Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported Sunday

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) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Two additional cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Sunday.Health officials say the new cases involve a woman in her 30s and a man in his 70s.There is now a total of 74 cases with 27 active.So far, 43 have recovered, up three from Saturday. Since the outbreak began four people have died from COVID-19 in the county.last_img read more

Pennsylvania’s Governor Calls For Legal Adult Cannabis Use

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageHARRISBURG – Saying generated tax revenues would strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy, Governor Tom Wolf is calling on the state legislature to legalize taxable adult-use cannabis.“I urge the legislature to join me in building a foundation now to strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy by legalizing cannabis for adult use,” Wolf said. “This is revenue that can help Pennsylvanians adversely impacted by the criminal justice system access restorative justice programs, it can be earmarked to help our historically disadvantaged small businesses weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, and it will give our economy a much-needed boost.”The state and federal mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused enormous disruptions to Pennsylvania’s economy, and with additional federal aid stagnating in Congress, Wolf said adult-use cannabis legalization now will go a long way in helping the state’s economy recover in the future.Some states that have legalized adult-use cannabis have received hundreds of millions in additional revenue, Wolf said. Wolf stressed that while it will take time to build a system that will bring in that level of revenue in Pennsylvania, there are things the legislature can and should do now to ensure that the state and its residents can benefit from that revenue as soon as possible.“The decriminalization and legalization of adult-use cannabis are what the people of Pennsylvania want,” Gov. Wolf said. “I urge the General Assembly to listen to them.” 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),Yes, it is a natural plant. Alcohol has to be made and look what crimes happen when alcohol is in the picture. LEGALIZE ITlast_img read more

Laura Benanti, Ramin Karimloo & More Set for Parade

first_img View Comments Laura Benanti Laura Benanti, Ramin Karimloo, Joshua Henry, Andy Mientus and more Broadway faves have joined the previously announced concert presentation of Parade. The musical by Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry marks the third production from Manhattan Concert Productions’ Broadway Series. The one-night-only event will take place on February 16, 2015 at Avery Fisher Hall. Brown will conduct his Tony-winning score.Benanti, who takes on the role of Lucille Frank, took home a Tony for her performance in Gypsy; the stage and screen fave was also nominated for Into the Woods and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break Down. Karimloo, who will play extremist writer Tom Watson, currently stars as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in his Tony-nominated Broadway debut. Henry, who will play Jim Conley, also earned a Tony nod earlier this year for his performance in Violet; he was also nominated for The Scottsboro Boys. Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Mientus will take on the role of Britt Craig; he made his Broadway debut this spring in Les Miserables.The cast will also feature Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked) as Mrs. Phagan, John Ellison Conlee (Murder Ballad) as Hugh Dorsey, Charlie Franklin (Bridges of Madison County) as Young Soldier/Frankie Epps, Davis Gaines (Phantom) as Old Soldier/Judge Roan, Caitlin Houlahan as Iola Stover, Andrea Jones-Sojola as Minnie Mcknight/Angela/Nina Formby, Nathaniel Stempley as Newt Lee/Riley and Emerson Steele as Mary Phagan. Additional casting, including the role of Leo Frank, will be announced later.Based on the true story of Leo Frank, convicted for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta in 1913, Parade recounts the press frenzy and public outrage about Frank’s trial and the crusade for justice waged by his wife, Lucille. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the musical explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Side Show Stars Emily Padgett & Erin Davie Belt It Out on The View

first_img View Comments Side Show Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Erin Davie Star Files Side Show stars Emily Padgett and Erin Davie stopped by The View on December 17 to perform the Act One power ballad “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” The reimagined production may leave us on January 4, 2015, but that’s not stopping these twins from belting their hearts out. Try not to get goosebumps during the wild applause just before their final refrain. We also love that Rosie O’Donnell introduced the two of them. It’s totally a throwback to 1997! Check out the clip below, and catch Side Show at the St. James Theatre.last_img read more

