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) Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The annual Downtown Jamestown cruise-in has been canceled due to COVID-19 health concerns.In a statement to the media on Wednesday, the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce and Der Kobblers Automobile Association announced the news.Generally held in August, the annual event has been ongoing for 27 years, drawing over 200 classic and custom cars and trucks and thousands of spectators downtown.Officials cited a focus on the health and safety of the community as the reason for the decision. They say plans are already underway to hold the event next year.Recently, the Chautauqua County Fair and Lucille Ball Comedy Festival were among other community events canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Bring Aladdin and Rocky HomeIn stores May 27You loved the music from Rocky and Aladdin, right? Of course, you did! Well, it’s is your lucky day: The original cast recordings for both shows are officially released. Finally, you can take an array of showstoppers anywhere you go—the subway, the gym, or your bedroom, where you can give the performance of a lifetime for a grateful audience of stuffed animals. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. Snag a Snack from a Singing StarMay 26 through May 31 at Schmackary’sDon’t start that diet yet! Schmackary’s bakery hosts its second annual Broadway Bakes fundraiser, benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All week long, Broadway stars are working the counter. Yes, you can buy a peanut butter cup cookie from Audra McDonald! Jarrod Spector will hand you an oatmeal scotchie! Eat cookies, meet Broadway’s best, and support a good cause? Save us a glass of milk. Megan Hilty Venture to Babs’ Mall with Barrett FoaBeginning May 27 at the Barrow Street TheatreBuyer & Cellar is getting a new employee! Barrett Foa (Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!) takes over the delightfully loopy one-man show. A struggling Los Angeles actor lands a job at Barbra Streisand’s basement shopping mall and develops an unlikely friendship with the Funny Girl herself. That’s how you get her attention? Sounds easier than writing countless fan letters—and not as messy as the glitter and macaroni tribute art. Click for tickets! Let Megan Hilty Entertain YouBeginning May 27 at the Cafe CarlyleThe Broadway stunner (Wicked, 9 to 5), TV veteran (Smash, duh) and mom-to-be starts a 12-performance run at Cafe Carlyle. Audiences who attend the upscale venue can expect numbers from Smash, as well as American Songbook and jazz standards. Terrific, but let’s be honest: We’d watch Hilty sing nursery rhymes at a rest-stop Cinnabon. But, oh yeah, we’ll take the Carlyle. Click for tickets! Keep it Real with Katie FinneranMay 28 through May 31 at 54 BelowIt’s not all star-studded premieres and dinners with cloth napkins for fabulously talented Tony winners. In It Might Be You—A Funny Lady’s Search for Home, Katie Finneran offers a hilarious, heartfelt take on her career. Featuring songs (ranging from Stephen Sondheim to Ingrid Michaelson) and backstage stories, Finneran’s show outlines how she balanced Hollywood, Broadway, and starting a family. Stars really are just like us. Click for tickets! It’s a long weekend, so time to rest up, right? Wrong! So, so wrong! You can sleep off that barbecue hangover another time. There’s tons of fun stuff to check out this week, including a Tony winner’s one-woman show, Broadway stars distributing delicious cookies for charity, and Barrett Foa’s first day on the job at Barbra Streisand’s basement mall. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! View Comments Star Files
Just a few short months until we go Into the Woods with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Lilla Crawford, Chris Pine and Mackenzie Mauzy! The stars of the forthcoming movie are gracing four new Entertainment Weekly covers for the magazine’s Holiday Movie Preview issue, including a glammed-up Meryl Streep as the Witch (post-transformation!) and the first photo of Johnny Depp in costume as the Wolf. Check out all four covers, then see the new film in theaters everywhere December 25. View Comments
