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11998-10-1771011996-11-06John Kander & Fred Ebb, Martin GottfriedComposer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb on creating the musical CHICAGO and on its successful 1996 Broadway revival.

Also Bob Fosse biographer, Martin Gottfried on the great director/choreographer's contribution to and personal difficlties during the original production of CHICAGO in 1975.

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22003-03-1184311998-07-03Warren Leight and Michael MayerPlaywright Warren Leight and director Michael Mayer on their new play, Sideman, about the lives of a jazz trumpeter and his troubled family.Leight Mayer Sideman Roundabout
31998-10-1684301998-06-19Garry HynesDirector of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, Garry Hynes, the first woman director to receive The Tony Award. Also short interviews from The Tony Awards ceremony with award winning actresses Marie Mullen and Anna Manahan.Pepe Beauty Queen of Leenane Hynes Atlantic Mullen Manahan McDonagh Druid

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41998-10-1784291998-06-12Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Patrick PachecoActors Tony Randall and Jack Klugman discuss their careers and their roles in The National Actor's Theatre production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys Simon plus a backstage report from the 52nd annual Tony Awards.Randall Klugman Pacheco Tony Awards Sunshine Boys National Gypsy Neil Simon Merman
51998-10-1584281998-06-05Patrick Pacheco and Ward Morehouse IIIPredictions of the 1998 Tony Awards with Broadway columnists Patrick Pacheco of Newsday and Ward Morehouse III of The New York Post.Tony Awards, Lion King, Ragtime, Pacheco, Morehouse
61998-10-1684271998-05-29Adrian Noble The director of The Royal Shakespeare Company Adrian Noble on his company's new productions of Hamlet and Cymbeline, being performed in repertory at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, .Also a Broadway UpdateNoble, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Royal
71998-10-1584261998-05-22Donald Lyons and Jacques Le Sourd#426: Drama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Jacques le Sourd of the Gannett Newspapers review Spring ‘98 shows including: Cabaret, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, High Society, Wait Until Dark and Art.Cabaret Lyons Le Sourd Wall Street Journal Beauty Queen Leenane Tarentino Society
81998-10-1584251998-05-05Peter Schneider and Thomas SchumacherThe executive producers of Disney’s Broadway musical The Lion King, Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher. Also The Broadway Update.Scnneider Taymor Disney Schumacher Lion King
92001-08-0584241998-04-24Theodore Chapin and Ethan Mordden on The Sound of MusicTHE SOUND OF MUSIC is discussed by theater historian Ethan Mordden and Ted Chapin, the President of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Also The Broadway Update.Chapin Rodgers Hammerstein Martin Mordden Trapp Sound musical theater theatre
101998-10-1584231998-04-17Mark SteynDrama critic Mark Steyn, author of Broadway Babies Say Goodnight, wryly traces the history of the modern musical in America and England from its beginnings in the nineteenth century through the

present.
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111998-10-1584221998-04-11Joe Masteroff and Rob MarshallA program on the hit Broadway revival of Kander & Ebb's Cabaret with its librettist Joe Masteroff and choreographer/co-director Rob Marshall.cabaret kander ebb marshall masteroff cumming richardson prince
121998-10-1584211998-04-03 Ernie Sabella and David SabellaActor Ernie Sabella and his brother David Sabella, both of whom are currently appearing on Broadway in CHICAGO. Ernie Sabella talks about how he auditioned for The Lion King with his friend Nathan Lane and ended up with a new role, created just for him.Sabella Lion King Chicago Nathan Lane musical Forum
131998-10-1584201998-03-27Maury Yeston and Eric Bentley#420: The composer/lyricist of TITANIC Maury Yeston (repeated from the 96-97 season #207) and critic Eric Bentley.Yeston Titanic TITANIC Bentley goodwoman good woman
141998-10-1784191998-02-27D.A. Pennebaker and Chris HegedusFilm makers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on their new documentary Moon Over Broadway, which chronicles the progress of the play Moon Over Buffalo to Broadway.Moon Pennebaker Hegedus Bosco Burnett Buffalo
151998-10-1684171998-02-13Patrick Pacheco and Ethan MorddenPatrick Pacheco of Newsday and musical theater historian Ethan Mordden discuss The Capeman, Paul Simon’s new musical.Capeman Simon Pacheco Mordden Wolcott Morris Zaks musical
161998-10-1584161998-02-06Gregory Mosher and John SimonDrama Critic John Simon and director/producer Gregory Mosher on Tennessee Williams and his classic play A Sreetcar Named Deisre.Williams Streetcar Mosher Simon Kazan Desire Brando Goodman
171998-10-1584151998-01-30Wendy Kesselman and David StoneA program about the current Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank with playwright Wendy Kesselman, who revised the play for the new production Lapine and producer David Stone.Diary Anne Portman Frank Kesselman Stone Lavin lapine
181998-10-1771021996-11-13Christopher Durang and Dana IveySex and Longing playwright Christopher Durang and the play's co-star, actress Dana Ivey, confront the play's problems with the critics.Ivey Durang Sex Longing Ballyhoo playwright
191998-10-1771031996-11-20Daniel Massey and David Henry HwangActor Daniel Massey of Taking Sides, then playwright David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly and The Golden Child. Also The Broadway Update.Hwang Wolfe Butterfly Golden Massey Golden Chinese Public Papp
201998-10-1571041996-11-27Elaine Paige, Rome Neal and Patrick PachecoElaine Paige, star of Sunset Boulebard, then Rome Neal, Artistic Director of The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. Also Patrick Pacheco, Broadway columnist of Newsday.Pacheco Paige Webber Rice Sunset Evita Nuyorican
211998-10-1571051996-12-04Donald Lyons and Howard KisselCritic's Forum featuring drama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Howard Kissel of The New York Daily News.lyons Kissel
221998-10-1571061996-12-18Mary RodgersMary Rodgers, composer of Once Upon A Mattress, now being revived on Broadway.Parker Rodgers Mattress Dodgers Hammerstein
231998-10-1671071996-12-25Neil SimonPlaywright Neil Simon in an in-depth interview.simon ceasar Little horn Odd Proposals Brighton Biloxi Barefoot Yonkers Jake's Laughter Plaza Sweet Charity
241998-10-1571081997-01-01Peter Stone and John WeidmanLibrettists Peter Stone (1776, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES) and John Weidman (BIG, PACIFIC OVERTURES).stone 1776 titanic pacific big weidman
251998-10-1571091997-01-09Jim Freydberg, Elizabeth McCann and Herb GardnerBroadway producers Jim Freydberg (BIG) and Elizabeth McCann (Three Tall Women). Also playwright/director Herb Gardner (A Thousand Clowns, I’m Not Rappaport).Gardner McCann Clowns Thousand Freydberg BIG Rappaport Albee
261998-10-1771101997-01-15Jeffrey Seller, Drew Hodges and Alisa SolomonProducer of RENT Jeffrey Seller and designer of the advertising for the show Drew Hodges. Also reporter/critic Alisa Solomon of The Village Voice on the lawsuit between Lynn Thomson and the estate of Jonathan Larsen.Rent Larsen Larson RENT solomon seller RENT Thomson dramaturg
271998-10-1571111997-01-22Tony Adams and Gerard AlessandriniProducer of Victor/Victoria Tony Adams. Also Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of Forbidden Broadway.Victor/Victoria Andrews Adams Forbidden Alessandrini Minelli
281998-10-1771121997-01-29Betty Comden & Adolph GreenWriter/performers Betty Comden & Adolph Green on their 50 years of collaboration on such shows as On The Town and Wonderful Town, which they wrote with composer Leonard Bernstein, and Bells Are Ringing, which they wrote with composer Jule Styne.Comden Green Town Bernstein Russell Styne Robbins Bells Ringing Pan
292016-08-0571131997-02-05Andre Bishop and Marcia LewisThe Artistic Director of The Lincoln Center Theater Andre Bishop and Marcia Lewis, co-star of the Broadway revival CHICAGO.Chicago Lewis Bishop Lincoln Center
301998-10-1572011997-02-12Scott Elliott and James ShapiroScott Elliott (Present Laughter and The Roundabout Theatre's production of The Three Sisters), followed by Columbia University professor James Shapiro on Shakespeare in America.Shakespeare Branaugh Hamlet Coward Shapiro Elliott Chekov Sisters Roundabout
311998-10-1772021997-02-19Gregory Mosher and Clive BarnesThe Producing Director of The Circle in The Square Gregory Mosher on the eve of the opening of the theater's new play, Stanley, followed by Clive Barnes, The Drama Critic of The New York Post on the closing of Sunset Boulevard.Boulevard Webber Barnes Sher Mosher Stanley Circle
321998-10-1572031997-02-26Mark Steyn and Michael WalshA discussion of the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Webber biographer Michael Walsh, music critic of Time Magazine and Mark Steyn, Drama Critic of The New Criterion.Webber Steyn Rice Evita Sunset Cats Walsh Superstar Joseph Whistle
331998-10-1572041997-03-05Theodore Chapin, Jonathan Reynolds, Wynn HandmanTheodore Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, followed by Playwright Jonathan Reynolds, author of the new play, Stonewall Jackson's House.Also a short interview with Wynn Handman, Artistic Director of The American Place Theatre, who produced Stonewall Jackson's House.Carousel Reynolds Chapin American Stonewall Rodgers King Handman Flower Hammerstein
341998-10-1572051997-03-26Sheldon Epps, Mitchell Maxwell, James NicolaDirector Sheldon Epps and producer Mitchell Maxwell on their new musical PLAY ON. Also James Nicola, Artistic Director of The New York Theatre Workshop discusses David Rabe's new play, A Question of Mercy.Maxwell Nicola Epps Play On Ellington Rabe NYTW RENT Rent Larson Larsen
351998-10-1572061997-04-06Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg#206: Composer Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg who together created Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Martin Guerre.Les Miserables Guerre Saigon Schonberg Mackintosh Boublil Hugo
361998-10-1572071997-04-09Maury Yeston, Bill Rosenfield and Jay David SaksComposer Maury Yeston on his new Broadway musical, TITANIC. Also BMG/RCA Victor's Director of A&R, Bill Rosenfield and producer Jay David Saks on the recording and distribution of Broadway albums.TITANIC Mattress Rosenfield Yeston Saks RCA
371998-10-1572081997-04-16Charles Nelson Reilly and Mary Louise WilsonDirector Charles Nelson Reilly on his production The Gin Game with Julie Harris and Charles Durning at The National Actor's Theatre. Also actress Mary Louise Wilson on her portrayal of the legendary Diana Vreeland in the award winning play, Full Gallop.Vreeland Julie Harris Durning Gin Tandy Gallop Wilson Reilly Hume
381998-10-1572091997-04-23Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and Maripat DonovanDirector Scott Ellis and choreographer Susan Stroman discuss their new Broadway show, Kander & Ebb's Steel Pier, on the eve of its opening. Then Maripat Donovan, creator of Late Night CatechismKander Ebb on how she went from being a building contractor in Chicago to a star Off Broadway.Steel Pier Stroman Ellis Maripat Catechism
391998-10-1572101997-04-30Rip TornActor Rip Tom, currently on Broadway in Horton Foote's The Young Man from Atlanta.Foote Atlanta Torn Page Paige
401998-10-1572111997-05-07Eric BentleyCritic and playwright Eric Bentley, America's foremost translator of Bertolt Brecht, on his collaboration with the legendary and controversial genius.Bentley Brecht Sezchuan
412012-11-2272121997-05-14Sir Tim Rice#212: lyricist Tim Rice on his new musical King David, which he wrote for Disney with Alan Menken, the upcoming musical and on his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which produced the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita and made the team legends of the musical theater. Also The Broadway Update.Jesus Superstar Evita Rice Disney Taymor Webber Menken chess abba
421998-10-1772131997-05-21Donald Lyons and Howard KisselDrama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Howard Kissel of The New York Daily News discuss the new Broadway musicals.kissel lyons titanic the life
431998-10-1573011997-05-28Jacques le Sourd and Patrick PachecoOur annual Tony Awards predictions show with Jacques le Sourd, Chief Drama Critic of the Gannett Newspapers and Patrick Pacheco the theater columnist of Newsday.Pacheco le sourd yeston titanic life lilias
441998-10-1673021997-06-04Ernie Harburg, Etan Mordden and Gabriel BarreA program about the lyricist E.Y. Harburg with Harburg's son and biographer Ernie Harburg, theater historian Ethan Mordden and director Gabriel Barre.Harburg Yip Finian Bloomer Flahooley
451998-10-1573041997-06-18Harry Haun, Ward Morehouse III and Paul CorriganOur post-Tony, Broadway season, wrap-up show with theater columnists Harry Haun of Playbill and Ward Morehouse III of The New York Post. Also playwright Paul Corrrigan, author of Queens Boulevard.Tonys Corrigan Queens Morehouse Haun
461998-10-1773051997-06-25Paula Vogel, Douglas Aibel and Ethan MorddenPlaywright Paula Vogel, author of the controversial, Pulitzer Prize winning play, How I Learned To Drive, and her producer Douglas Aibel, artistic director of The Vineyard Theater. Also theater historian Ethan Mordden author of, Make Believe, about the Broadway musicals of the twenties.Vogel Drive Aibel Vineyard Mordden Pulitzer musical history
471998-10-1573031997-06-11Barbara Cook and Behind-The-Scenes at the '97 Tony AwardsLegendary Broadway leading lady and singer Barbara Cook. Then "Behind The Scenes at The Tonys," our coverage from the awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. NOT FOR SALEcook Titanic Tonys Chicago Bacall
481998-10-1584011997-10-10Patrick Pacheco and David Patrick StearnsBroadway season preview with critics David Patrick Stearns of USA Today and Patrick Pacheco of Newsday.
491998-10-1574021997-10-17Moisés Kaufman and Henry KriegerPlaywright Moisés Kaufman, author and director of Gross Indecency: The THREE Trials of Oscar Wilde. Also Henry Krieger, the composer of the new musical Side Show.Wilde Kaufman Krieger Dreamgirls Side show Gross
501998-10-1574031997-10-24Peter StoneLibrettist Peter Stone who wrote the books for the Broadway hits 1776 and TITANIC.
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511998-10-1584041997-10-31David Ives and Mark WaldropPlaywrights David Ives (Mere Mortals and All In The Timing) and Mark Waldrop director and writer of When Pigs Fly and Whoopdeedoo.Ives Mortals Whoopdeedoo Waldrop
521998-12-1184051997-11-07Frank Wildhorn and Stephen SchwartzBroadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) on bringing the pop sound to Broadway. Then composer Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell) on his early success in the theater and its drawbacks, as well as working with the legendary Bob Fossee.Jekyll Pimpernel Wildhorn Civil Schwartz Fosse Pippin
531998-10-1684061997-11-14Tommy TuneDirector/choreographer/performer Tommy Tune.Tune Grand Hotel Best Whorehouse Rogers Follies Seesaw Bennett
541998-10-1574071997-11-21Christopher Renshaw and Michael MayerDirectors Christopher Renshaw (The King & I, High Society) and Michael Mayer (Triumph of Love and A View From The Bridge) on the craft of directing.Renshaw Schwarzenagger Rodgers Hammerstein Mayer Triumph Boozler
551998-10-1584081997-11-28Joe Church, Clive Barnes, Alexis GreeneJoe Church, musical director of The Lion King on how he integrated the work of four different composers to create this Broadway musical smash. Also critics Clive Barnes of The New York Post and Alexis Greene of InTheater Magazine assess the show.Disney Taymor Lion King Rice Lebo M
561998-10-1584091997-12-19Susan Birkenhead, Sheldon Harnick and Deborah Grace WeinerBroadway lyricists Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam, Triumph of Love) and Sheldon Harnick (Fiffler on The Roof, She Loves Me). Also Deborah Grace Weiner, the author of a biography of lyricist Dorothy Fields.Birkenhead Winer Jelly's Triumph Fiddler Harburg She Loves Me Annie Get Fields Kern
571998-10-1684101997-12-26Donald Lyons and Jacques Le SourdDrama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Jacques le Sourd of The Gannett Newspapers review the 1997 fall season on Broadway .Lion King Scarlet Triumph Side show
581998-10-1574111998-01-02Margo Lion and David RichenthalProducers Margo Lion (Angels In America, Triumph of Love) and David Richenthal (The Young Man From Atlanta, Mind Games) on the difficulties and rewards of producing on Broadway.Atlanta Salem Angels Lion Richenthal
591998-10-1710IB1101996-02-02Brian Murray, Adam Guettel and Tina LandauActor Brian Murray discusses his role in the CSC production of Joe Ortin's The Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Then composer Adam Guettel and director/librettist/lyricist Tina Landau discuss thir highly acclaimed musical theater piece Floyd Collins.Floyd Collins Guettel Landau Orton Murray Sloane
601998-10-1774121998-01-09Roger Lewis, Garry O'Connor and John MillerA discussion devoted to the careers of three great British actors: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud. Guests are their biographers: Roger Lewis, Garry O'Connor and John Miller, respectively.Olivier Leigh Richardson Gielgud Hamlet Shakespeare Peter Sellers cyrano
611998-10-1774131998-01-16Stephen Flaherty and Lynn AhrensThe lyricist/composer team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty on the eve of the opening of their new Broadway musical Ragtime.McNally Ragtime Galati Ahrens Flaherty Livent Drabinsky
621998-10-1684141998-01-23Tom Jones and Harvey SchmidtLyricist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt whose musicals include The Fantasticks, 110 in The Shade and I Do, I Do. They look back at their long careers in the musical theater, including creating I Do, I Do with director Gower Champion for Mary Martin and Robert Preston.The Fantasticks, 110 in The Shade I Do, I Do Jones Schmidt Preston Gower Champion Mary Martin Robert Preston
631998-10-1711IB651994-11-01Mary Ellin BarrettAuthor Mary Ellin Barrett on her father the great composer/lyricist Irving Berlin.Berlin Composer Annie lyricist Easter Ellin
641998-10-1610IB1061996-02-07Deena RosenbergAuthor Deena Rosenberg on the life and work of George & Ira Gershwin.Harburg Gershwin Thee Porgy Composer Lyricist
651998-10-1612IB341993-10-01A.R. GurneyA life and career interview with plawright A.R. GurneyGurney cocktail love playwright
661998-10-1612IB941994-02-01Fred EbbLyricist Fred Ebb discusses his career and his collaboration with composer John Kander on Flora The Red Menace, Cabaret, Chicago andThe Kiss of The Spider Woman.Flora Cabaret Chicago Spider Kis Steel Pier kander Prince Fosse
671998-10-1711IB791995-05-01Romulus LinneyPlaywright Romulus Linney discusses his play 2 about Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering.Linney Goering 2
681998-10-1715011998-10-16Peter Marks and Patrick PachecoA preview of the fall '98 season with Peter Marks of The New York Times abd Patrick Pacheco of Newsday. Topics include the controversy over Terrence McNally's new play Corpus Christi, the new musical productions coming to Broadway: Footloose, Swan Lake and On The Town. Also discussed, the resurgence of Off-Broadway and the rise of new young theater companies, including: Atlantic, Adobe and The Drama Department.Pacheco McNally Mackintosh Pacheco Footloose Atlantic Adobe
691998-10-1615021998-10-23Cameron Mackintosh In this in-depth interview, the legendary showman, whose credits include Cats, Les Misérables, Martin Guerre and The Phantom of The Opera, tells how he went from being a stage-sweep at the Drury Lane Theatre to the most successful producer in the history of the commercial theater. Mackintosh also discusses his collaboration with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on CATS! and The Phantom of The Opera and reflects on the current Broadway scene, offering his assessment of the success of the Disney corporation and the recent problems of Livent, the producer of Ragtime.Cats Mackintosh Swan Miserables Saigon Livent Disney Webber
701998-10-1711IB611994-10-01Scott EllisInterview with Scott Ellis, director of the Roundabout Theatre's revivals of Company and She Loves Me, as well as Carnegie Hall's A Sondheim Celebration.Ellis, director Roundabout Company, She Loves Me, A Sondheim Celebration.
711998-10-1612IB631994-12-01Martin GottfriedAuthor Martin Gottfried on the life and career of show business great Danny Kaye.Danny Kaye Arden Lady in The Dark Loesser
721998-10-1611IB681995-01-01Hilton Kramer and Jeremy GerardCritic and Editor of Commentary, Hilton Kramer and Variety theater columnist Jeremy Gerard on the power of The New York Times.Gerard Kramer Times Commentary
731998-10-1612IB701995-01-01 Bruce Jay FriedmanPlaywright Bruce Jay Friedman on his new play Have You Spoken to Any Jews Lately? .Jews Scuba
741998-10-1612IB721995-01-07Charles Busch and Jennifer KatoActor/playwright Charles Busch and actress Jennifer Kato from It Could Happen to You.Busch drag kato Vampires actress playwright
751998-12-1915041998-11-06Brian CoxActor Brian Cox who just took over for Alan Alda as the cynical Marc in the Tony Award winning play ART. Last season he won acclaim for his performance as a down-and-out drama critic, seduced by vampires, in his one man show ST. NICHOLAS.



The outspoken Cox discusses both plays and his unique approach to them. The Scottish born actor, who was the first to play the criminally insane Hannibal Lector on film (in Michael Mann’s cult film MAN HUNTER), also explains his theory on why actors from the UK are so often cast in American films as villains and maniacs. In addition, he shares the insights he gained from playing KING LEAR for a real-life audience of the criminally insane.
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761998-11-0915051998-11-13Cy ColemanInterviewed on the eve of the revival's opening, composer Cy Coleman recalls the original transformation in 1962 of Patrick Dennis' bestselling comic novel into the musical with book by Neil Simon and direction by Bob Fosse.

He remembers the show's brilliant original star Sid Caesar, who was grappling with a substance abuse problem at the time, and his volatile lyricist Carolyn Leigh with whom he created the show's hit tunes: "I've Got Your Number," "The Other Side of The Tracks," and "Real Live Girl."

Coleman also recalls how he came to write "Hey, Look Me Over" for superstar Lucille Ball in Wildcat, his first Broadway musical and comments on the current state of musicals on Broadway.

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771999-04-1515061998-11-20Clive Barnes and Sheldon Harnick on JEROME ROBBINSTheater Talk devotes an episode to the choreographer/director Jerome Robbins. Robbins, who died last summer at the age of 81, was one of the great theatrical innovators of the 20th century, working in both the worlds of the ballet and the American musical

His Broadway credits included the original productions of: On The Town, High Button Shoes, West Side Story, Gypsy and A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum

The guests will be Clive Barnes, drama and dance critic for The New York Post and lyricist Sheldon Harnick who worked with Robbins on the musical theater classic Fiddler on The Roof.

This episode contains footage of Robbins' chorography for the 1977 revival of Fiddler on The Roof with Zero Mostel, never seen before on television.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EPISODE IS NOT FOR SALE

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781998-12-1915081998-12-18Paul Rudnick and Alexander H. CohenPaul Rudnick, whose new play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told shortly after this interview at The New York Theatre Workshop to many highly favorable reviews, will be Theater Talk's guest Friday December 18 at midnight (Saturday

morning).



Rudnick is the award winning playwright of Jeffrey for which he received the Obie, Outer Critics Circle and John Gassner playwriting awards. His other plays include The Naked Eye, Mr. Charles: Currently of Palm Beach and I Hate Hamlet.

His screenplays include Adams Family Values and In and Out.



Following Rudnick is Broadway producer Alexandr H. Cohen. Topics include why real estate interests influence Broadway shows; Richard Burton; Marlene Deitrich and why Cohen feels compelled to maintain a flamboyant lifestyle, even in the face of economic reversal.
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791999-01-0615091999-01-08Todd Haimes and Matthew BourneGuests are TODD HAIMES, the artistic director of both the Roundabout and LIVENT Theatre Companies and SWAN LAKE director MATTHEW BOURNE.





Todd Haimes who during fifteen years at Roundabout made that not-for-profit theater company one of the most important and successful of it's kind, was named The Artistic Director of LIVENT last fall (replacing the financially troubled company's founder Garth Drabinsky).





In his interview with THEATER TALK hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, Haimes explains why he took on (and how he is able to cope with) two such demanding positions of responsibility.





He also describes working with his creative staff at Roundabout to stage the kind of productions (A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, CABARET, 1776) which yielded the theater company six Tony Awards last season alone.





Following Haimes is an interview with director MATTHEW BOURNE, whose highly acclaimed production of SWAN LAKE is winding up a run on Broadway. Bourne discusses the many inspirations for his radical interpretation of the classic ballet and why he reconceived the piece for all-male swans.

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801999-01-3115131999-02-05Margaret Edson, director Derek Anson Jones and Robert Simonson.A discussion of the process of creating WIT, the stunning new play about a brilliant scholar grappling with cancer. The play which stars Kathleen Chalfant received unanimous raves during its limited run at Off-Off Broadway's MTC Theatre and has now reopened Off Broadway at the Union Square Theatre for an extended run.

Following the Wit discussion, Playbill On-Line Editor Robert Simonson joins hosts Michael Riedel to evaluate Fosse and discuss megaproducer Cameron Mackintosh's new battle with the powerful performers' union, Actor's Equity over whether or not he can import a British company to open his revival of Rodger's and Hammerstein's musical classic, Oklahoma, on Broadway.

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811999-01-1215111999-01-22Director Richard Maltby and Martin Gottfried on FOSSE
821999-01-3015121999-01-29Peter Marks and Patrick PachecoPeter Marks, drama critic of The New York Times and Patrick Pacheco, Broadway columnist of Newsday join host Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for The New York Post for a preview of the spring '99 season on Broadway.



In addition to predicting the strengths and weaknesses of the new work coming to Broadway, the panel shares their reactions to Rosie O'Donnell's recent announcement that she would not host this June's Tony Awards broadcast. They speculate on what really motivated her decision and on the impact the loss of O'Donnell's strong support of Broadway and the Tony's will have on the awards and struggle the for control of their future.



The panel also discusses the changing role of the press and favorable reviews in determining the destiny of shows. In a season where a widely panned musical like Footloose can do an endrun around its bad press, are the opinions of the drama critics as important as they once were to ticket sales?

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831999-01-3115141999-02-12Nicky Silver and David WarrenThe playwright and his director discuss Silver's newest play Eros Trilogy.vinyard silver buckley
841999-07-2915151999-02-19Mark SteynMark Steyn, drama Critic and social commentator for The New Criterion, Slate, The London Specatator and London's Daily Mail returns to THEATER TALK with his wry and astute views on the American theater today. Among the topics: the overwheling success of David Hare's Blue Room, Actor's Equity's casting struggles with producer Cameron Mackintosh, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and the playwright's more recent work.

Steyn, whose new book,Broadway Babies Say Goodnight is about to be released in the USA by Routledge takes no prisoners in his evaluation of the current Broadway season.

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851999-02-2715161999-03-26Peter StoneTaped when Stone was rewriting ANNIE GET YOUR GUN for its Broadway revival starring Bernadette Peters. The Tony Award winning librettist, whose other credits include: TITANIC, 1776, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and WOMAN OF THE YEAR, defends the controversial decision to substantially overhaul Herbert and Dorothy Fields' original book of Irving Berlin's musical theater classic, which is based on the life of cowgirl entertainer Annie Oakley, and first opened on Broadway, May 16, 1946.



Stone explains how in the last 53 years the nature and importance of The Book for a Broadway musical has radically changed. The original ANNIE GET YOUR GUN was "not of our time... It was good then, but not now ...It needed concept and construction to make it fit modern taste."



Stone details why and how he has reworked the book to be more in sync with 90's sensitvities towards racial and gender equality. This includes dropping the song "I'm an Indian Too," substantially modifying the character of Chief Sitting Bull and changing the musical's famous original ending, which has Annie Oakley deliberately losing a sharpshooting match against her beloved, Frank Butler, in order to get him to marry her.



Stone also discusses to what degree he has allowed the critical and audience response to the production's Washington, D.C. tryout, to influence him as he continues to rebuild the revival's book in preparation for its opening.

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861999-03-3015191999-04-09Robert FallsThe Director of Death of A Salesman and Disney's upcoming Aida is our guest. Falls, who is the Artistic Director of The Goodman Theatre Company in Chicago, discusses how he put together the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's classic play. He also talks about his plans to overhaul Disney's new Aida, which premiered and floundered last year in Atlanta.

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871999-03-3015171999-03-26Matthew Broderick and John TillingerThe star and director of The National Actors Theatre revival of Night Must FallRandall Broderick Tillinger National
881999-03-3015181999-04-02Kristin Chenoweth, B.D. Wong and Martin GottfriedNote: This episode is not for sale.

Guests are actors B.D. Wong and Kristen Chenoweth of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown.Also author Martin Gottfried discusses his new biography of actress Angela Lansbury.

THEATER TALK airs weekly on Friday nights at midnight on Thirteen/WNET, New York City's PBS affiliate. It is reaired weekly on the MSG Metro Learning channel, Saturday nights at 9:30.

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891999-04-2115201999-04-16Patrick Marber, Lea DeLaria, Julie HalstonIn an exclusive New York television interview, British playwright, Patrick Marber, describes his provocative new work, CLOSER (now at The Music Box Theatre, starring Natasha Richardson), as a play where the characters, "all meet, fall in love, fall out of love, have sex and betray each other."



"This a play about love, and sex, and loneliness and the need we all have to find a soul mate and be happy," he tells hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. He portrays his characters as, "Four nice people who behave badly, rather than four horrible people who behave badly... I love my characters, and would be very happy to spend time with all of them."



Later on this week's THEATER TALK, actor/comedians Lea DeLaria and Julie Halston, now appearing Off Broadway in Paul Rudnick's play THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD. In a funny and sometimes irreverent conversation, the two performers discuss the difference between their approaches to doing stand-up comedy and plays. They also candidly share their reactions to the show posting a closing notice shortly after they both joined the cast. In addition, DeLaria explains why she believes her last Broadway show ON THE TOWN closed prematurely.

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5992013-08-212219032012-10-11Tony Cointreau and James RussoThe close personal friends of the late Ethel Merman, now archivists of her estate, share stories and keepsakes of the incomparable star.Tony Cointreau and James Russo Ethel Merman
6002013-08-212219042012-10-25Adam Feldman, Jesse Green, Michael Musto: Fall 2012 Season PreviewThe panel joins Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins to talk about the plays and musicals scheduled to open on Broadway and Off, as well as Rebecca, the musical adaptation of the du Maurier novel that was cancelled due to the mysterious death of a major investor. (uplink 10/25/12)Adam Feldman, Jesse Green, Michael Musto Season Preview
921999-06-2915211999-04-23Producers Emanuel Azenberg and Jim FreydbergEmanuel Azenberg (THE ICEMAN COMETH) and James Freydberg (FOOL MOON, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) discuss the high stakes business side of creating shows.



The two veteran commercial producers pool their expertise to discuss: why many producers bring plays from London to Broadway, rather than do American plays; the crisis in the American not-for-profit theatre and the effect that corporate thinking is having on the American musical theater.



They also share their experiences producing musicals that "didn't make it "

(SIDE SHOW and BIG, respectively).



"It's not a failure or a flop," says Azenberg. "It's pain."

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931999-06-0715261999-05-28Brian F. O'Byrne, Dawn Bradfield and Jac VenzaTony Nominees Brian O'Byrne and Dawn Redfield, two members of the cast of Martin McDonagh's play The Lonesome West, are guests on THEATER TALK, Friday May 28th at midnight.

Also on the program, Jac Venza, Executive Producer of the PBS portion of the Tony Awards coverage, Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards, discusses plans for the June 6th broadcast.

Friday June 4th:

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941999-06-0715271999-06-04Jesse McKinley of THE NEW YORK TIMES and Patrick Pacheco of NEWSDAYJesse McKinley of THE NEW YORK TIMES and Patrick Pacheco of NEWSDAY join hosts Michael Riedel of THE NEW YORK POST and Susan Haskins for THEATER TALK's Tony Predictions 1999.



In an informative and often irreverent discussion, these Broadway insiders debate who SHOULD win the 1999 Tony Awards, who WILL win... and WHY.

951999-06-1215281999-06-11Jed Bernstein, Lea, DeLaria, Patrick PachecoIn his first appearance after the TONY Broadcast, Jed Bernsteien, President of the League of American Theatres & Producers, confronts issues raised by the broadcast, perceived by many to be less than successful, as well as a ratings disaster.

Next up, a review of the broadcast with guest commentator, Lea DeLaria. The actress/singer/comedienne (who, having been passed-over by the Tony nominators for her show-stopping performance in On The Town watched the broadcast from a party) joins Newsdays Patrick Pacheco and Theater Talk hosts Michel Riedel of The New York Post and Susan Haskins to (in the words of Riedel) "slice and dice" the ceremony.

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961999-06-2815301999-06-25Kathleen ChalfantActress Kathleen Chalfant is the sole guest this week on THEATER TALK, Friday June 25 at midnight on Thirteen/WNET.





The celebrated actress begins by discussing her performance in the Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT as Vivian Bering a professor of English literature, dying of ovarian cancer.





Chalfant then surprises hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins by shifting the topic and challenging some opinions expressed on THEATER TALK earlier this spring by producers Emanuel Azenberg and James Freydberg.





On this previous episode, the two successful commercial producers explained why they and/or their colleagues often choose to go to England to find plays to bring to Broadway rather than moving indigenous American productions.





Their implication was that there is a dearth of new American plays that could succeed with Broadway audiences.





Chalfant takes exception to this belief by discussing a list she compiled of recent, critically acclaimed American plays that she believe, given the proper promotion, could succeed with Broadway audiences.





Also included on this episode, a brief excerpt from our January 8, 1999 interview with WIT playwright Margaret Edson.

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972001-08-0515291999-06-18John Raitt; also Don Fellows & Ted Chapin on Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific Not For SaleFirst is Broadway leading man, Raitt, who was initially hired by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1943 to play Curly in the national road company of their musical OKLAHOMA. He went on to originate the role of Billy Bigelow in R&H's second Broadway hit, CAROUSEL. Raitt remembers auditioning for and working with the legendary duo, as well as working with Broadway giants Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett later in his career.



Next, a discussion of the R&H classic, SOUTH PACIFIC, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary this year. Actor Don Fellows, a member of the original Broadway cast, and Theodore S. Chapin, the President of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization discuss the ground-breaking 1949 show and its impact.



The program includes rare kinescopes of performances by the original casts of CAROUSEL and SOUTH PACIFIC on "The Rodgers & Hammerstein General Foods Show," originally broadcast live on March 28, 1954, simultaneously by all three major networks.
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981999-07-291 5241999-05-14Tim Pigott-Smith Michael Emerson, Warren Leight and Michael MayerTim Pigott-Smith and Michael Emerson, two members of the Broadway company of THE ICEMAN COMETH, discuss the celebrated 1999 revival of the Eugene O'Neill masterpiece.

Then a repeat of our June '98 interview with Side Man (1999 Tony Award for Best Play) playwright Warren Leight and director Michael Mayer

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991999-07-0715251999-05-20Donald Lyons and John SimonDrama Critics Donald Lyons of The New York Post and John Simon of New York Magazine review the 1999 spring season.
1001999-07-2915071998-11-27Scott Glenn, Wilson Milam, Jeremy GerardThe Off Broadway hit, KILLER JOE is discussed by actor Scott Glenn and director Wilson Milam. Then, in Jeremy Gerard of New York Magazine discusses LIVENT CEO Garth Drabinski's legal troubles.Glenn Milam Killer Joe
1011999-10-2426011999-10-14Jesse McKinley and Patrick Pacheco Not for SaleGuests, Jesse McKinley, Broadway columnist of THE NEW YORK TIMES and Patrick Pacheco, Broadway columnist of NEWSDAY join host Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for THE NEW YORK POST and Susan Haskins to discuss the prospects for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, THE DEAD, WRONG MOUNTAIN, KISS ME KATE, THE WILD PARTY (x2) and many other shows scheduled to open before the first of the year.fever carpallino dead mountain kate party liza
1021999-10-2426021999-10-21Dame Edna Everage, Becky Mode and Mark SetlockDame Edna Everage, the internationally famous housewife, talk show host, spin doctor and icon, shares her world view and talks about her new Broadway show DAME EDNA: THE ROYAL TOUR at the Booth Theatre.



Following Dame Edna, October 29, are actor Mark Setlock and playwright Becky Mode to discuss FULLY COMMITTED, Mode’s new hit play at The Vineyard Theatre. In what Donald Lyons of The New York Post calls “a comic epic,” Setlock plays the reservations clerk of a chic New York restaurant, as well as over 35 different people he interacts with on the phone during one hectic day on the job.

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1031999-11-2226041999-11-07Jed Bernstein, Lee Blessing and Mark Linn-BakerJed Bernstein, President of The League of American Theaters and Producers answers questions about the commercialization of Broadway. Next a segment on the Second Stage Theatre's production CHESAPEAKE with its playwright Lee Blessing and star Mark Linn-Baker.Linn-Baker, Bernstein Chesapeake Blessing performanceart Second
1041999-10-2926031999-10-29Robert Simonson, Mike Kuchwara and Albert InnauratoAn assessment of the $10,000,000 stage version of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with drama journalists Mike Kuchwara of The Associated Press and Robert Simonson of Playbill On-Line.

Next, playwright Albert Innaurato (GEMINI and THE TRANSFIGURATION OF BENNO BLIMPIE) explains why the American musical theater should be ended as an art form. He laments the dumbing down of American culture which has created an enviroment where he feels it is not possible to create good musicals anymore.

1051999-11-2226051999-11-14Mel GussowMEL GUSSOW, author and cultural reporter for The New York Times discuses playwright, Edward Albee, the subject of his new book, EDWARD ALBEE: A SINGULAR JOURNEY. Gussow describes Albee's life as the adopted child of rich, unloving parents and touches upon the highs and lows of his career.

Also in the show is rare footage of Albee's first major play The Zoo Story, this production directed by the playwright himself in 1979, twenty years after the play was written.

Here's what people are saying about EDWARD ALBEE: A SINGULAR JOURNEY

"Mel Gussow, who has the rare gift of writing well about writers and their work, has found an ideal subject in Edward Albee." - Marion Seldes, Actress

"Mel Gussow's Edward Albee is one of the best theatrical biographies ever, giving unique insight into the stress and strain of making oneself into a major artist." - Richard Foreman, director and playwright

"Mel Gussow has caught the exhilirating feel of that time in the fifties and sixties when the traditional theater world was flying apart and there at the center stood Edward Albee." - John Guare, playwight.

"The book should be a lesson in the craft of dramaturgy and a model for the eternal and never-to-be-resolved questions about the relation between an artist's life and his work." - Ned Rorem, composer and author.

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1061999-11-2626061999-11-25KISS ME, KATE: Ethan Mordden, Michael Mulheren and Lee WilkofA program devoted to the revival of Cole Porter's KISS ME KATE (which opens November 18th at The Martin Beck Theatre).

First up, theater historian Ethan Mordden. Mordden, whose new book is BEAUTIFUL MORNING, The Broadway Musical of The Forties, talks about the legendary composer/lyricist, Porter and how this 1948 Broadway hit fit into his life and career.

Following Mordden, are KISS ME KATE actors Michael Mulheren and Lee Wilkof, who stop the show every night with their performance of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," talk about working with director Michael Blakemore and choreographer Kathleen Marshall on the production.

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1071999-12-2026071999-12-16Peter ShafferAn indepth interview with Peter Shaffer, whose classic play AMADEUS is being revived on Broadway.

Shaffer, whose other plays include EQUUS, LETTUCE AND LOVAGE and FIVE FINGER EXERCISE, talks about the background of AMADEUS and the process he went through to create it.

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1082000-01-1026091999-12-30John Simon and Jacques le SourdJohn Simon of New York Magazine and Jacques leSourd of Gannett express their views on some of the season's new shows, including AMADEUS, WAITING IN THE WINGS, MARIE CHRISTINE, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, MINELLI ON MINELLI and THE PRICE.
1091999-12-3026102000-01-13Eve Ensler, David Stone and Basil HeroThe author and star of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, Eve Ensler, with her producer David Stone discuss Ms. Ensler's provocative one-woman show.

Next, Basil Hero, Prsident of The Broadway Theatre Archives, shows some of the vintage theatrical videos from the Archives' collection. Included are Jason Robards in THE ICEMAN COMETH, Dustin Hoffman in JOURNEY OF THE FIFTH HORSE and FAY DUNAWAY in HOGAN's GOAT.

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1101999-12-3026112000-01-20Sally Ann Howes, Stephen Spinella and Richard Nelson on James Joyce's THE DEAD
1112000-01-03126081999-12-16Elaine StritchIn a rare and revealing interview, Elaine Stritch, the legendary star of COMPANY, Sail Away, and A Delicate Balance, looks back on her fifty year career in the theater. She shares her memories of working with Noel Coward, Ethel Merman, Agnes deMille and Stephen Sondheim.





This interview includes clips from the 1970 D.A. Pennebaker documentary COMPANY: Original Cast Album.

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1122005-01-1226142000-02-10DONALD MARGUILESPlaywright DONALD MARGUILESdiscusses his twenty year career in the theater, including his new play "DINNER WITH FRIENDS."



Following Marguiles, theater reporters PATRICK PACHECO of Newsday and ROBERT SIMONSON of Playbill-On-Line discuss shows opening this spring, including Elton John's AIDA and two different versions of The Wild Party.

The show ends with a brief tribute to Derek Anson Jones, the director of WIT who died in January,2000 of AIDS.

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1132000-02-2126152000-02-17Barbara and Arthur GelbTHEATER TALK presents a special program devoted to the great playwright, Eugene O'Neill. In a rare televsion appearance, historians Arthur and Barbara Gelb discuss the life and work of O'Neill, and his definitive works: THE ICEMAN COMETH, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, which set a new standard for dramatic literature in the twentieth century and forced the American theater to "grow up."



In 1962, Arthur Gelb (former Managing Editor of The New York Times and now head of The New York Times Scholarship Fund), and his wife, writer Barbara Gelb, wrote a landmark biography of O'Neill that was hailed as the definitive depiction and evaluation of the legendary genius. In this interview, they explain why they have completely rewritten this work for a new three volume edition, the first volume of which, O"NEILL: LIFE WITH MONTE CRISTO, which is being published in May by Applause Books.

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1142000-03-0926162000-02-24Mark Steynhe irreverant pundit discusses
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Miss Saigon, Garth Drabinsky, Lionel Bart
and Stephen Sondheim.
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1152000-04-1426192000-04-06Tim Rice In an interview taped the day after the opening of the new Broadway musical, Disney's AIDA, the award winning lyricist discusses his collaboration with Elton John on the production, as well as on THE LION KING.





Topics also include the Broadway revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, a musical Rice created twenty-nine years ago with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Tom O'Horgan. The new production, directed by Gale Edwards, opens April 16 at The Ford Center.

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1162000-04-19126202000-04-13Kenneth LonerganTHEATER TALK welcomes playwright, KENNETH LONERGAN. Lonergan 's powerful play THE WAVERLY GALLERY had just opened at the Promenade Theatre in New York at the time of this interview on March 24, 2000.



The play tells the story of Gladys Green, an elderly art dealer in Greenwich Village (brilliantly played by veteran actress EILEEN HECKART) and her family, as they struggle with Gladys' increasing senile dementia. THE WAVERLY GALLERY is based on the true-life story of Lonergan's grandmother, but deals with a painful family experience that is familiar to many people.



Lonergan also discusses his earlier Off Broadway hit, THIS IS OUR YOUTH and his films ANALYZE THIS and YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (which won Grand Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival).



Also on this THEATER TALK, a BROADWAY UPDATE discussion of whether or not CONTACT, Susan Stroman's highly acclaimed dance piece, which has virtually no script and prerecorded, non-original music, would be ruled eligible to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical (It subsequently was).

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1172000-04-1926212000-04-20Michael FraynFriday April 7, THEATER TALK interviewed writer MICHAEL FRAYN. The prolific British playwright and novelist discussed his highly acclaimed play COPENHAGEN, which just opened on Broadway.

COPENHAGEN follows

the brilliant German physicist Werner Heisenberg (Michael Cumpsty), who, in

1941, made a covert trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels

Bohr (Philip Bosco) and his wife Margrethe (Blair Brown).

Why did Heisenberg go to Denmark and what did the two men say to each other?



What happened at this pivotal meeting that was a defining moment of the modern

nuclear age, is a key question Frayn explores in the play and on this episode of THEATER TALK.

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1182000-04-2826222000-04-27Bruce Vilanch and John SheaWriter/performer BRUCE VILANCH and actor JOHN SHEA are THEATER TALK's guests Thursday, April 27 at midnight on Thirteen/WNET.





Vilanch discusses his career writing comedy material for The Tony Awards and the Oscars to Bette Midler and Bob Hope. His one-man show, ALMOST FAMOUS, starts performances this week at the Westbeth Theatre.





Following Vilanch, actor John Shea, the star of the Off-Broadway hit, THE DIRECTOR, in which he plays the manipulative and ultimately destructive title character.

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1192000-05-0226232000-05-04Art SpiegelmanIn a rare television interview, artist Art Spiegelman breaks his silence on the musicals: THE WILD PARTY by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe, now on Broadway at The Virginia Theatre; and THE WILD PARTY by Andrew Lippa, which played last winter at The Manhattan Theatre Club.

Both works were based on a poem of the same name written in 1926 by Joseph Moncure March. This work had been rescued from obscurity by Spiegelman, when he found an old copy of the poem in a used bookstore and created a beautifully illustrated new edition of the jazz age immorality tale.

It was the Spiegelman edition of THE WILD PARTY, published in 1994, that attracted the attention of composers Lippa and LaChiusa, who, independently of each other, created musical theatricalizations of the work.

Now that both shows have opened, Spiegelman (who didn't work on either of them) candidly shares his view on on how well each productuin realizes the poem and how effectively each works as theater.

Also, on this episode, a brief look back at a THEATER TALK interview with the prolific and flamboyant producer Alexander H. Cohen. Cohen died recently after a career of over 50 years in the theater during which he made a significant contribution to Broadway and the world of the stage.

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1202000-11-1426262000-05-26Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, Ralph Blumenthal Not For SaleGuests are HEATHER HEADLEY and ADAM PASCAL, stars of the Elton John/Tim Rice musical AIDA. Among the topics is the paucity of Tony nominations received by this financially successful Broadway show.
Following the two young performers, author RALPH BLUMENTHAL discusses his new book STORK CLUB: AMERICA'S MOST FAMOUS NIGHTSPOT AND THE LOST WORLD OF CAFÉ SOCIETY, the complete history of the place Walter Winchell called, "The New Yorkiest spot in New York."



The Pulitzer Prize winning Blumenthal, who has been reporting for The New York Times since 1964, discusses the history of this chic, influential yet troubled night club and its owner Sherman Billingsley, an Oklahoma bootlegger, turned self-proclaimed society host.



The Stork Club was the glamorous hub of the New York entertainment world during the 30's, 40's and 50's. It was also the location of disputes with the mob and labor unions, as well as the notorious 1951 incident with legendary performer Josephine Baker, which many believe helped to lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement.

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1212000-08-2126292000-06-15Remembering DAVID MERRICKA conversation on the notorious producer, who died April 25, with producer Emanuel Azenberg, librettist Mark Bramble and Howard Kissel of The New York Daily News. Azenberg and Bramble both began their careers working for Merrick. Kissel wrote the unauthorized biography David Merrick: The Abomidable Showman.Merrick Azenberg Kissel Bramble Albergetti
1222000-11-1437012000-10-12Patrick Pacheco and Jesse McKinleyTheater Talk returns for a fifth season on Thirteen/WNET with a 2000-2001 preview.pacheco mckinley journalist
1232000-08-2126172000-03-24The State of Theater 2000, Part 1• Guests: Todd Haimes, Artistic Director, Roundabout Theatre Company; playwright Warren Leight (SIDE MAN, 1999 Tony Award winner Best Play); Jesse McKinley, Theater Columnist of The NEW YORK TIMES; producer Daryl Roth (WIT, THREE TALL WOMEN, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE), drama critic John Simon of NEW YORK MAGAZINE and librettist Peter Stone (1776, TITANIC). Taped before a live audience on March 13, 2000, the panel discusses key artistic and financial issues, pertinent to the survival of the American theater and theatrical artists.

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1242000-08-21126182000-03-30The State of Theater 2000, Part 2• Guests: Todd Haimes, Artistic Director, Roundabout Theatre Company; playwright Warren Leight (SIDE MAN, 1999 Tony Award winner Best Play); Jesse McKinley, Theater Columnist of The NEW YORK TIMES; producer Daryl Roth (WIT, THREE TALL WOMEN, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE), drama critic John Simon of NEW YORK MAGAZINE and librettist Peter Stone (1776, TITANIC). Taped before a live audience on March 13, 2000, the panel continues to discuss key artistic and financial issues, pertinent to the survival of the American theater and theatrical artists. Also, questions from the audience.

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1252000-08-2126312000-06-24THE MUSIC MAN:THEN AND NOWTHE MUSIC MAN, Then and Now," a look at Meredith Willson's 1957 musical classic and Susan Stroman's masterful 2000 Broadway revival. Guests are the legendary BARBARA COOK, "Marion, the Librarian" in the original cast of the show, as well as actors RUTH WILLIAMSON ("Eulalie MacKechnie Shin") and MAX CASELLA ("Marcellus Washburn"), featured players in the current Broadway MUSIC MAN revival.Cook, Casella Willson Music Williamson Preston
1262000-11-0437032000-10-26GORE VIDALOn the eve of the 2000 presidential election, THEATER TALK welcomes playwright/novelist/historian GORE VIDAL Vidal explains the relevance of his 1960 play The Best Man to today, and gives his astute view of the American political landscape.vidal kennedy best+man roosevelt stevenson
1272000-11-1437062000-11-16Jonathan KentAn interview with the Artistic Director of London's highly acclaimed Almeida Theatre Company. Kent directed the Almeida productions of RICHARD II and CORIOLANUS starring Ralph Fiennes, which played to SRO houses at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in the fall of 2000. Other Kent productions that have been transferred to New York include MEDEA with Diana Rigg and HAMLET with Ralph Fiennes.



Among the topics discussed are: the impact of London theaters like the Almeida and the Donmar on Broadway, the ability of American VS. British actors to perform Shakespeare and how to effectively direct classical plays for twenty-first century audiences.

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1282001-06-2437052000-11-09Dick Cavett and Lea DeLariaLegendary talk show host DICK CAVETT and notorious comedienne-turned musical comedy diva LEA DeLARIA, discuss their participation in the current production of ROCKY HORROR SHOW and why the off-beat musical continues to be so popular after over 25 years.Cavett DeLaria Rocky Horror Roth gay lesbian
1292000-11-1437042000-11-02Fred Ebb, Clive Barnes, Robert Simonson, Jason Zinoman, Not for SaleA tribute to legendary Broadway dancer/actress GWEN VERDON with drama critic CLIVE BARNES and lyricist FRED EBB (CHICAGO, Cabaret), followed by a review of Broadway's THE FULL MONTY with Robert Simonson of PlaybillOn-Line and Jason Zinoman of Time Out.ebb verdon barnes full monty damn Chicago zinoman simonson fosse playbill redhead cole
1302000-11-1437022000-10-19Neil Simon, Emanuel Azenberg and Bruce VilanchNeil Simon and Emanuel Azenberg on The Dinner Party, followed by humorist Bruce Vilanch's commentary on some of the recent Broadway fare.simon dinner azenberg
1312005-05-0137082000-11-30Ellie Covan, Nancy Giles and Warren LeightDowntown performance venue DIXON PLACE is the subjectthis THEATER TALK.

Guests incude Dixon's founder/artistic director ELLIE COVEN, actress NANCY GILES. whose one-woman show NOTES OF A NEGRO NEUROTIC was developed at Dixon Place and playwright WARREN LEIGHT. Leight's SIDE MAN won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play, although he considers himself a "downtown" playwright who developed in the not-for-profit world.

The panel discusses the importance of presenting institutions like Dixon and the difficulties of running such an institution on virtually no money.

Also, on the show a viewer mail segment. Co-hosts MICHAEL RIEDEL and SUSAN HASKINS answer some of the comments they have received from viewers.

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1322000-12-1737092000-12-14Rob Bartlett, Robin Pogrebin, Charles IsherwoodRobin Pogrebin, entertainment reporter for The New York Times and drama critic Charles Isherwood of Variety join THEATER TALK co-hosts Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist of the New York Post and Susan Haskins to dissect the new $10.5 million Broadway show SEUSSICAL, The Musical which opened recently to mostly negative reviews.

Taped before Rosie O'Donnell announced, yesterday, her intention to join the cast of SEUSSICAL for a month, the panel discusses how the creators of the show got to this point and whether or not they can still make a the show a success.



Also on Thursday's show, THEATER TALK welcomes actor Rob Bartlett the star of the Off-Broadway hit Tabletop, now at the American Place Theatre.





Writer/comedian Bartlett discusses his role in the play as an autocratic director of commercials, and whether or not his interpretation of the role is inspired by his “day job” boss, the irascible Don Imus. Bartlett is one of the writers on Imus’ popular morning radio show and responsible for the program's infamous song parodies.

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1332001-01-1437102000-12-21Andre De Shields, Kathleen Freeman, David Yasbek NOT FOR SALETHEATER TALK focuses on Broadway musical, THE FULL MONTY.





First, an interview with cast members ANDRE De SHIELDS and KATHLEEN FREEMAN,

two show-biz veterans who deliver show-stopping performances in MONTY.



Also on the program, a conversation with composer/lyricist DAVID YASBEK, whose fresh and lively score is another key to MONTY's success.





In addition to airing Thursday, December 21 at midnight on Thirteen/WNET, the show will air Friday, December 22 at 12:30 AM (Saturday morning) on WGBH in Boston.

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1342001-01-0837122001-01-05David Auburn on Proof, Kate Burton & Nicholas Martin on Hedda GablerTHEATER TALK welcomes playwright DAVID AUBURN. Auburn discusses his celebrated new play PROOF, about the relationship between a brilliant, deranged mathematician and his daughter. PROOF is now playing on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater.



Also, a conversation with actress KATE BURTON and director NICHOLAS MARTIN. The two are working together on a new production of Ibsen's HEDDA GABLER, opening this week at Boston's Huntington Theatre and headed for New York later this season.

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1352005-05-0137132001-01-12"Remembering Jason Robards, Jr. with MEL GUSSOW. Also MICHELE LEE, TONY ROBERTSTHEATER TALK remembers actor JASON ROBARDS whod died last month at age 78 after a career of almost 50 years in the theater and in film. Cultural reporter MEL GUSSOW of The New York Times discusses the life and work of the legendary performer and pre-eminent dramatic interpreter of Eugene O'Neill.



Also on the show, a conversation with actors MICHELE LEE and TONY ROBERTS, presently appearing together on Broadway in Charles Busch's THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE.

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1362001-03-1837142001-01-13Marian SeldesTHEATER TALK presents an interview with legendary actress MARIAN SELDES. Seldes is appearing in Edward Albee's new play The Play About the Baby. Seldes discusses the craft of acting, her longevity in the theater and the influence on her work of her second husband Garson Kanin.seldes deathtrap albee kanin
1372001-01-2637152001-01-25Ben Vereen, Robert Simonson, Patrick PachecoTHEATER TALK welcomes actor/singer and dancer BEN VEREEN. Vereen, who joins the cast of FOSSE on January 26, discusses his work with Bob Fosse on PIPPIN in 1972 and the accident in 1992, which almost crippled Vereen for life.



