January 18, 2021
  • 9:38 am Jamestown Public Schools Hosting Virtual College Tours This Week
  • 9:34 am President Trump, Joe Biden To Hold Competing Town Halls This Week
  • 9:33 am 63-Year-Old Man Dies Following Four-wheeler Crash In Cattaraugus County
  • 7:48 am Tony Nominee Kenny Leon on Broadway-Bound Holler If Ya Hear Me: ‘Hopefully, It Will Change the World’
  • 7:44 am Lessons of the Week! Kristin Chenoweth, Chris O’Dowd & More

first_imgShare: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) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Public Schools in collaboration with other educational institutions are hosting virtual college tours this week for students.School officials say the online sessions are available for interested students to obtain information, ask questions and participate in a virtual tour of the campus.Sessions are scheduled as follows:Tuesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. – Niagara County Community CollegeWednesday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. – Penn State BehrendThursday, April 16, 11:00 a.m. – Gannon UniversityTuesday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. – Mercyhurst CollegeThe virtual college visits are a collaboration with SUNY JCC and the Liberty Partnership Program. For more information, students are asked to contact lindsey.j.rensel@jpsny.org.last_img read more

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first_imgMGN Stock Image.WASHINGTON – President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will hold competing town halls Thursday night after the cancelation of the second presidential debate.Trump’s event with NBC News is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Miami.It will compete with an ABC town hall featuring democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden.Trump and Biden were originally scheduled to participate in the second presidential debate Thursday night. However, Trump objected to the virtual format announced by the commission on presidential debates after his positive Coronavirus diagnosis.As a result, the debate was eventually canceled. 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)last_img

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first_imgShare: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) WNY News Now Stock Image.ISCHUA – A 63-year-old man died after crashing his four-wheeler in Cattaraugus County early Saturday morning.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a father and son were riding their ATV on a steep wooded trail in the Town of Ischua just after 6 a.m. when the driver was unable to negotiate the hill and flipped his four-wheeler backwards onto himself and his son.Deputies say the son, a 43-year-old man who was riding on the back of the four-wheeler, was taken to ECMC by Mercy flight for his injuries.The father, deputies report, was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say the accident is still under investigation, however, they do not expect to file charges in the case.Saturday marked the first day of regular deer hunting season in Western New York.last_img read more

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first_img The production will feature songs from throughout the rap icon’s career, including classics like “California Love,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Me Against the World” and, naturally, the title song, but the story itself is not directly based on Shakur’s life or his drive-by shooting death in 1996. Instead, the story, written by Todd Kreidler, focuses on two childhood friends living in a poverty-stricken Midwestern industrial city, struggling to realize their dreams. Holler If Ya Hear Me View Comments “One of those men spends some time in prison and comes out and wants to change his neighborhood and finds that he really can’t change it alone,” said Leon. “It’s a family story, a love story. If you can, imagine four or five men onstage singing ‘Dear Mama,’ and what that will sound like. Hopefully, it will change the world.” If you’re a Tupac Shakur fan, you may have been surprised to hear that Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical inspired by the music of the late rapper, is heading to Broadway’s Palace Theatre. And if you’re a Broadway fan (of course you are! why else would you be reading this?), you also may have been surprised at the news, but Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon believes everyone will be able to relate to the “mountain of beauty” and powerful messages in Shakur’s lyrics and songs. Leon, who earned a Tony nod for directing 2010’s Fences and is also helming this spring’s revival of A Raisin in the Sun, recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Holler If Ya Me is the “greatest artistic challenge” of his life. “Selfishly, this is a great thing for me. I feel a great amount of responsibility to his work, to his mother.” Shakur’s mother, Afeni, is also a producer on the show. “She said 10 years ago that she has full trust in me,” Leon said. Related Shows Holler If Ya Hear Me doesn’t officially open until June 19 and casting information hasn’t yet been announced, but the production will feature choreography by Wicked’s Wayne Cilento and music supervision by Daryl Waters (After Midnight). Leon said he’s determined to make sure the musical appeals to everyone. “I want every white older American to get it. I want every older black American to get it. I want every hip-hop artist to get it. I want every 15-year-old to get it,” he said. “If you can write something that touches every one of those groups, we have been successful.” Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img read more

