View Comments Stomp The off-Broadway production of Stomp has been approved by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing to leave the Orpheum Theatre—where it has resided for over 20 years—and transfer to an uptown venue. According to the New York Daily News, the production has faced ongoing maintenance problems with the East Village space’s owners.The production reportedly notified the Orpheum’s owners of their intent to move in early April. Some of the production’s issues arose following the devastating March 26 building collapse across the street from the theater. “The show decided we can’t function like this any more,” said Stomp lawyer Glenn Spiegel.Liberty Theatres said in a statement: “After a successful 21-year relationship with The Stomp Company, they informed us that they are seeking to breach their license agreement with Liberty Theatres on what can only be described as purely fabricated grounds. Our hope is that for the good of the production and all crew and cast members we are able to reach resolution swiftly so that Stomp can continue to entertain audiences in the theater it has called home since its very first show in 1994.”No new venue for the show, nor future plans for the Orpheum, have been announced at this time.In the off-Broadway mainstay, performers transform matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more are into percussion instruments. The daily objects weave together a theatrical experience featuring dance, music and improvisation. The cast currently includes Jesse Armerding, Alan Asuncion, Marivaldo dos Santos, Dustin Elsea, Fritzlyn Hector, Brad Holland, Aaron Marcellus, Jason Mills, Manny Osoria, Krystal Renée, Indigo Smith and Carlos Thomas. Related Shows from $49.50
Jeff Daniels Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2016 View Comments One of the most buzzed-about shows of the season has arrived! Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams will start previews in Blackbird on February 5. Directed by Joe Mantello, the Broadway premiere of the 2005 drama by Scottish playwright David Harrower is scheduled to officially open on March 10 and will play through June 12 at the Belasco Theatre.Blackbird explores the relationship between the middle-aged Ray and the now 27-year-old Una. The two last encountered each other 15 years earlier, when Ray was taken into custody following their illegal sexual affair. Despite Ray’s attempts to form a new identity, Una finds him and confronts him at his office.The drama premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 before transferring to the West End. After winning the 2007 Olivier Award, the play made its off-Broadway premiere at Manhattan Theater Club with The Newsroom co-stars Daniels and Alison Pill. A film adaptation, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, is in the early stages of development. Related Shows Jeff Daniels & Michelle Williams Star Files Blackbird Michelle Williams
View Comments Tickets are now available for the Broadway return of Motown the Musical. The production will play a limited engagement from July 12 through November 13 at the Nederlander Theatre. Casting is still to be announced.Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.Motown the Musical previously closed on Broadway on January 18, 2015, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (where Finding Neverland is now playing). Meanwhile, the national tour of the show opened in Chicago in April 2014 and continues to play across the country. A London production began performances on February 11 at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.Disaster! is the current tenant of the Nederlander; the disco musical is scheduled to end its limited engagement on July 3. Motown The Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Related Shows ‘Motown'(Photo by Joan Marcus)
View Comments Star Files At long last, it looks like Grande dame Angela Lansbury will return to the stage in the first Broadway revival of Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden. The five-time Tony winner has been eyeing the project since 2012. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Rudin and Andrew Bryan will produce the show in the 2017-18 season.Lansbury has earned Tony Awards for her performances in Blithe Spirit, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World and Mame. She was also nominated for A Little Night Music and Deuce. Lansbury most recently appeared on Broadway in The Best Man, starring opposite James Earl Jones; the two went on to headline an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy in 2013. Her myriad screen credits include Oscar-nominated performances in The Manchurian Candidate, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gaslight, as well as Murder, She Wrote, for which she received 12 Emmy nods.The Chalk Garden follows a grandmother who tries to find a suitable governess to look after her disturbed granddaughter, Laurel, who is more concerned with exposing the sordid pasts of her potential caregivers.The play originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and starred Gladys Cooper and the late Marian Seldes (whom Lansbury starred opposite in Deuce). It received five Tony Awards nominations including Best Play. The story was adapted into a feature film in 1964 starring Deborah Kerr and Hayley Mills. Angela Lansbury(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Angela Lansbury
