New Plays Turn Passive Audience Members Into Participants

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Keith Carradine (right) performs with the cast of Hands on a Hardbody during its spring 2013 run in New York. Chad Batka hide caption

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Two Songs That Led Keith Carradine From Screen To Broadway

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His statue may be a Theater District landmark now, but George M. Cohan caused no small amount of trouble for Actors' Equity early in its history. The union marks its 100th anniversary this year. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Equity At 100: More Than Just A Broadway Baby

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Beth Lapides (with music director-producer Mitch Kaplan) is the founder and ringmaster at UnCabaret, a Los Angeles comedy institution that's marking its 25th anniversary this year. UnCabaret hide caption

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At L.A.'s UnCabaret, 25 Years Of Letting It All Hang Out

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When she's discovered to be a multiracial woman "passing" as white, the Cotton Blossom's star performer, Julie (Alyson Cambridge), is forced to leave the company. Scott Suchman/Washington National Opera hide caption

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'Show Boat' Steams On, Eternally American

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Behind The Curtain Of 'Disgraced'

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Fred (Cory Michael Smith) and Holly (Emilia Clarke) in a scene from the recent Broadway adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. The show, which received a slew of negative reviews, closed after only 38 performances. Used With Permission hide caption

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When Tonys Tap Faves, Look For These Names

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Barbra Streisand is Joyce Brewster in The Guilt Trip. The multitalented performer has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony — a feat achieved by fewer than a dozen artists. Sam Emerson/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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'Guilt Trip': Streisand On Songs, Film And Family

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The role of the Leading Player (Patina Miller) becomes a kind of circus ringmaster in the new Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's 1972 musical Pippin. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'Pippin' Revival Is A Circus Of A Show

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The Broadway musical Matilda put NPR's Bob Mondello in mind of two other big-budget tuners with plucky kids at the center of the action — and got him thinking about what these shows say about their eras. Joan Marcus hide caption

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On Broadway, One Runt To Rule Them All

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Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. Midler stars as Mengers, a legendary and larger-than-life Hollywood agent whose sharp wit won her both friends and foes in the film industry. Richard Termine/BBBway hide caption

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L.A. On B'way: Midler, Mengers Take Manhattan

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Patterson Joseph plays Brutus, the friend whose betrayal wounds Caesar most — and whose suicide caps off the play's second act. Richard Termine/BAM hide caption

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A 'Caesar' With An African Accent

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The Broadway cast of Matilda the Musical, including Olivier Award-winning actor Bertie Carvel as the barbaric headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'Matilda' Brings Beloved Book To Broadway

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'American Utopias': From Disney World To Zuccotti Park

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Was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. An Ordinary Guy?

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