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Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere

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In the musical KPOP, Ashley Park plays the Korean pop star Mwe, one of the show's emotional centers. Ben Arons/Courtesy of KPOP hide caption

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A New Musical — And Its Audience — Grapple With Asian Identity, Through K-Pop

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Bill Murray and Jan Vogler's album New Worlds is available Sept. 29. Peter Rigaud/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bill Murray And Jan Vogler Take Us To 'New Worlds' On Their New Theatrical Album

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Nia Vardalos stars in Tiny Beautiful Things, a stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's book of "Dear Sugar" advice columns. Joan Marcus/Public Theater hide caption

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'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column

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The Theater Development Fund In New York Takes Playing Dress-Up To Another Level

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"We don't read much Torah, but we've read every word Philip Roth ever wrote," says On the Media host Bob Garfield. "We don't necessarily even believe in God, but we believe deeply in lox and bagels." Adam Baker/Flickr hide caption

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'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew

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New York City Ballet Director of Costumes Marc Happel and Draper Kellie Sheehan conduct a costume fitting with soloist Indiana Woodward for Justin Peck's Pulcinella Variations, with costumes designed by Tsumori Chisato. Erin Baiano/Courtesy of New York City Ballet hide caption

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Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made

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Actress Nadine Malouf makes kubah as she tells stories about Syria's civil war in Oh My Sweet Land. Pavel Antonov /Blake Zidell & Associates hide caption

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In Kitchens Across New York, 'Oh My Sweet Land' Serves Up Stories Of Syria

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Sir Peter Hall ran the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He's pictured above in London in July 1987. AP hide caption

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Director Peter Hall, A Champion Of British Theater, Dies At 86

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Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize

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A Houston Drag Queen Talks Fundraising

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Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Filmmaker And Theater Legend Elia Kazan

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New York City Hosts Break Dancing Competition

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Hal Prince was in his 20s when began working on Broadway, as an unpaid assistant to director George Abbott. In his nearly 70-year career, Prince has won 21 Tony awards. He's shown above in New York in November 1974. Jerry Mosey/AP hide caption

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'Prince Of Broadway' Pays Tribute To A Musical Theater Legend

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A van registered in Spain sits near the concert venue Maassilo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where a rock concert set for Wednesday night was canceled because of a terror threat. The driver of the van, which contained some gas bottles, was arrested. Arie Kievit/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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John Abercrombie, Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

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Jerry Lewis, pictured here in 2016, told Fresh Air that comics need a place where they can fail. "We had the [Borscht Belt] at the Catskill Mountains. We had Lakewood, N.J. We had vaudeville, burlesque. ... I mean, there were so many places for you to be bad. Today, kids don't have a hell of a chance." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors later this year. It will be the fourth time in 40 years of the event that the sitting president won't be attendance. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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