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He also talked about how it felt to crash a musical.

“It’s different because it’s not my show so you do feel like a bit of an intruder, but at the same time it complements the show so much,” he said.

Mr. Cooper also reflected on the enduring popularity of “School’s Out,” which first became a success in London despite — or because of — calls to ban his group’s concerts due to their shocking theatrics inspired by horror movies.

“I knew it was going to be a hit,” Mr. Cooper said. But, he added: “I did not know it was going to have the longevity, it was going to be the national anthem.”

Aretha Franklin inducted into Gospel Hall of Fame

For one night, Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Gospel — not just Soul.

Miss Franklin has been inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame along with country and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs, singer-songwriter Dallas Holm, family group the Hoppers, the late televangelist Rex Humbard and Christian rockers Love Song, the Associated Press reports.

Miss Franklin couldn’t attend the induction at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, Tenn., but sent a video message played during the ceremony.

Long before she became the Queen of Soul, Miss Franklin learned to perform as a budding star in her father Rev. C.L. Franklin’s New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.

Christian stars Jaci Velasquez and Jason Crabb, who performed Mr. Skagg’s signature song “Somebody’s Prayin’,” hosted the event.

Kirk Douglas lauded at ‘Spartacus’ screening

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas earned a standing ovation from a packed Los Angeles theater as he introduced a screening of the 1960 classic “Spartacus” that included a previously censored scene, Agence France-Presse reports.

“When you’re 95 years old, you don’t look forward. You look backwards, you take inventory,” Mr. Douglas said late Monday, as he sat on stage to talk about the film that immortalized him as a movie legend.

Mr. Douglas said “Spartacus” — a 21/2-hour epic about a slave rebellion in the Roman empire — challenged censorship during an era when Hollywood actors and screenwriters were blacklisted due to their alleged communist sympathies.

Mr. Douglas produced and starred in the movie, which won four Oscars. The film was directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-starred Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis.

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