first_imgNFL Stock Image.NASHVILLE – The NFL announced Wednesday that they’ve postponed the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans matchup Sunday to either Monday or Tuesday.The league says that a new game date and time will be announced as soon as possible, adding that the postponement will “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.”This is the first game to be postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Titans reportedly had four players and five staff members test positive for the virus. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPool photo by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Flickr.ALBANY — Saying the federal government learned nothing in how it conducted COVID-19 testing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called into question the proposed vaccination plan during a Friday conference call.The federal approach to use private vaccine providers such as Walgreen, CVS and other private pharmacies is a mirror of what Cuomo called a testing debacle.“The administration is locked in on this private sector plan,” Cuomo said.The current plan could take up to a year or more to vaccinate everyone, Cuomo said, adding the country can’t afford a year of time to vaccinate people. “We know the capacity of the network because we now have it engaged,” he said. “It could take one year to vaccinate. Their fundamental plan while simplistic is deeply flawed.”Cuomo said the federal government will not supply any funding to state’s to set up their own vaccination plans.“The federal govt will not provide any funding to speak of for a state to set up a supplemental network,” Cuomo said.“We just can’t afford it,” he said. “Their plan is just to fund the private sector providers. It operationally would be highly inefficient and it’s a direct mirror of the testing debacle. They’ve learned nothing.”“They handed it to the states. ‘New York State, you do the testing,’ ‘Will you provide us funding,’ ‘No,’ ” Cuomo said. “Will you provide us any materials,’ ‘No.’ This nation has been abysmal with testing.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Cuomo is an ass. He has led the state with the most deaths from covid than any other state in the union. He killed people in nursing homes because of his order that the homes take covid patients. Since we are the highest taxed state in the union why does he need government funding. He has to go or there will be no one left in the state.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – New York State’s Public High School Athletic Association has announced that low and moderate risk winter sports can soon begin play.Low and moderate risk winter sports include bowling, gymnastics, indoor track and field, skiing and swimming and diving.The athletic association says those sports can start play as soon as November 30.However, activities deemed high risk have not yet been giving the green light. The group says they will continue to examine their feasibility, although, authorization from state officials is still needed.last_img read more

first_imgThere’s only five days left until the Heathers rule the cafeteria at New World Stages, and we’ve got a sneak peek at this awesome (or should we say…very) new poster for the wacky new musical comedy. Based on the 1988 cult classic, the new off-Broadway tuner by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy is just as irreverent and zany as the original movie—and yes, there’s a song called “My Dead Gay Son.” Directed by Andy Fickman, Heathers features Barrett Wilbert Weed as Veronica, Ryan McCartan as her murderous boyfriend J.D. and Jessica Keenan Wynn, Elle McLemore and Alice Lee as Heather, Heather and Heather, respectively. Check out the new poster before the queens of mean take over on March 15! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014 Heathers: The Musical Related Showslast_img read more

first_img My favorite thing in my dressing room “This is my grandfather’s flag—I found it in my parents’ basement in San Francisco. It has 48 stars on it!” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “Kale salad! It’s good for energy and doesn’t make me feel tired. The perfect blend of delicious and nutritious to get me through the day.” Lena Hall is venturing where few ladies have gone before: She’s playing disgruntled backup singer Yitzhak, a dude who wants more than anything to be a drag queen, in the gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Oh, and did we mention she’s also the husband of Neil Patrick Harris, who plays transgender rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt? We had to find out what Hall’s life like is like behind the scenes, so sent her on a scavenger hunt, asking her to take photos of a few of her favorite things at the Belasco Theatre. Check out a day in the life of Lena below! My good luck charm “Josh Groban gave this to me. He was duped by a monk in Times Square to donate for peace. It makes me laugh.” My favorite fan gift “Yum yum cookies!!!! My fav is maple bacon!” My favorite co-star “This pic was taken after our first preview. Neil is so much fun to work with and his work ethic is incredible.” The crew member who saves my ass “Me and stage manager Rachel Wolff! During tech, she would always watch out for me and make sure everything was in its right place. She was always there for me with a pen so I could write down my changed prop moves and such.” View Comments The best costume piece I wear “I love my packer [fake penis, censored]. It helps me with the physicality of Yitzhak. I asked for it ;)” My view from the stage door “Here I am, signing autographs for the crowd outside after the show.” My must-have pre-show item “Always with the iced tea! Large, unsweetened, extra ice.” My Yitzhak’s-eye view from the stage “My ‘hole,’ where all my props are. I drink from these bottles during the show (not real booze, obviously) and they save me as far as my voice is concerned.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 A selfie right before I go on stage “Getting myself together before I get bombarded with insults from Miss Hedwig.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch The coolest prop in the show “They got guitar picks and drum sticks specially made for the band! I thought it was THE coolest.” Lena Hall Star Fileslast_img read more

