This week, Open Studio with Jared Bowen looks at the Boston-to-Broadway pipeline by way of two new productions. We also meet textile artist Anita Maharjan, who literally weaves her cultural heritage into her work.
Yann Martel's award-winning book "Life of Pi" went on to become an award-winning film. In its latest iteration — as a play — the West End production garnered a handful of Olivier awards. Now it's at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge before it heads to Broadway. Jared Bowen dropped in on rehearsals ahead of its North American Premiere at the A.R.T. to sit down with the creative team behind this production, which he has described as a work of magic that "comes to life in the most vivid way."
From there it's onto Neil Diamond, whose trajectory of chart topping music — from "Sweet Caroline" to "Song Sung Blue"— is charted itself in the new musical "A Beautiful Noise." Now that it’s on Broadway, we revisit the conversation we had with the creative team when the musical launched right here at the Emerson Colonial Theatre.
We also meet textile artist Anita Maharjan, who was born in Nepal, where weaving is a way of life. Today she lives in the United States and her work reflects both her cultural heritage and the consumerism that she sees as an American way of life.
Finally, we wrap up the show with Arts this Week, a roundup of the latest arts and culture events in New England.