Listen to Bassey sing the iconic James Bond theme “Goldfinger” at the Academy Awards below! Dulé Hill View Comments Set against a narrative of Langston Hughes’ poetry, After Midnight celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians. The production co-stars Dule Hill and Tony winner Adriane Lenox. Last seen on Broadway in her one-woman show at the Marquis Theatre in 1996, Bassey received a standing ovation for her dazzling medley of James Bond songs at last year’s Academy Awards. She’s best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. After Midnight Adriane Lenox Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 “It is a music lover’s dream to have Miss Bassey on a New York stage once again and [producer] Scott Sanders would love to help make that happen for them,” a spokesperson for After Midnight told Broadway.com. The musical revue, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, currently features Grammy winner K.D. Lang at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Star Files A golden girl knows when it’s time to return to the Great White Way! Shirley Bassey, of “Goldfinger” fame, may soon head back to Broadway as a special guest star in the Duke Ellington musical After Midnight. According to the New York Post, the show’s producers are pursuing Bassey to step in after Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’ engagement ends on March 30. Related Shows
Tony winner and Smash alum Christian Borle is returning to the Peacock Network. According to Deadline, Borle will star in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver. Christian Borle View Comments Penned by Wil Calhoun, the odd couple comedy centers around two polar opposites. Borle will play Dr. Graham Permenter, a control freak whose life becomes inextricably linked with the maverick Leon, played by Jonathan Ryland, after Leon donates a kidney to him. Star Files Borle, who recently appeared in the highly-rated The Sound of Music Live! for NBC, won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher and was nominated for a Tony for Legally Blonde. Additional Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot and Footloose. He will soon be seen in the New York Philharmonic’s forthcoming presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, starring Oscar winner Emma Thompson.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Anne Hathaway’s Circling Off-Broadway Anne Hathaway is eyeing a run at New York’s Public Theater this spring. According to The Daily Mail, the Les Miz Oscar winner is in final negotiations to star in George Brant’s Grounded. Directed and designed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor, the one-woman-show follows a hot shot fighter pilot who is prevented from flying when she becomes pregnant. The play previously ran in New York last year at Walkerspace in TriBeCa, starring Hannah Cabell. Is a Stevie Wonder Tuner Broadway-Bound? It would seem NBC has been bitten by the Broadway bug—the network has announced plans for Freedom Run, a series about the Underground Railroad, which is hoped will be adapted into a Great White Way musical. The TV show will be executive produced by Grammy and Oscar-winning legend Stevie Wonder, who is attached to score the production. We’re sure Main Stem theater owners are just calling to say how much they love him already. Gone Girl’s Carrie Coon Set for Playwrights Horizons Gone Girl and Leftovers’ Carrie Coon is heading off-Broadway. The Tony nominee will appear in the previously announced Placebo at Playwrights Horizons, stepping in for Kristen Connolly. Written by Melissa James Gibson and directed by Daniel Aukin, the production will begin previews on February 20, open on March 16 and run through April 5. Sarah Brightman’s $52 Million Space Ticket Sarah Brightman has laid down $52 million for her return ticket to space! The Guardian reports that Phantom’s original Christine will make her long-awaited visit to the International Space Station on a Russian Soyuz capsule and that she’s already arrived in Russia to begin her training program, although she hasn’t started it yet because she’s got a cold. In nine months she’ll be a real-life starship trooper! Zachary Levi’s a Reborn Hero Broadway alum Zachary Levi has been tapped to appear in NBC’s upcoming event miniseries Heroes Reborn. No word yet on who the former First Date star will play, but the original Heroes series, which aired on the Peacock Network 2006 through 2010, chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities. Heroes Reborn will start airing this summer. View Comments
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016 Time to see if David Mamet was telling the truth when he said his new play “is better than oral sex!” Tickets are now on sale to see the legendary Al Pacino return to Broadway in China Doll. Directed by Pam MacKinnon and co-starring Fran Kranz, the production will begin performances on October 21 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and officially open on November 19.”China Doll is a play about a wealthy man, his young fiancé, and an airplane,” Mamet has been quoted as saying. “The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement, and enjoy himself. He’s in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call…The characters are Mickey Ross, a billionaire; Carson, the assistant, and a telephone. I wrote it for Al. It is better than oral sex.”The production will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and costume design by Jess Goldstein. China Doll Related Shows
