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 Storm Hartmann / WNY News Now.FALCONER — The main disagreement between Democrats and Republicans in the latest COVID-19 relief package is federal funding for states, cities and counties, which would mean drastic cuts to vital services.That’s the warning from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who voiced her concerns Friday while visiting the FeedMore WNY Distribution Center in Falconer.“Without more money for cities, states and counties, anything that isn’t mandated will be cut,” Gillibrand said. “Anything that really gets into the deepest needs of our communities is the first to get cut.”She said cuts would be to areas such as first responders, child care and other non-mandated social programs. Previously Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said local governments would face the brunt of the cuts, with education and health care most impacted.Gillibrand said the package is being negotiated and she remains hopeful the Senate can vote on a relief bill sometime next week.
BLAST LEA MICHELE’S “LOUDER”Album hits store shelves March 3Spring Awakening-sweetheart-turned-Glee-superstar Lea Michele’s debut album officially drops, and after getting a preview on iTunes, we can already tell “On My Way” is our new workout song, “Louder” is an awesome driving track and “What Is Love?” will be reserved for bawling-our-eyes-out sob sessions. Buy the album! RAISE A TOAST TO THE GREAT COMETClosing March 2 at the Kazino Off-BroadwayGrab a shot glass and your favorite Russian vodka, because it’s your last chance to drink to one of the season’s must-see musicals, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. The immersive extravaganza invites you to pass love notes with Pierre, learn secrets from Natasha and swoon over Anatole, all in a tent in the middle of Times Square. Oh, and it comes with pierogis. Click for tickets! Star Files WATCH IDINA MENZEL “LET IT GO” LIVEMarch 2 on ABCThe day is finally here! After weeks of belting in the shower, braiding our hair and making snowmen, we’re finally ready for the highlight of our year: Idina Menzel is singing “Let It Go” at the Oscars! Idina, we hope you’ve had plenty of rest, steamed your voice and had your pastilles, because it’s show time. Knock ‘em dead (and bring home an EGOT for Frozen composer Robert Lopez)! View Comments SING THE HITS WITH NORM LEWISMarch 8 at the Allen RoomYou’ve seen him swoon over Audra McDonald in Porgy and Bess, go under the sea in The Little Mermaid and survey the stars in Les Miz—now see Norm just be Norm! In his American Songbook concert, the Tony nominee will pay tribute to the performers that inspire him. Plus, this gorgeous view is included. Click for tickets! Winter: Will it ever end? We’re actually starting to believe this ridiculous weather might last forever, but instead of pouting about it and hiding under a blanket, we’re (gasp) venturing out of the house to check out a few of the awesome events happening in the real world. (But just in case you’re still hibernating, we’ve also included two completely indoor activities you can do without opening the front door—you’re welcome!) Check out our picks of the week! GO ALL THE WAY WITH LBJOpens March 6 at the Neil Simon TheatreBreaking Bad fave Bryan Cranston is trying his hand at Broadway—no, not as the mastermind behind an underground meth ring, but as a U.S. President. Cranston will recreate history as Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, the story of the 36th president’s first tumultuous year in office. Yes we can! Oh wait, wrong guy. Click for tickets! Idina Menzel
Sure, Tony winner Idina Menzel had a lot to talk about when she stopped by The Late Show: her Tony-nominated performance in If/Then, her upcoming one-night-only Radio City Music Hall concert, Frozen fame after a certain icy hit song, not to mention motherhood, but noooooo. David Letterman wanted to hear all about John Travolta dubbing Menzel “Adele Dazeem” on the Oscars. Yep. Take a look below at Menzel’s interview and watch her sing “You Learn to Live Without” from If/Then below. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Idina Menzel View Comments Related Shows Star Files If/Then
Tired? Run down? Not this week, partner! You can get acquainted with your couch and remote control another time. There’s simply too much to do this week, including Patti LuPone revisiting a signature role, a diva’s musical tribute, a new book by a certain Gleek and a mid-day Broadway celebration. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! Join Vivian Reed’s Musical Celebration May 20 at 54 Below Adding a band to Vivian Reed’s (Bubbling Brown Sugar) powerful voice? The staff at 54 better fasten the roof, ‘cause it’s gonna get blown off. With help from special guests, the two-time Tony nominee will perform an array of her favorites from R&B to the works of Howard Arlen to a preview of songs from One for My Baby, a new musical in progress. Click for tickets! Attend a LuPone Family Reunion May 19 at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre You need a story to tell your grandkids besides that time you found an onion ring in your French fries. We’ve got one! For one night only, Patti LuPone will tackle one of her legendary roles: Moll in The Cradle Will Rock. Joining the Broadway icon is a starry cast, and LuPone’s son Josh Johnson and cousin Johann Carlo. The performance benefits the Acting Company. Click for tickets! Start the Day with O’Dowd & Stewart May 22, check local listings Tony-nominated Of Mice and Men star Chris O’Dowd is visiting Live with Kelly & Michael! That alone is great. But adding Patrick Stewart totally makes our day—and it’s not even lunchtime! The cheeky star of stage and screen will likely be plugging his new movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past. But maybe he’ll perform some Waiting for Godot with BFF Ian McKellen. Or answer questions as Ebenezer Scrooge. Cross your fingers, you guys. See Broadway’s Best Under the Sun May 21 in Shubert Alley The typical lunch hour features a limp sandwich, a mirthless cubicle, and your hope crushed to a fine powder. Not today, friend! You’re brown bagging it at Shubert Alley for “Stars in the Alley.” At lunchtime, a 12-piece orchestra will accompany performances from 20 new Broadway shows and established favorites. The Phantom himself, Norm Lewis, hosts this free performance that will make your 9-to-5 come alive. View Comments Behold Lea Michele’s Literary Awakening Hits store shelves May 20 Books rule. They’re fun, educational, and they’re a good distraction from smelly subway rides. These qualities definitely apply to Lea Michele’s Brunette Ambition. Here, the Spring Awakening and Glee star shares her “experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide.” Sounds great! But can she tell us how she sings like this?!
Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink. The play, under the direction of Carey Perloff, will star Tony, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Rosemary Harris. The Roundabout production will begin performances at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Centre for Theatre on September 4 and run through November 30. Opening night is set for September 28. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014 Further information, including a complete cast and creative team, will be announced at a later date. View Comments Related Shows Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career. Indian Ink
This feels very meta. The Tony-winning Billy Elliot musical, which was based on the Oscar nominated 2000 film and a performance of which was recently broadcast to movie theaters, may be adapted for the big screen. Director Stephen Daldry told the AP that he and writer Lee Hall are “thinking about turning it back into a movie now. So it might go from movie to stage show to broadcast to movie again.” Billy Elliot tells the story of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small British mining town, the plot follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. The tuner’s music is written by Elton John and the book and lyrics are penned by Hall, who also wrote the film’s screenplay. Daldry helmed both. Billy Elliot opened on Broadway on October 1, 2008 and won ten Tony Awards including Best Musical; the production shuttered in January 2012. The musical premiered in London’s West End in 2005, where it is still running. View Comments Daldry is currently represented on Broadway by both The Audience and Skylight and is in the “early stages” of adapting Wicked for film.
Kevin Kline View Comments Star Files Kevin Kline will love Emma Watson no matter what! The two-time Tony and Oscar winner is set to play Belle’s (Watson) Dad in Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast. According to The Wrap, the studio has also confirmed that the previously speculated Emma Thompson will join the cast as Mrs. Potts and that the movie is scheduled for release on March 17, 2017.Kline won Tonys for his performances in The Pirates of Penzance and On the Twentieth Century. Other Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry IV, The Play What I Wrote and Arms and the Man. He was awarded the Oscar for A Fish Called Wanda and his screen credits include Sophie’s Choice, The Big Chill, Silverado, Dave, The Ice Storm, In & Out and De-Lovely.Directed by Bill Condon, the cast will also feature Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince and Luke Evans as the villain Gaston. Josh Gad is in negotiation to take on the role of Lefou. The movie will include music from the original animated film along with additional songs penned by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.
Sutton Foster stopped by The View on May 19 to talk about starring on her hit TV show Younger and more. The two-time Tony winner got her big break in Thoroughly Modern Millie when she was plucked from the ensemble to lead the tuner. One of the producers on Millie was View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who recalled about the then newbie: “she literally took your breath away when you watched her.” Foster also took the ladies on the most adorable photographic trip down memory lane, including that photo of her and It Shoulda Been You’s David Burtka. As we know, Neil Patrick Harris’ hubby was Foster’s first kiss, but it’s a 1990’s story we never get bored of hearing! Check out the video below then return to Broadway.com at 10.30pm for this week’s Younger recap! Sutton Foster View Comments Star Files
Mother Courage and Her Children Related Shows We now have dates and complete casting for the previously reported production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. Starring Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, the show will play a limited engagement December 9 through January 24, 2016. Directed by Brian Kulick and featuring original music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, opening night is set for January 7 at Classic Stage Company.The company will also include Joshua Boone, Curtiss Cook Jr., Kevin Mambo, Jacob Ming-Trent, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Potts, Deandre Sevon, Mirirai Sithole and Zenzi Williams.The indomitable Mother Courage (Pinkins) follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children, in this timeless tale of war and big business updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo.The production will feature set design by Tony Straiges, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Justin Townsend and sound design by Matt Stine. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016
André Ward View Comments Related Shows André Ward will be welcomed to the Renaissance on February 2, when he begins performances in Something Rotten! The Broadway alum is set to assume the roles of Minstrel / Snug, taking over for Michael James Scott, who departed the musical comedy on January 31. The production is playing at the St. James Theatre.Ward has previously been seen on Broadway in Rock of Ages, Xanadu, Saturday Night Fever and The Producers. He joins a cast including Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff, Brad Oscar, Kate Reinders, David Beach, Edward Hibbert and Gerry Vichi.Directed by Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in the 1590s, the show follows brothers Nick (d’Arcy James) and Nigel (Cariani) Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard” (Borle). When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017