Review: Fox shows it can do musicals with ambitious ‘Grease’
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Review: Fox shows it can do musicals with ambitious ‘Grease’

NEW YORK (AP) — The chills were indeed multiplyin’ during the “Grease: Live!” telecast on Sunday, a show that survived early rain, some tricky costume changes, a mortifying loss of audio and a cast member’s heartbreak. With this hectic, ambitious and hormonal “Grease,” Fox proved it could up the ante in the new mini-industry of … Continue reading

Norfolk State University celebrates Black History Month
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Norfolk State University celebrates Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, Norfolk State University will pay tribute to the contributions African-Americans have made throughout the United States and in the Commonwealth of Virginia by hosting panel discussions, several art exhibits, special lectures and performing arts events. The university will host several “signature events,” that will explore topics such as the … Continue reading

Norfolk State University commemorates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Norfolk State University commemorates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Michael L. Grantham Every year, the public, students, organizations, and faculty members are welcome to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. walk. This year at Norfolk State was no different. During this walk, students had the chance to bond with one another by coming together and walking to show respect for the accomplishments … Continue reading

Original song nominees at Oscars is battle of the pop stars
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Original song nominees at Oscars is battle of the pop stars

NEW YORK (AP) — The race for best original song at the Academy Awards is a full-blown battle of the 20-something pop stars, with Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd up for the honor this year. In recent years chart-topping singers who co-wrote their songs have earned nominations for original song at the Golden … Continue reading

Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more
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Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a “Funny Girl.” “Today we celebrate some extraordinary people: innovators, artists and leaders who contribute to America’s strength as a nation,” … Continue reading

Box Office Top 20: ‘Spectre’ and ‘Peanuts’ stay on top
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Box Office Top 20: ‘Spectre’ and ‘Peanuts’ stay on top

NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of new releases failed to come close to “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie,” which easily remained the biggest draws at movie theaters over the weekend. The James Bond film “Spectre” grossed $33.7 million in its second week, while “The Peanuts Movie” followed up its second-place debut with $24 million. … Continue reading

Michelle Obama brings Broadway to the White House
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Michelle Obama brings Broadway to the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is taking another trip to Broadway— without hitting the bustling streets of New York City’s Times Square. The first lady welcomed stars from Broadway to the White House Monday as shecelebrated the history of live theater, what she calls a “cornerstone” of the nation’s cultural heritage. The East Room performance … Continue reading

First lady brings ‘Great White Way’ to White House
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First lady brings ‘Great White Way’ to White House

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is giving her regards to Broadway with a TLC special set for Thanksgiving Day broadcast. “Broadway at the White House,” a one-hour special on the history of the “Great White Way” and the craft of theater, is to be taped Monday, November 16. Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison are … Continue reading

‘Hamilton’ cast album makes history singing about history
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‘Hamilton’ cast album makes history singing about history

  NEW YORK (AP) — The cast album from the Broadway smash “Hamilton” has done something few such recordings have done in quite some time. How long? Since Richard Burton was King Arthur onstage — the first time. Atlantic Records said last week that “Hamilton” has so far sold over 54,000 albums, had more than … Continue reading