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Broadway singer, actress Barbara Cook dies at 89

Barbara Cook, one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and cabaret performers, has passed away in her Manhattan home, her representative said Tuesday. She was 89.

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Amanda Kaus told WNBC that Cook died of respiratory failure.

Cook was the star of several Broadway musicals, including “The Music Man,” “She Loves Me” and “Candide.” 

The New York Post reported that her Broadway career sadly ended in the early 1970s, when she began struggling with depression, alcoholism and weight gain. In the 80s, Cook reinvented herself and made a comeback in her role as Sally in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.”

Her career spanned nearly six decades.

Friends and fans took to social media to mourn the star:

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Sam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies at 73

Sam Shepard, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor best known for his role as Chuck Yeager in 1983 film "The Right Stuff," died Thursday, according to multiple reports. He was 73.

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BroadwayWorld.com reported Monday that Shepard died at his home in Kentucky, surrounded by his children and sisters. He had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a nervous system disease that weakens the muscles.

A family spokesperson confirmed his passing to The New York Times.

Shepard, who New York magazine called “the greatest American playwright of his generation,” authored more than 40 plays. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play, “Buried Child.”

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’

Johnny Depp knew his comments to his British audience were going to spark controversy, even as he said them. The actor was speaking to an audience in a British theater Thursday when he made a vague reference to John Wilkes Booth assassinating a president, The Telegraph reported.

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Depp was taking questions at the Cinemageddon at the Glastonbury Festival after introducing his 2004 film “The Libertine.” Deciding to discuss American politics, Depp brought up the subject of President Donald Trump.

“Can we bring Trump here?” he asked.

The crowd booed and yelled “No,” CNN reported.

“I’m not insinuating anything -- by the way, this will be in the press and it will horrible,” Depp said. “But when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Responding to loud cheer, Depp then said, “I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Booth, an actor, in April 1865.

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The Secret Service is aware of Depp’s comments, staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN.

“For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” CNN reported, citing a statement from the Secret Service.

Depp played Trump last year in a spoof called “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” CNN reported.

'Hamilton' cast member on Mike Pence statement: 'There's nothing to apologize for'

The cast of the Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical" will not apologize for the statement it made Friday to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a performance of the musical in New York.

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"There's nothing to apologize for," Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in "Hamilton" and delivered the cast's statement Friday, said Monday in an interview on "CBS This Morning."

"The resonant nature of the show throughout the world … demands that we make statements when there are important issues, I think, facing us as a community. And so we wanted to stand up and spread a message of love and of unity, considering all the emotional outpour since the election."

Dixon echoed a statement he made earlier on social media, telling "CBS This Morning" that he was grateful Pence "stood there and listened to what we had to say."

"It was the beginnings of a conversation (that) I hope we continue to have," he said.

The "Hamilton" cast has been criticized for addressing Pence as he left the show Friday.

"Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at 'Hamilton: An American Musical,'" Dixon said Friday. "We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us."

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to demand an apology from the cast, claiming they "harassed" the future vice president and calling the show "highly overrated."

In an appearance Sunday on Fox News, Pence said that he enjoyed watching "Hamilton" and took no offense at the statement gave by cast members.

"It was a real joy to be there," he said.

Watch Election Night results at an AMC movie theater

AMC Theatres will team up with CNN to broadcast the presidential election on the big screen on Nov. 8.

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The news channel's coverage will be offered for free to AMC Stubs members and their guests at 50 theaters in 25 cities nationwide. Participating cities include Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Seattle and Jacksonville, Florida. 

AMC Stubs members can bring two guests each.

Guests can choose to watch coverage in designated "red" and "blue" theaters for Republicans and Democrats respectively.

"On Election Night, as Americans gather in their communities to watch the conclusion of this historic election, we recognize that Democrats want to cheer with fellow Democrats and Republicans cheer with fellow Republicans," Elizabeth Frank, AMC's executive vice president and chief content and programming officer, said in a statement.

According to Deadline, the theater company used voter registration data to establish which theater locations should be designated as blue versus red.

Guests are welcome to attend the event at either "color" theater, regardless of their political affiliation. 

The broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. E.T.

See a full list of participating theaters here.

Hillary Clinton is probably your best shot at 'Hamilton' tickets

If, like most breathing humans, you're having trouble getting seats for "Hamilton," just tell the usher "I'm with her." You read that right: Hillary Clinton is teaming up with the most popular show on Broadway.

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By donating at least $1 to the campaign, you and a buddy can be entered for a chance to watch "Hamilton" with your new bestie and a presumptive presidential nominee for no additional cost.

The team-up makes sense. Hamilton's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is obviously a political activist in his own right and has made it clear he's not a fan of Donald Trump. Miranda is also an ardent supporter of the Democratic party and, after leaving "Hamilton" next month, will be trying to get out the vote in Hispanic communities.

But the raffle is also a huge reminder of how differently the Clinton and Trump campaigns have approached funding and spending in 2016. 

Clinton has relied on star power quite a bit this campaign, from appearing onstage with Jon Bon Jovi to a more than $353,000 per couple fundraiser with George and Amal Clooney. 

Trump hasn't really done any fundraising at all, touting his independence from donors and his ability to spend his billions on making sure he makes it to the White House. So his fundraising apparatus is basically nonexistent, leaving him with a little more than $1 million on hand compared to Clinton's war chest of more than $42 million

Lack of funds wasn't a problem for Trump when he could rely on earned media coverage to propel him to the top of a crowded primary. But the general is a different story; Clinton and super PACs supporting her have outpaced the Trump campaign by millions of advertising dollars in several swing states.

Trump's approach is pretty unprecedented, but if there's one thing Trump's candidacy has taught us, it's that sometimes being unpredictable pays off. 

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After Orlando tragedy, Lin-Manuel Miranda gives passionate acceptance speech at Tony Awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of and actor in the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," recited a passionate poem during his acceptance speech for Best Score at the Tony Awards. He dedicated his speech to address the tragic mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub Sunday.

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“My wife’s the reason anything gets done. She nudges me towards promise by degrees. She is a perfect symphony of one, our son is her most beautiful reprise. We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs and start to play. When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day.

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This show is proof that history remembers, we live through times where hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside. I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story, now fill the world with music, love and pride. Thank you so much for this.”

Miranda previously commented on the Orlando massacre during an interview on the red carpet, according to People magazine.

>> RELATED STORY: Orlando nightclub shooting: What we know now

“On a day marked by such tragedy to get to celebrate such works of art,” he said, “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”

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Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to Orlando attacksLin-Manuel Miranda responded to the Orlando massacre in his emotional Tony Awards speech: "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside."Posted by The Hill on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Broadway stars team up with James Corden for Carpool Karaoke

This isn't your buddy's karaoke night. These guys can actually sing ... on key.

James Corden's latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" flipped coasts and traveled the streets of New York City.

The late night host is adding extra hosting duties this week, this time headlining the Tony Awards Sunday night

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That gig opened the door for a Broadway version of Corden's popular franchise, with guests like Lin-Manuel Miranda, from the hit "Hamilton," Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski.

They lend their voices, not only to a song from "Hamilton," but also hits from "Rent," "Jersey Boys" and finally "Les Miserables."

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