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) Stock Image.RANDOLPH – Two Town of Randolph residents were charged for allegedly endangering the welfare of a child following a welfare check on Church Street in Randolph Wednesday.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says Alexandria Renner, 27, and Carrie Renner, 54, allegedly left an 8-year-old unattended in a residence for an undisclosed amount of time.Deputies did not specify if the child was taken from the home, or, if Child Protective Services are involved.Both were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to appear in Randolph Town Court on a later date.
Image via TourChautauqua.com.JAMESTOWN – A local business leader is recommending residents in Chautauqua County to take a “STAY-cation” this summer as several national destinations were added to the state’s quarantine list.Todd Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is highlighting several attractions that residents can take advantage of in our own backyard.“Soak up the sun and relax on the water on any of our fabulous lakes,” said Tranum in his weekly Chamber Corner letter to the community. “There are beaches available on Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, Findley Lake, and the Cassadaga Lakes. Marinas are readily available where you can rent a boat for the day and give your family a nautical adventure.”Image via TourChautauqua.com.He says in addition to aquatic actives, residents can cool off by visiting local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. “You can sample and purchase some terrific locally made beverages,” explained Tranum. “Social distancing is still required, but some have outdoor venues and others have created outdoor spaces in order to make visitors more comfortable.”Tranum says if all those recreational activities aren’t enough, most local museums and attractions have reopened in capacity.“Spend some time touring the National Comedy Center, the Lucy-Desi Museum, any one of the fascinating local history museums or the Robert H. Jackson Center, and see great art at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute or one of the small local galleries located throughout our county,” said Tranum. “We urge you to call first or check their websites to learn about appointments and protocols.”Image via TourChautauqua.com.To learn more about recreational and cultural experiences available in Chautauqua County, visit tourchautauqua.com. 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) Image by Saraden White.JAMESTOWN – Some Jamestown residents are still cleaning up following a windstorm last weekend, and the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities are trying to make the process a little easier.The BPU are opening their yard waste site from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday to assist solid waste customers in cleaning up properties after the weather events.The yard waste site is located at 1001 Monroe St. in Jamestown.Yard waste stickers from both 2019-20 and 2021-22 will be accepted for entrance. The site had closed for the season, but the weekend storm resulted in many branches, sticks and twigs falling onto yards. The site will be open to accept residential customers’ storm debris.
Get It Poppin’ with Patti LuPoneApril 28 at Carnegie HallThe New York Pops is throwing one hell of a birthday party! The guests of honor are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the list of performers is seriously star studded. We’re talking Patti LuPone, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Katharine McPhee, Martin Short and Aaron Tveit, to name a few. Did we mention honorary co-chairs Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Debra Messing? Click for tickets! Kristin Chenoweth The insanity of spring’s flurry of Broadway opening nights is behind us, which can only mean one thing: it’s almost time for the insanity of Tony Awards season! Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of great Broadway stuff to see and do before things get too crazy. From a star-studded birthday party to a bedtime visit from Andy Karl (yep, that’s right), our calendar is jam-packed. Check out our picks of the week! Cheer on Cheno’s Return!May 3, Carnegie HallOh Kristin, how we’ve missed you! For one night only, Kristin Chenoweth returns to the New York stage, where she oh-so-rightly-belongs, with her brand new concert The Evolution of a Soprano! In addition to new works and standards, Chenoweth will be taking a trip down her musical memory lane with songs from her early operatic and classical training to—hooray!—her Broadway and film roles. Those all sound great, but let’s be real: You had us at Kristin. Click for tickets! Wake Up with Jonathan GroffApril 29 on CBS and TonyAwards.comThey’re heeeeeere! The time has finally come for Broadway lovers everywhere watch Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announce the nominees for this year’s Tony Awards! The big news will break at 8:30AM ET, live from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. Set those coffee makers, and let the countdown to June 8 (and Hugh Jackman!) begin. View Comments Stay Up Past Bedtime with RockyMay 1 on The Late Show with David LettermanThings are going to get swinging on CBS when the cast of Rocky stops by to perform on late night TV! Is it weird that we’re a little worried about Paul Shaffer’s safety? And Dave, if you need a little help, we’ve already got a top ten list of reasons to love Andy Karl going riiiiiiight here. You’re welcome. Star Files See Tragedy Live!Beginning May 1 at select theatersIf you haven’t made it across the pond yet this year, the National Theatre is doing you a solid. Sam Mendes (Cabaret) has helmed one hell of a production of King Lear in London, starring Simon Russell Beale in the tragic title role. On May 1, it’s going to be streamed live to movie theaters worldwide! Compared to transatlantic airfare, this is a steal. Just watch out for the eye gouging in HD. Yech. Click for tickets! Jonathan Groff
