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Donations Sought For Family Who Lost Home In Fire

Donations Sought For Family Who Lost Home In Fire

first_imgImage via Falconer Fire Department / Facebook.FALCONER – A GoFundMe page is seeking to raise money for a Village of Falconer family who lost their home in a fire over the weekend.Image via Falconer Fire Department / Facebook.The Falconer Fire Department says on Sunday, just after 2:30 a.m., crews responded a house fire at 217 E. Pearl St.When firefighters first arrived on scene heavy smoke and flames were spotted coming from the second story of the single-family home.The family is now asking for the community’s help. They are seeking donations of clothing for their three-year-old daughter with toddler sizes of T3 and T4. They are also asking for women’s clothing sizes; small shirts, size 8 shoes, size 4 pants and size small/medium scrubs.Donations can be dropped off to the Falconer Fire Department at 6 p.m. Monday night. Monetary donations can also be made to a GoFundMe page. So far, the GoFundMe has raised over $2,000.The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 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)last_img read more

Here We Go Again! Alan Campbell & More Begin Performances in Mamma Mia!

Here We Go Again! Alan Campbell & More Begin Performances in Mamma Mia!

first_imgMamma Mia! here we go again and how could we resist them? Five new stars are joining the cast of the hit Broadway show February 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Tony nominee Alan Campbell, Paul DeBoy and John Hemphill will begin performances as prospective papas Sam Carmichael, Harry Bright and Bill Austin respectively. Meanwhile Elena Ricardo and Jon Jorgenson will take on the roles of young lovers Sophie Sheridan and Sky. The new cast members replace current stars Aaron Lazar as Sam, Graham Rowat as Harry, Daniel Cooney as Bill, Laurie Veldheer as Sophie and Zak Resnick as Sky. Campbell garnered a Tony nomination for Sunset Boulevard and also appeared on Broadway in Contact.  DeBoy makes his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! after playing Harry in the musical’s national tour. Hemphill previously played Sam Carmichael in the Broadway cast of Mamma Mia! Jorgenson makes his Broadway debut in the ABBA tuner after recently graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. After making her Broadway debut in the ensemble, Ricardo also appeared in the Mamma Mia! national tour. The new stars will be joining Judy McLane as Donna Sheridan, Felicia Finley as Tanya, Lauren Cohn as Rosie, Jacob Pinion as Pepper, Thomasina E. Gross as Lisa, Traci Victoria as Ali and Albert Guerzon as Eddie. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 View Comments Mamma Mia! last_img read more

Darren Criss Stars in ‘Already Home’ Music Video by A Great Big World

Darren Criss Stars in ‘Already Home’ Music Video by A Great Big World

first_imgLong distance relationships can be tough, but when you’re that far away from Darren Criss? The agony! The Broadway alum and Glee cutie stars opposite Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr in the new music video for “Already Home” by A Great Big World (a duo consisting of Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino). The tune tells the story of a couple trying to make a long distance relationship work when on opposite coasts. Take a look at the split screen-laden music video featuring Criss below!  Darren Criss Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Craig muMs Grant’s A Sucker Emcee & More for Labyrinth Theater Company’s New Season

Craig muMs Grant’s A Sucker Emcee & More for Labyrinth Theater Company’s New Season

first_img Nice Girl, written by Ross and directed by Mimi O’Donnell, will play in the spring of 2015. In suburban Massachusetts in 1984, 37 year-old Josephine Rosen has a dead end job, still lives with her mother, and has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood. But when a chance flirtation with an old classmate and a new friendship at work give her hope for the possibility of change, she dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes, and begins to take tentative steps towards a new life. The season will kick off in September with A Sucker Emcee, written and performed by muMs Grant, and directed by Jenny Koons. Infused with hip-hop, slam poetry and personal recollections, this one-man show charts the ups and downs of muMs’ journey, from growing up in the Bronx to starring on HBO’s Oz. A life set against the backdrop of the birth of hip-hop, this is the story of man looking for his spotlight and finding it in the most unlikely of places. View Comments Lear deBessonet will helm Thurber’s The Insurgents in early 2015. The play follows Sally Wright, an American wanderer, who has traveled across the country searching for something to believe in, only to find herself home again. Inspired by the lives of some of the most dynamic and controversial figures in American history, The Insurgents examines the lies and injustice that history has handed down to us and the actions people take when they finally decide that enough is enough. Craig muMs Grant’s A Sucker Emcee, along with Lucy Thurber’s The Insurgents and Melissa Ross’ Nice Girl, will all be presented as part of Labyrinth Theater Company’s 2014-15 season. The productions will play at off-Broadway’s Bank Street Theater.last_img read more

