14th COVID-19 Related Death, Four New Cases Reported In Cattaraugus County

first_imgCDC / Alissa Eckert, MS LITTLE VALLEY – The fourteenth COVID-19 related death in Cattaraugus County was announced on Sunday.The County’s Health Department says a 65-year-old woman in the southwest part of the county developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite medical treatment.There were also four new cases of the virus announced over the weekend, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 347 since the pandemic started.The new cases involve a man and three women in the southeast part of the county. There are 60 active cases with 273 recovered.Meanwhile, 28 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County over the weekend.The Health Department is expected to release more details about the new cases on Monday. 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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Blithe Spirit’s Charles Edwards on Downton Abbey, His J-Law Moment & Angela Lansbury

first_img The rehearsals must have brought back copious memories for her. What’s been wonderful is to hear about Angela’s life. She’s often quoted as being born in the East End but actually she was born in Regent’s Park, where we rehearsed, and her grandfather, George Lansbury, was a Labour politician, and then of course her mother was an actress who made her debut at the very theater where we are now. All that is very touching for her to remember and she does so with such vivacity. There’s no sense of the wandering recollections of a woman of a certain age. She remembers it all as if it were yesterday. Presumably there have been concessions made to age—naps, for instance? [Laughs.] Any naps have taken place during the lunch break and not during afternoon rehearsals! What’s amazing is that we have a director [Michael Blakemore] who is himself 85, though he’s another one where you simply would not guess it. And if he or Angela sometimes like a rest at lunchtime, so do I. It sounds as if you are on tenterhooks just as we are. Actors are often the last people to know! And the fact that she will be 89 later this year really is extraordinary. Yes, but you just simply wouldn’t know it. She’s got so much vitality in her body and in herself—she’s extraordinary. I think it’s a fascinating play, not least the extent to which Charles is surrounded—hounded, even—by the women he loved, whom he must then escape. Yes, it’s such a fascinating oddity, this one. I do think as always in Coward there’s that element in his central male character of the drifter and the traveler and the man who just won’t commit. It’s as if Coward is going, “Isn’t it wonderful not to have any ties?” This production has the feel of something special, in part because of its leading lady. Does it feel that way from the inside? Without a doubt, it has been very special to be part of the feeling that is generated every night by the London audience seeing Angela back on stage. There is applause on her entrance, which I think is quite right, and the reception has been extremely warm. Yes, and in Blithe Spirit, there’s the added factor of more stage business than in any other Coward play. So it’s got physical comedy folded into the mix, as well. The verbal repartee of Coward is rewarding but it can also be a little wearing, so what’s immensely satisfying here is the way the play escalates into extreme Feydeau-like, farcical situations. Those extremities are great fun and at the same time the play is asking how human beings handle the wilting of a sex life and can a relationship survive that. It’s a very interesting play. Charles Edwards has quietly but firmly asserted himself as one of the finest English actors of his generation, moving from London and Broadway runs in The 39 Steps, to National Theatre stints in This House and Strange Interlude, to a buoyant Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe—oh, and as Lady Edith’s love interest in Downton Abbey, too. But this month he has arguably his highest-profile stage gig to date, starring opposite Dame Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, opening March 18 at the Gielgud Theatre. Both Lansbury and Edwards are reprising their roles in the Noel Coward comic classic—Lansbury won a Tony Award for her performance in Michael Blakemore’s 2009 Broadway revival, while Edwards made his theatrical debut as novelist Charles Condomine in 1993. Broadway.com chatted with Edwards about sharing the stage with a spritely 88-year-old, channeling Jennifer Lawrence and the “great fun” of filming Downton Abbey. Angela Lansbury and Michael Blakemore previously collaborated on this play five years ago on Broadway. Has that made a difference for you and the other new cast members? We were all certainly aware that Michael had done the play before and had a blueprint of it, and he has also referenced original Coward productions at various times. But naturally because we were a new cast, anything was welcome and there was no suggestion of “we did it this way before.” In that way, it’s been quite different to The 39 Steps, where people who have subsequently played Hannay have had to stick to a fairly rigid blueprint. There’s been none of that for us. View Comments We have to touch on Downton Abbey and your distinguished arrival in season three as Michael Gregson, the society editor who captures Lady Edith’s heart. Is he coming back? That was great fun, and I miss Laura Carmichael [Lady Edith] very much. We had a really lovely time. But I can honestly tell you I have no idea what happens next. I really haven’t any idea at all. Michael is still trying to get a divorce, but of course is also the father of Edith’s child, so if that leads anywhere, he’ll want to see the child. Think of that as your Jennifer Lawrence moment! But 24? That must have been a challenge given the history Charles has in the play. Yes, I know, what with [first wife] Elvira having been dead for seven years and Charles having been married to [second wife] Ruth for five. I was too young to take much else of what the play was saying into account. You’re no stranger to Coward, having appeared in Hay Fever and Private Lives. In fact, my very first play out of drama school was Blithe Spirit at Harrogate [in Yorkshire] when I was 24! All I remember is coming down the stairs all suave and sophisticated and then tripping on the carpet, and that was my very first professional entrance [laughs].last_img read more

