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London critics laud Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury has British critics spellbound with her performance as a dotty mystic in “Blithe Spirit” on the London stage.

The 88-year-old actress is appearing in the West End for the first time in almost 40 years as medium Madame Arcati. She won a Tony for the role on Broadway in 2009.

The Daily Telegraph’s Charles Spencer praised Lansbury’s “astonishing energy and comic panache” in the production, directed by 85-year-old Michael Blakemore. In Wednesday’s Times of London, Dominic Maxwell said Lansbury’s “amazing precision and vim” were “a master-class in character comedy.”

Mentor for ‘Voice’

Coldplay singer Chris Martin is bringing his expertise to NBC’s music competition show “The Voice.”

The network said Martin will participate in the “battles” round that begins March 31, advising singers on vocal technique and stage presence.

‘SNL’ taps hosts

Anna Kendrick and Seth Rogen are coming to Studio 8H, NBC announced Wednesday.

Kendrick will host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time April 5, joined by first-time solo musical guest Pharrell.

Rogen makes his third hosting appearance April 12 with first-timer Ed Sheeran as musical guest.

Louis C.K. was previously announced as the host of the March 29 episode with musical guest Sam Smith.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Producer Carl Reiner is 92. Actor Hal Linden is 83. Singer Don Edwards is 75. Actor William Hurt is 64. Director Spike Lee is 57. Actress Holly Hunter is 56. Actor Michael Rapaport is 44. Singer Chester Bennington is 38.

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