Rails-To-Trails Advances In Town of Carroll

first_imgShare: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) Photo: PixabayFREWSBURG – Construction of a portion of the ‘Rails-To-Trails’ trail from Main Street in Frewsburg to the state line has been green-lighted, according to Town of Carroll Supervisor Russ Payne.In a statement released on social media, Payne said he was notified by Director Jim Fincher that the state has approved the construction.“Mr. Fincher was excited to report that his firm has been given the necessary permission from the New York State DEC to begin the actual construction on this segment of the Rails-To-Trails project,” Payne said. “Mr. Fincher has secured the cooperation of a contractor who has consented to donate time, equipment and materials to begin this phase of the project.The system could potentially tie into trails into the State of Pennsylvania and thus offering expanded services to residents, tourists and visitors from the Western New York area, Pennsylvania and well beyond, Payne said. In addition, Payne said he reached out to the Jamestown Audubon Sanctuary on Riverside Road in the Town of Kiantone, which has expressed interest in tying into the Rails-To-Trails system.“It is the hope and dream of the Town of Carroll and the Rails-To-Trails organization, that the Town of Kiantone will join with us to help us realize the feasibility of linking the trail in question with the Jamestown Audubon Sanctuary on Riverside Road in the Town of Kiantone to better serve the needs of all citizens, visitors and tourist,” Payne said. “We certainly welcome the input and possible collaborative effort of the Town of Kiantone, to help bring this portion of the project to fruition.”last_img read more

90-Year-Old Dies Following COVID-19 Infection In Chautauqua County

first_imgCDC Image.MAYVILLE – A 90-year-old man with pre-existing conditions has died after contracting COVID-19.The Chautauqua County Health Department reported the death, the 16th since the outbreak started, on Tuesday afternoon.Additionally, county health reported 31 new cases with 159 now active.Of the new cases, seven are in Fredonia, six in Jamestown, three in Dunkirk and Bemus Point, two in Lakewood and Brocton, with one in Sherman, Findley Lake, Frewsburg, Falconer, Silver Creek, Forestville, Panama and Celoron. As of Sunday, there are seven people hospitalized in the county.Since the outbreak started, 1,204 cases have recovered with 1,379 cases total. 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

Playwrights Horizons Announces 2014-15 Season

first_imgPlaywrights Horizons has announced its 2014-15 season. Among the productions will be a new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Bruce Norris, details of which are to be announced in due course. Iowa, the world premiere of a new musical play by Jenny Schwartz (God’s Ear, Somewhere Fun) with music and lyrics by Todd Almond (The Tempest, On the Levee) and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, will be presented at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater March 2015 through May. Mom found her soul-mate on Facebook, and he lives in Iowa. So Becca says goodbye to her beloved math teacher, bulimic best friend, neighborhood pony and her mildly deficient teenage life, and she follows her wayward mother to a new, uncharted beginning. The season will conclude with a new play by Norris (Clybourne Park and The Pain and the Itch, Domesticated), presented at the Mainstage Theatre, beginning May 2015. The world premiere of Pocatello is set to run at the Mainstage Theater November through January 2015. Penned by Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Boise) and directed by Davis McCallum, the bittersweet comedy follows Eddie, who manages an Italian chain restaurant in Pocatello, a small, unexceptional American city that is slowly being paved over with strip malls and franchises. But he can’t serve enough soup, salad and breadstick specials to make his hometown feel like home. The Mainstage Theater will next see the world premiere of Placebo, by Melissa James Gibson (This, What Rhymes with America, Suitcase, the FX series The Americans). Directed by Daniel Aukin, the comedy will run February 2015 through April. A minty green pill—medication or sugar? Louise is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug. As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, more and more these same questions pertain to her life at home.center_img This will be followed by the world premiere of Grand Concourse, a new play by Heidi Schreck (There Are No More Big Secrets, Creature). Directed by Kip Fagan, the show will play at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater October through December 2014. Called to a life of religious service, Shelly is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic teenaged volunteer with mixed intentions, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point. First up will be the New York premiere of Bootycandy, a new play written and directed by Robert O’Hara (In the Continuum, Antebellum), which will run at the Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater from August 22. The satire follows Sutter, who is on an outrageous odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms and even nursing homes. View Commentslast_img read more

See The Lion King Raise the Roof at the White House

first_img Related Shows The Lion King View Comments The Lion King dazzled First Lady Michelle Obama and special guests at the White House on July 18. The stars of the Tony-winning musical’s national tour were on hand as a treat for the 54 children and other special guests attending the “Kids’ State Dinner.” The event honored winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide contest for children to create an original, delicious and healthy kid’s food recipe, from the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Inititaive. Check out the exciting performance and Mrs. Obama’s priceless reaction below. from $75.00last_img

