Water by the Spoonful
is this year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It's a play about addiction, memory, and the Iraq War. Host Michel Martin speaks with playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, who says that her people don't have to wallow in misery, that we can laugh, even in our darkest moments. - READ MORE
The absurdly charming chamber musical Once,
based on the 2006 indie film, leads the pack in Broadway's big awards rally. - READ MORE
In the 1920s, it wasn't uncommon for the Gershwin brothers — composer George and lyricist Ira — to have two shows on Broadway at once. This season, it's happening again
. As Jeff Lunden reports. - READ MORE
Perhaps most recognizable for his role on Night Court
, John Larroquette has recently taken to the stage, earning a Tony Award for his role in the 2011 production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Now, he's returned to Broadway in a revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.
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A new multiracial Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire
is opening and stars Blair Underwood as Stanley Kowalski. Underwood talks to Weekend Edition
's Scott Simon about portraying the role as an African-American, New Orleans, and differentiating his "Stella!" from Brando's. - READ MORE
A British comedy that was the fastest selling ticket in the history of London's West End opens on Broadway tonight with its original cast. As Jeff Lunden reports, One Man, Two Guvnors
is full of whimsically portrayed stereotypes — and is based on 500-year-old comic traditions. - READ MORE
The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was built in 1910, and just about every top black entertainer performed on its stage. But it had to shut its doors once the neighborhood fell on hard times. Now it has reopened, and host Michel Martin talks with Jimi Smooth, a musician who was an usher at the Howard in the early '60s. - READ MORE
the musical, that is. My small, California middle school performed the show's West Coast premiere. Thanks to the local community theater, my friends and I were in many musicals growing up and played lots of different parts. But this was my first drowning victim. - READ MORE
Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman is starring in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Hoffman about the iconic role and why, 63 years after the play premiered, it continues to resonate with modern audiences. - READ MORE
Steve Inskeep talks to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who is starring in a Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman." - READ MORE