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"Hollywood Squares" Morphs Into "Hip Hop Squares"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 30, 2012

Seriously. Here are the details:

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Happy Birthday, Eric Clapton

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 30, 2012

God, Slowhand, EC -- whatever you want to call him, the guitar great is an unthinkable 67 today. In his honor, a couple of his gems:

 

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Duke Study Faults Historical Errors in Films

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 29, 2012

The official word: DURHAM, N.C. -- When the 3-D version of the 1997 blockbuster film "Titanic" is rereleased in theaters April 4, expect to see First Officer William Murdoch shooting two men and committing suicide by gunshot.

But in reality, surviving crew members said Murdoch was last seen trying to launch lifeboats and is believed to have died in the water.

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"Albert Nobbs" Gets PPV/VOD Showing Before Video Release

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 29, 2012

The official word:

Consumers looking to view one of the best performances of the year will have a chance to see Glenn Close in the celebrated three-time Oscar® nominee Albert Nobbs for a limited two week engagement on Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View beginning April 10th through April 24th. The sneak peek will come one month ahead of the film’s debut on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download May 15th.

 

The acclaimed drama stars six-time Oscar® nominee* Glenn Close, who gives a “powerhouse performance” (New York Post).  An impressive supporting cast includes two-time Academy Award® nominee** Janet McTeer, along with Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Showtime’s “The Tudors”).  Directed “with grit and grace” (Rolling Stone) by Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child), the film is based on the novella by Irish author George Moore and features a story by Istvan Szabo and screenplay by Gabriella Prekop, John Banville and Glenn Close.  A critical favorite of the year, Albert Nobbs received three total Academy Award® nods for Close, McTeer and Best Achievement in Makeup.  The film also earned multiple Golden Globe® nominations (for Close, McTeer and Best Original Song for "Lay Your Head Down”).

A man with a secret.  A woman with a dream.  In order to survive in 19th century Ireland, a woman must live and work as a man.  But, some thirty years after first donning men’s clothing to fit into her surroundings, Albert Nobbs (Close), finds herself trapped inside a prison of her own making.

 

Albert Nobbs will be available on Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View via cable, digital and satellite providers.  Pricing and title details available; check your local providers.

 

 

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Fox Orders More "Bones"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 29, 2012

The official word: FOX has renewed the hit series BONES for its upcoming eighth season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

“Over the past seven seasons, Hart Hanson, Stephen Nathan and the incredible BONES cast and crew have redefined the traditional crime procedural with an irreverent and adventurous sensibility and I’m really happy to have this distinctive, fan-favorite on our schedule for another season,” Reilly said.

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Viewing File: "Smash"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 27, 2012

Let me start by saying that I often like "Smash." Sure, it's soapy in spots. And it has moments that are way too "Glee," including last night's bowling-alley dance. But I have liked the way it has tried to show that putting on a musical, or any play, is hard work, with lots of missteps, personal conflict, revisions, changes -- and searching for money. Some of the best stuff in the show has involved the longing for money, although part of the effectiveness may stem from having Anjelica Huston in the chase.

But I am wondering whether last night's episode marked a change in the show's direction, or a reassertiion of what it wants to be. On the one hand, there was the attempt to de-soap it a bit, by trying to put an end to the storyline about Julia's affair (although the promos for the next episode indicate we're not done with the consequences).

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"DWTS," Donald Driver and Judging Craziness

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 27, 2012

It was a surprising thing last night, when Len on "Dancing With the Stars" admitted -- a week late -- that he had "undermarked" the Green Bay Packers' Donald Driver on his dance a week ago.

Readers of my Twitter/Facebook notes on the show know that I thought Driver was one of the best dancers of that night (I'd have had him and Jaleel White at the top of my leaderboard) but the judges had been far less enthusiastic, not only in giving Driver modest scores but overscoring dancers who didn't seem that good. Katherine, the "classical singer," had gotten considerable praise for what struck me as a fairly routine dance that seemed aimed at the judges love of so-called elegance. That the judges missed Driver's skill was bad enough. Even worse was that, after Len's acknowledgment of misjudgment a week ago, they still collectively gave Driver 24 (three 8's) this week after given wildly higher marks to the likes of Roshon (26, on the first dance of the night no less) and Maria (25, for pete's sake). Either they don't like him, or they don't want him to win.

