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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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‘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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