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Kacey Musgraves, whose follow-up to her Album of the Year-winning Golden Hour, titled Star-Crossed, was released Sep. 10, 2021. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kacey Musgraves: 'Star-Crossed' And Thriving

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A scene from Francisco Negrin's production of Verdi's Il Trovatore, shown in a performance from the Opera de Monte Carlo. Alain Hanel/courtesy of LA Opera hide caption

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Faced With Deadline Drama, LA Opera Stages A Construction Sprint

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Curtains Up! Broadway Musicals Return, But COVID Concerns Are Center Stage

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Can't Let It Go: Two looks from Disney's Frozen, by Christopher Oram, including Elsa's Ice Dress Rebecca J. Michelson/Grapevine Public Relations hide caption

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Many Stages Are Still Dark, But You Can Now See These Iconic Costumes Up Close

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The crowd catches Wes Borland's guitar during the Lollapalooza music festival last weekend at Grant Park in Chicago. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images hide caption

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So Much For 'Hot Vax Summer.' Delta Puts A Damper On Festivals And Concerts

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Jon Michael Hill (seated) and Namir Smallwood star in Pass Over, the first play to return to Broadway since the COVID-19 closure. Jeremy Daniel/Matt Ross Public Relations hide caption

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Broadway's 1st Play Since COVID Closure Blends Bible, Beckett, Black Lives Matter

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Dave Chappelle: This Time This Place chronicles Chappelle's efforts to entertain audiences during the pandemic with a series of outdoor shows. He's pictured above in North Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 30, 2020. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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Calvin Royal III and Isabella Boylston perform "This Bitter Earth" at the 2018 Vail Dance Festival. Erin Baiano hide caption

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Dancer Calvin Royal III Takes Center Stage At ABT — And Beyond

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John Douglas Thompson portrays the magician Prospero in a Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production of The Tempest in Boston this month. Evgenia Eliseeva/Commonwealth Shakespeare Company hide caption

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Black Theater Artists Are Helping Shakespeare Speak To More Diverse Audiences

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Faced with limited access to conventional stages, troupes like Contra-Tiempo are taking advantage of striking outdoor spaces at Jacob's Pillow this summer. Christopher Duggan Photography/Jacob's Pillow hide caption

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Rising From The Ashes, Jacob's Pillow Welcomes Back Dancers, Audiences

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Dev Patel plays Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, in The Green Knight. A24 hide caption

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Cross-Cultural Casting: Noteworthy For Hollywood, But Not Exactly New

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The Only 'New' Thing About Cross-Cultural Casting Is Who's Getting The Roles

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Jeannie Santiago attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson will both star in his own one-man play, "Lackawanna Blues" and direct "Skeleton Crew" this year. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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