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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

We've been talking about the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, D.C., and if you haven't heard of it before now, surely you've heard of New York City's High School for the Performing Arts, immortalized in the 1980 movie "Fame." One of the stars was Debbie Allen. She's actually a former Ellington faculty member. We spoke to her a few weeks ago about directing "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," which is currently on Broadway, and we also wanted to know what's playing in her ear. (Soundbite of Luciano Pavarotti music)

Ms. DEBBIE ALLEN (Director, Actress, Dancer): Hi, I'm Debbie Allen. And these days I've been listening to a lot of Luciano Pavarotti.

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Ms. ALLEN: I enjoy listening to Luciano Pavarotti and his amazing grace and his artistry.

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Ms. ALLEN: We lost him this summer, and I felt that I had not paid enough attention to his artistry, so I went and downloaded about four albums of his music.

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Ms. ALLEN: It's just quite settling, and I find his voice to be so powerful and inspiring.

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MARTIN: Producer, director, performer, Debbie Allen, telling us what's playing in her ear. And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and you're listening to Tell Me More from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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