Arvind Manocha spent more than a decade growing the audiences for the L.A. Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl, two of the West Coast's most iconic music venues. He's now leading Wolf Trap, the country's only national park for the performing arts.
A revival of the Hammerstein-Kern classic showcases once again the rich tapestry and timeless themes of an American saga that changed the course of musical theater — and confronted audiences with painful truths about our history.
A play that tackles Islamophobia and questions of Muslim-American identity recently won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play is Disgraced, by first-time playwright Ayad Akhtar. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his play and the significance of the award.
The nominations for the 67th Tony Awards are due April 30, and Barbara Chai of The Wall Street Journal has seen pretty much every show on Broadway this season. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Chai about what she loved, what she hated and what's likely to make the Tony cut.
Singer, actor, writer, director and producer Barbra Streisand plays a well-meaning if overbearing Jewish mom in The Guilt Trip. The star says her own mother both encouraged her talents and was jealous of them.
The plays of William Shakespeare are known for their enduring universality, so the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Julius Caesar -- set in a chaotic African dictatorship, with an all-black cast — makes a certain sense.
The Mountaintop is an award-winning play about the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died. But some critics don't love playwright Katori Hall's portrayal of the civil rights icon as a regular guy. Hall tells host Michel Martin why she found it important to focus on the man, not the myth.
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