Jamestown Woman Charged In Fredonia Burglary, Assault

first_imgFREDONIA – A Jamestown woman faces several felony charges following an alleged burglary in Fredonia.Fredonia Police have charged Skyler Irish, 39, with first-degree felony burglary, second-degree felony robbery, second-degree felony assault, fourth-degree felony grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.Police said that at 8:21 a.m., Thursday, they responded to 161 Central Ave.Investigation revealed that Irish allegedly entered the home and stole the victim’s purse after allegedly assaulting her. Irish was being held pending arraignment.Fredonia Police were assisted by the SUNY Fredonia University Police Department, State Police and Fredonia Fire and Rescue. 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

EGOT Legend Rita Moreno to Star in Amy Poheler Pilot

first_img Click below to see the EGOT winner talk Broadway, West Side Story and more on Show People! Directed by David Wain and co-created and executive produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, Old Soul revolves around former wild child Nadia (Lyonne), who runs a business caring for seniors. Nadia feels more of an affinity for her clients, one of whom is Rita (Moreno), than her peers. Moreno, who won a Tony Award for The Ritz, is perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Anita in the film adaptation of West Side Story. Her additional Broadway credits include Skydrift, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The National Health, Wally’s Cafe and The Odd Couple. Her many film and TV credits include The Electric Company (winning a Grammy for appearing on the cast album), Singin’ in the Rain, Oz, Cane, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Nine to Five, garnering Emmy Awards for The Muppet Show and Out to Lunch. Moreno is the author of a bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno: A Memoir. Lyonne is an off-Broadway vet with credits including Tigers Be Still and Blood From a Stone. Her screen credits also include American Pie and Everyone Says I Love You.  EGOT stage and screen icon Rita Moreno has been cast in Amy Poheler’s upcoming pilot Old Soul. According to Deadline, Moreno will play a colorful over-the-top Main Stem alum opposite Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) in the NBC comedy. View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 8! Go On a Musical Walking Tour with Nell Carter

first_img WHY WE LOVE IT Talk about #FlashbackFriday! On an episode of the 1980s sitcom Gimme a Break!, the late Nell Carter took a stroll through the theater district while belting out a beloved anthem to the Great White Way. As she struts her way down Broadway, we get a glimpse of a handful of vintage marquees and billboards, including 42nd Street at the Majestic, the original Dreamgirls at the Imperial and Cats at the Winter Garden. From the marquees present, we suspect this was filmed early 1984—right in between her starring stints in Ain’t Misbehavin’ in 1978 and the revival in 1988 (she won a Tony for the original, so she has some cred to sing about that magic in the air.) MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 1:15. Doonesbury: a New Musical?! Yes, the beloved comic character took center stage in a tuner by Elizabeth Swados and the strip’s creator, Garry Trudeau. The show ran from November 1983 through February 1984 with a cast that included Tony Winner Gary Beach and Kate Burton. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 9 out of 10 bright neon lights. Great stuff, but such a short clip leaves us wanting more!center_img We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! View Commentslast_img read more

Is the David Hyde Pierce It Shoulda Been You Finally Coming to B’way?

first_img View Comments It looks like the David Hyde Pierce-helmed It Shoulda Been You is Broadway-bound at last. The musical had been eyeing a Broadway run since fall 2012. According to a recent casting notice, rehearsals are set to begin on or around January 13, 2015, suggesting an early spring opening on the Great White Way. Many of the principal roles have already been cast, according to the breakdown. No official word yet on if that includes the show’s original star, Tony winner Tyne Daly.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, the tuner follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. Noah Racey will choreograph.It Shoulda Been You premiered in 2011 at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse. In addition to Daly, the cast included Tony winner Harriet Harris, Howard McGillin, Tom Deckman, Carla Duren, Jessica Hershberg, Edward Hibbert, Curtis Holbrook, Lisa Howard, Mylinda Hull, Matthew Hydzik, David Josefsberg and Richard Kline. Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 David Hyde Pierce It Shoulda Been Youlast_img read more

Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill & Carmen Cusack Join First Wives Club

first_img Carmen Cusack View Comments Star Filescenter_img The much-buzzed about stage adaptation of First Wives Club will indeed receive its world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. Tony winner Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill and Carmen Cusack will lead the Broadway-bound production, which will begin previews on February 17, 2015. Directed by Simon Phillips, the tuner has a book by Linda Bloodworth Thomason and songs by Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland. Opening night is scheduled for March 11.Prince will play Brenda, who was portrayed by Bette Midler in the hit 1996 film. She received the Tony for Guys and Dolls and nominations for A Catered Affair, Bells Are Ringing and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Other Great White Way credits include Annie, The Little Mermaid, Little Me, The Dead and Noises Off. Screen credits include Melissa & Joey, Drop Dead Diva, Huff, Spin City, Our Very Own and Picture Perfect. Sherrill will star as Elise, the role created on screen by Goldie Hawn. Stage credits include Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Title of Show, Million Dollar Quartet, Annie and Singing in the Rain. Cusack will play Annie, Diane Keaton’s role in the movie. Theater credits include Wicked, Bright Star, Carrie and South Pacific.First Wives Club is based on both the movie and the original best-selling novel by Olivia Goldsmith, and adapted from an earlier version of the musical by Rupert Holmes, with additional material by Phillips. Three former college friends reunite to find that they have more in common than their alma mater. Ditched by their respective husbands for younger women, they band together to settle scores with the men who did them wrong. First Wives Club will feature new songs and classic hits like “Reach Out…I’ll Be There,” “Stop in the Name of Love” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).Additional casting and creative team will be announced later.last_img read more

Mike Nichols Gave Me My Start! 8 Stars Who Got Their Big Break from the Late Director

first_img FINN WITTROCK (Death of a Salesman) After noticing Wittrock in The Illusion off-Broadway, Nichols asked the American Horror Story star to audition for Happy in his 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman. “It was so out of this world,” Wittrock told Broadway.com. “I remember hearing the story of Dustin Hoffman getting The Graduate. Mike saw him in some off-Broadway play and called him out to Hollywood to audition for this part, which was the coolest story I have ever heard in my life. To have something similar happen to me was mind-blowing.” SARA RAMIREZ (Spamalot) While she had already appeared on Broadway in The Capeman, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and A Class Act, it was not until Nichols cast Ramirez as The Lady of the Lake that she took the spotlight. Her breakthrough performance garnered her a Tony and two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. Following her Broadway success, she joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Callie Torres. The stage and screen star took to Twitter to call Nichols “an extraordinary man who impacted so many lives with his art, love, wit and humor.” JONATHAN PRYCE (Comedians) Pryce made his Broadway debut and won his first Tony for his performance as Gethin in Trevor Griffith’s play, a role he had previously originated at the Nottingham Playhouse. He remained a stage favorite on both sides of the pond, his credits including Miss Saigon (for which he won the Olivier and Tony), My Fair Lady and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He appeared on stage in the Pirates of the Carribean series, Hysteria and Tomorrow Never Dies. Broadway has lost one of its most legendary directors: Mike Nichols passed away at the age of 83 on November 19. Since the 1963 production of Barefoot in the Park, his Broadway directorial debut, the EGOT winner has been responsible for shaping the careers of several favorites of the stage and screen. Below are just a few of the performers whom Nichols took a chance on when they were relatively unknown, including a fellow EGOT recipient and two stars currently on Broadway. CYNTHIA NIXON (The Real Thing/Hurlyburly) At the age of 18, Nixon appeared in Nichols’ productions of The Real Thing and Hurlyburly simultaneously (a Broadway first). 20 years, a Tony and two Emmys later, Nixon currently headlines the Broadway revival of The Real Thing. Following Nichols’ death, the stage and screen star told the Daily News, “As an actor, there was no greater joy, opportunity or imprimatur than being hired by Mike Nichols. Except being hired by him again.” ROBERT REDFORD (Barefoot in the Park) After bit parts in Sunday in New York and Little Moon of Alban on Broadway, Redford landed his first leading role thanks to Nichols. Though Redford and the director remained close, they did not work together again, despite a few attempts: Redford turned down the role of Nick in the film adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and had expressed interest in starring in Nichols’ next film The Graduate. He would go on to win two Oscars: one for directing Ordinary People and a Lifetime Achievement honor in 2002.center_img ANNA CAMP (The Country Girl) After performing off-Broadway in Columbinus and The Scene, the Pitch Perfect star made her Great White Way debut in The Country Girl, directed by Nichols. Just months after the production, she appeared opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Equus and from there, began lighting up the screen in Mad Men, The Help and more. Soon after the announcement of Nichols’ death, Camp tweeted that she was “forever grateful” to have him as a director for her Broadway debut. WHOOPI GOLDBERG (Whoopi Goldberg) After discovering the comedian during her brief late-night act Spook Show at the Dance Theater Workshop, Nichols produced Goldberg’s eponymous Broadway solo show. Steven Spielberg caught a performance and was so impressed, he cast her in his 1985 film adaptation of The Color Purple—the film catapulted her to stardom. On the November 20 episode of The View, an emotional Goldberg was at a loss for words as she attempted to announce her mentor’s passing. “He gave her her entire beginning of her career,” co-host Rosie O’Donnell said, “and recognized her brilliance before anyone else.” CAROLE SHELLEY (The Odd Couple) Shelley, a Tony winner for The Elephant Man, made her Broadway debut in the Nichols-helmed The Odd Couple. She reprised her performance as Gwnedolyn three years later in the film, and again in the first season of the spin-off TV series. In addition to the role that put her on the map, Shelley’s memorable stage credits include Absurd Person Singular, Stepping Out, Billy Elliot and Wicked. She can currently be seen in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. View Commentslast_img read more

