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Paula Abdul Says Dancing Helped Keep Her Sister Going After Cancer Diagnosis

10 August 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Paula Abdul truly believes dancing can save lives. "See, dance gets into your blood, it gets into your veins, it gets into your heart, into your soul and it doesn’t leave," Abdul tells People exclusively about the healing method, which she holds near and dear to her heart. Abdul has been spreading awareness about how dancing played a large role in her family's life since her sister, Wendy, was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. "I'll never forget the day I was with her and she was so nervous because she had the feeling that there was something wrong, »

- Nicole Sands

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Paula Abdul Says Dancing Helped Keep Her Sister Going After Cancer Diagnosis

10 August 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Paula Abdul truly believes dancing can save lives. "See, dance gets into your blood, it gets into your veins, it gets into your heart, into your soul and it doesn’t leave," Abdul tells People exclusively about the healing method, which she holds near and dear to her heart. Abdul has been spreading awareness about how dancing played a large role in her family's life since her sister, Wendy, was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. "I'll never forget the day I was with her and she was so nervous because she had the feeling that there was something wrong, »

- Nicole Sands

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Broadway Actor John McMartin Dies at 86

7 July 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John McMartin, the Broadway veteran who created roles in landmark musicals including “Sweet Charity” and “Follies,” had died. He was 86.

The death of the longtime actor, whose face was familiar to TV audiences from roles on “The Golden Girls,” “Murder, She Wrote” and, most recently, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” was attributed to cancer in a paid obituary announcement in the New York Times. On Broadway, he’d been seen in “All the Way,” the Tony winning 2014 production that starred Bryan Cranston, as well as musicals “Anything Goes” (2011) and “Grey Gardens” (2006).

McMartin, who was nominated for five Tony Awards over the course of his career, made his Broadway debut in 1961 play “The Conquering Hero,” but his first signature role came in 1966 Neil Simon-Cy Coleman musical “Sweet Charity,” in which he played the nebbishy accountant Oscar, a Tony-nominated performance he reprised in the 1969 movie version opposite Shirley MacLaine.

His association with composer Stephen Sondheim began with the »

- Gordon Cox

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Julianne Hough Supports Dancers Impacted by Cancer: 'I Don't Know Life Without Dancing'

27 June 2016 4:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Julianne Hough has been dancing since before she can remember, and now the star is using her passion to give back. "I think the first time I started dancing was coming out of my mother's womb," she tells People exclusively. "It was just part of my family, and we would literally be in the living room dancing, and my dad would be holding me and doing Elvis impersonations. I don't know life without dancing." Along with her brother Derek Hough, Paula Abdul, Vanessa Hudgens and Chita Rivera, the former Dancing with the Stars judge is teaming up with nonprofit organization »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Julianne Hough Supports Dancers Impacted by Cancer: 'I Don't Know Life Without Dancing'

27 June 2016 4:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Julianne Hough has been dancing since before she can remember, and now the star is using her passion to give back. "I think the first time I started dancing was coming out of my mother's womb," she tells People exclusively. "It was just part of my family, and we would literally be in the living room dancing, and my dad would be holding me and doing Elvis impersonations. I don't know life without dancing." Along with her brother Derek Hough, Paula Abdul, Vanessa Hudgens and Chita Rivera, the former Dancing with the Stars judge is teaming up with nonprofit organization »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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See Broadway Stars Sing for Orlando on 'Maya and Marty'

22 June 2016 6:52 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Maya Rudolph and Martin Short hosted a crew of Broadway stars on the show who paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting with a cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's classic song "What the World Needs Now Is Love." The song has been released on iTunes to benefit the Lgbt Center of Orlando.

Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv

— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016

Vocalists included Megan Hilty, Sean Hayes, Frankie Grande, Fran Drescher, Billy Porter, »

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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty

22 June 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Embedcode {Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016 }] Over 40 Broadway stars joined together for the first live performance of the Broadway for Orlando cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love." For Tuesday's episode of NBC's Maya & Marty, a star-studded ensemble gathered at Studio 6A in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to perform the Burt Bacharach-Hal David anthem they had recorded at Avatar Studios just three days after the June 12 massacre in Orlando. The theater community banded together to raise their voices in support for the loved ones of the 49 innocent victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over 50 people were also injured. Among those in attendance »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Watch: Cynthia Erivo, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera and More Perform Live Version of 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' on Maya & Marty

22 June 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Embedcode {Broadway all-stars come together for “What The World Needs Now Is Love” on #MayaAndMarty. #BroadwayForOrlandohttps://t.co/JfddFwZRjv— Maya & Marty (@MayaAndMarty) June 22, 2016 }] Over 40 Broadway stars joined together for the first live performance of the Broadway for Orlando cover of "What the World Needs Now Is Love." For Tuesday's episode of NBC's Maya & Marty, a star-studded ensemble gathered at Studio 6A in 30 Rockefeller Plaza to perform the Burt Bacharach-Hal David anthem they had recorded at Avatar Studios just three days after the June 12 massacre in Orlando. The theater community banded together to raise their voices in support for the loved ones of the 49 innocent victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Over 50 people were also injured. Among those in attendance »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Maya & Marty: Broadway for Orlando Performs — Plus: Best and Worst Sketches Featuring Ricky Gervais

21 June 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Maya & Marty on Tuesday were joined by nearly four dozen of stage and screen’s biggest stars for a performance in support of the Lgbt community of Orlando, Fla.

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Victor Garber (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Megan Hilty (Smash), Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Andrea Martin (Difficult People), Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and B.D. Wong (Law & Order: Svu) were among the notable TV actors who took part in a performance of Burt Bacharach’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” The song was recently »

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Watch Broadway Stars Belt Out Benefit Song for Orlando Lgbt Center (Video)

20 June 2016 9:48 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Scores of Broadway stars including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Whoopi Goldberg and Sarah Jessica Parker belt out the Burt Bacharach hit “What the World Needs Now Is Love” as part of a Broadway for Orlando benefit song released Monday. Playbill released a video of the recording on Monday featuring stars like Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Rosie O’Donnell, Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera. The song, recorded last week in Manhattan, was the work of Broadway Records, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. Also Read: Tony Awards. »

- Thom Geier

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Broadway Stars to Unite to Record 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' to Raise Money for Lgbt Community in Wake of Orlando Massacre

15 June 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway's biggest stars are rallying together to support the Lgbt community in wake of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. A slew of theater and Hollywood stars - dubbed Broadway for Orlando - will record a cover of Jackie DeShannon's 1965 hit "What the World Needs Now Is Love," and the track will be available for download on Monday. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the song - available to preorder for $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com - will go to benefit the Lgbt Center of Central Florida. Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Fran Drescher, »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Broadway Stars to Unite to Record 'What the World Needs Now Is Love' to Raise Money for Lgbt Community in Wake of Orlando Massacre

15 June 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway's biggest stars are rallying together to support the Lgbt community in wake of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. A slew of theater and Hollywood stars - dubbed Broadway for Orlando - will record a cover of Jackie DeShannon's 1965 hit "What the World Needs Now Is Love"; People and Playbill will exclusively release the music video of the A-list chorus; and the track will be available for download on Monday. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of the song - available to preorder for $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com - will go to benefit the Lgbt Center of Central Florida. »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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TV Review: ‘The 70th Annual Tony Awards’

12 June 2016 8:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“The world turned upside down” is not just a line from a “Hamilton” song, it describes how many Americans felt on Sunday, when the awful events in Orlando dominated the thoughts of the nation.

But the show must go on, and the Tony Awards acknowledged the tragedy in Florida in a variety of ways while also managing to do a respectful and lively job of celebrating the plays and musicals of Broadway. The show went about 15 minutes long, but when your big finish involves Barbra Streisand handing “Hamilton” the best musical trophy, well, that’s what you’d call going out strong.

You can’t say the broadcast didn’t put forth a good amount of effort at keeping viewers who may not have been as familiar with “Waitress” or “Shuffle Along.” Of course, the Tony Awards broadcast always has to serve a few different purposes: Promoting a variety of Broadway shows and honoring the work of a wide array of producers, performers and other theater professionals — and keeping a TV audience that may not have seen many (or any) of the shows from tuning out.

