WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Officials with SUNY JCC will be transitioning the college to distance learning classes in response to Coronavirus in New York.With more than 200 cases of coronavirus now confirmed in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that distance learning will soon be the norm at all SUNY and CUNY schools, starting later this month.Cuomo says the schools must make the shift by March 19, and this will last the remainder of the semester.SUNY JCC in an announcement said its academic team is working to be ready to transition to distance learning by the deadline. “Regarding Governor Cuomo’s announcement this afternoon, rather than closing, the goal is to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 on all SUNY campuses, both inside the classroom (using alternative/distance modes of delivery, and accommodating special circumstances, i.e. labs, clinicals, internships, etc.) and outside the classroom (open houses, athletic events, community events, etc.),” the college said in a statement. “All campus sites and residence halls will remain open.”Following the March 19 deadline the school says distance learning will remain in effect, where appropriate, until further notice and possibly until the end of the semester.“We will accommodate labs, clinicals, internships, and other special circumstances as best we can on a case by case basis,” said the college. “JCC’s administration will review the JCC calendar of all events between March 19 and commencement on May 15 and 16, and develop guidelines on whether or not those events will occur.”SUNY Fredonia is also following the guidelines put forth by Gov. Cuomo.For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.Most people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.In the United States, there have been over 1,200 cases and at least 37 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s global coronavirus count. 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)
View Comments Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda’s freestyle raps are making their way to TV airwaves! According to Variety, Pivot, a start-up cable network, will launch Freestyle Love Supreme, a 10-episode half-hour special series centered around the New York-based freestyle rap and comedy group that features the Tony winner. Back in 2011, Freestyle Love Supreme was set to get a pilot on the Adult Swim network.The series will feature Miranda, In the Heights co-star Christopher Jackson and music arranger Bill Sherman, Arthur Lewis and The Electric Company’s Anthony Veneziale and Chris Sullivan. The show is created by Veneziale and In the Heights director Thomas Kail.The group recently took to Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater to perform Freestyle Love Supreme live for four performances.
UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Constellations ($491,055) 4. You Can’t Take It With You ($412,057) 3. Disgraced ($351,175) 2. The Audience ($331,101)* 1. On the Twentieth Century ($228,661)** UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Honeymoon in Vegas (64.86%) 4. Disgraced (63.28%) 3. The Phantom of the Opera (62.74%) 2. You Can’t Take It With You (60.19%) 1. On the Town (49.26%) It may be February and freezing in New York, but Broadway’s already got spring on its mind. Two new productions began preview performances on the Great White Way this past week, and theatergoers are already filling the houses. The Audience, starring the appropriately regal Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, appeared in the top five shows by capacity, bringing in 101.08% over two performances. Also appearing in the frontrunners are SRO perennials The Book of Mormon and The Elephant Man and Fish in the Dark—also in previews. The fifth spot was taken by Cabaret, marking a triumphant conclusion to Oscar nominee Emma Stone’s run in the tuner. We will keep in an eye on the production’s numbers as Sienna Miller begins on February 18. Additionally, the Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher-led On the Twentieth Century celebrated its first four preview performances with a house just shy of full at 96.52%. FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.59%) 2. The Elephant Man (101.74%) 3. Fish in the Dark (101.58%)*** 4. The Audience (101.08%)* 5. Cabaret (100.48%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,726,042) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,648,502) 3. Wicked ($1,586,692) 4. Aladdin ($1,489,612) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1,132,369) *Number based on two preview performances **Number based on four preview performances ***Number based on seven preview performances Source: The Broadway League Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 16: View Comments
