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Broadway’s Idina Menzel readies US tour like a pop star

AP Photo/Chris Pizzello NEW YORK (AP) — Idina Menzel, who has crossed over from the Broadway stage to the Billboard charts, is still surprised that she’s able to sell concert tickets like a proper pop star. “It’s hard to cross over like that and...
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Miss Universe Paulina Vega refuses to give up her crown

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe has refused to relinquish her crown despite a tide of condemnation following pageant owner Donald Trump’s remarks on Mexican immigrants. Paulina Vega on Monday said she would continue doing the...

Review: `Tangerine’ a vital peek into unseen LA street lives

Caitlyn Jenner and her glamorous Vanity Fair cover brought unprecedented visibility to transgender women. Laverne Cox, the first transgender actress to win an Emmy Award, fronted Time magazine, an image of grace and growing acceptance. The transgender women at the heart of...

Review: Holly Brown delivers with `A Necessary End’

“A Necessary End” (William Morrow), by Holly Brown The desire for a child – an occasion that should be joyful – turns into a deadly obsession in the highly stylized “A Necessary End.” In the “Gone Girl” mode, author Holly Brown...
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Rock opera ‘Deep Love’ takes the long road to NYC

AP Photo/Mark Kennedy NEW YORK (AP) — There’s not much to do in eastern Idaho in the winter. It’s freezing, windy and depressing. Why not create a musical? Stay-inside weather – plus a healthy dose of heartache – helped spark the creation in 2009 of...

Who will make us laugh during upcoming presidential campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night television hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and an opportunity for new voices. David Letterman is gone, taking his unmatched ability to have serious conversations with...
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Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway’s ‘On the Town’

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned – a debut on Broadway. Producers of the high-energy revival of...
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Vanessa Williams weds Jim Skrip, her 3rd marriage

AP Photo/Andy Wong NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July. A representative for the singer-actress said Sunday that Williams and Skrip wed a day earlier. No details of the ceremony were provided. This is the third...
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Now playing: Harpsichord of Columbus’ era sounds again

AP Photo/Justin Wan SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A harpsichord that entertained the elites of Italy in the mid-1500s has been restored by a South Dakota museum and will soon bring its sound to 21st-century ears. The National Music Museum in Vermilion, which acquired the...

Dead shows set attendance records at Chicago’s Soldier Field

CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is making Chicago’s Soldier Field come alive like no rock band ever has. In a news release, Soldier Field says the 70,764 tickets sold for Friday night’s show broke a previous record for any event at the stadium when U2 sold...