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Tony Awards Show Honors Florida Victims; 'Hamilton' Wins 11 Categories

The 70th Tony Awards ceremony was dedicated to people affected by Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.
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May I Help You Find Your Seat? We Sat Down With Broadway's Longtime Ushers

Every year, NPR's Jeff Lunden talks to some of the hardworking people in the theater biz who aren't eligible for Tony nominations.
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'Such A Magical Time': Harry Potter Fans Recall Growing Up Alongside Wizard

A new play about Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling, begins previews this week with Harry as a grown up. Grown, too, is the "Potter Generation," the kids who were the first to read the books when they came out. Their experience — maturing alongside Harry — was unique.
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Chicago's Fine Arts Building Has 10 Floors But Innumerable Stories

On a prime block of Chicago's Michigan Avenue stands the Fine Arts Building. Producer and violinist David Schulman takes us on an audio tour with the people who know the building the best.
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British Playwright Peter Shaffer, Who Wrote 'Equus,' Dies At 90

Playwright Peter Shaffer has died. He was best known for Equus and Amadeus, both of which became movies.
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Broadway Producer Scott Rudin: 'I'm A Complete Product Of Mentorship'

Rudin, who started in theater at age 15, owes a lot to the producers who taught him his craft. "They were giants," he says. All five of Rudin's current shows have been nominated for Tony Awards.
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Previewing "District Merchants" at the Folger Theater

Set in D.C. during the post-war Reconstruction period, Aaron Posner's new play puts race front and center in a twist on Shakespeare's most problematic play, "Merchant of Venice."

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'Hamilton' Fans Pilgrimage To Founding Father's Once-Forgotten Grave

The smash Broadway hit Hamilton is bringing legions of new fans to the grave sites of Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza, both at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan.
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In 'The Dresser,' Anthony Hopkins Brilliantly Comes Undone

Anthony Hopkins says his turn as an aged and increasingly faulty actor performing King Lear in a small theater during World War II is one of his favorite roles in a career full of memorable ones. He stars in the BBC adaptation of the play, The Dresser, along with Ian McKellan. Hopkins, who seized pop culture fame in 1991 for his portrayal of the psychopathic psychiatrist Hannibal Lector, started his career in the British theater and has no sense of lingering romance about it.
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From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died in December at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.

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