Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.WASHINGTON – A group of Congressman, including Republican Tom Reed, recently introduced a bill to help further infrastructure projects nationwide.Reed says the Infrastructure Bank for America Act of 2020 is intended to support wholesale lending to infrastructure projects through state and local governments, state infrastructure banks and private entities.Reed adds the Bank, structured similarly to the Federal Home Loan Bank System, encourages private investment through tax incentives for those investments during the first three years of IBA operation. This approach differs from prior Infrastructure Bank proposals in the sense that it will be entirely capitalized by private investment. Infrastructure banks have successfully complemented existing funding programs across the world, including US state infrastructure banks.The Infrastructure Bank for America will support industries and projects critical to the structure, growth and resurgence of the US economy. IBA investments are not limited and can help finance surface transportation projects, electric grid security, broadband connectivity, the revitalization of Main Street USA, and more. “We care about supporting communities across the country who have long lacked access to the capital needed to upgrade aging infrastructure. By facilitating unique public/private partnerships at the state and local level, the Infrastructure Bank for American will unlock a wave of investments in critical projects that will boost economic growth and improve livelihoods,” said Reed.Congressmen Daniel Webster (FL-11), Dan Meuser (PA-09), and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) also co-sponsored the bill. 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)
The revival of Lardner and Kaufman’s June Moon will kick off the season July 2. Directed by Jessica Stone, the show will run though July 13. It tells the tale of earnest and gullible young lyricist Fred Stevens, who boards a train in Schenectady bound for the Big Apple, determined to make a name for himself in the thriving Tin Pan Alley scene. However, the life he’s imagined is rife with seductive distractions—namely dames—that threaten to derail his dream of penning the next big ditty View Comments Tony winner Rivera will star in a revival of Kander and Ebb’s The Visit. Directed by Tony winner John Doyle the production will run July 31 through August 17. Rivera plays Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. Chita Rivera The Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced its 60th Anniversary Season. Running July 2 through August 17, the Main Stage will feature productions of Kander and Ebb’s The Visit starring Chita Rivera, Living on Love starring Renee Fleming, and Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman’s June Moon. Star Files World-renowned soprano Fleming will star in the world premiere of Tony winner Joe DiPietro and Garson Kanin’s comedy Living on Love. Directed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall the production is set to run July 16 through 26. Fleming will play the celebrated diva Rachel DeAngelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very own—and very handsome—ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. As the young writers try to keep themselves out of the story while churning out chapters, the high-energy— and high-maintenance—power duet threatens to fall out of tune for good.
First seen on Broadway in 1944, On the Town follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical features music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Toe-tapping hits from the show include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, and the Lyric is somewhere in the middle. Dates are now set for the previously announced Broadway revival of the iconic musical On the Town. The tuner will begin performances on September 20 prior to an official opening on October 16 at the Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods Theatre). Related Shows View Comments Directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, this new staging of On the Town was previously seen at Barrington Stage Company last summer. Featured in the cast were Jay Armstrong Johnson (Chip), Tony Yazbeck (Ozzie), Clyde Alves (Gabey), Elizabeth Stanley (Claire), Deanna Doyle (Ivy), Alysha Umphress (Hildy), Nancy Opel (Madame Dilly) and Michael Rupert (Judge Pitkin). Casting for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 On the Town
Related Shows Three new stars are ready to exit the wings, take center stage and brave opening night hell. Tony winners Martin Short and Katie Finneran, along with Broadway newcomer Maulik Pancholy, begin performances in the showbiz comedy It’s Only a Play beginning January 7. They take over for Nathan Lane as James Wicker, Megan Mullally as Julia Budder and Rupert Grint as Frank Finger, respectively. Performances of the Terrence McNally play will run through January 18 at the Schoenfeld Theatre before packing up and moving next door to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where it will run from January 23 through March 29. Original cast members Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Micah Stock remain in the production. Finneran won the Tony for her performances in Promises, Promises and Noises Off. Her additional Broadway credits include Annie, Mauritius, Cabaret, The Iceman Cometh, Neil Simon’s Proposals, The Heiress, In the Summerhouse, My Favorite Year, Two Shakespearean Actors and On Borrowed Time. She will appear in the upcoming drama series, Bloodline on Netflix. Other TV credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Wonderfalls and The Inside. Pancholy is best known for playing Jonathan on 30 Rock and Sanjay on Weeds. His other TV credits include Whitney, Web Therapy, The Comeback and The Good Wife. On the big screen, he has appeared in films such as 27 Dresses, Friends with Money and Hitch. Off-Broadway theater credits include Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend and Aunt Dan & Lemon. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Comments It’s Only a Play Short took home a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He was also nominated for The Goodbye Girl and headlined Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. He shares an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV. His additional screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos, Innerspace, Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick.
Honeymoon in Vegas Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Related Shows View Comments Before he makes his Broadway debut in Allegiance, George Takei got “friki-friki” at Honeymoon in Vegas on February 22! The Star Trek favorite stopped by to catch the new musical and get “lei’d” by the show’s headliners, Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O’Malley. Check out this Hot Shot of Takei making himself at home on Broadway, see Honeymoon in Vegas at the Nederlander Theatre!
