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Argentina's Evita remembered through toys for poor children

Apr. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A half-deflated leather football, a box of marbles, a ragged doll and a handful of windup cars and trains line the display cabinets in the Evita Museum like ancient relics. These worn-out toys played a vital role in the rise of Peronism in Argentina, one of the most...

Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with 'The Apollo'

Apr. 25, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater. Roger Ross Williams' "The Apollo" premiered at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85-year history is chronicled in Williams' documentary. The movie...

'Children of a Lesser God' writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Apr. 24, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica Bunchman....

British stage director Peter Brook awarded Spanish prize

Apr. 24, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish foundation has awarded one of the country's most prestigious awards to British theater and film director Peter Brook for opening "new horizons in contemporary dramaturgy." The jury that awards the Princess of Asturias Awards said Wednesday that the 94-year-old Brook "continues to...

Passion Play in Brazil shantytown a voice against injustice

Apr. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The back streets of Brazil's biggest shantytown became the stage for an Easter Passion Play that mirrored the realities faced by its residents. For the 27th year in a row, people in the favela of Rocinha packed the streets Friday to watch the "Via Sacra," a theatric recreation of the...

NYC Ballet must rehire 2 dancers fired over nude photos

Apr. 19, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Ballet must reinstate two male dancers who were fired for sharing nude photos of women and sexually explicit texts, an arbitrator ruled Friday. The arbitrator decided the company should not have fired Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, who were both named in a lawsuit by a...

Correction: Film-Monty Python-Anniversary story

Apr. 18, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story April 17 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Michael Palin is 65 and Terry Gilliam is 68. Palin is 75 and Gilliam is 78. A corrected version of the story is below: Monty Python celebrate 'Life of Brian,' honor ailing Jones Celebrations for the 40th...

'Mary Tyler Moore Show' actress Georgia Engel dies at 70

Apr. 16, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70. Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of death was...

Why Rachel Chavkin is a rarity on Broadway these days

Apr. 16, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As another season on Broadway draws to a big finish, the opening of "Hadestown" marks a milestone of sorts — it's the only new musical directed by a woman, Tony Award-nominee Rachel Chavkin. While the lack of women at the helm of projects remains a systemic problem in film and...

The Latest: Reuters: We'll celebrate when reporters are free

Apr. 15, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Pulitzer Prizes (all times local): 7 p.m. Reuters' leaders say they're proud that the news service won Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting and breaking news photography, but they're dismayed that two reporters are in prison for their award-winning work. Thomson...