Chautauqua County Reports 17 New Cases Of COVID-19 Thursday

first_imgMAYVILLE- Chautauqua County officials have reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 727.The new cases Thursday consist of six new cases in Dunkirk, four in Jamestown, two in Fredonia, two in Lakewood, one in Irving, one in Findley Lake, and one in Frewsburg.313 people remain under under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and and are being monitored. 22 people remained under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State Travel Advisory. There remains five people hospitalized in the county.To date, there have been 646 recoveries, 13 deaths, and 48,720 negative tests administered. 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

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Tickets Now on Sale for Off-Broadway Revival of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly

first_img Set in the Hollywood Hills of the mid-1980s, Hurlyburly is a chilling comedy focusing on four men caught in a world of parties, backbiting, lies, and self-obsession in the decade of decadence. But a string of encounters with destiny convinces one of them to dig beneath the surface to discover his soul. Tickets are now on sale for the revival of Tony winner David Rabe’s Hurlyburly at The Chain Theatre. Directed by Rich Ferraioli, performances will begin off-Broadway February 14, with opening night set for February 19. View Comments The Hurlyburly cast features Deven Anderson (Ghosts of Provincetown), Jacklyn Collier (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rachel Cora (Heaven Burns), Kirk Gostkowski (Leave Me Behind), Chris Harcum (Apostles of Park Slope), Brandon Scott Hughes (Deadly Affairs) and Christina Elise Perry (Interviews).center_img The original production of Hurlyburly directed by Mike Nichols was a hit on Broadway in 1984 and featured William Hurt, Judith Ivey, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Stiller, Sigourney Weaver and Cynthia Nixon. Though originally presented in three-acts, the Variations Theatre Group production at the Chain Theatre will mount the revised version used in the 2005 revival starring Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale. Rabe’s other plays include the Tony-winning Sticks and Bones, Streamers, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Boom Boom Room. His screenwriting credits include The Firm, Casualties of War, Streamers and I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can.last_img read more

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Tony Winner Julie White Boards CBS Comedy Pilot

first_imgTony winner Julie White has landed a CBS comedy pilot, Save the Date. According to Deadline she will star opposite Gossip Girl and Buffy star Michelle Trachtenberg and Psych’s Maggie Lawson. White won her Tony for her performance in The Little Dog Laughed, and was most recently seen on the Main Stem when she took over from Sigourney Weaver in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other screen credits include the Matthew Perry-Laura Benanti sitcom Go On and she was also in all those little Transformers movies you might have heard of. White will play the role of Connie, who is mom to sisters Hillary (Trachtenberg) and Katie (Lawson). The recently single Katie has booked a wedding venue while drunk and now needs to find the right man in time.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Idina Menzel’s Frozen Hit ‘Let It Go’ Breaks into Billboard’s Top 10

first_img View Comments Idina Menzel’s rendition of Frozen’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” is rising like the break of dawn. The song just broke into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; “Let It Go” is now the number nine song in the country.“Let It Go” has spent 15 weeks on the chart, and Tony-winning diva Menzel’s much-buzzed about performance on the Oscars telecast helped catapult the song from 17 to nine this week.The wickedly talented If/Then star’s company in the top 10 includes Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, John Legend, Lorde and Beyonce.Listen to the track below. Come on, you know you want to hear it again! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Idina Menzel Star Files Related Shows If/Thenlast_img read more

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Rob McClure to Star in Irma La Douce at Encores!

first_img Star Files After a three-year run in Paris, an English-language version of Irma La Douce, directed by Peter Brook, appeared in London and then on Broadway, where it opened at the Plymouth Theatre on September 29, 1960 and ran for 524 performances. The score produced one standard, “Our Language of Love,” and also features “The Valse Millieu” and “Dis Donc.” View Comments Jennifer Bowles (Matilda) will play the title role opposite Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin) in a New York City Center Encores! production of Irma La Douce. With music by Marguerite Monnot and English book and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman, the show is adapted from original book and lyrics by Alexandre Breffort. The final production of the 2014 Encores! season, Irma La Douce will run for seven performances, May 7 through May 11.center_img Irma La Douce will be the first musical at Encores! not written on American soil. The show tells the tale of a Parisian lady of the evening (Bowles) and the law student (McClure) who falls in love with her. Directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Chase Brock, Irma La Douce will also feature Sam Bolen, Allan Corduner, Ben Crawford, Stephen DeRosa, Ken Krugman, Zachary James and Chris Sullivan with Kurt Froman, Joseph Medeiros, Joseph Simeone and Manuel Stark. Rob McClurelast_img read more

