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
Star Files from $75.00 Stephen Carlile Related Shows View Comments Stephen Carlile photographed at Green Fig Restaurant(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Age: 38Hometown: London, EnglandCurrent Role: Stephen Carlile is making his Broadway debut in The Lion King as Scar, Simba’s wicked uncle whose terrible deed and resulting tyrannical reign over the Pride Lands put his nephew’s strength and bravery to the test.Stage & Screen Cred: Carlile appeared in the West End productions of The Go-Between, The Producers, The Phantom of the Opera and Snoopy! His U.K. regional credits include My Fair Lady, Twelfth Night, By Jeeves, Don Giovanni and Over My Shoulder. On screen, he has appeared in Brideshead Revisited and Bright Young Things. The Lion King
Two-time Emmy nominee Josh Charles (The Good Wife) and more will join the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker’s The Antipodes as part of Signature Theatre’s 2016-17 season. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, the production will begin on April 4 at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Tickets are now on sale, and opening night is slated for April 23.The cast will also feature Phillip James Brannon (Tiny Beautiful Things), Josh Hamilton (Madam Secretary), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Gotham), Danny McCarthy (Prison Break), Emily Cass McDonnell (Mercury Fur), Brian Miskell (The Flick), Will Patton (Fool For Love) and Nicole Rodenburg (Venus in Fur).The Antipodes is a play about people telling stories about telling stories. The limited engagement is set to run through May 14. Star Files Josh Charles Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2017 Josh Charles(Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) The Antipodes Related Shows View Comments
Whether you’re buying firewood or paying for propane, you’dprobably like to cut your heating costs. And University of Georgiaexperts say installing a digital thermostat is a quick, easy wayto do it.”You can cut your heating costs by as much as 20 percentby lowering your home’s thermostat 5 degrees at night before yougo to bed and 10 degrees during the day when no one is home,”said Michael Rupured. He’s an Extension Service financial managementspecialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Remembering is the KeyLowering your thermostat sounds easy. But in today’s busy world,this simple task isn’t so simple.”Remembering to do this every day is a challenge, whichis why you should consider purchasing a programmable, or setback,thermostat,” Rupured said. “The initial investment ofless than $60 could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.”A setback thermostat lets you program the temperature in yourhome to suit your needs.”If you plan to be out of town for the weekend,”he said, “you can program your thermostat to reduce the temperaturewhen you are gone and turn it back up an hour or so before youarrive home. You can also program the thermostat to turn on beforeyou come home from work so you can arrive to find a toasty house.”Search One That’s Easy to ProgramWhen shopping for a programmable thermostat, Rupured says tosearch for one that’s easy to program.”You should be able to easily set the clock and changethe start time or temperature for a program period,” he said.”You should also be able to override the current programmedtemperature by manually changing the setting.”Make sure the digital display is easy to read and understand.”You need to be able to tell the current time and temperatureat a glance,” Rupured said. “With the press of a button,you should also be able to see the temperature you’ve programmedand the program period in effect.””Shop around for the best deal,” he said. “Homeimprovement stores and mass merchandisers carry these products,so there’s no telling how much you can save on your purchase ifyou compare prices.”If you’re replacing an old thermostat in the same location,you might want to consider hiring a heating/cooling contractorunless you’re comfortable working with wiring.A programmable thermostat isn’t just a winter-use product.The same features that will save you money on your heating billwill also save you money on your cooling bill this summer.
By David Emory StooksburyUniversity of Georgia Athens, Ga. –- An extremely dry May is setting low rainfall records across Georgia. May is traditionally one of the drier months, with rainfall normally averaging 3 to 4 inches across the state.No rain was recorded in May in many places from near Macon to south of Albany. University of Georgia weather stations recording no rain in May in this area were Arabi, Camilla, Cordele, Jeffersonville and Newton.With little to no rain in May, drought conditions in the lower Flint River Valley and middle Georgia have deteriorated very fast. Much of this region will be reclassified on Monday as being in extreme drought.May rainfall set preliminary record lows at Camilla (0.00 inches), Cedartown (0.80), Macon (less than 0.01), Plains (0.00 tied 1962), Rome (0.22), Tifton (0.02) and Valdosta (0.20 tied 1920).Total April and May rainfall set preliminary record lows at Alma (0.42 inches), Camilla (0.58 tied 1986), Cedartown (2.36), Plains (0.35), Rome (0.35), Tifton (0.02) and Valdosta (0.65).More recordsRainfall totals for March through May set preliminary record lows at Alma (2.39 inches), Atlanta airport (5.07), Camilla (2.08), Macon (3.59), Plains (2.32), Rome (2.40), Tifton (1.90) and Valdosta (0.69).Based on preliminary data, June 2006 through May 2007 rainfall set record lows for that period at Alma (29.82 inches) and Rome (31.97).UGA weather stations with less than 0.25 inches of rain in May were Alapaha (0.16 inches), Alma (0.19), Arabi (0.00), Attapulgus (0.19), Byromville (0.13), Byron (0.03), Cairo (0.24), Calhoun (0.06), Camilla (0.00), Cordele (0.00), Dawson (0.01), Dixie (0.02), Eatonton (0.17), Fort Valley (0.17), Homerville (0.18), Jeffersonville (0.00), Moultrie (0.06), Newton (0.00), Plains (0.02), Sasser (0.13), Shellman (0.03), Tifton (0.01), Ty Ty (0.08), Unadilla (0.18), Vidalia (0.01) and Vienna (0.12).Since the planting season started in full force April 1, several UGA weather stations have had less than 2 inches of rain. These are Alapaha (0.40 inches), Alma (0.20), Attapulgus (0.61), Brunswick (1.41), Cairo (1.00), Calhoun (1.23), Camilla (1.56), Dixie (0.48), Douglas (0.37), Eatonton, (1.11), Fort Valley (1.46), Griffin (1.88), Homerville (0.24), Moultrie (0.24), Nahunta (0.80), Rome (1.62), Savannah(1.29), Skidaway Island (1.87), Statesboro (1.77), Tifton (0.46), Ty Ty (1.02), Valdosta (1.15), Vidalia (0.71) and Woodbine (1.32).Outdoor wateringThe entire state remains under the level-2 outdoor water-use schedule. Outdoor watering is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number street addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses. It’s banned all day on Fridays.Several local water authorities have further restricted outdoor watering.Get updated drought information at www.georgiadrought.org. The state drought Web site includes information on how to deal with the drought.The University of Georgia automated weather stations may be accessed at www.georgiaweather.net. This UGA network has 71 automated weather stations statewide.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and a professor engineering and atmospheric sciences in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)