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Michael Jackson died shortly before a scheduled London concert series. The show goes on without him in Kenny Ortega's backstage documentary This Is It — and in what's likely to be a long and lucrative posthumous career. James Mitchell/AP hide caption

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NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Plays 'Not My Job'

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Meng Jinghui is China's leading avant-garde theater director. His latest work, Murder in the Hanging Garden, is a musical — his first — and it addresses "the relentless grabbing for material goods and people's spiritual loss." Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Solo-performance pioneer Anna Deavere Smith set the standard for documentary theater in the 1990s; she's reached broader audiences with roles on TV's The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, and in films including Rachel Getting Married. Mary Ellen Mark hide caption

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Charles Strouse's Big Scores, From 'Annie' To 'Birdie'

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Jude Law, Tackling Hamlet From The Inside Out

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Modern jousters often adopt the names and colors of actual Renaissance knights. Ripper Moore, a 14-year veteran of the circuit, jousts as Sir Henry Clifford, Second Earl of Cumberland, and wears his coat of arms. Courtesy Jacki Lyden hide caption

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Living The Life Of The 'American Jouster'

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Angie Pontani performs at the Sixth Annual New York Burlesque Festival on Sept. 18, 2008, at Corio Supper Club in New York. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Aftermath' Illuminates Lives Of Uprooted Iraqis

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