Included on the show is archival footage of Vereen performing "Magic to Do" in the television version of the original production of Pippin from 1983.



Also that night, a preview of the spring Broadway season with reporters Patrick Pacheco of Newsday and Robert Simonson of Playbill On-Line.

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1382001-02-1237162001-02-01Edward AlbeeTHEATER TALK welcomes the eminent American playwright EDWARD ALBEE. In an in-depth half-hour interview, Albee discusses his latest work, THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, which will have opened that night at the Century Theatre Center, Off-Broadway. He also talks about what he calls the, "black magic," of playwrighting and shares his views on the state of the American theater today.albee seldes tennessee virginia playwrighting becket sandbox tiny zoo murray
1392001-02-0937172001-02-08BEN BRANTLEYTHEATER TALK welcomes BEN BRANTLEY, who has been Chief Drama Critic of The New York Times for seven years. Brantley, unquestionably the most powerful drama critic in America and probably the world, discusses his perception of his influence and how he approaches reviewing hundfreds of shows a year.brantley
1402001-03-1837182001-02-16Gerald SchoenfeldIn a rare television interview, GERALD SCHOENFELD, Chairman of The Shubert Organization discusses the high-stakes and changing business of producing legitimate theater.





He also details how he and his late partner Bernard Jacobs gained control of the powerful Shubert Organization, and addresses questions about the financial survival of Broadway, as well as the escalating price of tickets.

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1412001-03-1837192001-02-22Linda Kline and Lonny Price on A Class Act Not for SaleTHe co-creators of the musical discuss the life and times of its subject lyricist EDWARD KLEBAN.kleban bennet chorus price kline
1422001-04-2137202001-03-22Terrence McNallyThe guest for the entire half-hour is TERRENCE McNALLY, the celebrated and prolific playwright/librettist. In an in-depth interview, McNALLY discusses his collaboration on this season's musical hit, THE FULL MONTY; the differences between writing plays and musicals; and his concerns as a writer devoted to working primarily in the theater.



TERRENCE McNALLY's dramatic works include MASTER CLASS; LOVE, VALOR COMPASSION (both Tony Award winners for Best Play); CORPUS CHRISTIE and THE LISBON TRAVIATA, as well as the Tony Award winning musical adaptations of RAGTIME and THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. He recently completed the libretto for an opera version of DEAD MAN WALKING, and is currently working with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty on a musical adaptation of the film A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE.

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1432005-01-1237212001-03-29Abby Mann, George Grizzard, Michael SommersWe look at the National Actors Theatre revival of Abby Mann's JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, which Mann has adapted from his 1961 film for this Broadway production.Our guests are writer Mann and actor George Grizzard, who plays the chief judge (played in the film by Spencer Tracy).

Later in the Broadway Update, we are joined by Michael Sommers, Chief Drama Critic of The Star Ledger and President of The New York Drama Critics' Circle. Sommers reviews some of the new productions in New York, including: A CLASS ACT, DESIGN FOR LIVING, Kenneth Lonergan's LOBBY HERO and Jon Robin Baitz's 10 UNKNOWNS.

The show ends with a look at Nathan Lane and company rehearsing a number from the upcoming musical, THE PRODUCERS.

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1442001-04-0637222001-04-05Reba McEntireThis Thursday, April 5th at Midnight, THEATER TALK presents a conversation with REBA McENTIRE, who is now appearing in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at The Marquis Theatre.



One of Country Music's biggest stars, McENTIRE, who has won over 60 music awards (including two Grammys) and sold more than 40 million records, discusses her new career as a Broadway star.

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1452016-08-083723 A2001-04-20August Wilson, Brian Murray, Michael Greif, Linda Winer, Clive Barnes, David StoneTHEATER TALK presents highlights from "THE STATE OF OFF BROADWAY 2001.

Taped on April 9, 2001, before a live audience at The Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, this special panel discussion features 2001 Lucille Lortel Award nominees: playwright August Wilson (JITNEY), director Michael Grief (DOGEATERS), actor Brian Murray (THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY), as well as producer David Stone (THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES) and drama critics Linda Winer of NEWSDAY and Clive Barnes of THE NEW YORK POST.



The panel, hosted by Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, explores issues confronting Off-Broadway artists and audiences, today.

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1462001-05-0137242001-04-27James Rado, Jesse McKinley, Jason ZinomanA discussion of Broadway's smash hit, THE PRODUCERS. JESSE McKINLEY, Theatre Columnist of The New York Times, and JASON ZINOMAN, Chief Drama Critic of TIME OUT join Haskins and Riedel to assess the production's success and whether or not it is worth the new, elevated, $100 ticket price

Also, that night an inteview with JAMES RADO, who co-created 1968's musical blockbuster HAIR.

HAIR, the anti-Vietnam "Hippie" musical, which brought nudity to Broadway, was revived at City Center's Encores, May 3-6, 2001.

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1472001-05-0837252001-05-04Mark Bramble on 42nd StreetThe guest is MARK BRAMBLE, librettist/director of the new 42nd STREET revival. Bramble recounts his fascinating, behind-the-scenes, view of the opening of the 42ND STREET in 1980, when Gower Champion had died that day, but David Merrick hid the news until the curtain went down.bramble gower champion david merrick berkley ebersole cumpsty testa skinner
1482001-06-2637262001-01-01Conleth Hill, Sean Campion, Robin Pogrebin, Robert SimonsonTHEATER TALK welcomes CONLETH HILL and SEAN CAMPION, the two stars and entire cast, of Broadway's STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Campion and Hill play

15 different roles in this celebrated play, centered on the production of a Hollywood movie in County Kerry, Ireland. Both actors have just been nominated for 2001 Tony Awards as "Best Actor in a Play" for their work in

this production.



Also on Friday's THEATER TALK an insider's look at this week's Tony nominations with Broadway reporters ROBIN POGREBIN of The New York Times and ROBERT SIMONSON of Playbill On-Line.
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1492001-05-2737282001-05-25Gary Smith, Thomas Meehan, Gary BeachPlease note, THEATER TALK will start late this week (due to the length of The Drama Desk Awards). They may start as late as 12:30

Friday, May 25 at THEATER TALK welcomes THE PRODUCERS’ co-writer THOMAS MEEHAN and costar GARY BEACH, who plays the flamboyantly tasteless director Roger Débris.

Meehan was instrumental in helping Mel Brooks transform his 1968 movie into a well-structured musical. Meehan also wrote the musical hit ANNIE.

Actor Beach, whose best-known credit till now was the stage version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, stops the show in THE PRODUCERS in two numbers, which are already musical theater classics: "Sprintime for Hitler" and "Make it Gay."



Both Meehan and Beach are 2001 Drama Desk Award winners for THE PRODUCERS and both are favored to win Tony Awards.



In THE BROADWAY UPDATE, a conversation with GARY SMITH, Executive Producer of the 2001 TONY Awards telecast, on plans for this year's TONY ceremony broadcast. Smith, whose production company, Smith-Hemion, has overseen 24 Emmy Awards and The Democratic Convention, as well as five Tony telecasts (1993-1997), gives insight into the effort and ingenuity involved in putting together and overseeing the annual, live two-hour broadcast, which airs this year on Sunday, June 3rd at 9 PM on CBS (following "The First 10 TONY Awards" on PBS at 8 PM).

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1502002-04-2837322001-06-22ROBERT GOTTLIEB and ROBERT KIMBALL, Reading LyricsTHEATER TALK welcomes ROBERT GOTTLIEB and ROBERT KIMBALL, creators of READING LYRICS, the newly published anthology and appreciation of modern lyric writing. The two historian/editors discuss the origins and evolution of modern lyric writing, as well as some of this unique art form's great masters, from whose work they assembled their collection of over 1000 of the best American and English lyrics of the twentieth century.





Robert Gottlieb is the editor of Reading Jazz, The Collected Stories of Rudyard Kipling and The Journals of John Cheever. He is the former editor of The New Yorker Magazine



Robert Kimball is the editor of The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter, The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin and The Complete Lyrics of Lorenz Hart and is editing The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin.

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1512001-08-0558012001-10-12Season Preview
1522001-10-2058022001-10-21Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Strathairn and Jerry MitchellActors Sir IAN McKELLEN, HELEN MIRREN and DAVID STRATHAIRN discuss August Strindberg's disturbing 1900 classic, "Dance of Death," in which they are all appearing on Broadway under the direction of Sean Mathias.

Also on the program director/choreographjer JERRY MITCHELL. Mitchell who recently staged the new "I Love New York" commercial, featuring an estimated 500 Broadway performers, gathered on Duffy Square in the Broadway theater district, JERRY MITCHELL which it is hoped, will inspire people to support the city and its theaters.

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1532001-11-1158052001-11-09Roger Sherman, Laurence Maslon, Patrick Pacheco, Robert SimonsonTHEATER TALK welcomes producer/director Roger Sherman and writer Laurence Maslon, creators of the new documentary RICHARD RODGERS: THE SWEETEST SOUNDS.



They discuss the life and work of the legendary composer, and we show terrific clips from their "American Masters" film on his life.



Later in THE BROADWAY UPDATE, Robert Simonson, Editor of Playbill On-Line, and reporter Patrick Pacheco of Newsday join hosts Haskins & Riedel to discuss the new $480 ticket price at THE PRODUCERS and whether or not this price hike is really justified.

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1542001-11-2058042001-11-02MAMMA MIA: Judy Kaye, Karen Mason, Loiuse Pitre and producer Judy Craymermamma mia pitre mason kaye abba
1552001-12-1558072001-12-14LEWIS J. STADLEN and ETHAN MORDDENTHEATER TALK presents a conversation with versitile character actor LEWIS J. STADLEN. Stadlen is on Broadway in Neil Simon's new play 45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY.He discusses his development as an actor from playing Grouch in "Minnie's Boys" to his successful artistic collaborations with director Jerry Zaks and actor Nathan Lane

Also on the program theater historian ETHAN MORDDEN discusses his new book OPEN A NEW WINDWO: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL IN THE 1960's. This is the decade in which the musical shifted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein-type linear, narrative show (typified in the early 60's by Lerner & Loewes CAMELOT) to the conceptual musicals, heralded by the ground-breaking CABARET.

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1562002-06-0858092001-12-28Elaine Stritch, George C.WolfeGuests are legendary performer ELAINE STRITCH and director GEORGE C. WOLFE. They discuss ELAINE STRITCH: AT LIBERTY, the actress' solo show, which Wolfe directed at New York City's Public Theatre. The show, playing a limited sold-out run, is reopening at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on February 6, 2002 (taped 12/14/01).stritch wolfe public at liberty lahr
1572002-01-1358102002-01-11John Simon Howard KisselDrama critics JOHN SIMON of New York Magazine and HOWARD KISSEL of the New York Daily News, evaluate new shows of the Fall 2001 Season, including ELAINE STRITCH: AT LIBERTY, The Public Theatre production of OTHELLO, SEXAHOLIC, the revival of NOISES OFF, THOU SHALT NOT, METAMORPHISIS and MAMMA MIA. Also, a very brief tribute to Eileen Heckart, who died January 31, 2001 at age 82.SImon Kissel Leguizamo Thou
1582003-09-0958112002-01-18Meryle Secrest on RICHARD RODGERS NOT FOR SALETHEATER TALK presents a two-part interview with historian MERYLE SECREST, the author of Richard Rodgers: Somewhere for Me, a new biography of the legendary composer whose musical compositions changed the face of Broadway and popular music in the 20th century.



Secrest discusses the life and work of the prolific and complicated genius, as well as his legendary collaborations with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers' professional theatrical career spanned from 1925 until his death in 1979, and his centennial is being celebrated throughout the world in 2002.

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1592003-09-0958122002-01-25Meryle Secrest on RICHARD RODGERS, part 2 NOT FOR SALETHEATER TALK presents a two-part interview with historian MERYLE SECREST, the author of Richard Rodgers: Somewhere for Me, a new biography of the legendary composer whose musical compositions changed the face of Broadway and popular music in the 20th century.



Secrest discusses the life and work of the prolific and complicated genius, as well as his legendary collaborations with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers' professional theatrical career spanned from 1925 until his death in 1979, and his centennial is being celebrated throughout the world in 2002.

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1602002-02-1258132002-02-01Arthur Laurents, part 1A not to be missed conversation with one of the masters of dramatic writing. The always outspoken ARTHUR LAURENTS talks more about his life in the theater (and Hollywood), working with Jerome Robbins and Richard Rodgers - both of whom he came to dislike - as well as Harvey Fierstein, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.laurents Robbins Sondheim
1612002-02-1258142002-02-08Arthur Laurents, part 2We continue our conversation with the always outspoken ARTHUR LAURENTS who talks more about his life in the theater (and Hollywood), working with Jerome Robbins and Richard Rodgers - both of whom he came to dislike - as well as Harvey Fierstein, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.Laurents, Robbons Fierstein, Sondheim, Rodgers
1622006-02-0458162006-02-24Artists AL HIRSCHFELD and ART SPIEGELMANIn November 2001, THEATER TALK invited Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist, ART SPIEGELMAN ("Maus") to interview thelegendary theater caricaturist Hirschfeld at his studio in New York City. The two masters hit it off immediately, and their wide-ranging conversation about the art of capturing a person's essence with line, as well as Hirschfeld's life and career, is fascinating and now serves as an inspiring tribute to this remarkable artist.



The program was taped at Hirschfeld's studio in November of 2001 and is now a tribute to this brilliant and eloquent artist.

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1632002-02-2258152002-02-15Ben Brantley and Steven BerkoffBEN BRANTLEY, The New York Times' Chief Drama Critic, discusses great dramatic criticism of the twentieth century (from "The New York Times Book of Broadway"). Then British actor, STEVEN BERKOFF, star of Off-Broadway's "One Man," discusses his unconventional career in the theaterBen Brantley Berkoff Brooks Atkins Godot Raisin Woolcott
1642002-03-2358172002-03-22Cameron MackintoshProducer CAMERON MACKINTOSH, in town for the opening of his revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!, discusses creating the production (with director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Susan Stroman) and bringing it from London to New York.





The producer of the mega-hits CATS, LES MISÉRABLES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA also talks about his 35 year career as one of the most successful impresarios in the history of the musical theater, and why his plans for the future do not include putting on any more new musicals.

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1652002-03-2358082001-12-21Charles Busch and reporters Patrick Pacheco and Jesse McKinleyWriter/performer Charles Busch discusses his career in the theater and his transition from "avant-garde" to mainstream playwright with his Broadway hit, "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife."

Also in a "Broadway Update," reporters Patrick Pacheco and Jesse McKinley discuss the problems with Stephen Sondheim's "Wise Guys."

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1662002-09-1158192002-04-12Marian Seldes and Mercedes RuehlFriday April 12 at Midnight THEATER TALK welcomes actresses MERCEDES RUEHL and MARIAN SELDES. They discuss "Albee's Women," the female characters of playwright Edward Albee and share their experiences bringing them to the stage.





Ruehl is now appearing on Broadway in Edward Albee's latest play THE GOAT. She has also played Martha in "WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Seldes appeared last season in Albee's THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY and was one of the original THREE TALL WOMEN.

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1672016-08-0558212002-04-26"PRODUCERS Melee" with Brad Oscar, Patrick Pacheco, Jesse McKinleyTHEATER TALK welcomes BRAD OSCAR, the new lead in THE PRODUCERS. Oscar took over the role of Max Bialystock, after the abrupt firing of the actor who followed Tony-winner Nathan Lane into the role.


Oscar, who had understudied Nathan Lane and also earned a Tony nomination in 2001 for a supporting role in the production, discusses the remarkable set of circumstances that took him from being a "swing" in the show, to being the star.


Also that night, JESSE McKINLEY of THE NEW YORK TIMES and PATRICK PACHECO of NEWSDAY will be onhand with THEATER TALK co-hosts MICHAEL RIEDEL of the NEW YORK POST and SUSAN HASKINS to discuss and analyze the situation in which an actor, well-respected in England was but basically unknown here, was let go from THE PRODUCERS without notice -- after he had played only 30 performances in the role -- and before the critics had the opportunity to judge him.

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1682002-04-2858222002-05-03HARRIET HARRIS, MICHAEL MAYER, SIMON CALLOWTHEATER TALK focuses on two new Broadway shows, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and THE MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS. Guests include MILLIE's director MICHAEL MAYER and co-star HARRIET HARRIS. Then SIMON CALLOW, the star of THE MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS discusses his one man show and the great author who inspired it.Thoroughly Modern Millie Simon Callow Dickens Harris Mayer
1692002-04-2857332001-09-28Theater, What Now?, a response to 9/11Guests producers Jed Bernstein, Tom Viertel Virginia Louloudes (Art/New York) and reporter Peter Marks of The New York Times discuss the challenges placed on the New York theater by The World Trade Ceter attacks and how that community planned to face them.louloudes bernstein tradw 9/11 viertel
1702002-05-2158252002-05-24Alan Bates, Frank Langella, Shuler Hensleyoklahoma! bates hensley langella fool penn
1712002-05-2158242002-05-17HOWARD KISSEL, JOHN SIMON, LINDA WINERFriday, May 17 at Midnight on Thirteen (and Sunday, May 19 at 4 PM on WGBH), three top drama critics discuss the new shows on Broadway. The shows they discuss are Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goat, Topdog/Underdog, Fortune's Fool, Metamorphoses and Private Lives.Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goat, Topdog/Underdog, Fortune's Fool, Metamorphoses and Private Lives. critic simon winer kissel
1722003-01-0458272002-06-07TONY Wrap-up: JED BERNSTEIN, ADAM BUCKMAN, PATRICK PACHECO, MATT ROUSH THEATER TALK's TONY Awards Wrap-up. Guests JED BERNSTEIN, President of The League of American Theatres and Producers, and PATRICK PACHECO, Editor-in-Chief of "Show People" Magazine, as well as television critics ADAM BUCKMAN of the "New York Post" and MATT ROUSH of "TV Guide."



This episode includes a four minute excerpt from ELAINE STRITCH's emotional appearance before the press, right after her speech was cut off on the TONY AWARD broadcast Sunday night.

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1732002-06-2358282002-06-14Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Philip RoseTHEATER TALK is devoted to a discussion of the classic 1959 play "A Raisin in The Sun."

Guests are RUBY DEE who starred in the original production, OSSIE DAVIS who replaced leading man SIDNEY POITIER five months into the run, and producer PHILIP ROSE who fought the odds to bring Lorraine Hansberry's play about Black urban-American life to Broadway.

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1742007-08-1858292007-08-24Kitty Carlisle Hart and Anne Kaufman Schneider on KAUFMAN & HARTGeorge S. Kaufman and Moss Hart were two of the most successful playwrights of the twentieth century. Their hit collaborations, including the classic comedies: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and ONCE IN A LIFETIME, continue to be produced constantly, wherever people love theater.



Anne Kaufman Schneider is the daughter of George S. Kaufman. Kitty Carlisle Hart was married to Moss Hart from 1946 until his death in 1961. She is Chairman Emeritas of The New York State Council of The Arts, as well as a well-known actress/singer ("A Night at The Opera") and television personality ("To Tell the Truth"). Together they lovingly oversee and protect Kaufman and Hart's theatrical legacy. (taped in 2002)

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5912012-06-072118282012-06-22The Return of LEWIS BLACK and NANCY GILESCommentator/writer/comedian/actors LEWIS BLACK and NANCY GILES discuss their early days as broke young performers in Hells Kitchen, subsequently making it in show business and their choices for the funniest conservatives in the USA. They also review Clybourne Park and reflect on Joseph Alsop, the inspiration for the hit political play, The Columnist.Lewis Black Nancy Giles The Columnist Clybourne Park Westbank
1762002-09-2968322002-09-27Keith Glover, Warren Leight, David Lindsay-Abaire, Diana Son, Theresa Rebeck, Julia JarchoPArt two of a two part program, taped before an invited studio audience, affiliated with Young Playwrights Inc., Camp Broadway, and the 52nd Street Project, the first part of the program features a group of prominent writers discussing how they got their starts in the theater and how they make their livings creating characters and telling stories.



The panelists are dramatists Keith Glover ("Thunder Knocking at The Door"), Julia Jarcho ("Nursery," 2001 Young Playwrights Festival), Warren Leight (1999 TONY Award winner "Side Man"), David Lindsay-Abaire ("Fuddy Meers"), Theresa Rebeck ("The Butterfly Collection" and TV’s "Law & Order"), and Diana Son ("Stop Kiss").



During the second half of the taping, aspiring young writers in the audience ask the panelists questions about issues and strategies involved in doing good work. The THEATER TALK broadcast on September 27th is devoted entirely to this lively Q&A session between the playwrights and the students.

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1772002-10-0569012002-10-04Mary Zimmerman, Philip Glass, Joseph Melillo, Karen Brooks Hopkins MARY ZIMMERMAN (2002 Tony Award winner for her direction of "Metamorphoses") and composer PHILIP GLASS, discussing their new opera GALILEO GALILEI which will open this year's "Next Wave" Festival at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Also, on the program KAREN BROOKS HOPKINS and JOE MELLILO (President and Executive Producer of BAM, respectively), organizers of the 20th annual NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL

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1782012-05-2069032002-10-18JERRY HERMAN, part 1A conversation with legendary composer/lyricist JERRY HERMAN on his early career, including being mentored by Frank Loesser and creating MILK AND HONEY, as well as HELLO DOLLY.Mame Herman Dolly Honey Loesser Folles
1792002-10-1869042002-10-25JERRY HERMAN,part 2The legendary composer/lyricist talks about his new show with Tommy Tune, MISS SPECATCULAR, as well as his legendary shows MAME and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. He speaks candidly about his hiatus from Broadway in the 90's and learning to live with HIV.FOLLES Mame Tune Dolly Merrick
1802002-10-3069052002-11-01Adolph Green,Betty Comden, Mel GussowIn memory of ADOLPH GREEN, Theater Talk will repeat its 1996 interview with BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN, Friday, November 1st at midnight on Thirteen. The writer/performers discuss their six decade collaboration in show business.

The program also includes clips from "A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green" in which the legendary team performed songs they wrote for BELLS ARE RINGING. ON THE TOWN, GOOD NEWS and PETER PAN.

Also on this week's tribute, MEL GUSSOW, cutural writer for "The New York Times."

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1812002-11-1869062002-11-15Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Jackie Hoffman, Dick LatessaFriday at Midnight on Thirteen, THEATER TALK is devoted to the Broadway hit Hairspray. The guests are its composer MARC SHAIMAN and his partner SCOTT WITTMAN with whom he wrote Hairspray's lyrics.





Also, on the program are cast members DICK LATESSA, who plays Harvey Fierstein's husband, and comedienne JACKIE HOFFMAN who creates three roles for the musical.



Shaiman wraps-up the show by performing "Welcome to The Sixties".

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1822002-11-2469092002-11-29DAEL ORLANDERSMITH and MEL GUSSOWTHEATER TALK welcomes celebrated playwright DAEL ORLANDERSMITH. She is currently starring in her Pulitzer Prize-nominated play YELLOWMAN, a powerful look at racism within the black community.

Next, MEL GUSSOW, Cultural Writer of The New York Times discusses playwright ARTHUR MILLER, the subject of his new book, "Conversations with Arthur Miller."

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1832003-01-0369082002-11-18Betty Buckley, BETTY NOT FOR SALEThe great actress/singer BETTY BUCKLEY is THEATER TALK's guest. She is followed by the rock group BETTY, the stars of the autobiographical Off-Broadway musical, "Betty Rules," now playing at The Zipper Theatre.betty buckley zimmer palmer
1842003-01-0469122003-01-03Howard Kissel, Jacques le Sourd, John SimonGuest critics HOWARD KISSEL of The New York Daily News, JACQUES le SOURD of Gannett Newspapers and JOHN SIMON of New YorK Magazine review shows including: La Boheme, Man of La Mancha, Imaginary Friends and Dance of The Vampires.kissel simon le sourd boheme mancha vampire critic
1852003-01-046911A2002-12-22Lanford Wilson and La Bohème press junketThis episode features a rare television interview with master playwright LANFORD WILSON. He discusses creating plays including BURN THIS, BALM IN GILEAD and THE BOOK OF DAYS

Also on the program a look at the new Broadway production of LA BOHEME with comments by director Baz Luhrman and production designer Catharine Martin, as well as five members of the cast.

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1862003-01-0469102002-12-13A.R. Gurney, Charles Kimbrough, Susan Sullivan and GYPSY Open CallPlaywright A.R. GURNEY and actors CHARLES KIMBROUGH and SUSAN SULLIVAN discuss Gurney's political comedy-of-manners THE FOURTH WALL.

Also on the show GYPSY Open Call, a brief look at auditions for the role of Baby June and Baby Louise in the upcoming revival of the classic musical GYPSY.

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1872003-01-2469132003-01-10STANLEY DONENDirector STANLEY DONEN, who is best known for directing films including SINGING IN THE RAIN, BEDAZZLED and CHARADE, discusses his latest theater project, Elaine May's new play ADULT ENTERTAINMENT.may donen adult
1892003-04-1269142003-02-07Movin' Out Dancers: Elizabeth Parkinson, Keith Roberts and John Selya; also New York City's Commissioner of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Katherine OliverTHEATER TALK welcomes dancers ELIZABETH PARKINSON, KEITH ROBERTS and JOHN SELYA, three of the stars of the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp show MOVIN' OUT. They discuss their careers as dancers and working with choreographer/director Tharp as she shaped the musical into a Broadway hit.

Also on this week's show, KATHERINE OLIVER, Commissioner of Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Oliver discusses the new initiatives her office is pursuing to support, promote and encourage the city's theater industry.

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1902003-02-0169152003-01-31FIONA SHAW and DEBORAH WARNERActress FIONA SHAW and director DEBORAH WARNER are THEATER TALK's guests on Friday, January 31 at Midnight on THIRTEEN.





Warner's production of MEDEA with Shaw in the title role is now on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The two discuss their critically acclaimed interpretation of the Euripides classic, which Ben Brantley of THE NY TIMES called "thrilling" and Linda Winer of NEWSDAY called "unforgettable."

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1912003-02-0769162003-02-14JOHN KANDER & FRED EBB, MICHAEL KUCHWARA, JONATHAN FOREMAN NFSFocus on the musical CHICAGO: Composer Kander and lyricist Ebb discuss creating the show with BOB FOSSE (repeat of Theater Talk 101 from 11/96), Then critics Jonathan Foreman and Mike Kuchwara review ihe 2003 film versionKander ebb fosse chicago foreman marshall kuchwara
4982010-06-061512202006-04-19ALAN BENNETT on History BoysBritish writer Alan Bennett discusses his award winning play The History Boys and his memoir Untold Stories.Alan Bennett History boys
1932003-03-1269172003-02-21Michael John LaChiusa and Bill MoriarityTHEATER TALK welcomes composer MICHAEL JOHN La CHUISA who discusses his musical Little Fish, which opened at The Second Stage the night before the taping.

Also a Broadway Update, focusing on the volatile negotiations betweem Broadway's producers and Local 802, the musicians union. The musicians contract expires March 4. Our guest is BILL MORIARITY, President of Local 802 who is active in negotiating the union's new contract, the terms of which could profoundly effect the sound of Broadway for years to come.
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1942003-03-1269182003-03-28TWYLA THARPA conversation with the creator of MOVIN OUT
1962003-05-0769212002-11-04Playwright PETER NICHOLS Eminent British playwright PETER NICHOLS discusses his masterpiece, "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg."nichols izzard egg finney
1972003-05-0769252003-05-09HARVEY FIERSTEINA must-see conversation with the star of HAIRSPRAYfierstein hairspray
1982003-05-0769242003-05-02ELIZABETH ASHLEYThe legendary actress discusses her 40 years in the theater and her role in ENCHANTED APRIL.ashley april ringwald
2012003-05-0769192003-04-25RICHARD GREENBERGA conversation with the wry and prolific playwright when his latest work TAKE ME OUT had just moved to Broadway.take dazzle bekin greenberg mantello
2022003-07-1169272003-05-30ANTONIO BANDERAS and CHITA RIVERA (Not for Sale)The two stars discuss their roles in the revival of NINE on Broadway.nine banderas yeston chita rivera antonio banderas raul julia
2032003-06-1669262003-05-16ROBIN POGREBIN, ROBERT SIMONSON, MARY JANE PHILLIPS-MATZA reporters' analysis of the 2003 Tony Award nominations, followed by a discussion of the life and work of La Bohème composer, Giacomo Puccini. pogrebin simonson tony bohème puccini matz
2572005-01-131411012004-10-08Actors KATHLEEN CHALFANT and ASSIF MANDVIThe tow actors discuss GUANTANAMO, a documentary play about the notorious military internment campguantananmo chalfant assif mandvi
2052003-05-0869212003-05-23BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, MARY ELIZABETH MASTRANTONIO, MITCH LEIGHa discussion of MAN OF La MANCHA with the two stars of the Broadway revival, as well as the classic musical's composerleigh la mancha, stokes mitchell impossible
2062003-05-0869202003-04-18MAURY YESTON and STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGISThe composer of NINE followed by the playwright of OUR LADY OF 121st STREET.nine 121st hoffman guirgis yeston
2072003-06-1469292003-06-16BRIAN DENNEHYAn interview with the actor and star of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INOT NIGHTo'neill dennehy redgrave long salesman seymour
2112003-07-0269312003-07-04Remembering PETER STONETHEATER TALK presents a tribute to writer PETER STONE who died in April.

The witty and outspoken STONE is only writer to date to win a TONY, an OSCAR and an EMMY, He appeared on our program six times, and this week's show features highlights from those interviews.

They include Stone discussing "1776," his hit musical about which Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. wrote, "1776 probably taught more people about the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence than a generation of historians."
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2092003-09-0769322003-07-11ETHAN MORDDEN and ROB MARSHALL (encore).Theater historian ETHAN MORDDEN discusses the Broadway musicals of the 1970's. Then a replay of a 1998 interview with director/choreographer ROB MARSHALL on co-directing Cabaret with Sam Mendes.mordden marshall cabaret mendes
2102003-06-1069302003-06-27PAUL ALEXANDER, ANGELICA TORN and JONATHAN TOLINSA discussion of Alexander's play Edge in which Torn plays Sylvia Plath.

Also, a discussion of Tolin's comedy The Last Sunday in June.

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2122004-02-071310112004-01-23TOVAH FELDSHUH on "Golda's Balcony" and MARTIN CHARNIN, creator of ANNIE, on the late Dorothy Loudon. (Not for Sale)feldshuh tovah golda charnin annie loudon
2142003-10-281310022003-10-24EILEEN ATKINSThe wonderful British actress Dam EILEEN ATKINS in a fascinating interviewatkins
2132003-10-061310012003-10-17MICHAEL MUSTO and PATRICK PACHECO Season Previewmusto pacheco taboo oz
2162003-11-041310032003-10-31Composer ALAN MENKEN of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS"The Worse He Treats Me - The More He Loves Me" and "Who's The Shrubbery We Love?" are among the songs written by composer ALAN MENKEN with the late lyricist/librettist HOWARD ASHMAN, that were dropped from the crowd-pleasing fright musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS before it opened Off-Broadway in 1982.


Menken performs these and other outtake numbers from the show along with several hit tunes that made the final cut and are still part of LITTLE SHOP, nowbeing revived on Broadway at The Virginia Theatre in the 2003-04 season.

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2182003-11-121310042003-11-07Actors BRIAN MURRAY and MARIAN SELDES and Author TED CHAPINMaster actors MARIAN SELDES and BRIAN MURRAY discuss performing in the hit Off-Broadway show BECKETT/ALBEE. They discuss the challenges and rewards of appearing in this evening of four short plays, in which they interpret works by both Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee.

Next up, author TED CHAPIN discuss his new book, EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL FOLLIES.


In 1971 Ted Chapin (now the President of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) was a 20 year old "go-fer" for the original production of the legendary musical FOLLIES.



He had the opportunity to observe the lengthy process of director/producer Hal Prince and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim working with the late choreographer/co-director Michael Bennett and librettist James Goldman to create the legendary and ground-braking show.


Now, 32 years later - he has turned this experience into EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL FOLLIES, a fascinating chronicle of the painstaking and ultimately thrilling process of creating a muscial theater classic.

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2192003-11-121310052003-11-14CLIVE BARNES, MICHAEL KUCHWARA, JOE DiPIETRO, JIMMY ROBERTSCritics Clive Barnes and Michel Kuchwara review the Sondheim/Prince show BOUNCE. Then composer Jimmy Roberts and libretttist Joe DiPietro discuss their musicals I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and THE THING ABOUT MEN.roberts dipietro perfect barnes kuchwara bounce
2202003-11-121310062003-11-21KRISTIN CHENOWETH, IDINA MENZEL, MARC SHAIMAN & SCOTT WITTMANActresses Krisitn Chenoweth and Idina Menzel discuss their roles in WICKED. Then composer lyricist MARC SHAIMAN and lyricist SCOTT WITTMAN, who wrote the score for HAIRSPRAY, return to discuss a number of topics including Fred Ebb, Bobbie Boland and their upcoming musical collaboration with Steven Spielberg.menzel chenoweth shaiman wittman hairspray wicked
2212004-02-071310082003-12-19EDWARD ALBEE on Samuel BeckettEdward Albee discusses his work and that of his fellow master playwright Samuel Beckettbeckett albee
2222003-12-121310072003-12-12BOY GEORGE of TABOO The Face off between BOY GEORGE, the star/composer/lyricist/co-creator of Broadway's TABOO, and MICHAEL RIEDEL of The New York Post

Please note, the episode for sale has no music clips or photographs.

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2232004-02-071310092003-12-26Critics JOHN SIMON, HOWARD KISSEL, JACQUES le SOURD and THE BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICESThree drama critics assesse the new shows of the season. Also, Christmas classics from the gospel choir, The Broadway Inspirational Voicesinspirational simon kissel le sourd
2242004-02-071310102004-01-09MARTIN GOTTFRIEDAuthor MARTIN GOTTFRIED discusses playwright ARTHUR MILLERgottfried miller death salesman crucible marilyn monroe
2292004-02-07110142004-02-20SHELDON HARNICK, JERRY BOCK, JOSEPH STEIN and DAVID LEVEAUX on "Fiddler on The RoofA discussion of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with its lyricist Sheldon Harnick, composer Jerry Bock and librettist Joseph Stein; also the director of the Broadway revival David Leveaux bock harnick , stein fiddler roof leveaux robbins
2302004-03-21110152004-02-27Writer Thane Rosenbaum and songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia WeilThey Wrote that Fiddler rosenbau, mann weil
2272004-02-071310122004-01-30PAUL RUDNICK, CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY, MEL GUSSOW Playwright Rudnick and director Ashley discuss their new play VALHALLA; also we remember UTA HAGEN with MEL GUSSOW of the New York Times and excerpts of our interview with the great actress from 1992. rudnick ashley, uta hagen, valhalla, gussow
2282005-05-301310132004-02-13Spring Preview 04 with MICHAEL MUSTO, PATRICK PACHECO and ROBERT SIMONSONmusto simonson pacheco
2712006-11-161512282006-06-24Critc JOHN LAHR on Awake and Sing and Director JOHN DOYLE on Sweeny ToddThe TONY-Winning director on SWEENEY TODD and the articulate New Yorker critic on the
writer of AWAKE AND SING
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2322004-03-211310172004-04-02Lyricist DON BLACK and Avenue Q's ROBERT LOPEZ, JEFF MARX and JEFF McCOLLUMblack lopez avenue marx mccollum bombay
2332004-03-211310162004-03-26DOUG WRIGHT, MOISES KAUFMAN and THOMAS SCHUMACHERPlaywright Doug Wright and director Moises Kaufman discuss I AM MY OWN WIFE. Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Productions, discusses the company's productions on Broadway and around the worldwife kaufman wright disney schumacher
2342004-04-071310182004-04-09Terrence McNally, Richard Thomas, Sarah JonesThis Friday, our guests will be playwright TERRENCE McNALLY and actor RICHARD THOMAS on McNally's The Stendhal Syndrome; also on the program, actor/performer SARAH JONES on her one-woman show Bridge & TunnelTerrence McNally, Richard Thomas, Sarah Jones Bridge & Tunnel Stenhal Liebestrom
2352016-08-051310192009-09-19Larry Gelbart on Sly FoxFriday, April 16 at Midnight our guest will be playwright LARRY GELBART. A revival of Gelbarts farce SLY FOX, starring Richard Dreyfus, has just opened on Broadway.gelbart sly fox dreyfus
2362004-04-2713100212004-04-23FRANK LANGELLAThe master actor, FRANK LANGELLA, discusses his career in the theater, his professional friendship with the late Alan Bates and his role in the new Broadway play MATCH.match Langella bates
2372004-05-081310212004-04-30JOEL GREY (Does not include performance clips)JOEL GREY, the multi-talented performer, whose shows include: CABARET, GEORGE M., THE GRAND TOUR, THE NORMAL HEART and CHICAGO, discusses his career from his beginnings as a serious actor at The Cleveland Playhouse, all the way to his current role in the hit musical, WICKED.joel grey cabaret wicked normal
2382004-05-081310232004-05-14Jefferson Mays, Charles Isherwood, Robert SimonsonI am my own wife doug wright Tonys moises kaufman gay
2392004-05-081310222004-05-14LARRY KRAMER, BECKY ANN BAKER, DENIS O'HAREA conversation with writer/gay activisit LARRY KRAMER, whose classic play, THE NORMAL HEART, about the early days of the AIDS crisis, is being revived Off Broadway. He is followed on the show by actors DENIS O'HARE and BECKY ANN BAKER, from the cast of the controversial Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical ASSASSINS. The two discuss their roles in this show focusing on people who kill - or plan to kill - American presidents.kramer sondheim assassins normal heart esparza weidman gay AIDS
2402004-05-3113100252004-05-28Sean Combs and Sanaa LathanSEAN ("P. Diddy") COMBS and SANAA LATHAN will be the guests on THEATER TALK, Friday, May 28 at midnight on Thirteen. They discuss their roles in the hit revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (now on Broadway at The Royale Theatre) and the impact that working on this important (Tony-nominated) play has had on their lives.
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2412004-08-3013100282004-06-18Angus McIndoe, Robert Simonson, Charlotte Moore, Jonathan Freeman and "Remembering TONY RANDALLMcIndoe and Simonson discuss Simonson's book ON BROADWAY MEN STILL WEAR HATS, Moore and Freeman discuss the revival of FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Moore's Irish Repertory Theatre. We also remember TONY RANDALL with a clip from our 1997 interview with the beloved actor.randall, finian, angus mcindoe simonson
2582005-09-211411152005-09-23Harvey Fierstein/Fiddler on The RoofAn interview with the actor/writer as he takes on the role of Tevye in David Leveaux's revival of Fiddler on The Roofharvey fierstein fiddler leveaux harnick mostel
2432004-09-30131031A2004-10-01Doug Wright, Moises Kaufman and Jeffeson Mays
on"I Am My Own Wife"
This episone focuses on the most celebrated play of the 03-04 season. First, our interview with I AM MY OWN WIFE's playwright, Doug Wright and director Moises Kaufman. Then we talk to the play's star Jeffeson Mays, who working alone plays over 35 characters and brings the world of German transvestite Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf to life.wright mays jefferson wife moises kaufman germany pulitzer
2442004-10-241411032004-10-22Jesse McKinley, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoTHEATER TALK presents it's annual season preview. JESSIE McKINLEY of The New York Times, MICHAEL MUSTO of The Village Voice and PATRICK PACHECO of Show People survey the scene and discuss what theater-goers have to choose from in the coming year.musto pacheco mckinley Brooklyn
2502005-01-121411082005-01-14DAME EDNAThe world's most admired woman discusses her show on Broadway, her friend Teresa Hines Kerry and her recent meeting with Presidents Bush and Clinton.dame edna
2462005-01-131411042004-10-29PHILIP BOSCO of TWELVE ANGRY MENThe veteran actor discusses his 50 years in the theater and his current role in The Roundabout's hit revival of TWELVE ANGRY MEN.bosco roundabout moon twelve angry
2532004-11-211411092004-12-17Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel SchumacherThe master composer and the innovative film director discuss bringing the beloved musical PHANTOM OF THE OPERA to the screen.webber schumacher phantom opera
2522004-11-211411072004-11-19MICHAEL BLAKEMORE and MICHAEL FRAYNTHEATER TALK focuses on the new play DEMOCRACY with its writer MICHAEL FRAYN and director MICHAEL BLAKEMORE. They discuss their collaboration on Frayn's fascinating drama about the rise and fall of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
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2482004-11-091411052004-11-05Michael and Victoria Imperioli, John Patrick ShanleyMICHAEL and VICTORIA IMPERIOLI discuss Theater Dante, their new Off-Broadway playhouse and PONIES its current production in which Michael has just taken over a prominent role.

Also on the program, JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, one of America's most prolific and successful playwrights (DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, SAILOR'S SONG) and screenwriters (MOONSTRUCK).

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2492009-03-10141107 encore2005-04-29BRUCE VILANCH, MARC SHAIMAN and SCOTT WITTMAN on HAIRSPRAYBRUCE VILANCH the new "Edna Turnblatt" in HAIRSPRAY is joined by the Tony-winning creators of the show'w score, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Shaiman performs a song from the teams upcoming musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

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2542005-01-251411112005-01-21Magician MARC SALEM and Comedian MURRAY HILLThe "It Boy" of New York's downtown performance art scene, the hardest working "man" in show business and the amazing master of Mind Games magician MARC SALEM.murray hill marc salem
2562005-01-131411022004-10-15Actor PETER DINKLAGEA conversation with the actor on his role as RICHARD III in the revival at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre.dinklage shakespeare richard
2612005-03-201411162005-03-25Eric Idle on SPAMALOTidle spamalot
2622005-04-091411182005-04-08ALVIN EPSTEIN, MICHAEL MUSTO, PATRICK PACHECOVeteran actor ALVIN EPSTEIN discusses Samuel Beckett and his play ENDGAME. Pacheco and Musto discuss the up-to-date news of Broadway, including the reprieve for "Sweet Charity" and the firing of Daniel Davisepstein endgame beckett musto pacheco davis applegate charity
2602005-10-231411172005-10-28Brian F. O'Byrne, Cherry Jones and John Patrick Shanley on DOUBTWe welcome playwright JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, as well as Tony Award-winning actors CHERRY JONES and BRIAN F. O'BYRNE. They discuss Shanley's wonderful play DOUBT in which Jones and O'Byrne give brilliant performances as a nun and priest locked in a moral struggle over the well-being of a child.shanley o'byrne cherry jones shanley doubt mtc
2632005-04-041411192005-04-15Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin on Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolfturner irwin woolf afraid
2642005-04-231411202005-04-22Thom Pain (based on nothing) JAMES URBANIAK, WILL and HAL BROOKS also Shockheaded Peter's MARTYN JACQUES and TAMLYN GRIFFIN and Our guests will be THOM PAIN (based on nothing)'s playwright, WILL ENO, director, HAL BROOKS; plus its star, the popular young actor JAMES URBANIACK.

From SHOCKHEADED PETER, we welcome composer/performer MARTYN JACQUES, who performs a number from the show, and its leading lady TAMRYN GRIFFIN.

SHOCKHEADED PETER is a peculiar and
disturbing interpretation of the nineteenth century German pedagogic cautionary tales, Struwwelpeter, which were sritten and illustrated by (above) Heinrich Hoffman

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2662006-08-261411222006-09-08The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: BILL FINN, JAMES LAPINE, CELIA KEENAN BOLGER, DAN FOGLER, JESSE TYLER FERGUSONAn encore presentation of our interview with composer/lyricist William Finn and director James Lapine of the TONY-winning musical, "The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee," who discuss creating the popular show. Also, on the program, cast members Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Celia Keenan-Bolger (both of whom are still in the show) and Tony-winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Dan Fogler.spelling bee finn lapine fogler bolger ferguson
2672005-05-301411212005-05-03JESSICA LANGE, JOSH LUCAS, SARAH PAULSON, CHRISTIAN SLATER on The Glass MenagerieA discussion with the cast of The Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams classic memory play, The Glass Menagerielucas lange slater paulson williams glass
2692005-05-301411242005-05-27Ben Brantley & Charles Isherwood of The New York TimesBen Brantley and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times two of the most powerful critics in the American theater, discuss the season and debate the merits of the controversial play "The Pillow Man."
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2702005-05-301411252005-06-03TONY Predictions, 2005predictions spamalot musto pacheco simonson
3162006-09-171613012006-10-13Season Preview with JESSE GREEN, MICHAEL MUSTO and PATRICK PACHECO
3172006-09-141512292006-09-03ERIC BENTLEY on Bertolt BrechtA conversation with the eminent critic and translator about his working relationship with Bertolt Brecht. He discusses two of the playwright's masterpieces THE THREEPENNY OPERA and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (taped 5/26/06)brecht bentley threepenny courage
2722005-09-151512012005-10-07Marian Seldes and Warren LeightThe celebrated star of CELEBRATION is our guest and the Tony-winning playwright are the guests on our season opener.seldes leight sideman dedication mcnally
2732005-09-151511312005-09-30Remembering MEL GUSSOW; plus SARA RAMIREZ & CHRISTOPHER SIEBERDrama Critics Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times join us to pay tribute to the late Times cultural reporter MEL GUSSOW. The program includes an interview we did with Gussow in 2004 on his book "Conversations with Arthur Miller'" the legendary playwright who also died this year.


Also on the program, an encore of our interview with two outstanding supporting performers in MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, Christopher Sieber and this year's Tony Award-winner for Best Featured actress, SARA RAMIREZ.

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2742007-08-131411302007-08-18MICHAEL BLAKEMORE Encore on CUNYThe Tony Award-winner (who earned both Best Director TONY Award's in 2000, one for Michael Frayn's COPENHAGEN and the other for the revival of Cole Porter's KISS ME, KATE) discusses his memoir ARGUMENTS WITH ENGLAND, which looks back at his early days as an actor and his transformation into one of the English-speaking theater's most important directors. (originally aired in 2005)blakemore frayn copenhagen
2752005-09-131411272005-09-02CLIVE BARNESA conversation with the veteran drama critic about his 40 odd years of writing reviews for the New York Post and formerly The New York Times.barnes
2762005-09-131411282005-08-26JOHN SIMONA conversation with the notorious critic about his lengthy career reviewing theater, films and musicsimon
2772005-10-021512022005-10-14JESSE GREEN, MICHAEL MUSTO, DAVID ROONEYA look at the upcoming season with three of the theaterts most influential journalistsrooney musto green
2782006-08-261512032006-09-15ELAINE STRITCH At Home at The CarlyleA wonderful visit with the legendary actress and star of "At Home at The Carlyle" stritch
2792005-10-271512042005-11-11Oskar Eustis and Jill ClayburghInterviews with the new Artistic Director of The Public Theater and the veteran star of "A Naked Woman on The Appian Way
2802005-11-171512052005-11-18Richard Kornberg, David Richardson, Robert Simonson, Mike Burstyn, Zalmen MlotekA discussion on the marketing of Joe Brook's eccentric Broadway musical, IN MY LIFE; also a look on The Yiddish Folksbiene Theater's review of ON SECOND AVENUEburstyn simonson kornberg richardson mlotek yiddish brooks in my life second
2902006-07-181512122006-02-03CHARLES GRODINThe Actor/Talk-Show Host/Writer discusses his new play, The Right Kind of People, and the lack of respect for "his" film version of KING KONGGrodin
2822005-11-131512062005-11-25Critic Eric Bentley and Actor Philip Bosco on GEORGE BERNARD SHAWA discussion on the work of the legendary Irish playwright GEORGE BERNARD SHAWshaw bentley bosco
2832006-08-261512072006-10-06Playwright Douglas Carter Beane and Variety's Robert Hofler on Beane's The Little Dog Laughed and Stars in the Closet A discussion about closeted actors with ROBERT HOFLER, author of THE MAN WHO INVENTED ROCK HUDSON and playwright DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE, whose latest work, THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, about a gay actor's struggle to come out is reopening on Broadway at The Court Theater .

Also, MARCELO PICALOMINO interviews MICHAEL RIEDEL and SUSAN HASKINS as they celebrate the beginning of THEATER TALK's 10th year on Thirteen.

Cameo appearances by critics John Simon, Michael Sommers and David Cote.

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2872006-07-121512092006-07-14James Shapiro on 1599: A Year in The Life of ShakespeareA conversation with Professor JAMES SHAPRIO of Columbia University on his new book about a key year in the life of William Shakepeare.shakespeare shapiro
2882006-03-261512102006-01-20DANAI GURIRA, NIKOLE SALTER of In The Continuum and SARAH JONES of Bridge and Tunneljones continuum tunnel salter guirira
2862006-11-161512082006-06-21Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice on JERSEY BOYS, Judy Kaye and Donald Corren on SOUVENIRMarshall Brickman and Rick Elice discuss writing the book for the TONY Award-winning Best Musical, JERSEY BOYS. Also, Tony-nominated Best Actress JUDY KAYE and her co-star DONALD CORREN perform songs from the musical play SOUVENIR about the mad, real-life diva Florence Foster Jenkins.elice brickman jersey kaye corren souvenir librettist actor
2942006-07-181512162006-03-31Actor MICHAEL McKEAN and Producer JIM FREYDBERGProducer JIM FREYDBERG of
Ring of Fire discusses educating a new generation of producers for the Twenty-First Century; also actor MICHAEL McKEAN
of
The Pajama Game
and
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2922006-02-041512132006-02-10Spring Season Preview with Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco, Robert SimonsonA preview of the spring 2006 Broadway season with three theater experts. Includes a clip from the press rehearsal for the upcoming musical The Wedding Singermusto pacheco simonson wedding singer
2932016-08-051512142006-02-17Eileen Atkins on DoubtActress Eileen Atkins talks about starring in John Patrick Shanley’s play “Doubt”, taking over the role from Cherry Jones.Eileen Atkins Doubt
2982006-07-241512172006-04-07Actor JONATHAN PRYCE of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
2992006-08-261512182006-09-01Playwright David Hare on Stuff HappensBritish playwright DAVID HARE discusses his brilliant play, STUFF HAPPENS, about Bush's decision to invade Iraq.hare stuff iraq
2972006-11-161512182006-06-24Playwright DAVID HARE on Stuff Happens A fascinating interview with the eminent British playwright on his new play about the war in Iraq. Airs times over the weekendhare stuff playwright
3002006-09-141512192006-09-29Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson of Grey Gardens; Critics Mike Kuchwara and David Rooney on The Lord of The RingsActresses Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson discuss their roles in the musical GREY GARDENS; Critics Mike Kuchwara (Associated Press) and David Rooney (Variety) review the new musical version of The Lord of The Rings which opened recently in Toronto.grey gardens ebersole kuchwara wilson rooney lord wright
3012006-04-301512202006-05-19Patti LuPone and Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris and Patti LuPone discuss working on John Doyle's innovative revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeny Toddpatti lupone cerveris sondheim sweeny sweeney todd doyle
3022016-08-081512212005-05-05Susan Birkenhead and Howard Kisssel on LEHMAN ENGELbirkenhead kissel engel
3032006-07-241512212006-05-05Susan Birkenhead and Howard Kisssel on LEHMAN ENGELbirkenhead kissel engel
3042006-05-111512222006-05-12Phil Collins Tarzan and Nilaja Sun No Child Composer Phil Collins on the new Broadway version of Tarzan for which he wrote the score and actress/performer Nilaja Sun on her one-woman show No Child about her experience directing a play with a class of rebellious students in a tough New York City Public high schoolcollins nilaja sun tarzan child
3052006-07-021512212006-07-28Susan Birkenhead and Howard KisselLyricist SUSAN BIRKENHEAD (Triumph of Love, Jelly's Last Jam) and HOWARD KISSEL, chief drama critic of The Daily News, discuss WORDS WITH MUSIC: CREATING THE BROADWAY MUSICAL LIBRETTO, the classic 1971 how-to book on creating effective muscial comedy, which has just been released by Applause Books in a new edition updated and revised by Kissel.

The panel discusses the rules and truths imparted by WORDS WITH MUSIC's author - LEHMAN ENGELS (1910-1982), a legendary conductor and master teacher - in this book and at the influencial BMI workshop, which he founded and which has continued to train talent for the musical theater (including Birkenhead), until today. (taped 3/10/06)
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3062006-05-281512252006-06-02Tony Award Predictions with MICHAEL MUSTO, JESSE GREEN and PATRICK PACHECOOur Experts Pick The Winners and Losers at This Year's Awardsmusto greene green pacheco
3082006-05-281512262006-06-16ADAM RAPP and CHRIS DENHAM, MICHAEL MUSTO, ROBERT SIMONSONA Post-Tony Awards discussion with Musto and Simonson, followed by a conversation with Rapp and Denham on RED LIGHT WINTER, written and directed by Rapp and starring Denham, along with Denham's play CAGED LOVE which is also directed by Rapp.rapp denham red caged musto simonson tony
3072006-11-161512242006-09-22RICHARD GRIFFITHS and BOB MARTINConversations with the stars of two big Tony-nominated hits on Broadway, Tony Award-winning actor RICHARD GRIFFITHS of Alan Bennett's The History Boys and Bob Martin,the co-librettist and star of The Drowsy Chaperonemartin drowsy bennett history griffiths actor
3102006-06-201512272006-06-30Critics CLIVE BARNES, CHARLES ISHERWOOD and LINDA WINERTheater critics Clive Barnes of the New York Post, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times and Linda Winer of Newsday review new productions of the spring 2006 season including: The History Boys, Julia Roberts in Three Days of Rain and The Faith Healer with Ralph Fiennes and Cherry Jones.
3132006-11-161411262006-07-22Kate Clinton, Frank DeCaro, Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Lea DeLaria, Flotilla DeBarge, Murray Hill, Bob Smith, Reno amd Michael Musto (airs on CUNY-TV July 22-24, 2006)A panel of prominent gay and lesbian humorists discuss their lives and work. Taped at The Gay Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Center on June 21, 2005. Moderator: Julie Halston, actress (Hairspray, Gypsy, Sex and The City); special appearance by Michael Musto of The Village Voice.gay clinton delaria decaro hill halston reno flotilla
4992010-08-301916382010-07-10 50 Fantastic Years of The Fantasticks: Rita Gardner, Tom Jones, Erik Altemus, Edward Watts & Kimberly WhalenA celebration of the 50th anniversary of the USA's longest-running show, The Fantasticks, with lyricist/librettist Tom Jones, the show's original co-star Rita Gardner and performers from the current production Erik Altemus, Edward Watts and Kimberly Whalen, accompanied by pianist Robert Felstein.The Fantasticks Tom Jones rik Altemus, Edward Watts Kimberly Whalen Rita Gardner
3152006-07-181512202006-04-19ALAN BENNETTBritish playwright Alan Bennett on his celebrated play, THE HISTORY BOYS, a thought-provoking comedy about eight bright, funny students trying to get into good colleges. He also discusses his witty and moving new memoir, UNTOLD STORIES.bennett untold history fringe
3182006-11-161613022006-06-08Jay Johnson and Chritian Hoff Ventriloquist JAY JOHNSON, star of THE TWO AND ONLY (taped 10/6/06), followed by Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff of JERSEY BOYS. (taped 10/13/06) johnson bob jersey hoff two actor ventriolquism
3222006-11-041613052006-11-10Walter Bobbe, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth on CHICAGO's 10th Anniversarychicago bobbie neuwirth naughton kander ebb
3232016-08-081613062006-11-17Paul Rudnick on REGRETS ONLY, plus reviews by Michael Musto and Jeremy McCarter A conversation with the very funny PAUL RUDNICK on his new play REGRETS ONLY; also reviews by JEREMY McCARTER of NEW YORK MAGAZINE and MICHAEL MUSTO of THE VILLAGE VOICE of BUTLEY, GREY GARDENS and Twyla Tharps THE TIMES THEY ARE ACHANGIN. Taped 11/14/06musto mccarter rudnick regrets playwright critic tharp gardens
3202006-11-01113042006-11-03Donna McKechnieDONNA McKECHNIE, one of Broadway's most beloved dancer/actresses discusses the making of the legendary show A CHORUS LINE, her turbulent relationship with its director Michael Bennett and her fight against crippling arthritisMckechnie, Bennett, Chorus Line
3212012-06-072113032012-06-29Remembering SIMON GRAY (1936-2008)Taped in 2006 when Simon Gray was in New York to work on the Broadway revival of his classic play BUTLEY, the prolific British playwright, memoirist and wit, visited THEATER TALK and discussed the inspiration for the "darkly comic" perspective in his works (including THE COMMON PURSUIT and THE SMOKING DIARIES) that made him one of the most revered writers of his generation.

