Summer Like Weather Winding Down

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A few more days of summer temperatures, before a cold front ushers in much needed rain and cooler Autumn like weather.For Today, partly cloudy skies with temperatures ranging from the 80 degree mark to the lower-80’s. It will be slightly breezy with a southern wind.Tonight partly cloudy skies with lows in the lower-60’s.The region will squeak out one more day of warm temperatures for Tomorrow. Partly cloudy skies with an afternoon shower possible. It will once again be breezy with highs in the upper-70’s. A slow moving cold front will slowly pass the area on Tuesday. This will bring in some much needed rain as well as cooler temperatures. Highs on Tuesday in the mid-60’s.Rain chances remain in the forecast for the rest of the week. Temperatures will slide down through the 60’s eventually ending in the upper-50’s by the time October arrives on Thursday.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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

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David Henry Hwang World Premiere Kung Fu Starts Perfs

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Directed by Leigh Silverman, Kung Fu tells the story of international icon Bruce Lee’s journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend. The new play blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a new theatrical form. The production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father and a man. Related Shows In addition to Horibe, the cast of Kung Fu features Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, Emmanuel Brown, Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Ari Loeb, Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei and Christopher Vo. View Comments The world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu begins performances at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center February 4. Starring Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee, the show will play a limited engagement through March 30 at the Irene Diamond Stage. Opening night is set for Febuary 24. Kung Fulast_img read more

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All the Way, Starring Bryan Cranston, Recoups Investment

first_img Directed by Bill Rauch, All the Way starts with the Kennedy assassination and details the first year of Johnson’s presidency, focusing on his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The drama begins on Air Force One on November 23, 1963, as the plane transports the body of President Kennedy back to Washington, D.C., and Johnson summons his courage to take on the role of commander-in-chief. All the Way All the Way is up for two Tony Awards on June 8: Best Play and Best Leading Actor for Cranston. The show will play its final performance on June 29. Related Shows View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, starring Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson, has recouped its $3.9 million investment. The play began performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on February 10 of this year.  Bryan Cranstonlast_img read more

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Tony-Winning Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

first_img In 1973, Stritch married actor and playwright John Bay. The two remained wed up until his death at the age of 53 in 1982. Stritch also won Emmys for her work on 30 Rock and Law & Order. Other notable screen credits included An Inconvenient Woman, Monster-in-Law, A Farewell to Arms and ParaNorman. Stritch went on to appear in numerous Great White Way productions including Tony-nominated turns in Bus Stop, Sail Away, Company and A Delicate Balance. Her additional Broadway credits included A Little Night Music, Love Letters, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Call Me Madam and Pal Joey. She appeared simultaneously in the latter two; she served as standby to Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam and played reporter Melba Snyder in the 1952 revival of Pal Joey. The double feature included a daily commute from New Haven to New York during Pal Joey’s out-of-town tryout. Stritch was born on February 2, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. She trained at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School, where her peers included Marlon Brando and Walter Matthau. She made her Broadway debut in Loco in 1946. Stritch provided a master class in resilience throughout the years as she continued to perform despite ongoing struggles with her health. The brassy Broadway luminary always lived up to the Stephen Sondheim lyrics in what became her signature anthem: “Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all and my dear, I’m still here.” Broadway icon Elaine Stritch has died. According to The New York Times, the Tony and three-time Emmy-winning actress passed away at her home in Birmingham, Michigan on July 17. Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. The actress was 89 years old. In 2002, her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. In the piece, the stage and screen star reflected on stories and songs from her career in show business, as well as her fight with alcoholism. D.A. Pennebaker produced a documentary in 2004 that combined footage of rehearsals and the staged production. The film won two Emmys: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Stritch and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. A longtime New York resident, Stritch bid farewell to the city in 2013 to return to Michigan. She played a final show at the Café Carlyle (Stritch lived in the Carlyle Hotel for many years) in April 2013. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary of her final years in New York, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival later that month. View Commentslast_img read more

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Titanic Revival Sets Sail for Toronto Once More with Opera Star Ben Heppner

first_imgThe Ship of Dreams is back on course! A new staging of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Titanic directed by Thom Southerland will play Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre from May 20 through June 21, 2015. Opera tenor Ben Heppner will play Isidor Straus and three additional roles. The production was initially set to play Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre in the summer before going full steam ahead to Broadway during the 2014-15 season. Such plans were postponed due to the lack of availability for an appropriate Great White Way house. No word yet if the production still intends to dock in New York. With a score by Yeston and a book by Stone, Titanic details the lives of a cross-section of the 2,200 people on the voyage in 1912, more than 1,500 of whom met their deaths when the ship crashed into an iceberg. The original musical focused on the vessel’s passengers in first-class, second-class and steerage with a rousing score that included the tunes “Godspeed Titanic,” “The Largest Floating Object in the World” and “I Must Get On that Ship.” The show won five Tony Awards in 1997, including Best Musical. A Grammy and Juno Award winner, Heppner has graced the stage of several international opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera House, London’s Covent Garden and the Vienna State Opera. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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History Lesson! Trace the Timeline of Juicy Drama Wolf Hall