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first_img Star Files View Comments It’s finally Friday, and you know what that means: It’s time for the Lessons of the Week! After the Tony Award nomination announcements and the star-studded nominee reception at the Paramount Hotel, you know we’ve learned a ton of crazy stuff from Broadway stars this week. Are you ready for a crash course of all the things that happened in the last seven days? Read below!Ramin Karimloo Sucks at SoftballThe Les Miz softball team revealed what they think about their co-star Ramin Karimloo in his video blog: He should make Starbucks runs instead of running the bases. That’s OK, Ramin. You’re good at other things, like singing “Bring Him Home,” getting Tony nominations and ripping your shirt off.Tony Nominees Are Good StudentsWell, some of them. We had the 2014 nominees all fill out a pop quiz, and Chris O’Dowd, Andy Karl and Chad Beguelin passed with flying colors: They all said they were “completely naked” and “eating waffles” when the Tony noms were announced. Wow. Let’s create a special Tony for those skills.Kate Baldwin Found Five DollarsIn other news, Big Fish alum Kate Baldwin sadly was not nominated for a Tony Award. But don’t worry, she still had a pretty good day: She found five dollars in her coat pocket! Yessss! Kate, do you know how many waffles that could buy?!Grease Is the One Fox Wants (Oo-oo-oo)In an effort to keep up with the Peacock’s Peter Pan, Fox is planning to air its own live broadcast of a musical—Grease! Which one are we most excited about? Hmm, we’re torn. Peter Pan can fly to Never Never Land, but hickeys from Kenickie are like a Hallmark card.Audra McDonald Needs Her Reese’s FixLady Day star Audra McDonald has one thing in common with Billie Holiday: They’re both junkies. But while the jazz singer was into the hard stuff, the Tony winner is hopelessly addicted to peanut butter cups. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, Audra.Note to All Tony Nominees: Bring JerkyWhat is 2013 nominee Shalita Grant’s advice to this year’s crop of Tony hopefuls? When you go to the ceremony on June 8, keep a stick of beef jerky in your bag for emergencies. Hmm, let’s just hope Trixie and Rocco aren’t walking the red carpet this year.Caissie Levy Hates KaraokeShe’ll belt out “I Dreamed a Dream” to an audience of thousands, but you won’t catch Les Miz star Caissie Levy singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” completely wasted on a Friday night. Ugh, fine, make us sing “Take Me Or Leave Me” alone. We’ll just have to sing twice as loud.Dan Rad Would Make a Great StripperThe Cripple of Inishmaan star Daniel Radcliffe made a good point on Late Night with Seth Meyers—with all of the experience he has getting naked in Equus and dancing in How to Succeed, he’d make an excellent stripper. We wholeheartedly agree, Daniel. Now take it off.Kristin Chenoweth Is a Bad WitchWicked favorite Kristin Chenoweth is trading in her pink dress and bubble for some black horns. She’s embracing her evil side as Queen Maleficent in the Disney Channel movie Descendants. It’s tough for us to imagine the cute-as-a-button Tony winner being evil, but…Oh wait. GCB. Never mind, she’ll be awesome.Idina Wants to “Let It Go” on B’wayIf Tony winner Idina Menzel has anything to do with it, she’ll be playing Elsa in the planned Broadway adaptation of Frozen. Who cares if she’s realistically too old for the role? Just slap on a blue dress and some icicles and we’re in business! Let it go, let it go, can’t get this song out of our he-ads…center_img Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

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first_img Original Billy Elliot to Return to the Musical Liam Mower, who was one of the three boys to originate the role of Billy in the West End production of Billy Elliot, will return to the musical for Billy Elliot Live, which will be broadcast to movie theaters, on September 28. The Daily Mail reports that Mower, who is now 22, will play the grown-up Billy at the end of the show. Finn Wittrock Joins Freak Show Broadway alum Finn Wittrock (Death of a Salesman) will feature in American Horror Story: Freak Show. The show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, tweeted: “Thrilled to announce the very talented FINN WITTROCK has joined the cast of Freak Show!” The news comes hot on the heels of the report that Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris will be making a guest appearance on the hit FX anthology series. Spider-Man’s Natalie Mendoza Will Star in London’s Here Lies Love Natalie Mendoza, who briefly appeared in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark as spider goddess Arachne, will star as Imelda Marcos in London’s Here Lies Love. According to the Daily Mail, the company will also include Gia Macuja Atchison, Frances Mayli McCann and Li-Tong Hsu. As previously reported, the hit off-Broadway immersive theatrical event will begin performances at the U.K.’s National Theatre on September 30. View Commentscenter_img Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady is One to Watch  We’re looking forward to this! Israel Horovitz, whose work comprises of more than 70 plays, has written and directed upcoming movie My Old Lady. Stage and screen stars Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas headline the film, and you can check out the official trailer below. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.last_img read more

