Thanksgiving parade to kick off with new song

NEW YORK - When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gets under way this year, it will be to the rhythm of a Michael Feinstein song especially written for 600 dancing children.

The 81st annual parade's opening number - 'Making Magic' - was choreographed by John Dietrich of the Radio City Rockettes, with lyrics by Bill Schermerhorn, the parade's creative director.

The children were trained by Camp Broadway, which offers summer programs for youngsters taught by theater professionals.

Winehouse's husband held in custody on assault charges

LONDON - Singer Amy Winehouse looked on tearfully Saturday as a British judge ordered her husband held on charges stemming from a case in which he is accused of assaulting a barman in June.

Winehouse watched from the gallery in Thames Magistrates' Court in London as her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, 25, was ordered held in custody until Nov. 23.

According to the charges read out in court, Fielder-Civil conspired with the alleged victim of the assault, persuading him to withdraw as a witness at the trial, which was to begin Monday.

Stagehands go on strike, shutting down Broadway

NEW YORK - Broadway stagehands went on strike Saturday, shutting down more than two dozen plays and musicals on what is the most popular theatergoing day of the week.

Picket lines went up at theaters throughout the Times Square area. The first show to be affected was 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,' a holiday attraction for families that had an early 11 a.m. matinee.

Russian singers tour N. America

NEW YORK - La creme de la Kremlin is touring the United States.

Russia's Academy of Choral Art, along with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, is accompanying star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky on a 13-stop North American tour.

The 40-member group, dubbed the 'creme de la Kremlin' in the Soviet era, has endured more than half a century as an artistic force. The current singers, most in their 20s and trained at the Moscow-based academy, have 'the most excellent sound that anyone can produce from choruses in Russia,' said Hvorostovsky.