Arts in Brief

Chris Evans stars in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

NEW YORK — Broadway stars including Nikki James of “The Book of Mormon” and Norm Lewis from “Porgy and Bess” have signed on to help celebrate The New York Pops’ 29th birthday.

Organizers of the April 30 gala said that James and Lewis will join such celebrities as Boyd Gaines, Brian d’Arcy James and Rachel York for the festivities at Carnegie Hall.


The Fox Network has turned 25, and some of its greatest alums will be on hand at 8 p.m. today to commemorate the anniversary.

The Wayans Brothers, who introduced a new kind of comedy with “In Living Color,” will be there, along with the gang from “Married ... With Children.” Keifer Suth- erland of “24,” and “Touch,” will celebrate, too. Calista Flockhart will recall “Ally McBeal,” and Patrick Warburton, who was on Fox’s “The Tick,” will be there. We’ll see stars of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and Fox’s “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler.

NEW YORK — After decades of making history, Herbie Hancock is ready to tell it.

The award-winning, groundbreaking jazz performer and composer has a deal with Viking for a memoir expected in 2014.

“Quincy Jones is a dear friend of mine, and he keeps saying to me, ‘You’ve got to do a book,’ ” Hancock said.

“I’ve had a life that has taken many interesting paths. I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me and I want to share what I’ve learned.”

Hancock, 72, has won 14 Grammys and for decades has been mixing jazz with blues, soul, funk and electronic music. He won an Academy Award in 1986 for the score to “ ’Round Midnight.” He is known for his pioneering work with Miles Davis.

NEW YORK — The casting for the final piece in John Patrick Shanley’s “Church and State” trilogy of plays has been announced.

Giancarlo Esposito, Bob Dishy, Zach Grenier, Ron Cephas Jones and Tonya Pinkins will star in “Storefront Church,” which begins previews May 16 off-Broadway.

The play officially will open June 11. Previous plays in Shanley’s trilogy include “Doubt” and “Defiance.”

NEW YORK — Amy Adams, who played a princess in the film “Enchanted,” will be returning to fairy tales this summer, starring opposite Cinderella and a witch.

The Public Theater said the three-time Oscar-nominated actress will play the Baker’s Wife in its production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods.”

The musical is one of two shows the Public will present in Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its free Shakespeare in the Park series.

“Into the Woods” will begin previews July 23 and continue through Aug. 25.

The other show is Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” with Lily Rabe and Oliver Platt. Steve Martin will compose original music for the play.

The new play will begin previews June 5 and continue through June 30.

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