Diana’s Statement Jewelry of the Week!There’s (gasp) no new power necklace this week, but with the combination of those earrings and that gold jacket, this is a power everything look. It’s as if Elvis had an affinity for turquoise and was also the Marketing Director at a New York publishing firm. The Mysteries of TorahOkay, let’s get to main event: the titular hot mitzvah. Lauren delivers her d’var Torah, in which she A) unintentionally reads Liza for not coming forward with the truth, and B) title-drops Younger twice. I once attended a bat mitzvah that was Grease-themed and I thought that was fun. But Lauren’s hot mitzvah puts that milkshake bar and commemorative LP to shame. Here are three things that make a hot mitzvah hot: The Mysteries of LizaHot mitzvahs are the perfect time to tell your lover a big secret. Kelsey and Thad almost come forward about their respective affairs in a rather lackluster mutual admission. But unlike Kelsey, Liza knows she can’t speak in ambiguities. She tells Josh what she wishes she could have long ago, and he leaves. With one episode left, will he come to love Liza despite her age? Will she still fly under the radar at Empirical? Will Diana bless us with one final statement necklace? ‘Yo Mamma’s Spank Bank’No hot mitzvah is complete without a DJ who introduces himself as “Yo Mamma’s Spank Bank.” Liza’s into it, as evident by these sweet moves… Club DrugsAnother hot mitzvah necessity? Lauren’s special hot mitzvah shooters, aka Manischevitz and…Molly (a.k.a. Ecstasy)! L’chaim/don’t do drugs? Sutton Foster Put on your favorite scarf and get ready for the penultimate Younger recap of season one! Last week, Liza faced an upsetting setback at Empirical and drank some wine with Lauren and her fam. This week, she’s back on her feet at work and…oh. She’s still drinking wine (well, Manischewitz, among other things) with Lauren and her fam. Lauren throws a hot mitzvah (a not-exactly-traditional Jewish celebration 13 years after her bat mitzvah), and it’s apparently the perfect place to make bold, relationship status-altering revelations. But first, Liza locks down a book doctor gig at Empirical. Read all about it below!EPISODE 11: Hot MitzvahLiza the Literate Makes a ComebackCurled up on the couch and popcorn at her side, Liza embraces her inner Olivia Pope as she tries her hand a book doctoring for a woman in her 40s. To no one’s surprise, Liza flourishes when able to shed her—all together, now—younger façade. She nails it, and at Kelsey/Kelsey’s topknot’s insistence, Charles arranges a meeting between Liza the book doctor and Megan the author. It seems to go well as Liza offers unexpected insight, but as it turns out, Megan wasn’t feeling it. What’s important, though, is that Liza is being pushed and recognized by Charles; we’re honestly more worried about him finding out her secret than Josh. View Comments Molly-Fueled Makeouts with MaggieIn Lauren’s aforementioned d’var Tovah, she lamented her 13-year-old self’s insecurity. But that’s about to change. She’s kissing who she wants to kiss: Maggie, the lesbian artist you only wish were your friend! Star Files
Star Files One fine day, indeed! Abby Mueller, sister of 2014 Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller, will star as Carole King in the forthcoming national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Jessie won a Tony for originating the role of the legendary singer-songwriter on Broadway. The Beautiful tour will launch this September in Providence before hitting cities across the country. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.“We’re thrilled to welcome Abby into the Beautiful family,” producer Paul Blake said, in a statement. “The moment she walked into the audition, we knew we found the perfect Carole to head our amazing cast. Abby’s been wowing Chicago and Broadway audiences for years, and we can’t wait for people across the country to get to see what she can do when she puts her own stamp on this iconic role.”Abby Mueller has appeared on Broadway in Kinky Boots. Her off-Broadway credits include A Minister’s Wife and Romance/Romance.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production is directed by Marc Bruni.Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. View Comments Abby Mueller
