The thirty-second episode of Three on the Aisle, the twice-monthly podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading.
Here’s an excerpt from American Theatre’s “official” summary of the proceedings:
In this episode, the critics speak with composer/lyricist David Yazbek, who is nominated for the best score Tony Award for Tootsie. The critics chat with him about his “odoriferous” songs, including his work on Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and The Band’s Visit. He also discusses songs he wishes he had written, including the theme from Shaft.
In addition, the critics talk about shows they’ve seen lately: Grief Is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey at the Irish Repertory Theatre Off-Broadway, and J.T. Rogers’s Oslo playing at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md.
We’d also planned to answer some questions from our mailbag, but all three of us had so much fun chatting with Yazbek that we decided on the spur of the moment to let the interview segment run extra-long. I think you’ll hear why—not only is he a terrific talker, but we found him to be extraordinarily forthcoming.
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