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Quick Takes: Broadway is more diverse

February 13, 2013

The percentage of minority actors working on Broadway and at the top 16 not-for-profit theater companies in New York City rose to 23% during the 2011-12 season, but whites continue to be overrepresented, according to a new report.

The Asian American Performers Action Coalition released its second annual look at ethnic representation on New York stages and found that minority actors overall saw a 2% increase from the previous season.

It found that African American actors were cast in 16% of all roles, Latinos in 3% and Asian American actors in 3%. Caucasians filled 77% of all roles, far outweighing their respective population size in the metro and tri-state areas.

—Associated Press

Injured Gaga takes a break

Lady Gaga has called off shows this week in Chicago; Auburn Hills, Mich.; and Hamilton, Canada, because of chronic joint pain the singer said she has been concealing from her staff and fans.

"I've been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now, over the past month it has worsened," Gaga said in a series of tweets sent out Tuesday. She said that after Monday night's show, "I could not walk and still can't."

She is said to have synovitis, or severe inflammation of joints, and postponed the three shows under a doctor's orders. She hopes to resume her "Born This Way Ball" tour Feb. 19 in Philadelphia.

—Randy Lewis

Consequences for show crasher

The man who was arrested after attempting to upstage Adele at Sunday's Grammy Awards says that his appearance was a spontaneous event and that he is only now realizing it might have legal consequences for him.

Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian journalist who did not have a ticket to the awards show, spent several hours in police custody before being released with a trespassing citation and a March 4 court date.

Sediuk briefly took the microphone Sunday night before Adele accepted her award. He only got a few words out before Jennifer Lopez shooed him away.

In an interview Tuesday, he said he arrived at the show in a car that had access to the red carpet, and he did a few interviews before attempting to follow Nicole Kidman into the show. She stopped to talk to reporters and he then followed in Katy Perry — all without a guard ever stopping him to ask for a ticket. Once inside, he got a seat near the stage, apparently taking Adam Levine's seat.

Publicists for the Grammys did not return email messages about security at the event.

—Associated Press

Late star's reality show will go on

Two months after the death of Latin music star Jenni Rivera, an April 14 premiere date was announced for the final season of her Mun2 reality show, "I Love Jenni."

The third and final season, filmed just before Rivera's Dec. 9 plane crash in Mexico, will include footage of Rivera and more recent footage of her family as they rebuild their lives.

Before the new season rolls out, the network — part of NBC cable networks and a division of Telemundo — will present an hourlong special, "We Love Jenni," which will air April 7 and feature interviews with Mexican singer Thalia, rapper Snoop Lion (a.k.a. Snoop Dogg) and others.

—Yvonne Villarreal

Time runs out for 'The Hour'

"The Hour," the BBC's drama about a British news program in the 1950s, will not be continuing past its second season.

The series, which had drawn comparisons to AMC's "Mad Men," was critically acclaimed but low-rated. It aired in the U.S. on BBC America.

During the course of its two seasons, the show received four Golden Globe nominations and four BAFTA nominations.

—Patrick Kevin Day

Poet's remains to be exhumed

Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda's body will be exhumed and autopsied, a judge in Chile ruled this week. An investigation of Neruda's death was opened in 2011, 38 years after he died of what was said to be malnutrition or cancer.

Judge Mario Carroza ordered the investigation after Chile's Communist Party filed an official request. Carroza is overseeing the cases of hundreds of Chileans who "disappeared" during Gen. Augusto Pinochet's notoriously ruthless regime.

Pinochet took over from Salvador Allende in a military coup in 1973. Twelve days later, Neruda, who had been one of many intellectuals who supported Allende, was dead.

—Carolyn Kellogg


Summer gig: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell on the hit comedy "Modern Family," is going to star this summer in William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" in New York's Central Park.

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