National Gallery hosts ancient Roman sculpture

WASHINGTON - An ancient Roman sculpture portraying a warrior just before his death is visiting Washington on its first trip outside of Italy in more than 200 years.

"The Dying Gaul" went on display last month at the National Gallery of Art and will be there through March 16. The sculpture dates to the first or second centuries A.D.

Gallery Director Earl A. Powell III says it is a masterpiece in art history. He says it's an image of a conquered enemy, representing courage in defeat.

"The Dying Gaul" was found in a Roman garden, unearthed between 1621 and 1623. It became famous, and monarchs in Spain and France commissioned copies.

Neuwirth to return to 'Chicago' in a new role

NEW YORK - Bebe Neuwirth is going back to a familiar place on Broadway, but she's making a little razzle-dazzle history along the way.

Producers said the Emmy- and Tony-winning former star of TV's "Cheers" will return to the Ambassador Theatre stage in "Chicago" but this time to play Matron "Mama" Morton. She starts Jan. 14 and ends her eight-week run March 9.

Neuwirth won the Tony Award in 1997 for her portrayal of jazz-age killer Velma Kelly in the show and then returned 10 years later as merry murderess Roxie Hart. 0Neuwirth will be making history as the first actress to play all three female principal parts.

Book on the Bronx to feature Pacino, Reiner

NEW YORK - Al Pacino, Carl Reiner and Regis Philbin are among dozens of Bronx natives who will share childhood memories for a book.

Henry Holt and Co. announced that it had acquired "Just Kids From the Bronx," scheduled for release in February 2015. "Just Kids" was compiled by Arlene Alda, author of 15 children's books and the wife of actor Alan Alda. Any profits earned by her will be contributed to children's charities in the Bronx.

Book of Nixon White House tapes planned

NEW YORK - Selected transcripts and audio of Richard Nixon's Oval Office conversations will be published in book form in August, the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation from the presidency.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that "The Nixon Tapes" will feature the first transcriptions of Nixon and his aides discussing subjects ranging from Vietnam to Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign.

The country first learned that the tapes existed during Senate hearings in 1973 that looked into the growing Watergate scandal, which eventually led to Nixon's departure.

"The Nixon Tapes" will be edited and annotated by historian Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter, whose website at www.nixontapes.org features digital recordings of Nixon's conversations.

Associated Press