MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT WHY WE LOVE IT Let’s be serious. If we lived in the soap opera set that Cleo Laine apparently calls home, we’d be total recluses. But not Cleo. Decked out in her finest leopard print onesie, our favorite Tony-nominated dog serenader takes us on a walking prancing tour of the Big Apple. All while singing a Sondheim tune! And while blatantly disregarding security barricades. There’s children falling on ice. There’s children falling on a playground. There’s just lots of children falling, for some reason. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 300 out of 300 feet (which is about how far she threw that rock at 1:02. Touchdown!) LOOK OUT FOR… 1:57. The sassiest traffic sign in existence. We get it! Everybody and everything says don’t! View Comments We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in!
The cast includes Sterling K. Brown, Louis Cancelmi, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones, Jenny Jules, Ken Marks, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tonye Patano and Julian Rozzell Jr. Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) will extend off-Broadway through November 30; it had originally been set to shutter on November 16. Directed by Jo Bonney, the show officially opened on October 28 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater. Father Comes Home From the Wars consists of three plays performed as one. In Part 1, “A Measure of Man,” Hero, a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, “The Battle in the Wilderness” follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts,” the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return—only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost. Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014
Directed by two of the company’s seven artistic directors, Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila, Séquence 8 premiered in Lyon, France in 2012, and has been produced in 15 countries worldwide. The production marks the company’s first full-length work for New York audiences since 2011’s Traces. View Comments Roll up, roll up to City Center! Séquence 8, the internationally acclaimed nouveau cirque spectacular, will make its New York premiere next spring. The show will begin performances at New York City Center on April 16, 2015 and play through April 26. From the inventive circus company behind Broadway’s Pippin comes Séquence 8, a nouveau cirque show that explores human emotions so intense that they explode into highflying acrobatics. Starring eight performers from the Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers), the emotionally intimate Séquence 8 redefines the meaning of the word “circus” through a unique fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor and propulsive music.
Jacobs and Benjamin join a cast that currently includes Caroline Bowman as Elphaba, Broadway.com vlogger Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. Related Shows Jacobs made her Broadway debut in In the Heights and appeared in the tuner on the road; her additional credits include Into the Woods and High School Musical on tour. Benjamin, along with his previous six-year stint in Wicked, has also appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Torch Song Trilogy, Sophisticated Ladies, Pippin, Charle and Algernon, The Pajama Game, The Wind in the Willows and Damn Yankees. Wicked View Comments The Broadway production of Wicked will welcome one new and one returning face beginning March 10. Arielle Jacobs will take on the role of Nessarose, replacing Catherine Charlebois, and PJ Benjamin will return to play the Wizard, taking over for Tom McGowan. Charlebois and McGowan will play their final performances at the Gershwin Theatre on March 8. from $95.00
David Bowie is co-writing a stage adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth called Lazarus. The icon is working with Tony winner Enda Walsh (Once) on the new piece, which will be directed by Ivo van Hove. It will receive its world premiere later this year as part of New York Theater Workshop’s upcoming season.Lazurus is inspired by the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, the alcoholic alien-turned-inventor portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 cult screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg. The play will feature a mix of old and new songs by Bowie.Bowie will not appear in the production, although he is no stranger to the theater—he made his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man in 1980. Lazarus has reportedly been in development for a number of years. View Comments
View Comments The Ruins of Civilization Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 Tim Daly(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows Tim Daly and more have been tapped for Penelope Skinner’s The Ruins of Civilization. Directed by Leah C. Gardiner, tickets are now available for the world premiere, which will play a limited engagement off-Broadway May 4 through June 5. Opening night is set for May 18 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York City Center—Stage II.Joining Daly (Madam Secretary) as Silver will be Orlagh Cassidy (The Field) as Joy, Rachael Holmes (Ruined) as Dolores and Roxanna Hope (Frost/Nixon) as Maria.From the playwright behind The Village Bike, sometime in the future, Dolores and Silver are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late?The production will feature scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg and original music and sound design by John Gromada.