View Comments Star Files Laura Benanti Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Dylan McDermott Takes on Tennessee WilliamsDylan McDermott, a Golden Globe winner for The Practice, will tread the boards this fall. He is set to lead a new stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ 1956 film Baby Doll at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, from September 11 through October 11. Directed by Emily Mann and penned by Mann and Pierre Laville, McDermott will take on the role of Silva Vacarro, a cotton gin owner whose relationship with the young title character ignites an explosive game of cat-and-mouse. McDermott has only appeared on Broadway once, as a replacement (under the name Mark McDermott) in 1985’s Biloxi Blues, although he has been seen at Playwrights Horizons and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Could a Great White Way engagement be on his radar in the near future?Nathan Lane Set for American Crime StoryNathan Lane is yet another stage fave tapped by mega producer Ryan Murphy for American Crime Story, which follows the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. According to Deadline, the two-time Tony winner will take on the role of lawyer F. Lee Bailey in the FX series. Lane joins John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Steven Pasquale as Mark Fuhrman and Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin.Brit Director’s Axe Attack on Theater After Bad ReviewsQuite possibly everyone who works in theater has had a metaphorical axe to grind with critics after negative reviews, but a British director brought out an actual axe. BBC News reports that Douglas Gordon, who helmed Charlotte Rampling in Neck of the Woods as part of the Manchester International Festival, used one of the show’s prop axes to take a chunk out of the wall at the Home theatre. In a statement, MIF artistic director Alex Poots said: “This is totally unacceptable, and the artist involved will be paying for repairs.”James Lapine Garners ‘Mr. Abbott’ AwardTony, Pulitzer and Emmy winner James Lapine will receive the 2015 “Mr. Abbott” Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Lapine, whose Broadway credits include penning the book and directing Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion and Sondheim on Sondheim, will be honored at a gala benefit on October 19 at Stage 48.Watch Laura Benanti Channel Patti LuPoneTony winner Laura Benanti, who will be returning to the Great White Way in the spring in the starry She Loves Me, has followed in Broadway icon Patti LuPone’s footsteps and taken on the curse of the cellphone in theaters. Check out the video below of Benanti performing her self-penned “Look Up,” with a little help from The Skivvies, Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley. It’s as witty as you’d expect from the illustrious tweeter.
View Comments Jennifer Hudson, Gloria Estefan, Kelli O’Hara and more will perform at Madison Square Garden before Pope Francis’ Mass on September 25. The two-hour show, A Journey in Faith, will consist of prayer and devotional music, The New York Times reports.Joining upcoming The Color Purple headliner Hudson, On Your Feet scribe Estefan and The King and I’s Tony winner O’Hara will be Harry Connick Jr., Martin Sheen, James “D-Train” Williams, Tony nominee Norm Lewis, along with the Broadway Inspirational Voices and the St. Charles Borromeo Choir.The Pope will kick off his three-city U.S. tour on September 22 in Washington, before heading to New York on September 24 and then Philadelphia on September 26. Star Files Jennifer Hudson
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Spring Awakening’s Clive Barnes NodsDon’t do sadness! Spring Awakening has picked up two nominations for the sixth annual Clive Barnes Awards, which recognize and encourage young talent in theater and dance. Sandra Mae Frank and Katie Boeck have received a joint nod for their performance in Deaf West’s Broadway revival, along with Austin McKenzie. Other nominees in the theater category are Jack DiFalco for Mercury Fur and Dave Thomas Brown for The Legend of Georgia McBride. All finalists are set to receive a cash prize, with the winners picking up $5,000 at a ceremony on January 11, 2016 at the Walter Reade Theatre. Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia) has been tapped to present, while Tony winner Alex Sharp will speak and the mischievous Michael Riedel is scheduled to emcee.The Illusionists Set for NBCThe Illusionists, who are currently back on Broadway conjuring up some special holiday surprises, will be bringing their unique brand of magic to NBC. The one-hour special will air on December 9; check them out on TV and also at the Neil Simon Theatre through January 3, 2016.Rabbit Hole to Bow in LondonDavid Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, which won the Pulitzer Prize following its 2006 Broadway premiere, is heading across the pond. Directed by Edward Hall, the production is set to make its U.K premiere at the Hampstead Theatre, where it will run January 29, 2016 through March 5, officially opening on February 4. No word yet on casting.Mary J. Blige Talks The Wiz Live!Mary J. Blige will soon appear in NBC’s live telecast of The Wiz Live! and she recently stopped by The Wendy Williams Show to chat about taking on the role of Evillene. The nine-time Grammy winner admitted that she’s nervous, “but I’m working really hard,” and that she didn’t think twice about tackling the project “because this is The Wiz!” Check out the interview below; The Wiz Live! with Ne-Yo, Common, Queen Latifah, Shanice Williams and more will air on December 3. View Comments
