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From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

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Hundreds of people with Parkinson’s have brought their voices back to life through a unique program in North Texas.

Karen Almond

Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling, award-winning novel, The Fortress of Solitude, premiers this week as a musical at the Dallas Theater Center. The musical follows two boys, one white, one black, growing up in the ‘70s in a Brooklyn full of graffiti, music, drugs – and superheroes. KERA’s Jerome Weeks sat down with the novelist before his appearance at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art last month.

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This Sunday’s Tony Awards presentation has some Texas roots to root for among the nominees.

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With talent to spare and the charm of seasoned professionals, students filled the house at Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana Thursday night for the 13th annual Betty Buckley Awards. These musical theater awards promise to showcase high school’s top thespians, and the audience wasn’t disappointed.

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There’s no business like show business; just ask the hundreds of high school theater students who packed the Music Hall at Fair Park Tuesday night.

These kids were nominated for DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards and were given the full star treatment.