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Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Six more dancers from the National Ballet of Cuba defected during a performance abroad. Lester Tomé, a former Cuban dance critic, tells NPR's Scott Simon why Cuba can't hold on to its ballerinas.
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An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Army Pvt. Danny Chen fatally shot himself in Afghanistan in 2011. The real-life tragedy has inspired a new production by Washington National Opera with a libretto by playwright David Henry Hwang.
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Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

In remembrance of the life of actress and activist Ruby Dee, Tell Me More presents an encore broadcast of Michel Martin's 2007 interview with the legendary actress and activist.
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Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday

Audra McDonald just won her sixth Tony, the most wins by anyone to date. McDonald is a Broadway staple, and she earned her latest Tony playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.
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2014 Tony Awards: Audra McDonald Nets A Record Sixth Win

Audra McDonald walked off the stage Sunday night as the most decorated actress in the event's history. Other winners included Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston.
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McDonald, Cranston Big Winners At 68th Tony Awards

Audra McDonald won a sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Bryan Cranston won a best actor trophy for his Broadway debut in All the Way.
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While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung

Sunday night's Tony Awards will honor actors and actresses, but not those who create their elaborate coiffures. That's because the best in the business know how to stay out of the spotlight.
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In Leap From Page To Stage, UK's Take On 'Catch-22' Gets It Right

Catch-22 is widely considered a great novel; until now, it has been a disaster as a play. A new production of his play seems to have broken the curse: It's touring the UK and receiving strong reviews.
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1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD

With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best — and it's now out on DVD.
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With 'So Much Trouble In The World,' Music Calms Theater Director

As Center Stage's artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah has brought British talent and style to Baltimore. For Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear,' he shares the music that soothes him.

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