A Month in the Country, Starring Peter Dinklage & Taylor Schilling, Extends

first_img View Comments Ivan Turgenev’s iconic play chronicles the comic and erotic turmoil that befalls an otherwise quiet country estate when a handsome young tutor arrives to teach Natalya Petrovna’s (Schilling) young son. But it is Natalya who soon becomes interested in a tutelage of another kind, much to the consternation of her husband and her long suffering friend, Rakitin (Dinklage), who is hopelessly and secretly smitten with her. The off-Broadway production of A Month in the Country, starring Game of Thrones’s Peter Dinklage and Orange Is the New Black headliner Taylor Schilling, has extended its run. The Classic Stage Company mounting will now play through February 28—it had originally been scheduled to end on February 22. The production is directed by Erica Schmidt (Dinklage’s wife). In addition to Dinklage and Schilling, the cast includes Anthony Edwards, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Franz, Peter Appel, Ian Etheridge, Mike Faist, James Joseph O’Neil, Elizabeth Ramos, Thomas Jay Ryan, Frank Van Putten and Megan West. Related Shows A Month in the Country Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 28, 2015last_img read more

The King and I Extends Indefinitely on B’way, Announces National Tour

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 The King and I Certainly cause to whistle a happy tune! Broadway’s The King and I, which received nine Tony nominations including Best Revival, has extended indefinitely at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the musical stars Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara; all three garnered Tony nods for their work on the production. A national tour has also been announced, and will launch in November 2016 in Providence, RI. The tour will play multi-week and single week engagements throughout the 2016-17 touring season and beyond. Casting and additional engagements for the tour will be announced later.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam (Watanabe) and Anna Leonowens (O’Hara), a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.In addition to O’Hara and Watanabe, the Lincoln Center cast includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha, Ashley Park as Tuptim, Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkom, Murphy Guyer as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas as Louis, Paul Nakauchi as Kralahome and Marc Oka as Phra Alack.The show first opened on Broadway on March 21, 1951 and earned five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The tuner has received three Broadway revivals, most recently in 1996 with a production starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Shanice Williams Will Play Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

first_imgThis casting is real, real to us! Shanice Williams has landed the coveted role of Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!. The exciting announcement was made on The Today Show on August 5. The musical telecast will click its heels on the Peacock Network on December 3.The 18-year-old New Jersey native was chosen following a nationwide search, including open calls in New York and Los Angeles. She’s trained in musical theater for five years and has appeared in local productions of West Side Story, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Seussical and Pippin.She joins the previously reported trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion (Grier appeared in the 2006 La Jolla production as the Wiz). No word yet if they’re on board for the forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, which is set to open in the 2016-17 season. Additional casting will be announced later.Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ score includes “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.”Take a look at Williams’ audition and the moment she got the part below! View Commentslast_img read more

B’way Grosses: Paramour Climbs to the Top with Just Six Performances

first_img‘Paramour'(Photo: Matthew Beard) Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017center_img View Comments Paramour continued its preview performances at the Lyric Theatre, and the Cirque du Soleil presentation soared to the top of the boards. After taking in $1,018,942 in just six performances, the show was just shy of making the top five. Those slots were claimed by the usual suspects: The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon. Expect Paramour to find its way in there as the average ticket price rises and the show works toward a standard eight-performance week. Meanwhile, the new musical Waitress was one of three shows to exceed capacity. We’ll continue to monitor the show’s attendance now that it has made it past opening night.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 24:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,995,760)2. Hamilton ($1,813,024)3. Wicked ($1,660,014)4. Aladdin ($1,433,167)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,325,465)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Bright Star ($357,812)4. Tuck Everlasting ($332,230)*3. The Father ($258,848)2. Disaster! ($247,941)1. Eclipsed ($233,636)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.09%)2. Hamilton (101.75%)3. Waitress (100.71%)**4. The Lion King (99.33%)5. Aladdin (98.36%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Fiddler on the Roof (61.80%)4. Kinky Boots (61.23%)3. Jersey Boys (58.84%)2. Eclipsed (54.55%)1. Disaster! (41.68%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on seven preview performances and one regular performance (opening night)Source: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. Dishes on His Worst Audition

first_img Hamilton from $149.00 Leslie Odom Jr. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Leslie Odom Jr. Star Files Hamilton is such a smash hit that late night king Jimmy Fallon recently told 2016 Tony nominee Leslie Odom Jr. that he wishes he could see himself in the production. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner stopped by The Tonight Show on May 27, revealing that he was able to take in the tuner from the audience—and he almost witnessed a duel go down at intermission. Let’s just say one celeb had to—erm—explain theater etiquette to another (one of them appears in this week’s vlog, btw). He also dished on his pre-velvet smoke days as a young actor. Watch below!last_img read more

