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Smaller shows will go on at Ida-damaged Louisiana theater

Oct. 17, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Shows will go on at a historic Louisiana theater despite damage from Hurricane Ida. The Columbia Theatre in Hammond is converting a conference center into a venue for entertainment while repairs and planned renovations are made. The Hammond Star...

Actors of Indian descent proud to lead Broadway's 'Aladdin'

Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As kids growing up in different states, Shoba Narayan and Michael Maliakel shared a love of one favorite film — “Aladdin.” Both are of Indian descent, and in the animated movie, they saw people who looked like them. That shared love has gone...

Actor dies in accident at Bolshoi Theater

Oct. 10, 2021 04:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news reports say an actor has died in an accident during a scene change at Moscow's Bolshoi theater. The reports cited witnesses as saying that the actor appeared to have exited the stage on the wrong side during a Saturday evening performance of...

Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, Darren Criss eye Broadway

Oct. 08, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” with Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss was in rehearsal when the pandemic closed Broadway theaters. Now it's planning a return back with the same starry cast. The Neil Pepe-directed...

Hundreds gather for PEN America gala, hosted by Awkwafina

Oct. 05, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — PEN America held one of New York's first major indoor literary gatherings since the pandemic began last year, as hundreds met Tuesday night for the organization's annual gala to honor writers, community servants, political dissidents and such prominent public figures as Walt...

John Legend joins The Temptations musical producing team

Oct. 04, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the Tony Awards, John Legend played live with cast members from the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.” Now he's going further and joining the show's producing team. Legend and his partners Mike Jackson...

The Latest: Alaska activates emergency health protocols

Oct. 02, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska on Saturday activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 health care facilities to ration care if needed as the state recorded the nation’s worst COVID-19 diagnosis rates in the U.S. in recent days, straining its limited health care system. ...

Broadway's 'Aladdin' goes dark for days as it battles virus

Oct. 01, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway hit “Aladdin” is trying to keep COVID-19 contained. Disney Theatrical Productions said it will cancel Friday's performance and all shows until Oct. 12 after “additional breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected.” ...

Reopening of 'Aladdin' on Broadway halted by COVID-19 cases

Sep. 30, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The hit Broadway show “Aladdin” was canceled Wednesday night when breakthrough COVID-19 cases were reported within the musical's company, a day after the show reopened following some 18 months of being shuttered due to the pandemic. It was a worrying sign for Broadway's...

Very heavy rain causes flash floods in Slovenia's capital

Sep. 30, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Very heavy rainfall has caused flash floods in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana that interrupted a theatre show, surged inside homes, hospitals and other buildings, and forced hundreds of interventions by emergency crews, authorities said Thursday. ...