Nina Lannan, Charlotte St. Martin, Julie Menin, Daisy Eagan, Alex Brightman, Rashidra Scott, Leslie Kritzer, Laura Penn & Anthony DePaulo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Every year, the go-getters who have dedicated their time and creativity to making the Great White Way the best it can be for 25, 35 or even 50-plus years are toasted at Broadway Salutes. The eighth annual celebration took place on September 20 in Shubert Alley. Broadway.com was on the scene to grab a shot of past Broadway League Chair and Event Co-Chair Nina Lannan, Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin, NYC Mayor’s Office Commissioner of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin, Tony winner Daisy Eagan, School of Rock frontman and Tony nominee Alex Brightman, Broadway alum Rashidra Scott, Something Rotten!’s Leslie Kritzer, Stage Directors & Choreographers’ Society Executive Director and Event Co-Chair Laura Penn and Anthony DePaulo, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees’ Vice President, Coalition of Broadway Unions & Guilds’ Chair and Event Co-Chair. Brightman hosted the event, which included performances from Kritzer, Scott and Eagan. Additional honorees included Guy M. Caso, Catherine Jayne and Tatiana Koulombis and Scott Mallalieu. Broadway director Marc Bruni (pictured below) helmed the successful program. Here’s to all those who put the razzle dazzle in the Great White Way! View Comments
Related Shows John Mulaney & Nick Kroll in ‘Oh, Hello'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Oh, Hello on Broadway View Comments Broadway’s favorite bespectacled geezers have done it! After extending twice on the Great White Way, Oh, Hello has recouped its $2.9 million investment. The play also broke the Lyceum Theatre’s box office record, grossing $911,602 for the week ending January 1. The previous record holder was the 2008 production of Macbeth led by Patrick Stewart. John Mulaney and Nick Kroll’s tuna-tastic comedy, directed by Alex Timbers, is set to play its final performance on January 22.Sad you missed out on the tuna-thon or loved it so much that you want to re-live it constantly? You’re in luck! Oh, Hello is set to be filmed on January 19 and 20 in front of live audiences to be broadcast at a later date.Oh, Hello centers on George St. Geegland (Mulaney) and Gil Faizon (Kroll), two outrageously opinionated native New Yorkers the pair first began playing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC. Honed for over a decade, the duo garnered a cult following and found their way onto a Comedy Central special, viral videos and late-night couches everywhere.The Broadway production is Gil and George’s “memoir for the stage”—a laugh-a-minute, two-man tour-de-force. Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, Ben Platt, Alan Alda and Josh Groban are just a few of the stars Gil and George have welcomed to the stage during the run.The Olivier-winning The Play That Goes Wrong will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre in March 2017. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 22, 2017
It’s about time someone spoke up about cruelty to plants. We decry cruelty to animals (and I do like animals), but plants can’t move. They have to just stand there and take it without yelping, whining or fighting back — except for some of our thorny friends. Other Abusers When these roots are disturbed, they have to regrow. In a critical period when the tree is in trouble anyway for lack of moisture, the difficulty of food and water getting through those damaged areas could kill the tree. Deadly to Roots But I noticed later that afternoon that someone had dumped hot coals out of a grill between two small bushes. The careless act killed both plants by burning the leaves and stems, along with the roots. I recently went to a ball game on a university campus. As usual, the festivities included a lot of tailgating and barbecuing. I saw three other dumps around trees, along with assorted chicken and steak bones. One dogwood was a victim. Dogwoods are known for their shallow root systems. I could see the burns on the tops of the roots. And what about just general abuse — parents who let kids run amok through the plantings at a public garden (it is for the public, isn’t it?) or pick a few posies (there are so many they’ll never be missed), or who themselves walk across the beds for a closer look at a particularly pretty (but now short-lived) specimen? The one pest that’s probably the most detrimental to plants is people. No, they don’t mean to be cruel. But just by their thoughtless actions, they’re killing plants. What about the hikers who leave the paths for a shortcut down the hill or the campers who pour the grease out of the skillet over a patch of “weeds”? Another problem is that people seem to drive their cars anywhere, even onto the root systems of trees. (How many times have you tried to park in the shade?) Most trees’ root systems extend out twice the width of the drip line. Every time someone drives on the roots, it breaks the small feeder roots that feed and water the plant. Fight for the Nonfuzzies It is about time for the “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants” to stand up and fight for the nonfuzzies. It’s time to be heard — although, admittedly, this probably won’t get on the 6 o’clock news. Park in the Shade? Yes, we do have cruel plants. Pitcher plants (Sarraceniaceae) actually live off insects. However, with most plants, the insects — along with diseases and other pests — live off them. Plants make public places a lot more pleasant. Every cultivated and natural area is, in its own right, a plant preserve. Treating plants with more respect will go a long way in improving our environment. Be a member in good standing of the “SPCP”!