Signature Theatre’s Founder James Houghton Dead at 57

first_img Signature Theatre’s founder James Houghton passed away at his home in Manhattan on August 2 after a two year battle with stomach cancer. He was 57 years old.Under Houghton’s leadership as Founding Artistic Director, Signature Theatre became one of the country’s preeminent theater companies. Signature was the first company to dedicate a full season to a living writer’s body of work, and in the past 25 years has hosted a diverse roster of some of the theater’s most exciting and accomplished playwrights. The company has since launched two additional residency programs, as well as the Signature Ticket Initiative, its groundbreaking ticket subsidy program. In 2012 Signature opened The Pershing Square Signature Center, the largest new theater center in New York City in nearly 50 years, and was recognized in 2014 with the Regional Theatre Tony Award for its unique mission and outstanding body of work.Since 2006, Houghton also served as the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School. To enhance the program, Houghton and the Drama Division initiated significant new programming and opportunities for students. Among these opportunities are a new Master of Fine Arts Program, which offers free tuition and a living stipend during the fourth and final year of training; the introduction of a Playwrights Festival featuring performances of plays written by students of the renowned Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program; and a bridge to the profession through the creation of the Professional Studio hosted by Signature Theatre, allowing Juilliard’s actors and writers to collaborate closely and build lasting artistic relationships.Houghton was honored by The Acting Company with the 2012 John Houseman Award for his profound commitment to developing American actors and building a diverse audience for the theater, as well as the William Inge Festival’s 1998 Margo Jones Medal for an outstanding contribution to the American theater. In 2015, he was awarded a Special Award for Sustained Achievement at the 60th Annual Obie Awards. In 2016, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Lifetime Achievement and a Special Achievement Award from the Outer Critics Circle. In 2013, he was inducted into the College of the Fellows of the American Theatre and presented with an honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts by his alma mater, Santa Clara University. Mr. Houghton has also served as the Artistic Director of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference (1999-2003), Artistic Director of the New Harmony Project (1996-1999), and the Artistic Advisor to the Guthrie Theater (1998-2012).Houghton is survived by his wife Joyce O’Connor, children Henry and Lily Houghton, parents Joan and Sherrill Houghton, and siblings Scott Houghton, Susan Houghton Devine, Lynne Houghton and Trish Houghton Line.Below are just some of the tributes pouring in at the news of Houghton’s passing. James Houghton(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Farewell and thank you to the remarkably kind and patient Jim Houghton. You taught me so much. @SignatureTheatr @JuilliardSchool— Alex Sharp (@alexandersharp) August 3, 2016 My heart is breaking from the loss of such an incredible creative human being. I have always been inspired by Jim Houghton and so honored to be under his leadership as a student at #Juilliard I’m glad we got to come together in prayer in this last moment. I love you. May you rest in peace and power. We’ve gained a new #theatregod. Watch over us. Xx View Commentslast_img read more

The Front Page’s Nathan Lane Talks Opening Night

first_img Related Shows Nathan Lane View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017 The Front Pagecenter_img The Front Page opened on October 20 at the Broadhurst Theatre, and what a starry Broadway opening it was. Theater critics attended in order to get their reviews up for the next morning, and Tony winner Nathan Lane recently stopped by on Late Night with Seth Meyers to discuss what it was like having said critics at the after party. “You’re hoping that it’s gonna be sensational,” Lane said. “But everyone is so invested. And I thought ‘Well, we’re going to add 30 theater critics to this. It’ll be like looking at a room of undecided voters.'” Well, Lane’s always got our vote. Take a look at the clip below for the full scoop! Nathan Lane Star Fileslast_img read more

Tackling food safety

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaMad cow disease has grabbed more headlines lately, but the germs that cause foodborne illnesses have a much greater impact on public health. Now a task force of U.S. scientists is proposing new ways to tackle food safety.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year foodborne illnesses make 76 million Americans sick, put more than 300,000 in hospitals and kill 5,000 people.An issue paper released by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology recommends new strategies to enhance food safety, specifically food derived from animals.“The bottom line is to come up with a strategic approach to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness,” said Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety and chair of the CAST task force.The task force is made up of scientists from around the United States. They found that the best approach to the problem was quantitative microbial risk assessment. Translation: a systems approach in which each food source is examined from the farm to your plate. “The idea is to determine where in the system we would have the greatest impact,” said Doyle, an international authority on foodborne bacterial pathogens. “From a public health and regulatory standpoint, we have limited resources, so the idea is to find the points where we can intervene and most greatly reduce the risk of human illness.”For example, take the case of listeriosis, a serious infection that mainly affects pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. According to the CDC, 2,500 Americans become seriously ill with listeriosis each year and 500 die.Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking, but certain ready-to-eat foods like hot dogs and deli meats can be contaminated after cooking and before packaging. “In this case, the greatest impact for reducing listeriosis would be interventions in the meat processing plants,” Doyle said.However, in the case of Escherichia coli O157:H7, another foodborne illness that infects 73,000 people and kills 61 each year in the U.S., the place of greatest impact is most likely the farm.“Reducing E. coli O157:H7 carriage in cattle is likely to have a greater impact on reducing human illness than relying on cooking ground beef thoroughly,” Doyle said. That’s because E. coli is transmitted not only through eating undercooked, contaminated ground beef but also through cattle manure on the farm and in water that may be used for drinking, swimming or irrigation.Keeping the pathogen out of the cattle will not only protect the beef supply but also water, farms and produce.The CAST paper addresses not only the safety of foods during production but also food safety initiatives for consumers and retailers.The full text of the paper, “Intervention Strategies for the Microbial Safety of Foods of Animal Origin,” (Issue paper No. 25) is on the CAST Web site (www.cast-science.org).CAST is an international group of 38 scientific and professional societies. It gathers, interprets and communicates science-based information about food, fiber and natural resources.(Cat Holmes is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Cooking kids