Welcome to the land of Lola, Aaron C. Finley! The Great White Way alum will begin performances in the Tony-winning Kinky Boots on August 8. Finley is set to take over as Charlie Price from Andy Kelso; the production is playing at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Finley’s Main Stem credits include It Shoulda Been You and Rock of Ages.Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a score by Cyndi Lauper, direction by Jerry Mitchell and a book by Harvey Fierstein. The musical follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from the most unlikely person. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.The Broadway production opened in April 2013 and went on to win six Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.The cast also currently includes Alan Mingo Jr., Shannon O’Boyle, Daniel Stewart Sherman and Marcus Neville. Kinky Boots View Comments Related Shows Aaron C. Finley(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019
Audra McDonald & Mel Brooks(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Robyn Beck/Getty Images) View Comments Tony winners Audra McDonald and Mel Brooks, as well as the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, are among the recipients of the 2015 National Medal of Arts. They will be presented with their honors by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on September 22. The event will be streamed live.McDonald won her history-making sixth Tony Award in 2014 for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill; the mommy-to-be last hit the Broadway stage in Shuffle Along and will appear in the upcoming live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. She is as an active humanitarian as she is a performer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Covenant House.EGOT recipient Brooks won three Tonys in 2001 for adapting his film The Producers for the stage; six years later, a musical version of his comedy Young Frankenstein premiered on Broadway. His myriad films include Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center received the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2010. The Waterford, CT estate discovers and develops new works. Shows to find their footing at the O’Neill include Avenue Q, In the Heights, Fences and [title of show].Also receiving honors at the ceremony are playwright Luis Valdez, playwright and director Moisés Kaufman, Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, composer Philip Glass, Motown legend Berry Gordy, writer Sandra Cisneros, folk musician Santiago Jiménez Jr., choreographer Ralph Lemon and painter Jack Whitten.The National Medal of Arts was created in 1984 to honor artists and patrons of the arts. Recipients are selected by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional members of the Broadway community to have received this honor in previous years include Stephen Sondheim, John Kander, Tony Kushner, Tommy Tune, Mike Nichols, Barbra Streisand, James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaEvery peanut farmer in Georgia has heard of it. And this year, it’s been pretty bad.”Tomato spotted wilt virus has been very severe across the state in peanuts,” said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Not SurprisedThe severity of the disease was not unexpected, he said, because it was bad on tobacco and backyard tomatoes this year, too.Some fields are 100 percent infected, he said, even in peanut varieties that are resistant to the virus. But not all fields have been so severely affected.”I don’t know that this is the most severe we’ve ever seen,” Kemerait said. “But it’s certainly the most severe on peanuts in the past few years.”The virus didn’t treat peanuts too badly last year.”I believe many growers began to think we turned the corner on the disease, so to speak,” he said. “Unfortunately, that was not the case.”ManagementSome growers this year became a little lax in managing the disease and didn’t, or were unable to, follow UGA’s TSWV Risk Index as closely as they might. The index provides guidelines to reduce risk for the virus.And TSWV-resistant peanut varieties, like Georgia Green and C99-R, aren’t totally immune to the virus, especially in years with a lot of it around.”Fortunately, newer, more resistant varieties appear to be on the horizon,” Kemerait said.Those ThripsTSWV is spread by small insects known as thrips. Thrips pass the virus to peanut plants when they feed on them. The virus reproduces and spreads throughout entire plants. In many cases, it dwarfs the plants. Yields can be low or nonexistent if the virus attacks plants early in their growth.UGA scientists have proven that the date on which peanuts are planted has a lot to do with the risk of getting the virus.In the past, planting after May 1 was better. However, this year it appears, at least from preliminary observations, that the key was to plant after May 10.”Peanuts planted before that often, but not always, had more severe TSWV,” he said.Research ContinuesPlant pathology research has found an association between the severity of the virus in peanuts and the severity of TSWV in tobacco and rainfall in the spring. Tobacco is planted before peanuts. “Perhaps, the rainfall in the spring affects some aspect of the insects’ life cycle,” Kemerait said.To stay ahead of this disease, UGA breeders, researchers and other specialists keep looking for varieties with improved resistance. They continue to update the TSWV Risk Index to give the growers information on steps they can take to reduce the impact of the disease.”We’re still growing peanuts and will continue to do so,” Kemerait said.Due to recent tropical storms, the harvest of the Georgia peanut crop is slightly behind the five-year average. As of Sept. 22, only 29 percent of the peanuts had been dug, and only 18 percent had been harvested, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.
University of GeorgiaAnyone can learn about the benefits of conservation tillage at the “Conservation Production Systems Training Conference” Feb. 7-8 at the University of Georgia Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.”The conference is designed for farmers to discuss and learn about conservation tillage systems topics from U.S. Department of Agriculture and UGA personnel and researchers in an interactive setting,” said Gary Hawkins, a UGA Cooperative Extension engineer.Registration is $100, or $200 with lodging. Farmers may be eligible for scholarships before Jan. 23.For more information, call (229) 386-3416. Or go to the Web site (www.ugatiftonconference.org/events.htm).