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Broadway audience faux pas get spotlight
Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway: Marimba ringtones! Rat-a-tat texting! The shaming "shhhhh!"
 
Reaching for opera stardom, inspired by Placido
Gesticulating and breaking into spine-tingling arias, a jovial Placido Domingo coached young opera singers vying for their big break while perched on a stool in a rehearsal room at London's Royal Opera House.
 
Founding Fathers in 'Hamilton' aim to put 'blood into the statues'
Christopher Jackson was doing fine stepping into the boots of George Washington during rehearsals of "Hamilton" -- until he had to actually put on the boots, breeches and frock coat.
 
Bruce Willis' daughter is beating her famous dad to Broadway. Producers of the long-running musical "Chicago" said Thursday that Rumer Willis, recently named "Dancing with the Stars" winner, will make her Broadway debut in August as Roxie Hart.
 
Taiwan's renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (雲門舞集) will give three free outdoor performances of its production "Rice" in Taiwanese cities beginning July 18.
 
Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights on Wednesday night in memory of Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director.
 
Heaven can wait for Japan's geriatric pop queens
They joke about knocking on heaven's door, but a Japanese "girl band" with an average age of 84 have struck a blow for grannies everywhere by becoming pop idols.
 
Broadway patron tries to recharge phone in onstage plug in act of theatrical stupidity
There's loud talking, snoring and, of course, phones ringing. But theater etiquette might have taken a turn for the bizarre on Broadway last week with a dead cellphone.
 
New Young album attacks corporate greed
Neil Young's voice, playing and passion are undimmed, but his lyrical talent is diminished in much of this new album, which -- as the title "The Monsanto Years" suggests -- is obsessed with what he perceives as the despoiling of America at the hands of corrupt corporations and complacent politicians.
 
Patti Lupone takes the limelight in 'Shows For Days'
Community theater gets a lot of knocks for being amateurish, but Douglas Carter Beane may have elevated it to sympathetic comedic heights with his new play "Shows For Days."
 
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