Ninth COVID-19 Related Death Reported In Cattaraugus County This Week

first_imgCDC Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported the county’s ninth COVID-19 related death on Tuesday.Officials say a 62-year-old woman living in the southeast part of the county developed respiratory failure and despite aggressive medical treatment could not overcome the illness.There were also four new cases of the virus reported bringing the number of active cases to 38 with 263 total; 215 of them recovering since the outbreak began.The new cases involve a man, a woman and a mother and daughter. The latest death follows three reported fatalities in nearby Chautauqua County, where a man in his 50s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 80s died from infection. 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

John Lloyd Young on Bringing a Taste of Jersey to London, Working with Clint Eastwood and More

first_img It must be interesting performing this show in a land where the word “Jersey” has numerous meanings—a sweater or one of the Channel Islands, for starters—that have nothing to do with New Jersey. And don’t forget the famously milk-producing Jersey cows! I suppose that I have so far felt a little bit with the English audience that there is a learning curve at the beginning of the show where they’re thinking, “What is this going to be?” But by the middle of the first act through to the end, they’re with it all the way. How does it feel to return to the show after being away for a bit? It’s been like jumping back on a bicycle. What was it like being directed by Clint Eastwood? Fast! We shot in 40 days, and our producer Graham King, who’s a Brit actually and did Argo, told me that he’s used to working with directors who talk fast and shoot slow and Clint was the first one who shoots fast and talks slow. So you had a sense of what your chances might be? Let’s just say that some of the qualities that you might think disqualify you from a lot of things can also end up being the key to your career. For example, with Frankie Valli you’ve got to have a very specific Italian look and a high voice that can sing the part and a shorter stature and be slight of build. There’s a certain cocktail of qualities that you have to have and that limits the pool. John Lloyd Young needs no introduction as the defining Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, the international musical smash hit in which he has been starring off and on for almost nine years. He won a 2006 Tony Award for his performance on Broadway, returning to the New York production last year only then to be tapped by the director Clint Eastwood to star in the film version of the musical, due for release June 20. As if that weren’t enough, actor is currently leading the transfer of the Olivier Award-winning West End production from the Prince Edward to the Piccadilly Theatre. Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Not a chance, as the personable performer explains to two performances into his six-week London engagement. Some Oscar pundits are already touting you as a possible Best Actor nominee next year. I haven’t even seen the movie yet, and I may even wait till the premiere, so I don’t have any clue what I’m going to think of it. But I do know what it felt like to be on set, and it felt as if we were getting really good things. Anything beyond that to do with awards is clearly out of my hands. I’d rather have more work as an actor than some award on my shelf any day of the week. Your arrival on the West End is being heralded as the “best thing to ever happen to British theater since Shakespeare.” Well, Shakespeare has evolved then, I guess—though I’ll tell you, there are moments in this show that reach Shakespearean heights. Did he say anything to you backstage afterward? We said hello, but it was all very quick because he keeps things very close to the vest and so do I. I was polite and kept it short and thanked him for being there—and the next time I saw him was on set. Still, I bet your association with this role is going to be hard to top. Perhaps, but I don’t really think of “topping” something in terms of finding a better role. What I do think of constantly is racking up life experience. I have other things in my life that are so fun for me like art and music. It’s about letting the universe present itself to me and taking the best out of what life has to offer.center_img Did the movie feel like the stage show simply put up on the screen? Well, because it’s written by Marshall [Brickman] and Rick [Elice], it’s very close in essence to what you’ve seen and know, but because it’s a film, it goes deeper. For instance, whereas we meet Frankie’s daughter once in the stage show, in the movie, she is played by three different actresses as she grows up. View Comments Between returning to the Broadway production last year and coming to London, you starred in the Clint Eastwood-directed film version. That’s right, and I go directly from this London engagement to promoting the movie. The whole thing has been kismet. That’s amazing considering how infrequently stage stars are tapped to recreate their roles on film. Yes, although as you can imagine when the idea of the movie came up, I did some research into Hollywood history to see what the chances were of my getting to do the role, and it appears that the performer who gets passed over most often is the female star whereas often times the male star has gotten to do the role—Rex Harrison with My Fair Lady or Robert Preston with The Music Man, among others. Do you see yourself returning to this role at regular intervals in years to come? I don’t know. Frankie in our show does start at age 16 and it would be kind of awkward to be 50 and playing a 16-year-old. No disrespect to the Jersey Boys family at all, but I do hope to find some other roles as well. What was it like reprising the part on film? The most amazing thing right at the beginning was that I didn’t have to audition. What happened was that I was back in New York in the show for nine months, when Clint got attached to the project and started seeing the various Jersey Boys companies around the country, so he saw the show on Broadway when I happened to be in it—that was my de facto audition. Tell me about appearing alongside a British cast. Are you ever tempted to correct a rogue accent? Not at all. I sometimes notice a little bit of a tinge of something here and there but nothing that in any way upsets the apple cart.last_img read more