first_img View Comments Starting From the BottomThomas Cromwell was born in 1485 in Putney, England. As a teenager, Cromwell left England, first to be was a mercenary soldier in France, later to work for the wealthy Frescobaldi banking family in Italy. Back in England he began his political career in the employ of the influential Cardinal Wolsey. He would rise to political prominence during one of the most formative times in English history, eventually becoming a member of parliament and an advisor to Henry VIII, making him the second most powerful man in England. He was instrumental in Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon (and thus the Catholic church) and marriage to Anne Boleyn, the death of Catholic stalwart Thomas More and Anne’s eventual beheading—a fate Cromwell met himself in 1540. Casting CromwellWhen playwright Mike Poulton began whittling Mantel’s novels down to two plays, Mantel was on hand to act as “the history police” in an extensive editing process—Wolf Hall the novel would take 24 hours to read aloud and has 100 characters, while the play runs three hours and has a cast of 21 actors, The New York Times. Casting Cromwell was crucial—James McAvoy played him in an early reading—but the role ultimately went to Miles, notably of the British TV rom-com series Coupling. “Ben can turn from charismatic into menace at the flip of a hat, and that’s Hilary’s Cromwell,” said director Jeremy Herrin. “You need to be appalled but amused by him at the same time.” Making (Up) HistoryMany books later, Mantel finally pitched her publisher the idea of a Cromwell novel, loosely tied to the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. “I think it took me half a page of Wolf Hall to think: this is the novel I should have been writing all along,” she said. The book begins in 1500 and ends with Thomas More’s death in 1535. The title comes from the historic home of the Seymour family—Jane Seymour was Henry VIII’s third wife and her sister Elizabeth married Thomas Cromwell’s son Gregory. (Mantel also thought it “seemed an apt name for wherever Henry’s court resided”). It wasn’t until Mantel was nearly done with Wolf Hall that she realized the story needed to be a trilogy. Bring Up the Bodies, published in 2012, takes place in less than one year, from the death of Thomas More through Anne Boleyn’s execution. The Mirror and the Light, which will trace Cromwell’s fall from grace and eventual execution in 1540, is set for release later this year. Winner, WinnerNo matter their personal opinions of Cromwell, critics raved. “Wolf Hall has epic scale but lyric texture,” raved The New York Times. “Its 500-plus pages turn quickly, winged and falconlike.” Bring Up the Bodies fared just as well, with critics praising Mantel’s ability to write historical novels that are far from dusty. “She knows that what gives fiction its vitality is not the accurate detail but the animate one, and that novelists are creators, not coroners, of the human case,” said The New Yorker. Mantel won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2009, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award. When Bring Up the Bodies won the same award in 2012, Mantel became the first British author, and the first woman, to even win the Man Booker Prize twice. Superman or Supervillain?Becoming a literary star didn’t make Cromwell a hero—in his review of Wolf Hall in The New York Review of Books, Stephen Greenblatt compared Cromwell to Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s chief of secret police. Mantel herself has compared him to movie mafia kingpin Don Corleone. But that never dissuaded Mantel. “It wasn’t that I wanted to rehabilitate him. I do not run a Priory clinic for the dead,” she told The Guardian. Her life has changed so drastically since she started “working: with Cromwell that, as she told The Telegraph, “I wish I’d sent him my CV earlier.” It does explain why Ben Miles, who has played Cromwell since the RSC premiered the plays, preps for show time by letting loose on a punching bag in his dressing room. Life Imitates ArtMantel is writing the third Cromwell novel during rehearsals for Wolf Hall on Broadway, and there’s no question that Miles’ performance has helped Mantel shape it. “He’s solved certain problems for me,” said Mantel. “He’s pinned me to the moment and made me think deeply.” The epic theatrical event may seem daunting, but cast member Lydia Leonard put it into juicy perspective. “It’s kind of like House of Cards meets The Sopranos,” she told Broadway.com. “A dangerous, dangerous place to be.” “It’s a great story of success and survival against the odds,” added Miles. Both assured us that the fast-paced political drama is plenty modern for today’s audiences—as long as those seeing both parts in one day follow Nathaniel Parker’s sage advice and make a dinner reservation between shows! For hundreds of years, Thomas Cromwell was a villainous footnote in the spectacular story of Henry VIII, until Hilary Mantel turned a spotlight on the humble lawyer-turned-royal right hand and shrewd, ruthless political manipulator in her wildly successful novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Now those books, re-christened Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two for the Broadway stage, are bringing this epic, six-hour fictionalized history full of lust, passion and power grabs to the Winter Garden Theatre on April 9, starring Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn. A Meteoric RiseMiles has been with the project since it premiered at Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in early 2014, and moved quickly to the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End that May. RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran questioned plans to adapt Mantel’s novels for the stage when it was announced that the BBC was planning a mini-series adaptation starring Mark Rylance as Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey—but that TV adaptation, initially scheduled to air in late 2013, arrived on American televisions in March of this year. The RSC premiere sold out, and the West End transfer broke box office records for a straight play and is currently nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Play, and the original cast is readying to open on Broadway. Wolf Hall Part One A Writer Prepares”I only became a novelist because I thought I had missed my chance to become a historian,” British author Hilary Mantel told The Paris Review. “I suppose if I have a maxim, it is that there isn’t any necessary conflict between good history and good drama.” Mantel had also studied to be a lawyer until she could no longer afford the tuition. She was working in a Manchester shop in the ’70s when she began writing her first novel about the French Revolution, but telling the story of Cromwell was already on her mind. “I got myself stuck in the 18th century; my career had developed its logic,” she said. “I had to come to a point where I could just stop and say: I’m going away to learn the Tudors, and I will be back in approximately five years.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Ramin Karimloo, Kelli O’Hara & More

