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Jeff Spurgeon finds out what's new on Broadway and beyond from Charles Isherwood, theater critic for The New York Times.

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'Shuffle Along,' an Unusual Revival Finds Its Way Back to Broadway

The musical 'Shuffle Along' tells the story behind the making of a 1920s production of the same name. Charles Isherwood discusses the merits show and its 10 Tony nominations.

'Hamilton' Receives Record 16 Tony Nominations

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Charles Isherwood joins WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss this year's Tony nominations, which honored the musical 'Hamilton' in nearly every category possible. 


'Waitress' Serves Up a New Recipe for Movie-to-Musical Adaptations

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The new musical, 'Waitress,' starring Tony-winner Jessie Mueller, with a character-driven score by Sara Bareilles opens on Broadway. Charles Isherwood weighs in.


In 'Mary Page Marlowe' a Role so Big It Requires 6 Actresses

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New York Times Theater critic Charles Isherwood joins WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon to discuss a new work written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.


'Exit Strategy': The Final Days of a Failing School

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ike Holter's play 'Exit Strategy' comes to Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theater, following a successful run in Philadelphia. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood weighs in.


3 Kings, 4 Plays, 12 Hours, a Shakespeare Cycle at BAM

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company crosses the pond to present 'King and Country:Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings' at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Charles Isherwood weighs in.


'Bright Star' by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Shines on Broadway

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Comedian/author Steve Martin and singer/songwriter Edie Brickell have collaborated on a new bluegrass Broadway musical, about a woman coming of age in the South.


'Dry Powder': a Comedy to Ignite Economic Debate

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Claire Danes, Hank Azaria and John Krasinski star in playwright Sarah Burgess's send-up of the financial world, 'Dry Powder,' which receives its world-premiere run at The Public Theater.


Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick Bring 'Disaster!' to Broadway

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The new musical 'Disaster!' crashes onto Broadway, spoofing 70s films such as 'The Posidon Adventure' and 'Earthquake.'


Danai Gurira Delivers On and Off Broadway

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

With one play on Broadway and another off the Great White Way, Zimbabwean-American playwright Danai Gurira is having a moment. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood explains.


'Smart People' Presents Thesis on Race at Second Stage Theatre

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

As the Obama era is about to begin, four Harvard types consider racism in America. Charles Isherwood checks it out to see if the play is as smart as the characters in it.

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Len Cariou Mixes Showstoppers with Shakespeare

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tony-winner Len Cariou combines show tunes and Shakespeare in 'Broadway and the Bard.'


Linda Lavin Stars in 'Our Mother's Brief Affair'

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The incomparable Linda Lavin shines in the title role of "Our Mother's Brief Affair" by Richard Greenberg, now at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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An Unusal Birthday Party for Thomas Merton

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To mark last year's centennial of the birth of the writer and theologian Thomas Merton, the Actors Theater of Louisville has produced a play about him called "The Glory of the World."

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'Noises Off' Is Back On Broadway With Starry, Funny Cast

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Michael Frayn’s frantic 1982 backstage farce "Noises Off" returns to Broadway for a third run this season under the auspices of the Roundabout Theatre Company.


Red Bull Theater Brings Jacobean Drama to Off-Broadway

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jacobean dramas are rarely seen on major New York stages, but the Red Bull Theater company has made a specialty of them. Its latest foray into the period is "The Changeling."


'Fiddler on the Roof' Back on Broadway

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The beloved 1964 musical "Fiddler on the Roof" is back on Broadway this season starring five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein.


A New 'View From the Bridge' on Broadway

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" hasn’t exactly been a stranger to Broadway, but it’s back again this season in an innovative production from the Dutch director Ivo van Hove.

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Shakespeare Takes a Jolly Romp Through 1960s London

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The musical "These Paper Bullets!" at the Atlantic Theater bills itself as a "modish ripoff" of Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" and features songs written by Billie Joe Armstrong.


The Rock and Roll Return of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical might seem a surprising choice for the composer best known for pop operatic works. It’s a stage version of the movie "School of Rock."

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Taylor Mac's Bold Comedy 'Hir' Brings Many Issues To Broadway

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

A downtown theater playwright, a sensational Broadway actress, and a most unusual family are all part of the show called "Hir."