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),Typical lockstep response. 44 confirmed cases?! It’s ridiculous for them to include us with Erie County. Other adjoining counties are already in phase 1. Grow a set. MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel extended the County’s State of Emergency for up to thirty additional days on Thursday due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.Wendel says the extension helps the county qualify for state and federal assistance related to the County’s response to the pandemic.“The Western New York region has not met the Governor’s metrics test for a Phase 1 re-opening,” said Wendel.  “Chautauqua County is still fully subject to the “New York State on PAUSE” executive orders issued by the Governor, and I ask all County citizens and visitors to still “DO THE FIVE” to help stop COVID-19:  (1) HANDS – wash them often; (2) ELBOW – cough into it; (3) FACE – don’t touch it; (4) FEET – stay more than six (6) feet apart; and (5) FEEL SICK? – stay home.”“The County’s COVID-19 Response Team containing the appropriate public health and emergency services officials and staff continues to meet and issue updates to the public daily,” said Chautauqua County Commissioner of Health and Human Services Christine Schuyler.  “We must remain vigilant in all of our efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  If we fail to do so, all of our hard won progress will be lost.” The county reported no new cases of the virus on Thursday. There remain a total of 44 confirmed cases, with seven active, 33 recovered and four deaths.Earlier in the afternoon, Absolut Care of Westfield reported an employee who worked in the senior living facility tested positive for COVID-19. Although, the company did not release when the positive test was identified.The company said since learning of the positive result everyone at the home was tested, and so far, every test has come back negative.last_img read more

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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) PxHere File Image.WASHINGTON – Negotiations are underway to find a compromise to save a COVID-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill.The debate on Coronavirus relief comes as Congress must also pass a $1.4 Trillion spending bill to avoid a shutdown. That measure must be approved by Friday at midnight to fund the federal government until the end of September 2021.Federal lawmakers are hopeful they can also find common ground on a $908 billion compromise relief plan.But, to get to an agreement with Republicans, Democrats may be forced to scrap $160-billion in federal aid to cash-strapped cities and states. And, Republicans may have to give up on liability protections for businesses faced with potential lawsuits during the pandemic.The relief package is expected to include extended unemployment programs for 16 weeks.The proposal would increase federal supplemental unemployment insurance benefits by $300 a week during that time.last_img read more

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first_img View Comments This set is a character in itself, constantly rotating throughout the show. How did you even begin to learn to work with it? It was one of the most thrilling days of my career when we got presented the model box and told about the concept of the set. We’d already been three days into rehearsal and Lindsey had made it clear that we weren’t doing a big production, the point of doing this was to make the play heard. And then she showed us the box. I’ve never known anything like it. It was watching a whole company of people with their jaws on the floor. It’s beautiful and magical and surprising and has great showmanship, but it also genuinely supports what we’re trying to do with the play. The box is like the machine of the play, it’s the life machine and I step on that box at the beginning of the show and I don’t get off it until the end. I’m bracing myself every time it spins. [Laughs.] Helen isn’t just a depressed woman, she’s multifaceted—how did you create the layers of this character? As bizarre as it sounds, a lot of the play happens to her. It would have been wrong for me to say, “OK, she’s got depression, so I’m just gonna play somebody with extreme anxiety and depression, and that’s it.” I think Treadwell has written someone who’s delicate and someone who lacks the imagination of a hero at the center of a drama. She’s not necessarily someone who is always going to commit a murder. She’s an ordinary woman who gets affected by this situation that she’s in. So I keep myself as loose and empty as possible and then just let the rest of the company slowly pummel me with a meat tenderizer, as it were. [Laughs.] American audiences know Rebecca Hall from her rich performances on the big screen, from her Golden Globe-nominated performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona to her action-packed turn in Iron Man 3. But the daughter of legendary director and Royal Shakespeare Company founder Sir Peter Hall has no shortage of stage cred across the pond, including starring roles in her father’s production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession and Sam Mendes’ mountings of The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard. Now, Hall makes her Broadway debut in Machinal, playing a deeply depressed housewife who finds herself dissatisfied with marriage and motherhood. Below, Hall tells Broadway.com why taking on the challenging new role is like getting pummeled “with a meat tenderizer,” recounts her chaotic opening night and more. Machinal Related Shows The set had some fits and starts on opening night and you had to begin the show all over again—what was that night like for you? When it happened, it was horrible for obvious reasons. While they were trying to fix it, Lindsey was very inspiring. She was like, “Well, we could stop, we could all go home, but I feel like this woman has been waiting since 1928 to have her play done again on Broadway.” We all agreed, it seemed that we had to go back. It’s got such a cumulative force, and certainly for me if I start in the middle of it it’s very odd. I’ve only been half pummeled with the meat tenderizer as it were. [Laughs.] I was nervous going on the second time ‘cause I thought, do I have the energy to get through this? But the thing that struck me when I was onstage was wow, I’m actually doing something for the same audience who had just seen me do it an hour ago. I don’t think, ever in my career, that’s happened before. See Hall in Machinal at the American Airlines Theatre.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Why did you pick Machinal to make your Broadway debut? It was a combination of things. I wasn’t looking to do a show on Broadway—that wasn’t the starting point. But this play arrived and I would’ve done it anywhere, and that it happened to be being produced on Broadway was a bonus. It’s such an extraordinary piece of writing and so unusual and still so radical and so polarizing now, which I find fascinating. And [director] Lindsey Turner is a really inspiring and shining presence in theater right now, and I’ve been an admirer of her productions in the past, so I was thrilled that she wanted to work with me. Rebecca Hall Star Files I’m excited to see your new movie Tumbledown—did you choose a light romantic comedy to be your next project on purpose? You hit it on the head, that’s exactly what I wanted to do. I read this script when I was in rehearsals. I was so Machinal, Machinal, Machinal, heavy into it. I said to my agent, “I don’t think I can read anything right now.” And then I found myself needing something to read to get my mind out of this dark and depressing place, and I couldn’t put it down. I thought, “Oh, here we go, this is the tonic at the end of Machinal to stop me from going into a deep crash.” [Laughs.] This’ll be it, this’ll be lovely, and it’s a nice head space to go to and it’s really witty and funny and smart. I haven’t done anything like that for while. Wow, that’s heavy! How do you release this tension you build up throughout the performance? A lot of times [in theater], you come off really excited and full of adrenaline, and that’s often the indicator that it’s gone well. But this one is completely the other way around. If I come offstage like that, I know I haven’t been doing my job properly. If I come offstage subdued and I want to go and sit quietly by myself and stare at a wall, then I know that it’s gone well. [Laughs.] So I usually sit quietly for a little bit and then go get a drink.last_img read more

