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
Happy Birthday, Ethel Merman (Episode #603)
KQED Life: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
We discuss the career of Broadway's all-time greatest star Ethel Merman with Tony Cointreau and James Russo. The close personal friends of the late diva, now archivists of her estate, share stories and keepsakes of the incomparable star.
Spring Season Preview 2013 (Episode #615)
KQED Life: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
Jesse Green, of New York Magazine, Michael Musto, of The Village Voice, and Patrick Pacheco of the LA Times discuss the shows they most look forward to, both on and Off-Broadway.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Episode #610)
KQED Life: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
We welcome actor/playwright Tracy Letts and actor/director Amy Morton who are now starring in the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? They talk about the process and rigors of playing the iconic roles of George and Martha in this classic American drama. Also on the program, actors Ari Brand, Jenny Bacon and Mark Nelson, the cast of Aaron Posner's new play My Name is Asher Lev, which is based on the popular 1972 novel by Chaim Potak about a young Hassidic artist's search for identity.
Ed Asner (Episode #609)
KQED Life: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
We welcome the acclaimed actor Ed Asner, who is back on Broadway after 23 years in Craig Wright's new play, Grace. Asner discusses his early days in Chicago and New York theater and his transition to work in Hollywood, which resulted in him ultimately becoming a household name on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his own series Lou Grant.