Rock of Ages’ Frankie J. Grande Is Broadway.com’s Next Vlogger!

first_img Grande will take viewers behinds the scenes at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where he bangs his head nightly with co-stars Constantine Maroulis, Lauren Zakrin and fellow YouTube sensation Chester See. We’re giving him a camera, and we ssume he’ll film them all with his best shot. Related Shows Grande has appeared on the Broadway stage in Mamma Mia! and served as a producer for the revivals of Hamlet, La Bete and Born Yesterday. He also played a drag queen pageant hopeful in the benefit production of Pageant: The Musical and was scheduled to star in the tuner’s off-Broadway engagement before appearing on Big Brother. Speaking of older siblings, he’s Ariana Grande’s half-brother. (But you knew that.) View Comments Rock of Agescenter_img Say hello to the big brother of Broadway! Rock of Ages star and Big Brother alum Frankie J. Grande is Broadway.com’s newest video blogger! Get ready as Grande shows us nothin’ but a good time in The Final Countdown: Backstage at Rock of Ages with Frankie J. Grande. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 The Final Countdown will kick off on December 2 and run every Tuesday through the show’s run, which concludes on January 18, 2015.last_img read more

New Kids on the Broadway Block! Meet 12 Young Stars Ages 8 to 18

first_imgTHE KING AND IJON VIKTOR CORPUZ, 18JAKE LUCAS, 12WHAT’S THE BIGGEST PERK OF BEING A BROADWAY STAR?JON: Getting a car to pick you up from your apartment! [Laughs.] And missing school. We both go to the same school! Jake’s in the middle school and I’m in the high school.JAKE: Yeah, we go to a performing arts school that supports auditioning and doing acting projects.DESCRIBE YOUR CO-STAR KELLI O’HARA IN ONE WORD.JON: Radiant.JAKE: Magnificent! This is the third time Kelli O’Hara has played my mom. I’m her honorary son now. DOCTOR ZHIVAGOAVA RILEY MILES, 10JONAH HALPERIN, 10SOPHIA GENNUSA, 11WHAT SONG IS YOUR SECRET WEAPON FOR AUDITIONS?SOPHIA: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” And “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic for rock auditions.AVA: “Live Out Loud” from A Little Princess. It has a nice belt to it.JONAH: “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” from Finding Neverland. I’m a high belter, I would say, in general.SOPHIA: We like songs that start low and build up, and that’s what the songs in Doctor Zhivago do. They’re beautiful, but a lot of the songs are really sad.AVA: Some of the songs make us cry—it takes place during the Civil War.JONAH: No, it’s the Russian Revolution!AVA: It’s the Russian Civil War, but OK.SOPHIA: We’re trying to get our history right! FUN HOMEZELL STEELE MORROW, 8SYDNEY LUCAS, 11OSCAR WILLIAMS, 11WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO BACKSTAGE, BESIDES HOMEWORK?SYDNEY: Who ever said we like to do homework? [Laughs.]OSCAR: Yeah, we don’t like homework! I’ll probably play on my iPad or watch a movie or something.ZELL: Yeah, either read or play.OSCAR: We’re gonna have so much fun backstage.ZELL: Yes, yes! We have to play Heads Up!SYDNEY: Heads Up! is our number-one game. We have all these random jokes now, about Santa Claus and CPR…ZELL: [Giggles.]OSCAR: One time while we were playing Sydney said, “Put on your sunburn so you don’t get a sunscreen.” Our complete lack of common sense is hilarious. Star Files FINDING NEVERLANDHAYDEN SIGNORETTI, 12ALEX DREIER, 11JACKSON DEMOTT HILL, 13SAWYER NUNES, 13WHICH ACTOR HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK WITH?HAYDEN: Neil Patrick Harris. He’s hilarious! And he’s really nice.SAWYER: Jeremy Jordan. He’s a great role model and he has such a presence onstage.JACKSON: My idol is definitely Hugh Jackman. I wanna be on film and stage, just like him.ALEX: Daniel Radcliffe. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I met him once and I was so starstruck I couldn’t say anything.HAYDEN: You wanna be in Harry Potter the Musical with him.ALEX: Yeah, I’d play Little Harry!SAWYER: No, you’d play the owl [laughs].center_img Watch out, New York City—kids are taking over the Great White Way! These 12 stars ages 8 to 18 are appearing in some of the most highly anticipated musicals of the season with big Broadway names like Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara and Michael Cerveris, just to name a few. Broadway.com took the dozen stars to Chelsea Piers for a fun day of jumping on trampolines, climbing on bars and diving into a giant ball pit. Are these kids future matinee idols? Tony winners? Show People guests? Meet the new kids on the Broadway block…and remember their names! View Comments Sawyer Nuneslast_img read more

