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Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Dec. 01, 2021 12:03 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 30 The Wall Street Journal on U.S. Supreme Court at abortion crossroads: The Supreme Court takes up its most important abortion case in years on Wednesday, and...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Dec. 01, 2021 09:02 AM EST

Reading Eagle. Nov. 30, 2021. Editorial: Sondheim’s legacy will live on When one of the greats in any field of endeavor passes away, it’s only natural to focus much of our attention on the accomplishments that made them famous. ...

Review: In memoir, it's good to be comedy king Mel Brooks

Nov. 30, 2021 14:47 PM EST

“All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business” by Mel Brooks (Ballantine) Bagels and Nova Scotia lox for the writing team’s breakfast while punching up the script for “Blazing Saddles.” Earl Grey tea and English digestive biscuits while developing Gene...

NBC hopes the sun will come out as it mounts 'Annie Live!'

Nov. 30, 2021 10:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a famous saying in showbiz: “Never work with children or animals.” NBC is wisely ignoring that as it mounts a live version of the hit Broadway musical “Annie.” The tale of the spunky young orphan with her dog Sandy set during the...

Arlene Dahl, who shone in films of the 1950s, dies at 96

Nov. 29, 2021 19:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arlene Dahl, the actor whose charm and striking red hair shone in such Technicolor movies of the 1950s as “Journey to the Center of the Earth" and “Three Little Words,” has died at age 96. Dahl's son, actor Lorenzo Lamas, said in posts on...

New this week: 'Power of the Dog,' 'Annie' live and Kenny G

Nov. 29, 2021 14:31 PM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Jane Campion, whose last movie was 2009's “Bright Star," makes a triumphant...

Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Nov. 27, 2021 18:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91. ...

Off Broadway players perform southern-themed Christmas play

Nov. 27, 2021 09:04 AM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — In the fictional town of Fayro, Texas, the competition is stiff when it comes to putting on the best church Christmas pageant. And the prim Honey Rae Futrelle, played by Jean Fiske of the Off Broadway Players, is determined to make her...

Barbra Streisand, Lea Salonga, more mourn Stephen Sondheim

Nov. 26, 2021 20:29 PM EST

Tributes quickly flooded social media following the death of Stephen Sondheim as performers and writers alike saluted a giant of the theater: “Rest In Peace, Stephen Sondheim, and thank you for your vast contributions to musical theater. We shall be singing your songs...

Perfectionist. Genius. Icon. That was Stephen Sondheim

Nov. 26, 2021 20:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2010, the year he turned 80, Stephen Sondheim had to endure a public fuss when a Broadway theater was being renamed in his honor. At a ceremony outside the 1,055-seat auditorium on West 43rd Street, the composer looked sheepish by the time he got to...