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A Month in the Country’s Megan West & Mike Faist on Co-Star Crushes & More

first_imgMegan West and Mike Faist are spending A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company alongside two very high-profile co-stars: Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones. Although both young stars are new to the theater scene, Faist cut his teeth in Broadway’s Newsies and West is best known as mysterious victim Lila Stangard on TV’s How to Get Away With Murder. In their new gig, West and Faist play Vera, a student, and Aleksei, a tutor, respectively, who both live in the household of Natalya (Schilling). But when both Vera and Natalya fall in love with Aleksei, things get tricky…and steamy. Broadway.com spent the afternoon with two stars to chat about TV addiction, love at first sight and secret crushes. Q: A Month in the Country is a departure from Newsies, Mike. Do you ever bust out a pirouette for everyone?MEGAN WEST: Yes! I can vouch, we make him do it. Dance for us, fouette, come on!Q: This play was written in the 1800s—were you surprised how salacious and sexy it is?MIKE FAIST: It’s like a romance novel.MEGAN WEST: It’s an erotic comedy.MIKE FAIST: Bring out the sex! [Laughs.]Q: Speaking of which, Mike, did you ever think you’d be making out with Taylor Schilling?MEGAN WEST: Well, I was shocked. I didn’t know it was happening ‘til it happened.MIKE FAIST: I didn’t know it was happening either. We started trying it three weeks into rehearsal. Erica [Schmidt, director] pulled Taylor and I aside and it was very secretive.Q: There’s a lot of unrequited love in this show. Did you ever have a crush that didn’t like you back?MEGAN WEST: Growing up, I had so many theater crushes. When I was little I did The Sound of Music, and I was Gretl, the youngest. I had a crush on all of my older siblings! One of them kissed me on the cheek in the show. Oof!Q: Mike, do you believe in love at first sight?MIKE FAIST: I do. My girlfriend Alexis and I met through my friend from high school—they came to New York for the weekend and saw me in Newsies. I was instantaneously in love. Then she needed a place to stay in New York, so she asked if she could stay with me. I was like, “YES. Yes, you’re gorgeous.” I was spitting all types of game, and she said no! I just kept being so obnoxious, it finally happened. Always be persistent! Related Shows Q: You’ve been working together a few months now—when you first met, what were your first impressions of each other?MEGAN WEST: I was so nervous about meeting everybody. I wanted to have a visual of what everyone was gonna look like, but Mike only had these baby photos online, and I was like, “How old is this kid?”MIKE FAIST: I’m 12! [Laughs.] I’m really 23.MEGAN WEST: I’m 24 and I thought, “Wow, maybe I’m supposed to look younger.”Q: Are the nerves going away now, Megan?MEGAN WEST: I’m still warming up, but I realized that these people are human beings, instead of—MIKE FAIST: Yeah, instead of the celebrity persona. I finally went out for drinks with Peter [Dinklage] and told him that every time I see him, I’m like, [singing the Game of Thrones theme song] “Duh-duh-da-duh, duh-duh-da-duh.” I gotta stop doing that!Q: If you could only watch HBO or Netflix for the rest of your life, which would you pick?MEGAN WEST: That’s not fair!MIKE FAIST: I have Netflix, so I choose HBO. The grass is always greener.MEGAN WEST: Yeah, I love HBO.Q: So you’re both Team HBO?MEGAN WEST: Not that I don’t love Orange Is the New Black.Q: Speaking of TV, Broadway.com did a musical fantasy cast of How to Get Away with Murder—could you see it onstage, Megan?MEGAN WEST: It’d be really dark! Maybe it would be like Sweeney Todd, very emotional.MIKE FAIST: Would Audra McDonald be Viola Davis?MEGAN WEST: What about Billy Porter? [Laughs.] He could do it! He’s so talented. See West and Faist in A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company.center_img View Comments A Month in the Country Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 28, 2015last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Darren Criss, Lindsay Mendez & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time to grab a glass (OK fine, three bottles) of wine, kick back and read the Lessons of the Week! As usual, some really weird stuff happened. Check out what we learned about puppet sex confessions, Jell-O baths, glittery beards and more below.Corey Cott Stage-Doored GroffsauceBefore Gigi star Corey Cott became Broadway’s (self-proclaimed) number-one sex symbol, he was a hardcore theater nerd, just like us! He even waited at the stage door for a photo with Jonathan Groff in his Spring Awakening days. Keep the blackmail adorable photos coming, Corey! Remember, we’re all in this together.Erich Bergen Has a Puppet Sex DenWe’re pretty sure the wild puppet sex in Hand to God is meant to be shocking, but a bunch of Broadway stars were surprisingly cool with it on opening night. Especially Jersey Boys movie star Erich Bergen, who joked that he has a 50 Shades of Fuzz-style puppet dungeon in his apartment. You were just joking, weren’t you Erich? Uh, weren’t you?Wanna Sing Like Lindsay? Eat ChipsLindsay Mendez revealed a strange tip on Broaway Nosh: Lay’s potato chips help coat the throat before singing. Hmm, this gives us an idea. We think we’ll try eating chips before “Defying Gravity.” It’s time to try eating chips before “Defying Gravity.” And nobody in all of Food Emporium is ever gonna bring us down!Chip Zien Goes Au NaturelWe had no idea It Shoulda Been You papa Chip Zien was such a rebel! On Sierra Boggess’ video blog, the Into the Woods alum revealed that he never wears makeup on stage—even though his dressing roommate Edward Hibbert has a bunch he could borrow. So Chip, guessing you won’t be playing Hedwig, Lola or Frank-N-Furter anytime soon?Sutton Foster Is a Fine WineThe Tony winner has been making lots of new friends lately—first, she met her new pal Frida (um, not Kahlo) on TV’s Younger, and then she spent the morning hanging out with the hosts of Today, where she revealed that she and Frida are not actually 26, but aging gracefully, like a bottle of Cabernet. We’ll drink to that. Everybody rise!Kelsey Grammer Chills in His UndiesAhoy! The Rockettes are the only ones that don’t wear pants. Finding Neverland star Kelsey Grammer’s cozy pirate hideaway is also a trouser-free zone. Not only is there a skull-and-crossbones flag and more treasures from the sea, it’s so comfy, the captain takes off his hook and drops trou. Box-arrrrs or briefs, Kels?Gary Barlow Bathed in Jell-OKelsey Grammer isn’t the only guy from Finding Neverland who likes to show some skin. We did some digging and found this video of composer Gary Barlow from his early Take That boy band days, featuring the singer-songwriter stripping and covering himself in Jell-O and whipped cream, as one does. Any chance we’ll see an encore performance on opening night, Gary?James Corden Is Basically Idina MenzelThe new host of The Late Late Show has been hitting it out of the park so far—he even pulled out his best Idina Menzel impression when he dueted with Josh Gad on a medley of Frozen songs. Wow James, you can really belt! Now eat some Lay’s potato chips and sing “Defying Gravity.”You Can Now Spy on Broadway.comCalling all theater fans and creepy voyeurs: You can now go all Rear Window on the Broadway.com offices! We’re obsessed with Periscope, the awesome app that lets you create live broadcasts on your phone. Get completely unconfirmed gossip, impromptu star interviews, new Oreo flavor reviews and fangirling sessions at Broadway.com HQ every weekday at 5:00 PM EST. Warning—we’re a little crazy. (But at least we keep our pants on.)Darren Criss’ Hedwig Has a BeardThe Glee star isn’t just adding new lines and jokes when he takes over in the hit rock musical—he’s also going to be the first Hedwig in history to keep his facial hair. He told Broadway.com he might grow a handlebar moustache and put glitter in it for his debut as the transgender rock goddess. Darren, we know you’re kidding about the beard thing, but don’t even joke about messing with your eyebrows, OK? Twitter will explode. Darren Criss View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Bruce Willis Picks B’way Over Woody Allen & More

