Headlines: Photographer Sues Jennifer Hudson, Smash is Headed to Broadway

Jennifer Hudson sued by NYC photographer for allegedly stealing photo – Fernando Ramales snapped the “Dreamgirls” star wearing an iridescent pink blazer and thigh-high stilettos, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. A news site bought the image and ran a story Dec. 21, 2019. A few days later, the same photograph was posted on Hudson’s Instagram page with the watermark scrubbed, next to the caption, “Me walking out of 2019 into 2020 like ….just as grateful as I can be ! Thank u Lord for all you’ve done for me ! I hope u all find your joy in the new year !” The post, which has garnered 31,965 likes, remains on the site. Ramales wants up to $175,000 plus attorneys’ fees for the alleged copyright infringement. – Read more at Page Six

Official: Musical Version of SMASH is Being Adapted for Broadway – SMASH is setting its sights on Broadway with a creative dream team and an official title of SMASH, A New Musical. The news was announced today by Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron who will serve as lead producers. They are developing a live stage adaptation inspired by the NBC series of the same name on which they all worked together. This news comes just after last night’s broadcast of Bombshell, the show within Smash. – Read more at BroadwayWorld.com

THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE to Stream This Weekend Starring Carrie Underwood, Audra McDonald & More – This Friday, May 22 at 2pm EST, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless musical classic The Sound of Music is premiering on The Shows Must Go On, where it will be available for 48 hours only! Grammy Award-winning music superstar Carrie Underwood stars in “The Sound of Music Live!” The three-hour telecast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical classic also features TV and stage star Stephen Moyer as well as Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Christian Borle and Laura Benanti. – Read more at BroadwayWorld.com

Heidi Klum Details Emergency Exit from AGT After Falling Ill — and Why She ‘Couldn’t Tell Anyone’ – Klum, who ultimately tested negative for the coronavirus, tells PEOPLE that it took a “really long time” before she was able to learn her diagnosis. “If you reverse back in time, you knew that there was something, but we were filming every day with people and an audience. There was no social distancing, no one knew too much about this,” she recalls of filming before stay-at-home guidelines were implemented. “When I fell ill, it was on March 10. I was experiencing fever and sore throat, so I told production and immediately the medic did my vitals and said, ‘Yes, you have a fever,’ and then I was dismissed,” Klum says. “When you are sick and it’s not getting better, you think, ‘Yeah, I might have that thing because I couldn’t get a test,’ ” she says. “Then once I did get tested, it took weeks to get [the results] back, which obviously is normal because there were so many people doing the same thing. It took a while, so I couldn’t really tell people because I didn’t know.” – Read more at People

How David Archuleta Spun His Anxiety Into Perfect Quarantine Album Gold (INTERVIEW) – “Part of my therapy was working on this album,” Archuleta tells PopCrush from his home in Nashville, where he’s currently quarantining during the pandemic. “I guess just being able to be open about what I was worried about, what I thought of myself, just feeling down, feeling anxious and depressed… All of that I was able to get out on this album.” “It’s like a little chant I just chanted to myself where I’m having this war with feeling lousy and all these thoughts in my head,” he shares. “I’d fight with my own thoughts saying, ‘You know what? Go away. It’s gonna be okay, I’m fine.’ And I just think positively. I changed my way of thinking. I’m just gonna get through this until the negative thoughts come back.” – Read more at PopCrush

Ryan Seacrest on Doing His Own TV Makeup — AND DISHES! — in Quarantine – “I put makeup on so many times a day because I’m doing Live with Kelly and Ryan, the Disney Family Singalong specials, and Idol,” says Seacrest, 45. “It’s going okay, but I didn’t get a tutorial. I have a toiletry bag with two canisters — one called ‘contour’ and another called ‘all over’ — and honestly I can’t tell the difference. I’ve been told that I didn’t blend a couple of times. It’s all new to me!” – Read more at People

Why Katharine McPhee Wants ‘Bombshell in Concert’ to Be the Start of More ‘Smash’ – Thinking back to that 2015 concert, was there a number that really sticks out in your mind? Oh, I will never forget the opening number with Megan and I (“Let Me Be Your Star”). It starts with me and Megan offstage singing, before we actually walked out. Watching the livestream, you probably won’t be able to hear how crazy and loud the audience was, they were going so nuts. That was just a huge thrill for us to get that immediate response. It’s “Let Me Be Your Star,” everybody knows that song! – Read more at Billboard.com

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