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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • 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).

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
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