Aladdin stars Adam Jacobs and Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart stopped by The View on December 9 to chat about the upcoming Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years. The ABC special, which airs on December 14, features behind-the-scenes glimpses of all of the Mouse’s hits, from Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin and appearances by Darren Criss, Toni Braxton, Elton John and more. And, being the song-and-dance men that they are, the Broadway duo took us to Agrabah with a medley of hits from Disney’s latest tuner. Check it out below! View Comments Aladdin Adam Jacobs Star Files from $57.50 Related Shows James Monroe Iglehart
View Comments It’s not every day that you have a West End musicals leading man who has also played Hamlet, Richards II and III, and Prospero in The Tempest, but the RSC veteran Jonathan Slinger comes to the starring role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with only one musical credit behind him—the London premiere last year of Urinetown. Broadway.com caught up with the magpie talent to talk career changes, having fun and bringing a classically trained sensibility to the world of Roald Dahl.Does it amaze you to to find yourself taking over the role of Willy Wonka?Yes, I had done one musical, Urinetown, which was a fairly gentle sing and a gentle introduction into the world of musicals. I had two or three lines of my own to sing and was part of the ensemble for the rest so I could sort of get lost in the midst of the other voices.Which isn’t possible here.No, and when this first came to me, I thought, I’m sure there a lot of great actors who are better singers than I am. I’m not sure how seriously I took [the offer] at that point. Then I listened to the recording and thought, “They won’t cast me for this; the range is much higher than mine.”It obviously worked out.Well, this is me being naïve about musical theater because I had no idea that they could just transpose these songs down to anybody’s range. That’s how naïve I was. I turned up for a session with [musical supervisor] Nick Skilbeck saying, “It’s out of my range” and expecting him to say, “Well, that’s a shame and that will be that.” Instead he went, “We can transpose it. That will be fine”. So from that point on, it was like maybe I can do this.How’s it going?I’m still by far the least experienced singer in the company as I was in Urinetown, but I can hear the improvement in myself. Those moments where you catch yourself doing something you couldn’t have done a few years ago are always the most satisfying in a career—to have gone from singing a few lines in one show to four solos in another is sort of unimaginable.Are you enjoying exploring the role?Of course! The way the part is written, there’s plenty for me to explore. I am approaching the part with a classical sensibility. What’s great is that the piece stands up to that level of complexity and depth.What is your take on Willy Wonka, who is such an enigmatic figure?It’s almost as if he comes from another universe and he doesn’t know who he is on this earth as Willy Wonka and as if that time is coming to end so he has to find a successor or it will all crumble and die.Is your extensive experience with Shakespeare useful at all?There’s a certain musicality to Shakespeare, definitely. People who I think are effective with Shakespearean verse tend to use their range of pitch in quite a musical way so maybe the two things aren’t as far removed as people might think.They seem to share a particular dimension to them.Yes, there’s a certain size, a certain muscle, a certain energy, which is similar, and there is a similarity in terms of the stakes involved. On a show like this, the stakes for everybody are through-the-roof high.At the same time, the responsibility on a show like this tends to be shared.Yes, and after 10 years of big emotional heavy Shakespeare roles, it’s a bit of a relief to come in and be surrounded by people the way you are on this: there’s something very cathartic and therapeutic about singing as a group.Might this lead to other musicals?I’ve had conversations with people the whole time about certain musicals and I’m like, “I’ve never heard of that one!” I’m learning as I go. But I’m very open to doing more musicals after this. I love it. For one thing, there isn’t that sense of everyone thinking as you do with a classic play that we’re going to have to suffer a little for our art.You get to actually have fun!People come into work to enjoy themselves, which is a new and refreshing and lovely thing.
