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‘Rock of Ages’ will close on Broadway in January

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s the final countdown for Broadway’s only hair metal musical. Producers of “Rock of Ages” said Tuesday that the show — now the 27th longest running show in Broadway history — will close Jan. 18, 2015 after more than 2,300 performances. “Rock of Ages” tells the story of a small [...]

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Disney to help New York theatergoers with tickets

  NEW YORK (AP) — Disney is giving an early Christmas present to theatergoers in New York — the gift of flexibility. Disney Theatrical Productions is letting ticketholders to its Broadway shows — “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” — the chance to switch the dates they see the musicals for any reason as long as [...]

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Review: Hugh Jackman stars in wistful ‘The River’

NEW YORK (AP) — Those who find they haven’t really a taste for Jez Butterworth’s latest, enigmatic play will find a diversion to keep them happy — a cooking demonstration by Hugh Jackman. The talented star of the wistful and haunted “The River” wordlessly guts a real trout about halfway through the play, chops a [...]

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‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing return. Twenty years have passed since audiences first met and improbably fell for Lloyd and Harry (Jeff Daniels), and the [...]

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James Gandolfini enters New Jersey Hall of Fame

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey inducted the late “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, hoping no one will ever fuhgeddaboudhim. Five cast members of the hit HBO drama were on hand as Gandolfini, who played mob boss Tony Soprano, was honored, as much for his love of the [...]

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Glenn Close savors ‘challenging’ Broadway return

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a special room in the Golden Theatre on Broadway where Glenn Close can travel back in time. The Tony- and Emmy Award-winner, who stars in a new revival of “A Delicate Balance,” has helped decorate the backstage communal coffee room with framed photos from some past roles tackled by her [...]

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Alda, Bergen ‘a very good match’ on Broadway

  NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Alda jumped aboard after getting past his doubts about the title. Candice Bergen joined him when she found out she’d be able to keep the script handy. Both actors will take over Sunday as the star-crossed lovers in the Broadway production of A.R. Gurney’s play “Love Letters.” They replace [...]

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Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

  LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren’s tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan’s play, which explores the monarch’s relationships with [...]

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Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

  NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg. It was during her screen test for the role. “They just kind of threw it at me as the last thing to do. I didn’t have [...]

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Review: ‘The Real Thing’ is thoroughly excellent

  NEW YORK (AP) — The first time “The Real Thing” came to Broadway, it won the Tony Award for best play. The next time it arrived, it won for best play revival. This time it just may sneak away with the trophy for best musical revival. A thoroughly excellent and tuneful version of Tom [...]

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Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey [...]

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