first_img Related Shows View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Willis Picks B’way Over WoodyBruce Willis is taking his Broadway debut in Stephen King’s Misery very seriously. Deadline reports that the megastar has pulled out of Woody Allen’s new film so he can focus on the stage adaptation of the hit novel and movie. Allen is planning to recast to keep the currently untitled film, which also stars Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Corey Stoll and more, on schedule. Willis will begin performances opposite three-time Emmy winner and two-time Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf at the Broadhurst Theatre on October 22. We cannot wait!Maggie Smith’s Van Gets Awards-Qualifying ReleaseTony and Oscar winner Maggie Smith could be adding another trophy to her collection—the previously reported silver screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van will receive an awards-qualifying December release from Sony Pictures Classics. According to Variety, the movie, which is helmed by theater legend Nicholas Hytner (who also directed the stage play), will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Check out the film’s trailer, including a scene-stealing cameo by Tony winner James Corden, here.Get Your Fiddler Facts Straight!Just in time for the opening of the new Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof comes the perfect accompaniment—the paperback release on August 25 of Tradition! The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, The World’s Most Beloved Musical. Barbara Isenberg, the author, weaves together behind-the-scenes tales and anecdotes on the making of the show and film, fabulous examples of which you can find here!Alan Cumming’s Latest AccoladeCheck out this hot shot taken by Bruce Glikas below, of Tony winner Alan Cumming picking up the Absolute Brightness Award on August 24 from James Lecesne, who had just completed a performance in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. The honor is bestowed for being a unique individual who is a shining beacon in their community, and an inspiration to live as your truest self. You can catch the production at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre through October 4. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Miserylast_img read more

