People: Jackman heading back to Broadway
Hugh Jackman is coming back to Broadway as a classic roguish traveling salesman.
Producer Scott Rudin said Wednesday the two-time Tony-winner will star in a revival of the Meredith Willson musical "The Music Man" starting in September 2020.
As con man Harold Hill, Jackman will sing such favorites as "Ya Got Trouble," ''Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Gary, Indiana."
The production will be directed by Tony winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, reuniting much of the creative team of the Tony-winning revival of "Hello, Dolly!" starring Bette Midler.
This will be the third revival of the beloved show. Others who have played Hill include Craig Bierko, Eric McCormack, Dick Van Dyke and Robert Preston, whose performance remains enshrined in Broadway legend, not to mention available the 1962 film version.
Singer Pink adopts pup while on tour
The pop star Pink added another member to her family this week when she adopted a puppy while in Tennessee on her "Beautiful Trauma" tour.
The Tennessean reports the pup has been named Nash, which the star says is short for Nashville. Pink posted a photo on Instagram on Wednesday that featured her daughter, Willow, and Nash cuddling. In the post, Pink thanked the Nashville Humane Association for bringing playful puppies to her show, saying "Of course we went home with one."
Pink performed Sunday night at the Bridgestone Arena. She performed a surprise show at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge that same night. The lounge's director of operations, Jonathon Scott, says Pink arrived just before midnight and asked to "jump on stage."
Brothers regret role in alleged Smollett scheme
The attorney for two brothers accused of helping stage an attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in downtown Chicago says the men regret their involvement.
Gloria Schmidt represents Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo. She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the brothers agreed to help Smollett because of their friendship with him and the sense that he was helping them in their careers.
Schmidt says the brothers have come to realize how much the incident has negatively affected minorities and particularly victims of actual hate crimes.
Smollett is charged with lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men. He allegedly paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to help him stage the attack.
Today's birthdays: Actor Judd Hirsch is 84. Singer Mike Love of the Beach Boys is 78. Singer Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 64. Model Fabio is 58. Actress Kim Raver ("Grey's Anatomy") is 50. Actress Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") is 44. Musician will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas is 44. Actor Kellan Lutz (the "Twilight" films) is 34.
— The Associated Press
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