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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

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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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Broadway Spoofers Return To 'Forbidden' Territory

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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

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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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George Takei Takes Story Of Internment To The Stage

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Brooklyn Mack, From Ball Player To Ballet Star

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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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In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything

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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 Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On

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Tango Festival Lures Thousands To Buenos Aires

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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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Stratford's Big Stars, From The Bard To The Bieb

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Marvin Hamlisch (left) with Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow in 1987. Time & Life Pictures/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering Award-Winning Composer Marvin Hamlisch

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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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Playwright Fugard Bucked South Africa's 'Racist Ideas'

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Expressing The King Of Pop With Music, Acrobatics

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Academy Award-winning actress Celeste Holm was best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma! AP hide caption

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'Oklahoma!' Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95

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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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Seattle Theater Returns For A Shrunken Second Act

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