The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston & More Inducted into 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the newest class of inductees for 2020. Leading the way for this year’s distinguished group are The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G, along with Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex and Depeche Mode. The bands and performers will be presented the prestigious honor during a live ceremony on May 2, 2020, at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. You can expect emotional tributes to posthumous inductees Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G., as well as exciting live performances and celebrity appearances.

This is the perfect time to catch some of these iconic bands in concert this year, including The Doobie Brothers. Get tickets to see The Doobie Brothers – save over 50% at TicketsatWork! After an incredible decades-long career, the rocker mainstays are reuniting for a special 50th anniversary tour featuring Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, John McFee and Michael McDonald.

With more than 48 million albums sold since they formed in 1969, the legendary group continues to play to sold-out audiences nationwide. Get ready to sing along to their biggest hits, such as “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water,” “Takin’ It to the Streets” and “China Grove.” TicketsatWork.com is your connection to see the newest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees live!

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By Craig Nelson

Q&A: Renée Zellweger of ‘Judy’

Renée Zellweger delivers a powerful and heartbreaking performance as Judy Garland in the film Judy, currently playing in select theaters. The movie focuses during the time when Garland was performing at Talk of the Town nightclub in London close to the end of her life. Directed by Rupert Goold, Zellweger recently won both the Golden Globe and, just last weekend, a SAG Award for playing Judy Garland. She has also been nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Oscar for her riveting portrayal of the late singer at one of the most devastating periods of her life. An Academy Award winner for Cold Mountain, Zellweger has been nominated for four Oscars and Golden Globe Awards. She was recently back in Palm Springs to accept the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Judy at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The actress became a household name with the film Jerry Maguire, but even before that, Hollywood took notice with the film Empire Records. Over the years, she has continued to stretch herself, and has played eclectic roles in One True ThingMe, Myself and Irene, Nurse Betty, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Chicago, Cold Mountain, Cinderella Man and Miss Potter.

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How did the experience of playing Judy Garland change you?
Renée Zellweger: I learned a lot about things I didn’t know about Judy’s life at that time. And I came to admire her even more deeply than I did before. I came to understand what she had to overcome, again and again, in order to continue to perform at the highest levels for such an extended period of time. Coming to know about that, you look at her differently. It’s not tragic, but triumphant. Judy Garland went toe-to-toe with the best of them. She was so quick, so smart and so tenacious. She had a slightly different set of rules. I don’t think the set of circumstances that she had to navigate at that time affected the beauty of her legacy. That is her talent and her tenacity.

Is there something you wish you could ask her?
RZ: Who was the love of her life? The ultimate love of her life.

Judy Garland had to fight against all these barriers at a time when women were fighting for a lot of rights. How is that different from what is happening today?
RZ: Looking back at her life and the things that she had to manage is quite different for women today. Thankfully, because of the trailblazers who came after Judy. I don’t know, a world where there wasn’t Barbara Walters on television. Or there weren’t female heads of companies. Or women who held a position of power and influence. I think it’s going to continue to evolve in the right direction. Sometimes it just takes a minute.

You have talked about how you moved from Austin to Los Angeles to really challenge yourself as an actress. And you had a very memorable stop in Palm Springs. What memories do you have of that 1993 trip?
RZ: On December 6, 1993, 9:45 p.m, I gassed up on the side of the highway for that last stretch of 1-10 from Austin, Texas, to Los Angeles. (I was) standing there in the chilly air, the desert breeze next to that stuffed Honda with the CB radio in it, because my dad insisted on it. (I imagined) what adventure might be waiting up the road. I could never have imagined that I would be invited back under such special circumstances. (Zellweger was recently back in Palm Springs to accept the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Judy at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.) So, this town has always held a place in my heart as a very important marker in my life journey. I have a lot of history in this town. I have been coming here since I drove through the first time in 1993 from Texas. In the 1990s, it was my favorite place in the world to sneak off with my dog, to just chill for a while, and run in the summer heat and not perspire.

