Exorcistic, a rock parody inspired by a certain 1971 novel and the William Friedkin film made from it, showcases Merlin as a rapping priest inspired by Max von Sydow's Father Merrin. Above, the show poster for the musical's Los Angeles fringe production. David Haverty /Hollywood Fringe hide caption

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Aerialist Lillian Leitzel came from a family of performers. In 1905, she toured Europe as part of the Leamy Ladies circus attraction, which included Leitzel (far left), her aunts Tina and Toni Pelikan, her mother Nellie Pelikan, and Lily Simpson. Dean Jensen's collection/Courtesy Crown Publishing Group hide caption

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Sucks to be them? Avenue Q's Trekkie Monster (with puppeteers Jennifer Barnhart and Christian Anderson) became a Broadway star, but he got his start off-Broadway after a summer workshop at the O'Neill Theater Center. AP's decision to cut coverage of such feeder venues means a grimmer future for promising art and artists, writer Howard Sherman says. Carol Rosegg/via AP hide caption

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Mary Theresa Archbold (left), Anita Hollander and Tiffan Borelli star in Bekah Brunstetter's Gorgeous, part of Theater Breaking Through Barriers' initial Some of Our Parts Festival in 2011. A third round of new short plays runs through June 28 at New York City's Clurman Theatre. Carol Rosegg/Theater Breaking Through Barriers hide caption

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Host Neil Patrick Harris and casts of Broadway shows perform onstage at The 67th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions) Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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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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T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghosts of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy. Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bowen Abbey works on a mask for a student production at the Addison Repertory Theater, or A.R.T., in Middlebury, Vt. Jess Kroll/Courtesy Julie Burstein hide caption

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