Producer, songwriter and musician T Bone Burnett has donned a white hat and jumped in to rescue the score to “Happy Trails,” a musical about American icons Roy Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans.

Burnett, known for stirring American roots music in movies like “Crazy Heart” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” replaces Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.

The composer, who grew up in Texas, said that he’s never had a chance to flex his musical theater chops.

“It’s frightening and exciting to come into a world that I think I can never live up to,” he said. “I’m glad I’ve waited this long to even to begin to approach it.”

Rogers was a star of television, radio and movies, turning out country music songs, 87 Westerns — 26 of them with Evans — and a 1950s TV series. Rogers died in 1998 at age 86; Evans died in 2001 at 88.

Burnett said the musical will have entirely new music that will be influenced by the 1930s. “There will be some show tunes and there will be some blues tunes. There will be country tunes and there will be folk tunes. … And there will be other things, too.”

Serena Williams is a superhero, too

Serena Williams is a world-class athlete and is seen as a living embodiment of the phrase “girl power,” but it appears that a man who seemed to try to steal her phone this week in San Francisco was due for a reminder. On Facebook, Williams, 34, the top-ranked tennis player in women’s singles, described a dramatic ordeal that she said took place at a Chinese restaurant, where a man stood next to her and lingered a bit too close to her table for comfort. Williams said the man grabbed her phone and ducked out of the restaurant. She chased him, as she explained in her post: “I was upon him in a flash!”


Farewell: George Barris, the legendary custom car builder who created television’s original Batmobile and helped define California’s car culture with colorfully designed vehicles, died Thursday. He was 89. Barris customized cars and buses for TV shows, movies, celebrities and heads of state. Barris also worked on The Munster Koach for the 1960s TV show “The Munsters,” and Black Beauty, the car Bruce Lee used in the TV show, “The Green Hornet.”


Kicker: David Beckham, in Nepal to film a documentary, played soccer with Nepalese children on Friday and visited a school in Bhaktapur that was damaged in April’s devastating earthquake. The soccer star talked to students and later played soccer with the children at an open courtyard surrounded by old Hindu temples. “This is the best day of my life. I am so, so happy,” said Seline Homija, an eighth-grade student who played with Beckham.

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