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Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green, co-authors of Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers Courtesy of the Rodgers-Beaty-Guettel family; Earl Wilson/New York Times hide caption

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Published 8 years after her death, Mary Rodgers' memoir is a true tell-all book

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Artist Tunde Olaniran's 'Made a Universe' opens a portal at a Detroit museum

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The Heart of Afghanistan project is Ahmad Fanoos on vocals & harmonium, his sons Elham on piano and Mehran on violin, with Hamid Habibzada on tabla. Sachyn Mital/Sachyn Mital hide caption

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Thousands of Afghan artists are still trying to flee the Taliban

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Patience (Talise Trevigne, right) comforts Castor (Reginald Smith Jr.) after his breakdown over the crush of dept and his search for a solution as other family members look on. Philip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera hide caption

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'Castor and Patience' opera explores systematic barriers to Black land ownership

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Brandi Carlile (right) introduces Joni Mitchell for a special Joni Jam at the 2022 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park, R.I., on Sunday. Carlin Stiehl for Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Jaquel Spivey and the cast of "A Strange Loop" perform at the 75th annual Tony Awards on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP hide caption

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Joshua Henry (left) and Gavin Creel in Into the Woods. Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman hide caption

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'Into the Woods' returns to Broadway

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Amir Arison (left) and Eris Sirakian in The Kite Runner. Joan Marcus hide caption

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'The Kite Runner' brings life in Afghanistan to Broadway

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Dorcas Sowunmi and Mary Badham on the national tour of To Kill A Mockingbird. Julieta Cervantes/The first national tour of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' hide caption

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Scout from the 'To Kill A Mockingbird' film now plays the racist neighbor onstage

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Beanie Feldstein was initially cast as Fanny Brice in Broadway's Funny Girl revival. Now Lea Michele is taking her spot. But neither of them are Barbra Streisand, who played Brice in the original production. Evan Agostini, Greg Allen/Invision hide caption

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Danai Gurira and Matthew August Jeffers in the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Richard III. Joan Marcus/Public Theater hide caption

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Why it matters that Danai Gurira is taking on Richard III

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Students at Amor de Dios Flamenco Center practice for their upcoming showcase. Olmo Calvo for NPR hide caption

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At Madrid's Amor de Dios flamenco center, dancers are finding their rhythm again

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British director Peter Brook smiles after receiving the 2008 Ibsen Award for bringing new artistic dimensions to the world of theater. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Influential theater director Peter Brook dies at 97

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Chris Herbie Holland (L.) as Tio and Marcel Spears as Juicy in Fat Ham at New York's Public Theater. Joan Marcus/Public Theater hide caption

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Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'Fat Ham' takes 'Hamlet' in unexpected directions

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Vijay Gupta performing with some of the professional musicians in Street Symphony at the Midnight Mission on LA's Skid Row. David Zimmerman hide caption

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Street Symphony plays in harmony with Skid Row's 'sacred spaces'

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Founder of LEAP Africa Ndidi Nwuneli attends Barnard College's Global Symposium in 2015. J. Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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