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In Moscow, Scandals Shake A Storied Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet is deeply beloved in Russia. But a series of recent scandals — capped by a nasty acid attack on the company's artistic director in mid-January — has sent shock waves through artistic circles.
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Former West Wing Actor Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff won an Emmy Award for his role as White House communications director Toby Ziegler on "The West Wing." Schiff talks about his latest theater work and why he never planned to be an actor.

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25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

Invited guests packed the Majestic Theater on Saturday night to celebrate the longest-running Broadway musical ever. Times have changed, but the Phantom, that tortured genius who haunts the Paris Opera House, creating havoc and causing the chandelier to fall, has endured.
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The 'Life And Times' Takes Audiences On A Lengthy Journey

Life and Times is a 10-hour play about the life of one ordinary woman. It opens this week in New York city, and weekends on All Things Considered host Robert Smith attended a performance, complete with meals. He talks to the play's directors and to the woman on whose life it's based.
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Dementia Takes The Stage In 'The Other Place'

In the Broadway play The Other Place actress Laurie Metcalf ("Jackie" on the TV show "Roseanne") plays a scientist suffering from the dementia she studies. Playwright Sharr White discusses the play and the challenge of presenting complicated science on a theater stage.
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A Cooler Roof For A New 'Cat'

A Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' iconic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may feature big names, but it aims for a quiet kind of authenticity. Director Rob Ashford asked his cast to take their characters off the pedestal of dramatic history and put them back in the scene.
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'Adventure Hour' Is A New Take On Old-Time Radio

The Thrilling Adventure Hour is both an update and an homage to old radio dramas. Created eight years ago by college friends Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, the pseudo radio show features actors reading from scripts in front of a live nightclub audience.
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Bobby Cannavale, At Home On Broadway

The actor, who's currently starring in Glenngarry Glen Ross opposite Al Pacino, has been acting for the stage since he was a teenager in Union City, N.J. "It was the only thing I ever wanted to do, really," he says.
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You're Invited: Verdi's 200th Birthday Celebration

London's Royal Opera house is holding a live-streaming event to celebrate the Italian opera master's 200th birthday. They're also asking people worldwide to record their own versions of the chorus "Va Pensiero" from the opera Nabucco. Tell Me More's staff performs their own version and asks listeners to contribute.

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