Gray died of "an abdominal aortic aneurysm, on 7 August 2008, at the age of 71, suffering from both lung cancer and prostate cancer and related ailments at the time of his death (first aired 10/26/06).

sources: BBC "Book of The Week" and Wikipedia
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3252016-08-081613062006-12-2910th Anniversary Special and Tribute to Bob Fennell Guests Elaine Stritch, Paul Rudnick, Michael Musto and Jeremy McCarter help co-hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins celebrate Theater Talks 10th Anniversary on Thirteen with highlights from interviews with some of our favorite guests including: Edward Albee, Eileen Atkins, the late Alan Bates, Boy George, Ben Brantley, Dick Cavett, Lea DeLaria, Brian Dennehy, John Doyle, Margaret Edson, Richard Griffiths, Harvey Fierstein, David Hare, Jay Johnson, Sarah Jones, John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, Arthur Laurents, Frank Langella, Camereon Mackintosh, Adam Rapp, Marian Seldes, Mark Steyn and Bruce Vilanch.
The program also pays tribute to beloved Broadway press agent Bob Fennell with a scene from the 1997 documentary "Moon Over Broadway" in which he figures prominently.
Edward Albee, Eileen Atkins, the late Alan Bates, Boy George, Ben Brantley, Dick Cavett, Lea DeLaria, Brian Dennehy, John Doyle, Margaret Edson, Richard Griffiths, Harvey Fierstein, David Hare, Jay Johnson, Sarah Jones, John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, Arthur Laurents, Frank Langella, Camereon Mackintosh, Adam Rapp, Marian Seldes, Mark Steyn Bruce Vilanch. Elaine Stritch, Paul Rudnick, Michael Musto, Jeremy McCarter premiered 11/26/06
7072016-08-082421182015-02-20Richard Maltby, Jr, Laurence Maslon, Thomas MeehanTheater Talk focuses on the key theatrical art form, book writing, with two celebrated veteran librettists, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Thomas Meehan, along with Laurence Maslon, editor of the impressive new collection “American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of 16 Broadway Classics 1927-1969,” Meehan, whose books for musicals include “Annie” and “The Producers,” and Maltby, who wrote librettos for “Miss Saigon” and “Aint Misbehavin” among others, join Maslon in discussing the important books for shows included in the anthology, among them “Gypsy,” “Show Boat,” “Oklahoma!“ and an almost forgotten revue by Moss Hart, “As Thousands Cheer.” Richard Maltby Laurence Maslon Thomas Meehan librettist
3282006-11-1636162006-11-24Critic MARK STEYN EncoreWe repeat a classic from THEATER TALK's vault, our conversation with MARK STEYN, political/social/ entertainment commentator and wit. Targets of his observations, insights and/or jabs are Disney, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the British sung-through mega-musical.steyn sondheim webber critic
3292007-02-261513082006-12-23 MICHAEL MAYER and STEVEN SATER on Spring Awakening
AARON LEMON-STRAUSS and ALEX TIMBERS on A Very Merry "Unauthorized' Scientology Children's Pageant
We discuss two of the hottest new shows in the city.
Dec. 15 at 12:30 AM on Thirteen
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3372007-02-071613132007-01-26ELAINE STRITCH, MARK RUSSELL, AARON RICCIOElaine Stritch previewstritch radar carlyle riccio russell
3382007-02-021613132007-02-02TONY SHALHOUB, TERESA REBECK, ANTHONY KING, SCOTT BROWNActor TONY SHALHOUB and playwright TERESA REBECK discuss Rebeck's insightful and funny new play, THE SCENE, in which Shalhoub starred at Second Stage.


Also on the program, a conversation with writer/performers SCOTT BROWN and ANTHONY KING, creators of the hit Off-Broadway musical, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL.

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3362007-01-101613112007-01-12NEAL GABLER discusses his biography Walt Disney: The Triumph of The American ImaginationWriter NEAL GABLER discusses his acclaimed biography, WALT DISNEY: THE TRIUMPH OF AMERICAN IMAGINATION. He explains how and why - 100 years after Disney's death - the sensibility (and international corporation) of this brilliant artist and entrepreneur still has a profound influence on virtually all aspects of American entertainment, including Broadway.
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3352007-01-091613102007-01-13critics JACQUES le SOURD, JOHN SIMON, LINDA WINER, This Weekend on CUNY TVReviews of new shows including SPRING AWAKENING, MARY POPPINS, THE VERTICAL HOUR and SHIPWRECK. (taped 12/15/06)simon le sourd, poppins, awakening vertical,
3442007-03-171613192007-03-30Lawrence WrightWriter Lawrence Wright on his show at The Culture Project, MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA, a solo work based on his best-selling book "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," (taped 3/16/07). Lawrence Wright
3452007-05-211613202007-04-06Brian F. O'Byrne, Peter Bartlett, Lee Roy ReamsActor Brian F. O'Byrne of Tom Stoppard's marathon play THE COAST OF UTOPIA (taped 3/16/07); also actors Lee Roy Reams of THE PRODUCERS and Peter Bartlett of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE on the art of being a replacement for the original stars on Broadway (taped 3/9/07). Reams Bartlett O'Byrne, Stoppard, Coast, Utopia, Drowsy Producers
3332016-08-051613092007-03-03BILL NIGHY on The Vertical HourActor Bill Nighy discuss his roles in the play "The Vertical Hour" on Broadway and films "Notes on a Scandal", "Love Actually", and "Pirates of the Caribbean".

(first aired Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 on Thirteen)
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3432007-03-161613172007-03-23LIEV SCREIBER and ROBERT FALLS on Talk RadioActor Liev Schreiber and director Bob Falls discuss their Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's play Talk RadioSchreiber Falls Bogosian Radio
3422007-03-021613162007-03-10Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, encore
plus Richard Seff on CUNY TV
An interview with the stars of GREY GARDENS, plus the prolific man of the theater, Richard Seff, discusses his new autobigraphy, Supporting Player
premiered 2/23/07
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3402007-10-061613142007-10-06JOHN HEILPERN on John OsborneDrama critic John Heilpern of The NY Observer discusses his biography of the influential Twentieth Century British playwright who wrote Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer and Luther
taped 2/9/07
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3462007-05-061613242007-05-11VANESSA REDGRAVE and PETER SAGALVanessa Redgrave Sagal Year of MAgical Thinking Denial Didion Hare
3512007-07-021613232007-07-06Brian Dennehy on Inherit The WindActor Brian Dennehy discusses his role as Matthew Harrison Brady in the 2007 revival of Lawrence and Lee's classic play INHERIT THE WIND about the Scopes Trial in Tennesseeinherit the wind dennehy
3492007-05-061613252007-05-18FRANK LANGELLA on Frost/NixonFrost Nixon Langella
3502007-05-191613262007-05-27Tony Predictions Special Sunday 2:30 PM Repeat(Repeats Sunday afternoon, May 27 on Thirteen, following The Drama Desk Awards.)Musto Green Pacheco Tony Predictions
3622007-05-301613272007-06-22Angela Lansbury & Marian Seldes on DeuceAirs on Thirteen, Friday June 22 at 12:30 AMseldes lansbury deuce mcnally
3582007-07-01113172007-04-15Liev Schreiber and Bob Falls: TALK RADIOschreiber talk radio falls bogosian
3602007-05-21162007-02-26Brian F. O'Byrne, Lee Roy Reams, Peter BartlettThe star of Tom Stoppards COAST OF UTOPIA. followed by a chat with two seasoned Broadway performers on the art of being a replacementstoppard o'byrne stoppard coast reams bartlett
3562007-05-211613082006-11-01STEVEN SATER, MICHAEL MAYER, ALEX TIMBERS AARON LEMON-SRAUSSS"Spring Awakening" and Les Corbusiers Freres "A Very MerryUnauthorized Scientology Children's Pageant"sater spring awakening corbusier scientology timbers lemm
3572007-05-301613262007-06-09TONY Predictions encore on CUNY TV with Michael Musto, Jesse Green, Patrick PachecoHandicapping the 2007 TONY Awards race with JESSE GREEN, MICHAEL MUSTO and PATRICK PACHECO (premiered on Thirteen 5/25/07)tonys musto pacheco green predicitions
3672008-03-18113302008-03-22ARTHUR LAURENTS on CUNY TV, March 22-24A newly edited encore. The director/librettist discusses his classic show GYPSY and his complex working relationship with the show's original director Jerome Robbins.Gypsy Laurents
3662007-08-131613282007-06-15TONY Wrap-up and DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE on XanaduTony-nominated playwright DOUGLAS CARTER BEAN, explains WHY he is devoting his extensive talents to
transforming the 1980 disco-fantasy-flop film, XANADU, into a a madcap musical comedy for Broadway (now in previews at The Helen Hayes Theatre).


Also on Friday's show, JESSE GREEN of the NY Times, MICHAEL MUSTO of The Voice and PATRICK PACHECO of NY1 join MICHAEL RIEDEL and Susan Haskins to discuss last weekend's TONY ceremony and make suggestions on how the annual awards' broadcast could be improved in the future.

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3782007-09-181714012007-09-21Remembering BETTY COMDEN (NFS}A tribute to the Broadway legend with Tony-nominated lyricist and Comden friend SUSAN BIRKENHEAD. The show features highlights from Comden\'s interviews on THEATER TALK in 1993, 1994 and (with Adolph Green) 1997 and clips of Comden & Green performing their own hits.


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3802007-10-061714032007-10-14Season Preview with JESSE GREEN, JOHN HEILPERN and MICHAEL MUSTOheilpern, musto, green
3702008-04-101613292008-03-15ALBERT MAYSLES on Grey Gardens: CUNY TV EncoreSaturday, March 14 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, March 16 at 12:30 PM; Monday, March 17 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM on CUNY TV (channel 75 in NYC).Maysles Grey Gardens Beale Ebersole Wilson
3722007-08-131613322007-08-17VANESSA REDGRAVEAn extended conversation with the celebrated actress about her work and her role in Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinkingvanessa redgrave didion year magical thinking hare
3812007-10-161714042007-10-19Charles Busch, Doug Hughes and Theresa RebeckDirector Doug Hughes and writer Theresa Rebeck discuss their production of Rebeck's new play, Mauritius and writer/performer Charles Busch discusses the revival -in which he stars - of his classic Die Mommie Die at the New World Stageshughes rebeck Busch mommie Mauritius
3912007-12-181714102007-12-21ANDRE De SHIELDS and The Shangilia Youth Choir; plus Mamet, Lane, Metcalf and Musto on NovemberActor ANDRE De SHIELDS of The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Black Nativity is joined by his co-stars The Shangilia Youth Choir of Naiobi Kenya of Nairobi, Kenya. Shanilia sings "Welcom to Kenya" and "Silent Night."

Also on the program, a visit to the first rehearsal of David Mamet's new play, November. We talk to playwright MAMET and members of the show's cast: NATHAN LANE, LAURIE METCALF, DYLAN BAKER and MICHAEL NICHOLS. Also on hand, MICHAEL MUSTO of The Village Voice.

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3872007-12-18114072007-11-07"Rev. Billy" Talen, Savitri D and Stephen MassicottePerformance artist Bill Talen and his producing partner Savitra D' discuss their Church of Stop Shopping and the new documentary film, What Would Jesus Buy? chronicling Rev. Billy's and the Church's pilgrimage across America to avert the holiday shopacalypse.talen billy shopping savitra jesus
3852007-10-211714062007-11-02Crtitics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Jeremy McCarterCritics Melissa Rose Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly and Jeremy McCarter of New York Magazine review PYGMALION, THE RITZ and MAURITIUS and preview the rest of the new season on Broadway.bernardo pygmalion McCarter mauritius
3832007-10-211714052007-10-26Edward AlbeeThe master playwright discusses his new production "Peter and Jerry" at Second Stage, as well as his early years as a playwright.

He also pays tribute to actor George Grizzard who played Nick in the original production of Albee's epic play, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."

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3772007-08-131613332007-09-07Douglas Carter Beane on Xanadu
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and Steven Sater on Spring Awakening
Playwright DOUGLAS CARTER BEAN, explains WHY he is devoting his extensive talents to
transforming the 1980 disco-fantasy-flop film, XANADU, into a a madcap musical comedy for Broadway and explains his chances for winning the 2007 Best Play Tony for which he was nominated (taped June 1, 2007).

Also, Tony winning librettist.

Also Tony-winning librettist/lyricist STEVEN SATER and tony-winning director MICHAEL MAYER discuss putting together their triumphant musical SPRING AWAKENING. (Cameo appearances by Duncan Sheik, Bill T. Jones, Michael Musto and Jesse Green of The New York Times.)

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3902007-12-181714092007-12-14Critic CHARLES SPENCERDrama critic Charles Spencer of The London Daily Telegraph reviews PETER AND JERRY, ROCK 'n' ROLL and other current productions in NYC and London. This program airs on CUNY TV on Saturday, December 22 at 8:30 PM and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 PMspencer
3922007-12-251714112008-01-04ELAINE STRITCH, JOHN SIMON & BARRY DAY A program devoted to the life of the wonderful NOEL COWARD as told through the letters he sent and received throughout his life.stritich simon coward day
3952008-02-191714152008-02-22Critics Charles Isherwood, David Rooney, Linda WinerReviews by theater critics Charles Isherwood of "The New York Times," David Rooney of "Variety" and Linda Winer of "Newsday." Shows covered include David Mamaet's NOVEMBER, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, The revival of Pinter's THE HOMECOMING, Conor McPherson's THE SEAFARER and TRACY LETTS' "August/Osage County."winer, isherwood, rooney
3962008-02-191714172008-02-08TOM STOPPARD taped 1/18/08The British playwright discusses ROCK 'n' ROLLstoppard rock 'n' roll
3972008-02-19114162008-02-15Conleth Hill and Ciarán Hinds of Conor McPherson's THE SEAFARER. plus New Theater Corps' Aaron Riccio and Cindy PierreConleth Hill Ciarán Hinds Conor McPherson THE SEAFARER Riccio Pierre
4022008-04-111714202008-04-17ELIZABETH ASHLEY and JOHN LAHR on Cat on a Hot Tin RoofActress Elizabeth Ashley, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Maggie in the 1974 revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The New Yorker critic John Lahr discuss Tennesse Williams and what led him to create this classic American drama. They also debate the idea of doing Tennessee Williams' fifties drama about a dissipated family of southern landowners with an all-Black cast.



The Cat revival — starring Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose — officially opens March 6 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Debbie Allen directs.

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3942007-12-25171307a2007-12-2810th Anniversary SpecialElaine Stritch, Paul Rudnick, Michael Musto and Jeremy McCarter help co-hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins celebrate Theater Talk's 10th Anniversary on Thirteen with highlights from interviews with some of their favorite guests including: Edward Albee, Eileen Atkins, the late Alan Bates, Boy George, Ben Brantley, Dick Cavett, Lea DeLaria, Brian Dennehy, John Doyle, Margaret Edson, Richard Griffiths, Harvey Fierstein, David Hare, Jay Johnson, Sarah Jones, John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, Arthur Laurents, Frank Langella, Cameron Mackintosh, Adam Rapp, Marian Seldes, Mark Steyn and Bruce Vilanch.


The program also pays tribute to beloved publicist Bob Fennell with a scene from the 1997 documentary "Moon Over Broadway" in which he figures prominently.

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4002013-08-141815352009-09-18Lewis Black and Nancy Giles on the Westbank and ObamaComedians and political commentators Lewis Black and Nancy Giles (of CBS Sunday Morning) remember their early years on the NYC cabaret scene and discuss their work now mentoring underprivileged young people to become active in the arts. (7/3/09)black giles Westbank
3992008-03-181714182008-03-21Stew and Heidi Rodewald of PASSING STRANGE; Jerry Carlson on THE 39 STEPSFilm historian Jerry Carlson discusses The 39 Steps, Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 movie masterpiece, which has inspired a wonderfully innovative live stage version, now moving to Broadway. Also on the program rock musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald on bringing their new musical Passing Strange.

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4032008-04-041613212008-05-08David Hyde Pierce, Edward Hibbert, Karen Ziemba: plus Duncan Sheik (on CUNY TV)David Hyde Pierce, Edward Hibbert and Karen Ziemba of the musical CURTAINS; as well as composer Duncan Sheik of SPRING AWAKENING. Sheik also performs his opening song from the show, "Momma who Bore Me." (originally aired 4/07).pierce sheik spring curtains ziemba hibbert awakening
4042008-04-041714192008-04-04ROBERT F.X. SILLERMAN on Young FrankensteinEntertainment mogul, ROBERT F.X. SILLERMAN, Executive Producer of Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein addresses issues on the show's ticket pricing which he feels has created a misperception of the musical's artistic merits.sillerman mel brooks young frankenstein
4082008-04-28171422 (114-s)2008-04-25JOHN WATERSThe notorious filmmaker, JOHN WATERS, discusses his family, his infamous leading "lady," Divine, and how he put himself on the cultural map by producing outrageous independent movies like PINK FLAMINGOS, FEMALE TROUBLE and CRY-BABY which is the second of his movies to be adapted for the Broadway stage.waters cry-baby divine hairspray
4072008-04-28171423 (115-s)2008-05-08Sir Tim Rice (not available for sale)A conversation with the eminent British lyricist/librettist, Sir Tim Rice, whose hit musicals EVITA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and THE LION KING are known all over the world. Rice dropped by, as he prepared for the upcoming concert version of one of his lesser-known works CHESS, a musical he wrote with ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.rice abba chess evita superstar dreamcoat webber lion madonna
4092008-07-17171421 (113-s)2008-07-20HARVEY FIERSTEIN on A Catered AffairBeloved writer and actor, HARVEY FIERSTEIN, discusses A CATERED AFFAIR, the new musical he wrote and stars in on Broadway. Originally aired 4/18/08harvey fierstein catered affair
4122008-05-10171425 (117-s)2008-05-16Patrick Stewart and Rupert Goold on MacbethActor PATRICK STEWART and director RUPERT GOOLDS discuss their innovative and stirring revival of THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETHMacbeth Stewart Goolds Shakespeare
6012016-08-052219052012-11-05Ethan Mordden author Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya1905 Author Ethan Mordden discusses his new book Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, a dual biography about two of the twentieth century�s most influential artists. (first uplink 11/1/12)Mordden Lenya weil brecht Mahagony The Three Penny Opera
4112008-05-05171424 (116-s)2008-05-24Daphne Rubin-Vega and Michael Musto: "Goodbye to Rent"A farewell to RENT, the popular and ground-breaking musical (which closes in September after 12 years on Broadway) with it's original leading-lady, DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA and social commentator MICHAEL MUSTO on The Village Voicemusto rubin-vega rent larson
4232008-10-211815052008-10-31Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe on EQUUSDaniel Radcliffe (star of the Harry Potter movies) and Tony Award-winner Richard Griffiths (The History Boys) discuss their roles in Equus, Peter Shaffer's classic 1973 drama, now being revived on Broadway. equus Radcliffe griffiths shaffer
4272008-10-21115032006-10-17Actress Estelle ParsonsMaster actress Estelle Parsons visits with us to discuss her role in the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Play August: Osage County. She shares stories from her long and illustrious acting career (Academy Award for Bonnie and Clyde, Miss Margarida's Way, TV's Roseanne) as well as her pioneering stint as the first woman correspondent on NBC's The Today Show.august osage county estelle parsons
4152008-05-051714242007-05-09GEORGE WENDT, ADAM SCHLESINGER, DAVID JAVERBAUMGEORGE WENDT, Hairspray's newest "Ednal Turnblad" plus ADAM SCHLESINGER and DAVID JAVERBAUM, the songrwriting team responsible for the crackling new John Waters' musical Cry-Babywendt javerbaum waters cry-baby hairspray schlesinger
4162008-05-051714242008-05-09GEORGE WENDT, ADAM SCHLESINGER, DAVID JAVERBAUMGEORGE WENDT, Hairspray's newest "Ednal Turnblad" plus ADAM SCHLESINGER and DAVID JAVERBAUM, the songrwriting team responsible for the crackling new John Waters' musical Cry-Babywendt javerbaum waters cry-baby hairspray schlesinger
4172008-06-241714302008-06-27GEORGE PACKER, BetrayedThe prominent journalist GEORGE PACKER, discusses his play BETRAYED about the impact of the American occupation on Iraqi citizens.packer iraq betrayed new yorker
4182008-06-241714312008-07-04ARTHUR LAURENTS on Gypsy RevivalThe director/librettist discusses his classic show GYPSY and his complex working relationship with the show's original director Jerome Robbins. (Features clips of the 08 production, starring Patti LuPone.)laurents Gypsy robbins lupone sondheim styne
4192008-06-241714322008-07-11Jersey Boys' Librettists MARSHALL BRICKMAN & RICK ELICEThe Tony-Award winning writers of the smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS return to two-years-into the shows successful run (which now includes 5 companies)- 4/25/08jersey boys brickman elice Valli Four seasons
4252008-10-211815042008-10-24Producers Emanuel Azenberg and James FreydbergThe veteran impresarios join us to discuss how Broadway and the theater world will cope -- and even prosper -- during the coming economic downturn. How must the industry change if it is going to survive?Azenberg freydberg
4262008-10-211815062008-11-07Frank Langella on A Man for All SeasonsLangella bolt man all seasons
4222008-06-241714292008-06-20Bartlett Sher and TONY Wrap-up NFSBartlett Sher, the TONY-Award winning director of the hit South Pacific revival; plus a review of the 2008 ceremony and awards by Jesse Green of NY Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of The LA Times.sher pacheco musto south pacific rodgers & hammerstein szot green
4322009-02-141815082008-11-21Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman on Proposition 8Composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman of Hairspray discuss their recent involvement in the controversy over California's Proposition 8, which is being debated all over the country. Shaiman performs two songs: "Timeless to Me" from Hairspray, and a wonderful song from one of the lesser-known films of Al Franken. shaiman wittman Prop 8
4302008-10-211815022008-10-10Broadway Season Preview with Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoEntertainment-world insiders: Jessie Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco join us to put viewers into-the-know about what's happening in the fall on Broadway.

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4312009-03-051815012008-10-03"Forum at The Guthrie" with Joe Dowling, Barbara Gaines, Martha Lavey and Peter Brosius The Artistic Directors of 4 prominent (Tony Award-winning) Midwestern theaters discuss the importance of America's resident theater movement, plus the challenges they face with the declining economy and the advance of new technologies in the arts. The panel includes: Joe Dowling from The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Barbara Gaines of The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Martha Lavey of Steppenwolf in Chicago and Peter C. Brosius of The Children's Theatre of Minneapolis. (201)Guthrie Lavey Brosius Dowling Steppenwolf Minneapolis Gaines
4342009-02-141815172009-02-06Garry Hynes and Marie MullenThe director and star of THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, Martin McDonagh’s funny, heart–wrenching comedy/drama about life in a small Irish village when it becomes the location for a Hollywood movie. Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Director and Mullen, a Tony-winning actress, also discuss their early years as struggling theater artists in their native country of Ireland. (uplink 2/19/09)mullens Hynes cripple of inishmaan McDonagh Atlantic
4692009-08-111815382009-07-24Bob Avian, John Breglio, Charlotte D'AmboiseA Chorus Line: "Every Little Step:" Director Bob Avian, producer John Breglio and actress Charlotte D'Amboise discuss Breglio’s documentary film, Every Little Step, (now in distribution nation-wide) which follows the lengthy casting process for the recent revival of Michael Bennett’s classic musical, A Chorus Line which Avian directed and for which D’Amboise won the leading role of “Cassie.” (7/24/09) a chorus line Michael Bennett Bob Avian, John Bregli, Charlotte D'Amboise "Every Little Step"
4362009-02-141815192009-02-20John Simon and Linda Winer on HAROLD PINTERDrama critics John Simon of Bloomberg News and Linda Winer of Newsday discuss the impact of playwright Harold Pinter (1930-2008) on the world of the theater and debate the true importance of his work to the development of modern drama. Pinter Winer Simon homecoming esparza
4372009-02-141815142009-01-16Lee Hall on Billy ElliotEpisode #216 Writer Lee Hall discusses creating the screenplay for the beloved film Billy Elliot, which he and Elton John adapted into a hit musical, now on Broadway. The program features the USA television premiere of a highlight from the show's second act opening number, "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Thatcher." (uplink 1/15/09)Lee Hall Elton John Billy Elliot
4382016-08-051815132009-01-09Critics: John Heilpern, Mike Kuchwara, Jacques le SourdCritics John Heilpern of The New York Observer, Mike Kuchwara of The Associated Press and Jacques le Sourd of CBS radio, discuss the profound impact of the economy on their profession and review highlights of the Broadway season thus far.

taped 12/13/08
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4522009-08-11182242009-03-20"Backstage at The Guthrie"A tour of Minneapolis' new Guthrie Theater Complex. Guthrie Artistic director Joe Dowling, technical director Frank Butler, and veteran, acting company member Charles Keating, along with a number of staff members, take us through the building and history of this venerable institution, which has been providing outstanding theater in the Twin Cities for 50 years. (taped 8/4/08)guthrie dowling keating minneapolis Larsen
4402009-05-131815112008-12-26Horton Foote, Elizabeth Ashley and Hallie Foote on Dividing The EstateA conversation about Dividing The Estate, with its playwright Horton Foote and two of its stars, Elizabeth Ashley and Hallie Foote. (original uplink 12/25/08)

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4412009-02-141815102008-12-19Harvey Fierstein on The End of HairsprayWriter/actor Harvey Fierstein pays a holiday visit. He has returned to Broadway’s Hairspray for the final month of the musical’s successful run, playing “Edna Turnblad,” the role that he originated in the hit show over 6 years ago. (212, uplink 12/18/08)

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4422016-08-08181127a2008-11-28Remembering CLIVE BARNESIn memory of the great critic Clive Barnes, who died November 19, we will be airing an interview from 2005. He discusses his remarkable career of over fifty years writing about the world of theater and dance in both London and New York City. clive barnes
4452009-02-141815032008-10-17Estelle ParsonsAcademy Award-winning actress Estelle Parsons visits with us to discuss joining the cast of the Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County. She shares stories from her long and illustrious career. (203, uplink 10/16/07)

Parsons August Osage Letts
4442009-02-14181507 2008-11-14Stephen Daldry and Aaron Riccio208 Director Stephen Daldry on his hit musical, Billy Elliott, based on his film of the same name about a working class English boy’s passion to become a dancer.

Also, critic Aaron Riccio reviews the Off-off Broadway sensation, Blasted.

Blasted, Billy Elliot, Daldry, riccio
4462016-08-0512009-02-05Spring Preview 2009 with Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick PachecoA look ahead at the Broadway spring season with reporters Jesse Green of New York Magazine and Patrick Pacheco of On-Stage and Michael Musto of the Village Voice. (uplink 2/5/09)green, musto pacheco piven speed-the-plow
4472009-02-141815162009-01-30Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick PachecoSpring Preview” A look ahead at Broadway's spring season with reporters Jesse Green of New York Magazine and Patrick Pacheco of On-Stage and Michael Musto of the Village Voice. (uplink 2/5/09)green, musto pacheco piven speed-the-plow
4482012-05-201815152009-08-13Christopher Plummer and John SimonLegendary actor Christopher Plummer discusses his autobiography In Spite of Myself with critic John Simon of Bloomberg news. The memoir spans his remarkable career of almost 60 years, during which he acted in countless plays and films about which he shares wonderful anecdotes. (1/22/09) Plummer Simon
4492009-02-141815092008-11-28Remembering Gerald Schoenfeld plus Peter Bartlett and David PttuA look back at highlights of our interview with Gerald Schoenfed, the late Chairman of The Shubert Organization, plus a discussion on What's That Smell: The Songs of: The Music of Jacob Sterling with Peter Bartlett and the show's creator, actor David Pittupittu, schoenfeld, shubert, What's that smell, Jacob Sterling
4502009-05-131815122009-01-02Baz Bamigboye and Charles Spencer

Influential columnist Baz Bamigboye of London’s Daily Mail and critic Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph of London, review the shows they saw during their visit to New York City and also discuss the London theater scene.bamigboye billy Elliot Spencer
4702009-08-111815372009-07-19Our Town: Tappan Wilder, David Cromer, Jeremy McCarterWe focus on Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, one of the most beloved and frequently performed plays in the world. Guests are Wilder’s nephew, Tappan Wilder, writer and cultural analyst Jeremy McCarter of Newsweek and David Cromer, director of the celebrated revival of the classic, now playing Off-Broadway in New York City. Also, AndrewAndrew interview cast members: George Demas, Jennifer Grace and Ken Marks at The Barrow Street Theater (7/17/09)Our Town, McCarter Wilder Cromer, AndrewAndrew Ken Marks
4532012-11-22182252009-04-00Richard Kind, Jackie Hoffman, Dayle Reyfel, Eugene Pack: "Celebrity Autobiography"kind hoffman pack celebrity
4552009-08-11182222009-02-11Gina Gionfriddo on Becky Shaw and Tin Pan Alley with Robert Kimball and David A. Jasen. Playwright Gina Gionfriddo talks about her insightful new work, Becky Shaw, a contemporary comedy of manners inspired in part by the classic novel Vanity Fair and its anti-heroine Becky Sharp. She is followed by a conversation with music experts David A. Jasen and Robert Kimball on the rise and fall of ‘Tin Pan Alley,' the center of the popular music business at the beginning of the 20th century. gionfriddo becky tin pan alley kimball jasen
4562009-08-111815292009-05-16Angela Lansbury on Blithe SpiritBeloved actress Angela Lansbury is our guest. Ms. Lansbury is nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Madame Arcati in the Broadway Revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. This is Ms. Lansbury's seventh Tony nomination and could be her fifth win (which would tie Julie Harris' record for the most Tony Awards). Lansbury discusses her lengthy career in films and on Broadway and how at the age 83 she maintains the vitality and bravura that have made her a great star.lansbury bea arthur coward blithe
4572009-08-111815282009-05-09James Rado, Gavin Creel, Galt MacDermot on HairBookwriter/lyricist James Rado, composer Galt MacDermot and actor Gavin Creel discuss the revival of Hair, now on Broadway. The trio performs a song from the show at the piano with bongo accompaniment by Galt’s son Vince MacDermot. (5/14/09)rado macDermot creel Hair
4582009-08-111815272009-05-02God of Carnage: Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay HardenA conversation with the entire cast of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage: James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. (5/7/09) gandolfini harden daniels davis reza carnage
4592009-05-14182292009-04-17Geoffrey Rush on Exit The KingEmmy & Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush joins us to discuss the critically acclaimed production of ionesco's Exit the King, the revival of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist farce, in which Rush not only stars, but also collaborated in translating the classic play from the original French. Rush also discusses his early years as a performer in Australia.rush ionesco exit
4602009-05-14182302009-04-24Jane Fonda on 33 VariationsA visit from actress, author and social activist, Jane Fonda, now appearing in Moisés Kaufman's play 33 Variations. The Academy Award winner, returning to Broadway after an absence of 46 years, talks about creating the role of a scholar obsessed with Beethoven, but afflicted with the devastating disease ALS. Ms. Fonda also discusses her best-selling memoir My Life So Far and brings us up to date on the many insights and activities that have made her one of the most admired, yet controversial women of our era. fonda Kaufman Beethoven 33 Variations Tony
4612009-08-111815302009-05-22Janet McTeer, Harriet Walter, Terry Kinney, Thomas Sadoski

Tony-nominated actresses Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer discuss Mary Stuart, the riveting historical drama about the struggle between two of the most formidable women of British history, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.



Also that week, Terry Kinney and Thomas Sadoski, director and actor respectively of Neil LaBute's new comedy Reasons to be Pretty, come by to chat with us about Kinney's recent voicemail rant against Michael Riedel and their producer's decision to allow audience members to text and twitter during the play.

Please note, episode 1530A is a full episode of our interview with Walter and McTeer/

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4622009-09-221815322009-06-05Theater Awards' Predictions, 2009 with Green, Musto & PachecoAntoinette Perry Awards’ Predictions: Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pacheco ponder who will win and why. (5/28/09)musti green pacheco predictions
4632009-05-1412392006-07-02A Lewis Black and Nancy Giles Holiday Celebrationblack giles
4642009-08-111815362009-06-19Tovah Feldshuh and Adam Feldman on Irena's VowActress Tovah Feldshuh, and critic Adam Feldman of Time Out/NY debate the factual accuracy of Irena's Vow, the Holocaust drama in which Feldshuh starred. Also, an encore of Marc Shaiman performing a song from his new musical Catch Me if You Can, which opens in Seattle in July 09. (6/19/09)Feldshuh Adam Feldman Irena's Vow
4652009-08-111815242009-07-10Ted Chapin, lyricist Michael Korie, Liz Callaway and Andrew Samonsky on "The Lyrics of OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN” "The Lyrics of OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN”: Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is joined by librettist and lyricist Michael Korie to discuss the legacy of Oscar Hammerstein. The show includes musical performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein compositions by actors Liz Callaway and Andrew Samonsky. rodgers hammerstein korie callaway samonsky chapin allegro "south pacific"
4712009-09-221815342009-09-25The Boys in The Band: Mart Crowley, Laurence Luckinbill, Michael Musto“Celebrating The Boys in The Band” Playwright Mart Crowley, original cast member Laurence Luckinbill and Michael Musto of The Village Voice discuss the inspiration behind and the influence of Crowley's landmark 1967 drama on the LGBT rights movement of today. (6/26/09)Boys in The Band, Mart Crowley, Musto, Laurence Luckinbill
4722009-08-111815332009-06-12Director Matthew Warchus and Award's Wrap-up with Jesse Green, Michael Musto & Patrick PachecoA conversation with director Matthew Warchus on his celebrated production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage. Also, our predictions panel: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, and Patrick Pacheco, evaluate this year's awards’ broadcast and look ahead to what's coming next season. Finally, a red carpet report from Andrew Andrew. (6/12/09)Warchus, Musto, Pacheco AndrewAndrew Pacheco Green Awards
4682009-08-111815212009-08-15Lynn Nottage, Saidah Arrika Ekulona on Ruined plus critic Elisabeth VincentelliPlaywright Lynn Nottage and actress Saidah Arrika Ekulona discuss Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Ruined, about brutality towards women, and their survival, in the war-torn Republic of The Congo. Plus, the newest member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post drops by to give her opinions on some of the new shows, including the multi-million dollar revival of Guys and Dolls. (3/27/09)nottage ruined Saidah Arrika Ekulona pulitzer
4782010-08-30116082009-11-20Willem Dafoe, Richard Foreman, James Shapiro, Kevin CurtisRichard Foreman and actor Willem Dafoe discuss Idiot Savant, Foreman’s latest work in which Dafoe now stars at The Public Theater. Also, Prof. James Shapiro of Columbia University (author of 1599: A Year in The Life of Shakespeare) discusses Hamlet and the current Broadway production of the play with movie star Jude Law in the title role. Finally, actor Kevin Curtis performs the song "Georgetown" from the new musical Street Lights.dafoe, foreman curtis idiot savant hamlet streetlights shapiro, shakespeare, jude law
4812010-01-111916112010-01-15Bernard Gersten, Jerry Stiller, Kenneth Turan: Joe Papp and the Public TheaterWe discuss the legacy of NYC’s Public Theater and its founder, Joseph Papp with actor Jerry Stiller, Lincoln Center Executive Producer (and former Papp lieutenant) Bernard Gersten and critic Kenneth Turan, author of the book Free For All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told," an oral history of the ground-braking not-for-profit institution.Bernard Gersten, Jerry Stiller, Kenneth Turan, Joe Papp, Public Theater
4802010-08-30116102009-12-05Ethan Mordden, Julia Stiles, Bill PullmanAuthor Ethan Mordden discusses his new book Ziegfeld: The Man Who Invented Show Business, followed by actors Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles on their performances in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Oleanna

The show airs on CUNY TV: Saturday, Dec 5 at 8:30 pm, Sunday, Dec 6 @ 12:30 pm; Monday, Dec. 7 @ 7:30 am, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
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4832010-08-30116132009-12-19Peter Marks, Chris Kompanek, Aaron Riccio, AndrewAndrewWashington Post theater critic Peter Marks discusses the Broadway revival of Ragtime, which began at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C . Also, critics Aaron Riccio of the New Theater Corps and Chris Kompanek of Flavorpill.com review some notable new plays. Finally, AndrewAndrew at the opening of the new production of Dream Girls at The Apollo Theater in Harlem. AndrewAndrew, Peter Marks, Chris Kompanek, Aaron Riccio Dream girls, ragtime
4872010-08-30193162010-02-05Liev Schreiber and Gregory MosherActor Liev Schreiber and director Gregory Mosher discuss their collaboration on reviving A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller's 1955 modern tragedy. This production, in which Schreiber starred with Scarlett Johansson.liev schreiber, gregory mosher, A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller
4852010-08-30116132010-01-02Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk, Theresa Rebeck, Julie White on The UnderstudyPlaywright Theresa Rebeck and the cast of her backstage comedy The Understudy: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White.Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk, Theresa Rebeck, Julie White The Understudy
4862010-01-051916102010-01-08Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Steve Ross, Anna Bergman celebrate lyricist Johnny Merceron Thirteen:
Friday, January 8th at 1:30 AM(Saturday morn)
Thirteen: Friday, Jan. 8 at 1 AM (Sat morn.) and
on CUNY TV:
Saturday, January 9th at 8:30 PM
Sunday, January 10th at 12:30 PM and
Monday, January 11th at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM

Theater historians Barry Day and Robert Kimball discuss The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, their comprehensive collection of the acclaimed lyricist's over 1200 works. Also on the show, popular cabaret singers Anna Bergman and Steve Ross perform of some of Mercer's best-known works, including "Too Marvelous for Words," "Moon River," and "Hooray for Hollywood."
Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Steve Ross, Anna Bergman, Johnny Mercer
4912010-08-301916212010-02-26The Scottsboro Boys: Susan Stroman, John Kander, Colman Domingo, Brandon Victor Dixon We discuss the new Kander & Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys, based on the notorious 1930's case in Alabama where nine young black men were imprisoned, some for life, for a crime they didn’t commit. The panel includes composer John Kander, director Susan Stroman, and two actors from the company, Colman Domingo and Brandon Victor Dixon, who performs one of the numbers from the show. john kander, fred ebb, susan stroman, The Scottsboro Boys, Colman Domingo and Brandon Victor Dixon
5122010-08-301916272010-04-30Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson plus Mark Shenton and The West End Whingers Writer/director Alex Timbers and composer/lyricist Michael Friedman discuss their downtown hit Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, an "emo" musical about the seventh President of the United States. Next, a visit from the British critics Mark Shenton, the reviewer of London's Sunday Express, and the notorious West End Whingers, Phil and Andrew, the infamous UK bloggers. Phil and Andrew, Alex Timbers, Michael Friedman, Mark Shenton, The West End Whingers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
4892010-08-30193172010-02-19Donald Margulies and Eric Bogosian on Time Stands StillPlaywright Donald Margulies and actor/playwright Eric Bogosian discuss Margulies' politically-relevant (and critically acclaimed) drama, Time Stands Still, in which Bogosian is appearing on Broadway with Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James and Alicia Silverstone. (uplink 2/18/10)Bogosian, Donald Margulies Time Stands Still, MTC Manhattan Theater Club, Laura Linney
4952010-03-231916222010-03-26Patrick Pacheco & Peter Schneider: Waking Sleeping BeautyProducer Peter Schneider and writer/reporter Patrick Pacheco discuss their new documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. The film tells the story of the artistic rebirth of the Walt Disney Animation Studios in the late 1980's and the battles between the corporate egos that were responsible for it.Patrick Pacheco Peter Schneider Waking Sleeping Beauty Disney Beauty & The Beast
4962010-08-301916232010-04-02Janeane Garafolo, Carol Kane on Love, Loss, and What I Wore, plus Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco "The Aughts in Review"Actresses Janeane Garofalo and Carol Kane visit to talk about their participation in Delia and Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a show about women's clothes and the memories they trigger.


Also on the program, we look back at the previous decade with Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angeles Times. They discuss the highlights, lowlights, and significance of the works presented on Broadway between 2000 and 2009.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Janeane Garofalo Carol Kane Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco The Aughts in Review
5022010-08-301916292010-05-10Christopher WalkenA conversation with the brilliant Christopher Walken, now starring in Martin McDonagh's A Behanding in Spokane, for which he has just received a Best Actor Tony nomination. (premier 5/10/10)Christopher Walken, Martin McDonagh, A Behanding in Spokane
5032010-08-301916302010-05-10Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon on FencesViola Davis and Stephen McKinley Henderson from the celebrated revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences, now playing at the Cort Theater. Joining them is the production's director Kenny Leon. This production of Fences has received a Tony nomination for Best Revival and nine other nominations, including ones for Davis, Henderson, and Leon.Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon, August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning, Fences
5012010-08-301916282010-05-07American Idiot: Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael MayerBillie Joe Armstrong, composer and lyricist of the acclaimed new musical American Idiot, based on the best-selling album he created with his band Green Day. Armstrong is joined by director Michael Mayer, who had the vision to transform the CD rock opera into a popular musical on Broadway.American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer
5042010-08-301916312010-05-28Tony Predictions, 2010: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoTony Predictions, Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angeles Times handicap this year's Tony Awards races and explain why this Tony night is different from all other Tony nights.Tony Predictions, 2010: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco
5052010-08-301916312010-06-10Baz Bamigboye plus FELA! Stephen Hendel, Bill T. Jones and Sahr NgaujahThe UK's most influential theater columnist, Baz Bamigboye reviews The Addams Family, Promises, Promises, Million Dollar Quartet, Fela! and more. Next up, we look at Fela!, one of the most Tony-nominated shows of the season with the musical's Tony-nominated director/choreographer Bill T. Jones, producer Stephen Hendel, and it's Tony-nominated star Sahr Ngaujah.Baz Bamigboye, The Addams Family, Promises, Promises, Million Dollar Quartet, Fela! Stephen Hendel, Bill T. Jones, Sahr Ngaujah
5062010-08-301916332010-06-17Twyla Tharp and Linda LavinActress Linda Lavin discusses her role in Donald Margulies's Collected Stories, now at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Lavin (who starred in TV's Alice) also looks back at her career of over 50 years in the theater. Also, legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, nominated for Best Choreography in her Sinatra show Come Fly Away, details the process of creating some of the most innovative dances ever seen on the American stage.Come Fly Away, Frank Sinatra, Twyla Tharp, Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
5072012-11-221916342010-06-18 Marian Seldes and Tony Wrap-up with Jesse Green, Patrick Healy, Michael MustoJesse Green of New York Magazine, Patrick Healy of The New York Times, and Michael Musto of The Village Voice come by to review the Tony Awards ceremony broadcast and share their views on the worthiness of the Tony winners. Next, we are joined by the great actress Marian Seldes, a winner of a 2010 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, which acknowledges her entire career of sustained excellence in the theater.Marian Seldes Tony Wrap-up Jesse Green, Patrick Healy, Michael Musto
5082016-08-081916242010-04-09Robert Hofler on Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan CarrAuthor Robert Hofler of Variety discusses his new biography Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr, about the rise and fall of the flamboyant Allan Carr, producer of La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway, plus the movies Grease, Grease 2 and Cant Stop the Music. Robert Hofler Party Animals A Hollywood Tale of Sex Drugs Rock Roll Starring Fabulous Allan Carr
5092010-08-301916412010-04-15The Lyrics of Johnny Mercer with Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Anna Bergman, Steve Ross Theater historians Barry Day and Robert Kimball discuss The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, their comprehensive collection of the acclaimed lyricist's over 1200 works. Also on the show, popular cabaret singers Anna Bergman and Steve Ross perform of some of Mercer's best-known works, including "Too Marvelous for Words," "Moon River," and "Hooray for Hollywood." Johnny Mercer, Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Anna Bergman, Steve Ross
5102010-08-301916252010-04-16Pat Healy, Theodore MannProducer Theodore Mann on his recently published memoir Journeys in the Night: Creating a New American Theater with Circle in the Square. Also on the show, reporter Patrick Healy of The New York Times, who swaps tales of covering the theater beat with our own Michael Riedel of the New York Post.Pat Healy, Theodore Mann, Circle in the Square, The New York Times
5112010-08-301916262010-04-23Robert OsborneFilm historian Robert Osborne, host of the Turner Classic Movie channel, comes by to discuss his favorite movies about the theater, as well as his choices for the most successful, and unsuccessful, stage to screen and screen to stage transfers in Hollywood history.Robert Osborne, All About Eve, Mame
5162010-08-301916042009-10-30Neil Simon, Jordan Roth, AndrewAndrewOur classic interview with playwright Neil Simon from 1997. Also, we discuss the changing face of Broadway with Jordan Roth, the new (33 year-old) president of The Jujamcyn Theaters. Also, AndrewAndrew, of East Village Radio, file a report from the opening of Bye Bye Birdie at the new Henry Miller TheatreNeil Simon, Jordan Roth, AndrewAndrew. Brighton Beach Memoirs, Jujamcyn, Bye Bye Birdie
5172010-08-301916032009-10-23Michael Korie, Arthur Perlman, Michael Kuchwara, Jacques le SourdTheater historians Michael Korie and Arthur Perlman discuss the career of the legendary lyricist/librettist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and his most beloved musical Finian's Rainbow now being revived on Broadway. Also, critics Michael Kuchwara and Jacques le Sourd review the new plays of the Broadway season. Finian's Rainbow, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Michael Kuchwara, Jacques le Sourd, Michael Korie, Arthur Perlman
5142010-08-301916062009-11-13The Royal Family: Charles Isherwood, Paul Rudnick, Tony Roberts, John GloverDrama critic Charles Isherwood of The New York Times and humorist Paul Rudnick discuss the legendary George S. Kaufman, co writer of The Royal Family. Next up, actors Tony Roberts and John Glover, costars of the current Broadway revival of the 1927 comedy classic. The Royal Family, Charles Isherwood, Paul Rudnick, Tony Roberts, John Glover, Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman
5152010-08-301916092009-12-11Sir Alan AyckbournThe great British playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn on his plays My Wonderful Day and The Norman Conquests. Sir Alan Ayckbourn, My Wonderful Day, The Norman Conquests
5182016-08-051916022009-10-15Season Preview, 2009-10: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoSeason Preview: Theater columnists Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of the L.A. Times discuss what they are looking forward to in the upcoming Broadway season. Season Preview Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco
5192010-08-301916012009-10-09The Players Club: Howard Kissel and John MartelloTheater Talk tours The Players Club with Howard Kissel, author of New York Theater Walks. The Gramercy Square mansion was once owned by Edwin Booth, called the greatest actor of the 19th century. We discuss Booth’s life and times as we tour his home, including the room where he died in 1893, which has not been changed since. The Players Club: Howard Kissel, John Martello, Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth, Mrs. Fiske
5202010-08-301916372010-07-23Jules FeifferAn interview with the influential playwright and cartoonist Jules Feiffer who talks about how he -- and his generation of artists -- changed the sensibility of the world forever.Jules Feiffer, The Second City, Viola Spolin
5212010-08-301916362010-07-16James Shapiro: Who Wrote ShakespeareHistorian James Shapiro, of Columbia University discusses the centuries old Shakespeare "authorship" controversy: the belief by thousands and thousands of people over the last four centuries that William Shakespeare, was, in fact, not responsible for writing the plays attributed to him. The history of one of the modern world's oldest conspiracy theories is the subject of Shapiro's new book, Contested Will.James Shapiro: Who Wrote Shakespeare
5242011-01-232017132011-01-28Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco: Spider-man Season PreviewJesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco Season Preview
5252011-01-232017122011-01-21Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, part 2stiller and Meara hurlyburly house of blue leaves
5262011-01-232017122011-01-14Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, part 1Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara ed sullivan
5272011-01-232017112011-01-07Critics: Jacques le Sourd, John Simon, Terry TeachoutCritics: Jacques le Sourd, John Simon, Terry Teachout review new shows of the fall 2010 season including: Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Women on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Driving Miss Daisy. Critics: Jacques le Sourd, John Simon, Terry Teachout
5282011-01-232017142011-02-04Austin PendletonAustin Pendleton The Three Sisters CSC
5292011-05-192017192001-02-18F. Murray Abraham on ShylockF. Murray Abraham Shylock The Merchant of Venice shakespeare
5302011-05-192017162011-02-11Paul Rudnick and Dana Ivey Writer Paul Rudnick and actress Dana Ivey discuss Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being EarnestPaul Rudnick Dana Ivey Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest
5312011-05-192017172011-03-17Dick Cavett, part 1Dick Cavett
5322011-05-192017182001-03-24Dick Cavett, part 2Dick Cavett
5332011-05-192017192011-03-25Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt Stone on The Book of MormonRobert Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt Stone The Book of Mormon Scott Rudin
5342011-05-192017202011-04-01Peter GelbPeter Gelb, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera CompanyPeter Gelb The Metropolitan Opera Company Carmen
5352011-05-192017212011-02-25Harvey Fierstein on La Cage aux Follestaped 02/25/11Harvey Fierstein on La Cage aux Folles Jerry Herman Arthur Laurents La MaMa
5362011-05-192017222011-04-15David Lindsy-Abaire and Tate Donovan on Good Peopletaped April 1, 2011David Lindsy-Abaire Tate Donovan Good People
5372011-05-192017232011-04-22Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman on Catch Me If You Cantaped April 1, 2011Marc Shaiman Scott Wittman Catch Me If You Can
5382011-05-192017242011-04-29Alan Arkintaped March 4, 2011Alan Arkin David Shepherd Second City
5392011-05-192017252011-05-06Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Stephen Adly-Gurigis on The Mother with The Hattaped April 22, 2011Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Stephen Adly-Gurigis The Mother with The Hat
5402011-05-192017262011-05-13Mark Rylance and Jez Butterworth on Jerusalemtaped 4/22/11Mark Rylance Jez Butterworth Jerusalem
5412011-05-192017272001-05-27Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco Tony Predictionstaped May, 13, 2011 slipper dayJesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco Tony Predictions
5422011-05-192017022010-10-22Elaine Stritch on A Little Night Musictaped 10/01/10Elaine Stritch A Little Night Music
5432011-05-192017032010-10-29Charles Busch, Alison Fraser, Julie Halston on The Divine Sistertaped 10/01/10Charles Busch, Alison Fraser, Julie Halston The Divine Sister
5442011-06-172017072010-10-10John CullumBroadway actor John Cullum of The Scottsboro Boys discusses highlights of his lengthy career in the theaterThe Scottsboro Boys John Cullum Kander & Ebb
5452011-05-192017082010-12-16Ethan Mordden on The Guest Listtaped 10/29/10Ethan Mordden The Guest List Josephine Baker
5462016-08-052017092010-12-24Colin Quinn of Long Story Short and Todd Robbins of Play DeadComedian and social commentator Colin Quinn (SNL, The Tough Crowd) discusses his one-man Broadway show Colin Quinn Long Story Short.

He is followed by master illusionist and magician Todd Robbins, star of the downtown hit, Play Dead, a show he created with Teller of Penn and Teller.

taped 12/03/10
Colin Quinn Long Story Short Todd Robbins Play Dead
5482011-05-192017092010-12-17Colin Quinn of Long Story Short and Todd Robbins of Play Deadtaped December 30, 2010Colin Quinn Long Story Short Todd Robbins Play Dead
5542011-06-172117312011-06-24John Leguizamo plus Larry Kramer encoreJohn Leguizamo Ghetto Klown Larry Kramer The normal Heart
5532011-06-172117322011-07-01Broadway producers Emanuel Azenberg and Michael Davidtaped 5/13/11, original air date 7/1/11Spider-man Michael David Emanuel Azenberg producers
5552016-08-052017342011-07-22Alan Menken, part 2We continue our interview with composer Alan Menken. He talks about his song-writing partnerships over the years with the late Howard Ashman and then, Sir Tim Rice. He also performs some of his most beloved hits, including songs from Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, King David and his new Broadway show, Sister Act.

