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NPR’s latest on the performing arts

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.
Posted: February 24, 2017, 1:57 pm
Cunningham was always looking for new ways to move — that's why he used "chance operations" (rolling dice or tossing coins) to put a piece together.
Author: Euan Kerr
Posted: February 18, 2017, 12:54 pm
The musical was inspired by Asad Abdullahi, who, as a child, embarked on a perilous journey through Africa. "It's sort of a Greek epic in its proportions," says director Mark Dornford-May.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: February 16, 2017, 9:31 pm
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber hit a milestone this past week. He's the first since Rodgers and Hammerstein to have four musicals running simultaneously on Broadway.
Author: NPR Staff
Posted: February 12, 2017, 12:45 pm
NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for the Arts.
Posted: February 11, 2017, 12:36 pm
In New York City, the venerable Hudson Theater reopens this week, after nearly a half-century of being used for other purposes. It's the newest addition to Broadway's 40 stages.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: February 11, 2017, 12:36 pm
Actress Anika Noni Rose discusses her new show The Quad. The series follows success and scandal on the campus of a fictional historically black university.
Author: NPR Staff
Posted: February 4, 2017, 11:00 pm
Roe tells the stories of "Jane Roe" and the lawyer who argued her side of the case. Playwright Lisa Loomer says it may be a history play, but so much of what happens in it still happens today.
Author: Elizabeth Blair
Posted: January 27, 2017, 10:01 am
The theater — part of the Yale School of Drama — has given leading playwrights a place to refine their work. August Wilson said it was crucial to his development.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: January 18, 2017, 9:32 pm
A video of a dance company in New York has gone viral, with over 7 million views. Akira Armstrong explains why she founded the dance company for "full-figured" women, called "Pretty Big Movement."
Posted: January 15, 2017, 1:02 pm
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