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It's been just over a year since anyone has seen a "live" Broadway musical – but ever since I got hold of a lovingly crafted new-slash-old cast-album recording, I've been thinking about a show once left for dead.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but in April of 1964, Anyone Can Whistle was a flop. It came into Manhattan with a great pedigree, headed by two movie stars making their musical debuts — Angela Lansbury and Lee Remick, each an Oscar nominee just a year earlier for Manchurian Candidate and Days of Wine and Roses, respectively.

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Sting: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Mar 22, 2021

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Updated March 29, 2021 at 3:53 PM ET

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Sting has been busy, releasing an Audible Original and a collection of duets — some old, some new. He talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the importance of musical collaboration, despite the pandemic.

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Jason Burt, of Clarksburg, Calif., knew his grandfather played the trumpet in World War II.

He had listened to stories about the 746th Far East Air Force Band boosting morale for servicemen on the front lines of the Philippines theater.

But, for decades, the family hadn't seen his grandfather's vinyl recordings of the ensemble until 2019, when they were clearing out their grandparents' house.

"I knew they were around, and I was kind of hoping they would turn up at some point. And we found them in the attic," Burt told NPR's Morning Edition.

The release of the latest Fleet Foxes album was all about timing. The digital version of the band's album Shore dropped on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at exactly 9:31 a.m. eastern time – the precise moment of the autumnal equinox. But the physical version is coming out now – right around the spring equinox. So... why the delay?

Aimee Mann is one of the most acclaimed voices in contemporary American songwriting. Casual music fans will know her best for two songs: Her first hit, "Voices Carry," was recorded with Boston band 'Til Tuesday in 1985. Fifteen years later, her song "Save Me" became an iconic scene in the film Magnolia and earned her an Academy Award nomination for best original song.

Mavis Staples On Mountain Stage

Mar 19, 2021

Updated March 19, 2021 at 2:05 PM ET

In the past decade, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and genre-blurring soul singer, the mighty Mavis Staples took a refreshing Windy City twist, divining a new creative wellspring of songs with fellow Chicago resident and thoughtful rock workhorse Jeff Tweedy.

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