Coleman character stays in 'Avenue Q'
An award-winning play that features a character based on Gary Coleman is planning to keep that character, even after the actor's death. The creative team behind "Avenue Q" has decided to make only small tweaks to the role played by Danielle Thomas. Coleman died Friday in Utah after suffering a brain hemorrhage. "Avenue Q" is show about twentysomething New Yorkers, featuring both humans and puppets. It won three 2004 Tony Awards, including best musical. The Coleman character is a child star who now works as a building superintendent. It is now running Off-Broadway.
R&B singing sensation Rihanna took the stage in front of an Israeli audience for the first time last night as part of her latest world tour, AP reports. Rihanna spent the two days before her show touring Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, holding news conferences, and meeting some of her fans.
Beyoncé faces nuisance lawsuit
A man living across from a video shoot for Beyoncé Knowles in the Hollywood Hills is suing the singer for nuisance and trespassing, claiming his privacy was invaded by unnecessary noise and crowds. Court documents show Philip Markowitz filed the lawsuit seeking $25,000 in Los Angeles against Knowles, a liability company and Dina Ciccotello, a production coordinator for the video shoot for "Why Don't You Love Me." Markowitz says his expectations of privacy in his upscale neighborhood were "shattered" on March 26 when the crew came in the morning and didn't leave until 11 p.m., and that his driveway was repeatedly blocked.