NEW YORK (AP) - Many actors have rituals they do before they go on stage, Deborah Cox sings lullabies to her kids with her computer. Cox is in previews on Broadway, co-starring in "Jekyll and Hyde" with Constantine Maroulis. Her family is back home in Florida. While Cox was touring with the show, she got into the habit of singing to her kids before they went to bed. She gets teary-eyed thinking about how much she misses her family. She says it's been "a tough time." The show officially opens April 18.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lisa Vanderpump had a tough week on "Dancing With the Stars." She was voted off last night, after passing out during rehearsals for her performance Monday. She didn't know if she would be able to go on, and was throwing up right up to airtime. But she did manage to dance and the judges say she did pretty well under the circumstances. Vanderpump and boxer Victor Ortiz were tied for the lowest judges' scores this week. And they were the bottom two last night factoring in the viewers' votes. But Ortiz gets to dance again next week
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Natalie Maines and Ani DiFranco are among the musicians who have joined Russell Simmons' campaign calling on President Barack Obama to reform America's drug laws. Simmons assembled a coalition of celebrities that calls for replacing jail sentences with intervention and rehab for nonviolent offenders. They want Obama to form a panel to handle clemency requests and allow for judges to waive mandatory minimum sentences. Other celebrities who signed onto the campaign include Estelle, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Chuck D, Ice-T, John Legend and OutKast.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has been drafted -- as a photographer. A Milwaukee couple had a chance encounter with McCarthy on a Florida beach. Tim Schlosser planned a surprise proposal for longtime girlfriend, Abigail Kobriger. He figured he'd ask a random stranger to snap some photos, but never dreamed it would be the Packers coach. Schlosser dropped to one knee and popped the question. Coach McCarthy took 30 snapshots, as the teary-eyed bride-to-be said yes. McCarthy says it's "cool" he was able to be a part of the special moment for a couple of Packers fans.
LONDON (AP) - The widely praised chief of Britain's National Theatre says he will leave his post in two years.
Nicholas Hytner plans to step down from one of the biggest jobs in the theater world in March 2015.
Britain's flagship state-funded theater company has had a run of successes since Hytner took charge in 2003, transferring hits including "War Horse" and "One Man, Two Guvnors" to Broadway and reaching millions with live broadcasts to cinemas around the world.
National Theatre productions reached 3.2 million people worldwide in 2012 and generated 80 million pounds ($122 million) in revenue.
Hytner also directs films, including "The Madness of King George" and "The History Boys."
The theater also announced Wednesday that Nick Starr, its executive director since 2002, will step down next year.
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