State Leaders Clarify Theater Reopening, Chautauqua County Not Eligible

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) WNY News Now Image.ALBANY – New York State officials are clarifying where movie theaters can reopen around the state and now say Chautauqua County is not currently eligible to reopen them.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday morning that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under new state guidance starting Friday.However, following his live press briefing, his office clarified that Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties cannot reopen theaters.“Movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen,” said Cuomo. “This is outside of New York City in areas that have infection rates below 2 percent on a 14-day average and have no cluster zones.” Cuomo’s Office did not explain why the counties are not included in the reopening. WNY News Now has reached out to Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel who is working to learn why.The Governor recently introduced a new inactive to combat COVID-19 clusters, dubbed the Cluster Action Initiative.Cuomo says the positivity rate for test results reported in clusters statewide on Friday was 4.34 percent, down from 4.84 the day before.Outside of the NYC area, his office has not defined what areas are included as the clusters.Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, the Governor says, 4,305 test results were reported Friday, yielding 187 positives or a 4.34 percent positivity rate.In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 155,667 test results were reported, yielding 1,597 positives or a 1.02 percent positivity rate.The state’s overall positivity rate is 1.11 percent with focus areas included.last_img read more

Cattaraugus County Reports Three New COVID-19 Deaths On Monday

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) CDC Stock Image.LITTLE VALLEY – Three new deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported in Cattaraugus County on Monday afternoon.The County Health Department says the deaths involved a 70-year-old man, a 84-year-old man and a 89-year-old woman.The three, health leaders say, developed respiratory failure and were unable to overcome their illness despite aggressive medical treatment.Since the outbreak began there have been 53 deaths linked to the virus in Cattaraugus County. In the county’s latest COVID-19 update, 19 new cases were reported with 477 active.Of the cases, 42 are hospitalized. The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is 10.2 percent.To date there have been 2,664 COVID-19 cases in the county with 2,135 recovering.last_img read more

Watch Kristin Chenoweth Bring a ‘Smile’ to Jay Leno’s Face on The Tonight Show

first_img Star Files Smile to hide every trace of sadness! Broadway fave and Glee guest star Kristin Chenoweth made an appearance January 16 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. “The girl with the cute hair cut” sang the standard “Smile” directly to Leno breaking to say, “Now you know Charlie Chaplin wrote that song but tonight, Jay, I sing it for you, the great comedian of our time. Yes, I can’t imagine leaving this show without leaving you with this song.” Leno, who has hosted the late night talk show for over 20 years, is set to sign off the air for his final episode on February 6. Chenoweth will return to Glee for its special two-part 100th episode on March 18 and 25. Check out the video below to see Leno visibly moved by Chenoweth’s rousing rendition of this great American classic and the Tony winner talking her love life and also that she “cut some of her brains off with her hair!” Smile, what’s the use of crying?! View Commentscenter_img Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy Set for First New York Revival Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Durang’s credits include the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A History of the American Film, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Miss Witherspoon. View Comments Beyond Therapy premiered off-Broadway in 1981. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the cast included Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Collins and Jim Borrell. The 1982 Broadway production, directed by John Madden, starred Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow. In 1987, Durang adapted the play for the screen with director Robert Altman. The film version starred Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson and Tom Conti. Tony nominee Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy is set for its first New York revival off-Broadway. Directed by Scott Alan Evans, the comedy will begin performances at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row on March 11, with opening night set for March 25. Beyond Therapy will play a limited engagement through April 19 and tickets are now available. In Beyond Therapy, life can be crazy. Therapy can help? Prudence and Bruce are two urbanites seeking romance with the help of their psychiatrists, each of whom suggests the patients try personal ads. Discovering that the therapists may be more disturbed than Prudence and Bruce, complications ensue. The comedy is about the search for a meaningful relationship in an insane world and may provide the best therapy of all—laughter.center_img Beyond Therapy The Beyond Therapy creative team includes sets by Tom Cariello, costumes by Kim Krumm Sorenson, lights by Mary Louise Geiger and sound by Jill BC DuBoff. Beyond Therapy will star Mark Alhadeff (Venus in Fur), Cynthia Darlow (Lovers), Jeffrey C. Hawkins (Three Men on a Horse), Liv Rooth (All in the Timing), Karl Kenzler (Mary Poppins) and Michael Schantz (The Matchmaker).  Show Closed This production ended its run on April 19, 2014last_img read more

