Latest Performing arts News

'Chicago' to welcome trans actor Angelica Ross as Roxie Hart

Aug. 04, 2022 16:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Pose” star Angelica Ross is set to make her Broadway debut in “Chicago” this fall, becoming the first openly transgender actor to play the murderous vixen Roxie Hart in the long-running musical. Ross, whose credits also include “American Horror Story:...

Parkland jurors hear 3rd day of heartbreaking testimony

Aug. 03, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Girl Scout and avid reader. A trombone player who loved movies and basketball. A straight-A student who loved Irish dance and was looking forward to a trip to Ireland. Jurors in the trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz heard tearful statements...

Atlanta's image challenged by facts of 1906 race massacre

Aug. 03, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Everyone who moves through downtown Atlanta today passes places where innocent Black men and women were pulled from trolleys, shot in their workplaces, chased through the streets and beaten to death by a mob of 10,000 white men and boys. But few have been taught...

Program opens a whole new world for kids with disabilities

Jul. 31, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The joy in the room is palpable when the cast of “Aladdin Jr.” closes out its performance by singing the “Glee” version of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The song isn’t even part of the show, but it’s the traditional show-closer for Penguin...

Hong Kong authorities to investigate concert accident

Jul. 29, 2022 05:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials said Friday they would open an investigation into a concert accident in which a giant video screen fell down onto the stage and injured two dancers. Video clips from the Cantopop group Mirror concert Thursday night show a massive LED screen...

Falling screen hits 2 dancers on stage at Hong Kong concert

Jul. 28, 2022 21:20 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A falling video screen struck and injured two dancers on the concert stage as Cantopop band Mirror was performing Thursday night in Hong Kong. Video clips circulated on social media showed Mirror members Anson Lo and Edan Lui performing with a dozen dancers when...

Australian TV soap 'Neighbours' screens star-studded finale

Jul. 28, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A crowd of staunch fans braved wet winter weather in downtown Melbourne on Thursday to watch outdoors the star-studded finale of the Australian television soap “Neighbours,” which ran for 37 years. Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason...

New opera has soprano scaling the heights -- literally

Jul. 28, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

Lauren Pearl is giving new meaning to the term high-flying soprano. Sure, her latest venture calls for her to sing up to a high C, but plenty of operatic heroines have to do that. What’s different in Pearl’s case is that she will be singing while scaling a 60-foot brick wall. ...

Tony Dow, big brother Wally on 'Leave it to Beaver,' dies

Jul. 28, 2022 00:24 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Dow, who as Wally Cleaver on the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” helped create the popular and lasting image of the American teenager of the 1950s and 60s, died Wednesday. He was 77. Frank Bilotta, who represented Dow in his work as a sculptor, confirmed...

Argentines yearn for Evita, 70 years after her death

Jul. 27, 2022 22:09 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — María Eva Noble says she is carrying out the legacy of her namesake as she labors in a soup kitchen in a working class neighborhood of Buenos Aires. She was named after iconic Argentine former first lady María Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as Eva Perón,...