Adam Jacobs Q: What’s it like to see each other on stage in these big shows. Didn’t you see Wicked recently, Adam?ADAM: I finally got to see her and she was fantastic. I was so proud.ARIELLE: Did you think I was scary?ADAM: I had forgotten that Nessarose really is “wicked” and that she gets the house dumped on her and sort of deserves it and so when I saw her interpretation, it all sort of clicked and made sense. I didn’t see that the first time, I guess. I’m glad I got to see her. She’s just she’s such a presence up there.ARIELLE: Thanks, brother!Q: What about seeing him jump around and playing Aladdin?ARIELLE: He’s so acrobatic! I don’t know how you do it everyday.ADAM: I never took gymnastics class growing up.ARIELLE: I knew he had a good voice. Every time he sings it’s like, “Well, nobody can do what you can do.” But seeing all the other stuff like his comedy, the acrobats, everything… You always blow me away.ADAM: Thanks, sis.Q: OK, who’s more talented?ADAM: Uh oh.ARIELLE: I think we both have different strengths.Q: I know as kids you famously dueted on “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better).” ARIELLE: Famously!Q: California’s still talking about it. What can you do better than the other? ADAM: I guess I can play the piano better than she can.ARIELLE: Yeah, you can. And guitar. And harmonica. And languages. He’s like fluent.ADAM: You speak Spanish better than I do.ARIELLE: No, I don’t!ADAM: I think you do. Arielle Jacobs Star Files View Comments He’s the dazzling stage vet whose great looks and even greater pipes served him well leading the Broadway blockbusters Les Miserables, The Lion King and now Aladdin. She’s the charming little sister who followed him from California to Broadway, debuting as a touching Nina in the final In the Heights company and now rolling around Oz as Nessarose in Wicked. Together, they’re a stunning sibling act that has an entire New Jersey retirement community cheering. Get to know Adam and Arielle Jacobs!Q: Are mom and dad freaking out that you’re both on Broadway?ADAM: Kinda, yeah.ARIELLE: Our parents live in New Jersey in this 55 and over community and they brought the whole place to see Adam in Aladdin. Like 50 people. And now coming to see my show.ADAM: I can almost picture my mom with one of those group leader signs, walking through Times Square.ARIELLE: “This way! To see the Jacobs kids!”Q: I know people are always trying to figure out your ethnicity but your first onstage roles were actually Native American, right?ARIELLE: Yes! That was my first professional show when I was ten.ADAM: It was called Honor Song For Crazy Horse at TheatreWorks in Mountain View, California. I played Little Hawk and I had a loincloth and a long wig.Q: You started out in a loincloth?ADAM: I started in a loincloth.ARIELLE: You had a big feather headdress, too! It was awesome.ADAM: And big feather hawk wings. Then I got killed. It was very sad.ARIELLE: Everyone died in the show. We had these big red ribbons balled up in our hand.ADAM: Like in The Lion King.Q: So when you died, you would throw the ribbon?ARIELLE: We would throw them or pull them out of our mouths…Q: So dramatic.ADAM: It’s dramatic. We’re dramatic. Q: Let’s come up with a title for your inevitable 54 Below show.ARIELLE: We already did! “Strictly Platonic.”ADAM: I forgot that’s what we decided.ARIELLE: I think it’s funny.ADAM: Is that what we decided?Q: Adam doesn’t seem sold.ARIELLE: We could pick a new one if you want.ADAM: That’s still kind of creepy though.ARIELLE: I really wanna do a siblings show. A big siblings show. Sutton and Hunter and Andrew and Celia and us. Like I really wanna do that.Q: And which musical theater duet would have to be on the set list?ADAM: I would love to do “Side Show.”Q: “I Will Never Leave You?”ADAM: Yes and just be like stuck to her hip.ARIELLE: We should totally do that.ADAM: But we should be like tied with like bungee cords and like trying to get away from each other the whole time and singing it.ARIELLE: That’s really funny.ADAM: It’s a different take. You always have to take a different take! Q: Which great school performances did I miss?ARIELLE: My favorite one was seeing him play Billy Bigelow. I loved when you did that.ADAM: I loved seeing her play Cassie in A Chorus Line. She nailed it.Q: She nailed “Music and the Mirror”?ADAM: Yeah, she did the whole dance and everything.ARIELLE: Oh my god, it was a ten-minute long dance solo. I was freaking out I was so nervous. Every night I couldn’t have dinner, except for a Clif bar before every show. That’s all I ate. I was a twig cuz I lost so much weight.Q: Is there video? Can I see?ADAM: Heck yeah. It exists.ARIELLE: It’s at mom and dad’s.ADAM: It might take some bribing.Q: It’d be fun to see you guys do a show together someday.ARIELLE: I was thinking you could play Fiyero while I’m Nessa.ADAM: That’s true. That’ll work.ARIELLE: We could play Evita and Che.Q: But isn’t there sexual tension between them in “Waltz for Eva and Che”?ADAM: Of course, but it would make it great. It would be even more creepy then. You wanna accentuate the creep factor at any chance you get you have to do that. [Laughs.]
