Mother Courage and Her Children, Now Starring Kecia Lewis, Continues Hiatus

first_imgClassic Stage Company’s Mother Courage and Her Children will now resume performances on January 12, instead of the previously announced January 8. The delay will allow for additional rehearsal time for Kecia Lewis, who has stepped in after Tony winner Tonya Pinkins departed the production following disputes with director Brian Kulick.The production transports Bertolt Brecht’s story to the modern-day conflagration of the Congo. The indomitable Mother Courage (Lewis) follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children.The cast also includes Joshua Boone, Curtiss Cook Jr., Kevin Mambo, Jacob Ming-Trent, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Potts, Deandre Sevon, Mirirai Sithole and Zenzi customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Mother Courage and Her Children Related Showslast_img read more


Broadway Balances America Will Take You Inside the Cabaret Tour’s Kit Kat Klub

first_img Broadway Balances America View Comments Want to find out how beautiful life is inside the Cabaret? Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continues its second season on January 26 (the episode will re-air on February 2) with an exclusive look at the new touring production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the classic Kander and Ebb musical, featuring interviews with the show’s cast and creative teams.In this episode, correspondent Amber Milt meets the creative team, including director BT McNicholl, choreographer Cynthia Onrubia, casting director Jillian Cimini and all the new faces stepping into the iconic roles of this Broadway favorite. The Kit Kat Girls and Boys who make up the ensemble of the production not only fulfill their responsibilities as traditional “triple threats” who act, sing and dance their way through the show, but are actually true “quadruple threats” as they also play musical instruments and make up the Cabaret orchestra. The Balancing Act spends the day with some of the actors, from wardrobe fittings to dance rehearsal to vocal and instrumental rehearsal.Featuring a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. The musical features some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured!last_img read more


Matthew Broderick Will Lead Shining City Off-Broadway

first_img Two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick will headline Conor McPherson’s Shining City at Irish Rep. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly, the production will play a limited engagement May 17 through July 3. Opening night is scheduled for June 9 at the theater’s newly renovated Chelsea home at 132 West 22nd Street.Along with Broderick (How to Suceed…, Brighton Beach Memoirs), the cast will include Billy Carter (The Weir), Lisa Dwan (the Beckett Trilogy) and James Russell (Port Authority).John (Broderick) is seeking help from Ian, a counselor (Carter), after the unexpected death of his wife. Though shaken by the loss, John is troubled by more than just grief; he has begun to see his wife’s ghost in their home.Shining City had its world premiere in London’s West End at the Royal Court Theatre in June 2004. The U.S. premiere was at Broadway’s Biltmore Theatre, where it opened on May 9, 2006. The show was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play; this production marks the first New York City revival since the Main Stem incarnation ten years ago.The production will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, costume design by Martha Hally and lighting design by Michael Gottlieb. Original music is by Ryan Rumery. View Comments Matthew Broderick(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more


Kinky Boots Creators Harvey Fierstein & Cyndi Lauper Get Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

first_img Related Shows Harvey Fierstein & Cyndi Lauper(Photo: David Buchan) Kinky Boots Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper are seeing stars. That’s what happens when you’ve got a hit on your hands, and Kinky Boots has been painting the Great White Way red since 2013, the same year it nabbed six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The tuner’s masterminds just received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Striking a pose with those signature scarlet boots, Fierstein and Lauper were honored by speakers Sharon Osbourne and Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur at the unveiling, which was emceed by Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler. Producer Hal Luftig and Tony-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell were also on hand to celebrate! Feast your eyes on the photo above!center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019last_img read more


