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) Photo Credit: PxhereJAMESTOWN – Many area schools, restaurants and organizations are taking precautions amid the growing Coronavirus outbreak in New York State.The Frewsburg Central School District is foregoing field trips, large school events and school-wide assemblies.In a letter to parents Saturday, Superintendent Shelly O’Boyle said upon the recommendation of the Chautauqua County Health Department, effective Monday several events have been canceled.The High School Musical, Kindergarten Grandparent Lunch, Structural Integrity Trip and School Softball Games in Myrtle Beach are among the activities. “As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and our community is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of illness,” said Superintendent O’Boyle. “You will notice that the events listed occur through April break. This is because the data and recommendations are constantly changing. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the Health Department, and adjust/uplift cancelations/postponements accordingly.”O’Boyle says additionally the District will be suspending all community use of school facilities, with the exception of the TRZ child care program, in order to maintain control of cleaning and disinfecting. The suspension also includes community use of the fitness center; pool parties, Town of Carroll Swim Lessons, Youth Wrestling, Little League and other various non-school groups.Officials are also suspending all guest speakers/presenters, student assemblies, and non-essential public persons.Phil N’ Cindy’s Lunch in Jamestown are now limiting their seating capacity to help combat the virus.In a post on social media, the restaurant says they are following new state mandates. “Starting (Saturday) we will only be seating the front half of the restaurant,” the post read. “We apologize for this inconvenience, please plan accordingly as the weekend will be very trying.” Some restaurants however are not taking the same measures.“As of now we are running at full capacity,” read a post by Vern’s Place, a restaurant in Randolph. “Some restaurants have received letters instructing them to run at half capacity. We have not. We have always and will continue to clean all food prep areas and tables with bleach on a daily basis.”
View Comments Of Mice and Men Meester will begin performances March 19 in Of Mice and Men as Curley’s Wife, taking the stage alongside James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, who are both also making their Broadway debuts. The new mounting of Steinbeck’s masterpiece will officially open April 16 at the Longacre Theatre and play a limited engagement through July 27. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 He knows he loves her. XOXO! Gossip Girl and soon-to-be Broadway star Leighton Meester has wed The O.C. alum Adam Brody in a clandestine ceremony. According to Us Weekly, the nuptials have been confirmed by multiple sources. Related Shows The lovebirds worked together on the movie The Oranges back in 2011. The pair has been determined to keep their relationship on the DL, but are rumored to have been dating for a year, becoming engaged this past November.
Mothers and Sons Tyne Daly Star Files Fashionista and funny lady Joan Rivers put on her finest blue fur on March 28—what was the special occasion? A performance of Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly, of course! After taking in the new drama by Terrence McNally, Rivers headed backstage to greet Daly and Mothers and Sons stars Bobby Steggert, Frederick Weller and Grayson Taylor. The new play tells the story of Katharine (Daly), who, 20 years after her son’s death, shows up at the New York City apartment of his former lover (Weller). Check out these photos of Rivers meeting the cast, then see Mothers and Sons at the Golden Theatre! Related Shows Bobby Steggert View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Frederick Weller
Broadway besties Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele do everything together—they starred in Spring Awakening, they played romantic rivals on Glee… Groff even has a goat named Lea Michele! So it’s no surprise that the Looking star was on hand to celebrate the release of Michele’s first book, Brunette Ambition. Michele, who dedicated a whole section to her best bud in her new book, brought him up on stage at Barnes & Noble in New York City on May 21 to chat with fans, answer questions and chat about their amazing friendship. Check out this Hot Shot of the adorable pair! Lea Michele Star Files Jonathan Groff View Comments
3. Lena Hall — 16% Lena. Effing. Hall. The artist formerly known as Celina Carvajal, aka that badass rocker chick from Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods on MTV. Look at her now! The first-time nominee took home a trophy for her portrayal of Yitzhak opposite Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “Without all of you, there would be no me,” Hall said, thanking every friend, colleague, family member, fan and acquaintance who helped shape her journey to a Tony-winning actress. We’re pretty sure Hall also took home the honor of thanking the youngest person included in a speech: her niece, due in October. 1. Audra McDonald — 39% The Broadway superstar took home her sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, becoming the first person to win all four performance categories and breaking the record for the most Tony wins by a performer. McDonald (and husband Will Swenson) were in tears before her first words were said. And that’s about when the waterworks started for us, too. Her emotional speech, having the distinction of being delivered in front of the proscenium, was full of gratitude, and included the courageous women who helped pave the way: “I am standing on Lena Horne’s shoulders. I am standing on Maya Angelou’s shoulders. I am standing on Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee and most of all, Billie Holiday.” Audra McDonald Star Files Lena Hall View Comments Jessie Mueller The 2014 Tony Awards brought us tons of exciting performances and of course, plenty of heartfelt acceptance speeches. From James Monroe Iglehart’s exuberant exclamations to a Mark Rylance speech we were able to follow, Sunday’s winners had us all glued to the broadcast as they picked up their gongs. After the curtain came down, we asked you which speech was the highlight of your Tony night. From a history-making six-time winner, to a first-time recipient to a nominee newbie, here are the results! 2. Jessie Mueller — 17% Mueller took home her first Tony for her dynamic portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful. Mueller was (on the outside) collected, poised, funny and heartfelt as she expressed her gratitude, but we lost it when she got to King in her speech and they cut to the songwriter looking as proud as ever. “You teach me so much every night,” Mueller said. “I get to up on stage and try to go through what you went through and come out of it with kindness, and love, and forgiveness and a pure heart.” She wrapped up with the phrase of the night: “I’m sorry, everyone wants a drink, so thank you. Goodnight.” We’ll drink to that, Jessie. Congratulations!