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See Violet’s Sutton Foster Sing ‘On My Way’

first_img Star Files View Comments Violet Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Sutton Foster took The Today Show on a journey as part of its “Best of Broadway” series on May 5. The Tony winner and the cast of Violet performed the song “On My Way” at 30 Rock, giving us a taste of the musical, which follows a 1960s woman who makes a bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma in the hope that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. See below why Violet recently garnered four Tony nods, including one for Foster and for Best Revival, then check out the production at the American Airlines Theatre. Sutton Fosterlast_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alan Cumming & More!

first_imgWith this sultry Tennessee Williams weather, you probobaly only want to venture outside to flag down the ice cream truck. That’s stinking thinking, guys! There are too many great things awaiting you, including the departure of two nostalgia-tinged gems, Alan Cumming talking shop and a musical trip through a quarter-century of Broadway. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! Salute Multiple SensationsJune 23 at the Delacorte Theatre It’s gala time! Wash the ketchup stains out of your formal wear and head to Central Park, where the Public Theater hosts its annual starry event. This year it’s “One Thrilling Combination,” which celebrates one of the Public’s defining works, A Chorus Line, and its composer, the late, great Marvin Hamlisch. Expect stars, songs from Hamlisch’s career beyond ACL, and (we hope) a colossal sundae bar. Click for tickets. Say Goodbye to Two Favorites Through June 29 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and the Brooks Atkinson TheatreBroadway has so many alluring options—not to mention all the wonderful street vendors—that it’s easy to put things off. That ends now. This is the last week to catch Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina and the jazz-infused After Midnight, which features Patti LaBelle as special guest star. Catch them before you become enchanted with something new. And you will. Broadway will not stop manufacturing magic, people. It’s a blessing and a curse. Click for tickets to Casa Valentina and After Midnight. Star Files Blow Out the Candles with Lin-Manuel MirandaJune 25 to June 28 at New York City Center Before Jonathan Larson had us singing along to “La Vie Boheme” and looking up who Pablo Neruda was, the late Rent composer was creating stunning work. In 1990, he wrote and starred in tick, tick…BOOM!, an autobiographical rock monologue about a composer reflecting on his life before his 30th birthday. Long renovated into a three-actor show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Karen Olivo star in this reincarnation for Encores! Click for tickets. Lin-Manuel Miranda Get in a Broadway Time Machine June 23 at Town HallSample Broadway’s past without getting woozy from the rigors of time travel. A roster of familiar faces—including Terri White, Chad Kimball, and Barrett Foa—lend their prodigious pipes to Broadway by the Year, a one-night event packed with memorable songs from 1990 to 2014. Featuring chestnuts from Aida to Wicked, this show should thrill newcomers and veterans of the Great White Way’s musical scene. Click for tickets. View Comments See Unprocessed Cabaret Star Alan CummingJune 23 at New York Library for the Performing Arts Libraries are great. You can get books, DVDs and pamphlets—for free! And today, the comps include a Broadway treasure and Tony winner. In “I Am Not a Cheese, I Do Not Have a Process,” Alan Cumming employs materials such as rehearsal notes and personal photos in sharing the stories behind his performances. How cool is that? And you thought libraries were just for pretending to study. Free admission.last_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! Michael C. Hall, Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess

first_imgFind the Balance with Sierra BoggessStarts October 15 at 54 BelowThink middle children are all misfits and Jan Brady sad sacks? Let Sierra Boggess shatter that illusion by—lucky for us—singing her butt off. The Little Mermaid and The Phantom of the Opera alum is spending four nights Finding the Balance (The Journey of Being a Middle Child), an intimate show that’s pretty likely to include the words, “You are enough, you are so enough, it’s unbelievable how enough you are.” Click for tickets! Star Files Say Hello to a New Miss HedwigOctober 16 at the Belasco TheatreHedwig and the Angry Inch has had no problem finding talented leading men to don the monstrous wig and fishnets. First, it was the one and only Neil Patrick Harris. Then Andrew Rannells blew us away. Now, the versatile Michael C. Hall takes over. Folks who only know the actor from his intense work in Six Feet Under and Dexter: You’re in for a big treat. Click for tickets! View Comments Start the Day with Glenn CloseOctober 16, check local listingsThe talented Glenn Close, star of A Delicate Balance, visits Live! with Kelly and Michael to chat about the upcoming, highly anticipated revival. An Edward Albee play as the conversation centerpiece in a perky morning show? That’s good TV! Will Kelly be a puddle of tears by the end of the segment? Will Michael chat with Close about the Mets, her longtime passion? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Sierra Boggess Celebrate the Holidays Early with IdinaOctober 14 in stores and onlineOh no, not another holiday album! Wait, relax, guys. This one is from Wicked and Frozen favorite Idina Menzel, not barking dogs or some 80’s has-been. Holiday Wishes features Menzel and those glorious pipes singing such classics as “Silent Night” and “The Christmas Song.” Best of all, it’s released in plenty of time to be your holiday soundtrack for interminable holiday traffic jams and last-minute mall visits. Hey you, trying to muster up some enthusiasm for baseball—stop living a lie. It’s time to get up off the couch and see what Broadway has to offer this week. There’s a morning chat with Glenn Close, Idina Menzel’s holiday album (yes, really!), and the arrival of a brand new Hedwig. See? Way more fun than baseball. Check it all out in this week’s Datebook. Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Cheyenne Jackson’s Singing at the Grammys & More

first_img Tony Winners & More Tapped for Broadway Backwards Tony winners Len Cariou and Brian Stokes Mitchell, as well as On the Town’s Tony Yazbeck and Jackie Hoffman, You Can’t Take It With You’s Florence Henderson, Tituss Burgess, Ann Harada, Aaron Lazar, Florence Henderson and more will take part in Broadway Backwards, the annual benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the LGBT Community Center of New York. The special 10th Anniversary edition, set for March 9 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, will also feature favorite moments from years past (so, uh, please bring back Norm Lewis singing “Home” from The Wiz?). Our Social Media & Musical Theater Obsessions Combine Tony winner Karen Ziemba and Broadway vet John Bolton, who starred together in Curtains, will reunite for an industry reading of Social Life in February. The new musical features a score by Jeremiah Rosenthal, a book and lyrics by Ricky Dunlop and Alex Kantor, plus additional material by creator Chris Myers. Among those joining them is Ethan Slater. The tuner explores a social media-dominated world, where tweeting at the dinner table, vlogging and more are the norm. ‘Something’s Coming’ to the Grammys… Cheyenne Jackson! Could it be? Yes, it could! Great White Way alum and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winner Cheyenne Jackson will perform at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony on February 8. The Broadway fave, now officially a Grammy nominee, can be heard on the recording of the San Francisco concert presentation of West Side Story, which is up for Best Musical Theater Album. Tune in online to catch his performance before the televised ceremony! Come Listen to the Freaks It’s been less than a month since Side Show shuttered on the Great White Way (for the second time) and honestly, we’re still trying to cope. Fortunately, we’ll soon be able to relive the belting, mixing and everything else that happened in that show with the new cast recording, which will now be available on February 24. While you wait, here are the production’s headliners Emily Padgett and Erin Davie performing the show’s signature number, “I Will Never Leave You.”center_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Commentslast_img read more

