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Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma

Feb. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother's abduction in the early years of her country's civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 incident that changed her life. The woman, who identified herself as Mae from a government stronghold in the...

Michael Jackson musical to open on Broadway, skips Chicago

Feb. 14, 2019 5:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A stage musical about Michael Jackson will skip making its debut in Chicago and instead open on Broadway in summer 2020. Producers said Thursday that "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" will no longer have pre-Broadway performances this fall in Chicago, blaming a recent Actors' Equity...

Win or lose at the Oscars, Glenn Close is loving the moment

Feb. 12, 2019 5:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close stands doubled over laughing in the doorway to her downtown Manhattan apartment while her loyal white Havanese, Pip, circles an arriving reporter. It's star time for both. Close, among the most accomplished performers never to win an Oscar, may finally break through with "The...

Television's new 'genius' is Aretha Franklin

Feb. 10, 2019 6:25 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news Sunday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, where TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs. "GENIUS" IS ARETHA The late singer Aretha Franklin will be the subject of the National Geographic network's third...

'The Favourite,' 'Roma' win big at British Academy Awards

Feb. 10, 2019 5:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Tragicomic royal drama "The Favourite" and Mexican family memoir "Roma" split the honors with multiple wins each at Sunday's British Academy Film Awards — victories that suggest a wind of change may be blowing through the movie industry. "The Favourite" won seven trophies including...

'Wicked' movie musical to fly into theaters Christmas 2021

Feb. 8, 2019 2:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The winds have changed again for the long-awaited movie version of the hit musical "Wicked." Universal Pictures says Friday that the film will land in theaters on Dec. 22, 2021. It had originally been on the schedule for this December. Stephen Daldry is still set to direct the film, with...

From 'Tom Jones' to 'Skyfall': star Albert Finney dies at 82

Feb. 8, 2019 12:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Albert Finney, one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation and the star of films as diverse as "Tom Jones" and "Skyfall," has died. He was 82. From his early days as a strikingly handsome and magnetic screen presence to his closing acts as a brilliant character actor,...

Russian actor, stage director Sergei Yursky dies at 83

Feb. 8, 2019 11:02 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Sergei Yursky, a renowned Russian film and stage actor who has been widely recognized as one of the most talented actors of his generation, has died. He was 83. The Mossovet Theater where Yursky worked said he died in Moscow on Friday. The Tass news agency quoted his daughter as saying that...

'Flower Drum Song' author C.Y. Lee dead at 102

Feb. 4, 2019 10:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — C.Y. Lee, whose novel "The Flower Drum Song" became a best seller and the basis for a popular stage musical and Oscar-nominated film despite mixed critical reactions and concerns about stereotypes, has died at age 102. Lee's son, Jay Lee, told The Associated Press that his father died Nov....

Historians irked by musical 'Hamilton' escalate their duel

Feb. 4, 2019 3:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the historical musical "Hamilton" began its march to near-universal infatuation, one group has noticeably withheld its applause — historians. Many academics argue the portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the star of our $10 bills, is a counterfeit. Now they're escalating their...