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Predicting The Oscars; Courtney Barnett Plays Live; A Broadway Spring Preview

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris will star in the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Neil Patrick Harris will star in the upcoming Broadway adaptation of Hedwig And The Angry Inch.

In this episode: Before the Academy Awards on Sunday night, we talk about the candidates for Best Original Song (even one that got kicked off the list along the way) and Best Original Score with Melena Ryzik of The New York Times.

Then, hear Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett and her band perform "Avant Gardener" and more in the Soundcheck studio.

And: This spring is shaping up to be a busy one on Broadway, especially for musicals. We talk with New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel about a couple of the biggies coming our way -- including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris, If/Then, and Bullets Over Broadway.

Guests:

Courtney Barnett and Melena Ryzik

Get To Know This Year's Best Original Song And Score Oscar Nominees

This year's Academy Award fields for Best Original Song and Best Original Score are dominated by a who's-who in the pop and symphonic music worlds, making for a stiff competition. Soundcheck talks to Melena Ryzik, lead writer for The New York Times' Carpetbagger blog about high expectations, the underdogs, and some Oscar-season controversy. 

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A Broadway Spring Preview With Michael Riedel

This spring is shaping up to be a busy one on Broadway – especially when it comes to new musicals. Joining us with a preview is Michael Riedel, theater columnist for the New York Post and co-host of the weekly TV show Theater Talk on PBS. 

Michael Riedel on If/Then (opening March 30) 

This is an original musical, which is something unique these days on Broadway -- not based on a movie, not based on a book -- written by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, who did Next To Normal, which won the Pulitzer Prize. It is what its title is -- If/Then. It's a series of questions posed in one's life: if I had done this, then that would have happened. But if I'd done that, this would have happened. 

 

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Watch: Courtney Barnett, Live On Soundcheck

On her superb 2013 record, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, Courtney Barnett sings of long-winding and darkly comedic tales and matter-of-fact observations. Watch the Australian songwriter and her band play in the Soundcheck studio. 

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St. Vincent's fourth, self-titled album is out Feb. 25.

St. Vincent's Very Danceable New Album

After three brilliant albums -- and a collaboration with David Byrne -- St. Vincent's Annie Clark makes a major creative leap on her self-titled fourth album, St. Vincent. Members of the Soundcheck and WNYC team give the new record a spin.

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Frankie Rose

Download This: Frankie Rose, 'Street Of Dreams'

She an indie songstress with a dark pop sound, and she opens for White Lies at Webster Hall tonight. Get her track 'Street Of Dreams.'

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