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Harold Prince poses with his Tony Award for best direction of a musical in 1980. He earned the honor for his work on Evita. Associated Press hide caption

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Hal Prince, Transformational Broadway Producer And Director, Has Died

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New Faces At This Year's 'Just For Laughs' Comedy Festival

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The new musical adaptation of Moulin Rouge! features 71 popular songs, which all had to be licensed and stitched together into the story. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of Moulin Rouge! The Musical hide caption

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'Moulin Rouge!' The Musical Opens Tonight On Broadway

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(Left to right) Joseph Lattanzi, Sankara Harouna, Terrence Chin-Loy and Miles Wilson-Toliverstar star in Blind Injustice, presented through the Cincinnati Opera. Philip Groshong/Courtesy of Cincinnati Opera hide caption

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'Blind Injustice' Opera Sets Out To Open Eyes About Wrongful Conviction Rates

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Kenneth Kellogg, Briana Hunter and Aaron Crouch play The Father, The Mother and The Son in the world premiere of Blue at the 2019 Glimmerglass Festival. Karli Cadel/Courtesy of the festival hide caption

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New Opera 'Blue' Takes On The Tragedy Of Police Brutality

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Satirist Randy Rainbow Uses Show Tunes And Pop Songs To Lampoon Trump

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In Fairview, a respectable African American family prepares for a big dinner. But we slowly learn there's something off about Keisha (MaYaa Boateng) and her relatives. Julieta Cervantes/Soho Rep hide caption

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The Pulitzer-Winning Play 'Fairview' Is About Being Watched While Black

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LaChanze (left) and Elizabeth Teeter star in the Atlantic Theater Company's off-Broadway production of the musical adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees. Ahron R. Foster/Courtesy of The Secret Life of Bees hide caption

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'The Secret Life Of Bees' Takes On A 2nd Life As Musical Theater

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