"Theater Talk" Celebrates Rent May 23

By Andrew Gans
23 May 2008

The May 23 broadcast of "Theater Talk" the PBS chat show that offers interviews with top theatre practitioners will celebrate the Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical Rent, which ends its 12-year run at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre Sept. 7.



The half-hour TV program will feature interviews with Daphne Rubin-Vega, who created the role of Mimi in Rent, and Village Voice scribe Michael Musto.

Rubin-Vega and Musto, according to a press release, will "discuss the impact of the classic show," and Rubin-Vega will recall her memories of "Rent's late creator, Jonathan Larson and the life-changing experience she and her fellow cast members experienced following his death and the ground-breaking production's monumental success."

This episode of "Theater Talk," which airs at 12:30 AM ET on WNET/Thirteen, will also offer a preview of the Broadway-bound musical Billy Elliot.

"Theater Talk" is hosted by New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel and producer Susan Haskins. For more information visit www.theatertalk.org.

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As previously announced, Playbill Radio will begin airing audio rebroadcasts of "Theater Talk" May 24. The May 24 debut (at 7 PM ET) will feature interviews with Cry-Baby's John Waters and A Catered Affair's Harvey Fierstein. Upcoming programs include Macbeth star Patrick Stewart and director Rupert Goold (June 7 at 7 PM) and a Tony Awards special with top theatre pundits handicapping the award's race (June 14 at 7 PM). For more information visit www.playbillradio.com.