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The Historic Howard Theatre: Past And Future

The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was built in 1910, and just about every top black entertainer performed on its stage. But it had to shut its doors once the neighborhood fell on hard times. Now it has reopened, and host Michel Martin talks with Jimi Smooth, a musician who was an usher at the Howard in the early '60s.
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Alec Baldwin Campaigns For More Arts Funding

Actor Alec Baldwin will ask Congress today to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The N-E-A is receiving about 147-million dollars this year... about 20-million less than its 2010 level. Steve Inskeep talks to Baldwin about his latest funding push, which kicked off last night with a lecture at the Kennedy Center for the advocacy group "Americans for the Arts."
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Actress In Record Books After Thousands Of Shows

Record-setting actress Catherine Russell has the distinction of appearing in the off-Broadway play Perfect Crime for 25 years. She joins host Rachel Martin.
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I Died On The Titanic

Titanic the musical, that is. NPR.org's Dana Farrington played a drowning victim as an eight-grader in 2002. The costumes and set were memorable in a good way, she says. But portraying the tragic ordeal was a bit creepy.
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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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