Clare Higgins on Thinking Like an American in London’s Other Desert Cities

first_img I remember talking to you previously about your entirely separate training as a psychotherapist. How do you juggle that with acting? The fact is, at the moment I don’t. I never really practiced after I qualified because you can’t ask people not to see you because you have a wardrobe fitting or some such. You can’t do psychotherapy as a part-time job, so I’ve decided that I shall only ever practice at such time as I stop acting. When I decide to give up acting—or it gives me up—then I am quite happy to do the other. And here you are in a contemporary American drama—had you heard of the play beforehand? No, I didn’t know the writer [Jon Robin Baitz], and I didn’t know the play—nothing at all. I had an email from my agent sending on the script and asking me if I could start in three weeks! It’s been very quick, all of this, but when I read it, I thought, “What a great play and what a great part.” In Virginia Woolf, you’ll get to knock back all the booze that you’re not allowed as Silda, who is on the wagon when Desert Cities begins! I surely can and I will [laughs]! The thing with Silda is that she’s sober as a judge while everybody else drinks like fish, whereas Martha joins right in. After Other Desert Cities, you start rehearsals for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Tim Pigott-Smith, opening this summer in Bath. I’m so looking forward to that. [Martha] is such an astonishing part, and I worked with Tim at the Donmar in Hecuba, so it will be nice to be back with him again. I did the play in Bristol over a decade ago but only for a week because Gerard Murphy broke his ankle, and that was that. I don’t really remember it, to be honest, so it will be wonderful to get to explore it all again. View Comments In the play, Brooke (Martha Plimpton) returns to her parents’ Palm Springs home to present a memoir she has written about them: did the material have any resonance? I certainly didn’t know anything about Palm Springs and had never met anyone who’s been there. I thought it was in Florida! [Laughs.] But in truth, this play really could be set anywhere. After all, it takes place indoors and you don’t actually see the desert, so in a funny way it could just as well be Hampstead. Other Desert Cities furthers your affinity for American work: I remember seeing you in A Streetcar Named Desire when I first moved to London. When I played Stella in Streetcar, I was told that being American isn’t just about the accent, it’s a matter of attitude, and I’ve never forgotten that. I always say that if you want to play an American, you have to think American, and that’s possibly why quite a lot of English actors have problems. They remain English in attitude and think all they have to do is Americanize their accents.center_img I suppose families are families the world over, at least to some extent. Very much so. Psychologically, what [Baitz] is writing about is not that different from what many families experience. There’s a secret in most families or an outsider or a black sheep—someone, in other words, very much like Silda. Welcome back to the London theater! Thank you. I’ve been away doing telly and film, including four months shooting in Vancouver. I prefer acting on stage but on the other hand, one has to earn money; I’m quite happy, really, to do either! Were there any other specifics in the play that you found puzzling? We don’t know who Pat Buckley is in Britain [the reference has since been dropped for London audiences] and I had no idea what [the Mexican dish] rellenos were [laughs]. But otherwise, the play deals in recognizable family and political archetypes; it seems to me quite in the tradition of Miller and O’Neill and people who write about families at war. Clare Higgins needs no introduction as one of Britain’s finest actresses, having won three Olivier Awards, as well as a 2003 Tony nod for her Broadway debut in Nicholas Wright’s Vincent in Brixton. No stranger to playing an American, the Yorkshire-born performer is currently taking on the role of Silda Grauman in the Old Vic Theatre premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s highly charged family drama Other Desert Cities—she inherits the role of the caustic sibling from Judith Light, who won a 2012 Tony Award for her portrayal. spoke to Higgins during previews about returning to the stage after several years away, discovering her inner American, and the mystery of rellenos. And you often end up appearing alongside a visiting American, like Martha Plimpton. What’s great there is that because they’ve all been in American plays, these actors are able to open us up to their tradition. Having Martha with us has been fantastic because inevitably she knows a lot more about this play and where it comes from than we ever could.last_img read more

