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Philip Seymour Hoffman Is The New Willy Loman

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is starring in a Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman. He talks to Steve Inskeep about the Arthur Miller play which premiered in 1949.
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Encore! Encore! Applauding The Literal Showstopper

NPR's Bob Mondello looks back at classic examples of the showstopping theatrical phenomenon that's fallen out of fashion — the encore.
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A Fruitful Collaboration Still Yielding Broadway Hits

Two highly regarded revivals of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1970s hits Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita are opening within two weeks of each other on Broadway. Jeff Lunden talks with Lloyd Webber and Rice about their hit shows and the collaboration that led to them.
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Pushing the Barre: Septime Webre & The Washington Ballet

Over the past decade, Septime Webre's transformed a once-traditional ballet company into one of America's most innovative and diverse dance troops. Prepare to see Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, and the Cheshire Cat as you've never seen them before.

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Customer Service Nightmares, Now Onstage

If you've ever wailed and gnashed your teeth after wasting precious minutes on the phone struggling with an automated customer service system, you're the perfect audience for playwright Lisa Kron's new work, The Veri**on Play.
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Remembering Bluegrass Pioneer Earl Scruggs

He helped define the bluegrass sound and redefine the banjo. Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at age 88...

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Stella And Stanley Shouting Contest

Each year, the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival ends with a bevy of wannabe Stanleys bellow to love-torn Stellas positioned on a balcony in Jackson Square — and the roles are reversed when a woman is doing the shouting. This year, Nicole Martin took first place with her yelling "Stanley!" This annual riff on characters from the play and movie "A Streetcar Named Desire" also brought Bryan Buckles a second-place award.
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Basil Twist: A Genius, With Many A String Attached

The innovative puppeteer Basil Twist is the focus of a mini-festival in Washington, D.C. this spring. Performances include the underwater Symphonie Fantastique and Arias With a Twist, featuring renowned drag artist Joey Arias. Elizabeth Blair talks with Twist about his singular creations.
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Shakespeare's Accent: How Did The Bard Really Sound?

"To be or not to be" may be the question, but there's another question that's been nagging Shakespeare scholars for a long time: What did Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet really sound like when The Bard's work was first performed more than four centuries ago?

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