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Houston’s New Poet Laureate Hopes To Change Lives And TUTS Presents “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway”

The recently-appointed Houston Poet Laureate shares how poetry can used for healing, and a Tony Award-winning classic is reborn.


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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with Leslie Contreras Schwartz as she kicks off her two-year term as Houston Poet Laureate. The native Houstonian describes her plan to tackle mental health through poetry, and she reads "Roots" – a poem inspired by gardening and the urge to grow even under the harshest circumstances.

Ernie Manouse talks with Dan Knechtges, artistic director of Theatre Under The Stars, about the rarely-staged 1989 Tony Award-winning musical Jerome Robbins' Broadway. A love letter to Broadway's golden age, this musical anthology wraps up TUTS' 50th Anniversary Season and includes scenes from On the Town, Peter Pan, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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