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Three on the Aisle: David Yazbek Loves ‘Shaft’

This week the critics talk with the Tony-winning composer about his newest project: the gender-bending ‘Tootsie.’

Twice a month, critics Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York TimesThe Village Voice, and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of The Washington Post get together to talk about what’s going on in the American theatre.

David Yazbek (Photo by Andrew Eccles)

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.

Download the episode here.

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