"Angels in America" is discussed with actors Ellen McLaughlin and Amanda Lawrence; and Isaac Butler, whose "The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America" is an oral history of the landmark theatrical piece.
Actors Richard Kind and Gideon Glick join Roundabout Underground Artistic Producer Jill Rafson to talk about the new edition of the popular "The 24-Hour Plays" that she is producing at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre. Also: Jesse Green (New York Times) discusses the role and responsibilities of theater critics and his recent article "The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing Negative Reviews."
"Jerry Springer—The Opera" is discussed with composer-bookwriter-lyricist Richard Thomas, and actors Terrence Mann and Will Swenson. Also: "The Amateurs" playwright Jordan Harrison, director Oliver Butler, and actor Michael Cyril Creighton.
The spring theater season is discussed, including Broadway productions of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," "Angels in America," "Three Tall Women," "The Iceman Cometh," "Lobby Hero," new musical adaptations of "Mean Girls and "Frozen," and classic musical revivals of "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady."
Composer David Yazbek and librettist Itamar Moses discuss their work on the celebrated musical based on a popular 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small town in the Negev Desert.
Playwright Ayad Akhtar and director Doug Hughes discuss "Junk," their play about the world of high finance and eclipsed morality; and playwright Susan Miller and actors Polly Draper and Kathryn Grody discuss the dramedy "20th Century Blues."
Director Julie Taymor looks back at "The Lion King" and how she responds to the work 20 years after it opened on Broadway; and she and writer David Henry Hwang discuss Taymor's production of Hwang's 1988 Tony Award-winning play, "M. Butterfly."
Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis discusses the revival of "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train" as well as the initial LAByrinth Theater production of the play in 2000, which was directed by his friend and mentor, Philip Seymour Hoffman.