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Raymond Antrobus uses spoken word poetry to portray a diverse experience of sound

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Where are the Black musicians in the country's largest orchestras?

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett stands inside the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland, Ore. She recently programmed her first full season but not everyone has embraced her new approach. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival focuses on expansion – but is not without its critics

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To mark the 75th anniversary of this uniquely American cultural movement, NPR is traveling across the country for a look forward in our series "The Next Stage." Kristen Uroda for NPR hide caption

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Across the U.S., regional theaters are starting to transform. Here's why

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A poster advertising "The Phantom of the Opera" is displayed on the shuttered Majestic Theatre in New York on March 12, 2020. Broadway's longest-running show is scheduled to close in February 2023. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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San Francisco Opera prompter Matthew Piatt sits in the prompter's box at the War Memorial Opera House. Chloe Veltman/NPR/Chloe Veltman/NPR hide caption

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The hidden world of an opera prompter

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Oleksandr Shapoval volunteered to fight after the Russia invasion. The National Opera of Ukraine says he was killed on the battlefield. National Opera of Ukraine hide caption

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Ukrainian ballet dancer Oleksandr Shapoval is killed on the battlefield

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Members of the English punk band the Sex Pistols. From left: Lead singer and songwriter John Joseph Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, drummer Paul Cook, bass guitarist John Simon Ritchie a.k.a. Sid Vicious and guitarist Steve Jones. Mirrorpix/John Mead/Mirrorpix/Getty Images hide caption

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British pop music has a fraught relationship with Queen Elizabeth

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Hear all of Lee Cataluna’s monologue, “Things My Mother Told Me”

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Short Wave Goes To The Circus

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Comedians Brian Bahe, Maz Jobrani and Aparna Nancherla. Brian Bahe, Storm Santos and Aparna Nancherla hide caption

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Comedians Ziwe, Joel Kim Booster and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes. Myles Loftin/SHOWTIME, Taylor Miller and East 2 West Collective hide caption

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Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green, co-authors of Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers Courtesy of the Rodgers-Beaty-Guettel family; Earl Wilson/New York Times hide caption

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Published 8 years after her death, Mary Rodgers' memoir is a true tell-all book

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Artist Tunde Olaniran's 'Made a Universe' opens a portal at a Detroit museum

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The Heart of Afghanistan project is Ahmad Fanoos on vocals & harmonium, his sons Elham on piano and Mehran on violin, with Hamid Habibzada on tabla. Sachyn Mital/Sachyn Mital hide caption

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Thousands of Afghan artists are still trying to flee the Taliban

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