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Vindication for 2013 Rock Hall inductees

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2013 class will be remembered for its variety.

The eclectic group of rockers Rush and Heart, rappers Public Enemy, songwriter Randy Newman, "Queen of Disco" Donna Summer and bluesman Albert King will be inducted into the hall of fame next April in Los Angeles.

The ceremony will mark the end of a long wait for fans of five of the six acts, who've been eligible for entry for some time. Public Enemy was inducted on its first ballot appearance, swelling the ranks of hip-hop entries to four.

Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award given for contributions beyond performance.

The inductees were announced Tuesday by 2012 inductee Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers at a news conference in Los Angeles.

Funeral coming for J.R. on new 'Dallas'

NEW YORK (AP) -- J.R. Ewing will get a send-off with a proper funeral on "Dallas."

TNT begins the second season of its "Dallas" revival next month. The network said Tuesday that it will hold a funeral for Larry Hagman's memorable character at some point in the 15-episode season but that it hasn't been filmed or scheduled yet. Hagman died at age 81 over the Thanksgiving weekend.

TNT spokeswoman Erin Felentzer says the network isn't saying how Ewing will be killed off in the series. Hagman kept working until soon before his death due to complications of cancer, and will appear in several of the new season's episodes.

Hagman's character is a television icon dating back to the "Who Shot J.R.?" episodes in the 1980s.

Spice Girls musical opens in London

LONDON (AP) -- It's time to find out whether Girl Power is still going strong, with Tuesday's premiere of "Viva Forever," a new stage musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls.

Celebrities expected at the premiere at London's Piccadilly Theatre include all five of the original Spice Girls, who helped put the fizz in 1990s "Cool Britannia" scene: Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown -- also known as Posh, Baby, Ginger, Sporty and Scary Spice, respectively.

The musical uses Spice Girls songs including "Wannabe," "Spice Up Your Life" and the title track in a tale of four friends whose bond becomes strained when their band enters a TV talent show.

It's a pop confection with heavyweight credentials. The show was written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, co-creator of celebrity-skewering sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous."

The producer is Judy Craymer, who produced stage and screen versions of the hugely successful ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"

The Spice Girls shot to fame in 1996 and sold 75 million records around the world. Halliwell left the group acrimoniously in 1998 and the group effectively split a decade ago.

The five members appeared on stage together for the first time in five years at the London Olympics closing ceremony in August and have reunited to promote "Viva Forever."

LaBeouf to make Broadway debut

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shia LaBeouf is about to transform -- into a Broadway actor.

The ex-star of the "Transformers" franchise will make his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin in Lyle Kessler's "Orphans" at the Schoenfeld Theatre starting March 19. Daniel Sullivan will direct.

The play, which premiered in 1983, tells the story of two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit Philadelphia row house who decide to kidnap a wealthy man. LaBeouf plays one brother and Baldwin the target.

     

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