(Uplink available July 21, 2011)
alan menken Howard ashman Little Mermaid Little Shop of Horrors Time Rice Beauty and the beast Sister Act Glen Slater
5512011-06-172117302011-06-17Producer Nicholas Hytner on War Horse plus Tony Wrap-up and Spider-Man review with Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pachecotaped 5/13/11Hytner Warhorse Pacheco Musto Green Spider-Man
5562012-05-022017332011-04-15ALAN MENKEN, part 1
5572012-05-022118012011-10-07John Heilpern, John Simon, Edward Hibbert on Terence RattiganRegarding Terence Rattigan: Critics John Heilpern (Vanity Fair) and John Simon, along with British actor Edward Hibbert, discuss and debate the artistry and significance of Terence Rattigan (1911-1977), one of the most prolific and important British playwrights of the 20th century.Terence Rattigan.” Critics John Heilpern (Vanity Fair) and John Simon, British actor Edward Hibbert LOOK BACK IN ANGER
5732012-05-022118112012-02-03Kevin SpaceyWe interview Kevin Spacey about his portrayal of Richard III in the internationally-acclaimed production, now at BAM. The celebrated actor explains how he devised his stunning way of portraying the evil Shakespeare protagonist. Spacey also discusses his role as Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre in London and why, in the midst of a successful Hollywood career, he took on this responsibility. Kevin Spacey BAM Richard III Shakespeare the Old Vic Theatre
5592016-08-052118022011-10-142011 Fall Season Preview: Jesse Green Michael Musto and Patrick Pacheco Fall Season Preview: Our panel of theater experts, Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of the LA Times, look ahead to the 2011 Fall Broadway season. Among the shows they discuss are: Follies, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Bonnie & Clyde, Lysistrata Jones, The Mountaintop, Stick Fly, Chinglish and Porgy and Bess. Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco, Season Preview
5602012-05-022118032011-10-28Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren: Spider-Man: Turn Off the DarkActors Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren, members of the cast of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, discuss what was really going on behind the scenes during the longest preview period for a show in Broadway history. They talk about working with the original director, Julie Taymor, and how, after 183 previews, (and despite injuries, cast rebellion and mean-spirited press coverage) this production has become a fan favorite and one of the best-selling shows now on Broadway. Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren,
5612012-05-022118042011-11-04Elaine Paige, Ron Raines, Charles Isherwood Actors Elaine Paige and (Tony nominee) Ron Raines discuss their roles in the spectacular Broadway revival of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim show Follies, now a hit at the Marquis Theatre. Also on the show, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood explains his responsibilities, as he sees them, as one of the most powerful theater critics in the world, and why he has decided to no longer review the plays of the celebrated writer Adam Rapp. Elaine Paige, Ron Raines, Charles Isherwood Follies Adam Rapp
5722012-05-022118102012-01-27Critics Scott Brown, Jacques le Sourd , David Richardson, and Elisabeth Vincentelli Critics Scott Brown (New York Magazine), Jacques le Sourd (WCBS Radio), David Richardson (WOR), and Elisabeth Vincentelli (New York Post) evaluate the current Broadway season. Among the shows they discuss are: The Gershwins Porgy and Bess, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Road to Mecca and Seminar. Scott Brown, Jacques le Sourd , David RichardsonElisabeth Vincentelli
5632012-05-022118052011-11-11Frank Langella on Man and BoyActor Frank Langella, then appearing in the Terence Rattigan play Man and Boy at The Roundabout Theatre Company. The master performer discusses playing a sinister financier, the central character of this drama. Although Rattigan wrote this play in 1963, it resonates with modern audiences, evoking the shock of the Madoff scandal, among others. Langella also talks about his upcoming book, Dropped Names, in which he reminisces about many of the interesting eminent people whom he got to know throughout his lengthy career in show business. Frank Langella Terence Rattigan Man and Boy
5642016-08-052118062011-11-25Moises Kaufman, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick on Standing on Ceremony and David Henry Hwang onChinglishOur guests are writers Moises Kaufman, Jose Rivera and Paul Rudnick, all contributors to Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which just opened in New York City at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Also on the program, playwright David Henry Hwang whose critically acclaimed new comedy/drama, Chinglish, about the linguistic and cultural difficulties of Americans visiting China, is now on Broadway.Moises Kaufman Jose Rivera Paul Rudnick Chinglish David Henry Hwang
5952012-08-141714282006-06-13Tony Predictions: Michael Musto, Jesse Green, Patrick PachecoTony Predictions 2008: Michael Musto, Jesse Green, Patrick Pacheco
6052013-08-272219252013-05-10HARVEY FIERSTEIN and CYNDI LAUPERLauper Fierstein
6072016-08-052219212013-04-12Jesse Eisenberg on The RevisionistWriter and Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg joins us to talk about his latest play, The Revisionist, in which he co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave at the Cherry Lane Theatre off-Broadway. Eisenberg plays a narcissistic young American writer who visits Redgrave, his distant relative in Poland who is still traumatized by the Second World War. The clash between the two characters and their family values, lead to the revelation of a heart-wrenching secret that changes both of their lives. In a freewheeling conversation, the astonishingly forthright Eisenberg discusses how he went from being a kid doing childrens theater in Queens, to being a celebrated and accomplished actor/writer, now appearing in his own work opposite one of the most legendary actresses in the world.
Jesse Eisenberg Revisionist
5712012-05-022118092011-12-30Kurt Peterson, Harvey Evans and Ted Chapin, plus Jackie Hoffman: A Chanukah CarolActors Kurt Peterson and Harvey Evans, two company members of the original 1971 cast of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, are joined by producer Ted Chapin (a "gofer" for the original production), author of When Everything Was Possible: The Birth of The Musical Follies. Follies is now being revived in a smash hit production on Broadway.

Next up, we toast the New Year with Jackie Hoffman (of The Addams Family), who is now starring in the brilliant and SRO Jackie Hoffman: A Chanukah Carol which rivals Hugh Jackman -- Back on Broadway as the best solo show in town.

Kurt Peterson and Harvey Evans Jackie Hoffman Follies Chanukah Carol
5672012-05-022118072011-12-16Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn on Lysistrata Jones,, plus Jason Zinoman on Shock ValueWriter Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn discuss their new Broadway show Lysistrata Jones, a cheeky musical based on the Aristophanes classic. Also, drama critic Jason Zinoman of The New York Times talks about “new horror” films, the subject of his book Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.Douglas Carter Beane Lewis Flinn Lysistrata Jones Jason Zinoman The New York Times Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
5682012-05-022118082011-12-23Hugh JackmanWe spend a half-hour with Hugh Jackman the versatile and popular entertainer. Jackman talks about his love for Broadway, his sellout show, Hugh Jackman -- Back on Broadway and how the theater has a special meaning for him. He also discusses his upbringing in a single-parent home in Australia and his early years in musical theater. Hugh Jackman
5742012-05-022118122012-02-10Spring Season Preview: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, and Patrick PachecoBroadway Spring Season Preview 2012, with journalists: Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of The L.A. Times. Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of The L.A. Times
5752016-08-082118132012-02-17Seminar: Theresa Rebeck, Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hamish LinklaterA discussion of the Broadway play, Seminar with its writer Theresa Rebeck, and actors Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater who play an arch writing coach and two of the students struggling to learn from him. Rebeck also talks about the TV series she created, SMASH.Seminar Theresa Rebeck,Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater smash
5762012-05-022118142012-02-24Margaret Edson, Lynne Meadow on WIT, plus Hunter Bell, David Garrison and Jenn Harris on Silence! The MusicalA conversation about Wit, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a woman and her struggle with maintaining her self-awareness and sense of humor while grappling with a mortal illness. Playwright Margaret Edson discusses the revival of her 1998 play, along with the current production director Lynne Meadow, the Artistic Director of The Manhattan Theatre Club. Also on the program, we focus on Silence! The Musical, the highly successful parody of Silence of the Lambs, now playing off-Broadway. Our guests are the show librettist Hunter Bell and actors David Garrison, who plays Hannibal Lecter, and Jenn Harris, who portrays Clarice Starling. The Manhattan Theatre Club Margaret Edson David Garrison Jenn Harris Wit Silence!
5962016-08-051714142008-01-04Chazz Palminteri on A Bronx TaleHosts Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel sit down with actor Chazz Palminteri as he discusses his one-man Broadway show, “A Bronx Tale”. Palminteri talks about what inspired him to become an actor and a writer, the original creation of “A Bronx Tale” and why he decided now to revive it.Chazz Palminteri bronx tale
5972013-08-212219012012-09-12Bruce Jay Friedman Playwright/screen writer Bruce Jay Friedaman on his memoir Lucky BriceBruce Jay Friedman Scuba Duba
5982013-07-252219022012-09-12Christopher Bram Christopher Bram discusses his book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed AmericaEminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America
5782016-08-052118152012-03-24Sir Tim Rice on Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar revivalsLyricist/Librettist Sir Tim Rice on creating his celebrated shows Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, both of which are now being revived on Broadway. He also discusses his upcoming musical based on From Here to Eternity. (taped 3/2/12)Sir Tim Rice Evita Jesus Christ Superstar From Here to Eternity
5812012-05-022118172012-04-06Nina Arianda, Hugh Dancy on Venus in Fur and Marin Mazzie, Michael Gore, Lawrence D. Cohen on Carrie: The MusicalActors Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy discuss their roles in the David Ives play Venus in Fur. They talk about working with director Walter Bobbie to stage this drama, which was inspired by the 19th-century novel, Venus in Furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Mason. Also, a conversation with composer Michael Gore and librettist Lawrence D. Cohen, creators of the notorious musical Carrie, another show based on a classic novel, in this case by Stephen King. Joining them is 3-time-Tony nominee Marin Mazzie, star of the current Off-Broadway revival of the show. (taped 2/24/12 and 3/30/12)Nina Arianda, Hugh Dancy Venus in Fur Marin Mazzie, Michael Gore, Lawrence D. Cohen Carrie: The Musical
5802012-05-022118162012-03-30Craig Zadan and Neil Maron on SMASHProducers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan discuss their careers bringing musical theater to film and television. They also discuss their innovative new NBC TV series Smash, a show about the making of a Broadway musical. Neil Meron Craig Zadan Smash
5822012-05-022118182012-04-13Patrick Healy of The New York Times and Remembering Theodore MannReporter Patrick Healy of The New York Times drops by for a "Broadway Update." We then pay tribute to the late producer Theodore Mann with an encore presentation of our 2010 interview with the Off-Broadway pioneer and founder of the Circle in the Square Theatre. (taped 3/30/12)Patrick Healy of The New York Times ted Mann Theodore Circle in The Square Eugene O Neil
5832012-05-022118192012-04-12Marilyn MayeOur guest is the revered cabaret performer Marilyn Maye, who reminisces about her lengthy career as one of the most sought-after jazz singers and interpreters of popular song. Beginning as a pre-teen vocalist in Iowa, Maye eventually appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (his most frequent guest), and she continues to dazzle audiences even now. Ms. Maye is accompanied on piano by Don Rebic.Marilyn Maye Don Rebec Johnny Carson
5842012-05-022118202012-04-27Gore Vidal on The Best Man (encore)In a classic Theater Talk encore, writer Gore Vidal talks about The Best Man, his timeless (Tony-nominated) political drama, currently being revived on Broadway. The play speaks as relevantly about politics today as it did when it was first produced in 1960. Vidal also discusses his close acquaintance with other political figures ranging from J.F.K. to his "Cousin Albert" (who was about to lose the election when we did this interview with Vidal in 2000). Gore Vidal The Best Man politics
5852012-05-022118212012-05-04James Corden, Richard Bean, Nicholas Hytner One Man, Two GuvnorsOur guests are playwright Richard Bean, Tony-nominated director Nicholas Hytner and Tony-nominated actor James Corden - the writer, director and star respectively of the new comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors. Based on the Eighteenth Century Goldoni farce, The Servant of Two Masters, Beans freewheeling adaptation is set in 1960s Brighton. In an interview taped just two days after the British import opened to great reviews in New York, the trio discusses the work that made the show a success and share the enthusiasm that comes with being out-of-town artists who have scored on Broadway. (taped 4/20/12)James Corden, Richard Bean, Nicholas Hytner One Man, Two Guvnors The Servant of Two Masters Goldoni
5862012-05-022118222012-05-11Critics Ben Brantley, Peter Marks and Terry TeachoutCritics Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, and Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal join us to evaluate some of the most notable shows that have recently opened on Broadway, including One Man, Two Guvnors; Death of a Salesman; The Best Man; Newsies; and Once. (taped 4/20/12)Ben Brantley The New York Times, Peter Marks The Washington Post Terry Teachout The Wall Street One Man, Two Guvnors Death of a Salesman The Best Man; Newsies Once.
5872016-08-082118232012-04-20Harvey Fierstein and Alan Menken on Newsies“Newsies”, the crowd-pleasing musical nominated for 8 Tony Awards.
Joining us at our grand piano are Newsies composer Alan Menken, and librettist Harvey Fierstein, who describe the incubation period for the musical, and perform not only several of the best songs, but a couple of others that did not make the show, including a tune from the score of the original 1992 movie of “Newsies”, that won Menken the "Razzie "Award for Worst Song.





taped 4/20/12
Harvey Fierstein Alan Menken Newsies
5882012-08-142118232012-05-19Harvey Fierstein and Alan Menken on Newsies


taped 4/20/12
Harvey Fierstein Alan Menken Newsies
5902012-05-202118252012-06-01Rick Elice and Roger Rees on Peter and the StarcatcherRick Elice Roger Rees Peter and the Starcatcher Peter Pan Disney Alex Timbers
5892014-09-192118242012-05-25Tony Predictions - 2012 with Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pachecotaped May 11, 2012Tony Predictions Jesse Green, Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco
5922012-11-221815322009-05-16Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco TONY PredictionsJesse Green, MIchael Musto, Patrick Pacheco TONY Predictions
5942012-08-142118272012-06-15TONY WRAP UP: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco and Emanuel AzenbergTONY WRAP UP: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco and Emanuel Azenberg
6092014-09-222320022013-04-10Ethan Mordden discusses Anything Goes: A History of American Musical TheatreAnything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre The prolific writer/historian Ethan Mordden joins us to discuss his comprehensive new history of the Broadway musical. (taped 9/13/13)Anything Goes Ethan Mordden Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre
6142014-09-192320032013-10-25Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Healy dicuss Fall 2013 Season PreviewJesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Out.com & Gawker plus Patrick Healy of The New York Time discuss the Fall Broadway season, 2013.Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Healy Fall Broadway Season 2013
6282014-09-222320012013-09-27Betty Buckley, Hailie Foote, Lois Smith discuss The Old Friends by Horton Foote. Also Ray Fisher and Will Power discuss his play Fetch Clay, Make ManOur guests are actors Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, and Lois Smith. They discuss their roles in The Old Friends, a never-before-produced play by the late Horton Foote (1916-2009). Also on the program, actor Ray Fisher and playwright Will Power discuss his play Fetch Clay, Make Man, about the unlikely friendship between boxer/activist Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit, the first millionaire Black movie star.Betty Buckley Hallie Foote Lois Smith Horton Foote The Old Friends Ray Fisher Will Power Muhammad Ali Stepin Fetchit Fetch Clay, Make Man
6482014-09-232320122013-12-27Stephen Fry on Shakespeare, Broadway and Twelfth NightBritish actor, writer, commentator and TV personality Stephen Fry, appearing on Broadway in the Shakespeare Globe production of Twelfth Night, shares his expertise on many topics relevant to Shakespeare and the widely successful revival in which he was appearing, as well as his observations on how Broadway has changed in the last 28 years. Although this year was his Broadway acting debut, he worked on Broadway in 1986 as the librettist of the hit British-import, Me and My Girl. Stephen Fry Shakespeare Globe Twelfth Night Me and My Girl
6472014-09-232320112013-12-20Sean Mathias, Sir Ian McKellen & Sir Patrick Stewart discuss No Man s Land and Waiting for GodotSir Ian McKellen and Sir Patric Stewart join director Sean Mathias to discuss his productions of No Man s Land by Harold Pinter and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.Sir Ian McKellen Sir Patric Stewart Sean Mathias Harold Pinter Waiting for Godot No Man s Land Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot
6382014-09-222320052013-11-08Baz Bamigboye reviews Betrayal and Twelfth Night plus Sebastian Arcelus, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Page & Rupert Homes on A Time to KillWe welcome Baz Bamigboye from the London Daily Mail who reviews some of the Broadway shows he saw on his visit to the USA, including Betrayal by Harold Pinter and The Royal Shakespeare Company all-male production of Twelfth Night. We then focus on the Broadway Play A Time to Kill with actors Sebastian Arcelus, John Douglas Thompson and Patrick Page, plus writer Rupert Holmes who adapted the popular John Grisham novel to the stage.Baz Bamigboye Betrayal Harold Pinter The Royal Shakespeare Company all-male Twelfth Night A Time to Kill Sebastian Arcelus John Douglas Thompson Patrick Page Rupert Holmes John Grisham
6412016-08-082320072013-11-22Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger stars in The Glass Menagerie plus Susan Schulman discusses Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press AgentWe welcome Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger, two of the starts of the critically acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Newt we talk with veteran Broadway press agent Susan Schulman about her new memoir Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent, which chronicles her career in one of the most pivotal yet under-recognized careers in show business.Cherry Jones Celia Keenan-Bolger The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Susan Schulman Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent
6402014-09-222320062013-11-15Roger Rees, Alessandro Nivola and Charlotte Parry discuss The Winslow Boy Plus John Simon, John Heilpern and Edward Hibbert analyze career of Terence Rattigan Actors Roger Rees, Alessandro Nivola and Charlotte Parry discuss their roles in the revival of the popular Terence Rattigan drama The Winslow Boy at The Roundabout. The critics John Simon and John Heilpern plus actor Edward Hibbert analyze the career of Rattigan as one of the important English playwrights of the Twentieth Century, as well as the subsequent rejection of his work in the wake of plays like Look Back in Anger.Roger Rees Alessandro Nivola Charlotte Parry Terence Rattigan The Winslow Boy John Simon John Heilpern Edward Hibbert Look Back in Anger
6422014-09-222320082013-11-29Dame Eileen Atkins and Sir Michael Gambon discuss the Trevor Nunn production of All That Fall by Samuel BeckettDame Eileen Atkins and Sir Michael Gambon, two British acting legends, discuss appearing in the Trevor Nunn production of All That Fall by Samuel Beckett. This is the first production of this play in the USA, because although Beckett wrote All That Fall as a radio play (first broadcast in 1957), he refused to allow it to be done live on stage, saying, "To act it is to kill it."Dame Eileen Atkins Sir Michael Gambon All That Fall Trevor Nunn Samuel Beckett radio play
6342014-09-222320042013-11-08John Kander, Greg Pierce, Walter Bobbie and David Hyde Pierce on The Landing plus Suzy Evans & Susan Haskins interview Jack O Brien and Ethan HawkeWe focus on The Landing, a new musical at The Vineyard Theatre by composer John Kander and writer Greg Pierce who join us on the program with the director Walter Bobbie and cast member David Hyde Pierce. Next, we focus on a new production of Macbeth at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Suzy Evans of Backstage joins Susan Haskins in the Lincoln Center rehearsal studio to interview members of the creative team and cast including director Jack O Brien and Actor Ethan Hawke.The Vineyard Theatre The Landing John Kander Greg Pierce Walter Bobbie David Hyde Pierce Macbeth Vivian Beaumont Theater Suzy Evan Backstage Susan Haskins Lincoln Center rehearsal studio Jack O Brien Ethan Hawke
6462014-09-222320102013-12-13Part 2: Glen Berger discusses his book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway HistoryGlen Berger discusses his new tell-all book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History. Berger spent over five years working with director Julie Taymor to write this musical and remained on the project to reconstruct the show after she was replaced in 2011, prompting co-host Michael Riedel of the New York Post, to refer to him as "Judas." Now that the show is up and running (and about to close at a loss of over $60 million), Berger defend his actions during what he calls, "a long bad acid trip."Glen Berger Julie Taymor Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
6452014-09-222320092013-12-06Part 1: Glen Berger discusses his book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway HistoryGlen Berger discusses his new tell-all book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History. Berger spent over five years working with director Julie Taymor to write this musical and remained on the project to reconstruct the show after she was replaced in 2011, prompting co-host Michael Riedel of the New York Post, to refer to him as "Judas." Now that the show is up and running (and about to close at a loss of over $60 million), Berger defend his actions during what he calls, "a long bad acid trip."Glen Berger Julie Taymor Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
6532014-09-252320152014-01-17Jeremy Gerard discusses new book Wynn Place Show: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life and Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and the American Place TheatreDrama critic and entertainment reporter Jeremy Gerard discusses his new book Wynn Place Show: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life and Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and the American Place Theatre, about Handman, the co-founder and artistic director of The American Place Theatre, which began in the nineteen sixties and was one of the most influential theaters of the late Twentieth Century.The American Place Theatre Jeremy Gerard Wynn Place Show: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life and Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and the American Place Theatre
6522014-09-252220142014-01-10Jesse Green, Charles Isherwood and Elisabeth Vincentelli review Fall 2013 on & off BroadwayCritics Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post review fall 2013 New York productions, on and off Broadway, that piqued their interest.Jesse Green Charles Isherwood Elisabeth Vincentelli fall 2013 on and off Broadway interest.
6512016-08-052320132014-01-03John Hodgman on I Stole Your DadWriter/Humorist John Hodgman gives his wry perspectives on many topics including his new show, I Stole Your Dad, at the Under the Radar Festival (Public Theater), as well as Downton Abbey, cooking owls and the Jerry Lewis suppressed film The Day the Clown DiedJohn Hodgman I Stole Your Dad Under the Radar Festival Downton Abbey Jerry Lewis The Day the Clown Died
6542014-09-252320162014-02-07Charles Busch on and Julie Halston in The Tribute Artist plus Jack Cummings III from Transport Group and John Cariani discuss his revival Almost, MaineActress Julie Halston and writer/actor Charles Busch discuss his new play The Tribute Artist about a man who impersonates his landlady after she dies to keep her townhouse. Also, actor/playwright John Cariani and Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III discuss their revival of the romantic comedy, Almost, Maine, written by Cariani, which first ran Off-Broadway in 2006 and has since gone on to become one of the most frequently licensed plays around the world and the number one most produced play in US high schools, passing Shakespeare, Spoon River Anthology and even Our Town.Julie Halston Charles Busch The Tribute Artist John Cariani Transport Group
6552016-08-052320172014-02-14Spring 2014 Broadway Season: Adam Feldman, Jesse Green and Michael MustoAdam Feldman of Time Out New York, Jesse Green of New York Magazine, and Michael Musto of Out.com discuss some of the most anticipated shows of the Spring 2014 season. They debate whether the season will be dominated by new musicals adapted from movies like "Bullets Over Broadway," "Rocky," and "The Bridges of Madison County," or by original musicals such as "If/Then," "Violet" and "Beautiful." They also talk about promising new plays including Bryan Cranston playing LBJ in "All The Way," James Lapines adaptation of Moss Harts memoir "Act One" and Harvey Fiersteins intriguing new work about cross-dressers, "Casa Valentina." Adam Feldman Jesse Green Michael Musto Spring 2014 Broadway Season
6582014-09-252320192014-02-28Hello Dolly! at 50! with Sondra Lee, Lee Roy Reams and Marge ChampionHello Dolly! opened January 16, 1964. In honor of its half-century, Theater Talk welcomes actress Sondra Lee ("Minnie Fay" in the original cast), actor Lee Roy Reams ("Cornelius Hackl" in the 1978 revival and director of the 1995 revival), plus legendary dancer Marge Champion who assisted her late then-husband director/choreographer Gower Champion while he was creating this timeless hit.Hello Dolly! Sondra Lee Lee Roy Reams Marge Champion Gower Champion
6572014-09-302320182014-02-21Fred Barton presents Klea Blackhurst and Lee Roy Reams with songs from Hello Dolly! Next Richard Seff remembers his career and new novel, Take a Giant Step: A Romance in RadioJuly 10 is the 83rd birthday of Jerry Herman, and we celebrate with an encore of our tribute-in-song to the composer/lyricist of the 1964 mega-hit Hello Dolly! Conductor Fred Barton presents Klea Blackhurst and Lee Roy Reams performing songs from the classic show. Next, actor/author Richard Seff discusses his novel, Take a Giant Step: A Romance in Radio, where he remembers his early career acting in radio and TV dramas in the 1940s and 50s.July 10 is the 83rd birthday of Jerry Herman Hello Dolly! Fred Barton Klea BlackhurstLee Roy Reams Take a Giant Step: A Romance in Radio Richard Seff
6622014-09-302320212014-03-28Terry Teachout and John Douglas Thompson discuss Satchmo at the WaldorfPlaywright Terry Teachout (also lead drama critic for The Wall Street Journal) and actor John Douglas Thompson discuss the Teachout play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, about the last years of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, for which Thompson won a Drama Desk Award as Best Solo Performer.Terry Teachout John Douglas Thompson "Satchmo at the Waldorf" Louis Armstrong
6632014-09-302320222014-04-04Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham and Darko Tresnjak discuss "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder". Later, Michael Riedel & Susan Haskins talk to Woodie King, Jr. celebrating 44 years of The New Federal Theatre.
Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham and Darko Tresnjak discuss "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder", in which Mays plays eight members of a wealthy British family, all of whom are murdered by the "hero," Pinkham. Later, Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins talk to Woodie King, Jr., founder and Artisitc Director of The New Federal Theatre, which just celebrated 44 years of implementing its mission to integrate minorities and women into the mainstream of American theater.Jefferson Mays Bryce Pinkham Darko Tresnjak "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder" Woodie King, Jr. "The New Federal Theatre"
6612014-09-302320202014-03-21Roberta Maxwell, Marcia Rodd and Dick Cavett discuss Hellman v. McCarthyActresses Roberta Maxwell and Marcia Rodd, plus talk show host Dick Cavett discuss their roles as Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy and Dick Cavett, respectively, in the new play Hellman v. McCarthy, produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company and dealing with the bitter legal dispute between the two eminent writers that began on The Dick Cavett Show on PBS.Roberta Maxwell Marcia Rodd Dick Cavett Lillian Hellman Mary McCarthy Dick Cavett "Hellman v. McCarthy"
6662016-08-052320242014-04-18Stephen Lutvak performs songs from A Gentlemans Guide to Love and MurderComposer Steven Lutvak performs songs from his witty and tuneful score for A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder. Based on the 1907 British novel about a beguiling serial killer that inspired the beloved 1949 Alex Guinness comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets, A Gentlemans Guilde is now a Broadway hit, having won many awards including four TONYS, one for Best Musical. Steven Lutvak "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder" "Kind Hearts and Coronets" "TONY
Best Musical"
6652014-09-302320232014-04-11Tyne Daly and Terrence McNally discuss Mothers and Sons his 20th play on Broadway!Actress Tyne Daly and playwright Terrence McNally discuss Mothers and Sons, the 20th McNally play on Broadway, about the emotional encounter of the mother of a young man who died of AIDS, with his then-partner, 20 years after his death.Tyne Daly Terrence McNally "Mothers and Sons" AIDS,
6672014-09-302320252014-04-25Denzel Washington and Woodie King, Jr. discuss A Raisin in the Sun Actor Denzel Washington, who starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, and Woodie King, Jr., Founder of the New Federal Theatre, talk about the ongoing impact of this classic play (first produced in 1959). They also reminisce about their early days working together at the King theater where Denzel first achieved major success in the play When Chickens Come Home to Roost, playing Malcolm X, a character he was to recreate ten years later in the Spike Lee film biography of the influential activist.Denzel Washington "A Raisin in the Sun" Woodie King, Jr. "When Chickens Come Home to Roost" Malcolm X
6682014-09-302320262014-05-02Harvey Fierstein discusses Casa Valentina a Catskills Cross Dressing Retreat Writer/performer Harvey Fierstein talks about his intriguing new play on Broadway, Casa Valentina, based on a true story of a vacation retreat in the 1960s Catskills where men, self-identified as straight, went to dress and live as women.Harvey Fierstein "Casa Valentina"
6692014-09-302320272014-05-09Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil at the piano plus Jessie Mueller on Beautiful: The Carol King MusicalFirst up, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, the husband/wife songwriting team whose early careers in the Sixties are also portrayed in this new show Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, joins co-host Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins at the piano to discuss how they came together to write some of the great standards of pop music, some of which Mann performs. Next up, the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Actress in a Musical Jessie Mueller discusses playing songwriter Carole King and meeting her for the first time on stage.Barry Mann Cynthia Weil Jessie Mueller "Beautiful: The Carol King Musical"
6912016-08-052421022014-10-102014 Season Preview: Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick PachecoJesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Out.com & Gawker plus Patrick Pacheco of The Los Angeles Times discuss the upcoming season on Broadway, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, The Last Ship, Its Only A Play, You Cant Take It With You, Side Show, A Delicate Balance, The Elephant Man, The River, This Is Our Youth and Finding Neverland.
taped 09/26/14
Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco Curious Incident
6822014-10-012320292014-05-23Jesse Green, Michael Musto & Patirck Pacheco Join Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins with Tony Predictions, 2014Theater Talk panel of theater experts: Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Gawker.com and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angles Times join co-hots Michael Riedel of the New York Post and Susan Haskins to speculate on who will win the Tony Awards and why.Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco Tony Predictions, 2014
6832014-10-012320302014-05-30Ben Brantley, Peter Marks and Terry Teachout review 2013-14 Broadway SeasonBen Brantley of The New York Times Peter Marks of The Washington Post and Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, review key productions of the 2013-14 Broadway season.Ben Brantley Peter Marks Terry Teachout "2013-14 Broadway Season"
6722014-09-302320282014-05-16LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo discuss A Raisin in the Sun. Also, Casey Nicholaw and James Monroe Iglehart talk about Aladdin.LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo from A Raisin in the Sun, discuss their roles in the Tony Award-winning revival of the play. Also, director Casey Nicholaw and Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart talk about creating their Broadway hit Aladdin, based on the Disney film and starring Iglehart as "Genie."LaTanya Richardson Jackson Anika Noni Rose Sophie Okonedo "A Raisin in the Sun" Casey Nicholaw James Monroe Iglehart "Aladdin"
6902016-08-052421012014-09-19Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the RoofTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic musical Fiddler on The Roof, we welcome critic/dramaturg Alisa Solomon (Columbia University’s Journalism School) to discuss her new book Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. In it, she traces how the story of Tevye, the dairyman, the most beloved character created by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was transformed into a blockbuster musical, which achieved astonishing popularity, not only for Jews, but for audiences around the world.Alisa Solomon Fiddler on the Roof Wonder of Wonders
6882014-10-012320322014-06-20James Shapiro discusses Shakespeare in America and Carolyn Quinn with her book Mama Roses s Turn: The True Story of Americas Most Notorious Stage Mother James Shapiro discusses his anthology Shakespeare in America while Carolyn Quinn discusses her book Mama Roses s Turn: The True Story of Americas Most Notorious Stage Mother, who offers unique insights into the life of Rose Thompson Hovick, the ambitious matriarch who was the inspiration for Gypsy, arguably Broadways all-time greatest musical.James Shapiro "Shakespeare in America" Carolyn Quinn "Mama Roses s Turn: The True Story of Americas Most Notorious Stage Mother" Rose Thompson Hovick "Gypsy"
6892016-07-252320332014-06-28David Byrne celebrates Here Lies Love with Jose Llana &Ruthie Ann Miles. We end the season with "in memoriam" tribute to Ruby Dee, Arthur Gelb & Jacques le SourdWe first focus on the new show Here Lies Love, at The Public Theater. Our guests are co-composer/lyricist David Bryne (formerly of Talking Heads) along with actors Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles who play Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos in this dazzling big beat-disco musical about the rise and fall of the notorious Filipino dictator and his super-star first lady. The Theater Talk Season ends with an "in memoriam" segment paying tribute to three eminent, recently-deceased guests: actress Ruby Dee, Arthur Gelb of The New York Times and drama critic Jacques le Sourd, featuring highlight from their interview on Theater Talk.David Bryne "Here Lies Love" "Talking Heads" Jose Llana Ruthie Ann Miles "Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos" "in memoriam" Jacques le Sourd Ruby Dee Arthur Gelb
6872014-10-012320312014-06-13Jesse Green, Michael Musto & Patrick Pacheco on TONY Awards Wrap Up while Joan Marcus shares favorite photos plus Andrew Andrew on the TONY Red Carpet.Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pacheco return for our Tony Awards Wrap-up show to assess what happened at the awards ceremony. Also on the program, we welcome photographer Joan Marcus, recipient of one of 2013-14 TONY Honors for Excellence, in recognition of her quarter century behind the camera, Joan shows us some of her personal favorites from her impressive body of work (taking pictures of over 300 Broadway shows alone). We finish with a report from popular online critics/DJs, Andrew Andrew, from the TONY Awards red carpet.Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco "Tony Awards Wrap-up" "TONY Honors for Excellence" Joan Marcus "Andrew Andrew"
6922016-08-052421032014-10-17Garry Marshall and Mike Bencivenga discuss Billy & Ray; plus remembering Marian SeldesDirector Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman") and playwright Mike Bencivenga discuss "Billy & Ray," Bencivenga’s new play at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, about the antagonistic relationship between director Billy Wilder and mystery writer Raymond Chandler during their collaboration on the 1944 film-noir classic “Double Indemnity.”

We also pay tribute to the late Marian Seldes with a clip from one of the beloved actress and teacher’s many appearances on the show.
Garry Marshall Mike Bencivenga Billy Wilder Raymond Chandler Double Indemnity Vineyard Theatre Marian Seldes
6932016-08-082421042014-10-24Sting, John Logan, Michael Esper on The Last Ship and Mario Correa, Rachel Dratch, and Nate Smith on Tail! Spin!Theater Talk guests are English composer (and rock star) Sting, librettist John Logan and lead actor Michael Esper from "The Last Ship," their new musical opening this month on Broadway. Also writer Mario Correa plus actors Rachel Dratch and Nate Smith on Correa’s political comedy, "Tail! Spin!" which uses the actual words of scandal-racked American politicians Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner, to tell their stories.Sting Last Ship Michael Esper John Logan Tail Spin Mario Correa Rachel Dratch Nate Smith
6942016-08-052421052014-10-31Brian Dennehy and A.R. Gurney on Love LettersActor Brian Dennehy and playwright A.R. Gurney discuss the prolific writer’s revered play, Love Letters, now in an all-star revival on Broadway with Dennehy in the lead. Since it premiered in 1988, this two-character, epistolary-form drama has been performed in countless productions all over the world.Brian Dennehy Gurney Love Letters
6952016-08-052421062014-11-07The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Marianne Elliott, Simon Stephens and Alex SharpDirector Marianne Elliott and playwright Simon Stephens discuss adapting the best-selling novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" (by Mark Haddon) to create a powerful stage production that "The New York Times" calls "one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway." They are joined by Broadway newcomer Alex Sharp, who plays the lead role of a 15-year-old, special needs child," giving an unforgettable performance that requires him to be on stage virtually every moment of this compelling play.Curious Incident Dog Marianne Elliott Simon Stephens Alex Sharp
6962016-08-052421072014-11-15Joely Richardson and Steve Cosson on The Belle of Amherst, and Stefanie Cohen and Imogen Lloyd WebberTheater Talk welcomes actress Joely Richardson and director Steve Cosson as they discuss their revival of "The Belle of Amherst," a William Luce play about the intriguing 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. Also on the program, a "Broadway Update" with two journalists new to our program, Stefanie Cohen of the Wall Street Journal and Imogen Lloyd Webber of Broadway.com. They talk about current and upcoming productions including the NBC live broadcast of Peter Pan, as well as On The Town, The Last Ship and The Curious Incident... on Broadway.Joely Richardson Steve Cosson Belle Amherst Stefanie Cohen Imogen Lloyd Webber
6972016-08-052421092014-11-28Joy Behar on Me, My Mouth & I, and Bob Callely on On a Stool at the End of the BarComedienne Joy Behar discusses her new one-woman show, "Me, My Mouth & I" at the Cherry Lane Theatre, as well as her life prior to show business, politics, Joan Rivers and - of course - her 16 years co-hosting "The View."

Next, playwright Bob Callely talks about his new play, "On a Stool at the End of the Bar" and the sobering life-event that almost cut his writing career short, losing all his money to Bernard Madoff.
Joy Behar Bob Callely
6982016-08-082421102014-12-19Dick Cavett and Richard Zoglin author of HopeOur guests are talk show great, Dick Cavett and critic Richard Zoglin of “Time” Magazine, discussing Bob Hope, the subject of Zoglin’s fascinating new biography, “Hope.” Beginning as a child, performing on the streets to get extra money for his family, Hope went on to become a major star in vaudeville, on Broadway, in the movies and on TV. He basically invented the stand-up comedy form and lived to be 100, never really retiring from pursuing his singularly successful and lucrative, show business career. Hope was also friendly with Cavett, who tells us about some of their time together.Dick Cavett Richard Zoglin Bob Hope
6992016-08-052421082014-11-21Bill Condon, Henry Krieger, David Rockwell, Bill Russell on Side ShowOur guests are director Bill Condon, composer Henry Krieger, set designer David Rockwell and lyricist/librettist Bill Russell from the creative team of “Side Show,” based on the lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. This musical first played on Broadway in 1997. Although it was critically acclaimed, it did not do well at the box office and closed prematurely. Now it has been reimagined and rewritten by Condon and Russell and has reopened on Broadway this fall.Bill Condon Henry Krieger David Rockwell Russell Side Show
7002016-08-052421112014-12-26John Lahr, author Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of The FleshJohn Lahr discusses the life and work of playwright Tennessee Williams, the subject of "The New Yorker" critics great new biography, "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of The Flesh."John Lahr Tennessee Williams
7012016-08-052421122015-01-02Critics: Charles Isherwood, Jesse Green, Elisabeth VincentelliCharles Isherwood of The New York Times, Jesse Green of New York Magazine and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post review significant new Broadway productions, including A Delicate Balance, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Elephant Man, Its Only A Play, The Last Ship, The River and Side Show. They also discuss the recent NBC live production of Peter Pan and shows they are looking forward to in the spring.Isherwood Jesse Green Elisabeth Vincentelli critic Peter Pan Curious Incident
7022016-08-052421132015-01-16Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes on DeuceIn memory of actress Marian Seldes, Theater Talk presents an encore of our 2007 interview with her and Angela Lansbury in which the veteran actresses discuss their careers acting (and in Seldes case, teaching acting as well) and their roles on Broadway in the Terrence McNally play Deuce.

original tape date 05-15-07
Angela Lansbury Marian Seldes Deuce
7032016-08-052421142015-01-23Elizabeth Ashley and Julie Halston and Toby the rat with Lydia DesRoche and Elisabeth VincentelliActors Elizabeth Ashley and Julie Halston drop by to discuss their roles in the hit Broadway revival of “You Cant Take It With You,” as well as tips on how to steal scenes and the zen of applying dazzling stage makeup.

Next up, we have a visit from the popular Broadway player Toby the rat, escorted by her trainer Lydia DesRoche. They are joined by Elisabeth Vincentelli of the “New York Post” who was in our green room that day to shoot our critics panel and was so enamored of Toby, that we invited her to stick around and participate in this interview.
rat Curious Incident Elizabeth Ashley Julie Halston Toby Lydia DesRoche Elisabeth Vincentelli
7042016-08-052421152015-01-30Spring Season Preview 2015: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoEntertainment journalists Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Out.com and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angeles Times discuss the upcoming New York theater season and productions including: “Honeymoon in Vegas,” Helen Mirren in “The Audience,” David Hare “Skylight,” “Something Rotten,” “Fun Home,” “The Heidi Chronicles” by Wendy Wasserstein, as well as three musicals that have had epically-long roads to Broadway: “Doctor Zhivago,” Chita Rivera in “The Visit” by Kander & Ebb and mega-producer Harvey Weinsteins “Finding Neverland.”Patrick Pacheco Michael Musto Jesse Green Skylight
7052016-08-052421162015-02-06Ayad Akhtar on Disgraced, and Michael Mayer, Peter Lerman, Kimberly Grigsby and Matt Doyle on BrooklynitePlaywright Ayad Akhtar discusses “Disgraced” and the issues of Muslim-American identity explored by this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama (now on Broadway at The Lyceum Theatre).

Next up, we focus on the new musical “Brooklynite” (Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre). Composer/lyricist/co-librettist, Peter Lerman; director/co-librettist, Michael Mayer and its leading man, Matt Doyle, give us a preview of this futuristic show about hipster superheroes in Brooklyn. Doyle also performs a ballad from the score, "I Am Not A Hero," accompanied by musical director, Kimberly Grigsby.
Disgraced Ayad Akhtar Brooklynite Michael Mayer Peter Lerman Matt Doyle
7062016-08-082421172015-02-13Stephen Adly Guirgis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Austin Pendleton on Between Riverside and CrazyPlaywright Stephen Adly Guirgis, actor Stephen McKinley Henderson and director Austin Pendleton, discuss their collaboration on the new play, “Between Riverside and Crazy,” at the Second Stage Theatre, about the extraordinary and off-beat world of an aging police officer, whose career was cut short in a shooting. In a freewheeling conversation, they also talk about the inspirations for their successful careers, as well as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who got his first break from Pendleton and later was Guirgis mentor and collaborator.

taped 01/23/15
Between Riverside Crazy Stephen Adly Guirgis Stephen McKinley Henderson Austin Pendleton Pulitzer
7082016-08-082421192015-02-27Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson Constellations, Fred Barton, Karen Ziemba, Bruce Landry on Irving BerlinActors Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson (2015 Golden Globe-winner) discuss their roles in the new play "Constellations" and the close-working relationship they have developed while starring in this unconventional and critically acclaimed two-person drama.


Also on the program we welcome conductor/arranger Fred Barton, whose next "American Showstoppers" concerts will be devoted to Irving Berlin. Two performers from the show, Tony-winning Broadway favorite, Karen Ziemba and newcomer, Bruce Landry, join Barton to perform the masterpiece of counterpoint, "Youre Just In Love," which was a big hit for Ethel Merman in the 1953 musical, “Call Me Madam” by Irving Berlin.

Jake Gyllenhaal Ruth Wilson Constellations Irving Berlin
7092016-08-082421202015-03-20Tom Santopietro, author of The Sound of Music Story, and Ted Chapin, Something Rotten: Casey Nicholaw, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Brian dArcy James, Brad Oscar2015 is the 50th anniversary of the hit movie "The Sound of Music." We celebrate this classic 1965 film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical with writer Tom Santopietro, author of "The Sound of Music Story," and Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company.

Also on the program, roving correspondents AndrewAndrew visit a press presentation of "Something Rotten!" a splashy new Elizabethan musical on Broadway. Tony-winning director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw presents musical highlights (featuring actors Christian Borle, John Cariani, Brian dArcy James and Brad Oscar) of what may be one of the hits of the season.
Tom Santopietro Ted Chapin Casey Nicholaw Sound of Music Something Rotten
7102016-08-082421222015-03-27Tony Danza, Rob McClure in Honeymoon in Vegas and remembering Albert MayslesActors Tony Danza and Rob McClure from the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas discuss bringing their show to Broadway and swap entertaining tales of how they got started in show business. Then, we remember legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles (1926-2015) with highlights from our 2007 interview about Grey Gardens, his 1975 classic documentary, later adapted into a Broadway musical. Tony Danza Rob McClure Honeymoon in Vegas Albert Maysles Grey Gardens
7112016-08-082421232015-04-03Robert Kimball and Rob Fisher on An American in Paris and remembering Jean-Claude Baker“An American in Paris” is coming to Broadway as a new musical adaptation of the 1951 Academy Award winning film, itself inspired by George Gershwins 1928 symphonic poem. The guests are theater historian Robert Kimball (author of “The Gershwins”), and Rob Fisher, musical director of the show, to discuss the composer and how his work is being adapted anew.

Next up, we pay tribute to Jean-Claude Baker, author of the book “Josephine: The Hungry Heart,” the biography of his foster mother (and another American in Paris), legendary entertainer and African-American icon, Josephine Baker (1906-1975). Jean-Claude, who also owned the NYC nightspot, Chez Josephine, died earlier this year, so we are repeating this interview, not only to remember the legendary Josephine, but Jean-Claude himself, a beloved Broadway personality.
Robert Kimball Rob Fischer American Paris Jean-Claude Baker Josephine Baker
7122016-08-082421242015-04-10Hand to God: Robert Askins, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Steven Boyer and 24/6 Yoni Oppenheim and Avi Soroka“Hand to God” is the outrageous hit Broadway comedy about a teenager attending a Christian puppet-making workshop in Texas, whose sock-puppet seems to have become possessed by the devil. Our guests are the creative team: playwright Robert Askins, director Moritz von Stuelpnagel and actor Steven Boyer (with the satanic puppet, Tyrone), on the show that New York Magazine designated, "Broadway s unlikeliest must-see play" and the New York Times calls "Darkly Delightful and flat out hilarious."

Next up are Yoni Oppenheim and Avi Soroka, Directors and Co-Founders of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company, which they created as a theatrical home for Sabbath-Observant Jews. Yoni and Avi explain their inspiration for starting the company and discuss the difficulties they had faced getting work in the theater because they practice a religion that prohibits working from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.
Hand to God Robert Askins Moritz von Stuelpnagel Steven Boyer 24/6 Yoni Oppenheim Avi Soroka
7132016-08-082421252015-04-17Wolf Hall: Hilary Mantel, Ben Miles, Nathaniel Parker, Jeremy HerrinThis episode is devoted to Wolf Hall, the two-part stage adaptation of Dame Hilary Mantel s brilliant historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, about Henry VIII, King of England, and his ambitious chief minister Thomas Cromwell who facilitated Henry s disposing of his wives, actions with consequences for the entire Western World. Our guests are Dame Hilary, actors Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell) and Nathaniel Parker (King Henry VIII), plus director Jeremy Herrin, who discuss the lives and undoing of the characters in this gripping drama.Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel Ben Miles Nathaniel Parker Jeremy Herrin
7142016-08-082421262015-04-24The Visit: John Kander, Roger Rees, Chita Rivera and It Shoulda Been You: Brian Hargrove, David Hyde Pierce, Tyne Daly and Harriet HarrisThis episode is devoted to two radically different new musicals on Broadway.

First up we focus on "The Visit", the last show by the team of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. Our guests include composer Kander, its innovative director John Doyle plus the stars Roger Rees and the legendary Chita Rivera who discuss this bewitching adaptation of the dark and intriguing tale of betrayal and revenge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.


Also on the show we discuss "It Shoulda Been You," writer Brian Hargrove s story of a lavish family wedding that goes wildly awry. Our guests are Hargrove, the director, David Hyde Pierce (best-known for his role in "Frasier") plus two members of its cast Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris who give wonderful comic performances as the stressed-out mothers of the bride and groom.

Visit Kander Ebb Roger Rees Chita Rivera Shoulda Been You Brian Hargrove David Hyde Pierce Tyne Daly Harriet Harris
7152016-08-082421272015-05-01David Hare, Stephen Daldry on SkylightPlaywright David Hare and director Stephen Daldry discuss the revival of the play Skylight which has just been nominated for 7 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Play and Best Director of a Play for Daldry. This romantic drama about the relationship between a successful businessman and a young teacher who has consigned herself to public service and penury, is considered one of his best plays and a classic of modern British drama. David Hare Stephen Daldry Skylight
7162016-08-082421282015-05-08Helen Mirren on The AudienceTheater Talk welcomes actress Dame Helen Mirren, star of "The Audience," the celebrated new play by Peter Morgan about Elizabeth II and her 63 years of conversations with the Prime Ministers who have served during her reign as Queen of England. Although Dame Helen (just nominated for a 2015 Tony Award) is royalty herself, she is also down-to-earth, witty and outspoken. She shares with us a wealth of anecdotes about her prestigious theatrical career and its diverse influences, making this episode a captivating performance in and of itself.Helen Mirren Audience Queen Elizabeth
7172016-08-082421292015-05-15Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy in SkylightThe guests are actors Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, the stars of “Skylight” by David Hare being revived on Broadway in the spring of 2015. The pair talk about working with director Stephen Daldry to create this emotionally jarring and stylish production of what many consider to be his finest play. “Skylight” received seven Tony Award nominations, including nods for their lead performances.

On the subject of the TONY Awards, every year on the day after the nominations, all the chosen are brought together to be interviewed by dozens of press outlets in a hectic annual morning ritual at The Paramount Hotel, called "The TONY Meet and Greet." Our roving reporters AndrewAndrew represent “Theater Talk” this year, where they talk to Hand to God playwright Robert Askins, Hand to God actor Steven Boyer, actress Kristin Chenoweth of On The 20th Century and the show’s designer William Ivey Long, actor Alessandro Nivola of The Elephant Man, actress Julie White of Airline Highway and an encore appearance by Carey Mulligan of Skylight.
Bill Nighy Carey Mulligan Skylight Tony Awards AndrewAndrew
7182016-08-082421302015-05-22Fun Home: Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, Alison BechdelWe focus on the musical “Fun Home,” with librettist/lyricist Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori who created this stunning, heart-breaking musical based on the memoir/graphic novel by Alison Bechdel about growing up in a troubled family and her relationship with her father prior to his suicide. Bechdel is also our guest on the program and the trio give us wonderful insight into the collaboration that transformed this unique bestselling book into an equally special and profound work of musical theater.

“Fun Home” received 12 Tony Award nominations including Best Book of a Musical (Kron), Best Original Score (Tesori/Kron), and Best Musical.
Fun Home Lisa Kron Jeanine Tesori Alison Bechdel
7192016-08-082421312015-05-292015 Tony Award Predictions Spectacular! Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco, Elisabeth VincentelliTheater Talks savvy panel of theater experts, Jesse Green of New York magazine, Michael Musto of “Musto! The Musical!” at Out.com, Patrick Pacheco of ArtInfo.com and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post, discuss the TONY® nominations, and foresee the winners on this incomparable annual predictions (and show clip-laden) special.Tony Award Predictions Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco Elisabeth Vincentelli
7202016-08-082421322015-06-12Stefanie Cohen, Paul Wontorek, Adrian Bryan-Brown, AndrewAndrew TONY Red CarpetOur panelists Stefanie Cohen of the “Wall Street Journal,” Paul Wontorek, Editor-In-Chief of Broadway.com, and master press agent Adrian Bryan-Brown (winner of a "Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre") review the TONY Awards ceremony on CBS.

Next, journalists Cohen, Wontorek and Riedel, question Bryan-Brown some of the strategies that have made him and his company, Boneau/Bryan-Brown, one of the most respected and successful public relations firms in theatre.

Finally, a report by roving correspondents AndrewAndrew from the TONY Red Carpet where they interview winners and nominees including Alex Sharp, Robert Askins, Annaleigh Ashford, Richard McCabe, and Michael Cerveris prior to the broadcast.
Tony Awards Stefanie Cohen Paul Wontorek Adrian Bryan Brown AndrewAndrew red carpet Alex Sharp Robert Askins Annaleigh Ashford Richard McCabe Michael Cerveris
7212016-08-082421332015-06-05David Javerbaum on An Act of God, and Cagney: Robert Creighton, Bil Castellino, James Morgan
11998-10-1771011996-11-06John Kander & Fred Ebb, Martin GottfriedComposer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb on creating the musical CHICAGO and on its successful 1996 Broadway revival.

Also Bob Fosse biographer, Martin Gottfried on the great director/choreographer's contribution to and personal difficlties during the original production of CHICAGO in 1975.

