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'The Mountaintop' Opens On Broadway

Thursday is opening night for Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play about Martin Luther King Jr. and his encounter with a chamber maid in Memphis the night before his assassination. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, The Mountaintop is probably the most anticipated play of the fall season.
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Frank Langella On Acting, Aging And Being Very Bad

The man who once brought Richard Nixon to life onstage returns in a Broadway revival of Man and Boy. He explains how he plays a villain learning to cope with a conscience — and why the 1963 show's theme still resonates.
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Bill T. Jones Takes Broadway Hit 'Fela!' On Tour

Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones joins NPR's Neal Conan to discuss Fela!, his hit musical about the life of Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti. The show kicks off a national tour this month.
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How 'The Book Of Mormon' Cast Album Cracked The 'Billboard' Top 10

The South Park creators' musical broke cast recording sales records, thanks to fans and promotions.
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'Porgy And Bess,' Adapted For Modern Times

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz just attended two productions of Porgy and Bess: an operatic performance at Tanglewood and a musical-theater version in Cambridge, Mass. He says it can work either way, "as long as Gershwin's great score remains its heart and soul."
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Broadway's 'Follies,' Sounding As Sumptuous As Ever

Many Broadway revivals trim their budgets by downsizing the orchestra, but a new Follies features 28 musicians in the pit. Jeff Lunden speaks with orchestrator Jonathan Tunick about working on the Stephen Sondheim score, which evokes Broadway styles of the '20s, '30s and '40s — as well as the contemporary music of 1971.
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A Son Confronts Moscone's 'Ghost' On Stage

Jonathan Moscone was 14 when his father, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, and city supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered. Milk became a gay rights icon, while the mayor remained largely a footnote in his story. The artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater decided to change that.

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