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Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R and The Weeknd win Apple Music Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R and The Weeknd have all won honors at a revamped Apple Music Awards, which has grown larger to encompass global music patterns. Rodrigo was named breakthrough artist of the year, her “Sour” was named best album of the year and her “drivers license” was song of the year. […] → Read More

Perfectionist. Genius. Icon. That was Stephen Sondheim

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2010, the year he turned 80, Stephen Sondheim had to endure a public fuss when a Broadway theater was being renamed in his honor. At a ceremony outside the 1,055-seat auditorium on West 43rd Street, the composer looked sheepish by the time he got to the podium following gushing words […] → Read More

Towering musical theater master Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91. Sondheim’s death was announced by Rick Miramontez, president of DKC/O&M. […] → Read More

Performers gear up for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing up in Chicago, Broadway star Brittney Mack faithfully watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV after fulfilling her own parade duties. Now she’s getting ready to bundle up, hit the streets of Manhattan and be part of the big one for the first time. Mack, who plays one of […] → Read More

American Music Awards could coronate pop star Olivia Rodrigo

NEW YORK (AP) — Olivia Rodrigo could turn her album “Sour” into something very sweet at the American Music Awards on Sunday, entering the night as the leading nominee with nods for artist of the year and new artist of the year. The Disney actor and singer-songwriter has seven nominations, besting five-time winner The Weeknd […] → Read More

Billy Crystal plans his Broadway return in a familiar role

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Crystal is not ready to say goodbye to “Mr. Saturday Night.” The comic icon has turned his comedy film into a Broadway-bound musical and hopes to open it next year with him reprising his film role as Buddy Young Jr., a bitter, old insult comic chasing a last laugh. “There’s […] → Read More

Greg Kinnear readies (again) for his Broadway debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Kinnear was just a month away from making his Broadway debut in the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” when the pandemic shut theater down in March 2020. He’s not giving up: Early next year, he’ll try again. The two-time Emmy Award-winner and Oscar nominee is slated to take over the […] → Read More

Audra McDonald eyes Broadway again in Adrienne Kennedy play

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald is going from host of the Tony Awards to another stage role. The six-time Tony-winner will return to Broadway in the play “Ohio State Murders” by Adrienne Kennedy, directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Dates and the creative team will be announced later. The play takes the form […] → Read More

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to snap back, add Baby Yoda

NEW YORK (AP) — The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. And Baby Yoda is joining the party for the first time. This year’s parade — the […] → Read More

Posthumous Chuck Berry live album to be released in December

NEW YORK (AP) — Dualtone Records is marking the birthday of Chuck Berry by announcing the release of a live album from the late rock ’n roll legend. “Live From Blueberry Hill” is taken from performances recorded between July 2005 and January 2006 at Blueberry Hill café in St. Louis, one of Berry’s favorite places […] → Read More

Matt Amodio’s new chapter in history-making ‘Jeopardy!′ run

NEW YORK (AP) — This story contains a spoiler about Monday’s “Jeopardy!” episode. All good things must come to an end and Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” did just that on Monday’s show, leaving the Yale doctoral student with 38 wins and more than $1.5 million in prize money. Amodio failed to answer the […] → Read More

Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, Darren Criss eye Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — A revival of David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” with Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss was in rehearsal when the pandemic closed Broadway theaters. Now it’s planning a return back with the same starry cast. The Neil Pepe-directed production on Friday announced its intention to return to the Circle in the […] → Read More

John Legend joins The Temptations musical producing team

NEW YORK (AP) — At the Tony Awards, John Legend played live with cast members from the Broadway musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.” Now he’s going further and joining the show’s producing team. Legend and his partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious from Get Lifted Film Co. are […] → Read More

Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ goes dark for days as it battles virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway hit “Aladdin” is trying to keep COVID-19 contained. Disney Theatrical Productions said it will cancel Friday’s performance and all shows until Oct. 12 after “additional breakthrough COVID-19 cases were detected.” The show reopened Tuesday following some 18 months of being shuttered due to the pandemic, but was forced to […] → Read More

Tony Awards and TV special hope to be the jab Broadway needs

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and Golden Globes have all held their ceremonies during the pandemic. Now it’s time for the Tony Awards, celebrating an art form that really needs the boost — live theater. Sunday’s show has been expanded from its typical three hours to four, with Audra McDonald handing out […] → Read More

Yale student’s winning run on ‘Jeopardy!’ makes history

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Amodio’s historic run on “Jeopardy!” has now netted him more than $1 million in non-tournament play, making him the third person in the show’s history to pass that mark. The only other contestants to win more than $1 million in regular season games are Ken Jennings, whose 74-game streak netted […] → Read More

Sarah Dash who sang on ‘Lady Marmalade’ with Labelle, dies

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 cause of death was disclosed. “We spoke a musical […] → Read More

Sotheby’s puts rare U.S. Constitution copy for auction

NEW YORK (AP) — A very special document will be auctioned off later this year — a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution. Sotheby’s announced Friday — appropriately on Constitution Day — that in November it will put up for auction one of just 11 surviving copies of the Constitution from the official first printing […] → Read More

Cheers greet the reopening of three mega-hit Broadway shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Theater royalty — in the form of Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Taymor and Lin-Manuel Miranda — welcomed back boisterous audiences to “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” for the first time since the start of the pandemic, marking Tuesday as the unofficial return of Broadway. Chenoweth surprised the crowd at “Wicked” by […] → Read More

Tony Awards land hosts Leslie Odom Jr. and Audra McDonald

NEW YORK (AP) — The long-delayed Tony Awards have landed two impressive master of ceremonies: Tony- and Grammy-winning singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr. will host a splashy TV special, and the awards will be hosted by Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning actor and singer Audra McDonald. Producers of the telecast announced Monday that Odom […] → Read More