On top of all that, Sunday’s Tony Awards broadcast had to take into account the horrible tragedy in Orlando, and a lesser goal — one that was clearly a big priority before the Tonys were overtaken by the day’s events — consisted of promoting the rising star of CBS late-show host James Corden. There was also the small matter of keeping viewers engaged despite a lack of suspense regarding who would win most of the musical awards. “Hamilton” did, to no one’s surprise: a total of 11. But it’d be hard to find anyone who’d begrudge the wins of the runaway hit, whose cast opened the show with a rap celebrating Corden, did a big number in the third hour, and closed the show with the cast in street clothes singing the pop-driven party song “The Schuyler Sisters.”

“Hamilton’s” big Tony Awards number, “Yorktown,” was introduced in a pre-taped segment by President Obama and his wife, Michelle, and when Miranda won for original score, he was visibly moved as he read a sonnet he’d written. It captured much of the mood of the night: “When senseless acts of tragedy remind us/That nothing here is promised, not one day/The show is proof that history remembers/We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger/We rise and fall and light from dying embers/Remembrances that hope and love last longer/Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love/It cannot be killed or swept aside.”

Corden was an energetic host, even if the opening number meant to showcase his lifelong love of theater felt as though it went on a little long. There was also the inevitable carpool karaoke number (featuring “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda). Corden was an affable host, and his opening remarks on Orlando — “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is equal is embraced and is loved. Hate will never win, together we have to make sure of that” — were short but effective.

But as the host’s own father acknowledged, any three-hour awards ceremony starts to feel a bit long once it passes its midpoint. That said, the broadcast generally kept things moving smartly, and for every musical number on the main stage, there was a snippet of an energetic performance by a variety of Broadway casts on a stage outside the theater.

In the drama realm, the wide array of winners kept things up in the air, but every time the camera showed a nominee from another production in the musical realm, those men and women wore the slightly hangdog, bemused looks of people who were pretty sure they weren’t going to win.

That said, it wasn’t all “Hamilton” all the time. (Though who would have complained if it had been?) Celebrity wins like Jessica Lange for “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and big-name presenters like Oprah Winfrey, Chita Rivera and Claire Danes kept things relatively energetic. There were also tart, short and smart acceptance speeches from hard-working actors like Reed Birney, who won for his work in “The Humans,” which also had a big night. (Birney told his fellow actors, “I love sharing the planet with all of you.”)

And though the host of any awards show tends to fade out the longer a broadcast lasts, Corden snuck one very funny bit into the middle of the show: A tribute to the number of jobs that the long-running “Law & Order” franchise has provided to New York actors. Danny Burstein, the “Fiddler on the Roof” star, has apparently logged an impressive six different guest roles on the Dick Wolf family of shows.

Providing an exciting and much-deserved upset near the end of the broadcast, Leslie Odom, Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” won as best actor in a musical, beating out Miranda, who plays the title role. “I almost didn’t make it here. I almost fell, and every where I looked,” there was a fellow cast member to help him along, Odom said in his acceptance speech, which was, like his performance, full of quiet and unmistakable power. “Hamilton” is a show about “who lives, who dies, who tells your story,” and as the narrator of Hamilton’s journey, Odom is impressively versatile, giving Burr an insistent humanity and a charismatic complexity that made his Tony win quite moving.

Cynthia Erivo, who delivered a powerhouse performance during “The Color Purple’s” number, stopped the “Hamilton” train by winning as best actress in a musical, but that was another win the audience was very happy to applaud.

All in all, the Tony broadcast got the job done in terms of keeping Corden in the public consciousness — but more importantly, the cathartic nature of the musical numbers and a few of the speeches did the helpful, necessary work of channeling a day of difficult emotions. 

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- Maureen Ryan

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TVLine Items: CBS Eyes Patty Hearst Series, Knight Exits Y&R and More

10 June 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

One true-crime project just isn’t enough for CBS.

