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'West Side Story' Gets A Modern Reboot On Broadway

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David Alan Grier as Sergeant Vernon C. Waters, Blair Underwood as Captain Richard Davenport and Billy Eugene Jones as Private James Wilkie in A Soldier's Play. Joan Marcus hide caption

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After 40 Years, 'A Soldier's Play' Finally Marches Onto Broadway

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Encore: Reflections From Conversations With Women In Comedy

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"I'm a student first in everything that I do," says Nnamdi Asomugha. "So it's always about: How can I get the edge mentally?" Asomugha, shown above on the sidelines of an Oakland Raiders game in November 2010, is now making his Broadway debut. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images hide caption

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Pro Bowl To Broadway, This NFL Star Says The Stage Is Another 'Team Sport'

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Reflections From Conversations With Women In Comedy

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Director Bartlett Sher is now working on an opera based on Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, and preparing the London premiere and national tour of To Kill A Mockingbird. He's shown above during a rehearsal in May 2006, in Seattle. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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One Director's Secrets To Success: Chaos, Confidence And 'Collective Genius'

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Encore: There Was 'No Chance Of Me Going Into The Arts,' Says Comedian Gina Yashere

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Moni Yakim teaches a movement class at Juilliard in May 2019. Claudio Papapietro hide caption

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Moni Yakim Knows How To Move You

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'Fresh Air' Favorites: Joan Rivers

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'Fresh Air' Favorites: 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

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'Fresh Air' Favorites: 'Book Of Mormon' Creators Trey Parker And Matt Stone

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Highly Specific Superlatives: The Best Bits Of Stand-Up Comedy In 2019

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