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"Bad Brains: A Band in DC"

Kojo chats with a member of the legendary D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains and the directors of a new documentary about the group.

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Behind The Stars, The Sets That Help Them Shine

All eyes will be on the actors and their shows when the 66th annual Tony Awards are handed out in New York. But elemental to the success of both productions and performances is a good-looking set. Jeff Lunden looks at this year's Tony-nominated set designers.
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Tonys Prompt Questions Of Race In American Theater

With a black president in the White House, there's a lot of talk about a post-racial society. But is that feeling reflected in the dramatic arts? Ahead of Sunday's Tony Awards, host Michel Martin looks at the role of race in American theater. She speaks with Kyle Bass of Syracuse Stage and chief theater critic for The Chicago Tribune Chris Jones.
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For Impressionist Jim Meskimen, The Voice Is 'A Sample Of Who We Are'

Impressionist Jim Meskimen does many, many celebrity voices. You may have heard his George W. Bush, or perhaps his Morgan Freeman.
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Mike Nichols Warns 'Death' May Be His Last Job

Mike Nichols has won every major entertainment award over a decades-long career that included theater, comedy, television and film. He returned to Broadway with a revival of Death of a Salesman, which picked up seven Tony nominations. Nichols warns the production may be his last.
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"The Taming of the Shrew" Meets The Spaghetti Western

This new production of Shakespeare's comedic battle of the sexes is a Wild West love story, including a "Blind Balladeer," whose original songs play off the show's themes.

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David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. "I think the character of Sporting Life is a salesman so he has to be flamboyant, the life of the party," he says.
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Idina Menzel: From Broadway To The Symphony

The star of Rent and Wicked is making standards and pop songs her own — with the help of symphonies around the country.
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UniverSoul Circus Co-Host: 'Soul Is Not A Color'

In the beginning, all of the talent was black, but the UniverSoul Circus evolved into an eclectic mix of acts from around the world. Now, the circus is pushing to diversify its audience, with a show called "Us."

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