Originally created 05/11/04

People in the News



NEW YORK -- TV talk show host Wayne Brady is joining the cast of the long-running Broadway musical revival "Chicago" as the opportunistic Billy Flynn.

The performer, star of "The Wayne Brady Show," joins "Chicago" Sept. 7 at the Ambassador Theatre and will continue in musical through Nov. 11.

The 31-year-old Brady will end production of his television show after this season, its second on the air. The Florida native has won Emmy Awards for his talk show and for his work on the ABC comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Brady has appeared in Florida productions of "A Chorus Line," "Fences," "I'm Not Rappaport" and "A Raisin in the Sun," as well as in such television series as "I'll Fly Away," "Home Court" and "American Dreams."

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Police had to break up a shoving match at a Boston club after the rapper 50 Cent and his entourage jumped from the stage during a surprise appearance and scuffled in the audience.

Two people were arrested for disturbing the peace during the incident in the Hippodrome club early Saturday morning, said Springfield Police Capt. Charles Arpin.

Police also were investigating whether a nearby shooting was related.

The crowd of 1,400 people did not know 50 Cent was there until he took the stage after the other acts. About 10 minutes after he took the stage, someone in the crowd threw water at him from a cup or water bottle, Hippodrome co-owner Michael J. Barrasso said.

"He removed his gold chain, handed it to someone on the stage next to him and jumped off the stage into the crowd," Barrasso said. The rapper's entourage, including bodyguards, also jumped off the stage.

The crowd was so dense Barrasso could not tell if there was any fighting beyond pushing. Security guards and police officers pushed the rapper - whose real name is Curtis Jackson - and his entourage back on stage, Barrasso said.

"He finished the song, believe it or not," Barrasso said. "Then the whole entourage and him just rushed for the exit, got in their cars and left."

Two men were charged with disturbing the peace.

After the incident, a man walked into the Mercy Medical Center emergency room with a gunshot wound to the leg, saying he'd been shot about a block from the theater. Arpin said police are not certain if the shooting was related to the disturbance to the Hippodrome.

FREDENSBORG, Denmark -- Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian fiancee Mary Donaldson were feted with a five-course dinner that was uniquely Australian.

More than 50 invited guests, including Queen Margrethe and her husband, Prince Henrik, ate fresh prawns, fish and tender lamb - all flown in from the Pacific.

Dining at the exclusive Stor Kro Inn just outside the gates of Fredensborg Palace, the royal family was welcomed Saturday by Australian Governor General Michael Jeffrey, along with Richard Butler, the governor of Donaldson's native Tasmania.

Inside, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the wedding would improve the close ties between the Scandinavian country and Australia. "It's a wonderful wedding. I'm very happy to strengthen the bonds between our two countries," he said.

All the dishes were by Australian chef Luke Mangan.

Among the dishes in the five-course meal were appetizers of coconut broth with prawns from Crystal Bay in New South Wales. That was followed by sashimi kingfish from South Australia and roasted barramundi from the Northern Territory.

Tender Australian lamb completed the main course and dessert was Mangan's signature recipe from his restaurant, Salt, in the Australian capital: licorice parfait.

Five Australian wines were served to accompany the food.

Donaldson and Frederik will marry May 14 in the capital, one of the most anticipated events in Danish royal history. The pair met in 2000 while at the Olympics in Sydney.

PHILADELPHIA -- When Nelly Furtado checks in at hotels during her tours, she sees things others might miss.

Furtado's view is shaped by the fact that as a girl she spent years helping her mother tidy up rooms at the Robin Hood Motel in British Columbia.

"I totally notice the chambermaid. I check out the carts and even what kind of wheels are on them," she told The Philadelphia Inquirer in Friday's editions. "It's not like 'Maid in Manhattan' where Ralph Fiennes walks in and doesn't notice J.Lo."

Furtado, 25, is on tour to promote her album second CD, "Folklore," and the Grammy Award winner has outgrown the trepidation of performing live that she battled while touring with her 2000 debut, "Whoa, Nelly!"

"I have a love-hate relationship with performing," she said. "I dreaded the big, huge gigs, especially the European festivals with their massive stages."

But maturity has created confidence. "The new show is very energetic," she said. "It has a new maturity, but it's still electric. I'm much more confident on stage."