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In Case You Missed It: CBS Season Finale Plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 26, 2012

The official word, including plot hints: CBS announced today the dates and storylines for its 2011-12 series’ season finales. (All times are ET/PT.)

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

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Miscellaneous Notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 26, 2012

ABC Family Gets TV Rights to "Hunger Games," "Catching Fire"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 26, 2012

Telecasts begin in 2014. The official word:

ABC Family continues to grow its program offerings and has acquired the network television premiere rights to the blockbuster “The Hunger Games” in a deal with Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, the two companies announced today.

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Thursday Notebook

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 22, 2012

Several things in today's Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including the final version of the Eric Mansfield story I posted last nightl; I won't repost here because there's not a lot of difference. (In fact, the version here contained a bit at the end that was trimmed from the print version for space reasons.) But here's a tidbit I couldn't get yesterday: His salary at Kent State will be $110,000. And you can find the official announcement by Kent State here.

Also: I have a review of "The Hunger Games" along with a brief note about ticket sales, which should give you some idea why this movie is a big deal.

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Eric Mansfield Discusses His Career Change

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 21, 2012

Here's the work in progress I'm preparing about his move from TV news to media relations at Kent State:

WKYC’s man in Akron is heading to Kent.
Eric Mansfield, long the Akron reporter for WKYC (Channel 3) and the anchor of a former Akron-based newscast, is leaving Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC (Channel 3) for a job at Kent State University.

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"Hunger Games" Sets Records for Fandango

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 20, 2012

The official word:

With a little more than two days left before its March 23 release date, "The Hunger Games" is already the top-selling franchise opener and non-sequel in Fandango's nearly 12-year history. This hotly-anticipated film is also on track to become one of Fandango's top-selling movies of all time.

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Current TV Adds Bill Press, Stephanie Miller Shows

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 20, 2012

Back when I could find Miller's show on terrestrial radio in these parts, I was a regular listener. Nice, then, to have some access again.

The official word: .

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Starz Renews "Magic City" -- Before Its Premiere

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 20, 2012

I have seen the first episode of the period drama, which I found slow and less than enthralling. But I have a couple of more shows to look at before offering a more detailed opinion. Here's the word on the renewal:

Starz Chief Executive Officer, Chris Albrecht, announced a 10-episode, second season order for the upcoming STARZ Original series, “Magic City,” ahead of its April 6 worldwide premiere at 10PM ET/PT.

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Rock Hall Announces Induction Presenters

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 20, 2012

The list so far, from the hall:

Beastie Boys will be inducted by Chuck D

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Cinematheque To Show Vintage Three Stooges Shorts

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 18, 2012

The big-screen Stooges reboot arrives April 13; I have giggled at the trailer but it's still not the original guys (and yes, I know there were more than three over the years). The official word:

Ten classic short comedies starring the original Three Stooges will show at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque over the next two weekends. The films, made between 1934 and 1940, will be grouped into two programs: THE BEST OF THE THREE STOOGES I, 1934-1937, showing Friday, March 23 at 9:15 pm and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm, and THE BEST OF THE THREE STOOGES II, 1938-1940, showing Friday, March 30 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 pm.

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Talking St. Patrick's Day: Video

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2012

Rosie O'Donnell's OWN Show Canceled

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2012

The series for Oprah Winfrey's network had been on for five months. The official word:

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today “The Rosie Show,” the daily talk show hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell, will tape its final show on Tuesday, March 20, and the final episode will air on Friday, March 30 (7-8 p.m. ET/PT).

