It was the day before Carolee Carmello was to take over the national tour of Hello, Dolly! and be in front of an audience for the first time in the title role. And what was most on her mind? “Don’t trip, don’t trip, don’t trip,” she says, laughing on the phone from Kansas City where the late…

There is a moment early on in Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia when water pours down from the big top ceiling, droplets shimmering like falling diamonds. A trapeze artist and another acrobat spinning across the stage floor in a large metal ring twirl into and out of this waterfall. It’s a dreamlike …

David Hein and Irene Sankoff thought the idea was far-fetched when it was first suggested they write a musical about what happened after 9/11 when 38 planes that were in the air were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, population 11,000.