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Cole Porter's Pro-Immigration Ballet Gets A Trump-Era Revival

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Within the Quota criticized the restrictive immigration laws passed by Congress after World War I. Now the Princeton University Ballet has brought the show back — with a few updates.



Dina Merrill, Actress, Heiress And Philanthropist, Dies At 93

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:09:00 -0400

Merrill, the daughter of Wall Street broker E.F. Hutton and cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, went on to become a leading lady in movies. She died Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y.



Asian-Americans In Hollywood Still Waiting For The Spotlight

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:45:00 -0400

In the meantime, some are producing their own shows or creating material for alternative platforms like YouTube.



Josh Groban Leaves Big Shoes To Fill In The Tony-Nominated 'Great Comet'

Thu, 18 May 2017 04:56:00 -0400

For his role as Pierre, Groban had to be able to play the accordion while navigating multiple sets of stairs. His replacement, Okieriete Onaodowan, has about two months to master the instrument.



Soul Queen Of New Orleans Has Been Performing On Mother's Day For 35 Years

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:56:13 -0400

In a New Orleans tradition dating back almost 35 years, soul singer Irma Thomas takes the stage at the Audubon Zoo to perform a special concert for fans on Mother's Day.



When It Comes To Family Musicals, Kids' Opinions Matter More Than Critics'

Sun, 07 May 2017 18:31:00 -0400

Normally, critical reviews can kill a Broadway show, but not so for kid-focused musicals. Anastasia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are currently on Broadway, vying for the kid seal of approval.



The Tony Nominations: 'The Great Comet,' 'Dolly,' And 'A Doll's House'

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:54:00 -0400

The Tony nominations are out, and unlike last year, there's no founding-fathers-shaped giant absorbing the oxygen.



'Indecent': A Play About A Yiddish Play That Was Ahead Of Its Time

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:57:00 -0400

A new Broadway production takes audiences through the history of Sholem Asch's 1907 Yiddish play God of Vengeance, about a Jewish brothel owner whose daughter falls in love with a woman.



A Haunting '60s Film About Mental Illness And Incarceration Becomes A Ballet

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:31:10 -0400

Frederick Wiseman's controversial 1967 documentary Titicut Follies exposed conditions at Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts. Fifty years later, the filmmaker, now 87, has adapted it to dance.



Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:02:00 -0400

It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain.



2 Stars Share The Stage, And The Roles, In 'Little Foxes'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:05:00 -0400

"Great parts are meant to be played; they're not meant to be owned," says Laura Linney. So she and Cynthia Nixon have agreed to switch roles for each performance of Lillian Hellman's 1939 melodrama.



Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her 'Resistance Music' And Video

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Mona Haydar calls her music "resistance music" because it celebrates diversity and calls for women to be "unapologetic about who they are."



From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:51:00 -0400

Hawkins auditioned for his first acting gig at the Kennedy Center when he was 9 years old. Now he's the star of the action drama series 24: Legacy, and he's also appearing in a Broadway play.



Hey You, Prestige Television Fan: Here's Why You Should See A New Play

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:18:00 -0400

While musicals have good pop-culture presence in many cases, plays tend not to. But in an environment that has embraced idiosyncratic and complicated TV, there's no better time to change that.



Composer Tim Minchin Brings 'Groundhog Day' To Broadway

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Composer Tim Minchin brings his musical adaptation of the film, Groundhog Day, to Broadway. It's the story of a cynical weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over again.