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The Wiz Live! Team Introduces a New, Free-Willed Dorothy

first_imgWhen NBC’s The Wiz Live! airs on December 3, viewers will meet a brand new Dorothy for a brand new day. The Kansas girl is no longer a victim of chance; she’s doing the Nae Nae; she even has a new song with her Ozian friends.Tony winner Harvey Fierstein has revamped the musical’s book to tell a story apt for 2015, but his work extends past modernizing the dialogue. “There are certain questions I’ve always had,” he explained at a recent press event. “What is her journey? Is she just a victim? I made her in charge of her own life.”In Fierstein’s new script, Dorothy—originally from Omaha—lives with her aunt (played by Stephanie Mills, The Wiz’s original Dorothy) after her parents died. She misses Nebraska, but learns on her journey through Oz that home is where you love and are loved. There is purpose behind her actions that lead to that discovery.“It’s very modern. It’s a girl trying to find out and where she belongs in 2015,” newcomer Shanice Williams, who takes on the seminal role for the telecast, explained. The 19-year-old had her own moment of questioning where home was just before booking this gig: “I went to school in Los Angeles and was like, ‘I do not belong here.’ I came [to New York] and auditioned for this the day after I got off the plane.”With new autonomy comes some new moves. “We have every fun street dance that’s out there,” choreographer Fatima Robinson said. “We’re Hitting the Quan, we’re hitting the Nae Nae.” Arranger Stephen Oremus and music producer Harvey Mason Jr. were tasked with creating a new sound for said steps. “We have a hybrid of all the different musical styles that feels modern, but also honors the score,” said Oremus. Skeptical? Williams assured us it’s done “in the classiest way. It’s not gonna be ratchet!”Oremus and Mason Jr. also collaborated with Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley—NBC’s Tin Man and Scarecrow, respectively—to introduce a new song roughly halfway through the presentation. The number, titled “We Got It,” features Dorothy rallying her newfound companions as they set out to kill the wicked witch Evillene.Ne-Yo and Mason Jr., both Grammy winners for R&B (as performer and producer, respectively), understood the challenge of adapting to a new medium. “There’s a difference between that style of writing [for radio] and writing for theater. The storytelling element has to be kicked up,” explained Ne-Yo.Mason Jr. still has hit-making on his mind, though he’s careful not to compromise the number’s context: “It’s telling a great story. A song like this would be a bit of a long-shot at radio, but it’s the kind of thing that could stand out.”For director Kenny Leon, this is an opportunity to expand a theatergoing audience to millions of spectators in just one night. Whether they are coming in as fans of the original musical, the 1978 film or the new all-star cast, he wants to make this an experience specific to today, and that’s just what he hopes these changes do.“I tried to honor [book writer] William Brown, [Broadway director] Geoffrey Holder and [composer] Charlie Smalls, but I’m also trying to address it for now,” Leon said. When they turn the TV off at 11 o’clock, I want people to talk about what it meant to their lives.”All of these alterations were made especially for the telecast, but with the intention to incorporate them in a forthcoming Broadway revival, slated for the 2016-17 season. “We’re thinking in terms of the proscenium,” producer Neil Meron said, looking ahead. “‘Oh, this would work on Broadway. Will these costumes work? The choreography? Harvey’s script?’ All of that has a dual purpose.”There may be pressure—and some big silver shoes to fill—but Williams has undoubtedly found a new home on the stage and screen. And a new family as well: “She asked me if she could call me Uncle Kenny,” Leon said. “I said yes.”And what does the original Dorothy have to say about her latest successor? “I had to find a way and make it mine; now she’s finding her way,” said Mills. “She’s delicious as Dorothy. She’s a star. Her Yellow Brick Road is going to be gold.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Jarrod Spector on Never Losing That Lovin’ Feeling for His Time in Beautiful

