317: Julie Taymor
Theater

317: Julie Taymor

She directed and designed costumes for the stage version of The Lion King, seen by 90 million people in 100 cities, attributing its success, in part, to its use of puppets. “I actually think people are often more touched by a puppet’s gesture than a human’s.” Make up your own Trump/Putin joke. Continue reading »

Next Live-ish Show: Mo Rocca
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Next Live-ish Show: Mo Rocca

He owns a framed a ticket to Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial, a memento of his – Rocca’s – work on CBS Sunday Morning or NPR’s Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! (Andrew Johnson is a regular on neither, and they’re the worse for it.)  Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8:00  Live streamed by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan  To register and receive a … Continue reading »

316: Tom Perrotta
Fiction

316: Tom Perrotta

When  the admired writer — Election, Little Children, The Leftovers — was off at college, he got some unsettling news from his beloved cousin Mike: “He was a really talented indie rocker, but he ended up with a bunch of his friends playing in a wedding band.” This became the basis for The Wishbones, whose protagonist believes such bands emit … Continue reading »

Theater

315: André De Shields

This fine performer — Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, Hadestown — notes that Shakespeare has much to say about our times, including “Macbeth is seen as a great killing machine,” alluding to the virus, the police, or the president. We find the metaphors we need. Our first episode made with Broadway on Demand, the video version can be seen – seen! … Continue reading »