Kander Ebb Gottfried Fosse Verdon Chicago Steel Pier Jazz Reinking Neuwirth choreograph
22003-03-1184311998-07-03Warren Leight and Michael MayerPlaywright Warren Leight and director Michael Mayer on their new play, Sideman, about the lives of a jazz trumpeter and his troubled family.Leight Mayer Sideman Roundabout
31998-10-1684301998-06-19Garry HynesDirector of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, Garry Hynes, the first woman director to receive The Tony Award. Also short interviews from The Tony Awards ceremony with award winning actresses Marie Mullen and Anna Manahan.Pepe Beauty Queen of Leenane Hynes Atlantic Mullen Manahan McDonagh Druid

Abbey
41998-10-1784291998-06-12Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Patrick PachecoActors Tony Randall and Jack Klugman discuss their careers and their roles in The National Actor's Theatre production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys Simon plus a backstage report from the 52nd annual Tony Awards.Randall Klugman Pacheco Tony Awards Sunshine Boys National Gypsy Neil Simon Merman
51998-10-1584281998-06-05Patrick Pacheco and Ward Morehouse IIIPredictions of the 1998 Tony Awards with Broadway columnists Patrick Pacheco of Newsday and Ward Morehouse III of The New York Post.Tony Awards, Lion King, Ragtime, Pacheco, Morehouse
61998-10-1684271998-05-29Adrian Noble The director of The Royal Shakespeare Company Adrian Noble on his company's new productions of Hamlet and Cymbeline, being performed in repertory at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, .Also a Broadway UpdateNoble, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Royal
71998-10-1584261998-05-22Donald Lyons and Jacques Le Sourd#426: Drama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Jacques le Sourd of the Gannett Newspapers review Spring ‘98 shows including: Cabaret, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, High Society, Wait Until Dark and Art.Cabaret Lyons Le Sourd Wall Street Journal Beauty Queen Leenane Tarentino Society
81998-10-1584251998-05-05Peter Schneider and Thomas SchumacherThe executive producers of Disney’s Broadway musical The Lion King, Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher. Also The Broadway Update.Scnneider Taymor Disney Schumacher Lion King
92001-08-0584241998-04-24Theodore Chapin and Ethan Mordden on The Sound of MusicTHE SOUND OF MUSIC is discussed by theater historian Ethan Mordden and Ted Chapin, the President of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Also The Broadway Update.Chapin Rodgers Hammerstein Martin Mordden Trapp Sound musical theater theatre
101998-10-1584231998-04-17Mark SteynDrama critic Mark Steyn, author of Broadway Babies Say Goodnight, wryly traces the history of the modern musical in America and England from its beginnings in the nineteenth century through the

present.
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111998-10-1584221998-04-11Joe Masteroff and Rob MarshallA program on the hit Broadway revival of Kander & Ebb's Cabaret with its librettist Joe Masteroff and choreographer/co-director Rob Marshall.cabaret kander ebb marshall masteroff cumming richardson prince
121998-10-1584211998-04-03 Ernie Sabella and David SabellaActor Ernie Sabella and his brother David Sabella, both of whom are currently appearing on Broadway in CHICAGO. Ernie Sabella talks about how he auditioned for The Lion King with his friend Nathan Lane and ended up with a new role, created just for him.Sabella Lion King Chicago Nathan Lane musical Forum
131998-10-1584201998-03-27Maury Yeston and Eric Bentley#420: The composer/lyricist of TITANIC Maury Yeston (repeated from the 96-97 season #207) and critic Eric Bentley.Yeston Titanic TITANIC Bentley goodwoman good woman
141998-10-1784191998-02-27D.A. Pennebaker and Chris HegedusFilm makers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus on their new documentary Moon Over Broadway, which chronicles the progress of the play Moon Over Buffalo to Broadway.Moon Pennebaker Hegedus Bosco Burnett Buffalo
151998-10-1684171998-02-13Patrick Pacheco and Ethan MorddenPatrick Pacheco of Newsday and musical theater historian Ethan Mordden discuss The Capeman, Paul Simon’s new musical.Capeman Simon Pacheco Mordden Wolcott Morris Zaks musical
161998-10-1584161998-02-06Gregory Mosher and John SimonDrama Critic John Simon and director/producer Gregory Mosher on Tennessee Williams and his classic play A Sreetcar Named Deisre.Williams Streetcar Mosher Simon Kazan Desire Brando Goodman
171998-10-1584151998-01-30Wendy Kesselman and David StoneA program about the current Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank with playwright Wendy Kesselman, who revised the play for the new production Lapine and producer David Stone.Diary Anne Portman Frank Kesselman Stone Lavin lapine
181998-10-1771021996-11-13Christopher Durang and Dana IveySex and Longing playwright Christopher Durang and the play's co-star, actress Dana Ivey, confront the play's problems with the critics.Ivey Durang Sex Longing Ballyhoo playwright
191998-10-1771031996-11-20Daniel Massey and David Henry HwangActor Daniel Massey of Taking Sides, then playwright David Henry Hwang, author of M. Butterfly and The Golden Child. Also The Broadway Update.Hwang Wolfe Butterfly Golden Massey Golden Chinese Public Papp
201998-10-1571041996-11-27Elaine Paige, Rome Neal and Patrick PachecoElaine Paige, star of Sunset Boulebard, then Rome Neal, Artistic Director of The Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. Also Patrick Pacheco, Broadway columnist of Newsday.Pacheco Paige Webber Rice Sunset Evita Nuyorican
211998-10-1571051996-12-04Donald Lyons and Howard KisselCritic's Forum featuring drama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Howard Kissel of The New York Daily News.lyons Kissel
221998-10-1571061996-12-18Mary RodgersMary Rodgers, composer of Once Upon A Mattress, now being revived on Broadway.Parker Rodgers Mattress Dodgers Hammerstein
231998-10-1671071996-12-25Neil SimonPlaywright Neil Simon in an in-depth interview.simon ceasar Little horn Odd Proposals Brighton Biloxi Barefoot Yonkers Jake's Laughter Plaza Sweet Charity
241998-10-1571081997-01-01Peter Stone and John WeidmanLibrettists Peter Stone (1776, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES) and John Weidman (BIG, PACIFIC OVERTURES).stone 1776 titanic pacific big weidman
251998-10-1571091997-01-09Jim Freydberg, Elizabeth McCann and Herb GardnerBroadway producers Jim Freydberg (BIG) and Elizabeth McCann (Three Tall Women). Also playwright/director Herb Gardner (A Thousand Clowns, I’m Not Rappaport).Gardner McCann Clowns Thousand Freydberg BIG Rappaport Albee
261998-10-1771101997-01-15Jeffrey Seller, Drew Hodges and Alisa SolomonProducer of RENT Jeffrey Seller and designer of the advertising for the show Drew Hodges. Also reporter/critic Alisa Solomon of The Village Voice on the lawsuit between Lynn Thomson and the estate of Jonathan Larsen.Rent Larsen Larson RENT solomon seller RENT Thomson dramaturg
271998-10-1571111997-01-22Tony Adams and Gerard AlessandriniProducer of Victor/Victoria Tony Adams. Also Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of Forbidden Broadway.Victor/Victoria Andrews Adams Forbidden Alessandrini Minelli
281998-10-1771121997-01-29Betty Comden & Adolph GreenWriter/performers Betty Comden & Adolph Green on their 50 years of collaboration on such shows as On The Town and Wonderful Town, which they wrote with composer Leonard Bernstein, and Bells Are Ringing, which they wrote with composer Jule Styne.Comden Green Town Bernstein Russell Styne Robbins Bells Ringing Pan
292016-08-0571131997-02-05Andre Bishop and Marcia LewisThe Artistic Director of The Lincoln Center Theater Andre Bishop and Marcia Lewis, co-star of the Broadway revival CHICAGO.Chicago Lewis Bishop Lincoln Center
301998-10-1572011997-02-12Scott Elliott and James ShapiroScott Elliott (Present Laughter and The Roundabout Theatre's production of The Three Sisters), followed by Columbia University professor James Shapiro on Shakespeare in America.Shakespeare Branaugh Hamlet Coward Shapiro Elliott Chekov Sisters Roundabout
311998-10-1772021997-02-19Gregory Mosher and Clive BarnesThe Producing Director of The Circle in The Square Gregory Mosher on the eve of the opening of the theater's new play, Stanley, followed by Clive Barnes, The Drama Critic of The New York Post on the closing of Sunset Boulevard.Boulevard Webber Barnes Sher Mosher Stanley Circle
321998-10-1572031997-02-26Mark Steyn and Michael WalshA discussion of the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber with Webber biographer Michael Walsh, music critic of Time Magazine and Mark Steyn, Drama Critic of The New Criterion.Webber Steyn Rice Evita Sunset Cats Walsh Superstar Joseph Whistle
331998-10-1572041997-03-05Theodore Chapin, Jonathan Reynolds, Wynn HandmanTheodore Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, followed by Playwright Jonathan Reynolds, author of the new play, Stonewall Jackson's House.Also a short interview with Wynn Handman, Artistic Director of The American Place Theatre, who produced Stonewall Jackson's House.Carousel Reynolds Chapin American Stonewall Rodgers King Handman Flower Hammerstein
341998-10-1572051997-03-26Sheldon Epps, Mitchell Maxwell, James NicolaDirector Sheldon Epps and producer Mitchell Maxwell on their new musical PLAY ON. Also James Nicola, Artistic Director of The New York Theatre Workshop discusses David Rabe's new play, A Question of Mercy.Maxwell Nicola Epps Play On Ellington Rabe NYTW RENT Rent Larson Larsen
351998-10-1572061997-04-06Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg#206: Composer Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg who together created Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Martin Guerre.Les Miserables Guerre Saigon Schonberg Mackintosh Boublil Hugo
361998-10-1572071997-04-09Maury Yeston, Bill Rosenfield and Jay David SaksComposer Maury Yeston on his new Broadway musical, TITANIC. Also BMG/RCA Victor's Director of A&R, Bill Rosenfield and producer Jay David Saks on the recording and distribution of Broadway albums.TITANIC Mattress Rosenfield Yeston Saks RCA
371998-10-1572081997-04-16Charles Nelson Reilly and Mary Louise WilsonDirector Charles Nelson Reilly on his production The Gin Game with Julie Harris and Charles Durning at The National Actor's Theatre. Also actress Mary Louise Wilson on her portrayal of the legendary Diana Vreeland in the award winning play, Full Gallop.Vreeland Julie Harris Durning Gin Tandy Gallop Wilson Reilly Hume
381998-10-1572091997-04-23Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and Maripat DonovanDirector Scott Ellis and choreographer Susan Stroman discuss their new Broadway show, Kander & Ebb's Steel Pier, on the eve of its opening. Then Maripat Donovan, creator of Late Night CatechismKander Ebb on how she went from being a building contractor in Chicago to a star Off Broadway.Steel Pier Stroman Ellis Maripat Catechism
391998-10-1572101997-04-30Rip TornActor Rip Tom, currently on Broadway in Horton Foote's The Young Man from Atlanta.Foote Atlanta Torn Page Paige
401998-10-1572111997-05-07Eric BentleyCritic and playwright Eric Bentley, America's foremost translator of Bertolt Brecht, on his collaboration with the legendary and controversial genius.Bentley Brecht Sezchuan
412012-11-2272121997-05-14Sir Tim Rice#212: lyricist Tim Rice on his new musical King David, which he wrote for Disney with Alan Menken, the upcoming musical and on his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which produced the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita and made the team legends of the musical theater. Also The Broadway Update.Jesus Superstar Evita Rice Disney Taymor Webber Menken chess abba
421998-10-1772131997-05-21Donald Lyons and Howard KisselDrama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Howard Kissel of The New York Daily News discuss the new Broadway musicals.kissel lyons titanic the life
431998-10-1573011997-05-28Jacques le Sourd and Patrick PachecoOur annual Tony Awards predictions show with Jacques le Sourd, Chief Drama Critic of the Gannett Newspapers and Patrick Pacheco the theater columnist of Newsday.Pacheco le sourd yeston titanic life lilias
441998-10-1673021997-06-04Ernie Harburg, Etan Mordden and Gabriel BarreA program about the lyricist E.Y. Harburg with Harburg's son and biographer Ernie Harburg, theater historian Ethan Mordden and director Gabriel Barre.Harburg Yip Finian Bloomer Flahooley
451998-10-1573041997-06-18Harry Haun, Ward Morehouse III and Paul CorriganOur post-Tony, Broadway season, wrap-up show with theater columnists Harry Haun of Playbill and Ward Morehouse III of The New York Post. Also playwright Paul Corrrigan, author of Queens Boulevard.Tonys Corrigan Queens Morehouse Haun
461998-10-1773051997-06-25Paula Vogel, Douglas Aibel and Ethan MorddenPlaywright Paula Vogel, author of the controversial, Pulitzer Prize winning play, How I Learned To Drive, and her producer Douglas Aibel, artistic director of The Vineyard Theater. Also theater historian Ethan Mordden author of, Make Believe, about the Broadway musicals of the twenties.Vogel Drive Aibel Vineyard Mordden Pulitzer musical history
471998-10-1573031997-06-11Barbara Cook and Behind-The-Scenes at the '97 Tony AwardsLegendary Broadway leading lady and singer Barbara Cook. Then "Behind The Scenes at The Tonys," our coverage from the awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. NOT FOR SALEcook Titanic Tonys Chicago Bacall
481998-10-1584011997-10-10Patrick Pacheco and David Patrick StearnsBroadway season preview with critics David Patrick Stearns of USA Today and Patrick Pacheco of Newsday.
491998-10-1574021997-10-17Moisés Kaufman and Henry KriegerPlaywright Moisés Kaufman, author and director of Gross Indecency: The THREE Trials of Oscar Wilde. Also Henry Krieger, the composer of the new musical Side Show.Wilde Kaufman Krieger Dreamgirls Side show Gross
501998-10-1574031997-10-24Peter StoneLibrettist Peter Stone who wrote the books for the Broadway hits 1776 and TITANIC.
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511998-10-1584041997-10-31David Ives and Mark WaldropPlaywrights David Ives (Mere Mortals and All In The Timing) and Mark Waldrop director and writer of When Pigs Fly and Whoopdeedoo.Ives Mortals Whoopdeedoo Waldrop
521998-12-1184051997-11-07Frank Wildhorn and Stephen SchwartzBroadway composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) on bringing the pop sound to Broadway. Then composer Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell) on his early success in the theater and its drawbacks, as well as working with the legendary Bob Fossee.Jekyll Pimpernel Wildhorn Civil Schwartz Fosse Pippin
531998-10-1684061997-11-14Tommy TuneDirector/choreographer/performer Tommy Tune.Tune Grand Hotel Best Whorehouse Rogers Follies Seesaw Bennett
541998-10-1574071997-11-21Christopher Renshaw and Michael MayerDirectors Christopher Renshaw (The King & I, High Society) and Michael Mayer (Triumph of Love and A View From The Bridge) on the craft of directing.Renshaw Schwarzenagger Rodgers Hammerstein Mayer Triumph Boozler
551998-10-1584081997-11-28Joe Church, Clive Barnes, Alexis GreeneJoe Church, musical director of The Lion King on how he integrated the work of four different composers to create this Broadway musical smash. Also critics Clive Barnes of The New York Post and Alexis Greene of InTheater Magazine assess the show.Disney Taymor Lion King Rice Lebo M
561998-10-1584091997-12-19Susan Birkenhead, Sheldon Harnick and Deborah Grace WeinerBroadway lyricists Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam, Triumph of Love) and Sheldon Harnick (Fiffler on The Roof, She Loves Me). Also Deborah Grace Weiner, the author of a biography of lyricist Dorothy Fields.Birkenhead Winer Jelly's Triumph Fiddler Harburg She Loves Me Annie Get Fields Kern
571998-10-1684101997-12-26Donald Lyons and Jacques Le SourdDrama critics Donald Lyons of The Wall Street Journal and Jacques le Sourd of The Gannett Newspapers review the 1997 fall season on Broadway .Lion King Scarlet Triumph Side show
581998-10-1574111998-01-02Margo Lion and David RichenthalProducers Margo Lion (Angels In America, Triumph of Love) and David Richenthal (The Young Man From Atlanta, Mind Games) on the difficulties and rewards of producing on Broadway.Atlanta Salem Angels Lion Richenthal
591998-10-1710IB1101996-02-02Brian Murray, Adam Guettel and Tina LandauActor Brian Murray discusses his role in the CSC production of Joe Ortin's The Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Then composer Adam Guettel and director/librettist/lyricist Tina Landau discuss thir highly acclaimed musical theater piece Floyd Collins.Floyd Collins Guettel Landau Orton Murray Sloane
601998-10-1774121998-01-09Roger Lewis, Garry O'Connor and John MillerA discussion devoted to the careers of three great British actors: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud. Guests are their biographers: Roger Lewis, Garry O'Connor and John Miller, respectively.Olivier Leigh Richardson Gielgud Hamlet Shakespeare Peter Sellers cyrano
611998-10-1774131998-01-16Stephen Flaherty and Lynn AhrensThe lyricist/composer team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty on the eve of the opening of their new Broadway musical Ragtime.McNally Ragtime Galati Ahrens Flaherty Livent Drabinsky
621998-10-1684141998-01-23Tom Jones and Harvey SchmidtLyricist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt whose musicals include The Fantasticks, 110 in The Shade and I Do, I Do. They look back at their long careers in the musical theater, including creating I Do, I Do with director Gower Champion for Mary Martin and Robert Preston.The Fantasticks, 110 in The Shade I Do, I Do Jones Schmidt Preston Gower Champion Mary Martin Robert Preston
631998-10-1711IB651994-11-01Mary Ellin BarrettAuthor Mary Ellin Barrett on her father the great composer/lyricist Irving Berlin.Berlin Composer Annie lyricist Easter Ellin
641998-10-1610IB1061996-02-07Deena RosenbergAuthor Deena Rosenberg on the life and work of George & Ira Gershwin.Harburg Gershwin Thee Porgy Composer Lyricist
651998-10-1612IB341993-10-01A.R. GurneyA life and career interview with plawright A.R. GurneyGurney cocktail love playwright
661998-10-1612IB941994-02-01Fred EbbLyricist Fred Ebb discusses his career and his collaboration with composer John Kander on Flora The Red Menace, Cabaret, Chicago andThe Kiss of The Spider Woman.Flora Cabaret Chicago Spider Kis Steel Pier kander Prince Fosse
671998-10-1711IB791995-05-01Romulus LinneyPlaywright Romulus Linney discusses his play 2 about Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering.Linney Goering 2
681998-10-1715011998-10-16Peter Marks and Patrick PachecoA preview of the fall '98 season with Peter Marks of The New York Times abd Patrick Pacheco of Newsday. Topics include the controversy over Terrence McNally's new play Corpus Christi, the new musical productions coming to Broadway: Footloose, Swan Lake and On The Town. Also discussed, the resurgence of Off-Broadway and the rise of new young theater companies, including: Atlantic, Adobe and The Drama Department.Pacheco McNally Mackintosh Pacheco Footloose Atlantic Adobe
691998-10-1615021998-10-23Cameron Mackintosh In this in-depth interview, the legendary showman, whose credits include Cats, Les Misérables, Martin Guerre and The Phantom of The Opera, tells how he went from being a stage-sweep at the Drury Lane Theatre to the most successful producer in the history of the commercial theater. Mackintosh also discusses his collaboration with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on CATS! and The Phantom of The Opera and reflects on the current Broadway scene, offering his assessment of the success of the Disney corporation and the recent problems of Livent, the producer of Ragtime.Cats Mackintosh Swan Miserables Saigon Livent Disney Webber
701998-10-1711IB611994-10-01Scott EllisInterview with Scott Ellis, director of the Roundabout Theatre's revivals of Company and She Loves Me, as well as Carnegie Hall's A Sondheim Celebration.Ellis, director Roundabout Company, She Loves Me, A Sondheim Celebration.
711998-10-1612IB631994-12-01Martin GottfriedAuthor Martin Gottfried on the life and career of show business great Danny Kaye.Danny Kaye Arden Lady in The Dark Loesser
721998-10-1611IB681995-01-01Hilton Kramer and Jeremy GerardCritic and Editor of Commentary, Hilton Kramer and Variety theater columnist Jeremy Gerard on the power of The New York Times.Gerard Kramer Times Commentary
731998-10-1612IB701995-01-01 Bruce Jay FriedmanPlaywright Bruce Jay Friedman on his new play Have You Spoken to Any Jews Lately? .Jews Scuba
741998-10-1612IB721995-01-07Charles Busch and Jennifer KatoActor/playwright Charles Busch and actress Jennifer Kato from It Could Happen to You.Busch drag kato Vampires actress playwright
751998-12-1915041998-11-06Brian CoxActor Brian Cox who just took over for Alan Alda as the cynical Marc in the Tony Award winning play ART. Last season he won acclaim for his performance as a down-and-out drama critic, seduced by vampires, in his one man show ST. NICHOLAS.



The outspoken Cox discusses both plays and his unique approach to them. The Scottish born actor, who was the first to play the criminally insane Hannibal Lector on film (in Michael Mann’s cult film MAN HUNTER), also explains his theory on why actors from the UK are so often cast in American films as villains and maniacs. In addition, he shares the insights he gained from playing KING LEAR for a real-life audience of the criminally insane.
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761998-11-0915051998-11-13Cy ColemanInterviewed on the eve of the revival's opening, composer Cy Coleman recalls the original transformation in 1962 of Patrick Dennis' bestselling comic novel into the musical with book by Neil Simon and direction by Bob Fosse.

He remembers the show's brilliant original star Sid Caesar, who was grappling with a substance abuse problem at the time, and his volatile lyricist Carolyn Leigh with whom he created the show's hit tunes: "I've Got Your Number," "The Other Side of The Tracks," and "Real Live Girl."

Coleman also recalls how he came to write "Hey, Look Me Over" for superstar Lucille Ball in Wildcat, his first Broadway musical and comments on the current state of musicals on Broadway.

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771999-04-1515061998-11-20Clive Barnes and Sheldon Harnick on JEROME ROBBINSTheater Talk devotes an episode to the choreographer/director Jerome Robbins. Robbins, who died last summer at the age of 81, was one of the great theatrical innovators of the 20th century, working in both the worlds of the ballet and the American musical

His Broadway credits included the original productions of: On The Town, High Button Shoes, West Side Story, Gypsy and A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum

The guests will be Clive Barnes, drama and dance critic for The New York Post and lyricist Sheldon Harnick who worked with Robbins on the musical theater classic Fiddler on The Roof.

This episode contains footage of Robbins' chorography for the 1977 revival of Fiddler on The Roof with Zero Mostel, never seen before on television.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EPISODE IS NOT FOR SALE

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781998-12-1915081998-12-18Paul Rudnick and Alexander H. CohenPaul Rudnick, whose new play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told shortly after this interview at The New York Theatre Workshop to many highly favorable reviews, will be Theater Talk's guest Friday December 18 at midnight (Saturday

morning).



Rudnick is the award winning playwright of Jeffrey for which he received the Obie, Outer Critics Circle and John Gassner playwriting awards. His other plays include The Naked Eye, Mr. Charles: Currently of Palm Beach and I Hate Hamlet.

His screenplays include Adams Family Values and In and Out.



Following Rudnick is Broadway producer Alexandr H. Cohen. Topics include why real estate interests influence Broadway shows; Richard Burton; Marlene Deitrich and why Cohen feels compelled to maintain a flamboyant lifestyle, even in the face of economic reversal.
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791999-01-0615091999-01-08Todd Haimes and Matthew BourneGuests are TODD HAIMES, the artistic director of both the Roundabout and LIVENT Theatre Companies and SWAN LAKE director MATTHEW BOURNE.





Todd Haimes who during fifteen years at Roundabout made that not-for-profit theater company one of the most important and successful of it's kind, was named The Artistic Director of LIVENT last fall (replacing the financially troubled company's founder Garth Drabinsky).





In his interview with THEATER TALK hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, Haimes explains why he took on (and how he is able to cope with) two such demanding positions of responsibility.





He also describes working with his creative staff at Roundabout to stage the kind of productions (A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, CABARET, 1776) which yielded the theater company six Tony Awards last season alone.





Following Haimes is an interview with director MATTHEW BOURNE, whose highly acclaimed production of SWAN LAKE is winding up a run on Broadway. Bourne discusses the many inspirations for his radical interpretation of the classic ballet and why he reconceived the piece for all-male swans.

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801999-01-3115131999-02-05Margaret Edson, director Derek Anson Jones and Robert Simonson.A discussion of the process of creating WIT, the stunning new play about a brilliant scholar grappling with cancer. The play which stars Kathleen Chalfant received unanimous raves during its limited run at Off-Off Broadway's MTC Theatre and has now reopened Off Broadway at the Union Square Theatre for an extended run.

Following the Wit discussion, Playbill On-Line Editor Robert Simonson joins hosts Michael Riedel to evaluate Fosse and discuss megaproducer Cameron Mackintosh's new battle with the powerful performers' union, Actor's Equity over whether or not he can import a British company to open his revival of Rodger's and Hammerstein's musical classic, Oklahoma, on Broadway.

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811999-01-1215111999-01-22Director Richard Maltby and Martin Gottfried on FOSSE
821999-01-3015121999-01-29Peter Marks and Patrick PachecoPeter Marks, drama critic of The New York Times and Patrick Pacheco, Broadway columnist of Newsday join host Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for The New York Post for a preview of the spring '99 season on Broadway.



In addition to predicting the strengths and weaknesses of the new work coming to Broadway, the panel shares their reactions to Rosie O'Donnell's recent announcement that she would not host this June's Tony Awards broadcast. They speculate on what really motivated her decision and on the impact the loss of O'Donnell's strong support of Broadway and the Tony's will have on the awards and struggle the for control of their future.



The panel also discusses the changing role of the press and favorable reviews in determining the destiny of shows. In a season where a widely panned musical like Footloose can do an endrun around its bad press, are the opinions of the drama critics as important as they once were to ticket sales?

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831999-01-3115141999-02-12Nicky Silver and David WarrenThe playwright and his director discuss Silver's newest play Eros Trilogy.vinyard silver buckley
841999-07-2915151999-02-19Mark SteynMark Steyn, drama Critic and social commentator for The New Criterion, Slate, The London Specatator and London's Daily Mail returns to THEATER TALK with his wry and astute views on the American theater today. Among the topics: the overwheling success of David Hare's Blue Room, Actor's Equity's casting struggles with producer Cameron Mackintosh, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and the playwright's more recent work.

Steyn, whose new book,Broadway Babies Say Goodnight is about to be released in the USA by Routledge takes no prisoners in his evaluation of the current Broadway season.

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851999-02-2715161999-03-26Peter StoneTaped when Stone was rewriting ANNIE GET YOUR GUN for its Broadway revival starring Bernadette Peters. The Tony Award winning librettist, whose other credits include: TITANIC, 1776, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES and WOMAN OF THE YEAR, defends the controversial decision to substantially overhaul Herbert and Dorothy Fields' original book of Irving Berlin's musical theater classic, which is based on the life of cowgirl entertainer Annie Oakley, and first opened on Broadway, May 16, 1946.



Stone explains how in the last 53 years the nature and importance of The Book for a Broadway musical has radically changed. The original ANNIE GET YOUR GUN was "not of our time... It was good then, but not now ...It needed concept and construction to make it fit modern taste."



Stone details why and how he has reworked the book to be more in sync with 90's sensitvities towards racial and gender equality. This includes dropping the song "I'm an Indian Too," substantially modifying the character of Chief Sitting Bull and changing the musical's famous original ending, which has Annie Oakley deliberately losing a sharpshooting match against her beloved, Frank Butler, in order to get him to marry her.



Stone also discusses to what degree he has allowed the critical and audience response to the production's Washington, D.C. tryout, to influence him as he continues to rebuild the revival's book in preparation for its opening.

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861999-03-3015191999-04-09Robert FallsThe Director of Death of A Salesman and Disney's upcoming Aida is our guest. Falls, who is the Artistic Director of The Goodman Theatre Company in Chicago, discusses how he put together the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's classic play. He also talks about his plans to overhaul Disney's new Aida, which premiered and floundered last year in Atlanta.

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871999-03-3015171999-03-26Matthew Broderick and John TillingerThe star and director of The National Actors Theatre revival of Night Must FallRandall Broderick Tillinger National
881999-03-3015181999-04-02Kristin Chenoweth, B.D. Wong and Martin GottfriedNote: This episode is not for sale.

Guests are actors B.D. Wong and Kristen Chenoweth of You're A Good Man Charlie Brown.Also author Martin Gottfried discusses his new biography of actress Angela Lansbury.

THEATER TALK airs weekly on Friday nights at midnight on Thirteen/WNET, New York City's PBS affiliate. It is reaired weekly on the MSG Metro Learning channel, Saturday nights at 9:30.

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891999-04-2115201999-04-16Patrick Marber, Lea DeLaria, Julie HalstonIn an exclusive New York television interview, British playwright, Patrick Marber, describes his provocative new work, CLOSER (now at The Music Box Theatre, starring Natasha Richardson), as a play where the characters, "all meet, fall in love, fall out of love, have sex and betray each other."



"This a play about love, and sex, and loneliness and the need we all have to find a soul mate and be happy," he tells hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. He portrays his characters as, "Four nice people who behave badly, rather than four horrible people who behave badly... I love my characters, and would be very happy to spend time with all of them."



Later on this week's THEATER TALK, actor/comedians Lea DeLaria and Julie Halston, now appearing Off Broadway in Paul Rudnick's play THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD. In a funny and sometimes irreverent conversation, the two performers discuss the difference between their approaches to doing stand-up comedy and plays. They also candidly share their reactions to the show posting a closing notice shortly after they both joined the cast. In addition, DeLaria explains why she believes her last Broadway show ON THE TOWN closed prematurely.

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901999-04-2115211998-04-23Emanuel Azenberg and Jim Freydberg
5992013-08-212219032012-10-11Tony Cointreau and James RussoThe close personal friends of the late Ethel Merman, now archivists of her estate, share stories and keepsakes of the incomparable star.Tony Cointreau and James Russo Ethel Merman
6002013-08-212219042012-10-25Adam Feldman, Jesse Green, Michael Musto: Fall 2012 Season PreviewThe panel joins Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins to talk about the plays and musicals scheduled to open on Broadway and Off, as well as Rebecca, the musical adaptation of the du Maurier novel that was cancelled due to the mysterious death of a major investor. (uplink 10/25/12)Adam Feldman, Jesse Green, Michael Musto Season Preview
921999-06-2915211999-04-23Producers Emanuel Azenberg and Jim FreydbergEmanuel Azenberg (THE ICEMAN COMETH) and James Freydberg (FOOL MOON, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) discuss the high stakes business side of creating shows.



The two veteran commercial producers pool their expertise to discuss: why many producers bring plays from London to Broadway, rather than do American plays; the crisis in the American not-for-profit theatre and the effect that corporate thinking is having on the American musical theater.



They also share their experiences producing musicals that "didn't make it "

(SIDE SHOW and BIG, respectively).



"It's not a failure or a flop," says Azenberg. "It's pain."

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931999-06-0715261999-05-28Brian F. O'Byrne, Dawn Bradfield and Jac VenzaTony Nominees Brian O'Byrne and Dawn Redfield, two members of the cast of Martin McDonagh's play The Lonesome West, are guests on THEATER TALK, Friday May 28th at midnight.

Also on the program, Jac Venza, Executive Producer of the PBS portion of the Tony Awards coverage, Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards, discusses plans for the June 6th broadcast.

Friday June 4th:

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941999-06-0715271999-06-04Jesse McKinley of THE NEW YORK TIMES and Patrick Pacheco of NEWSDAYJesse McKinley of THE NEW YORK TIMES and Patrick Pacheco of NEWSDAY join hosts Michael Riedel of THE NEW YORK POST and Susan Haskins for THEATER TALK's Tony Predictions 1999.



In an informative and often irreverent discussion, these Broadway insiders debate who SHOULD win the 1999 Tony Awards, who WILL win... and WHY.

951999-06-1215281999-06-11Jed Bernstein, Lea, DeLaria, Patrick PachecoIn his first appearance after the TONY Broadcast, Jed Bernsteien, President of the League of American Theatres & Producers, confronts issues raised by the broadcast, perceived by many to be less than successful, as well as a ratings disaster.

Next up, a review of the broadcast with guest commentator, Lea DeLaria. The actress/singer/comedienne (who, having been passed-over by the Tony nominators for her show-stopping performance in On The Town watched the broadcast from a party) joins Newsdays Patrick Pacheco and Theater Talk hosts Michel Riedel of The New York Post and Susan Haskins to (in the words of Riedel) "slice and dice" the ceremony.

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961999-06-2815301999-06-25Kathleen ChalfantActress Kathleen Chalfant is the sole guest this week on THEATER TALK, Friday June 25 at midnight on Thirteen/WNET.





The celebrated actress begins by discussing her performance in the Pulitzer Prize winning play WIT as Vivian Bering a professor of English literature, dying of ovarian cancer.





Chalfant then surprises hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins by shifting the topic and challenging some opinions expressed on THEATER TALK earlier this spring by producers Emanuel Azenberg and James Freydberg.





On this previous episode, the two successful commercial producers explained why they and/or their colleagues often choose to go to England to find plays to bring to Broadway rather than moving indigenous American productions.





Their implication was that there is a dearth of new American plays that could succeed with Broadway audiences.





Chalfant takes exception to this belief by discussing a list she compiled of recent, critically acclaimed American plays that she believe, given the proper promotion, could succeed with Broadway audiences.





Also included on this episode, a brief excerpt from our January 8, 1999 interview with WIT playwright Margaret Edson.

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972001-08-0515291999-06-18John Raitt; also Don Fellows & Ted Chapin on Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific Not For SaleFirst is Broadway leading man, Raitt, who was initially hired by Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1943 to play Curly in the national road company of their musical OKLAHOMA. He went on to originate the role of Billy Bigelow in R&H's second Broadway hit, CAROUSEL. Raitt remembers auditioning for and working with the legendary duo, as well as working with Broadway giants Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett later in his career.



Next, a discussion of the R&H classic, SOUTH PACIFIC, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary this year. Actor Don Fellows, a member of the original Broadway cast, and Theodore S. Chapin, the President of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization discuss the ground-breaking 1949 show and its impact.



The program includes rare kinescopes of performances by the original casts of CAROUSEL and SOUTH PACIFIC on "The Rodgers & Hammerstein General Foods Show," originally broadcast live on March 28, 1954, simultaneously by all three major networks.
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981999-07-291 5241999-05-14Tim Pigott-Smith Michael Emerson, Warren Leight and Michael MayerTim Pigott-Smith and Michael Emerson, two members of the Broadway company of THE ICEMAN COMETH, discuss the celebrated 1999 revival of the Eugene O'Neill masterpiece.

Then a repeat of our June '98 interview with Side Man (1999 Tony Award for Best Play) playwright Warren Leight and director Michael Mayer

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991999-07-0715251999-05-20Donald Lyons and John SimonDrama Critics Donald Lyons of The New York Post and John Simon of New York Magazine review the 1999 spring season.
1001999-07-2915071998-11-27Scott Glenn, Wilson Milam, Jeremy GerardThe Off Broadway hit, KILLER JOE is discussed by actor Scott Glenn and director Wilson Milam. Then, in Jeremy Gerard of New York Magazine discusses LIVENT CEO Garth Drabinski's legal troubles.Glenn Milam Killer Joe
1011999-10-2426011999-10-14Jesse McKinley and Patrick Pacheco Not for SaleGuests, Jesse McKinley, Broadway columnist of THE NEW YORK TIMES and Patrick Pacheco, Broadway columnist of NEWSDAY join host Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for THE NEW YORK POST and Susan Haskins to discuss the prospects for SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, THE DEAD, WRONG MOUNTAIN, KISS ME KATE, THE WILD PARTY (x2) and many other shows scheduled to open before the first of the year.fever carpallino dead mountain kate party liza
1021999-10-2426021999-10-21Dame Edna Everage, Becky Mode and Mark SetlockDame Edna Everage, the internationally famous housewife, talk show host, spin doctor and icon, shares her world view and talks about her new Broadway show DAME EDNA: THE ROYAL TOUR at the Booth Theatre.



Following Dame Edna, October 29, are actor Mark Setlock and playwright Becky Mode to discuss FULLY COMMITTED, Mode’s new hit play at The Vineyard Theatre. In what Donald Lyons of The New York Post calls “a comic epic,” Setlock plays the reservations clerk of a chic New York restaurant, as well as over 35 different people he interacts with on the phone during one hectic day on the job.

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1031999-11-2226041999-11-07Jed Bernstein, Lee Blessing and Mark Linn-BakerJed Bernstein, President of The League of American Theaters and Producers answers questions about the commercialization of Broadway. Next a segment on the Second Stage Theatre's production CHESAPEAKE with its playwright Lee Blessing and star Mark Linn-Baker.Linn-Baker, Bernstein Chesapeake Blessing performanceart Second
1041999-10-2926031999-10-29Robert Simonson, Mike Kuchwara and Albert InnauratoAn assessment of the $10,000,000 stage version of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER with drama journalists Mike Kuchwara of The Associated Press and Robert Simonson of Playbill On-Line.

Next, playwright Albert Innaurato (GEMINI and THE TRANSFIGURATION OF BENNO BLIMPIE) explains why the American musical theater should be ended as an art form. He laments the dumbing down of American culture which has created an enviroment where he feels it is not possible to create good musicals anymore.

1051999-11-2226051999-11-14Mel GussowMEL GUSSOW, author and cultural reporter for The New York Times discuses playwright, Edward Albee, the subject of his new book, EDWARD ALBEE: A SINGULAR JOURNEY. Gussow describes Albee's life as the adopted child of rich, unloving parents and touches upon the highs and lows of his career.

Also in the show is rare footage of Albee's first major play The Zoo Story, this production directed by the playwright himself in 1979, twenty years after the play was written.

Here's what people are saying about EDWARD ALBEE: A SINGULAR JOURNEY

"Mel Gussow, who has the rare gift of writing well about writers and their work, has found an ideal subject in Edward Albee." - Marion Seldes, Actress

"Mel Gussow's Edward Albee is one of the best theatrical biographies ever, giving unique insight into the stress and strain of making oneself into a major artist." - Richard Foreman, director and playwright

"Mel Gussow has caught the exhilirating feel of that time in the fifties and sixties when the traditional theater world was flying apart and there at the center stood Edward Albee." - John Guare, playwight.

"The book should be a lesson in the craft of dramaturgy and a model for the eternal and never-to-be-resolved questions about the relation between an artist's life and his work." - Ned Rorem, composer and author.

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1061999-11-2626061999-11-25KISS ME, KATE: Ethan Mordden, Michael Mulheren and Lee WilkofA program devoted to the revival of Cole Porter's KISS ME KATE (which opens November 18th at The Martin Beck Theatre).

First up, theater historian Ethan Mordden. Mordden, whose new book is BEAUTIFUL MORNING, The Broadway Musical of The Forties, talks about the legendary composer/lyricist, Porter and how this 1948 Broadway hit fit into his life and career.

Following Mordden, are KISS ME KATE actors Michael Mulheren and Lee Wilkof, who stop the show every night with their performance of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," talk about working with director Michael Blakemore and choreographer Kathleen Marshall on the production.

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1071999-12-2026071999-12-16Peter ShafferAn indepth interview with Peter Shaffer, whose classic play AMADEUS is being revived on Broadway.

Shaffer, whose other plays include EQUUS, LETTUCE AND LOVAGE and FIVE FINGER EXERCISE, talks about the background of AMADEUS and the process he went through to create it.

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1082000-01-1026091999-12-30John Simon and Jacques le SourdJohn Simon of New York Magazine and Jacques leSourd of Gannett express their views on some of the season's new shows, including AMADEUS, WAITING IN THE WINGS, MARIE CHRISTINE, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, MINELLI ON MINELLI and THE PRICE.
1091999-12-3026102000-01-13Eve Ensler, David Stone and Basil HeroThe author and star of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, Eve Ensler, with her producer David Stone discuss Ms. Ensler's provocative one-woman show.

Next, Basil Hero, Prsident of The Broadway Theatre Archives, shows some of the vintage theatrical videos from the Archives' collection. Included are Jason Robards in THE ICEMAN COMETH, Dustin Hoffman in JOURNEY OF THE FIFTH HORSE and FAY DUNAWAY in HOGAN's GOAT.

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1101999-12-3026112000-01-20Sally Ann Howes, Stephen Spinella and Richard Nelson on James Joyce's THE DEAD
1112000-01-03126081999-12-16Elaine StritchIn a rare and revealing interview, Elaine Stritch, the legendary star of COMPANY, Sail Away, and A Delicate Balance, looks back on her fifty year career in the theater. She shares her memories of working with Noel Coward, Ethel Merman, Agnes deMille and Stephen Sondheim.





This interview includes clips from the 1970 D.A. Pennebaker documentary COMPANY: Original Cast Album.

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1122005-01-1226142000-02-10DONALD MARGUILESPlaywright DONALD MARGUILESdiscusses his twenty year career in the theater, including his new play "DINNER WITH FRIENDS."



Following Marguiles, theater reporters PATRICK PACHECO of Newsday and ROBERT SIMONSON of Playbill-On-Line discuss shows opening this spring, including Elton John's AIDA and two different versions of The Wild Party.

The show ends with a brief tribute to Derek Anson Jones, the director of WIT who died in January,2000 of AIDS.

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1132000-02-2126152000-02-17Barbara and Arthur GelbTHEATER TALK presents a special program devoted to the great playwright, Eugene O'Neill. In a rare televsion appearance, historians Arthur and Barbara Gelb discuss the life and work of O'Neill, and his definitive works: THE ICEMAN COMETH, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, which set a new standard for dramatic literature in the twentieth century and forced the American theater to "grow up."



In 1962, Arthur Gelb (former Managing Editor of The New York Times and now head of The New York Times Scholarship Fund), and his wife, writer Barbara Gelb, wrote a landmark biography of O'Neill that was hailed as the definitive depiction and evaluation of the legendary genius. In this interview, they explain why they have completely rewritten this work for a new three volume edition, the first volume of which, O"NEILL: LIFE WITH MONTE CRISTO, which is being published in May by Applause Books.

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1142000-03-0926162000-02-24Mark Steynhe irreverant pundit discusses
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Miss Saigon, Garth Drabinsky, Lionel Bart
and Stephen Sondheim.
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1152000-04-1426192000-04-06Tim Rice In an interview taped the day after the opening of the new Broadway musical, Disney's AIDA, the award winning lyricist discusses his collaboration with Elton John on the production, as well as on THE LION KING.





Topics also include the Broadway revival of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, a musical Rice created twenty-nine years ago with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Tom O'Horgan. The new production, directed by Gale Edwards, opens April 16 at The Ford Center.

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1162000-04-19126202000-04-13Kenneth LonerganTHEATER TALK welcomes playwright, KENNETH LONERGAN. Lonergan 's powerful play THE WAVERLY GALLERY had just opened at the Promenade Theatre in New York at the time of this interview on March 24, 2000.



The play tells the story of Gladys Green, an elderly art dealer in Greenwich Village (brilliantly played by veteran actress EILEEN HECKART) and her family, as they struggle with Gladys' increasing senile dementia. THE WAVERLY GALLERY is based on the true-life story of Lonergan's grandmother, but deals with a painful family experience that is familiar to many people.



Lonergan also discusses his earlier Off Broadway hit, THIS IS OUR YOUTH and his films ANALYZE THIS and YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (which won Grand Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival).



Also on this THEATER TALK, a BROADWAY UPDATE discussion of whether or not CONTACT, Susan Stroman's highly acclaimed dance piece, which has virtually no script and prerecorded, non-original music, would be ruled eligible to receive a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical (It subsequently was).

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1172000-04-1926212000-04-20Michael FraynFriday April 7, THEATER TALK interviewed writer MICHAEL FRAYN. The prolific British playwright and novelist discussed his highly acclaimed play COPENHAGEN, which just opened on Broadway.

COPENHAGEN follows

the brilliant German physicist Werner Heisenberg (Michael Cumpsty), who, in

1941, made a covert trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels

Bohr (Philip Bosco) and his wife Margrethe (Blair Brown).

Why did Heisenberg go to Denmark and what did the two men say to each other?



What happened at this pivotal meeting that was a defining moment of the modern

nuclear age, is a key question Frayn explores in the play and on this episode of THEATER TALK.

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1182000-04-2826222000-04-27Bruce Vilanch and John SheaWriter/performer BRUCE VILANCH and actor JOHN SHEA are THEATER TALK's guests Thursday, April 27 at midnight on Thirteen/WNET.





Vilanch discusses his career writing comedy material for The Tony Awards and the Oscars to Bette Midler and Bob Hope. His one-man show, ALMOST FAMOUS, starts performances this week at the Westbeth Theatre.





Following Vilanch, actor John Shea, the star of the Off-Broadway hit, THE DIRECTOR, in which he plays the manipulative and ultimately destructive title character.

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1192000-05-0226232000-05-04Art SpiegelmanIn a rare television interview, artist Art Spiegelman breaks his silence on the musicals: THE WILD PARTY by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe, now on Broadway at The Virginia Theatre; and THE WILD PARTY by Andrew Lippa, which played last winter at The Manhattan Theatre Club.

Both works were based on a poem of the same name written in 1926 by Joseph Moncure March. This work had been rescued from obscurity by Spiegelman, when he found an old copy of the poem in a used bookstore and created a beautifully illustrated new edition of the jazz age immorality tale.

It was the Spiegelman edition of THE WILD PARTY, published in 1994, that attracted the attention of composers Lippa and LaChiusa, who, independently of each other, created musical theatricalizations of the work.

Now that both shows have opened, Spiegelman (who didn't work on either of them) candidly shares his view on on how well each productuin realizes the poem and how effectively each works as theater.

Also, on this episode, a brief look back at a THEATER TALK interview with the prolific and flamboyant producer Alexander H. Cohen. Cohen died recently after a career of over 50 years in the theater during which he made a significant contribution to Broadway and the world of the stage.

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1202000-11-1426262000-05-26Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, Ralph Blumenthal Not For SaleGuests are HEATHER HEADLEY and ADAM PASCAL, stars of the Elton John/Tim Rice musical AIDA. Among the topics is the paucity of Tony nominations received by this financially successful Broadway show.
Following the two young performers, author RALPH BLUMENTHAL discusses his new book STORK CLUB: AMERICA'S MOST FAMOUS NIGHTSPOT AND THE LOST WORLD OF CAFÉ SOCIETY, the complete history of the place Walter Winchell called, "The New Yorkiest spot in New York."



The Pulitzer Prize winning Blumenthal, who has been reporting for The New York Times since 1964, discusses the history of this chic, influential yet troubled night club and its owner Sherman Billingsley, an Oklahoma bootlegger, turned self-proclaimed society host.



The Stork Club was the glamorous hub of the New York entertainment world during the 30's, 40's and 50's. It was also the location of disputes with the mob and labor unions, as well as the notorious 1951 incident with legendary performer Josephine Baker, which many believe helped to lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement.

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1212000-08-2126292000-06-15Remembering DAVID MERRICKA conversation on the notorious producer, who died April 25, with producer Emanuel Azenberg, librettist Mark Bramble and Howard Kissel of The New York Daily News. Azenberg and Bramble both began their careers working for Merrick. Kissel wrote the unauthorized biography David Merrick: The Abomidable Showman.Merrick Azenberg Kissel Bramble Albergetti
1222000-11-1437012000-10-12Patrick Pacheco and Jesse McKinleyTheater Talk returns for a fifth season on Thirteen/WNET with a 2000-2001 preview.pacheco mckinley journalist
1232000-08-2126172000-03-24The State of Theater 2000, Part 1• Guests: Todd Haimes, Artistic Director, Roundabout Theatre Company; playwright Warren Leight (SIDE MAN, 1999 Tony Award winner Best Play); Jesse McKinley, Theater Columnist of The NEW YORK TIMES; producer Daryl Roth (WIT, THREE TALL WOMEN, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE), drama critic John Simon of NEW YORK MAGAZINE and librettist Peter Stone (1776, TITANIC). Taped before a live audience on March 13, 2000, the panel discusses key artistic and financial issues, pertinent to the survival of the American theater and theatrical artists.

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1242000-08-21126182000-03-30The State of Theater 2000, Part 2• Guests: Todd Haimes, Artistic Director, Roundabout Theatre Company; playwright Warren Leight (SIDE MAN, 1999 Tony Award winner Best Play); Jesse McKinley, Theater Columnist of The NEW YORK TIMES; producer Daryl Roth (WIT, THREE TALL WOMEN, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE), drama critic John Simon of NEW YORK MAGAZINE and librettist Peter Stone (1776, TITANIC). Taped before a live audience on March 13, 2000, the panel continues to discuss key artistic and financial issues, pertinent to the survival of the American theater and theatrical artists. Also, questions from the audience.

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1252000-08-2126312000-06-24THE MUSIC MAN:THEN AND NOWTHE MUSIC MAN, Then and Now," a look at Meredith Willson's 1957 musical classic and Susan Stroman's masterful 2000 Broadway revival. Guests are the legendary BARBARA COOK, "Marion, the Librarian" in the original cast of the show, as well as actors RUTH WILLIAMSON ("Eulalie MacKechnie Shin") and MAX CASELLA ("Marcellus Washburn"), featured players in the current Broadway MUSIC MAN revival.Cook, Casella Willson Music Williamson Preston
1262000-11-0437032000-10-26GORE VIDALOn the eve of the 2000 presidential election, THEATER TALK welcomes playwright/novelist/historian GORE VIDAL Vidal explains the relevance of his 1960 play The Best Man to today, and gives his astute view of the American political landscape.vidal kennedy best+man roosevelt stevenson
1272000-11-1437062000-11-16Jonathan KentAn interview with the Artistic Director of London's highly acclaimed Almeida Theatre Company. Kent directed the Almeida productions of RICHARD II and CORIOLANUS starring Ralph Fiennes, which played to SRO houses at The Brooklyn Academy of Music in the fall of 2000. Other Kent productions that have been transferred to New York include MEDEA with Diana Rigg and HAMLET with Ralph Fiennes.



Among the topics discussed are: the impact of London theaters like the Almeida and the Donmar on Broadway, the ability of American VS. British actors to perform Shakespeare and how to effectively direct classical plays for twenty-first century audiences.

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1282001-06-2437052000-11-09Dick Cavett and Lea DeLariaLegendary talk show host DICK CAVETT and notorious comedienne-turned musical comedy diva LEA DeLARIA, discuss their participation in the current production of ROCKY HORROR SHOW and why the off-beat musical continues to be so popular after over 25 years.Cavett DeLaria Rocky Horror Roth gay lesbian
1292000-11-1437042000-11-02Fred Ebb, Clive Barnes, Robert Simonson, Jason Zinoman, Not for SaleA tribute to legendary Broadway dancer/actress GWEN VERDON with drama critic CLIVE BARNES and lyricist FRED EBB (CHICAGO, Cabaret), followed by a review of Broadway's THE FULL MONTY with Robert Simonson of PlaybillOn-Line and Jason Zinoman of Time Out.ebb verdon barnes full monty damn Chicago zinoman simonson fosse playbill redhead cole
1302000-11-1437022000-10-19Neil Simon, Emanuel Azenberg and Bruce VilanchNeil Simon and Emanuel Azenberg on The Dinner Party, followed by humorist Bruce Vilanch's commentary on some of the recent Broadway fare.simon dinner azenberg
1312005-05-0137082000-11-30Ellie Covan, Nancy Giles and Warren LeightDowntown performance venue DIXON PLACE is the subjectthis THEATER TALK.

Guests incude Dixon's founder/artistic director ELLIE COVEN, actress NANCY GILES. whose one-woman show NOTES OF A NEGRO NEUROTIC was developed at Dixon Place and playwright WARREN LEIGHT. Leight's SIDE MAN won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play, although he considers himself a "downtown" playwright who developed in the not-for-profit world.

The panel discusses the importance of presenting institutions like Dixon and the difficulties of running such an institution on virtually no money.

Also, on the show a viewer mail segment. Co-hosts MICHAEL RIEDEL and SUSAN HASKINS answer some of the comments they have received from viewers.

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1322000-12-1737092000-12-14Rob Bartlett, Robin Pogrebin, Charles IsherwoodRobin Pogrebin, entertainment reporter for The New York Times and drama critic Charles Isherwood of Variety join THEATER TALK co-hosts Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist of the New York Post and Susan Haskins to dissect the new $10.5 million Broadway show SEUSSICAL, The Musical which opened recently to mostly negative reviews.

Taped before Rosie O'Donnell announced, yesterday, her intention to join the cast of SEUSSICAL for a month, the panel discusses how the creators of the show got to this point and whether or not they can still make a the show a success.



Also on Thursday's show, THEATER TALK welcomes actor Rob Bartlett the star of the Off-Broadway hit Tabletop, now at the American Place Theatre.





Writer/comedian Bartlett discusses his role in the play as an autocratic director of commercials, and whether or not his interpretation of the role is inspired by his “day job” boss, the irascible Don Imus. Bartlett is one of the writers on Imus’ popular morning radio show and responsible for the program's infamous song parodies.

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1332001-01-1437102000-12-21Andre De Shields, Kathleen Freeman, David Yasbek NOT FOR SALETHEATER TALK focuses on Broadway musical, THE FULL MONTY.





First, an interview with cast members ANDRE De SHIELDS and KATHLEEN FREEMAN,

two show-biz veterans who deliver show-stopping performances in MONTY.



Also on the program, a conversation with composer/lyricist DAVID YASBEK, whose fresh and lively score is another key to MONTY's success.





In addition to airing Thursday, December 21 at midnight on Thirteen/WNET, the show will air Friday, December 22 at 12:30 AM (Saturday morning) on WGBH in Boston.

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1342001-01-0837122001-01-05David Auburn on Proof, Kate Burton & Nicholas Martin on Hedda GablerTHEATER TALK welcomes playwright DAVID AUBURN. Auburn discusses his celebrated new play PROOF, about the relationship between a brilliant, deranged mathematician and his daughter. PROOF is now playing on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater.



Also, a conversation with actress KATE BURTON and director NICHOLAS MARTIN. The two are working together on a new production of Ibsen's HEDDA GABLER, opening this week at Boston's Huntington Theatre and headed for New York later this season.

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1352005-05-0137132001-01-12"Remembering Jason Robards, Jr. with MEL GUSSOW. Also MICHELE LEE, TONY ROBERTSTHEATER TALK remembers actor JASON ROBARDS whod died last month at age 78 after a career of almost 50 years in the theater and in film. Cultural reporter MEL GUSSOW of The New York Times discusses the life and work of the legendary performer and pre-eminent dramatic interpreter of Eugene O'Neill.



Also on the show, a conversation with actors MICHELE LEE and TONY ROBERTS, presently appearing together on Broadway in Charles Busch's THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE.

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1362001-03-1837142001-01-13Marian SeldesTHEATER TALK presents an interview with legendary actress MARIAN SELDES. Seldes is appearing in Edward Albee's new play The Play About the Baby. Seldes discusses the craft of acting, her longevity in the theater and the influence on her work of her second husband Garson Kanin.seldes deathtrap albee kanin
1372001-01-2637152001-01-25Ben Vereen, Robert Simonson, Patrick PachecoTHEATER TALK welcomes actor/singer and dancer BEN VEREEN. Vereen, who joins the cast of FOSSE on January 26, discusses his work with Bob Fosse on PIPPIN in 1972 and the accident in 1992, which almost crippled Vereen for life.



Included on the show is archival footage of Vereen performing "Magic to Do" in the television version of the original production of Pippin from 1983.



Also that night, a preview of the spring Broadway season with reporters Patrick Pacheco of Newsday and Robert Simonson of Playbill On-Line.

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1382001-02-1237162001-02-01Edward AlbeeTHEATER TALK welcomes the eminent American playwright EDWARD ALBEE. In an in-depth half-hour interview, Albee discusses his latest work, THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, which will have opened that night at the Century Theatre Center, Off-Broadway. He also talks about what he calls the, "black magic," of playwrighting and shares his views on the state of the American theater today.albee seldes tennessee virginia playwrighting becket sandbox tiny zoo murray
1392001-02-0937172001-02-08BEN BRANTLEYTHEATER TALK welcomes BEN BRANTLEY, who has been Chief Drama Critic of The New York Times for seven years. Brantley, unquestionably the most powerful drama critic in America and probably the world, discusses his perception of his influence and how he approaches reviewing hundfreds of shows a year.brantley
1402001-03-1837182001-02-16Gerald SchoenfeldIn a rare television interview, GERALD SCHOENFELD, Chairman of The Shubert Organization discusses the high-stakes and changing business of producing legitimate theater.





He also details how he and his late partner Bernard Jacobs gained control of the powerful Shubert Organization, and addresses questions about the financial survival of Broadway, as well as the escalating price of tickets.

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1412001-03-1837192001-02-22Linda Kline and Lonny Price on A Class Act Not for SaleTHe co-creators of the musical discuss the life and times of its subject lyricist EDWARD KLEBAN.kleban bennet chorus price kline
1422001-04-2137202001-03-22Terrence McNallyThe guest for the entire half-hour is TERRENCE McNALLY, the celebrated and prolific playwright/librettist. In an in-depth interview, McNALLY discusses his collaboration on this season's musical hit, THE FULL MONTY; the differences between writing plays and musicals; and his concerns as a writer devoted to working primarily in the theater.



TERRENCE McNALLY's dramatic works include MASTER CLASS; LOVE, VALOR COMPASSION (both Tony Award winners for Best Play); CORPUS CHRISTIE and THE LISBON TRAVIATA, as well as the Tony Award winning musical adaptations of RAGTIME and THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. He recently completed the libretto for an opera version of DEAD MAN WALKING, and is currently working with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty on a musical adaptation of the film A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE.

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1432005-01-1237212001-03-29Abby Mann, George Grizzard, Michael SommersWe look at the National Actors Theatre revival of Abby Mann's JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, which Mann has adapted from his 1961 film for this Broadway production.Our guests are writer Mann and actor George Grizzard, who plays the chief judge (played in the film by Spencer Tracy).

Later in the Broadway Update, we are joined by Michael Sommers, Chief Drama Critic of The Star Ledger and President of The New York Drama Critics' Circle. Sommers reviews some of the new productions in New York, including: A CLASS ACT, DESIGN FOR LIVING, Kenneth Lonergan's LOBBY HERO and Jon Robin Baitz's 10 UNKNOWNS.

The show ends with a look at Nathan Lane and company rehearsing a number from the upcoming musical, THE PRODUCERS.

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1442001-04-0637222001-04-05Reba McEntireThis Thursday, April 5th at Midnight, THEATER TALK presents a conversation with REBA McENTIRE, who is now appearing in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at The Marquis Theatre.



One of Country Music's biggest stars, McENTIRE, who has won over 60 music awards (including two Grammys) and sold more than 40 million records, discusses her new career as a Broadway star.

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1452016-08-083723 A2001-04-20August Wilson, Brian Murray, Michael Greif, Linda Winer, Clive Barnes, David StoneTHEATER TALK presents highlights from "THE STATE OF OFF BROADWAY 2001.

Taped on April 9, 2001, before a live audience at The Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, this special panel discussion features 2001 Lucille Lortel Award nominees: playwright August Wilson (JITNEY), director Michael Grief (DOGEATERS), actor Brian Murray (THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY), as well as producer David Stone (THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES) and drama critics Linda Winer of NEWSDAY and Clive Barnes of THE NEW YORK POST.



The panel, hosted by Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins, explores issues confronting Off-Broadway artists and audiences, today.

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1462001-05-0137242001-04-27James Rado, Jesse McKinley, Jason ZinomanA discussion of Broadway's smash hit, THE PRODUCERS. JESSE McKINLEY, Theatre Columnist of The New York Times, and JASON ZINOMAN, Chief Drama Critic of TIME OUT join Haskins and Riedel to assess the production's success and whether or not it is worth the new, elevated, $100 ticket price

Also, that night an inteview with JAMES RADO, who co-created 1968's musical blockbuster HAIR.

HAIR, the anti-Vietnam "Hippie" musical, which brought nudity to Broadway, was revived at City Center's Encores, May 3-6, 2001.

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1472001-05-0837252001-05-04Mark Bramble on 42nd StreetThe guest is MARK BRAMBLE, librettist/director of the new 42nd STREET revival. Bramble recounts his fascinating, behind-the-scenes, view of the opening of the 42ND STREET in 1980, when Gower Champion had died that day, but David Merrick hid the news until the curtain went down.bramble gower champion david merrick berkley ebersole cumpsty testa skinner
1482001-06-2637262001-01-01Conleth Hill, Sean Campion, Robin Pogrebin, Robert SimonsonTHEATER TALK welcomes CONLETH HILL and SEAN CAMPION, the two stars and entire cast, of Broadway's STONES IN HIS POCKETS. Campion and Hill play

15 different roles in this celebrated play, centered on the production of a Hollywood movie in County Kerry, Ireland. Both actors have just been nominated for 2001 Tony Awards as "Best Actor in a Play" for their work in

this production.



Also on Friday's THEATER TALK an insider's look at this week's Tony nominations with Broadway reporters ROBIN POGREBIN of The New York Times and ROBERT SIMONSON of Playbill On-Line.
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1492001-05-2737282001-05-25Gary Smith, Thomas Meehan, Gary BeachPlease note, THEATER TALK will start late this week (due to the length of The Drama Desk Awards). They may start as late as 12:30

Friday, May 25 at THEATER TALK welcomes THE PRODUCERS’ co-writer THOMAS MEEHAN and costar GARY BEACH, who plays the flamboyantly tasteless director Roger Débris.

Meehan was instrumental in helping Mel Brooks transform his 1968 movie into a well-structured musical. Meehan also wrote the musical hit ANNIE.

