NEW YORK (AP) – We’re learning more about how Broadway is gearing up for its post-pandemic restart. Last week, it was announced that shows can resume at full capacity on Sept. 14. So far, there are four shows ready to do that: “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “Chicago.” “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations” is to resume Oct. 16. Other reopening dates include “The Phantom of the Opera” on Oct. 22, “Jagged Little Pill” on Oct. 21 and “Come From Away” on Sept 21.” Broadway has been shut down since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
GOLDEN GLOBES LOSE NBC AND TOM CRUISE
NEW YORK (AP) – Tom Cruise has won three Golden Globes during his career. So, how many does he have? The answer is zero – and no, it isn’t a trick question. The actor did win three – but has returned the trophies to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. It’s the latest public rebuke to the HFPA. Yesterday, NBC said it won’t air the awards next year. Before this year’s show, it came out that there were no Black voting members for the Globes. And while the group says it’s trying to diversify, NBC says changes like that take time – so it won’t air the awards next year.
GOLDEN GLOBES AND PROFESSIONALISM
NEW YORK (AP) – Behind the glitter of the Golden Globes, there’s has been a tarnish on on the event and the group that organizes it. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is for reporters who cover the movie industry for non-U.S. outlets. Lately. the group has been criticized for how some of its members carry on. WarnerMedia says some HFPA members demand perks and favors that U.S. reporters wouldn’t dare ask for. Some agents have urged their clients to duck the HFPA. And Scarlett Johansson says some HFPA members have said things to her that “border on sexual harassment.”
GOLDEN GLOBES – RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – The main reasons given for the backlash against the Golden Globes are a lack of diversity and lack of professionalism. But there’s another possible reason for NBC to put next year’s telecast on ice: ratings. Usually the Golden Globes are among the most-watched awards shows, ranking behind only the Oscars and Grammys. This year, however, the show drew under 7 million viewers, a 63% drop from last year. NBC has said it hopes to air the awards again in 2023.
DJ KHALED’S NEW ALBUM
MIAMI (AP) – DJ Khaled’s (KAL’-edz) new album is titled “Khaled Khaled.” But it could just have easily been called DJ Kahled and a whole lot of his friends. As he usually does, Khaled has collaborators on this new project. This time there are 29, including two of the biggest Justins in music: Bieber and Timberlake. Khaled says he wanted to drop the project sooner but held off because the nation’s mood after the presidential election last year was so volatile. Now he says, “it’s time for the light show.”
NANCY WILSON, EDDIE VAN HALEN AND THE GUITAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Nancy Wilson of Heart put a musical tribute to Eddie Van Halen on her new album, “You and Me.” And she says it was inspired in part by a gift she gave the rock guitar legend. When Van Halen complimented Wilson on how she played the acoustic guitar – and Wilson learned he didn’t have one – she gave him hers. Wilson says the next morning, Van Halen called her hotel room to play a song he’d worked on all night on that guitar – and she said it was beautiful. When Van Halen died last year, Wilson decided to add a tribute to him on the album.
TAYLOR SWIFT TO BE HONORED AT THE BRIT AWARDS
LONDON (AP) – Taylor Swift will be honored at the Brit Awards tonight. But the show will also be a test for what a return to normalcy from the pandemic might look like. The Brit Awards will be staged in front of a live audience of 4,000 at London’s O2 Theater. The audience won’t be socially distanced or masked – but attendees will have to test negative for COVID-19 before the show. More than half the audience will be essential workers and their guests. They got the tickets in recognition of their efforts to fight the pandemic.