Broadway’s ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Going on 9-Week Hiatus in Attempt to Stay Open

Mrs. Doubtfire is taking unusual measures to hopefully avoid a permanent closure amid a surge in COVID-19 cases linked to the omicron variant.

Producers behind the Broadway show, which opened Dec. 5 at New York City’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre, announced Sunday (Jan. 2) that the project would go on a nine-week hiatus. The break will run from Jan. 10 through March 14.

“With the pervasiveness of the omicron variant of COVID-19, Mrs. Doubtfire would have to close permanently if the production didn’t take drastic, proactive measures,” a statement read, in part. “Mrs. Doubtfire has been in development for six years. We are doing everything in our power to keep the virus from prematurely ending our run on Broadway. By taking this break, we can afford to launch an extended run starting in March.”

The statement went on to praise the show’s “extraordinary” team for their resilience throughout the ongoing pandemic. The show, starring Rob McClure in the title role, is based on director Chris Columbus’ 1993 comedy film that featured Robin Williams and Sally Field.

“They embody the indomitable spirit of Broadway,” the message continued about the live show’s team. “I cannot wait for audiences to continue to enjoy what they have created in March!”

In a review for The Hollywood Reporter, critic Frank Scheck said Broadway’s Mrs. Doubtfire “delivers enough solid laughs to compensate for it being yet another in a seemingly endless procession of uninspired screen-to-stage musical adaptations.”

Broadway productions have been upended by the spread of the omicron variant. Five shows announced plans in December to unexpectedly close, including musicals Ain’t Too ProudDianaJagged Little Pill and Waitress, along with the play Thoughts of a Colored Man.

Numerous other shows have temporarily gone dark in recent weeks due to health reasons stemming from the COVID-19 situation. Last month, Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin told The Hollywood Reporter that Broadway as a whole has no plans to shut down but would work with epidemiologists to potentially adjust current protocols.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen J. Lawrence, ‘Sesame Street’ Composer, Dies at 82

Stephen J. Lawrence, a Daytime-Emmy-winning composer for Sesame Street, has died. He was 82.

Lawrence died on Dec. 30 at Clara Maas Medical Center in Belleville, N.J., his wife Cantor Cathy Lawrence confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. A cause of death was not provided.

Born on Sept. 5, 1939, Lawrence served as a composer, music director, arranger and conductor on the longtime children’s television series Sesame Street for more than 30 years. He composed over 300 songs and scores for the program, including “Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange),” co-written with David Axelrod. He received three Daytime Emmy awards for outstanding achievement in music direction and composition for his work on the show.

With an interest in children’s education, Lawrence also collaborated with The Jim Henson Company when composing the score for The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. He later co-founded the nonprofit Quill Entertainment Company with Granville Burgess in 1998.

In addition to Sesame Street, Lawrence is also recognized as the musical director and co-music producer on the 1972 album Free to Be You and Me — the album was certified gold — in which he composed the title song, as well as “When We Grow Up” and “Sisters and Brothers.”

Other composer credits include the 1973 Robert DeNiro-starrer Bang the Drum Slowly, One Summer Love (1976), cult horror film Alice, Sweet Alice (1976), live-action musical Red Riding Hood and the 1991 HBO animated musical The Tale of Peter Rabbit, starring Carol Burnett. He also composed the film score for AKA Communion (1976), which received the Music Award from the Paris Festival of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1977. Lawrence was the music director and the co-writer of four songs for the film Sooner or Later (1979), including the gold single “You Take My Breath Away.”

He also served as the Music Director of Temple Sinai from 2002 to 2012.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Cantor Cathy Lawrence; brother Robert; daughter Hannah Jones Anderson; son-in-law Seth Anderson; grandson Arthur, and stepsons Sam and Nick Kline.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

Janet Jackson Documentary Sets Release Date, Drops New Trailer: Watch

A two-night, four-hour look into Janet Jackson‘s life and career is arriving this month.

A&E and Lifetime announced a premiere date for the first part of Janet, the pop star’s upcoming documentary, along with a new, extended trailer released on Jan. 1. Part one of Janet will air on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

“It’s just something that needs to be done,” Jackson says of the project in the three-plus minute clip that debuted via social media on New Year’s Day.

Janet includes exclusive archival footage, home videos and celebrity interviews — with stars like Missy Elliott, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariah Carey and Ciara, who are all seen talking about the icon in the new trailer.

The sneak peek shows Jackson looking back at her childhood and early days as a performer — “There were times when I just didn’t understand where I actually fit in,” she says — and features footage of her as a mother.

The trailer for the career-spanning documentary touches upon Jackson’s personal and professional life, from her relationship with her late father Joe and brother Michael to a moment where her team was approached by Justin Timberlake “about doing the Super Bowl,” which Timberlake was headlining in 2018. At the time, Jackson had taken to social media to shut down rumors that they’d be reuniting on the halftime show stage.

