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Theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman gears up

  NEW YORK (AP) — A new theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that “exhibit fearlessness.” The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play, comes with an annual award of $45,000 and the promise of [...]

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Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

  NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Deborah Voigt keeps a picture of herself performing alongside tenor Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera — both as a treasured memory of a great triumph and as a stark reminder of her emotional troubles. They were playing twins, Sieglinde and Siegmund, in Richard Wagner’s “Die Walkuere,” but Voigt [...]

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Art embraces science in new British play ‘Oppenheimer’

  LONDON (AP) — Suddenly, scientists are sexy. With Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for multiple trophies as Alan Turing and Eddie Redmayne turning heads as Stephen Hawking, young British actors playing scientists are all the rage this awards season. So it’s good timing for the Royal Shakespeare Company, whose new play, “Oppenheimer,” features rising star John [...]

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New Kids on the Block: New boy bands can learn from us

  NEW YORK (AP) — New Kids on the Block are ready to take new boy bands on the block to school. The Boston-based veteran group, which announced a summer tour with TLC and Nelly this week, said contemporary boy bands should check out their live concerts to learn from the experts. “As far as [...]

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Navy revokes honorary title given to Cosby

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is revoking Bill Cosby’s title of honorary chief petty officer, saying allegations of sexual abuse made against the comedian are serious and conflict with the Navy’s core values. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Stevens made the announcement Thursday in a statement. Cosby enlisted in [...]

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Broadway celebrates record-breaking Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping may have been a bit of a bust over the Thanksgiving weekend, but Broadway simply gobbled up cash. The Broadway League released data Monday showing the 36 plays, musicals and special events on the Great White Way earned more than $34.1 million over the week ending Sunday, an increase [...]

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Sting tries to help his ailing Broadway musical

  NEW YORK (AP) — Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship. The singer-songwriter will play the role of an inspirational foreman onstage in “The Last Ship” starting Dec. 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical, for which Sting supplied songs and lyrics, has been struggling at the box [...]

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Unseen Arthur Miller drama to premiere in Britain

  LONDON (AP) — A previously unstaged Arthur Miller drama set in the brutal world of the Brooklyn docks will have its world premiere at a British theater next year, the centenary of the playwright’s birth. The Royal and Derngate theater in Northampton, central England, announced Monday that “The Hook” will be staged in June, [...]

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Broadway-bound magician shows what’s up his sleeve

  NEW YORK (AP) — One grew up idolizing Harry Houdini. The other worshipped David Copperfield. Now they’re both in a place known more for jazz hands than sleight of hand. Italy’s star escape artist Andrew Basso and American Adam Trent, who focuses on technology-based tricks, are two of the seven magicians set to play [...]

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Art enthusiasts, celebs hit up Art Basel Miami

  MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tongue-thrusting celebrities, warring art museums, a Tim Burton film premiere and a ballet that levitates audience members are all part of the lineup surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach, the contemporary art fair that doesn’t officially begin until Thursday but already has overtaken parts of Miami. Now in its 13th [...]

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Gavin Creel to join Broadway’s ‘Book of Mormon’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Gavin Creel is going back to an old role in a new place: He’s joining the cast of Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon.” The two-time Tony Award nominee for “Hair” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” won an Olivier Award this year for playing Elder Price in the West End version of [...]

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