On the December 30, 2017 episode of "On Stage," hosted by Frank DiLella from the Public Theater:

  • The Public Theater celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, who developed "Hamilton" at the Public, talks to NY1 about the theater's importance.
  • Artistic director Oskar Eustis examines the Public's legacy, from "Hair" to "A Chorus Line" to "Hamilton."
  • Three members of the "Hair" family — book and lyric writer James Rado, original Broadway cast member Dale Soules, and 2009 revival cast member Caissie Levy — talk to us about the importance of the musical, which launched the Public 50 years ago.
  • Frank hears from Daniel Breaker, the new Aaron Burr in "Hamilton."
  • We interview playwright Richard Nelson about "Illyria," a new drama currently playing at The Public about its founder Joe Papp.
  • We profile Ben Vereen, who starred in "Hair" in 1968.​