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La Toya Jackson to Star in Off-Broadway Show, ‘Newsical the Musical’

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La Toya Jackson is heading to the stage in NY.

Jackson will star in the off- Broadway show, Newsical the Musical starting Sept. 3.

The singer-producer will take over for actress  Jackée Harry (Sister Sister).

“I’ve wanted to do [theater], but on Broadway the shows play for such a long, extended time,” said Jackson.

Jackson will star in the off-Broadway show through Sept. 8.

To prepare for the role, Jackson took an acting workshop. In an addition to that, she checked out Kim Coles and Kym Whitley’s weekly Ladies Night Live Comedy Show  in LA.

Once Jackson’s run is over, she can then decide whether or not she wants to return later on.

La Toya Jackson Learned of Sister Janet’s Marriage Through The Media

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Janet Jackson has always tried to keep her personal life away from the public eye. And even though she’s close to her family, it seems she kept her marriage a secret from both her family and the public.

During a recent interview with Essence magazine, La Toya Jackson revealed that she and other members of her family learned of Janet’s marriage to  Wissam Al Mana through the media.

“You know what? I didn’t know that Jan was married until I heard it in the media,” Jackson said during a luncheon to promote her new reality show.

She continued, “It’s true! Most of the family members—no one really knew. Not at all. You’d be surprised how you’d find out things in the media.”

So was La Toya bothered by not knowing Janet was married before the media? Even though she hasn’t met Al Mana, she isn’t upset she didn’t know before the public. “I know that in my family a lot of times you keep things private because you don’t want anybody to know,” she explained. “Nobody knew, really. I have not met him at all.”

Jackson says despite the family’s troubles with one another in the past, everything is fine.”It’ll be fine! When it’s there, it’s fine. I don’t know what it is, but everything’s fine!”

 

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Artists gather to record ‘We Are the World’ for Haiti

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The original “We Are the World” was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie to aid famine relief in Africa, now twenty-five years later, a new roster of musicians will gather to record the song.

The session, which will be recorded some time tonight, will be held in the same exact studio where the original song was recorded—– the A&M complex in Hollywood, CA.

Akon, Lady GaGa, Bono, Wyclef Jean, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Toni Braxton, Carlos Santana and Jason Mraz are confirmed to perform on the new track.

The track will benefit Haiti relief  in helping to re-build and nourish those devastated by the earthquake. Quincy Jones and RedOne are set to produce the track.

RedOne had this to say about working with Jones.

“Having Quincy, our father of music … and Lionel Richie asking me to contribute and help, I said of course, because this is not about me,” he said. “It’s about Haiti.”

The original song featured 45 musicians/celebrities from across the U.S.
My two cents: Sometimes you just need to leave well-enough alone.

Source: Associate Press

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