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
Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward (Episode #540)
KQED Life: Sun, Nov 18, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
A tour of the New York Public Library for The Performing Arts' exhibition "Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward", guided by historian Barry Day with Coward's long-time friend and colleague Geoffrey Johnson.
Checkers (Episode #606)
KQED Life: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
With the election on everybody's mind, we take a look at one of the most significant political events of the 20th century -- Richard Nixon's infamous "Checkers speech." It is the subject of the new play by Douglas McGrath, Checkers, opening this week at the Vineyard Theatre. Our guests are playwright McGrath, the show's director Terry Kinney, plus actors Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe, who play Richard and Pat Nixon respectively in this dramabased on the events surrounding Nixon's 1952 televised address to the nation. In it, Nixon not only defended his reputation, but more importantly, pioneered the use of television as an effective political tool.
Ethan Mordden Onlotte Lenya & Kurt Weill (Episode #605)
KQED Life: Sun, Nov 4, 2012 -- 5:30 PM
Author Ethan Mordden discusses his new book Love Song: The Lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, a dual biography about two of the twentieth century's most influential artists.