Cher to perform live on NBC’s ‘The Voice’
LOS ANGELES — Cher has a date with NBC’s “The Voice.”
NBC said the pop star will perform live on the talent contest’s June 18 season finale.
She will sing “Woman’s World,” the first single off her upcoming album of the same name, the network said.
Cher, 67, joins other pop artists who have appeared on NBC’s hit series and other TV contests to promote new records. They include “Voice” guest stars Rod Stewart and Lady Antebellum.
Cher’s “Woman’s World” album, her first in 12 years, is due out later this year.
The Grammy, Oscar and Emmy-winner has scored a No. 1 single on the Billboard pop charts in each of the last six decades, including her 1998 single “Believe.”
Syracuse University names studio for Clark
NEW YORK — Syracuse University is naming a renovated broadcast studio on its campus for the late television producer and host Dick Clark.
Clark’s family donated $5 million to rebuild the studio at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and his alma mater announced that it will bear his name. The $18 million renovation is scheduled to be done in September 2014.
The studio was state of the art when it was constructed in 1974. But Dean Lorraine Branham says it is now putting the journalism school’s radio and television broadcasting programs at a competitive disadvantage. The renovation will make production studios and classroom space fully digital.
Clark graduated from Syracuse in 1951 and went on to host “American Bandstand” and run a busy television production studio in California.
‘Bridges of Madison’ set to hit Broadway
NEW YORK — The novel “The Bridges of Madison County,” which was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, is heading to Broadway as a musical.
Producers said the show, with songs by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Marsha Norman, will debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in August and then land at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in January.
Based on Robert Waller’s best-selling novel, the story features Iowa’s covered bridges as the focal point for a romance between a woman and a photographer.
No casting was announced.
Leon Panetta has deal for memoir on career
NEW YORK — Leon Panetta is the latest Cabinet member who served during President Barack Obama’s first term to have a book deal.
The 74-year-old Panetta has an agreement with Penguin Press for a memoir about his long public career. He has served in Congress, as chief of staff under President Bill Clinton and as director of the CIA and secretary of defense under Obama. The book is untitled, and no release date has been set.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are among other former Obama officials working on memoirs.
‘Community’ reunited with creator Harmon
LOS ANGELES — NBC’s quirky sitcom “Community” is getting creator Dan Harmon back in charge for season five.
NBC said that Harmon will be joined by another former “Community” producer, Chris McKenna.
Harmon was replaced as showrunner for season four after a clash with then-cast member Chevy Chase. In voicemails that Harmon released last year, Chase called “Community” a “mediocre sitcom.”
Chase has left the series set at a community college. The ensemble cast includes Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown and Alison Brie.
In May, NBC announced that the sitcom had been renewed for a fifth year but didn’t say where it would land on the 2013-14 schedule.
Quinto’s Broadway debut in ‘Menagerie’
NEW YORK — Another Tennessee Williams masterpiece is coming to Broadway and it’s bringing Zachary Quinto and Cherry Jones along for the ride.
Producers Jeffrey Richards said he’ll transfer the American Repertory Theater’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” to New York for a 17-week engagement starting in September.
Quinto, who plays Spock in the “Star Trek” reboots and wowed audiences in a recent off-Broadway production of “Angels in America,” will be making his Broadway debut as Tom.
Jones, the two-time Tony Award winner for “Doubt” and “The Heiress” and who played President Allison Taylor in the TV series “24,” will play Amanda Wingfield.
They’ll be joined by Celia Keenan-Bolger, fresh off her role as Wendy in Broadway’s “Peter and the Starcatcher,” and Brian J. Smith, recently in “The Columnist.”
Performances begin Sept, 5 with an opening night set for Sept. 26. The venue has yet to be announced.
The play centers on an aging Southern belle who hopes her son can fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect “gentleman caller” for her shy and damaged daughter.
The last time “The Glass Menagerie” hit Broadway was 2005 starring Jessica Lange and Christian Slater. The latest revival comes on the heels of “A Streetcar Named Desire” last year with Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker, and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” this year with Scarlett Johansson.
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, 74, has an agreement with Penguin Press for a memoir about his long public career, from serving in Congress, to his time as chief of staff under President Clinton to his years as director of the CIA and secretary of defense under Obama.×
Clint Eastwood and actress Meryl Streep star in a scene from. “The Bridges of Madison County.” The book made into a film is heading to Broadway as a musical.×
Cher will be performing on the singing competition series “The Voice” during the season finale Tuesday.×