Isabela Coracy Wins Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance

Isabela Coracy has pirouetted her way to a special honor…

The 2024 Olivier Award winners have been announced from the Royal Albert Hall for performances given on the London stage, with the Brazilian professional ballet dancer among the evening’s winners.

Isabela CoracyCoracy won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in NINA: By Whatever Means, part of Cassa Pacho’s Ballet Black: Pioneers at Barbican Theatre.

But she wasn’t the only Latina to claim an award…

Gabriela Carrizo’s La Ruta won the award for Best New Dance Production.

It’s the second short performance directed by the Argentine artistic director for and created with the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1),

This year’s Olivier Awards coincide with the National Theatre’s 60th anniversary. The theatre, founded by Laurence Olivier, has been nominated for 15 awards this year and will celebrate the landmark anniversary with a special grand finale and onstage dedication.

Winners List:

Cunard Best Revival: Vanya by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Simon Stephens at Duke Of York’s Theatre
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Will Close for Dear England at National Theatre – Olivier & Prince Edward Theatre
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Haydn Gwynne for When Winston Went To War With The Wireless at Donmar Warehouse
Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design: Miriam Buether for Set Design & 59 Productions for Video Design for Stranger Things: The First Shadow at Phoenix Theatre
Mithridate Award for Best Costume Design: Marg Horwell for The Picture Of Dorian Gray at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Best Actress: Sarah Snook for The Picture Of Dorian Gray at Theatre Royal Haymarket
Best Actor: Mark Gatiss for The Motive And The Cue at National Theatre – Lyttelton & Noël Coward Theatre
Outstanding Achievement in Opera: Antonio Pappano for his role as Music Director of the Royal Opera House
TAIT Award for Best New Opera Production: Innocence by Royal Opera at Royal Opera House
Unusual Rigging Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre: Sleepova by Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini at Bush Theatre
The Londoner Award for Best New Play: Dear England by James Graham at National Theatre – Olivier & Prince Edward Theatre
Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director: Jamie Lloyd for Sunset Boulevard at Savoy Theatre
Noël Coward Award for Best New Entertainment or Comedy Play: Stranger Things: The First Shadow by Kate Trefry at Phoenix Theatre
Best Family Show: Dinosaur World Live by Derek Bond, Laura Cubitt & Max Humphries at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Isabela Coracy for her performance in NINA: By Whatever Means, part of Cassa Pacho’s Ballet Black: Pioneers at Barbican Theatre
Best New Dance Production: La Ruta by Gabriela Carrizo, part of Nederlands Dans Theater – NDT 1 at Sadler’s Wells
Best Musical Revival: Sunset Boulevard, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics & book by Don Black & Christopher Hampton at Savoy Theatre
Outstanding Musical Contribution: Alan Williams for Musical Supervision & Musical Direction for Sunset Boulevard at Savoy Theatre
Gillian Lynne Award for Best Theatre ChoreographerArlene Phillips with James Cousins for Guys & Dolls at Bridge Theatre
White Light Award for Best Lighting Design: Jack Knowles for Sunset Boulevard at Savoy Theatre
d&b audiotechnik Award for Best Sound Design: Adam Fisher for Sunset Boulevard at Savoy Theatre
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Amy Trigg for The Little Big Things at @sohoplace
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical: Jak Malone for Operation Mincemeat at Fortune Theatre
Best Actor in a Musical: Tom Francis for Sunset Boulevard at Savoy Theatre
Best Actress in a Musical: Nicole Scherzinger for Sunset Boulevard at Savoy Theatre
Mastercard Best New Musical: Operation Mincemeat, music, lyrics & book by David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson & Zoë Roberts at Fortune Theatre

Alex Pereira Retains UFC Light Heavyweight Title with First Round Knockout of Jamahal Hill

Alex Pereira is keeping his title…

The 36-year-old Brazilian professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer knocked out former champ Jamahal Hill on Saturday to retain the UFC light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 300 — one of the biggest events in promotion history — at T-Mobile Arena.

Alex Pereira, The finish came at 3 minutes, 14 seconds of the first round after one of Pereira’s trademark left hooks.

The finish will live on highlight reels forever.

Hill kicked Pereira low, prompting referee Herb Dean to step in and try to pause the fight. Pereira held up his right hand, stopping the official from intervening. Pereira then blasted Hill with the left hook and followed with violent punches on the ground.

“I was gauging the distance and timing,” Pereira said through an interpreter. “Everything went perfect.”

