NPR’s latest on the performing arts

The 76th annual Tony Awards are Sunday, with performances from the top Broadway musicals.
Author: Jennifer Vanasco
Posted: June 10, 2023, 9:01 am
The Broadway adaptation of the 1959 classic movie Some Like It Hot is the most Tony nominated show this year.
Author: Megan Lim
Posted: June 9, 2023, 8:33 pm
The annual survey of the most popular high school musicals and plays is out. In addition to top ten lists, the report finds attendance is up 13% but theatre teachers are worried about censorship.
Author: Elizabeth Blair
Posted: June 5, 2023, 9:29 pm
The Addams Family, Clue and Frozen JR were among the most popular shows, according to a new survey. But the report also showed that drama teachers are nervous about censorship.
Author: Elizabeth Blair
Posted: June 5, 2023, 11:01 am
Producers have been saying for years that large Broadway orchestras are not financially feasible. In fact, the issue led to a strike 20 years ago. So why are some shows bringing them back?
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: June 3, 2023, 9:00 am
"We don't gender other people's professions," says actor Alex Newell. "You say ... I'm going to my dentist and I need to hire a plumber." But Broadway's highest honors have male/female distinctions.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: June 1, 2023, 9:00 am
What started as a stripped-down production with a limited run became a Grammy award-winning Broadway musical with six Tony nominations. Bareilles plays the Baker's Wife: "I'm so glad that I said yes."
Author: Ann Marie Baldonado
Posted: May 18, 2023, 4:35 pm
Ragamala Dance Company is the life work of Ranee Ramaswamy — and now her adult daughters, Aparna and Ashwini. Creative work can be lonely, Aparna says, and having "built-in companions" is a gift.
Author: Marianne Combs
Posted: May 14, 2023, 11:00 am
For the first time ever, viewers in the U.S. can vote for their favorite act in the lavish international spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest. Our critic shares his top 10 songs.
Author: Glen Weldon
Posted: May 11, 2023, 10:00 pm
At halftime for the Golden State Warriors, a dance crew for performers age 55 and older hits the hardwood and steals the show.
Author: Taylor Haney
Posted: May 10, 2023, 12:07 pm