Performing arts

Actors Vanessa Lock, left, as Betsy DeVos, Cole Sitilides, center, and Jenny Waxman perform in the play "The Confirmation Hearing for the Secretary of Education" in Washington's Arena Stage theater on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. In the play, about a dozen student actors from local high schools posed as frustrated Democrats and friendly Republicans to grill DeVos on the merits of public education, the role of the federal government in civil rights, and her family wealth. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)
September 18, 2018 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky Senate confirmation hearing to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. During the performance at Arena Stage, about a dozen student actors from local high schools...
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September 15, 2018 - 2:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two dancers were fired from the New York City Ballet on Saturday amid accusations that they were part of a ring of male dancers who inappropriately shared nude photos and videos of women. The ballet company said principal dancers Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catarazo, as well as a third...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, pedestrians make their way in front of the Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center. The Metropolitan Opera will start regular Sunday afternoon performances for the first time in its century-plus history during the 2019-20 season. (AP Poto/John Minchillo, File)
September 14, 2018 - 4:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will start regular Sunday afternoon performances for the first time in its century-plus history during the 2019-20 season. As part of its new union agreements announced Friday, the company also will go dark each February beginning in 2020-21. The Met will open...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, actress Marin Mazzie attends the after party for the opening night of "Bullets Over Broadway" in New York. Mazzie, who battled ovarian cancer starting in 2015, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at her Manhattan home, said her husband, actor Jason Danieley. She was 57. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
September 13, 2018 - 12:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in "Ragtime," ''Passion" and "Kiss Me, Kate," has died following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57. Mazzie died Thursday at her Manhattan home surrounded by...
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September 12, 2018 - 7:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A new government study finds that fiction reading is down, poetry is up and adult Americans are renewing their interest in museums, arts festivals and the performing arts. On Wednesday, the National Endowment for the Arts published "U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary...
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September 10, 2018 - 1:51 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have detained two artists over a theatre production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Cultural official Shahram Karami told the official IRNA news agency Monday that Iran's judiciary had ordered the detention of the play's director, Maryam Kazemi,...
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FILE - In this May 24 2013, file photo, Gene Cornish, of The Rascals, performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. A theater official says Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals collapsed on stage while performing in Montana. The Billings Gazette reports the 74-year-old Cornish was taken to a hospital after the incident Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. There was no immediate word on his condition. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
September 08, 2018 - 1:01 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals collapsed on stage while performing in Montana, a theater official said. The 74-year-old Cornish was taken to a hospital Friday, the Billings Gazette reported . There was no immediate word on his condition...
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Louis Farrakhan, from left, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton attend the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
August 31, 2018 - 6:31 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of singers Friday in a hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member. "Aretha's singing challenged...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2016, file photo, Carrie Ann Inaba arrives at night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Inaba and television personality Ross Matthews will co-host this year’s Miss America competition. Pageant officials made the announcement Wednesday, Aug. 29. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 29, 2018 - 12:44 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — "Dancing with the Stars" host Carrie Ann Inaba and television personality Ross Mathews will co-host this year's Miss America competition. Pageant officials made the announcement Wednesday. Inaba was the pageant's choreographer for many years, but will be hosting the show...
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FILE- In this Sept. 22, 1994, file photo, american playwright Neil Simon answers questions during an interview in Seattle, Wash. Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as "The Odd Couple," "Barefoot in the Park" and his "Brighton Beach" trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, died on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. He was 91. (AP Photo/Gary Stuart, File)
August 26, 2018 - 7:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When master playwright Neil Simon accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006, he was visibly nervous. But his gentle humor was evident. "It took me six years to write my first play," he said, recalling that he found the title for "Come Blow Your Horn" from one of his...
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