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Jun 8, 2015

Helen Mirren, musical ‘Fun Home’ win early Tony Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actress Helen Mirren won her first Tony on Sunday for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience,” and her co-star Richard McCabe picked up the best featured actor prize at the 2015 Tony Awards.

Edgy new productions are up against more classic shows, and newcomers are in tight races with veteran stars for the 69th Annual Tony Awards, theater’s highest honors.

Jun 7, 2015

And the winner is … Tony Awards honor finest in theater

NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) – Risky new productions are vying
with more classic shows, and newcomers are in tight races with
veteran stars on Sunday for the 2015 Tony Awards, U.S. theater’s
highest honors, and the culmination of Broadway’s most
successful season ever.

The 69th Annual Tony Awards will celebrate the best in a
record-breaking season in which audience numbers topped 13.1
million and grosses rose to a $1.36 billion.

Jun 3, 2015

Car lover’s dream, McLaren F1 supercar to be sold at auction

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – Deep-pocketed car lovers will
have a chance to buy a rare McLaren F1 when it goes on the
auction block this summer, as part of a sale of a private
collection of some of the world’s finest sports and supercars.

The 1998 orange, three-seater F1 “LM-Specification” car is
one of the highlights of The Pinnacle Portfolio, a collection of
more than 20 post-World War Two cars that is expected to fetch a
total of more than $65 million in a standalone sale on Aug. 13
by RM Sotheby’s at California’s Monterey 2015 Classic Car

Jun 3, 2015

Big commercial hit and small, creative musical lead Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – Broadway is preparing for its
biggest night on Sunday with the 2015 Tony Awards, U.S.
theater’s highest honors, following a record-breaking season
with a commercial hit vying with an edgy musical for the top

Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, who is also
a nominee, will co-host the show that will be broadcast live on
CBS television from Radio City Music Hall.

Jun 2, 2015

Letters by author Harper Lee to be sold at auction

NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – An archive of six typewritten
letters by “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee could sell
for up to $250,000 when it goes under the hammer this month,
Christie’s auction house said on Tuesday.

The letters were undated or written between 1956 and 1961 to
Lee’s friend, New York architect Harold Caufield. They will be
auctioned on June 12 in New York.

May 29, 2015

Actor Jim Parsons takes on heavenly role in ‘An Act of God’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With two winged angels at his side, actor Jim Parsons assumes a divine role as he reveals another story of the six days of creation and issues a revised version of the Ten Commandments in the new Broadway comedy “An Act of God.”

Parsons, a multiple Emmy winner for his role as the nerdy scientist Sheldon Cooper in the hit TV comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” is God in the play that opened on Thursday night for a limited run at Studio 54.

May 29, 2015
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Jewish and Arab youths promote harmony in Israel through music


(Members of the Polyphony Quartet from left; Revital Bendersky, Mahdi Saadi, Shir Semmel and Feras Machour pose together at All Souls Church in New York May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Arab and Jewish students in Israel are trying to bridge the gap between their two communities one note at a time through classical music programs that bring together some of the country’s best musicians.

May 27, 2015

Tracy Morgan settles lawsuit with Wal-Mart for undisclosed sum

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian Tracy Morgan and other people injured in a crash with a Wal-Mart Stores Inc truck last year have reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum with the world’s largest retailer, court documents filed on Wednesday showed.

Morgan, who starred in the TV show “30 Rock” and the late night comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live,” was badly injured and comedian James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair was killed in the June 7 accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

May 21, 2015

‘Mad Men’ creator muses on series and that Coca-Cola commercial

NEW YORK, May 20 (Reuters) – “Mad Men” creator Matthew
Weiner offered insights in the creation of his acclaimed
television drama about the dark side of advertising in the 1960s
and explained the significance of the Coca-Cola ad that ended
the series on Sunday.

In a talk with novelist A.M. Homes at the New York Public
Library on Wednesday night, the writer and director of the Emmy
award winning AMC drama said the final season was about an
inward journey for the characters, particularly its star, Don
Draper, played by actor Jon Hamm.

May 20, 2015

Talk show host David Letterman bids farewell on final ‘Late Show’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian David Letterman will sign off for the last time on CBS’s “Late Show” on Wednesday, concluding a 33-year career on late-night television with a show that promises to be full of surprises, a run across the stage and his final Top Ten List.

The 68-year-old host, famed for his quick wit, sarcasm, offbeat humor, attitude and crazy stunts, hosted Hollywood stars and U.S. presidents in his final weeks of the show before handing the reins to comedian Stephen Colbert.

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