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Theater Talk

THEATER TALK is the series devoted to the world of the New York stage and beyond. Co-hosted by series executive producer Susan Haskins and Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for the New York Post, the acclaimed program features conversations with important artists working in the theater today; plus lively and entertaining panels of insightful critics, reporters and other writers discussing what's going on in the theater now, as well as the legacy of theater from the past.

Now in its 25th year, the program is produced at its home station CUNY TV in NYC and airs on TV weekly on PBS stations THIRTEEN & WLIW in New York City and public TV stations across the USA. It's archive of over 700 episodes is on YouTube.


Theater Talk: The Critics Wrap Up the 2017-18 Broadway Season!
June 25, 2018

On this episode, team of commentators Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, Jesse Green of The New York Times, actor Julie Halston, Michael Musto of, Patrick Pacheco of OnStage, Jan Simpson of BroadwayRadio, Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Times, and Jason Zinoman of The New York Times join Susan Haskins in the studio the day after the TONYs to evaluate the ceremony, make sense of the upsets, celebrate the season past and enjoy a performance by the fab duo Theater Talk's Musical Director, Tyrik Washington and Tyrik Washington, Jr.

Theater Talk: Taylor Louderman and Grey Henson Give the Scoop on MEAN GIRLS
May 29, 2018

Tony-nominated actors Taylor Louderman and Grey Henson from new musical Mean Girls have a fabulous time with Julie Halston, Michael Musto and Susan Haskins, celebrating their successful Broadway show. Next, our intrepid producer Lane Binkley goes on location to Theatre Row to interview Randy, the witty and insightful (and Australian) star of Off-Broadway's new hit Randy Writes a Novel.

Theater Talk: Tony Nominees Jessie Mueller & Joshua Henry Sing from CAROUSEL!
May 29, 2018

As Broadway revs up for the TONY Awards, THEATER TALK welcomes Tony nominated actors JOSHUA HENRY and JESSIE MUELLER from RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN's CAROUSEL, who along with the show's Musical Supervisor ANDY EINHORN, perform excerpts from the show's classic 'Bench Scene' number and discuss its brilliant musical architecture with co-hosts JESSE GREEN of 'The New York Times' and SUSAN HASKINS. Next, TONY-nominated director GEORGE C. WOLFE shares his insights into Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece THE ICEMAN COMETH and how they have influenced his absorbing revival of this classic American play, starring Denzel Washington and David Morse. JAN SIMPSON of BroadwayRadio co-hosts with Haskins.

Theater Talk: Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill Unite to Discuss THREE TALL WOMEN
May 21, 2018

Actors Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill discuss working together with director Joe Mantello to create the magnificent revival of "Edward Albee's Three Tall Women," now on Broadway at The Golden Theatre. Jesse Green of 'The New York TImes' and Susan Haskins co-host.

Theater Talk: Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton & More Talk MY FAIR LADY!
May 21, 2018

This episode focuses on Lincoln Center Theater's stunning revival of My Fair Lady with the production's director, Bartlett Sher; Lincoln Center Theater's Producing Artistic Director, Andre Bishop; as well as actors Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, and Allan Corduner, who star as "Eliza Doolittle," "Henry Higgins" and "Colonel Pickering," respectively. Jesse Green, Co-Chief Theater Critic of The New York Times co-hosts with Susan Haskins.

Theater Talk: John Tiffany & Steven Hoggett on the Magic of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
May 10, 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany and movement director Steven Hoggett discuss creating the blockbuster show with playwright John Thorne and J.K. Rowling. Gordon Cox of Variety co-hosts with Susan Haskins.

Theater Talk: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Tell All About FROZEN's New Songs!
April 30, 2018

Academy Award-winning composer-lyricists Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez discuss transforming their 2013 mega-hit, Disney Animation's Frozen, to a new Broadway musical adding a dozen new songs. Elisabeth Vincentelli (The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Three on the Aisle podcast) co-hosts with Susan Haskins.

Theater Talk: Billy Crudup, David Cale & Leigh Silverman Talk HARRY CLARKE
April 16, 2018

In this episode, playwright David Cale, actor Billy Crudup and director Leigh Silverman discuss their production Cale's riveting play, HARRY CLARKE, on THEATER TALK with Jason Zinoman of 'The New York Times' and Susan Haskins-Doloff.

Theater Talk: Estelle Parsons and Patricia Bosworth on The Actors Studio!
April 9, 2018

On this episode, actor Estelle Parsons and actor/author Patricia Bosworth discuss the art of acting and their formative years of training at the legendary Actors Studio in the 1950's. Guest host is Jesse Green, Co-Chief Theatre Critic of The New York Times.

Theater Talk: Scott Elliott, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan on the New Group's GOOD FOR OTTO
March 26, 2018

On this episode, playwright David Rabe, producer/director Scott Elliott, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan discuss The New Group production of David Rabe's new work 'Good for Otto.' The play, in which Harris and Madigan play psychologists, is set in a community mental health center, and is now playing at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Guest host is producer/playwright Warren Leight.

