Cyndi Lauper's new Broadway musical Kinky Boots has scooped seven prizes at the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Awards, which are voted for by the public. The pop star's stage show dominated the online event, landing Lauper a Best Score honour and castmates Billy Porter and Annaleigh Ashforf Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Musical awards.
The play, which is up for 13 Tony Awards at Sunday's (09Jun13) prestigious ceremony, also earned top accolades for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Matilda was another big winner, scoring five awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Matthew Warchus.
Scottish actor Alan Cumming also had reason to celebrate - his one-man take on Shakespeare classic Macbeth was named Best Revival of a Play, while he was honoured for Best Leading Actor in a Play and John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg landed Best Direction of a Play.
Thanking fans for their support, he took to Twitter.com to write, "Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me and @MacbethBroadway in the @broadwayworld awards! The people have spoken!"
Meanwhile, Bette Midler was voted Best Leading Actress in a Play for I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, and Pippin's Terrence Man and Patina Miller were awarded the Best Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical titles, respectively.
Embattled British actor Andrew Lancel used his fame to "gain the trust" of his alleged child sex victim and showered the boy with compliments, a court has heard. The former Coronation Street star, real name Andrew Watkinson, appeared in Liverpool Crown Court in England on Monday (03Jun13) to face charges he indecently assaulted a kid under the age of 15 between 1993 and 1994.
Prosecutor Kim Whittlestone claimed the actor's relationship with the unnamed child began when the star, then 23, visited a local theatre group.
She told jurors the boy was "starstruck" by Lancel, who would regularly praise the talent of the reported victim and tell him he "could go places", and he began taking the child for coffee before inviting the kid to his home, where the abuse is alleged to have taken place.
She said, "The prosecution case is that the defendant used his status as an actor at that time to flatter and gain the trust of the victim.
"He knew he was under the age of consent, but despite that would progress their relationship and made it sexual - something that he knew as an adult of 23 years of age was wrong."
Lancel has denied the accusations and maintains he only acted as a "sort of mentor" to the boy.
The trial continues.
Top Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson was laid to rest on Friday (31May13) following his fatal training accident on 9 May (13). The gold medallist drowned after his catamaran capsized in San Francisco Bay, off the coast of California. Fellow sailing stars Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy were among the mourners who paid tribute to the 36 year old at his funeral at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset, England.
In the 1980s and 90s, photographer Andrew Brucker had the priviledge of photographing some of today's hottest stars — only, back then, they were nobodies.
From Robert Downey Jr. and Alec Baldwin to Naomi Watts and Marisa Tomei, Brucker snapped these superstars when they were just fresh-faced newbies. Vulture has compiled 20 of the striking photographs, taken from Brucker's new book 8x10, in a gallery.
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Late rocker Levon Helm is to receive a permanent memorial in his adopted New York as officials move forward with plans to rename the road to Woodstock in his honour. The Band legend passed away last year (12) at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer, and local authorities plan to remember him with a special tribute.
Politicians have drafted legislation to rename a road in Woodstock, New York, where Helm lived, worked and held his famous Midnight Rambles gigs.
According to the plans, Route 375 will be given the new title of Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard and the proposal is expected to be given the green light by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Senator John Bonacic, who sponsored the bill, tells the New York Daily News, "(Helm) deserves this recognition... He's a national prominent artist and musician. He's touched many lives through his music."
Andrew Keegan's legal battle with the owners of a restaurant in California is heating up after security guards at the eaterie filed a countersuit against the actor. The 10 Things I Hate About You star filed his own lawsuit last year (12), alleging he was attacked by bouncers outside the James' Beach venue in Venice, California, and demanding damages for his injuries.
However, security guards involved in the alleged attack have now filed their own claim against the star, accusing him of starting the fight when they refused him entry to the restaurant.
The bouncers are suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.com.
The Big Bang Theory and American Horror Story will be the shows to beat at the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards after landing six nominations each. The Big Bang Theory will compete in the Best Comedy Series category against Louie, The Middle, New Girl, Veep and Parks and Recreation, while the geeky sitcom's stars Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco are also vying for top honours in the comedy acting categories.
American Horror Story: Asylum is on the Best Movie Or Mini-Series shortlist alongside Michael Douglas' Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, while the spooky series' stars Jessica Lange and James Cromwell have also picked up nods.
Kevin Spacey is in the running for Best Actor In A Drama Series for his Netflix show House of Cards, facing stiff competition from Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Damian Lewis (Homeland), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans).
The third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards will take place on 10 June (13) at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Robert F. Kennedy's daughter is set to stand trial on charges of driving while impaired after a U.S. judge threw out her request to dismiss the case. Kerry Kennedy was arrested near her home in Westchester, New York on 13 July (12) after she accidentally drove her Lexus into a tractor trailer.
The former wife of Governor Andrew Cuomo was later charged with driving while impaired after allegedly failing a sobriety test and admitting to taking a sleeping aid, but she pleaded not guilty to the count and claimed she suffered a "partial seizure" behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
Kennedy filed legal papers to have the misdemeanour dismissed, insisting she took the pill by accident instead of her thyroid medication. However, Justice Elyse Lazansky ruled against her on Tuesday (21May13) and sided with the prosecutors.
The 53-year-old niece of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy is due back in court on 8 October (13). Her attorney, Gerald Lefcourt, still insists his client will win her legal battle, telling the New York Post, "(I have) every confidence that Ms. Kennedy will be exonerated."
Rita Ora is delighted she pulled out of the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest as a teenager, because the decision set her on the path to success. The British star auditioned to represent the U.K. at the annual international singing competition, which has launched the careers of ABBA, Celine Dion, and Julio Iglesias, but she pulled out after making the shortlist.
Ora was only 17 years old at the time and admits taking a huge step could have backfired but she is adamant sticking to her decision has benefited her career.
She tells British magazine Event, "I did it because I thought it was a chance to sing, but then I felt inside that it wasn't right for me. I was chosen to perform and sang Ain't No Sunshine in front of people like Andrew Lloyd Webber and got through to the next stage (of the auditions).
"I was incredibly nervous because I was just 17 and I was making this really big decision to pull out. Amazingly, the BBC producers were unbelievably kind and supportive, which made me feel more sure of myself artistically. I wasn't going because I had another option, I was going because it wasn't right."
Theatre impresario Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has spent more than $3 million (£2 million) overhauling one of London's most iconic theatres after growing tired of its gaudy interior. The Cats creator owns the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which first opened in 1812, but decided to shut the venue after Shrek The Musical closed earlier this year (13).
He has faced a race against time to return the space to its former glory in four months before the highly-anticipated stage version of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory previews next week (begs20May13).
Lord Webber tells the London Evening Standard, "I'm very pleased about it. It's by far the most wonderful interior of its day, not just in London but in the country.
"It was driving me crazy every time I came to the theatre. It was all red wallpaper, red carpets. It's been very quick, it was worked out like a military campaign. We knew we had a short amount of time between Shrek and Charlie."
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has been directed by Sam Mendes, was due to debut on Friday (17May13), but has been pushed back to next Wednesday (22May13) due to "unforeseen problems" with a contractor.