View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Star Files Remember, back in the day, eagerly awaiting the release of the next NOW That’s What I Call Music! cassette tape (we’re showing our age here!)? Anyway, the world’s best-selling multi-artist album series is still around and is set to drop their first ever NOW That’s What I Call Broadway! on April 29.Artists to appear on the record include Tony winners Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, Michael Crawford, Jennifer Holliday and more singing from megahits such as Wicked, Annie, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls and The Lion King. Check out the full tracklisting below!1. “Seasons of Love” from Rent featuring the original Broadway cast.2. “Defying Gravity” from Wicked featuring Kristen Chenoweth & Idina Menzel.3. “All That Jazz” from Chicago featuring Chita Rivera and the original Broadway cast.4. “On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada/Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from Evita featuring Bob Gunton, Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin.5. “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera featuring Michael Crawford.6. “Memory” from Cats featuring Betty Buckley.7. “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Misérables featuring Randy Graff.8. “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls featuring Jennifer Holliday.9. “Ease On Down the Road” from The Wiz featuring Stephanie Mills and the original Broadway cast.10. “Sherry” from Jersey Boys featuring Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and John Lloyd Young.11. “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now” from Hairspray featuring Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Harvey Fierstein, Linda Hart, Jackie Hoffman, Marissa Jaret Winokur and the original Broadway cast.12. “Mamma Mia” from Mamma Mia! featuring Siobhan McCarthy, Nicolas Colicos, Paul Clarkson, Hilton McRae and the original London cast.13. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical featuring Jessie Mueller.14. “Tomorrow” from Annie featuring Andrea McArdle.15. “When I Grow Up” from Matilda featuring Lauren Ward, Bailey Ryon and the original Broadway cast.16. “Circle of Life” from The Lion King featuring Tsidii Le Loka and the original Broadway cast.17. “Finale: Children will Listen” from Into the Woods featuring Bernadette Peters.18. “One” from A Chorus Line featuring the original Broadway cast. ‘NOW That’s What I Call Broadway!’ Idina Menzel
The Lion King View Comments Related Shows James Corden, Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne 2016 Tony host James Corden may not rule Pride Rock just yet—but the crosswalk of Beverly Boulevard is another story. The Late Late Show host (and number one Phan) has been hailed for his crosswalk production of The Phantom of the Opera and recently followed up with another Great White Way smash hit: The Lion King. The hilarious Seth Rogen and Broadway alum Rose Byrne also joined in on the fun. Everybody look left! Everybody look right! (No seriously. Do. There are vehicles in motion.) Watch Corden’s splendid circle of life unfold below! from $75.00
View Comments from $149.00 Mandy Gonzalez & Karen Olivo(Photo: Twitter.com/Lin_Manuel) Related Shows Hamilton and In the Heights fans are satisfied and totally feel like they’re home! Mandy Gonzalez and Karen Olivo, who will portray the role of Angelica Schuyler in New York and Chicago, respectively, took to Facebook Live on August 4. While fans are stoked to see both In the Heights alums in Renée Elise Goldsberry’s Tony-winning role, the two definitely seem like they could play sisters that are a little less far away. They discussed bad singing, really good empanadas and their alternative dream Hamilton roles. (Olivo wishes she could play George Washington, and Gonzalez wants to play Aaron Burr, ma’am.) Watch the adorable reunion and resulting shenanigans below! Hamilton
April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s not time to vote for a new U.S. president, but it is time tovote for Rebecca Miolen.A 4-H’er from Newnan, Ga., Miolen needs your vote to win theIVERCARE Because You Care Award. This award is presented annuallyto one American who cares the most for horses.Miolen, 16, was nominated for her work with abused and neglectedhorses. She’s competing against four adults for the $2,500 cashprize given to the person voted to have most improved the healthand welfare of horses.”Horses are my life,” Miolen said. “They have taught me so much.”Miolen nurses mistreated horses back to health and teaches themto trust humans again. While many teenagers spend their free timeplaying video games or being friends, Miolen spends time dailycaring for horses.On-line ballotThe award selection is based on an on-line ballot system. To votefor Miolen, go to www.ivercare.com before Sept. 30.Why should you?She’s pretty special.Miolen encourages others her age to ride by lending them horsesfor shows, parades and clinics. She often gives free ridinglessons to fellow 4-H’ers.She raised $560 for the Georgia Equine Rescue League and FoalLeague by holding a yard sale and offering pony rides. She alsoauctioned a two-hour trail ride to benefit the 4-H