Special encore presentations of "Theatre Talk" will be presented on June 21 and 28 on Thirteen/WNET.
The acclaimed PBS talk show that offers interviews with top theatre celebrities and writers will feature a two-part interview with biographer Meryle Secrest, who penned "Somewhere for Me: The Biography of Richard Rodgers." Secrest is also the author of "Stephen Sondheim: A Life," "Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography," "Being Bernard Berenson: A Biography" and "Leonard Bernstein: A Life."
This year marks the centenary of legendary composer Richard Rodgers, who gave the world over 900 songs. His partnerships with Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II produced some of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. His works with Hart included On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, I Married an Angel, The Boys from Syracuse, Pal Joey and By Jupiter, and the Rodgers-Hammerstein collaboration spawned Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. A hit revival of Oklahoma! currently plays Broadway's Gershwin Theatre.
Hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins, "Theatre Talk" airs late Friday night at 12:30 AM on WNET/Thirteen.
—By Andrew Gans