When a new revival of "West Side Story," directed by Ivo van Hove, opens on Broadway, it will make history. The musical sees 33 young people making their Broadway debuts, a record.
The show, loosely based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," chronicles the affair between two lovers caught in a violent gang world not of their making.
The young cast arrives at the Broadway Theatre from everywhere from Cuba to Massachusetts, representing halftime performers in the NBA, touring stage veterans and ballet dancers in Los Angeles.
The cast includes Ilda Mason, a dancer from Panama City who's a swing on Broadway, meaning she understudies five roles and is ready to go on in case of illness or vacation; Satori Folkes-Stone, 23, a dancer from L.A.; and Israel Del Rosario, at 18 the youngest in the cast.
Performers mourn slain rapper
The home-invasion death of rising rapper Pop Smoke, 20, in Los Angeles does not appear to be part of a robbery, police said, as detectives sought to identify the shooter and the music community mourned. Investigators were not ruling out a robbery, but they were looking at other possible motives as well, police said. Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj, who collaborated with Pop Smoke, were among those paying tribute on social media.
For kids: Dan Brown's next book will have a lighter, more musical touch. The "Da Vinci Code" author is working on a picture story, "Wild Symphony," scheduled to be published Sept. 1. Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, called the book an "entertaining" experience in which "the playful Maestro Mouse, trusty baton in hand, brings readers along as he visits a variety of animal friends, from cheetahs and kangaroos to elephants and blue whales." "Wild Symphony" will be illustrated by Susan Batori and will be accompanied by a release of children's classical music, written by Brown.
engaged: Producer Jon Peters, 74, is engaged to Julia Bernheim, Us Weekly reported. The news was revealed while Neptune Wellness CEO Michael Cammarata rang the Nasdaq closing bell on Thursday. Peters attended as a guest of Cammarata and is an investor in Neptune Wellness. The engagement news comes less than three weeks after Peters' split from Pamela Anderson.
Singing on: The Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Plácido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year, despite accusations of sexual harassment against him. Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports last year detailed accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct. While American outlets have dropped Domingo, he continues to perform in Europe. He received a standing ovation in Milan in December and had two sold-out shows in Berlin in January.