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Daphne Rubin-Vega played Mimi in Rent. "It was a lot of fun to actually be able to practically apply my research of partying ..." she says. "I knew these people. I knew this world." She's pictured above with Adam Pascal in New York Theatre Workshop's 1996 production of Rent. Joan Marcus hide caption

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13,140,000 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent'

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The ever-curious Larry King adopted a philosophy of letting his guests be the star of the show and letting them teach him a thing or two. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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Veteran Broadcaster Larry King Dies At 87

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The Land of Snow scene from one of American Midwest Ballet's pre-pandemic productions of The Nutcracker. American Midwest Ballet hide caption

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No 'Nutcracker'? Or 'Messiah'? How Theaters Are Facing A COVID Christmas

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"Even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection," says mentalist Scott Silven. His new virtual show is called The Journey. Scott Silven hide caption

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Illusionist Scott Silven Can Turn A Video Call Into A Magical 'Journey'

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Masked pedestrians enjoy Central Park earlier this year. The New York destination now has a site-specific soundtrack courtesy of composer Ellen Reid's Soundwalk app. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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Central Park Is Alive With The Sound Of Music, Thanks To A Site-Specific App

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Haskell King, Ian Lassiter, Danielle Slavick and Greg Keller performing via Zoom in Russian Troll Farm. TheaterWorks Hartford hide caption

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'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference

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Ballet Hispánico celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1970 by Tina Ramirez. Paula Lobo/Ballet Hispánico hide caption

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Ballet Hispánico Celebrates 50 Years As Ambassadors Of Latinx Dance

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The Public Theater in New York has been closed since March 12, but is still producing plays on Zoom, radio and film. "Just because conditions are hard, it doesn't let us off the hook; it doesn't free us of the obligation to try to fulfill our mission," says artistic director Oskar Eustis. Aislinn Weidele/The Public Theater hide caption

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What Will The Future Of Theater Look Like? 'Our Artists Are Going To Lead Us'

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With theaters across the country closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Playbill has had to pivot quickly. "We find ourselves incredibly fortunate to be associated with this ridiculously fantastic art form that we miss oh, so much," says Playbill Vice President Alex Birsh. Dean Greer/Playbill hide caption

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With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot

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July 21 is the centennial of the birth of Isaac Stern. The violinist worked with his contemporaries, like Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, and went on to mentor the next generation of musicians. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years

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Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning

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On Site Opera Offers Live Performances Over The Phone For Just 1 Person At A Time

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Actors' Equity Approves 2 Live Theater Performances In Western Massachusetts

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