Watch Idina Menzel Receive Billboard Women in Music Honor

first_img View Comments On December 12, Broadway star and Frozen queen Idina Menzel received the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Awards. Check out her heartfelt acceptance speech below. “I have yearned for so long to be accepted by the people in this room,” she says, “never realizing that until I could finally surrender and just sing music that I love…this moment right here and right now would never happen.” It’s been a huge year for the If/Then star, but, according to Menzel, “It’s simply a personal breakthrough for me. It’s the irony of being given a song all about accepting who you are and unleashing your power.” If you’re not teary-eyed yet, take a look at the surprise tribute performance from the BroaderWay Choir, an organization she co-founded that organizes fine arts programming for girls in urban communities. You’ll probably recognize the two tunes. Take it away, ladies! Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

James Snyder & Wife Jacqueline Welcome Baby Girl

first_img View Comments Hey, Kid (again!). Broadway fave James Snyder and his wife Jacqueline Dadon Snyder have welcomed into the family a baby sister for their son Oliver. Willa Emerson Snyder was born on July 27 at 8PM at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, weighing in at a healthy 8lbs 11oz and measuring 21 inches. Mom and baby are doing well.The proud parents tell Broadway.com: “Even though she was a week late, Willa still made curtain, and we are looking forward to introducing her to the world! Judging from the strength of her lungs, she may have a future as a belter!”Snyder recently headlined Ever After at the Paper Mill Playhouse. On the Great White Way he has been seen starring opposite Idina Menzel in If/Then and Cry-Baby. His screen credits include Anna’s Dream, Pretty Persuasion, She’s the Man, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife.last_img read more

Tony Yazbeck & More Assume New Roles in Neverland

first_imgTony Yazbeck in ‘Finding Neverland'(Photo: Carol Rosegg) Star Files Some familiar faces are flying back toward the second star to the right. Finding Neverland alums Paul Slade Smith and Dana Costello have assumed the roles of Charles Frohman and Marie Barrie, respectively, in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical. They take over for Marc Kudisch and Teal Wicks at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Additionally, Tony Yazbeck will return to the role of J.M. Barrie on June 10, stepping in for current star Alfie Boe. The production is set to shutter on August 21.Smith returns to the role of Charles Frohman after temporarily stepping in in April; he also understudied the role while playing Mr. Henshaw. His additional credits include Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera on tour and writing Unnecessary Farce and The Outsider. Before Finding Neverland, Costello appeared on Broadway and on tour in Jekyll & Hyde.Yazbeck, who previously performed a two-month stint as J.M. Barrie earlier this year, received a Tony nomination in 2015 for On the Town. His additional stage credits include Chicago, White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line and Oklahoma! on Broadway and Prince of Broadway in Japan.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.In addition to Smith, Costello and Boe, the current cast includes Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. du Maurier. Related Shows Tony Yazbeckcenter_img View Comments Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

Cynthia Erivo to Star Opposite Viola Davis in Widows

first_imgCynthia Erivo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017center_img Well this is one way to celebrate completing a marathon. The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo will join fellow Tony winner Viola Davis on the big screen for the thriller Widows, Variety reports. 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen will helm the film, which will feature a screenplay by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn.Based on the 1983 British miniseries, the film will follow a group of women who unite to pull off the heist that left their husbands—a group of armed robbers—dead. The original incarnation starred Ann Mitchell, Fiona Hendley, Maureen O’Farrell and Eva Mottley.Erivo will join the project hot off the heels of her Tony-winning performance as Celie in The Color Purple. She’ll take her final bow in the musical when the production closes on January 8, 2017. She has previously appeared on screen in the U.K. series The Tunnel and Mr. Selfridge. Her additional stage credits include I Can’t Sing! in the West End, the U.K. tour of Sister Act and the recent one-night-only concert performance of The Last Five Years.Davis, who won a Tony Award in 2010 for Fences, reprises her performance in the film adaptation of the August Wilson classic later this year. It is set to premiere on December 25. The Color Purplelast_img read more

