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Midday on Theater: A Conversation with Playwright Ken Ludwig

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Today, the prolific American playwright Ken Ludwig, best known for his award-winning Broadway hits Lend Me A Tenor and Crazy for You, joins Tom and Midday theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck for a conversation about his life and work.  Ludwig has written more than two dozen plays and musicals, and has had six of them on Broadway. They've been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and are produced somewhere in the United States virtually every night of the year.

He talks about two works now running simultaneously in our area: his newest play, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, which opened this week at DC's Arena Stage; and his acclaimed adaptation of novelist Agathie Christie's classic who-done-it, Murder on the Orient Express, now in a new production at Baltimore's Everyman Theatre

Ken Ludwig speaks with us today from NPR studios in Washington, DC.

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
Rob is Midday's senior producer.