first_imgWait! Before you break into that jug of weekend wine, it’s time for the Lessons of the Week. OK, fine, you can have some wine while you read them. A bunch of really weird stuff happened on Broadway this week—we were introduced to Kelli O’Hara’s drag impersonator, the voices in Rebecca Naomi Jones’ head, and tons more. Check out what we learned below.Fans Forgive Jean ValjeanHe’s a bread thief, he tricks France into thinking he’s a mayor and he doesn’t have any biological kids, but you still voted him the number one father on Broadway anyway! Yep, Jean Valjean from Les Miz is Father of the Year, according to your votes on Culturalist. To celebrate, we’re baking him a delicious cake—sorry Javert, you can’t have any.Rebecca Naomi Jones Hears VoicesHedwig and the Angry Inch star Rebecca Naomi Jones may have her own dressing room, but she’s not alone. She has a bunch of imaginary friends, including Iron Maiden, Stevie Nicks, Coco and John Cameron Mitchell. We thought those guys would be supportive, but apparently they’re pretty judgmental. Come on, guys, give a bro a break.We’re Getting to Know Brandon UranowitzWe knew An American in Paris star Brandon Uranowitz had some experience dying his hair (and eyebrows), but he made a full transformation this week when he morphed into Tony-winning The King and I star Kelli O’Hara. His performance is not to be missed—come for the spot-on lip syncing, stay for the costume changes.Camp Ovation’s Back in SessionGet out your framed photos of Stephen Sondheim, because Camp is back! The creators of the musical theater geek comedy are crowdfunding for a sequel, with cameos from the original film’s stars. Anna Kendrick, we know you’re an Oscar nominee and everything, but if you don’t come back to Camp Ovation to sing “Ladies Who Lunch,” we’re disowning you.Michael Urie’s Not Getting Married TodayShows for Days star Michael Urie and Gloria’s Ryan Spahn are longtime partners, but they aren’t walking down the aisle just yet. “I don’t feel the need to do it in order for people to know that [Michael and I] love each other,” Spahn told Broadway.com. We get ya, Ryan. We feel the same way about peanut butter cups.The T-Birds Are Super (Super) SeniorsWell ring-a-ding-ding, the movie musical Grease turned 37 years old this week! We’ve been hopelessly devoted to Sandy, Danny and the gang, but we have to say, they’re the oldest high school seniors we’ve ever seen. Maybe if they’d actually study for the math final this year instead of rama-lama-ding-donging all over the school, they could be out of Rydell for good.Ben Vereen Is Following YouThe Broadway.com staff fields questions about theater news every day on #LiveatFive on Periscope, but we’re thinking about starting an advice segment after a fan keeps submitting following: “Ben Vereen is following me on Twitter, what do I do?!” Step one: Breathe. Step two: Film a really awesome Dubsmash of “Magic to Do.” Step three: Revel in the Glory.Everyone Wants Ramin KarimlooLes Miserables star Ramin Karimloo is about to rack up a ton of frequent flyer miles. The Tony nominee is not only starring in The Prince of Broadway in Japan, he’s also doing the Broadway-aimed workshop of Anastasia here in NYC. Hey, why not throw Love Never Dies in there and go for the whole trifecta?Nathaniel Parker Has Wolf AmnesiaWhat’s the trickiest part of starring in Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two? According to Tony nominee Nathaniel Parker, it’s remembering which play you’re in. Don’t worry, Nat—to tell you the truth, sometimes we forget which play we’re watching. By the way, you were great in Doctor Zhivago.Groffsauce Wants You to Write a MusicalIf you thought you could just sit back and relax at Hamilton on Broadway, you’re wrong. Jonathan Groff has an assignment for you: “I think about the high school students and the young artists that will come and see [the show] and then create the next version of that for us.” You know, no pressure. NOW GET TO WORK! View Commentslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Additional Hamilton Album Details & More

