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June 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Though hearts were heavy, they were open, as Gay Pride month kicked off with tributes paid across the nation for the victims of the Orlando Shootings. In a powerful show of solidarity in New York City, One World Trade Center lit up in a rainbow of colors, and the Empire State Building went dark. Members of the LGBT and Muslim Communities gathered in Jackson Heights for a vigil to denounce violence. The man at the heart of the event was New York City Council member Daniel Dromm, who joined us on Metrofocus to discuss the communities reaction to this terrible tragedy.

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June 10, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, we can’t get enough of the Tony Awards anticipation! Co-host of PBS’ Theater Talk and Theater columnist for the New York Post Michael Riedel sits down with us to talk about who he thinks will be walking away with the coveted thespian awards. Who got snubbed in the nominations? What is the future of Broadway? Will Hamilton sweep up every category? Michael Riedel lets us know who he thinks is the best of Broadway this year. Then, Broadway’s bluegrass musical Bright Star has been nominated for 5 Tonys, including Best Actress in a Musical. That actress, Carman Cusack, is no stranger to Broadway. She’s starred in musicals like Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, yet this is her first Tony nomination. She shares with us her amazing journey in getting this unique musical to the stage, from workshopping it all the way back in 2013 to working with one of the writers of the show, beloved comedian and actor Steve Martin. Finally, Fiddler on the Roof earned a nomination for Best Revival of a Musical, but one of the show’s creators already knows he’ll be going home with a Tony on Sunday. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick is being honored with a lifetime achievement award. He sits down with host Jack Ford to talk about Fiddler from its opening night in 1964 to its recent revival on the Great White Way.

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June 09, 2016 at 6:29 pm

We can’t get enough of the Tony Awards anticipation! Co-host of PBS’ Theater Talk and Theater columnist for the New York Post Michael Riedel sits down with us to talk about who he thinks will be walking away with the coveted thespian awards. Who got snubbed in the nominations? What is the future of Broadway? Will Hamilton sweep up every category? Michael Riedel lets us know who he thinks is the best of Broadway this year.

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June 09, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Broadway’s bluegrass musical Bright Star has been nominated for 5 Tonys, including Best Actress in a Musical. That actress, Carman Cusack, is no stranger to Broadway. She’s starred in musicals like Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, yet this is her first Tony nomination. She shares with us her amazing journey in getting this unique musical to the stage, from workshopping it all the way back in 2013 to working with one of the writers of the show, beloved comedian and actor Steve Martin.

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June 09, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Fiddler on the Roof earned a nomination for Best Revival of a Musical, but one of the show’s creators already knows he’ll be going home with a Tony on Sunday. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick is being honored with a lifetime achievement award. He sits down with host Jack Ford to talk about Fiddler from its opening night in 1964 to its recent revival on the Great White Way.

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June 09, 2016 at 5:30 am

Tonight, we’ll be recounting the results of yesterday’s primaries with a roundtable of political experts. Columnist and political analyst Ellis Henican and host of The Blaze Amy Holmes join us to talk about the candidates, the polls, and what’s ahead as the nation pushes on to the Presidential election in November. Then, performer Megan Hilty has made her mark on Manhattan. Best known for her role as Ivy Lynn on NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Megan Hilty is also a seasoned Broadway actress, having starred in “Wicked” and “9 to 5 The Musical.” More recently, Hilty snagged a Drama League Award nomination for her portrayal of Brooke Ashton in the revival of the slapstick comedy “Noises Off.” Now, she shares with us what it’s like channeling big names like Dolly Parton, and she talks about her upcoming live performance at the New York staple, the Café Carlyle.

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June 08, 2016 at 6:29 am

Continuing in our anticipation of the Tony Awards later this week, we talk with the legendary Gloria Estefan. This multi-talented and award-winning singer joined us to talk about her Cuban roots, her life, and career that inspired the Broadway musical On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, which has received a Tony nomination for Best Choreography. Don’t miss this music legend’s story of love, honor, and resilience that won’t fail to get you “On Your Feet.”

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June 07, 2016 at 5:51 am

We take the time to commemorate “The Greatest of All Time,” Muhammad Ali. Ali passed away this past weekend after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Friend and author of Approaching Ali, Davis Miller joins us to remember the life of this boxing legend. Then, six states are up for grabs in tomorrow’s primaries as Sanders and Clinton continue to battle it out and Trump continues his crusade for the White House. We’ll hone in on New Jersey with Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University Brigid Callahan Harrison as the Garden State prepares to head to the polls. Plus, we discuss the possibility of a Clinton-Trump match-up in November. Finally, when it comes to acting, Brian Stokes Mitchell has done it all from television, to film and Broadway. While most nominees are waiting to see if they’ve secured themselves a Tony later this month, Mitchell can rest easy knowing he will walk away with the 2016 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award honoring him for his work with The Actors Fund. We’ll discuss his involvement with that, plus his return to the stage in the ten-time Tony-nominated musical Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, the diversity of Broadway today, and what is next for this famous leading man.

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