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'Hamlet' On An Elevator? The Bard Gets A New Venue

The elevator lunch crowd of a Los Angeles office building is the last place you'd expect to encounter William Shakespeare, but that's just where the Salty Shakespeare theater group is taking him.
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Frank Langella On Acting, Aging And Being Very Bad

The man who once brought Richard Nixon to life onstage returns in a Broadway revival of Man and Boy. He explains how he plays a villain learning to cope with a conscience — and why the 1963 show's theme still resonates.
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Award-Winning Performer Leslie Uggams Shares Wisdom

The singer and actress began performing at age six and was soon doing dozens of shows each week at the famed Apollo Theater. Now, nearly six decades later, Uggams has won numerous awards, and she's planning to release a new album. She talks to Michel Martin about her forthcoming album and her life in the spotlight.
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Grammy Winner Audra McDonald: Say Yes To Yourself

Audra McDonald has been dazzling audiences for more than a decade with her stunning soprano voice. She has won Grammy and Tony awards, and has starred in stage classics and the TV drama, 'Private Practice.' She's now part of a controversial new interpretation of Gershwin's American opera, 'Porgy & Bess.' She speaks with Michel Martin about her latest show and upcoming concert tour.
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Bill T. Jones Takes Broadway Hit 'Fela!' On Tour

Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones joins NPR's Neal Conan to discuss Fela!, his hit musical about the life of Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti. The show kicks off a national tour this month.
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'Porgy And Bess,' Adapted For Modern Times

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz just attended two productions of Porgy and Bess: an operatic performance at Tanglewood and a musical-theater version in Cambridge, Mass. He says it can work either way, "as long as Gershwin's great score remains its heart and soul."
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Broadway's 'Follies,' Sounding As Sumptuous As Ever

Many Broadway revivals trim their budgets by downsizing the orchestra, but a new Follies features 28 musicians in the pit. Jeff Lunden speaks with orchestrator Jonathan Tunick about working on the Stephen Sondheim score, which evokes Broadway styles of the '20s, '30s and '40s — as well as the contemporary music of 1971.

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