Audra McDonald plays Bess in the current Broadway production of Porgy and Bess. Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

The actress plays Bess in the Broadway musical Porgy and Bess. The show, which won two Tony Awards, closes next month.

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Natalie Charle Ellis, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Lee Stern and Marcus Stevens are part of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway troupe, which is returning to the stage after a three-year hiatus. Carol Rosegg/Forbidden Broadway hide caption

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In Porgy and Bess, David Alan Grier plays the drug dealer Sporting Life, a role closely associated with Sammy Davis Jr. and Cab Calloway. Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

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David Alan Grier's 'Sporting Life' On Broadway

The stand-up comedian and star of In Living Color played Sporting Life in the opera Porgy and Bess. The show, which won Tony Awards, closes on Broadway next month.

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George Takei rehearses a scene from Allegiance, a new musical inspired by Takei's childhood in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Jeffrey Weiser/Courtesy of The Old Globe hide caption

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Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, arrives to announce his choice of running mate aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 11. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Blessed with athleticism and skill, actor-dancer Gene Kelly always managed to look like a regular guy having a lot of fun dancing. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario, is the main venue for the town's annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The town lies on the Avon River — just like Shakespeare's British birthplace — and had schools named after Romeo and Juliet before the festival started in 1953. Richard Bain/Stratford Shakespeare Festival hide caption

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The Record

Remembering Award-Winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch

He wrote music for The Sting, A Chorus Line and The Way We Were, and won a Tony, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.

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South African playwright Athol Fugard (center) with actors John Kani (left) and Winston Ntshona at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1973. Getty Images / Hulton Archive hide caption

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Remembrances

'Oklahoma!' Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95

The Academy Award-winning actress was a star on both stage and screen, best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma!

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Miracle!, a drag version of the Helen Keller drama The Miracle Worker created and directed by Dan Savage, is a highlight of the Intiman Theater's comeback summer festival in Seattle. Chris Bennion/Intiman Theater hide caption

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