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"Sherlock" Season 2 Set for Blu-ray/DVD

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2012

The official word: BBC Home Entertainment is bringing your favorite consulting detective back on May 22, 2012 when Sherlock: Season Two hits the streets on Blu-Ray and DVD. Benedict Cumberbatch (War Horse, the upcoming Star Trek 2) returns as Holmes and Martin Freeman (The Office, the upcoming The Hobbit) is back as Dr. John Watson in three new 90-minute stories from writers and executive producers Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen). Inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales of the brilliant crime-solving icon, Sherlock: Season Two is a spectacular blend of the 21st century and the original wit and spirit of the mysteries that will have keep you on the edge of your seat. The second season premiered in Canada on February 2, 2012 on BBC Canada, and will launch in the U.S. on May 6, 2012 as part of Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS.

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Disney Slates Blu-ray Releases of "Color of Money," "Sister Act," More

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2012

The official word:

To satisfy consumer demand and serve the growing base of Blu-ray™ households, The Walt Disney Studios today announced plans to add more than 30 popular and iconic films to its ever-expanding Blu-ray™ library. Each film selected for release has been fully digitally remastered, with dirt and anomalies cleaned to a pristine level, offering viewers optimum high definition picture and sound quality of some of their favorite films. ...

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Happy St. Patrick's Weekend

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2012

A little something from the great Celt, Van Morrison (even if his look here reminds me of Tom Cruise in "Tropic Thunder"). And this song is for my bride, since we mark our wedding anniversary on Saturday.

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Couric Syndicated Show Sets Premiere

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 15, 2012

The official word:

Executive Producer Jeff Zucker today announced key production updates for Katie Couric’s highly anticipated nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie.” The live, weekday show has already been cleared in 94% of the country, and will premiere on Monday, September 10, 2012. The show is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

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TNT Sets Summer Premiere Dates

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 15, 2012

"The Closer" returns in July, with "Major Crimes" kicking off after the "Closer" finale Aug. 13. "Dallas" launches June 13.  More dates and details in this official word:

Rizzoli & Isles
Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 3: 10 summer episodes
For the past two summers, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have proven that two heads are better than one in this drama series based on the crime novels by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. As Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

Franklin & Bash
Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 2: 10 episodes
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer star in this light-hearted legal drama as two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers working for a button-down law firm. Malcolm McDowell plays the firm's wonderfully eccentric patriarch. Also starring are Garcelle Beauvais, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani and Reed Diamond.

Dallas
New Series, Two-Hour Series Premiere: Wednesday, June 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
This summer, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their famous characters as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Dallas also stars Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with premiere episode writer Cynthia Cidre and director Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. It was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs.

Falling Skies
Two-Hour Season Premiere: Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 2: 10 episodes
The wait is nearly over as basic cable's #1 new series of 2011 returns to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star.

The Great Escape
New Series Premiere: Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
This fast-paced, nail-biting competition series drops ordinary people into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie. Each week, Rich Eisen (NFL Total Access) hosts as teams of competitors try to find their way out of seemingly impossible situations for a chance to take home a cash prize. The series, from Fox Television Studios, is executive-produced by the Oscar®-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, as well as the Emmy-winning producers of The Amazing Race, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri. The series is created and executive produced by Justin W. Hochberg (The Apprentice) and Charlie Ebersol (The Wanted).

The Closer
Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 7: Six final episodes
TNT’s record-breaking series returns one last time to bring its extraordinary seven-year run to an end. Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions. Mary McDonnell, who will continue her role as Captain Sharon Raydor in TNT's upcoming series Major Crimes, also stars.

Perception
New Series Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
Drama fans are about to meet one of the most unique crime solvers on television when TNT premieres this fascinating new series about an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce's mind may be brilliant, it's also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Perception also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. Produced by ABC Studios, the series was created by executive producer Ken Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer.

Leverage
Season Premiere: Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 5: 10 summer episodes
Television’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are back in the fifth season of this fast-paced, light-hearted caper series from blockbuster executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton stars, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.

Major Crimes
New Series Premiere: Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following The Closer finale
Regular Timeslot: Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
This all-new drama series is ready to take television's favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell will continue her role from The Closer as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor. Major Crimes will focus on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Joining McDonnell are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, with guest appearances by Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. New cast members include Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile and Kearran Giovanni as an ambitious undercover detective. Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with The Closer's James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers.


