New York Considers Allowing Some Fans At Bills Playoff Game

first_imgFile image by Idibri / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY (AP) — The New York health commissioner is considering whether to allow 6,700 fans to attend a rare Buffalo Bills home playoff game if all attendees are tested beforehand.But nothing has been finalized yet, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a spokesperson for the Bills. The playoffs begin the weekend of Jan. 9, but the date of the game isn’t set.“The devil is often in the details,” Cuomo said. “We would like to do it.”Cuomo believes New York would be the nation’s first state to try such a plan, which would include contact tracing after the game. “This could be the beginning to show how you could have events with testing,” he said. His budget director, Bob Mujica, said the football team would control entry and exit into a socially distanced stadium where fans without masks would be ejected.But Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said he’s worried about encouraging “ancillary events” — potential postgame and pregame events that could cause spikes of their own.“How do we control that?” Zucker said. “That is really the question.”And the idea is getting pushback in a region that’s been hit hard by an uptick in COVID-19 in recent months.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that his administration hasn’t been part of any discussions about the idea and that it hasn’t come up on recent calls with state officials. And he said the county doesn’t have the capacity to do rapid testing on 6,700 individuals, typically performing 1,450 tests a week.A decision would need to be made by the middle of next week to prepare for a game just over two weeks from now, he said.The Bills have clinched their first AFC East title since 1995. They will host a playoff game for the first time since a 30-27 wild-card playoff loss to Jacksonville on Dec. 28, 1996, in what proved to be Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s final game.The team’s fans would undoubtedly be excited at the chance, with hundreds coming out to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport late Saturday night to greet the players and celebrate their victory.“That was incredible,” said Bills coach Sean McDermott. “Always nice when you get home in the middle of the night and it’s as cold as it was and the fans are out there to welcome us home, just special.”Asked Monday about fans being at the stadium for the game, McDermott said he appreciated state officials being open to considering it.“I know we would love to have the opportunity to have fans,” he said. 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

Feel the Love on Opening Night of John & Jen, Starring Kate Baldwin & Conor Ryan

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 4, 2015 John & Jen is back in New York City! The rarely performed musical by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald has officially arrived at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre, and on February 26, 2015, stars Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan celebrated their official opening night. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, the two-hander tells the story of a sister and brother, and later, a mother and son. Check out these photos from the opening night party, then see John & Jen off-Broadway through April 4! John & Jen Star Files Kate Baldwinlast_img read more

Andy Mientus Reflects on His Run in Les Miz!

first_imgIn the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Les Miserables star and Audience Choice Award winner Andy Mientus will say goodbye to his barricade buddies on March 1, when he plays his final performance as Marius in the hit musical at the Imperial Theatre. As Mientus says farewell to his fellow revolutionaries, he looks back on his adventures in Les Miz on Broadway. View Comments How do you feel now that you’re leaving? Proud. I feel like I really accomplished something, making it through a year run of this incredibly demanding show. I don’t know if I’ve ever worked so hard. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Discipline, a personal steamer and a supportive fiancé. What was the hardest thing? Singing with vibrato. I don’t know if I’ll ever attempt it again. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 What was the easiest thing about the job? Being present in the moment with such a sensitive and talented company of actors. How did you feel when you first got this job? Shocked, then thrilled. I never thought of this as a show or a role for me and I had moved to L.A. and had set my focus on that world, so it all came as a bit of a shock that I would finally make my Broadway debut with Les Miz. But it was a joyous thing. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Don’t always clip your mic in the same place. It leads to breakage.center_img What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Exhaustion. Emotion. Fog. Why are you leaving? I never planned to extend beyond the set year contract. I left behind a whole life (friends, career, spouse, cat) in Los Angeles to do this job so I am anxious to return to all of that. But luckily, I also already have my next projects lined up that I can’t wait to spill the beans about. What was the highlight of your time at this job? Getting to know and love Nikki M. James. She’s in my wedding party. Les Miserables Related Shows What will you miss the most? As with every job, the people. I would grow tired of even my dream role after so many passes through, but the good people I’ve met on this job constantly inspire, buoy, and uplift me. But in theater, you never say goodbye. How do you think you’ve grown? I have learned (not definitively, but more than I knew before) how to balance consistency and immediacy/spontaneity when performing in a long run so that the audience gets the same great show but you aren’t sleepwalking through the motions.last_img read more

Danny Burstein & the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof Begin B’way Previews