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first_img Related Shows You’ve sung so many different kinds of music. Why did you decide to release an album of showtunes, Billy’s Back on Broadway? When I had a record deal in the ’90s, that was my dream—to make an album like Barbra Streisand’s Broadway album—and they laughed me out of the room. Broadway wasn’t cool. But artists like Michael Buble and Josh Groban have brought the classic genre back to the forefront, so I’m trying to find my way inside that market. This is where I fit the best. How long will you stay? As long as my body can hold up and until something better comes along, and that’s a tall order. I’m the star of this show. That doesn’t happen very often for black gay men who are out, so I do not take this opportunity lightly. Your ability to strut in those heels is awe-inspiring. I am the personification of that child [Lola] at the beginning of the play: From the time I was six, I was always sneaking into my aunt’s closet and trying on her heels. And it’s not like I’m wearing a shoe from DSW or Payless—these shoes are built for us and cost thousands of dollars. The hard part is the stamina, but you just build those muscles. So, is the sex really in the heel? I’m in love with what a high heel does to a leg, how it makes a woman or a man feel. It’s empowering. So yeah, I do think the sex is in the heel [laughs]. View Comments Do you have a favorite wig? Oh my God, they’re all my favorites for different reasons. The one I wear for the first act is very pixie and sassy. You may have to bleep this out, but we were going for that freshly f*cked look. The second wig is the big blonde curly one, which I love because I’ve never felt like a blonde. With the costume, it’s animalistic—sort of like a tigress. The “Hold Me in Your Heart” wig is very ghetto fabulous. I feel like Whitney Houston or Mary J. Blige, with that piece over the right eye. And that last wig is about as glamorous as it can get. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 You’ve been killing it as Lola for more than a year. How do you keep your energy up? There aren’t many hits like Kinky Boots, so when you get one, the gratitude that comes with it fuels your energy. From the time I started in this business, everybody told me that who I was and what I represented would never work. Well, I get to stand on stage every day and prove the naysayers wrong by doing exactly what they told me not to do. It’s astonishing, and I’m very grateful. Star Files Lola is gorgeous. Do you feel that, and embrace it? What’s interesting is that for me, as a gay black Christian man in America, it’s never been about what I look like. This role has taught me that embracing both the feminine and the masculine inside of me is what makes my humanity beautiful. I thank you for seeing that. Let’s talk Twitter. Do you write those inspirational tweets? I write a lot of them! [Laughs.] I’m trying to embrace social media because it gives artists a little more power than we’ve had in the past. I’d like to have a million followers. Shazam! And bam! Yes ma’am, Billy Porter is still the queen of Broadway as Lola in Kinky Boots. Fierce, funny and moving, Porter’s Tony-winning performance has lost none of its intensity as the show heads toward its 600th performance. The star recently chatted about what makes Lola beautiful, how his own looks have changed and his double life as a playwright and recording artist. See Porter in Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Sounds like you should date an actor. I wouldn’t mind that. But dating another man, there’s a lot of ego involved. I’m OK with being solitary, but I’m also open to sharing my life with someone. Whoever that person is will make himself available very soon. Did you consider taking a leave from Kinky Boots to play yourself? I felt like I needed to separate myself so that the play wouldn’t be seen as a vanity project. My first show, Ghetto Superstar, was written out of the necessity to create work for myself, but that’s a double-edged sword. I want people to experience this play free of perceived ego. You look like a different person in old YouTube clips. Do you feel like you’ve lived several lifetimes, professionally speaking? When I see old clips or old pictures, I think, “Oh. I’ve grown up.” Many of those clips are from my 20s, and there’s a lot of baby fat. I’m a grown man now, and I have grown into a look that is about being an adult. Kinky Boots Do you have time for a personal life? How do you relax? I have a scotch on Sunday night [laughs]. I do a lot of sleeping. My personal life is not the greatest at the moment. I’m not dating anybody. I would make the time, but people who are not in the business get frustrated with my schedule. They can’t make the leap that the day they came to see the show isn’t the only day I did it. Give us the scoop on your new play While I Yet Live. The story is semi-autobiographical. Epatha [Merkerson] plays a character based on my mother, Lillias [White] is based on my grandmother, Elain Graham is based on my great aunt and Sharon Washington is based on my mother’s best friend. It’s an amazing cast. When they walked in for the first reading, I was like, “Oh my God, I’ve written a play about three generations of African-American women.” [Primary Stages’ production begins on September 23 at the Duke on 42nd Street.] Billy Porterlast_img read more