 

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Houston's "The Bodyguard" Returns to Theaters 3/28

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 14, 2012

Participating theaters include the Regal Montrose and Cinemark Valley View.

The official word: One of the biggest box office hits of the 1990s returns to movie theaters this month celebrating The 20th Anniversary of The Bodyguard, a special one-night in-theater event on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

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Fiennes' "Coriolanus" on DVD/Blu-ray in May

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 14, 2012

The official word: Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD release of two-time Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes’ (Schindler's List, The English Patient) directorial debut, CORIOLANUS.

Fiennes, who also stars in the title role, was nominated for a 2012 BAFTA Award – Britain’s equivalent to an Oscar® – for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Based on the original play by William Shakespeare, the critically-acclaimed film features an award-winning cast that includes Gerard Butler (300, The Ugly Truth), Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Howards End), Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Tree of Life), and Emmy® Award winner Brian Cox (Bourne Identity, HBO’s “Deadwood”).

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Chatting About "American Idol" Top 13 to 12

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 10, 2012

Malcolm X Abram and I offer our weekly rambling and rants about the singing competition. And I apologize once again for the commercial at the beginning of the video. That is beyond my control.

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Happy 40th Anniversary, "The Godfather"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 9, 2012

Wednesday Notebook

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 7, 2012

If we are going to talk about Peyton Manning today (and it even crept into some post-Super Tuesday discussion on one of the news networks this morning), then we have to talk about one of his greatest TV moments: the "Saturday Night Live" sketch embedded above.

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"Treme" Season 2 DVD/Blu-ray Plans

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 6, 2012

The official word: 

This April, HBO Home Entertainment releases one of the most authentic and powerful series on television, Treme: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download. From creators/executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer (HBO's The Wire®), the show has been hailed as "remarkable" (Chicago Tribune) and "riveting" (Reuters) with "fascinating characters" (The Washington Post). Releasing April 17, 2012, Treme: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and digital download contain engaging featurettes that explore the vibrant culture and music that makes New Orleans one of America's most distinctive cities. . . .

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Tuesday Notebook

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 6, 2012

Notes about "Justified," a Cartier ad, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and the Cleveland International Film Festival...

FX has renewed "Justified" for a fourth season and I say huzzah! The third season, which I have neglected to write about at greater length, has been really good -- and Neal McDonough has been a terrific villain. New episode tonight.
 

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Sunday Notebook

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 4, 2012

Above is the latest "American Idol" video with me and Malcolm X Abram looking at the semifinals and the Top 13. We had plenty more to say but here's a sample.

 In today's Beacon Journal, I have a long contemplation of the issue of civility in public discussion. You can read it here.

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Very Funny

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 2, 2012

And yes, that is Akron's own Ray Wise in the cast...

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This Week's Video Chat

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 2, 2012

"American Idol" Top 13

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 2, 2012

I'll add some of my thoughts later. For now, here's the official word:

 

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Diana Ross '83 Central Park Show Coming to DVD/Public TV

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 1, 2012

The official word: The legendary New York concert special Diana Ross—Live In Central Park will be released for the first time on DVD on May 15, 2012, it was announced today by Shout! Factory. Originally broadcast in 1983, the concert has never before been made available for home entertainment. Diana Ross—Live In Central Park will contain the entire concert special as it was broadcast, and the bonus features include the complete rain-shortened concert as well as a new commentary by director Steve Binder (The T.A.M.I. Show, Elvis: The ’68 Comeback Special). Additionally, American Public Television will be making a broadcast version of the main program available to their Premium Service client stations beginning March 1st.

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Chenoweth Coming to Cleveland

By Rich Heldenfels Published: March 1, 2012

The delightful Kristin, soon to be seen on "GCB." arrives June 24. Marvelous singer, charming actress (and go find "Pushing Daisies' on DVD) and someone I have always enjoyed chatting with. Just wish the tickets were cheaper. 

The official word: Emmy and Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth will launch her debut world tour in May. The 19-date North American leg of the tour kicks off May 9 in Seattle and concludes in Chenoweth's hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on June 24. In between, she'll be making her first appearance at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre, Wed., June 13, for one 7:30 p.m. show. 

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