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400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.
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100 Years On, Cleveland Play House Stays True To Its Regional Mission

It's been called the oldest professional regional theater in the United States. The Cleveland Play House was founded in 1915 by a group of artists and social activists dissatisfied with the commercial fare that dominated theaters at the time. The theater has had its ups and downs, but it's stayed true to its original mission of presenting challenging work with a primarily local cast and crew.
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Song From Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Celebrates Founding Mothers

As part of NPR's year-end series "One That Got Away", reporter Jeff Lunden tells us about his favorite song from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. It's not about the founding fathers; it's about some founding mothers.
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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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