Finn Wittrock on Tackling Othello, Not Singing in La La Land & More

first_imgDoes being around the words take you back to your childhood, getting up on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts?We never did a production quite like this! [Laughs.] But just to get to listen to the play… Most of us are onstage for the entirety of the show or, when not onstage, not far enough away that we have any choice but to listen to it, so hearing it every night does bring me back to my youth.You shot a new movie of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, didn’t you? Isn’t that also modern?Yes, I’m Demetrius. I don’t know what’s up with that film. It was very cool and modern. Basically the woods of Athens are the woods of Malibu. And the house of Hermia is a Hollywood movie studio. It’s a clever idea and Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe are also in it, so we got to finally do Shakespeare together, which we’d been dying to do. I hope it comes to a theater near you soon!I loved see you pop on screen in the new movie musical La La Land as Emma Stone’s date. But no singing and dancing for you!For everyone’s sake! [Laughs.]What was it like being on the set? That movie has such a fresh energy. It does, I know. I had a scene with Emma Stone that was actually cut out. It was mostly a great opportunity to work with her. During the read-through of the whole script, [director] Damien Chazelle was reading the scene directions and played us songs off a tape and you could tell just by the way he was reading it that he had the whole thing in his head and the concept was already living in his brain. Whenever that happens, it’s a very unique and special thing. I knew it was gonna be great, even when they all weren’t so sure!But bummer that your big musical number wound up on the cutting room floor!Ha! Sure, our big tap dancing, flying on the ceiling scene was cut! [Laughs.] Such is Hollywood. Related Shows Since holding his own as a newcomer opposite powerhouses like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman on Broadway in 2012, Finn Wittrock has enjoyed many well-deserved big moments in Hollywood: an Emmy-nominated turn on American Horror Story: Freak Show (and showy roles on each subsequent season of the FX hit), a part in the SAG Award-nominated ensemble of the indie hit The Big Short and high-profile turns in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the acclaimed HBO film version of The Normal Heart and more. Now, he’s back on the theater scene doing back to back productions of Othello at New York Theater Workshop, which opens December 12 with David Oyelowo as Othello and Daniel Craig as Iago, and the hotly-anticipated The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field and Joe Mantello on Broadway in February. Broadway.com recently caught up with the stage and screen talent to talk about his golden year.Hey Finn! So happy to have you back on the boards this season. It’s nice to see you doing great in Hollywood, but we like to think of you as one of us.In my bones you know I am.I was looking back on your Broadway.com Fresh Face feature during the run of Death of a Salesman. At that time, you said, “I would love to do Shakespeare in New York. You get thirsty to say those words again.” Safe to say the thirst is now quenched?Definitely being quenched. It’s funny—I remember saying that. I’m a big Dandy Mott fan. It’s been so fun to watch you come back every season for American Horror Story and play all these crazy characters opposite so many great stage actors. Is it ridiculous that I dream of a Broadway version that you can all star in together?[Laughs.] You should put that in print because [AHS creator] Ryan Murphy reads everything and he might just have a great idea!Would you be game to do it?Yeah, sure. I’ll bring Dandy to the stage!You were terrific in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Goodman Theatre. So happy to see you doing more Tennessee Williams, playing the Gentleman Caller in the upcoming Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie. Again, with Sam Gold directing!Yeah, it’s my year with Sam Gold. My golden year! You know, were actually at Julliard together. He directed a few plays while I was there and, randomly, he directed our senior showcase! [Laughs.] So it’s been fun to watch his meteoric rise. It’s all come full circle and now I can’t get away from him. This is really a one-two punch doing these back to back. I’ll be rehearsing Glass and then running down to Othello at night. I’ve always wanted to do the Gentleman Caller since I was in school. In my first year of Julliard, I did a scene from it in Richard Feldman’s directing class and I’ve always been enthralled by it. I feel like there’s more to that character than meets the eye or some people think. He’s not a stereotype. And the rest of the play is so magical and so sad so I said, what the hell and decided to do both shows. We did a three-week workshop in July with Sally [Fields], Joe [Mantello] and Madison [Ferris] and, knock on wood, it was magical. The chemistry of all of us together, with Sam and then [producer] Scott Rudin, who’s at the helm. You just know you’re in good hands.So did anyone explain what the big sculpture on the Glass Menagerie poster symbolizes?[Laughs.] I have no idea! I have an idea, but I’ll leave it to your own imagination! Finn Wittrock(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Top photo: Finn Wittrock and Nikki Massoud in Othello (photo by Joan Marcus); American Horror Story: Freak Show photo by Michael Becker/FX.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 The Glass Menagerie I assume doing playing Cassio in director Sam Gold’s Othello with this incredible cast was too good of an offer to pass up.It sure was. It’s never an easy decision to move your whole life and come back to the city you just left a year before, but it really was a project I couldn’t pass up on. This group of people and the chance to do Shakespeare. And to chance to work with Sam—he has a vision that is something exciting to help bring to the world. I’m really happy he brought me on.So what are audiences in for with this new Othello?It’s not your grandfather’s Othello. Tagline. [Laughs.] So far, audiences have been very surprised and shocked and moved at the same time. It’s a modern setting—when you walk in, you’re in some kind of military barracks somewhere in the Middle East. There’s guns, uniforms, video games. But other than that, we’re really just doing the play. It’s very exciting. Sam is very good at making things relevant to the modern audience—visceral, raw and current—but the most important thing is we’re telling the play as written. It’s a big, bold task that Sam is pulling off so it’s really exciting. 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Broadway’s Falsettos Cast Reunites for Performance

first_img View All (5) We know you miss having Falsettos’ tight-knit family on the Great White Way—but don’t break down! The cast recording is available for fans to listen to again and again (and again), and PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center special is on the way. As an added bonus, the company, including scribe William Finn, stars Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, Brandon Uranowitz, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms and Betsy Wolfe reunited at Barnes & Noble on January 27 to perform selections from the score and sign CDs for fans. Take a look at the reunion we’ve all been waiting for, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on when Falsettos is set to come to the small screen. Betsy Wolfe Star Files Stephanie J. Block Christian Borlecenter_img View Comments William Finn, Stephanie J. Block & Christian Borle(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Brandon Uranowitz Tracie Thomslast_img read more