Congressman Says Region Deals With “Acute” Mask Shortages

first_imgPhoto: / CC BY 2.0CORNING –  Face masks remain a hot topic when discussing the COVID-19 crisis, especially after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order Wednesday mandating people wear a mask in public when they’re performing an essential activity without the possibility of safe social distancing. Congressman Tom Reed spoke with regional reporters this week, and WNYNewsNow asked if any shortages of masks have been reported in either Chautauqua or Cattaraugus Counties. The Republican says every county in the U.S. 23rd Congressional District has, overall, seen an “acute” shortage within the past 30 days.“Each and every day, we get better and better at meeting those acute shortages,” Reed said. “That’s why we do our daily hospital calls…By having those direct lines of communication, I can tell you that it’s getting less and less pervasive over the entire counties, but we still do have hot spots that pop up every once in a while.”An executive order from Cuomo requiring essential businesses to provide cloth or surgical face masks to their employees who interact with the public went into effect Wednesday. WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear.  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 read more

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Will Return to Broadway

first_imgSoon, Broadway’s gonna have a whorehouse in it again. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas will return to Broadway next year in a brand new production. Tony, Emmy and Olivier Award winner Rob Ashford will direct and choreograph. Further information, including dates, theater and cast will be announced at a later date. View Comments Marking the debut of Tommy Tune in the dual role of director/choreographer, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas premiered off-Broadway in 1978 and moved to Broadway just two months later. The show received seven 1979 Tony nominations, with Carlin Glynn and Henderson Forsythe winning Tonys for the roles later played by Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds in the 1982 film adaptation.center_img Featuring a book by Larry L. King (adapting his own Playboy story) and Peter Masterson with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas dramatizes the real-life story of a legendary house of ill-repute that remained open for many years until the Governor orders the local sheriff to shut it down. The score includes such numbers as “Good Old Girl,” “Hard Candy Christmas” and “Texas Has a Whorehouse in It.”last_img read more

Garry Marshall Talks Going to the Dark Side to Helm Billy & Ray Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 Billy & Ray Related Shows View Comments The legendary Garry Marshall stopped by ABC News to discuss his latest project: helming the New York premiere of Billy & Ray off-Broadway. The Mike Bencivenga play charts the birth of film noir from the minds of Hollywood collaborators Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. “Film noir is dark. I’m known for film blanc more,” Marshall jokes about taking a stab at a heavier genre. Nonetheless, he’s “so excited” to present the story about the actor-director odd-couple, which hits close to home for him: “The hardest person I ever fought with most is my sister Penny on Laverne and Shirley!” Billy & Ray, now in previews, opens officially on October 20 at the Vineyard Theatre.last_img read more

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert & More Set for Signature Theatre’s Big Love

first_img Additional cast members include Emmanuel Brown (Kung Fu) as Oed, Lynn Cohen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Bella, Ellen Harvey (The Phantom of the Opera) as Eleanor, Ryan-James Hatanaka (King Lear) as Constantine, Christopher Innvar (The Snow Geese) as Piero, Preston Sadleir (Top Five) as Giuliano, Stacey Sargeant (Our Lady of Kibeho) as Thyona, Nathaniel Stampley (Porgy and Bess) as Leo and Libby Winters (American Idiot) as Olympia. Related Shows In Big Love, fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Mayhem ensues, complete with flight suit-clad grooms, women throwing themselves to the ground and occasional pop songs. The cast is now set for Signature Theatre’s production of Big Love, a modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Danaids written by Charles Mee. Tina Landau will direct a company that includes Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Murder Ballad) as Lydia and Tony nominee Bobby Steggert (Mothers and Sons, Big Fish) as Nikos. Performances will begin on February 3 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center, where it will run through March 15. Opening night is set for February 23. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015 Big Love The production will feature scenic design by Brett Banakis, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Scott Zielinski, sound design by Kevin O’Donnell and projection design by Austin Switser.last_img read more

Tony Winners Cicely Tyson & Rita Moreno Are Among Kennedy Center Honorees

first_img Related Shows The Gin Game View Comments Tony winners Cicely Tyson and Rita Moreno, as well as Beautiful singer-songwriter Carole King, are among the 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees. They will be recognized, along with filmmaker George Lucas, rock band The Eagles and conductor Seiji Ozawa, during the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will be broadcast on December 29 on CBS.Tyson will soon be seen on Broadway opposite James Earl Jones in The Gin Game. She won the 2013 Tony for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful and was also nominated for an Emmy Award for the 2014 television movie version. Tyson made history when she became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for 1974’s TV film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Her 1972 film Sounder earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. On stage, Tyson has starred in shows including The Corn Is Green, Trumpets of the Lord, Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights and Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright. Recent film appearances include Alex Cross, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and The Help.Broadway vet Moreno won the Tony for The Ritz; additional Great White Way credits include The Odd Couple, Wally’s Cafe, The National Health and Gantry. She is the only Hispanic member of the prestigious EGOT club; Moreno won the Oscar for her performance in the film adaptation of West Side Story. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016last_img read more

