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A Working Actor: Performing In 2 Different Plays On The Same Day

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

The Canadian theater company Soulpepper performs dramas, cabarets, concerts. Some actors perform in multiple shows on the same day. We followed one actor during a grueling, but satisfying day.

3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0400

George Balanchine's modernist masterpiece was the first full-length, nonnarrative ballet. Russian, American and French ballet dancers have gathered to perform it together in New York City.

Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe Brings Dance Education To Paris' Underserved Communities

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:08:00 -0400

When the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe tours, they do community outreach. This summer they're in Paris, holding classes for disadvantaged, young dancers.

From Injury To Recovery, A Ballerina Fought To Retire On Her Own Terms

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:17:00 -0400

Wendy Whelan feared she would never dance again after undergoing hip surgery. The documentary Restless Creature chronicles her recovery and final performance with the New York City Ballet.

Cirque Du Soleil Buys Blue Man Group

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 05:08:00 -0400

Two of the most successful live performance franchises are joining forces. Cirque du Soleil announced that it is buying Blue Man Group.

Playwright Edward Albee's Incomplete Works May Never See The Light Of Day

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:51:00 -0400

Albee died in 2016, and in his will he asked that all his incomplete manuscripts be destroyed — including a play that was supposed to open off-Broadway.

How 'Fiddler On The Roof' (And Writing Its Sequel) Helped An Actress Find Closure

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 17:34:00 -0400

Alexandra Silber's father died when she was just 18 — the same age as Fiddler's Hodel when she leaves her dad at a train station. Silber's new novel, After Anatevka, tells the rest of Hodel's story.

'These Kids Are Insane': Jimmy Awards Celebrate Outstanding Teen Performers

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 07:52:29 -0400

Seventy-four high school singers, actors and dancers, selected from a pool of 50,000 students across America, recently came to New York City for a Broadway boot camp.

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:18:07 -0400

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Originally broadcast June 27, 2016.

Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After 'Julius Caesar' Controversy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

The uproar over the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has spread to other cities. And it appears to be only because they are companies with the word "Shakespeare" in their name. Staff at Shakespeare Dallas have received death threats, even though the company isn't performing Shakespeare at the moment.

Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician.

'1984' Comes To Broadway And 'It's Not An Easy Evening'

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 08:15:39 -0400

George Orwell's dystopia returned to bestseller lists after the inauguration. "It's quite something to bring it to New York now, in this political climate," says adaptation co-author Duncan Macmillan.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wonder Woman' And The Tony Awards

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:00:28 -0400

This week, we talk about the superhero smash Wonder Woman, and we talk about Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo and some of the other big winners from Sunday night's Tonys.

Atop Ancient Ruins, A Rock Opera About Emperor Nero Leaves Some Romans Unimpressed

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

A new musical seeks to present a different side of the emperor, known best for fiddling while Rome burned. But some historians object to what they see as the commercialization of Roman heritage.

The Unkindest Cut: Theater, President Trump And The Politics Of Performing Arts

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:18:30 -0400

Is depicting the president as Julius Caesar fair game, or over the line?