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Last Build Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500

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Exhibition Celebrates Merce Cunningham And His Choreography Of Chance

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500

Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move — that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.

'Man Of Good Hope' Tells A Somali Refugee's Story — In Song

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:31:00 -0500

The musical was inspired by Asad Abdullahi, who, as a child, embarked on a perilous journey through Africa. "It's sort of a Greek epic in its proportions," says director Mark Dornford-May.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Has 4 Musicals On Broadway — At The Same Time

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:45:19 -0500

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber hit a milestone this past week. He's the first since Rodgers and Hammerstein to have four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway.

As Trump Mulls Funding Cuts For The Arts, An Artist Argues Against The NEA

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:36:38 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for the Arts.

Broadway's Getting A New Theater, Which Is Also Its Oldest

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:36:38 -0500

In New York City, the venerable Hudson Theater reopens this week, after nearly a half-century of being used for other purposes. It's the newest addition to Broadway's 40 stages.

30 Years After 'A Different World,' 'The Quad' Brings HBCU Life Back To TV

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:00:00 -0500

Actress Anika Noni Rose discusses her new show The Quad. The series follows success and scandal on the campus of a fictional historically black university.

New Play About 'Roe V. Wade' Is A Prism For Looking At The American Divide

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:01:00 -0500

Roe tells the stories of "Jane Roe" and the lawyer who argued her side of the case. Playwright Lisa Loomer says it may be a history play, but so much of what happens in it still happens today.

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.