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Michael Renzi, former ‘Sesame Street’ musical director, dies

Michael Renzi, former ‘Sesame Street’ musical director, dies

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Michael Renzi, who during a storied musical career worked with Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Lena Horne and some of the other biggest names in jazz and pop, and who for years was also the musical director of “Sesame Street,” has died. He was 80. Renzi died Wednesday at Newport Hospital in…MORE

Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90.MORE

R. Kelly has been indicted, sources say

R. Kelly has been indicted, sources say

By Sara Sidner, CNN (CNN) — An indictment has been handed down against musician R. Kelly by the Cook County State’s Attorney office, two sources with knowledge of the development tell CNN. CNN is working to obtain the indictment. A grand jury was convened in Cook County, Illinois, earlier this month in connection with new allegations against Kelly,…MORE

Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV and tabloids, dead at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights” and for an active off-screen life which included relationships with Loni Anderson, Sally Field and Dinah Shore, has died at age 82. His death was confirmed Thursday by his agent Todd Eisner, who…MORE

Presidents, pop stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul

Presidents, pop stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul

By JEFF KAROUB, The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of pop stars Friday in a singing, hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend. “Aretha’s singing challenged the dangling discords of hate…MORE

REVIEW: Gamm’s spellbinding “Hedda Gabler” not to be missed

REVIEW: Gamm’s spellbinding “Hedda Gabler” not to be missed

Marianna Bassham stars as Hedda Gabler in The Gamm Theatre’s “Hedda Gabler.” Photo by Peter Goldberg.   By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News Marianna Bassham as the title character in Gamm’s “Hedda Gabler” is a true gift. The new adaptation of the famous Henrik Ibsen play is a delight, a perfect combination of raw drama, dark…MORE

ARTS: Interactive “Redrum: Oath” perfect for Halloween

ARTS: Interactive “Redrum: Oath” perfect for Halloween

Photos by David Rickerby. WPRO Newsroom The Providence Improv Guild is back with more spooky, interactive improvisation this Halloween season. Last year’s “Redrum Reunion” brought audience members through the bowels of the Southside Cultural Center, where they met ghouls, ghosts and lots of terrific suspense. This year they’re staging “Redrum: Oath,” a similarly structured show about a…MORE

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