Performing arts

February 28, 2019 - 4:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of "To Kill a Mockingbird" under legal threat by Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin. The combative move has prompted calls for a boycott of Rudin's work. Rudin is arguing that...
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FILE - This June 17, 2015 file photo shows Wendy Whelan at the premiere of "A Little Chaos" in New York. The New York City Ballet has chosen two former dancers to lead the company after the scandal that ended with the retirement of longtime artistic director Peter Martins. The new artistic director is Jonathan Stafford. Whelan, a beloved dancer who performed with City Ballet for three decades, was named associate artistic director. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
February 28, 2019 - 3:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a pas de deux: New York City Ballet has chosen two former dancers — a man and a woman — to lead the company in the #MeToo era, following the scandal that ended with the retirement of longtime artistic director Peter Martins. Former ballerina Wendy Whelan, beloved by fans and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2004 file photo, conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn, conducts the 15th symphony concert during the Lucerne Festival in the concert hall in Lucerne, Switzerland. Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, died in his Manhattan home, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. He was 89. (Urs FlueelerKEYSTONE via AP, File)
February 28, 2019 - 1:00 pm
Andre Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, has died. He was 89. His manager Linda Petrikova says Previn passed away Thursday in his Manhattan home. Previn was a child prodigy whose family fled Nazi Germany. As a...
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February 25, 2019 - 10:41 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The segregation-era road-trip drama "Green Book" was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards, delighting those who see the film as a feel-good throwback but disappointing others who ridicule it as an outdated inversion of "Driving Miss Daisy." In a year when Hollywood...
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February 25, 2019 - 1:26 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 91st Academy Awards, which are being presented Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Rami Malek may have had a brief fall from the heights of his best-actor Oscar victory for "Bohemian Rhapsody" but he recovered in time...
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February 24, 2019 - 1:27 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson's case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday. Walking out with Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett looked...
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February 23, 2019 - 1:40 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Stanley Donen, whose "Singin' in the Rain" provided some of the most unforgettable moments in movie history, has died. He was 94. Donen died Thursday in New York from heart failure, his sons Joshua and Mark Donen confirmed Saturday. Donen often teamed with Gene Kelly...
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This undated image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Eric Owens as Porgy, left, and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess." The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. (Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 1:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. Performances of "Porgy and Bess," which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin...
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Ruth E. Carter accepts the career achievement award as Danai Gurira, from right, and Halle Berry look on at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
February 20, 2019 - 10:37 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ruth E. Carter may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on "Black Panther," but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheroes throughout her illustrious career. "After...
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This Jan. 15, 2019 photo shows renderings of fashions created by Oscar nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter for the film "Black Panther," in Los Angeles. Carter will also be honored for her illustrious career at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
February 17, 2019 - 9:00 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black Panther" costume designer Ruth E. Carter says she wants her Oscar recognition to create more opportunities for African-Americans and women of color who desire to follow her footsteps. If Carter wins an Oscar for best costume design on Feb. 24, she would become the first...
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