Cher admits hoping for

earlier Kennedy honor

The phone call telling Cher she was a Kennedy Center honoree was certainly welcome — but she admits she wanted to get it earlier.

The Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, whose ABBA-tribute album “Dancing Queen” was just released, acknowledged she’d long hoped for that call. She said she “wanted to get it so badly” during the Obama administration.

Now she will, at age 72, during the Trump administration, which might make for an awkward gathering. A regular at anti-Trump rallies and marches, Cher ranks among the most outspoken celebrities against the U.S. president. The White House said no decisions had been made on whether Trump would participate in this year’s Kennedy Center Honors program.

The Kennedy Center prize is given to those in the performing arts for lifetime contributions to American culture.

Tony-winner writer

Joe Masteroff dies

Joe Masteroff, the Tony Award-winning story writer of “Cabaret” and “She Loves Me,” has died. He was 98.

Masteroff died Friday at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, N.J.