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The new opera by Tazewell Thompson and Jeanine Tesori tells the story of a couple in Harlem who are forced to confront their teenage son's sudden death by police violence.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: July 21, 2019, 9:11 pm
Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Sesame Street and Michael Tilson Thomas will be recognized for their lifetime contributions to the performing arts at a gala in December.
Author: Patrick Jarenwattananon
Posted: July 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
"I always considered song parody kind of cheap," the Emmy-nominated lyricist and performer says. "But ... I've gotten [such a] response from others ... that I'm appreciating it as an art form."
Author: Terry Gross
Posted: July 17, 2019, 6:18 pm
A recent Pop Culture Happy Hour trip to New York took the team to see Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera. A jester in a rat pack? We saw it.
Author: Linda Holmes
Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:01 am
A number of Broadway shows were cancelled last night during a massive power outage in New York City.
Posted: July 14, 2019, 9:08 pm
It starts with a perfect black family in a model household, like a '70s sitcom. Then it gets weird. Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury says she was inspired by an experience with police surveillance.
Author: Michel Martin
Posted: July 14, 2019, 9:08 pm
Menzi Mngoma is hoping that the exposure will help him further his dream of becoming an international singing sensation who doesn't have to drive for Uber.
Author: Susie Neilson
Posted: July 13, 2019, 2:00 pm
Sue Monk Kidd's bestselling novel tells the story of a white girl taken in by a family of black beekeepers. The premise posed a welcome challenge for black Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: July 13, 2019, 12:26 pm
Twiggy Pucci Garçon got her start competing at drag balls — now, she's the runway routine choreographer for the FX show Pose, which celebrates ball culture in New York City in the '80s and '90s.
Author: Ari Shapiro
Posted: July 11, 2019, 8:19 pm
A new Yiddish language production of the musical is currently running off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directs the show, explain why the play still resonates.
Author: Terry Gross
Posted: July 10, 2019, 5:33 pm
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