Grease: Live Standout Will Join Hamilton on Broadway

first_img Related Shows from $149.00 Jordan Fisher will make his Broadway debut this fall in Hamilton. The Grease: Live favorite will take on the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton beginning November 22. He takes over for Anthony Ramos, who will play his last performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical on November 20.Fisher became the breakout star of Fox’s Grease: Live (like Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail) for his performance as Doody. He has also appeared on screen in the Teen Beach Movie franchise, Liv and Maddie and The Secret Life of the American Teenager.Fisher will join a cast at the Richard Rodgers Theatre that includes Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Rory O’Malley as King George III, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafeyette and Thomas Jefferson.As previously reported, Nicholas Christopher will assume the role of George Washington from Christopher Jackson beginning November 15. Jordan Fisher Jordan Fisher(Photo: John Hong)center_img Hamilton Star Files View Commentslast_img read more


Alysha Deslorieux Begins Performances in Hamilton

first_img from $149.00 Hamilton original cast member Alysha Deslorieux is saying “Yes” to center stage! She steps into the roles of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds full time beginning on December 16; Jasmine Cephas Jones played her final performance in the dual role on December 8 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Deslorieux’s other Broadway credits include Beautiful and Sister Act; she also performed in the national tour of the latter. Regionally, she has been seen in Found.The current cast is led by Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, with Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Nicholas Christopher as George Washington, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jordan Fisher as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Rory O’Malley as King George and Okieriete Onaodowan as James Madison and Hercules Mulligan.As previously reported, Onaodowan takes his final bow on December 24; J. Quinton Johnson will play Hercules Mulligan and James Madison beginning on January 6. Bryan Terrell Clark is set to play George Washington, taking over for Nicholas Christopher on January 10. In addition, Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam will take over as King George on January 17, 2017. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Alysha Deslorieux(Photo: Sam Rudy Media Relations) Hamiltonlast_img read more


Jimmy Buffett Musical Adds Pre-Broadway Stops

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 1, 2018 Related Shows The Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville has added engagements in New Orleans and Houston to its roster before bringing cheeseburgers and paradise to Broadway. As previously announced, the new show will make its world premiere at California’s La Jolla Playhouse in May and play Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in November. A Broadway opening is slated for spring 2018.Following the La Jolla engagement, the production will go to New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre from October 20 through 28. Performances at Houston’s Hobby Center will run from October 31 through November 5. The Chicago stint is set for November 9 through December 3.The new show will feature Buffett’s classic hits, as well as original songs from the singer/songwriter. The story, crafted by book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, follows a part-time bartender and singer at a tropical island resort who questions his relaxed ways when he encounters (and falls in love with) a career-minded tourist.Christopher Ashley is set to direct and Kelly Devine will choreograph. The production will feature sets by Walt Spangler, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley and sound design by Brian Ronan. View Commentscenter_img Escape to Margaritaville ‘Escape to Margaritaville’last_img read more


The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Favorite Glenn Close Roles

first_imgMarquise de Merteuil, Dangerous Liaisons Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard Albert Nobbs, Albert Nobbs Claire Wellington, The Stepford Wives Patty Hewes, Damages (Photo: Warner Bros, Disney & Sony) Sarah, Sarah Plain and Tall Gertrude, Hamlet View Comments Sarah Cooper, The Big Chill Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmatians With three Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and six Oscar nominations, Glenn Close is truly one of the greatest stars of the stage and screen. She has returned to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in her Tony-winning role as Norma Desmond; the revival officially opens on February 9 at the Palace Theatre. In honor of Close’s return to the Great White Way, we asked you which of her fabulous, fierce and sometimes even frightening roles are your faves. We’re obsessed with the number one pick, but we can think of exactly 101 dalmatians that may not be. Got the clue? Awesome. Take a look at your top 10 below!  Alex Forrest, Fatal Attractionlast_img read more


