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Mel Brooks Says It's His Job 'To Make Terrible Things Entertaining'

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:55:00 -0400

Brooks, 91, has made a career of poking fun at topics that normally wouldn't make you laugh. "The comedy writer is like the conscience of the king," Brooks says. "He's got to tell him the truth."

Asylum-Seeking Student Says Nothing Can Stand Between Him And Poetry

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:05:50 -0400

Allan Monga of Portland, Maine recently won the right to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud festival. He was initially barred because he's an asylum seeker and not a U.S. citizen.

Edible Oddities: David Bowie-Inspired Menus Reflect His Many Personas

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:05:00 -0400

Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke are just two of the characters David Bowie created for himself. The innovator explored music and identity, and his art exhibition inspires chefs and mixologists.

Muggles Rejoice: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Is Now On Broadway

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

The play, co-written by J.K. Rowling, opened on Sunday and picks up where the last novel left off, with Harry sending his son off to Hogwarts.

Shall We Dance: Balanchine Sets Tchaikovsky In Motion

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:48:00 -0400

Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the power of ballet and her memories of watching choreographer George Balanchine bring the music of Tchaikovsky to life with the New York City Ballet.

Magician David Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:20:00 -0400

Magicians don't usually reveal their secrets — but one of the world's most famous magicians — David Copperfield — just did.

Not My Job: Actor Laurie Metcalf Gets Quizzed On Three Short Men

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:35:48 -0400

Metcalf co-stars in the Broadway production of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. So we've invited her to play a game about Tom Cruise, Charlie Chaplin and a short man named Pete Conrad.

Life Above A Library Was Like Living In Neverland

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:20:00 -0400

Sharon Washington grew up in an apartment above a branch of the New York Public Library — her father was its custodian. After hours, she had the run of the place. She tells that story in a new play.

No More Hotel Auditions, Says Union Representing Actors

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:12:40 -0400

SAG-AFTRA is calling for an end to auditions in private hotel rooms or residences, after a spate of sexual harassment allegations against powerful Hollywood figures.

Art And Soul: Conserving The Culture Of Chocolate Cities

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:06:30 -0400

When gentrification causes a neighborhood to change, can its culture remain in tact?

Composer Tod Machover Discusses How He Created 'Philadelphia Voices'

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:59:00 -0400

The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the work Tuesday at Carnegie Hall. He based the composition on recorded sounds, including the sizzle of a cheesesteak.

How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:48:27 -0400

Todd Purdum's new book, Something Wonderful, is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Sarah Kay: What Advice Would You Give Your Future Daughter?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:45:57 -0400

Spoken word poet Sarah Kay imagines what it would like to raise a child in a world of happiness, heartache, and everything in between.

On Broadway, They Wear Pink: 'Mean Girls' Is Now A Musical

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:06:00 -0400

A lot has changed since Mean Girls came out in 2004, but Tina Fey points to one reason the story still holds up: Older women and teens can both see themselves playing out their worst behavior.

Kim Jong Un Was 'Deeply Moved' After K-Pop Performance

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:23:01 -0400

The North Korean leader hosted a South Korean delegation Sunday, becoming the first leader in his country's history to take in the talents of K-pop stars in his capital city.