Pool PhotoWASHINGTON – The White House has issued guidelines for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.Titled “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 days to slow the spread,” many of the guidelines are broad and have been what the administration and health officials have been saying from the start of the outbreak.Included in the guidelines: The guidelines also say states that have seen community spread should close bars, restaurants and other public places, though again, that is not a mandate. New York State has already issued the order for bars and restaurants to close as soon as this evening. People should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10People should stay away from bars restaurants and food courts, and to not travel if possible. 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)
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) WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Two new cases of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, were reported in Chautauqua County on Thursday afternoon.The county Health Department says the cases both involve 20-year-old women living in the northern part of the county.Since the outbreak began, one of the two new cases reported is in the northwest part of the county, which previously had zero.There is now a total of 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county, with five active, 31 recovered and four deaths. There remains more than 70 people under an isolation order by the Public Health Director and being monitored.Officials say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.
Star Files Is that Aaron Tveit in that jaunty tangerine short-suit? Why yes, it is! The Graceland star is unleashing his tres chic side in Bello magazine, and we’re loving his dapper new look. Photographed by Aleksandar Tomovic, the Next to Normal, Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can alum is all over the new issue—feast your eyes on our favorite pics below, then check out the whole spread in Bello! View Comments Aaron Tveit
4. Listen to Andrea Martin This is generally sage advice for pretty much anyone. The night after their first date, Short invited Dolman to a cast party. Andrea Martin was there and cornered Short, asking, “When did you start having sex with Nancy Dolman?” Short remembers her adamantly convincing him, “You two have the intimacy of a couple. I can see it! You’re having sex!” Tony winner Martin Short will release a new memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend on November 4. The stage and screen funnyman has adapted the book for Vanity Fair, and we now know all sorts about relationships and making it in show business. Before leading Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, before winning a Tony for Little Me and before making his Broadway debut in The Goodbye Girl, Short gave himself one year following graduating from college to pursue life as a performer. And it paid off. Here’s what we learned from Short’s early career! View Comments 1. You have to start small Real small. Like, fit in a purse small. Short booked his first gig as a paid actor playing a talking credit card. “A woman opened her purse,” Short recalls, “and there I was, miniaturized, sitting on top of an oversize compact mirror.” How many Emmy nominations does your MasterCard have?! 3. Political cabarets are a major turn-on While in Godspell, a new actress joined the company as an understudy. It was the late Nancy Dolman, who Short would go on to marry a few years later. Nothing happened during the show, but almost a year after it closed, and following his breakup with Radner, he went out with Dolman. Well, he invited her to his performance of What’s a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?. “I can tell you that there’s no aphrodisiac more potent than Watergate-themed cabaret music,” Short says. “By night’s end, Nancy and I were making out while pressed against my Volkswagen convertible in the theater’s parking lot. Boy, were we both easy.” 5. Don’t order Blazing Saddles If Andrea Martin tells you to have sex, just go ahead and…do it. Upon leaving the party, Short and Dolman headed to a hotel to, presumably, do just that. As she was in the bathroom powdering her nose, Short did what any sane person would do at that time: ordered Blazing Saddles on the TV. “Nancy emerged from the bathroom, astonishingly beauteously naked,” Short remembers. “’This is a joke, right?’ she said. ‘Are you serious?’” To which he artfully replied, “I can’t tell you how quickly I’m gonna turn this off!” 2. Never sing a song from the show… …unless you’re Victor Garber. The two met at auditions for the Toronto production of Godspell. Amidst a slew of 20-somethings, Short went retro and sang a Frank Sinatra rendition of “My Funny Valentine” for composer Stephen Schwartz. Garber was the only one of the bunch who had the guts to sing a song from the show: “Save the People.” Both were cast, alongside Andrea Martin, college buddy Eugene Levy, and Short’s first showmance, the late Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner.
