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About the Film

It’s This American Life’s wildest, most ambitious live show ever! Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians and comedians joined Ira Glass onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House on June 7th, 2014 to try some things they'd never tried before. The result? Journalism turned into opera, into plays, into a Broadway musical (by Lin-Manuel Miranda, starring Lindsay Mendez and Anthony Ramos). Comedy from Mike Birbiglia, and SNL’s Sasheer Zamata. Songs from Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. Dance from Monica Bill Barnes & Company. The video can be yours for just five bucks!

Video directed by Seth Lind, produced by Ben Cohen and Ben Katz.

What People Are Saying

  • "Many blissful surprises … giddy and bittersweet"

    New York Times

  • Leaving @ThisAmerLife live show @BAM_Brooklyn and feeling sad that I just saw the greatest show I'll ever see. It's all downhill from here.

    Regan Stephens (@ReganStephens) Jun 7

  • in actual awe of how good the @ThisAmerLife show was

    Stan Alcorn ‏(@stan_alcorn)

  • An amazing week of #radiolovefest capped by @ThisAmerLife - most epic staged performance. pic.twitter.com/YuJdq1SxjV

    leland rechis ‏(@leland) Jun 7

  • One of the most brilliant shows ever done. Thank you @ThisAmerLife and @BAM_Brooklyn for a fantastic evening that I will always remember. :)

    Irene Liao ‏(@plantbotsci) Jun 7

  • .@IraGlass outdid himself. The audience was so ecstatic by the end, it roared. Opera, a musical, modern dance. Amazing. @ThisAmerLife

    Jennifer Maloney (@maloneyfiles) Jun 7

  • @ThisAmerLife at BAM = magic time

    Kate Nemeth ‏(@kNembot) Jun 7

  • Can't think of a performance that has ever left me this elated. Thanks @ThisAmerLife and @BAM_Brooklyn!

    Alex Fox Berger ‏(@afoxberger) Jun 7

  • .@ThisAmerLife live was everything I wanted & so much more. A perfect evening of kookiness & heart. Cc @iraglass @birbigs @FreddieTunnard

    Monica Alba ‏(@AlbaMonica) Jun 7

  • Creativity on another level. Tonight's @ThisAmerLife show at @BAM_Brooklyn, featuring @Lin_Manuel and @birbigs. Nothing like it.

    Sam Purdy ‏(@purdycity) Jun 7

  • @ThisAmerLife live at @BAM_Brooklyn was definitely one of the most exciting & captivating things I've ever seen! AMAZING!

    theswaagh ‏(@theswaagh) Jun 7

  • Pretty sure the crowd @ThisAmerLife late show is more uncontrollable than @HOT97 Summer Jam.

    brendan kennedy ‏(@waywaw) Jun 7

  • Just saw the amazing @ThisAmerLife stage show at BAM. Revolutionary.

    Molly Sugarman ‏(@mosugs) Jun 7

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Previous Releases

Our 2012 live show The Invisible Made Visible featured performances by David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro, Glynn Washington, Ryan Knighton and host Ira Glass. Plus dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, music by OK Go, photographs by Vivian Maier, animation, and projected illustrations. And one super special secret guest.