‘Harry Potter’ star returning to Broadway

NEW YORK – Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway, this time to sing and dance.

The star of all those Harry Potter movies will appear in a revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” opening in spring 2011.

Radcliffe will portray the show’s unlikely hero, an opportunistic young man who rises from the mail room to the top of the corporate heap in this satiric, Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. It features a score by Frank Loesser and a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert.

The show’s producers said Thursday the musical will be directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. First seen on Broadway in 1961 (with Robert Morse in the lead role), “How to Succeed” was revived in 1995 starring Matthew Broderick.

Radcliffe made his Broadway debut in 2008 in a revival of “Equus.”

Rapper adamant he never struck his mom with a gun

ATLANTA – A rapper from the group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony said this week that he did not hit his mother with a gun more than a decade ago, a charge that led to his arrest during a recent concert in Ohio.

Flesh-N-Bone, whose real name is Stanley Howse, said he was unaware of the domestic violence and felonious assault charges from 1998 when he was taken into custody last month during a show in the group’s hometown of Cleveland.

Sheriff’s spokesman John O’Brien said then that deputies didn’t wait until after the show because Howse seemed to notice them, invited audience members to the stage and tried to slip out. He was arrested backstage.

The 36-year-old rapper said Wednesday night before a concert in Atlanta that he did not remember the 1998 incident. He is accused of leaving a 1-inch gash on his mother’s head. O’Brien said his mother and two witnesses described the incident.

“It didn’t happen,” Howse said while group members Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone and Wish Bone sat beside him. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is currently on a promotional tour for the upcoming album, “Uni-5: The World’s Enemy,” which will be released May 4.

Etheridge, partner separate

NEW YORK – Rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge, have announced their separation.

In a statement Thursday, they asked for “consideration and respect for our family as we go through this difficult period.”

The two held a commitment ceremony in Malibu, Calif., in 2003. Tammy Etheridge, 35, gave birth to twins – a son, Miller, and a daughter, Johnnie Rose – in 2006. The couple used an anonymous donor from a sperm bank.

The 48-year-old singer shares custody of daughter Bailey Jean and son Beckett with former partner Julie Cypher. Musician David Crosby was the sperm donor for the children, who were delivered by Cypher.

Melissa Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.

Walsh to summer in New York

NEW YORK – Kate Walsh plans to spend her summer vacation in a 99-seat off-Broadway theater.

Walsh, star of ABC’s “Private Practice,” will appear in the world premiere of “Dusk Rings a Bell,” a two-character play by Stephen Belber, the Atlantic Theater Company announced Monday. She will co-star with Paul Sparks.

The show runs May 19 through June 20.



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