Pereira said the groin kick hurt him a little, but he was just starting to figure out that distance and didn’t want to have to reset if the bout was paused. UFC CEO Dana White lauded Pereira not only for the performance but also the style points he gained for how it ended.

“He got hit in the groin,” White said. “He was like, ‘Nuh uh,’ [to Dean] and then knocks [Hill] out. … That was incredibly gangster.”

Pereira landed 24 of 30 significant strikes, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

He has landed 63% of his significant strikes in UFC, which is the fourth-best mark in the promotion’s history. Pereira has eight knockouts in 10 career wins.

Hill relinquished the title last summer after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in a pickup basketball game. Pereira won the vacant belt by knocking out former champ Jiří Procházka in November at UFC 295 in New York.

Coming in, ESPN had Pereira ranked No. 3 in its pound-for-pound rankings.

Afterward, Pereira said he wanted to get right back in the Octagon and fight at UFC 301 on May 4 in his native Brazil. Pereira said he would like to do so at heavyweight, which would be his third weight class in UFC.

“I want this fight,” Pereira said. “I’m not hurt. Nothing happened.”

That wasn’t completely true. White said Pereira suffered a broken toe while training for the fight.

“I had to just push through,” Pereira said.

White said Pereira should probably pump the brakes on a move up in weight.

“The heavyweight division is nasty,” White said. “I don’t know if that’s the right move for him. He looked damn good tonight in the division he’s in.”

Pereira (10-2) is the quickest fighter to win two UFC titles in two divisions (seven fights). The Connecticut resident knocked out Israel Adesanya to win the UFC middleweight title in 2022 before dropping the title back to Adesanya last year.

Pereira is a former two-division champion in Glory Kickboxing and a Hall of Famer in that promotion.

Hill (12-1, 1 NC) had won four straight coming in. The Chicago native, who fights out of Michigan, beat Glover Teixeira, Pereira’s coach and training partner, to win the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 283 in January 2023. Hill, 32, was the first Dana White’s Contender Series alum to win a UFC championship.

“I don’t let this belt go to my head,” Pereira said. “I have to go in here and win this belt every time to be champion.”

Fuerza Regida Announces 37-Date “Pero No Te Enamores” Arena Tour of U.S. & Mexico

Fuerza Regida is hittin’ the road…

The Mexican American regional Mexican band will trek across the U.S. and Mexico for a 37-date arena tour called Pero No Te Enamores, which follows their successful Otra Peda tour last year.

Fuerza RegidaThe five-piece band from San Bernardino, California, will kick off its summer stint on June 6, starting in Austin, Texas, at the Moody Center.

Fuerza Regida will also make stops in Oklahoma City; Kansas City, Missouri.; San Diego; Phoenix; Portland; Dallas; Atlanta; Salt Lake City; Anaheim, California and more.

They will also hit up Mexico and perform in Monterrey, Mexico City and Oaxaca, and will wrap up in Inglewood, Calif., at the Intuit Dome on November 16.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of the group’s latest EP, Dolido Pero No Arrepentido, which dropped on February 9, followed by the single “Money Edition” with Edén Muñoz.

The EP debuted in the top 10 of the Top Latin Albums and Regional Mexican Albums charts; plus, every song on the album premiered on Hot Latin Songs.

In the 2023 year-end charts, Fuerza Regida made Billboard history by becoming the first Latin band to be No. 1 on the Top Artists – Duo/Group list, followed by Grupo Frontera and Fleetwood Mac. (Previous No. 1 artists on the list have included Destiny’s Child, Green Day, The Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Jonas Brothers and BTS.) The group also won at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards for Top Duo/Group and Top Latin Duo/Group.

“I’m speechless, really. Coming from where we come from, not many people get out [of the hood], whether they get out alive, are dead, or go to jail,” frontman Jesús Ortiz Paz told Billboard Español in December. “I just have to say that I am grateful to God, and to all my family, my mom, my dad, and all my friends. If it wasn’t for everyone’s help, and also the fans, we wouldn’t be here. Fuerza Regida and I are in charge of continuing to give [fans] great music and, God willing, I will continue to give until the last straw.”

The U.S. dates are produced by Live Nation. General on sale tickets will be available beginning on Friday, April 12, at 10 am local time at livenation.com.

