*Aretha Franklin – still on the mend from an undisclosed surgery in December – says she will celebrate her 69th birthday with an elaborate night out in New York City, reports the AP.
The Queen of Soul has scheduled a birthday bash Friday at a luxury hotel with performances and special guests. Her publicist, Tracey Jordan, said Franklin planned to go to the theater earlier in the evening to catch James Earl Jones in “Driving Miss Daisy” on Broadway.
The music legend underwent surgery in her native Detroit for an undisclosed ailment. Since then, she’s lost more than 80 pounds. Franklin has said the weight loss was because of a change in diet and exercise.
She’s due to return to the stage in May, and also has a new album on the way.