The Eye network is developing a limited series about the 1974 abduction of Patty Hearst by terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army, written by Jonathan Tolins (Grease Live!, Queer as Folk), our sister site Deadline reports.

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As reported in April, CBS is also working on a true-crime anthology series, the first season of which will focus on the murder of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey.

Hearst, the granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, did a wink-wink cameo to her kidnapping during Season 3 of Veronica Mars. »

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Vanessa Hudgens, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul and Chita Rivera Team Up to Support Dancers Impacted by Cancer

6 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

They've been dancing all their lives, and now Vanessa Hudgens, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul and Chita Rivera are using their art to help fellow dancers who are battling cancer. Teaming up with nonprofit organization Dancers Against Cancer, which provides financial support to dance educators, dancers and parents impacted by cancer, the entertainers filmed a PSA with dancers Ruby Kaufman, Chloe Frank and Ahna Rasmussen, and are using their star power to raise awareness leading up to the charity's Industry Dance Awards in August. "When someone you love has cancer, it's a very hard thing to deal with for them and for you, »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Vanessa Hudgens, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul and Chita Rivera Team Up to Support Dancers Impacted by Cancer

6 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

They've been dancing all their lives, and now Vanessa Hudgens, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Paula Abdul and Chita Rivera are using their art to help fellow dancers who are battling cancer. Teaming up with nonprofit organization Dancers Against Cancer, which provides financial support to dance educators, dancers and parents impacted by cancer, the entertainers filmed a PSA with dancers Ruby Kaufman, Chloe Frank and Ahna Rasmussen, and are using their star power to raise awareness leading up to the charity's Industry Dance Awards in August. "When someone you love has cancer, it's a very hard thing to deal with for them and for you, »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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11th Annual Broadway Backwards to Feature Broadway’s Best

15 March 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York City’s Lgbt community is getting a little backwards come Monday. The 11th annual Broadway Backwards event will take place March 21 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (the current home of “Kinky Boots”). Produced by fundraising org Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the evening of revelry will feature some of Broadway’s finest, and benefit both BC/Efa and The Center, which provides members of the Lgbt community health and wellness resources. Tony winner Julie White, a longtime advocate and supporter of BC/Efa, will bring her singular charm and hilarity to the festivities as host. The evening will feature a series of favorite show tunes, with male singers performing songs originally written for women and vice versa. Among the Broadway veterans joining White onstage are Andre De Shields, Beth Malone, Lesli MargheritaBrad Oscar, Ken Page, Krysta Rodriguez, Emily Skinner, and Tony Yazbeck. Telly Leung and Tituss Burgess, »

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Happy Birthday, Liza Minnelli! Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand and More Celebrate Broadway Icon's 70th Birthday

12 March 2016 11:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway icon Liza Minnelli is 70 years old today! A small group of Minnelli's close friends will fly from New York City to Los Angeles to surprise her in honor of the milestone. "I like to think of celebrating my birthday as celebrating my Minnellium," Minnelli said. Several celebs have taken to social media to wish the superstar a happy birthday, including Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Kim Cattrall. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk. »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Happy Birthday, Liza Minnelli! Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand and More Celebrate Broadway Icon's 70th Birthday

12 March 2016 11:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway icon Liza Minnelli is 70 years old today! A small group of Minnelli's close friends will fly from New York City to Los Angeles to surprise her in honor of the milestone. "I like to think of celebrating my birthday as celebrating my Minnellium," Minnelli said. Several celebs have taken to social media to wish the superstar a happy birthday, including Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and Kim Cattrall. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk. »

- Andrea Park, @scandreapark

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Carol Burnett, SAG Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Talks Career, Costumes and Her Gown Designed by Longtime Friend Bob Mackie

29 January 2016 1:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

At this Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award won't be just a movie star: She's a performer who's brought her presence to TV, to movies and to the stage. It's Carol Burnett, who is perhaps most famous for starring on 11 seasons (and nearly 300 episodes) of The Carol Burnett Show. Speaking to People this week, Burnett said she was thrilled to receive the honor. "To borrow a word that my friend Julie Andrews taught me, I was gobsmacked," Burnett said of her reaction to learning the news. "I have never used that word before, but »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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