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'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call

'Hamilton' Goes Coast to Coast for Live Grammys Broadcast From Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC >>

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 'Hamilton' is not just retelling history but it is making it as well. It was announced on Wednesday that the cast of 'Hamilton' will be performing live at the 2016 Grammy Awards. This makes the eighth year in history that musical theater has been broadcast at the ceremonies. Even better, this is the first time that the Grammys will be making their way to Broadway. The Grammys take place in L.A. meaning that Hamilton will be performing via satellite from their own stage at the Richard Rodgers Theater in NYC.

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‘Lazarus’ David Bowie Honored At 2016 Grammys By ‘AHS: Hotel’s’ Lady Gaga [PERFORMANCE] >>

Music lovers all around the world shed a tear or 200 when it was revealed that David Bowie had passed away from cancer. There is no way that the Grammy Awards could go on without a tribute to legend. Now they have announced who they chose to honor Bowie. Grammy winning musician and Golden Globe winning actress ('AHS: Hotel') , Lady Gaga will perform a special tribute to Bowie at this year's ceremonies.

'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call

‘Hamilton’ Performing Live At 2016 Grammys After Best Musical Theater Album Nomination [HISTORY] >>

If tickets to see 'Hamilton' weren’t hard enough to get already, they are about to get a whole lot harder. That is after the few members of the public who have never heard of it get a chance to sample the opening from the show at this year’s Grammy awards. Not only is the show nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, but they will be performing the number "Alexander Hamilton" at this year’s ceremonies.

Meryl Streep, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis: Which Actor Has the Most Awards?

Streep vs. Allen, Nicholson vs. Day-Lewis: Who's Won More Awards? >>

It takes a very talented actor to pick up a script and bring a character to life. Your favorite films, television shows and even Broadway plays wouldn’t be the same if the right people weren’t cast in each role. Not only are these artists tasked with memorizing hundreds of pages of lines, they’re also responsible for transforming their facial expressions, tone of voice and movements to flawlessly execute their portrayal.

EXCLUSIVE: A Far Cry on NEC, GRAMMYs, 10th Anniversary Season & Still No Need for a Conductor

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with A Far Cry's Megumi Stohs Lewis, Loewi Lin and Robyn Bollinger >>

As A Far Cry founding member Megumi Stohs Lewis tells it, when the orchestra was created in 2007, several members were finishing up graduate degree programs at the New England Conservatory. Not all of the “Criers” are NEC alums, but the conservatory grounds proved to be a thoughtful gathering spot for most of the original members. Everyone, though, was interested in exploring chamber music, with many having played under Donald Palma in NEC's finely tuned chamber orchestra.

B.B. King, Master of the Blues, Dies at 89

B.B. King, Master of the Blues, Dies at 89 >>

After landing in hospice care with dwindling health, sadly, B.B. King has passed away at 89. King, known for his hits "Lucille" and "Rock Me Baby" died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Darcy James Argue

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Darcy James Argue >>

10 years playing with an 18-piece ensemble seems like but a stitch in time for GRAMMY- and JUNO-nominated composer-cum-bandleader Darcy James Argue. Sure, this year was his best for winning, receiving both the Doris Duke Artist Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. But as bright as those gongs are, 2015 isn't halfway done arguing his can't stop/won't stop attitude, soldiering on with that trademark sound of his nonpareil ensemble, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.

Josh Groban Poised to Peak Billboard 200 at No. 2 with Latest Album 'Stages'

Josh Groban Poised to Peak Billboard 200 at No. 2 with Latest Album 'Stages' >>

International superstar, Josh Groban, was heading for an astounding eighth top 10 album of the Billboard 200 chart. His latest album, Stages, was poised to take a seat in in the top five but failed to claim its seed.

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

EXCLUSIVE: Gordon Goodwin on His Big Phat Band, 'Life in the Bubble' Grammy Win and Why 'Whiplash' is Great for Jazz >>

Yes, indeed, the 2015 Grammys proved to be one populist step forward for jazz at-large. Remember Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's cheeks? Hell, Herbie Hancock and ?uestlove performed right alongside John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. And no one, save for the haters, batted a valve or crossed a string. For Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band, though, their three nominations and an eventual gong for Best Large Jazz Ensemble were more than just plated platitudes and a non-televised soapbox rant. It was a kind of vindication.

Sting at the Tony Awards

Sting Wrestles to Keep His Broadway Musical 'The Last Ship' Afloat >>

Foregoes royalties, boosts backstage morale, may join cast.

All About the Kids: 'Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass' Hits HBO Airwaves Tuesday, October 14

TRAILER: Violinist Joshua Bell's 'A YoungArts Masterclass' HBO Special Premieres Tuesday, October 14 >>

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell recently took to the D.C. catacombs to perform for a busy crowd who stopped to hear Bach. Now, on Tuesday, October 14, Bell will be paid tribute by HBO with a new documentary, Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass.

Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra Performs Unreleased, Unrecorded Music at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room March 14 and 15 >>

After more than a decade-long absence, Maria Schneider will return to Jazz at Lincoln Center with a performance of previously unreleased, unrecorded music. A multi-Grammy-winning composer, arranger, bandleader and Upper West Side native, Schneider brings her internationally acclaimed Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra to JALC's The Allen Room on March 14 to 15.

Some Kind of Monster: Metallica and Lang Lang (Langtallica?) Rehearse "One" for the 2014 Grammys >>

Metallica is a band that likes the video camera. A lot. But for a band who clearly over-documents (and has a new studio album forthcoming), footage of their practice sessions has proved surprisingly scarce. Until now...

UPDATE: The Best Grammy Blooper Ever? Step Forward...Billy Joel! >>

A fun piece from the Huffington Post lines up the top Grammy bloopers. Our favorite? Without a shadow of a doubt, Billy Joel's 1993 blowback at ad execs.

LISTEN: Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire's Oscar 2014 Nominee 'her' Soundtrack Contends for Best Original Score >>

If you need a break from the post-Grammy turpitude invading your television set, fret no more! Instead, let's discuss an Album of the Year winner and their recent endeavor on Spike Jonze's Oscar-worthy her.

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