‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro dancer becomes a father, Governors Ball lineup announced and more celebrity news
Eric Carle’s ‘Brown Bear’ comes to Detroit
Fans of Eric Carle’s beloved children’s books “Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” will get to see the storybook characters come to life in “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” at the Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts at 4 p.m. Jan. 15. The hourlong production is presented by Mermaid Theatre, a children’s story theater in Nova Scotia that has given over 400 performances of the show across North America and Singapore. To bring Carle’s characters from the page to the stage, artistic director Jim Morrow created the puppetry and scenic effects and Steven Naylor devised the musical score. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for children 2-12. Children younger than 2 receive free admission. Purchase tickets at musichall.org.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy of ‘DWTS’ becomes a father
ABC “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and fiancé Peta Murgatroyd welcomed their first son Wednesday. Chemerkovskiy, 36, announced on Twitter that Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy was born at 5:34 a.m. Chemerkovskiy’s brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, won the latest season of DWTS with his partner, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez (if you recall, former Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson Jr. came in third). Val didn’t perform in the DWTS tour in Richmond on Tuesday night, explaining in an Instagram video why he couldn’t be there: “I’m expected to be an uncle very soon. My sister-in-law Peta Murgatroyd is literally delivering the baby as soon I’m done with this video.” In a statement to People, the new parents shared that “This is, without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to us!”
Former ‘Survivor’ contestant dies
Dan Kay, a contestant on “Survivor: Gabon — Earth’s Last Eden,” died Dec. 31. He was 40. Kay, an attorney and Walpole, Massachusetts, native, appeared on the CBS show’s 17th season in 2008. The cause of death was not known as of Wednesday afternoon. “Survivor” host Jeff Probst shared his condolences Wednesday on Twitter, saying “I just heard the very sad news about the sudden loss of Dan Kay of Survivor: Gabon. The Survivor family sends our love to Dan’s family.”
The lineup was announced Wednesday for the Governors Ball three-day music festival in New York City. Chance the Rapper, and rock bands Phoenix and Tool will headline the seventh-consecutive festival June 2-4. Other performers include Lorde, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Childish Gambino and Detroit’s Danny Brown. Tickets ($275-$305) go on sale noon Friday at governorsballmusicfestival.com.
Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg
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