Arts and Culture News

News from the arts world.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Jo Lampert is leading a new rock opera based on Joan of Arc. It's written by David Byrne of Talking Heads. It is Jo Lampert's biggest role yet. And as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, she seems born to play the part.

Theater critic Howard Shapiro talks about the busy season of new drama and comedy productions on Broadway… 10 new productions of drama and comedy.

Copyright 2017 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth Watching, sitting in for Terry Gross.

(SOUNDBITE OF "OVERTURE/AND ALL THAT JAZZ")

A recent lawsuit brought by a blind theatergoer against the producers of the hit musical Hamilton has highlighted Broadway's spotty track record in serving audiences with disabilities.

A Tempo catches up with Timothy O'Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and composer Philip Glass, whose opera, The Trial, will have its US premiere during the Festival. This week's program also includes other news headlines from the week.

Over the weekend, I was in Los Angeles and attended a production of Zoot Suit, by the trailblazing Chicano playwright Luis Valdez.

This week Howard Shapiro reviews the Broadway revival of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, with Sally Field as Amanda Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' classic. Tune in Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

Robert Osborne, Hollywood historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, has died at 84, according to the TV network.

Osborne's partner, David Staller, told the Hollywood Reporter that Osborne died in his sleep.

Opera Philadelphia recently announced the details of its inaugural 017 Festival, as 12-day festival featuring performances of five productions in diverse venues. A Tempo host Rachel Katz speaks with Opera Philadelphia's Vice President of Artistic Operations, David Levy, and New Works Administrator, Sarah Williams. Plus the week's news headlines.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's 2017-2018 season includes a crowd-sourced project called Philadelphia Voices, a Leonard Bernstein centenary and more. A Tempo host Rachel Katz interviews Jeremy Rothman, the orchestra's vice president of artistic planning.

This week's show also includes the week's news highlights and an interview with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst about the role NEA funding plays in its programming and community engagement programs.

Pages