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In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker has used sets and costumes designed by the author of Where the Wild Things Are. This year, the ballet is retiring the production.
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For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

The comic strip Little Orphan Annie was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's been since the 1930s.
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An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

As an African-American Annie arrives on movie screens, critic Bob Mondello looks at other cross-cultural reinventions, from Pearl Bailey's Dolly to the Americanization of Carmen as Carmen Jones.
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Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

A rooster crowing in the dead of night? A sinister ice-cream truck on the streets of Moscow? No, it's the musical automaton clock at the Puppet Theater in Russia.
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Glenn Close Ends 20-Year Broadway Hiatus With 'A Delicate Balance'

Close stars as a suburban matron in a revival of Edward Albee's 1966 play. She tells NPR about the timelessness of Albee's play and getting a nosebleed in the middle of a recent matinee.
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How The Washington Ballet Keeps Those Sugarplums Fresh, Year After Year

After 10 years of sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers, how does the Washington Ballet keep its D.C.-specific "Nutcracker" fresh?
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Don't Let The Kasha Vanish: Diners Band Together To Save Café Edison

Also known as the Polish Tea Room, the Café Edison is a favorite of regular New Yorkers and Broadway stars and crew. Now, Jeff Lunden reports it's being threatened with eviction by its landlord.
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A Spanish 'Rent' Marks Return Of Broadway Musicals To Havana

A half-century after such shows were banned by the Castro government, rehearsals are underway for a Spanish-language production of the rock musical Rent.
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Suzan-Lori Parks' New Play, 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is finishing a run on her latest work, "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3)" at The Public Theater in New York.
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Lyricist Adolph Green's Influence Remains 100 Years After His Birth

Tuesday marks the 100th birthday of Adolph Green, the eccentric author and lyricist of "On the Town," "Peter Pan," and "Bells are Ringing."

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