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Houston's Theater District, the second largest in the U.S. in terms of seats in a concentrated area, is home to the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet and Alley Theater, and has faced severe flooding during Hurricane Harvey.  A Tempo this Saturday at 7 pm looks at some of the initial reports of damage to this area and these institutions, as well as how these organizations are looking ahead to their recovery.

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PRINCETON – The legacy of The American Boychoir School may continue to reverberate through the Central New Jersey region, as the Princeton Girlchoir readies plans to launch a boychoir division of its own.

"The Play that Goes Wrong" is a British import to Broadway and it involves, well, a play that goes wrong. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the play this Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

The lobby of a Silicon Valley tech company is not where you would expect to hear a soprano belting out a Puccini aria, but that was exactly what happened at the first performance of Arias in the Office.

With "Ch'il Bel Sogno," soprano Katharine Gunnink kicked off the new pop-up series at Adobe's San Jose headquarters at the beginning of August. The initiative by Opera San José aims to introduce people to the very concept of opera as something that can be fun and enjoyable.

Bernard Pomerance, who wrote the Tony Award-winning play The Elephant Man about the life of a seriously deformed man in Victorian England, has died at the age of 76, according to his agency.

His agent Alan Brodie told The Associated Press that Pomerance "died Saturday of complications from cancer at his home in Galisteo, New Mexico."

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The Philadelphia Orchestra recently announced it had received a $5 million gift from the Wyncote Foundation to support programming that will highlight the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. The five-year initiative will include performances of concertos and other symphonic works featuring the pipe organ, recitals, special events and the commissioning of new music for pipe organ.

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If you're in New York today, lucky you. Watch out for the Fraggle Rock Felons, knucklehead Zoo and the Retro Gnomes. Let me explain. The city's biggest breakdancing competition is tonight. Those are just some of the groups who'll try to pop and lockdown a trophy.

The producer and director Harold Prince is a legend on Broadway and the subject of the new musical revue "Prince of Broadway." Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews the show this week on In a Broadway Minute, Friday morning at 8 and Saturday morning at 10.

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