• In this image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, from left, Marq Moss, Lynorris Evans, Rashad Naylor, Jarvis B. Manning and Robert Hartwell appear during a performance of "Motown The Musical," in New York. (Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via AP)

    ‘Motown: The Musical’ opens on Broadway, then the bad news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Opening night of “Motown: The Musical” went very well until right after the curtain call. With the cast still buzzing at 10:15 p.m., producer Kevin McCollum had bad news: The show was ending its return run on Broadway early.

  • In this image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, from left, Krisha Marcano, Allison Semmes and Trisha Jeffrey appear during a performance of "Motown The Musical," in New York. (Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via AP)

    Review: Catchy return of ‘Motown: The Musical’ on Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Motown. The single word instantly conjures memories and snatches of songs from the many gold records and superstars who came out of that Detroit label — Diana Ross, the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops, to name a few.

  • This is an undated image of British actor Ralph Fiennes as Richard III made available by the Almeida Theatre in London on Wednesday July 20, 2016. World events give a powerful resonance to Ralph Fiennes' performance as  Richard III the ruthless ruler, determined to eliminate all rivals, in a Rupert Goold directed production of the play at London's Almeida Theatre. London Viewers can see it in movie theaters around the world starting with a live broadcast Thursday in Britain and several other countries. (Marc Brenner/Almeida Theatre via AP)

    Real-life dramas echo in Ralph Fiennes’ ‘Richard III’

    LONDON (AP) — Now is the summer of our discontent.

  • In this image released by TFA, Tami Sagher, from left, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key. Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard and Kate Micucci appear in a scene from, "Don't Think Twice." Mike Birbiglia's "Don't Think Twice" lovingly dramatizes the communal but competitive lives of a fictional improv troupe, one whose members bob and weave like featherweight boxers on stage and off it navigate painfully disparate opportunities in show business. (Jon Pack/TFA via AP)

    Birbiglia gives improv its first close-up on the big screen

    NEW YORK (AP) — Good improv is like a magic act, conjured out of thin air. A handful of people step onto the stage with nothing prepared, and — poof! — an hour of laughs tumbles forth from unpredictable, off-the-cuff scenarios.