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'Dear Evan Hansen' filmmakers refine a hit Broadway musical

Sep. 21, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people will get a chance to get to know the shy, teenager Evan Hansen this month, but Ben Platt is waving farewell. The actor and singer is intimately intertwined with Evan, originating the role in 2015 and eventually leading the stage...

Sarah Dash who sang on 'Lady Marmalade' with Labelle, dies

Sep. 21, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Sarah Dash, who co-founded the all-female group Labelle — best known for the raucous 1974 hit “Lady Marmalade" — has died. She was 76. Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx completed the trio. They announced Dash's death Monday on social media. No...

Chenoweth, Miranda, Rivera and more to celebrate Broadway

Sep. 20, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's biggest lights — including Kristin Chenoweth, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chita Rivera and Idina Menzel — will make appearances at Sunday's TV celebration of Broadway’s return. Also due to grace the stage are Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh...

New this week: 'The Starling,' Diddy and Billy Bob Thornton

Sep. 20, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

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 — The best way to remember Norm Macdonald, who died last week at age 61, is...

COVID-19 affects musicals in Rapid City, Sioux Falls

Sep. 19, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Musicals scheduled in South Dakota's two largest cities have either been postponed or scrapped due to the coronavirus. A musical that was set to run this weekend at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls was postponed to Sept. 29 and 30 after two...

Historic St. Paul haberdashery takes customers back in time

Sep. 18, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Anthony Andler of Heimie’s Haberdashery wants it to be more than just a store. To him, it could become a cultural touchstone shaped by romanticism from the early 1900s, a scene from the St. Paul his great-grandfather lived in. The high-end...

Africatown museum in Alabama delayed amid shipping crunch

Sep. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Africatown’s resurrection into a potential world-class tourism destination is well-known by now as planning forges ahead for walking and water tours, a museum and welcome center, and a development corporation aimed at bringing businesses to the community founded by...

Jane Powell, Hollywood golden-age musicals star, dies at 92

Sep. 16, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood's golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding,” has died. She was 92. Powell died Thursday at...

Actor L. Steven Taylor is the king behind 'The Lion King'

Sep. 16, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — L. Steven Taylor got the call that would change his life in 2005: Would he like to make his Broadway debut in “The Lion King”? It was just a six-month contract but he took it, uprooting his family and moving to New York. “Six months has turned into...

At London's Old Vic, 'Camp Siegfried' probes American Nazis

Sep. 16, 2021 03:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — What could be more American than summer camp? It has fresh air, sailing, cookouts — and, in Bess Wohl’s new play, swastikas. “Camp Siegfried” is based on a real-life camp on Long Island in the 1930s that indoctrinated young German-Americans into...