View Comments Big Fish Will Tell Tall Tales in Beantown Big Fish may have closed on Broadway earlier this season, but the musical is getting ready to make a splash in Boston! SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the New England premiere of the tuner based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Tim Burton-helmed film. Book writer John August and composer Andrew Lippa will craft a re-imagined, more intimate version of the show, set to open at the Wimberly Theatre in March of 2015. Changes will include reducing the cast from 30 to 13 in addition to brand new bluegrass orchestrations. Hugh Jackman’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tony winner and 2014’s Tony host Hugh Jackman and West End vet James McAvoy, recently teamed up with Michael Fassbender to blur some lines on Graham Norton’s TV show. Check out the stars of X Men: Days of Future Past’s take on Robin Thicke’s track below. One look at Jackman’s hips move has us wishing that June 8 would hurry up and be here already—you just know he has an epic opening number planned for this year’s awards. Norm Lewis Will Live The Dream New Phantom Norm Lewis, Chapman Roberts and many more Great White Way favorites are getting together for an all-male tribute, The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream. The one-night-only gala event will include song and dance numbers from Motown,The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Porgy and Bess, and honor jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The show will take place at Carnegie Hall on June 23. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Nominee Anna Kendrick Finds Her Mr. Right Broadway alums Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell are joining forces in Mr. Right. According to Deadline, the movie will be directed by Paco Cabezas from a script by Max Landis. Kendrick will play an unlucky in love woman who finally thinks she’s found Mr. Right, only to discover he’s a reformed hit man. As you do. Tori Amos Hopes The Light Princess is Broadway Bound Tori Amos is producing a cast recording of her musical The Light Princess, which had its delayed premiere at London’s National Theatre in 2013. Radio.com reports that the singer-songwriter is also hoping to bring the show to the Great White Way: “That’s the plan, that’s the dream,” she said. Hugh Jackman Norm Lewis Star Files
Roundabout’s acclaimed production of Cabaret opened on April 24, 2014 with Alan Cumming reprising his Tony-winning role as the Emcee. The show continues on Broadway starring Cumming and Emma Stone at Studio 54. The creative team includes direction by Sam Mendes, co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall, set and club design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari and sound design by Brian Ronan. Featuring a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. The musical features some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Can’t wait for Cabaret to visit your city? Click below to see highlights from the Broadway production! Cabaret premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Roundabout’s production of Cabaret opened on Broadway on March 19, 1998, and won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. The tuner is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. View Comments And now presenting the Cabaret Girls and the Kit Kat Boys…across the country! The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony-winning production of Cabaret will kick off a national tour in Providence, RI on January 26, 2016. The tour plans to visit over 20 cities in North America. Casting and official dates will be announced shortly.
Willis’ extensive film career includes memorable roles in movies such as The Sixth Sense, the Die Hard series, Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element. He took home an Emmy and Golden Globe for his performance in the 1985 drama series Moonlighting. Additional screen credits include the Sin City and RED series, Last Man Standing and Armageddon. While Misery will mark his Broadway debut, he did appear off-Broadway early in his career in Heaven and Earth, Fool for Love and Bullpen. Marvel’s Broadway credits include Picnic, Other Desert Cities, Top Girls, Seascape and An American Daughter. Her screen credits include House of Cards, True Grit and Burn After Reading. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis), who is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes (Marvel), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new “Misery” novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and if he does not make her deadline, it will. View Comments Related Shows Goldman also adapted the best-selling 1987 book for film. The 1990 movie starred James Caan as Sheldon and Kathy Bates in an Oscar-winning performance as Wilkes. The Frears-helmed stage adaptation received its world premiere at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse in November 2012, starring Daniel Gerroll and Tony nominee Johanna Day. The production will feature set design by David Korins, lighting design by David Weiner and sound design by Darron West. Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut in a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. Elizabeth Marvel will co-star in the play, penned by two-time Oscar winner William Goldman. Directed by Will Frears, the production will play a limited engagement this fall at a theater to be announced. Misery
View Comments Related Shows Tickets are now available for Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies off-Broadway. Starring Marlo Thomas, Greg Mullavey and Kate Wetherhead, who are reprising their roles from the world premiere at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse in 2013, the show will begin previews on September 18. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Westside Theatre.Directed by David Saint, Clever Little Lies follows a family with a mother who always knows what’s happening among her flock. As their son struggles under pressure from his overbearing mother, a confidence is shared between father and son that escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change their entire dynamic.The production will end its limited engagement on January 3, 2016. Clever Little Lies Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016
The long-in-the-works production of King Kong has run into another stumbling block: Marsha Norman, the show’s book writer, has left the production. “We exhausted the possibilities, I believe, of what I could do in writing a book where the main character doesn’t speak or sing,” the Tony winner told the New York Times, after penning nine drafts of the musical.”What has become evident throughout the process of readings and workshops is that King Kong—with its distinct physicality—doesn’t fit the traditional book musical format,” said Carmen Pavlovic, the show’s producer, in a statement to Broadway.com. “We are greatly indebted to everyone involved in this exploratory phase of the work…As a result of this earlier development we feel confident about the new structure we’ve found for the show. The next steps will be announced soon.”Norman replaced Craig Lucas on the project, while Jason Robert Brown was brought in to supply additional songs to those written by the original composer of the tuner, Marius de Vries. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, an industry-only reading of the musical took place earlier this year, starring Marc Kudisch, Robert Creighton and more.Set against the backdrop of bustling New York City in the 1930s, the show tells the story of the infamous ape and his encounter with aspiring actress Ann Darrow, megalomaniac filmmaker Carl Denham, Natural History Museum head Jack Driscoll and the people of NYC.No word yet on if or when King Kong will stomp on Broadway. Daniel Kramer was at the helm for the musical’s world premiere in Melbourne, Australia in June 2013. View Comments Marsha Norman(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
