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, Jul 28, 2013 -- 11:30 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.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
A Conversation with Actor/Playwright Jesse Eisenberg (Episode #621)
KQED Life: Sun, Jul 21, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
Writer/performer Jesse Eisenberg joins us to talk about his Off-Broadway play The Revisionist in which he co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave. In a freewheeling conversation, the extraordinarily forthright Eisenberg, discusses how he went from being a kid doing children's theater in Queens, to becoming a celebrated and accomplished dramatist and (Academy Award-nominated) actor, now appearing in his own work opposite one of the world's greatest actresses. At the end of the show, we remember actor Richard Griffiths who died in late March. Griffiths joined us twice on our program, once when he appeared on Broadway in his Tony Award-winning performance in The History Boys, and again two years later with Daniel Radcliffe when they co-starred in Equus. He was a great man and a brilliant entertainer, and we will miss him.
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
Sir Tim Rice (Episode #525)
KQED Life: Sun, Jul 14, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
Our favorite knight, the lyricist and librettist Sir Tim Rice joins us to discuss his celebrated shows Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, both of which are currently being revived on Broadway. Rice also talks about his new show, From Here to Eternity, a musical adaptation of James Jones' World War II novel, and shares a few dry observations about Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's new reality TV show in Britain, on which the public will pick "Jesus" for an upcoming UK stadium tour of Superstar (not to be confused with the critically celebrated version directed by Des McAnuff, playing in NYC now).
- KQED Life: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 -- 5:30 AM