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 The tradition continues as the Great White Way revival of Fiddler on the Roof starts previews on November 20. Directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Danny Burstein, the production will officially open on December 20 at the Broadway Theatre.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye (Burstein) is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The musical features a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”The cast also includes Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Hayley Feinstein, Mitch Greenberg, Adam Grupper, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Lori Wilner, Aaron Young and Jennifer Zetlan.The classic musical premiered on Broadway in 1964; this marks the show’s fourth Broadway revival. View Comments Danny Burstein Star Files Fiddler on the Rooflast_img read more

Ready Boots? Start Walking! Wayne Brady Begins in Kinky Boots

first_imgEverybody say yeah! Wayne Brady will take over the role of Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots on November 21. The Emmy winner is stepping into the big red boots of Tony winner Billy Porter at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Brady received Emmys in 2003 for Whose Line Is It Anyway and The Wayne Brady Show. He made his Broadway debut in 2004 as Billy Flynn in Chicago and also appeared in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. He is currently the host of the CBS reboot of Let’s Make a Deal.The musical, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tonys in 2013 including Best Musical.Kinky Boots also currently stars Andy Kelso as Charlie and Jeanna de Waal as Lauren. Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

A Soprano, a Baritone & Some Rotten Eggs Walk Into Feinstein’s/54 Below…

first_img View Comments Jay Armstrong Johnson, Melissa Errico, ‘Something Rotten’ & Paulo Szot(Something Rotten Photo: Joan Marcus) Spring has sprung, and several stage favorites are taking the stage at Feinstein’s/54 Below to celebrate the return of daylight, Peeps and confusion over what jacket to wear. The lineup is packed with Broadway’s best, from a soaring soprano to a few really bad eggs. Check out just some of the not-to-miss events below.DRAMA BOOK SHOP BENEFIT3/26 at 7PMThe Drama Book Shop, a theater district staple, recently ran into some trouble following a pipe burst, and now’s your chance to help out. A collection of stage favorites will head to Feinstein’s/54 Below for a benefit concert. Take a break from reading to catch Gabrielle Ruiz, Alex Boniello, Ali Stroker, Chuck Cooper and more. GET TICKETSMELISSA ERRICO”Funny! I’m a Woman with Children” – 4/1-2 at 7PMReady or not, here comes Mama! Tony nominee Melissa Errico returns to the supper club for a night of tunes and tales about marriage and motherhood. Expect original numbers, plus favorites from the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori and Jerry Herman. It may be a small world (isn’t it?), but her voice is anything but. GET TICKETSPAULO SZOT4/5-9 at 7PM, 4/9 at 9:30PMWhat’s better than some enchanting evening? How about five enchanting evenings? South Pacific Tony winner Paulo Szot makes a return trip to the 54 Below stage to present his takes on some American Songbook classics. Because there is nothing like a Brazilian opera star singing Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter and the Gershwins. GET TICKETSSOMETHING REALLY ROTTEN4/25 at 7 & 9:30PMIt’s hard to be the Bard, but it’s even harder to write a musical. Just ask the Bottom brothers…or Something Rotten! composers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick. The two, along with a smattering of original cast members, will showcase songs that ended up on the cutting room floor. You know what they say: You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make…well, you know. GET TICKETSJAY ARMSTRONG JOHNSON4/27, 29-30 at 7PMWe’re not sure how many people have managed to sing Sondheim and the Dixie Chicks in one set, but this guy found a way. After gracing the stage in everything from Hands on a Hardbody to On the Town, Johnson hits the midtown hotspot to celebrate what got him through the tough years. On top of show tunes, expect pop favorites, gospel and more. GET TICKETSlast_img read more

Dates Set for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

first_img Broadway’s spring season is shaping up oh so sweetly! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, led by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (after Falsettos), will begin performances on March 28, 2017 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, the reworked transfer of London’s hit tuner is set to officially open on April 23.Featuring a book by David Greig with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life- changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.Dahl’s book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka.The West End staging officially opened at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka and helmed by Sam Mendes. It is set to shutter on January 7, 2017. View Comments Christian Borle(Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018center_img Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Related Showslast_img read more

