NEW YORK (AP) — The Fourth of July is usually a time for national unity, when Americans of all political stripes often turn their gaze to Washington as part of a patriotic lovefest. But there promises to be some division this year when it comes to what to watch.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Fey is joining some of Broadway's biggest stars — including Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel and Chita Rivera — for a concert being livestreamed Saturday to benefit migrants on the Mexican border.
It's being organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who were prompted to act after seeing photos of children separated from their families. They began texting as many stars as they could think of.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Lloyd Webber has written some of the most successful stage musicals of all time. So, when he weighs in on the year's Tony contenders, announced earlier this week, it's time to listen.
"I'm very interested that 'The Band's Visit' has been celebrated," commented the composer of the best-musical winners "Cats," ''The Phantom of the Opera" and "Sunset Boulevard."
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY: Lowell’s own Michael Chiklis has a thing for playing good guys with a badge, e.g. “The Commish,” and up until now, police Capt. Nathaniel Barnes on Fox’s “Gotham.” But you know how it is in a DC Comics-based world: Things change. Barnes was infected with a virus, bringing out a very dark side, a new name — The Executioner — and a tricked-out costume. Chiklis’s new persona debuts tonight at 8.
Jennifer Lopez: NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ evokes stage roots
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Lopez says NBC's version of "Bye Bye Birdie" will bring the musical back to its stage roots.
The story was somewhat "watered down" in the 1963 movie in which Janet Leigh played the role originated by Chita Rivera on Broadway in 1960, Lopez told a TV critics' meeting Wednesday.
In the play, Rivera's Rose encounters resistance from her boyfriend's mother because she doesn't want her son marrying someone with Puerto Rican roots, Lopez said.
Broadway’s biggest stars to sing on Inauguration Day, in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of Broadway's biggest stars — including Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Betty Buckley, Jessie Mueller and Billy Porter — will be spending Inauguration Day at a concert in New York City that raises money for human rights organizations.
You can poke around the internet for many hours and not find a negative word from or about the Broadway star Chita Rivera.
A big believer in karma, the two-time Tony Award winner says she can get as angry and as frustrated and as opinionated as anyone else — she calls that side of her personality “The Beast” — but she doesn’t see any point in adding more negativity to the world when she goes to work.
Jennifer Lopez set for NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live!’ in 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — Say hello to Jennifer Lopez in NBC's forthcoming "Bye Bye Birdie."
NBC says the actress-singer will headline its 2017 live holiday musical. She will play Rosie, the role originated on Broadway in 1960 by Chita Rivera.
Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein will write the script.
"Bye Bye Birdie Live!" airs a year from now as the next in NBC's annual live-musical tradition. "Hairspray Live!," starring newcomer Maddie Baillio, is set to air on Dec. 7.
NEW YORK (AP) — On the heels of the chart-topping single that helps victims of last month's deadly nightclub massacre in Orlando comes a benefit concert for the city.
The July 25 show will feature appearances from some of Broadway's biggest stars, including Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norbert Leo Butz, Kelli O'Hara, Chita Rivera, Jessie Mueller and many others. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale Thursday.