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Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy make Music Midtown 2018 lineup

Five years ago, Imagine Dragons was on the cusp of arena stardom when the pop rock band played the secondary stage at Music Midtown.

“(Drummer) Daniel Platzman told me the reason he became a drummer was because his uncle took him to Music Midtown when he was in school years ago,” Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta, which produces the annual city concert, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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This fall, Imagine Dragons graduates to headliner status for the 2018 edition of the two-day music festival, along with fellow marquee names Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy and Post Malone.

Joining the frontline four acts on four stages are Khalid, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Gucci Mane, Janelle Monáe, Portugal, The Man, The Revivalists, Foster the People, Kacey Musgraves, Sylvan Esso, BØRNS, First Aid Kit, Billie Eilish, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Bazzi, AWOLNATION, Chromeo, Butch Walker, Maggie Rogers, K.Flay, ARIZONA, Twin Shadow, Robert DeLong, lovelytheband, SAINt JHN, Two Feet, Black Pistol Fire, SiR, The Aces, Mattiel, Arthur Buck, Yuno and Berklee College of Music.

“The lineup reflects the audience,” Conlon said. “There’s a central thrust toward a young crowd.”

Tickets for the festival, which takes place Sept. 15-16 in Piedmont Park, where it has resided since returning in 2011, will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 15 at MusicMidtown.com

Two-day general admission prices are $135 plus fees and taxes. Prices will increase as the event gets closer.

Two-day VIP tickets, which includes dedicated entrances, VIP lounge access, preferred stage viewing areas, complimentary food, beer and wine and air-conditioned restrooms, are $600 plus fees and taxes. Two-day Super VIP tickets, which includes all of the VIP amenities plus air-conditioned luxury lounge access and seating, premium open bar, gourmet catered food and golf cart transportation between the Meadow stages, are $1,250 plus fees and taxes. 

“You have to compare prices to any of today’s shows,” Conlon said. “A $150 ticket is the average price to see one act, and this is still the biggest music festival in Georgia.”

Last year’s Music Midtown, which spotlighted Bruno Mars, Future, Blink-182 and Mumford & Sons, attracted more than 70,000 fans each day. 

The layout of the event will remain the same. A few tweaks are expected to the food selection, including more vegan and gluten-free options.

“I think we’ve got a really good during-the-day up-and-coming lineup,” Conlon said. “It’s a good mix.”

PHOTOS: Art Ball 2018, Dayton’s red carpet night

Here’s who we spotted dressed to the nines and having a ball in one of the Dayton Art Institute’s signature fund-raisers and one of Dayton’s swankiest nights of the year. Dayton Art Institute Art Ball 2018 took place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Photos by E.L. Hubbard, contributing photographer)

Tony Awards 2018: Robert De Niro blasts Trump in bleeped comments

Actor Robert De Niro let viewers of the 2018 Tony Awards know exactly how he feels about President Donald Trump, lobbing profanity at the commander in chief after taking the stage during Sunday night's broadcast.

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"I'm just going to say one thing: [Expletive] Trump!" said De Niro, who was introducing Bruce Springsteen's performance of "My Hometown."

"It's no longer, 'Down with Trump.' It's, '[Expletive] Trump!'" De Niro added.

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CBS censored the language in its broadcast of the awards ceremony, but the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall heard every word, The Associated Press reported. Many responded with a standing ovation.

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According to Deadline, a spokeswoman for CBS addressed the controversy in a statement, calling De Niro's insult "unscripted and unexpected." 

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"The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast," the spokeswoman said.

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Tony Awards 2018: Parkland drama students give emotional performance of 'Seasons of Love'

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, delivered a heartfelt performance of "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" at the Tony Awards on Sunday, nearly four months after a mass shooting at their school left 17 dead.

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The performance, which drew tears and a standing ovation, came after the school's drama director, Melody Herzfeld, received the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. According to The Associated Press, Herzfeld "saved 65 lives by barricading students into a small classroom closet" during the Feb. 14 massacre.

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"All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will always be embraced," she said.

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Celebrities and other viewers took to social media to praise the students and Herzfeld.

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Tony Awards 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated, who will perform?

The 2018 Tony Awards are set for Sunday, June 10, live from Radio City Music Hall, bringing together Broadway’s finest acts with celebrity honors and performances.

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“Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” are tied for the most nominations with 12 each.

“Angels in America,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel” and “The Band’s visit” are not far behind, with 11 nominations each.

The play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” based on the hit books by J.K. Rowling, has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards.

Here is how to watch the 2018 Tony Awards, a list of nominees and some of the artists scheduled to perform on Sunday.

