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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Arts academy condemns conduct of some members by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- The American Academy of Arts and Letters condemned the "abhorrent" conduct of members facing sexual harassment allegations, but declined to take fur…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Richard Wilbur, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dies at 96 by Hillel Italie

Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse o…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Not just 'Sgt. Pepper': Many 1967 musical firsts echo today by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as just one of many musical astonis…

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Not just 'Sgt. Pepper': Many 1967 musical firsts echo today by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Sgt. Pepper" was only the beginning. Half a century after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark, it stands as one of many musical astonishment…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Hamilton" author Chernow has Grant bio coming in fall by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ron Chernow, the historian who helped inspire the musical "Hamilton," has a biography of Ulysses Grant coming out in October....

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Artist-politician face-offs before Pence and 'Hamilton' by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- The much-publicized face-off between the cast of "Hamilton" and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, when actor Brandon Dixon read a brief statement fro…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Potter script sells more than 2 million copies in 2 days by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Not even "Hamilton" can keep up with these numbers....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Aside from 'Hamilton,' Revolutionary era inspires little art by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and 11 Tony Awards, "Hamilton" is a cultural phenomenon that stands as the most celebrated work of art ever inspired by…

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates talks Orlando, Ali with fellow writers Toni Morrison and Sonia Sanchez by Hillel Italie

Speaking on stage at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre, Ta-Nehisi Coates remembered studying at Howard University and being mesmerized by a few lines from the poem "Personal Letter No. 3." "We a…

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Writers Morrison, Coates and Sanchez talk art, Orlando, Ali by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Broadway audience was on its feet. Not for "Hamilton" or "The Humans," but for a trio of celebrated writers: Toni Morrison, Ta…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Abe Vigoda, sunken-eyed character actor, dead at 94 by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney …

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Actress Mary-Louise Parker now respected writer by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest round of raves for Mary-Louise Parker is not for her acting, but for her writing....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Martin Scorsese, Lin-Manuel Miranda share stories by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oscar winner Martin Scorsese is 73 and one of the world's most revered filmmakers. Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is 35 and among the most dynamic actor-play…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rare Tennessee Williams story published by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennesse…

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Activist poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79 by Hillel Italie

Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture…

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Activist poet-playwright Amiri Baraka dies at 79 by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking forc…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Simon and Sondheim talk shop at joint appearance by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephen Sondheim and Paul Simon, two longtime New Yorkers and giants of American song, embody two very different musical traditions....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The great, and entitled Gore Vidal by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gore Vidal seemed able not only to do anything, but to do it all at the same time. In the early 1960s, you might catch him on a television talk show, read an essay of hi…

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Gore Vidal, celebrated author and playwright, dies at 86 by Andrew Dalton and Hillel Italie

Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, his nephew said Tuesday.

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Gore Vidal, celebrated author, playwright, dies by Hillel Italie and Andrew Dalton

Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday, his nephew s…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron, writer-filmmaker, dies at 71 by Hillel Italie

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism and was loved, respected and feared for …

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Film Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79 in L.A. by David Germain and Hillel Italie

Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose enduring fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars, died Wednesday at age 79.

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