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August Wilson was the blues, and Ma Rainey was his muse

Jul. 20, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — August Wilson, poet, playwright and Pittsburgher, wrote in the language of the blues. He learned it in his hardscrabble youth spent in the Hill District, and he learned it from the recordings of artists such as Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, the Mother of the Blues. It was music that spoke to...

Paul McCartney writing 'It's a Wonderful Life' stage musical

Jul. 17, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Paul McCartney is writing his first stage musical, an adaptation of the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." The ex-Beatle is collaborating with "Billy Elliot" playwright Lee Hall and West End producer Bill Kenwright. McCartney said he'd never considered writing a musical, but after meeting...

25 years later, 'The Lion King' roars again (with Beyoncé)

Jul. 16, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was just a few months ago that director Jon Favreau was sitting in a scoring session with composer Hans Zimmer for "The Lion King," his ambitious and technology-driven reimagining of the 1994 animated classic, and he and everyone else in the room were getting a little emotional. It's...

The Latest: 'When They See Us' star wept at Emmy nomination

Jul. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Emmy nominations (all times local): 12:44 p.m. Actor Jharrel Jerome of "When They See Us" says he cried so much when he learned of his Emmy nomination that you would have thought he had lost a family member. Jerome told The Associated Press that it "was just pure joy...

Beyoncé and docs on R. Kelly, Michael Jackson get Emmy nods

Jul. 16, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé's "Homecoming" film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nominations. With Netflix's "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé," the pop star personally earned four of the six nominations...

Austin Butler to star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann-helmed biopic

Jul. 15, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic has found its King. After a competitive casting contest, 27-year-old actor Austin Butler has been cast as Presley. Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles and Miles Teller all reportedly tested for the role ultimately won by Butler, who last year appeared in the...

Young 'Lion King' actors had Beyoncé-size shoes to fill

Jul. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The pressure was on for young actors Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary when they got word that they'd been cast as the voices of young Nala and young Simba in "The Lion King." Not only was it an ambitious remake of an iconic film, but it was their first major Hollywood...

Young theater star wins national award after hard childhood

Jul. 14, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Ethan Kelso was a young child, he and his sister used to sing alone in an apartment with no electricity. But on June 24, he stood on a Broadway stage in New York and sung, by himself, in front of hundreds. His heart-wrenching performance of "Wondering" from the musical "Bridges...

No lights, big city: Power outage KOs Broadway, Times Square

Jul. 14, 2019 4:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A power outage crippled the tourist-filled heart of Manhattan just as Saturday night Broadway shows were set to go on, sending theater-goers spilling into siren-filled streets, knocking out Times Square's towering electronic screens and bringing subway lines to a near halt. Electricity was...

The Latest: NYC power fully restored

Jul. 14, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City power outage (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Con Edison and New York officials say power has been restored to hundreds of thousands of customers following a blackout in Manhattan. More than 70,000 customers were left in the dark during the hour-long power outage in...