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Wendell Pierce says that live audiences always "let you know if you're on the right track." But filming this new production without a live audience, he said it heightened his focus "to tell the story as clearly as possible." Pierce is pictured above in Paris in October 2016. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wendell Pierce On Parenting, The Pandemic And Reckoning With The Past

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Clockwise from upper left: Debbie Allen, Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, Joan Baez and Midori Goto. Uarian Langerston, Joseph Llanes, Andy Gotts, Dana Tyan, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Kennedy Center hide caption

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The new mural of Roy Orbison in Vernon, Texas. Ann Arnold-Ogden hide caption

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A Biden Cabinet Secretary For Arts? Advocates Are Hopeful

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The State Of The Arts

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Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose in the series finale of Schitt's Creek. Comedy Central hide caption

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Our 12 Favorite Things of 2020

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August Wilson at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo., in 2004. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc hide caption

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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Shines A Light On August Wilson's Vision

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Andrew Rannells, James Corden, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman star in the Netflix adaptation of The Prom. Netflix hide caption

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The Land of Snow scene from one of American Midwest Ballet's pre-pandemic productions of The Nutcracker. American Midwest Ballet hide caption

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No 'Nutcracker'? Or 'Messiah'? How Theaters Are Facing A COVID Christmas

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"Even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection," says mentalist Scott Silven. His new virtual show is called The Journey. Scott Silven hide caption

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Illusionist Scott Silven Can Turn A Video Call Into A Magical 'Journey'

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Comedian Sarah Cooper in her new special, Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine. Lacey Terrell/Netflix hide caption

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A New DAWN On Broadway

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Haskell King, Ian Lassiter, Danielle Slavick and Greg Keller performing via Zoom in Russian Troll Farm. TheaterWorks Hartford hide caption

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'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference

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American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, captures a filmed performance of David Byrne's acclaimed Broadway production. David Lee/HBO hide caption

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Isn't This A Lovely Day For A 'Top Hat' Tribute?

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