Actor Beach, whose best-known credit till now was the stage version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, stops the show in THE PRODUCERS in two numbers, which are already musical theater classics: "Sprintime for Hitler" and "Make it Gay."



Both Meehan and Beach are 2001 Drama Desk Award winners for THE PRODUCERS and both are favored to win Tony Awards.



In THE BROADWAY UPDATE, a conversation with GARY SMITH, Executive Producer of the 2001 TONY Awards telecast, on plans for this year's TONY ceremony broadcast. Smith, whose production company, Smith-Hemion, has overseen 24 Emmy Awards and The Democratic Convention, as well as five Tony telecasts (1993-1997), gives insight into the effort and ingenuity involved in putting together and overseeing the annual, live two-hour broadcast, which airs this year on Sunday, June 3rd at 9 PM on CBS (following "The First 10 TONY Awards" on PBS at 8 PM).

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1502002-04-2837322001-06-22ROBERT GOTTLIEB and ROBERT KIMBALL, Reading LyricsTHEATER TALK welcomes ROBERT GOTTLIEB and ROBERT KIMBALL, creators of READING LYRICS, the newly published anthology and appreciation of modern lyric writing. The two historian/editors discuss the origins and evolution of modern lyric writing, as well as some of this unique art form's great masters, from whose work they assembled their collection of over 1000 of the best American and English lyrics of the twentieth century.





Robert Gottlieb is the editor of Reading Jazz, The Collected Stories of Rudyard Kipling and The Journals of John Cheever. He is the former editor of The New Yorker Magazine



Robert Kimball is the editor of The Complete Lyrics of Cole Porter, The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin and The Complete Lyrics of Lorenz Hart and is editing The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin.

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1512001-08-0558012001-10-12Season Preview
1522001-10-2058022001-10-21Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, David Strathairn and Jerry MitchellActors Sir IAN McKELLEN, HELEN MIRREN and DAVID STRATHAIRN discuss August Strindberg's disturbing 1900 classic, "Dance of Death," in which they are all appearing on Broadway under the direction of Sean Mathias.

Also on the program director/choreographjer JERRY MITCHELL. Mitchell who recently staged the new "I Love New York" commercial, featuring an estimated 500 Broadway performers, gathered on Duffy Square in the Broadway theater district, JERRY MITCHELL which it is hoped, will inspire people to support the city and its theaters.

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1532001-11-1158052001-11-09Roger Sherman, Laurence Maslon, Patrick Pacheco, Robert SimonsonTHEATER TALK welcomes producer/director Roger Sherman and writer Laurence Maslon, creators of the new documentary RICHARD RODGERS: THE SWEETEST SOUNDS.



They discuss the life and work of the legendary composer, and we show terrific clips from their "American Masters" film on his life.



Later in THE BROADWAY UPDATE, Robert Simonson, Editor of Playbill On-Line, and reporter Patrick Pacheco of Newsday join hosts Haskins & Riedel to discuss the new $480 ticket price at THE PRODUCERS and whether or not this price hike is really justified.

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1542001-11-2058042001-11-02MAMMA MIA: Judy Kaye, Karen Mason, Loiuse Pitre and producer Judy Craymermamma mia pitre mason kaye abba
1552001-12-1558072001-12-14LEWIS J. STADLEN and ETHAN MORDDENTHEATER TALK presents a conversation with versitile character actor LEWIS J. STADLEN. Stadlen is on Broadway in Neil Simon's new play 45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY.He discusses his development as an actor from playing Grouch in "Minnie's Boys" to his successful artistic collaborations with director Jerry Zaks and actor Nathan Lane

Also on the program theater historian ETHAN MORDDEN discusses his new book OPEN A NEW WINDWO: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL IN THE 1960's. This is the decade in which the musical shifted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein-type linear, narrative show (typified in the early 60's by Lerner & Loewes CAMELOT) to the conceptual musicals, heralded by the ground-breaking CABARET.

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1562002-06-0858092001-12-28Elaine Stritch, George C.WolfeGuests are legendary performer ELAINE STRITCH and director GEORGE C. WOLFE. They discuss ELAINE STRITCH: AT LIBERTY, the actress' solo show, which Wolfe directed at New York City's Public Theatre. The show, playing a limited sold-out run, is reopening at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on February 6, 2002 (taped 12/14/01).stritch wolfe public at liberty lahr
1572002-01-1358102002-01-11John Simon Howard KisselDrama critics JOHN SIMON of New York Magazine and HOWARD KISSEL of the New York Daily News, evaluate new shows of the Fall 2001 Season, including ELAINE STRITCH: AT LIBERTY, The Public Theatre production of OTHELLO, SEXAHOLIC, the revival of NOISES OFF, THOU SHALT NOT, METAMORPHISIS and MAMMA MIA. Also, a very brief tribute to Eileen Heckart, who died January 31, 2001 at age 82.SImon Kissel Leguizamo Thou
1582003-09-0958112002-01-18Meryle Secrest on RICHARD RODGERS NOT FOR SALETHEATER TALK presents a two-part interview with historian MERYLE SECREST, the author of Richard Rodgers: Somewhere for Me, a new biography of the legendary composer whose musical compositions changed the face of Broadway and popular music in the 20th century.



Secrest discusses the life and work of the prolific and complicated genius, as well as his legendary collaborations with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers' professional theatrical career spanned from 1925 until his death in 1979, and his centennial is being celebrated throughout the world in 2002.

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1592003-09-0958122002-01-25Meryle Secrest on RICHARD RODGERS, part 2 NOT FOR SALETHEATER TALK presents a two-part interview with historian MERYLE SECREST, the author of Richard Rodgers: Somewhere for Me, a new biography of the legendary composer whose musical compositions changed the face of Broadway and popular music in the 20th century.



Secrest discusses the life and work of the prolific and complicated genius, as well as his legendary collaborations with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Rodgers' professional theatrical career spanned from 1925 until his death in 1979, and his centennial is being celebrated throughout the world in 2002.

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1602002-02-1258132002-02-01Arthur Laurents, part 1A not to be missed conversation with one of the masters of dramatic writing. The always outspoken ARTHUR LAURENTS talks more about his life in the theater (and Hollywood), working with Jerome Robbins and Richard Rodgers - both of whom he came to dislike - as well as Harvey Fierstein, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.laurents Robbins Sondheim
1612002-02-1258142002-02-08Arthur Laurents, part 2We continue our conversation with the always outspoken ARTHUR LAURENTS who talks more about his life in the theater (and Hollywood), working with Jerome Robbins and Richard Rodgers - both of whom he came to dislike - as well as Harvey Fierstein, Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.Laurents, Robbons Fierstein, Sondheim, Rodgers
1622006-02-0458162006-02-24Artists AL HIRSCHFELD and ART SPIEGELMANIn November 2001, THEATER TALK invited Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist, ART SPIEGELMAN ("Maus") to interview thelegendary theater caricaturist Hirschfeld at his studio in New York City. The two masters hit it off immediately, and their wide-ranging conversation about the art of capturing a person's essence with line, as well as Hirschfeld's life and career, is fascinating and now serves as an inspiring tribute to this remarkable artist.



The program was taped at Hirschfeld's studio in November of 2001 and is now a tribute to this brilliant and eloquent artist.

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1632002-02-2258152002-02-15Ben Brantley and Steven BerkoffBEN BRANTLEY, The New York Times' Chief Drama Critic, discusses great dramatic criticism of the twentieth century (from "The New York Times Book of Broadway"). Then British actor, STEVEN BERKOFF, star of Off-Broadway's "One Man," discusses his unconventional career in the theaterBen Brantley Berkoff Brooks Atkins Godot Raisin Woolcott
1642002-03-2358172002-03-22Cameron MackintoshProducer CAMERON MACKINTOSH, in town for the opening of his revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA!, discusses creating the production (with director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Susan Stroman) and bringing it from London to New York.





The producer of the mega-hits CATS, LES MISÉRABLES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA also talks about his 35 year career as one of the most successful impresarios in the history of the musical theater, and why his plans for the future do not include putting on any more new musicals.

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1652002-03-2358082001-12-21Charles Busch and reporters Patrick Pacheco and Jesse McKinleyWriter/performer Charles Busch discusses his career in the theater and his transition from "avant-garde" to mainstream playwright with his Broadway hit, "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife."

Also in a "Broadway Update," reporters Patrick Pacheco and Jesse McKinley discuss the problems with Stephen Sondheim's "Wise Guys."

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1662002-09-1158192002-04-12Marian Seldes and Mercedes RuehlFriday April 12 at Midnight THEATER TALK welcomes actresses MERCEDES RUEHL and MARIAN SELDES. They discuss "Albee's Women," the female characters of playwright Edward Albee and share their experiences bringing them to the stage.





Ruehl is now appearing on Broadway in Edward Albee's latest play THE GOAT. She has also played Martha in "WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Seldes appeared last season in Albee's THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY and was one of the original THREE TALL WOMEN.

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1672016-08-0558212002-04-26"PRODUCERS Melee" with Brad Oscar, Patrick Pacheco, Jesse McKinleyTHEATER TALK welcomes BRAD OSCAR, the new lead in THE PRODUCERS. Oscar took over the role of Max Bialystock, after the abrupt firing of the actor who followed Tony-winner Nathan Lane into the role.


Oscar, who had understudied Nathan Lane and also earned a Tony nomination in 2001 for a supporting role in the production, discusses the remarkable set of circumstances that took him from being a "swing" in the show, to being the star.


Also that night, JESSE McKINLEY of THE NEW YORK TIMES and PATRICK PACHECO of NEWSDAY will be onhand with THEATER TALK co-hosts MICHAEL RIEDEL of the NEW YORK POST and SUSAN HASKINS to discuss and analyze the situation in which an actor, well-respected in England was but basically unknown here, was let go from THE PRODUCERS without notice -- after he had played only 30 performances in the role -- and before the critics had the opportunity to judge him.

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1682002-04-2858222002-05-03HARRIET HARRIS, MICHAEL MAYER, SIMON CALLOWTHEATER TALK focuses on two new Broadway shows, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and THE MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS. Guests include MILLIE's director MICHAEL MAYER and co-star HARRIET HARRIS. Then SIMON CALLOW, the star of THE MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS discusses his one man show and the great author who inspired it.Thoroughly Modern Millie Simon Callow Dickens Harris Mayer
1692002-04-2857332001-09-28Theater, What Now?, a response to 9/11Guests producers Jed Bernstein, Tom Viertel Virginia Louloudes (Art/New York) and reporter Peter Marks of The New York Times discuss the challenges placed on the New York theater by The World Trade Ceter attacks and how that community planned to face them.louloudes bernstein tradw 9/11 viertel
1702002-05-2158252002-05-24Alan Bates, Frank Langella, Shuler Hensleyoklahoma! bates hensley langella fool penn
1712002-05-2158242002-05-17HOWARD KISSEL, JOHN SIMON, LINDA WINERFriday, May 17 at Midnight on Thirteen (and Sunday, May 19 at 4 PM on WGBH), three top drama critics discuss the new shows on Broadway. The shows they discuss are Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goat, Topdog/Underdog, Fortune's Fool, Metamorphoses and Private Lives.Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goat, Topdog/Underdog, Fortune's Fool, Metamorphoses and Private Lives. critic simon winer kissel
1722003-01-0458272002-06-07TONY Wrap-up: JED BERNSTEIN, ADAM BUCKMAN, PATRICK PACHECO, MATT ROUSH THEATER TALK's TONY Awards Wrap-up. Guests JED BERNSTEIN, President of The League of American Theatres and Producers, and PATRICK PACHECO, Editor-in-Chief of "Show People" Magazine, as well as television critics ADAM BUCKMAN of the "New York Post" and MATT ROUSH of "TV Guide."



This episode includes a four minute excerpt from ELAINE STRITCH's emotional appearance before the press, right after her speech was cut off on the TONY AWARD broadcast Sunday night.

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1732002-06-2358282002-06-14Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Philip RoseTHEATER TALK is devoted to a discussion of the classic 1959 play "A Raisin in The Sun."

Guests are RUBY DEE who starred in the original production, OSSIE DAVIS who replaced leading man SIDNEY POITIER five months into the run, and producer PHILIP ROSE who fought the odds to bring Lorraine Hansberry's play about Black urban-American life to Broadway.

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1742007-08-1858292007-08-24Kitty Carlisle Hart and Anne Kaufman Schneider on KAUFMAN & HARTGeorge S. Kaufman and Moss Hart were two of the most successful playwrights of the twentieth century. Their hit collaborations, including the classic comedies: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and ONCE IN A LIFETIME, continue to be produced constantly, wherever people love theater.



Anne Kaufman Schneider is the daughter of George S. Kaufman. Kitty Carlisle Hart was married to Moss Hart from 1946 until his death in 1961. She is Chairman Emeritas of The New York State Council of The Arts, as well as a well-known actress/singer ("A Night at The Opera") and television personality ("To Tell the Truth"). Together they lovingly oversee and protect Kaufman and Hart's theatrical legacy. (taped in 2002)

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5912012-06-072118282012-06-22The Return of LEWIS BLACK and NANCY GILESCommentator/writer/comedian/actors LEWIS BLACK and NANCY GILES discuss their early days as broke young performers in Hells Kitchen, subsequently making it in show business and their choices for the funniest conservatives in the USA. They also review Clybourne Park and reflect on Joseph Alsop, the inspiration for the hit political play, The Columnist.Lewis Black Nancy Giles The Columnist Clybourne Park Westbank
1762002-09-2968322002-09-27Keith Glover, Warren Leight, David Lindsay-Abaire, Diana Son, Theresa Rebeck, Julia JarchoPArt two of a two part program, taped before an invited studio audience, affiliated with Young Playwrights Inc., Camp Broadway, and the 52nd Street Project, the first part of the program features a group of prominent writers discussing how they got their starts in the theater and how they make their livings creating characters and telling stories.



The panelists are dramatists Keith Glover ("Thunder Knocking at The Door"), Julia Jarcho ("Nursery," 2001 Young Playwrights Festival), Warren Leight (1999 TONY Award winner "Side Man"), David Lindsay-Abaire ("Fuddy Meers"), Theresa Rebeck ("The Butterfly Collection" and TV’s "Law & Order"), and Diana Son ("Stop Kiss").



During the second half of the taping, aspiring young writers in the audience ask the panelists questions about issues and strategies involved in doing good work. The THEATER TALK broadcast on September 27th is devoted entirely to this lively Q&A session between the playwrights and the students.

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1772002-10-0569012002-10-04Mary Zimmerman, Philip Glass, Joseph Melillo, Karen Brooks Hopkins MARY ZIMMERMAN (2002 Tony Award winner for her direction of "Metamorphoses") and composer PHILIP GLASS, discussing their new opera GALILEO GALILEI which will open this year's "Next Wave" Festival at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Also, on the program KAREN BROOKS HOPKINS and JOE MELLILO (President and Executive Producer of BAM, respectively), organizers of the 20th annual NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL

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1782012-05-2069032002-10-18JERRY HERMAN, part 1A conversation with legendary composer/lyricist JERRY HERMAN on his early career, including being mentored by Frank Loesser and creating MILK AND HONEY, as well as HELLO DOLLY.Mame Herman Dolly Honey Loesser Folles
1792002-10-1869042002-10-25JERRY HERMAN,part 2The legendary composer/lyricist talks about his new show with Tommy Tune, MISS SPECATCULAR, as well as his legendary shows MAME and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. He speaks candidly about his hiatus from Broadway in the 90's and learning to live with HIV.FOLLES Mame Tune Dolly Merrick
1802002-10-3069052002-11-01Adolph Green,Betty Comden, Mel GussowIn memory of ADOLPH GREEN, Theater Talk will repeat its 1996 interview with BETTY COMDEN and ADOLPH GREEN, Friday, November 1st at midnight on Thirteen. The writer/performers discuss their six decade collaboration in show business.

The program also includes clips from "A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green" in which the legendary team performed songs they wrote for BELLS ARE RINGING. ON THE TOWN, GOOD NEWS and PETER PAN.

Also on this week's tribute, MEL GUSSOW, cutural writer for "The New York Times."

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1812002-11-1869062002-11-15Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Jackie Hoffman, Dick LatessaFriday at Midnight on Thirteen, THEATER TALK is devoted to the Broadway hit Hairspray. The guests are its composer MARC SHAIMAN and his partner SCOTT WITTMAN with whom he wrote Hairspray's lyrics.





Also, on the program are cast members DICK LATESSA, who plays Harvey Fierstein's husband, and comedienne JACKIE HOFFMAN who creates three roles for the musical.



Shaiman wraps-up the show by performing "Welcome to The Sixties".

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1822002-11-2469092002-11-29DAEL ORLANDERSMITH and MEL GUSSOWTHEATER TALK welcomes celebrated playwright DAEL ORLANDERSMITH. She is currently starring in her Pulitzer Prize-nominated play YELLOWMAN, a powerful look at racism within the black community.

Next, MEL GUSSOW, Cultural Writer of The New York Times discusses playwright ARTHUR MILLER, the subject of his new book, "Conversations with Arthur Miller."

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1832003-01-0369082002-11-18Betty Buckley, BETTY NOT FOR SALEThe great actress/singer BETTY BUCKLEY is THEATER TALK's guest. She is followed by the rock group BETTY, the stars of the autobiographical Off-Broadway musical, "Betty Rules," now playing at The Zipper Theatre.betty buckley zimmer palmer
1842003-01-0469122003-01-03Howard Kissel, Jacques le Sourd, John SimonGuest critics HOWARD KISSEL of The New York Daily News, JACQUES le SOURD of Gannett Newspapers and JOHN SIMON of New YorK Magazine review shows including: La Boheme, Man of La Mancha, Imaginary Friends and Dance of The Vampires.kissel simon le sourd boheme mancha vampire critic
1852003-01-046911A2002-12-22Lanford Wilson and La Bohème press junketThis episode features a rare television interview with master playwright LANFORD WILSON. He discusses creating plays including BURN THIS, BALM IN GILEAD and THE BOOK OF DAYS

Also on the program a look at the new Broadway production of LA BOHEME with comments by director Baz Luhrman and production designer Catharine Martin, as well as five members of the cast.

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1862003-01-0469102002-12-13A.R. Gurney, Charles Kimbrough, Susan Sullivan and GYPSY Open CallPlaywright A.R. GURNEY and actors CHARLES KIMBROUGH and SUSAN SULLIVAN discuss Gurney's political comedy-of-manners THE FOURTH WALL.

Also on the show GYPSY Open Call, a brief look at auditions for the role of Baby June and Baby Louise in the upcoming revival of the classic musical GYPSY.

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1872003-01-2469132003-01-10STANLEY DONENDirector STANLEY DONEN, who is best known for directing films including SINGING IN THE RAIN, BEDAZZLED and CHARADE, discusses his latest theater project, Elaine May's new play ADULT ENTERTAINMENT.may donen adult
1892003-04-1269142003-02-07Movin' Out Dancers: Elizabeth Parkinson, Keith Roberts and John Selya; also New York City's Commissioner of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting Katherine OliverTHEATER TALK welcomes dancers ELIZABETH PARKINSON, KEITH ROBERTS and JOHN SELYA, three of the stars of the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp show MOVIN' OUT. They discuss their careers as dancers and working with choreographer/director Tharp as she shaped the musical into a Broadway hit.

Also on this week's show, KATHERINE OLIVER, Commissioner of Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Oliver discusses the new initiatives her office is pursuing to support, promote and encourage the city's theater industry.

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1902003-02-0169152003-01-31FIONA SHAW and DEBORAH WARNERActress FIONA SHAW and director DEBORAH WARNER are THEATER TALK's guests on Friday, January 31 at Midnight on THIRTEEN.





Warner's production of MEDEA with Shaw in the title role is now on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The two discuss their critically acclaimed interpretation of the Euripides classic, which Ben Brantley of THE NY TIMES called "thrilling" and Linda Winer of NEWSDAY called "unforgettable."

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1912003-02-0769162003-02-14JOHN KANDER & FRED EBB, MICHAEL KUCHWARA, JONATHAN FOREMAN NFSFocus on the musical CHICAGO: Composer Kander and lyricist Ebb discuss creating the show with BOB FOSSE (repeat of Theater Talk 101 from 11/96), Then critics Jonathan Foreman and Mike Kuchwara review ihe 2003 film versionKander ebb fosse chicago foreman marshall kuchwara
4982010-06-061512202006-04-19ALAN BENNETT on History BoysBritish writer Alan Bennett discusses his award winning play The History Boys and his memoir Untold Stories.Alan Bennett History boys
1932003-03-1269172003-02-21Michael John LaChiusa and Bill MoriarityTHEATER TALK welcomes composer MICHAEL JOHN La CHUISA who discusses his musical Little Fish, which opened at The Second Stage the night before the taping.

Also a Broadway Update, focusing on the volatile negotiations betweem Broadway's producers and Local 802, the musicians union. The musicians contract expires March 4. Our guest is BILL MORIARITY, President of Local 802 who is active in negotiating the union's new contract, the terms of which could profoundly effect the sound of Broadway for years to come.
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1942003-03-1269182003-03-28TWYLA THARPA conversation with the creator of MOVIN OUT
1962003-05-0769212002-11-04Playwright PETER NICHOLS Eminent British playwright PETER NICHOLS discusses his masterpiece, "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg."nichols izzard egg finney
1972003-05-0769252003-05-09HARVEY FIERSTEINA must-see conversation with the star of HAIRSPRAYfierstein hairspray
1982003-05-0769242003-05-02ELIZABETH ASHLEYThe legendary actress discusses her 40 years in the theater and her role in ENCHANTED APRIL.ashley april ringwald
2012003-05-0769192003-04-25RICHARD GREENBERGA conversation with the wry and prolific playwright when his latest work TAKE ME OUT had just moved to Broadway.take dazzle bekin greenberg mantello
2022003-07-1169272003-05-30ANTONIO BANDERAS and CHITA RIVERA (Not for Sale)The two stars discuss their roles in the revival of NINE on Broadway.nine banderas yeston chita rivera antonio banderas raul julia
2032003-06-1669262003-05-16ROBIN POGREBIN, ROBERT SIMONSON, MARY JANE PHILLIPS-MATZA reporters' analysis of the 2003 Tony Award nominations, followed by a discussion of the life and work of La Bohème composer, Giacomo Puccini. pogrebin simonson tony bohème puccini matz
2572005-01-131411012004-10-08Actors KATHLEEN CHALFANT and ASSIF MANDVIThe tow actors discuss GUANTANAMO, a documentary play about the notorious military internment campguantananmo chalfant assif mandvi
2052003-05-0869212003-05-23BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, MARY ELIZABETH MASTRANTONIO, MITCH LEIGHa discussion of MAN OF La MANCHA with the two stars of the Broadway revival, as well as the classic musical's composerleigh la mancha, stokes mitchell impossible
2062003-05-0869202003-04-18MAURY YESTON and STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGISThe composer of NINE followed by the playwright of OUR LADY OF 121st STREET.nine 121st hoffman guirgis yeston
2072003-06-1469292003-06-16BRIAN DENNEHYAn interview with the actor and star of LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INOT NIGHTo'neill dennehy redgrave long salesman seymour
2112003-07-0269312003-07-04Remembering PETER STONETHEATER TALK presents a tribute to writer PETER STONE who died in April.

The witty and outspoken STONE is only writer to date to win a TONY, an OSCAR and an EMMY, He appeared on our program six times, and this week's show features highlights from those interviews.

They include Stone discussing "1776," his hit musical about which Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. wrote, "1776 probably taught more people about the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence than a generation of historians."
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2092003-09-0769322003-07-11ETHAN MORDDEN and ROB MARSHALL (encore).Theater historian ETHAN MORDDEN discusses the Broadway musicals of the 1970's. Then a replay of a 1998 interview with director/choreographer ROB MARSHALL on co-directing Cabaret with Sam Mendes.mordden marshall cabaret mendes
2102003-06-1069302003-06-27PAUL ALEXANDER, ANGELICA TORN and JONATHAN TOLINSA discussion of Alexander's play Edge in which Torn plays Sylvia Plath.

Also, a discussion of Tolin's comedy The Last Sunday in June.

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2122004-02-071310112004-01-23TOVAH FELDSHUH on "Golda's Balcony" and MARTIN CHARNIN, creator of ANNIE, on the late Dorothy Loudon. (Not for Sale)feldshuh tovah golda charnin annie loudon
2142003-10-281310022003-10-24EILEEN ATKINSThe wonderful British actress Dam EILEEN ATKINS in a fascinating interviewatkins
2132003-10-061310012003-10-17MICHAEL MUSTO and PATRICK PACHECO Season Previewmusto pacheco taboo oz
2162003-11-041310032003-10-31Composer ALAN MENKEN of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS"The Worse He Treats Me - The More He Loves Me" and "Who's The Shrubbery We Love?" are among the songs written by composer ALAN MENKEN with the late lyricist/librettist HOWARD ASHMAN, that were dropped from the crowd-pleasing fright musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS before it opened Off-Broadway in 1982.


Menken performs these and other outtake numbers from the show along with several hit tunes that made the final cut and are still part of LITTLE SHOP, nowbeing revived on Broadway at The Virginia Theatre in the 2003-04 season.

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2182003-11-121310042003-11-07Actors BRIAN MURRAY and MARIAN SELDES and Author TED CHAPINMaster actors MARIAN SELDES and BRIAN MURRAY discuss performing in the hit Off-Broadway show BECKETT/ALBEE. They discuss the challenges and rewards of appearing in this evening of four short plays, in which they interpret works by both Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee.

Next up, author TED CHAPIN discuss his new book, EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL FOLLIES.


In 1971 Ted Chapin (now the President of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) was a 20 year old "go-fer" for the original production of the legendary musical FOLLIES.



He had the opportunity to observe the lengthy process of director/producer Hal Prince and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim working with the late choreographer/co-director Michael Bennett and librettist James Goldman to create the legendary and ground-braking show.


Now, 32 years later - he has turned this experience into EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL FOLLIES, a fascinating chronicle of the painstaking and ultimately thrilling process of creating a muscial theater classic.

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2192003-11-121310052003-11-14CLIVE BARNES, MICHAEL KUCHWARA, JOE DiPIETRO, JIMMY ROBERTSCritics Clive Barnes and Michel Kuchwara review the Sondheim/Prince show BOUNCE. Then composer Jimmy Roberts and libretttist Joe DiPietro discuss their musicals I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and THE THING ABOUT MEN.roberts dipietro perfect barnes kuchwara bounce
2202003-11-121310062003-11-21KRISTIN CHENOWETH, IDINA MENZEL, MARC SHAIMAN & SCOTT WITTMANActresses Krisitn Chenoweth and Idina Menzel discuss their roles in WICKED. Then composer lyricist MARC SHAIMAN and lyricist SCOTT WITTMAN, who wrote the score for HAIRSPRAY, return to discuss a number of topics including Fred Ebb, Bobbie Boland and their upcoming musical collaboration with Steven Spielberg.menzel chenoweth shaiman wittman hairspray wicked
2212004-02-071310082003-12-19EDWARD ALBEE on Samuel BeckettEdward Albee discusses his work and that of his fellow master playwright Samuel Beckettbeckett albee
2222003-12-121310072003-12-12BOY GEORGE of TABOO The Face off between BOY GEORGE, the star/composer/lyricist/co-creator of Broadway's TABOO, and MICHAEL RIEDEL of The New York Post

Please note, the episode for sale has no music clips or photographs.

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2232004-02-071310092003-12-26Critics JOHN SIMON, HOWARD KISSEL, JACQUES le SOURD and THE BROADWAY INSPIRATIONAL VOICESThree drama critics assesse the new shows of the season. Also, Christmas classics from the gospel choir, The Broadway Inspirational Voicesinspirational simon kissel le sourd
2242004-02-071310102004-01-09MARTIN GOTTFRIEDAuthor MARTIN GOTTFRIED discusses playwright ARTHUR MILLERgottfried miller death salesman crucible marilyn monroe
2292004-02-07110142004-02-20SHELDON HARNICK, JERRY BOCK, JOSEPH STEIN and DAVID LEVEAUX on "Fiddler on The RoofA discussion of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with its lyricist Sheldon Harnick, composer Jerry Bock and librettist Joseph Stein; also the director of the Broadway revival David Leveaux bock harnick , stein fiddler roof leveaux robbins
2302004-03-21110152004-02-27Writer Thane Rosenbaum and songwriters Barry Mann & Cynthia WeilThey Wrote that Fiddler rosenbau, mann weil
2272004-02-071310122004-01-30PAUL RUDNICK, CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY, MEL GUSSOW Playwright Rudnick and director Ashley discuss their new play VALHALLA; also we remember UTA HAGEN with MEL GUSSOW of the New York Times and excerpts of our interview with the great actress from 1992. rudnick ashley, uta hagen, valhalla, gussow
2282005-05-301310132004-02-13Spring Preview 04 with MICHAEL MUSTO, PATRICK PACHECO and ROBERT SIMONSONmusto simonson pacheco
2712006-11-161512282006-06-24Critc JOHN LAHR on Awake and Sing and Director JOHN DOYLE on Sweeny ToddThe TONY-Winning director on SWEENEY TODD and the articulate New Yorker critic on the
writer of AWAKE AND SING
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2322004-03-211310172004-04-02Lyricist DON BLACK and Avenue Q's ROBERT LOPEZ, JEFF MARX and JEFF McCOLLUMblack lopez avenue marx mccollum bombay
2332004-03-211310162004-03-26DOUG WRIGHT, MOISES KAUFMAN and THOMAS SCHUMACHERPlaywright Doug Wright and director Moises Kaufman discuss I AM MY OWN WIFE. Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Productions, discusses the company's productions on Broadway and around the worldwife kaufman wright disney schumacher
2342004-04-071310182004-04-09Terrence McNally, Richard Thomas, Sarah JonesThis Friday, our guests will be playwright TERRENCE McNALLY and actor RICHARD THOMAS on McNally's The Stendhal Syndrome; also on the program, actor/performer SARAH JONES on her one-woman show Bridge & TunnelTerrence McNally, Richard Thomas, Sarah Jones Bridge & Tunnel Stenhal Liebestrom
2352016-08-051310192009-09-19Larry Gelbart on Sly FoxFriday, April 16 at Midnight our guest will be playwright LARRY GELBART. A revival of Gelbarts farce SLY FOX, starring Richard Dreyfus, has just opened on Broadway.gelbart sly fox dreyfus
2362004-04-2713100212004-04-23FRANK LANGELLAThe master actor, FRANK LANGELLA, discusses his career in the theater, his professional friendship with the late Alan Bates and his role in the new Broadway play MATCH.match Langella bates
2372004-05-081310212004-04-30JOEL GREY (Does not include performance clips)JOEL GREY, the multi-talented performer, whose shows include: CABARET, GEORGE M., THE GRAND TOUR, THE NORMAL HEART and CHICAGO, discusses his career from his beginnings as a serious actor at The Cleveland Playhouse, all the way to his current role in the hit musical, WICKED.joel grey cabaret wicked normal
2382004-05-081310232004-05-14Jefferson Mays, Charles Isherwood, Robert SimonsonI am my own wife doug wright Tonys moises kaufman gay
2392004-05-081310222004-05-14LARRY KRAMER, BECKY ANN BAKER, DENIS O'HAREA conversation with writer/gay activisit LARRY KRAMER, whose classic play, THE NORMAL HEART, about the early days of the AIDS crisis, is being revived Off Broadway. He is followed on the show by actors DENIS O'HARE and BECKY ANN BAKER, from the cast of the controversial Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical ASSASSINS. The two discuss their roles in this show focusing on people who kill - or plan to kill - American presidents.kramer sondheim assassins normal heart esparza weidman gay AIDS
2402004-05-3113100252004-05-28Sean Combs and Sanaa LathanSEAN ("P. Diddy") COMBS and SANAA LATHAN will be the guests on THEATER TALK, Friday, May 28 at midnight on Thirteen. They discuss their roles in the hit revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN (now on Broadway at The Royale Theatre) and the impact that working on this important (Tony-nominated) play has had on their lives.
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2412004-08-3013100282004-06-18Angus McIndoe, Robert Simonson, Charlotte Moore, Jonathan Freeman and "Remembering TONY RANDALLMcIndoe and Simonson discuss Simonson's book ON BROADWAY MEN STILL WEAR HATS, Moore and Freeman discuss the revival of FINIAN'S RAINBOW at Moore's Irish Repertory Theatre. We also remember TONY RANDALL with a clip from our 1997 interview with the beloved actor.randall, finian, angus mcindoe simonson
2582005-09-211411152005-09-23Harvey Fierstein/Fiddler on The RoofAn interview with the actor/writer as he takes on the role of Tevye in David Leveaux's revival of Fiddler on The Roofharvey fierstein fiddler leveaux harnick mostel
2432004-09-30131031A2004-10-01Doug Wright, Moises Kaufman and Jeffeson Mays
on"I Am My Own Wife"
This episone focuses on the most celebrated play of the 03-04 season. First, our interview with I AM MY OWN WIFE's playwright, Doug Wright and director Moises Kaufman. Then we talk to the play's star Jeffeson Mays, who working alone plays over 35 characters and brings the world of German transvestite Charlotte Von Mahlsdorf to life.wright mays jefferson wife moises kaufman germany pulitzer
2442004-10-241411032004-10-22Jesse McKinley, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoTHEATER TALK presents it's annual season preview. JESSIE McKINLEY of The New York Times, MICHAEL MUSTO of The Village Voice and PATRICK PACHECO of Show People survey the scene and discuss what theater-goers have to choose from in the coming year.musto pacheco mckinley Brooklyn
2502005-01-121411082005-01-14DAME EDNAThe world's most admired woman discusses her show on Broadway, her friend Teresa Hines Kerry and her recent meeting with Presidents Bush and Clinton.dame edna
2462005-01-131411042004-10-29PHILIP BOSCO of TWELVE ANGRY MENThe veteran actor discusses his 50 years in the theater and his current role in The Roundabout's hit revival of TWELVE ANGRY MEN.bosco roundabout moon twelve angry
2532004-11-211411092004-12-17Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel SchumacherThe master composer and the innovative film director discuss bringing the beloved musical PHANTOM OF THE OPERA to the screen.webber schumacher phantom opera
2522004-11-211411072004-11-19MICHAEL BLAKEMORE and MICHAEL FRAYNTHEATER TALK focuses on the new play DEMOCRACY with its writer MICHAEL FRAYN and director MICHAEL BLAKEMORE. They discuss their collaboration on Frayn's fascinating drama about the rise and fall of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
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2482004-11-091411052004-11-05Michael and Victoria Imperioli, John Patrick ShanleyMICHAEL and VICTORIA IMPERIOLI discuss Theater Dante, their new Off-Broadway playhouse and PONIES its current production in which Michael has just taken over a prominent role.

Also on the program, JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, one of America's most prolific and successful playwrights (DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, SAILOR'S SONG) and screenwriters (MOONSTRUCK).

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2492009-03-10141107 encore2005-04-29BRUCE VILANCH, MARC SHAIMAN and SCOTT WITTMAN on HAIRSPRAYBRUCE VILANCH the new "Edna Turnblatt" in HAIRSPRAY is joined by the Tony-winning creators of the show'w score, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Shaiman performs a song from the teams upcoming musical CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

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2542005-01-251411112005-01-21Magician MARC SALEM and Comedian MURRAY HILLThe "It Boy" of New York's downtown performance art scene, the hardest working "man" in show business and the amazing master of Mind Games magician MARC SALEM.murray hill marc salem
2562005-01-131411022004-10-15Actor PETER DINKLAGEA conversation with the actor on his role as RICHARD III in the revival at The Joseph Papp Public Theatre.dinklage shakespeare richard
2612005-03-201411162005-03-25Eric Idle on SPAMALOTidle spamalot
2622005-04-091411182005-04-08ALVIN EPSTEIN, MICHAEL MUSTO, PATRICK PACHECOVeteran actor ALVIN EPSTEIN discusses Samuel Beckett and his play ENDGAME. Pacheco and Musto discuss the up-to-date news of Broadway, including the reprieve for "Sweet Charity" and the firing of Daniel Davisepstein endgame beckett musto pacheco davis applegate charity
2602005-10-231411172005-10-28Brian F. O'Byrne, Cherry Jones and John Patrick Shanley on DOUBTWe welcome playwright JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, as well as Tony Award-winning actors CHERRY JONES and BRIAN F. O'BYRNE. They discuss Shanley's wonderful play DOUBT in which Jones and O'Byrne give brilliant performances as a nun and priest locked in a moral struggle over the well-being of a child.shanley o'byrne cherry jones shanley doubt mtc
2632005-04-041411192005-04-15Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin on Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolfturner irwin woolf afraid
2642005-04-231411202005-04-22Thom Pain (based on nothing) JAMES URBANIAK, WILL and HAL BROOKS also Shockheaded Peter's MARTYN JACQUES and TAMLYN GRIFFIN and Our guests will be THOM PAIN (based on nothing)'s playwright, WILL ENO, director, HAL BROOKS; plus its star, the popular young actor JAMES URBANIACK.

From SHOCKHEADED PETER, we welcome composer/performer MARTYN JACQUES, who performs a number from the show, and its leading lady TAMRYN GRIFFIN.

SHOCKHEADED PETER is a peculiar and
disturbing interpretation of the nineteenth century German pedagogic cautionary tales, Struwwelpeter, which were sritten and illustrated by (above) Heinrich Hoffman

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2662006-08-261411222006-09-08The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: BILL FINN, JAMES LAPINE, CELIA KEENAN BOLGER, DAN FOGLER, JESSE TYLER FERGUSONAn encore presentation of our interview with composer/lyricist William Finn and director James Lapine of the TONY-winning musical, "The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee," who discuss creating the popular show. Also, on the program, cast members Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Celia Keenan-Bolger (both of whom are still in the show) and Tony-winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Dan Fogler.spelling bee finn lapine fogler bolger ferguson
2672005-05-301411212005-05-03JESSICA LANGE, JOSH LUCAS, SARAH PAULSON, CHRISTIAN SLATER on The Glass MenagerieA discussion with the cast of The Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams classic memory play, The Glass Menagerielucas lange slater paulson williams glass
2692005-05-301411242005-05-27Ben Brantley & Charles Isherwood of The New York TimesBen Brantley and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times two of the most powerful critics in the American theater, discuss the season and debate the merits of the controversial play "The Pillow Man."
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2702005-05-301411252005-06-03TONY Predictions, 2005predictions spamalot musto pacheco simonson
3162006-09-171613012006-10-13Season Preview with JESSE GREEN, MICHAEL MUSTO and PATRICK PACHECO
3172006-09-141512292006-09-03ERIC BENTLEY on Bertolt BrechtA conversation with the eminent critic and translator about his working relationship with Bertolt Brecht. He discusses two of the playwright's masterpieces THE THREEPENNY OPERA and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (taped 5/26/06)brecht bentley threepenny courage
2722005-09-151512012005-10-07Marian Seldes and Warren LeightThe celebrated star of CELEBRATION is our guest and the Tony-winning playwright are the guests on our season opener.seldes leight sideman dedication mcnally
2732005-09-151511312005-09-30Remembering MEL GUSSOW; plus SARA RAMIREZ & CHRISTOPHER SIEBERDrama Critics Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times join us to pay tribute to the late Times cultural reporter MEL GUSSOW. The program includes an interview we did with Gussow in 2004 on his book "Conversations with Arthur Miller'" the legendary playwright who also died this year.


Also on the program, an encore of our interview with two outstanding supporting performers in MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, Christopher Sieber and this year's Tony Award-winner for Best Featured actress, SARA RAMIREZ.

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2742007-08-131411302007-08-18MICHAEL BLAKEMORE Encore on CUNYThe Tony Award-winner (who earned both Best Director TONY Award's in 2000, one for Michael Frayn's COPENHAGEN and the other for the revival of Cole Porter's KISS ME, KATE) discusses his memoir ARGUMENTS WITH ENGLAND, which looks back at his early days as an actor and his transformation into one of the English-speaking theater's most important directors. (originally aired in 2005)blakemore frayn copenhagen
2752005-09-131411272005-09-02CLIVE BARNESA conversation with the veteran drama critic about his 40 odd years of writing reviews for the New York Post and formerly The New York Times.barnes
2762005-09-131411282005-08-26JOHN SIMONA conversation with the notorious critic about his lengthy career reviewing theater, films and musicsimon
2772005-10-021512022005-10-14JESSE GREEN, MICHAEL MUSTO, DAVID ROONEYA look at the upcoming season with three of the theaterts most influential journalistsrooney musto green
2782006-08-261512032006-09-15ELAINE STRITCH At Home at The CarlyleA wonderful visit with the legendary actress and star of "At Home at The Carlyle" stritch
2792005-10-271512042005-11-11Oskar Eustis and Jill ClayburghInterviews with the new Artistic Director of The Public Theater and the veteran star of "A Naked Woman on The Appian Way
2802005-11-171512052005-11-18Richard Kornberg, David Richardson, Robert Simonson, Mike Burstyn, Zalmen MlotekA discussion on the marketing of Joe Brook's eccentric Broadway musical, IN MY LIFE; also a look on The Yiddish Folksbiene Theater's review of ON SECOND AVENUEburstyn simonson kornberg richardson mlotek yiddish brooks in my life second
2902006-07-181512122006-02-03CHARLES GRODINThe Actor/Talk-Show Host/Writer discusses his new play, The Right Kind of People, and the lack of respect for "his" film version of KING KONGGrodin
2822005-11-131512062005-11-25Critic Eric Bentley and Actor Philip Bosco on GEORGE BERNARD SHAWA discussion on the work of the legendary Irish playwright GEORGE BERNARD SHAWshaw bentley bosco
2832006-08-261512072006-10-06Playwright Douglas Carter Beane and Variety's Robert Hofler on Beane's The Little Dog Laughed and Stars in the Closet A discussion about closeted actors with ROBERT HOFLER, author of THE MAN WHO INVENTED ROCK HUDSON and playwright DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE, whose latest work, THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, about a gay actor's struggle to come out is reopening on Broadway at The Court Theater .

Also, MARCELO PICALOMINO interviews MICHAEL RIEDEL and SUSAN HASKINS as they celebrate the beginning of THEATER TALK's 10th year on Thirteen.

Cameo appearances by critics John Simon, Michael Sommers and David Cote.

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2872006-07-121512092006-07-14James Shapiro on 1599: A Year in The Life of ShakespeareA conversation with Professor JAMES SHAPRIO of Columbia University on his new book about a key year in the life of William Shakepeare.shakespeare shapiro
2882006-03-261512102006-01-20DANAI GURIRA, NIKOLE SALTER of In The Continuum and SARAH JONES of Bridge and Tunneljones continuum tunnel salter guirira
2862006-11-161512082006-06-21Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice on JERSEY BOYS, Judy Kaye and Donald Corren on SOUVENIRMarshall Brickman and Rick Elice discuss writing the book for the TONY Award-winning Best Musical, JERSEY BOYS. Also, Tony-nominated Best Actress JUDY KAYE and her co-star DONALD CORREN perform songs from the musical play SOUVENIR about the mad, real-life diva Florence Foster Jenkins.elice brickman jersey kaye corren souvenir librettist actor
2942006-07-181512162006-03-31Actor MICHAEL McKEAN and Producer JIM FREYDBERGProducer JIM FREYDBERG of
Ring of Fire discusses educating a new generation of producers for the Twenty-First Century; also actor MICHAEL McKEAN
of
The Pajama Game
and
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2922006-02-041512132006-02-10Spring Season Preview with Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco, Robert SimonsonA preview of the spring 2006 Broadway season with three theater experts. Includes a clip from the press rehearsal for the upcoming musical The Wedding Singermusto pacheco simonson wedding singer
2932016-08-051512142006-02-17Eileen Atkins on DoubtActress Eileen Atkins talks about starring in John Patrick Shanley’s play “Doubt”, taking over the role from Cherry Jones.Eileen Atkins Doubt
2982006-07-241512172006-04-07Actor JONATHAN PRYCE of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
2992006-08-261512182006-09-01Playwright David Hare on Stuff HappensBritish playwright DAVID HARE discusses his brilliant play, STUFF HAPPENS, about Bush's decision to invade Iraq.hare stuff iraq
2972006-11-161512182006-06-24Playwright DAVID HARE on Stuff Happens A fascinating interview with the eminent British playwright on his new play about the war in Iraq. Airs times over the weekendhare stuff playwright
3002006-09-141512192006-09-29Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson of Grey Gardens; Critics Mike Kuchwara and David Rooney on The Lord of The RingsActresses Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson discuss their roles in the musical GREY GARDENS; Critics Mike Kuchwara (Associated Press) and David Rooney (Variety) review the new musical version of The Lord of The Rings which opened recently in Toronto.grey gardens ebersole kuchwara wilson rooney lord wright
3012006-04-301512202006-05-19Patti LuPone and Michael CerverisMichael Cerveris and Patti LuPone discuss working on John Doyle's innovative revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeny Toddpatti lupone cerveris sondheim sweeny sweeney todd doyle
3022016-08-081512212005-05-05Susan Birkenhead and Howard Kisssel on LEHMAN ENGELbirkenhead kissel engel
3032006-07-241512212006-05-05Susan Birkenhead and Howard Kisssel on LEHMAN ENGELbirkenhead kissel engel
3042006-05-111512222006-05-12Phil Collins Tarzan and Nilaja Sun No Child Composer Phil Collins on the new Broadway version of Tarzan for which he wrote the score and actress/performer Nilaja Sun on her one-woman show No Child about her experience directing a play with a class of rebellious students in a tough New York City Public high schoolcollins nilaja sun tarzan child
3052006-07-021512212006-07-28Susan Birkenhead and Howard KisselLyricist SUSAN BIRKENHEAD (Triumph of Love, Jelly's Last Jam) and HOWARD KISSEL, chief drama critic of The Daily News, discuss WORDS WITH MUSIC: CREATING THE BROADWAY MUSICAL LIBRETTO, the classic 1971 how-to book on creating effective muscial comedy, which has just been released by Applause Books in a new edition updated and revised by Kissel.

The panel discusses the rules and truths imparted by WORDS WITH MUSIC's author - LEHMAN ENGELS (1910-1982), a legendary conductor and master teacher - in this book and at the influencial BMI workshop, which he founded and which has continued to train talent for the musical theater (including Birkenhead), until today. (taped 3/10/06)
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3062006-05-281512252006-06-02Tony Award Predictions with MICHAEL MUSTO, JESSE GREEN and PATRICK PACHECOOur Experts Pick The Winners and Losers at This Year's Awardsmusto greene green pacheco
3082006-05-281512262006-06-16ADAM RAPP and CHRIS DENHAM, MICHAEL MUSTO, ROBERT SIMONSONA Post-Tony Awards discussion with Musto and Simonson, followed by a conversation with Rapp and Denham on RED LIGHT WINTER, written and directed by Rapp and starring Denham, along with Denham's play CAGED LOVE which is also directed by Rapp.rapp denham red caged musto simonson tony
3072006-11-161512242006-09-22RICHARD GRIFFITHS and BOB MARTINConversations with the stars of two big Tony-nominated hits on Broadway, Tony Award-winning actor RICHARD GRIFFITHS of Alan Bennett's The History Boys and Bob Martin,the co-librettist and star of The Drowsy Chaperonemartin drowsy bennett history griffiths actor
3102006-06-201512272006-06-30Critics CLIVE BARNES, CHARLES ISHERWOOD and LINDA WINERTheater critics Clive Barnes of the New York Post, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times and Linda Winer of Newsday review new productions of the spring 2006 season including: The History Boys, Julia Roberts in Three Days of Rain and The Faith Healer with Ralph Fiennes and Cherry Jones.
3132006-11-161411262006-07-22Kate Clinton, Frank DeCaro, Judy Gold, Julie Halston, Lea DeLaria, Flotilla DeBarge, Murray Hill, Bob Smith, Reno amd Michael Musto (airs on CUNY-TV July 22-24, 2006)A panel of prominent gay and lesbian humorists discuss their lives and work. Taped at The Gay Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Center on June 21, 2005. Moderator: Julie Halston, actress (Hairspray, Gypsy, Sex and The City); special appearance by Michael Musto of The Village Voice.gay clinton delaria decaro hill halston reno flotilla
4992010-08-301916382010-07-10 50 Fantastic Years of The Fantasticks: Rita Gardner, Tom Jones, Erik Altemus, Edward Watts & Kimberly WhalenA celebration of the 50th anniversary of the USA's longest-running show, The Fantasticks, with lyricist/librettist Tom Jones, the show's original co-star Rita Gardner and performers from the current production Erik Altemus, Edward Watts and Kimberly Whalen, accompanied by pianist Robert Felstein.The Fantasticks Tom Jones rik Altemus, Edward Watts Kimberly Whalen Rita Gardner
3152006-07-181512202006-04-19ALAN BENNETTBritish playwright Alan Bennett on his celebrated play, THE HISTORY BOYS, a thought-provoking comedy about eight bright, funny students trying to get into good colleges. He also discusses his witty and moving new memoir, UNTOLD STORIES.bennett untold history fringe
3182006-11-161613022006-06-08Jay Johnson and Chritian Hoff Ventriloquist JAY JOHNSON, star of THE TWO AND ONLY (taped 10/6/06), followed by Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff of JERSEY BOYS. (taped 10/13/06) johnson bob jersey hoff two actor ventriolquism
3222006-11-041613052006-11-10Walter Bobbe, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth on CHICAGO's 10th Anniversarychicago bobbie neuwirth naughton kander ebb
3232016-08-081613062006-11-17Paul Rudnick on REGRETS ONLY, plus reviews by Michael Musto and Jeremy McCarter A conversation with the very funny PAUL RUDNICK on his new play REGRETS ONLY; also reviews by JEREMY McCARTER of NEW YORK MAGAZINE and MICHAEL MUSTO of THE VILLAGE VOICE of BUTLEY, GREY GARDENS and Twyla Tharps THE TIMES THEY ARE ACHANGIN. Taped 11/14/06musto mccarter rudnick regrets playwright critic tharp gardens
3202006-11-01113042006-11-03Donna McKechnieDONNA McKECHNIE, one of Broadway's most beloved dancer/actresses discusses the making of the legendary show A CHORUS LINE, her turbulent relationship with its director Michael Bennett and her fight against crippling arthritisMckechnie, Bennett, Chorus Line
3212012-06-072113032012-06-29Remembering SIMON GRAY (1936-2008)Taped in 2006 when Simon Gray was in New York to work on the Broadway revival of his classic play BUTLEY, the prolific British playwright, memoirist and wit, visited THEATER TALK and discussed the inspiration for the "darkly comic" perspective in his works (including THE COMMON PURSUIT and THE SMOKING DIARIES) that made him one of the most revered writers of his generation.

Gray died of "an abdominal aortic aneurysm, on 7 August 2008, at the age of 71, suffering from both lung cancer and prostate cancer and related ailments at the time of his death (first aired 10/26/06).

sources: BBC "Book of The Week" and Wikipedia
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3252016-08-081613062006-12-2910th Anniversary Special and Tribute to Bob Fennell Guests Elaine Stritch, Paul Rudnick, Michael Musto and Jeremy McCarter help co-hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins celebrate Theater Talks 10th Anniversary on Thirteen with highlights from interviews with some of our favorite guests including: Edward Albee, Eileen Atkins, the late Alan Bates, Boy George, Ben Brantley, Dick Cavett, Lea DeLaria, Brian Dennehy, John Doyle, Margaret Edson, Richard Griffiths, Harvey Fierstein, David Hare, Jay Johnson, Sarah Jones, John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, Arthur Laurents, Frank Langella, Camereon Mackintosh, Adam Rapp, Marian Seldes, Mark Steyn and Bruce Vilanch.
The program also pays tribute to beloved Broadway press agent Bob Fennell with a scene from the 1997 documentary "Moon Over Broadway" in which he figures prominently.
Edward Albee, Eileen Atkins, the late Alan Bates, Boy George, Ben Brantley, Dick Cavett, Lea DeLaria, Brian Dennehy, John Doyle, Margaret Edson, Richard Griffiths, Harvey Fierstein, David Hare, Jay Johnson, Sarah Jones, John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, Arthur Laurents, Frank Langella, Camereon Mackintosh, Adam Rapp, Marian Seldes, Mark Steyn Bruce Vilanch. Elaine Stritch, Paul Rudnick, Michael Musto, Jeremy McCarter premiered 11/26/06
7072016-08-082421182015-02-20Richard Maltby, Jr, Laurence Maslon, Thomas MeehanTheater Talk focuses on the key theatrical art form, book writing, with two celebrated veteran librettists, Richard Maltby, Jr. and Thomas Meehan, along with Laurence Maslon, editor of the impressive new collection “American Musicals: The Complete Books and Lyrics of 16 Broadway Classics 1927-1969,” Meehan, whose books for musicals include “Annie” and “The Producers,” and Maltby, who wrote librettos for “Miss Saigon” and “Aint Misbehavin” among others, join Maslon in discussing the important books for shows included in the anthology, among them “Gypsy,” “Show Boat,” “Oklahoma!“ and an almost forgotten revue by Moss Hart, “As Thousands Cheer.” Richard Maltby Laurence Maslon Thomas Meehan librettist
3282006-11-1636162006-11-24Critic MARK STEYN EncoreWe repeat a classic from THEATER TALK's vault, our conversation with MARK STEYN, political/social/ entertainment commentator and wit. Targets of his observations, insights and/or jabs are Disney, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the British sung-through mega-musical.steyn sondheim webber critic
3292007-02-261513082006-12-23 MICHAEL MAYER and STEVEN SATER on Spring Awakening
AARON LEMON-STRAUSS and ALEX TIMBERS on A Very Merry "Unauthorized' Scientology Children's Pageant
We discuss two of the hottest new shows in the city.
Dec. 15 at 12:30 AM on Thirteen
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3372007-02-071613132007-01-26ELAINE STRITCH, MARK RUSSELL, AARON RICCIOElaine Stritch previewstritch radar carlyle riccio russell
3382007-02-021613132007-02-02TONY SHALHOUB, TERESA REBECK, ANTHONY KING, SCOTT BROWNActor TONY SHALHOUB and playwright TERESA REBECK discuss Rebeck's insightful and funny new play, THE SCENE, in which Shalhoub starred at Second Stage.


Also on the program, a conversation with writer/performers SCOTT BROWN and ANTHONY KING, creators of the hit Off-Broadway musical, GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL.

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3362007-01-101613112007-01-12NEAL GABLER discusses his biography Walt Disney: The Triumph of The American ImaginationWriter NEAL GABLER discusses his acclaimed biography, WALT DISNEY: THE TRIUMPH OF AMERICAN IMAGINATION. He explains how and why - 100 years after Disney's death - the sensibility (and international corporation) of this brilliant artist and entrepreneur still has a profound influence on virtually all aspects of American entertainment, including Broadway.
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3352007-01-091613102007-01-13critics JACQUES le SOURD, JOHN SIMON, LINDA WINER, This Weekend on CUNY TVReviews of new shows including SPRING AWAKENING, MARY POPPINS, THE VERTICAL HOUR and SHIPWRECK. (taped 12/15/06)simon le sourd, poppins, awakening vertical,
3442007-03-171613192007-03-30Lawrence WrightWriter Lawrence Wright on his show at The Culture Project, MY TRIP TO AL-QAEDA, a solo work based on his best-selling book "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," (taped 3/16/07). Lawrence Wright
3452007-05-211613202007-04-06Brian F. O'Byrne, Peter Bartlett, Lee Roy ReamsActor Brian F. O'Byrne of Tom Stoppard's marathon play THE COAST OF UTOPIA (taped 3/16/07); also actors Lee Roy Reams of THE PRODUCERS and Peter Bartlett of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE on the art of being a replacement for the original stars on Broadway (taped 3/9/07). Reams Bartlett O'Byrne, Stoppard, Coast, Utopia, Drowsy Producers
3332016-08-051613092007-03-03BILL NIGHY on The Vertical HourActor Bill Nighy discuss his roles in the play "The Vertical Hour" on Broadway and films "Notes on a Scandal", "Love Actually", and "Pirates of the Caribbean".

