• In a Dec. 9, 1977 file photo, actor Gene Wilder is shown during an interview with Jean Claude Bouis at his New York City Hotel. Wilder’s nephew said Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood’s top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks.

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  • In a Dec. 9, 1977 file photo, actor Gene Wilder is shown during an interview with Jean Claude Bouis at his New York City Hotel. Wilder’s nephew said Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, that the actor and writer died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

    Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in “The Producers” and the mad scientist of “Young Frankenstein,” has died. He was 83.

  • In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Cate Blanchett arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Blanchett will make her Broadway debut in Anton Chekhov's first, and long-forgotten, play. The Oscar winner will star opposite Richard Roxburgh in "The Present," which centers on a woman celebrating her 40th birthday at her country summer home.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    Cate Blanchett and Josh Groban lead Broadway’s fall season

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Cats” is back on Broadway, purring along. “Hamilton” tickets are still hard to get. What else is new this fall? Some big celebrities are coming, including Cate Blanchett, Diane Lane, Janet McTeer, Josh Groban and Liev Schreiber. Some old writers are also showing up, like Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy. Here’s a look at some highlights of the first half of the 2016-17 Broadway season:

  • Beyonce accepts the award for Video of the Year for “Lemonade” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Beyonce slays at MTV VMAs, wins video of the year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce proved once again she is the contemporary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Music Awards stage to showcase her skills and outshine her peers, from Rihanna to Britney Spears.

  • This CD cover image released by Sony shows, "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," an album of duets by Barbra Streisand. (Sony via AP)

    Review: Stresiand’s new album with Hollywood stars is uneven

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand, “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway” (Columbia)

  • This Jan. 15, 2014 file photo shows actress and singer Jennifer Holliday during an interview in Atlanta. Holliday will take over the role of Shug Avery from Heather Headley in "The Color Purple," on Oct. 4. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    ‘The Color Purple’ lands Jennifer Holliday on Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway’s revival of “The Color Purple” has lured a real dream girl — Jennifer Holliday.

  • Members of the "Final Five" Rio Olympics gold medal-winning U.S. Gymnastics team visit backstage with the cast of "Hamilton" after attending the performance at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    US women’s gymnastics team flips over Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’

    NEW YORK (AP) — How do you follow winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics? How about a chance to see “Hamilton” on Broadway?

  • Steven Hill, who played ‘Law & Order’ DA Schiff, dies at 94

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV’s long-running “Law & Order,” died Tuesday. He was 94.

  • In this June 12, 2016 file photo, Barbra Streisand presents the award for best musical at the Tony Awards in New York. Streisand's 36th studio album, "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway," is a compilation of Broadway duets with some of her friends and favorite actors, including Anne Hathaway, Daisy Ridley, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine and Bradley Cooper.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    Barbra Streisand enlists A-list pals for Broadway album

    MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Sometimes even Barbra Streisand needs a little help from her friends.

  • This Dec. 21, 2012 file photo shows Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the stage production of "Les Miserables" in Sydney, Australia for the premiere of the film version. American audiences will get the rare chance to catch a sneak peek of the new "Miss Saigon" before it opens on Broadway in the spring of 2017. They just have to go to a movie theater. Mackintosh said he didn't initially plan for a broadcast version of "Miss Saigon" but was persuaded to capture the 25th anniversary of its West End bow with a dozen cameras. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

    ‘Miss Saigon’ to appear on movie screens before Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — American audiences will get the rare chance to catch a sneak peek of the new “Miss Saigon” before it opens on Broadway next spring. They just have to go to a movie theater.