Allman sits out two shows
Bronchitis has sidelined Gregg Allman for at least two dates of the Allman Brothers Band’s annual shows at the Beacon Theatre, but his rep says the musician hopes to return to the stage in a few days.
Allman was forced to sit out shows Friday and Saturday. Michael Lehman says Allman is under a doctor’s care and is doing better and intends to return for the group’s final four shows over the next week.
Lehman says the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had been feeling fine up until the illness; the 66-year-old has had health issues in the past, including a 2010 liver transplant.
Nixon to stump for schools
Actress Cynthia Nixon is headed to Albany to advocate for education.
The former co-star of “Sex and the City” will join school superintendents and others at the state Capitol seeking more support for schools as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers try to agree on a budget by April 1.
Nixon has been active in state and city politics. She headlined a gala for Bill de Blasio during his successful run for New York City mayor last year and lobbied for the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York in 2011.
Actors welcome twin boys
Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, have welcomed not one, but two sons to the world. The twins of the 30-year-old “Thor: The Dark World” star and the 37-year-old “Fast and Furious 6” actress were born in Los Angeles.
Hemsworth’s publicist, Robin Baum, confirmed the births Friday.
The babies join the couple’s first child, daughter India, 22 months old.
‘Divergent’ debuts at No. 1
“Divergent,” the teen science-fiction thriller, debuted with $56 million over the weekend to lead at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak, follow.
1. “Divergent,” $56 million.
2. “Muppets Most Wanted,” $16.5 million.
3. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” $11.7 million.
4. “300: Rise of an Empire,” $8.7 million.
5. “God’s Not Dead,” $8.6 million.
6. “Need for Speed,” $7.8 million.
7. “Grand Budapest Hotel,” $7 million.
8. “Non-Stop,” $6.3 million.
9. “The Lego Movie,” $4.1 million.
10. “The Single Mom’s Club,” $3.1 million.
A birthday fit for a Queen
Superstar Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate her 72nd birthday in style Saturday.
Aretha Franklin held an exclusive, small party Saturday in New York City for her birthday, which is Tuesday. Washington entered the Ritz-Carlton Hotel quietly, though the crowd got excited after realizing it was the Oscar winner under a baseball cap.
Franklin thanked the actor for attending. Just hours earlier, she saw him onstage in the Broadway play, “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Her longtime musical collaborator, Clive Davis, also attended.