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Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof' is a dream come true for its lead actor

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Misty Copeland has been a principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre since 2015. She took a break from performing due to COVID-19 and the birth of her son in spring 2022, but she hopes to be back on stage in 2023. Drew Gurian/MasterClass hide caption

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'It chips away at you': Misty Copeland on the whiteness of ballet

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Billy Porter makes peace with himself: 'I set myself free, honey. No more secrets'

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A scene from "Entremeses Cervantinos," three one-act plays written by Miguel de Cervantes, at Plaza San Roque, Guanajuato, Mexico. Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino International Festival hide caption

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Festival Cervantino, Latin America's biggest cultural event, returns with new energy

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When a regional theater got millions to remake itself, it focused on racial healing

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Dallas Theater Center on Oct. 4, 2022. The play "Trouble in Mind" is about racism in a white theater company in the 1950s. JerSean Golatt for NPR hide caption

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Without more federal money, what will regional theaters do?

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Composer Julia Wolfe at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of her piece Her Story on Sept. 15, 2022. Kurt Heinecke/Nashville Symphony hide caption

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Our biggest orchestras are finally playing more music by women. What took so long?

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Natalia LaFourcade performs a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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Our Favorite Spooky Seasonal Songs

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The company of this production of 1776 is multi-racial and trans, female and nonbinary. Joan Marcus/Roundabout Theatre Company hide caption

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In the Broadway musical '1776,' the revolution is in the casting

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Rosalía performs at the YouTube theater on Oct. 7, 2022 in Inglewood, Calif. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images hide caption

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This year's 25 MacArthur Fellows will each receive $800,000, a "no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential," according to the MacArthur Foundation website. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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Playwright Terry Guest poses for a portrait on Sept. 28, at the Alleyway Theater in Buffalo, N.Y. Malik Rainey for NPR hide caption

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Where will the next 'Hamilton' come from now that so many playwrights are in TV?

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Angela Lansbury's acting career extended over an extraordinary seven decades. She is pictured above in Los Angeles in 2014. Casey Curry/Invision/AP hide caption

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Angela Lansbury, a beloved star of the screen and stage, has died at 96

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