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows View Comments Falsettos Andrew Rannells The final season of HBO’s Brooklyn-based hit Girls is in the works, and stage and screen fave Andrew Rannells has a vision for it: he basically wants the series finale to turn into Disaster!. “I just want it to turn into a disaster film all of a sudden,” he joked. “I want to see Allison Williams running for her life. This is why I’m not a producer.” Rannells has a pretty full plate as is. As previously reported, he will join Tony winner Patina Miller on May 3 to announce the 2016 Tony nominations. In addition, the actor, who will play Whizzer in the Broadway revival of Falsettos in the fall, is also working on becoming Mr. Borle. Watch the hilarious interview below!
Simon Bailey in London’s ‘Jersey Boys'(Photo: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg) The Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Jersey Boys has been running eight years in London, first at the Prince Edward and now the Piccadilly Theatre, and earlier this year welcomed a new set of principals to tell the rousing story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Among this latest cast, few have as accomplished a resume as Simon Bailey, the stage veteran now playing tough guy Tommy DeVito—the musician-singer that brought the role’s originator, Christian Hoff, a Tony Award. Bailey spoke one recent afternoon to Broadway.com about long-running shows, famous co-stars, and why he’d like one day to don a certain famous mask. Were you familiar with Jersey Boys before you joined the company in March?I was invited to the very first press night back in 2008 and at that time, I was also part of a similar four-strong group of male singers from Theaterland called Teatro, so I suppose I went really out of intrigue, since I wasn’t entirely sure what it was about. What was your response?Within the first five or 10 minutes, I was completely hooked. The show is so well-paced and packed so full of great stories and characters that you really catch onto and then there’s this song which opens the show and you recognize the tune but you don’t recognize the words because it’s in French (“Ces Soirees-La”), and that is a really unique way of opening a show: it catches your attention straight off the bat. At what point did you decide you wanted to be in it? I immediately wanted to play Tommy and to be in this show that I was loving. Now all these years later, here we are. I even said at the time, “I don’t care what it takes; I’m getting in this show”—and that was at the interval of the press night! What’s it like joining a long-running hit?I’ve done a few of them now like Les Miz [as Enjolras] and Phantom [as Raoul], and one of the things I’m always so touched by is the people who keep coming back and who keep supporting the show, which is something that we need. I talk to people at the stage door who have followed [Jersey Boys] for a long time, and they keep the show running and thriving. And a long-running show is new for you.Yes, and as I’ve got older, I never see it as joining a long-running show or, for that matter, a brand new show: I try to approach whatever I’m doing as new to me and to try and keep it fresh in that respect. Every part is new—it’s new people telling what for them is a new story, and I think that’s what keeps everything fresh. With Phantom, for instance, everyone knows the story, as they do with Les Miz and even now to a large extent with Jersey Boys, so it’s down to you as the actor to make sure the story stays fresh and real and relatable: that’s your job. What about watching your predecessors in the part: is that a double-edged sword?Well, I’d seen Glenn [Carter] do it on opening night obviously, and I’d seen Jon Boydon play it many times. Both those guys played this part so well. The thing about Tommy is that you have to identify somehow with the character so that you’re relating naturally to the part, and what I love about Tommy is his need for survival—that’s what drives him to make the decisions he makes. On the other hand [unlike DeVito], I have never been to prison, just so everyone’s clear!It’s a great role, as you know first-hand.It is! He’s a quick thinker and a quick talker. It’s fun to play the bad guy.Was it helpful having been part of your own all-male group, Teatro?It was interesting because we all went to see Jersey Boys on opening night together and out on to the stage came all these guys in suits looking so smart, and that became one of those “look-around” moments where we sat there thinking, “Maybe this could happen to us.” But [show business] remains an uncertain path, as it always