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Review: 'Ma Rainey' is Boseman's final, perhaps finest gift

Nov. 25, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Chadwick Boseman surges onto the screen as fast-talking trumpeter Levee in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” like a man on an electrified tightrope -- balancing precariously between hope and cynicism, humor and sadness, joy and pain, and love and hate. Unlike with some of Boseman’s other...

FILE - The Elf on the Shelf balloon floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York in New York on Nov. 22, 2012. The pandemic may have upended most traditions this holiday season but the annual New York City parade will still march on with balloons, dancers, floats, Broadway shows and Santa — albeit this time heavily tweaked for safety. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to march on despite pandemic

Nov. 25, 2020 12:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jawan M. Jackson recently got to do something he's been yearning to do for months — sing and dance again with his Broadway cast. Jackson is one of the stars of “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations” and he reunited with castmates for the...

While wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Jim Howard, a drama teacher at Westwood, Mass., High School, center, poses with his student actors outside the school's auditorium after working on their virtual performance of Shakespeare's

The show must go on: Students put a spin on 'Romeo & Juliet'

Nov. 24, 2020 7:59 AM EST

WESTWOOD, Mass. (AP) — “Parting is such sweet sorrow” — especially for a theater troupe hoping to stage a live performance of “Romeo & Juliet” in the middle of a pandemic that has closed schools and required social distancing. The solution, at least for high school...

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Get in the holiday mood with Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton

Nov. 23, 2020 7:38 PM EST

Here’s a collection of 2020 holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press. ____________ Carrie Underwood, “My Gift” (Capitol Nashville) Carrie Underwood takes fans to church with her first holiday album “My Gift,” a set of hymns and traditional Christmas classics that invoke...

A shop keeper at a gift shop along 34th Street stands on the sidewalk waiting for customers, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in New York. In souvenir shops from Times Square to the World Trade Center, shelves full of T-shirts and trinkets still love New York, as the slogan goes. But the proprietors wonder when their customers will, again. The coronavirus has altered many aspects of life and business in the United States' biggest city, and the pandemic is taking a major toll on the gifts-and-luggage stores that dot tourist-friendly areas. After setting records year after year since 2010, travel to New York has plummeted during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Tourists few, NY gift shops struggle but don't lose (heart)

Nov. 23, 2020 5:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In souvenir shops from Times Square to the World Trade Center, shelves full of T-shirts and trinkets still (heart) New York. But the proprietors wonder when their customers will, again. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a voracious bite out of a slice of New York life as recognizable as a...

Musical director Riccardo Frizza, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, directs the orchestra during rehearsals for Gaetano Donizetti's opera, Marino Faliero, at the Donizetti theater in Bergamo, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2020. In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo  devastated by coronavirus reopened this weekend after three years of renovations.   (Gianfranco Rota/Teatro Donizetti via AP)

In Italy, theater reopens in town devastated by COVID

Nov. 23, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of renovations. But the planned gala celebration had to be postponed, and new productions for an annual festival dedicated to...

Baritone Sebastia Peris, wearing a face mask, waits backstage during a performance of the opera

The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic

Nov. 21, 2020 2:21 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — No one performing onstage in Spain’s Teatro Real opera house is masked, and that alone looks odd these days amid a pandemic. And that's even before the second act scene in Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka” — about a water nymph who falls in love...

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Carol Burnett puts variety, and music, back in her show

Nov. 19, 2020 5:09 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carol Burnett is so glad we had this time together, as she sang in her signature song. Now, she's added a lot more time, and a lot more songs, to be glad about. Since its original run from 1967 to 1978, most viewers have only seen heavily chopped versions of “The Carol Burnett...

This image released by O+M/DKC shows a scene from the production of  Keenan Scott II's play “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” a work about the outer and inner lives of Black men. The play will be produced on Broadway when the new season starts. (Michael Davis/O+M/DKC via AP)

Play 'Thoughts of a Colored Man' to get a Broadway run

Nov. 17, 2020 1:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Keenan Scott II's play “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” a work about the outer and inner lives of Black men, is heading to the bright lights of Broadway. The play will be given a Shubert theater and will open whenever Broadway restarts. It will be directed by Steve H....

Spectators enjoy a performance through a window at a theater in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Desperate to play for at least some spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new circus company Cirk La Putyka has started to play five-minutes performances on a stage behind a window. With all theaters closed due to the government restrictive measures, the theater adopted the same principle as the restaurants closed for the same reason. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

AP Photos: Sidelined Czech performers serve take-out culture

Nov. 14, 2020 4:47 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — A new circus company in the Czech capital that was eager to perform is doing five-minute shows on a stage behind a window. With all of Prague's theaters shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the La Putyka Circus adapted a practice that restaurants are using to stay in business. The...