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Jerry Herman, renowned Hello, Dolly! composer, dies at 88

The renowned composer — creator of 10 Broadway shows and contributor to many more — died of pulmonary complications in Miami.

Irving Burgie, songwriter of Belafonte's calypso hit Day-O, dead at 95

Composer Irving Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music and co-wrote the enduring Harry Belafonte hit Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), has died at the age of 95.

Jane Fonda arrested protesting climate change in Washington

Actor and activist Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change.

Russell Simmons steps down from companies amid new allegation

Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons says he is stepping away from his companies following a second allegation of sexual misconduct.

Kevin Spacey apology, coming out slammed as 'distraction' from alleged sexual advance on minor

Kevin Spacey's statement of regret after being accused of trying to seduce former child actor Anthony Rapp has kicked up a backlash, with many accusing the actor of trying to change the subject by disclosing his sexuality.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.Lo, Luis Fonsi sing on Puerto Rico relief single

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda released a new original song Friday to raise money for Puerto Rican hurricane relief and he's enlisted some of the biggest Latin stars in music to help.

Bernard Pomerance, playwright of The Elephant Man, dies at 76

Bernard Pomerance, the playwright best known for the Tony Award-winning play about a horribly deformed man that has lured some of Hollywood's biggest names, such as Bradley Cooper and John Hurt, has died. He was 76.

Thomas Meehan, Tony-winning writer of Annie, dead at 88

Three-time Tony Award-winning book writer Thomas Meehan, best known for transforming the Little Orphan Annie cartoon strip into the smash Broadway musical Annie, has died at age 88.
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Johnny Depp apologizes, says Trump assassination quip was 'bad joke'

Johnny Depp is apologizing for a "bad joke" about assassinating U.S. President Donald Trump during an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in Britain.

Some musicians cancel concerts after Manchester blast

The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists cancelling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled.

Kevin Spacey to host Broadway's Tony Awards

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year's Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of House of Cards in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-Hamilton hangover.

Former pop star, veteran music executive Tommy Page dies at 46

Tommy Page, a former pop star whose song I'll Be Your Everything went to No. 1 in 1990 and who later became a record company executive, publisher of Billboard magazine, a vice-president at Pandora and an executive at The Village Voice, has died. He was 46.

Broadway night out: Barack and Malia Obama check out The Price

Former U.S. president Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama have caught a new revival of Arthur Miller's The Price. They attended the play starring Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht at the American Airlines Theatre on Friday.

Play of George Orwell's 1984 coming to Broadway this year

A new British stage adaptation of George Orwell's chilling dystopic novel 1984 is coming to an America where issues of "newspeak" and surveillance are quite relevant.
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Hillary Clinton cheered as Broadway's The Color Purple bid farewell

The Color Purple had a special guest in the audience as it bid farewell to Broadway — Hillary Clinton, who earned several rounds of sustained applause as she and former president Bill Clinton took their seats for the matinee performance.