Songwriter John Prine Dies From COVID-19

first_imgPhoto: Eric Frommer / CC BY-SA 2.0NASHVILLE – Two-time Grammy winner John Prine, known for such songs as Sam Stone and Paradise, has died from COVID-19 complications.Prine was born Oct. 10, 1946, in Maynard, Ill. He was discovered by Kris Kristopherson and idolized by Bob Dylan.Prine charted 15 albums in the Billboard Top 200 and was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame.His family announced last week that he was in serious condition in Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 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

‘Saturday Night Live’ To Air Show, Observe Social Distancing

first_imgPhoto: NBCLOS ANGELES — “Saturday Night Live” will be back on the air this weekend with a show that abides by social distancing rules.The comedy sketch show will include a “Weekend Update” news segment and original content from “SNL” cast members, NBC said Thursday.The material will be produced remotely, the network said, in compliance with efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the pandemic’s fallout was a shutdown of movie and TV production that included “Saturday Night Live.” Its last original episode aired March 7.“SNL” is known for its guest hosts and musical artists, but NBC didn’t immediately address whether anyone outside the show’s cast would be be part of this Saturday’s episode, which will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT. “Saturday Night Live” suffered a blow this week with the death of veteran producer and music supervisor Hal Willner. He had not been diagnosed with COVID-19, but his symptoms were consistent with those caused by the coronavirus. 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

Jamestown Manufacturers Now Making PPE Gear, Selling Equipment Online

first_imgShare: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) Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – Two Jamestown manufacturers are now producing reusable personal protective equipment to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.Submitted image.The Resource Center and Support Enterprises, Inc. are now sewing gowns and cloth masks at their Jamestown manufacturing facilities.“Both organizations, which have been sewing items for the federal government for more than 20 years, are essential businesses, and as such they have remained operating during the COVID-19 crisis,” a press release from The Resource Center said. “Upon learning of the shortages of personal protective equipment being experienced across the country and particularly in New York State, both manufacturers adjusted their operations to be able to produce reusable PPE.”To meet the new production schedule, The Resource Center is hiring additional workers to sew masks and gowns. Officials say the number of people to be hired will be determined by the level of demand for the equipment. Submitted image.Those interested in ordering masks can buy them online at Support Enterprises’s website:, and, those interested in ordering gowns or masks can visit read more

Tyne Daly Talks Mothers & Sons

first_img Star Files Tyne Daly dropped by Today on April 17 to discuss Mothers and Sons with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Don’t worry, this visit wasn’t a surprise one. During the interview, the Tony and Emmy winner gushed about playwright Terrence McNally, saying, “we did Master Class together a couple of seasons ago and fell in love, and so he made this play for me. It’s wonderful.” Daly also explained the magic of live performance. “Film is frozen. Live is I’m there,” she said, adding, “It’s like surfing. You get on the wave and you go all the way home.” Have a look at the clip below, and catch Tyne Daly surfing (OK, she doesn’t actually surf) in Mothers and Sons on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre. Mothers and Sons Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Tyne Dalylast_img read more

Cats Revival Sets West End Dates; Rum Tum Tugger Goes Hip-Hop

first_img Director Trevor Nunn, designer John Napier, choreographer Gillian Lynne and Lloyd Webber will be directly overseeing the transfer along with Lloyd Webber. Cats ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, where it won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one that will ascend to “the heavyside layer.” In their desire to be chosen to rise above to cat heaven, each cat sings his or her story. Cats features the Billboard top 40 hit “Memory.” “I’m going to make Rum Tum Tugger a contemporary street cat and he has to do hip-hop. That will be a completely new way of doing it.” The composer told London’s Evening Standard.“I’ve come to the conclusion that Rum Tum Tugger was possibly the first ever rap song. TS Eliot clearly anticipated rapping in his metres.” Check out the Rum Tum Tugger in action below!center_img The previously reported revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats has set the dates it will return to the West End. The tuner will play a limited engagement December 6 through February 28, 2015 at the London Palladium, with opening night scheduled for December 11. Based on the current U.K. touring show, Lloyd Webber is busy making some updates. View Commentslast_img read more

Meet Between Riverside and Crazy Standout Victor Almanzar

first_img Hometown: La Vega, Dominican Republic “I met Stephen Adly Guirgis at LAByrinth and I’m blessed he kept me around. I played Oswaldo in the first workshop, and one day I got the call offering me the role at Atlantic. I tried to stay calm, but as soon as I hung up, I screamed, ‘Woohoo, I got it!’ Then I picked up my daughter and kissed her.” Stage & Screen Cred: After performing at LAByrinth Theater Company and Center Stage New York, Almanzar starred in Between Riverside and Crazy at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He is pursuing his Master’s degree at the Actors Studio Drama School and plays dad to four-year-old Viviana. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 “In Riverside, I don’t even notice we’re on a rotating turntable. I’m so involved in the world. It’s more of a challenge trying to ride the subway to get there. That feels like I’m surfing. The stage is a piece of cake compared to that!” Related Shows Current Role: Almanzar reprises the role of ex-con and reformed junk-food junkie Oswaldo, a troubled young man trying to turn his life around in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy at Second Stage. Age: “Between 25 and 35.”center_img Between Riverside and Crazy “I joined the marines after high school—met my recruiter on a Friday and the next Friday, I was gone. When 9/11 happened, I went to Iraq, and I was part of the NATO missions in Kosovo and Macedonia. It was tough, going to war. I experienced a lot of stuff not everybody does, but it made me stronger.” “There was a lot of gang culture at my school, so my father transferred me to LaGuardia Community College, where they have an international high school in the basement. They had a drama program, and I did it for a semester—it was just fun and something to keep me away from bad influences.” “My daughter Viviana is the greatest actor I’ve ever seen in my life. She does Frozen characters, Disney characters… She has all these funny facial expressions. She’s gonna be a great actor if she decides to do it. She has a knack for entertainment, she’s the life of the party.” View Comments “Moving to Queens at 13 from the Dominican Republic was very much a culture shock. I didn’t know the language at all. I learned English by watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin Lawrence. Picked it up in six months.”last_img read more

