Image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. 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) ALBANY — Under a new directive issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, local governments could face a $10,000 per day fine for not strongly enforcing his executive orders or Department of Health emergency regulations.Cuomo issued a statement late Friday requiring all local governments in COVID-19 “hot spots” to establish a framework for reporting their enforcement activities and setting specific consequences for failure to enforce the State Department of Health Emergency Regulations and the Governor’s Executive Orders related to social distancing, mask compliance, and capacity limitations.If local governments do not enforce these legally binding requirements, they will be in violation of the order and can be subject to fines, Cuomo warned. “The Commissioner of Health will issue a Section 16 order to the local governments advising them that they have to step up the compliance, that it is the law and if the local governments don’t step up the compliance, they will actually be in violation of the law and they can be fined. I have asked the local governments many times to actually do the compliance,” Cuomo said. “Compliance is not public education—it is enforcement. People know what the rules are and they’ve heard them every day. Local governments have to do enforcement. Whether or not it fits with their political agenda really is pointless. It’s the law and their job is to enforce the law.”Failure to adhere to the order can result in penalties of up to $10,000 per day, pursuant to Section 12-b of the state Public Health Law.
If you missed Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love on PBS, you can catch up with this fascinating new documentary via iTunes (available now) and on DVD and digital download directly from the filmmakers (www.marvinhamlischmovie.com) on January 14. The DVD will include a 17-minute-long extra feature “Marvin Hamlisch and Ed Kleban: A Beautiful Collaboration,” and Broadway.com has an exclusive audio clip of the Chorus Line composer and lyricist performing their achingly beautiful ballad “At the Ballet” for director Michael Bennett at the show’s first workshop. Click below to savor the moment, click here to read documentary director Dori Berinstein’s reflections Hamlisch, and don’t miss What He Did for Love. View Comments
Marla Mindelle She is breathless with a wild anticipation of adventure and excitement! We couldn’t be more excited to see Tony nominee Laura Osnes take the stage in the off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera, but boy are we sad to see her leave her glass slippers behind. The stunning leading lady took the stage as Ella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella for the last time on January 26 and posted a photo of her final bow on Twitter, adding, “If there’s one thing that’s impossible, it’s having to say goodbye.” The star cuddled up to Santino Fontana, Marla Mindelle and Harriet Harris, who along with Greg Hildreth are also departing the production. Be on the look out for some additions to the kingdom in the coming weeks, including Carly Rae Jepsen as Ella and Fran Drescher as Madame. Cheers, Laura and Santino! You say goodbye, away you fly, but on your lips you’ll keep a kiss! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Harriet Harris Cinderella Laura Osnes View All (4) Star Files Santino Fontana
Audra McDonald stopped by The Late Show on June 11 to chat with host David Letterman about everything from her Tony-winning turn as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill to passing out on stage. Wait, what? Turns out the six-time Tony winner didn’t always tread the boards so sure-footedly, although she’s “fortunately gotten over that now.” We’ll say! Find out all this and, touchingly, why McDonald is “so very grateful to my grandmother” for helping her performance as Holiday below, then check out the newly extended play at Circle in the Square. Star Files Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Audra McDonald Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments
It’s a privilege to pee in the West End! The critically acclaimed U.K. premiere production of Urinetown The Musical will transfer to the West End’s Apollo Theatre. The Jamie Lloyd-helmed tuner, which played London’s St. James Theatre earlier this year, will begin performances on September 29. View Comments Featuring music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and a book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, Urinetown is set in a futuristic city where a corporation owns all the toilets, so citizens must pay for their use. Aggravated by this arrangement, Bobby Strong organizes an uprising against Urine Good Company, a main holder of toilets, and its president Caldwell B. Cladwell. When things intensify, Hope Cladwell, the boss’ daughter, must choose between Bobby and her father. Urinetown ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2004 and won Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction. The production premiered at the St. James Theatre with a cast that included Marc Elliott (Eastenders), Richard Fleeshman (Ghost the Musical), Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George) and Simon Paisley Day. Casting for the West End transfer will be announced at a later date.