Here’s the complete dates for the No Te Enamores Tour below:

Jun. 6            Austin, Texas                   Moody Center
Jun. 9            Edinburg, Texas              Bert Ogden Arena
Jun. 14          Oklahoma City, Okla.     Paycom Center
Jun. 15          Ridgedale, Mo.            Thunder Ridge Nature Arena
Jun. 16          Kansas City, Mo.          T-Mobile Center
Jun. 21          San Diego, Calif.             Viejas Arena
Jun. 22          Phoenix, Ariz.                 Footprint Center
Jun. 29          Portland, Ore.               Moda Center
Jun. 30          Seattle, Wash.                Climate Pledge Arena
Jul. 6              San Jose, Calif.              SAP Center
Jul. 7              Fresno, Calif.                  Save Mart Center at Fresno State
Jul. 13            Houston, Texas              Toyota Center
Jul. 20            Dallas, Texas                  Dos Equis Pavilion
Jul. 26            Atlanta, Ga.                  State Farm Arena
Jul. 27            Tampa, Fla                   Amalie Arena
Jul. 28            Sunrise, Fla                  Amerant Bank Arena
Aug. 2             Greensboro, N.C.          Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Aug. 4             Belmont Park, N.Y.        UBS Arena
Aug. 16           Milwaukee, Wis.            Fiserv Forum
Aug. 17           Indianapolis, Ind.          Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Sep. 1             Tinley Park, Ill.             Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre
Sep. 6             Salt Lake City, Utah      Delta Center
Sep. 8             Denver, Colo.                 Ball Arena
Sep. 15            Las Vegas, Nev.            T-Mobile Arena
Sep. 20           San Antonio, Texas       Frost Bank Center
Sep. 21            El Paso, Texas                UTEP Don Haskins Center
Sep. 28           Anaheim, Calif.               Honda Center
Sep. 29           Palm Desert, Calif.         Acrisure Arena
Oct. 05           Sacramento, Calif.          Golden 1 Center
Oct. 11            Leon, Mexico                   Mega Velaria*
Oct. 12           Mexico City, Mexico        Plaza De Toros*
Oct. 31            Monterrey, Mexico          Arena Monterrey*
Nov. 1              Monterrey, Mexico          Arena Monterrey*
Nov. 2             Torreon, Mexico               Coliseo Centenario*
Nov. 7             Oaxaca, Mexico               Auditorio GNP*
Nov. 9             San Luis Potosi, Mexico   El Domo
Nov. 16           Inglewood, Calif.            Intuit Dome

*Not a Live Nation date

Eladio Carrión Earns First No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart with “TQMQA”

Eladio Carrión is celebrating a first…

The 29-year-old Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton rapper and singer has earned his first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart as “TQMQA” climbs 4-1 to lead the April 13-dated list.

Eladio CarriónCarrión crosses off a new achievement with the dembow-pop tune — whose title stands for “Te Quiero Más Que Ayer — as it tops the overall Latin radio ranking. “TQMQA” lands at the summit seven weeks after it earned the Latin rapper his maiden champ on any Billboard chart (hit No. 1 on Latin Pop Airplay in March).

“The intention behind ‘TQMQA’ was to give my parents the recognition that they deserve,” Carrión said. “It’s an honor for me that the track landed at No. 1, but when I make music, I’m never thinking about what numbers or awards I’m gonna get. My main intention is always to be authentic to myself and share that with my fans. Everything else that comes after that is just a bonus that I’m extremely grateful for. It never gets old.”

“TQMQA” advances to the lead with a 26% gain in audience impressions, to 9.5 million, earned in the U.S. during the March 29-April 4-tracking week, according to Luminate.

“TQMQA” is the first cut from Carrión’s fifth studio album, Sol María (released via Rimas Entertainment). The 17-track set, an ode to his mother, debuted at Nos. 6 and 3, respectively, on Top Latin Albums and Latin Rhythm Albums (February 3-dated rankings).

“When I first told my parents about the concept for ‘TQMQA,’ they were taken aback by how personal the song and video were,” Carrión shares. “But it was special to us because we pieced together all these old clips from our home movies to make this time capsule of my upbringing. It’s emotional to see how far we’ve come and how they’ve been there for me every step of the way. But none of us were prepared for how many people the song would resonate with.”

Carrión breaks the No. 1 barrier on Latin Airplay as a soloist and on his fourth try.

Plus, he bests his first and only top 10: “Nunca y Pico” with Yandel and Maluma, which took the Puerto Rican-American to No. 6 in November 2022.

Carrión has charted two other times on Latin Airplay: “Alejarme De Ti” with Jay Wheeler (No. 22 in March 2022) and “Coco Chanel” with Bad Bunny (No. 42 in June 2023).

