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This man's recordings spent years under a recliner — they've now found a new home

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Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy in the film The Menu. Eric Zachanowich/Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Sarah Polley credits her book club with inspiring her to direct 'Women Talking'

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Adam Sandler is the winner of this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Sandler will receive the award at a gala performance at the Kennedy Center on March 19th, 2023. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic hide caption

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Kelli O'Hara as Laura Brown, Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan, and Joyce DiDonato as Virginia Woolf in Kevin Puts's "The Hours." Evan Zimmerman/Met Opera hide caption

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Three superstar divas power opera 'The Hours' - coming to movie theaters everywhere.

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Left to right, back row: U2 members Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge and Bono. Front row: Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, George Clooney and Tania León. Gail Schulman/CBS hide caption

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U2, Gladys Knight, George Clooney among 2022 Kennedy Center honorees

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How the Fantastic Four took Double Dutch to new heights

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A rare recording of Phinney's Rainbow — thought to be the first produced musical of Stephen Sondheim (shown here as a wizened showbiz veteran of 32, with three Broadway musicals under his belt) — has been found on a bookshelf in Milwaukee. Michael Hardy/Express/Getty Images hide caption

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A rare recording of a musical by an 18-year-old Stephen Sondheim surfaces

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The rules of improv can make you funnier. They can also make you more confident.

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The Wiz is just one of the shows celebrated in the new Museum of Broadway. Monique Carboni/Museum of Broadway hide caption

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The Museum of Broadway reveals the show behind the show

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Suzan-Lori Parks (right), and the cast of Plays for the Plague Year. Parks, a prolific playwright, is doing something new with this play — she's acting. Joan Marcus hide caption

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For playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, theater doesn't just reflect reality – it creates it

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The Mexican band Son Rompe Pera, one of the highlights of the 2022 edition of the WOMEX festival. Marc van der Aa/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Three global bands to look out for, courtesy of WOMEX

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Misty Copeland has been a principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre since 2015. She took a break from performing due to COVID-19 and the birth of her son in spring 2022, but she hopes to be back on stage in 2023. Drew Gurian/MasterClass hide caption

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'It chips away at you': Misty Copeland on the whiteness of ballet

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