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Benanti, who won a Tony for Gypsy, will play Elsa Schrader, Capt. von Trapp’s rich would-be fiancee. Meanwhile, Borle, a Smash vet who won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher, has joined as Max Dettweiler, Capt. von Trapp’s friend. The three-hour production is based on the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music, which starred Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel. The play won the Tony Award for best musical, with Martin winning for best actress. The 1965 Sound of Music film adaptation starringJulie Andrews and Christopher Plummerwent on to win five Academy Awards, including best picture. STORY: Carrie Underwood to Play Maria von Trapp in NBC’s ‘Sound of Music’ The castings come three weeks after True Blood veteran Stephen Moyer was announced as Capt. Georg von Trapp, the single father of seven children. Living in Austria on the cusp of World War II, the militaristic but warm-hearted von Trapp engages a young governess, Maria (Carrie Underwood), whom he hires to take care of his children. The Sound of Music, produced by Universal TV, is executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford will serve as directors.

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Founded in Tampere, Finland in 2006, Spinlet is a mobile music streaming service which distributes both local and international music, expanding the reach of parochial tunes to users in the diaspora. The startup hovered in gestation until its 2011 purchase by Verod Capital Management , an investment company from Lagos, Nigeria, which decided to apply the services ideas to Africa. The aim was to make the company the largest distributor of digital content in Africa, recalls Neil Schwartzman, the Canadian-via-South-Africa CEO of Spinlet. With 650,000 registered users spread across Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, as well as immigrant communities in India, the U.K. and the U.S., Spinlet is about to drop a pay wall system which will require users to purchase subscriptions to the service. An ad-supported version will be free, while users can sign up for a two day subscription or a one month package. The interesting thing about the music landscape across Africa is only a small percent are signed to well known African labels or international labels, Schwartzman explained. We found there was about 85% of music landscape was undiscovered. Schwartzman says Spinlet sent teams of content acquisition executives into the bars and cafes frequented by local musicians in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, in order to get local music from the source. Our overlap with iTunes is only 50% we have unique content, Schwartzman said. Of the revenue generated from ads and soon subscriptions, 60% goes to the artist, and 40% to Spinlet. Spinlet sends artists emails listing the number of times their tracks were played on the platform and their earnings. Artists are paid pro rata per stream. Competitors include iROKOtv in Nigeria, and Gidilounge , a web and smartphone service which streams African music to 6 million users a month. 90% of sub-Saharan Africas 445 million cell phone users have low-cost phones, with only 10% using smartphones, according to the New York Times .

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It comes back to the music. If you have great music, you could have been on the Brady Bunch reunion. This kid has what it takes to be a big music superstar. The album includes collaborations with Method Man and Raekwon, who put Staten Island on the map as members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Wilds also tries his hand at a remake of Michael Jacksons Remember the Time. Despite his early success, Wilds says he will always remember where hes from. People dont make it out of Stapleton very often, he explains. A lot of people dont even leave Staten Island. … I want the people in Stapleton to feel the same way that the people in [the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant] feel. That hometown pride. What Jay Z did for Marcy, I want to do for Stapleton. Now, Wilds gives back to his hometown. He regularly returns to the borough and has aided Staten Island victims of Superstorm Sandy through Habitat for Humanity and helped clean out and rebuild homes damaged by the storm in New Dorp. He has also sponsored teams in a local basketball tournament. This is home, he says.

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Tristan (Mack) Wilds at the Stapleton Houses, where he grew up, with his grandmother,  Janet G. Robinson

The hostage situation began about 8 a.m. “He would ask a question and if he didn’t like the answer, he’d cut the boyfriend on the neck,” said Sgt. Alex Kim. After between three and five hours, the woman was able to get away and call police from a neighbor’s home. Arriving officers ordered the suspect to drop the machete. By the time he did, he had slit his own wrists. “He asked his ex-wife to watch as he killed himself,” Sgt. Jeff Nuttall told KCBS. The suspect, 57-year-old Behnam Vasseghi of Woodland Hills, remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition, Faden said. He was expected in court Tuesday to face attempted murder charges. The woman also was injured during the struggle to get away and was treated at a hospital and released. She was not identified. He previously managed Asylum Records, worked in talent marketing at the radio network Westwood One, and headed video distribution at MCA, according to his bio on the KJazz website. SHARE 15 CONNECT 45 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Rhapsody sheds staff, execs amid difficult music market

Follow @stevenmusil (Credit: Rhapsody) Rhapsody, a pioneer in the digital music subscription market, has laid off its president, Jon Irwin, along with 15 percent of its staff, or about 30 employees, as it struggles to compete in an increasingly crowded sector. Rhapsody International, the parent company of the on-demand music service, revealed the cuts Monday while announcing that Columbus Nova Technology Partners, an investment company that owns the maker of the Rock Band game franchise, had taken a significant stake in the company. As part of the deal, CNTP’s Jason Epstein and Andrew Intrater will join Rhapsody’s board of directors. Irwin will remain with the company as an adviser. Also out is Rhapsody CFO Adi Dehejia, according to The Verge , which broke the news of the layoffs. The company’s board is restructuring operations to “accelerate its efforts in Europe and emerging markets,” the company said in a release. Related stories Remember Napster? Rhapsody is refreshing Europe’s memory “Rhapsody International is poised for tremendous growth,” Epstein said in a statement . “We’ve recently launched the Napster music streaming service in 15 additional countries in Europe, rolled out a partnership with MTV in conjunction with German wireless carrier ePlus and have a strong pipeline of product innovations and global partnerships in place.” The company pioneered the legal subscription-based music model when in launched in 2001 but has fallen behind in a market now dominated by the likes of Spotify and Pandora. Unlike its rivals, Rhapsody has largely rejected a free, ad-supported music service. The company reversed a slide that saw its subscriber logs dip to 675,000 in 2009, claiming in 2010 to have reached 1 million paid subscribers. While it hasn’t officially revealed updated subscriber numbers since then, Spotify has 24 million active users, including 6 million paying subscribers. RealNetworks, which owns a 45 percent share of Rhapsody, revealed in August that the music service recorded $9.2 million in net losses for the first half of 2013 on $68.6 million in net revenue.