Of the 15 songs that have been No. 1 on Latin Airplay in 2024, a third of them were credited to a singular artist with no accompanied acts, including Carrion’s new No. 1. Here they are:

Peak Date, Title, Artist, Weeks at No. 1
Jan. 27, 2024, “Monaco,” Bad Bunny, one
Feb. 10, 2024, “La Diabla,” Xavi, two
Feb. 24, 2024, “La Falda,” Myke Towers, one
March 30, 2024, “Baccarat,” Ozuna, one
April 13, 2024, “TQMQA,” Eladio Carrión

Elsewhere, “TQMQA” rebounds to its No. 1 high on Latin Pop Airplay for its third week in charge (rising 2-1).

Further, thanks to its radio gain, it re-enters at No. 44 on the multimetric Hot Latin Songs chart, which blends airplay, digital sales, and streaming data.

Julien’s Auctions Sells Belongings of the Late Raquel Welch for $1 Million-Plus

The late Raquel Welch’s belongings have made bank …

Julien’s Auctions has revealed that it has sold all of the items in its special auction of memorabilia owned by the Bolivian American actress, who passed away in February 2023 at the age of 82.

Raquel_WelchBombshell: The Raquel Welch Collection had nearly 500 items owned by the legendary beauty.

The auction concluded on Friday in Los Angeles and online.

Costumes, accessories, awards, memorabilia and a 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 Convertible from the sex symbol were up for bids.

The auction achieved a total sale of $1.08 million, three and a half times the high estimate.

Welch was known for her iconic roles in the films Fantastic Voyage, Myra Breckinridge, The Three Musketeers and One Million Years B.C.

Her 1975 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in The Three Musketeers realized a price of $26,000, eight and half times the original estimate of $3,000.

A two-piece bikini-style costume worn by Welch when she portrayed Lillian Lust in the 1967 comedy Bedazzled sold for $22,750, forty-five and half times its estimate of $500. The top and bottom are covered in clear plastic sequins and the bottom front features long strands of clear plastic beads.

The most iconic image of Welch’s career was her One Million Years B.C. style suede and faux fur bikini, worn by Welch in her stage show and on her 1974 television special Really, Raquel, which sold for $13,000, 26x the original estimate of $500.

A personally-owned framed photo of Raquel Welch wearing the doe skin bikini from the prehistoric epic film also sold for $4,550, forty-five times the original estimate of $100.

Other highlights included: a La Jolla High School 1958 Diploma of Graduation, granted to Jo-Raquel Tejada (Welch) accompanied by her senior year report card sold for $3,250, over sixteen times its estimate of $200.

Shakira Reveals Upcoming “Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran” World Tour During Special Guest Appearance at Coachella

Shakira has pulled off a double surprise at Coachella….

Along with appearing as a special guest during Bizarrap’s performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday evening, the 47-year-old Colombian superstar announced plans to launch a world tour.

ShakiraAt 8:13 p.m. — just after performing his Residente-assisted “BZRP Music Sessions #49” and “Mamichula” in collaboration with Trueno and Nicki Nicole — Shakira arrived onstage for a surprise performance.

On the screen: “La Loba Se Viene.”

Shakira, looking flawless and graceful as always, performed “La Fuerte,” her second collaborative effort with Biza, part of her latest studio album Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran.

“Good night, Coachella! This is amazing,” she told the crowd. “Thank you, Bizarrap for inviting me. Truthfully, it’s amazing being here with this audience, with you, my colleague, my friend.”

Dressed in a sunset ombre cutout dress, Shak then announced major news: “I have to share something today. Biza, I’m going on tour. I’m going on tour, finally…starting here, this November, this year, this city. I can’t wait. Couldn’t ask for more,” she said, as the screens displayed “Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran World Tour” in white text.

Shortly after, Shak and Bizarrap celebrated with their megahit “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53.

The track peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed at No. 2 on both the Billboard Global 200 and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. It also ruled the Hot Latin Songs chart, scoring Shakira her 12th leader on the tally.

Nate Diaz Protégé Chris Avila to Fight Former UFC Champion Anthony Pettis in Boxing Match

Chris Avila is preparing to battle a former UFC champion in the boxing ring…

The 31-year-old mixed martial artist and Nate Diaz protégé will battle Anthony Pettis, once a UFC lightweight titleholder, on the undercard of Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal later this summer.

Chris AvilaThe event will take place on June 1 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, per ESPN. The bout is contracted for six rounds at 175 pounds.

Pettis, 37, made his pro boxing debut in April 2023, a majority decision victory over boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. The Milwaukee native is coming off a unanimous decision win over fellow former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Karate Combat in December 2023. Pettis, who last fought in MMA for PFL in 2022, held the UFC lightweight belt from 2013 to 2015.