Exclusive! Clown Around with the Comedy Kings of Something Rotten!

first_imgThe new musical Something Rotten! is packed with hilarious stars, including four veteran funnymen that have a staggering 38 Broadway credits between them: Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Brad Oscar. These comedy all-stars have been creating show-stopping, knee-slapping performances for decades, and they’re making ‘em roll in the aisles once again in Something Rotten, a new musical about the very first musical in history. Broadway.com spent the afternoon clowning around at the St. James Theatre with these four Broadway greats! BROOKS ASHMANSKAS(Brother Jeremiah)The secret to great comedy: Accepting that there isn’t one.The funniest person in the cast: It rhymes with “LOOKS TRASHMANSKAS.”The silliest thing I ever did as a kid: Thinking I’d grow up to be attractive.The funniest person in my family: My dad.The most hilarious movie of all time: The Deer Hunter.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That lightning strikes when I put it on.I will always crack up when I see… A man and a woman together. View Comments GERRY VICHI(Shylock)The secret to great comedy: The secret to great comedy… The secret to great comedy, oh god, the secret to great comedy… the secret is repeating the same words over and over again.The most hilarious movie of all time: Young Frankenstein.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: I was an egg hanging on a tree in an English chocolate commercial.The funniest person in the cast: Brad Ashmanskas. If there was a war, you’d only need those two guys and the enemy would laugh themselves to death.I always crack up when I see… Two people bump into each other.My comedy hero: Sid Caesar. He was a fantastic mime and completely inventive on his feet.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Take my clothes off. That would be the ugliest thing in the world. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows BRAD OSCAR(Nostradamus)The most hilarious movie of all time: Arthur. 1981, not the remake.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: Baby New Year as the Emcee in Cabaret. Me in a big diaper and baby bonnet? Now that’s comedy…The funniest person in the cast: I regret writing this already, but it’s Brooks.The funniest person in my family: My sister Victoria.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: Me in it, hopefully.My comedy hero: Beatrice ArthurI’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Get naked. PETER BARTLETT(Lord Clapham)The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: That bloody heavy clock as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.The silliest thing I did as a kid: Grew up.The funniest person in the cast: This is a rhetorical question, correct?The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That beautiful purple plume.I will always crack up when… I see or read anything by the glorious Paul Rudnick.Comedy I could sit through over and over: The film of Auntie Mame, my favorite scene being when Mame visits the Upsons in Darien.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Self immolate.last_img read more

