Stories by Mark Kennedy

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'Everybody Loves Raymond' mom memorialized

Co-workers get together to salute Doris Roberts, who played Marie, the mother in the CBS series. She died in April.
By Mark Kennedy

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Collins remasters all 8 solo albums

NEW YORK - Singer and drummer Phil Collins is taking one tentative step out of musical retirement by offering up huge chunks of his past.
By Mark Kennedy

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

Three sisters epitomize uniformity of Rockettes

NEW YORK - The world-famous Rockettes are supposed to look alike, but this Christmas fans might do a double take - then a triple-take.
By Mark Kennedy

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

Audiobooks are being recorded by starry voices

NEWARK, N.J. - Actress Vanessa Johansson recently found herself in the middle of a steamy interracial romance, one complicated by a gunshot and a looming lawsuit. It was also purely fictional.
By Mark Kennedy

Saturday, May 30, 2015

'Marley' musical cast tries to help uneasy Baltimore

NEW YORK - Most theater professionals like to say that whatever they're working on is very relevant to what's going on in the real world. That was not possibly more true than in Baltimore this spring.
By Mark Kennedy

Attendance proves fans give regards to Broadway

NEW YORK - Broadway's revenue and attendance figures both hit record highs for the third season in a row. The Broadway League said Tuesday that box offices reported a record total gross of $1.36 ...
By Mark Kennedy

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Moss takes on 'challenging' Broadway role

NEW YORK - The cocktail of choice for Elisabeth Moss these days is very post-Mad Men. "It's close to 5:30, isn't it?" she asks a waitress at a chic bar in the theater district one recent ...
By Mark Kennedy

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

The Temptations, The Four Tops eager to compete

NEW YORK - When offstage, members of The Temptations and The Four Tops have nothing but love for each other. It's a different story when the microphones are on.
By Mark Kennedy

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Play about Columbine shooting to open in New York

NEW YORK - A play about the Columbine High School massacre written from the perspective of the two teen shooters will make its world premiere in New York next month, penned by a playwright who was ...
By Mark Kennedy

Tim Rice wants 'From Here to Eternity' new life

NEW YORK - Tim Rice is hoping his musical From Here to Eternity doesn't take an eternity to get to Broadway.
By Mark Kennedy

Monday, March 3, 2014

Musical starts to sell before finding home

Most theater producers with a new work heading for Broadway secure a theater and gather a cast before trying to fire up an audience.
By Mark Kennedy

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Kids jamming with Marley in 'Three Little Birds' musical

NEW YORK - A snowy, frigid New York is about to enjoy a blast of Caribbean warmth courtesy of Jamaica and its most favorite son, Bob Marley.
By Mark Kennedy

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

'Kick' Kennedy has 'magical' debut

NEW YORK - The storied Ken­nedy family has produced a president, ambassadors, an attorney general, senators and plenty of congressmen. But not a professional actor. 
By Mark Kennedy

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Doctor makes stage-door visits on Broadway

For the past 16 years, Dr. Barry Kohn has been lugging around a duffel bag of syringes and administering free flu shots to actors and crew members at Broadway theaters, off-Broadway houses and ...
By Mark Kennedy

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stallone's 'Rocky' getting its shot at Broadway

NEW YORK - It's been a knockout in Germany. Now Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film Rocky will also be a hit on Broadway.
By Mark Kennedy

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Kathie Lee's musical inspired by jazzy evangelist

NEW YORK - At the end of a long day, Kathie Lee Gifford offers a visitor a cup of coffee. Not wine, coffee. "Would you like a skinny latte that I'm not going to drink?" she asks. "I just realized ...
By Mark Kennedy

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

Hollywood legend will be on Broadway

NEW YORK - Tom Hanks will play a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring.
By Mark Kennedy

Broadway is on the menu for 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'

NEW YORK - There's a fresh push to get Holly Golightly onto a Broadway stage. Producers said Wednesday that a new adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's is aiming for a Shubert theater in New York ...
By Mark Kennedy

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

No Doubt return with first new studio album

No Doubt has returned with its first new studio album, called "Push and Shove," after 11 years and eight babies among them.
By Mark Kennedy

Friday, Aug 24, 2012

Harrelson's quirky play to extend its run

Woody Harrel-son's play Bullet for Adolf is extending its off-Broadway run by more than a month, and the actor-turned-playwright is hopeful it will continue building an audience.
By Mark Kennedy
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