When: Sunday, June 10, 2018

What time: The 2018 Tony Awards will air live at 8 p.m. EST

Where is the ceremony: Radio City Music Hall in New York City

What channel: CBS will air the awards show at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday. 

Livestream: The awards show will be available to stream in select markets on CBS All Access. Viewers can also watch red carpet arrivals starting at 5:30 p.m. EST on TonyAwards.com.

Who is hosting: Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles are set to co-host. Both are nominated for a Tony Award.

Who is presenting: Kerry Washington, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Billy Joel, Robert De Niro, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters are among the presenters of this year’s awards. 

Honoring Bruce Springsteen: “The Boss” will be honored with a special award for “Springsteen,” his one-man Broadway show. Springsteen is also set to perform.

Who is nominated: Here is a list of nominees for the 2018 Tony Awards:

Best Book of a Musical

“The Band's Visit”

“Frozen”

“Mean Girls”

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

“Angels in America”

“The Band's Visit”

“Frozen”

“Mean Girls”

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Andrew Garfield, “Angels in America”

Tom Hollander, “Travesties”

Jamie Parker, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”

Mark Rylance, “Farinelli and The King”

Denzel Washington, “Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Glenda Jackson, “Edward Albee's Three Tall Women”

Condola Rashad, “Saint Joan”

Lauren Ridloff, “’Children of a Lesser God”

Amy Schumer, “Meteor Shower”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”

Joshua Henry, “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel”

Tony Shalhoub, “The Band's Visit”

Ethan Slater, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Lauren Ambrose, “My Fair Lady”

Hailey Kilgore, “Once On This Island”

LaChanze, Summer: “The Donna Summer Musical”

Katrina Lenk, “The Band's Visit”

Taylor Louderman, “Mean Girls”

Jessie Mueller, “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Anthony Boyle, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”

Michael Cera, “Lobby Hero”

Brian Tyree Henry, “Lobby Hero”

Nathan Lane, “Angels in America”

David Morse, Eugene O'Neill's “The Iceman Cometh”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Susan Brown, “Angels in America”

Noma Dumezweni, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two”

Deborah Findlay, “The Children”

Denise Gough, “Angels in America”

Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee's “Three Tall Women”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Norbert Leo Butz, “My Fair Lady”

Alexander Gemignani, “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel”

Grey Henson, “Mean Girls”

Gavin Lee, “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Ari'el Stachel, “The Band's Visit”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Ariana DeBose, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”

Renée Fleming, “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel”

Lindsay Mendez, “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel”

Ashley Park, “Mean Girls”

Diana Rigg, “My Fair Lady”

Best Revival of a Musical

“My Fair Lady”

“Once On This Island”

“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” 

Best Musical

“The Band's Visit”

“Frozen”

“Mean Girls”

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical”

Best Play

“The Children”

“Farinelli and the King”

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Parts One and Two

“Junk”

“Latin History for Morons”

For a complete list of the nominations click here.

Kettering Block Party to feature a bike tour of sculptures — and free ice cream

Teaching children to appreciate public art while having fun will be part of this year’s annual Kettering Block Party. 

Bike the Arts, a Kettering Arts Council initiative formed in 2013, will host a Walk/Bike the Arts tour of sculptures throughout Lincoln Park Civic Commons Monday during the annual community celebration. 

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In past years, Bike the Arts has hosted longer bike rides through the community but intentionally made the route shorter this year so adults and children could participate together, said Shayna V. McConville, City of Kettering cultural arts manager. 

“The great thing about the location is we have a ton of public art there, so it seemed like a really good fit.” The route, less than a mile, will begin near the Fraze Pavilion. 

Bicyclists and walkers of all ages can navigate to five sculptures in the park and learn about the artwork and  artists from Kettering Arts Council volunteers. 

Among the installations on the tour are the wistful “Old Man and His Dog,” a bronze sculpture by Glenna Goodacre, and the soaring aluminum “Song and Dance,” by artist Barry Gunderson, the first public sculpture installed in Lincoln Park Civic Commons. 

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“These are really important works to Kettering and are part of our legacy,” said McConville. “These are pieces that we’ve invested in that demonstrate our commitment to a healthy vibrant community.” 

Participants can pick up a passport and map at the start located on Lincoln Park Boulevard East near the Fraze. The passports will be stamped along the journey through the outdoor artistry. Free swag will be available at the Kettering Arts Council booth at the finish. 

During the block party the City of Kettering will provide free bicycle helmet fittings for children ages 5 to 16. 

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“I hope that kids will see public arts a little differently, perhaps with more information or more thoughtfulness,” said McConville. “And that they recognize the value of our public spaces. Our parks are glorious and these artworks really enhance each public space.” 

WANT TO GO?

What: The Kettering Block Party and Bike/Walk the Arts 

The annual block party is a celebration of community. Free hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be available and informational booths and displays will showcase City of Kettering departments. 

The Kettering Civic Band will perform in the Fraze amphitheater at 7 p.m. 

When: Monday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Where: Lincoln Park Civic Commons and Fraze Pavilion

More information: fraze.com/kettering-block-party/

What makes the SOLD OUT Dayton Art Institute Art Ball so special

For those who love partying for a good cause, the Miami Valley offers a wide range of options. In many ways, the Dayton Art Institute’s Art Ball remains in a class by itself.

This year’s gala, the 61st Art Ball, is slated for Saturday, June 9. Here are just a few of the ingredients that make this annual summer bash so special.

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It’s Dayton’s oldest black tie gala 

The DAI formal event traces its roots back to the Junior League of Dayton’s Christmas Ball, also known as the Holiday Ball. Beginning in 1957, these elegant parties were organized by the Junior League of Dayton and held at the museum with proceeds benefiting the DAI.

Dayton Daily News Women’s Editor Elizabeth Lyman got it right when she predicted that the first gala “has promise of establishing a precedent.”

The annual party moved to the spring in 1963; in 1965 the museum’s Associate Board, comprised of 32 couples in the community, took over planning and execution of the event.

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It has always been inspired by art from the museum’s collection

Each year, Art Ball chairs are invited to choose a piece from the permanent collection as the basis of the year’s theme. Nat Croumer and Jeff Pizza, this year’s chairs, selected a colorful Willem de Kooning painting for their featured artwork.

Willem de Kooning was a Dutch abstract expressionist artist who was born in the Netherlands and moved to the United States in 1926. Along with his contemporaries — Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline — de Kooning was characterized as an “action painter” because of his unique abstract and gestural painting style.

When the Croemer and Pizza were walking through the galleries and spotted the vibrant painting, they immediately realized they’d found the perfect piece of art.”The style of — and colors in — the painting evoke a mid-century sensibility and gave us the perfect theme of a glamorous 1960s cocktail party,” Croemer explains. “We have always enjoyed abstract art, particularly bold and colorful pieces. Our goal was to highlight an important part of the collection that reflects the vibrancy, boldness and vigor with which the Museum has entered the 21st century.”

The men say the multiple colors in the painting will be evoked in the linens, flowers and lighting: rich blue, vibrant orange, yellow, cream, royal purple and vivid green.

The elegant setting makes this party special

Dayton’s gorgeous art museum looks even more spectacular on the night of the Art Ball, which begins with a VIP cocktail hour for major donors then continues with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for all 850 formally attired attendees.

A highlight of the evening is always the formal dinner served in the galleries, where patrons are surrounded by artistic treasures. This year’s guests will dine on beef tenderloin with Dijon mustard sauce; chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms; an Athena salad (red and yellow tomatoes; cucumber cones with feta mozzarella; basil carrot ring and edible flowers topped with fried red onion). Featured desserts are Alaskan cheesecake bake-covered in meringue with a tuile spoon and banana custard tart topped with bananas foster topping and meringue garnish with tuile spoon.

After the meal, guests will dance in both of the Gothic Cloisters and can spend time in the outdoor lounge setting with its beautiful view of downtown Dayton.

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The party helps ensure the future of the museum 

“The Art Ball continues to be the second most profitable fundraiser for the DAI,” says the museum’s director Michael Roediger. “Funds raised support the care of the facility and the collection as well our educational programs. It’s as much a friend-raiser as it is fundraiser.”

For many years, funds raised by the event supported the museum’s permanent acquisitions fund, enabling the museum to add many works of art to its permanent collection. Pieces acquired include “Allegory of Summer and Winter” by Giovanni Battista Pittoni; “Wolfeboro II”; “The Flea Hunt” by Gerrit van Honthorst; and “Sea Change” by Helen Frankenthaler.

In 2006, Art Ball proceeds conserved one of the museum’s most recognized pieces, “Joy of the Waters.” Most recently, funds raised by the Art Ball have supported general museum operations.

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It’s a night to remember

The couples who make up the DAI’s Associate Board host both the Art Ball and Oktoberfest.

“Art Ball is a singular and well-loved event,” says Croemer. “Our fellow Associate Board members and the DAI staff have all worked very hard with us as a team to bring to this year’s Art Ball all the fun and sophistication of the 1960s — from the music throughout the evening to the dramatic and innovative lighting to the sumptuous food. Guests will be treated to a feast for all the senses.”

Pizza says the DAI is one of Dayton’s most important cultural jewels and is much more than a warehouse for a fine art collection. “It provides educational opportunities, inspires people of all ages through its programming and exhibitions and is a true community partner,” he says. “We care about art and the impact it can have as much as we care about Dayton and its future. Being involved with the DAI has given us the opportunity to help ensure the museum will be an integral part of Dayton’s bright future.”

How to participate

This year’s Art Ball is already sold out, but you can still participate in the Grand Draw Raffle. You need not be present to win. Prize packages include a four-night stay in Punta Cana with airfare for two, as well as items from James Free Jewelers, spa, restaurant, gym, adventure and travel prize packages.

Raffle tickets are $100. Call the museum or visit daytonartinstitute.org/raffle for more information about prizes and to purchase raffle tickets.

Only 600 tickets will be sold. Purchase three or more raffle tickets and get one free Oktoberfest Preview Party ticket.

See the story of how Carole King rose to stardom in Dayton this week

After interviewing Carole King for days, playwright Douglas McGrath was faced with a tough decision. Which parts of the legendary singer/songwriter’s personal journey should be included in a musical about her life?

You’ll see the results when the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” makes its Dayton premiere at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center May 22-27. The show’s songs include “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,”“You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Up on the Roof” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.”

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McGrath believes for a Broadway show to succeed, the audience has to care about and connect with the people in it — whether it’s the King in “The King and I” or Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” In this case, McGrath decided to focus on a period in King’s life that began in 1959, just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composed her first hit song. She is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin.

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The decade that follows includes her early songwriting years, the break-up of her marriage and the 1971 release of “Tapestry,” one of the best-selling albums of all time. “Tapestry” not only represented Carole King’s artistic peak as a performer and writer but also sums up everything that had gone on in her life up to that point, McGrath notes. “All of those things inform these songs. Because ‘Tapestry’ was such a triumph, it supports the play’s message of victory over heartbreak.”

The playwright didn’t know a lot about the famous singer before becoming involved with the Broadway show. “She is a keep-to-herself kind of person and my standard joke is that — like most people — I thought she was born, learned to walk and then recorded ‘Tapestry!’ ” he says. “What I didn’t realize was that 12 years before ‘Tapestry’ came out she was writing hit songs for all of the big groups in the ’50s and ’60s —Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, the Shirrells, the Beatles, the Monkees.”

Crafting a show

The other main characters in “Beautiful” are another married songwriting couple — Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.

“We were lucky in this case because ‘Beautiful’ is about four real people,” says McGrath, who interviewed all four songwriters at length. “All four were intelligent, inspiring, interesting and flawed people — meaning they are human, not perfect — which helps an audience relate and connect.”

McGrath was obviously impressed with King when he interviewed her. “You don’t necessarily think of rock musicians as intellectual, but Carole is really brainy and could speak articulately about everything,” he says. “She skipped two grades in school and was in college by age 16. She has a perfect memory and never struggled for specific dates or names. Later, when I interviewed Gerry, her ex-husband, he confirmed everything she had told me.”

McGrath says his hours with King weren’t always easy for her. “Her life has been filled with joy as well as heartbreak and I don’t think she had talked about some of it for a long, long time,” he says. “A lot of Kleenex kept coming out of her purse. Gerry was her first love.”

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Whenever he worked on the script, McGrath played their music in the background. “It helped me see the connections between events in their lives and the music itself, what they created, ” he explains. “You could hear something in their lyrics and stories that would make sense with certain parts of their lives. I wanted the songs to feel connected to their lives.”

That goal was apparently achieved. King walked out halfway through the first read-through she attended. It turned out, says McGrath, it wasn’t that she didn’t like it. She did. It was simply too painful.

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Becoming Carole

Since that time, King has returned to see the entire show. Sarah Bockel, who will portray the famous singer in Dayton, remembers a night in Boston when the cast was asked to gather on stage after the performance for an important announcement.

“We thought we were getting fired!” recalls the Chicago native who worked as an understudy for the leading role before playing it. “Then, Carole King walked out! We didn’t know she was there, it would have made us too nervous. She was extremely gracious and kind, gave us her blessing. Everyone was crying and clapping because she’s not only changed our lives but has changed millions of other people’s lives. We all got to take a selfie with her.”

Bockel says there’s a lot she loves about this part and this show. “I love singing the music every night, and love the other 22 people in the show,” she begins. “I love the fact that theater allows people to communicate a message to a group of strangers sitting in the dark who are bought together because they want to be told a story. I love telling stories. I like communicating with people, making them feel joy, sad. I love being a different person and I love the work you have to do within yourself to produce genuine emotion in yourself so that others can feel something cathartic. I love that it’s never the same and you’re always learning.”

Bockel believes audiences relate to “Beautiful” because they have a major connection to the music and to memories attached to it. “Her music is so personal and so applicable to everyone’s lives,” she believes. “For example, what does it mean to be a natural woman? It can mean something different to everyone but the idea is really simple.”

The take-away

McGrath hopes Carole King fans who come to the show will be surprised to discover new things about the singer’s life. He’s also hoping those fans bring their kids and grand-kids.

“Her story is very inspiring for young people,” he says. “It’s about a girl who — at 16 — broke into a business where there were no females. And when her marriage came apart and she thought everything was lost, there were even better things ahead. It’s a great message for those who have experienced losses — a first heartbreak or a job that doesn’t work out. You think you’re the only one who has had your heart broken and that’s not the case. It’s great to see someone who’s had difficult things happen and fully recovers without becoming bitter.”

WANT TO GO?

What: “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical”

When: May 22-27. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Schuster Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton

Tickets: $26 and up plus service fees. Get tickets online at TicketCenterStage.com, at the Box Office, or by phone at (937) 228-3630 or (888) 228-3630.

NOTE: Saturday matinee performances of Broadway Series presentations are sign interpreted. Audio description is available by request.

BACKGROUND ON BROADWAY At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, you can learn about the development, history, and artistry of the show. This free event is held in the Schuster Center’s fourth-floor lobby. You must have a ticket to that day’s performance.

Judge forces David Copperfield to reveal 'Lucky #13' magic trick

David Copperfield was forced to shatter his most famous illusion.

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The famed magician was ordered in court Tuesday to break the Magicians Oath in court Tuesday, the BBC reported. A judge ordered Copperfield to explain one of his most famous tricks -- the Lucky #13 -- during a trial involving a man who claimed he was injured during the stunt.

British tourist Gavin Cox, 58, filed a negligence lawsuit against the illusionist, Time reported. Cox claimed he fell while participating in the Lucky #13 trick at the MGM Grand Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 2013, the BBC reported. In the trick, Copperfield makes 13 audience members, chosen at random, disappear on stage and then reappear at the back of the room, the BBC reported. 

Cox told NBC News that he has suffered chronic pain and brain injury and has spent more than $400,000 on medical bills.

Copperfield’s attorney argued that revealing the secret would be financially detrimental, but a Las Vegas district court ruled against the magician

A Las Vegas district court rejected Copperfield’s defense, which argued that disclosing the secret behind the trick would be financially detrimental to him. He was ordered to explain how the trick was done.

Spoiler alert: Copperfield’s executive producer testified that when the curtain falls, the 13 volunteers are taken through passageways that circle the MGM building. They exit the building and then re-enter at the back of the theater, Time reported.

“There was a duty by the defendants to provide a safe environment to the audience participants,” Cox’s lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said in the opening statements.

Diverse cast of Dayton kids taking on Cinderella and her glass slipper this weekend

A glass slipper is going lead to a whole lot of magic near downtown this weekend. 

Stivers School for the Arts is taking on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” during shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.  

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“It is a great story, and it has great music,” said Paula Powell, the production’s manager. “Each actor brings (his or her) own personality (to the characters). We have a pretty diverse group of kids in the cast.”  

Many of the actresses and actors don’t reflect the classic story’s traditional typecasting.

Based on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Cinderella,” a 1997 movie starring Whitney Houston and Brandy Norwood, Stivers’ diverse show includes a black girl,  Kiama Wa-Tenza, as Cinderella and Fischer Barnett, a teen boy, as the stepmother. 

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The diverse casting was no big deal at Stivers, said Powell, Stivers director of choirs, noting that the arts transcends.

“We are pretty easy-going here,” she said. “People auditioned and the characters just sorted themselves out.”

About 70 students from each of the  school’s magnet programs are represented in the production that includes music from a student orchestra. 

The show includes audio and visual elements and Puppets from Zoot Theatre Company.

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Beside Wa-Tenza and  Barnett,  key actors and actresses include  Trinity Hines Anthony as Fairy Godmother; David Lewis as the Prince; Isaac Bement  as  Lionel, the royal steward;  Clara Bement  as Joy, a step sister; Ana Smith as Grace, the other step sister; Logan Van Bibber as King; Erin Fultz as Queen;  Brandan Jeffries and Lamorris Render as Mice; Ryan Gibson as Charles the cat and Desmond Kingston as Dove. 

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