Month: January 2021

Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel & More Will Perform at the 2014 Tonys

first_img Idina Menzel 2014 Tony nominees Neil Patrick Harris and Idina Menzel, along with Sting and Alan Cumming, will be among the performers for the 68th Annual Tony Awards. The cast of Wicked will also return to Radio City Music Hall for the first time since 2004, when they won three Tony Awards, and take the stage once again to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary. The 2014 ceremony, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8.Harris will perform alongside the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Menzel will perform from the new musical If/Then, Sting will perform a song from his upcoming musical, The Last Ship and Cumming will reprise his Tony Award-winning role in a performance from the revival of Cabaret. Music legends Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia will take the stage to perform with the cast of After Midnight, while 2014 Tony nominee Sutton Foster will perform with the cast of Violet. There will also be performances by the casts of this year’s Best Musical and Best Musical Revival Nominees, including Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, as well as Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky.As previously reported, Broadway’s biggest night will also feature appearances by Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola. Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more Summer Camp, Day 21! ‘Hello, I’m Kristi Chenoweth’

first_imgWe’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! Kristin Chenoweth MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT Star Files View Commentscenter_img LOOK OUT FOR… 5:16, when the future Tony winner really lets loose. This is just Kristi being Kristi, folks. WHY WE LOVE IT We’re not sure why anyone wouldn’t be in love with a 1991-era video of Kristin (then called “Kristi”) Chenoweth in the Miss Oklahoma pageant, but we guess there are some total weirdos out there. Kristin—err, Kristi—knocks the talent and swimsuit competitions out of the park, but we think she could work on her hobbies, which include “singing, dancing, playing the piano, collecting…collections of things, like cows, and petite things exactly the same.” Um, what? OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 10 out of 10 classy black one-piece bathing suits. With buttons.last_img read more

Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher Welcome Newborn Girl!

first_img Star Files Broadway bombshell Megan Hilty and husband Brian Gallagher have welcomed their first child! Viola Philomena was born on September 18 in New York, according to US Weekly.Hilty and Gallagher wed on November 2 of last year at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Hilty announced her pregnancy on March 29 of this year—her 33rd birthday.The new mommy and daddy are both Broadway vets: Hilty starred as Glinda in Wicked and Doralee in 9 to 5, before crossing into TV land on Smash and Sean Saves the World. Gallagher made his Great White Way debut last season as Lord Savage in Jekyll and Hyde. View Commentscenter_img Megan Hiltylast_img read more

Magnifique! See’s Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson in Can-Can

first_img View Comments Since 2010, Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson has been penning gorgeous portraits of The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and many more hit shows as’s resident artist. But did you know Squigs is also a triple threat? He’s currently starring in the Broadway-bound revival of Can-Can at the Paper Mill Playhouse, reprising the role of Étienne, which he also played at the Pasadena Playhouse. Check out this shot of Squigs (second from r.) alongside stars Jason Danieley, Greg Hildreth and Mark Price, then see them in action (alongside Kate Baldwin, Michael Berresse and more) at Paper Mill in Millburn, NJ, through October 26! Star Filescenter_img Greg Hildrethlast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Gentleman’s Guide Maintains Killer Numbers Post-Tonys

first_img *Number based on eight preview performances UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. If/Then (74.26%) 4. This Is Our Youth (68.28%) 3. Once (60.93%) 2. Cinderella (59.85%) 1. Love Letters (51.19%) Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,895,200) 2. Wicked ($1,680,849) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,651,464) 4. Aladdin ($1,438,023) 5. It’s Only a Play ($1,375,481) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. It’s Only a Play (101.15%) 3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (100.87%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.77%) 5. Wicked (99.78%)center_img UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. This Is Our Youth ($409,597) 4. Rock of Ages ($369,767) 3. Disgraced ($352,737)* 2. Love Letters ($319,810) 1. The Country House ($253,441) A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is still riding the Tony wave. After taking home this year’s Tony Award for Best Musical on June 8, the tuner has seen an 81.29% increase in average weekly gross (excluding seven and nine-show weeks). This past week, it grossed over 100% of its potential, for the second consecutive week, in part due to premium ticket sales and by exceeding capacity once again. Meanwhile, It’s Only a Play, in its first full week of performances post-opening, broke the Schoenfeld Theatre house record by bringing in $1,375,481. The house record was previously held by the Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig-led A Steady Rain for the week ending December 6, 2009. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending October 20: View Commentslast_img read more

