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Theater Talk Productions, Inc

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Works: 105 works in 106 publications in 1 language and 107 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History  Drama 
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Theater talk ( visu )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Playwright, librettist and screenwriter Arthur Laurents speaks about his life in the theater with Theater talk hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. Laurents discusses his decision to work with choreographer Jerome Robbins, whom he admired artistically but disliked personally, on the musical Gypsy; his friendliness toward the show's mercurial producer David Merrick; his involvement, as director, with the show La cage aux folles, and his work with Harvey Fierstein who wrote the book; his self-acceptance as a gay man; his work with Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim on the musical Do I hear a waltz?; his belief in giving his colleagues his honest opinion about their work; his unsuccessful musical Nick & Nora, which he felt was treat unsympathetically by the press; the presence of shows on Broadway which are "not good"; and his desire to concentrate on writing plays rather than musicals
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Actress Fiona Shaw and director Deborah Warner are the guests on Theater talk, hosted Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. They discuss Warner's production of Medea with Shaw in the title role at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The two discuss their interpretation of the Euripides play, addressing such topics as the play's relationship to current events, "why" Medea commits her monstrous crime, the decision to set the play in the present day, and the demanding process they put themselves through in staging the classic Greek drama
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
On the eve of the 2000 presidental election, playwright/novelist/historian Gore Vidal, whose 1960 play The best man is currently being revived on Broadway, is welcomed by Theater talk hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. The play concerns two presidental candidates vying for their party's nomination. Vidal explains why he believes his play remains relevant, and gives his view of the American political landscape. He expounds on the creation of his work, and whether his two main characters are based on actual political figures
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Filmmaker John Waters discusses his career in movies and on Broadway with hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. Waters, who directed several underground cult hits of the 1970s such as Pink flamingos and Female trouble, talks about his friend and longtime star Divine. He also describes how two of his movies, Hairspray and Cry-Baby, became Broadway musicals. Includes excerpts from several of Waters' films as well as the two stage adaptations
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Robert F.X. Sillerman, producer of Mel Brooks' stage musical Young Frankenstein, discusses the show with hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. The conversation focuses on Sillerman's decision to offer premium tickets for $450 apiece, a practice that he notes has become common for successful Broadway productions, but which he concedes may have been prematurely timed in the case of this show. Sillerman also discusses the recent trend to cast Broadway shows through competitions on TV "reality" programs. Brief excerpts from Young Frankenstein are included
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Playwright Theresa Rebeck and actor Tony Shalhoub discuss the Off-Broadway production of Rebeck's play The scene, in which Shalhoub stars as an aging actor struggling with unemployment and mid-life crisis. Rebeck and Shalhoub examine the aspects of this character they recognize in themselves and in people they have known. They also compare working in the theater with working in television
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Journalist-turned-playwright George Packer discusses his drama Betrayed with hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. The play, which was based on Packer's experiences in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003, concerns the fate of Iraqis who helped the American occupiers, either as translators or in other capacities, and who were then abandoned to their fates
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Lyricist/librettist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg discuss their collaboration on the stage musicals Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, and, in particular, their biggest success Les miserables, with interviewers Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. They also discuss the challenge of translating their works from French into English, the process by which they choose topics, and their attitudes towards their success
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Screenwriter/playwright Lee Hall discusses his project Billy Elliot, which was first a film released in 2000 and is currently a musical on the Broadway stage. Hall describes his childhood in the coal-mining community of Newcastle, in the northeast of England, and draws parallels between his own story and that of his protagonist. He speaks of the political element in the story regarding trade unions and the impact of Conservative Party policies on mining communities in the 1980s. He also discusses the process of turning his screenplay into a stage musical, and his working relationship with the show's composer, Elton John
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Actor Christopher Plummer and theater critic John Simon discuss Plummer's memoir "In spite of myself" with hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. Plummer relates anecdotes about his career, reminisces about colleagues such as Jason Robards Jr., and reflects on why so many actors of his generation were heavy drinkers. Simon, a strong supporter of the book, reads excerpts from it, including a passage from the galleys that did not appear in the published edition
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Theater executive Gerald Schoenfeld, who died in November 2008, is commemorated with excerpts of an interview he taped for Theater talk in January of 2001. Schoenfeld, chairman of the Shubert Organization for many years, reminisces about the circumstances which lead to his ascendancy in the company
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
In conjunction with a new production of his translation of Bertolt Brecht's play Mother Courage and her children, critic Eric Bentley discusses Brecht with interviewers Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. Bentley describes meeting Brecht in Los Angeles in the 1940s, their subsequent collaborations, and their political differences, and also analyzes Brecht's personality and behavior
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Theater talk's co-hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins observe the program's tenth anniversary with a selection of excerpts from the show's archives, dating back to the first broadcast in 1996. They also speak with columnist Michael Musto, critic Jeremy McCarter, and playwright Paul Rudnick about the show
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Actors Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe discuss the revival of Peter Shaffer's drama Equus, in which they both appear, with hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. Griffiths and Radcliffe, who have also appeared together in the Harry Potter film series, compare acting on the stage with acting in film. Radcliffe discusses his preparation for the role of the troubled young man in Shaffer's play, and describes meeting the playwright
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Performance excerpts: The zoo story, directed by Edward Albee, Columbia University, 1979
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Theater talk hosts Michael Rieldel and Susan Haskins welcome actresses Mercedes Ruehl and Marian Seldes. They discuss the female characters of playwright Edward Albee, and share their experiences bringing them to the stage. Ruehl, now appearing on Broadway in Albee's latest play The goat, played Martha in a revival of Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? the previous year. Ruehl expounds on the audience reaction to The goat, a play about a man who is in love with a goat, and what she sees as the play's misinterpretation. Seldes, who appeared the previous season in Albee's The play about the baby, was also in the original Off-Broadway production of Three tall women. She discusses the challenges of performing an Albee role, and her belief that the playwright's view of human existence is expressed via his female characters
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Film historian and professor Jerry W. Carlson discusses the stage version of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film The 39 steps. Carlson examines the film and its place in Hitchcock's body of work, and also looks at the director's relationship with the stage. Includes brief excerpts from the movie and the stage version
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Veteran musical performer John Raitt discusses his work with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, and analyzes the collaborators' contrasting personal traits and temperaments
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Julie Taymor, who became the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical the same night Ms. Hynes won her award, is seen briefly in news footage at a press conference on the night of the award ceremony
Theater talk ( visu )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Director Stanley Donen, best known for directing films including Singin' in the rain, Bedazzled and Charade, discusses his latest theater project, Elaine May's Adult entertainment, with Theater talk co-hosts Michael Riedel and Susan Haskins. The play is about a group of porno stars who discover higher intellectual pursuits, inspired by May's encounter with adult programming on public access television. Donen discusses his collaboration with May, and elaborates on his career in film and on Broadway, where he performed in such productions as Pal Joey and Best foot forward under producer George Abbott
 
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