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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

The actress plays Bess in the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. The show, which won two Tony Awards, closes next month.
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David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color played Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. The show, which won Tony Awards, closes on Broadway next month.
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Brooklyn Mack, From Ball Player To Ballet Star

Brooklyn Mack used to dream of becoming a football player. He took up ballet, at age 12, to beef up his athleticism — and he never turned back. Earlier this summer, Mack became the first African-American man to win gold at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Mack speaks with host Michel Martin about his life and his career.
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In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything

As the party conventions approach, elaborate theatrics on the part of presidential candidates are at the forefront. NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at the ways campaigns frame their candidates to make them stand out like Broadway stars.
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The Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On

Dancer-actor Gene Kelly would have been 100 this year, and his legacy of unparalleled athleticism and joyous, comic performance still looms large in popular culture. His versatility and his physical beauty were both part of his appeal.
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Tango Festival Lures Thousands To Buenos Aires

Tango fans are flocking to the Buenos Aires Tango Festival & World Cup in Argentina. The tango is seen as a romantic and seductive dance, but you may not know that the dance may have gotten its start in brothels. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with dance instructor Daniela Borgialli. She's participating in the dance competition.
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Stratford's Big Stars, From The Bard To The Bieb

When it opened in 1953, nobody expected much of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But what began 60 years ago as two plays in a tent is now a major theater festival. It attracts half a million ticket-buyers a year to the small Ontario town — which also boasts homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber.
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Remembering Award-Winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch

He wrote music for The Sting, A Chorus Line and The Way We Were, and won a Tony, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.
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Playwright Fugard Bucked South Africa's 'Racist Ideas'

South African playwright, actor and director Athol Fugard was a thorn in the apartheid regime's side. Now 80, he calls any suggestion that he would slow down "nonsense."

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