Related Shows Rock Bottom previously ended a limited off-Broadway engagement on October 16, 2014. It features familiar songs heard in Everett’s monthly showcase with her band The Tender Moments at Joe’s Pub and new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz. The complete company includes Celisse Henderson, Paul Iacono, and Chelsea Packard. Rock Bottom Directed by Wittman, Rock Bottom is the story of what happens when you’re too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. In it, Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. However, instead of succumbing to a chardonnay-induced stupor, Everett embraces a series of revelations that lead her to redemption. View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Bridget Everett rise from Rock Bottom. The off-Broadway show, created by Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray, will play through February 20 at Joe’s Pub. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 20, 2015
Lou Diamond Phillips Takes on Lucifer Lou Diamond Phillips’ Burning Desire will be presented as a staged reading at St. Malachy’s Church at The Actors Chapel on January 28. The stage and screen star penned the modern parable on his commute while he performed on Broadway in The King and I. The romantic comedy is told in two acts through the puppeterring antics of Lucifer, played by Phillips. The event will also star Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Jacob Tyler Moore (Shameless). Some cast! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Groundhog Day Eyes Old Vic Premiere in 2016 We’re watching this tuner carefully—it has Broadway, eventually, written all over it. Matilda composer Tim Minchin and Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus are aiming to do a second workshop of the previously reported Groundhog Day in March. Acccording to The Daily Mail, if it goes well, the stage adaptation of the Bill Murray-led 1993 cult classic film will run at London’s Old Vic in 2016. Streep, Baranski & Ullman Are (Still) Singing for Marshall No, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman are not singing in that Follies movie. At least not yet. The divine triumvirate took the 42West stage at the Casting Society of America’s 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 23 to pay tribute to their Into the Woods director Rob Marshall. Check out below their hysterical Sondheim parody as they facetiously lament low budgets, casting flukes and more. Just after the performance, Marshall accepted the Golden Apple Award for his continued collaboration with New York casting directors. The question remains: Did Baranski take the subway to the festival ceremony while looking flawless? Happy weekend! Watch David Hyde Pierce Talk It Shoulda Been You Frasier alum David Hyde Pierce, who is about to make his Broadway directorial debut with the Tyne Daly-led It Shoulda Been You, recently stopped by The View to chat about the musical, discover he’s not being invited to Daly’s (sometimes strip) poker nights and more. Check out the video below; the show begins previews on March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, also starring Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and David Burtka. View Comments
And finally, what’s Titus’ favorite wine? Pinot Noir. Duh! What should the next NBC live broadcast musical be? Well, The Wiz is obviously a brilliant idea. But Titus Andromedon thinks it should be Sparkle. You and Titus share the same name (minus an “S”) and there’s even a Little Mermaid shoutout. Did you have a hand in creating him? I’d like to say that it was a blank canvas and I went in and filled it with my brilliance, but that’s just not true. Tina and Robert are some of the most thorough people I’ve ever met. Very little is improvised. Every subject and predicate has been thought through fervently. The only thing that I do is make him three-dimensional. Tituss Burgess made a splash on Broadway in The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls, but in the new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, his character—the divine, attention-grabbing musical theater hopeful Titus Andromedon—isn’t as #blessed. The comedy follows the titular Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who reinvents her life in New York after escaping from a doomsday cult. Burgess reunites with co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, following his turn on 30 Rock as D’Fwan. The Great White Way alum chatted with Broadway.com about his new role (which was created with him in mind), brushes with stardom and—of course—Pinot Noir. View Comments Have there been any memorable reactions that you’ve encountered from friends or fans? I live in Harlem, and yesterday I was running to the 99-cent store to get some paper towels. I walk out of my door, and these two young men are sitting on my doorstep. I walk away, and one of them goes,“Do you know who that is? We were just talking about his show,” and I thought, This is so bizarre! Kimmy has gotten insane buzz in a short period of time—why do you think people are so obsessed with it? It’s for reals funny. But when Tina told me it was about a girl who was in a cult for fifteen years, it couldn’t get much darker than that! And it makes sense that people exist in a world where we tackle race and the plight of a gay man and how he deals with aging and his size and being polarized. That’s why Tina and Robert are so celebrated—they do things that everyone else wishes they could do or say and make it digestible and palatable. You share the screen with so many other Broadway vets. Did that affect the vibe of working on this project? Other than the love that we share, it was just like a reunion. You see someone you haven’t seen in a while, and often you won’t get to see them until you’re working together. It didn’t really alter the energy—it may have even enhanced it. Be honest…is [guest star] James Monroe Iglehart your nemesis in real life? He’s a good friend of mine! That’s ridiculous! [Laughs.] I have a few questions I’d love to ask Titus Andromedon. What’s his musical theater dream role? Titus definitely wants to play Effie in Dreamgirls. And he totally thinks it’s possible. [Laughs.] After working with Tina and Robert on 30 Rock, how did your role on Kimmy come about? I guess I had little to do with it and everything to do with it. The fact that Tina and Robert were even thinking about me in the interim blows my mind. But I was just as shocked as everyone else when she told me that she had written something with me in mind. So where does Tituss Burgess end and Titus Andromedon begin? I couldn’t be less like that man! I am such an introvert. I would much rather have you over to the house, cook you dinner and let’s sing. [Titus] seizes every opportunity to make it about himself. He manages to do it with charm, and I think that he can’t help himself. Which, in the weirdest way, is his most redeeming quality. Speaking of Sparkle, I know you [Burgess, not Andromedon] are working on a Whitney Houston-based musical… I am! I cannot tell you what it is yet, but [Jersey Boys book writer] Rick Elice has agreed to write the book, so that’s exciting. Broadway crush? Oh, that Ramin Karimloo dude from Les Miserables. He’s hot! That’s what Titus likes.
