Arts Briefs

British powerhouse Sir Elton John has announced that he will be retiring from his life on the road after almost 50 years in business. John’s goodbye tour, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road,” will consist of 300 concerts spanning five continents.

John will also continue working on several projects, including the current work-in-progress Broadway musical adaptation of the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.

Rock band Fall Out Boy’s new album Mania reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the band’s fourth LP to achieve this feat with 130,000 equivalent album units. The soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, which includes the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated single, “This is Me,”  stayed at the second position with 109,000 units, while Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide), which collected two Grammys on Sunday, is back in the top three with 47,000 units.

Three-time Tony Award recipient Bernadette Peters put on her Sunday clothes as she took on the titular role in the smash production of Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly! Peters replaced Bette Midler, who broke box office records and won a Tony for her performance. Other new cast members include stage and screen veteran Victor Graber, London heartthrob Charlie Stemp and Broadway debutant Molly Griggs.

The production has won four Tony awards, including the coveted award for Best Revival of a Musical.

The Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 30th year on Broadway, extending the show’s record as the longest-running Broadway musical in American history, an accolade it achieved in 2006.

A celebratory performance gala welcomed the legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and some of the past cast members, including the original actress who played Christine, Sarah Brightman, and noted Phantom, Norm Lewis.

Drake earned his fourth No. 1 hit in the United States, as his newest single “God’s Plan” debuted at the top position after breaking records for most on-demand streams in its first week.

Drake also debuted in the top 10 with “Diplomatic Immunity” at No. 7, becoming the first act to debut two songs in the top 10 twice. Former chart toppers “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and “Havana” by Camilla Cabello featuring Young Thug slid to the second and third positions respectively.

Director Steven Spielberg and playwright Tony Kushner have announced a call for open auditions for the upcoming remake of the 1961 musical film West Side Story. In an attempt to correct the original film’s whitewashing, the creators are aiming at a more diverse and accurate representation of the Puerto Rican characters featured in the musical.