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‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Sets Broadway Closing Date

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‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Sets Broadway Closing Date
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, one of the most popular Broadway shows in recent seasons and the rare jukebox musical as beloved by critics as by audiences, will end its nearly six-year Broadway run on October 27, producers announced tonight.

Based on the songs of its titular pop legend and her inner circle, Beautiful earned seven Tony nominations in 2014 and won a pair, including one for lead actress Jessie Mueller. The musical will close having played 2,418 regular performances and 60 previews. It’s Broadway’s second-longest-running bio-musical and the longest-running and highest-grossing show in the Stephen Sondheim Theatre’s history.

The production recouped its $13 million capitalization within nine months, but even it wasn’t immune to a generally tough summer for Broadway. In recent weeks, Beautiful has been grossing at about half, or just above half, of its $994,804 weekly potential. Although the summer has been hard on newer shows — with recent or
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How to Watch ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Fireworks

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How to Watch ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Fireworks
NBC’s fireworks spectacular isn’t the only game in town — especially if that town is Washington, D.C. PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth” is the country’s longest-running live national Fourth of July TV celebration.

This 39th version of the spectacular will be hosted by John Stamos. The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and Weta, Washington, D.C. Michael Colbert is executive producer.

But how do you watch this thing?

“A Capitol Fourth” airs on PBS from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Et. It’ll also run on the American Forces Network and on NPR, and stream live on Facebook, YouTube and PBS.org. Additionally, the special will be available as Video on Demand programming from July 4 to July 18.

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Below is PBS’ description:

This July 4, “A Capitol
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Ed Sheeran and Khalid sing about ‘Beautiful People’, but would rather be ordinary in their new video [Watch]

Ed Sheeran and Khalid sing about ‘Beautiful People’, but would rather be ordinary in their new video [Watch]
Ed Sheeran‘s new album “No. 6 Collaborations Project” doesn’t drop until July 12, but he has already released a third single in advance of its release. And there’s a new video to go along with it. On “Beautiful People” he teams up with R&b star Khalid to sing about the finer things in life — and how they’d really just prefer the ordinary things in life. Watch the video above.

“We don’t fit in well / ‘Cause we are just ourselves,” he sings. “This is my only fear / That we become / Beautiful people / Drop-top, designer clothes / Front row at fashion shows / … That’s not who we are.” I mean, Sheeran and Khalid seem to be doing quite well for themselves, so that kind of is who they are, materially at least, which may be way they hardly even show up in the video. Instead, the clip focuses on
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More Stars Join 2019 A Capitol Fourth Celebration

Joining the all-star line-up for the 39th annual edition of PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, the country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition, are Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand) plus Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and R&b legends The O’Jays.

Osnes, whose distinguished Broadway career includes starring roles in Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde and Anything Goes, will perform a medley of patriotic songs accompanied by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” The O’Jays, the legendary trio behind such classics as “I Love Music” and “Use Ta Be My Girl,” will perform their Grammy Hall of Fame inducted Billboard Hot 100 # 1 hit song “Love Train.” This April, the O’Jays debuted “The Last Word,” their first studio album in 15 years, and what the band has announced will be their final album.

The 39th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Thursday,
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Bww TV: The Band's Visit National Tour Gets Ready to Hit the Road!

The award-winning Israeli film actor Sasson Gabay will reprise the role of 'Tewfiq' in the upcoming North American tour of the 10-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, The Band's Visit, the role he created in the 2007 film of the same name and most recently played on Broadway.Joining him for the tour is critically acclaimed 'Beautiful' actress Chilina Kennedy in the role of 'Dina', a role which won a Tony Award for original star Katrina Lenk in 2018.
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Photo Coverage: Sasson Gabay, Chilina Kennedy & More Get Ready to Launch The Band's Visit National Tour!

The award-winning Israeli film actor Sasson Gabay will reprise the role of 'Tewfiq' in the upcoming North American tour of the 10-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, The Band's Visit, the role he created in the 2007 film of the same name and most recently played on Broadway.Joining him for the tour is critically acclaimed 'Beautiful' actress Chilina Kennedy in the role of 'Dina', a role which won a Tony Award for original star Katrina Lenk in 2018.
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Gordon Lightfoot Is Still Following That Carefree Highway

Gordon Lightfoot Is Still Following That Carefree Highway
Anyone who ever owned an album by Gordon Lightfoot might not immediately recognize the man sitting on a metal chair in a dressing room at New York’s Town Hall. These days, Lightfoot only passingly resembles the strapping, mustached, square-jawed troubadour whose ballads, like “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Early Mornin’ Rain” and “Carefree Highway,” became coffeehouse standards. He no longer perms his hair as he once did. Lanky, sandy-brown locks now fall around his face, which is clean-shaven and, like his body, thin and bony. His hands show purple splotches.
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Tony win for Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’) would defy almost two decades of precedent

Tony win for Stephanie J. Block (‘The Cher Show’) would defy almost two decades of precedent
As of this writing Stephanie J. Block (“The Cher Show”) is the front-runner to win this year’s Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical with 16/5 odds after prevailing at the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. But the last time this Tony category went to a performance in a show that wasn’t nominated for Best Musical or Best Musical Revival was 2000 when Heather Headley won for “Aida.” “The Cher Show” received three nominations overall, but the other two were for costumes and lighting design, not in the top category. So is Stephanie as far out front as the Experts think she is?