View Comments Your nominations for the 2016 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are in and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton garnered a massive 27 nods, breaking Spring Awakening ‘s 2007 record of 21. The revival of Noises Off received the most nominations of any play, with six. Voting will end on May 4 at 5PM ET. Winners will be announced shortly after.Actors are eligible for multiple categories, and School of Rock’s Alex Brightman led the pack with four nods. Meanwhile, screen superstars Keira Knightley (Therese Raquin), Jessica Lange (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Lupita Nyong’o (Eclipsed), Michelle Williams (Blackbird), Jennifer Hudson (The Color Purple) and Saoirse Ronan (The Crucible) all made the shortlist.The Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are the only major theater awards voted on by Broadway’s biggest cheerleaders: the fans. Shortly after its launch in 2000, the editors of Broadway.com realized that the Broadway community was missing an award from the people: the actual theatergoers who fill the seats, root for the stars and keep Broadway alive.Polls are now closed. Thanks for voting!See below for a full list of nominees.Favorite New MusicalAllegianceHamiltonSchool of RockTuck EverlastingWaitressFavorite New PlayAn Act of GodEclipsedThe HumansKing Charles IIIMiseryFavorite Musical RevivalThe Color PurpleFiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeShuffle AlongSpring AwakeningFavorite Play RevivalA View from the BridgeBlackbirdThe CrucibleNoises OffSylviaFavorite Long-Running ShowThe Book of MormonFun HomeLes MiserablesSomething Rotten!WickedFavorite TourA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalThe Book of MormonNewsiesWickedFavorite Leading Actor in a MusicalAlex Brightman, School of RockDanny Burstein, Fiddler on the RoofZachary Levi, She Loves MeLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonLeslie Odom Jr., HamiltonFavorite Leading Actress in a MusicalLaura Benanti, She Loves MeCynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleJessie Mueller, WaitressLea Salonga, AllegiancePhillipa Soo, HamiltonFavorite Leading Actor in a PlayMatthew Broderick, SylviaJeff Daniels, BlackbirdJesse Tyler Ferguson, Fully CommittedJames Earl Jones, The Gin GameJim Parsons, An Act of GodFavorite Leading Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, SylviaKeira Knightley, Therese RaquinJessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into NightLupita Nyong’o, EclipsedMichelle Williams, BlackbirdFavorite Featured Actor in a MusicalDaveed Diggs, HamiltonJonathan Groff, HamiltonChristopher Jackson, HamiltonAndy Mientus, Spring AwakeningAnthony Ramos, HamiltonFavorite Featured Actress in a MusicalSierra Boggess, School of RockRenée Elise Goldsberry, HamiltonJennifer Hudson, The Color PurpleJasmine Cephas Jones, HamiltonKrysta Rodriguez, Spring AwakeningFavorite Featured Actor in a PlayBill Camp, The CrucibleDaniel Davis, Noises OffChristopher Fitzgerald, An Act of GodJohn Gallagher Jr., Long Day’s Journey Into NightRob McClure, Noises OffFavorite Featured Actress in a PlayMegan Hilty, Noises OffJudith Light, Therese RaquinAndrea Martin, Noises OffSaoirse Ronan, The CrucibleJulie White, SylviaFavorite Funny PerformanceAnnaleigh Ashford, SylviaLaura Benanti, She Loves MeAlex Brightman, School of RockDaveed Diggs, HamiltonJonathan Groff, HamiltonFavorite Diva PerformanceJonathan Groff, HamiltonMegan Hilty, Noises OffJennifer Hudson, The Color PurpleJane Krakowski, She Loves MeAudra McDonald, Shuffle AlongFavorite Onstage PairLaura Benanti & Zachary Levi, She Loves MeSierra Boggess & Alex Brightman, School of RockAlex Boniello & Daniel Durant, Spring AwakeningLin-Manuel Miranda & Leslie Odom Jr., HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda & Phillipa Soo, HamiltonFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)Alex Brightman, School of RockDaveed Diggs, HamiltonAustin McKenzie, Spring AwakeningOkieriete Onaodowan, HamiltonAnthony Ramos, HamiltonFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)Cynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleSandra Mae Frank, Spring AwakeningJasmine Cephas Jones, HamiltonJennifer Hudson, The Color PurplePhillipa Soo, HamiltonFavorite Replacement (Male)Alfie Boe, Les MiserablesWayne Brady, Kinky BootsTaye Diggs, Hedwig and the Angry InchRory O’Malley, HamiltonAndrew Rannells, HamiltonFavorite Replacement (Female)Misty Copeland, On the TownMontego Glover, Les MiserablesRebecca Luker, Fun HomeGabriella Pizzollo, Fun HomeRachel Tucker, WickedFavorite New Song“Alexander Hamilton,” Hamilton“My Shot,” Hamilton“The Room Where It Happens,” Hamilton“Satisfied,” Hamilton“The Schuyler Sisters,” HamiltonShows with Multiple NominationsHamilton – 27The Color Purple – 6Noises Off – 6School of Rock – 6She Loves Me – 6Spring Awakening – 6Sylvia – 5An Act of God – 3Blackbird – 3The Crucible – 3Fun Home – 3Les Miserables – 3Wicked – 3Allegiance – 2Eclipsed – 2Fiddler on the Roof – 2Shuffle Along – 2Therese Raquin – 2Waitress – 2Performers with Multiple NominationsAlex Brightman (School of Rock) – 4Laura Benanti (She Loves Me) – 3Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) – 3Jonathan Groff (Hamilton) – 3Jennifer Hudson (The Color Purple) – 3Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) – 3Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) – 3Annaleigh Ashford (Sylvia) – 2Sierra Boggess (School of Rock) – 2Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) – 2Megan Hilty (Noises Off) – 2Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton) – 2Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) – 2Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) – 2Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) – 2 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominees
Michael Luwoye Star Files View Comments Adrienne Walker Michael Luwoye and Members of Broadway Circle Up(Photo: Stina Hamlin/State Media) Ephraim Sykes Poet and Hamilton performer Daniel J. Watts recently partnered with Stina Hamlin, Jonathan Lee, Sasha Hutchings and Ephraim Sykes to send a message through words and song in response to repeated violence and police brutality against black citizens. They assembled a group of over 100 Broadway stars and artists from their own shows and others including The Color Purple, The Lion King and Shuffle Along to sing out for love, anger, resilience and hope. Among the crowd in the touching performance, titled “Broadway Circle Up – This Is How We Shoot Back,” are Tony winner Cynthia Erivo, Kyle Scatliffe, Michael Luwoye, Christopher Jackson, Chester Gregory, L. Steven Taylor, Amber Iman and Adrienne Walker. Take a look at the 360-degree video, which was filmed at the Minskoff Theatre, directed by Hamlin, below. Daniel J. Watts View All (5) L. Steven Taylor
Everybody Related Shows The cast is now set for the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody. The MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient’s new play will feature Obie Award winners David Patrick Kelly (Thérèse Raquin), Marylouise Burke (Fish in the Dark) and Brooke Bloom (Cloud Nine). Performances will begin at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Irene Diamond Stage on January 31; the Lila Neugebauer-helmed production is scheduled to run through March 12. Tickets are now on sale.The cast will also feature Jocelyn Bioh (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Michael Braun (The Crucible), Louis Cancelmi (Blasted), Lilyana Tiare Cornell (Les Misérables), Lakisha Michelle May (Boardwalk Empire) and Chris Perfetti (Cloud Nine).Jacobs-Jenkins’ second play in his Signature Theatre residency is a modern riff on the 15th Century morality play Everyman. In the play, Everybody—a character that is assigned via cast lottery at each performance—travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery.Opening night is set for February 21. The creative team includes scenic designer Laura Jellinek, costume designer Gabriel Berry, lighting designer Matt Frey and sound designer Brandon Wolcott. David Patrick Kelly(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 19, 2017 View Comments
Justice Smith, Aria Graynor & Lucas Hedges in ‘Yen'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments The American premiere of Anna Jordan’s Yen has extended its off-Broadway run. The MCC production, starring Manchester By the Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges, will now play through March 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, instead of the previously announced February 19. The show will go dark on the weekend of the Oscars (February 24 through 26) so that Hedges can attend the ceremony in Los Angeles.Joining Hedges in the Trip Cullman-helmed staging are Ari Graynor, Justice Smith and Stefania LaVie Owen. The production celebrated its opening night on January 30.The play follows Bobbie (Smith) and Hench (Hedges), two teenage siblings living in squalor. They spend their days streaming porn, playing video games and putting up with occasional visits from their mother (Graynor), who’s battling addiction. When their animal-loving neighbor Jenny (Owen) shows up to confront them about their neglected dog Taliban, the boys are thrown into a world far beyond what they know. Related Shows Yen Show Closed This production ended its run on March 4, 2017