Dreyfuss has also been seen on the Main Stem in Hair and would join multiple Broadway alums on Glee including Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Darren Criss and Jane Lynch. Looks like Glee is admitting another Broadway baby into the club. Laura Dreyfuss, who starred as the Girl in Once on the Great White Way, may be joining the cast for the final season. According to wetpaint.com she’ll play a Cheerio called Madison, who has a twin brother, Mason. The sixth season of Ryan Murphy’s hit Fox show will air in 2015. View Comments
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed over the weekend and today. Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal’s Rent Reunion Original Rent stars Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal recently reunited at a Guidance Center of Westchester event. Check out the pair below singing “Seasons of Love,” then go see Rapp in person at the Richard Rodgers in If/Then, opposite a certain other Rent alum…. Kathleen & Rob Marshall’s Family Affair Forget about rivalry between these siblings! The New York Pops will celebrate its 32nd birthday on May 4, 2015, with a gala evening honoring three-time Tony-winning director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall and her big brother, Oscar-nominated director-choreographer Rob Marshall. The lineup of stage and screen stars for the Carnegie Hall concert will be announced later. Music direction will be by Steven Reineke. Go Backstage at On the Town Want to know what it’s like on and off stage at On the Town? Check out the video below of The Today Show going behind the scenes at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre. Our take-away in the (unlikely) event we ever tread the boards: “don’t look down, look out.” Cristin Milioti’s A to Z Canceled Once Tony nominee and former How I Met Your Mother star Cristin Milioti’s new TV show A to Z has been canceled by NBC. According to Deadline, all the originally ordered 13-episodes will air, but the series won’t be renewed. Come back to Broadway, Cristin, we miss you! View Comments Uma Thurman Replaces Mary Louise-Parker in The Slap Oscar nominee—and Smash star—Uma Thurman has stepped in for Mary Louise-Parker in NBC’s miniseries The Slap. Variety reports that the switch happened because Parker is getting over pneumonia. We wish the Tony winner a speedy recovery.
Who is the best friend you met while shooting The Last Five Years? I met a lot of great people, but it’s a tie. Richard LaGravenese, who was the director and adaptor, was incredibly collaborative and helped me to feel like I really was a part of this movie. Georgia Stitt, who was our musical director, is just an amazing person and I loved being around her. And then Kurt Deutsch, who was our producer and produced the album. He’s helped me a lot with my own music, so that’s been great. What is your favorite memory of working with Anna Kendrick? After we shot “If I Didn’t Believe In You,” which was towards the end of the run. Anna was kind of quiet and we got along great, but we just didn’t have enough time together to get really close. But after we finished shooting that scene, we came together and shared a really big hug, and it was a tender connection moment. It meant a lot to me. Which Valentine’s Day movie is the best to take a date to? This is the one, clearly. If you have a great relationship, The Last Five Years strengthens it. If you have a crappy relationship, then it makes you look at all the crappy stuff that’s going on and take a second look at it. Ditch that zero and find yourself a hero! See The Last Five Years in theaters and on demand February 13. Which scene were you most excited to see on the big screen? The most surprising scene for me was “The Schmuel Song.” We had no idea how it was gonna turn out. We threw it together at the last minute, but we put a lot of heart into it and it turned into one of the best moments. What was the worst filming location? We were in Harlem, that’s where our apartment location was, and we had a problem on the last week of shooting. We had all our stuff out on the street, and during a lunch break, somebody didn’t lock the costume truck. A thief opened the truck, grabbed a giant armload of costumes and ran off with them. And they were all mine. I lost about 90 percent of my costumes and it was pretty horrible. Plus, I was planning on stealing some of those pants myself! What was the best filming location? Staten Island! Who goes to Staten Island? But we were filming our “Summer in Ohio” stuff—all of our Ohio things were filmed on Staten Island—at this beautiful lake lodge. There’s a Boy Scout camp there and they have this beautiful lake and a pier, it was gorgeous. It was fun and we went fishing! What was the easiest song to sing? Vocally, “Goodbye Until Tomorrow / I Can Never Rescue You.” That was vocally the easiest. Although emotionally? Not so much. What is your favorite line in The Last Five Years? For me, the line “If I didn’t believe in you I wouldn’t have loved you at all” is my favorite. It holds a lot of personal meaning to me. Before I met my wife [Ashley Spencer], I’d tell myself that I had to find the perfect