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Yale Repertory Marks 50 Years As A Theater Incubator

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The theater — part of the Yale School of Drama — has given leading playwrights a place to refine their work. August Wilson said it was crucial to his development.



'Pretty Big Movement' Takes On Dance Company Stereotypes

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

A video of a dance company in New York has gone viral, with over 7 million views. Akira Armstrong explains why she founded the dance company for "full-figured" women, called "Pretty Big Movement."



After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus To Shut Down

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:04:00 -0500

After struggling to remain relevant amid public concern for animal welfare, combined with high operation costs, "The Greatest Show On Earth" will come to an end in May, the company announced Saturday.



In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:36:00 -0500

Driven to save his culture, an ethnic Assyrian living in Britain is recording ancient tales of adventure sung by modern-day bards. The songs echo stories from ancient Greece to the Bible.



Manic And Depressed, 'I Didn't Like Who I Was,' Says Comic Chris Gethard

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 -0500

Gethard talks of hitting rock bottom in his off-Broadway show, billed as a comedy about "suicide, depression, alcoholism and all the other funniest parts of life." Originally broadcast Oct. 24, 2016.



Lin-Manuel Miranda On Disney, Mixtapes And Why He Won't Try To Top 'Hamilton'

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:35:00 -0500

Miranda says he doesn't feel the need to duplicate the success of Hamilton. "If you think in terms of topping, you're in the wrong business," he says.



Actor And Activist Jesse Williams: 'I'm Certain I'm Making A Difference'

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:08:00 -0500

The Grey's Anatomy co-star tells NPR's Michel Martin he's seen the effects of his actions in the public consciousness and discourse. He says he's inspired by black women and the black LGBTQ community.



Brooklyn Police And The People They Serve Improvise 'Understanding' On Stage

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:38:08 -0500

What happens when you put seven cops and seven civilians in a rehearsal room once a week for 10 weeks? The result is a free show called To Protect, Serve, and Understand at the Brooklyn Music School.



Following Negotiations, No Rockettes Will Be Required To Perform At Inauguration

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:17:00 -0500

After criticism on social media, and concerns from Rockettes themselves, the dance troupe's union announced late Friday that no Rockette would be obligated to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration.



Broadway 'Master Of Ceremonies' Joel Grey Says, 'Life Seems Full'

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:12:00 -0500

Grey explains how he brought his decadent Cabaret character to life on both the stage and screen, and reflects on coming out as gay after years of living closeted. Originally broadcast Feb. 9, 2016.



Taking A Crack At A New 'Nutcracker': This One's Set At The World's Fair

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:27:00 -0500

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has a fresh take on the classic Christmas tale. The $4 million Joffrey Ballet production premieres Saturday, and doesn't center around a wealthy Victorian family.



'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.