Performing Arts News, interviews, and commentary on theater, the arts, music, and dance.

Performing Arts

Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell — who has recovered from the coronavirus — sings from his window to show appreciation for New York City's healthcare workers and first responders. "People need this, too," he says. "They need that connection. They need to be reconnected to themselves, to their own center, to each other, you know, to feel that we're all in this together." Rob Kim/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Rob Kim/Getty Images

Now Playing On Broadway: Uncertainty, Unemployment And Displays Of Unity

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/843429366/843529651" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Brian Dennehy, known for his interpretations of characters created by Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, has died at the age of 81. Mike Piscitelli /Dennehy Family hide caption

toggle caption
Mike Piscitelli /Dennehy Family

Dawn Ursula plays Toni Stone in American Conservatory Theater's production of Lydia R. Diamond's Toni Stone. Kevin Berne/A.C.T. hide caption

toggle caption
Kevin Berne/A.C.T.

The Show Must Go Online: Theaters Closed By COVID-19 Get Creative

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/830390452/832572971" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

An evening concert during the 2015 edition of Lincoln Center's Out of Doors annual festival. All of the New York cultural institution's signature summer programming has been canceled for 2020. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers gave Americans a much-needed on-screen escape in the 1930s. Above, they dance in the 1938 comedy musical Carefree. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Fred And Ginger Cheered Us Up During The Depression. Might They Do It Again?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/825696927/830205936" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Camden Catholic High School's virtual choir sings "I Am With You Always," led by music director Greg Gardner. Greg Gardner and Patrick Gardner/YouTube hide caption

toggle caption
Greg Gardner and Patrick Gardner/YouTube

The Beat Goes On: High School Choirs Improvise In The Age Of Coronavirus

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/826820085/827758375" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Fresh Air' Celebrates Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim (Part 2)

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/822517346/822613193" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Fresh Air' Remembers Broadway Playwright Terrence McNally

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/821967826/822024833" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Roger Allam as Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest directed by Jeremy Herrin at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images

Wanted: Stories With Happily Ever Afters - Here's Where To Start Looking

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/821005625/824358286" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Honored Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of Coronavirus At Age 81

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/821285239/821285242" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

With Concert Canceled, California Students Perform Together From Home

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/819762794/819762795" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript