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2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
February 21, 2013 12:00 am

Jane Lynch to star on Broadway in 'Annie'

Jane Lynch has something to be gleeful about — she's about to make her Broadway debut. The "Glee" star said Wednesday she'll be replacing Tony Award-winning actress Katie Finneran as the evil orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the current revival of "Annie." Lynch, a native of Dolton, Ill., and veteran of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will play Hannigan for eight weeks from May 16 through July 14. Finneran will depart to film a new NBC comedy series with Michael J. Fox. Lynch has an Emmy and Golden Globe for playing the track-suited, glee-club-hating cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee." Her film credits include "Wreck-It Ralph," ''Three Stooges," ''The 40 Year old Virgin" and "A Mighty Wind." AP

Stevie Wonder concert moves to TV screens

Stevie Wonder says a concert devoted to peace is going from the stage to television. "Stevie Wonder With Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace" will premiere Saturday on Centric at 9 p.m. EST. The musical celebration took place at the General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters in New York last October. "It was a great night," said Wonder, who hosted the concert. "People not only sang about it but their spirits were committed to see peace. In this society we are living in, there's a need for peace for all nations throughout the world." The 90-minute concert celebrated the 67th anniversary of the UN's peacekeeping and crisis management efforts around the globe. Performers included Wonder, Sting, Janelle Monae, Wyclef Jean and Elle Varner. "Peace is something we can't just talk about, we got to be about it," the 62-year-old singer said. "The way people participated on that night showed their commitment. I was very, very happy." Wonder hopes the televised event will encourage others to take part in the next concert. "The call for peace is something we should take seriously," he said. "I think we need a peace day every day." The concert will also air March 3 on BET at 11 a.m. EST. AP

Fergie and Duhamel study up on parenting

Actor Josh Duhamel and his wife, Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, have already started doing their homework as they prepare to welcome their first child. Duhamel tells The Associated Press the couple is "very excited" and that friends and family are passing on pregnancy advice. He says Fergie is reading "What to Expect When You're Expecting," while he has started "The Expectant Father." Duhamel adds: "There's not a lot of pictures, though. I like a book with pictures." Fergie, the 37-year-old whose real name is Stacy Ferguson, married Duhamel in 2009. Their baby is due this summer. AP

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