Springsteen plans series of Broadway fall concerts
NEW YORK — The Boss is coming to Broadway — but he’s ditching the E Street Band.
Bruce Springsteen said Wednesday on his website that he plans to make his Broadway debut onstage this fall at the Walter Kerr Theatre in a solo show in which he performs songs from his career, interspersed with readings of his bestselling memoir “Born to Run.’’ “Springsteen on Broadway’’ begins previews Oct. 3 ahead of an Oct. 12 opening at the intimate 960-seat venue. The eight-week run is expected to play through Nov. 26. Springsteen will perform five shows a week.
“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible,’’ the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said in a statement. “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work.’’
Vern Gosdin, three others to join Nashville Songwriters Hall
NASHVILLE — The late country singer and songwriter Vern Gosdin, as well as veteran songwriters Jim McBride, Walt Aldridge and Tim Nichols, will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this fall. Gosdin, who died at age
74 in 2009, was known for his songs “Set ‘Em Up Joe’’ and “I’m Still Crazy.’’ His “Chiseled In Stone’’ was named the 1989 song of the year by the Country Music Association. McBride’s collaborations with Alan Jackson resulted in hits like “Chasing That Neon Rainbow’’ and the smash “Chattahoochee.’’ Aldridge wrote “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me’’ by Ronnie Milsap and Nichols won a Grammy for writing “Live Like You Were Dying’’ for Tim McGraw.
Amber Heard announces breakup with Tesla mogul
LOS ANGELES — Amber Heard says she has broken up with billionaire SpaceX and Tesla mogul Elon Musk. The actress writes on Instagram that although she and Musk have ended their romance, they “care deeply for one another and remain close.’’
Heard says she is going through “difficult, very human times.’’
Both Heard and Musk made their relationship public with Instagram posts in April. Heard’s divorce from Johnny Depp was finalized earlier this year. Musk has been married three times, twice to British actress Talulah Riley.
Oprah branded mashed potatoes, soups to hit supermarkets
NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey is headed to the supermarket aisle with her own line of refrigerated soups and side dishes.
The media mogul teamed up with food giant Kraft Heinz to launch the line after creating a joint venture earlier this year.
The new brand, called O, That’s Good!, will offer comfort foods with added vegetables, such as mashed potatoes with cauliflower mixed in. A broccoli cheddar soup has butternut squash to replace some cheese. “This product line is real, delicious food with a twist,’’ Winfrey said in a statement Wednesday.