President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing The Great American Outdoors Act on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)WASHINGTON — Congressman Tom Reed joined President Donald Trump on Tuesday for the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act.The Problem Solvers endorsed bill became law during the White House ceremony.Reed co-sponsored the legislation, and the Problem Solvers Caucus, which Reed co-chairs, endorsed the bill in July.“We care about the preservation and conservation of our country’s natural treasures, landmarks, wildlife, and public lands,” Reed said “By securing annual funding to eliminate a backlog of maintenance at our national parks and historical sites, this legislation will ensure generations of future Americans will be able to enjoy everything our great nation has to offer. We appreciate the administration’s ongoing leadership on this issue and will continue to fight in a bipartisan manner to protect our environment.” Trump acknowledged the natural beauty found in all areas of the nation.“The Great American Outdoors Act provides $900 million a year in guaranteed funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund so that all Americans can continue to enjoy our parks, wildlife refuges. I mean, if you look at this, if you look at what we do with our wildlife, and — it’s really been incredible. So all of the wildlife areas, the wildlife parks, historic battlefields, national monuments, and public lands,” he said at the signing. “Additionally, this bill provides nearly $10 billion for long-delayed maintenance projects, repairs, and upgrades to make the national parks greater than they have ever been before. We think that’s going to happen.”“The Great American Outdoors Act is the conservation bill of a generation. ACC’s members thank Representative Reed for his leadership and commitment to protecting our nation’s parks and public lands,” said Quill Robinson, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Conservation Coalition.The conservation bill is designed to ensure public lands are protected and preserved. The bipartisan legislation will provide full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and address the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands. 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)
Tickets Now on Sale for Broadway Premiere of Terrence McNally’s Mothers and Sons, Starring Tyne Daly
Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Mothers and Sons What happens to the family when a loved one dies and their partner moves on to start a new life? You’ll need to be at the Golden Theatre to find out. Tickets are now on sale for the previously announced Broadway mounting of Terrence McNally’s newest play, Mothers and Sons, starring Tony winner Tyne Daly. Directed by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall), the drama will begin performances on February 23. Related Shows Bobby Steggert Star Files View Comments The intimate cast features Daly (most recently seen on Broadway in Master Class), Tony nominee Bobby Steggert (most recently seen on Broadway in Big Fish) and Frederick Weller. Opening night is set for March 24 at the Golden Theatre, so grab your mothers, your sons, heck your whole family (little ones excluded), and get ready for some serious drama. In Mothers and Sons, Weller plays Cal Porter and Steggert plays his younger husband, Will Ogden. The play tells the story of Katharine (Daly), who, 20 years after her son’s death, shows up at the door of his former lover, Cal. Cal and his family challenge Katharine to confront the truths of their shared past, as well as a future she never imagined. Mothers and Sons premiered at Bucks County Playhouse in June 2013, starring Daly, Steggert, Manoel Felciano and Grayson Taylor. Tyne Daly
The world premiere of Will Eno’s new off-Broadway play The Open House officially opens March 3 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Oliver Butler and starring Carolyn McCormick and Peter Friedman, the show will run through March 23. Related Shows The cast will also feature Hannah Bos and Michael Countryman and Danny McCarthy. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 Ever enigmatic Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno’s new play is described as follows: “Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, ‘Can things really change?’ People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.” The Open House View Comments
NeNe Leakes went into a total ‘80s time warp on April 10! The Real Housewives of Atlanta star took a trip to Broadway to catch the headbanging jukebox hit Rock of Ages—and obviously, she had “nothin’ but a good time” while rocking out with the stars. After the show, she went backstage to meet the cast and get a behind-the-scenes tour! Check out this Hot Shot of Leakes chilling with the Rock of Ages crew (in some very cool shoes), then see the totally awesome face-melting musical on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Rock of Ages View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015
In addition to O’Malley, Murney and Barber (Wicked), the benefit will include performances from The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley), Chelsea Packard, Jason Michael Snow, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Dana Steingold, Joelle Lurie and Michael Zahler. The evening will feature the music of Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald, re-imagined. View Comments McClung passed away on January 5 after a fire broke out in the Strand Condominium. He was 27 years old. His husband, Michael Cohen, suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to escape. McClung’s plays include Inamorato, Flimsy Things and The Paper Nautilus, which were workshopped with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, PS 122 and AliveWire Theatrics. To learn more about the memorial scholarship fund, and to make a donation, visit AlwaysForDaniel.com. Rory O’Malley, Julia Murney, Jenni Barber and more will perform at 54 Below to pay tribute to the late playwright Daniel James McClung, who passed away earlier this year in a high-rise fire at the Strand apartment building in Manhattan. Always For Daniel: A Celebration of the Life of Daniel James McClung will take place on June 2. Proceeds from the benefit will go to Muhlenberg College Theatre and Dance, McClung’s alma mater, where a scholarship will be established in his name.
