NEW YORK (AP) - A stage musical of the animated film "Aladdin" is riding a magic carpet to Broadway and the president of Disney Theatrical Productions promises it will be "a full-length, big song musical with big dance numbers." Thomas Schumacher says the final two-act "Aladdin" will build on the 1992 film blockbuster with new songs by Alan Menken, additional characters and, appropriately, some magic tricks. "Aladdin" will be directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, whose previous hits include "The Book of Mormon" and "The Drowsy Chaperone." The musical will first be staged in Toronto this November for nine weeks with an eye to bringing it to Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre in 2014. "Mary Poppins," which is currently in the 1,797-seat New Amsterdam Theatre, ends its six-year run in March.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shakira is a mama. A spokeswoman for the 35-year-old Colombian singer says Shakira Mebarak and 25-year-old soccer star Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona welcomed son Milan Pique Mebarak on Tuesday at 9:36 p.m. in Barcelona, Spain. A statement posted on the pop star's site in English, Spanish and Catalan says that "just like his father, baby Milan became a member of FC Barcelona at birth." The statement also says Milan weighed approximately 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and that "both mother and child are in excellent health." Shakira asked fans earlier Tuesday on Twitter "to accompany me in your prayers on this very important day of my life." Milan is the couple's first child.
NEW YORK (AP) - 98 Degrees, New Kids On The Block and Boyz II Men plan on spending the summer together. They will hit the road as The Package Tour beginning May 31 in Uncasville, Connecticut. It's the first time 98 Degrees has toured in 12 years.
SEATTLE (AP) - Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello are giving their music-by-mail project another go. The Postal Service will reunite this spring to mark 10 years since the release of "Give Up." A deluxe version of the album will include two new songs, "Turn Around" and "A Tattered Line of String." The Postal Service are also working on concert dates but have not confirmed them yet. The band took its name from Gibbard and Tamborello working on tracks and mailing them to each other.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Did Beyonce' lip-sync the national anthem at the inauguration, or didn't she? A spokeswoman for the Marine Band initially said Beyonce' did, but now the U.S. Marine Corps says no one in the band is in a position to say for sure. A Marine Corps spokesman says there was no opportunity for Beyonce' to rehearse with the Marine Band. He confirms the band did not perform live. All the music for the inauguration was recorded in advance in case of a problem. Kelly Clarkson's representative says Clarkson sang live for "My Country 'Tis Of Thee." Beyonce's representative has not responded to requests for comment.
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