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Arts Apr 27Stephen Sondheim gets starry but tardy 90th birthday concert
The starry special called “Take Me to the World” featured performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kelli O’Hara, Lea Salonga, Judy Kuhn, Katrina Lenk, Aaron Tveit, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters.
Arts Apr 16Brian Dennehy, Tony-winning stage, screen actor, dies at 81
Brian Dennehy, the burly actor who started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, has died. He was…
Arts Apr 03‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81
Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in…
Arts Mar 25Global pandemic postpones this year’s Tony Awards
The show was originally scheduled for June 7 but the virus forced all 41 Broadway theaters to go dark and caused turmoil in the Tony schedule.
Arts Mar 24Terrence McNally, lauded American playwright, dies at 81
McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus.
Arts Mar 13Virus darkens stages, silences orchestras across the U.S.
The ongoing fears surrounding the coronavirus have shuttered places where Americans — and foreign visitors — have long gathered to escape the world and also to engage with it.
Arts Mar 12Broadway shuts its doors over ongoing virus concerns
The pressure on Broadway to go dark steadily increased as other entertainment hubs shuttered, including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the NBA, NHL, CinemaCon, Coachella and Major League Soccer.
Arts Mar 02Public Enemy kicks out Flavor Flav after Sanders campaign dispute
The dispute kicked off when Flavor Flav and his attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sanders' campaign on Friday, arguing that a Sunday campaign rally in Los Angeles by Public Enemy Radio had used Flavor Flav's “unauthorized likeness, image, and…
Arts Feb 04‘Hamilton,’ with its original cast, coming to a film screen near you
The groundbreaking, biographical hip-hop show about the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards and made numerous tours.
Arts Jan 28Huey Lewis pushes past hearing pain to keep making music
There's mixed news when it comes to Huey Lewis these days. The good part is that the 1980s hitmaker and his band have a new album and a jukebox stage musical in the works. The bad news? He might not…