Alanis Morissette aims for Broadway with musical
NEW YORK — If Alanis Morissette gets her wish, Broadway will swallow a jagged little pill.
The singer-songwriter said Friday she hopes to adapt her 1995 breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for the stage. Though no story is yet written, a workshop is planned for next year.
Broadway veteran Tom Kitt, who adapted Green Day’s “American Idiot” as well as the original, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal,” will provide orchestrations and arrangements.
The show, right now called “Jagged Little Pill,” will include the album’s hits, including “You Oughta Know,” “Ironic,” “You Learn” and “Head Over Feet.”
She would join a glut of pop stars exploring the stage, including Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Edie Brickell, David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Christian University has bestowed another laurel upon its star journalism alumnus.
TCU trustees voted Friday to rename its College of Communications the Schieffer College of Communications, effective immediately, for CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.
The host of “Face the Nation” is a 1959 graduate of the TCU journalism school. He was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and an anchor at what is now KXAS-TV of Fort Worth and Dallas before moving on to CBS News.
In 2004, TCU named its journalism school the Schieffer School of Journalism. The journalism school will retain that name in the Schieffer College of Communication.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here’s a couple you didn’t expect to see riding the train together on a Friday afternoon: Vice President Joe Biden and Whoopi Goldberg.
The vice president’s office tweeted a photo of Biden and the Oscar-winning comedienne sitting side by side and smiling on an Amtrak train.
Biden on Friday was scheduled to travel to his home state of Delaware to accept an award from the Delaware Barristers Association. A lifelong Amtrak passenger, Biden frequently takes the train to and from weekend stays at his Delaware home.
The vice president’s office says the locomotive rendezvous was a complete coincidence.
Goldberg helped raise money for President Barack Obama’s re-election. And Biden once chatted up Goldberg and her gal pals when he was a guest on ABC’s “The View.”
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HOUSTON — The son of singer Patti LaBelle says he was hit in the face by a man in a Houston airport terminal after the man shouted racial slurs at his mother.
KTRK-TV of Houston reported Zuri Edwards testified Friday in the misdemeanor assault trial of his mother’s bodyguard, Efrem Holmes.
Holmes beat Richard King in the Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal in 2011. Holmes’ attorneys say he was defending LaBelle and Edwards from King’s onslaught.
King had a blood alcohol level of 0.28 percent, almost 3½ times Texas’ legal threshold for intoxication. He has testified he doesn’t remember what happened the day of the airport incident. King has filed a lawsuit against the singer and Holmes. LaBelle countersued.
The Grammy-winning entertainer testified Thursday that King scared her when he staggered toward her limousine.