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Author, 'Whorehouse' playwright King dies

Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became a hit Tony Award-nominated musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and a movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was 83.

His wife, Barbara Blaine, said King died after battling emphysema at Chevy Chase House, a retirement home in Washington where he had been living the past six months. “One of the things that I will always remember about Larry is that he remained funny all the way through this illness,” she said.

He wrote in a good ol’ boy vernacular style similar to other Southern authors such as Roy Blount and Charles Portis. King wrote two musicals, five plays, 14 books, a few screenplays and hundreds of magazine articles, for which he won an O. Henry Award in 2001.

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George Wendt hospitalized

Cheers actor George Wendt has been hospitalized with chest pains and forced to drop out of a Chicago stage production of The Odd Couple. The 64-year-old actor, best known for playing the beer-loving Norm on the long-running NBC sitcom, checked into the hospital Sunday evening, the Northlight Theatre in Skokie reported yesterday. “George is family to us at Northlight and we wish him well for a complete and speedy recovery,” Odd Couple director B.J. Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He will be missed in the rehearsal room and on stage.”

Wendt “is getting medical attention and will eventually make a full recovery,” theater executive director Timothy Evans said in a statement.

Wendt had planned to play Oscar opposite Tim Kazurinsky’s Felix. The show will begin previews on Friday, as planned, and officially open Nov. 9, with Marc Grapey subbing for Wendt.

Broadway couple Audra McDonald and Will Swenson get married

Tony-award winner and former Private Practice star Audra McDonald married fellow Broadway actor Will Swenson on Saturday night at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, according to People. The couple met in 2007 and got engaged on New Year’s while vacationing in Puerto Rico.

The marriage is the second for both McDonald, 42, and Swenson, 38, who each have children from their previous relationships. The newlyweds told People that they look forward to their new life together as husband and wife and “wee posse of three,” referring to the three children they now share (between the ages of 8 and 11).

After her four-season stint on ABC’s medical drama Private Practice, McDonald most recently starred in a well-received revival of Porgy and Bess on Broadway. The show ended a 322-show run in September, and earned McDonald her fifth Tony.

Swenson most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. His next stage show — the rock musical Murder Ballad — is slated to open on Nov. 15.

Julie Taymor and 'Spider-Man' producers reach tentative settlement

Like in any great theater production, the conflict between director Julie Taymor and the producers of the Broadway production of Spider-Man peaked in intensity just before the resolution. A tentative deal settling a dispute over her role in the musical was disclosed in a document filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. It said the case could be reopened within two months if the agreement breaks down. Settlement terms were not released.

Dale Cendali, lead attorney for the producers, said she could not comment on the agreement in principle, except to confirm that it was reached Thursday. READ FULL STORY

Composer Marvin Hamlisch dead at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including The Sting and won a Tony for A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles at 68. Family spokesman Jason Lee says Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details aren’t being released.

Hamlisch’s career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood. The composer won every major award in his career, including three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.

His music colored some of film and Broadway’s most important works. Hamlisch composed more than 40 film scores, including Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People and Take the Money and Run. READ FULL STORY

Tony-winning 'Hairspray' writer Mark O'Donnell dies

Mark O’Donnell, the Tony Award-winning writer behind such quirky and clever Broadway shows as Hairspray and Cry-Baby, died Monday, his agent said. He was 58. Jack Tantleff, O’Donnell’s agent at the Paradigm agency, said the writer collapsed in the lobby of his apartment complex on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. “He was a huge talent, and a warm, witty and wonderful man who marched to his own drummer,” Tantleff said.

O’Donnell won the 2003 Tony for best book of a musical for co-writing Hairspray with Thomas Meehan, and the pair earned Tony nominations in 2008 for doing the same for another John Waters work, Cry-Baby.

O’Donnell was picked to help write the musical version of the 1988 Waters movie Hairspray because producer Margo Lion felt he “could appreciate Waters’ voice but was idiosyncratic enough to inject his own personality into the piece.” READ FULL STORY

Kate Winslet, Kenneth Branagh get royal honors

Kate Winslet has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II for her titanic contribution to the arts.

The actress, who won a best actress Academy Award in 2009 for The Reader and made her breakthrough as the feisty Rose in 1997 blockbuster Titanic, has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the queen’s Birthday Honors List, published Saturday.

Winslet said the honor made her “very proud to be a Brit.”

“I am both surprised and honored to stand alongside so many men and woman who have achieved great things for our country,” the 36-year-old star said.

Actor and director Kenneth Branagh was made a knight and will be known as Sir Kenneth. A respected Shakespearean actor whose films as a director range from Henry V and Hamlet to the comic-book fantasy Thor, Branagh said he felt “humble, elated, and incredibly lucky” to get the honor. It puts him in a pantheon of theatrical knights alongside the late Sir Laurence Olivier, whom Branagh played in My Week With Marilyn.
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Julie Taymor's 'Spider-Man' lawsuit moves to court

In early March, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark ex-director Julie Taymor filed new documents in her $1 million lawsuit against the producers of that Broadway disaster turned financial success. Now Taymor’s case has moved forward once more: The New York Times reports that its first courtroom arguments will take place in Manhattan today. Three separate motions will be brought before a judge; a full trial is expected to commence next year. Taymor, who conceived Spider-Man alongside composers Bono and The Edge and co-wrote the show’s original script, first sued her former colleagues in November. The musical’s producers fired back with a countersuit in January.

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Jim Parsons comes out

A new interview with Emmy-winning actor Jim Parsons has officially revealed that he is gay. The New York Times’ profile of the Big Bang Theory star mentions Parsons’ sexuality near the end of the article. The profile also reveals that he has been in a relationship for 10 years. Parsons played a gay activist in Broadway’s revival of The Normal Heart last year; he is scheduled to reprise the role in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming film adaptation of the play. Parsons will star in a Broadway revival of Harvey this summer.

Tony organizers settle with Bret Michaels over 2009 accident

Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. The confidential settlement also covers Michaels’ claims against CBS Broadcasting, which aired the show and the mishap. The Poison frontman blamed the network for airing the moment, which became which a viral video watched by tens of millions of people online, and claimed Tony Awards producers never warned him there would be a set change after he and his band performed “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” READ FULL STORY

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