Jan. 10 Entertainment Briefs


MSU hosts behind-the-scenes look at ‘Death of a Salesman’

 BOZEMAN — Montana State University Wonderlust will offer “Preludes and Performances,” a free public forum hosted by Kevin Asselin, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks artistic director, and members of the MSIP professional cast.

The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Black Box Theater on the MSU campus in Bozeman. For more information, visit https://eu.courses.montana.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18SWLSCENES.

As the troupe prepares to perform Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” this winter, members will discuss the rehearsal process and the timeless themes of the play. Participants will also see the set and costume design in progress.

No registration is required. Parking is free in MSU lots on Sundays.

MSU Wonderlust is a program of MSU Continuing, Professional and Lifelong Learning.


Philharmonic conductor accused of misconduct moves on

LONDON (AP) — Charles Dutoit has stepped down early from his role as artistic director and principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra following allegations of sexual misconduct, the orchestra said Wednesday.

The renowned conductor’s departure had originally been scheduled for October 2019, but the London-based philharmonic said in a statement that it now was effective immediately. The decision, made jointly with Dutoit, followed an emergency board meeting and “dialogue” with the conductor, according to the statement.

Several symphonies severed ties with the 81-year-old Dutoit after The Associated Press first reported in December that three opera singers and a classical musician had accused him of sexually assaulting them in incidents between 1985 and 2010. His office has said there is no truth to the allegations.

“Whilst Mr. Dutoit continues to seek legal counsel to defend himself, the protracted uncertainty and media reporting makes Mr. Dutoit’s position with the orchestra untenable,” the orchestra said.


Arthur Miller archive going to University of Texas library

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The archives of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller, which shed light on seven decades of his works, will be going on display at the University of Texas.

A university spokesman said Wednesday that the Harry Ransom Center humanities library paid $2.7 million for records beginning with 1936’s “No Villain,” which Miller wrote while at the University of Michigan, to “Finishing the Picture,” produced months before his 2005 death.

Miller donated early play manuscripts and working notebooks to the center in the 1960s. The new archive contains multiple versions of his scripts and set designs, marketing materials, reviews and awards for productions of Miller’s plays.

There are also drafts of Miller’s speeches and essays.

Miller won the Pulitzer at 33 for “Death of a Salesman,” and also wrote 1953’s “The Crucible.”


Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Luis Fonsi, SZA to perform at Grammys

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who recently collaborated on the upbeat song “Finesse,” will perform together at the Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that “Despacito” hit makers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, SZA and Kesha will also take the stage at the Jan. 28 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid, the trio behind the suicide prevention hit “1-800-273-8255,” will perform the song with a group of suicide attempt and loss survivors selected by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The track is nominated for song of the year.

Mars’ nominations include album, song and record of the year. “Despacito” will also compete for song and record of the year.

Previously announced performers include Lady Gaga, Pink, Childish Gambino and Little Big Town.