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1936 'Show Boat': A Multiracial, Musical Melodrama, Now Out On DVD

With an unforgettable story and score, the 1927 musical tackled complex racial issues. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz says the 1936 film version of Show Boat is the best — and it's now out on DVD.
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With 'So Much Trouble In The World,' Music Calms Theater Director

As Center Stage's artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah has brought British talent and style to Baltimore. For Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear,' he shares the music that soothes him.
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Anika Noni Rose Breathes New Life Into Classic 'Raisin In The Sun'

The latest Broadway revival of one family's quest for a better life has been nominated for five Tony Awards this year. Michel Martin speaks with actress Anika Noni Rose.
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'Raisin In The Sun' Revival: A Uniquely American Story Is Back On Broadway

Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson Jackson star in the latest production of the play, which debuted in 1959. The revival's run is nearing its end — and Jackson says she's "in tears."
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No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead

Shakespeare described the 15th century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.
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Veterans' 'Philoctetes' Puts Modern Spin On Ancient Greek Play

An ancient Greek play about the wounds of war is getting a new angle in A Female Philoctetes — a production made up of mostly Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
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D.C. Theater Community Rallies Around One Of Their Own After Assault

Longtime D.C. actor Frank Britton was assaulted on Monday, and members of the District's theater community have rallied to help pay his medical bills.

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'Normal Heart' Teaches New Generation About The Early Years Of AIDS

Ryan Murphy — the producer behind Glee and American Horror Story — has adapted Larry Kramer's 1985 play into a movie for HBO. "So many young people don't know this part of our history," Murphy says.
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Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr. Lives On Through Daughter's Stories

Many people considered Sammy Davis Junior the greatest entertainer of his era. His daughter Tracey Davis shares stories from her book Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father.
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This Man Thinks D.C. Theaters Are Amazing And He Wants You To Think So Too

For years, Victor Shargai has been a tireless advocate and fundraiser for the D.C. theater scene.

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