Taymor will chat about her newest work, Grendel, the opera inspired by the Beowulf legend. The production, which employs projections, puppetry, masks and a score by Elliot Goldenthal, will play New York's Lincoln Center Festival at the New York State Theater, July 11-16. The two-hour "Breakfast with the Arts" program will also feature segments with radio personality Nic Harcourt, singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield and actors Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. A panel of experts will also discuss the world of art theft.
Julie Taymor made history in 1998 as the first female director to earn the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for her staging of The Lion King — albeit mere moments after Garry Hynes became the first woman to win a Tony Award for Direction — for The Beauty Queen of Leenane. She also earned the Tony for Best Costume Design that night as well. The multi-genre director has lined her resume with Broadway credits (Juan Darien and The Green Bird), film work ("Titus" and "Frida") as well as opera productions ("Oedipus Rex" and "The Magic Flute").
"Breakfast with the Arts" airs from 8-10 AM ET on A&E. Karina Huber hosts. Check local listings or visit www.aetv.com for more information.