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In Once, based on the cult-favorite Irish indie movie, a guy (Steve Kazee) and a girl (Cristin Milioti) fall in love during a whirlwind week of songwriting in Dublin.

'Once' And Again: A Love Story Gets A Second Life

Once, the 2007 film about a street musician and Czech immigrant who pen songs during an unforgettable week in Dublin, is now an off-Broadway musical. John Tiffany, the acclaimed director of Black Watch, collaborates with Irish playwright Enda Walsh to tell the emotionally charged love story.
Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, performs

Danny Burstein On Living Up To Sondheim's 'Follies'

Burstein has played a wide range of roles, from casino owner Lolly Steinman in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, to his current role as Buddy Plummer in the Broadway revival of Follies. He talks about his lengthy career on stage, screen and television.

'Kickstart Shakespeare': Of Sonnets, Beer, And Online Fundraising

One New York theater organization is raising money to bring Shakespearean sonnets straight to you.

Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

The actress is up for her fifth Tony Award for her performance in the musical Porgy and Bess.

What Inspires Singer Simone

Actress and singer Lisa Celeste is better known by her stage name, Simone. She's the daughter of the late legendary singer Nina Simone, and she's appeared on Broadway in musicals such as Rent and Aida. As part of the series, In Your Ear, she shares the songs on her personal playlist.

A Test Of Hearts, Minds And 'Hands On A Hardbody'

A new musical based on a documentary follows the contestants of a Texas car dealership competition.

Composing 'The News,' With A Musical Twist

A "reality opera" tries to get into its subjects' heads — and casts a questioning eye on the media.

A Gershwin Biopic That Ain't Necessarily So True

Rhapsody in Blue, the 1945 film biopic of George Gershwin, has just been released on DVD.

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'Best Man' John Larroquette Takes Broadway

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Blair Underwood On Stanley, Stella And 'Streetcar'

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London Smash 'Two Guvnors' Comes To Broadway

A British comedy that was the fastest selling ticket in the history of London's West End opens on Broadway tonight with its original cast. As Jeff Lunden reports, One Man, Two Guvnors is full of whimsically portrayed stereotypes — and is based on 500-year-old comic traditions. - READ MORE

The Historic Howard Theatre: Past And Future

The Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was built in 1910, and just about every top black entertainer performed on its stage. But it had to shut its doors once the neighborhood fell on hard times. Now it has reopened, and host Michel Martin talks with Jimi Smooth, a musician who was an usher at the Howard in the early '60s. - READ MORE

I Died On The Titanic

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Broadway's New 'Salesman'

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Seymour Hoffman Is The New Willy Loman

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