Joan Marcus

    Manhattan Theatre Club was founded in 1970 and has grown in four decades from a prolific Off-Off Broadway showcase into one of the country’s most acclaimed theatre organizations. They are currently producing the world premiere of Liz Flahive’s play, The Madrid. The production is directed by two time Obie award winner, Leigh Silverman and is running through May 5th.

Edie Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband and a devoted daughter. But when she leaves it all behind, it's up to her daughter Sarah to pick up the pieces. It’s a darkly funny play, certain to evoke a cavalcade of feelings anyone lucky enough to attend.

The daughter, Sarah, is played by Phoebe Strole. Phoebe was last seen in the New York City premiere of Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal at Playwrights Horizons. Other theater credits include the original cast of Spring Awakening, The Metal Children at Vineyard, and F2M at New York Stage & Film.

Richard Termine

Signature Theatre in New York City champions in-depth explorations of a playwright’s body of work, and delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. They are currently producing Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders, directed by Jo Bonney. It is scheduled to run through April 14th.

In the play, a team of archeologists descends on an Illinois town to unearth the mysteries of the Mound Builders. As they excavate the remains of this Native American civilization, they confront powerful and dangerous forces of ambition and legacy.

Equity Fights AIDS was founded in 1987 by the Council of Actors’ Equity Association. The money they raised across the country was used to support The Actors Fund’s AIDS Initiative. Broadway Cares was founded in 1988 by members of The Producer’s Group and the money they raised was awarded to AIDS service organizations, including Equity Fights AIDS.

The two organizations merged in 1992 and continue to fund the social service work of the Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Executive Director, Tom Viola, joins us to tell us more about the history and mission of BC/EFA.

Carol Rosegg

  FELA! is the story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Grammy winner and former member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, is in town to perform in the run of the musical FELA! at Proctor’s in Schenectady tonight and for two shows tomorrow.

  Len Cariou will be celebrating fifty years in show business at Helsinki Hudson on March 10th with a recollection of great stories and songs he has sung during his illustrious career on the Great White Way.

    On Tuesday December 4, 1956 at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee - a few guys you may have heard of - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash – had an impromptu jam session.

Million Dollar Quartet is the musical - written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott - that brings you inside the recording studio with those four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. 

    Linda Lavin had a huge hit television series as the harried, funny, wise waitress “Alice” for nine years beginning in 1976, and she’s done films and television. But it seems as though her heart, and her voice, belong to Broadway.

As a growing Broadway legend with her numerous starring roles on the Great White Way, Lavin will deliver a powerhouse performance at Club Helsinki on February 10th at 7PM for an 80-minute set of well-chosen songs and lively patter. It is part of the Helsinki on Broadway series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.

Many of the people who love and enjoy Broadway keep scrapbooks of their experiences: photos, signed posters, ticket stubs, and, of course the Playbills.

Playbill Books, a division of the iconic company that designs the programs for every show on Broadway, has expanded this idea into an annual project that has become a Broadway tradition: The Playbill Broadway Yearbook.

This Saturday at 9pm, Tom Judson will perform “Nature Boy: Songs of Earth and Sky” as part of the Helsinki Hudson and Showstoppers New York series Helsinki on Broadway.

Any Questions? #59

Oct 12, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to the great white way.

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