Famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival Affected by Wildfire Smoke

The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that brings tourists from all over the world to southern Oregon each year says it lost $2 million this summer because it had to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances due to wildfire smoke.

The organization will have an alternate indoor venue for its award-winning outdoor theater next season for smoky days and will shift its outdoor season back a week to avoid the worst of the wildfire season.

Festival spokeswoman Julie Cortez says the festival had to cancel 26 outdoor performances starting in July and running through earlier this month.

Ashland, Oregon — where the festival takes place — was cloaked in wildfire smoke from Oregon and California this summer. Some days, winds brought smoke from Washington wildfires to the town as well.  (AP)

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John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice Now EGOT Winners

NBC’s live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has won an Emmy Award and that has made two men extra happy – it means star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice have joined the elite squad of EGOT winners.

The musical’s win for best live variety special on Sunday means Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice have an Emmy to go with their Tonys, Grammys and their Oscars.

The trio joins an elite group of EGOT winners that includes Robert Lopez, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg. (AP)