VolunteerLeader Association and raised $120.PepperHer love of horse started four years ago with an Appaloosa marenamed Pepper, a rescue horse Miolen took in because no one elsewanted her. After many miles of trails and a broken shoulder forMiolen, they are now showing in competitions and doing well.Pepper is one of several horses now in Miolen’s care.”In March 2001, we bought a pony mare, Maggie, whose bottom lipwas hanging loose and was badly scarred,” she said. “It lookedlike a wire had been wrapped around her chin and lip. She wasskinny but had a large middle we thought was a hay belly.”Miolen soon discovered Maggie’s “hay belly” was actually a colt.Maggie is doing well now and shows with the local drill team.State 4-H winnerThis summer, Miolen won the State 4-H Congress horse project,demonstrating foal imprinting with the same technique she usedwith Maggie’s colt.Besides her work with individual horses, Miolen is teaching aworkshop on parasites in September. She was a 4-H teen leader ata horse school in Perry, Ga., this summer. And she competed inthe State 4-H Horse Show in running events, hunter over fencesand placed ninth in dressage.She reported three neglect cases, conducted a benefit for GERL,helped conduct a show for mentally and physically challengedriders, teaches Pony Trials Club, set up horse safety booths attwo community events and helps beginning riders with horse healthand training problems.County winnerMiolen won the county versatility contest and represented Georgia4-H at the State Horse Fair, placing fifth. President of theCoweta County 4-H Horse and Pony Club, she rides with the clubdrill team and competes in quiz bowl and horse judging events.She won second place on the senior horse judging team andrepresented Georgia at the regional competition in August.As one of five IVERCARE finalists, Miolen will be featured in theSeptember issue of “Horse Illustrated” and the September-Octoberissue of “Young Rider.”The daughter of James and Pat Miolen of Newnan, she plans to tryout for the University of Georgia Equestrian Team after highschool.”I’ve just gotten a new mare named Gloria in shape for the ponyclub,” she says with pride. “She was skinny, wormy and had longhooves when I got her. I’m trying to find a place for her nowwhere she will be safe and cared for.”(April Reese is a student writer with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWhether you’re in a rural field or in a city garden, pick up a handful of soil. Inside your hand could be as many living organisms as there are people on the earth. One gram of soil could have several billion bacteria. It could contain as many as 5,000 kinds of organisms.”Soil microorganisms constitute the largest single undescribed source of genetic richness and diversity on the planet,” said Mark Williams, a soil microbiologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Micro respectThese microbes are the unsung heroes of a healthy environment, Williams said. He’s trying to find out more about how and why they do what they do when exposed to stresses like when soil becomes dry.Soil microorganisms include nematodes, protozoa and algae. Most soil microorganisms, he said, fall under three categories: fungi, actinomycetes and bacteria.In most cases, microorganisms account for as much as 95 percent of the total weight of organisms in soil, although the other ones, including worms and insects, are the only ones you see.Studying, identifying, numbering and comparing species of microorganisms you can’t see with the naked eye, Williams said, can be tough.He uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. It’s better known by its medical name: magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. He uses some DNA-based methods and isotope analysis, too, to study his tiny subjects.In recent decades, the need for sustainable agricultural practices has grown. This basically means giving as much back to the environment as you take from it to grow a crop or raise livestock. It includes reducing and more precisely using farm chemicals and fertilizers in soil.But to do this, Williams said, you have to understand microorganisms, the primary agents that supply nutrients to crops.Microorganisms do mainly three things:* Clean up the world by decomposing plant litter such as dead roots, leaves and sticks.* Release and make available basic plant nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur.* Make it easier for water to get into the soil and for plant roots to penetrate and grow.They can catch nutrients from the atmosphere, too, and break down some pollution like sewage and chemical spills.Wet or dryWilliams looks at how a soil’s environment can determine what kind of and how many microorganisms are in it. He also wants to know how they can affect and change the soil environment around them.His recent studies focus on how soil microbial communities respond to wet and dry soils. This is vital to agriculture in Georgia, he said, where a growing season can have extended periods of either wet or dry conditions.Knowing how microorganisms act or don’t act at different levels of soil moisture, from drought to extreme rain, can help scientists and farmers get the most out of the chemicals and fertilizers they put on crops.