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Apr 10, 2015

‘Wolf Hall’ brings deceit, betrayal of Tudor England to Broadway

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Tudor court of England’s King Henry VIII, with all its intrigue, greed and betrayal, comes alive on Broadway in “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two,” the theatrical adaptation of author Hilary Mantel’s award-winning historical novels.

The two-part production by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which runs for a total of more than five hours, opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York Thursday after sold-out engagements in Stratford-upon-Avon and London’s West End.

Apr 10, 2015

At Tribeca Film Festival, movies make room for live performances

NEW YORK (Reuters) – From a crime thriller based on a memoir to a zombie drama set in small-town America or peeks into the lives of a ballerina and a singer, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival is showcasing a varied mix of movies along with live dance, music and comedy.

Since it started more than a decade ago, the festival has become a showcase for independent and documentary works, as well as a launching pad for new talent and a testing ground for innovative filmmaking.

Apr 9, 2015

Mais oui! Vanessa Hudgens makes debut on Broadway as ‘Gigi’

NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – Nearly 50 years after Leslie
Caron captured hearts in the film “Gigi,” actress Vanessa
Hudgens is tackling the role in her Broadway debut in a more
modern musical version of the French story.

The revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical
based on the character in French writer Colette’s 1944 novella
of the same name opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on Wednesday

Apr 7, 2015

Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ lyrics sell for $1.2 million

NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) – Songwriter Don McLean’s
original working manuscript for “American Pie,” one of the most
iconic songs of the 20th century, sold for $1.2 million,
auctioneers Christie’s said on Tuesday.

It fell short of the $2 million record set last year for Bob
Dylan’s hand-written lyrics for “Like A Rolling Stone.”

Mar 30, 2015

South Africa’s Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

By Susan Heavey and Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – Trevor Noah, a South African comedian little known to U.S. audiences, will replace Jon Stewart as the new host of the Emmy Award-winning, late-night parody newscast “The Daily Show,” Comedy Central said on Monday.

The Viacom Inc-owned network said it selected Noah, 31, because he is an “enormous talent” and “wickedly funny.” His premiere will be announced at a later date.

Mar 30, 2015

Helen Mirren fights to rescue stolen art in ‘Woman in Gold’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Before Helen Mirren agreed to play elderly Jewish World War Two refugee Maria Altmann in the new film “Woman in Gold,” the Academy Award-winning actress checked the last page of the screenplay to see if the character was there.

It’s a trick Mirren learned early in her career. Altmann’s character was at the end of the screenplay of the film about her life that opens in U.S. theaters on Wednesday.

Mar 26, 2015

TV documentary probes mysteries, treatments, advances in cancer

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – For documentary maker Ken
Burns the film “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” has a
special significance because the multiple Emmy award-winner’s
mother died of the disease when he was a boy.

Burns was 11 years old when she lost her battle with cancer,
an event he said robbed him of his childhood.

Mar 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer concern

By Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – Two years after her double mastectomy, actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie said she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer.

The glamorous wife of actor Brad Pitt and the mother of six children said in an op-ed column in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had the surgery last week after blood tests showed what could have been early signs of the disease that killed her mother at age 56.

Mar 23, 2015

Musical ‘Fun Home’ gives voice to first lesbian lead character

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway is getting its first lesbian lead character next month when “Fun Home,” an award-winning musical about family, sexuality and acceptance, opens next month.

Based on the best-selling, graphic memoir, “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” by writer/cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the coming-of-age musical examines her dysfunctional family and relationship with her late father, a closeted gay man who ran a funeral home and taught English in rural Pennsylvania.

Mar 20, 2015

Kids of comedian killed in Tracy Morgan crash get $10 mln settlement

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The children of the comedian James
McNair, who was killed in a highway crash that injured fellow
comic Tracy Morgan, have reached a $10 million
out-of-court-settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc,
according to court documents.

The settlement for the June 7 crash last year was initially
announced in January with terms of the agreement confidential.
But recent documents filed in New York’s Westchester County
revealed the amount of the award that would be spilt between his
children, Danita, 19, and Jamel, 26.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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