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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Given the number of things that can go wrong with a production, it’s no wonder that performers are a superstitious bunch. Today Soundcheck dives into the world of superstitions -- from The Apollo’s famous tree stump to why you never, ever say “Good Luck.”  Plus: Bree Benton, a.k.a. "Poor Baby Bree," gives us a performance from her one-woman show, “I Am Going to Run Away.” And: We remember banjo player and bluegrass revolutionary Earl Scruggs.

Very Superstitious

Given the number of things that can go wrong with a production, it’s no wonder that performers are a superstitious bunch. There are just some things you don’t do. Whistle backstage? Never. Wish a co-star “good luck?” How dare you! And, definitely don’t bring a peacock feather inside the theater. We’ll dive into the world of ritual and superstition with Time Out New York theater editor David Cote. And, hear the how and why of our superstitious minds with psychologist Stuart Vyse

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Bree Benton: In Studio

Since 2005, Bree Benton has been performing as "Poor Baby Bree" - a Victorian-era character she developed after years of studying the golden age of vaudeville. Bree Benton's latest show starring her waif-like alter-ego, “I am Going to Run Away,” begins next month - she joins in the studio to give us a sneak peak.  

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Earl Scruggs, Remembered

Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs died Wednesday morning at the age of 88. We remember the man who revolutionized the sound of the banjo.

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Gig Alert: Sagapool

Montreal world music sextet Sagapool plays the Living Room on Thursday night. Download the band's jovial tune "Marcel."

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