Know your sprinklers

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaKnowing how much water to give your lawn is important. People normally water their lawns too much and too often, creating an environment for disease.An inch of water a week is the rule of thumb.Most sprinkler systems apply about one-fourth inch of water per hour. But sprinklers can vary. They all have different nozzles, so test your system’s output.To test sprinklers, place open-top containers of the same size, such as margarine tubs, randomly on your lawn. After an hour, measure the amount of water in each container.The difference in the amounts will give you an estimate of the water distribution and application rate. When you have an inch of water in your containers, you know you’ve applied enough water.Keep in mind the rate at which the soil absorbs water, too. Apply enough water to soak the soil 6 to 8 inches deep. If your system is applying water too fast, you’re just watering the curb and sidewalk, because the water is running off.To make the most of your efforts, water between sundown and sunrise.If your street address is an odd number, you’re asked to water on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. If it is an even number, you’re asked to do it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. There’s should be no outside watering done on Friday.Watering turf more often than recommended will actually hurt it. Light, frequent irrigation produces shallow and weak root systems. A shallow root system prevents efficient use of plant nutrients and water in the soil.Mowing your lawn regularly is important, too, especially during dry spells. Mow often enough that you remove no more than one-third of the leaf tissue during a cutting. And raise the mowing height. This helps the grass maintain a deep root system, which helps it find more water.last_img read more


The diamondback moth

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWould you buy turnip greens riddled with holes nibbled by insects? No, and that’s why Georgia produce farmers battle them. Unfortunately, one of the toughest in the world calls Georgia home.At the very least, the diamondback moth is resilient. At most, it can be unstoppable, said Alton “Stormy” Sparks, a vegetable entomologist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.Given enough time and opportunity, this insect pest can overcome anything. And it feeds exclusively on cabbage, leafy greens and other related crops, which are worth about $53 million each year in Georgia.”It doesn’t take a lot of damage to make leafy greens unmarketable,” Sparks said. “Consumers tolerate little damage to the cabbage, collards, mustard or other leafy greens they buy in grocery stores.”The diamondback moth, or DBM, has a bundle of biological abilities that allow it to overcome insecticides, the main tool used to fight them. In fact, only one other insect in the world, the green peach aphid, can do it as well or better, he said. This aphid is in Georgia but doesn’t cause much trouble.Farmers have thrown dozens of insecticides across many chemical classes at the DBM over the past half-century, Sparks said. It has developed resistance to every one.A DBM doesn’t mutate to resist insecticides, he said. It overcomes them through a process known as resistance selection. Like a person whose genetic makeup may help him fight disease, a DBM in a population may have the one inherited DNA quirk that stops an insecticide from hurting it.Take a cabbage field in south-central Georgia, where most leafy greens are grown. The grower notices too many DBM caterpillars beginning to feed on the field. He sprays the field with the latest, most effective spray to stop them. The spray handles almost all of the DBMs, but a few have an inherited-by-chance DNA quirk to not be hurt by that insecticide that day.Those caterpillars develop, do what they do and make more caterpillars, passing on the quirk. In the heat of summer, a DBM can go from birth to giving birth in just two weeks. So the new, resistant population quickly begins to grow, live and thrive in the field.”I’ve seen entire cabbage fields harrowed up because the diamondback moths got completely out of control,” he said.Growers can go from spraying a few times in a few months to spraying twice a week or more in an effort to stop DBMs. This control can cost millions of dollars each year in Georgia. An average insecticidal spray costs a grower $20 per acre. Georgia grows roughly 21,000 acres of leafy greens per year.To overcome resistance selection, growers rotate several insecticides to try to kill all DBM caterpillars in a field. There are currently only three they can use.Sparks said a host-free period, or a time when no leafy greens are grown in Georgia during the summer, would help. With no food, DBM populations would decrease drastically statewide.But this would be hard to start, with economics playing a major role. Georgia growers have a market advantage and can grow leafy greens almost year-round.DBMs sometimes completely disappear in Georgia, with no obvious reason. Although scientists around the world have studied them for decades, there’s more to be learned.”A lot of my time is spent evaluating chemistries to fight diamondback moths and developing programs to educate growers on best management strategies for them,” Sparks said.He’s testing the effectiveness of new insecticides now that chemical companies want to sell growers to fight DBMs in Georgia. But he knows the moth will likely develop resistance to them, too, eventually.”With proper resistance management,” he said, “we hope to delay the development of resistance as long as possible.”last_img read more