"I was singing You'll Never Walk Alone (at an event) for Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife Coretta Scott King, and I promise you I flew up. I did. I levitated. But there's a rumour that I crack chandeliers with my top notes. That's not true." Soul singer Patti Labelle on the truth and rumours about her live performances over the years.
"Being her godmother entails me giving her advice about the babies and taking care of her when she has little issues with her voice. She'll call me. We're tight. She's a phenomenal little girl - lady." Soul legend Patti Labelle on her role as godmother to another music icon, Mariah Carey.
Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will miss their Broadway turns in Tony-nominated musical After Midnight following producers' decision to close the show early. The production will end after Patti LaBelle's run as special guest star, which began last week (beg09Jun14), after 19 previews and 272 regular performances.
After Midnight, which celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at New York's Cotton Club, was nominated for seven Tonys this year (14) and picked up the prize for Best Choreography a week ago (08Jun14).
Fantasia Barrino, LaBelle and Knight also opened the ceremony by performing a rendition of jazz standard Sunny Side of the Street. Barrino, k.d. lang, Toni Braxton, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Vanessa Williams have also appeared in the show at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Knight was scheduled to take over from LaBelle in July (14), and Cole was billed to appear from 5 to 31 August (14).
Hugh Jackman bounced his way to the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sunday night (08Jun14) after posting videos of himself jumping up and down online in the weeks leading up to the theatre world's Oscars. The movie star prepared for his fourth hosting stint by posting videos of himself preparing for the big night onstage and in his dressing room, and then as showtime approached he hit the red carpet and started bouncing.
The energetic Les Miserables star jumped through the foyer, down the stairs and into the auditorium, high-fiving audience members as he headed for the stage.
He dropped hints about his big entrance days before the ceremony, stating, "It's taken me about four months of training and I'm pretty confident that no one has ever done this at Radio City Music Hall."
Jackman's stage hands and aides then jumped with him as they helped him get ready, while the actor bounced backstage greeting Tony Awards guests including Sting, Neil Patrick Harris and the casts of Aladdin, Cabaret, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and the stage musical revival of Les Miserables.
The superfit star then returned to the stage and broke out into song, before joking, "Damn, I picked the wrong night to forget my dance belt."
The show then went back in time as the cast of After Midnight, featuring Fantasia Barrino, Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, took the stage for a rendition of jazz standard Sunny Side of the Street.
Comedy A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and Harris' show Hedwig and the Angry Inch lead the nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards with 10 and eight, respectively, followed by After Midnight, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night with seven nods each.
Former R&B bad boy Bobby Brown is reinventing himself as a barbecue connoisseur with the launch of his own collection of sauces, seasonings and mixes. The New Edition star reveals cooking has always been a passion of his and he is now turning his hobby into a business.
He says, "I learned to cook a long time ago. When I was younger and on punishment, that was my punishment, where I had to stay in the kitchen with my mother and actually learn how to cook.
"This is not something that is new to me; it's been a part of my life for a long time."
The Bobby Brown Foods product line, created from the singer's personal recipes, includes flavours such as Bobby's Original BBQ Sauce, Boston Blend Seasoning and Sweet and Spice Sauce. The items will go on sale this autumn (14).
Brown isn't the only celebrity to enter the saucy industry - R&B legend Patti LaBelle owns her own Good Life range of hot sauces and relishes, while singer Kelis, who became a certified saucier in 2010, launched her Feast collection of sauces in November (13).
Sting, Patti Labelle and Gladys Knight have been confirmed among the performers at the Tony Awards next month (Jun14). Alan Cumming, Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris and Sutton Foster and the casts of Aladdin and Les Miserables will also take the stage at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on 8 June (14), and the original Wicked cast will regroup for a 10th-anniversary tribute.
Sting will share a song from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship.
The 2014 Tony Awards will be hosted by Hugh Jackman.
Soul legend Patti Labelle regrets her past cosmetic surgery, insisting she'd like to go back in time and tell her younger self not to touch her nose. The Lady Marmalade singer admits she went under the knife because she felt her nose was too big.
She tells Access Hollywood, "I would tell my younger self not to have problems with the way I looked... not to worry about that nose. I had a bigger nose, so I had a nose job - that's the only surgery I've ever had on my face or my body.
"I was beating up myself for the way my nose looked and my nose was fine before I changed it, but it was my way of thinking that once I got on TV it's gonna look bigger.
"I would have said, 'Patti, back in the day you shouldn't have touched your nose. Be yourself'."
"I'm gonna celebrate by being quiet. I'm just gonna be at home having a dinner and some hard-shelled crabs from Baltimore." Singer Patti Labelle on her plans for her 70th birthday on Saturday (24May14).
Soul legend Patti Labelle once had to pee in a bucket during a concert when she was caught short onstage in the middle of a song. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker was performing outdoors and realised there was no time to dash offstage to relieve herself and so asked an assistant to find an alternative in a hurry.
LaBelle tells Access Hollywood Live, "I had to go to the ladies room and they didn’t have one close, it was an outdoor gig.
"My friend Norma, who had been doing my hair for 40 years, brought me a bucket to the side where the dressing areas were. I used a bucket! Nobody knew. They thought I was going back to change clothes.
"She covered me (and) everybody stood around with their backs turned.
"(I) kept the song going after that, honey! I kept singing, the band was playing and Patti was doing her thing."