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Bernadette Peters On Fulfilling The Red Dress Of 'Hello, Dolly!'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:08:11 -0500

The Tony-Award-winning actress, the latest to play the titular role of Dolly Levi on Broadway, describes what she brought to an enduring musical.

On Stage, In Marriage, These 2 Alvin Ailey Dancers Learned The Steps Together

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:19:19 -0500

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims met at work — at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Over 15 years of marriage later, they have some advice for balancing it all and sustaining a marriage.

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:55:32 -0500

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

Hamilton's Aaron Burr Has Some Culinary Advice: Talk Less, Cook More (Creatively)

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:00:25 -0500

On Broadway, Daniel Breaker shines as Alexander Hamilton's greatest rival. In the kitchen, he also creates a stir, sir. But whether acting or cooking, both require perseverance and experimentation.

A New Monologue For Eve Ensler, Re-Enacting Life With Cancer

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:02:31 -0500

The playwright and activist behind The Vagina Monologues stars in the new one-woman show In The Body Of The World, which explores her efforts to empower women in Africa amid her own health struggles.

New Oral History Captures The Magic Of 'Angels In America'

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:09:00 -0500

Authors Isaac Butler and Dan Kois celebrate Angels in a new book, The World Only Spins Forward, that collects the memories of everyone from playwright Tony Kushner to former Rep. Barney Frank.

'Frasier' Star John Mahoney Dies At 77

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:25:00 -0500

The actor was best-known for his 11-year stint on the NBC hit, but he was a veteran of the Chicago theater scene before making his way to the New York stage.

Frasier At The Opera: Kelsey Grammer Stars In 'Candide'

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:07:00 -0500

The actor best known as Dr. Frasier Crane discusses his first opera performance, as Dr. Pangloss in Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Los Angeles Opera.

Boozing With The Bard: How The Masses Find Common Ground With Shakespeare

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

From a theater company where audiences drink along with the actors to a book of cocktails inspired by his plays, alcohol has long been "a great provoker" in making the Bard's work more relatable.

'Tabasco' Opera Makes Fiery Return In New Orleans

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:20:00 -0500

New Orleans conductor Paul Mauffray lifts the lid on a hot sauce opera that had been bottled up for a century. The show ran on Broadway in the late 1800s, and yes, it's about Tabasco.

New Play: For Nigerian Expat, Going Home Again Is A Real Trip

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:21:00 -0500

We talk to the author of The Homecoming Queen, which opened in New York this week. Like the character in her play, Ngozi Anyanwu knows what it's like to live in two very different cultures.

The Golden Globes And #MeToo

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 08:06:34 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Vanity Fair's Hollywood reporter Rebecca Keegan about what to expect at Sunday's Golden Globes as actors and actresses prepare to address the #MeToo movement.

Peter Martins Leaves New York City Ballet Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:13:00 -0500

In a letter to the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins announced he has decided to retire as its artistic director and head of its school. The announcement follows allegations from current and former dancers of sexual misconduct and physical abuse.

Ballet Master Retires Amid Sexual Misconduct Probe

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0500

In his letter to the board of the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, 71, continued to deny he sexually harassed or abused members of the company. He had been on a leave of absence since last month.

The True Story Of A Spanish Royal And The Very High Voice That Healed Him

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 18:33:00 -0500

The new Broadway musical drama Farinelli And The King tells the tale of the bipolar King Philippe V and the famous 18th-century operatic castrato whose singing nurses him back to health.