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Theater Talk Season 25 Episodes

34 Episodes 2017 -

Episode 1

Fall Season Preview

Thu, Oct 19, 2017 27 mins

The fall theater season is previewed.

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Episode 2

KPOP and Fall Season Preview (Part 2)

Thu, Oct 26, 2017 27 mins

"KPOP" is discussed with librettist Jason Kim, director Teddy Bergman and Ars Nova artistic director Jason Eagan. Also: a preview of the fall theater season.

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Episode 3

Halloween Gala

Thu, Nov 2, 2017 27 mins

Murray Hill, Bridget Everett and producer Daniel Nardicio; and horror theater producers Timothy Haskell and Clay Cameron McLeod.

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Episode 4

Torch Song Trio

Thu, Nov 9, 2017 27 mins

Harvey Fierstein, Moises Kaufman and Michael Urie discuss "Torch Song," their revival of Fierstein's 1988 Tony Award-winning play.

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Episode 5

Tiny Beautiful Things

Thu, Nov 16, 2017 27 mins

Nia Vardalos and Marshall Heyman discuss their adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's "Tiny Beautiful Things."

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Episode 6

Stephen Adly Guirgis

Thu, Nov 23, 2017 27 mins

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.

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Episode 7

Lion King 20th Anniversary & M. Butterfly

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 27 mins

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."

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Episode 8

Junk; 20th Century Blues

Thu, Dec 14, 2017 27 mins

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."

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Episode 9

The Band's Visit Creatives

Thu, Dec 21, 2017 27 mins

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.

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Episode 10

Amy Schumer and Agosto Machado

Thu, Dec 28, 2017 27 mins

Amy Schumer (Steve Martin's "Meteor Shower") is interviewed. Also: LGBTQ performer-activist Agosto Machado.

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Episode 11

Year's-End Broadway Critics Panel

Thu, Jan 11, 2018 27 mins

New shows of the 2017 fall season are reviewed.

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Episode 12

"Farinelli and the King" Plus Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

Thu, Jan 18, 2018 27 mins

Mark Rylance and playwright Claire van Kampen discuss "Farinelli and the King." Also: a conversation with the songwriting team of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt ("The Fantasticks").

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Episode 13

The New Stars of Hamilton

Thu, Jan 25, 2018 27 mins

Actors Daniel Breaker, Bryan Terrell Clark, Mandy Gonzalez of "Hamilton" are interviewed.

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Episode 14

Spring Season Preview

Thu, Feb 15, 2018 27 mins

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."

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Episode 15

Hello, Dolly! and Spring Preview Part 2

Thu, Feb 22, 2018 27 mins

Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin and Charlie Stemp ("Hello Dolly!").

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Episode 16

John Lithgow - Stories by Heart

Thu, Mar 1, 2018 27 mins

John Lithgow discusses his one-man show "Stories by Heart," which he developed over 10 years while touring the country.

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Episode 17

Jerry Springer - The Opera and the Amateurs

Thu, Mar 15, 2018 27 mins

"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.

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Episode 18

The Band's Visit Actors; Ted Chapin

Thu, Mar 22, 2018 27 mins

Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and John Cariani ("The Band's Visit") talks about working on the musical hit based on a popular 2007 Israeli film.

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Episode 19

Good for Otto

Thu, Mar 29, 2018 27 mins

Playwright David Rabe, producer/director Scott Elliott, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan discuss The New Group production of David Rabe's new work Good for Otto

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Episode 20

Estelle Parsons and Patricia Bosworth

Thu, Apr 5, 2018 27 mins

Actor Estelle Parsons and actor/author Patricia Bosworth discuss the art of acting and their formative years of training at the legendary ACTORS STUDIO in the 1950's.

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Episode 21

The 24-Hour Plays

Thu, Apr 12, 2018 27 mins

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."

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Episode 22

Billy Crudup; David Cale; Leigh Silverman

Thu, Apr 19, 2018 27 mins

Playwright David Cale, director Leigh Silverman and actor Billy Crudup discuss Cale's one-man play, "Harry Clarke."

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Episode 23

Isaac Butler; The Angels of Angels in America

Thu, Apr 26, 2018 27 mins

"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.

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Episode 24

Frozen's Songwriters; Charlotte St. Martin of The Broadway League

Thu, May 3, 2018 27 mins

Composer-lyricists Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez discuss transforming Disney Animation's "Frozen" into a Broadway musical. Also: Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin discusses preparing for the 2018 Tony Awards and Broadway Bridges, which is an initiative to give every New York City public high school student the opportunity to see a Broadway show.

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Episode 25

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Creators Steven Hoggett and John Tiffany

Thu, May 10, 2018 27 mins

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" director John Tiffany and movement director Steven Hoggett discuss creating the blockbuster show.

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Episode 26

My Fair Lady's André Bishop, Bartlett Sher, Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, and Allan Corduner

Thu, May 17, 2018 27 mins

The Lincoln Center Theater's revival of "My Fair Lady" is discussed with LCT producing artistic director, André Bishop; the production's director, Bartlett Sher; as well as actors Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, and Allan Corduner.

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Episode 27

Mean Girls; Randy Writes a Novel

Thu, May 24, 2018 27 mins

Taylor Louderman and Grey Henson ("Mean Girls"); Also: Randy, the Australian comedian-puppet and star of Off-Broadway's new hit, "Randy Writes a Novel."

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Episode 28

Tony Awards Predictions

Thu, May 31, 2018 27 mins

Who should win Tony Awards and why.

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Episode 29

Three Tall Women

Mon, Jun 4, 2018 27 mins

Glenda Jackson, Alison Pill and Laurie Metcalf discuss their roles in the revival of Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women."

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Episode 30

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel Performances; The Iceman Cometh

Thu, Jun 14, 2018 27 mins

Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller ("Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel") perform excerpts from the show's classic "Bench Scene" number and discuss its brilliant musical architecture. Also: director George C. Wolfe ("The Iceman Cometh").

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Episode 31

TONY Wrap-Up; Season Celebration

Thu, Jun 21, 2018 27 mins

A recap of the Tony Awards; and a performance by "Theater Talk" musical director Tyrik Washington and Tyrik Washington Jr.

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Episode 32

Theater Talk Spring 2018 Critics Round-up

Thu, Jun 28, 2018 27 mins

New shows on Broadway are reviewed.

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Episode 33

Legacy of the Musicals

Thu, Jul 5, 2018 27 mins

Theater historian Ethan Mordden discusses the legacy of the musicals "Carousel" and "Chicago."

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Episode 34

My Life on a Diet

Thu, Jul 12, 2018 27 mins

Renée Taylor ("My Life on a Diet"). Also: critics John Simon, Justin Brown and Matt Windman.

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