Avila, 31, is 5-1 as a pro boxer and has had success in the influencer space of the genre. The Stockton, California, native owns boxing wins over MMA fighters Jeremy Stephens and Anthony Taylor, as well as influencers Paul Bamba and Mikhail “Dr. Mike” Varshavski. Avila is a longtime training partner of Diaz’s out of Nick Diaz Academy.

Diaz and Masvidal fought for the UFC’s symbolic BMF in 2019 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, with Masvidal winning via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) due to a Diaz cut. The two have harbored bad blood since before that bout.

Servando y Florentino’s Return to Touring to be Subject of Special Docuseries

Servando y Florentino’s artistic life will become streamable “art”…

A documentary series about the Venezuelan music duo, consisting of brothers Servando Primera and Florentino Primera, is on its way.

Servando-y-FlorentinoThe film will capture Servando y Florentino’s triumphant comeback after a 10-year hiatus from touring.

Dubbed El Documental, the docuseries follows the Primera brothers during their “En Tu Ciudad World Tour” that traveled across 55 cities in three different continents, and included 45 sold-out shows.

“We wanted our fans to be part of every moment, to feel what we feel when we return to the stage,” Servando y Florentino, known for hits like “Una Fan Enamorada” and “Una Canción Que Te Enamore,” said in a press statement. “This documentary is a love letter to all those who have supported us unconditionally over the years.”

El Documental will premiere its first of six episodes on April 21 via www.losprimera.com.

Manuel Medrano Reveals First U.S. Tour Dates

Manuel Medrano is preparing to entertain U.S. audiences for the first time.

After building a 10-year career, the 36-year-old Colombian pop singer and Latin Grammy winner is officially touring the U.S. for the first time.

Manuel Medrano

Medrano—known for ballads like “Bajo el Agua,” “Afuera del Planeta,” and “La Distancia”—unveiled four North American cities added to his “Manuel Medrano en Concierto” Tour that already made stops in Mexico and Latin America.

This week, at an intimate press event where he also performed an upcoming single with famed pianist Arthur Hanlon, Medrano announced he’ll be visiting Orlando, New York, Miami, and Puerto Rico next.

Medrano will kick off his brief visit to North America with a show at Hard Rock Live Orlando in Florida on November 7 followed by a concert at Colen Auditorium in Flushing, New York.

He’ll then make is way back to Florida to perform at Miami’s James L. Knight Center and wrap up on November 16 at Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Having the opportunity to visit the United States is gratifying because I will arrive with many more songs,” Medrano said in a statement. “On the other hand, I will bring a much bigger and more powerful performance, with various musicians on stage and a show based on the concept of all my albums. I’m very happy to be back with an open heart for all my fans.”

Medrano is working on the follow-up to his sophomore album Eterno and recently joined Jared Leto and his band 30 Second to Mars for a special performance at the Colombian music festival Estéreo Picnic.

He will be visiting Europe and South America before performing in the States, stopping by La Riviera in Madrid, Spain, on May 19 and then Razzmatazz 2 in Barcelona. He makes his way back to Latin America with a night at Arena Monticello in Santiago, Chile, on June 15, a concert at Teatro Broadway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on June 19 and a stop at Anfiteatro Parque Exposición in Lima, Peru, on June 22.

Manuel Medrano North American Tour Dates
November 7 – Hard Rock Live Orlando – Orlando, Florida
November 9 – Colden Auditorium – Flushing, New York
November 10 – James L. Knight Center – Miami, Florida
November 16 – Coca-Cola Music Hall – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Gloria Trevi Partners with Son to Release Modern Take on Daniela Romo’s 1983 Single “Celos”

Gloria Trevi is getting an extra special assist…

The 56-year-old Mexican singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, television hostess, music video director and businesswoman, known as “The Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop,” has released her first collaborative effort with her own son, Ángel Gabriel.

Gloria Trevi & Angel GabrielTrevi and her son deliver a modern, upbeat version of Daniela Romo’s 1983 single “Celos,”—a song that was penned by José Luis Perales about jealousy.

“When Ángel and I sang ‘Celos’ for the first time, he was a young child. I liked to joke and tell him that I would sing this song to him at his wedding,” Trevi said in a press statement. “After we recorded the song, I made the same comment, and there wasn’t much reaction from him. Let’s see who wants me as their mother-in-law.

The mother-and-son pair first premiered their collaboration on national television on Univision’s “Juego de Voces,” where Trevi served as the show’s premiere guest artist and godmother.