Actor Danny Kaye (left) clowns around with composer Frank Loesser while rehearsing a song for the 1952 film Hans Christian Andersen. Gjon Mili/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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How To Succeed In Showbiz: The Frank Loesser Story

Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the famed composer's birth. Loesser penned some of Broadway's best-known musicals, including Guys and Dolls.

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Frank Loesser won the Academy Award for his song "Baby It's Cold Outside." Stroud/Express/Getty Images hide caption

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Daniel Okulitch plays Willy Wonka at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Ken Howard hide caption

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Just Dance: Megan Sikora (center) is a member of the ensemble in Broadway's revival of Promises, Promises. Sikora also understudies the musical's lead, Kristin Chenoweth, and featured actress Katie Finneran. Joan Marcus/The Hartman Group hide caption

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The cast of the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises includes Sean Hayes (center) in the role originated by Jerry Orbach in 1968. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth star in a new Broadway revival of Promises, Promises. Hayes says that he's had to overcome "a little added pressure and a little added fear" on stage because of his singing role. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Character-Building Experience: "It's a kind of alchemical process," says actor John Lithgow about the process of creating a role. "Some of it is you, and some of it is pure calculation." WVIZ/PBS ideastream hide caption

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Re-Election Or Bust: In the American premiere of Vaclav Havel's Leaving, Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn plays a retired head of state who has trouble letting go of the perks of office. Jim Roese hide caption

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