Broadway is booming, much of its success fueled by out-of-town audiences who join with New Yorkers in their collective anticipation of each new season's plays and musicals. Tapping into, and even influencing, this enthusiasm is this remarkable public television series. Co-hosted by Michael Riedel, the influential Broadway columnist for the New York Post, and series producer Susan Haskins, it is a unique forum for the New York theater scene, featuring conversations with the actors, directors, playwrights and other artists whose work makes live theater so exciting. Video excerpts highlight the in-depth interviews with these outspoken personalities about their shows. In addition to featuring each season's current crop of plays and musicals, the series also showcases authors and historians discussing theater legends and masterpieces, as well as New York's top critics and reporters on the latest productions (with insightful, blistering or hilarious comments virtually guaranteed).
Theater Talk Previous Broadcasts
Hytner, Bean & Corden:One Man, Two Guvnors (Episode #531)
KQED Life: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
Our guests are playwright Richard Bean, Tony-nominated director Nicholas Hytner and Tony-nominated actor James Corden - the writer, director and star respectively of the new hit comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors. Based on the Eighteenth Century Goldoni farce, The Servant of Two Masters, Bean's freewheeling adaptation is set in 1960's Brighton. In an interview taped just two days after the British import's triumphant New York opening, the trio discusses the work that made the show a success and share the enthusiasm that comes with being out-of-town artists who have scored on Broadway.
Hugh Jackman (Episode #512)
KQED Life: Sun, Sep 23, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
Forget those premium Broadway ticket prices! We've got Hugh Jackman, Broadway's biggest star. We spend a half-hour with the versatile and popular entertainer. Jackman talks about his love for Broadway, his sellout show, Hugh Jackman -- Back on Broadway and its meaning for him now and in the future. He also discusses his upbringing in a single-parent home in Australia and his beginnings in musical theater.
Spider Man (Episode #504)
KQED Life: Sun, Sep 16, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
Actors Patrick Page, Isabel Keating and Michael Mulheren, members of the cast of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, discuss what was really going on behind the scenes during the longest preview period for a show in Broadway history. They talk about working with the musical's original director, Julie Taymor, and how, after 183 previews, (and despite injuries, cast rebellion and mean-spirited press coverage) this production has become a fan favorite and one of the best-selling shows now on Broadway.
Alan Arkinan Improvised Life (Episode #429)
KQED Life: Sun, Sep 9, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
Actor/director Alan Arkin discusses his early development as a performer, working at Chicago's Second City during that company's inception, and why -- now a successful Academy Award-winning star -- he prefers leading improvisational workshops to appearing on the Broadway stage.
Kevin Spacey On Richard III (Episode #518)
KQED Life: Sun, Sep 2, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
We interview Kevin Spacey about his portrayal of Richard III in the internationally-acclaimed production, now at BAM. The celebrated actor explains how he devised his stunning way of portraying Shakespeare's evil protagonist. Spacey also discusses his role as Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre in London and why, in the midst of a successful Hollywood career, he took on this responsibility.