Posted on · Acclaimed composer talks candidly about the opera industry with the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot as a backdrop. This episode is an encore of the June 3rd, 2021 original broadcast to commemorate the anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre.
Posted on · The Jerry Herman musical about Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand enters its last week.
Posted on · Tim Rice discusses writing hit musicals, like 'Evita' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar.'
Posted on · Houston Public Media's Troy Schulze talks with Ghost the Musical's Steven Grant Douglas, who plays "Sam" (the Patrick Swayze role), about the famous pottery scene and adapting movies into musicals. The show runs at the Hobby Center through February 23.
Posted on · Garbage strikes, noisy neighbors, crime and unemployment. We shouldn’t laugh, but we do. It’s Neil Simon’s classic comedy, The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, currently at Northwest Houston’s Texas Repertory Theatre. Catherine Lu chats with the stars, Steve Fenley (Artistic Director) and Lisa Thomas-Morrison, who play a couple trying to cope with the problems and angst of modern life in 1970s Manhattan.
Posted on · Freud’s Last Session at the Alley, imagines a meeting between the dying psychoanalyst and ardent atheist Sigmund Freud, and the young, recently converted to Christian belief, Oxford don C.S. Lewis. Set in London in 1939 as Britain is poised to go to war with Germany, the play is filled with exciting ideas passionately debated. The two cast members, James Black and Jay Sullivan, talk with St.John Flynn.
Posted on · The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company is in residence this week to cap off “Dance Month at the Kaplan Theatre” at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Founder and Artistic Director, Carolyn Dorfman, chats about her acclaimed, long-time company and about their dance concert on Sunday.
Posted on · At its Rice Village location, Main Street Theater is currently presenting Stephen Sondheim’s “fairy tale” musical, Into the Woods. Director Andrew Ruthven and Christina Stroup, who sings the role of the Witch, talk to St.John Flynn about the production.
Posted on · Opera in the Heights’ third production of the season opened last weekend at Lambert Hall. Two of the production's principals, along with artistic director & conductor Enrique Carreón-Robledo and stage director Stephanie Havey, came into the Geary Studio with St.John Flynn to offer a preview of Mozart’s great work.
Posted on · Currently on stage at The Barn downtown is the Classical Theatre Company’s latest production, Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, the story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unfettered worldly power. The director, Philip Hays, and actors Adam Gibbs and James Belcher talk with St.John Flynn about the production.
Posted on · This past weekend Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger opened at Houston Grand Opera. Written in 1968, it was suppressed by the Soviet authorities and didn't receive its first full-staging until 2010. Now The Passenger is making its U.S. debut. HGO Music Director Patrick Summers, and stage director David Pountney, talk about this overlooked, highly emotional work.
Posted on · This holiday season, Main Street Theater is presenting the Houston premiere of A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel. Director Troy Scheid and cast member Shawn Hamilton talk to St.John Flynn about this fresh take on the Christmas story.
Posted on · Actor Todd Waite reprises his role as “Crumpet the Elf” for the sixth straight year in the Alley Theatre’s annual presentation of The Santaland Diaries based on David Sedaris’ comedy cult classic. Todd Waite talks with St.John Flynn about the rigors and satisfaction of playing Santa’s irreverent Christmas helper.
Posted on · Silent Night, the opera which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2012 for Amercian composer Kevin Puts, debuts Wednesday, December 18th, on HoustonPBS/Ch 8.2. One of the lead roles in the world première Minnesota Opera production was sung by Houston-based baritone Liam Bonner. He talks to St.John Flynn about the opera.
Posted on · This Saturday’s Met Opera broadcast and Live in HD transmission is a performance of Robert Carsen’s brand new production of Verdi’s final opera, his comic masterpiece Falstaff. Soprano Lisette Oropesa is singing the role of Nannetta. She talks with St.John Flynn from the Metropolitan Opera House.