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I-86 Westbound Closed Following Wreck

first_imgGoogle Earth Graphic.BEMUS POINT – Interstate 86 Westbound between the Route 430 exit and the Chautauqua Lake Bridge is closed following a truck crash.Chautauqua County Fire Dispatch reports indicate the westbound lane is blocked after a load fell off the truck.The unspecified cargo also reportedly fell from the bridge to the 430 underpass beneath.Crews are asking the public to avoid the area. 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

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Want Benedict Cumberbatch on Broadway

first_img 3. Hugh Bonneville — 6% Downton aristocrat Bonneville naturally has the pedigree. He’s an alum of Britain’s prestigious National Youth Theatre and has treaded the boards for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare company, where he played opposite none other than Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet. Although we loved Bonneville as the bumbling Brit in Notting Hill, perhaps he could tap into his Wilde side—so many believe already that he’d make An Ideal Husband. Calling all producers! Bryan Cranston 1. Benedict Cumberbatch  — 42% As those Brits are fond of saying…No sh*t, Sherlock! We completely agree with this week’s overwhelming victor. Cumberbatch certainly has the experience—for his performance in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein, the Sherlock star won the “Triple Crown of London Theatre:” the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor. Cumberbatch has also appeared in productions of Hedda Gabler and After the Dance, is in the Oscar-nominated film 12 Years a Slave and the star of a recent viral Sesame Street spot. The Star Trek actor is rumored to be playing the titular role in Hamlet in the West End this fall, which we’re all for, as long as it transfers to the Great White Way! View Comments Emmy winner Bryan Cranston makes his Main Stem bow today as he begins performances in All the Way as the 36th U.S. President, so we wanted to know: Which of TVs leading men should be next in line to make his Broadway debut? The results are in from the weekend poll and two British boys—with a little American madness thrown in the mix, have made your top three. Check out the results below! 2. Jon Hamm— 10% Hamm would be a mad man not to follow his partner, Tony nominee Jennifer Westfeldt, to the Main Stem. The actor garnered a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Don Draper in Mad Men and definitely has the acting chops to make the move west from Madison Avenue to Broadway. Although Hamm played Judas in Godspell in high school and as a young actor roles in various Shakespeare productions, we’d like to keep The Town star suited and booted. So it would certainly rock our boats if Hamm stepped into the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. Star Fileslast_img read more

Brian Cox Reveals What He’s Really Drinking on Stage in London’s The Weir

first_img Star Files Brian Cox moves between stage and screen work in London, New York, and L.A. with ease. The Emmy-winning Scotsman can currently be found anchoring the director Josie Rourke’s revival of Conor McPherson’s lyrical and mournful play, The Weir, playing the heavy-drinking bachelor, Jack, who finds his life upended one night in a rural Irish pub. The amiably bearish actor spoke to about everything from pub culture to how best to drink Coke Zero to McPherson’s genius as a writer.The Weir takes place entirely in a remote Irish pub, where people trade stories and have a drink or 10. Do you recognize the sort of world McPherson is describing? I very much know what these pubs are like. They can be quite brutal, actually, because the pub represents a fortress of sorts for men behaving badly where you’ve got all the bile and the rue and the alcohol mixing with the hierarchies and philosophies of pub life.What’s so fascinating about The Weir is the way in which this particular pub allows for the possibility of great kindness—even love.That’s absolutely right. What happens during the play is that Jack is actually encouraged to get back to the roots of who he is and his sense of self, and [the play’s lone female character] Valerie draws that out of him so that he gets rejuvenated.It must be something eight times a week to hear [co-star] Dervla Kirwan deliver the emotionally harrowing monologue towards which the play builds.She’s pretty unbeatable—the way she opens up to that moment and just goes with it. There’s a structure there of course—it’s quite crafted—but at the same time, Dervla is just so open to the experience of the moment. This really is the best bunch of actors I’ve worked with in years and what’s so good is it’s a real ensemble.You all consume a lot of drinks![Laughs.] There is a lot of drink! I’ve actually got to take it easy because I’m sort of trying to clean up my act as a type-2 diabetic—though I do drink my Coke Zero with a modicum of Guinness to give it the color it has.You mean that’s not just colored water?No, you can’t get colored water like that because it has to have a head on it.Was it a challenge following Tony winner Jim Norton in a role that he originated in London and then on Broadway some 15 years ago? What’s fantastic is that Jim and I go back so many years; he was a lodger at my house in London in the ‘70s, so we’ve known one another well over 40 years. That said, when I knew he was going to be in the auditorium on the first night at the Donmar I was just shitting myself, but in fact he made me cry—that’s how generous he is.What about him made you cry? He’s just got such a generous spirit about the work. What he made clear to me is that, like all great parts, Jack is going to be open to a range of people, so that if you can cut the mustard, you will be able to do it. I then realized that it’s not about appearances—as you know, Jim and I could hardly look more different—but about inhabiting the character: Jack is a great role in that he has sort of marginalized his own life, so that gives you a lot to act.You’d had prior success acting Conor’s plays on stage, with St. Nicholas and Dublin Carol. Was this offer a no-brainer for you to accept?It had been such a great theatrical event the first time around that I thought, I don’t know if I can follow that. But then I read the play and all these incredible vibes came off it, and I thought yes, I’ll do it, so that was it. What I want as an actor when I do theater is a reason to sit on the stage, and Conor gives you that and so much more.In some ways, the testosterone-charged flavor of this play isn’t that dissimilar from That Championship Season, which you performed on Broadway in 2011.Very much so, and it’s Irish, too. Jason [Miller, that play’s author] was of Irish ancestry, so that also is a play about coming home as well as the people who never left. Interestingly, in The Weir Jack tells us that he tried to go live in Dublin on several occasions but couldn’t make it: the archetype of the play is so powerful—and yet so particular about people’s journeys at the same time.You act on stage on both sides of the Atlantic and juggle screen work so well. Where do you consider home?Brooklyn, without a doubt: that’s where I live with Nicole [Cox’s second wife] and my two young sons. I mean, I can see the allure of L.A., and I like it, but it’s quite reclusive in a way—all those houses tucked up in the hills.As you get older, does it become easier to manage that nebulous thing known as a career?You just have to do it, you know? I mean, it’s exhausting and it’s getting a bit more tiring now, but on the other hand as actors it’s what we do and who we are: we follow our mercenary calling and we draw our wages.How lovely that you choose to return regularly to the theater unlike others who have kissed the stage goodbye.My feeling is that there is a certain kind of personality who also becomes more dedicated to the theater over time like Antony Sher or Simon Russell Beale, and we’re all the luckier for that. My feeling about doing theater is that I don’t ever want to give it up. I want to keep coming back so that I’m able to say, “I’m part of this as well, you know”—and then goodbye. Brian Coxcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Watch Audra McDonald Discuss Channeling Billie Holiday

