Veteran actress Marian Seldes has died, aged 86. Seldes passed away at her home on Monday (06Oct14) following a long, undisclosed illness.
Her brother Timothy Seldes announced her death in a statement which reads: "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theatre, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family."
Her impressive career spanned 60 years and she was considered an American theatre legend. She made her Broadway debut in 1947 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea.
She was one of acclaimed playwright Edward Albee's go-to actresses, appearing in such plays as Tiny Alice, The Play About the Baby and Three Tall Women.
In 1967, she won her first Tony Award for her supporting role in Albee's A Delicate Balance.
Seldes was nominated for four more Tony Awards, including nods for her roles in Father's Day, Ring Round the Moon, Dinner at Eight, and Deathtrap, for which she also holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for her four-year run without having missed a single performance.
She last appeared on the Great White Way in 2007 for Terrence McNally's Deuce. In 2010, she received the prestigious Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.
Seldes also made her mark in many films including Truman, Mona Lisa Smile, August Rush and Leatherheads, as well as TV shows such as Murphy Brown and Sex and the City.
Seldes also served as a professor at Julliard performing arts school, having a roster of drama students including Viola Davis, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams.
She is survived by daughter Katharine Claman Andres, her only child with first husband Julian Claman. Her second husband, writer/director Garson Kanin, died in 1999.
"Celebrity was a thing, especially when Tony first hit the scene. (It) was held in such a beautiful way. Now we've sort of arrived in this modern culture of humiliation with celebrities." Lady Gaga dreams of a bygone era when stars like her pal and collaborator Tony Bennett was among the biggest names.
Tony Bennett surprised his Cheek To Cheek album collaborator Lady Gaga on Saturday (13Sep14) by making an unexpected appearance at her concert in Israel. The Born This Way hitmaker brought her artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour to Tel Aviv, and she shocked fans by bringing her "partner in jazz crime" onstage.
Gaga told the crowd, "Tony surprised me. He just showed up in Tel Aviv, I can't believe it! We're so happy to be here tonight."
The pair performed the standard I Can't Give You Anything But Love from new album Cheek to Cheek, which will be released next week (23Sep14).
Gaga's appearance in Israel came after a number of acts, including the Backstreet Boys, Paul Anka and Neil Young, pulled the plug on scheduled gigs this summer (14), citing security and safety concerns amid the ongoing crisis between Israelis and Palestinians.
British actor James Corden's return to the Broadway stage has been postponed due to casting issues. The Begin Again star was set to return to the Great White Way in the spring (15) in the farcical Stephen Sondheim musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, but producers have put the project on hold.
A statement released by production spokesman Chris Boneau reads: "Despite the total commitment from Stephen Sondheim, our director, Alex Timbers, and our entire creative team, the producers all agreed that time was beginning to run out to cast and produce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum this spring in the way we wanted.
"While we are disappointed, we have decided to postpone the production this season."
Meanwhile, Corden, 36, was officially unveiled as successor to the current The Late Late Show host, Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson, on Monday (08Sep14). Ferguson will depart the talk show, which airs directly after The Late Show With David Letterman, in December (14).
Corden's Broadway debut in One Man, Two Guvnors earned him the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
The Tony-winning A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum originally opened on Broadway in 1962, and was revived in 1972 and 1996, when Nathan Lane took on the leading role.
Pop singer Cyndi Lauper has criticised Broadway officials for deciding against staging a tribute in memory of late comedienne Joan Rivers. Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14) at the age of 81, and bosses at the Broadway League chose not to honour her by dimming the lights of theatres on the Great White Way because she is not "synonymous with Broadway".
Fans were outraged by the ruling and set up a petition in a bid to overturn the decision, noting that Rivers had been on the New York stage three times and was even nominated for a Tony Award in 1994.
Eighties singer Lauper, who is the brains behind hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, has also backed the social media campaign, writing on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14), "The lights on Broadway should be dimmed for #joanrivers (sic). She supported the theatre more than any other celeb (celebrity) and was a Tony nominee. Very sad... Dim the lights for #JoanRivers on Broadway. #dimthelightforJoan (sic)."
Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet adds, "Broadway execs (sic) won't dim lights for Joan Rivers. Aww aren't they so cute with their little meetings on their light dimming power and such (sic)."
President of the Jujamcyn Theatre group, Jordan Roth, has chosen to overlook the ruling and plans to dim the lights of the company's four theatres on Tuesday evening (09Sep14).
The stars of Spandau Ballet were left squirming when they watched their "awkward" new documentary because the film shows the devastating breakdown of their friendship. The pop group split in 1990 amid a bitter feud between the bandmembers which resulted in lengthy legal wrangling over financial matters.
They eventually mended the rift and reunited in 2009, and their career is documented in new film Soul Boys of the Western World. The documentary shows the bitter fallout between the bandmates, and frontman Tony Hadley admits it was difficult to watch.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail , "It's an interesting film. It does not sugar-coat anything about what happened in the past. Me and Gary (Kemp) watched and said, 'Ooh, that's a bit awkward.'"
Guitarist Kemp adds, "It's been very uncomfortable viewing for the band - there are some tough bits, the way we behaved. You gradually see the breakdown of these friends."
Actress Rosie Perez is set to make a return to the Broadway stage in comedian Larry David's new play, Fish in the Dark. The Do the Right Thing star last appeared on the Great White Way in 2007's The Ritz, and now she will head back in the highly-anticipated production which marks David's Broadway acting debut.
Joining the Seinfeld creator and Perez on stage are theatre veterans Jayne Houdyshell and Jerry Adler, and actors Jonny Orsini and Jake Cannavale, the son of Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale.
Fish in the Dark, which is described as a "comedy about a death in the family", will have its opening night at the Cort Theatre on 5 March (15).
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are continuing their unlikely friendship by starring in fashion retailer H&M's 2014 holiday campaign. The two singers are releasing their collaborative album of jazz standards, Cheek to Cheek, this September (14), and their new music will be featured in television commercials for the popular clothing brand starting in November (14).
Gaga and Bennett will also be featured in accompanying print, outdoor and online advertisements, according to Women's Wear Daily.
The Born This Way hitmaker is no stranger to H&M, having made a personal appearance at the opening of the company's Times Square flagship store in New York last year (13).
The duo joins the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Beyonce, Gary Oldman and Johnny Depp who have previously been featured in the brand's campaigns.
Former Oasis star Paul 'guigsy' Mcguigan did not play a note of music on the band's iconic debut album Definitely Maybe. The bassist was a founding member of the British band and performed live with them throughout their mid-1990s heyday before quitting in 1999.
He was part of the line-up for the Wonderwall hitmakers' first three albums, but it has emerged none of his bass playing appears on the band's 1994 debut as all his parts were re-recorded by guitarist Noel Gallagher during increasingly fraught studio sessions.
Tony McCarroll, the band's then-drummer, tells NME magazine, "I never found out about that until way down the line. There had been an argument on tour about my drumming and Guigs told me that he wasn't on there. I admired him for that."
Broadway actor James Monroe Inglehart celebrated Robin Williams' beloved role as Aladdin's Genie during Tuesday's (12Aug14) production of the hit stage adaptation by leading the audience in a touching sing-a-long. Inglehart, who recently won a Tony Award for his incarnation of the Genie in the New York show, returned to the stage after the final curtain came down at the New Amsterdam Theatre and belted out the film's Oscar-nominated song Friend Like Me in honour of the man who brought the Disney character to life onscreen.
Crowd members were encouraged to join in by using song lyrics that had been stuffed inside each copy of the show's Playbill programme.
Williams was no stranger to Broadway - he last performed on the Great White Way in 2011 in the play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Broadway theatre bosses will pay tribute to the tragic actor by dimming their marquee lights for one minute on Wednesday night (13Aug14).
Williams died in an apparent suicide at his California home on Monday (11Aug14), aged 63.