‘SNL’ to be live for all
NEW YORK (AP) — After 42 seasons, “Saturday Night Live” is trying something new: airing live to everybody.
For the first time, “SNL” will broadcast live simultaneously across the U.S. for its final four shows of the season, NBC announced Thursday. Until now, viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones have seen the show not as it aired “live from New York,” but on tape delay.
The new live-for-all policy will apply to episodes telecast April 15, May 6, May 13 and May 20. Each show will air at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern), 10:30 p.m. (Central), 9:30 p.m. (Mountain) and 8:30 p.m. (Pacific). In the Mountain and Pacific time zones, the show will repeat at 11:30 p.m.
Hosts for these editions will be, respectively, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy and, for the season finale, Dwayne Johnson.
Rock Hall to honor Rolling Stone
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate 50 years of Rolling Stone magazine in a new exhibit set to open this spring in Cleveland.
The Rock Hall says the exhibit will explore the magazine’s archive of award-winning music and political and cultural reporting. It will open in conjunction with the release of the book, “50 Years of Rolling Stone.”
The exhibit will include rarely heard stories, original manuscripts, music reviews and audio interviews that spotlight the artists, writers and others who shared a special partnership with the magazine that debuted in 1967.
Highlights of cover images reaching back to rock ‘n’ roll pioneers such as Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry also will be included in the exhibit that opens May 5. It will close in November 2017.
Prince’s ex-wife opens up
Prince’s ex-wife is opening up about the couple’s son, who was born with a rare genetic disorder in 1996 and died just six days later.
Mayte (MY’-tay) Garcia writes in a new memoir excerpted in People magazine that baby Amiir was born with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2, a disorder that causes skeletal abnormalities. She says the baby struggled to breathe and underwent multiple procedures before his death.
Garcia tells People she doesn’t think Prince ever got over the baby’s death. She says, “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.”
Garcia and Prince married in 1996 and divorced in 2000.
Prince died last April from an accidental overdose.
Boston bombing play opens
BOSTON (AP) — A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing made its world premiere in Boston.
“Finish Line” is being presented by the Boch Center at the Shubert Theatre. The Boston Theater Company production will run through March 26.
The play is based on interviews with survivors, runners, first responders and others. Actors use verbatim transcripts to tell each person’s story.
Twin bombings near the marathon’s finish line killed three people and injured more than 260.
“Finish Line” doesn’t re-create the attack or portray those responsible. Instead, it focuses on people who were affected by the violence and came out stronger.
A portion of every ticket sale will be donated to the Martin Richard Foundation, named for the 8-year-old boy who was the youngest victim killed in the bombing.
The Who coming to Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Who is taking up residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this summer.
Caesars Entertainment announced Monday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will become the first rock band to take up residence at the hotel-casino’s Colosseum since the venue opened in 2003.
The first run opens July 29 with six shows through Aug. 11. Tickets go on Friday at prices from $76 to $501.
The Who have sold more than 100 million records since forming in 1964. Their hit albums include “My Generation,” ”Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.”
‘Hamilton’ to tour in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — Can’t get to see “Hamilton?” Take heart — another national tour is kicking off early next year.
Producer Jeffrey Seller said Monday a second tour of the megahit musical will start in Seattle for six weeks in February 2018. It then goes to Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Costa Mesa, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Des Moines, Iowa; Cleveland, Ohio; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The new company follows the first national tour, which began in San Francisco last week, as well as the Chicago production, which began in September 2016, and the London staging, which debuts in November.
“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multiple award-winning take on the nation’s first U.S. treasury secretary, has a varied score and has been cheered for reclaiming the nation’s founding story with a multicultural cast.