The Last Five Years, Starring Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan, Lands U.S. Deal

first_img The indie movie will have its world premiere at the Toronto film festival on September 7. It is an adaptation of Brown’s two-character musical that centers around the tumultuous relationship between Jamie, a writer, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, over the course of five years. The tuner originally debuted in 2002 with Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott as stars. Despite a short run, The Last Five Years gained in popularity thanks to an acclaimed original cast recording and has become a staple in regional theaters and colleges. Wishes do come true, for Anna Kendrick and Finding Neverland’s Jeremy Jordan will soon be in a movie theater near you! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film version of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years will be distributed by Radius and a Valentine’s Day release date is planned. As previously reported, the Richard LaGravenese-helmed film had already sold multiple international rights.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

The Brightness of Heaven Set for Off-Broadway Premiere

first_img View Comments The production will feature set and costume design by Meganne George, lighting design by Traci Klainer Polimeni and sound design by Janie Bullard. The Brightness of Heaven follows the Kilgannons, a typical Irish Catholic family one would expect to find in 1974 Buffalo. But the world outside is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Lord grant the Kilgannons the serenity to accept the things they cannot change, and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting right across the dinner table?center_img The Brightness of Heaven, a new play by Laura Pedersen, will premiere off-Broadway this fall. Performances will begin at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre on October 16. The drama will celebrate opening night on October 26 and run through December 14. Ludovica Villar-Hauser will direct. The cast features Mark Banik, Emily Batsford, Peter Cormican, Bill Coyne, Paula Ewin, James Michael Lambert, Kate Kearney-Patch and Kendall Rileigh.last_img read more

Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table Starts Previews Off-Broadway

first_img The production will play in repertory with Carlos Celdran’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda, which will kick off on October 31 and open on November 5. In Chairs and a Long Table, a group of Asian American Actors prepare to attend a conference in Los Angeles addressing racial discrimination after a classic Chinese play is cast with two non-Asian actors as the leads. The cast includes Ron Domingo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Julienne Kim, Moses Villarama and Jeena Yi. View Comments Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table will begin performances off-Broadway on October 28. Directed by Linsay Firman and presented by the Ma-Yi Theater Company, the show will open officially on November 7 at the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. Chairs and a Long Table Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 22, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

Hot Shots! More Sexy Photos of Jennifer Nettles as Roxie Hart in Chicago

first_img from $49.50 We’re counting down the days until Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles makes her Broadway debut in Chicago on February 2, 2015! Get a sneak peek of two more sizzling promo photos of Nettles all decked out in black lace as Roxie Hart in the hit musical revival. Check out these sweltering shots, then see Nettles heat things up in Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre! Chicago View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Finding Neverland’s Matthew Morrison is a Funky Dance Video Star

first_img Finding Neverland View Comments Finding Neverland headliner Matthew Morrison paid a visit to The Tonight Show on April 2, and Jimmy Fallon had quite the #TBT for him. Apparently, during Morrison’s college days at NYU, Matty Fresh starred in a dance instructional video (available on VHS!) titled Simply Funk. It’s just as absurd as it sounds. Unfortunately, those days are long gone, and the funky fresh moves now come with a price. While prepping for the new musical, Morrison encouraged the creators to give him plenty of demanding choreography and movement. “I was using my big boy voice,” he explained. “In my head, I was 26 years old.” The result? Lots of ice baths and heating pads. You can catch the bruised up Matty Fresh at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre, where Finding Neverland opens officially on April 15. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Sierra Boggess, Christian Borle & More