The River, Starring Hugh Jackman, Opens on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows The River 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. wishes The River a happy opening! Enjoy your fish, wine and whiskey!center_img To commemorate the play’s big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast. In addition to Jackman, the portrait features Laura Donnelly, Cush Jumbo and a delicious looking fish. A remote cabin, some wine and Hugh Jackman? What more could you ask for? The Tony winner and Oscar nominee has returned to Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s The River. The drama officially opens at the Great White Way’s Circle in the Square Theatre on November 16. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015last_img read more

Hand to God’s Steven Boyer (& Tyrone) Will Host Drama League Awards

first_imgHand to God star Steven Boyer, accompanied by his demonic puppet Tyrone, will host the 81st Annual Drama League Awards. As previously reported, the ceremony will take place on May 15 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Time Square.Additionally, Neil Patrick Harris, who took home the League’s Distinguished Performance Award last year, will award this year’s recipient. Zachary Quinto will present the production awards. Joel Grey, Stephen Daldry, Neal Shapiro and David Horn will receive special honors at the ceremony.Boyer, who is a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nominee this year, made his Broadway debut in 2002 in I’m Not Rappaport. He has also appeared on stage in The Explorer’s Club and Modern Terrorism and on screen in The Wolf of Wall Street and Listen Up Phillip. Tyrone is a sock puppet.Nominations were announced on April 21. The Drama League Awards honor distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing. First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, they are the oldest theatrical honors in America. View Commentslast_img read more

Rita Wilson on Returning to Fish in the Dark After Cancer Treatment

first_imgRita Wilson recently took a hiatus from Larry David’s Fish in the Dark to undergo treatment for breast cancer. She returned to the show—on schedule—on May 5. “I had adrenaline coursing through me like never before,” she told The New York Times. “In a way, it was like a second opening night.”The actress is normally very private and doesn’t “feel it necessary to let the world know what I’m thinking, where I’m eating.” However her cancer was discovered after she asked for a second opinion, so she revealed the health news in a bid to help others. “It’s so easy to say, ‘I’m just being paranoid,’ but you should trust your gut.” Her hubby Tom Hanks has been a huge support: “I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me.”The Fish in the Dark company, which includes David, Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jerry Adler, Jonny Orsini and more, kept in close touch while Glenne Headly stepped into Wilson’s role of Brenda. One member sent funny “nightly reports” about how the performance had gone. And as for David? When Wilson told him the news about the cancer, “he practically went white. I told him, ‘Larry, I’m going to be absolutely fine.’”We at wish Wilson all the best and are so pleased that she is on the road to recovery. Related Shows Fish in the Dark View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015last_img read more

