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The PS22 Chorus Goes To The Oscars

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Derek Jacobi's many acting credits include Cadfael, a mid-1990s television show about a Welsh Bendictine monk who solves murder mysteries. Acorn Media hide caption

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Harlem's Apollo Theater Gets Its Own Show

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'Dark' Shadowed: Julie Taymor's $65 million stage musical has been dogged by problems — most seriously, an in-performance fall that sent stuntman Christopher Tierney (pictured) to the hospital in late December. Jacob Cohl/AP hide caption

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Brian Bedford in his dressing room, preparing to play Oscar Wilde's Augusta Lady Bracknell. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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In the first year of John F. Kennedy's administration, cellist Pablo Casals famously performed "The Song of the Birds," a traditional Spanish folk melody that had long been his signature. He told Kennedy it symbolized his hopes for freedom and peace in the world. Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library hide caption

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As the star of The Diary of a Madman, Geoffrey Rush discovered threads of modern absurdism in Nikolai Gogol's writing. Heidrun Lohr/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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At BAM, A Raft Of Classics, Shipped In From Overseas

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Budget Crisis Forces Classical Music Out Of Its Box

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Shirley Jones Sings For Richard Rodgers

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Spiderman Takes A Time-Out Before Broadway

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