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Actress Valerie Harper Has Been Released From the Hospital

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Gabriel Olsen—Getty Images Valerie Harper arrives for AARP the Magazine's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 2, 2015

She was found unconscious before a theater performance

Actress Valerie Harper has been released from the hospital she was taken to in York, Maine, after being found unconscious backstage before a theater performance Wednesday, Deadline.com reports.

Harper, best known for playing Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, revealed in 2013 that she has terminal brain cancer.

The 75-year-old has continued to work through her illness and is currently appearing along with Sally Struthers in the Gershwin musical Nice Work if You Can Get It. She spent Wednesday night receiving treatment and was discharged Thursday morning, Deadline.com says.

Harper has experience fighting cancer — she beat lung cancer in 2009 — and has endeavored to stay positive throughout her ordeal. “When I wake up in the morning, I don’t say, ‘Oh, I have cancer.’ I say ‘Another day. How you feeling? Good? Good,’” she told People in May.

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The Book of Mormon Musical Has Finally Arrived in Utah

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Rick Bowmer—AP People walk past signs announcing the Book of Mormon musical at the Capitol Theatre on July 27, 2015, in Salt Lake City.

"It's like playing 'Fiddler on the Roof' to a bunch Jews"

SALT LAKE CITY — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church’s flagship temple and headquarters.

The Tony Award-winning “The Book of Mormon” has earned rave reviews while appalling some with its crudeness. But this will mark the first time the show’s gleefully naive missionaries come to Utah, where about two-thirds of residents are estimated to be Mormon.

The show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “South Park” fame, told The Associated Press that bringing the show to Salt Lake City feels like validation, and also brings the creative process full circle.

Parker and Stone used to “trip out” on Mormon stuff while taking Temple Square tours in the 1990s. They made their first research trip for the show to Salt Lake City with fellow creator Bobby Lopez in the mid-2000s. They waited to bring the show to Salt Lake City until they were invited by a theater.

“It feels like a really cool thing that it finally gets to play Salt Lake City,” Stone said. “It just feels very much like it’s coming home.”

Though they won’t be able to make it to any of the showings, they’re hopeful the show’s jokes will get even bigger laughs in a crowd likely to be more familiar with Mormon culture than most audiences. “It’s like playing ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to a bunch Jews,” Parker said.

Despite a series of jokes and jabs that create a caricature of Mormon beliefs, it’s not expected to cause much of a stir or any protests.

Some curious Latter-day Saints may go to see what all the fuss is about, but most will probably turn the other cheek and let the state’s non-Mormons revel in the fun, said Scott Gordon, president of a volunteer organization that supports the church called FairMormon.

“It’s like going to your own roast . . . that goes too far,” Gordon said. “Nobody likes to be made fun of, especially with crude humor.”

Yet the show has actually contributed to a shift in how Americans think of a religion once seen as threatening and looking to undermine the established social order, said Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University.

“Instead of the presentation of Mormons being very sinister and conniving and corrupt, Mormons are kind of naive, very nice and very dumb,” said Bowman, author of the 2012 book, “The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith.” Membership stands at 15 million currently from just 5 million members in 1982.

Leaders with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have remained pretty quiet about the show over the years, just repeating a one-line statement that has now become synonymous with the show. “The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people’s lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ,” it reads.

Attendees at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City will see church ads in the playbill that show a smiling woman with the words, “The book is always better” and another with a smiling man, “You’ve seen the play, now read the book.”

The church has also referred back to a lengthy article it wrote in 2009 when HBO’s “Big Love” was touching on sensitive Mormon beliefs. Church leaders said then they choose not to call on boycotts or give much attention to inaccurate portrayals in popular culture to avoid giving the shows the controversy and attention they crave.

Parker and Stone aren’t surprised by the church’s tempered response to their show. They grew up around Mormons and knew it wasn’t their style to yell and shout.

Parker’s fascination with the religion began when he was dating a Mormon girl while growing up in Colorado. He recalls her family inviting him over for a family evening, where they turned off the TV and sang.

The musical isn’t their first time poking fun at Mormons. They made a South Park episode and a 1997 movie called “Orgazmo,” staring Parker as young Mormon recruited into porn. He’s still recognized for that role more in Utah than anywhere else.

