The Water Cooler: Nov. 9

Cyrus joins ‘Chicago’ cast

Kentucky native country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has joined the cast of the Tony Award winning musical “Chicago.”

He will be playing the role of lawyer Billy Flynn, who was played by Richard Gere in the film version of “Chicago.” He is set to perform the role for seven weeks.

The singer said the Broadway show is taking him back to his roots with its ragtime music.

“I’m back to the ragtime only it’s a whole lot bigger and it’s in the middle of the center of the universe,” he said. “It’s on Broadway but I’m back to my ragtime roots.”

Lady Gaga donates to Sandy

Pop singer Lady Gaga is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The singer wrote on her blog Wednesday that she is pledging the money in honor of her parents and sister. She said she would not be the woman or artist she is today if it weren’t for places like the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn in New York.

“Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours,” she wrote.

Bell, Shepard expecting baby

Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard announced Monday they will be expecting their first child together.

The “Veronica Mars” actress will expect her child with her fiance in the spring.

The couple announced their engagement in 2010.

Information and photos from The Associated Press

Compiled by Anna Taylor, Features Editor.