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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.

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

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 14:13:11 -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. Originally broadcast Jan. 3, 2017.

Illustrator Maira Kalman Moving To The Stage With Choreographer John Heginbotham

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:36:59 -0500

Kalman is collaborating on a stage work with choreographer John Heginbotham. The piece is based on The Principles of Uncertainty, and is all about living while knowing you're going to die.

'The Nutcracker' With An Alaskan Twist

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:11:27 -0500

In Sitka, the local production of The Nutrcracker is uniquely Alaskan. Father Herring replaces Mother Ginger; the Mosquito Queen reigns instead of the Mouse King.

A Play About Politics For (But Not About) The Age Of Trump

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:32:40 -0500

The Minutes is a new drama by Tracy Letts, who won a Pulitzer and a Tony for August: Osage County. It's a dark comedy about a city council meeting — and a secret the town is hiding.

Stories Of Syria's Uprising, And Its Backyard Funerals, In 'Gardens Speak'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:18:00 -0500

In Miami Beach, visitors were lying down in freshly-dug graves 10 at a time. It was part of Tania El Khoury's interactive artwork, which tells the tales of people killed in Syria's civil war.

SpongeBob's Bikini Bottom On Broadway — And In Danger

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

The SpongeBob SquarePants musical is directed by Tina Landau. Even in the face of a dangerous volcano, she says SpongeBob "really reminds us to experience each moment with joy."

Kennedy Center Celebrates Latest Honorees, But Without The First Family

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:14:00 -0500

Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J, Norman Lear and dancer Carmen De Lavallade are this year's Kennedy Center Honorees. Not present, the president and first lady.

Complexity Of Touring With Rosewood Instruments May Soon Be Eased

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:41:25 -0500

Complex regulations around the material, including a confusing permit process for musicians, may be much easier to navigate after a meeting today in Geneva.

The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:05:00 -0500

This year, new international regulations on rosewood have reverberated through the music industry, costing tens of millions in lost sales and extra administrative costs.

Like A War Movie, But 'On A Planet Of Teenage Girls'

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

Sarah DeLappe's play The Wolves, which opens in New York on Monday, follows an elite soccer team of young women as it prepares for its own battles.

Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:58 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.