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Retailers up their game after Toys R Us closures

Oct. 12, 2018 12:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood. Retailers, on the other hand, saw an opportunity. Rather than cede any more ground to online behemoth Amazon, companies like Target, Walmart and Party City ramped up...

Arts professionals respond in the year since #MeToo movement

Oct. 12, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Kate Shindle has been backstage in a lot of theaters — on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour. But she came across something unusual a few months ago when she went to rehearsals for a new show in New Jersey. Cast members had barely met when they were walked through the...

Kathleen Turner to make Metropolitan Opera debut

Oct. 11, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of acting's most distinctive voices will make an unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut. Kathleen Turner, known for words that smoke rather than shimmer, is joining the cast of Gaetano Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment" in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp, the Met...

Danville has an airport _ for 2 weekends, it's also a stage

Oct. 6, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The flight has been canceled. Jim, Steve and their recently hired assistant, Zoe, are having to deal with an airline representative to arrange transportation and lodging, since the next available flight to their destination isn't until 0-dark-hundred the next morning. But this is...

Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow to play Bill, Hillary Clinton

Oct. 4, 2018 1:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Roseanne" star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow of "The Crown" are poised to star as Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in a new Broadway play. "Hillary and Clinton," by Lucas Hnath, author of "A Doll's House, Part 2," is slated to open on Broadway in spring 2019. The play is...

Darren Criss readies festival celebrating musical theater

Oct. 3, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Criss says adding "Emmy winner" to his name feels good since it "used to be Emmy loser." Criss won best actor in a limited series for his acclaimed role in "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" last month. He was previously nominated for best original song for...

Biography of playwright, activist Larry Kramer in the works

Oct. 3, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first biography of playwright and gay activist Larry Kramer will be written with the full support of the subject himself. Bill Goldstein has been tapped to write the authorized biography by Henry Holt and Co. The book, not yet titled, will draw on interviews with Kramer; his husband...

Tina Turner show to join Cher, Summer and King on Broadway

Oct. 3, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Move over, Donna Summer, Carole King and Cher. There's another diva heading to Broadway — Tina Turner. Producers of "Tina" said Wednesday a new musical based on the life of the legendary artist will land on the Great White Way in the fall of 2019. Performances dates, casting and all...

O'Rourke apologizes for 'demeaning' 1991 student article

Oct. 1, 2018 8:45 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke is apologizing for writing in Columbia University's student newspaper nearly 30 years ago that a Broadway musical featured actresses "whose only qualifications seem to be their phenomenally large breasts and tight buttocks." In the Oct....

Post-Kevin Spacey, Old Vic 'guardians' fight workplace abuse

Oct. 1, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A year after it became an unwilling focus for Britain's #MeToo movement, the Old Vic Theatre says it is trying to stamp out abuses of power in all workplaces. The London theater company once led by actor Kevin Spacey said Monday that 20 cultural organizations have joined it in appointing...