Peter Land Exits Ruthless! Following Medical Emergency

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 View Comments Related Shows Peter Land has departed the off-Broadway revival of Ruthless! The Musical following an onstage collapse on July 17. Land, who starred in the musical comedy as Sylvia St. Croix, received emergency surgery for a tear in the aorta. A spokesperson for the production has confirmed that he has been discharged from the hospital earlier this week and that his recovery is going “extremely well.”Paul Pecorino, who has appeared off-Broadway in Devil Boys from Beyond and The Crumple Zone, has taken over for the role. In the interim, director and co-creator Joel Paley played the part of Sylvia. Land, the husband of choreographer Gillian Lynne, has appeared on Broadway in All’s Well That Ends Well; his extensive London credits include My Fair Lady, Cabaret and The Phantom of the Opera.Ruthless!, a musical sendup of child stars and overbearing adults, opened officially at St. Luke’s Theatre on July 13. The cast features newcomer Tori Murray, Kim Maresca, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough and Tracy Jai Edwards.Broadway.com wishes Land a speedy and safe recovery. Ruthless! The Musicallast_img read more

Check Out Clips, Pics & More from Broadway at the White House

first_img View Comments Star Files [View the story “Broadway at the White House ” on Storify] Kristin Chenoweth Some of musical theater’s best filled the White House’s halls with show tunes on November 16 for Broadway at the White House, a special workshop hosted by Michelle Obama, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Finding Neverland star Matthew Morrison. The First Lady welcomed dozens of arts-enthused students to her presidential digs to join in with a series of classes and panels, as well as to watch some performances from shows such as Fun Home, An American in Paris and Something Rotten!. Take a look at clips, tweets, grams and more from yesterday, and tune in to TLC on Thanksgiving Day for a broadcast of the events.last_img read more

The George Takei & Lea Salonga-Led Allegiance Sets B’way Closing Date

first_img View Comments Oh my! Allegiance, starring George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and more will shutter on Broadway on February 14. At time of closing, the new musical will have played 37 previews and 113 regular performances at the Longacre Theatre. The production officially opened on November 8, 2015.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.The cast also includes Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe.A national tour and international productions are in the works.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Related Shows Allegiance Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016last_img read more

American Psycho’s Jennifer Damiano Is Broadway.com’s Latest Vlogger

first_imgJennifer Damiano Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 Related Shows View Commentscenter_img American Psycho American Psycho’s Jennifer Damiano is next in line to vlog for Brooadway.com! Stay on guard for Killing Time: Backstage at American Psycho with Jennifer Damiano.Damiano, who plays Jean (played by Chloë Sevigny in the 2000 film), will capture the excitement of the new musical behind the scenes and beyond at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Expect plenty of appearances from her castmates, including Benjamin Walker, former Next to Normal co-star Alice Ripley, Heléne Yorke, Drew Moerlein and more.After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of Spring Awakening, Damiano received a Tony nod for her performance as Natalie in Next to Normal and went on to originate the role of Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.Look out for Killing Time beginning March 17; it will run every Thursday for eight weeks.last_img read more

The Comedy about a Bank Robbery’s Charlie Russell on Playing an American & Not Going Wrong with Mischief

