Sarah LaDuke

Producer

Sarah grew up in Saranac Lake, NY where she worked part time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college, primarily backstage as she is a truly superficial [read: bad] actress. She graduated from SUNY Albany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the producer ofThe Roundtable

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Judy Kaye: Putting Her High Notes and Comedy on "Nice Work" Through June 15th

Judy Kaye in "Nice Work If You Can Get It"

    Nice Work if You Can Get It has been running at The Imperial Theatre in New York City since April of 2012 and will close on June 15th.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Carolyn LaDuke: Even Tougher Cookie

Sarah LaDuke and her Mom - Christmas 2011

    The Friday before Mother’s Day in 2011, we had Dave Isay on to talk about the book, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. As many of you know, StoryCorps is an oral history project designed to document the fascinating lives or normal people. That Spring, Sarah LaDuke's  Mom - Carolyn - turned 70 and retired, so she copied the StoryCorps model (they encourage everyone to do so) and we aired some of her recorded conversation with her mom.

Since that conversation, Carolyn LaDuke has been through a lot. She survived a heart attack in October of 2011 and was diagnosed - for the second time - with breast cancer in late September of 2012. She has recently finished two extremely trying rounds of chemotherapy and should begin radiation soon. This Friday before Mother’s Day - today - we wanted to share a new interview with Sarah's Mom.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

"Moving In" by Bruce Littlefield

    NY Times best-selling author and lifestyle expert Bruce Littlefield’s latest book is his most personal to date. In Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage, he takes readers on a wild and often hysterical ride through the first year spent fixing up a historic old house with partner (and unwitting handyman) Scott Stewart, one of Manhattan’s top real estate brokers.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo'Nique

    Comedian and multi-media powerhouse, Mo’Nique, will perform four shows at Levity Live in West Nyack, NY this weekend - two on Friday and two on Saturday.

In 1999, Mo’Nique’s career took a quantum leap once she landed the starring role as Nikki Parker on UPN’s hit television series, “The Parkers.” Mo’Nique was also the first female to host NBC’s nationally televised program, “Showtime at the Apollo” in 2002. She carried the legendary torch for three consecutive seasons. In 2010 she won the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the film, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed May 8, 2013

After 30 Years, The Heart of Rock and Roll is Definitely Still Beating

Credit hueylewisandthenews.com

    In 1983, Huey Lewis and The News released their third album, Sports.

The songs on Sports are "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "Heart and Soul," "Bad Is Bad," "I Want a New Drug," “Walking on a Thin Line," "Finally Found a Home," "If This Is It," “You Crack Me Up," and "Honky Tonk Blues" (of course, a Hank Williams song). The band aimed each song toward becoming a radio single - during a time in the music industry when that what made the difference between sales and slipping into oblivion.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Aziz Ansari at The Palace on 5/14

    Aziz Ansari will be at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY on Tuesday, May 14th at 8pm as part of this leg of his Buried Alive tour. This tour will result in his third hour-long stand-up special - the previous two being Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening and Dangerously Delicious.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Santino Fontana in "Cinderella" on Broadway

Sarah LaDuke and Santino Fontana backstage at The Broadway Theatre

     Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is on Broadway for the first time. The beloved musical with its signature songs “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” - to name a few - was written for television and hasn’t had a production on the Great White Way - until now.

With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, Cinderella is directed by Mark Brokaw and stars Laura Osnes as Ella, Victoria Clark as her dotty-to-dazzling Fairy Godmother, Harriet Harris as her puffed-up and pernicious stepmother, and Santino Fontana as Topher, the Prince conflicted on his way to charming. 

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Wed April 24, 2013

"The Human Tower" screening at MASS MoCA

    MASS MoCA’s Winter/Spring 2013 documentary film series, Compete!, celebrates films about winning, losing, and how you play the game.

This Thursday’s film, The Human Tower, explores the history and culture of one of the world’s most spectacularly unusual team endeavors - the building of multi-story human towers. The filmmakers follow teams from India, Chile, and Spain  - connected by the common themes of passion and teamwork that transcend race, age, and national borders.

  The Human Tower is co-directed by Ram Devineni and Cano Rojas. Rojas will be at MASS MoCA this Thursday for a Q&A following the screening of the film in their Club B-10 at 7:30.

Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Wed April 24, 2013

"Futurity" by The Lisps at MASS MoCA

    Futurity is an original indie-rock musical by The Lisps, a Brooklyn-based co-ed of 21st century theater-prone indie rockers. Within a theatrically-staged song cycle, Futurity fuses found text, experimental music, and The Lisps' own brand of quirky pop to tell the story of a Union soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor.

The Lisps bring Futurity to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA this coming Saturday, April 27th at 8pm.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Charlotte d'Amboise - Broadway Revival of "Pippin"

Charlotte d'Amboise in "Pippin"
Credit Michael J. Lutch

    This week, Pippin opens on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. With book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus. This production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 doigts de la main. Gypsy Snider helmed the circus creation and choreography is by Chet Walker.

This is the first Broadway revival of Pippin since the Tony Award winning original production directed by Bob Fosse and starring Ben Vereen - which opened in 1972.

The cast features Matthew James Thomas, Patina Miller, Andrea Martin, Rachel Bay Jones, Terrence Mann, and Charlotte d’Amboise.

Tony Award nominee, Charlotte d’Amboise plays Fastrada - her other Broadway credits include Chicago, A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Contact, Company, Carrie, Song & Dance, and CATS. She is also the co-founder (with husband Terrence Mann) of a Musical Theatre Intensive called Triple Arts.

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