- The maestro, the money and unfinished 'Great Gasby' opera Updated: Feb-13-16 2:09 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - Mark Sforzini's unfinished opera is about a complicated relationship.
- Beckley students perform in 'High School Musical' Updated: Feb-13-16 1:32 pm
BECKLEY, West Virginia - Bright and early on the morning of Feb. 4 inside Stephen Wilson's classroom at Woodrow Wilson High School, more than a dozen students of all grade levels and all social cliques stood on a wooden platform dancing and singing, "We're All in This Together."
- Steve Coogan film at Berlin fest puts death penalty on trial Updated: Feb-13-16 7:39 am
LONDON - Is it possible to discuss an emotive topic like the death penalty with both passion and reason? Steve Coogan hopes so.
- Stage version of 'Frozen' to kick off in Denver in 2017 Updated: Feb-12-16 12:11 pm
NEW YORK - Disney has announced that Denver will be the place where it tests its upcoming "Frozen" musical.
- Alan Cumming on sappy songs and 'The Good Wife' ending Updated: Feb-12-16 11:00 am
NEW YORK - The coolest place to be on Broadway last year was inside the Studio 54 theater. To be more specific, it was in Alan Cumming's dressing room there.
- Producer Rick Rubin quietly receives Recording Academy honor Updated: Feb-12-16 4:39 am
LOS ANGELES - Music producer Rick Rubin didn't give an acceptance speech when he received the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy. The 52-year-old Grammy winner didn't even take the stage.
- DSU professor creates Second Act New Works Festival Updated: Feb-12-16 2:05 am
ST. GEORGE, Utah - What does it take to create a new theater festival? Michael Harding admits he's still figuring that one out.
- Review: Birbiglia pulls no punch lines in new 1-man show Updated: Feb-11-16 7:00 pm
NEW YORK - All jokes are offensive to someone, comedian Mike Birbiglia insists, and that's OK. When his everyday encounters "become the joke later," and he exposes the ridiculousness of people he knows to an audience of strangers, he defends himself by saying, "It's just my side of the story."
- Judge lifts order blocking Chautauqua venue reconstruction Updated: Feb-11-16 5:18 pm
MAYVILLE, New York - The Chautauqua Institution will be allowed to move ahead with plans to demolish and rebuild its historic open-air theater after a judge Thursday declined a request by preservationists to block the project.
- Ken Watanabe due to return to 'The King and I' on March 17 Updated: Feb-11-16 12:31 pm
NEW YORK - Ken Watanabe will return to his royal robes on Broadway in "The King and I" starting March 17 after he recovers from stomach cancer treatment.
- Actress Sarah Steele juggles 'The Good Wife' and Broadway Updated: Feb-11-16 10:53 am
NEW YORK - Sarah Steele's return to Broadway is good news. Well, maybe not for everyone.
- Bartoli, Max Martin win Polar Music Prize Updated: Feb-10-16 11:56 am
STOCKHOLM - Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli who brought back "long-lost music" to listeners and Swedish hit songwriter Max Martin have won the 2016 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee said Wednesday.
- Sarasota Opera caps unique Verdi project Updated: Feb-10-16 8:52 am
NEW YORK - When the curtain rises on Giuseppe Verdi's "La Battaglia di Legnano" ("The Battle of Legnano") in Sarasota, Florida., later this month, it will cap an achievement as historic in its way as the military victory the opera celebrates.
- Ken Watanabe battling cancer but promises fans he'll be back Updated: Feb-10-16 8:18 am
TOKYO - Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer. But he has beaten serious sickness before, having had leukemia more than 20 years ago.
- New adaptation of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' heads to Broadway Updated: Feb-10-16 6:49 am
NEW YORK - Harper Lee's classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" - and its now-somewhat sullied hero Atticus Finch - are heading to Broadway in a new adaptation written by Aaron Sorkin.
- Kalamazoo Civic Theatre raising $5.1M for improvements Updated: Feb-10-16 5:24 am
KALAMAZOO, Michigan - The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is working to raise $5.1 million for improvements including replacing roofs and carpeting as well as installing new lighting and sound equipment.
- Former NYC Ballet principal dancer Violette Verdy, 82, dies Updated: Feb-09-16 7:16 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Violette Verdy, principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 20 years and former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet, has died, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced. She was 82.
- American flamenco dancer honored by King of Spain Updated: Feb-09-16 2:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Flamenco dancer Edwin Aparicio has been awarded a medal by King Felipe VI of Spain.
- Nat Wolff turns to the dark side in 'Buried Child' Updated: Feb-09-16 10:32 am
NEW YORK - Actor and musician Nat Wolff couldn't resist agreeing to do a darkly weird off-Broadway play about a strange family. After all, he's got a weird family connection to it.
- Fans can have Hendrix experience at guitarist's London home Updated: Feb-08-16 11:35 am
LONDON - When he was not being a string-shredding, amp-blasting guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix liked nothing better than to sit at home drinking tea and watching the British soap opera "Coronation Street."
- Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey Updated: Feb-08-16 11:20 am
BEIJING - Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.
- Broadway's 'Tuck Everlasting' hopes for eternal experience Updated: Feb-08-16 9:57 am
NEW YORK - Andrew Keenan-Bolger isn't tapping into his vulnerable side for his next Broadway role. He's trying to be utterly fearless.
- Ballet program encourages Davenport children to read Updated: Feb-06-16 10:51 am
DAVENPORT, Iowa - About 1,400 first-graders in the Davenport Community School District received ballet lessons last week, thanks to a pilot program developed by Ballet Quad-Cities to encourage reading.
- 5 places in L.A. to soak up Oscars vibes Updated: Feb-04-16 2:55 pm
LOS ANGELES - It's Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees.
- 'Black Swan' choreographer quits Paris ballet amid tensions Updated: Feb-04-16 11:24 am
PARIS - Dancer Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed for the 2010 movie "Black Swan" and is married to its star, Natalie Portman, announced Thursday he's stepping down as dance director at Paris' premier ballet company.