Gordon said he has mixed feelings about a musical. It has brought extra attention to Mormonism, and most Latter-day Saints can take same ribbing. But he said, “I just wish it didn’t go so too far.”

Bowman said many Mormons, who generally shy away from R-rated movies, are horrified by the vulgarity of the musical. Others are just disappointed that it’s the latest in a long line of depictions of them by outsiders that is offensive, Bowman said.

But that doesn’t mean Mormons don’t go see it. Parker and Stone started noticing Mormons, or at least people who knew the religion well, in the crowds on Broadway because they could hear snickers at certain jokes only they would get.

“I think it legitimizes them,” Stone said. “You’re not really real until somebody makes fun of you and makes a big Broadway show about you. Then you’re really, really part of the American fabric.”

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Jack Gleeson, King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, Snubs Hollywood for London Stage

"Game Of Thrones" Season 4 New York Premiere
Taylor Hill—FilmMagic/Getty Images Actor Jack Gleeson attends the 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 premiere at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on March 18, 2014 in New York City

The 23-year-old Cork native says he's turned down top roles to trend the boards

Jack Gleeson has kept busy in the year since his hated character on Game of Thrones was dramatically killed off.

The Irish star, who played King Joffrey in the HBO drama, has taken a break from the silver screen to found his own theater company and is preparing to debut the off-beat comedy Bears in Space at London’s Soho Theatre.

Gleeson started the Collapsing Horse Theatre Company with friends he met while at university, quashing rumors that the star would retire after his grisly Game of Thrones exit.

“Offers [for blockbuster roles] came in, but I just had a lack of desire to do a big action movie. What I enjoy most is this kind of thing, where I can have fun with my friends,” Gleeson told the London Evening Standard.

His latest production is about the thawing of two cryogenically frozen bears and their subsequent romp through space. The play has been well-received and was deemed a “must-see” by a review in Edinburgh Festivals Magazine.

Bears in Space plays at the Soho Theatre from Aug. 3 to 22.

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Patti LuPone Just Made Anyone Who Gets Annoyed by Phones Proud

"Show For Days" Opening Night
Walter McBride—Getty Images Patti LuPone during the Opening Night Photo Opportunity for The Lincoln Center Theatre Production of 'Shows For Days' at The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre on June 29, 2015 in New York City.

"I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore."

Patti LuPone went ahead and did what most people are secretly dying to do: grab a cell phone right out of someone’s hands when they won’t stop texting during a show.

The Grammy and Tony award-winning star was onstage performing “Shows for Days” Wednesday night in New York City when she reached offstage and took a glowing cell phone out of the hands of an audience member sitting near the front of the theater, CBS reports.

“We work hard on stage to create a world that is being totally destroyed by a few, rude, self-absorbed and inconsiderate audience members who are controlled by their phones,” LuPone said in a statement, according to Broadway.com. “I am so defeated by this issue that I seriously question whether I want to work on stage anymore.”

This incident came the same week as a different theater goer stunned the audience and performers by jumping onstage during a show to try to charge a cell phone.


Theatergoer Stuns Audience, Performers After Attempting to Charge Phone Onstage

The play was interrupted with an announcement explaining why charging one's cellphone onstage was bad etiquette

A patron at the Booth Theatre jumped onto the stage during a live performance of Hand to God and attempted to plug a phone into an outlet, prompting one stunned performer to tweet some helpful advice on theater etiquette:

Actor Marc Kudisch was responding to an incident Friday, just after the curtains were raised, in which a patron evidently mistook a stage prop outlet for an actual outlet. The offender was heckled back to his seat.

The play was interrupted with an announcement explaining why charging one’s cellphone onstage was bad etiquette.

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See Photos From One of Alice in Wonderland’s Most Memorable Adaptations

On the 150th anniversary of the classic novel, a look at the Broadway rendition that drew rave reviews

July 4, 2015 is not only the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It’s also the 150th anniversary of the introduction of one of literature’s most memorable characters: Lewis Carroll’s Alice, of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, often shortened to Alice in Wonderland.