first_img The Mischief Theatre Company has now had three West End shows, starting with the ongoing and Olivier-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, then Peter Pan Goes Wrong and now The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, which opened at the Criterion Theatre to rave reviews last month. Their first show set in the U.S., director Mark Bell’s production casts Charlie Russell as the wily, wonderfully named Caprice Freeboys, daughter of the manager of the Minneapolis bank of the title. Russell took time one recent evening to talk about the little company that has gone from strength to strength as they start to look toward Broadway.This show is quite different from Mischief Theatre’s two previous West End entries—for one thing, there’s no “goes wrong” in the title.I was pretty nervous, actually. I think I knew I had it in me [to play an American] and that it was something I wanted to do, and that it was really important for us as a company to step forward, but I was scared, to be honest.What are the challenges of Bank Robbery?There’s the accent, of course. Also, with our other plays, I was playing an actress [Sandra] who was helping to put on the show we were doing, so there was a huge connection with the audience. With this one, I’m playing the character of Caprice throughout, so I had to keep myself from breaking the fourth wall.Is it important that Mischief tries new things?Sure, and it’s a little like someone’s second or third album: are people going to like the new thing we’re doing? But we knew that even if they didn’t, we had to do what we liked as a company and not try and do the same old thing just because it’s making money.Why the 1950s American Midwestern setting?We got something of a Fargo vibe about Minneapolis in the late 1950s that seemed right, and it was important also that we were talking about a smaller bank! This isn’t a huge New York thing with a huge vault—it’s meant to be a smaller bank with smaller criminals.I love your character’s name—Caprice Freeboys!Yes, I’m constantly pinching myself that I am getting to play this part because it’s such a gift. Caprice is named for the word capricious, which gives you an indication right away of what her character might be, and the part plays into my favorite sorts of roles: slightly vintage period stuff from the 1940s or ‘50s, a girl with quite a bit of sass.Not to mention that most of the rest of the cast falls in love—or at least lust—with her.It’s nice that my friends [who co-wrote the play and also appear in it] thought the casting would be appropriate! It’s nice that Caprice is in demand and what’s even nicer is how independent she is for a woman in 1958. She actually has her own apartment, for one thing, and she’s quite wily.How are you holding up physically, given the toll that Mischief’s comedies have been known to take on their actors?I’ve not done anything that has given me long-term damage physically, though psychologically might be a different matter. No, I’m joking. I’ve had a few scrapes and trapped a nerve mid-show during Peter Pan Goes Wrong, but I do go to the gym quite regularly now. I’ve sort of accepted my fate.You do some pretty gravity-defying stuff as Caprice.If you want to know the truth, I actually do get scared of heights! Luckily, I’m surrounded by top professionals in case anything really does go wrong, and one thing I did do at LAMDA [drama school] was stage combat so I’m OK with big heavy weapons and things like doors coming at my face or people throwing me out a window.How does it feel now that you and your Mischief colleagues have remained together across three shows?And to think that I was 19 when I met all these guys! We really are so lucky: it’s not to say that we haven’t worked really hard all our lives, but we’re very fortunate that our hard work has turned into a success.Do you ever yearn to break away and maybe go off and audition elsewhere, away from Mischief?I think we’d all love to do loads of different things: I mean, I still hold on to the dream that I’ll be a superhero! But I don’t think I’ll ever underestimate how wonderful it is to be able to work with your best mates.And with Broadway mooted for The Play That Goes Wrong in 2017.Oh my God, like, what the f*ck? That would be a dream come true—like, how have we earned that? Surely someone’s going to call fraud! To go to Broadway would be just amazing; I would love that more than anything. View Comments Charlie Russell in ‘The Comedy about a Bank Robbery'(Photo: Darren Bell)last_img read more

Danielle Brooks on Her 18-Story Times Square Billboard

first_imgBrooks hopes to use her influence to serve as a role model for young people, especially young girls. Having role models that she could identify with is what equipped her with the confidence to pursue acting.“When I sign autographs at the stagedoor every night, I have young girls that say ‘Thank you’ or ‘I see myself in you,”’ revealed Brooks. “The Color Purple was the first show I ever saw. Seeing Felicia Fields as Sofia and all the different sizes of those women that were onstage was confirmation for me that I could do it.”This cause is too beautiful for words, as is the bodacious Brooks’ Times Square billboard.“We’re really striving to live in a world of inclusivity where everyone is represented and everyone can love themselves for who they are,” the Tony nominee continued. “We’re not ashamed of our bodies. We want to be seen. We are here.” Not only can you catch Danielle Brooks giving a powerhouse performance as Sofia in The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre through November 13; you also can’t miss her on a gorgeous, gigantic billboard in Times Square for Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign. We recently caught up with Brooks on how it feels to shine at 18 stories tall.“It’s incredible. It’s the first time I’ve had a poster by myself that’s not me in character,” Brooks told Broadway.com. “I look forward to sharing it with my family. They’re coming to my last performance of The Color Purple, and they’ll get to see it. I’m really thrilled about it.”Prior to making her Tony-nominated Broadway debut in The Color Purple, the Juilliard alum turned heads as Taystee on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. Leave it to Danni B. to use her platform for empowering others. Brooks has partnered up with Lane Bryant and Refinery29 for the 67 Percent Project.“67 percent of women in America are plus size, which means size 14 and above,” Brooks said. “But plus size women make up less than two percent of images in mainstream media. This is an initiative to show the variety of women in media at the same rate that we exist in reality.” Danielle Brooks photographed by Cass Bird for Lane BryantTimes Square Billboard photo by Caitlin McNaney View Comments The Color Purple Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Danielle Brookslast_img read more