In the HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer's 1985 play, The Normal Heart, Mark Ruffalo (right) plays Ned Weeks, who begins to seek answers after he observes a mysterious disease claiming lives in his gay community. Joe Mantello plays a member of the AIDS service organization, Gay Men's Health Crisis. Jojo Whilden/HBO hide caption

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Sammy Davis, Jr. holds daughter Tracey in a family picture taken in 1962. RatPac Press & Running Press (The Perseus Books Group) hide caption

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With their matching blue wigs, the dancers in the Palm Springs Follies chorus (they're called the "long-legged lovelies") give a whole new meaning to the cliche "blue-haired old ladies." Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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Sheldon Harnick (right) with the late Jerry Bock, his long-time musical collaborator. Together they worked on musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello! Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images hide caption

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This is the third time Alan Cumming has starred in Cabaret. Each of the productions with Cumming was directed by Sam Mendes. Rob Marshall choreographed both American productions and co-directed the new one. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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Eddie Izzard is famous for performing in drag — and in French — though he's given up the drag in recent shows. His latest American tour kicks off this week. Andy Hollingsworth Archive hide caption

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