(first aired Friday, Dec. 22, 2006 on Thirteen)
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3432007-03-161613172007-03-23LIEV SCREIBER and ROBERT FALLS on Talk RadioActor Liev Schreiber and director Bob Falls discuss their Broadway revival of Eric Bogosian's play Talk RadioSchreiber Falls Bogosian Radio
3422007-03-021613162007-03-10Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson, encore
plus Richard Seff on CUNY TV
An interview with the stars of GREY GARDENS, plus the prolific man of the theater, Richard Seff, discusses his new autobigraphy, Supporting Player
premiered 2/23/07
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3402007-10-061613142007-10-06JOHN HEILPERN on John OsborneDrama critic John Heilpern of The NY Observer discusses his biography of the influential Twentieth Century British playwright who wrote Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer and Luther
taped 2/9/07
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3462007-05-061613242007-05-11VANESSA REDGRAVE and PETER SAGALVanessa Redgrave Sagal Year of MAgical Thinking Denial Didion Hare
3512007-07-021613232007-07-06Brian Dennehy on Inherit The WindActor Brian Dennehy discusses his role as Matthew Harrison Brady in the 2007 revival of Lawrence and Lee's classic play INHERIT THE WIND about the Scopes Trial in Tennesseeinherit the wind dennehy
3492007-05-061613252007-05-18FRANK LANGELLA on Frost/NixonFrost Nixon Langella
3502007-05-191613262007-05-27Tony Predictions Special Sunday 2:30 PM Repeat(Repeats Sunday afternoon, May 27 on Thirteen, following The Drama Desk Awards.)Musto Green Pacheco Tony Predictions
3622007-05-301613272007-06-22Angela Lansbury & Marian Seldes on DeuceAirs on Thirteen, Friday June 22 at 12:30 AMseldes lansbury deuce mcnally
3582007-07-01113172007-04-15Liev Schreiber and Bob Falls: TALK RADIOschreiber talk radio falls bogosian
3602007-05-21162007-02-26Brian F. O'Byrne, Lee Roy Reams, Peter BartlettThe star of Tom Stoppards COAST OF UTOPIA. followed by a chat with two seasoned Broadway performers on the art of being a replacementstoppard o'byrne stoppard coast reams bartlett
3562007-05-211613082006-11-01STEVEN SATER, MICHAEL MAYER, ALEX TIMBERS AARON LEMON-SRAUSSS"Spring Awakening" and Les Corbusiers Freres "A Very MerryUnauthorized Scientology Children's Pageant"sater spring awakening corbusier scientology timbers lemm
3572007-05-301613262007-06-09TONY Predictions encore on CUNY TV with Michael Musto, Jesse Green, Patrick PachecoHandicapping the 2007 TONY Awards race with JESSE GREEN, MICHAEL MUSTO and PATRICK PACHECO (premiered on Thirteen 5/25/07)tonys musto pacheco green predicitions
3672008-03-18113302008-03-22ARTHUR LAURENTS on CUNY TV, March 22-24A newly edited encore. The director/librettist discusses his classic show GYPSY and his complex working relationship with the show's original director Jerome Robbins.Gypsy Laurents
3662007-08-131613282007-06-15TONY Wrap-up and DOUGLAS CARTER BEANE on XanaduTony-nominated playwright DOUGLAS CARTER BEAN, explains WHY he is devoting his extensive talents to
transforming the 1980 disco-fantasy-flop film, XANADU, into a a madcap musical comedy for Broadway (now in previews at The Helen Hayes Theatre).


Also on Friday's show, JESSE GREEN of the NY Times, MICHAEL MUSTO of The Voice and PATRICK PACHECO of NY1 join MICHAEL RIEDEL and Susan Haskins to discuss last weekend's TONY ceremony and make suggestions on how the annual awards' broadcast could be improved in the future.

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3782007-09-181714012007-09-21Remembering BETTY COMDEN (NFS}A tribute to the Broadway legend with Tony-nominated lyricist and Comden friend SUSAN BIRKENHEAD. The show features highlights from Comden\'s interviews on THEATER TALK in 1993, 1994 and (with Adolph Green) 1997 and clips of Comden & Green performing their own hits.


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3802007-10-061714032007-10-14Season Preview with JESSE GREEN, JOHN HEILPERN and MICHAEL MUSTOheilpern, musto, green
3702008-04-101613292008-03-15ALBERT MAYSLES on Grey Gardens: CUNY TV EncoreSaturday, March 14 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, March 16 at 12:30 PM; Monday, March 17 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM on CUNY TV (channel 75 in NYC).Maysles Grey Gardens Beale Ebersole Wilson
3722007-08-131613322007-08-17VANESSA REDGRAVEAn extended conversation with the celebrated actress about her work and her role in Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinkingvanessa redgrave didion year magical thinking hare
3812007-10-161714042007-10-19Charles Busch, Doug Hughes and Theresa RebeckDirector Doug Hughes and writer Theresa Rebeck discuss their production of Rebeck's new play, Mauritius and writer/performer Charles Busch discusses the revival -in which he stars - of his classic Die Mommie Die at the New World Stageshughes rebeck Busch mommie Mauritius
3912007-12-181714102007-12-21ANDRE De SHIELDS and The Shangilia Youth Choir; plus Mamet, Lane, Metcalf and Musto on NovemberActor ANDRE De SHIELDS of The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Black Nativity is joined by his co-stars The Shangilia Youth Choir of Naiobi Kenya of Nairobi, Kenya. Shanilia sings "Welcom to Kenya" and "Silent Night."

Also on the program, a visit to the first rehearsal of David Mamet's new play, November. We talk to playwright MAMET and members of the show's cast: NATHAN LANE, LAURIE METCALF, DYLAN BAKER and MICHAEL NICHOLS. Also on hand, MICHAEL MUSTO of The Village Voice.

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3872007-12-18114072007-11-07"Rev. Billy" Talen, Savitri D and Stephen MassicottePerformance artist Bill Talen and his producing partner Savitra D' discuss their Church of Stop Shopping and the new documentary film, What Would Jesus Buy? chronicling Rev. Billy's and the Church's pilgrimage across America to avert the holiday shopacalypse.talen billy shopping savitra jesus
3852007-10-211714062007-11-02Crtitics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Jeremy McCarterCritics Melissa Rose Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly and Jeremy McCarter of New York Magazine review PYGMALION, THE RITZ and MAURITIUS and preview the rest of the new season on Broadway.bernardo pygmalion McCarter mauritius
3832007-10-211714052007-10-26Edward AlbeeThe master playwright discusses his new production "Peter and Jerry" at Second Stage, as well as his early years as a playwright.

He also pays tribute to actor George Grizzard who played Nick in the original production of Albee's epic play, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."

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3772007-08-131613332007-09-07Douglas Carter Beane on Xanadu
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and Steven Sater on Spring Awakening
Playwright DOUGLAS CARTER BEAN, explains WHY he is devoting his extensive talents to
transforming the 1980 disco-fantasy-flop film, XANADU, into a a madcap musical comedy for Broadway and explains his chances for winning the 2007 Best Play Tony for which he was nominated (taped June 1, 2007).

Also, Tony winning librettist.

Also Tony-winning librettist/lyricist STEVEN SATER and tony-winning director MICHAEL MAYER discuss putting together their triumphant musical SPRING AWAKENING. (Cameo appearances by Duncan Sheik, Bill T. Jones, Michael Musto and Jesse Green of The New York Times.)

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3902007-12-181714092007-12-14Critic CHARLES SPENCERDrama critic Charles Spencer of The London Daily Telegraph reviews PETER AND JERRY, ROCK 'n' ROLL and other current productions in NYC and London. This program airs on CUNY TV on Saturday, December 22 at 8:30 PM and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 12:30 PMspencer
3922007-12-251714112008-01-04ELAINE STRITCH, JOHN SIMON & BARRY DAY A program devoted to the life of the wonderful NOEL COWARD as told through the letters he sent and received throughout his life.stritich simon coward day
3952008-02-191714152008-02-22Critics Charles Isherwood, David Rooney, Linda WinerReviews by theater critics Charles Isherwood of "The New York Times," David Rooney of "Variety" and Linda Winer of "Newsday." Shows covered include David Mamaet's NOVEMBER, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, The revival of Pinter's THE HOMECOMING, Conor McPherson's THE SEAFARER and TRACY LETTS' "August/Osage County."winer, isherwood, rooney
3962008-02-191714172008-02-08TOM STOPPARD taped 1/18/08The British playwright discusses ROCK 'n' ROLLstoppard rock 'n' roll
3972008-02-19114162008-02-15Conleth Hill and Ciarán Hinds of Conor McPherson's THE SEAFARER. plus New Theater Corps' Aaron Riccio and Cindy PierreConleth Hill Ciarán Hinds Conor McPherson THE SEAFARER Riccio Pierre
4022008-04-111714202008-04-17ELIZABETH ASHLEY and JOHN LAHR on Cat on a Hot Tin RoofActress Elizabeth Ashley, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Maggie in the 1974 revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The New Yorker critic John Lahr discuss Tennesse Williams and what led him to create this classic American drama. They also debate the idea of doing Tennessee Williams' fifties drama about a dissipated family of southern landowners with an all-Black cast.



The Cat revival — starring Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose — officially opens March 6 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Debbie Allen directs.

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3942007-12-25171307a2007-12-2810th Anniversary SpecialElaine Stritch, Paul Rudnick, Michael Musto and Jeremy McCarter help co-hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins celebrate Theater Talk's 10th Anniversary on Thirteen with highlights from interviews with some of their favorite guests including: Edward Albee, Eileen Atkins, the late Alan Bates, Boy George, Ben Brantley, Dick Cavett, Lea DeLaria, Brian Dennehy, John Doyle, Margaret Edson, Richard Griffiths, Harvey Fierstein, David Hare, Jay Johnson, Sarah Jones, John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, Arthur Laurents, Frank Langella, Cameron Mackintosh, Adam Rapp, Marian Seldes, Mark Steyn and Bruce Vilanch.


The program also pays tribute to beloved publicist Bob Fennell with a scene from the 1997 documentary "Moon Over Broadway" in which he figures prominently.

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4002013-08-141815352009-09-18Lewis Black and Nancy Giles on the Westbank and ObamaComedians and political commentators Lewis Black and Nancy Giles (of CBS Sunday Morning) remember their early years on the NYC cabaret scene and discuss their work now mentoring underprivileged young people to become active in the arts. (7/3/09)black giles Westbank
3992008-03-181714182008-03-21Stew and Heidi Rodewald of PASSING STRANGE; Jerry Carlson on THE 39 STEPSFilm historian Jerry Carlson discusses The 39 Steps, Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 movie masterpiece, which has inspired a wonderfully innovative live stage version, now moving to Broadway. Also on the program rock musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald on bringing their new musical Passing Strange.

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4032008-04-041613212008-05-08David Hyde Pierce, Edward Hibbert, Karen Ziemba: plus Duncan Sheik (on CUNY TV)David Hyde Pierce, Edward Hibbert and Karen Ziemba of the musical CURTAINS; as well as composer Duncan Sheik of SPRING AWAKENING. Sheik also performs his opening song from the show, "Momma who Bore Me." (originally aired 4/07).pierce sheik spring curtains ziemba hibbert awakening
4042008-04-041714192008-04-04ROBERT F.X. SILLERMAN on Young FrankensteinEntertainment mogul, ROBERT F.X. SILLERMAN, Executive Producer of Mel Brook's Young Frankenstein addresses issues on the show's ticket pricing which he feels has created a misperception of the musical's artistic merits.sillerman mel brooks young frankenstein
4082008-04-28171422 (114-s)2008-04-25JOHN WATERSThe notorious filmmaker, JOHN WATERS, discusses his family, his infamous leading "lady," Divine, and how he put himself on the cultural map by producing outrageous independent movies like PINK FLAMINGOS, FEMALE TROUBLE and CRY-BABY which is the second of his movies to be adapted for the Broadway stage.waters cry-baby divine hairspray
4072008-04-28171423 (115-s)2008-05-08Sir Tim Rice (not available for sale)A conversation with the eminent British lyricist/librettist, Sir Tim Rice, whose hit musicals EVITA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and THE LION KING are known all over the world. Rice dropped by, as he prepared for the upcoming concert version of one of his lesser-known works CHESS, a musical he wrote with ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.rice abba chess evita superstar dreamcoat webber lion madonna
4092008-07-17171421 (113-s)2008-07-20HARVEY FIERSTEIN on A Catered AffairBeloved writer and actor, HARVEY FIERSTEIN, discusses A CATERED AFFAIR, the new musical he wrote and stars in on Broadway. Originally aired 4/18/08harvey fierstein catered affair
4122008-05-10171425 (117-s)2008-05-16Patrick Stewart and Rupert Goold on MacbethActor PATRICK STEWART and director RUPERT GOOLDS discuss their innovative and stirring revival of THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETHMacbeth Stewart Goolds Shakespeare
6012016-08-052219052012-11-05Ethan Mordden author Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya1905 Author Ethan Mordden discusses his new book Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, a dual biography about two of the twentieth century�s most influential artists. (first uplink 11/1/12)Mordden Lenya weil brecht Mahagony The Three Penny Opera
4112008-05-05171424 (116-s)2008-05-24Daphne Rubin-Vega and Michael Musto: "Goodbye to Rent"A farewell to RENT, the popular and ground-breaking musical (which closes in September after 12 years on Broadway) with it's original leading-lady, DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA and social commentator MICHAEL MUSTO on The Village Voicemusto rubin-vega rent larson
4232008-10-211815052008-10-31Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe on EQUUSDaniel Radcliffe (star of the Harry Potter movies) and Tony Award-winner Richard Griffiths (The History Boys) discuss their roles in Equus, Peter Shaffer's classic 1973 drama, now being revived on Broadway. equus Radcliffe griffiths shaffer
4272008-10-21115032006-10-17Actress Estelle ParsonsMaster actress Estelle Parsons visits with us to discuss her role in the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Play August: Osage County. She shares stories from her long and illustrious acting career (Academy Award for Bonnie and Clyde, Miss Margarida's Way, TV's Roseanne) as well as her pioneering stint as the first woman correspondent on NBC's The Today Show.august osage county estelle parsons
4152008-05-051714242007-05-09GEORGE WENDT, ADAM SCHLESINGER, DAVID JAVERBAUMGEORGE WENDT, Hairspray's newest "Ednal Turnblad" plus ADAM SCHLESINGER and DAVID JAVERBAUM, the songrwriting team responsible for the crackling new John Waters' musical Cry-Babywendt javerbaum waters cry-baby hairspray schlesinger
4162008-05-051714242008-05-09GEORGE WENDT, ADAM SCHLESINGER, DAVID JAVERBAUMGEORGE WENDT, Hairspray's newest "Ednal Turnblad" plus ADAM SCHLESINGER and DAVID JAVERBAUM, the songrwriting team responsible for the crackling new John Waters' musical Cry-Babywendt javerbaum waters cry-baby hairspray schlesinger
4172008-06-241714302008-06-27GEORGE PACKER, BetrayedThe prominent journalist GEORGE PACKER, discusses his play BETRAYED about the impact of the American occupation on Iraqi citizens.packer iraq betrayed new yorker
4182008-06-241714312008-07-04ARTHUR LAURENTS on Gypsy RevivalThe director/librettist discusses his classic show GYPSY and his complex working relationship with the show's original director Jerome Robbins. (Features clips of the 08 production, starring Patti LuPone.)laurents Gypsy robbins lupone sondheim styne
4192008-06-241714322008-07-11Jersey Boys' Librettists MARSHALL BRICKMAN & RICK ELICEThe Tony-Award winning writers of the smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS return to two-years-into the shows successful run (which now includes 5 companies)- 4/25/08jersey boys brickman elice Valli Four seasons
4252008-10-211815042008-10-24Producers Emanuel Azenberg and James FreydbergThe veteran impresarios join us to discuss how Broadway and the theater world will cope -- and even prosper -- during the coming economic downturn. How must the industry change if it is going to survive?Azenberg freydberg
4262008-10-211815062008-11-07Frank Langella on A Man for All SeasonsLangella bolt man all seasons
4222008-06-241714292008-06-20Bartlett Sher and TONY Wrap-up NFSBartlett Sher, the TONY-Award winning director of the hit South Pacific revival; plus a review of the 2008 ceremony and awards by Jesse Green of NY Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of The LA Times.sher pacheco musto south pacific rodgers & hammerstein szot green
4322009-02-141815082008-11-21Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman on Proposition 8Composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman of Hairspray discuss their recent involvement in the controversy over California's Proposition 8, which is being debated all over the country. Shaiman performs two songs: "Timeless to Me" from Hairspray, and a wonderful song from one of the lesser-known films of Al Franken. shaiman wittman Prop 8
4302008-10-211815022008-10-10Broadway Season Preview with Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoEntertainment-world insiders: Jessie Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco join us to put viewers into-the-know about what's happening in the fall on Broadway.

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4312009-03-051815012008-10-03"Forum at The Guthrie" with Joe Dowling, Barbara Gaines, Martha Lavey and Peter Brosius The Artistic Directors of 4 prominent (Tony Award-winning) Midwestern theaters discuss the importance of America's resident theater movement, plus the challenges they face with the declining economy and the advance of new technologies in the arts. The panel includes: Joe Dowling from The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Barbara Gaines of The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Martha Lavey of Steppenwolf in Chicago and Peter C. Brosius of The Children's Theatre of Minneapolis. (201)Guthrie Lavey Brosius Dowling Steppenwolf Minneapolis Gaines
4342009-02-141815172009-02-06Garry Hynes and Marie MullenThe director and star of THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, Martin McDonagh’s funny, heart–wrenching comedy/drama about life in a small Irish village when it becomes the location for a Hollywood movie. Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Director and Mullen, a Tony-winning actress, also discuss their early years as struggling theater artists in their native country of Ireland. (uplink 2/19/09)mullens Hynes cripple of inishmaan McDonagh Atlantic
4692009-08-111815382009-07-24Bob Avian, John Breglio, Charlotte D'AmboiseA Chorus Line: "Every Little Step:" Director Bob Avian, producer John Breglio and actress Charlotte D'Amboise discuss Breglio’s documentary film, Every Little Step, (now in distribution nation-wide) which follows the lengthy casting process for the recent revival of Michael Bennett’s classic musical, A Chorus Line which Avian directed and for which D’Amboise won the leading role of “Cassie.” (7/24/09) a chorus line Michael Bennett Bob Avian, John Bregli, Charlotte D'Amboise "Every Little Step"
4362009-02-141815192009-02-20John Simon and Linda Winer on HAROLD PINTERDrama critics John Simon of Bloomberg News and Linda Winer of Newsday discuss the impact of playwright Harold Pinter (1930-2008) on the world of the theater and debate the true importance of his work to the development of modern drama. Pinter Winer Simon homecoming esparza
4372009-02-141815142009-01-16Lee Hall on Billy ElliotEpisode #216 Writer Lee Hall discusses creating the screenplay for the beloved film Billy Elliot, which he and Elton John adapted into a hit musical, now on Broadway. The program features the USA television premiere of a highlight from the show's second act opening number, "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Thatcher." (uplink 1/15/09)Lee Hall Elton John Billy Elliot
4382016-08-051815132009-01-09Critics: John Heilpern, Mike Kuchwara, Jacques le SourdCritics John Heilpern of The New York Observer, Mike Kuchwara of The Associated Press and Jacques le Sourd of CBS radio, discuss the profound impact of the economy on their profession and review highlights of the Broadway season thus far.

taped 12/13/08
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4522009-08-11182242009-03-20"Backstage at The Guthrie"A tour of Minneapolis' new Guthrie Theater Complex. Guthrie Artistic director Joe Dowling, technical director Frank Butler, and veteran, acting company member Charles Keating, along with a number of staff members, take us through the building and history of this venerable institution, which has been providing outstanding theater in the Twin Cities for 50 years. (taped 8/4/08)guthrie dowling keating minneapolis Larsen
4402009-05-131815112008-12-26Horton Foote, Elizabeth Ashley and Hallie Foote on Dividing The EstateA conversation about Dividing The Estate, with its playwright Horton Foote and two of its stars, Elizabeth Ashley and Hallie Foote. (original uplink 12/25/08)

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4412009-02-141815102008-12-19Harvey Fierstein on The End of HairsprayWriter/actor Harvey Fierstein pays a holiday visit. He has returned to Broadway’s Hairspray for the final month of the musical’s successful run, playing “Edna Turnblad,” the role that he originated in the hit show over 6 years ago. (212, uplink 12/18/08)

Fierstein Hairspray
4422016-08-08181127a2008-11-28Remembering CLIVE BARNESIn memory of the great critic Clive Barnes, who died November 19, we will be airing an interview from 2005. He discusses his remarkable career of over fifty years writing about the world of theater and dance in both London and New York City. clive barnes
4452009-02-141815032008-10-17Estelle ParsonsAcademy Award-winning actress Estelle Parsons visits with us to discuss joining the cast of the Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County. She shares stories from her long and illustrious career. (203, uplink 10/16/07)

Parsons August Osage Letts
4442009-02-14181507 2008-11-14Stephen Daldry and Aaron Riccio208 Director Stephen Daldry on his hit musical, Billy Elliott, based on his film of the same name about a working class English boy’s passion to become a dancer.

Also, critic Aaron Riccio reviews the Off-off Broadway sensation, Blasted.

Blasted, Billy Elliot, Daldry, riccio
4462016-08-0512009-02-05Spring Preview 2009 with Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick PachecoA look ahead at the Broadway spring season with reporters Jesse Green of New York Magazine and Patrick Pacheco of On-Stage and Michael Musto of the Village Voice. (uplink 2/5/09)green, musto pacheco piven speed-the-plow
4472009-02-141815162009-01-30Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick PachecoSpring Preview” A look ahead at Broadway's spring season with reporters Jesse Green of New York Magazine and Patrick Pacheco of On-Stage and Michael Musto of the Village Voice. (uplink 2/5/09)green, musto pacheco piven speed-the-plow
4482012-05-201815152009-08-13Christopher Plummer and John SimonLegendary actor Christopher Plummer discusses his autobiography In Spite of Myself with critic John Simon of Bloomberg news. The memoir spans his remarkable career of almost 60 years, during which he acted in countless plays and films about which he shares wonderful anecdotes. (1/22/09) Plummer Simon
4492009-02-141815092008-11-28Remembering Gerald Schoenfeld plus Peter Bartlett and David PttuA look back at highlights of our interview with Gerald Schoenfed, the late Chairman of The Shubert Organization, plus a discussion on What's That Smell: The Songs of: The Music of Jacob Sterling with Peter Bartlett and the show's creator, actor David Pittupittu, schoenfeld, shubert, What's that smell, Jacob Sterling
4502009-05-131815122009-01-02Baz Bamigboye and Charles Spencer

Influential columnist Baz Bamigboye of London’s Daily Mail and critic Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph of London, review the shows they saw during their visit to New York City and also discuss the London theater scene.bamigboye billy Elliot Spencer
4702009-08-111815372009-07-19Our Town: Tappan Wilder, David Cromer, Jeremy McCarterWe focus on Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, one of the most beloved and frequently performed plays in the world. Guests are Wilder’s nephew, Tappan Wilder, writer and cultural analyst Jeremy McCarter of Newsweek and David Cromer, director of the celebrated revival of the classic, now playing Off-Broadway in New York City. Also, AndrewAndrew interview cast members: George Demas, Jennifer Grace and Ken Marks at The Barrow Street Theater (7/17/09)Our Town, McCarter Wilder Cromer, AndrewAndrew Ken Marks
4532012-11-22182252009-04-00Richard Kind, Jackie Hoffman, Dayle Reyfel, Eugene Pack: "Celebrity Autobiography"kind hoffman pack celebrity
4552009-08-11182222009-02-11Gina Gionfriddo on Becky Shaw and Tin Pan Alley with Robert Kimball and David A. Jasen. Playwright Gina Gionfriddo talks about her insightful new work, Becky Shaw, a contemporary comedy of manners inspired in part by the classic novel Vanity Fair and its anti-heroine Becky Sharp. She is followed by a conversation with music experts David A. Jasen and Robert Kimball on the rise and fall of ‘Tin Pan Alley,' the center of the popular music business at the beginning of the 20th century. gionfriddo becky tin pan alley kimball jasen
4562009-08-111815292009-05-16Angela Lansbury on Blithe SpiritBeloved actress Angela Lansbury is our guest. Ms. Lansbury is nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Madame Arcati in the Broadway Revival of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit. This is Ms. Lansbury's seventh Tony nomination and could be her fifth win (which would tie Julie Harris' record for the most Tony Awards). Lansbury discusses her lengthy career in films and on Broadway and how at the age 83 she maintains the vitality and bravura that have made her a great star.lansbury bea arthur coward blithe
4572009-08-111815282009-05-09James Rado, Gavin Creel, Galt MacDermot on HairBookwriter/lyricist James Rado, composer Galt MacDermot and actor Gavin Creel discuss the revival of Hair, now on Broadway. The trio performs a song from the show at the piano with bongo accompaniment by Galt’s son Vince MacDermot. (5/14/09)rado macDermot creel Hair
4582009-08-111815272009-05-02God of Carnage: Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay HardenA conversation with the entire cast of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage: James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. (5/7/09) gandolfini harden daniels davis reza carnage
4592009-05-14182292009-04-17Geoffrey Rush on Exit The KingEmmy & Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush joins us to discuss the critically acclaimed production of ionesco's Exit the King, the revival of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist farce, in which Rush not only stars, but also collaborated in translating the classic play from the original French. Rush also discusses his early years as a performer in Australia.rush ionesco exit
4602009-05-14182302009-04-24Jane Fonda on 33 VariationsA visit from actress, author and social activist, Jane Fonda, now appearing in Moisés Kaufman's play 33 Variations. The Academy Award winner, returning to Broadway after an absence of 46 years, talks about creating the role of a scholar obsessed with Beethoven, but afflicted with the devastating disease ALS. Ms. Fonda also discusses her best-selling memoir My Life So Far and brings us up to date on the many insights and activities that have made her one of the most admired, yet controversial women of our era. fonda Kaufman Beethoven 33 Variations Tony
4612009-08-111815302009-05-22Janet McTeer, Harriet Walter, Terry Kinney, Thomas Sadoski

Tony-nominated actresses Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer discuss Mary Stuart, the riveting historical drama about the struggle between two of the most formidable women of British history, Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.



Also that week, Terry Kinney and Thomas Sadoski, director and actor respectively of Neil LaBute's new comedy Reasons to be Pretty, come by to chat with us about Kinney's recent voicemail rant against Michael Riedel and their producer's decision to allow audience members to text and twitter during the play.

Please note, episode 1530A is a full episode of our interview with Walter and McTeer/

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4622009-09-221815322009-06-05Theater Awards' Predictions, 2009 with Green, Musto & PachecoAntoinette Perry Awards’ Predictions: Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pacheco ponder who will win and why. (5/28/09)musti green pacheco predictions
4632009-05-1412392006-07-02A Lewis Black and Nancy Giles Holiday Celebrationblack giles
4642009-08-111815362009-06-19Tovah Feldshuh and Adam Feldman on Irena's VowActress Tovah Feldshuh, and critic Adam Feldman of Time Out/NY debate the factual accuracy of Irena's Vow, the Holocaust drama in which Feldshuh starred. Also, an encore of Marc Shaiman performing a song from his new musical Catch Me if You Can, which opens in Seattle in July 09. (6/19/09)Feldshuh Adam Feldman Irena's Vow
4652009-08-111815242009-07-10Ted Chapin, lyricist Michael Korie, Liz Callaway and Andrew Samonsky on "The Lyrics of OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN” "The Lyrics of OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN”: Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is joined by librettist and lyricist Michael Korie to discuss the legacy of Oscar Hammerstein. The show includes musical performances of Rodgers & Hammerstein compositions by actors Liz Callaway and Andrew Samonsky. rodgers hammerstein korie callaway samonsky chapin allegro "south pacific"
4712009-09-221815342009-09-25The Boys in The Band: Mart Crowley, Laurence Luckinbill, Michael Musto“Celebrating The Boys in The Band” Playwright Mart Crowley, original cast member Laurence Luckinbill and Michael Musto of The Village Voice discuss the inspiration behind and the influence of Crowley's landmark 1967 drama on the LGBT rights movement of today. (6/26/09)Boys in The Band, Mart Crowley, Musto, Laurence Luckinbill
4722009-08-111815332009-06-12Director Matthew Warchus and Award's Wrap-up with Jesse Green, Michael Musto & Patrick PachecoA conversation with director Matthew Warchus on his celebrated production of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage. Also, our predictions panel: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, and Patrick Pacheco, evaluate this year's awards’ broadcast and look ahead to what's coming next season. Finally, a red carpet report from Andrew Andrew. (6/12/09)Warchus, Musto, Pacheco AndrewAndrew Pacheco Green Awards
4682009-08-111815212009-08-15Lynn Nottage, Saidah Arrika Ekulona on Ruined plus critic Elisabeth VincentelliPlaywright Lynn Nottage and actress Saidah Arrika Ekulona discuss Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Ruined, about brutality towards women, and their survival, in the war-torn Republic of The Congo. Plus, the newest member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post drops by to give her opinions on some of the new shows, including the multi-million dollar revival of Guys and Dolls. (3/27/09)nottage ruined Saidah Arrika Ekulona pulitzer
4782010-08-30116082009-11-20Willem Dafoe, Richard Foreman, James Shapiro, Kevin CurtisRichard Foreman and actor Willem Dafoe discuss Idiot Savant, Foreman’s latest work in which Dafoe now stars at The Public Theater. Also, Prof. James Shapiro of Columbia University (author of 1599: A Year in The Life of Shakespeare) discusses Hamlet and the current Broadway production of the play with movie star Jude Law in the title role. Finally, actor Kevin Curtis performs the song "Georgetown" from the new musical Street Lights.dafoe, foreman curtis idiot savant hamlet streetlights shapiro, shakespeare, jude law
4812010-01-111916112010-01-15Bernard Gersten, Jerry Stiller, Kenneth Turan: Joe Papp and the Public TheaterWe discuss the legacy of NYC’s Public Theater and its founder, Joseph Papp with actor Jerry Stiller, Lincoln Center Executive Producer (and former Papp lieutenant) Bernard Gersten and critic Kenneth Turan, author of the book Free For All: Joe Papp, The Public, and the Greatest Theater Story Ever Told," an oral history of the ground-braking not-for-profit institution.Bernard Gersten, Jerry Stiller, Kenneth Turan, Joe Papp, Public Theater
4802010-08-30116102009-12-05Ethan Mordden, Julia Stiles, Bill PullmanAuthor Ethan Mordden discusses his new book Ziegfeld: The Man Who Invented Show Business, followed by actors Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles on their performances in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Oleanna

The show airs on CUNY TV: Saturday, Dec 5 at 8:30 pm, Sunday, Dec 6 @ 12:30 pm; Monday, Dec. 7 @ 7:30 am, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm.
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4832010-08-30116132009-12-19Peter Marks, Chris Kompanek, Aaron Riccio, AndrewAndrewWashington Post theater critic Peter Marks discusses the Broadway revival of Ragtime, which began at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C . Also, critics Aaron Riccio of the New Theater Corps and Chris Kompanek of Flavorpill.com review some notable new plays. Finally, AndrewAndrew at the opening of the new production of Dream Girls at The Apollo Theater in Harlem. AndrewAndrew, Peter Marks, Chris Kompanek, Aaron Riccio Dream girls, ragtime
4872010-08-30193162010-02-05Liev Schreiber and Gregory MosherActor Liev Schreiber and director Gregory Mosher discuss their collaboration on reviving A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller's 1955 modern tragedy. This production, in which Schreiber starred with Scarlett Johansson.liev schreiber, gregory mosher, A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller
4852010-08-30116132010-01-02Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk, Theresa Rebeck, Julie White on The UnderstudyPlaywright Theresa Rebeck and the cast of her backstage comedy The Understudy: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk and Julie White.Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk, Theresa Rebeck, Julie White The Understudy
4862010-01-051916102010-01-08Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Steve Ross, Anna Bergman celebrate lyricist Johnny Merceron Thirteen:
Friday, January 8th at 1:30 AM(Saturday morn)
Thirteen: Friday, Jan. 8 at 1 AM (Sat morn.) and
on CUNY TV:
Saturday, January 9th at 8:30 PM
Sunday, January 10th at 12:30 PM and
Monday, January 11th at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM

Theater historians Barry Day and Robert Kimball discuss The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, their comprehensive collection of the acclaimed lyricist's over 1200 works. Also on the show, popular cabaret singers Anna Bergman and Steve Ross perform of some of Mercer's best-known works, including "Too Marvelous for Words," "Moon River," and "Hooray for Hollywood."
Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Steve Ross, Anna Bergman, Johnny Mercer
4912010-08-301916212010-02-26The Scottsboro Boys: Susan Stroman, John Kander, Colman Domingo, Brandon Victor Dixon We discuss the new Kander & Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys, based on the notorious 1930's case in Alabama where nine young black men were imprisoned, some for life, for a crime they didn’t commit. The panel includes composer John Kander, director Susan Stroman, and two actors from the company, Colman Domingo and Brandon Victor Dixon, who performs one of the numbers from the show. john kander, fred ebb, susan stroman, The Scottsboro Boys, Colman Domingo and Brandon Victor Dixon
5122010-08-301916272010-04-30Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson plus Mark Shenton and The West End Whingers Writer/director Alex Timbers and composer/lyricist Michael Friedman discuss their downtown hit Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, an "emo" musical about the seventh President of the United States. Next, a visit from the British critics Mark Shenton, the reviewer of London's Sunday Express, and the notorious West End Whingers, Phil and Andrew, the infamous UK bloggers. Phil and Andrew, Alex Timbers, Michael Friedman, Mark Shenton, The West End Whingers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
4892010-08-30193172010-02-19Donald Margulies and Eric Bogosian on Time Stands StillPlaywright Donald Margulies and actor/playwright Eric Bogosian discuss Margulies' politically-relevant (and critically acclaimed) drama, Time Stands Still, in which Bogosian is appearing on Broadway with Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James and Alicia Silverstone. (uplink 2/18/10)Bogosian, Donald Margulies Time Stands Still, MTC Manhattan Theater Club, Laura Linney
4952010-03-231916222010-03-26Patrick Pacheco & Peter Schneider: Waking Sleeping BeautyProducer Peter Schneider and writer/reporter Patrick Pacheco discuss their new documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. The film tells the story of the artistic rebirth of the Walt Disney Animation Studios in the late 1980's and the battles between the corporate egos that were responsible for it.Patrick Pacheco Peter Schneider Waking Sleeping Beauty Disney Beauty & The Beast
4962010-08-301916232010-04-02Janeane Garafolo, Carol Kane on Love, Loss, and What I Wore, plus Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco "The Aughts in Review"Actresses Janeane Garofalo and Carol Kane visit to talk about their participation in Delia and Nora Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a show about women's clothes and the memories they trigger.


Also on the program, we look back at the previous decade with Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angeles Times. They discuss the highlights, lowlights, and significance of the works presented on Broadway between 2000 and 2009.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Janeane Garofalo Carol Kane Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco The Aughts in Review
5022010-08-301916292010-05-10Christopher WalkenA conversation with the brilliant Christopher Walken, now starring in Martin McDonagh's A Behanding in Spokane, for which he has just received a Best Actor Tony nomination. (premier 5/10/10)Christopher Walken, Martin McDonagh, A Behanding in Spokane
5032010-08-301916302010-05-10Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon on FencesViola Davis and Stephen McKinley Henderson from the celebrated revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences, now playing at the Cort Theater. Joining them is the production's director Kenny Leon. This production of Fences has received a Tony nomination for Best Revival and nine other nominations, including ones for Davis, Henderson, and Leon.Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon, August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning, Fences
5012010-08-301916282010-05-07American Idiot: Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael MayerBillie Joe Armstrong, composer and lyricist of the acclaimed new musical American Idiot, based on the best-selling album he created with his band Green Day. Armstrong is joined by director Michael Mayer, who had the vision to transform the CD rock opera into a popular musical on Broadway.American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer
5042010-08-301916312010-05-28Tony Predictions, 2010: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoTony Predictions, Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angeles Times handicap this year's Tony Awards races and explain why this Tony night is different from all other Tony nights.Tony Predictions, 2010: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco
5052010-08-301916312010-06-10Baz Bamigboye plus FELA! Stephen Hendel, Bill T. Jones and Sahr NgaujahThe UK's most influential theater columnist, Baz Bamigboye reviews The Addams Family, Promises, Promises, Million Dollar Quartet, Fela! and more. Next up, we look at Fela!, one of the most Tony-nominated shows of the season with the musical's Tony-nominated director/choreographer Bill T. Jones, producer Stephen Hendel, and it's Tony-nominated star Sahr Ngaujah.Baz Bamigboye, The Addams Family, Promises, Promises, Million Dollar Quartet, Fela! Stephen Hendel, Bill T. Jones, Sahr Ngaujah
5062010-08-301916332010-06-17Twyla Tharp and Linda LavinActress Linda Lavin discusses her role in Donald Margulies's Collected Stories, now at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Lavin (who starred in TV's Alice) also looks back at her career of over 50 years in the theater. Also, legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, nominated for Best Choreography in her Sinatra show Come Fly Away, details the process of creating some of the most innovative dances ever seen on the American stage.Come Fly Away, Frank Sinatra, Twyla Tharp, Linda Lavin, Collected Stories
5072012-11-221916342010-06-18 Marian Seldes and Tony Wrap-up with Jesse Green, Patrick Healy, Michael MustoJesse Green of New York Magazine, Patrick Healy of The New York Times, and Michael Musto of The Village Voice come by to review the Tony Awards ceremony broadcast and share their views on the worthiness of the Tony winners. Next, we are joined by the great actress Marian Seldes, a winner of a 2010 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, which acknowledges her entire career of sustained excellence in the theater.Marian Seldes Tony Wrap-up Jesse Green, Patrick Healy, Michael Musto
5082016-08-081916242010-04-09Robert Hofler on Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan CarrAuthor Robert Hofler of Variety discusses his new biography Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr, about the rise and fall of the flamboyant Allan Carr, producer of La Cage Aux Folles on Broadway, plus the movies Grease, Grease 2 and Cant Stop the Music. Robert Hofler Party Animals A Hollywood Tale of Sex Drugs Rock Roll Starring Fabulous Allan Carr
5092010-08-301916412010-04-15The Lyrics of Johnny Mercer with Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Anna Bergman, Steve Ross Theater historians Barry Day and Robert Kimball discuss The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, their comprehensive collection of the acclaimed lyricist's over 1200 works. Also on the show, popular cabaret singers Anna Bergman and Steve Ross perform of some of Mercer's best-known works, including "Too Marvelous for Words," "Moon River," and "Hooray for Hollywood." Johnny Mercer, Barry Day, Robert Kimball, Anna Bergman, Steve Ross
5102010-08-301916252010-04-16Pat Healy, Theodore MannProducer Theodore Mann on his recently published memoir Journeys in the Night: Creating a New American Theater with Circle in the Square. Also on the show, reporter Patrick Healy of The New York Times, who swaps tales of covering the theater beat with our own Michael Riedel of the New York Post.Pat Healy, Theodore Mann, Circle in the Square, The New York Times
5112010-08-301916262010-04-23Robert OsborneFilm historian Robert Osborne, host of the Turner Classic Movie channel, comes by to discuss his favorite movies about the theater, as well as his choices for the most successful, and unsuccessful, stage to screen and screen to stage transfers in Hollywood history.Robert Osborne, All About Eve, Mame
5162010-08-301916042009-10-30Neil Simon, Jordan Roth, AndrewAndrewOur classic interview with playwright Neil Simon from 1997. Also, we discuss the changing face of Broadway with Jordan Roth, the new (33 year-old) president of The Jujamcyn Theaters. Also, AndrewAndrew, of East Village Radio, file a report from the opening of Bye Bye Birdie at the new Henry Miller TheatreNeil Simon, Jordan Roth, AndrewAndrew. Brighton Beach Memoirs, Jujamcyn, Bye Bye Birdie
5172010-08-301916032009-10-23Michael Korie, Arthur Perlman, Michael Kuchwara, Jacques le SourdTheater historians Michael Korie and Arthur Perlman discuss the career of the legendary lyricist/librettist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and his most beloved musical Finian's Rainbow now being revived on Broadway. Also, critics Michael Kuchwara and Jacques le Sourd review the new plays of the Broadway season. Finian's Rainbow, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Michael Kuchwara, Jacques le Sourd, Michael Korie, Arthur Perlman
5142010-08-301916062009-11-13The Royal Family: Charles Isherwood, Paul Rudnick, Tony Roberts, John GloverDrama critic Charles Isherwood of The New York Times and humorist Paul Rudnick discuss the legendary George S. Kaufman, co writer of The Royal Family. Next up, actors Tony Roberts and John Glover, costars of the current Broadway revival of the 1927 comedy classic. The Royal Family, Charles Isherwood, Paul Rudnick, Tony Roberts, John Glover, Edna Ferber, George S. Kaufman
5152010-08-301916092009-12-11Sir Alan AyckbournThe great British playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn on his plays My Wonderful Day and The Norman Conquests. Sir Alan Ayckbourn, My Wonderful Day, The Norman Conquests
5182016-08-051916022009-10-15Season Preview, 2009-10: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoSeason Preview: Theater columnists Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of the L.A. Times discuss what they are looking forward to in the upcoming Broadway season. Season Preview Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco
5192010-08-301916012009-10-09The Players Club: Howard Kissel and John MartelloTheater Talk tours The Players Club with Howard Kissel, author of New York Theater Walks. The Gramercy Square mansion was once owned by Edwin Booth, called the greatest actor of the 19th century. We discuss Booth’s life and times as we tour his home, including the room where he died in 1893, which has not been changed since. The Players Club: Howard Kissel, John Martello, Edwin Booth, John Wilkes Booth, Mrs. Fiske
5202010-08-301916372010-07-23Jules FeifferAn interview with the influential playwright and cartoonist Jules Feiffer who talks about how he -- and his generation of artists -- changed the sensibility of the world forever.Jules Feiffer, The Second City, Viola Spolin
5212010-08-301916362010-07-16James Shapiro: Who Wrote ShakespeareHistorian James Shapiro, of Columbia University discusses the centuries old Shakespeare "authorship" controversy: the belief by thousands and thousands of people over the last four centuries that William Shakespeare, was, in fact, not responsible for writing the plays attributed to him. The history of one of the modern world's oldest conspiracy theories is the subject of Shapiro's new book, Contested Will.James Shapiro: Who Wrote Shakespeare
5242011-01-232017132011-01-28Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco: Spider-man Season PreviewJesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco Season Preview
5252011-01-232017122011-01-21Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, part 2stiller and Meara hurlyburly house of blue leaves
5262011-01-232017122011-01-14Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, part 1Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara ed sullivan
5272011-01-232017112011-01-07Critics: Jacques le Sourd, John Simon, Terry TeachoutCritics: Jacques le Sourd, John Simon, Terry Teachout review new shows of the fall 2010 season including: Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Women on The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Driving Miss Daisy. Critics: Jacques le Sourd, John Simon, Terry Teachout
5282011-01-232017142011-02-04Austin PendletonAustin Pendleton The Three Sisters CSC
5292011-05-192017192001-02-18F. Murray Abraham on ShylockF. Murray Abraham Shylock The Merchant of Venice shakespeare
5302011-05-192017162011-02-11Paul Rudnick and Dana Ivey Writer Paul Rudnick and actress Dana Ivey discuss Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being EarnestPaul Rudnick Dana Ivey Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest
5312011-05-192017172011-03-17Dick Cavett, part 1Dick Cavett
5322011-05-192017182001-03-24Dick Cavett, part 2Dick Cavett
5332011-05-192017192011-03-25Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt Stone on The Book of MormonRobert Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt Stone The Book of Mormon Scott Rudin
5342011-05-192017202011-04-01Peter GelbPeter Gelb, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera CompanyPeter Gelb The Metropolitan Opera Company Carmen
5352011-05-192017212011-02-25Harvey Fierstein on La Cage aux Follestaped 02/25/11Harvey Fierstein on La Cage aux Folles Jerry Herman Arthur Laurents La MaMa
5362011-05-192017222011-04-15David Lindsy-Abaire and Tate Donovan on Good Peopletaped April 1, 2011David Lindsy-Abaire Tate Donovan Good People
5372011-05-192017232011-04-22Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman on Catch Me If You Cantaped April 1, 2011Marc Shaiman Scott Wittman Catch Me If You Can
5382011-05-192017242011-04-29Alan Arkintaped March 4, 2011Alan Arkin David Shepherd Second City
5392011-05-192017252011-05-06Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Stephen Adly-Gurigis on The Mother with The Hattaped April 22, 2011Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Stephen Adly-Gurigis The Mother with The Hat
5402011-05-192017262011-05-13Mark Rylance and Jez Butterworth on Jerusalemtaped 4/22/11Mark Rylance Jez Butterworth Jerusalem
5412011-05-192017272001-05-27Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco Tony Predictionstaped May, 13, 2011 slipper dayJesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco Tony Predictions
5422011-05-192017022010-10-22Elaine Stritch on A Little Night Musictaped 10/01/10Elaine Stritch A Little Night Music
5432011-05-192017032010-10-29Charles Busch, Alison Fraser, Julie Halston on The Divine Sistertaped 10/01/10Charles Busch, Alison Fraser, Julie Halston The Divine Sister
5442011-06-172017072010-10-10John CullumBroadway actor John Cullum of The Scottsboro Boys discusses highlights of his lengthy career in the theaterThe Scottsboro Boys John Cullum Kander & Ebb
5452011-05-192017082010-12-16Ethan Mordden on The Guest Listtaped 10/29/10Ethan Mordden The Guest List Josephine Baker
5462016-08-052017092010-12-24Colin Quinn of Long Story Short and Todd Robbins of Play DeadComedian and social commentator Colin Quinn (SNL, The Tough Crowd) discusses his one-man Broadway show Colin Quinn Long Story Short.

He is followed by master illusionist and magician Todd Robbins, star of the downtown hit, Play Dead, a show he created with Teller of Penn and Teller.

taped 12/03/10
Colin Quinn Long Story Short Todd Robbins Play Dead
5482011-05-192017092010-12-17Colin Quinn of Long Story Short and Todd Robbins of Play Deadtaped December 30, 2010Colin Quinn Long Story Short Todd Robbins Play Dead
5542011-06-172117312011-06-24John Leguizamo plus Larry Kramer encoreJohn Leguizamo Ghetto Klown Larry Kramer The normal Heart
5532011-06-172117322011-07-01Broadway producers Emanuel Azenberg and Michael Davidtaped 5/13/11, original air date 7/1/11Spider-man Michael David Emanuel Azenberg producers
5552016-08-052017342011-07-22Alan Menken, part 2We continue our interview with composer Alan Menken. He talks about his song-writing partnerships over the years with the late Howard Ashman and then, Sir Tim Rice. He also performs some of his most beloved hits, including songs from Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, King David and his new Broadway show, Sister Act.

(Uplink available July 21, 2011)
alan menken Howard ashman Little Mermaid Little Shop of Horrors Time Rice Beauty and the beast Sister Act Glen Slater
5512011-06-172117302011-06-17Producer Nicholas Hytner on War Horse plus Tony Wrap-up and Spider-Man review with Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pachecotaped 5/13/11Hytner Warhorse Pacheco Musto Green Spider-Man
5562012-05-022017332011-04-15ALAN MENKEN, part 1
5572012-05-022118012011-10-07John Heilpern, John Simon, Edward Hibbert on Terence RattiganRegarding Terence Rattigan: Critics John Heilpern (Vanity Fair) and John Simon, along with British actor Edward Hibbert, discuss and debate the artistry and significance of Terence Rattigan (1911-1977), one of the most prolific and important British playwrights of the 20th century.Terence Rattigan.” Critics John Heilpern (Vanity Fair) and John Simon, British actor Edward Hibbert LOOK BACK IN ANGER
5732012-05-022118112012-02-03Kevin SpaceyWe interview Kevin Spacey about his portrayal of Richard III in the internationally-acclaimed production, now at BAM. The celebrated actor explains how he devised his stunning way of portraying the evil Shakespeare protagonist. Spacey also discusses his role as Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre in London and why, in the midst of a successful Hollywood career, he took on this responsibility. Kevin Spacey BAM Richard III Shakespeare the Old Vic Theatre
5592016-08-052118022011-10-142011 Fall Season Preview: Jesse Green Michael Musto and Patrick Pacheco Fall Season Preview: Our panel of theater experts, Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of the LA Times, look ahead to the 2011 Fall Broadway season. Among the shows they discuss are: Follies, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Bonnie & Clyde, Lysistrata Jones, The Mountaintop, Stick Fly, Chinglish and Porgy and Bess. Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco, Season Preview
5602012-05-022118032011-10-28Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren: Spider-Man: Turn Off the DarkActors Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren, members of the cast of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, discuss what was really going on behind the scenes during the longest preview period for a show in Broadway history. They talk about working with the original director, Julie Taymor, and how, after 183 previews, (and despite injuries, cast rebellion and mean-spirited press coverage) this production has become a fan favorite and one of the best-selling shows now on Broadway. Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren,
5612012-05-022118042011-11-04Elaine Paige, Ron Raines, Charles Isherwood Actors Elaine Paige and (Tony nominee) Ron Raines discuss their roles in the spectacular Broadway revival of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim show Follies, now a hit at the Marquis Theatre. Also on the show, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood explains his responsibilities, as he sees them, as one of the most powerful theater critics in the world, and why he has decided to no longer review the plays of the celebrated writer Adam Rapp. Elaine Paige, Ron Raines, Charles Isherwood Follies Adam Rapp
5722012-05-022118102012-01-27Critics Scott Brown, Jacques le Sourd , David Richardson, and Elisabeth Vincentelli Critics Scott Brown (New York Magazine), Jacques le Sourd (WCBS Radio), David Richardson (WOR), and Elisabeth Vincentelli (New York Post) evaluate the current Broadway season. Among the shows they discuss are: The Gershwins Porgy and Bess, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Road to Mecca and Seminar. Scott Brown, Jacques le Sourd , David RichardsonElisabeth Vincentelli
5632012-05-022118052011-11-11Frank Langella on Man and BoyActor Frank Langella, then appearing in the Terence Rattigan play Man and Boy at The Roundabout Theatre Company. The master performer discusses playing a sinister financier, the central character of this drama. Although Rattigan wrote this play in 1963, it resonates with modern audiences, evoking the shock of the Madoff scandal, among others. Langella also talks about his upcoming book, Dropped Names, in which he reminisces about many of the interesting eminent people whom he got to know throughout his lengthy career in show business. Frank Langella Terence Rattigan Man and Boy
5642016-08-052118062011-11-25Moises Kaufman, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick on Standing on Ceremony and David Henry Hwang onChinglishOur guests are writers Moises Kaufman, Jose Rivera and Paul Rudnick, all contributors to Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, which just opened in New York City at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Also on the program, playwright David Henry Hwang whose critically acclaimed new comedy/drama, Chinglish, about the linguistic and cultural difficulties of Americans visiting China, is now on Broadway.Moises Kaufman Jose Rivera Paul Rudnick Chinglish David Henry Hwang
5952012-08-141714282006-06-13Tony Predictions: Michael Musto, Jesse Green, Patrick PachecoTony Predictions 2008: Michael Musto, Jesse Green, Patrick Pacheco
6052013-08-272219252013-05-10HARVEY FIERSTEIN and CYNDI LAUPERLauper Fierstein
6072016-08-052219212013-04-12Jesse Eisenberg on The RevisionistWriter and Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg joins us to talk about his latest play, The Revisionist, in which he co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave at the Cherry Lane Theatre off-Broadway. Eisenberg plays a narcissistic young American writer who visits Redgrave, his distant relative in Poland who is still traumatized by the Second World War. The clash between the two characters and their family values, lead to the revelation of a heart-wrenching secret that changes both of their lives. In a freewheeling conversation, the astonishingly forthright Eisenberg discusses how he went from being a kid doing childrens theater in Queens, to being a celebrated and accomplished actor/writer, now appearing in his own work opposite one of the most legendary actresses in the world.
Jesse Eisenberg Revisionist
5712012-05-022118092011-12-30Kurt Peterson, Harvey Evans and Ted Chapin, plus Jackie Hoffman: A Chanukah CarolActors Kurt Peterson and Harvey Evans, two company members of the original 1971 cast of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, are joined by producer Ted Chapin (a "gofer" for the original production), author of When Everything Was Possible: The Birth of The Musical Follies. Follies is now being revived in a smash hit production on Broadway.

Next up, we toast the New Year with Jackie Hoffman (of The Addams Family), who is now starring in the brilliant and SRO Jackie Hoffman: A Chanukah Carol which rivals Hugh Jackman -- Back on Broadway as the best solo show in town.

