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In Utah, 'Book Of Mormon' Strikes A Chord

The Tony Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon, opened in Salt Lake City last week. The sendup of missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is getting a rousing reception.
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For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.
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Rediscovering The Thrill Of George Balanchine's New York City Ballet

Lloyd Schwartz discusses the timeless appeal of the late choreographer George Balanchine. "[He] was our Shakespeare. ... watching a Balanchine ballet is like watching music come alive," he says.
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Nearly 200 Comedians, All Playing The Same City

Just For Laughs, the biggest and oldest comedy festival in the world, is underway in Montreal. We'll find out who's new, who's returned and learn about some surprise hits.
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You Might Not Know Kenny Ortega, But You Probably Know His Choreography

Ortega is one of the most sought after choreographers in showbiz. He has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Zac Efron and is responsible for some of Hollywood's most memorable dance scenes.
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Syfy's 'Sharknado 3' Fails At Being Really Good Bad Television

Syfy debuts the third installment in its disaster movie spoof franchise. But it isn't fun to watch — even ironically — and the film falls short, even as it inspires imitators on other channels.
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Theodore Bikel, Who Starred In Broadway's 'Fiddler On The Roof,' Dies

The actor and singer, who recorded 37 albums, has died at 91. Bikel took over the role of Tevye for more than 2,000 performances of Fiddler on the Roof.
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Emmy Nominations For 'Transparent,' Tatiana Maslany Showcase New Talent

Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday. The field of contenders shows a welcome turn toward recognizing new talent and new sources for TV.
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In The Writer's Room, One Woman Quietly Makes Late Night History

Robin Thede's wide-ranging career has included stints in both journalism and comedy. Now, at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she's the first black woman to work as a head writer in late night TV.

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