All the Way Related Shows Tony-nominated All the Way star Bryan Cranston might be new to the world of theater, but he’s now a part of Broadway history! The stage and screen star was welcomed to the theater community by legendary restaurant Sardi’s, who surprised him with his very own portrait on their famous wall. The Breaking Bad fave is currently channeling President Lyndon B. Johnson in Bill Rauch’s new political drama All the Way at the Neil Simon Theatre. Check out the star’s likeness at Sardi’s, see his performance on Broadway, then find out if he takes home the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play on June 8! Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments Bryan Cranston
Marshall directed the play’s acclaimed world premiere in the spring of 2013 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California. Bencivenga is a writer and director of theater and film. His full length plays include Single Bullet Theory, Couplets, Summer on Fire and Bad Hearts. Billy & Ray The comedy charts the birth of the film noir genre and follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler as they contentiously collaborate to adapt Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940’s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. View Comments As previously announced, in the winter of 2015, Vineyard Theatre will produce the world-premiere musical Brooklynite helmed by Tony-winning director Michael Mayer and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria. Renowned director/writer/producer Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches) will direct the New York debut of Mike Bencivenga’s Billy & Ray off-Broadway. Kicking off the 32nd season of the Vineyard Theatre, performances will begin on October 2 with opening night scheduled for October 20 at The Vineyard. Casting and further creative team will be announced later. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014
Tony winner Karen Ziemba, along with Joe Lisi, James McCaffrey, Jonny Orsini and Brenda Pressley, will star in Almost Home off-Broadway. Written by Walter Anderson and directed by Michael Parva, the new drama will begin previews on September 12 at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row and run through October 12. Opening night is set for September 18. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 12, 2014 In the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents’ dreams for his future and a police captain with plans of his own. Almost Home will feature set design by Harry Feiner, lighting design by Graham Kindred, costume design by Michael McDonald, sound design by Quentin Chiappetta and Hair/Wig Design by Leah J. Loukas. Related Shows Almost Home Ziemba will play Grace. She won the Tony for her performance in Contact and was most recently on stage in Bullets Over Broadway. Lisi will play Harry. His Broadway credits include Take Me Out; his screen credits include Third Watch and The Sopranos. McCaffrey will play Pappas; his screen credits include Rescue Me. Orsini will play Johnny. His Broadway credits include Macbeth and The Nance. Pressley, who will play Luisa, has appeared on the Great White Way in shows including Dreamgirls and The Lyons.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 The Temptations started in the early ‘60s in Detroit and rose to fame in 1964 with “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” They became the first Motown group to win a Grammy—for “Cloud Nine” in 1969. They won again in 1973 for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” and in 2001 for the album Ear-Resistable. Last year, they were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The Temptations singers currently consist of founding member Otis Williams, as well as Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. The Temptations and The Four Tops View Comments Related Shows Two legendary Motown bands are ready to rock the Great White Way. The Temptations and The Four Tops begin their (very) limited Broadway engagement on December 29. They’ll celebrate their 50-year career of classic hits at the Palace Theatre for seven performances through January 4. The Four Tops began as Four Aims in 1956 under Chess Records, singing everything from pop, to blues, to Broadway and jazz. The quartet’s “Baby I Need Your Loving” marked their first Motown hit in 1964; it was soon followed by such chart-toppers as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “It’s The Same Old Song” and “”Reach Out I’ll Be There.” They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and received the 2009 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Original member Abdul “Duke” Fakir is joined by Ronnie McNeir, Harold Bonhart and Lawrence Payton, Jr.
The complete cast is now set for the world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Spoils. Joining previously announced stars Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar in the cast are Michael Zegen, Erin Darke and Annapurna Sriram. The New Group production will begin performances off-Broadway May 5 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night is set for June 2.Zegen recently appeared in Boardwalk Empire; his additional credits include Frances Ha, Girls and the upcoming series Happyish on screen and Bad Jews off-Broadway. Darke’s stage credits include An Early History of Fire with the New Group and The Wayside Motor Inn. She was seen on screen in Kill Your Darlings (opposite her boyfriend Daniel Radcliffe) and Still Alice. Sriram recently appeared off-Broadway in The Happiest Song Plays Last.The play follows Ben (Eisenberg) who’s been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money and bullies everyone in his life—including his Nepalese roommate Kalyan (Nayyar). But when he discovers that his former crush is marrying a banker, he is determined to destroy the relationship and win her back.The Spoils is currently scheduled to run through June 28. This production will feature set design by Derek McLane, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, and projection design by Olivia Sebesky. Related Shows The Spoils View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015