An American in Paris’ Max von Essen Is’s Next Vlogger

first_img An American in Paris He’s the man we love! An American in Paris standout Max von Essen is grabbing a camera as’s latest vlogger. Look out for the new series ‘S Wonderful: Backstage at An American in Paris with Max von Essen.Von Essen will show us around backstage at the Palace Theatre. Expect appearances from his many talented co-stars, including Broadway newcomers Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, Brandon Uranowitz, Jill Paice and the crepe-obsessed Veanne Cox.Prior to living his song-and-dance dreams as Henri Baurel in An American in Paris, von Essen appeared on Broadway in Evita, Les Miserables, Dance of the Vampires and Jesus Christ Superstar. He can be seen on screen in Boardwalk Empire and The Good Wife.‘S Wonderful begins on April 28 and will run every Tuesday for eight weeks. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

Jessica Hecht & Adam Kantor to Join Danny Burstein in Fiddler on the Roof

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Related Shows Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and stage alum Adam Kantor will join five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. They take on the roles of Tevye’s wife Golde and the tailor Motel, respectively. Performances will begin on November 12 at the Broadway Theatre. Opening night is set for December 17. The King and I’s Bartlett Sher will direct. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.Hecht earned a Tony nomination in 2010 for her performance in A View from the Bridge. She last appeared on Broadway in The Assembled Parties; her additional credits include Harvey, Julius Caesar, After the Fall and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Last year, she starred opposite John Lithgow and Annette Bening in King Lear in Central Park.Kantor made his Broadway debut in the closing cast of Rent as Mark. He has since appeared in Next to Normal on Broadway and off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and Avenue Q, as well as the world premiere of Diner in Washington, D.C.Featuring a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein, 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. Danny Burstein View Comments Fiddler on the Rooflast_img read more

A Donna Summer Bio-Musical in the Works

first_img Waitress may have pies, but a particularly soggy cake is heading to the stage, and we don’t think that we can take it (‘cause it took so long to bake it). A Donna Summer bio-musical is in development, and according to the New York Post, a recent reading took place with Des McAnuff at the helm. Choreographer Sergio Trujillo, who worked with McAnuff on Jersey Boys, is also on board.The show is designed to follow the disco diva at three stages in life: childhood, the height of her stardom and the subsequent fall (Summer died in 2012 following a battle with lung cancer). Ariana DeBose, who appeared as the Bullet in Hamilton and will return to the stage this fall in A Bronx Tale, played Summer at her height in the workshop; Broadway alum Katrina Lenk took on the gender-bending role of Summer’s husband and manager Helmuth Sommer.The show follows a similar structure to the previously announced Cher bio-musical, which, according to the Twitter poet laureate herself, will receive a reading of sorts in the near future. That show will feature a book by Rick Elice, who penned the McAnuff-helmed Jersey Boys. Donna Summer(Photo: Thos Robinson/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Exclusive! Caissie Levy to Let It Go in Lab for Broadway-Bound Frozen, Co-Starring Patti Murin

first_imgCaissie Levy & Patti Murin (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser/Artwork by Disney) For the first time in forever, we have news about the Broadway-bound musical Frozen. has learned that Caissie Levy has landed the role of Elsa for the upcoming private spring lab of the Disney musical, opposite Patti Murin as her sister, Anna.Levy last appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, playing Fantine in the most recent revival. Her additional credits include Ghost and Hair on Broadway and in the West End, as well as Murder Ballad, First Daughter Suite, Wicked and Hairspray. Murin appeared on Broadway in Lysistrata Jones and Xanadu, as well as the national tour of Wicked and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Love’s Labour’s Lost .A production spokesperson would not confirm casting for the lab or the world premiere production, which will play the Buell Theatre in Denver from August 17 through October 1. Directed by Michael Grandage and designed by Christopher Oram, the new musical, which is based on the Oscar-winning movie, is scheduled to bow on the Great White Way in the spring of 2018 at the St. James Theatre.The tuner features music and lyrics by married songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the creators of the film score, and a book by Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck).The film won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Tony winner Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.Betsy Wolfe played Elsa in a previous lab of the stage adaptation opposite Murin as Anna and Okieriete Onadowan (Hamilton) as Kristoff.Want a taste of Levy singing Elsa’s big solo “Let It Go”? Here she is belting it at the Broadway Princess Party at Feinstein’s/54 Below in a mash-up with “Let It Be” by the Beatles: Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Frozen Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020last_img read more