first_img View Comments TERRI WHITE “Two Score” – 6/22 at 10PM Who’s that woman? You know her well—it’s Broadway baby Terri White! The stage vet, whose credits include Follies, Finian’s Rainbow, Chicago and Ain’t Misbehavin’, will bring to the supper club a night of mischief, blues and Broadway. GET TICKETS LAINIE KAZAN “My Life in Concert” – 10/9 at 7PM & 10/10 at 8PM The Emmy and Tony nominee is spilling the beans on Babs, Bette, Tom Hanks and more. Kazan makes her 54 Below debut in an autobiographical cabaret that spans from Brooklyn upbringings to understudying Streisand to her success on stage and screen. GET TICKETS GRIND: THE MOVIE In Concert with Anthony Rapp – 9/1 at 9:30PM This must be what it feels like to get catfished by Anthony Rapp. The If/Then star will lead a concert version of the musical short film Grind, which explores the ins and outs of connection in an isolating age online world. GET TICKETS Summer’s right around the corner, and what better place to cool off than at Broadway’s coolest supper club? Each week, dozens of stars sing out on the 54 Below stage. Here are some of the exciting just-announced sure-to-be amazing nights lined up for the summer and beyond at 54 Below. KATE SHINDLE 6/4 at 7PM She can belt her freakin’ face off, and that’s just what she’s going to do in her 54 Below debut. The Broadway babe and former Miss America will bring her “Binder of Broken Dreams” to the stage, singing the songs she’s learned but never had a chance to perform. GET TICKETS WHITNEY BASHOR 6/26 at 9:30PM Perhaps you remember her as Marian/Chiara in The Bridges of Madison County, for which she received the 2014 Actors’ Equity Clarence Derwent Award for most promising female performer. The songstress will make her 54 Below with a set list of musical theater standards and acoustic pop covers. GET TICKETS JIM BROCHU “Tete-a-Tete with Jim Brochu & Friends”  – 6/1 & 8/3 at 7PM “Learn Your Lessons Well” from two legendary composers! Brochu will sit down with Sheldon Harnick and Stephen Schwartz to discuss everything from their greatest hits to their inspirations and future projects. They will be joined by the best of Broadway and the cabaret scene. GET TICKETS LAUREN PRITCHARD 7/15 at 9:30PM We loved her in Spring Awakening, but what has she been up to since? Quite a lot, actually. Catch up with Pritchard as she sings and shares stories of her career path, from signing a record deal in England to singing rock around the world and co-writing and performing with Panic! At the Disco. GET TICKETSlast_img read more

first_img Barrett is currently starring as Nessarose in Wicked on Broadway. Her other Great White Way credits include The Royal Family and Baby It’s You! and she has also been seen on stage in Rock of Ages and On Your Toes. Screen credits include The Switch, Remember Me, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Blue Bloods, NCIS, L&O: SVU, I Just Want My Pants Back and Chicago Fire. Related Shows Doctor Zhivago Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, the romance is set during the final days of Czarist Russia and follows Zhivago (Mutu), a political idealist, physician and poet. His life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar (Barrett). Zhivago is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, competing for her affections with the young revolutionary Pasha Antipov (Nolan) and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky (Hewitt). Hewitt received a Tony nod for The Rocky Horror Show; other Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Dracula; The Musical, The Boys from Syracuse, The Lion King, School for Scandal and The Sisters Rosenzweig. On screen he has appeared in Law and Order, Third Watch, Frasier, All My Children and Fools’ Fire. View Commentscenter_img Nolan is currently playing Guy in Once on Broadway, having last been seen on the Great White Way as Jesus in the 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other theater credits include The Who¹s Tommy, West Side Story, As You Like It, The Grapes Of Wrath and Yoshimi Battles The Pink. His film and TV credits include Will, Something’s Coming, Alex and Schumacher. Mutu most recently appeared in the West End as Javert in Les Miserables and will soon star in the Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels. His additional theater credits include Love Never Dies, Royal Hunt of the Sun, Love’s Labour’s Lost, East, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear and Chess. His TV credits include Waking the Dead and Footballer’s Wives. West End favorite Tam Mutu will make his Broadway debut playing the title role in Doctor Zhivago, which will also star Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt and Paul Nolan. The tuner features a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. Directed by Des McAnuff, performances will begin on March 27, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre, with opening night set for April 21. Full casting will be announced soon. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015last_img read more

