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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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Sarah Ruhl on her new play and book of essays

  NEW YORK (AP) — Inspiration for a play can come from anywhere. For Sarah Ruhl’s latest, it came from somewhere close. So close it was in her house all along: It was the baby sitter. Ruhl, the twice-Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, works from her Brooklyn home and spent many days caring for her three children [...]

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Hancock honored at jazz benefit concert at Apollo

NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz legend Herbie Hancock says he’s ready to look for another job after hearing 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander pay tribute to him at a benefit concert for the Jazz Foundation of America at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater. Hancock received the JFA’s lifetime achievement award at Friday night’s concert [...]

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Review: Play reveals tense birth of a classic film

NEW YORK (AP) — Two tough guys, one tough script and their Herculean team effort to cram steamy sex and violence into a strictly-censored Hollywood studio film is the subject of Mike Bencivenga’s fascinating play “Billy & Ray.” A smartly humorous, suspenseful production, featuring Vincent Kartheiser (of TV’s “Mad Men”) as legendary Hollywood writer and [...]

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Standing ovation at Met Opera despite protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a musical work about the death of a Jewish man they say glorifies his Palestinian killers. About 400 people stood behind police barricades chanting “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying “The Met [...]

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Police: Man spray-paints on NYC museum wall

  NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a vandal has marred the walls of New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art for a second time in two months as it prepares to move. Police say Christopher Johnson spray-painted graffiti on a blank wall at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, October 20. It happened during a [...]

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Review: Emily Dickinson comes out of the shadows

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson’s homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and [...]

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Review: ‘It’s Only A Play’ is wickedly funny

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people might call “It’s Only A Play” a valentine to the theater, but you mustn’t believe them. Terrance McNally’s play is not so much a love letter from a shy, smitten admirer as a mash note sent by a stalker who’s written it in capital letters and smeared it with [...]

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