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first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories from backstage at the Tony Awards tonight. Jessie Mueller Would ‘Hop Over the Pond’ for Beautiful in West End Tony winner Jessie Mueller told Broadway.com that the producers of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical have been looking at taking the musical to the West End and that she would “gladly hop over the Pond for a while” to reprise her role in the hit tuner. “Some Kind of Wonderful” news for London! View Comments A Gentleman’s Guide Will ‘Definitely Happen’ in the West End The Tony-winning team behind A Gentleman’s Guide said that they “intend to bring the show to London” and that “it will definitely happen.” Hedwig Creators Writing ‘Much Weirder’ Sequel A Hedwig and the Angry Inch sequel is in the works. The creators revealed that it will be “much weirder” than Hedwig and based around the concept: “I don’t have any time left.” It will also contain the joke: “Hedwig’s d**k is huge in Japan.” So there we are. Kenny Leon Wants to Direct Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson in Woolf Kenny Leon, who won the Tony for A Raisin in the Sun and is helming the soon to open Holler If Ya Hear Me, wants to direct Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson in, wait for it, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Jackson was last seen on Broadway in 2012’s The Mountaintop. Richardson, of course, is currently appearing in Raisin. Bryan Cranston Reveals He May Appear in All The Way Sequel Robert Schenkkan, who won the Tony for his play All The Way, is writing a follow-up, The Great Society, which is set to premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival later this year. Bryan Cranston, who won the Tony for his portrayal of LBJ in All The Way, revealed that he may reprise the role in the sequel: “Never say never.” Bryan Cranston Mark Rylance Eyeing Broadway’s Belasco Theatre for More Shakespeare Twelfth Night Tony winner Mark Rylance said that he didn’t do his usual poem when picking up his Tony award as “I thought you might be expecting it.” He also said that he’d “very much like to come back to the Belasco with more Shakespeare,” but that they’ve “not decided yet” which play. Star Files Jason Robert Brown Confirms Honeymoon Aiming to Bow on Broadway This Fall Jason Robert Brown, who picked up the Tonys for Best Orchestration and Best Score tonight for Bridges of Madison County, confirmed that his next project is Honeymoon in Vegas and that it is “unofficially coming in, in the fall.” Pending Great White Way theater availability and all those good things. Fingers crossed! Jessie Mueller Mark Rylancelast_img read more

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first_img Related Shows from $75.00 The Lion King Remember that time the Australian cast of The Lion King rocked an airplane and lifted everyone’s travel-weary spirits? Well, the Broadway cast just upped the ante—they gave ‘Life’ to NYC subway riders! The stars of the Broadway blockbuster offered A-train straphangers a gorgeous surprise when they showed off their considerate talents with the show’s opener “Circle of Life.” Watch them sing full-out while casually reading books and wearing headphones. Amazing! View Commentslast_img read more

