- Rock opera 'Deep Love' takes the long road to NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — There's not much to do in eastern Idaho in the winter. It's freezing, windy and depressing. Why not create a musical?Stay-inside weather — plus a healthy dose of heartache — helped spark the creation in 2009 of "Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera." Six years later it arrives in steamy on 42nd Street in New York City, a snowball's throw from Broadway.
- Who will make us laugh during upcoming presidential campaign
NEW YORK (AP) — A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night television hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and an opportunity for new voices.David Letterman is gone, taking his unmatched ability to have serious conversations with public figures and not skimp on humor. Jay Leno's rat-a-tat pace of one-liners is history. Jon Stewart exits next month, along with a research team that allowed him to bust politicians and journalists for hypocrisy.
- Queen Latifah, Amy Schumer headline Fourth of July festival
NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah started with "The Star-Spangled Banner" and ended with a rap classic, Amy Schumer told raunchy jokes despite some children in the crowd and country singer Sara Evans was a vocal powerhouse when she covered Sam Smith.The performers headlined the inaugural Fourth of July Freedom Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, which organizers plan to hold annually.
- Last Grateful Dead show breaks Chicago stadium ticket record
CHICAGO (AP) — A performance that the Grateful Dead says was their last together has topped records for ticket sales at Chicago's Soldier Field set by the band earlier in the weekend.In a news release, Soldier Field says 71,000 tickets were sold for Sunday night's show and that this is the most sold for any event at the stadium. Soldier Field reported that 70,844 tickets were sold for Saturday's show, and that fans bought 70,764 tickets for Friday's show.
- Ballerina Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'
NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned — a debut on Broadway.Producers of the high-energy revival of "On the Town" said Sunday that Copeland will join the show from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6, playing Miss Turnstiles, a love interest for one of three sailors enjoying a few hours of shore leave in 1940s New York.
- Review: Holly Brown delivers with 'A Necessary End'
"A Necessary End" (William Morrow), by Holly BrownThe desire for a child — an occasion that should be joyful — turns into a deadly obsession in the highly stylized "A Necessary End." In the "Gone Girl" mode, author Holly Brown fashions her second novel around three unlikable, but interesting people, making us care about the twists this domestic thriller takes.
- Vanessa Williams weds Jim Skrip, her 3rd marriage
NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Williams tied the knot with her fiance, Jim Skrip, on the Fourth of July.A representative for the singer-actress said Sunday that Williams and Skrip wed a day earlier. No details of the ceremony were provided.
- High-tech Marvel theme park cuts summer tour short
NEW YORK (AP) — The indoor high-tech traveling theme park "The Marvel Experience" has stumbled and will cut short its summer tour.Producers of the show that includes 360-degree projections, holograms and a 4-D motion ride said Sunday its big debut in Philadelphia will be its one and only stop. The Chicago, New York and St. Louis legs have been cancelled.
- Fans cheer as Princess Charlotte christened on royal estate
LONDON (AP) — Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate that was steeped in royal tradition.Hundreds of fans outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, a sprawling royal estate near England's eastern coast, cheered as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram.
- Versace kicks off Paris couture week in style
PARIS (AP) — Actress Michelle Rodriguez and model Naomi Campbell joined celebrity attendees Sunday at the start of Paris' fall-winter 2015-16 haute couture week — that headlined with Versace. Here are the highlights, including Adeline Andre and Ulyana Sergeenko:VERSACE HITS HIGH POINT