Kurt Peterson and Harvey Evans Jackie Hoffman Follies Chanukah Carol
5672012-05-022118072011-12-16Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn on Lysistrata Jones,, plus Jason Zinoman on Shock ValueWriter Douglas Carter Beane and composer Lewis Flinn discuss their new Broadway show Lysistrata Jones, a cheeky musical based on the Aristophanes classic. Also, drama critic Jason Zinoman of The New York Times talks about “new horror” films, the subject of his book Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.Douglas Carter Beane Lewis Flinn Lysistrata Jones Jason Zinoman The New York Times Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
5682012-05-022118082011-12-23Hugh JackmanWe spend a half-hour with Hugh Jackman the versatile and popular entertainer. Jackman talks about his love for Broadway, his sellout show, Hugh Jackman -- Back on Broadway and how the theater has a special meaning for him. He also discusses his upbringing in a single-parent home in Australia and his early years in musical theater. Hugh Jackman
5742012-05-022118122012-02-10Spring Season Preview: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, and Patrick PachecoBroadway Spring Season Preview 2012, with journalists: Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of The L.A. Times. Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of The L.A. Times
5752016-08-082118132012-02-17Seminar: Theresa Rebeck, Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hamish LinklaterA discussion of the Broadway play, Seminar with its writer Theresa Rebeck, and actors Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater who play an arch writing coach and two of the students struggling to learn from him. Rebeck also talks about the TV series she created, SMASH.Seminar Theresa Rebeck,Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater smash
5762012-05-022118142012-02-24Margaret Edson, Lynne Meadow on WIT, plus Hunter Bell, David Garrison and Jenn Harris on Silence! The MusicalA conversation about Wit, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a woman and her struggle with maintaining her self-awareness and sense of humor while grappling with a mortal illness. Playwright Margaret Edson discusses the revival of her 1998 play, along with the current production director Lynne Meadow, the Artistic Director of The Manhattan Theatre Club. Also on the program, we focus on Silence! The Musical, the highly successful parody of Silence of the Lambs, now playing off-Broadway. Our guests are the show librettist Hunter Bell and actors David Garrison, who plays Hannibal Lecter, and Jenn Harris, who portrays Clarice Starling. The Manhattan Theatre Club Margaret Edson David Garrison Jenn Harris Wit Silence!
5962016-08-051714142008-01-04Chazz Palminteri on A Bronx TaleHosts Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel sit down with actor Chazz Palminteri as he discusses his one-man Broadway show, “A Bronx Tale”. Palminteri talks about what inspired him to become an actor and a writer, the original creation of “A Bronx Tale” and why he decided now to revive it.Chazz Palminteri bronx tale
5972013-08-212219012012-09-12Bruce Jay Friedman Playwright/screen writer Bruce Jay Friedaman on his memoir Lucky BriceBruce Jay Friedman Scuba Duba
5982013-07-252219022012-09-12Christopher Bram Christopher Bram discusses his book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed AmericaEminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America
5782016-08-052118152012-03-24Sir Tim Rice on Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar revivalsLyricist/Librettist Sir Tim Rice on creating his celebrated shows Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, both of which are now being revived on Broadway. He also discusses his upcoming musical based on From Here to Eternity. (taped 3/2/12)Sir Tim Rice Evita Jesus Christ Superstar From Here to Eternity
5812012-05-022118172012-04-06Nina Arianda, Hugh Dancy on Venus in Fur and Marin Mazzie, Michael Gore, Lawrence D. Cohen on Carrie: The MusicalActors Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy discuss their roles in the David Ives play Venus in Fur. They talk about working with director Walter Bobbie to stage this drama, which was inspired by the 19th-century novel, Venus in Furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Mason. Also, a conversation with composer Michael Gore and librettist Lawrence D. Cohen, creators of the notorious musical Carrie, another show based on a classic novel, in this case by Stephen King. Joining them is 3-time-Tony nominee Marin Mazzie, star of the current Off-Broadway revival of the show. (taped 2/24/12 and 3/30/12)Nina Arianda, Hugh Dancy Venus in Fur Marin Mazzie, Michael Gore, Lawrence D. Cohen Carrie: The Musical
5802012-05-022118162012-03-30Craig Zadan and Neil Maron on SMASHProducers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan discuss their careers bringing musical theater to film and television. They also discuss their innovative new NBC TV series Smash, a show about the making of a Broadway musical. Neil Meron Craig Zadan Smash
5822012-05-022118182012-04-13Patrick Healy of The New York Times and Remembering Theodore MannReporter Patrick Healy of The New York Times drops by for a "Broadway Update." We then pay tribute to the late producer Theodore Mann with an encore presentation of our 2010 interview with the Off-Broadway pioneer and founder of the Circle in the Square Theatre. (taped 3/30/12)Patrick Healy of The New York Times ted Mann Theodore Circle in The Square Eugene O Neil
5832012-05-022118192012-04-12Marilyn MayeOur guest is the revered cabaret performer Marilyn Maye, who reminisces about her lengthy career as one of the most sought-after jazz singers and interpreters of popular song. Beginning as a pre-teen vocalist in Iowa, Maye eventually appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (his most frequent guest), and she continues to dazzle audiences even now. Ms. Maye is accompanied on piano by Don Rebic.Marilyn Maye Don Rebec Johnny Carson
5842012-05-022118202012-04-27Gore Vidal on The Best Man (encore)In a classic Theater Talk encore, writer Gore Vidal talks about The Best Man, his timeless (Tony-nominated) political drama, currently being revived on Broadway. The play speaks as relevantly about politics today as it did when it was first produced in 1960. Vidal also discusses his close acquaintance with other political figures ranging from J.F.K. to his "Cousin Albert" (who was about to lose the election when we did this interview with Vidal in 2000). Gore Vidal The Best Man politics
5852012-05-022118212012-05-04James Corden, Richard Bean, Nicholas Hytner One Man, Two GuvnorsOur guests are playwright Richard Bean, Tony-nominated director Nicholas Hytner and Tony-nominated actor James Corden - the writer, director and star respectively of the new comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors. Based on the Eighteenth Century Goldoni farce, The Servant of Two Masters, Beans freewheeling adaptation is set in 1960s Brighton. In an interview taped just two days after the British import opened to great reviews in New York, the trio discusses the work that made the show a success and share the enthusiasm that comes with being out-of-town artists who have scored on Broadway. (taped 4/20/12)James Corden, Richard Bean, Nicholas Hytner One Man, Two Guvnors The Servant of Two Masters Goldoni
5862012-05-022118222012-05-11Critics Ben Brantley, Peter Marks and Terry TeachoutCritics Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, and Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal join us to evaluate some of the most notable shows that have recently opened on Broadway, including One Man, Two Guvnors; Death of a Salesman; The Best Man; Newsies; and Once. (taped 4/20/12)Ben Brantley The New York Times, Peter Marks The Washington Post Terry Teachout The Wall Street One Man, Two Guvnors Death of a Salesman The Best Man; Newsies Once.
5872016-08-082118232012-04-20Harvey Fierstein and Alan Menken on Newsies“Newsies”, the crowd-pleasing musical nominated for 8 Tony Awards.
Joining us at our grand piano are Newsies composer Alan Menken, and librettist Harvey Fierstein, who describe the incubation period for the musical, and perform not only several of the best songs, but a couple of others that did not make the show, including a tune from the score of the original 1992 movie of “Newsies”, that won Menken the "Razzie "Award for Worst Song.





taped 4/20/12
Harvey Fierstein Alan Menken Newsies
5882012-08-142118232012-05-19Harvey Fierstein and Alan Menken on Newsies


taped 4/20/12
Harvey Fierstein Alan Menken Newsies
5902012-05-202118252012-06-01Rick Elice and Roger Rees on Peter and the StarcatcherRick Elice Roger Rees Peter and the Starcatcher Peter Pan Disney Alex Timbers
5892014-09-192118242012-05-25Tony Predictions - 2012 with Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pachecotaped May 11, 2012Tony Predictions Jesse Green, Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco
5922012-11-221815322009-05-16Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco TONY PredictionsJesse Green, MIchael Musto, Patrick Pacheco TONY Predictions
5942012-08-142118272012-06-15TONY WRAP UP: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco and Emanuel AzenbergTONY WRAP UP: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco and Emanuel Azenberg
6092014-09-222320022013-04-10Ethan Mordden discusses Anything Goes: A History of American Musical TheatreAnything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre The prolific writer/historian Ethan Mordden joins us to discuss his comprehensive new history of the Broadway musical. (taped 9/13/13)Anything Goes Ethan Mordden Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre
6142014-09-192320032013-10-25Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Healy dicuss Fall 2013 Season PreviewJesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Out.com & Gawker plus Patrick Healy of The New York Time discuss the Fall Broadway season, 2013.Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Healy Fall Broadway Season 2013
6282014-09-222320012013-09-27Betty Buckley, Hailie Foote, Lois Smith discuss The Old Friends by Horton Foote. Also Ray Fisher and Will Power discuss his play Fetch Clay, Make ManOur guests are actors Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, and Lois Smith. They discuss their roles in The Old Friends, a never-before-produced play by the late Horton Foote (1916-2009). Also on the program, actor Ray Fisher and playwright Will Power discuss his play Fetch Clay, Make Man, about the unlikely friendship between boxer/activist Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit, the first millionaire Black movie star.Betty Buckley Hallie Foote Lois Smith Horton Foote The Old Friends Ray Fisher Will Power Muhammad Ali Stepin Fetchit Fetch Clay, Make Man
6482014-09-232320122013-12-27Stephen Fry on Shakespeare, Broadway and Twelfth NightBritish actor, writer, commentator and TV personality Stephen Fry, appearing on Broadway in the Shakespeare Globe production of Twelfth Night, shares his expertise on many topics relevant to Shakespeare and the widely successful revival in which he was appearing, as well as his observations on how Broadway has changed in the last 28 years. Although this year was his Broadway acting debut, he worked on Broadway in 1986 as the librettist of the hit British-import, Me and My Girl. Stephen Fry Shakespeare Globe Twelfth Night Me and My Girl
6472014-09-232320112013-12-20Sean Mathias, Sir Ian McKellen & Sir Patrick Stewart discuss No Man s Land and Waiting for GodotSir Ian McKellen and Sir Patric Stewart join director Sean Mathias to discuss his productions of No Man s Land by Harold Pinter and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.Sir Ian McKellen Sir Patric Stewart Sean Mathias Harold Pinter Waiting for Godot No Man s Land Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot
6382014-09-222320052013-11-08Baz Bamigboye reviews Betrayal and Twelfth Night plus Sebastian Arcelus, John Douglas Thompson, Patrick Page & Rupert Homes on A Time to KillWe welcome Baz Bamigboye from the London Daily Mail who reviews some of the Broadway shows he saw on his visit to the USA, including Betrayal by Harold Pinter and The Royal Shakespeare Company all-male production of Twelfth Night. We then focus on the Broadway Play A Time to Kill with actors Sebastian Arcelus, John Douglas Thompson and Patrick Page, plus writer Rupert Holmes who adapted the popular John Grisham novel to the stage.Baz Bamigboye Betrayal Harold Pinter The Royal Shakespeare Company all-male Twelfth Night A Time to Kill Sebastian Arcelus John Douglas Thompson Patrick Page Rupert Holmes John Grisham
6412016-08-082320072013-11-22Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger stars in The Glass Menagerie plus Susan Schulman discusses Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press AgentWe welcome Cherry Jones and Celia Keenan-Bolger, two of the starts of the critically acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Newt we talk with veteran Broadway press agent Susan Schulman about her new memoir Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent, which chronicles her career in one of the most pivotal yet under-recognized careers in show business.Cherry Jones Celia Keenan-Bolger The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Susan Schulman Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales from a Theatre Press Agent
6402014-09-222320062013-11-15Roger Rees, Alessandro Nivola and Charlotte Parry discuss The Winslow Boy Plus John Simon, John Heilpern and Edward Hibbert analyze career of Terence Rattigan Actors Roger Rees, Alessandro Nivola and Charlotte Parry discuss their roles in the revival of the popular Terence Rattigan drama The Winslow Boy at The Roundabout. The critics John Simon and John Heilpern plus actor Edward Hibbert analyze the career of Rattigan as one of the important English playwrights of the Twentieth Century, as well as the subsequent rejection of his work in the wake of plays like Look Back in Anger.Roger Rees Alessandro Nivola Charlotte Parry Terence Rattigan The Winslow Boy John Simon John Heilpern Edward Hibbert Look Back in Anger
6422014-09-222320082013-11-29Dame Eileen Atkins and Sir Michael Gambon discuss the Trevor Nunn production of All That Fall by Samuel BeckettDame Eileen Atkins and Sir Michael Gambon, two British acting legends, discuss appearing in the Trevor Nunn production of All That Fall by Samuel Beckett. This is the first production of this play in the USA, because although Beckett wrote All That Fall as a radio play (first broadcast in 1957), he refused to allow it to be done live on stage, saying, "To act it is to kill it."Dame Eileen Atkins Sir Michael Gambon All That Fall Trevor Nunn Samuel Beckett radio play
6342014-09-222320042013-11-08John Kander, Greg Pierce, Walter Bobbie and David Hyde Pierce on The Landing plus Suzy Evans & Susan Haskins interview Jack O Brien and Ethan HawkeWe focus on The Landing, a new musical at The Vineyard Theatre by composer John Kander and writer Greg Pierce who join us on the program with the director Walter Bobbie and cast member David Hyde Pierce. Next, we focus on a new production of Macbeth at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Suzy Evans of Backstage joins Susan Haskins in the Lincoln Center rehearsal studio to interview members of the creative team and cast including director Jack O Brien and Actor Ethan Hawke.The Vineyard Theatre The Landing John Kander Greg Pierce Walter Bobbie David Hyde Pierce Macbeth Vivian Beaumont Theater Suzy Evan Backstage Susan Haskins Lincoln Center rehearsal studio Jack O Brien Ethan Hawke
6462014-09-222320102013-12-13Part 2: Glen Berger discusses his book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway HistoryGlen Berger discusses his new tell-all book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History. Berger spent over five years working with director Julie Taymor to write this musical and remained on the project to reconstruct the show after she was replaced in 2011, prompting co-host Michael Riedel of the New York Post, to refer to him as "Judas." Now that the show is up and running (and about to close at a loss of over $60 million), Berger defend his actions during what he calls, "a long bad acid trip."Glen Berger Julie Taymor Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
6452014-09-222320092013-12-06Part 1: Glen Berger discusses his book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway HistoryGlen Berger discusses his new tell-all book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History. Berger spent over five years working with director Julie Taymor to write this musical and remained on the project to reconstruct the show after she was replaced in 2011, prompting co-host Michael Riedel of the New York Post, to refer to him as "Judas." Now that the show is up and running (and about to close at a loss of over $60 million), Berger defend his actions during what he calls, "a long bad acid trip."Glen Berger Julie Taymor Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History
6532014-09-252320152014-01-17Jeremy Gerard discusses new book Wynn Place Show: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life and Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and the American Place TheatreDrama critic and entertainment reporter Jeremy Gerard discusses his new book Wynn Place Show: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life and Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and the American Place Theatre, about Handman, the co-founder and artistic director of The American Place Theatre, which began in the nineteen sixties and was one of the most influential theaters of the late Twentieth Century.The American Place Theatre Jeremy Gerard Wynn Place Show: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life and Extreme Times of Wynn Handman and the American Place Theatre
6522014-09-252220142014-01-10Jesse Green, Charles Isherwood and Elisabeth Vincentelli review Fall 2013 on & off BroadwayCritics Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post review fall 2013 New York productions, on and off Broadway, that piqued their interest.Jesse Green Charles Isherwood Elisabeth Vincentelli fall 2013 on and off Broadway interest.
6512016-08-052320132014-01-03John Hodgman on I Stole Your DadWriter/Humorist John Hodgman gives his wry perspectives on many topics including his new show, I Stole Your Dad, at the Under the Radar Festival (Public Theater), as well as Downton Abbey, cooking owls and the Jerry Lewis suppressed film The Day the Clown DiedJohn Hodgman I Stole Your Dad Under the Radar Festival Downton Abbey Jerry Lewis The Day the Clown Died
6542014-09-252320162014-02-07Charles Busch on and Julie Halston in The Tribute Artist plus Jack Cummings III from Transport Group and John Cariani discuss his revival Almost, MaineActress Julie Halston and writer/actor Charles Busch discuss his new play The Tribute Artist about a man who impersonates his landlady after she dies to keep her townhouse. Also, actor/playwright John Cariani and Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III discuss their revival of the romantic comedy, Almost, Maine, written by Cariani, which first ran Off-Broadway in 2006 and has since gone on to become one of the most frequently licensed plays around the world and the number one most produced play in US high schools, passing Shakespeare, Spoon River Anthology and even Our Town.Julie Halston Charles Busch The Tribute Artist John Cariani Transport Group
6552016-08-052320172014-02-14Spring 2014 Broadway Season: Adam Feldman, Jesse Green and Michael MustoAdam Feldman of Time Out New York, Jesse Green of New York Magazine, and Michael Musto of Out.com discuss some of the most anticipated shows of the Spring 2014 season. They debate whether the season will be dominated by new musicals adapted from movies like "Bullets Over Broadway," "Rocky," and "The Bridges of Madison County," or by original musicals such as "If/Then," "Violet" and "Beautiful." They also talk about promising new plays including Bryan Cranston playing LBJ in "All The Way," James Lapines adaptation of Moss Harts memoir "Act One" and Harvey Fiersteins intriguing new work about cross-dressers, "Casa Valentina." Adam Feldman Jesse Green Michael Musto Spring 2014 Broadway Season
6582014-09-252320192014-02-28Hello Dolly! at 50! with Sondra Lee, Lee Roy Reams and Marge ChampionHello Dolly! opened January 16, 1964. In honor of its half-century, Theater Talk welcomes actress Sondra Lee ("Minnie Fay" in the original cast), actor Lee Roy Reams ("Cornelius Hackl" in the 1978 revival and director of the 1995 revival), plus legendary dancer Marge Champion who assisted her late then-husband director/choreographer Gower Champion while he was creating this timeless hit.Hello Dolly! Sondra Lee Lee Roy Reams Marge Champion Gower Champion
6572014-09-302320182014-02-21Fred Barton presents Klea Blackhurst and Lee Roy Reams with songs from Hello Dolly! Next Richard Seff remembers his career and new novel, Take a Giant Step: A Romance in RadioJuly 10 is the 83rd birthday of Jerry Herman, and we celebrate with an encore of our tribute-in-song to the composer/lyricist of the 1964 mega-hit Hello Dolly! Conductor Fred Barton presents Klea Blackhurst and Lee Roy Reams performing songs from the classic show. Next, actor/author Richard Seff discusses his novel, Take a Giant Step: A Romance in Radio, where he remembers his early career acting in radio and TV dramas in the 1940s and 50s.July 10 is the 83rd birthday of Jerry Herman Hello Dolly! Fred Barton Klea BlackhurstLee Roy Reams Take a Giant Step: A Romance in Radio Richard Seff
6622014-09-302320212014-03-28Terry Teachout and John Douglas Thompson discuss Satchmo at the WaldorfPlaywright Terry Teachout (also lead drama critic for The Wall Street Journal) and actor John Douglas Thompson discuss the Teachout play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, about the last years of jazz legend Louis Armstrong, for which Thompson won a Drama Desk Award as Best Solo Performer.Terry Teachout John Douglas Thompson "Satchmo at the Waldorf" Louis Armstrong
6632014-09-302320222014-04-04Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham and Darko Tresnjak discuss "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder". Later, Michael Riedel & Susan Haskins talk to Woodie King, Jr. celebrating 44 years of The New Federal Theatre.
Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham and Darko Tresnjak discuss "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder", in which Mays plays eight members of a wealthy British family, all of whom are murdered by the "hero," Pinkham. Later, Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins talk to Woodie King, Jr., founder and Artisitc Director of The New Federal Theatre, which just celebrated 44 years of implementing its mission to integrate minorities and women into the mainstream of American theater.Jefferson Mays Bryce Pinkham Darko Tresnjak "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder" Woodie King, Jr. "The New Federal Theatre"
6612014-09-302320202014-03-21Roberta Maxwell, Marcia Rodd and Dick Cavett discuss Hellman v. McCarthyActresses Roberta Maxwell and Marcia Rodd, plus talk show host Dick Cavett discuss their roles as Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy and Dick Cavett, respectively, in the new play Hellman v. McCarthy, produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company and dealing with the bitter legal dispute between the two eminent writers that began on The Dick Cavett Show on PBS.Roberta Maxwell Marcia Rodd Dick Cavett Lillian Hellman Mary McCarthy Dick Cavett "Hellman v. McCarthy"
6662016-08-052320242014-04-18Stephen Lutvak performs songs from A Gentlemans Guide to Love and MurderComposer Steven Lutvak performs songs from his witty and tuneful score for A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder. Based on the 1907 British novel about a beguiling serial killer that inspired the beloved 1949 Alex Guinness comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets, A Gentlemans Guilde is now a Broadway hit, having won many awards including four TONYS, one for Best Musical. Steven Lutvak "A Gentlemans Guide to Love and Murder" "Kind Hearts and Coronets" "TONY
Best Musical"
6652014-09-302320232014-04-11Tyne Daly and Terrence McNally discuss Mothers and Sons his 20th play on Broadway!Actress Tyne Daly and playwright Terrence McNally discuss Mothers and Sons, the 20th McNally play on Broadway, about the emotional encounter of the mother of a young man who died of AIDS, with his then-partner, 20 years after his death.Tyne Daly Terrence McNally "Mothers and Sons" AIDS,
6672014-09-302320252014-04-25Denzel Washington and Woodie King, Jr. discuss A Raisin in the Sun Actor Denzel Washington, who starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, and Woodie King, Jr., Founder of the New Federal Theatre, talk about the ongoing impact of this classic play (first produced in 1959). They also reminisce about their early days working together at the King theater where Denzel first achieved major success in the play When Chickens Come Home to Roost, playing Malcolm X, a character he was to recreate ten years later in the Spike Lee film biography of the influential activist.Denzel Washington "A Raisin in the Sun" Woodie King, Jr. "When Chickens Come Home to Roost" Malcolm X
6682014-09-302320262014-05-02Harvey Fierstein discusses Casa Valentina a Catskills Cross Dressing Retreat Writer/performer Harvey Fierstein talks about his intriguing new play on Broadway, Casa Valentina, based on a true story of a vacation retreat in the 1960s Catskills where men, self-identified as straight, went to dress and live as women.Harvey Fierstein "Casa Valentina"
6692014-09-302320272014-05-09Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil at the piano plus Jessie Mueller on Beautiful: The Carol King MusicalFirst up, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, the husband/wife songwriting team whose early careers in the Sixties are also portrayed in this new show Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, joins co-host Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins at the piano to discuss how they came together to write some of the great standards of pop music, some of which Mann performs. Next up, the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Actress in a Musical Jessie Mueller discusses playing songwriter Carole King and meeting her for the first time on stage.Barry Mann Cynthia Weil Jessie Mueller "Beautiful: The Carol King Musical"
6912016-08-052421022014-10-102014 Season Preview: Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick PachecoJesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Out.com & Gawker plus Patrick Pacheco of The Los Angeles Times discuss the upcoming season on Broadway, including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, The Last Ship, Its Only A Play, You Cant Take It With You, Side Show, A Delicate Balance, The Elephant Man, The River, This Is Our Youth and Finding Neverland.
taped 09/26/14
Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco Curious Incident
6822014-10-012320292014-05-23Jesse Green, Michael Musto & Patirck Pacheco Join Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins with Tony Predictions, 2014Theater Talk panel of theater experts: Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Gawker.com and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angles Times join co-hots Michael Riedel of the New York Post and Susan Haskins to speculate on who will win the Tony Awards and why.Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco Tony Predictions, 2014
6832014-10-012320302014-05-30Ben Brantley, Peter Marks and Terry Teachout review 2013-14 Broadway SeasonBen Brantley of The New York Times Peter Marks of The Washington Post and Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal, review key productions of the 2013-14 Broadway season.Ben Brantley Peter Marks Terry Teachout "2013-14 Broadway Season"
6722014-09-302320282014-05-16LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo discuss A Raisin in the Sun. Also, Casey Nicholaw and James Monroe Iglehart talk about Aladdin.LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo from A Raisin in the Sun, discuss their roles in the Tony Award-winning revival of the play. Also, director Casey Nicholaw and Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart talk about creating their Broadway hit Aladdin, based on the Disney film and starring Iglehart as "Genie."LaTanya Richardson Jackson Anika Noni Rose Sophie Okonedo "A Raisin in the Sun" Casey Nicholaw James Monroe Iglehart "Aladdin"
6902016-08-052421012014-09-19Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the RoofTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic musical Fiddler on The Roof, we welcome critic/dramaturg Alisa Solomon (Columbia University’s Journalism School) to discuss her new book Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. In it, she traces how the story of Tevye, the dairyman, the most beloved character created by Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, was transformed into a blockbuster musical, which achieved astonishing popularity, not only for Jews, but for audiences around the world.Alisa Solomon Fiddler on the Roof Wonder of Wonders
6882014-10-012320322014-06-20James Shapiro discusses Shakespeare in America and Carolyn Quinn with her book Mama Roses s Turn: The True Story of Americas Most Notorious Stage Mother James Shapiro discusses his anthology Shakespeare in America while Carolyn Quinn discusses her book Mama Roses s Turn: The True Story of Americas Most Notorious Stage Mother, who offers unique insights into the life of Rose Thompson Hovick, the ambitious matriarch who was the inspiration for Gypsy, arguably Broadways all-time greatest musical.James Shapiro "Shakespeare in America" Carolyn Quinn "Mama Roses s Turn: The True Story of Americas Most Notorious Stage Mother" Rose Thompson Hovick "Gypsy"
6892016-07-252320332014-06-28David Byrne celebrates Here Lies Love with Jose Llana &Ruthie Ann Miles. We end the season with "in memoriam" tribute to Ruby Dee, Arthur Gelb & Jacques le SourdWe first focus on the new show Here Lies Love, at The Public Theater. Our guests are co-composer/lyricist David Bryne (formerly of Talking Heads) along with actors Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles who play Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos in this dazzling big beat-disco musical about the rise and fall of the notorious Filipino dictator and his super-star first lady. The Theater Talk Season ends with an "in memoriam" segment paying tribute to three eminent, recently-deceased guests: actress Ruby Dee, Arthur Gelb of The New York Times and drama critic Jacques le Sourd, featuring highlight from their interview on Theater Talk.David Bryne "Here Lies Love" "Talking Heads" Jose Llana Ruthie Ann Miles "Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos" "in memoriam" Jacques le Sourd Ruby Dee Arthur Gelb
6872014-10-012320312014-06-13Jesse Green, Michael Musto & Patrick Pacheco on TONY Awards Wrap Up while Joan Marcus shares favorite photos plus Andrew Andrew on the TONY Red Carpet.Jesse Green, Michael Musto and Patrick Pacheco return for our Tony Awards Wrap-up show to assess what happened at the awards ceremony. Also on the program, we welcome photographer Joan Marcus, recipient of one of 2013-14 TONY Honors for Excellence, in recognition of her quarter century behind the camera, Joan shows us some of her personal favorites from her impressive body of work (taking pictures of over 300 Broadway shows alone). We finish with a report from popular online critics/DJs, Andrew Andrew, from the TONY Awards red carpet.Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco "Tony Awards Wrap-up" "TONY Honors for Excellence" Joan Marcus "Andrew Andrew"
6922016-08-052421032014-10-17Garry Marshall and Mike Bencivenga discuss Billy & Ray; plus remembering Marian SeldesDirector Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman") and playwright Mike Bencivenga discuss "Billy & Ray," Bencivenga’s new play at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre, about the antagonistic relationship between director Billy Wilder and mystery writer Raymond Chandler during their collaboration on the 1944 film-noir classic “Double Indemnity.”

We also pay tribute to the late Marian Seldes with a clip from one of the beloved actress and teacher’s many appearances on the show.
Garry Marshall Mike Bencivenga Billy Wilder Raymond Chandler Double Indemnity Vineyard Theatre Marian Seldes
6932016-08-082421042014-10-24Sting, John Logan, Michael Esper on The Last Ship and Mario Correa, Rachel Dratch, and Nate Smith on Tail! Spin!Theater Talk guests are English composer (and rock star) Sting, librettist John Logan and lead actor Michael Esper from "The Last Ship," their new musical opening this month on Broadway. Also writer Mario Correa plus actors Rachel Dratch and Nate Smith on Correa’s political comedy, "Tail! Spin!" which uses the actual words of scandal-racked American politicians Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner, to tell their stories.Sting Last Ship Michael Esper John Logan Tail Spin Mario Correa Rachel Dratch Nate Smith
6942016-08-052421052014-10-31Brian Dennehy and A.R. Gurney on Love LettersActor Brian Dennehy and playwright A.R. Gurney discuss the prolific writer’s revered play, Love Letters, now in an all-star revival on Broadway with Dennehy in the lead. Since it premiered in 1988, this two-character, epistolary-form drama has been performed in countless productions all over the world.Brian Dennehy Gurney Love Letters
6952016-08-052421062014-11-07The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Marianne Elliott, Simon Stephens and Alex SharpDirector Marianne Elliott and playwright Simon Stephens discuss adapting the best-selling novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" (by Mark Haddon) to create a powerful stage production that "The New York Times" calls "one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway." They are joined by Broadway newcomer Alex Sharp, who plays the lead role of a 15-year-old, special needs child," giving an unforgettable performance that requires him to be on stage virtually every moment of this compelling play.Curious Incident Dog Marianne Elliott Simon Stephens Alex Sharp
6962016-08-052421072014-11-15Joely Richardson and Steve Cosson on The Belle of Amherst, and Stefanie Cohen and Imogen Lloyd WebberTheater Talk welcomes actress Joely Richardson and director Steve Cosson as they discuss their revival of "The Belle of Amherst," a William Luce play about the intriguing 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. Also on the program, a "Broadway Update" with two journalists new to our program, Stefanie Cohen of the Wall Street Journal and Imogen Lloyd Webber of Broadway.com. They talk about current and upcoming productions including the NBC live broadcast of Peter Pan, as well as On The Town, The Last Ship and The Curious Incident... on Broadway.Joely Richardson Steve Cosson Belle Amherst Stefanie Cohen Imogen Lloyd Webber
6972016-08-052421092014-11-28Joy Behar on Me, My Mouth & I, and Bob Callely on On a Stool at the End of the BarComedienne Joy Behar discusses her new one-woman show, "Me, My Mouth & I" at the Cherry Lane Theatre, as well as her life prior to show business, politics, Joan Rivers and - of course - her 16 years co-hosting "The View."

Next, playwright Bob Callely talks about his new play, "On a Stool at the End of the Bar" and the sobering life-event that almost cut his writing career short, losing all his money to Bernard Madoff.
Joy Behar Bob Callely
6982016-08-082421102014-12-19Dick Cavett and Richard Zoglin author of HopeOur guests are talk show great, Dick Cavett and critic Richard Zoglin of “Time” Magazine, discussing Bob Hope, the subject of Zoglin’s fascinating new biography, “Hope.” Beginning as a child, performing on the streets to get extra money for his family, Hope went on to become a major star in vaudeville, on Broadway, in the movies and on TV. He basically invented the stand-up comedy form and lived to be 100, never really retiring from pursuing his singularly successful and lucrative, show business career. Hope was also friendly with Cavett, who tells us about some of their time together.Dick Cavett Richard Zoglin Bob Hope
6992016-08-052421082014-11-21Bill Condon, Henry Krieger, David Rockwell, Bill Russell on Side ShowOur guests are director Bill Condon, composer Henry Krieger, set designer David Rockwell and lyricist/librettist Bill Russell from the creative team of “Side Show,” based on the lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. This musical first played on Broadway in 1997. Although it was critically acclaimed, it did not do well at the box office and closed prematurely. Now it has been reimagined and rewritten by Condon and Russell and has reopened on Broadway this fall.Bill Condon Henry Krieger David Rockwell Russell Side Show
7002016-08-052421112014-12-26John Lahr, author Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of The FleshJohn Lahr discusses the life and work of playwright Tennessee Williams, the subject of "The New Yorker" critics great new biography, "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of The Flesh."John Lahr Tennessee Williams
7012016-08-052421122015-01-02Critics: Charles Isherwood, Jesse Green, Elisabeth VincentelliCharles Isherwood of The New York Times, Jesse Green of New York Magazine and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post review significant new Broadway productions, including A Delicate Balance, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Elephant Man, Its Only A Play, The Last Ship, The River and Side Show. They also discuss the recent NBC live production of Peter Pan and shows they are looking forward to in the spring.Isherwood Jesse Green Elisabeth Vincentelli critic Peter Pan Curious Incident
7022016-08-052421132015-01-16Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes on DeuceIn memory of actress Marian Seldes, Theater Talk presents an encore of our 2007 interview with her and Angela Lansbury in which the veteran actresses discuss their careers acting (and in Seldes case, teaching acting as well) and their roles on Broadway in the Terrence McNally play Deuce.

original tape date 05-15-07
Angela Lansbury Marian Seldes Deuce
7032016-08-052421142015-01-23Elizabeth Ashley and Julie Halston and Toby the rat with Lydia DesRoche and Elisabeth VincentelliActors Elizabeth Ashley and Julie Halston drop by to discuss their roles in the hit Broadway revival of “You Cant Take It With You,” as well as tips on how to steal scenes and the zen of applying dazzling stage makeup.

Next up, we have a visit from the popular Broadway player Toby the rat, escorted by her trainer Lydia DesRoche. They are joined by Elisabeth Vincentelli of the “New York Post” who was in our green room that day to shoot our critics panel and was so enamored of Toby, that we invited her to stick around and participate in this interview.
rat Curious Incident Elizabeth Ashley Julie Halston Toby Lydia DesRoche Elisabeth Vincentelli
7042016-08-052421152015-01-30Spring Season Preview 2015: Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick PachecoEntertainment journalists Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of Out.com and Patrick Pacheco of the Los Angeles Times discuss the upcoming New York theater season and productions including: “Honeymoon in Vegas,” Helen Mirren in “The Audience,” David Hare “Skylight,” “Something Rotten,” “Fun Home,” “The Heidi Chronicles” by Wendy Wasserstein, as well as three musicals that have had epically-long roads to Broadway: “Doctor Zhivago,” Chita Rivera in “The Visit” by Kander & Ebb and mega-producer Harvey Weinsteins “Finding Neverland.”Patrick Pacheco Michael Musto Jesse Green Skylight
7052016-08-052421162015-02-06Ayad Akhtar on Disgraced, and Michael Mayer, Peter Lerman, Kimberly Grigsby and Matt Doyle on BrooklynitePlaywright Ayad Akhtar discusses “Disgraced” and the issues of Muslim-American identity explored by this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama (now on Broadway at The Lyceum Theatre).

Next up, we focus on the new musical “Brooklynite” (Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre). Composer/lyricist/co-librettist, Peter Lerman; director/co-librettist, Michael Mayer and its leading man, Matt Doyle, give us a preview of this futuristic show about hipster superheroes in Brooklyn. Doyle also performs a ballad from the score, "I Am Not A Hero," accompanied by musical director, Kimberly Grigsby.
Disgraced Ayad Akhtar Brooklynite Michael Mayer Peter Lerman Matt Doyle
7062016-08-082421172015-02-13Stephen Adly Guirgis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Austin Pendleton on Between Riverside and CrazyPlaywright Stephen Adly Guirgis, actor Stephen McKinley Henderson and director Austin Pendleton, discuss their collaboration on the new play, “Between Riverside and Crazy,” at the Second Stage Theatre, about the extraordinary and off-beat world of an aging police officer, whose career was cut short in a shooting. In a freewheeling conversation, they also talk about the inspirations for their successful careers, as well as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who got his first break from Pendleton and later was Guirgis mentor and collaborator.

taped 01/23/15
Between Riverside Crazy Stephen Adly Guirgis Stephen McKinley Henderson Austin Pendleton Pulitzer
7082016-08-082421192015-02-27Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson Constellations, Fred Barton, Karen Ziemba, Bruce Landry on Irving BerlinActors Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson (2015 Golden Globe-winner) discuss their roles in the new play "Constellations" and the close-working relationship they have developed while starring in this unconventional and critically acclaimed two-person drama.


Also on the program we welcome conductor/arranger Fred Barton, whose next "American Showstoppers" concerts will be devoted to Irving Berlin. Two performers from the show, Tony-winning Broadway favorite, Karen Ziemba and newcomer, Bruce Landry, join Barton to perform the masterpiece of counterpoint, "Youre Just In Love," which was a big hit for Ethel Merman in the 1953 musical, “Call Me Madam” by Irving Berlin.

Jake Gyllenhaal Ruth Wilson Constellations Irving Berlin
7092016-08-082421202015-03-20Tom Santopietro, author of The Sound of Music Story, and Ted Chapin, Something Rotten: Casey Nicholaw, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Brian dArcy James, Brad Oscar2015 is the 50th anniversary of the hit movie "The Sound of Music." We celebrate this classic 1965 film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical with writer Tom Santopietro, author of "The Sound of Music Story," and Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company.

Also on the program, roving correspondents AndrewAndrew visit a press presentation of "Something Rotten!" a splashy new Elizabethan musical on Broadway. Tony-winning director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw presents musical highlights (featuring actors Christian Borle, John Cariani, Brian dArcy James and Brad Oscar) of what may be one of the hits of the season.
Tom Santopietro Ted Chapin Casey Nicholaw Sound of Music Something Rotten
7102016-08-082421222015-03-27Tony Danza, Rob McClure in Honeymoon in Vegas and remembering Albert MayslesActors Tony Danza and Rob McClure from the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas discuss bringing their show to Broadway and swap entertaining tales of how they got started in show business. Then, we remember legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles (1926-2015) with highlights from our 2007 interview about Grey Gardens, his 1975 classic documentary, later adapted into a Broadway musical. Tony Danza Rob McClure Honeymoon in Vegas Albert Maysles Grey Gardens
7112016-08-082421232015-04-03Robert Kimball and Rob Fisher on An American in Paris and remembering Jean-Claude Baker“An American in Paris” is coming to Broadway as a new musical adaptation of the 1951 Academy Award winning film, itself inspired by George Gershwins 1928 symphonic poem. The guests are theater historian Robert Kimball (author of “The Gershwins”), and Rob Fisher, musical director of the show, to discuss the composer and how his work is being adapted anew.

Next up, we pay tribute to Jean-Claude Baker, author of the book “Josephine: The Hungry Heart,” the biography of his foster mother (and another American in Paris), legendary entertainer and African-American icon, Josephine Baker (1906-1975). Jean-Claude, who also owned the NYC nightspot, Chez Josephine, died earlier this year, so we are repeating this interview, not only to remember the legendary Josephine, but Jean-Claude himself, a beloved Broadway personality.
Robert Kimball Rob Fischer American Paris Jean-Claude Baker Josephine Baker
7122016-08-082421242015-04-10Hand to God: Robert Askins, Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Steven Boyer and 24/6 Yoni Oppenheim and Avi Soroka“Hand to God” is the outrageous hit Broadway comedy about a teenager attending a Christian puppet-making workshop in Texas, whose sock-puppet seems to have become possessed by the devil. Our guests are the creative team: playwright Robert Askins, director Moritz von Stuelpnagel and actor Steven Boyer (with the satanic puppet, Tyrone), on the show that New York Magazine designated, "Broadway s unlikeliest must-see play" and the New York Times calls "Darkly Delightful and flat out hilarious."

Next up are Yoni Oppenheim and Avi Soroka, Directors and Co-Founders of 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company, which they created as a theatrical home for Sabbath-Observant Jews. Yoni and Avi explain their inspiration for starting the company and discuss the difficulties they had faced getting work in the theater because they practice a religion that prohibits working from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.
Hand to God Robert Askins Moritz von Stuelpnagel Steven Boyer 24/6 Yoni Oppenheim Avi Soroka
7132016-08-082421252015-04-17Wolf Hall: Hilary Mantel, Ben Miles, Nathaniel Parker, Jeremy HerrinThis episode is devoted to Wolf Hall, the two-part stage adaptation of Dame Hilary Mantel s brilliant historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, about Henry VIII, King of England, and his ambitious chief minister Thomas Cromwell who facilitated Henry s disposing of his wives, actions with consequences for the entire Western World. Our guests are Dame Hilary, actors Ben Miles (Thomas Cromwell) and Nathaniel Parker (King Henry VIII), plus director Jeremy Herrin, who discuss the lives and undoing of the characters in this gripping drama.Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel Ben Miles Nathaniel Parker Jeremy Herrin
7142016-08-082421262015-04-24The Visit: John Kander, Roger Rees, Chita Rivera and It Shoulda Been You: Brian Hargrove, David Hyde Pierce, Tyne Daly and Harriet HarrisThis episode is devoted to two radically different new musicals on Broadway.

First up we focus on "The Visit", the last show by the team of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. Our guests include composer Kander, its innovative director John Doyle plus the stars Roger Rees and the legendary Chita Rivera who discuss this bewitching adaptation of the dark and intriguing tale of betrayal and revenge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.


Also on the show we discuss "It Shoulda Been You," writer Brian Hargrove s story of a lavish family wedding that goes wildly awry. Our guests are Hargrove, the director, David Hyde Pierce (best-known for his role in "Frasier") plus two members of its cast Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris who give wonderful comic performances as the stressed-out mothers of the bride and groom.

Visit Kander Ebb Roger Rees Chita Rivera Shoulda Been You Brian Hargrove David Hyde Pierce Tyne Daly Harriet Harris
7152016-08-082421272015-05-01David Hare, Stephen Daldry on SkylightPlaywright David Hare and director Stephen Daldry discuss the revival of the play Skylight which has just been nominated for 7 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Play and Best Director of a Play for Daldry. This romantic drama about the relationship between a successful businessman and a young teacher who has consigned herself to public service and penury, is considered one of his best plays and a classic of modern British drama. David Hare Stephen Daldry Skylight
7162016-08-082421282015-05-08Helen Mirren on The AudienceTheater Talk welcomes actress Dame Helen Mirren, star of "The Audience," the celebrated new play by Peter Morgan about Elizabeth II and her 63 years of conversations with the Prime Ministers who have served during her reign as Queen of England. Although Dame Helen (just nominated for a 2015 Tony Award) is royalty herself, she is also down-to-earth, witty and outspoken. She shares with us a wealth of anecdotes about her prestigious theatrical career and its diverse influences, making this episode a captivating performance in and of itself.Helen Mirren Audience Queen Elizabeth
7172016-08-082421292015-05-15Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy in SkylightThe guests are actors Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, the stars of “Skylight” by David Hare being revived on Broadway in the spring of 2015. The pair talk about working with director Stephen Daldry to create this emotionally jarring and stylish production of what many consider to be his finest play. “Skylight” received seven Tony Award nominations, including nods for their lead performances.

On the subject of the TONY Awards, every year on the day after the nominations, all the chosen are brought together to be interviewed by dozens of press outlets in a hectic annual morning ritual at The Paramount Hotel, called "The TONY Meet and Greet." Our roving reporters AndrewAndrew represent “Theater Talk” this year, where they talk to Hand to God playwright Robert Askins, Hand to God actor Steven Boyer, actress Kristin Chenoweth of On The 20th Century and the show’s designer William Ivey Long, actor Alessandro Nivola of The Elephant Man, actress Julie White of Airline Highway and an encore appearance by Carey Mulligan of Skylight.
Bill Nighy Carey Mulligan Skylight Tony Awards AndrewAndrew
7182016-08-082421302015-05-22Fun Home: Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori, Alison BechdelWe focus on the musical “Fun Home,” with librettist/lyricist Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori who created this stunning, heart-breaking musical based on the memoir/graphic novel by Alison Bechdel about growing up in a troubled family and her relationship with her father prior to his suicide. Bechdel is also our guest on the program and the trio give us wonderful insight into the collaboration that transformed this unique bestselling book into an equally special and profound work of musical theater.

“Fun Home” received 12 Tony Award nominations including Best Book of a Musical (Kron), Best Original Score (Tesori/Kron), and Best Musical.
Fun Home Lisa Kron Jeanine Tesori Alison Bechdel
7192016-08-082421312015-05-292015 Tony Award Predictions Spectacular! Jesse Green, Michael Musto, Patrick Pacheco, Elisabeth VincentelliTheater Talks savvy panel of theater experts, Jesse Green of New York magazine, Michael Musto of “Musto! The Musical!” at Out.com, Patrick Pacheco of ArtInfo.com and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post, discuss the TONY® nominations, and foresee the winners on this incomparable annual predictions (and show clip-laden) special.Tony Award Predictions Jesse Green Michael Musto Patrick Pacheco Elisabeth Vincentelli
7202016-08-082421322015-06-12Stefanie Cohen, Paul Wontorek, Adrian Bryan-Brown, AndrewAndrew TONY Red CarpetOur panelists Stefanie Cohen of the “Wall Street Journal,” Paul Wontorek, Editor-In-Chief of Broadway.com, and master press agent Adrian Bryan-Brown (winner of a "Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre") review the TONY Awards ceremony on CBS.

Next, journalists Cohen, Wontorek and Riedel, question Bryan-Brown some of the strategies that have made him and his company, Boneau/Bryan-Brown, one of the most respected and successful public relations firms in theatre.

Finally, a report by roving correspondents AndrewAndrew from the TONY Red Carpet where they interview winners and nominees including Alex Sharp, Robert Askins, Annaleigh Ashford, Richard McCabe, and Michael Cerveris prior to the broadcast.
Tony Awards Stefanie Cohen Paul Wontorek Adrian Bryan Brown AndrewAndrew red carpet Alex Sharp Robert Askins Annaleigh Ashford Richard McCabe Michael Cerveris
7212016-08-082421332015-06-05David Javerbaum on An Act of God, and Cagney: Robert Creighton, Bil Castellino, James Morgan
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Lexington, KY: WKLE-WKSO-KETV/PBS - Mondays at 2 AM

Louisville, KY: WKSO/PBS - Mondays at 2 AM

Memphis, TN: WKLE/PBS - Sundays at 10:30 PM

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: KTCI/PBS - Sundays at 2:30 PM; KWCM/PBS - Saturdays at 9 PM

Missoula, MT: KUFM/PBS - Sundays at 5 AM

Myrtle Beach, SC: WHMC-WJPM/PBS - Sundays at 6:30 PM

New York City, NY: THIRTEEN/PBS - Fridays at 1 AM; WEDW/PBS - Fridays at 11:30 PM, Sundays at 4:30 AM; WNYE- Friday 3 PM; CUNY TV - Saturdays at 8:30 PM, Sundays at 12:30 PM, Mondays at 7:30 AM & 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM

New Orleans, LA: WLAE/PBS - Wednesdays at 11 PM & Thursdays at 2:30 AM

Orlando, FL: WDSC/PBS - Wednesdays at 8 PM, Thursdays at 12 AM

Paducah-Cape Girardeau, KY: WKMU/PBS - Mondays at 1 AM

Pittsburgh, PA: WGPT/PBS - Sundays at 12:30 AM; Mon-Sat at 12 AM

WEDN/PBS -Mondays at 12 AM & 2:30 PM, Sundays 6:30 PM & 10:30 PM

Sacramento, CA: KVIE/PBS - Sundays at 12 AM

Salisbury, MD: WCPB - Sundays at 12:30 AM,

Salt Lake City, UT: KUEN - Mondays at 5 AM, Saturdays at 10 PM

San Antonio, TX: KLRN - Mondays at 2 PM

San Franciscio/San Mateo CA: KCSM/PBS - Friday 11:30 PM, Saturday 5:30 AM, KQED- Sundays at 5:30 PM

Savannah, GA: WJWJ/ETV - Sundays at 6:30 PM

Sioux Falls, MN: KSMN/PBS - Saturdays at 9 PM

Spokane, WA/ID: KCDT/PBS - Sundays at 11 PM

Syracuse, NY: WCNY/PBS - Fridays at 7:30 PM

Tampa, FL:WUSF/PBS - Fridays at 8:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 AM

Topeka, KA: KTWU/PBS - Fridays at 6:30 PM

Traverse City, MI: WCMV - Sundays at 11:30 PM, Fridays at 5:30 AM

Tucson, AZ: KUAT/PBS - Mondays at 12 AM, Sundays at 6 PM

Tulsa, OK: KRSC/PBS- Tuesdays at 11 AM

Twin Falls, ID: KIPT/PBS - Mondays at 12 AM

Virgin Islands WTJX/PBS - Mondays at 5 PM, Thursdays at 5:30 PM

Washington, DC: WFPT/PBS - Sundays at 12:30 AM, WHUT/PBS - Sundays at 7:30 PM, Mondays at 8:30 AM

Wichita, KS: KPTS/PBS - Sundays at 4:30 PM




Listing last updated 7/6/13
. Please check your local listings for other times and channels.

22009-10-19 The Legacy of Yip Harburg
Oct 23 on 13 @ 1AM:
Plus, critics Michael Kuchwara and Jacques le SourdLyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Finding Neverland) and librettist Arthur Perlman discuss the career of the legendary E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. Born Isidore Hochberg in New York City (April 8, 1896 - March 4, 1981), Harburg wrote the lyrics to the many standards including "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and all the songs in The Wizard of Oz. Korie and Perlman discuss Harburg's contribution to the theatrical canon, particularly his most beloved musical Finian's Rainbow. Perlman has tweaked the libretto for the revival of this 1947 classic which opens this month on Broadway.



Also on the show, critics Michael Kuchwara, of the Associated Press, and Jacques le Sourd, of CBS Radio, review the new play A Steady Rain, which stars Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, as well as the revival of Kaufman and Ferber's The Royal Family and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts' new play Superior Donuts.

32009-10-21Season Preview
This Weekend on CUNY TV
Season Preview. Theater columnists Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of the L.A. Times discuss what they are looking forward to in the upcoming Broadway season.


Airing on CUNY TV, Channel 75 on Saturday, October 24 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, October 25 at 12:30 PM and Monday, October 26 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM

42008-12-29Help Support THEATER TALKWe welcome and need viewer contributions to help keep our unique program available.
Contributions to our not-for-profit organization can be mailed to

THEATER TALK Productions
333 E. 14 Street, #15F

New York, NY 10003

or given here via PayPal










All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law, and contributors of $25 or more will be listed among
The Friends of Theater Talk at the end of our weekly program.


Contributors of $5,000 or more can have their own audio/visual slate at the end of the program.
We thank you.

THEATER TALK is made posssible in part by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation

The Cory & Bob Donnalley Charitable Find

The Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust

Cary J. Frieze

The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation

Benjamin Moore and Company

The Florence O. Hopkins Charitable Fund

The Theater Development Fund TAP Plus Program

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

The New York State Council on The Arts, a state agency
We thank you.

12013-07-06Theater Talk Nation-Wide THEATER TALK is now available on a growing number of PBS and PBS affiliate-digital stations including - but not limited to:



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Augusta, GA: WEBA/PBS - Sundays at 6:30 PM

Austin, TX: KLRU/PBS - Fridays at 10 AM and 1:30 PM

Baltimore, MD: MPT-WMPT/PBS - Sundays at 12:30 AM

Billings, MT: KBGS/PBS - Sundays at 5 AM

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Boise, ID: KAID/PBS - Mondays at 12 AM

Boston, MA: WGBX/PBS - Sundays at 11:30 AM

Bowling Green, KY: WKGB/PBS - Mondays at 1 AM

Buffalo, NY: WNED/PBS - Mondays at 12:30 AM

Burlington, VT-Plattsburg, NY: WLED/PBS - Sundays at 11:30 AM

Butte-Bozeman, MT: KUSM/PBS - Sundays at 5 AM

Charlotte-Linville- Rockhill, SC: WNSC/PBS - Sundays at 6:30 PM

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Charleston, WV: WKAS/PBS - Mondays at 2 AM

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Columbia, SC: WRJA/ETV - Sundays at 6:30 PM

Davenport, IA: WQPT/PBS - Fridays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 4 PM, Saturdays at 12:30 PM

Denver, CO: KBDI/PBS - Sundays at 6:30 PM, Mondays at 2 AM

Detroit, MI: WTVS/PBS - Mondays at 5 AM

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Great Falls, MT: KUGF/PBS - Sundays at 5 AM

Greenville/Spartan, NC: WNTV/ETV - Sundays at 6:30 PM

Hartford, CT: WEDH/PBS - Fridays at 9:30 AM, Saturdays at 4:30 AM

Idaho Falls, ID: KISU/PBS - Mondays at 12 AM

Kansas City, MO: KCPT/PBS - Saturdays at 4:30 PM

Lansing, MI: WKAR/PBS - Saturdays at 11:30 PM

Lexington, KY: WKLE-WKSO-KETV/PBS - Mondays at 2 AM

Louisville, KY: WKSO/PBS - Mondays at 2 AM

Memphis, TN: WKLE/PBS - Sundays at 10:30 PM

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: KTCI/PBS - Sundays at 2:30 PM; KWCM/PBS - Saturdays at 9 PM

Missoula, MT: KUFM/PBS - Sundays at 5 AM

Myrtle Beach, SC: WHMC-WJPM/PBS - Sundays at 6:30 PM

New York City, NY: THIRTEEN/PBS - Fridays at 1 AM; WEDW/PBS - Fridays at 11:30 PM, Sundays at 4:30 AM; WNYE- Friday 3 PM; CUNY TV - Saturdays at 8:30 PM, Sundays at 12:30 PM, Mondays at 7:30 AM & 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM

New Orleans, LA: WLAE/PBS - Wednesdays at 11 PM & Thursdays at 2:30 AM

Orlando, FL: WDSC/PBS - Wednesdays at 8 PM, Thursdays at 12 AM

Paducah-Cape Girardeau, KY: WKMU/PBS - Mondays at 1 AM

Pittsburgh, PA: WGPT/PBS - Sundays at 12:30 AM; Mon-Sat at 12 AM

WEDN/PBS -Mondays at 12 AM & 2:30 PM, Sundays 6:30 PM & 10:30 PM

Sacramento, CA: KVIE/PBS - Sundays at 12 AM

Salisbury, MD: WCPB - Sundays at 12:30 AM,

Salt Lake City, UT: KUEN - Mondays at 5 AM, Saturdays at 10 PM

San Antonio, TX: KLRN - Mondays at 2 PM

San Franciscio/San Mateo CA: KCSM/PBS - Friday 11:30 PM, Saturday 5:30 AM, KQED- Sundays at 5:30 PM

Savannah, GA: WJWJ/ETV - Sundays at 6:30 PM

Sioux Falls, MN: KSMN/PBS - Saturdays at 9 PM

Spokane, WA/ID: KCDT/PBS - Sundays at 11 PM

Syracuse, NY: WCNY/PBS - Fridays at 7:30 PM

Tampa, FL:WUSF/PBS - Fridays at 8:30 PM, Saturdays at 2:30 AM

Topeka, KA: KTWU/PBS - Fridays at 6:30 PM

Traverse City, MI: WCMV - Sundays at 11:30 PM, Fridays at 5:30 AM

Tucson, AZ: KUAT/PBS - Mondays at 12 AM, Sundays at 6 PM

Tulsa, OK: KRSC/PBS- Tuesdays at 11 AM

Twin Falls, ID: KIPT/PBS - Mondays at 12 AM

Virgin Islands WTJX/PBS - Mondays at 5 PM, Thursdays at 5:30 PM

Washington, DC: WFPT/PBS - Sundays at 12:30 AM, WHUT/PBS - Sundays at 7:30 PM, Mondays at 8:30 AM

Wichita, KS: KPTS/PBS - Sundays at 4:30 PM




Listing last updated 7/6/13
. Please check your local listings for other times and channels.

22009-10-19 The Legacy of Yip Harburg
Oct 23 on 13 @ 1AM:
Plus, critics Michael Kuchwara and Jacques le SourdLyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, Finding Neverland) and librettist Arthur Perlman discuss the career of the legendary E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. Born Isidore Hochberg in New York City (April 8, 1896 - March 4, 1981), Harburg wrote the lyrics to the many standards including "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and all the songs in The Wizard of Oz. Korie and Perlman discuss Harburg's contribution to the theatrical canon, particularly his most beloved musical Finian's Rainbow. Perlman has tweaked the libretto for the revival of this 1947 classic which opens this month on Broadway.



Also on the show, critics Michael Kuchwara, of the Associated Press, and Jacques le Sourd, of CBS Radio, review the new play A Steady Rain, which stars Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, as well as the revival of Kaufman and Ferber's The Royal Family and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts' new play Superior Donuts.

32009-10-21Season Preview
This Weekend on CUNY TV
Season Preview. Theater columnists Jesse Green of New York Magazine, Michael Musto of the Village Voice and Patrick Pacheco of the L.A. Times discuss what they are looking forward to in the upcoming Broadway season.


Airing on CUNY TV, Channel 75 on Saturday, October 24 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, October 25 at 12:30 PM and Monday, October 26 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM

42008-12-29Help Support THEATER TALKWe welcome and need viewer contributions to help keep our unique program available.
Contributions to our not-for-profit organization can be mailed to

THEATER TALK Productions
333 E. 14 Street, #15F

New York, NY 10003

or given here via PayPal










All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law, and contributors of $25 or more will be listed among
The Friends of Theater Talk at the end of our weekly program.


Contributors of $5,000 or more can have their own audio/visual slate at the end of the program.
We thank you.

THEATER TALK is made posssible in part by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation

The Cory & Bob Donnalley Charitable Find

The Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust

Cary J. Frieze

The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation

Benjamin Moore and Company

The Florence O. Hopkins Charitable Fund

The Theater Development Fund TAP Plus Program

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

The New York State Council on The Arts, a state agency
We thank you.

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