People in Brief


NEW YORK — Darren Criss is going from singing on TV to singing on Broadway.

Producers of the hit musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” said that the “Glee” star will step into the title role’s high heels April 29, taking over from co-creator John Cameron Mitchell.

Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” He assumed the role from Daniel Radcliffe.

In an interview last week, Mitchell called Criss “a wonderful person who has a Broadway track record and has a TV track record who will probably bring in a different audience from me.”

The show is about an East German transsexual seeking love and stardom backed by a retro glam-rock band.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Academy Award winner Michael Douglas will receive the George Eastman Award for his contributions to the film industry.

The George Eastman House said that the star of films including “Wall Street” and “Basic Instinct” will receive the award during a May 14 ceremony at the Dryden Theatre, followed by a black-tie gala at the Rochester museum dedicated to photography and motion picture.

Douglas has produced and acted in more than 75 films and television series. He won one Oscar for best actor for 1987’s “Wall Street” and one for best film for co-producing “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 1975.

The Eastman Award, established in 1955, is named for the photography innovator who founded Rochester-based Eastman Kodak.

Previous award winners include Charlie Chaplin, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Richard Gere.

NEW YORK — The New Yorker is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a special double issue featuring nine covers.

The magazine’s famous Eustace Tilley character of a gentleman with a top hat and monocle appears in various depictions on each of the covers.

The magazine says it selected nine covers for each decade to “reflect the talent and diversity” of its contributors.

The special issue came out Monday. The first issue of the New Yorker appeared in February 1925.

Eighty years after the federal Works Progress Administration put unemployed artists to work creating sculptures and murals for public spaces comes this reminder from film maker Michael Maglaras: Look around.

The Connecticut documentary producer says much of the art is still easily accessible, and as meaningful today as it was during the Great Depression.

His documentary “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” will be released May 15.

The 90-minute production revisits the inclusion of art in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program, which paid artists, including Jackson Pollock and Sinclair Lewis $42 a week. Among works highlighted are two 22-foot-high murals by artist Carl Peters inside a Rochester, N.Y., school.

The documentary premieres at the New Britain, Conn., Museum of Art and will then tour the country.

Associated Press