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first_img View Comments Casting has been set for Dusty, a new multi-media show celebrating the music of 60’s pop icon Dusty Springfield. Written by Kim Weild and Duncan Sibbald with dramaturg Jack Bradley, the production is directed by Chris Cowey. Dusty will begin previews on May 25 and officially open June 3 at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. The world premiere will play a limited engagement through August 22.Ellie Ann-Lowe will play Mary O’Brien, with Francesca Jackson as Nancy, Stewart McCheyne as DJ Dave Dean, Ben Tolley as Johnny Franz, Leo Elso as Dion O’Brien/Tom Springfield, Joe Vetch as Douggie Reece, Joan Walker as Kay O’Brien, Graham Kent as Gerard ‘OB’ O’Brien, Tristan Pate as Vic Billings, Allyson Ava Brown as Martha Reeves, Danielle Kassarata as Maddie and Arabella Rodrigo as Norma. Rounding out the company will be Bex Leung, Cleo Jaeger and Marianna Neofitou.With original music by Dusty Springfield, audiences will see and hear Springfield on stage using 3-D technology and digital media. Dusty follows the highs and lows of Springfield’s rise from middle class suburban London to the recording of her seminal album Dusty in Memphis. Through the eyes of Nancy Jones, one of Dusty’s childhood friends, and other key figures who accompanied her on her journey, Dusty celebrates the life of one of Britain’s most influential recording artists.The production will feature set designs by Phil Lindley, lighting by Eugene O’Connor, choreography by Lyndon Lloyd and sound by Paul Gavin and James Nicholson. Musical direction is by Dean Austin.Another tuner based on the pop legend, Forever Dusty, closed off-Broadway in spring 2013.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Nanny Family Ties is heading from the boob tube to the stage, and the news has got us feeling major nostalgia vibes. Nothing warms the heart or tickles the funny bone quite like a classic family sitcom; who doesn’t absent-mindedly hum “Smelly Cat” or know the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song by heart?  We asked you which classic television faves should get the theater treatment. Cue the laugh tracks, prepare to say “Awwwww” and take a look at your top 10 below! Friends That ’70s Show Bewitched Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Boy Meets Worldcenter_img The Brady Bunch Will & Grace Golden Girls Full House View Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBen Platt & Rachel Bay Jones in the off-Broadway production of ‘Dear Evan Hansen'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Related Shows View Comments Attention Dear Evan Hansen fans! Been listening to “Only Us” and “Waving Through a Window” on repeat? The Benj Pasek and Justin Paul musical will release a cast recording next year. The Atlantic Records album will be available digitally on February 3, 2017 and in stores on February 24.Starring Pitch Perfect fave and Broadway alum Ben Platt, the Broadway musical features a book by Steven Levenson. Directed by Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen is currently in previews at the Music Box Theatre. It is set to open officially on December 4.All his life Evan Hansen has felt invisible. To his peers, to the girl he loves, sometimes even to his own mother. But that was before he wrote the letter—that led to the incident—that started the lie—that ignited a movement—that inspired a community—and changed Evan’s status from the ultimate outsider into the somebody everyone wants to know. But how long can Evan keep his secret? And at what price?The cast of Dear Evan Hansen also includes Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson, Rachel Bay Jones, Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Michael Park, Kristolyn Lloyd and Will Roland.center_img Dear Evan Hansen from $89.00last_img read more

