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Julie Andrews sang "The hills are alive" in the film version of The Sound of Music, but Hammerstein's letters reveal that a much bigger Hollywood star had lobbied hard to play Maria. Alamy Stock Photo hide caption

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Oh, what a beautiful archive: Oscar Hammerstein's letters reveal his many sides

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Karim Sulayman, Raha Mirzadegan, Coral Dolphin and John Taylor Ward perform in Unholy Wars in Charleston, S.C., in May. William Struhs/Spoleto Festival USA hide caption

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An Arab American singer reframes music about the Crusades

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Ariana DeBose performs onstage at the 75th Annual Tony Awards. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Pro hide caption

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Ladies In WaitingFront, l-r: ElenaBonomo (Drums), Kimi Hayes (Guitar), Back l-r: Michelle Osbourne (Bass), Julia Schade(Conductor/Keyboard) Joan Marcus/Six hide caption

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The music conductors who make Broadway sing - but won't get Tonys

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James Jackson, Jr., L. Morgan Lee, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison and Jason Veasey play the self-lacerating thoughts of Usher (Jaquel Spivey) in A Strange Loop. Teresa Castracane/Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Association with Playwrights Horizons and Page 73 Productions hide caption

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Judy Garland at home in 1944. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Judy Garland at 100: A starter guide beyond the Yellow Brick Road

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Actor and comedian D'Lo performing in his one-man play, "To T or Not to T" Mikel Darling hide caption

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When Black Boys Die, a gunplay written and directed by William Electric Black. Jonathan Slaff hide caption

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How the arts can help children think about gun violence

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Herman Makarenko, lead conductor for the National Opera of Ukraine. Julian Hayda/NPR hide caption

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Kyiv opera house reopens after 3 months

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For the past month, Isaac and Nora have been on tour in Latin America. They're accompanied by their parents. Ximena and Sergio hide caption

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Meet Isaac and Nora, two French kids who are big in Latin American music

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Actor and director Eva Longoria calls Pepe Serna a legend in the entertainment industry. Pepe Serna: Life is Art hide caption

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Actor Pepe Serna wasn't interested in becoming a star. He just wanted to work

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Black artists have always led AIDS activism. This tribute wants to give them credit

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Marcus Kuilan-Nazario's "Macho Stereo" is an homage to his late father, an audiophile. He says his father used to record on this reel-to-reel player. Mandalit del Barco/NPR News hide caption

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Spoken word and sonic rituals: East LA exhibit features Latinx artists using sound

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Marjan Neshat (in white dress), Roxanna Hope Radja (behind couch), Nikki Massoud and Artemis Pebdani in Wish You Were Here. Joan Marcus/Playwrights Horizons hide caption

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Iranian-American playwright is set on breaking expectations

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Former Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald recorded a standup comedy special in his living room before he died in the fall of 2021. The special, which is set to be released on Netflix this month, was something he wanted to leave for his fans if he were to die unexpectedly. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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2022 Pulitzer Prizes in arts and letters go to 'Fat Ham' and 'The Netenyahus'

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Study of the 1931 Josephine Baker poster by Jean Chassaing. Helicline Fine Art hide caption

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Photos: The Golden Age of Broadway is celebrated in a new online exhibit

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