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Edie Brickell, Steve Martin Broadway Bound With 'Bright Star'

In 2014, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell won a Grammy for the title track to their Bluegrass album Love Has Come for You. Now the duo is headed to Broadway with a musical inspired by that album.
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Encore: Among Santa And Mistletoe, A British Christmas Includes Comedy

For many people in the United Kingdom, the Christmas season includes a visit to a pantomime or a silly comedy musical. This story originally aired on Dec. 25, 2014 on All Things Considered.
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Deborah Voigt: "Call Me Debbie: True Confessions Of A Down-to-Earth Diva" (Rebroadcast)

Deborah Voigt started singing as soon as she could talk. She eventually became one of opera's most sought after performers. But struggles with weight and addiction plagued her. A conversation with opera singer Deborah Voigt.

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In Anacostia, 'Black Nativity' Is A D.C. Holiday Tradition All Over Again

Written by Langston Hughes, the Afrocentric telling of the Christmas story and the birth of blackness was first produced off-Broadway in 1961. It shows in D.C. through Jan. 3.
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Brits Doing Brooklyn: 'A View From The Bridge' Crosses The Sea To Broadway

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with actor Mark Strong about his Broadway debut playing Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's, A View from the Bridge.
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Revisiting Mary Martin's Lighter-Than-Air Exuberance In NBC's 1955 'Peter Pan' Live

In 1955 and '56, NBC aired live telecasts of the Broadway hit Peter Pan, starring Mary Martin. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls the performances, now available on Blu-ray, a "tribute to freedom and youth."
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Back On Broadway: 'The Color Purple'

Cynthia Erivo stars on Broadway as Celie in The Color Purple. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the production, and revisits one of the first songs she sang for an audience: Silent Night.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 10, 2015

You can see a play about inner city violence and its root causes or see an improv comedy show … or 12.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Says Music Empowers In 'School Of Rock'

The composer teamed up with Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to create the new rock musical adaptation of the 2003 movie.
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Anna Deavere Smith Wants Playgoers To Do What They Can To Counter Violence

Through powerful monologues, Anna Deavere Smith has tackled race riots, integration and health care. In Notes from the Field, she's using her characters to explore the school-to-prison pipeline.

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