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first_img Darko Tresnjak to Helm Kiss Me, Kate 2014 Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) will helm Kiss Me, Kate as part of the San Diego Old Globe’s 80th Anniversary. The classic Cole Porter musical will run July 1, 2015 through August 2, with opening night set for July 9. We can’t wait to brush up our Shakespeare! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aaron Tveit Movie They Might Be Kennedys Delayed They Might Be Kennedys, which Broadway favorite Aaron Tveit was set to star in opposite Glee’s Kevin McHale, has been postponed. According to the movie’s Facebook page: “We didn’t get the film cast in time for our investors, so they put their money into another project. We have to push until June 2015 because it is a summer movie and it can’t be shot on the Cape fall/winter. Funds will be available again for next year.” We hope so—we’re looking forward to seeing the duo play 1980s slackers who try to escape their dead end lives by pretending to be Kennedys. As you do. Mary-Louise Parker’s Love Letters Stage and screen star Mary-Louise Parker is writing an “autobiographical literary work of nonfiction”, which will be published by Scribner in the fall of 2015. Titled Dear Mr. You., USA Today reports that the tome will be comprised of a series of letters written to the most significant men in her life. While her exes wonder quite what they’ve got to look forward to, we’re busy thinking that this sounds like Love Letters crossed with Tell Me on a Sunday and we want a Broadway adaptation planned immediately. Rory O’Malley & Gerold Schroeder Tie the Knot Book of Mormon Tony nominee Rory O’Malley recently walked down the aisle with his fiancé Gerold Schroeder. One of our favorite photos on social media of the adorable duo’s big day was posted by Jordan Roth. Check it out below and congratulations to the happy couple! View Comments Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick’s Sad Stroll Down Memory Lane Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick recently stopped by The Tonight Show to talk reuniting on Broadway in It’s Only a Play. Check out below as host Jimmy Fallon coaxes out of the duo “the saddest stroll down memory lane” that you’ve ever heard. Not really. But we’re really pleased that Lane’s anger management helped. Check out some of the fun and frolics below then see the double act in person at the Schoenfeld Theatre.last_img read more

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first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 11, 2016 Heisenberg Related Shows Star Files View Commentscenter_img Denis Arndt Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt will begin performances in the world premiere of Heisenberg on May 19. The play, penned by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’s Simon Stephens, will officially open on June 3.Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Clare (Parker) spots Alex (Arndt), a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a life-changing game.Mark Brokaw directs the six-week limited engagement at Manhattan Theater Club’s New York City Center—Stage II. Mary-Louise Parkerlast_img read more

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first_imgOur love for this cast lasts forever. Broadway favorite Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Finding Neverland’s Carolee Carmello, newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis and more will star in Tuck Everlasting on the Great White Way. Performances have been pushed back from the previously announced March 23, 2016 and will now begin on March 31 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The Casey Nicholaw-helmed production will open on April 26.Keenan-Bolger takes on the role of Jesse Tuck, with Carmello and Lewis as Ma Tuck and Winnie Foster, respectively. Additional cast members will include Robert Lenzi as Miles, Terrence Mann as Man in the Yellow Suit, Michael Park as Angus, Fred Applegate as Constable Joe, Valerie Wright as Betsy Foster and Michael Wartella as Hugo.The full principal cast, with the exception of Wright, reprise their performances from the musical’s world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. The out-of-town engagement ended its run in February.Keenan-Bolger’s Broadway credits include Newsies, Mary Poppins, Seussical and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Ever After at Paper Mill Playhouse. Carmello, who will take on the role of Ma Tuck, currently appears in Finding Neverland on the Great White Way and earned Tony nominations for her performances in Parade, Lestat and Scandalous. Lewis, at just 11-years-old, recently starred in Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Annie. Lenzi made his Main Stem debut in South Pacific. Mann earned a Tony nod for his recent Broadway performance in Pippin; he was also nominated for Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables. Park has appeared on the Great White Way in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Little Me. Applegate most recently hit the Broadway stage last fall in The Last Ship. Wright’s previous credits include Elf, Annie Get Your Gun and Steel Pier. Wartella made his Broadway debut in 2013 in Wicked.Featuring music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear, Tuck Everlasting follows a young girl and her friendship with Jesse Tuck and his family, who become immortal after drinking from an enchanted spring. Based on the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, the story has twice been adapted for the screen.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Related Shows Tuck Everlasting View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016last_img read more

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