first_imgWhat a week! After a whirlwind seven days of Tony nominations, star-studded receptions, closing announcements and vlog debuts, you’d better believe we’ve got some lessons to share with you. Check out all the weird stuff we learned this week, from the slobbery habit Darren Criss picked up from to Ariel and Elphaba’s very first apartment.Darren Criss Does It with TongueAt long last, Glee favorite and (unofficial) mascot Darren Criss is lacing up his gold platform boots and kicking ass in Hedwig. After his first performance, he hit the town, grabbed some drinks and gave his co-star Rebecca Naomi Jones a congratulatory lick. Don’t forget who taught you that move, Darren.Sierra Boggess Had a Green RoomieThe final episode of “Going Bridal” has everything: Barbra Streisand music videos, turbans and a David Burtka dance break that can only be described as “epileptic.” But the coolest thing? Sierra Boggess and Lindsay Mendez reminisced about their days sharing a rundown railroad apartment in NYC with no windows. Wait, you guys each had your own rooms?! So jealous.Rooster & Lily Are Hosting the TonysAfter months of waiting, the 2015 Tony Awards host—or should we say hosts—have officially been announced: Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. Yesss, we’ve been waiting for this moment since 1999! Get Kathy Bates on the phone, ya dumb hotel, we’re going to…bomp-bomp, Easy Street! (Yeah, yeah, yeah.)Sydney Lucas Has a Super-Tall BestieEleven-year-old Fun Home star Sydney Lucas has made a bunch of new friends since being nominated for a Tony Award, but there’s one guy who stands out in the crowd—legendary director, choreographer and dancer Tommy Tune! Well, mostly because he’s 6-foot-6, but still. Is there an honorary Tony for cutest couple?Max von Essen Is a VlogaholicAll of our vloggers are awesome, but Tony-nominated An American in Paris star Max von Essen really upped the game this week. In the first episode of his new video blog “‘S Wonderful,” he managed to smuggle his camera onto the set of Watch What Happens Live—during the live taping. Bravo, Max. Seriously, Bravo.Laura Michelle Kelly Can Sleep AnywhereSpeaking of awesome vloggers, Laura Michelle Kelly had a TV appearance of her own this week—while waiting to perform on Good Morning America, the Finding Neverland star made a makeshift bed on the ground with a pillow and…well, just a pillow. Wow, LMK, you must have been exhausted. Even Porthos would turn his nose up at that sorry excuse for a bed.The 2015 Tony Nominees Are Super ArtsyThis year’s Tony nominees are recognized for their stellar contributions to theater, but there’s another thing they can add to the special skills section of their resumes: drawing. Look how awesome Michael Cerveris, Sydney Lucas and Alessandro Nivola’s pictures are (to name just a few). Now we just need to get a really big fridge so we can display all of these. Aaron Tveit Smells DeliciousNow that we’ve finally figured out what Doctor Zhivago star Tam Mutu smells like (the answer: amazing), it’s time to get down to the bottom of another Broadway smell-o-mystery. When you stand near Aaron Tveit and take a whiff, what happens? We asked his former Catch Me If You Can co-star Kerry Butler, and apparently he smells like eau de shaving cream. Hang on, are you sure he doesn’t smell like tangerines?Christian Borle Wants Fierce FishnetsThe Something Rotten! Tony nominee is starring in a hit musical that has tons of pretty costumes, musical references and codpieces…but there’s one thing it doesn’t have: Borle in drag. The star revealed on Show People that he’d love to return to his roots and do drag like he did in Spamalot and Angels in America. Good timing, Borle—we hear Fox is looking for a Sweet Transvestite.Idina Menzel Refuses to ‘Let It Go’Before she embarks on her world tour, Idina has an important announcement. She knows there are a few people out there who are tired of hearing “Let It Go.” (WHAT?! Gasp! Certainly not us.) She knows it’s an earworm that can get stuck in your head for days, months, possibly even years. But guess what? She doesn’t care! And nobody in all of Arendelle, no hater that there is or was, is ever gonna bring her down! Ah-ahh-ahh! View Comments Sierra Boggesscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Fun Home & More Draw Crowds Before the Big Night

first_img View Comments With one week until the Tony Awards, audiences are clamoring to catch Broadway’s latest offerings before some shows win big—and before tickets become elusive. While many productions saw a drop in grosses from the previous week (though no cause for concern; it was a holiday weekend), some shows continued to climb the boards. Fun Home, which received 12 Tony nominations, celebrated its highest gross to date at $628,970 and led the pack by capacity for the second consecutive week. Something Rotten! and The King and I, up for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively, also brought in their highest grosses this past week. We’ll soon find out which shows will benefit most from Broadway’s biggest night.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 30:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1.The Lion King ($2,026,910)2. Wicked ($1,670,922)3. Aladdin ($1,469,138)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,417,312)5. An American in Paris ($1,339,416)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hand to God ($406,784)4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($390,177)*3. It Shoulda Been You ($272,693)2. Airline Highway ($160,888)1. The Visit ($149,023)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (102.76%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.45%)3. Fish in the Dark (101.56%)4. Aladdin (100.03%)5. The King and I (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (61.09%)*4. Gigi (54.31%)3. It Shoulda Been You (54.26%)2. The Visit (49.45%)1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (49.13%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more