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments Related Shows What a little studio light can do! Tony winner Audra McDonald stopped by NewsNation to discuss with Tamron Hall her latest Broadway role: Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. McDonald shared what it’s like to portray such a legendary performer who “regardless of all the knocks, still rose to the top.” “In the end,” McDonald explains, “it was her music that survived…she would tell anybody who got close to her, ‘don’t do what I did. You stay away from these drugs.’” What guidance would McDonald herself give to her own fans and supporters? “Be you. That’s what’s most special…always say yes to yourself.” Take a look at the interview below and catch Lady Day, which recently announced an extension through August 10, at the Circle in the Square Theatre! Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Star Files Audra McDonaldlast_img read more

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgCome together! Lennon: Through a Glass Onion officially opens off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre on October 15. The production, created and performed by John R. Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta, has previously played at the Sydney Opera House and in the West End. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 11, 2015 Lennon: Through a Glass Onion Part concert and part biography, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion explores the life and talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. The show weaves together Lennon’s story with 31 songs, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother” and “Jealous Guy.” Related Shows The limited engagement will run through February 22, 2015. View Commentslast_img read more

The Belle of Amherst, Starring Joely Richardson, Sets Early Closing Date

first_imgThe revival of William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst, starring stage and screen star Joely Richardson, will end its off-Broadway run early on November 23. Originally set to shutter on January 25, 2015, at time of closing the production, which opened on October 19, will have played 14 previews and 41 regular performances. In The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson’s poems, diaries and letters are woven into an illuminating portrait of the prolific wordsmith. Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family and her often-amusing observations come to life on stage. The play originally premiered on Broadway in 1976. View Commentscenter_img The one-woman-play is directed by Steve Cosson and is running at the Westside Theatre.last_img read more

Amelie Musical to Receive World Premiere in California

first_img Paris has taken the musical theater scene by storm in the United States recently, with Gigi and An American in Paris starting soon on Broadway, Can-Can recently finishing a run in New Jersey, the world premeire of Jason Robert Brown’s My Paris and the reportedly Broadway-bound N – The Queen of Paris.  Additional information, including casting, will be announced at a later date. No plans have yet been confirmed regarding the musical’s Broadway bow. The Berkeley Rep season will also include The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, Macbeth, Treasure Island adapted and directed by Tony winner Mary Zimmerman, the world premiere of Julia Cho’s Aubergine and the West Coast premiere of the Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced, which recently concluded its Broadway run. An addition to the lineup will be announced later. Amélie tells the story of a young girl who was home-schooled by her mother and cultivated a very active imagination. The show details her life in Paris as she helps those around her try to find love, and ultimately falls in love herself.center_img Amélie Poulain is heading to the stage! The musical adaptation of the 2001 French film Amélie will receive its world premiere at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre this August. As reported in 2013, the tuner will feature a score by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen and a book by Craig Lucas. Tony winner Pam MacKinnon will direct. View Commentslast_img read more