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The History of Love Letters

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The History of Love Letters

first_imgNew York City is falling head over heels for A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Thanks to its simple staging, Gurney’s play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has been performed in theater spaces all over the world, from the New York Public Library to Broadway to Carnegie Hall and back again. Put away your iPhone (at least for a minute!) to find out how a touching romance through old-fashioned pen and paper will officially blossom on Broadway beginning September 17, 2014. A.R. Gurney was sick of theater When playwright A.R. Gurney set out to create Love Letters, he initially intended to write a book. “I was thinking, ‘Hell, I’ve had enough of theater for a while,” Gurney told Bomb Magazine. “I sent [Love Letters] to The New Yorker. They sent it right back and said, ‘We don’t publish plays.’” Taking the magazine’s advice, Gurney decided to try rewriting it as a two-person play, where both actors read letters back and forth to one another. In the late ’80s, he was finally ready to perform the piece in front of an audience—but he needed a venue and a leading lady. A new Letter begins In the age of instant communication, iPhones and Twitter, Love Letters is bringing memories of a simpler time to Broadway in 2014, helmed by Tony-winning director Gregory Mosher. The limited engagement includes appearances by Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen. The first celebrity pair in the new revival is Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy, who will reprise the role of Andrew. “[Love Letters] is an extraordinary piece,” Dennehy told Today. “You cannot stage a play more simply than this, and yet it’s about everything in life. First love, loss of opportunities, loss of life, loss of love…It’s a beautiful play, and all you do is speak it.” But there’s two things the play won’t include: “Tweets and twerks,” Dennehy joked. “There are no twerks in this play.” Related Shows View Comments Love spread across the world After 96 performances on Broadway, Love Letters closed on January 21, 1990—but the love affair wasn’t over. From local actors to Alec Baldwin, everyone wanted to perform the sweet and heartbreaking play. Engagements mounted with Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels (2007), Charlton Heston and Jean Simmons (1991), Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones (2007) and The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones (2010). The play was adapted into Urdu and Indian in 1992 and toured throughout Europe, the United States and Pakistan. Next stop, New York City After positive reviews in New England, Gurney and Tillinger teamed up to bring Love Letters to New York City—but instead of finding an empty house, they went after off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre, which already had a production of Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour playing. Gurney recalled, “I told the producers of The Cocktail Hour, ‘Look, you’re paying for this theater. How about on Monday night putting in Love Letters?’” The idea worked, and Love Letters opened March 27, 1989, featuring Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner (Body Heat) and Rubinstein reprising his role. The run was so successful, Love Letters eventually became a full-scale production, playing eight times a week. It premiered at a library Gurney was scheduled to give a speech at the New York Public Library—but instead, armed with his friend and collaborator, actress Holland Taylor and a stack of letters, the pair read Love Letters to the crowd. “We started at 4:00, and I put in an arbitrary intermission at 5:00, saying, ‘Well, I’m sure a lot of you have to go,’” Gurney recalled. “And nobody wanted to leave! So I figured we had something.”center_img TV was a rocky road A decade after premiering on Broadway, the film rights to Love Letters were purchased by producer Martin Starger. Although at first, Gurney didn’t think a play featuring two actors sitting next to one another at desks would translate to film, he agreed to pen a draft of the screenplay—but Columbia, who initially expressed interest, dropped the project. Universal scooped up the script and requested two more rewrites, this time without Gurney. The film eventually sold to ABC and aired on April 12, 1999, featuring Laura Linney and Stephen Weber. The fully realized TV adaptation included costumes, sets and additional characters. “Gurney has ingeniously altered this tender, sentimental drama to fit the new medum,” said Variety. The Great White Way beckoned The production was so popular, it transferred to Broadway’s Edison Theatre on October 31, 1989—the first week featured Robards with Colleen Dewhurst. “[It was] after they threw that nudie show [Oh! Calcutta!] out of there,” Robards explained in Colleen Dewhurst: Her Autobiography. “It took more time to wash the sh*t off the walls than it did to put up the set.” He also noted that something seemed strange about his co-star: “I knew that something was wrong with Colleen, but no one wanted to talk about it,” Robards said. Dewhurst later announced she had cervical cancer. She refused surgical treatment and died a year later. Love Letters Love moved to New Haven John Tillinger, literary consultant for the Long Wharf Theatre, fell in love with the play and offered to direct the premiere at the New Haven, CT theater company. “’It’s theater down to its most simple level, the spoken word,” Tillinger told The New York Times. His vision for the production included two rules: “[The actors] must not look at each other…And they must not memorize; they must read each letter. This play is not about acting it out.” Love Letters opened in 1988, starring Tony winner John Rubinstein (Pippin, Children of a Lesser God) as Andrew and Joanna Gleason (who had recently won a Tony Award for her performance in Into the Woods) as Melissa. Celebrities flocked to the show As word spread about the simple, haunting and emotional off-Broadway show, more A-listers wanted in on the action. “I was at a party and Elaine Stritch came up to me and said, ‘I want to do your blankety-blank play,’” Gurney told Blouin Artinfo. “I didn’t want to tell her she was too old, so I said, ‘Well, who would you get to play it?’ And she said, ‘I’ve already gotten somebody. Jason Robards.’” More than 50 actors of all ages signed on for limited engagements of Love Letters, including Stockard Channing, Swoosie Kurtz, Christopher Walken, Edward Hermann, Joan Van Ark, Christopher Reeve, John Clark and Joseph Sommer. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014last_img read more

Megan Hilty on Bombshell Concert: ‘It’s Going to be Amazing!’

