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Rapper-actor Common to make his Broadway debut in November

Sep. 16, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper and actor Common will make his Broadway debut this fall in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Between Riverside and Crazy.” The Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy Award-winner will join actors Stephen McKinley Henderson, Elizabeth Canavan, Liza...

The queen, as imagined — from punk rock to mystery novels

Sep. 12, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

In the spring of 2012, portrait artist Ralph Heimans stood on the Cosmati pavement of Westminster Abbey and awaited the subject of his latest commission, Queen Elizabeth II. When she approached, he says, it was an extraordinary moment. "She was wearing her Robe of State, with four...

Playwright Ken Ludwig reworks genders of 'Lend Me a Tenor'

Sep. 07, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Ken Ludwig isn't a fan of seeing his old shows, no matter how successful they've become. It makes him feel like he's not moving ahead. But Ludwig has lately found an ingenious way to look back and forward at the same time. He's revisited one of his most...

Bob LuPone, who helped lead MCC Theater, has died at 76

Aug. 27, 2022 20:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob LuPone, who as an actor earned a Tony Award nomination in the original run of “A Chorus Line” and played Tony Soprano’s family physician, and also helped found and lead the influential off-Broadway theater company MCC Theater for almost 40 years, has died. He was 76. ...

'P-Valley' explores Black strip club culture, gay acceptance

Aug. 09, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Katori Hall first pitched the idea to convert her popular play about Black strip club culture into the television series “P-Valley,” the Pulitzer Prize winner was either quickly rejected after meeting with networks or denied before she could fully explain the concept....

Atlanta's image challenged by facts of 1906 race massacre

Aug. 03, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Everyone who moves through downtown Atlanta today passes places where innocent Black men and women were pulled from trolleys, shot in their workplaces, chased through the streets and beaten to death by a mob of 10,000 white men and boys. But few have been taught...

‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Law & Order’ actor Paul Sorvino dies at 83

Jul. 25, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

Paul Sorvino, an imposing actor who specialized in playing crooks and cops like Paulie Cicero in “Goodfellas” and the NYPD sergeant Phil Cerreta on “Law & Order,” has died. He was 83. His publicist Roger Neal said he died Monday morning of natural causes at the Mayo...

Mexican icon Frida Kahlo to be subject of new stage musical

Jul. 21, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Painters — mostly male — have long been the subject of stage shows, like ones about Mark Rothko, Georges Seurat, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud and even a group of miners who painted in Newcastle, England. Next up is Frida Kahlo. The icon, whose...

Marcos plays balancing act in meeting with China's FM

Jul. 06, 2022 07:55 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with China’s top diplomat Wednesday to take up long-simmering disputes in the South China Sea, as he waded into foreign policy dilemmas that include the U.S.-China rivalry in the region. Chinese Foreign...

Play tells story of filling in pools rather than integrating

Jul. 02, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — As American citizens celebrated freedom and liberty in their nation on Independence Day, 1961, a government founded on notions of the inalienable human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness took action at a local level to deny those rights to their fellow...