Groundhog Day Stage Adaptation Sets B’way Opening Date

first_img Groundhog Day Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway! Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway! Groundhog Day is coming to Broadway! The previously reported stage adaptation of the 1993 film by the creative team behind Matilda will begin performances on January 23, 2017 and officially open on March 9 at a theater to be confirmed. No word yet on casting. It has been speculated that the musical will make its world premiere at London’s Old Vic next year.Directed by Matthew Warchus, the tuner will have a book by Danny Rubin, who wrote the screenplay with Harold Ramis. The production will feature music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, choreography by Peter Darling, and set and costume design by Rob Howell.Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray in the film), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Making no effort to hide his frustration, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Sequence 8 Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Sequence 8 View Comments Tickets are now available for the New York premiere of internationally acclaimed nouveau cirque spectacular Séquence 8. The show will begin performances at New York City Center on April 16 and play through April 26.From the inventive circus company behind Broadway’s Pippin comes Séquence 8, a nouveau cirque show that explores human emotions so intense that they explode into highflying acrobatics. Starring eight performers from the Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers), the emotionally intimate Séquence 8 redefines the meaning of the word “circus” through a unique fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor and propulsive music.Directed by two of the company’s seven artistic directors, Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila, Séquence 8 premiered in Lyon, France in 2012, and has been produced in 15 countries worldwide. The production marks the company’s first full-length work for New York audiences since 2011’s Traces. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015last_img read more

Boston’s Colonial Theatre to Shut Down; Five Broadway Shows That Started There

first_imgBoston’s historic Colonial Theatre, a staple of the city’s theater district since 1900, will shut down for at least one year, the Boston Globe reports. Following an engagement by the national tour of The Book of Mormon this October, the theater, owned by Emerson College, will remain empty as the school weighs its options for the space. Though a spokesperson for the college has insisted that the stage will be preserved, whether it will continue to operate as a theater after the year is up is unclear.The Colonial Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in the city, and while it has primarily been used in recent years to house touring productions, the venue was once a prime house for Broadway-bound shows to test the waters before transferring to New York. Here are just a few musicals that got their start at the Colonial Theatre. A Little Night Music (1973)Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s romantic tuner played 23 performances at the Colonial before waltzing over to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. Moments that didn’t make it to New York include “Silly People” for Frid and Carl-Magnus’ “Bang!,” which was later replaced with “In Praise of Women.” Petra’s big song, “The Miller’s Son,” was added midway through the Boston run, which caused the creative team to replace Garn Stephens with D. Jamin Bartlett, who they believed was better suited for the number. Carousel (1945)It’s only fitting that Carousel would play New England before Broadway. Where else would you have a really nice clambake? The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical first played New Haven, Connecticut before a three-week stint in Beantown in 1945. Out-of-town audiences were treated to an even lengthier Act II ballet (which had to be condensed to 40 minutes before being cut further). Before the celestial figure known as the Starkeeper was created, Hammerstein had a “Mr. and Mrs. God,” depicted as a New England minister and his wife, greet Billy Bigelow in the afterlife. They didn’t last for long. Seussical (2000)One of the more recent shows to work out its kinks at the Colonial Theatre was Seussical, the imaginative musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The tuner did not receive the glowing reviews it expected in Beantown, resulting in a series of tweaks and revisions (including a new director and costume designer) before transferring to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on the Great White Way. Despite lasting only six months on Broadway after its tumultuous journey, the musical has gone on to find success in local markets through national tours, regional and community stagings. View Comments Anything Goes (1935)Despite becoming the exemplary golden age Broadway musical, Anything Goes was a rush job. The original book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton was scrapped, and Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse were brought on. They rewrote the show as the cast rehearsed it, and according to Brian Kellow in his Ethel Merman biography Ethel Merman: A Life, they had the scenic designer create ambiguous sets because they had no idea where their script would take them. Legend has it that Crouse stood in front of the Colonial on opening night, begging patrons not to go in to witness what had been hastily thrown together. Crowds went in anyway and loved it, and though times have changed, it’s still a hit. La Cage Aux Folles (1983)More than 20 years before Massachuetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriages, Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s musical about acceptance and being what you are premiered in Boston. Though the creators and producers initially feared that the city may have been to conservative to be receptive to a show about a gay couple—one a drag performer—that qualm was quickly subdued. Herman has stated that he realized the universality of the show in Boston, when he noticed a man and woman joining hands and comforting each other during the number “Song in the Sand.”last_img read more