The people whose jobs include applying pesticides have to be trained and certified by the state. And Georgia pesticide applicators will have a training nearby on Feb. 15.Wherever you are, the Satellite Pesticide Workshop 2001 won’t be far away. The workshop is offered at 14 sites: Adel, Americus, Augusta, Blairsville, Brunswick, Carrollton, Columbus, Danielsville, Griffin, Lawrenceville, Swainsboro, Thomasville, Tifton and Waycross.Provided by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the workshop begins at 8:15 a.m. at each site. It ends at 4 p.m.Eminent InstructorsCAES scientists and officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Georgia Department of Agriculture will teach the workshop sessions.Commercial applicators will earn 5 hours of recertification credit in any of 14 categories.The workshop fee is $20 if you sign up by Feb. 1. After that, it’s $30. The fee includes drinks and snacks during breaks.To learn more about the workshop, or to sign up, contact the county Extension Service office. Or go to the CAES Entomology Department Web site. Or call them at (706) 542-2816.
The federal government will allow Georgia farmers to grow more tobacco in 2002. But that doesn’t mean they will, say University of Georgia experts.The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set the national basic quota for this year at 582 million pounds, about 33 million pounds more than in 2001.”Looks like we’ll have a 6-percent increase in the basic quota that can be produced in Georgia,” said J. Michael Moore, a tobacco scientist with the UGA Extension Service.But there won’t be 6 percent more acres of tobacco grown or sold in Georgia this year. The basic quota is only the starting point.Last year, growers sold 3 percent more than the 2001 quota. “That 3 percent comes off this year,” Moore said. So, theoretically, this year’s increase will actually be 3 percent.But this is still misleading. Growers have “quite a bit” of 2001 tobacco that hasn’t been sold yet, Moore said.Because of the overselling in 2001 and the tobacco left on farms, there’s a good chance the 2002 crop will actually be less than in 2001, Moore said.Georgia growers will plant between 26,000 and 27,000 acres of tobacco this year.Tobacco is grown on only a small portion of Georgia’s 10 million acres of farmland. But it’s still a profitable crop, said Bill Givan, a UGA Extension Service economist. In terms of its farm-gate value, it’s the state’s third-leading field crop, bringing in $120 million in 2000.The average price support for the 2002 crop will be $1.656 per pound, or 0.4 cents per pound less than last year.However, growers should get the same amount of return for the crop this year, Givan said. Production costs should be slightly less in 2002, making the net return on investment about the same as last year.USDA figures the tobacco quota by adding cigarette makers’ buying intentions to the three-year tobacco export average, then subtracting the leaf held by the Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation.Stabilization, as it is known, directs the price support program for tobacco under contractual agreement with the USDA.
Use care in the kitchenHarrison said cross-contamination from raw chitterlings ontokitchen surfaces, food, toys, bottles and pacifiers is to blamefor the spread of Yersinia.While anyone who consumes the bacteria is susceptible, Harrisonsaid most cases in Georgia occur in children less than 5 yearsold. These cases often occur in children under 2 who aren’t eveneating chitterlings.”Young children are the ones getting sick from the bacteria beingspread throughout the kitchen,” she said. “If toys, bottles orpacifiers come in contact with contaminated areas in the kitchen,children get sick.”Anything that has touched the raw chitterlings or their juices isa potential source of contamination.Common symptoms of Yersinia are diarrhea, stomach pains andfever. These symptoms usually occur within three to seven days ofconsumption.Younger children may have severe, bloody diarrhea, while olderchildren and adults may have severe stomach pain that resemblesappendicitis. Severe cases may require hospitalization. By Brooke HatfieldUniversity of GeorgiaChitterlings may pose more risk of a food-borne illness than manypeople realize. Better known as “chitlins,” these fried favoritescan spread Yersinia enterocolitica, a bacterium commonly found inpigs and other animals.”The problem occurs when raw chitterlings are cleaned in thekitchen,” said Judy Harrison, an extension service foodspecialist with the University of Georgia College of Family andConsumer Sciences. Buy precooked or boil them yourselfTo prevent Yersinia, use only precooked chitterlings or boil themfor 5 minutes before cleaning them, according to the GeorgiaDepartment of Human Resources’ Public Health Division.Clean the kitchen thoroughly. Use a solution of 1 tablespoon ofchlorine bleach per gallon of warm water to treat surfaces thathave come into contact with raw chitterlings or their juices.Then allow the surfaces to air-dry.Wash utensils in this solution, too, once you’ve washed them inhot water and soap or in the dishwasher. Place them in thesolution for 1 minute. Then allow them to air-dry.After boiling the chitterlings, clean and cook them as usual.Make sure they’re thoroughly cooked before eating them.