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John Legend sits before actors playing the 12 disciples in Jesus Christ Superstar Live. Virginia Sherwood/NBC hide caption

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John Legend Pulls From Familiar Roots To Play Jesus In 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live'

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Glenda Jackson plays A, the eldest of the three women in the new Broadway production of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women. Brigitte Lacombe hide caption

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Glenda Jackson Stands Tall, On And Off Stage

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Jose Antonio Abreu, Founder Of El Sistema Youth Orchestra, Dies At 78

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Caissie Levy plays Elsa (left) and Patti Murin plays her sister Anna in the Broadway musical version of Frozen. Deen van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions hide caption

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'Frozen' Hits Broadway, In 'A Sophisticated Dignified Adult Psychological' Way

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The Bolshoi Theatre's new staging of Anna Karenina features Olga Smirnova as Anna and Andrei Merkuriev as Karenin. Elena Fetisova/Bolshoi Theatre hide caption

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An 'Anna Karenina' For Our Times At Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre

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Russia's Bolshoi Theatre Brings Anna Karenina Ballet To Modern Era

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Clint Smith: How Should You Raise A Black Son In America?

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Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape, in a scene from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the novel by Harper Lee. Universal/AP hide caption

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Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

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Barbra Streisand, on stage with her dog, Samantha, who was cloned to create Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett. KMazur/WireImage hide caption

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Cloning A Beloved Pet May Be A Tempting Idea, But There Are Pitfalls

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Barbra Streisand plays with her dog Samantha near her son, Jason Gould (left), and husband, James Brolin, in Paris in 2007. Samantha died last year, but Streisand now has clones of the dog. Philippe Wojazer/Reuters hide caption

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Yale's Whiffenpoofs A Cappella Group Admits First Woman

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Bernadette Peters is the latest in a long line of Broadway stars to play the title role in Hello, Dolly! Julieta Cervantes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bernadette Peters On Fulfilling The Red Dress Of 'Hello, Dolly!'

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