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Nov. 7, 2012 at 2:17 PM   |   Comments

Broadway loses $8.5M due to Sandy

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Broadway shows lost an estimated $8.5 million in ticket sales when Hurricane Sandy took a bite out of the Big Apple last week, theater officials said.

The New York Times said Tuesday every Broadway show was affected by the superstorm, but the musical "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and the play "Grace," starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner, were particularly hard hit, suffering a 50 percent drop at the box office compared to the week before.

After performances resumed, attendance was relatively light since public transportation wasn't immediately back to normal and some tourists avoided the region, the Times said.


Alley shoots down gay Travolta rumors

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Kirstie Alley said in an ABC News interview her longtime friend John Travolta is the greatest love of her life and not gay as people have claimed.

Travolta and Alley, who are both Scientologists, starred in the "Look Who's Talking" trilogy of big-screen comedies in the 1980s and '90s.

Travolta, who married actress Kelly Preston in 1991, has been dogged by allegations from men claiming he was sexually aggressive toward them.

"I know John. With all my heart and soul, he's not gay," Alley told interviewer Barbara Walters. "I think in some weird way, in Hollywood, if someone gets big enough and famous enough, and they're not out doing drugs and they're not womanizing, what do you say about them?"

Alley said she fell in love with Travolta when she worked with him on the first "Look Who's Talking" movie in 1989, but resisted the urge to try to make a life with him.

"Believe me, it took everything I had inside, outside, whatever, to not run off and marry John and be with John for the rest of my life," she said. "I feel like when you marry someone, you're supposed to work hard at it and you're supposed to make it work."


'Girl Meets World' series in the works

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Ben Savage is in early talks to reprise his role of Cory Matthews in a new follow-up to his 1990s U.S. sitcom "Boy Meets World," TVLine reported.

The television news website said the Disney Channel is developing a show called "Girl Meets World," which would follow the adventures of Matthews' pre-teen daughter.

TVLine said actress Danielle Fishel could also return as Matthews' wife and former childhood sweetheart, Topanga.

"Boy Meets World" ran on ABC from 1993 to 2000.


'Red' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift's "Red" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City," followed by Jason Aldean's "Night Train" at No. 3, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" at No. 4 and Tony Bennett's "Viva Duets" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Gary Clark Jr.'s "Blak & Blu" at No. 6, Sour's "House of Gold & Bones -- Part 1" at No. 7, P!nk's "The Truth About Love" at No. 8, Antebellum's "On This Winter's Night" at No. 9 and Brandy's "Two Eleven" at No. 10.

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