“FROZEN” WON’T RETURN WHEN BROADWAY DOES
NEW YORK (AP) – Even when Broadway reopens, “Frozen” will be kept on ice. Disney says the musical won’t return when the theater season is rekindled. It’s the first time an established production has been spiked by the coronavirus pandemic. “Frozen” opened in March 2018 and was a top moneymaker. It was among the top five shows on Broadway in gross and attendance both years. At times “Frozen” earned as much as $2 million a week.
CHICAGO’S CELEBRITY READERS
CHICAGO (AP) – They call Chicago the City of the Big Shoulders. Now, you can also call it the city of big-name-readers. Some of the biggest celebrities with Windy City roots are reading children’s books for videos posted by the Chicago Public Library. Among those who have done them include Barack and Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Others involved in the project are Jane Lynch, Common, Pete Wentz and singer Michelle Williams.
CONCERT VENUE POSTPONES SHOW AFTER SHOWDOWN
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – It was a showdown between an Arkansas theater and state officials – and in the end, the venue blinked. TempleLive now says it will postpone tonight’s scheduled concert by Travis McCready until Monday. The move came after the state played hardball with the venue – suspending its alcohol license until the concert was postponed. The original date was three days before Arkansas officials were to begin allowing indoor shows again – provided they have limited audiences.
NBC SPORTS ON-AIR STARS TO TAKE PAY CUTS
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – On-air people on NBC Sports are going to be making less money – because of the coronavirus outbreak. A company official says the 5%-to-10% pay cuts will run through the end of the year. And NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua says it’s voluntary. He says the on-air people “reached out to see how they could contribute” to help NBC – at a time where there aren’t any live sports for on-air people to talk about.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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