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Encore: Among Santa And Mistletoe, A British Christmas Includes Comedy

For many people in the United Kingdom, the Christmas season includes a visit to a pantomime or a silly comedy musical. This story originally aired on Dec. 25, 2014 on All Things Considered.
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Deborah Voigt: "Call Me Debbie: True Confessions Of A Down-to-Earth Diva" (Rebroadcast)

Deborah Voigt started singing as soon as she could talk. She eventually became one of opera's most sought after performers. But struggles with weight and addiction plagued her. A conversation with opera singer Deborah Voigt.

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Brits Doing Brooklyn: 'A View From The Bridge' Crosses The Sea To Broadway

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with actor Mark Strong about his Broadway debut playing Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's, A View from the Bridge.
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Revisiting Mary Martin's Lighter-Than-Air Exuberance In NBC's 1955 'Peter Pan' Live

In 1955 and '56, NBC aired live telecasts of the Broadway hit Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls the performances, now available on Blu-ray, a "tribute to freedom and youth."
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Make 'Em Laugh: 'The Comedians' Tells The Story Of Stand-Up

Kliph Nesteroff's book digs into the origins of modern comedy, from the segregated Chitlin' Circuit to the vaudeville refugees who found a new home in the Catskills, to the very first female comics.
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HBO Documentary Explores Dark Underbelly Of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet

Russia's Bolshoi Ballet was rocked following the 2013 acid attack on the company's artistic director. A new documentary airing Monday on HBO, Bolshoi Babylon, looks at the culture of the company and how things got to that point. NPR explores how the paranoia and distrust of management within the ranks of the company is both very Russian and a symbol of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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A Conversation With Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

New York Magazine has called Alisa Weilerstein "Yo-Yo Ma's heiress apparent as sovereign of the American cello." The internationally lauded cellist on her new album, living with and fighting Type 1 Diabetes, and the perks and perils of being young in the classical music world.

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Back On Broadway: 'The Color Purple'

Cynthia Erivo stars on Broadway as Celie in The Color Purple. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the production, and revisits one of the first songs she sang for an audience: Silent Night.
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'Transparent' Is Transfixing In Season 2

The acclaimed Amazon show about a transgender woman and her dysfunctional family has just returned for a second season. TV critic Eric Deggans praises the show's drama, nuance and complexity.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Music Empowers In 'School Of Rock'

The composer teamed up with Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to create the new rock musical adaptation of the 2003 movie.

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