Arts

Rosie O’Donnell to get honorary Tony Award

April 1 (UPI) — Three-time Tony Award host Rosie O’Donnell will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award when the annual ceremony, hosted this year by Hugh Jackman, airs June 8 on CBS. The Isabelle Stevenson Award recognizes members of the theater…

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Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the stage for ‘Hamlet’

March 26 (UPI) — Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the stage in 2015 for a London production of William Shakespeare‘s Hamlet. The Sherlock and Star Trek actor will bring the play’s eponymous character to life at the Barbican Theatre from…

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‘The Fault in Our Stars’ team will adapt another John Green novel ‘Paper Towns’

March 25 (UPI) — The team that brought The Fault in Our Stars to life plans to adapt another John Green novel for film. Fox 2000 has purchased the rights to Green’s 2008 novel Paper Towns, and plans to bring…

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JRR Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf to be published after 90 years

March. 19 (UPI) — JRR Tolkien’s translation of the 11th-century poem Beowulf will finally be published this spring, 90 years after the author wrote it. The author’s son, Christopher Tolkien edited the translation of his father’s “entering into the imagined…

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Denzel Washington Returns to Broadway in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is back on Broadway. Washington, 59, is starring in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” In an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, the “Flight” actor…

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‘Of Mice and Men,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Les Mis’ light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) — Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of “Rocky,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Aladdin” and “A Raisin…

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Broadway’s ‘Aladdin’ is in a whole new world

NEW YORK — In a midtown rehearsal studio that’s been transformed into the fabled, fictional city of Agrabah, the cast of the new Broadway musical Aladdin is being put through its paces. Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, a Tony Award winner for…

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Rosemary Harris to star in ‘Indian Ink’ off-Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Tony Award-winning actress Rosemary Harris is to star in the off-Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard‘s “Indian Ink,” the Roundabout Theatre Company announced. Directed by Carey Perloff, the production will begin performances Sept. 4 and…

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‘Rocky’ musical coming to Broadway

Sylvester Stallone’s vision for a musical-theater adaptation of Rocky, the 1976 film that made a fictional boxer a national hero and, eventually, a worldwide franchise, never included an onstage role for himself. “I possess zero talent in singing or dancing,”…

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Audra McDonald to play Billie Holiday on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Five-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald is to play jazz great Billie Holiday in the Broadway premiere of Lanie Robertson’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” The musical play is to be directed by Lonny…

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