NPR’s latest on the performing arts

Each year ahead of the Tony Awards, we profile essential theater professionals who aren't centerstage. This year, with theaters closed due to COVID-19, we check back in to see how they are coping.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: February 20, 2021, 12:59 pm
A union representing 800 backstage workers began a publicity campaign today urging donors and government entities to withdraw support for the company because of a labor dispute.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: February 19, 2021, 11:23 pm
Even in a pandemic, the show must go on. For Joshua William Gelb and Katie Rose McLaughlin, that meant converting a closet into a theater. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to them about their project.
Posted: February 18, 2021, 9:06 pm
Not long after the Netflix Regency romance premiered on Christmas, two young songwriters asked on TikTok: "Ok but what if Bridgerton was a musical?" Millions of people wanted to know the answer.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: February 13, 2021, 10:08 pm
NPR's Scott Simon speaks to fimmaker Iram Parveen Bilal about her new movie, set in a Pakistani Muslim community in Chicago.
Author: Scott Simon
Posted: February 13, 2021, 1:32 pm
NPR's Scott Simon speaks to writer Howard Sherman about his new book, "Another Day's Begun: Thornton Wilder's Our Town in the 21st Century," which interviews participants from an array of productions.
Author: Scott Simon
Posted: February 13, 2021, 1:03 pm
Zindagi Tamasha has come under fire for its portrayal of a its Muslim cleric. Critics add it to a growing list of entertainment shelved this year in response to outcries from the religious right.
Author: Zuha Siddiqui
Posted: February 8, 2021, 8:36 pm
Holbrook, who died Jan. 23, won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Twain on Broadway. He also played Deep Throat in the film, All the President's Men. Originally broadcast in 2009.
Author: David Bianculli
Posted: February 5, 2021, 6:42 pm
The Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actor began acting in films in the 1950s. He said he felt like he was "starting over" in acting every decade — "you never stop learning how to act," he said.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: February 5, 2021, 6:19 pm
In Mike Nichols: A Life, author Mark Harris presents an engrossing tale of the auteur as an outsider from the start who grew to find much success in Hollywood, despite some slumps.
Author: Michael Schaub
Posted: February 3, 2021, 11:16 am