Stars flocked to the Great White Way on April 2 to celebrate the official opening night of Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard. After an acclaimed run in London, the Broadway production of David Hare’s drama will play through June 21 at the John Golden Theatre. After taking their first official bows, the trio headed to a swanky opening night party at the Bowery Hotel. Check out this Hot Shot of the cast by Erin Baiano, then see the stars shine in Skylight on Broadway! Related Shows View Comments Skylight Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015
Star Files View Comments The King and I Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Shall we dance? The Broadway revival of The King and I begins performances at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 16. Bartlett Sher directs the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner, which is set in 1860’s Bangkok. In honor of the show’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson has created this portrait of the cast.Front and center are Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam and Kelli O’Hara as Anna Leonowens, the British schoolteacher he hires to tutor his many wives and children. From left to right, the sketch also features Ashley Park as Tuptim, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha, Jake Lucas as Louis, Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkom, Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang and Paul Nakauchi as The Kralahome.Happy opening to the cast—we’re looking forward to “Getting To Know You!” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Ken Watanabe
Assume the Position at PermissionBegins May 20 at the Lucille Lortel TheatreMarried couples frequently take inspiration from other married couples. Typically, it involves things like easy dinner ideas and Netflix recommendations. In Robert Askins’ drama Permission, Eric (Justin Bartha) and Cynthia (Elizabeth Reaser) decide to follow their friends’ lead and make Christian Domestic Discipline the basis of their marriage. This kind of marital overhaul—think a new moral code and role-playing—doesn’t come without consequences. You should see what they are. Click for tickets! Celebrate Spring Break, Broadway-StyleMay 21 at the Diamond Horseshoe“Spring break” is a phrase that conjures memories involving warm beer, wife beaters, and regret. In New York, it’s a much different (and far better) story. Broadway the Hardway’s Spring Break Festival features performances from two stars’ kick-ass bands—Lena Hall’s the Deafening and Lauren Worsham’s Sky-Pony—at a terrific indoor venue. And if you want to get into trouble, go for it. Tomorrow is Friday. The week is basically over. Click for tickets! Check in to the Grand HotelMay 24 at 54 BelowCancel your Sunday plans of worrying about Monday! 54 Below hosts a 25th anniversary concert for Grand Hotel, the classic Broadway musical. The best part about 54 Sings Grand Hotel is the talent involved. Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi and Tony nominees Karen Akers, Tim Jerome and Walter Willison—all original cast members—have reserved a room, so to speak. You should too. Two shows only: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Click for tickets! Star Files View Comments Hey you, mixing sinus medication with your iced coffee. We know allergy season is holding you hostage, but you can’t have pollen and his pernicious pals prick your plans. No way! We have Lena Hall and Lauren Worsham rocking out, a Grand Hotel reunion concert and debuts and premieres galore. Forget about blowing your nose. Open your eyes for this week’s picks! Take Two Hit Musicals HomeIn stores and online May 19If you like to collect cast albums, today is like Christmas combined with your birthday added on to the first day of summer. An updated version of Fun Home and an all-new On the Twentieth Century—two Tony-nominated gems—are released today. So grab a hairbrush, call some friends, and get ready to put on a show. Or you can just listen to them quietly on the subway. It’s totally your call. Have a Second Stage SleepoverBegins May 19 at the Tony Kiser TheatreThat master chronicler of modern-day relationships, Neil LaBute, returns to the stage with The Way We Get By. If that doesn’t get you excited, perhaps this will: Thomas Sadoski (a LaBute veteran) and Amanda Seyfried play Beth and Doug, who wake up after a one-night stand having to deal with “love, lust, and the whole damn thing.” Expect crackling dialogue and exquisite performances from the two talented headliners. Click for tickets! Kristin Chenoweth
Hamilton from $149.00 View Comments We’ve said that Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda has too much on his mind, but does the man listen to us? Thankfully, the answer is a decisive “no.” In addition to the upcoming Disney film Moana, the certified genius has contributed tunes for another highly anticipated movie: freaking Star Wars.While on The Tonight Show, Star Wars: The Force Awakens writer and director J.J. Abrams revealed to fellow Hamilfan Jimmy Fallon that when he saw the Broadway megahit, Miranda joked that he’d write a new cantina song for his movie. Perhaps the composer possesses Yoda-levels of the force, because Abrams was looking for someone to do just that, as John Williams was focusing on the actual cinematic score and not the one song.According to Miranda, he and Abrams collaborated during his break on two-show days. “J.J. is the best. Can’t wait to see,” he tweeted. Even Questlove, Fallon’s bandleader and Hamilton album producer, wasn’t in on it, which makes us wonder: what other unannounced projects does Lin-Manuel Miranda have up his sleeve?Star Wars: The Force Awakens heads to theaters on December 18. Until then, may the memes be with you! Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files
Head of Passes The cast of ‘Head of Passes'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Head of Passes, starring Phylicia Rashad, has extended its off-Broadway run for the second time. The Public Theater production, which opened on March 28, will now play the Newman Theater through May 1; it had previously been set to shutter on April 24. Tina Landau directs the Tarell Alvin McCraney drama.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.The off-Broadway cast also includes Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks and Arnetia Walker. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016