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A performer was killed Saturday during a performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, pictured here in a May 2020 photo. YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ben Platt won a Tony award in 2017 for his starring role in Dear Evan Hansen. Now he's starring in a new film adaptation of the musical. Brian Ach/Invision/AP hide caption

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'Dear Evan Hansen' Actor Ben Platt Escapes From Anxiety By Being In The Spotlight

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Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr. will host different parts of the Tony Awards broadcast on Sept. 26: the awards ceremony and the following two-hour celebration of Broadway's return, respectively. Associated Press hide caption

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4 Things To Know Ahead Of The 2021 Tony Awards

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People attending "The Lion King" arrive at the door as numerous Broadway shows re-open for the first time since closing in March 2020 on September 14, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID Forever? Plus, Broadway's Back

Ever since the pandemic hit, life has been split into two timelines: before the pandemic and after the pandemic. But when will the "after" truly be after? Or will some version of the coronavirus be around... forever? Sam talks to The Atlantic staff writer Katherine Wu about continuing to live with some version of COVID-19. Plus, Sam talks to playwright Heidi Schreck and actress Cassie Beck, who are currently in rehearsals for the upcoming tour of the Broadway play What The Constitution Means to Me. As live theater returns, they talk about what the last 18 months have been like and how theater has changed for the long term.

COVID Forever? Plus, Broadway's Back

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Ben Platt as Evan Hansen in the movie musical Dear Evan Hansen. Universal Pictures hide caption

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People wait to attend the Broadway musical "Hamilton" after showing their vaccination cards on September 14, 2021 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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To The Stage: After A Year Away, Broadway Is Back

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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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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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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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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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With in-person shows cancelled, costume designer Ivania Stack has been making personalized coasters to make a little extra money during the pandemic. Courtesy of Ivania Stack hide caption

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New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic

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The Lincoln Center campus, presently adorned in a green carpet of synthetic grass, hosts a Juneteenth experience June 19. Sachyn Mital/Lincoln Center hide caption

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In New York City, A Juneteenth Event Examines The Meaning Of Freedom

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Bo Burnham, pictured here at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, wrote, directed and performed the entirety of his new Netflix special, Inside, by himself. Rich Polk/Getty Images hide caption

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