first_imgCooking teaches children the importance of following directions, helps them practice paying attention and reinforces reading skills. “Children may be more willing to read a recipe because they are motivated by getting to make something,” Bales said. Children’s cookbooks are available at libraries. Or give cookbooks and aprons as gifts to budding chefs. Make sure you have enough time scheduled to complete a cooking task, and try not to step in. Save time with boxed mixesDecorating cookies and frosting cakes are fun, creative ways to spend time with children. They can be positive experiences for adults, too, as they reconnect with childhood memories or experience them for the first time. Refrigerated cookie dough or boxed cake mixes can cut down on the prep time without lessening the experience, Crawley said. Families can also start traditions cooking together. Children who may not have the opportunity to spend time with grandparents throughout the year can spend time cooking together during the holidays. Parents can talk about family recipes as they cook together. “It’s a fun time for families to spend together,” said Ted Futris, child and family development specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Spending that time together is valuable for building bonds.” Educational as well as yummyCooking with children also teaches math, reading and science skills.“Children learn when they follow a recipe,” said Diane Bales, a UGA Extension human development specialist. “They learn to follow directions and perform tasks in sequence. They also learn about science when they see that you can’t always undo changes, or turn a cake back into flour and sugar.” By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaFor many families, holidays mean hours spent in the kitchen preparing meals. Make it a family affair by including children in food preparation. “You can accomplish something and spend time together,” said Connie Crawley, health and nutrition specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “You will create memories with children so they don’t just associate the holidays with opening gifts.” Let kids pour, stir and measureYounger children can stir and measure. They can also help make decisions about what to eat if given choices with limits. center_img Let older kids do more“Let them do as much as possible,” Bales said. “Let them have the experience of cutting, measuring and mixing. The more they can get involved the better.” As children grow older, Bales suggests giving them a leadership role, like reading the recipe and assigning tasks. “Anything fun that adults and children do together is very important,” Bales said. “It’s a chance for good casual conversation and language building.” Kids may also enjoy making food gifts, like specialty breads and decorated cookies. “They will learn the value of making gifts, that small gifts are just as meaningful and your effort is part of the gift,” Crawley said. Cooking with kids is a primetime to start teaching about food safety, too.Children should be taught to wash hands and told not to cross-contaminate foods by touching raw meats and then raw produce. Tasting any dough or batter that contains raw eggs is also off limits, that includes all boxed mixes, she said.“Children are curious, but they are more susceptible to foodborne illness than adults and no one wants to spend the holiday with Salmonella,” Crawley said. Kids can help by setting the table, too. Putting out plates, napkins and silverware sets the stage for the family meal. “When cooking with kids, parents need to set the agenda, but provide children the opportunity for choice,” Futris said. Develop age-appropriate tasks children can handle. “Preschoolers can definitely help with measuring and pouring. Elementary school children can read simple recipes and can even help cut ingredients with assistance,” Crawley said. “By age 11, most children are capable of preparing recipes on their own.” They are also eager to help cleanup. Pitching in to wash dishes, clean countertops and sweep the floor teaches them teamwork and responsibility.last_img read more

Top 4-H’er Compete

first_imgWhen budget cuts to the University of Georgia this spring put the Georgia 4-H program in peril, hundreds of thousands of 4-H’ers, parents and 4-H alumni across the state spoke up to save it. Next week, the top 4-H’ers will celebrate another year when they come to Atlanta for State 4-H Congress. Following project and portfolio competition, state winners will be selected in 49 project areas.Project competition will be Wednesday, July 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Winners will be announced later that evening at Six Flags Over Georgia. A banquet honoring state project winners, as well as judging team champions and team event winners, will be Thursday, July 22 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel on Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta.Media interested in covering the event should contact Faith Peppers (770) 601-8008 or pepper@uga.edu for credentials.last_img read more