"Theater Talk" Celebrates Rent May 23

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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.