Poison in the Garden

first_img* Remove mushrooms from your yard and securely dispose of them. “Their fecal matter may contain organisms, such as roundworms, that might infecthumans,” he said. “These organisms can get on the leaves or fruit of plants. And if thefruits aren’t washed thoroughly, the organisms may be eaten and cause health problems.” The Georgia Poison Center recommends you: It’s fun to include children in gardening, so don’t let the risk persuade you to keep themout. Just take precautions. Symptoms of plant poisoning in children may include skin irritation, vomiting, diarrheaand, in severe cases, delirium and death. “You see very few potato seed pods in Georgia,” McLaurin said. “They look like smalltomatoes, but they’re not for eating.” The pods contain alkaloids that can make you sick. For the same reason, never use dog or cat fecal matter in a compost pile. “Tomato leaves and stems may cause upset stomach,” said Wayne McLaurin, ahorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. To learn more about backyard garden safety, contact your county office of the UGAExtension Service. Or call the Georgia Poison Center at 1-800-282-5846 and request “TheSafe and Sorry of Common Plants.” McLaurin feels a home garden is the perfect place to teach children where their food reallycomes from. Pets, on the other hand, have no place in the garden. “Kids will trample plants, pick unripe fruit and become a problem in general unless youteach them the proper way to conduct themselves in the garden,” McLaurin said. “Teachthem the right way first. And try to make gardening a pleasant experience, as well as alearning experience.” * Keep a bottle of syrup of ipecac on hand to induce vomiting if necessary. Use syrup ofipecac only on the advice of the Poison Center or your doctor. * Become familiar with first aid for plant poisoning. Remove any part of the plant thathasn’t been swallowed, and call the Poison Center immediately. “Pets should be kept out of the garden for obvious reasons,” McLaurin said. “They digand make nuisances of themselves.” Remember, too, to keep chemicals away from children in the garden. And keep childrenand pets out of the garden if you recently sprayed fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides. “Most poisoning from plants comes from rubbing up against the plant, not from actuallyeating it,” McLaurin said. * Don’t eat wild plants or mushrooms. Teach your children never to put leaves, stems,flowers, nuts, berries or seeds from any plant into their mouths. According to the Georgia Poison Center, indoor and outdoor plants are among the mostcommon causes of poisonings in children. Plants can cause severe injury and even death ifswallowed by humans or animals. * Label each plant and keep a list of your plants on hand so babysitters can have access tothe list in an emergency. When we think of poison plants in the landscape, poison ivy and poison oak are first onthe list. But it’s a long list that includes favorite flowers and even tomato vines. Common landscape plants that can harm children and pets include azaleas, boxwoods,English ivy, foxglove, hyacinths and wisteria. So can other vegetable plant parts, such as pepper stems and the potato seed pods thatform on the top of the potato plant after blooming. * Know the names of all plants in and around your home. Learn to recognize them bysight and name. An even greater danger is what they can leave behind.last_img read more

Milk Bargain

first_imgIf you like falling prices, check out the dairy case at your favorite grocer, says a University of Georgia economist. Lower milk prices coming “Lower milk prices are coming in April,” said Bill Thomas, an agricultural economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The nation’s milk producers cranked up production late last year when prices were high and feed costs were low,” he explained. The higher supplies are driving the prices down. Actually, wholesale milk prices are already dropping. But don’t expect to see prices dip in the dairy case for another month or two. Why the two month delay? In February, wholesale milk prices plummeted, Thomas said. “Dairy farmers will receive $1.30 per gallon for the milk Georgia shoppers buy,” he said. “This was a drop of 52 cents per gallon in one month.” Because of a complex federal dairy pricing system, he said, “it will be April before consumers see lower supermarket milk prices.” Prices lowest in eight years Wholesale milk prices are already the lowest since 1991, Thomas said. But the huge price drop hasn’t shown up in the prices shoppers see because retailers don’t like to change milk prices every month. “They didn’t pass along all of the milk price increases they had late in 1998,” he said. “And they probably won’t pass along all of the decrease, either.” Eventually, milk prices will drop much lower, he said. And the lower prices could last for the rest of 1999. That’s great news for shoppers. News not good for dairies Unfortunately, the news isn’t great for everybody. The price drop will pinch dairy farmers hard, Thomas said. “Dairies expanded their production when milk prices were high last year,” he said. U.S. dairies produced 157.4 billion pounds of milk last year and are projected to produce 160.4 billion in 1999. In 1990, production was 146.3 billion pounds. Much of the 1998 increase came late in the year when farmers responded to high wholesale milk prices. The key factor in the very high 1998 prices was demand, not production. “It was the extraordinary strength of the economy,” Thomas said. “Not only did consumers have the income, but they spent it, too. That kept prices high at the time.”last_img read more