Performing Arts

RSS Feed
WAMU 88.5

James Kaplan: "Sinatra: The Chairman"

Frank Sinatra was one of the top entertainers of the 20th century. A new biography on the many sides of "Ol Blue Eyes" – his singing career, Rat Pack exploits and legacy in American culture.


The Queen Of Swing Takes Old Age In Stride

At 95, Norma Miller is the last living member of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, the pioneering group that helped popularize swing dancing. These days, though, she's swapped dance floors for a standup's mic.

If Twyla Tharp Is Dracula, Dance Is Her Lifeblood

Since her 20s, the dancer and choreographer has been rewriting the rules for what dance can be. Now she's on her 50th anniversary tour, premiering new works with longtime collaborators.

Salad-Making Is Performance Art At The Getty In Los Angeles

Brooklyn photographer and writer Julia Sherman first established salad as a serious medium with her Salad for President blog. Now she's making salad with artists from around the country at the Getty.

George Takei Debuts On Broadway In 'Allegiance'

Inspired by Takei's own childhood experiences, the musical spotlights a dark era in American history: The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Lea Salonga's Big Break(out): An Allergy Attack At The Audition

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga has long been a star on stage and screen. But she learned her grit and confidence years earlier — when she overcame allergy (and dog) attacks to win the role of Annie.

'Hopscotch' Opera Jumpstarts Traveling Concert Scene

Hopscotch is a new opera that does just that — it literally hops from location to location across Los Angeles. Cars shepherd the audience and the performers from place to place.

A New Kind Of Tragic Prince In 'King Charles III'

Mike Bartlett's play King Charles III is a Shakespearean meditation on what might happen if Prince Charles became king — and caused a crisis by sticking to his principles rather than what's popular.

Stephen Park On Playing A Code-Switching Character In Steinbeck's 'East Of Eden'

Park plays Lee, a Chinese servant with an interesting approach to getting by in America, in a new theatrical adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic.

Dramatist David Hare Says, Like Many Writers, He's Driven By Doubt

"My ability to see what's going on in a room or analyze what's going on inside a person comes from my own doubts about what's going on inside myself," he says. Hare's memoir is The Blue Touch Paper.