“They build you up, and then once you get there, they’re so quick to tear you down,” her voice narrates, just before a headline is shown about the fallout for Jackson after their controversial 2004 Super Bowl performance that briefly exposed her breast.

Directed by Ben Hirsh and co-produced by Workerbee and Associated Entertainment Corporation, the project has Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson credited as executive producers. Rick Murray is also credited as executive producer for Workerbee, and Brie Miranda Bryant is credited as executive producer for A+E Networks.

Watch the latest Janet trailer below.


Miley Cyrus Debuts New Song ‘You’ on New Year’s Eve: ‘Haven’t Even Recorded It Yet’

Miley Cyrus debuted a new song on her New Year’s Eve special with Pete Davidson, Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party — so new that she hasn’t even recorded it yet.

Ringing in 2022 on the NBC telecast — where she seamlessly endured a slight wardrobe malfunction — Cyrus closed the night with an earnest ballad called “You.”

“I got some baggage/ Let’s do some damage/ I am not made for no horsey and carriage/ You know I’m savage/ You’re looking past it/ I want that late night sweet magic/ That forever lasting love/ But only if it’s with you,” she sang.

She shared the performance in a Jan. 1 post on Instagram. and was bombarded with questions about where people could stream the song. One fan account commented “NEED THIS ON SPOTIFY IMMEDIATELY,” and the singer explained why it wasn’t available there.

Cyrus responded: “This song is so new I haven’t even recorded it yet. Just wanted to do something special for YOU all!”

Her most recent studio album, Plastic Hearts, was released on Nov. 27, 2020 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart. In October 2021, she told fans she was “in the studio working on the next album.”

Watch her perform “You” live below.

Bad Bunny Wipes His Instagram Account, Joins TikTok on New Year’s Day

Bad Bunny is starting the new year off with a clean slate on social media.

The 27-year-old Puerto Rican trap star recently deleted all of the posts from his official Instagram account, which boasts 36.8 million followers, including fellow artists like Drake, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Lil Nas X.

Bunny, who ranked as No. 1 on the Top Latin Artists chart on Billboard‘s 2021 Year-End Charts, has now joined TikTok. In his first post on Saturday (Jan. 1), the artist holds up a large mug on the morning after what appears to be a fun night of partying on New Year’s Eve with his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri.

“2022, the ‘damned’ part is just out of love, I know you will be a good year,” Bunny captioned the clip, which references lyrics to his song “Si Veo a Tu Mama,” heard playing in the background.

Bunny was not only Billboard’s Top Latin Artist of the year, but also Spotify’s most streamed artist globally in any genre. In 2021, he scored a threepeat thanks to chart-topping albums YHLQMDLG, Las Que No Iban a Salir and El Último Tour del Mundo — all peaking at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart. Additionally, El Conejo Malo placed the No. 1 song, “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez, on the year-end Hot Latin Songs chart.

See Bad Bunny’s first TikTok post here.


2022, lo de “maldito” es de cariño, yo sé que tu serás un buen año 😅🤞🏻

♬ original sound – Bad Bunny

BLACKPINK’s Jisoo Celebrates 27th Birthday, Shares Adorable Childhood Photos

Happy birthday, Jisoo!

The South Korean singer and actress celebrated her 27th birthday on Monday (Jan. 3), receiving lots of love from her fellow BLACKPINK members and the K-pop quartet’s army of Blinks.

“Thank you for all the birthday wishes!! Today feels extra special with all my Blinks. Love you guys,” Jisoo captioned a photo on Instagram of herself holding a tiny cake.

The sweet-voiced singer also shared two adorable childhood photos of herself, one wearing a cute white bib while seated in a high chair and another sporting pigtails and a stylish silver jacket.

“+ Here’s baby Jisoo,” Jisoo added in the caption.

BLACKPINK’s official social media accounts, along with the pages for the group’s Korean company YG Entertainment, also shared birthday wishes to Jisoo.

“#BLACKPINK #블랙핑크 #JISOO #지수 #HAPPYBIRTHDAY #20220103 #YG,” BLACKPINK captioned the image of Jisoo holding a cake.

Check out Jisoo’s birthday post on Instagram below.


Kodak Black Arrested on Trespassing Charge in Florida

Kodak Black was arrested on a trespassing charge Saturday (Jan. 1) in South Florida, authorities said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Black was taken into custody in his hometown of Pompano Beach early Saturday morning, according to the South Florida SunSentinel. Investigators did not immediately release details about what prompted the arrest.

Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, later posted bond and was released, the newspaper reported. Neither his publicist nor his attorney immediately returned an emailed request for comment.

Black had a three-year federal prison sentence for falsifying documents used to buy weapons at a Miami gun store commuted by President Donald Trump on his last day in office in 2020. He had served about half his sentence.

He was later sentenced to probation last April for assaulting a teenage girl in a South Carolina hotel room. Black was originally charged with rape, but accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to first-degree assault.

Black has sold over 30 million singles and has had several multiplatinum and platinum-certified singles, including “Zeze,” “No Flockin’” and “Roll in Peace.”