In the biographical musical about the life of Cher, we see the legendary recording artist at three stages of her life, with three actresses portraying her as “Babe,” “Lady,” and “Star.” While the show overall received a mixed critical reception when it opened on Broadway back in December,
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14 Music Biopics in the Works After ‘Rocketman,’ From Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin (Photos)

14 Music Biopics in the Works After ‘Rocketman,’ From Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin (Photos)
With the box office and awards season success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” music biopics are roaring back. “Rocketman,” based on the life of Elton John, just released this past weekend, and several others are currently in the works, including films about Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Amy Winehouse

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward are producing a film on the life of the late Amy Winehouse. They’ll be working in coordination with Winehouse’s father Mitch, who previously said in a statement that he felt finally the “time was right.” Although no one has been cast yet as the soul singer, Owen tells TheWrap the project is in development and the plan is to shoot next year.

“Respect” – Aretha Franklin

Before her death in 2018, Aretha Franklin chose Jennifer Hudson to portray her on film. The biopic follows the Queen of Soul from her
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‘Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love’ Trailer: New Doc Explores Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful, Tragic Love Affair With His Muse

The love life of an artist is always a bit troubled. By their very nature, successful artists, no matter the medium, don’t make for the best partners. And in the case of Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen, that is most definitely the case. In the new documentary, which recently premiered at Sundance, “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love,” we learn how a love affair between a poet/songwriter and his muse can be a beautiful, but tragic, thing.

Continue reading ‘Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love’ Trailer: New Doc Explores Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful, Tragic Love Affair With His Muse at The Playlist.
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Pharrell Brought Out Every Rapper Ever for His Something in the Water Set

Pharrell Brought Out Every Rapper Ever for His Something in the Water Set
One day after Pharrell Williams was forced to cancel the first day of his inaugural Something in the Water music festival in his hometown Virginia Beach, the rapper-producer made it up to fans Saturday night with guest appearances by his biggest collaborators, including Jay-z, Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Charlie Wilson and Tyler, the Creator.

Billed simply as “Pharrell and Friends,” the 90-minute set found Williams dipping into all aspects of his 27-year career, opening with N.O.R.E’s “Nothin,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,
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Fan Bingbing Starts to Re-Emerge Months After Tax Scandal

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Fan Bingbing Starts to Re-Emerge Months After Tax Scandal
Half a year after she was found guilty of tax fraud and disappeared from the public eye, Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has begun to signal her comeback, attending a gala event and launching her own beauty product on social media this week.

The 37-year-old actress unexpectedly hit the red carpet in Beijing on Monday at a ninth-anniversary event for streaming giant iQiyi, though she arrived late and didn’t answer media questions. “iQiyi hosted a closed-door event of entertainment professionals, unrelated to any specific projects,” the company told Variety in response to a query about Fan’s attendance.

Industry watchers saw her presence as an attempt to assess public reception of her re-emergence months after she issued a groveling public apology and was ordered to pay more than $100 million in penalties and back taxes. Reactions on social media to her re-appearance suggest that Fan could face a tough road back to public favor.
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Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (‘American Idol’) powers through this private ‘Blackbird’ performance even though he lost his voice [Watch]

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (‘American Idol’) powers through this private ‘Blackbird’ performance even though he lost his voice [Watch]
One day after “American Idol’s” Disney night, the Top 8 singers of Season 17 held a private listening session for journalists and influencers at EastWest Studios in Hollywood. All of the finalists gave acoustic performances for the intimate crowd, including Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon who had completely lost his voice that day. (Perhaps Katy Perry‘s sea witch Urusula was to blame?) Even voiceless, Jeremiah delivered a haunting rendition of The Beatles‘ “Blackbird” that proved why he’s one of the front-runners to join the “American Idol” winners list (watch above).

