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How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

Producer Darren Bagert says there's boom or bust environment on Broadway — you're either a huge hit or you close quickly. Two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals are closing this month.
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New Requirements Leave Smaller Theaters Out Of Helen Hayes Awards

The Helen Hayes Awards now come with new requirements for what actors are paid, potentially excluding smaller local theaters.

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The Theater Company Is 1927, The Technology Is Cutting Edge

The British troupe 1927 has used vintage style and distinctive animation to make a name for itself in London and beyond. Its latest play is Golem.
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The French Go Crazy For 'An American In Paris'

The first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with a Gershwin score, is getting rave reviews during its premiere in the city that inspired it.
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In Seattle, Maurice Sendak's 'Wild' 'Nutcracker' Reaches Its Final Act

For more than 30 years, the Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker has used sets and costumes designed by the author of Where the Wild Things Are. This year, the ballet is retiring the production.
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For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

The comic strip Little Orphan Annie was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's been since the 1930s.
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An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

As an African-American Annie arrives on movie screens, critic Bob Mondello looks at other cross-cultural reinventions, from Pearl Bailey's Dolly to the Americanization of Carmen as Carmen Jones.
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Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

A rooster crowing in the dead of night? A sinister ice-cream truck on the streets of Moscow? No, it's the musical automaton clock at the Puppet Theater in Russia.
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Glenn Close Ends 20-Year Broadway Hiatus With 'A Delicate Balance'

Close stars as a suburban matron in a revival of Edward Albee's 1966 play. She tells NPR about the timelessness of Albee's play and getting a nosebleed in the middle of a recent matinee.
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How The Washington Ballet Keeps Those Sugarplums Fresh, Year After Year

After 10 years of sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers, how does the Washington Ballet keep its D.C.-specific "Nutcracker" fresh?

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