Matthew Rushing of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during dress rehearsal of "Frames," Dec. 10, 2009 in New York. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dance

At 42, Matthew Rushing Might Just Be The Peyton Manning Of Dance

Dancers typically retire at a relatively young age. Rushing, however, is still going strong — and he's about to kick off a 20-city tour.

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Morris Robinson in the Los Angeles Opera's 2009 production of The Magic Flute. Los Angeles Opera hide caption

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Beyonce performs onstage in 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Rob Hoffman/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment hide caption

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Young Theater Fans Find Their Tribe At The First Ever BroadwayCon

For one 14-year-old fan, BroadwayCon was a chance to meet people who understand her theater obsession. "We can share what we love," she says.

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In Lynn Nottage's play Sweat, Jason (Stephen Michael Spencer, left) and Chris (Tramell Tillman) are workers at a steel tubing plant in Reading, Pa. Nottage says she wanted to write about "how poverty and economic stagnation were shifting the American narrative." Colin Hovde/C. Stanley Photography/Arena Stage hide caption

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In The Glory of the World, 17 actors, all men, mark author and Catholic monk Thomas Merton's 100th birthday. Bill Brymer/BAM hide caption

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In the 1960s, Maggie Smith starred in the Broadway hit Mary, Mary. One reviewer called her a "gem of an actress, an undeniable dish." Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Ade, played by Nana Sam Elliott-Sackeyfio glows in new love at a private dinner, in the production of Bananas and Groundnuts. Courtesy of Roverman Productions hide caption

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Violet Newman is one of five young girls who make up the cast of Employee of the Year, one of the plays being featured at this year's Under the Radar Festival. Maria Baranova/Courtesy of the Public Theater hide caption

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To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending the first printed collection of all his plays out on tour. Folger Shakespeare Library hide caption

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