first_img View Comments Jarrod Spector Star Files Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive Jarrod Spector was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Beautiful as Barry Mann, the real-life hitmaker who—with his wife, Cynthia Weil—is behind dozens of hits. Spector will play his final performance in the role on February 28. We asked the actor to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what he’ll miss, what he learned and more about his time in the show.How did you feel when you first got this job?Full disclosure: When I was offered the role of Barry in Beautiful, I was in contention for another job which I thought would be a big deal for my career. I had done a reading of Beautiful, and while I knew the music was very special, I could not have predicted that the show itself would become what it has become nor could I have known the impact Barry would have on my life. When the other job went “in another direction”—classic producer and casting director language for “you’re not getting the role”—I was grateful to have Beautiful—but, I admit, I was disappointed. In short, I am an idiot. The other project, which shall remain nameless, by all accounts came nowhere close to living up to expectations, while Beautiful, both as a show and in terms of my experience, got better and better with every day of rehearsal. My wife, Kelli [Barrett], told me when this all of this transpired back in the summer of 2013 that this was the best possible outcome. She’s always right.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I’m not sure exactly how I am meant to put into words how I feel about the last two and half years right now as they’re coming to an end. I’m extremely proud of the show that we created—and I really do mean the “we” part. Not every creative team is (forgive me) created equal and ours was truly collaborative, from our producers, our brilliant director Marc Bruni to our writer Doug McGrath on down. I’m humbled every time I see someone in the house who is weeping during the curtain call, or when someone comes to the stage door and tells us how moved they were or that they were transported back to a specific and wonderful moment in their lives, or who had no idea the scope of the impact Carole, Gerry, Barry and Cynthia had on the musical world outside of the Tapestry record but had learned so much watching the show. I’m sad to leave. The nostalgia is kicking in hardcore.
What are three words you would use to describe your experience?It’s been an astonishing, joyful blessing.What was the easiest thing about this job?Learning and loving the music. It’s impossibly good, song after song.What was the hardest thing?Without question the decision to leave was the most difficult part of my Beautiful experience. I’m in denial that I’m answering these questions right now.
What was the highlight of your time at this job?There is an embarrassment of riches from which to choose. I think the high point for me was the night Barry Mann himself came onstage with me at 54 Below. We did two duets and as a bonus I got to sit and listen to him play and sing “Somewhere Out There”—one of my very favorite Mann/Weil compositions. Cynthia and many of our cast were in the audience and I distinctly remember thinking to myself that life just doesn’t get much better than that.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?More than anything: a respect for the real-life people on the stage. Do your utmost to honor their talents and tell their story and the show will continue to touch audiences in a way that has been a continual surprise since our first preview.
What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Barry’s comedy is not slapstick. After what will have been nearly 1,000 shows, I can tell you that the moment you play for the laughs, they’re gone. Just play the scene, don’t try to get the laughs. But also…get the laughs.
How do you think you’ve grown?In all seriousness I learned on the job the bit of advice I just gave in the previous answer. Coming into Beautiful I did not have much comedic experience—after all, the stage version of Frankie Valli is not terribly funny—so while I gleaned as much as I could from my memory of growing up watching Woody Allen, Paul Reiser et al., I definitely went through stretches of not understanding why certain jokes weren’t landing. Then I realized it was because I was thinking of them as jokes—they aren’t. They’re just words spoken by my character as he tries to get what he wants.
Why are you leaving?I asked this same question of a wise co-star when she left our show at a time that seemed premature. She said that she wanted to leave before getting to a place where she felt that she wasn’t good at playing the role anymore, that she owed it to herself, to her castmates and to the show to know when to move on. Before the jokes aren’t funny anymore, while I still love the role, the show and the people in it, it’s time to go find a new adventure.
What will you miss the most?I am aware how slim the chances are of having the opportunity to play a role with which you connect in a show that not only makes you proud, but actually draws in nightly audiences that love it AND that just happens to be on Broadway…it’s a miracle. I will so deeply miss being a part of it.last_img read more

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