Russell Hornsby & Viola Davis in ‘Fences'(Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) View Comments Russell Hornsby is no stranger to the work of August Wilson; in addition to the 2010 revival of Fences, he’s appeared off-Broadway in King Hedley II and Jitney. Now, he’s taking the playwright’s work to the screen as he reprises his performance as Lyons in the film adaptation of Fences, in theaters on December 25. Among his co-stars are four returning faces from the 2010 Broadway production, including Denzel Washington (who also directed the movie) and Viola Davis. Broadway.com recently sat down with the stage and screen alum to discuss his return to the classic, this time with Washington at the helm.How did Denzel Washington reassembling the majority of the revival cast come about?It was important to him that we keep the band together—that the same band plays the same music. He didn’t want to have a learning curve. And with him doing double duty of acting and directing, you don’t want to have to hold anybody’s hand. So everybody was ready and knew their part.So once you were back together, it was like riding a bike?Absolutely. We got right back into it. When you embody any character of August Wilson’s, the experience stays with you for a lifetime. It never leaves. The characters are so three-dimensional; it stays in your bloodstream.How did the dynamic between the five of you change or evolve since 2010?It had evolved because we had evolved as people. When we did the play, I was only married for two years, but now I’m married for eight and have a newborn son. Viola Davis at the time did not have a child, and now she has a six-year-old. She’s evolved; she’s settled down. Everybody can appreciate what Denzel would call “The Love Movement.” That love becomes more impactful as you go on the journey. The first thing Denzel said when we got to the table read was, “Let’s always remember the love.”Were there any particular moments in the play that Denzel made you consider in a new light?That final scene between me and Jovan Adepo, who plays Cory. I could not get through that during rehearsal without weeping. As the actor, you’re thinking, “I’ll use this.” But you haven’t done the work to use it; you don’t even know why you’re crying. So we get to that moment on the day of shooting, and I’m dry as a bone. I wasn’t getting it, so we went to break for lunch. We’re getting ready to start shooting again, and Denzel says to me, “Take care of your brother.” That’s all he said. That impacted the scene like you wouldn’t believe. I was too busy being selfish about what I needed my result to be instead of taking care of my scene partner—my brother. That’s a moment I’ll never forget. It reminded me of what this work is about. It’s a sense of ministry to take our experience and lift people up.The film shot in Pittsburgh—a city that’s almost its own character in August Wilson’s work. Did being on location inform your approach in any new ways?I became so familiar with Pittsburgh through his work. The Brady Street Bridge, Squirrel Hill, hearing all these neighborhoods, street names, restaurants. Then I got to go back to those places and see them. It gets into your system. It feels familiar, so it feels like home. It’s like when you go back to your mom’s house. You suddenly know where everything is.How would you describe Lyons’ place in his family and in the story?He represents that first moment of conflict for Troy. There’s an interesting line that August put in there. He’s trying to get ten dollars from his father, and he says, “I don’t criticize you and how you live.” It’s subtle, but he’s letting Troy know that what he’s doing outside his home is not a secret. Their relationship is fractured, so Troy starts another life without completing the relationship that’s here. Lyons is trying to reach out to his father and say “Love me. I matter.” He’s trying to find a way in. The ritual of coming by every other Friday to see his dad is something he can look forward to. And yeah, maybe get some money from his father for what he didn’t get.There’s also tension because of Lyons’ choice to pursue his dream. He has that line, “I stay with my music because that’s the only way I can find to live in the world.” There’s a similar quote from Howard Thurman: “Ask yourself what make you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”Right. And it’s important to be a person of passion and to believe in something. That’s what August Wilson is trying to say through Lyons: “Don’t diminish my light because yours got diminished.” Lyons and Troy both have dreams that got deferred through life’s circumstances. Troy tried to play baseball; Lyons wants to play music.Why does this story need to be told in 2016?Since the play’s inception, it needed to be told. This is an African American family. We’re living with their culture, but it’s human behavior. We’re talking about family, ego, love, resentment, all of those things that are human. These issues were here yesterday and they’ll be here today, and they’ll be here tomorrow. We need to look at a mirror and say, “My God. I need to better communicate with my family or friends. I need to be a better human being.” You take out the racial issues, and it’s still a universal story.Denzel has been tapped to bring all of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle to the screen. Are there any roles or titles you want him to keep you in mind for?I would go a happy man if I had the honor of doing King Hedley II. I was fortunate enough to do the off-Broadway revival in 2007. You’re talking about a man walking around with a scar, scarred by life, who has been told he doesn’t count or matter. We’re dealing with those elements today in our community. People who are serving jail time and coming out and hearing, “You don’t count anymore.” August speaks to that and how to redeem yourself from the inside, not just looking at redemption from society. It’s one of the more under-produced plays, but it deserves to be seen.