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See the American in Paris Cast Sing Their Way Around the City of Light

first_img Related Shows An American in Paris View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Before beginning performances on Broadway on March 13, An American in Paris premiered in the French capital and CBS Sunday Morning recently aired a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and creative team’s experiences in the City of Light. “[It’s] the greatest research you could ever do for a show. We have the opportunity to take a part of Paris back to America now,” said director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Leading lady Leanne Cope spoke about how they could “walk around Paris and walk the show.” And as for stars Robert Fairchild, Brandon Uranowitz and Max Von Essen? The trio literally strolled the streets of Paris singing songs from the Gershwin tuner. Check them out below and then in person at the Palace Theatre.last_img read more

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Confirmed! Bombshell Stage Adaptation In The Works

first_imgBrace yourselves…The drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls are heading to the stage for real! After a huge amount of speculation, Bombshell, the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical from the NBC drama Smash, is officially being developed for the stage!The news comes in the wake of the much-buzzed about one-night-only concert earlier this month. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who penned the songs for Bombshell on screen, remain on board for the project, with Shaiman serving as composer and co-lyricist and Wittman as co-lyricist. On the Town’s Joshua Bergasse, who won an Emmy for his work on Smash and co-directed the recent concert, will serve as choreographer for the production. A book writer will be announced soon.Bombshell on the stage will be brought to you by a stellar team, including Smash executive producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg, along with Universal Stage Productions. In short, this is happening, everyone, although we have no timeline for it.We’re still a long way from casting, but the series starred American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee and Broadway favorite Megan Hilty as the Marilyn hopefuls, as well as Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, Andy Mientus and Jack Davenport.Smash premiered in February 2012 and followed the conception, development and Broadway life of the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical. Among the ladies to have donned the platinum blonde wig during Bombshell’s course were Ivy Lynn, a Broadway alum looking for her big break (Hilty), Karen Cartwright, a wide-eyed newcomer from Iowa (McPhee) and film star Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman, because of course). The show’s second season introduced Kyle and Jimmy (Mientus and Jordan), a singer-songwriter duo who write Hit List, a new Broadway-bound musical that ultimately competes with Bombshell at the (fake/super campy) Tony Awards. The series concluded after two seasons in May 2013.A Marilyn Monroe musical has been seen on Broadway once before; in 1983 the short-lived Marilyn: An American Fable played 34 previews and 17 performances. View Commentslast_img read more

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USA Network Cancels Aaron Tveit’s Graceland

first_imgWait, USA Network has done what to our Broadway boyfriend?! Graceland series creator Jeff Eastin tweeted that the network has canceled the show, which stars Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Aaron Tveit, after three seasons.Tveit stars alongside Great White Way alum Daniel Sunjata in the thriller, which is inspired by true events. It follows rookie FBI agent Mike Warren (Tveit) and a group of undercover agents from assorted law enforcement agencies all living in a SoCal beach house called Graceland.The series initially averaged more than 2 million weekly viewers in its first season, but according to TV Line that dipped, and the season three finale was seen by just 900,000.At least Tveitor Tots can take solace in the fact that Tveit will soon be back on our small screens, donning Danny Zuko’s leather jacked in Fox’s live telecast of Grease on January 31, 2016. But still, USA Network, he’s the one that we want! View Commentslast_img read more

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Dates Set for the Return of Motown the Musical to Broadway

first_img View Comments Motown The Musical Related Shows “What’s Going On?!” Dates have been announced for the Broadway return of Motown the Musical. The production will play a limited engagement July 12 through November 13 at the Nederlander Theatre; no word yet on casting. Disaster! is the current tenant of the Nederlander; the disco musical is scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 3.Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.Motown The Musical previously closed on Broadway on January 18, 2015 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (where Finding Neverland is now playing). Meanwhile, the first National Tour of Motown The Musical opened in Chicago in April 2014 and continues to play across the country. A London production began performances on February 11 at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.center_img ‘Motown'(Photo by Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016last_img read more

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