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'Carrie' Creators Resurrect A Legendary Flop

The musical adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie is one of Broadway's most famous disasters. Now the show's original writers are back — with a completely reworked version.
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Lean & Hungry Theater: The Tempest

Lean & Hungry Theater's production of The Tempest is a one-hour blast into the future.

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Stephen Sondheim: Examining His Lyrics And Life

In this rebroadcast from 2010, the musical theater legend talks about writing the lyrics and music for several of his productions, including the 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is currently in the middle of a two-week run in New York City.
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Colonial History, Through The Eyes Of The Colonized

Danai Gurira's play The Convert interrogates the experiences of the indigenous population in 1890s Rhodesia. Jeff Lunden talks with Gurira about her and her family's experiences in Zimbabwe, and the play's relation to the country today.
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New Staging Of 'Yentl' Tells A Transgender Girl's Story

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule is best known for her hit single "I Kissed a Girl." But today she's taking on a new kind of project: writing original music for a new staging of the play Yentl. Her version shares little with Barbra Streisand's movie musical.
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Anthony Mackie Makes His Mark In Hollywood

Actor Anthony Mackie is best known for playing uptight Army Sgt. JT Sanborn in the Academy Award-winning movie The Hurt Locker. Mackie is also no stranger to off-Broadway plays and independent films. The Julliard graduate stars in Man on a Ledge, and has several other productions scheduled for release in 2012.
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'Smash' Stars An 'Interesting Tribe': Theater People

NBC's new drama plumbs the drama behind the curtain. The new series is the story of a Broadway musical — from the first idea, to auditions, rehearsals and the big premiere. The show's creator and executive producer says Smash has a universally appealing theme: the desire to pursue a dream.
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In Broadway's 'Wit,' A Documentary Of Our Demise

Cynthia Nixon, best known for her glamorous role in Sex and the City, stars in a Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit. Jeff Lunden talks with Nixon — and Wit's playwright Margaret Edson — about depicting disease and pain with humor.

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