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Past recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney.

Aretha Franklin heads to Gospel Hall of Fame

The queen of soul is taking her place in the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Aretha Franklin is one of six people who will be inducted into the hall on Aug. 14 in Hendersonville, Tenn. She’ll be joined by bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, the family group the Hoppers, contemporary Christian singer Dallas Holm, the late TV evangelist Rex Humbard and the Christian rock band Love Song.

Miss Franklin’s gospel roots run deep, starting with her father, who was a prominent Baptist minister. Her 1972 album “Amazing Grace” has sold more than 2 million copies and is one of the best-selling gospel albums of all time.

The GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame was established in 1971. More than 150 members have been inducted, including Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley.

Slow ticket sales shutter ‘How to Succeed in Business’

Nick Jonas tried hard but couldn’t keep Broadway’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in business.

Producers of the musical said Tuesday they reluctantly were handing it a pink slip after several months of lackluster box-office revenue. Its final performance will be May 20.

When it closes, the revival will have played just more than 500 performances since it opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in February 2011. It quickly recouped its $9 million initial investment, thanks to its then-star, Daniel Radcliffe.

Mr. Jonas, best known as part of the Jonas Brothers boy band, took over the lead in January and had committed to stay until at least July 1, but ticket sales took a noticeable hit. Last week, the box office took in just $368,000 out of a potential gross of $1.394 million.

The show was nominated for eight Tony Awards last year, and John Larroquette, in his Broadway debut, won the award for best actor in a featured role in a musical. Mr. Radcliffe was not nominated even though the “Harry Potter” star packed the theater and earned new respect for his energy and enthusiasm.

This “How to Succeed in Business” production celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical and was on Broadway for the third time. The last time, Matthew Broderick played amoral corporate climber J. Pierrepont Finch, the role later played by Mr. Radcliffe and Mr. Jonas.

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