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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

The actress plays Bess in the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. The show, which won two Tony Awards, closes next month.

David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color played Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. The show, which won Tony Awards, closes on Broadway next month.

In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything

As the party conventions approach, elaborate theatrics on the part of presidential candidates are at the forefront. NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at the ways campaigns frame their candidates to make them stand out like Broadway stars.

Stratford's Big Stars, From The Bard To The Bieb

When it opened in 1953, nobody expected much of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But what began 60 years ago as two plays in a tent is now a major theater festival. It attracts half a million ticket-buyers a year to the small Ontario town — which also boasts homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber.

Playwright Fugard Bucked South Africa's 'Racist Ideas'

South African playwright, actor and director Athol Fugard was a thorn in the apartheid regime's side. Now 80, he calls any suggestion that he would slow down "nonsense."

A Walk Through The AIDS Conference's Global Village

The International AIDS Conference isn't only about medical research. People from around the world met at its Global Village to share their experiences with the AIDS epidemic through music, art and dance. This year's highlights included a condom campaign and lube tasting booth.

Expressing The King Of Pop With Music, Acrobatics

'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour' is currently the top grossing live show in North America. The Cirque du Soleil production earned more than $79 million dollars the first half of this year alone. But it's pretty easy to be the hottest ticket in town when your primary focus is the King of Pop. Host Michel Martin speaks with the show's artistic director Tara Young about the concert-like, acrobatics-infused tribute to Michael Jackson.