:50:00 -0400

Broadway casting directors are seeking to unionize like their colleagues in Hollywood, who are already represented. But Broadway producers are resisting and have even threatened to sue, despite support for the casting directors throughout the Broadway community.

A Houston Drag Queen Talks Fundraising

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 08:04:36 -0400

Regina Thorne-DuBois is a Houston drag queen who held a series of Facebook Live fundraisers for local community health organizations in the wake of Harvey. She joins NPR's Scott Simon.

Bernard Pomerance, Playwright Of 'The Elephant Man,' Has Died

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:58:48 -0400

Pomerance wrote the Tony Award-winning play about the life of a very deformed man in Victorian England. It has been played hundreds of times, attracting top actors for the central role.

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:22:05 -0400

Kazan, whose film credits include Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront, spoke in 1988 about directing Marlon Brando and his 1952 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

New York City Hosts Break Dancing Competition

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:03:42 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talk with legendary break dancer Richard "Crazy Legs" Colón about New York City's biggest break dancing competition and the early days of the dance form.

'Prince Of Broadway' Pays Tribute To A Musical Theater Legend

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:52:00 -0400

Harold Prince began his career on Broadway as an unpaid assistant in his 20s. Now, at 89, the producer and director has 21 Tony awards and a long list of hit musicals to his name.

Rotterdam Concert Canceled After Terror Plot Warning

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:33:00 -0400

Dutch police canceled a concert by the Los Angeles band Allah-Las after a tip from Spanish authorities about the possibility of an attack at the venue. Two men have been arrested.

John Abercrombie, Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:53:00 -0400

John Abercrombie helped define the sound of jazz guitar: from jazz-rock fusion to funky organ combos to the distinctive less-is-more sound he created on dozens of albums for the ECM label.

Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:37:00 -0400

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.

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

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:55:00 -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.