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British theater, film director Peter Brook dies at age 97

Jul. 03, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Peter Brook, a British theater and film director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97. The two-time Tony Award winner, who had settled in France decades ago, directed the film adaptations of his...

Play tells story of filling in pools rather than integrating

Jul. 02, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — As American citizens celebrated freedom and liberty in their nation on Independence Day, 1961, a government founded on notions of the inalienable human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness took action at a local level to deny those rights to their fellow...

R. Kelly timeline: Shining star to convicted sex trafficker

Jun. 29, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

R. Kelly's musical accomplishments have been accompanied by a long history of allegations that he sexually abused women and children. Now the R&B singer has been sentenced to spend the next three decades behind bars. A jury found Kelly guilty in September of sex trafficking...

Podcast dramas morph to TV shows in Hollywood reappraisal

Jun. 27, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Listened to any good television shows lately? If you're glued to a scripted podcast drama, you may be auditioning a potential TV series — a result of Hollywood’s demand for small-screen material and the realization that podcasts beyond nonfiction are a...

‘The Birds’ attempts world record at Fort Myers’ Lab Theater

Jun. 25, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Every night, the audience throws things at actor Steven Michael Kennedy. And it’s not just the theater audience: The cast and crew throw things, too. They’re not attacking Kennedy with rotten tomatoes, though. They’re throwing Peeps —...

Stars turn out for Dior's 19,000 blooms at Paris show

Jun. 24, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Flowers, art, and Dior’s world-famous ateliers collided on Friday for a sweet-smelling explosion of creativity. The house's Paris Fashion Week show was an homage to late British painter Duncan Grant and celebrated member of London’s Bloomsbury Group, who died in 1978. ...

Broadway's 'MJ' gets a box office bump after the Tony Awards

Jun. 22, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “MJ,” the hit-filled Broadway musical about the King of Pop, got a huge bump at the box office after nabbing four Tony Awards and getting valuable exposure in front of millions during its electric telecast performance. The Michael Jackson show may have lost the...

James Rado, who co-created groundbreaking ‘Hair,’ dies at 90

Jun. 22, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — James Rado, co-creator of the groundbreaking hippie musical “Hair,” which celebrated protest, pot and free love and paved the way for the sound of rock on Broadway, has died. He was 90. Rado died Tuesday night in New York City of cardio respiratory arrest,...

Cruise ship with Broadway stars to steam off in spring 2023

Jun. 21, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The maiden voyage of a cruise ship starring a boatload of musical theater stars — like Tony Award-winners Laura Benanti, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming and Lena Hall — will set sail next spring. The Broadway Cruise — heading roundtrip from New York City to...

Cruz and Banderas united by humor in 'Official Competition'

Jun. 17, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — What is art? Do awards make you a better artist? Are blockbuster movies only for pseudo-actors? These are some questions unleashed in “Official Competition,” a comedy starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez in a battle of egos. ...