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  • Musical of ‘School of Rock’ heading to Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rockers, rejoice: The Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” may be going, but get ready for “The School of Rock.” Producers said Thursday that a musical version of the 2003 film starring Jack Black will start in early November, with an opening set for Dec. 6. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist…

  • NY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court. Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. His indictment will be…

  • McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for “The Ed Sullivan Show,” his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  • Freud’s goal: Keep Chicago’s Lyric Opera relevant

    CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Freud was 14, his favorite pastime was going to the opera in London and then, on the train ride home to Wimbledon where he lived with his parents, “dreaming about how I could do it better when I ran a company of my own some day.” He’s gotten his chance,…

  • NYC rapper Bobby Shmurda arrested in drug case

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper was among several people arrested Wednesday in an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in the city. Ackquille Pollard, who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda, was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown…

  • Broadway seeks a new Carole King with open auditions

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you think you can sing “It’s Too Late” and “So Far Away” like Carole King, some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Nationwide open casting calls were announced Wednesday to find a new King and other cast members for “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.” There will be…

  • The Top 100 Christmas Songs of All-Time

    The holidays are the great equalizer, connecting all genres and generations of music. What other time of year can you hear Bing Crosby back to back with Run DMC, Gene Autry, Bruce Springsteen and Mariah Carey? WTOP’s Jason Fraley counts down the Top 100 Christmas Songs of All Time.

  • Van Zandt fretted directing Springsteen in ‘Lilyhammer’

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do. So imagine how Steven Van Zandt felt when he directed his longtime friend and E Street Band mate Bruce Springsteen when The Boss made his acting debut — appearing in the third season finale of the Netflix dramedy…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre. Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control…

  • Eric Idle brings ‘Not the Messiah’ to Carnegie Hall

    NEW YORK (AP) — And now for something completely different. During a time of year when Handel’s “Messiah” is frequently presented around the world, Eric Idle of Monty Python fame brought “Not The Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)” to Carnegie Hall, a comedic oratorio based on the movie “The Life of Brian.” From the…

  • Stanford aims to bring player pianos back to life

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods. Stanford researchers have launched an ambitious effort to restore and study instruments known as reproducing pianos that recorded major composers performing their own work…

  • Country singer Boyd crowned ‘The Voice’ champion

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd, the country rocker from Blake Shelton’s team, was named the winner of “The Voice” Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. The father from Nashville, Tennessee, was up against three finalists from Adam Levine’s team: Runner-up Matt…

  • Elton John, David Furnish to tie knot again

    LONDON (AP) — Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer’s spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday that the weekend ceremony will be private. Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Britain since March. Previously, gay couples…

  • Ashanti faces convicted fan at 2nd stalking trial

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ashanti faced a fan accused of stalking and harassing her family for years, telling him and a jury Monday that she was repulsed and frightened to learn he’d been tweeting her X-rated messages and posed for a photo with her sister despite a no-contact order. In a strange courtroom scene that…

  • Cuba’s Silvio Rodriguez to USAID: ‘go to hell’

    HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba’s most famous musicians is telling the U.S. Agency for International Development to “go to hell” for pulling his son and other island-based rappers without their knowledge into a scheme aimed at sparking a youth uprising against the Communist government. Folk singer Silvio Rodriguez went onto his Segunda Cita blog…