Atwood, Calif. librarian winners at LA Times Festival of Books

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- Author Margaret Atwood and the former California state librarian were among the winners at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the newspaper reported.
Wendy Williams to star in 'Chicago' on Broadway

Wendy Williams to star in 'Chicago' on Broadway

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- Talk-show host Wendy Williams will make her Broadway stage debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in the musical "Chicago," producers said Monday.
Billy Ray Cyrus heading to Broadway

Billy Ray Cyrus heading to Broadway

NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- Singer-actor Billy Ray Cyrus is to play fast-talking criminal lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical "Chicago," producers announced Monday.
Gervais to voice 'Family Guy' dolphin

Gervais to voice 'Family Guy' dolphin

LONDON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- British actor and writer Ricky Gervais is to lend his voice to a dolphin character on America's edgy animated comedy series "Family Guy," the BBC said.
Wopat to headline 'Chicago' tour

Wopat to headline 'Chicago' tour

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Stage and TV actor Tom Wopat has signed on to headline the latest North American tour of the Broadway musical "Chicago," representatives for the show said.

Pamela Smart: Death would be better

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Twenty years after a New Hampshire woman was convicted of soliciting the murder of her husband she said she bears some responsibility for his death.

Family wants Smart killer kept in jail

MANCHESTER, N.H., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The man convicted of killing Gregory Smart in New Hampshire is seeking early release from prison.

N.Y. street is named 'Jerry Orbach Way'

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A portion of a street in Manhattan's Theater District has been renamed "Jerry Orbach Way," in honor of the stage and television actor who died in 2004.

Usher out of 'Chicago' with strep throat

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Pop star Usher, cast as Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical "Chicago," has a strep throat and will not return to the role, his manager says.

Usher eying return to Broadway's 'Chicago'

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Hip hop singer Usher is set to return to a Broadway production of "Chicago" after being out of the hit musical since Friday with an illness.

Usher adds two weeks to his 'Chicago' run

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Usher's run on Broadway has been extended until Oct. 14 after the singer showed he had what it takes as Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago." The day after the R&B star debuted as Billy Flynn, the smooth talking lawyer, the ticket sales for "Chicago" quin

Bartlett to return to 'Chicago' production

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Stage actor Rob Bartlett is set to return to the Broadway production of the U.S. musical "Chicago" to take over the role of tense husband Amos Hart.

Usher makes Broadway debut with 'Chicago'

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Grammy-winning singer and dancer Usher drew rave reviews for his Broadway debut as lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago."

Usher joins the cast of 'Chicago'

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Usher will join the cast of the Broadway musical, "Chicago" and make his debut Aug. 22 as Billy Flynn.

Smokey Robinson takes over 'Chicago'

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Motown's Smokey Robinson is headed to the Big Apple to join the Broadway cast of "Chicago," it was reported Wednesday.

John O'Hurley readies for Broadway debut

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- "Dancing with the Stars" champion John O'Hurley is dancing his way into his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in the Tony Award-winning musical "Chicago."

Wayne Brady leaves 'Chicago'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Wayne Brady has left the cast of the Los Angeles engagement of "Chicago," the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Hasselhoff to play 'Chicago' lawyer

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff is preparing to make his British stage debut as a scheming lawyer, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Wayne Brady headed for big screen

LOS ANGELES, June 1 (UPI) -- Wayne Brady will make his onscreen feature film debut in an action thriller co-starring Paul Walker, Daily Variety reported Tuesday.

Gere honored by Moving Image Museum

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Actor Richard Gere will be honored for his role in motion pictures at the American Museum of the Moving Image Salute scheduled for April 20 in New York.

Hollywood Analysis: 'Chicago' bandwagon

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- There's no question about it now, there is a real "Chicago" bandwagon and it's gathering momentum two weeks before the 75th Academy Awards.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter


New York''s Drama League is about to honor an actor who is omnipresent on American television ... Jerry Orbach.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

ROBERT BLAKE The attorney representing the family of actor Robert Blake's late wife has told Los Angeles television stations that police have found new witnesses who supposedly implicated Blake in his wife's death nearly a year ago.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is March 20. Pianist Marian McPartland was born in England this day in 1918. In addition to performing regularly on the jazz circuit, McPartland has distinguished herself as a broadcaster.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Brit takes on Lane's role in 'Producers'

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- British actor Henry Goodman, virtually unknown to American theater-goers, took over today from comedian Nathan Lane the hottest role on Broadway - Max Bialystoc
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