Theater Talk: Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and John Cariani Discuss THE BAND'S VISIT
March 19, 2018

Ono this episode, The Band's Visit's actors Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and John Cariani discuss working on the powerful musical hit with co-hosts Jesse Green and Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Times and series producer Susan Haskins.

Theater Talk: Terrence Mann, Will Swenson & More on the Outrageous JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA
March 5, 2018

On this episode,  writer/composer Richard Thomas visits with actors Terrence Mann and Will Swenson from Thomas' controversial work Jerry Springer -The Opera, which created a sensation in the UK 13 years ago, but was considered so outrageous that it only now premieres in NYC. They discuss the spectacular production by The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center, with Michael Musto of and Susan Haskins. Next, playwright Jordan Harrison, director Oliver Butler and actor Michael Cyril Creighton talk about their production of Harrison's highly-original and thought-provoking play, The Amateurs, at the Vineyard Theatre, about a theater troop fleeing The Black Death in the Middle Ages and how these actors contributed to the modern dramatic concepts of character and individuality.

Theater Talk: John Lithgow Tells Stories of STORIES BY HEART
February 27, 2018

Master actor John Lithgow discusses his one-man show Stories by Heart, which he developed over 10 years touring the country and is now presenting on Broadway. The play is dedicated to his father, who was also an actor/director, and he talks about it with Jesse Green, Co-Chief Theater Critic of The New York Times, Donna Hanover of Arts in The City and Theater Talk producer Susan Haskins.

Theater Talk: Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel & Charlie Stemp on HELLO, DOLLY!'s New Leading Lady!
February 19, 2018

In this epsiode, 'Hello, Dolly! 'actors Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy), Tony Award-winner Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl) and Broadway newcomer Charlie Stemp (Barnaby Tucker) discuss working with director Jerry Zaks on the revamping of the massive hit after the departure of Bette Midler and the arrival of Bernadette Peters with co-hosts Adam Feldman of Time Out New York and Theater Talk producer Susan Haskins.

Theater Talk: Preview What's to Come in the 2018 Spring Season!
February 13, 2018

On the latest episode of Theater Talk, Adam Feldman (Time Out New York), Michael Musto (, Elisabeth Vincentelli (3 on the Aisle) and Patrick Pacheco (L.A. Times) plus co-hosts Jesse Green (The New York Times) and Susan Haskins discuss the upcoming spring season on Broadway, including 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' 'Angels in America,' 'Three Tall Women,' 'The Iceman Cometh,' 'Lobby Hero,' new musical adaptations of 'Mean Girls' and 'Frozen,' and classic musical revivals of 'Carousel' and 'My Fair Lady.'

Theater Talk: Daniel Breaker, Bryan Terrell Clark and Mandy Gonzalez Discuss the Power of HAMILTON
January 29, 2018

On the latest episode of Theater Talk, actors Daniel Breaker, Bryan Terrell Clark and Mandy Gonzalez, now appearing in Broadway's biggest hit as Aaron Burr, George Washington, and Angelica Schuyler, respectively, discuss coming into this groundbreaking show as replacements and making their roles their own. Beloved actress/entertainer Julie Halston joins Susan Haskins as co-host.

Theater Talk: Mark Rylance & Claire van Kampen Explain FARINELLI AND THE KING
January 22, 2018

Actor Mark Rylance (Academy Award and 2-time Tony Award winner) and playwright Claire van Kampen discuss her new play in which he stars, Farinelli and the King, with co-hosts playwright Warren Leight and Susan Haskins. Also, co-host Michael Musto goes backstage at The Oscar Hammerstein Awards for a conversation with this year's honorees, the legendary songwriting team of Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt (The Fantasticks; I Do, I Do; 110 in The Shade).

Theater Talk: What Did They Like the Best? The Critics Panel Reviews the Shows of the Fall Season!
January 15, 2018

Theater critics Joe Dziemianowicz (Daily News), Adam Feldman (Time Out New York) and Elisabeth Vincentelli (3 on The Aisle) review new shows of the 2017 fall season, both Off-Broadway and on, with co-hosts Jesse Green (Co-Chief Theater Critic for The New York Times) and producer Susan Haskins, cluing you in on what not to miss and what you are sorry that you already did miss.

Theater Talk: Amy Schumer Chats METEOR SHOWER, Her Own Theatre Company and More
December 29, 2017

Amy Schumer, currently starring in METEOR SHOWER on Broadway, stopped by Theater Talk to chat about her exciting new adventure on stage. Check out the interview below!

Theater Talk: Chatting with the Creative Team of THE BAND'S VISIT
December 21, 2017

In this episode, The Band's Visit songwriter David Yazbek and book writer Itamar Moses discuss their work on the celebrated new musical based on a popular 2007 Israeli film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a small town in the Negev Desert. Co-hosted by Jesse Green of The New York Times and Susan Haskins-Doloff.