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first_img View Comments Saffron Burrows & Bernadette Peters in ‘Mozart in the Jungle'(Photo courtesy of Amazon) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Mozart in the Jungle Gets Another SeasonMozart in the Jungle has been renewed for a fourth season on Amazon. The eccentric series chronicling the fictional New York Symphony features two-time Tony winner and expert gondola screamer Bernadette Peters, Debra Monk as a brassy oboist and several other stage favorites (including On Your Feet!’s Ana Villafañe in a bizarre blink-and-you-miss-it season three cameo). The new season of the Golden Globe-winning series will premiere later this year, so be sure to finish your binge-watch and practice shouting “Rodrigo!” before then.The Frogs Hops to the U.K.British stage favorites Michael Matus (Peter and the Starcatcher) and George Rae (Grand Hotel) will star in the U.K. premiere of The Frogs. The Stephen Sondheim musical, featuring a book by Burt Shevelove and Nathan Lane, will run from March 14 through April 8 at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. The two will star as Dionysos and Xanthias, the Greek god of wine and drama, and his slave and their journey to the underworld to gather George Bernard Shaw. Grace Wessels will direct the new production.It’s an Awesome Day to be Viola DavisFresh off of last night’s SAG win for her on screen performance in Fences, Viola Davis is set to join Oscar winner Julia Roberts in a movie version of Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things. The story focuses on a nurse in a Connecticut hospital who is not permitted to touch a white supremacist couple’s baby; the same nurse is taken to court by the couple when the child dies. Variety reports that both Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce.Bob Holiday, Broadway’s Superman, Dies at 84Bob Holiday, who starred as the titular hero of It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman on Broadway, has died at the age of 84. He made his Broadway debut in 1959 in Fiorello! prior to appearing in tours of Camelot and Lady in the Dark and the Los Angeles engagement of Promises, Promises. He is survived by his daughter Kelly and son-in-law Joe.Full Casting Announced for Old Vic’s WoyzeckThe cast is now complete for the Old Vic’s production of Woyzeck. In addition to previously announced Star Wars standout John Boyega in the title role, the London staging will feature Olivier winner Nancy Carroll (After the Dance) as Maggie, Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful, The Cripple of Inishman) as Marie, Ben Batt (Shameless) as Andrews and Steffan Rhodri (The Mentalists) as Captain. The production, featuring a new adapted script by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child co-scribe Jack Thorne, will begin performances on May 13, with opening night set for May 23.More Broadway Legal DramaA theater production office is suing two of its partners for fraud in a lawsuit that involves Gary Oldman, Miley Cyrus and more in allegedly non-existent productions. Accoding to Forbes, Starvox Entertainment has filed a suit against June Entertainment and Rubicon Falls Entertainment, claiming the two failed to return investments Starvox had made to cast promised celebrity talent in various productions. The stars stagings in question included Oldman in Sleuth, Cyrus in Grease and Keira Knightly in Wait Until Dark. Starvox was tipped off when they followed up with Knightly’s agent, who claimed the signature purported to be his on a contract was fake.last_img read more

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first_imgAnxious homeowners say Georgia is crawling with snakes this summer. But a University of Georgia wildlife expert says snake numbers are actually much lower in the summer than in the fall.”Snakes tend to mate during the spring or early summer,” said Jeff Jackson, an Extension Service wildlife specialist and a D.B. Warnell School of Forestry professor at UGA. “The young are born or hatched in late August, depending on the species.” “Looking at the food chain and daily survival from predators, we know there are fewer and fewer snakes each day until the annual arrival of new little snakes,” he said. Snakes reproduce only once a year, he said. Most species have a dozen to two dozen offspring. Some lay eggs, while others give birth to their young. Snake eggs are oval, white and rubbery, Jackson said. “The eggs look like lizard and some turtle eggs,” he said. “But the shells are stiffer.” Seeing more snakes during the summer doesn’t mean the population has exploded. “Georgia’s climate is such that you could find snakes year-round if you were an enthusiast,” he said. Most people fear snakes. “Our attitudes toward snakes, for the most part, come from the environments we were raised in,” said Jackson, who played with snakes and other wildlife as a child. “Some people think if they kill a snake, they’re somehow saving the world,” he said. “But this attitude is changing.” Jackson said people who are afraid of snakes usually grab the nearest weapon of destruction when they see one. “If you see a snake, you don’t need a weapon,” he said. “Just stay out of the snake’s way. Be defensive. And watch where you put your hands and feet when you’re outdoors.” He said some people try to find logical reasons to let snakes live. “People always ask ‘What good is it?’ about animals they don’t know or animals they fear,” he said. “They’re out there. They exist. We don’t go hunting for ‘good’ when we see a mockingbird.” Over his 22-year career in wildlife management, Jackson has answered thousands of snake-related phone calls. “People are always asking me what to do when they see a snake in their yard,” he said. “I tell them to do the same thing they do when they see a frog, a turtle or a bird. Do nothing.” Jackson says common sense comes into play when you find a venomous snake near your home. “Doing battle with the snake will put you at a greater risk than walking the other way. But that’s a judgement call,” he said. “A poisonous snake near your home can be an accident waiting to happen. And I’ll admit I’ve turned a few into natural history specimens for my classes.” Jackson suggested arming yourself with knowledge. “Most zoos and nature centers keep a display of local venomous snakes,” he said. “Take a visit with the kids and learn what these snakes look like. Knowledge is power. It’s that basic.” Jackson said relying on a formula (“triangular-headed snakes are poisonous”) can put people and snakes in danger. “If a snake has a triangular head, it has little or nothing to do with whether it’s venomous,” he said. “Plenty of harmless snakes have been killed because they have triangular heads. On the other hand, coral snakes don’t have triangular heads, and they’re highly venomous.” With modern medicine, the fatality rate for snakebites is low. “Of those bitten each year, 99 percent survive,” Jackson said. “Those are great odds. The same number of people are killed each year by uncontrolled pets as by snakebites. Yet dogs are considered man’s best friend.” Of the 39 snake species native to Georgia, he said, only six are venomous.last_img read more

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