August 7, 2014 in Nation/World

Broadway ‘Cinderella’ to feature new faces

From Wire Reports
 

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Keke Palmer will take over the title role in the current revival of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” in New York, becoming what is believed to be the first black actress to play the role on Broadway.

The 20-year-old Palmer is scheduled to begin her run in the musical starting Sept. 9.

A wicked stepmother also has been picked for the show – Sherri Shepherd.

“The View” co-host said on the daytime talk show Tuesday that she will make her Broadway debut in the musical opposite Palmer in the title role also on Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre.

Shepherd will end seven years on “The View” this Friday.

She has been on “Dancing with the Stars” and “30 Rock” as Tracy Morgan’s wife.

Palmer’s first big screen role was as the title character in the 2006 movie “Akeelah and the Bee.” She has since appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, including her BET talk series “Just Keke.”

“Cinderella” opened on Broadway in early 2013 and features a revised book by playwright Douglas Carter Beane.

Man arrested on Allen movie set

A man accused of throwing furniture on the set of a Woody Allen movie in Rhode Island’s capital has been arrested and charged with assault.

Providence police say the man tossed a chair and assaulted security guards Tuesday on the set, which is near Brown University.

Security guards tell WPRI-TV the man went to the set and began asking “weird questions” about the movie’s stars, who include Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey.

Police identify the man as Mark Spiridakos. They say he ran from the set and was tackled and then was taken to a hospital with a head injury.

A San Diego man has pleaded not guilty to biting off a man’s fingertip during a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

Twenty-five-year-old Roberto Garnica entered pleas Tuesday to mayhem, battery and battery with serious bodily injury.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Garnica was at the concert on Saturday when he groped a woman and pushed her into some chairs, sparking a fight with her husband.

Authorities say Garnica punched the man and then bit off the tip of his left index finger.

The birthday bunch

Writer-producer-humorist Stan Freberg is 88. Humorist Garrison Keillor is 72. Singer B.J. Thomas is 72. Singer Harold Hudson of The Commodores is 65. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 64. Actor Wayne Knight is 59. Singer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is 56. Actor David Duchovny is 54. Actor Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” “Oz”) is 51. Country singer Raul Malo of The Mavericks is 49. Actress Charlize Theron is 39. Drummer Barry Kerch of Shinedown is 38.

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