By People Staff
July 21, 2011 06:00 AM
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On a break from touring, Aretha Franklin has been catching up on her Broadway shows in the Big Apple. The Queen of Soul caught Baby It’s You at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre, and was also spotted dining at Le Cirque with a close group of friends. But her trip to New York isn’t all play and no work: Franklin has been taking private piano lessons in her hotel room from Juilliard-trained concert pianist, Melissa Manning.