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Candice Hoyes Sings Blackness, Womanhood And History On Her New Jazz Album

When Candice Hoyes sings, she's channeling a legacy of black women in jazz. Her debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, celebrates the genre's storied roots.
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Archaeologists Find Early Shakespeare Theater Was Rectangular

Archaeologist Heather Knight tells NPR's Scott Simon about how the Curtain Theatre, where Shakespeare staged early plays, was rectangular and not round.
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After Factory Layoffs, The 'Skeleton Crew' Is Left Behind

Born and raised in Detroit, Dominique Morisseau has written three plays about her hometown. Her latest explores the lives of auto workers struggling to keep their jobs during the 2008 economic crisis.
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From Walter White To LBJ, Bryan Cranston Is A Master Of Transformation

After five seasons as Walt on Breaking Bad, Cranston reinvented himself as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play (and now the HBO film) All the Way. Originally broadcast March 27, 2014.
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Examining The Lure Of ISIS In 'Another World'

A documentary play in London features actors performing the exact words, gathered from interviews, of Muslim mothers who lost children to ISIS, a U.S. general and a former Guantanamo detainee.
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'Hamilton' Producers Strike Deal To Share Profits With Original Cast Members

The Broadway hit musical, Hamilton, is up for 16 Tony Award nominations, and that's sure to boost its already high profits. In April, the musical's producers struck a deal to share some of its profits with original cast members. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Michael Paulson, a reporter for The New York Times, about what this means for the industry.
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'Hamilton' Nets Record 16 Tony Award Nominations

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and force behind Hamilton, is nominated for three individual awards, including best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical.
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'Urban Rez' Explores What It Means To Be Native American

A new play created by Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theater tells the story of Los Angeles' Native American population and its search for identity in a big city.
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The Mardi Gras Indian Of 'Lemonade'

In "Lemonade," Beyoncé's much-discussed visual album, a girl resplendent in white plumage appears. It's a nod to the pop star's New Orleans roots and loaded with the region's racial history.
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2 Shakespearean Actors Revive Debate Over The Bard's Identity

Renee Montagne talks to actors — Sir Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance — who are questioning the identity of the Bard of Avon — with some scorn from the literary community.

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