Megan Hilty on Bombshell Concert: ‘It’s Going to be Amazing!’

first_img View Comments Megan Hilty With the Smashing news that Bombshell is heading to the Great White Way for one night only, we’re all eager for more details about the June 8 Actor’s Fund benefit concert at the Minskoff Theatre. Headliner Megan Hilty recently told Broadway.com, “It’s going to be amazing! It’s going to be a great, great, reunion for us.”Joshua Bergasse will co-direct and choreograph the show and Hilty revealed: “I know that Josh is going to start with the dancers in May and then add us as soon as they’re ready.” The score of the fictional musical was penned by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman and is famously demanding—will the real-life Broadway bombshell be given any downtime during the production? “I don’t think so…from the set list it doesn’t look like it so we’ll see if I can actually do it!”We know that Hilty can dig deep! Besides her role on Smash, she is known for starring on Broadway as Glinda in Wicked and Doralee in 9 to 5 as well as TV’s Sean Saves the World. Hilty recently signed on to lead an untitled Judah Miller comedy for ABC, co-starring Marissa Jaret Winokur.Bombshell follows the life of Marilyn Monroe, from her earlier days as Norma Jeane Mortenson to her untimely death at the age of 36. The fight for title role fueled the rivalry between New York newcomer Karen Cartwright and Broadway vet Ivy Lynn, played by Katharine McPhee and Hilty, respectively. McPhee and fellow fellow co-stars from the NBC drama Christian Borle, Will Chase and Debra Messing are all expected to reunite for event, which will be co-directed by Wittman.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Darren Criss Eyeing American Horror Story: Hotel

Darren Criss Eyeing American Horror Story: Hotel

first_imgIt looks like Ryan Murphy is once again tapping Glee alum Darren Criss! The two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner is in negotiations to join FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel. According to E! online, the recent Hedwig headliner will check into the series in the Halloween episode, in a, wait for it, recurring role!Criss would play Justin, a Silver Lake hipster, who attempts to avoid annoying trick or treaters at the establishment. But after Justin and his girlfriend prove high maintenance guests, Kathy Bates’ character plays a trick on them they’ll never forget.Perhaps best known for playing Blaine on Murphy’s Fox series Glee, Criss made his Great White Way debut in 2012 as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role that earned him a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement (he also picked up the same trophy this year for Hedwig). His additional film and TV credits include Girl Most Likely, Eastwick and Little White Lie. In 2010, he released his first EP of original music, titled Human. Criss has recently been filming new movie Smitten! in Italy, and can occasionally be found at Marie’s Crisis belting Disney standards with Tony winner Lea Salonga.Along with Bates and perhaps Criss, a multitude of stage vets have been enlisted for the series. Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Lady Gaga and many more will appear in the show, which is set to bow in October. Darren Criss Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Hot Shot! Catch a First Look at Samantha Barks in New Musical Amelie

Hot Shot! Catch a First Look at Samantha Barks in New Musical Amelie

first_imgWe’ve been excited for the new musical Amelie ever since we first heard about it. After all, the Oscar-nommed movie was the perfect mixture of quirky, lovable and je ne sais quoi. Now we’re getting a first look at the new musical, starring the uber-talented-gorgeous-perfect Samantha Barks in the leading role. The show, which began performances at Berkeley Rep on August 29 and runs through October 4, looks poised for Broadway. And to that we say, “Oui, s’il vous plaît!” See Barks opposite Broadway fave Adam Chanler-Berat below. View Commentslast_img read more

Watch James Corden Star in Phantom…Sort Of

Watch James Corden Star in Phantom…Sort Of

first_img Related Shows from $29.00 View Comments The Phantom of the Opera And we thought that Rafael Nadal was a big phan of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. James Corden recently paid a visit to the touring production of the legendary tuner under the impression that he would be playing his dream role of The Phantom (his “Night time sharpens” will stay with you, we can promise you that). After learning that the musical’s headliner Chris Mann wouldn’t be handing the mask over (despite Corden being a Tony winner, as he didn’t hesitate to point out), The Late Late Show host throws himself into the role of Fop 2. Check out the video below—between the harp, the curtain call and the immortal line backstage: “I need a pastry or something,” we were in stitches.last_img read more

Watch Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler & More Go Sky High in Disaster! Performance

Watch Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler & More Go Sky High in Disaster! Performance

first_imgThe cast of ‘Disaster’ Related Shows Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016center_img Need some hot stuff, baby, this evening? Look no further. The cast of Disaster! stopped by The Today Show this morning to offer up a earthquake/flood/piranha-free taste of the new jukebox musical. Watch Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, star/creator Seth Rudetsky, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Jennifer Simard and more knock out a medley of some of the biggest hits from the ‘70s, including “Hot Stuff,” “Without You,” “Sky High” and “Still the One.” You can catch the glitzy gang at the Nederlander Theatre, where the musical comedy officially opens on March 8. View Commentslast_img read more