first_img from $149.00 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. More Hamilton Album DetailsSo, we already knew that the Hamilton cast album will drop in September and that Grammy winners The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter have been tapped to serve as executive producers. However, we now know that it will be released on Atlantic Records and be available for digital pre-order from August 7. “Ten minutes into Hamilton…I was just so stunned. It was such a sucker punch,” said Thompson, in a statement. Trotter added that the show, “can be your introduction to hip-hop—on Broadway. And it’s a valid one. It’s a credible one.” Hamilton, which is currently in preview, will officially open on August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Vanessa Hudgens Honored for GigiThank heaven! Another trophy for Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Vanessa Hudgens for her recent performance in Gigi on the Great White Way. The High School Musical star will be among the honorees at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards, which is scheduled to take place in Hollywood on August 19. Other notable names to garner honors include the legendary Rita Moreno, who is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and incoming On the Town star Misty Copeland, who will pick up the Trailblazer Award.Tori Amos Musical’s Album Sets Release DateYou might well have missed Tori Amos’ The Light Princess, which ran at the U.K.’s National Theatre in London in the fall of 2013, however you’ll now have the chance to listen to the songstress’ work. The previously reported cast album, led by Rosalie Craig in the title role, will be released on Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics on October 9, and is set to also feature exclusive bonus tracks sung by Amos. With music and lyrics by Amos and book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson and suggested by a story by George MacDonald, The Light Princess is a fairytale about grief, rebellion and love. Hopefully this is one step closer for Amos’ “dream” of bringing the show to Broadway.Ragtime Author E.L. Doctorow Dead at 84Author E.L. Doctorow has died in New York aged 84 from complications of lung cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was most known for penning the novel Ragtime, which was published in 1975 and subsequently adapted into a film starring James Cagney and a stage musical. With a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty, the original Broadway production opened on January 18, 1998, with a cast including Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman, Audra McDonald, Judy Kaye and Lea Michele. The musical won four Tonys: Best Featured Actress (McDonald, naturally), Original Score, Book and Orchestrations.Lily Rabe Eyes American Horror Story: HotelAnother stage vet is in talks to appear as a serial killer in FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel! EW reports that Lily Rabe, who has appeared on all four seasons of the show, may play a famous murderer who is staying at the titular establishment. The Tony nominee would join the previously reported Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Lady Gaga and many more. We will definitely be setting our DVRs for this when the series premieres in October.P.S. Off-Broadway’s Little Shubert Theatre has been renamed Stage 42. A new musical, Trip of Love, will begin performances at the venue on September 26. Related Shows View Comments Hamiltonlast_img read more

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Shear Madness Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments After being seen by over 11 million people worldwide, Shear Madness will finally play New York City. The hair salon-set murder mystery comedy will make its off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages beginning October 22, with opening night set for November 11.Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan adapted Shear Madness from the 1963 play Scherenschnitt by German playwright Paul Pörtner. Their English reworking opened in Lake George in 1978 with Abrams and Jordan starring and at the helm. After further developments, the show moved to Boston for what it was treated as an out-of-town run before New York. Over 30 years later, the comedy still resides at Beantown’s Charles Playhouse.The show incorporates improv and audience participation as theatergoers question the cast of characters in a unisex hair salon after the landlord, Isabel Czerny, is murdered. Think Drood with blow dryers.Cast and design team for the open-ended engagement will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

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Have a Show Tune-Filled Halloween with Our Spooky Playlist

first_img View Comments Halloween is around the corner, and we’re ready to celebrate with our favorite singing witches, ghosts, demon barbers, murderous prom queens and more. Whether you’re passing out candy to kids or just looking for a reason to belt it out in costume, we’ve got you covered with a playlist replete with terrifying show tunes. Well, they’re not exactly terrifying, but they do boast a ghoulish crew singing some fun Broadway tunes about all things spooky. Click below to stream the playlist on Spotify!last_img

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