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  • Beyonce and Jay Z watch Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, “La La Land.” (Associated Press)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 am


Beyoncé, Jay Z worth $1.1 billion

Associated Press

Jay Z and Beyoncé are a billion-dollar couple according to one estimate.

Forbes puts the combined wealth of the married superstars at $1.16 billion. The magazine estimates Jay Z's fortune at $810 million. It says Beyonce has amassed $350 million.

Forbes says most of Jay Z's money is involved in Roc Nation and his other companies. Both the rapper and the singer also have a significant stake in the Tidal streaming music service.

Jay Z signed a 10-year pact with Live Nation to partner on concert events. Variety reported last week that the deal is worth $200 million.

'Kong' musical

A musical version of “King Kong” is hoping to make Broadway go bananas.

Officials at Global Creatures, the Australian company behind the hit arena show “Walking With Dinosaurs,” said Wednesday their version of the classic ape story will land at the Broadway Theatre in the fall of 2018. Exact dates and cast will be announced later.

This “King Kong” is written by Jack Thorne, who received the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Play for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The score is composed by Grammy nominee Marius de Vries, whose credits include the films “La La Land” and “Moulin Rouge,” with songs by Eddie Perfect.

The show will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie.

Producers, who gained the cooperation of the estate of “Kong” creator Merian C. Cooper, say they haven't used recent “Kong” films as a reference.

'La La' song back

“La La Land” is getting its overture back.

An instrumental overture that was cut from the hit musical film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will be added back in for a touring concert show that begins later this month at the Hollywood Bowl.

The film's Oscar-winning composer Justin Hurwitz says the overture is one of two new pieces of music that will be played during the live shows. The other is a new piece of music that joins together several key melodies from the film, which starred Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

The “La La Land In Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration” is scheduled for 50 performances in the U.S. and internationally.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Dwayne Hickman is 83. Actress Candice Azzara is 76. Singer-guitarist Rodney Dillard is 75. Singer Joe Bonsall is 69. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman is 68. Singer Mark Mothersbaugh is 67. Singer George Strait is 65. Singer Butch Tavares is 64. Actor Chow Yun-Fat is 62. Singer-guitarist Page Hamilton is 57. Guitarist Barry Graul is 56. Singer Michael Tait is 51. Singer-actress Martika is 48. Comedian Tina Fey is 47. Rapper Special Ed is 43. Musician Jack Johnson is 42. Singer David Nail is 38.