first_img Idina Menzel Did you ever know that Idina Menzel is our hero? Probably. The Tony-winning blazing supernova has been tapped to headline a small screen remake of the 1988 movie Beaches for Lifetime. According to Deadline, Menzel will play CC (originated by Bette Midler) and take on classic songs from the film and original tunes. The movie is set to air next year.Beaches, based on the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer, follows the various stages of the friendship between CC Bloom, an actress and singer, and Hillary Whitney, a San Francisco-based lawyer. The film charts 30 years from their first meeting under the Atlantic City boardwalk through the ups and downs of their careers and relationships.Menzel last appeared on Broadway in If/Then; she went on to reprise her performance as Liz/Beth on tour. Prior to then, fans heard her belt loud enough to both create an ice castle in Frozen and defy gravity in her Tony-winning turn in Wicked. Her additional credits include Aida, Rent, Glee and Enchanted.In addition to Midler, the 1988 movie starred Barbara Hershey, Mayim Bialik, Marcie Leeds, John Heard, James Read, Spalding Gray and Lainie Kazan. A Broadway-aimed musical adaptation premiered at Signature Theatre in Virginia in 2014 and recently played Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre.No word yet on additional casting. The announcement of the remake comes one week following the death of Garry Marshall, who helmed the original movie. Musical adaptations of his films Pretty Woman and The Flamingo Kid are in the works. Bette Midler Idina Menzel(Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)center_img Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

first_img View Comments Paul Ritter was a 2009 Tony nominee for his superb performance in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests and now the British stage and TV stalwart is appearing with Rufus Sewell and Tim Key in the 20th-anniversary revival of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play Art, the dark comedy about a friendship rent asunder by a painting is at the Old Vic Theatre. A veteran of other London hits like The Audience and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ritter spoke one recent afternoon about being in a contemporary classic and what it’s like to get drenched in paint.Was this offer a no-brainer when [director] Matthew Warchus brought it to you?It was great, actually. I got a message from Matthew sort of late summer asking how I felt about doing this, and I thought it would be good to get back in the ring with Matthew, having had such an extraordinary time with him on The Norman Conquests.Had you seen the play during its lengthy original West End run?I’d seen the second cast with David Haig, Anton Lesser, and Mark Williams, who were all tremendous. I remember being bowled over by them and by the play. I was scratching around London at the time trying to be an actor, and it had a big emotional pull for me. I remember seeing it and thinking how riveting it was and wouldn’t it be great to be inside it.Does it feel odd that Matthew Warchus has directed so many different trios of actors in this particular play?I think this is the 11th cast that Matthew has himself directed in this play, and the way he works is not to have a copy book of what he expects people to do. He allows the cast to create what they think the play is, so rehearsals are very relaxed. He’s the most organic of directors.How did you end up playing the catalytic role of Marc, who goes on the offensive against a blank canvas purchased by his friend Serge (played by Rufus Sewell), while Yvan (Tim Key) acts as the middleman?Matthew did say who do you fancy playing, and I said Marc. I don’t often get offered roles like Marc and most directors would have me down as a Yvan: the hapless one of the trio. So, what was great was that I was able to stake out my territory; that was another nice thing about the offer.What was the photoshoot like for the ad campaign for the play, which shows you and your two fellow actors doused in paint?The idea of pots of paint came about very swiftly. We arrived at the shoot and were each presented with a cheap suit and tie and told to get dressed and after about half an hour of us standing next to one another and looking at each other with attitude, Matthew said, “Do you want to grab some paint?” We had probably half an hour of drenching one another.Was that as much fun as it sounds?It felt rather good, I must say, though we were absolutely sopping wet at the end. But we were given nice shampoo and other products and a towel and were sent off to the showers, so I think I came out fairly clean. I did find that the paint had drenched through to my underwear, which I hadn’t anticipated; it made for a rather uncomfortable trip home.Was it all worth it?Oh, yes, it made for a very engaging image. I’ve put in a request to keep one of the posters for myself.Do you agree with playwright Yasmina Reza, who says that she thought she had written a tragedy, no matter how much people respond to Art as a comedy?All three of us are with her on that. The thing I feel about Marc is that for all his animosity toward the painting, the fact is that he is himself at this terrible point in late middle age, where every day is just another step along this circuitous route to death and it’s terrifying.Does that lead the play into genuinely dark terrain?I articulated this to Matthew and he says that, yes, Marc has woken up screaming in the night consumed by an essential terror, and, of course, that’s linked to what Marc talks about in the play. He’s being replaced in Serge’s life by a new circle of friends: Serge is peeling off into new social circles, and that only emphasizes Marc’s feelings of obsolescence.Do you feel that the painting could be anything: it’s what it represents, not what it is?Sure, anything from a vintage car to a person. The painting is the Trojan horse, the MacGuffin or whatever you want to call it that comes between Serge and Marc, though there are lots of people who do feel very strongly that the piece of art is fundamental to [the play]. People relate to it in their own individual ways, which is