Star Files View Comments Phillipa Soo Phillipa Soo & Steven Pasquale(Photo by Phillipa Soo on Instagram) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. Steven Pasquale & Phillipa Soo Get EngagedThe “Best of Wives and Best of Women!” Steven Pasquale (The Robber Bridegroom) has stolen Phillipa Soo’s (Hamilton) heart. Just before she wowed the world on the Grammys, the actress wrote on her Instagram: “We’re engaged! In love with this man. I will enjoy spicy noodle soup with him for the rest of my days.” Pasquale in turn said (sic): “Oh just some spicy Chinese noodles with my bride to be. Workin down the st from each other. #bestcityintheworld.” Congratulations to the happy couple from everyone here at Broadway.com!Tara Fitzgerald to Play Lady MacbethSomething wicked this way comes! Stage and screen star Tara Fitzgerald (Selyse Baratheon in HBO’s Game of Thrones) is set to appear as Lady Macbeth opposite Ray Fearon (the upcoming Beauty and the Beast) in the eponymous role. Iqbal Khan’s take on the Shakespeare classic will run at Shakespeare’s Globe in London from June 18. Time to look into our air miles (again)…Perfect Crime’s Warren Manzi Dead at 60Playwright Warren Manzi died on February 11 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, aged 60. The New York Times reports that the cause of death was pneumonia. He was perhaps best known for his off-Broadway whodunit Perfect Crime, which is the longest-running play in Big Apple theater history at almost 29 years and counting. The show is playing at the Theater Center in the Anne L. Bernstein Theater.General Elmo Invades HamiltonGeneral Elmo stopped by the Presidents’ weekend #Ham4Ham show to interrupt sing-along with General Washington’s “The Story Of Tonight.” Christopher Jackson kept his cool. But of course he did!
View Comments Bartlett Sher(Photo: Bruce Glikas) The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season will feature a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher and starring Met favorites Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. The upcoming lineup features five additional productions, including the first opera at the Met composed by a woman in over 100 years: Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 L’Amour de Loin, 20 repertory pieces and an all-star gala celebrating the Met’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center.The season opens on September 26 with a new staging of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde directed by Mariusz Treliński. Nina Stemme, who has sung the role of Isolde around the world, will perform the role at the Met for the first time opposite Stuart Skelton.On October 18, the Met will present a new staging of Rossini’s Guillame Tell, featuring that familiar overture. The production premiered in 2013 at the Dutch National Opera.With L’Amour de Loin, Saariaho will be the first woman since 1903 to have her opera performed at the Met. (Back then, it was Ethel M. Smyth’s Der Wald.) The Met Premiere, featuring a libretto by Amin Maalouf and directed by Robert Lepage, starts on December 1. The opera was first heard at the Salzburg Festival in 2000.Sher’s staging of Roméo et Juliette is set for next season’s New Year’s Eve gala. The production marks Damrau’s role debut as Juliette; she also headlined this season’s New Year’s Eve gala: Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Sher reunites with his Tony-winning creative team: costume designer Catherine Zuber and set designer Michael Yeargan. The trio’s work can currently be seen on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I.Tony winner Mary Zimmerman will direct a new production of Rvorák’s Rusalka. Kristine Opolais, who took center stage on February 12 for the opening of the Met’s new Manon Lescaut, takes on the title role of the tragic water nymph. Performances begin February 2, 2017.Beginning April 13, 2017, Renée Fleming, who made her Broadway debut last year in Living on Love, will sing one of her signature roles in Robert Carsen’s new presentation of Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss. The Met’s music director James Levine will conduct.Additional highlights include Russian soprano Anna Netrebko reprising her performance in Eugene Onegin and adding Manon Lescaut to her Met role repertory, Damrau reuniting with her 2014 La Sonnambula co-star Javier Camarena for another Bellini work: I Puritani, a holiday presentation of Julie Taymor’s The Magic Flute staging, Sher’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with South African soprano Pretty Yende and Plácido Domingo in Nabucco and La Traviata; Domingo will also conduct Don Giovanni. The “ABC”s of opera are also included: Aida, La Bohème and Carmen.On May 7, several opera favorites will take the stage for a fully staged gala, honoring the 50th anniversary of the Met’s first Lincoln Center season. The lineup of artists includes Damrau, Domingo, Fleming, Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez.The complete 2016-17 season is as follows:Tristan und Isolde, beginning September 26*Don Giovanni, beginning September 27La Bohème, beginning September 28L’Italiana in Algeri, beginning October 4Guillaume Tell, beginning October 18*Jenufa, beginning October 28Aida, beginning November 5Manon Lescaut, beginning November 14L’Amour de Loin, beginning December 1*Salome, beginning December 5Nabucco, beginning December 12The Magic Flute, beginning December 20Roméo et Juliette, beginning December 31*Il Barbiere di Siviglia, beginning January 9Carmen, beginning January 19Rigoletto, beginning January 20Rusalka, beginning February 2*I Puritani, beginning February 10Werther, beginning February 16La Traviata, beginning February 24Idomeno, beginning March 6Fidelio, beginning March 16Eugene Onegin, beginning March 30Der Rosenkavalier, beginning April 13*Der Fliegende Holländer, beginning April 25Cyrano de Bergerac, beginning May 2*New Production