Once again, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside & Crazy and Broadway-bound Hamilton make an awards shortlist! Nominees for the fifth Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards also include Anne Hathaway’s solo performance in Grounded.The Off-Broadway Alliance is an organization of off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals. The Awards will honor commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened off-Broadway during the 2014-2015 season. Winners will be announced on May 19.The nominees are:Best New PlayBetween Riverside & CrazyDry LandFather Comes From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)The NetherPunk RockBest New MusicalBrooklyniteClinton The MusicalDisenchanted!HamiltonMighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester MusicalBest Play RevivalAbundanceAgatha Christie’s The Unexpected GuestFashions for MenTamburlaine the GreatA Walk in the WoodsBest Musical RevivalAllegroInto the WoodsJohn & JenPageantBest Unique Theatrical ExperienceDrunk ShakespeareGhost QuartetThe PigeoningScenes From a MarriageTail! Spin!Best Solo PerformanceEvery Brilliant ThingForeverGroundedJust Jim DaleThe Other MozartBest Family ShowA Band of AngelsCamp KappawannaThe Lightning ThiefThe Little PrinceSwamp JuiceLegend of Off Broadway HonoreesRobert KalfinLinda LavinAustin PendletonHall of Fame AwardsArthur GelbJudith MalinaMarian Seldes View Comments
There’s no place like home the theater! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on November 17 with a behind-the-scenes look at the new tour of The Wizard of Oz. Correspondent Amber Milt travels to Baltimore and meets Maryland native Sarah Lasko, who plays Dorothy Gale in the musical and is being fitted for her classic gingham dress and iconic ruby red slippers. Milt also speaks with star Shani Hadjian who’s ready to introduce a whole new Wicked Witch of West to audiences. Click play! Broadway Balances America View Comments
Chuck Cooper(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Tony winner Chuck Cooper, a handful of fellow Broadway alums, 14 high schoolers and more will join the previously announced Skylar Astin, Bianca Marroquín and Morgan Hernandez for Carnegie Hall’s presentation of West Side Story. Cooper takes on the role of Doc/Krupke, with Astin as Tony, Marroquín as Anita, Hernandez as Maria, Donald Jones Jr. as Bernardo, Manuel Stark as Riff and Peter Gerety as Schrank.Performances are set for March 4 through March 6 at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens. Amanda Dehnert directs the production, which is the culmination of Carnegie Hall’s Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of the musical by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents.Cooper won a Tony Award for The Life. His additional Broadway credits include Amazing Grace, Romeo and Juliet, Finian’s Rainbow, Lennon and Caroline, or Change; he recently appeared in Cabin in the Sky with City Center Encores!. Jones can currently be seen on Broadway in Aladdin, where he is making his Broadway debut. Stark made his Main Stem debut last season in Gigi; his additional credits include The Most Happy Fella and Little Me with Encores!. Gerety’s Great White Way credits include Lucky Guy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Never Gonna Dance.The ensemble will include Alex Aquilino, Angel Blanco, Olutayo Bosede, Ariana Crowder, Karli Dinardo, Zack Everhart, Hannah Florence, Damon J. Gillespie, Sam Lips, Robin Masella, Raymond Joel Matsamura, Melissa Hunter McCann, Dashi Mitchell, Emilio Ramos, Julian Ramos, Alex Ringler, Sherisse Springer, Clay Thomson, James Tolbert, Jessica Walker, Michelle West and Ricardo Zayas. Additionally, 14 high school students from New York and New Jersey will join: Kaitlyn Benzant, Kendall Carter, Emanuel Figueroa, Alexis Garcia, Fabian Garcia, Sebastian Garcia, Reyna Guerra, Anijah Lezama, Alexa Maetta, Hallie Richardson, Sydney Richardson, Jillian Schear, Martina Viadana and Daniella Zunic.