a testament to the robustness and subtlety of the play that people can have these reactions: it’s a big little play. How do you feel about art itself—that’s to say, not as Marc but as Paul?I’m largely an ignoramus about art but am nonetheless an enthusiastic observer of it and I do visit galleries—what I particularly love are portraits and contemporary portraiture. I can’t pretend to have any deep knowledge of art, but it is something that I regard with envy and admiration and fascination.Do you sometimes feel like defending the painting from Marc’s aspersions?You know, I love the painting! I love the texturing of it and one of my favorite moments is after the cleaning operation towards the end of the play when the men mount it on the wall and gather round it. Maybe I’ll have to buy it once the run is over so I can be terrified by it every day.Art has been a much-produced phenomenon but did you feel that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would become a different kind of one when you first opened in it in 2012?Yes, I had absolutely no doubt about that. It’s a wonderful novel, and I just think Simon Stephens has done such a truthful and clear and simple adaptation of it. Then the artistic team represented such an incredible pooling of talent—right from the very beginning, it just had the most extraordinary effect on audiences.What are your memories of Tony night in 2009, when you were nominated for The Norman Conquests, which itself won the Tony for Best Revival?It was pretty hard to take in for me. My wife and I were given a car and driver—this wonderful man who drove us around all day and then afterward until dawn. The bit I always remember is that after we got our award [for Best Revival], we had to get escorted out of the back of the building up to the Rainbow Room for all the press, and there we were following Elton John.What was that like? We were aware that Elton was crossing the road in front of us and walking through this tunnel of screaming fans. It was mayhem, and then we walked out and instantly it was silent and people sat down and got out their sandwiches. We felt that was fitting, somehow. 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first_imgAtlanta visitors bring lots of money to town, but they leave lots of waste behind. To help the city’s downtown hotels make better use of their refuse, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the University of Georgia and other state agencies joined the hospitality industry to form the Georgia Hospitality Environmental Partnership. One of the partnership’s projects is helping hotels get rid of soap barrels. Nine barrels a month don’t sound like much for a large hotel like Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza to worry about. But over a year, those barrels add up to more than a ton of garbage in local landfills. Managers at the Westin, one of GHEP’s pilot hotels, chose not to ignore the bright blue and white plastic barrels, which hold concentrated laundry detergent. Instead, they decided to use them. “It was a simple concept, but hard to implement,” said Jeff Darrow, DCA’s GHEP program manager. First, the Westin reused as many drums as they could as recycling cans and trash cans. But they soon ran out of ways to reuse them. GHEP and the Westin worked with the supplier to return the barrels to the detergent manufacturers for reuse. The supplier had a program to allow for their return. But the Westin would have to stockpile 30 barrels before sending them back. Storing that many of the 55-, 25- and 5-gallon drums was too cumbersome. Storage was a problem for recycling them, too. The barrels filled the recycling container and left no room for the hotel’s other plastics. Bobby Wilson, a Fulton-DeKalb County extension agent with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, heard of the problem. He offered another solution — gardening. First, Wilson and other metro extension agents used barrels to create irrigation systems in demonstration gardens and community gardens in low-income neighborhoods. For less than $20 — enough to buy a spigot and some tubing — they could turn two of the 55-gallon drums into a drip irrigation system. The agents used other barrels as composting bins. For some of the bins, they simply cut the tops off of the barrels and drilled holes in them to provide air circulation. For others, they drilled holes in both the tops and bottoms. Then they cut a door in the side and placed the barrel on a stand with a rod running through the center. This allowed them to mix composting materials easily by rotating the barrel. The composting bins are at work now in the demonstration and community gardens. The Extension Service can provide plans so others may reuse barrels in similar ways. Finally, Wilson and the other agents used the old barrels to create “Circles of Gardening.” They cut the tops and bottoms off of each barrel. Then they cut each into three 11.5-inch rings. They placed old newspapers or cardboard on the ground, then set the rings on top of them. The agents filled the rings with compost and used them as bottomless planters. The first to develop this concept, the DeKalb County agents are spreading the method and its benefits throughout the country. The Urban Gardening Program in Jackson, Miss., is already using the idea. The detergent drums are readily available. They’re used not only by hotels, but also by hospitals and others. The Extension Service uses more barrels than the Westin can provide, so Emory and Crawford Long hospitals and the Emory Inn and Conference Center are pitching in, too. “This is a perfect example of how partnership should work,” Darrow said. “The Westin had a problem waste stream, and the Extension Service saw an opportunity. Now they’re sharing their experience so other businesses and organizations can see the opportunities, too.”last_img read more