Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, shown here conducting the New York Philharmonic orchestra in 1963, was a legend in American music. Letters to and from Bernstein have been compiled into The Leonard Bernstein Letters, a new book edited by Nigel Simeone. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Energetic, Intimate 'Letters' Reveal Private Leonard Bernstein

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David Hyde Pierce (center), Julia Murney and Frankie Seratch star in The Landing, a new musical from Broadway veteran John Kander, who co-wrote it with Greg Pierce. David Hyde Pierce previously starred in one of the latter collaborations between Kander and his late songwriting partner, Fred Ebb — the 2006 musical Curtains. Carol Rosegg hide caption

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For John Kander, A New 'Landing' At A Familiar Spot

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The New York City Opera let its final curtain fall Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a production of Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Stephanie Berger hide caption

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Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors

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In a Broadway transfer of the American Repertory Theatre's acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie, Cherry Jones plays Amanda, mother to the very troubled Laura (Celia Keenan-Bolger). The play cemented Tennessee Williams' reputation as an American original when it premiered in 1945. Michael J. Lutch/ hide caption

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An American Masterpiece, And A 'Menagerie' Of Stars

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Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short. Carol Rosegg/New York City Opera hide caption

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New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

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Who's That Masked Marge? Jennifer R. Morris (left), with Sam Breslin Wright, Gibson Frazier, Colleen Werthmann and Susannah Flood, in the third act of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, a Simpsons-inspired fantasia of loss and remembrance by Anne Washburn. Joan Marcus/Playwrights Horizons hide caption

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'Mr. Burns' And Friends, Surviving Long Past The End Times

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Diverse Coalition Fights FCC Plan To Sell Wireless Airwaves

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Daniel Breaker, a Juilliard-trained actor who's earned praise for roles as varied as Donkey in Shrek the Musical and the protagonist Youth in Passing Strange, gets to play a king in a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. Tammy Shell/The Public Theater hide caption

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'Love's Labours,' Tuned Up And Playing In The Park

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Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the National Youth Orchestra through its first rehearsal with the maestro, at Purchase College outside New York City. Chris Lee hide caption

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From Carnegie Hall, A Youth Orchestra That's A National First

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Beloved veteran Cicely Tyson has a solid shot at the best actress award at Sunday night's ceremony; her performance in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful has drawn critical praise and audience applause. Joan Marcus/ hide caption

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Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and the ensemble of Cinderella — one of the Broadway season's more lavish musicals, whose costume designer, William Ivey Long, is nominated for his sixth Tony Award. Carol Rosegg/ hide caption

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Clothes Make The Man (And The Woman, And The Show) On Broadway

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New Plays Turn Passive Audience Members Into Participants

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His statue may be a Theater District landmark now, but George M. Cohan caused no small amount of trouble for Actors' Equity early in its history. The union marks its 100th anniversary this year. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Equity At 100: More Than Just A Broadway Baby

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Audra McDonald's new album, Go Back Home, marks a return to her roots in musical theater. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Audra McDonald, A Broadway Star Gone Roaming, Comes Home

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The role of the Leading Player (Patina Miller) becomes a kind of circus ringmaster in the new Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's 1972 musical Pippin. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'Pippin' Revival Is A Circus Of A Show

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