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The Associated Press

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Past articles by Mark:

James Spader bids farewell to an intriguing criminal mastermind as 'The Blacklist' finale approaches

Raymond “Red” Reddington is finally hanging up his famous black fedora and — fitting for a manipulative genius — he’s doing it on his own terms → Read More

Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, roars back with full album, 'Central City,' and a tour

Big Freedia goes back to her roots on the 16-track “Central City,” the Queen of Bounce’s first full-length studio album in nine years → Read More

'Fiddler on the Roof' lyricist Sheldon Harnick dies at 99

Tony- and Grammy-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock made up the premier musical-theater songwriting duo of the 1950s and ’60s. → Read More

Sheldon Harnick, 'Fiddler on the Roof' lyricist, dies at 99

Tony- and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick was known for his wry, subtle humor and deft wordplay. Many Broadway artists paid their respects on social media. → Read More

Theater Review: 'Once Upon a One More Time' with Britney Spears songs will drive you crazy

“Once Upon a One More Time,” a musical on Broadway stuffed with Britney Spears songs, is pure summer dumb, says Associated Press critic Mark Kennedy → Read More

A Tony Awards like no other, really. Strike leaves Broadway stars to rely on their 'live' muscles

There are a lot of questions surrounding this year’s Tony Awards and not just about who might win → Read More

New version of 'The Wiz' will be led by Wayne Brady and Alan Mingo Jr. sharing the title role

Two men who stepped into 6-inch heels for “Kinky Boots” on Broadway will play the title character behind the curtain when “The Wiz” tours the U.S. starting this fall and lands on Broadway in 2024 — Wayne Brady and Alan Mingo Jr. Brady will star as the Wiz in San Francisco from Jan. 16-Feb. 11 at the Golden Gate Theatre, and in Los Angeles from Feb. 13–March 3, before hitting Broadway in spring… → Read More

Tony Award-nominated Betsy Wolfe on '& Juliet': 'This was the story I wanted to tell'

One recent day, Broadway star Betsy Wolfe was up at 4 a_m_ to perform on “Good Morning America.” → Read More

Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne headline iHeartRadio festival

Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, Kane Brown and Lil Wayne are among the headliners this fall at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Festival in La Vegas, which will be broadcast live throughout the country → Read More

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II earns a Tony Award nomination for 'Topdog/Underdog'

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II first encountered the play “Topdog/Underdog” in college as a favor for a student director who needed actors for a showcase → Read More

Jordan Donica, Tony Award nominee for 'Camelot,' is Broadway's rising star

When Jordan Donica was about 9 or 10, his aunt took him to New York City with a mission: Get the notion of making it on Broadway out of his system → Read More

Matchbox Twenty returns after long absence to offer an album of exuberance, 'Where the Light Goes'

More than a decade has passed since the last Matchbox Twenty album and fans may have been forgiven for thinking it was the end of the line → Read More

Jodie Comer scales heights on Broadway in 'Prima Facie,' a play that challenges the legal system

The script for the play “Prima Facie” didn’t languish after landing in Jodie Comer’s inbox → Read More

'SmartLess' podcast goes on tour with Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes, ends up on TV

When Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes get together, they can instantly tell if something’s wrong: If insults don’t immediately fly, there’s a problem → Read More

'Succession' star Jeremy Strong lands a role on Broadway in 2024 in 'An Enemy of the People'

Jeremy Strong is going from a corporate boardroom on TV to a whistleblower on Broadway → Read More

MTV Movie & TV Awards to be pre-taped because of writers' strike

The awards show already had lost its host, Drew Barrymore, who dropped out in solidarity with the striking writers. → Read More

'A Small Light' focuses on those who helped Anne Frank

The new National Geographic series “A Small Light” stars Bel Powley as Miep Gies, a real-life heroine who protected celebrated diarist Anne Frank and seven others in a secret annex in Amsterdam during World War II → Read More

Smokey Robinson turns seductive with new album 'Gasms'

Smokey Robinson’s new album “Gasms” finds the 83-year-old in a frisky mood, with the Motown icon writing a collection for the bedroom, with yearning across its nine tracks → Read More

Todd Haimes dies; took off-off-Broadway company to Tony Award glory

Turned the nearly bankrupt Roundabout Theatre Company into a major theatrical force that won dozens of Tony Awards → Read More

Music review: U2 reworks past in thrilling 'Songs of Surrender'

Imagine walking into your living room and all your stuff is there, but it's different. That's the feeling you get listening to U2's new album. "Songs of Surrender" is a "reimagining" of 40 songs from the Irish quartet's deep catalogue, cleverly presented from "One" to "40." → Read More