Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After 'Julius Caesar' Controversy

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A stage constructed amidst Roman ruins to host the rock opera Divine Nero has led some archaeologists and art historians to denounce what they see as the commercialization of the city's heritage. Stefano Montesi/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Atop Ancient Ruins, A Rock Opera About Emperor Nero Leaves Some Romans Unimpressed

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Sponsors Pull Support For 'Julius Caesar' That Seems To Depict Trump

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The Public Theater's production of Julius Caesar in New York's Central Park features a titular character who wears a Donald Trump-like costume and is stabbed to death onstage. Verena Dobnik/AP hide caption

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Karyn Meek, production stage manager for the Tony-nominated musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, describes stage managers as "the hub of the wheel." Jeff Lunden for NPR hide caption

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Stage Managers: You Can't See Them, But Couldn't See A Show Without Them

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Denée Benton stars in the multiple-nominee hit Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812. Chad Batka/Courtesy Matt Ross Public Relations hide caption

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'The Great Comet': 'Hits All Of The Checkmarks' Of A Broadway Experience

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Daniel Kyri plays Shedrick Yarkpai in the Goodman Theatre production of Objects in the Mirror. Liz Lauren/Goodman Theatre hide caption

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This Play Was Inspired By A Real Refugee's Shakespearean Dilemma

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Elizabeth Taylor, (from left) George Segal, Richard Burton and Sandy Dennis starred in the 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee's play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A theater director in Portland recently cast an African-American actor as Nick (Segal's role) — and found the Albee estate withheld rights to the play. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Why A Theater Director Made A 'Color-Conscious Choice' In 'Virginia Woolf' Casting

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German studies major William Keiser rehearses for Princeton University Ballet's revival of Cole Porter's Within the Quota. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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Cole Porter's Pro-Immigration Ballet Gets A Trump-Era Revival

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Actor Daniel Dae Kim attends a cocktail party celebrating dynamic and diverse nominees for the 67th Emmy Awards hosted by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and SAG-AFTRA at Montage Beverly Hills on Aug. 27, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Groban wears a fat suit and a scruffy beard in his role as the generous but miserable Pierre. Chad Batka/Courtesy of Matt Ross PR hide caption

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Josh Groban Leaves Big Shoes To Fill In The Tony-Nominated 'Great Comet'

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Soul Queen Of New Orleans Has Been Performing On Mother's Day For 35 Years

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Christy Altomare and Derek Klena star in the stage adaptation of the 1997 Fox animated film Anastasia. Matthew Murphy/Polk & Co. hide caption

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When It Comes To Family Musicals, Kids' Opinions Matter More Than Critics'

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Adina Verson (right) and Katrina Lenk play, respectively, Rifkele, the brothel owner's daughter, and Menke, the woman she falls in the love with. Carol Rosegg/Courtesy of Sam Rudy Media Relations hide caption

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'Indecent': A Play About A Yiddish Play That Was Ahead Of Its Time

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