Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lindsay Mendez & More Featured in THIS AMERICAN LIFE's RadioLoveFest Show at BAM; Stream It Online Now!
The full video for THIS AMERICAN LIFE's "wildest" show ever at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 7th as part of the 2014 "RadioLoveFest" is now available to stream online for just $5. Check out a video trailer for the program here, and hear the radio promo for the episode below!
For the live stage production, "Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House...to try some things they'd never tried before. The result? Journalism turned into opera, into plays, into a Broadway musical (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, starring Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos). Comedy from Mike Birbiglia, and SNL's Sasheer Zamata. Songs from Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. Dance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company."
From June 4 to June 8, two iconic New York City institutions joined to celebrate an ever-evolving medium that was born more than 100 years ago-radio. For this five day festival, WNYC took up residence at BAM venues to reimagine some of public radio's most treasured programs as live, contemporary theatrical engagements.
The line-up was a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation including: Ask Me Another, The Moth Radio Hour, Radiolab, Studio 360, Soundcheck, Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz, This American Life, and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Peppered throughout the festival were musical performances, panels, games, and intimate interviews with guests including Andrew Bird, Hamilton Leithauser, Al Letson, Jessi Klein, Jennifer Egan, and Mo Rocca. Additionally, there were BAMcinématek screenings curated by WNYC hosts Brian Lehrer and Brooke Gladstone, a StoryCorps interactive center, BAMcafé Live performances curated by Terrance McKnight, and a talk with Dave Isay and guest Scott Simon.
THIS AMERICAN LIFE is a public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to 2.2 million listeners each week. Another million people listen each week by podcast. It's produced by WBEZ Chicago.