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Magician David Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick

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Not My Job: Actor Laurie Metcalf Gets Quizzed On Three Short Men

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Sharon Washington on stage in her play Feeding the Dragon, about her childhood in a library. James Leynse hide caption

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Life Above A Library Was Like Living In Neverland

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SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, shown here at January's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, is calling for an end to auditions at private hotel rooms or homes. Vince Bucci/Invision/AP hide caption

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Composer Tod Machover Discusses How He Created 'Philadelphia Voices'

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How Rodgers And Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

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Sarah Kay: What Advice Would You Give Your Future Daughter?

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Cady (Erika Henningsen, left) wears pink along with fellow Plastics Gretchen (Ashley Park), Regina (Taylor Louderman) and Karen (Kate Rockwell) in the musical Mean Girls. Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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On Broadway, They Wear Pink: 'Mean Girls' Is Now A Musical

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A picture provided by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (back, center) and his wife Ri Sol-Ju (second row, sixth from left) posing with South Korean musicians after their performance in the East Pyongyang Grand Theater in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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John Legend sits before actors playing the 12 disciples in Jesus Christ Superstar Live. Virginia Sherwood/NBC hide caption

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John Legend Pulls From Familiar Roots To Play Jesus In 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live'

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Glenda Jackson plays A, the eldest of the three women in the new Broadway production of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. Brigitte Lacombe hide caption

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Glenda Jackson Stands Tall, On And Off Stage

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Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder Of El Sistema Youth Orchestra, Dies At 78

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Caissie Levy plays Elsa (left) and Patti Murin plays her sister Anna in the Broadway musical version of Frozen. Deen van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions hide caption

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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way

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The Bolshoi Theatre's new staging of Anna Karenina features Olga Smirnova as Anna and Andrei Merkuriev as Karenin. Elena Fetisova/Bolshoi Theatre hide caption

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An 'Anna Karenina' For Our Times At Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre

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Russia's Bolshoi Theatre Brings Anna Karenina Ballet To Modern Era

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Clint Smith: How Should You Raise A Black Son In America?

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Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape, in a scene from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the novel by Harper Lee. Universal/AP hide caption

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Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

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