• Lin-Manuel Miranda, actor and creator of the of the play "Hamilton," addresses the audience after the plays opening night on Broadway in New York August 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX1NE1X
    November 20, 2015  

    He’s on the $10 bill and he died in a duel, but what else do you know about Alexander Hamilton? Now his life is the subject of a cutting-edge hip-hop Broadway musical, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Jeffrey Brown talks to the celebrated writer and performer about updating the history of one of the Founding Fathers to reflect and engage today’s America. Continue reading

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    November 7, 2015  

    The musical “Allegiance,” which recounts a family’s struggle to endure the Japanese-American internment in the 1940s, opens on Broadway on Nov. 8. A rare foray onto the New York stage, the show was inspired by one of its stars, George Takei, who discusses the importance of telling the story. NewsHour’s Mori Rothman reports. Continue reading

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    November 6, 2015  

    With “Honky,” PBS and Onstage in America present a stage comedy about racism that throws political correctness out the window. Hari Sreenivasan sits down with the play’s author, Greg Kalleres, to discuss how he explores race relations and coded language with humor. Continue reading

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    November 4, 2015  

    Early on in his acting career, Jeff Daniels and his wife decided they would take a risk: leave New York and return to the small town of Chelsea, Michigan, to raise their family. There, the TV and movie star built a theater and his own company of actors and technicians, launching an apprenticeship program and commissions for new plays. Daniels gives Jeffrey Brown a tour of the unlikely arts mecca he calls home. Continue reading

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    September 29, 2015  

    For Anna Deavere Smith, actress and path-breaking performance artist, Baltimore is home. After the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the city became a sadly appropriate setting for Smith to tackle her latest project: a one-woman show about the “school to prison pipeline,” which funnels children who get into trouble at school into the criminal justice system. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

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    April 28, 2015  

    This year’s Tony nominations are out and we’re revisiting two of the nominees. “Disgraced,” nominated for Best Play, examines questions of identity and Islam in America after September 11. “Wolf Hall,” which tells the story of King Henry VIII and his chief advisor, received eight nods. Jeffrey Brown looks at both of the acclaimed plays. Continue reading

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    April 4, 2015  

    On the cusp of the premier of “Mad Men’s” final season, show star Elisabeth Moss can now be seen on Broadway in the first revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s play, “The Heidi Chronicles.” The 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner follows the life of one woman, from the 1960s through the 1980s, prompting the proverbial discussion: Can women have it all? NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown sits down with Moss who says the issue still resonates with her. Continue reading

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    March 20, 2015  

    To research his latest role, actor Edward Gero had to go to court: the Supreme Court. His character? Real-life Justice Antonin Scalia. But the new play “The Originalist” is more than a portrait of the famously combative leader of the court’s conservative wing. It’s also a story about the polarization of American politics and bridging the gap. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

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    January 4, 2015  

    Site-specific theater, a growing art form that immerses audiences into productions, has become a tool for some producers to save money by defraying pricey traditional staging. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green reports on a show playing from a particularly unconventional site in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading

  • Mike Nichols and wife Diane Sawyer pose at The Opening Night of 'The Real Thing' on Broadway at American Airlines Theatre on October 30, 2014 in New York City.  Nichols died Wednesday night at the age of 83. Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
    November 20, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Mike Nichols, an award-winning director known for his versatility and genre-blending productions for film, TV and stage, died on Wednesday evening. Over the course of a more than five decades long career, Nichols, known for such hits as “The Graduate,” “Angels in America” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” won an Academy Award, a Grammy and multiple Tony and Emmy Awards. He is one of the rare few to garner such awards. Continue reading

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