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Peter O'Toole, A Life Even Larger Than 'Lawrence'

Peter O'Toole, the Hollywood legend who was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday in a London hospital. The 81-year old Irishman was nominated for eight Oscars in his distinguished career, and was known as a bit of a hellraiser.
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Iranian Comedian Tries The U.S., Again

British-Iranian comedian and actor Omid Djalili gained a degree of fame in the United States talking about and even joking about issues of terrorism and the Middle East following 9/11. After several years and success in Britain, he's coming back to the States.
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Original 'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday: 'I'm Not Going Nowhere'

Jennifer Holliday sprang to stardom in the 1980s for her Tony Award-winning performance in Dreamgirls and went on to a recording career after Broadway. But her life wasn't always glamorous: She suffered from depression and obesity, and once attempted suicide. She talks about the message she's trying to send with her forthcoming album, The Song is You.
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Delightful 'Six By Sondheim' Leaves You Wanting Six More

HBO's new TV special is part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. Critic David Bianculli says it's a superbly compiled work, overseen by two of the people most intimately familiar with the composer himself.
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'On Sondheim': The Musical-Theater Legend At 80

The New York Times calls Stephen Sondheim the "greatest and perhaps best-known artist in American musical theater." Sondheim composed the music and lyrics for, among others, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Company. In 2010 he joined Fresh Air to discuss his career in musical theater.
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'Project Unspeakable' Asks The Big Questions

A group of people inspired by a book on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are creating theater around the idea that his death could have been part of a conspiracy. And the questions don't stop there.
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A Couple Of Knights (And Matinees) On Broadway

Friends, X-Men, notables of the British Empire: Now Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have teamed up again on Broadway this season, performing two classic plays in repertory — Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter's No Man's Land.
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Broadway's Season Of Adventure

It's an exciting theater season on Broadway. NPR's Trey Graham saw five shows in three days, including Twelfth Night, Richard III and Fun Home. He shares his winter picks with host Scott Simon.
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Here's A Wild Idea For Shakespeare: Do It His Way

In the new Broadway productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, imported from London's Globe Theatre, the director and actors put on the shows pretty much as the Bard would have staged them — with an all-male cast and everything.
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'We Will Rock You': A Bohemian Musical

A musical featuring songs by the British rock band Queen, about a post-rock 'n' roll world where half-remembered hits have a mythical force, is beginning its first North American tour. Queen guitarist Brian May says the show's anti-corporate message brings the power of rock back to the people.

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