 

Q&A: Josh Groban of ‘Josh Groban’s Great Big Radio City Show’

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This February, Josh Groban will debut his one-of-a-kind residency, Josh Groban’s Great Big Radio City Show, at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. The concerts will begin on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2020 with additional shows on April 18, 2020, June 20th, 2020 and Sept. 26, 2020. One dollar from every ticket sold goes to Groban’s Find Your Light foundation, which is devoted to helping children experience a quality arts education. A Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee, Groban stars in this new show that spotlights his performing career, and will feature special guest stars. The shows will be somewhat spontaneous, with audience requests and duets. No two shows will be the same, making each evening a unique experience.

A multitalented singer, songwriter, musician and actor, Groban has recorded eight studio albums. His most recent album, Bridges, contains duets with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah McLachlan and Jennifer Nettles. Groban has appeared in the feature films Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Hollars; Coffee Town and Muppets Most Wanted.  On TV, he has been in The Good Cop, The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Crazy Ones. He made a big splash on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including a nomination for Groban. Groban also released his first coffee table book, Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway, which chronicles two years of his life on Broadway in The Great Comet. He recently attended New York Stage & Film’s annual Winter Gala, which celebrates 35 years of service to nurturing artists and their shows. Groban paid tribute to six-time Tony Award-nominated producer and philanthropist Diana DiMenna, who was being honored.

You were so wonderful in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Are you coming back to Broadway perform in a musical?
Josh Groban:
I would love to come back to Broadway. There are no plans right this minute, but in my head I’m thinking 2022, 2023. I would like to come back?

What is your dream role? Is there one you are aching to do?
JG: I was very spoiled by Dave Malloy. (Malloy composed Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and was the brainchild behind the show.) It was really fun to bring a new piece to Broadway. If something new of that level came about, I would love to do that. For something that is not new, I would do anything for Stephen Sondheim. He’s God to me, and I would love to do something of his.

You’re too young to do Sweeney now. But maybe someday?
JG:
Maybe one day.

What was the first Broadway show you ever saw?
JG:
Actually, the first musical I ever saw was Cats when I was nine years old. I saw it in Los Angeles, where I grew up. I had been very spoiled living in Los Angeles. We get a lot of incredible shows in LA. Many of the Broadway shows eventually tour there, and we have had some incredible casts.

Speaking of Sweeney, the first Broadway show I ever saw was The Diary of Anne Frank with George Hearn, who played one of the Sweeneys in the original production of Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Natalie Portman played Anne Frank. It was a beautiful onstage portrayal. It was my first time visiting New York, and I had come to audition for colleges. My dad took me to see it.

There is something about the Broadway community. There’s the Broadway energy. There’s a level of talent on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. You would be hard-pressed to find a bad performance in this city anywhere. There is an incredible standard that many of the actors have here. Going into Broadway myself was very scary, but everyone welcomed me.

After you perform on stage in a show like The Great Comet, which is bursting with energy and nonstop, how do you come down and get back to Josh?
JG: It’s an emotional rollercoaster every night, eight times a week. You have to find ways to wind down. Honestly, for me, I would come home, have a salad for dinner and play video games. I would find a way to shut down my brain and do something silly and stupid. I was so focused and immersed in hitting such a deep emotional place. I needed to play Angry Birds, or something like Candy Crush, just to find a way to get out of it.

Is there something you wish you could tell your younger self, or the kid who was just starting his career?
JG: I would tell myself to relax a little more, and enjoy the process. People are thrown into this business. There is a lot of good that comes with it. But there is also a lot of anxiety, self-doubt and immaturity. They don’t prepare you for so much of it. They don’t say, “Here’s a record deal and a shrink.” They just say, “Here is al this pressure and all the things that come with it.” So I think I would go back and warn my younger self of some of the traps. And I would slow down time, and try to enjoy it, because it goes very, very quickly.

Nick Cannon Brings ‘Wild ‘N Out’ to a City Near You – Save over 50%

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Featuring many of the most memorable Wild ‘N Out cast members alongside a hand-picked selection of today’s most popular music artists, this brand-new live show will have you cheering for more. From the over-the-top comedy to the fun game show vibe, Wild ‘N Out Live is the ultimate experience for fans of the hit TV show. Since it launched in 2005 on MTV, this comedy spectacular has been surprising viewers with laugh-out-loud humor and a unique blend of freestyle, dance and high-energy entertainment. The rotating lineup that changes from city to city will feature some of your favorite stars including DJ D-Wreck, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, Hit Man, Emmanuel Hudson, Pretty Vee and Justina Valentine.

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By Craig Nelson