It’s Imelda Staunton’s Turn! The Gypsy Star on Drinking with Roses Past & More

first_imgImelda Staunton has already won Olivier Awards for her Baker’s Wife in the London debut of Into the Woods and as Mrs. Lovett opposite Michael Ball in the 2012 West End revival of Sweeney Todd—but even by those illustrious standards, her current performance as the mother of all stage mothers, Rose, in Gypsy exists a league apart. A pint-sized dynamo of power and pathos, Staunton spoke to Broadway.com during her car ride to the Savoy Theatre, where the actress is giving it her formidable all—and then some—eight times a week.How do you give so much of yourself each time out? I saw the show on a Friday and couldn’t imagine you turning around and doing that again twice on Saturday.[Laughs.] I just take each day as it comes. You do have to put most of your life to one side so that after each performance you can regroup for the next one. The thing is, this isn’t like any other job and you sort of know that going in.Sure, but how do you find the stamina?You just try not to do too much. It’s not as if I feel that I’ve got to be silent all day; it’s more to do with self-discipline because I would be so pissed off with myself if I wasn’t absolutely at the top of my game every day.What does that mean in practice?Well, what it doesn’t mean is lying in bed all day—that hasn’t been the case! It’s more to do with no long phone calls or long lunches with friends. Those sorts of things I won’t do. This job takes up all my time but that’s fine; that is the gig.Is a lot of it about maintenance—not just of your voice but of the very fiber of the production?There might be moments technically that I change some nights or bits where I think, “Why don’t I try that?” But what’s important to me is to retain what I’ve found with Rose and to keep the integrity of her. Our director [Jonathan Kent] is great with that—he saw the first half two nights ago and he’s coming back again on Monday. This is literally the mother of all shows, so he wants to keep an eye on it just as I want to keep an eye on it.Was it moving having London’s last Rose, Angela Lansbury, at your opening night in April?I was so moved by her being there and by how gracious and generous she is as a woman. We had a very special half an hour or so after the performance where we shared a drink onstage with everyone.I know you saw Patti LuPone play Rose on Broadway but that was before you knew you would inherit the same role some years later.Well before! Patti did it in 2008 and I was so impressed that I saw her twice and thought to myself at the time, “That [performance] is so brilliant that no one needs to do [the role] again!” People had said to me, “Do Gypsy,” but it wasn’t until 2011 that it really entered my head.At which point, did you seek advice from her?In fact, we did meet in New York when she knew I was going to do it. I went to see her in the Mamet play [The Anarchist, in 2012] and we went for a drink and she said, “I hear you’re playing Rose.”Did she have any pointers?I remember Patti saying, “The only thing you need is vitamins,” and I took her at her word. She was right. That and things like the occasional throat massage and acupuncture. I have a warm-up I do before each performance and a cool-down afterwards.You had great success on the West End several years ago in another landmark musical, Sweeney Todd, but that must have felt altogether different.It really did. For one thing, Sweeney really is a shared assignment between the two leads [Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney] and it’s a different sing altogether. In a way what was far more helpful to me was doing Good People in between Sweeney and this: that’s another show about a mother who will do anything she can to help her child.What struck me watching the show was how many audience members clearly didn’t know the story and were responding to the narrative afresh.I think that’s right and it is nice to be performing to people who may have no idea what’s going to happen as opposed to an audience who’ve all seen the show many times before and know exactly what it is: you’re reminded all over again how well the piece works.The acting from everyone is so exacting—which pays enormous dividends in return.I think it’s fair to say for my part that I may have underestimated Gypsy as just a musical whereas it really does work as a play not just about Rose but about the journeys of six women—the three strippers, for instance, for whom time has stood still, June, who essentially says, “I’m outta here,” and Louise and Rose.Interestingly, this is the first major production of Gypsy to be done since the death in 2011 of its co-creator Arthur Laurents, who directed the LuPone revival.Yes, and I don’t know what [Laurents] would have made of it. In a funny way it feels as if our production has been released from him and from what’s gone before. The dance for Tulsa, for instance, has been re-choreographed. I’m not saying that’s good or bad; it just is.Is that your dog that you’re holding when you charge down the right-hand aisle at the very start?No, it’s a theater dog. We did have mine at Chichester [where the production was first seen last fall] but I didn’t want to keep that for London because I had found that I was handing my dog to three strangers each time and that didn’t really appeal. I’d much rather she have her own life so that I can relax.Does the production feel as if it’s moved to an altogether different level on the West End?I suppose it does, and I do think we’re starting from a better place. I’ve taken my own preparation pretty seriously, which is to say that I didn’t want people going, “Yeah, good actress, can’t sing” [laughs].Not much chance of that. One wonders what you could possibly do for an encore?Part of me thinks, “I’d like to never set foot in a theater again,” but that’s just because this feels so decisive. People ask me what’s next, but I have a pretty boring radar with not a lot on it.Besides, why worry about the future when you’ve got Rose to occupy your present?Precisely: I’ve done it. [Quoting Sondheim’s Follies] At least I was there. View Commentslast_img read more