See‘American Idol’ judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan confess to Gold Derby they regret eliminating this one singer

“What a crazy experience,” Jeremiah declared when he first took the stage in the blue-hued studio. The “American Idol” band was in place behind him since they accompanied many of the other finalists, but Jeremiah opted to go solo by playing only his guitar.
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Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (2019) TV Spots: The ‘Intimidation’ displayed by the Kaijus is ‘Beautiful’

Godzilla King of the Monsters TV Spots Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have released two new movie TV commercials for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). Many news scenes from the upcoming monster bash film are displayed in these Godzilla: King of the Monsters TV spots. Why humanity goes around the [...]

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Church janitor Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon breaks away from ‘gloomy’ home life, shines during ‘American Idol’ Hollywood week [Watch]

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon returned to the “American Idol” stage during Monday’s episode of Hollywood week and floored judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan with his haunting rendition of Roberta Flack‘s “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” Because this church janitor’s family doesn’t support his being gay, Jeremiah admitted to mentor Bobby Bones that his home life felt “gloomy,” which is why it was so “good” being in Hollywood for the second stage of the reality TV competition. Watch Jeremiah’s latest performance video above.

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With his family staying put back home, Jeremiah revealed, “It’s freeing in a way because this gives me the platform to just process a lot that’s happening. Music’s like my way of doing that.” Jeremiah’s boyfriend John, also a musician,
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American Idol Recap: Did Your Favorites Survive Night 1 of Hollywood Week?

American Idol Recap: Did Your Favorites Survive Night 1 of Hollywood Week?
The fact that Sunday’s American Idol ended with a contestant being rushed to the hospital feels on par with the vibe of Hollywood Week thus far. As we saw tonight, not even our favorites are immune to the occasional misstep — and the pressure is on.

Read on for a breakdown of how 38 memorable contestants fared in the first night of Hollywood Week:

Still In The Competition:

* Laci Kaye Booth (Katy’s little “diamond in the rough”) breezed through to the Group Rounds with a stunning solo performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman,” putting her own country twist on the classic song.
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Riverdale Season 3 Musical Episode Recap: Can't We Be Seventeen?

Riverdale Season 3 Musical Episode Recap: Can't We Be Seventeen?
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Riverdale recap here.

The Riverdale kids took to the stage again for a school production of Heathers: The Musical — and it might be the most fun we’ve ever seen them have? (Maybe they should do more than one of these a year.)

Despite Hermione’s very reasonable complaints about the musical’s violent content — a cast member was murdered last year, after all — Kevin defends Heathers as an accurate portrayal of teenage angst, and demonstrates that by singing the opening song “Beautiful,” with the rest of the gang joining in. (Even Jughead!
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Christina Aguilera To Receive Hrc Ally for Equality Award at the 2019 Hrc Los Angeles Dinner

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (Hrc) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (Lgbtq) civil rights organization — announced the organization will honor six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera with the Hrc Ally for Equality Award at the 2019 Hrc Los Angeles Dinner.

As previously announced, Yeardley Smith will also be honored with the Hrc National Leadership Award. Set to take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Jw Marriott L.A. Live, the event brings together more than 1,000 of Hrc’s most active members and supporters in the greater Los Angeles area to raise crucial funds in the fight for Lgbtq equality.

“Christina Aguilera is a living legend and a true Lgbtq icon who consistently uses her global superstar platform to share a message of hope and inspiration to those who have been marginalized simply because of who they are,” said Hrc President Chad Griffin. “Through her powerful music
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Anoop Menon’s 'King Fish' is about a contemporary king

MollywoodAnoop, who is also the director of the film, plays a king in the modern times and filmmaker Ranjith plays his happy-go-lucky uncle.Digital NativeAnoop Menon will be making his directorial debut with the Malayalam movie King Fish. He will be playing the main lead in this film with director Ranjith playing an important role as well. King Fish is the tale of a king set in the modern times. Named Bhaskara Varma, Anoop will be playing Ranjith’s nephew in the film. Ranjith’s character in the film is named Neelakanta Varma. A poster of the film was released recently, showing one of them playing the guitar and the other listening – might remind you of the film Beautiful where Anoop Menon played the guitar for Jayasurya’s character but in King Fish, he is the listener. The film will have three heroines - Durga Krishna, Niranjana Anoop and Np Nisa.
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Video: Get A First Look At Norm Lewis, Jessie Mueller, and Rosie O'Donnell in The Music Man

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Broadway Center Stage production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man starring Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis Porgy and Bess as Harold Hill, Tony Award-winning actress Jessie Mueller Waitress, Carousel, Beautiful as Marian Paroo, and Broadway, film, and television star Rosie O'Donnell as Mrs. Paroo. The semi-staged concert production is directed by Marc Bruni Beautiful, Broadway Center Stage How to Succeed... with choreography by Chris Bailey Jerry Springer The Opera, The New Yorkers at Encores and music direction by James Moore Miss Saigon, the Kennedy Center's Follies and Ragtime.
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