Patina Miller wins best actress in a musical Tony

NEW YORK (AP) — Patina Miller has danced away with a Tony Award for her role in the revival of “Pippin.” Miller, last on Broadway in “Sister Act,” won the best lead actress in a musical trophy playing…

Cicely Tyson wins Tony for best actress in a play

NEW YORK (AP) — Cicely Tyson, who returned to Broadway this season for the first time in 30 years, has taken home the Tony Award for best leading actress in a play. In Horton Foote’s “The Trip to…

5 tips for finding a wedding planner

Whether you are planning a small, intimate gathering or an over-the-top celebration for your wedding, an event planner can be the key to success. Even more important is choosing the right one.

Tracy Letts wins best actor in a play Tony Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Tracy Letts, who won a Tony Award as a playwright, now has one as an actor. Letts takes home the trophy for best performance by an actor in a play for playing George, one-half…

Billy Porter wins best actor in a musical Tony

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Porter, who plays a fierce drag queen in “Kinky Boots,” has strutted off with the Tony Award for best actor in a musical. Porter, the 1992 winner of “Star Search,” has amassed several…

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ wins Tony

NEW YORK (AP) — Christopher Durang’s comical “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” has won the best play Tony Award. The play, which takes characters and themes from Anton Chekhov and sets them in present-day Pennsylvania, stars…

Courtney B. Vance wins first Tony of the night

NEW YORK (AP) — Courtney B. Vance has won the first Tony Award of the night, taking the trophy for best featured actor in a play after host Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a high-octane song…

US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey is reappointed

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, has been appointed to a second one-year term. The Library of Congress was set to announce Trethewey’s reappointment Monday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet met with members of the…

2 longtime producers leave ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Add two more departures to the “American Idol” post-season tally. Fox said Sunday that longtime executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick are exiting the singing contest. Its 12th season ended in May with…

Grant Hill supports wife Tamia at NYC concert

NEW YORK (AP) — A week after he retired from the NBA, Grant Hill celebrated with his wife as she performed for a feverish crowd in New York City on Saturday night. Hill and New York Knicks’ Amar’e…

Italian maestro Bruno Bartoletti dies in Florence

ROME (AP) — An Italian music company says maestro Bruno Bartoletti, who was associated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a half-century, has died a day before his 87th birthday. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino said Bartoletti died in…

Olympic champion Riner alleges racism at Paris bar

PARIS (AP) — The Buddha Bar has fired a waitress for improper behavior toward Olympic champion judoka Teddy Riner, who lashed out about alleged racism at the upscale Paris bar-restaurant. On Facebook, the 24-year-old London Games gold medalist…

‘Kinky Boots’ struts off with the most Tony Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tony Awards will be a real drag this year: The two top musicals battling it out have leading men dressed as women and the night’s biggest celebrity will be Tom Hanks, who reminded…

Swedish Princess Madeleine weds New York banker

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said “yes” to New York banker Christopher O’Neill in a lavish wedding ceremony in Stockholm. Madeleine was wearing a stunning white lace…