- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 23, 2009

R&H now Dutch treat

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization is going Dutch.

Imagem Music Group, a music-publishing investment fund, has agreed to purchase the musical-theater catalog of Broadway giants Richard Rodger and Oscar Hammerstein II, Associated Press reports.

Imagem is owned by a large Dutch pension fund known as ABP and CP Masters BV, a European music publisher. No purchase price was given by Imagem or RHO, but the Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said the sale could bring in as much as $200 million.

The sale gives Imagem not only licensing rights to such Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music,” but the works of more than 200 other writers including Irving Berlin.

Hudson with child?

She’s enjoyed great highs and suffered terrible lows, but now rumors abound that Jennifer Hudson has some joyous news: She’s pregnant.

Despite denials by her reps, two sources close to the singer/actress confirmed to Essence magazine that Miss Hudson is expecting her first child, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

The Grammy and Oscar winner is engaged to Harvard law graduate David Otunga, who appeared on the VH1reality show “I Love New York 2,” but no wedding date has been set.

Rock gods reunite

For the first time in over 25 years, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Beck was joined by former band mate and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart for a surprise Tuesday night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.

The duo performed their ‘80s hit remake “People Get Ready” and “I Ain’t Superstitious,” originally recorded in 1968 during Mr. Stewart’s stint as the vocalist in the Jeff Beck Band.

Both rockers were visibly moved as the full house cheered wildly.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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