woman. But there is no such thing as perfection and all you have to do is believe in someone. When you find that person, that you can’t help but no matter what believe in them and love them and always go back to them, then that’s the person that you love for the rest of your life. And if you don’t find that, then it’s not really the best that it could possibly be. What was the toughest song to sing? Oh man. “The Schmuel Song,” just because of the theatricality of it. I was constantly out of breath and it was 95 degrees inside that apartment during the summer, and I was wearing a Christmas sweater and props everywhere. It was a pain in the butt. View Comments Which scene were you nervous to watch on the big screen? Any scene that I’m in, because I just look at myself and cringe and say, “Is that what I really look like? That’s unfortunate.” Which scene was your favorite to shoot? The “Shiksa Goddess” scene. It was so random and silly and stupid and fun. When we threw open the doors and all my past girlfriends were there, and it was so silly and weird with the making out and stumbling, it was a chance to have fun and be silly and youthful. I don’t usually get to do a lot of that kind of stuff. Which scene took you the longest to film? The “A Miracle Would Happen” scene. We had to film that one over the course of the shoot because we were in a bunch of different locations. After playing “Moving Too Fast” on a loop and eating our weight in prosciutto, The Last Five Years movie is finally, officially hitting the big screen on February 13, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick. (And if movie theaters aren’t your thing, it’s available on demand, too!) To celebrate the release, we asked Jordan, who plays on-the-rise author Jamie, 12 questions about the movie we were dying to know, including what song was “a pain in the butt” to shoot and which costume he wanted to steal.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 View Comments Peck previously appeared on Broadway previously as Gracie Shinn in The Music Man. Her regional credits include Young Marie in Susan Stroman’s Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center. Her film credits include Ballet 422, A Time for Dancing, Geppetto, Donnie Darko and more. In addition to Fairchild, On the Town stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Rupert, Allison Guinn, Phillip Boykin and Stephen DeRosa. While Fairchild is on vacation, Peck will play the role at the following performances: March 3 at 7pm, March 4 at 2pm and 8pm, March 14 at 2pm and 8pm, and March 15 at 3pm. Related Shows Love-struck sailor Gabey will have his eye on new Miss Turnstiles this March. New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck is stepping into the role of Ivy Smith in On the Town for six performances only. Peck (who is married to An American in Paris leading man Robert Fairchild) is filling in for her sister-in-law, fellow New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild. On the Town
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broderick’s B’way SurpriseTony winners Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford are currently headlining Broadway’s Sylvia, and the pair stopped by The Today Show on December 17 to chat about playing a man and his best friend. Broderick was somewhat taken aback when the hosts informed him that the production was his twelfth on the Main Stem, but with his usual deadpan demeanor remarked his frequent appearances were only because it gave him “something to do.” Check out the video below and then the show, which is running at the Cort Theatre through January 3, 2016. Jimmy Buffett Tuner In The WorksLooks like Parrotheads will be able to experience Margaritaville at the theater!?! A new musical featuring the songs and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett is being developed for the stage. Directed by Christopher Ashley, with an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, a world premiere production is expected to bow in 2017.Becoming Mike Nichols to Air on HBOMark your calendars—Becoming Mike Nichols, an intimate documentary portrait of the legendary director in his final filmed appearance, will debut on February 22, 2016 on HBO after making its world premiere at Sundance. Taped just four months before the beloved EGOT winner died, Nichols opened up to his close friend and colleague, fellow theater director Jack O’Brien, about the storied beginnings of his career, including his comedy collaboration with Elaine May, his direction of two Neil Simon stage classics, as well as his acclaimed feature-film debut, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and its follow-up, The Graduate. Definitely not one to be missed.Stage Faves Face Mean TweetsJimmy Kimmel Live’s “Mean Tweets” is always hysterical and in the most recent installment, a slew of Great White Way faves took part. Check out below as two-time Tony winner Viola Davis, five-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Daniel Radcliffe, Sarah Paulson, Julianna Margulies and more bravely battle through some truly terrible tweets. Trolls, you should be ashamed of yourselves! View Comments