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Brian Drye plays trombone with Tony-nominated actress Amber Grey onstage in Hadestown. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Hadestown, The Musical hide caption

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Into The Spotlight: Recognizing Broadway Musicians This Tony Awards Season

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Stephanie Hsu and Will Roland in the Broadway production of Be More Chill. Maria Baranova/Courtesy of Be More Chill hide caption

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Our Great Big Theater Roundup

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Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran think deeply about how the past is preserved and kept vital through music and culture. Dawound Bey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Two Wings: The Music Of Black America In Migration' Celebrates Journey Millions Took

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Whitney Houston's estate announced a slew of new projects featuring the beloved singer, including a hologram tour, a new album or previously unreleased songs, a possible Broadway musical and a Vegas show. Matt Sayles/AP hide caption

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Anukul Ghosh (left), 63, and Rabin Kumar Majhi, 51, pose as a newly married couple. Ghosh used to play female characters in the 1970s and 1980s. He has now retired from Jatra. Soumya Sankar Bose hide caption

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The Latin American Library at Tulane University is digitizing and archiving a selection of Spanish language soap operas from the 1960s. The illustration above appeared in a brochure titled "What Is and How to Produce a Radionovela," published by America's Productions, Inc. Courtesy of the Latin American Library, Tulane University hide caption

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Massive Digitization Effort Is The Latest Plot Twist For Cuban Radio Soap Operas

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In recent years, Dave Chappelle returned to stand-up comedy in force with a series of specials, released on Netflix. He will receive the Mark Twain Prize on Oct. 27, 2019. Lester Cohen/Netflix hide caption

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Remembering Jo Sullivan Loesser, Wife Of 'Guys And Dolls' Creator Frank Loesser

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Isabelle McCalla (left) and Caitlin Kinnunen star as Alyssa and Emma in The Prom. Deen van Meer/Polk & Co. hide caption

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At This Tony-Nominated 'Prom,' The Theme Is Acceptance

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Hadestown was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, including one for best musical and another for best leading actress in a musical (Eva Noblezada, center). The awards ceremony is scheduled for June 9. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Hadestown, The Musical hide caption

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Bertie Carvel (left) plays a young Rupert Murdoch in the play Ink, which chronicles the media mogul's early attempts to upend the insular world of British newspaper publishing. Also pictured: Bill Buell, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Stanton and Eden Marryshow. Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown hide caption

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'Ink' Goes Back In Time To Remember Murdoch Before He Was A Mogul

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Margaret Trudeau, once in the limelight as a socialite and Canada's first lady, is now set to present her own life story in the one-person show Certain Woman of an Age. Kirsten Miccoli/Courtesy of Second City hide caption

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Margaret Trudeau Takes Center Stage — This Time, On Purpose

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The comedian Brian Regan, pictured here in his Netflix special Nunchucks and Flamethrowers, has earned a reputation as a comic's comic. Jeffery Garland/Netflix hide caption

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Comedian Brian Regan Sees The Dinosaurs In Everyday Life

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Glenda Jackson plays the title role in Shakespeare's King Lear on Broadway. Jackson still gets nervous after decades on stage because she knows how "easy it is to act really badly, and how very, very hard it is to act well." Bridget Lacombe hide caption

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Glenda Jackson On Playing King Lear: Gender Barriers 'Crack' With Age

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L-R: Dancers Reid Bartelme, David Norsworthy and Sara Mearns perform in the Merce Cunningham centennial tribute Night of 100 Solos at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. The staging of the event often saw multiple dancers performing independent solo routines simultaneously. Stephanie Berger/Courtesy of Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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100 Dances For 100 Years Of Merce Cunningham

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Students perform in Granite Bay High School's original production of Ranked. Yarcenia Garcia/Courtesy of Granite Bay High School hide caption

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A Dystopian High School Musical Foresaw The College Admissions Scandal

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