Joe Mantello Boards New Sondheim Musical Bunuel

first_img View Comments Tony-winning director Joe Mantello is at the helm of the new Stephen Sondheim and David Ives musical based on two movies by surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, according to The New York Post. Following a reading earlier this year, their new project is poised to continue its development at the Public Theater and beyond.A full workshop presentation of Buñuel is set to take place in March 2017, with a potential off-Broadway production scheduled at the Public that fall. The Post also reported that mega-producer Scott Rudin is attached to the title, indicating that Broadway could be on the horizon for the musical, which is inspired by Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel.A private reading at the Public in August featured Brian Stokes Mitchell, Shuler Hensley, Sierra Boggess, Nancy Opel and Marc Kudisch. At that time, the Public said in a statement, “We are happily developing the Buñuel project with Stephen Sondheim and hope to present it in the near future, but no set date has been confirmed.” Joe Mantello(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

Build a Compost Pile

first_imgDuring the fresh-vegetable season, from my family of four, I’ve been putting about 14pounds of kitchen materials a week on my compost pile. Most kitchen scraps may be used, too, except for animal fat, bones and milk products. You can hasten the decomposition if you turn the pile every few weeks. If you don’tchoose to turn it or can’t, don’t worry — it will still decompose. It will take longer, butwhat’s time to compost? On top of this, spread one cup of complete garden fertilizer or a couple of shovelfuls ofmanure. You can also add a light layer of soil. The best activator for compost is oldcompost. Normally, five to eight months will be required to finish compost, depending on thematerial used and the heat and moisture available during the composting period. Fall is a great time for composting because of the abundance of leaves to add to the pile. Compost is ready for use when the material turns dark and becomes crumbly. Finishedcompost will have lost much of its original identity and will have an “earthy” smell. These include coffee and tea grounds, eggshells, peelings of vegetables and fruits, canningby-products such as tomato peels, apple peelings and cores and corn husks. Kitchen Compostables Continue to alternate layers. As each is complete, water it thoroughly. Keep the pile moist,but not soggy. If you don’t want to use anything at all, just pile up the composting material. That willwork, too. Just think how much each family is putting into the landfill from the kitchen. Thesematerials are completely degradable in the compost pile within four to six weeks. The size will vary with the amount of material, but any size smaller than 3 feet wide by 3feet high isn’t recommended. It’s too small to heat up and decompose the materialproperly. What to Compost When those beautiful autumn leaves have blown from the trees and become unsightlybrown masses in your lawn, don’t fret and don’t burn. Simply build a pile and recycle theleaves through the composting process. When you clean up the garden, yard, flower beds or other outside areas, don’t forget thatalmost all of this plant material, too, can be added to the compost pile. I just dig a small hole in the compost pile, place the materials four to five inches deep andcover them with leaves, grass clippings or other plant materials. Then I continue thatprocess clockwise around the pile. To learn more about composting, contact your county extension agent. Containing the Pile Some type of enclosure to contain the material is best. But the sides of the bin shouldallow free air movement into the material. The best bin material is probably2-inch-by-4-inch dog fencing 3 feet high. Good compost is especially useful for improving soils that are low in organic matter.Although it does add some nutrients, the main benefit of compost is improving the soil’sphysical condition. Building the Pile Using Compost Almost all organic material may be used: sod, grass clippings, leaves, hay, straw, someweeds, chopped corn cobs, corn stalks, sawdust, newspapers, etc. Avoid weeds and grassplants that have developed seed heads. For ease of handling, it’s best, too, not to go over 5 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet. Size of Compost Pile Simple rules to follow in composting: Apply the compost to garden soil at the rate of four bushels per 100 square feet. You don’t have to build the pile all at once. Begin by spreading an 8- to 12-inch layer oforganic material over the area.last_img read more

Cotton workshop

first_imgAnybody who thought growing cotton was easy wasn’t paying attention this year. Georgia farmers and agribusinesses need help with the complexities of this economically vital Georgia crop.That’s why the 2002 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop will be offered Dec. 10-11 in Tifton, Ga. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension Service and the Georgia Cotton Commission, the 10th annual workshop a broad range of needed information.The first morning and part of the second will be devoted to one-hour workshops on cotton weeds, insects, nematodes, diseases, physiology, markets and new varieties and on fertilizer and soil management.General sessions will cover new cotton developments, the farm bill, irrigation research and other topics. Panel discussions each day will explore managing for early cotton picking and top fiber quality.The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Tifton Rural Development Center. It will end at noon Wednesday. A $20 fee ($30 after Nov. 29) covers all costs.To get a registration form, contact your county office of the UGA Extension Service. Or call the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center at (229) 386-3416.last_img read more