Carroll’s 1865 novel has been adapted for stage and screen dozens of times, but it was the 1947 theater adaptation at New York’s American Repertory Theater that drew high praise from LIFE Magazine for the way its lead actress, Broadway veteran Bambi Linn, embodied the ideals of Alice. LIFE’s editors explained a common misconception about the golden-haired heroine:

Carroll was a professor of mathematics and this is reflected in the character he created. For what makes Alice one of the great heroines of fiction is not that she is whimsical or imaginative but that she is a realistic person who remains superbly logical even in a land of fantastic nonsense.

All these years later, it’s a trait that serves well far beyond the outer limits of Wonderland.

April 28, 1947 cover of LIFE magazine
Philippe Halsman—LIFE Magazine

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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J.K. Rowling Confirms Harry Potter Play Will Be Considered ‘Canon’

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will debut in London's West End next year

Earlier this week, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling made news when she announced that a play based on the boy wizard—Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—was coming to the London stage. While rumors swirled about what the title could mean and what Rowling meant when she wrote she was excited for the world to see the “untold part of Harry’s story,” details have been scarce about the project. One thing that Rowling has been clear on: the fact that even though this is a Potter story, it won’t be considered a prequel to the series.

That doesn’t mean that the play won’t be a part of the universe in a legitimate way, however, and Rowling wrote on Twitter to confirm that even though she is not writing the play herself, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be considered part of the Potterverse.

Tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will make its debut at the palace Theatre in London’s West End next year, go on sale this fall.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Here’s When Harry Potter Is Going From Page to Stage

Archive Images of JK Rowling at the launch of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Fred Duval—FilmMagic J.K. Rowling at the launch of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire at King's Cross Station in London.

Over 450 million copies of the books sold

J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter franchise is going from the page — and the big screen — to the stage.

The play, dubbed “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” is due to open at London’s Palace Theatre in summer 2016, the Associated Press reported.

The play is not a prequel to the Harry Potter novels, but rather focuses on a part of Harry’s story that has yet to be told. The seven novels by Rowling sold over 450 million copies. There were also eight films, with another on the way in 2016.

This is the first play from the franchise and is based on work from Rowling, Jack Thorne — a stage and screenwriter — and director John Tiffany, according to the report. The production will also feature music by British songwriter Imogen Heap, the AP said.

“I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and (producer) Sonia Friedman are a dream team!” wrote Rowling in a tweet.

Tickets are slated to go on sale in the fall, according to the play’s official website Harrypottertheplaylondon.com.

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Everything We Know About the Harry Potter Play

Get ready for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Muggles the world over were excited to learn that a stage play about Harry Potter will soon become a reality. But what exactly will this theatrical experience entail? Here’s everything we know about the play so far.

What is the play called?

The project’s title uses the tried and true formula of all of the novels: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

What’s it about?

J.K. Rowling was reticent about sharing too many details in her Twitter announcement. She described the play as a “new story,” and previous reports have speculated that it might be about Harry’s early years or the adventures of his parents, Lily and James. Rowling, however, says the play is “not a prequel.” She said she will keep tight-lipped about further details for now.

Why a play instead of another novel?

Rowling says she is “confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.”

Did she write the script herself?

She says it is “the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself.” It seems that Rowling and Thorne worked together on the story, and Thorne wrote the actual script.

Is it a musical?

It doesn’t seem to be a musical based on reports so far; however, there will be music of some kind, courtesy of Imogen Heap.

Where will it run?

The show will be performed in London at the Palace Theatre.

When does it open?

Summer 2016.

When can I buy tickets??

Sometime this fall—more details will be found on the show’s website in late July.

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A Harry Potter Prequel Will Hit the London Stage in 2016

Accio, ticket sales!

Get your omnioculars out, fans: a Harry Potter play is on its way, set to open in summer 2016.

Billed as a prequel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will run at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, Entertainment Weekly reports. Although beloved Potter author J.K. Rowling is not writing the script, she is co-producing alongside industry veterans Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. Dialogue will instead be written by English television writer Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, who won a Tony in 2012 for directing the musical Once.

The play will “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,” according to a statement issued in 2013, when the play was first announced.


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