It’s a boy for Winslet
A spokeswoman for Kate Winslet says the actress has given birth to a son and is “doing great.”
Publicist Laura Symons says Winslet had a boy, her third child, Saturday at a hospital in southern England. She says mother and baby are both doing well.
The baby’s name has not been announced.
This is 38-year-old Winslet’s first child with husband Ned Rocknroll, whom she married last year. She has a daughter, Mia, and a son, Joe, from previous marriages to directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes.
Rocknroll is the nephew of entrepreneur Richard Branson.
New ‘Matildas’ coming
A new batch of “Matildas” is en route to Broadway.
Producers of the hit British import “Matilda the Musical” have tapped Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo and Ava Ulloa as the next group who will rotate playing the telekinetic heroine in the Shubert Theatre.
The four will replace Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro, who all received Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, a noncompetitive commendation.
Ten-year-old Paige, from the Philadelphia area, is making her Broadway debut, as is 10-year-old Gabriella, from upstate New York, and 9-year-old New York City native Ava. Ten-year-old Ripley, also from upstate New York, made her Broadway debut in “Once.”
‘Bull Durham’: the musical
The baseball film “Bull Durham” is hoping to be a hit onstage.
Producers of a new musical version plan to stage their show at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in September 2014. Academy Award nominee Ron Shelton, who directed and wrote the movie, has adapted his screenplay. Kip Fagan will direct.
Casting and a production schedule will be announced later.
The film starred Kevin Costner as a veteran minor-league catcher who’s assigned to handle the team’s wild new pitcher, “Nuke” LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins. Susan Sarandon played a longtime fan who becomes romantically involved with both men.
New Gracie Mansion tenant
Once more, Gracie Mansion will be home to the mayor of New York City.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio ended weeks of speculation by announcing Wednesday that his family would move to the mayor’s official residence.
De Blasio and his family were debating whether to move to the Manhattan mansion or stay in their beloved Brooklyn neighborhood.
“We’ll miss Brooklyn, but we are incredibly gratified to the people of New York for the opportunity to live in the mayor’s residence,” de Blasio said in a statement posted on his transition team’s website. “It is an honor we accept with thanks.”
No one has lived in the mansion since Rudolph Giuliani left office in 2001. Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained in his opulent Upper East Side townhouse during his 12-year administration, though he oversaw extensive renovations to the mansion.