Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 1st 2013 Contents Aretha Franklin is returning to the concert stage
after recovering from an undisclosed illness. She ll
perform in December in her hometown of Detroit.
The Detroit News says the Queen of Soul will sing
at the MotorCity Casino Hotel s Sound Board.
Franklin told reporters October 16 that "the side
effects were rough" from her treatment for the mystery
condition and says she s "glad to be back."
Franklin also is involved in recording an album for
Clive Davis and Sony Music in November, produced
by Don Was and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
Gaga to perform at AMA
NEW YORK---Hold your applause: Lady Gaga
will perform at the American Music Awards next
Dick clark productions announced Thursday that
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar and
Luke Bryan will also hit the stage for the November
24 awards show in Los Angeles.
Previously announced performers include Miley
Cyrus, One Direction, Imagine Dragons and Florida
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead with six nom-
inations, including artist, new artist and single of
the year for Thrift Shop.
Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake have five
nominations each, while Robin Thicke, Rihanna
and Florida Georgia Line have four each. Bruno
Mars and Imagine Dragons are both up for three
The AMAs will air on ABC from the Nokia The-
atre L.A. Live.caption: Aretha Franklin announced
the pre-production of her new album as she played
a few songs for the media at the Southfield Westin
Hotel, on October 16 in Southfield, Mich. (AP)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, November 1, 2013
NEW YORK---In her teenage dream? Mick Jagger
says he never hit on Katy Perry when she was 18.
During an interview with an Australian radio show
this week, the pop star said she sang backing vocals
for Jagger s 2004 song Old Habits Die Hard. Perry
said she had dinner with the veteran rocker and that
"he hit on me when I was 18."
In a statement yesterday, a representative for Jagger
says he "categorically denies that he has ever made
a pass at Katy Perry." The rep adds: "Perhaps she
is confusing him with someone else."
Perry was one of the singers to make a guest
appearance on the Rolling Stones tour this year. The
29-year-old singer also said in the interview that
the 70-year-old Jagger has been "very kind" to her.
hit on Perry'
Picking the guy who
will play Rocky Balboa
onstage was no easy
task. Just ask Sylvester
Stallone, who helped
cast Broadway veteran
"Having gone through
literally hundreds, maybe
thousands, of prospects,
Andy was one of our first
choices and he just had
it," Stallone said last
month during a sit-down
with the actor who will
be playing his most
"He has what it
takes---there s no arro-
gance, there s a natural
humility about him, and
that s what is important,"
"No matter how
threatening he may look,
you re going to like him,
it just comes through.
And that s not so easy to
find. Tough guys are a
dime a dozen; a sensitive
tough guy, pretty rare."
The musical Rocky
will open on Broadway
at the Winter Garden
Theatre in March 2014.
Based on the Oscar-win-
ning 1976 film by Stal-
lone, the musical features
a score by Ragtime vet-
erans Stephen Flaherty
and Lynn Ahrens, and a
story by Thomas Mee-
han, who wrote The Pro-
ducers and Hairspray.
Karl s Broadway cred-
its include The Mystery
of Edwin Drood, Jersey
Boys, 9 to 5, Legally
Blonde, The Wedding
Singer and Saturday
Night Fever. Margo Seib-
ert, making her Broad-
way debut, will star as
Adrian, Balboa s love
The musical stays
close to the film, which
charted the rise and
romance of amateur
boxer and debt collector
Rocky Balboa, who gets
his shot against unde-
champion Apollo Creed.
The film made famous
the image of Balboa run-
ning up the steps of the
Philadelphia Museum of
Art and the quote Yo,
Adrian! The trumpet-
laden funky theme
Gonna Fly Now and the
Sylvester Stallone, left, who played Rocky Balboa in the 1976 film Rocky, poses
with Andy Karl, who will play Rocky Balboa in the upcoming Broadway musical
Rocky, in New York. AP PHOTO
anthem Eye of the Tiger
will be in the Broadway
The director is Alex
Timbers, who directed
Broadway s The Pee-wee
Herman Show and
directed and wrote the
book for Bloody Bloody
The boxing choreog-
raphy is being done by
Steven Hoggett, who
Idiot, Peter and the Star-
catcher and Once.
'has what it takes' Aretha returns to stage
Aretha Franklin announced the pre-production of her new album as she played a few songs for the
media at the Southfield Westin Hotel, on October 16 in Southfield, Mich. AP PHOTO
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