Stephen Sondheim in 1974, the year after the premiere of his A Little Night Music, which includes "Send in the Clowns." Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Studio Sessions

Stephen Sondheim On Piano Jazz

The musical theater composer performs "Send in the Clowns" and more with host Marian McPartland.

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The Book of Mormon features music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone and plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City. John Marcus/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stephen Colbert and Martha Plimpton perform a song from Company on stage during the 65th annual Tony Awards. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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Danny Burstein, as Buddy Plummer, performs "Buddy's Blues," the high-energy song-and-dance number at the end of Follies, with Jenifer Foote (left) and Kiira Schmidt. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Kerry Ingram is one of four young actresses portraying the title role in Matilda the Musical. Manual Harlan/Playbill hide caption

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There's Something About 'Matilda'

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda the Musical, based on the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl, is taking London by storm.

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TSA workers sing at Los Angeles International Airport in this screen grab from a USA Today video. The chorus dons Santa hats during the holiday season and perform in the middle of the airport. USA Today hide caption

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In the Broadway play Other Desert Cities, Brooke (played by Rachel Griffiths) forces her family to confront the truth behind her brother's suicide. Joan Marcus/Lincoln Center Publicity hide caption

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Jenifer Ringer performs as the Sugarplum Fairy during a 2010 performance of "The Nutcracker" at Lincoln Center in New York. Paul Kolnik/AP Photo hide caption

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In Once, based on the cult-favorite Irish indie movie, a guy (Steve Kazee) and a girl (Cristin Milioti) fall in love during a whirlwind week of songwriting in Dublin. Joan Marcus hide caption

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The Niemeyer Center for the arts will shut its doors on Dec. 15 after being open for only nine months in Aviles, Spain. It's a victim of political squabbling during difficult economic times. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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