Natural Woman! Cassidy Janson Set for London’s Beautiful

first_img View Comments Some kind of wonderful news for Cassidy Janson, who will take over for Katie Brayben in the titular role in the West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Diane Keen will also board the cast as Genie Klein, King’s mother, stepping in for Glynis Barber. The pair will begin performances on November 30.Janson was a member of the original London cast of Wicked and played standby Elphaba. Her additional stage credits include Dessa Rose, Candide, Tick Tick Boom, Lend Me a Tenor, Company and Avenue Q. Janson has been seen on screen in Sweeney!, Thirteen at Dinner, Silverdream Racer, The Hike, Tail’s End, Day Trip to London, Full Circle and Coma. Keen’s multiple TV and film credits include Rings On Their Fingers, You Must be the Husband, Foxy Lady, Doctors, Brookside and New Tricks. On stage she has been seen in productions including Same Time Next Year, Ladybird, The Vagina Monologues, Small Hand and You’re Never Too Old.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.Alan Morrissey will continue as Gerry Goffin, along with Lorna Want as Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as Don Kirshner.The Broadway production continues its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.last_img read more

Joshua Jackson & More Set for Smart People Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 6, 2016 Smart People This off-Broadway show is getting more intriguing by the second. Stellar names Joshua Jackson, Mahershala Ali, Anne Son and Tessa Thompson have been tapped for Lydia R. Diamond’s Smart People. The previously reported New York premiere production, helmed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (The Wiz Live!), will begin previews on January 26, 2016. Opening night is set for February 11 at Second Stage Theatre’s Tony Kiser Theatre.Jackson has appeared in the West End in A Life in the Theatre. Currently seen on screen in The Affair, his TV and film resume includes Fringe and Dawson’s Creek. Ali is familiar to many as lobbyist Remy Danton on House of Cards. Other screen credits include The Hunger Games series. Son was a series regular on My Generation; off-Broadway credits include The Trojan Women and The Crucible. Thomson was most recently seen as civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma; other film credits include Dear White People and For Colored Girls.The quest for love, achievement and identity is universal, but what role does race play in the story of our lives? On the eve of Obama’s first election, four Harvard intellectuals find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics.Smart People will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, with costume design by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, lighting design by Jason Lyons and projection design by Zach Borovay.There’s also been an update on the eagerly anticipated new musical Dear Evan Hansen. Featuring music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson, and directed by Michael Greif, the production’s first preview date at Second Stage has been set for March 25, 2016. We will be there!last_img read more

Scott Ellis Set to Direct NBC’s Live A Few Good Men

first_img Scott Ellis, who received a Tony nomination this year for directing the revival of She Loves Me, will helm NBC’s live broadcast of A Few Good Men. The announcement was made at Variety’s annual TV Summit in Los Angeles.As previously reported, the telecast is set to air on NBC in early 2017. When asked about the choice, according to Variety, playwright and Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin said, “I couldn’t be more excited.”Ellis, who serves as Roundabout Theatre Company’s associate artistic director, has helmed the recent revivals of On the Twentieth Century, The Elephant Man, You Can’t Take It With You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Harvey. He has also directed for the small screen on several occasions and received an Emmy nomination for his work on a season one episode of 30 Rock.The courtroom drama is one of two live theatrical broadcasts the Peacock network has lined up: Hairspray Live!, starring newcomer Maddie Baillio and Harvey Fierstein, will air on December 7. Scott Ellis(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View Commentslast_img read more

Anastasia Sets Broadway Cast, Dates & Theater

first_img‘Anastasia'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 As promised, Anastasia has set the date! The new musical will open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre, led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor in the roles they originated at Hartford Stage. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide), the new tuner reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.Altomare will play Anya and has previously been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia!. Klena is set to take on the role of Dmitry; his Main Stem credits include The Bridges of Madison County and Wicked. On screen he has been seen in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Blue Bloods. Bolton will appear as Vlad Popov—his Great White Way credits include Dames at Sea, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Curtains, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Contact, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Damn Yankees. His TV resume includes four seasons on Gossip Girl. O’Connor is set to take on Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch; her Broadway credits include Chicago and A Christmas Story the Musical; she received an Olivier nod for Mack and Mabel in the West End. Her film work includes Moulin Rouge. Further casting and first preview date will be announced later.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox movie, the tuner features songs from the 1997 film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score.The production will feature sets by Alexander Dodge, costumes by Linda Cho, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Peter Hylenski, projections by Aaron Rhyne, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, music supervision and direction by Thomas Murray and orchestrations by Doug Besterman.Before Anastasia, the Broadhurst will play host to the starry Nathan Lane-led The Front Page. View Commentscenter_img Anastasia Related Showslast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Judith Light in All The Ways…

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 23, 2016 Judith Light(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Tickets are now available to catch two-time Tony winner Judith Light in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s All The Ways To Say I Love You off-Broadway. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the solo piece will begin previews on September 6 and officially open at MCC’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on September 28.Faye Johnson is a high school English teacher and guidance counselor in a long-time, loving marriage. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Faye slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. All The Ways To Say I Love You is a solo play about love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire.All The Ways To Say I Love You marks LaBute’s tenth play produced by MCC in a 15-year collaboration. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through October 9.center_img All the Ways To Say I Love You View Commentslast_img read more