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'Beetlejuice' stars reveal the backstage secrets on Broadway

May. 17, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One recent afternoon at the Winter Garden Theatre, two stars of the irreverent musical "Beetlejuice" played tour guide and revealed a few backstage secrets — some grosser than others. "There's a lot of farting going on the stage that I think needs to be talked about more," said Alex...

Tony Award-winning 'Hamilton' ending Chicago run in January

May. 16, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The musical "Hamilton" will end its more than three-year run in Chicago in January. Producers made the announcement Thursday, saying the production playing at downtown Chicago's CIBC Theatre would close Jan. 5, 2020. Productions of the Tony Award-winning musical detailing the life of U.S....

A play about Boris Johnson tries to find humor in Brexit

May. 16, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Is Brexit a tragedy, a comedy — or is it too soon to tell? A new play running in London tries to grapple with the unfolding Brexit drama, and wring laughs from it at the same time. "The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson " centers on a key figure in the saga: Britain's rumpled,...

Tiffany Haddish, stability mark ABC's 2019-20 schedule

May. 14, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With the TV industry in flux, ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke said a goal for the network's 2019-20 schedule is something network audiences might welcome — familiarity. There are newcomers, notably Tiffany Haddish, and inevitable cancellations. But ABC said next season represents...

Doris Day, actress who honed wholesome image, dies at 97

May. 13, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97. In more recent years, Day had been an animal rights...

Power play: Papal aide's manhole act angers Italy's Salvini

May. 13, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a state-owned building, pitting far-right Italian politics against Pope Francis' humanitarian agenda. Salvini was incensed by the take-charge...

Jessica Hecht having 'Special' moment thanks to Netflix show

May. 13, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Jessica Hecht, best known to the world for her supporting roles in "Friends" and "Breaking Bad," was riding the subway in New York and someone was staring at her. So she asked, "What am I doing that's making you upset?" His reply: "Excuse me, you're my hero on that show." Hecht says...

Santa Fe Opera announces plans to stage world premieres

May. 8, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — World-premiere operas derived from the gender-bending Broadway hit "M. Butterfly" and from meditations on Victorian-era repression in Bram Stroker's "Dracula" are coming to the Santa Fe Opera and its open-air stage in the high desert. Opera General Director Robert Meya on Wednesday...

Inside the Met Gala: Feathers, bling and ideas about 'camp'

May. 7, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The cocktail bar was shutting down, and guests were being encouraged to commence the elegant trek to dinner through the majestic halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Joan Collins had just swept in, channeling her famous "Dynasty" character, Alexis, in a tiered gown of fluffy white...

Humble home becomes museum and shrine to Argentina's Evita

May. 7, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

LOS TOLDOS, Argentina (AP) — How did an Argentine child who was raised poor, barely educated and scorned as illegitimate become one of the most famous women in modern history? Some of the answers might be found inside a seemingly insignificant single-story brick house in Los Toldos, an agricultural town...