The unusually cold late-fall and early-winter weather figures to kill off a lot ofoverwintering insects.But bug-busting freezes may be more of a mixed blessing for farmers and homeownersalike nowadays, said David Jones, an entomologist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService.”Any insects that overwinter as adults are definitely hurt by freezingweather,” Jones said.”We had a mild winter last year and some very high insect populations during thegrowing season,” Jones said. “So overall, the below-normal temperatures shouldhelp us.”The biggest losers among insect pests may be stinkbugs, a serious pest of cotton, cornand soybeans, which all figure to be important crops in Georgia this year.”I’m convinced that stinkbugs are going to be a serious pest in cotton,”Jones said. “But they overwinter as adults, and they should definitely be hurt by thecold this winter.”The bad news for cotton growers is that bollworms, which overwinter as pupae in thesoil, aren’t normally hurt by freezing weather.”They’re not hurt unless the farmer tills the field during the winter, bringing upthe pupae and exposing them to the cold,” Jones said. “Farmers use to do that,but they don’t do it much anymore.”Making the news about bollworms even worse is that many beneficial insects, which helpcontrol the bollworm populations, overwinter as adults and will likely enter the nextgrowing season with reduced numbers.Bollworms are actually two species of caterpillars, corn earworms and tobacco budworms.And with corn acreage predicted to be much higher this year (because of good corn prices),Jones figures many more corn earworms could be coming out of corn into cotton during theseason.”Cotton growers are going to have to watch carefully for bollworms,” Jonessaid.Many cotton growers will be planting Bt cotton, a genetically engineered variety thatacts as its own insecticide against bollworms. But Jones said these farmers need tocontinue to scout their cotton carefully for secondary insect pests.Beet armyworms, which devastated areas of Texas cotton and seriously damaged someGeorgia fields last year, generally overwinter in tropical climates and could be laterarriving in Georgia because of the cold winter, Jones said.But homeowners who are counting on the hard winter to knock back numbers of fire antsmay be disappointed.”Fire ants have become acclimatized to Georgia,” he said. “When thesefreezes come, they just go deeper into the soil to survive. Mole crickets will do that,too.”Jones said the severity of farmers’ insect problems this year will depend on more thanthe cold we’ve already had.”A lot of things influence insect populations,” he said. “Dry weatherhurts farmers more than anything with insects. But overall, I think a hard winter helps usout.”
There is no better time than the present to grab a new tree for your yard, school, parkor street. Many deserving open spaces could use the shade and beauty trees provide.In early spring, many people become anxious to run their fingers through the soil andsee all the living things come out of dormancy.Spring is a great time to get out and look at your natural surroundings, framed andshaded by trees. Almost everyone’s quality-of-life could be improved by planting trees.The old adage remains true today that the first outdoor gardening of the season is treeplanting. Tree planting is an optimistic, life-affirming action of long-term investment weall need. Plant a tree with your children or your neighbor’s children.Which tree should you plant?Every spring many guides and lists catalog new, old, exotic and native trees. They comein most shapes, sizes and temperaments. A number of trees will fit any available site.Pick one out and plant it!If a site has limited overhead growing space, use a small tree. If you have only aplanting site in a narrow spot, use a tree with a slim, upright form.Every tree has a set of attributes that helps it survive. Match the biology of the treeto an appropriate site. Don’t randomly, or without consideration, plop any tree onto anysite.All trees have unique features, as well as traits in common, that provide a variety ofvalues to a site. Depending on your objectives, many trees can generate the desiredresults. Don’t be concerned if you can’t find that one specific tree for a specific spot.There are many great trees.When buying a tree, go to your local tree nursery or garden center. Look for a healthy,structurally sound tree with a large root ball or root area.Remember, for trees to get establishment quickly and start growing well, a large,well-tended root mass is essential.Because of the potential for bark damage in spring, don’t handle or lift the tree bythe stem. Always lift a young tree by the root mass or container.Make sure the tree roots don’t get too warm or dry before you plant it. Too much waterwill damage the tree, too.Some people feel spring in their bones and head off to the woods to steal baby treesfrom their family groups. When they do, they bring home poor quality, pest-infected trees,spoil their landscapes and waste their time.Buying a well-cared-for tree from a reputable nursery or garden center is always yourbest investment.Which tree you plant is not as important as ensuring any tree has enough resources tosurvive and thrive.Trees especially need areas with ample open soil surface. The physical space requiredto allow a tree to grow well can’t be minimized if you want a long-lived, high-qualitytree. If all you have is a poor site, in the end all you will get is a poor tree,regardless of what you bought.Soil quality is important to getting the tree off to a good start. Preventing evenminor amounts of soil compaction, using a thin layer of mulch, reducing competition andproviding adequate water and essential elements will help your new tree.Buy a great tree and give it a great site with plenty of room on which to grow.Don’t wait until spring has fully sprung to consider planting a tree. Those open spotsaround your community and in your yard deserve a touch of life.