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In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 photo, from left, Ilda Mason, Israel Del Rosario and Satori Folkes-Stone pose outside the Broadway Theatre in New York, where they are making their Broadway debuts in

Meet the rising stars of 'West Side Story' on Broadway

Feb. 21, 2020 6:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When a new revival of “West Side Story” opens on Broadway, it will make history. The musical sees 33 young people making their Broadway debuts, a record. The show,, loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," chronicles the affair between two lovers caught in a...

Aaron Sorkin, from left, Ed Harris and Bartlett Sher participate in a press conference to announce an upcoming performance of

Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' readies for Garden visit

Feb. 21, 2020 11:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Kyle Scatliffe has gone to Madison Square Garden plenty of times — for a Rangers game, a Muse concert and a WWE event. Next week, he's going back again, but this time he won't be in the seats. Scatliffe on Wednesday will be starring in the hit Broadway play “To Kill a...

Protesters demonstrate at the Broadway opening night of

'West Side Story' opening draws protesters on Broadway

Feb. 21, 2020 10:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a chorus outside the Broadway Theatre on Thursday at the opening night of a new revival of “West Side Story” but what was being sung was a protest chant. A group of about 100 people demanded the removal of cast member Amar Ramasar, who was fired and then reinstated...

In this Feb. 17, 2013, photo, Ja'Net DuBois attends Los Angeles Premiere of

'Good Times' Ja'Net DuBois dies; co-wrote 'Jeffersons' theme

Feb. 18, 2020 10:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died. DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The...

FILE - In this June 2, 1996, file photo, Zoe Caldwell holds her award for Leading Actress in a Play for her role in

Actress Zoe Caldwell, Tony winner for 'Medea,' dies at 86

Feb. 18, 2020 8:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award winner who brought humanity to larger-than-life characters, whether it be the dotty schoolteacher Miss Jean Brodie, an aging opera star Maria Callas or the betrayed, murderous Medea, has died. She was 86. Her son Charlie Whitehead said Caldwell died...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Ernest Hemingway's close friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner, talks about his friendship with Hemingway at his home in Westport, Conn. A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at age 102. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

Feb. 15, 2020 11:21 PM EST

A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday at age 102. He died...

Tom Stoppard to receive PEN America writing award

Feb. 12, 2020 2:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — British playwright Tom Stoppard and the Canadian poet and fiction writer M. NourbeSe Philip are among those being honored next month by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. PEN announced Wednesday that Stoppard will receive the $25,000 PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for...

Two-time Emmy-nominated actress Paula Kelly has died at 77

Feb. 12, 2020 11:44 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, who earned an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom “Night Court” and co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film “Sweet Charity,” has died. She was 77. Kelly died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary...

Elton John, left, and Bernie Taupin, winners of the award for best original song for

Almost-EGOTs Elton John, Hildur Guðnadóttir win music Oscars

Feb. 9, 2020 11:49 PM EST

Twenty-five years after winning his first Oscar, Elton John has picked up his second at the 2020 Academy Awards, where “Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir marked a historic night for female musicians. John won his second best original song award for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me...

The Latest: ‘Parasite’ wins best picture Academy Award

Feb. 9, 2020 11:33 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 92nd Academy Awards, which are being bestowed Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local): __ 8:30 p.m. “Parasite” has won the best picture Academy Award, making history as the first foreign language film to win the ceremony's top honor. Bong Joon...