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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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A Mud-Slinging Political Drama Returns To Broadway

Gore Vidal's 1960 play The Best Man will strike audiences as surprisingly timely: When a political party gathers to nominate a presidential candidate, they find both leading contenders flawed and the convention deadlocked. Jeff Lunden reports on a new star-studded revival that asks, who's the "best man" for the job?
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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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Stella And Stanley Shouting Contest

Each year, the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival ends with a bevy of wannabe Stanleys bellow to love-torn Stellas positioned on a balcony in Jackson Square — and the roles are reversed when a woman is doing the shouting. This year, Nicole Martin took first place with her yelling "Stanley!" This annual riff on characters from the play and movie "A Streetcar Named Desire" also brought Bryan Buckles a second-place award.
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Lost Play Found: The 'Exorcism' Of Eugene O'Neill

Exorcism -- an early Eugene O'Neill play about suicide, divorce and alcoholism — was thought to be lost for good. But a manuscript recently turned up in an estate sale, and a revival has been staged. But is it ethical to stage a play O'Neill himself wanted to be forgotten?
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Basil Twist: A Genius, With Many A String Attached

The innovative puppeteer Basil Twist is the focus of a mini-festival in Washington, D.C. this spring. Performances include the underwater Symphonie Fantastique and Arias With a Twist, featuring renowned drag artist Joey Arias. Elizabeth Blair talks with Twist about his singular creations.
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Shakespeare's Accent: How Did The Bard Really Sound?

"To be or not to be" may be the question, but there's another question that's been nagging Shakespeare scholars for a long time: What did Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet really sound like when The Bard's work was first performed more than four centuries ago?

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