is. People get tossed aside, and you have to make sure you’re not one of those people. Have you ever been to New Jersey? I have been to New Jersey, though I can’t say I’ve spent a lot of time there. What really helped with this was the information we were given by the amazing team, which was so thorough. During rehearsals, we had a day or two just talking things like background and timelines and what the state of the nation was like then politically and socially and how everything fits together. Our Gyp DeCarlo, Mark Heenehan, is actually from New Jersey, as well, so he’s really our benchmark—he’s also the most lovely guy. Your last West End musical, I Can’t Sing! the X Factor Musical, paired you alongside a then lesser-known Cynthia Erivo. But you just instantly knew with Cynthia that she was going places. I was out in the States doing two concerts when the news came through that she would be doing The Color Purple on Broadway, and I said to my New York friends, “Just write this name down, because when this girl comes over to New York, she’s going to take Broadway by storm and is going to win the Tony Award— and she did. What’s in your future? Having played Raoul, would you like to graduate to the Phantom?Well, Raoul is one thing and the Phantom is another, and it’s such an iconic role that I would certainly love to be given the opportunity to see what I can do with it. It’s something I hopefully can do a bit further down the line; I’m not putting any time limit on it.On the other hand, your predecessor in Jersey Boys, Jon Boydon, stayed with this show for six years. I know, whereas I’m coming up to six months. I am happy to stay here as long as they’re happy for me to play this part. You can’t ever tell what’s going to happen in this industry, but I’m having so much fun that I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be. View Comments
Jeremy Secomb, Siobhán McCarthy, Duncan Smith and Joseph Taylor will reprise their performances from London in the off-Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Among the New York names joining them in the Barrow Street Theatre production are Matt Doyle, Alex Finke, Betsy Morgan and Brad Oscar. Performances will begin on February 14, 2017.The staging, directed by Bill Buckhurst, premiered in 2014 at the site-specific location of Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop before transferring to the West End. The off-Broadway production will recreate the working pie shop environment. It’s set to open officially on March 1.Secomb, who stars as the title demon barber, is currently playing Javert in the West End production of Les Miserables. McCarthy takes on the role of Mrs. Lovett; she earned an Olivier nomination for her performance in Mamma Mia! Smith’s U.K. stage credits include The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera and La Cage Aux Folles; he is set to play Judge Turpin. Taylor, who takes on the role of Tobias, recently starred in Scott Mills: The Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.Doyle is set to play Anthony; he last appeared on the New York stage in The Book of Mormon. Finke, who will play Johanna, recently appeared as Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway. Morgan takes on the dual roles of Pirelli and the Beggar Woman; her recent Broadway credits include The King and I, Les Miz and A Little Night Music. Oscar, who has been tapped to play the Beadle, earned Tony nominations for Something Rotten! and The Producers.Rounding out the cast are Colin Anderson, Liz Pearce and Monet Sabel. The production features set and costume design by Simon Kenny, lighting design by Amy Mae Smith and sound design by Matt Stine. Related Shows Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Siobhan McCarthy & Jeremy Secomb(Photo: Bronwen Sharp) Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 26, 2018 View Comments Brad Oscar
Cynthia Erivo in ‘The Color Purple'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Some of Broadway’s best are lined up to show off their talents during CBS’ Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage. The broadcast will feature performances from the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, School of Rock and On Your Feet!, as well as portions of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.CBS’ coverage on November 24 will also feature performances by Grammy winners Sting and Miranda Lambert. Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight are set to host.Meanwhile, NBC will showcase parade performances from the casts of Holiday Inn, Cats and Hairspray Live!. Additional performances will be announced later. View Comments