Les Miz Stars Light Up Times Square with ‘One Day More’

first_img Related Shows Les Miserables Wake up, sleepyhead! No, you don’t need a triple venti anything, you just need to see the stars of the new Broadway revival of Les Miserables do their thing. So sit back and watch the cast, led by Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson, showing off their golden pipes with the unforgettable anthem “One Day More” in the Times Square studio of Good Morning America. Ah, yes. We hear the people sing! And now we’re thoroughly awake and feel that all is right with the world with Les Miz back on Broadway.  View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

Tyne Daly Reunites with Cagney & Lacey’s Sharon Gless at Mothers and Sons

first_img View Comments Mothers and Sons Related Shows Tony winner Tyne Daly had a very special visitor from her past stop by to see her in Mothers and Sons on June 17—her former Cagney & Lacey partner Sharon Gless! The dynamic duo kicked some serious butt as Manhattan police detectives on the hit ‘80s TV series, and between them, they won the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama for six consecutive years! The two pals reunited backstage at Terrence McNally’s Tony-nominated drama. Check out this Hot Shot of Gless’ visit, then catch Mothers and Sons at the Golden Theatre through June 22. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 22, 2014 Star Files Tyne Dalylast_img read more

Watch B’way Vets in American Horror Story Promo

first_img View Comments Don’t bother, they’re here. And they’re TERRIFYING. Buzzfeed has released a promo spot for the season premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, which takes center ring beginning October 8 on FX. Take a peek if you dare of our first footage of the season, which features a bevy of freaks Broadway vets, including Sarah Paulson giving the twins of Side Show a run for their money, Jessica Lange belting out a number that, unfortunately, probably won’t be “Send in the Clowns,” Death of a Salesman’s apparently freak-obsessed Finn Wittrock and Kathy Bates, who, with that facial hair, could totally replace Spock as Tevye.last_img read more

Sierra Boggess & David Burtka Will Join Tyne Daly in It Shoulda Been You

first_img Tyne Daly David Hyde Pierce Star Files Two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Sierra Boggess and David Burtka will join Tony winners Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris in It Shoulda Been You on the Great White Way. The David Hyde Pierce-helmed musical, which had previously been eyeing a Broadway run in fall 2012 after making its world premiere in 2011 at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse, starring Daly and Harris, will begin performances on March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Opening night is set for April 14.Boggess has appeared on Broadway in The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera and Master Class; her West End credits include her Olivier nominated performance in the Phantom sequel Love Never Dies and Les Miserables. Burtka made his Great White Way debut as Tulsa in the 2003 revival of Gypsy. Other stage credits include The Play About the Baby and The Opposite of Sex. His TV credits include The West Wing, Crossing Jordan and How I Met Your Mother.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after.The cast will also include Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert and Steve Rosen.It Shoulda Been You will feature set design by Anna Louiza, with costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Additional lyrics will be by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall. Sierra Boggess View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 It Shoulda Been You Related Showslast_img read more

Jim Parsons Discusses His Heavenly B’way Return in An Act of God

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015 Jim Parsons is allowing the Man Upstairs to take his form at Studio 54 in An Act of God. The Emmy winner recently sat down with The Today Show’s Willie Geist to discuss his divine return to Broadway and his God-given gifts that have led to this new role. “They picked me particularly for the personality that He had blessed me with,” he quips. “Winning, likeable and I have an off-beat sense of charm.” But enough praise for the actor; the biggest blessing is the chance to be the Heavenly Father for 90 minutes at a time: “Playing God, as strange as this might sound, it’s always a great show.” An Act of God, written by, well, God (and David Javerbaum), opens officially on May 28. Related Shows View Comments An Act of Godlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: David Fincher Working on Fight Club Rock Opera & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. David Fincher Working on Fight Club Rock OperaThe long-in-the-works Fight Club musical may actually make it to the boards. Chuck Palahniuk, who penned the 1996 novel Fight Club, told the WSJ that David “Fincher is so dedicated to producing Fight Club as a rock opera now.” Fincher helmed the Brad Pitt and Edward Norton-led 1999 film adaptation. Apparently the director has been consulting with Julie Taymor (The Lion King) about the stage show, and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is working on a score. However, we still have a while to wait for the story of a secret underground community where men come to fight each other to come to the stage; Palahniuk estimates that “at the earliest it would be two years out.”Colin Donnell Set for NBC’s Chicago MedColin Donnell, who was last seen on Broadway in Violet and is engaged to fellow stage fave Patti Murin, has been tapped for new NBC drama Chicago Med. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there’s no word yet on who Donnell will be playing in the show, which is a spinoff of Chicago Fire and stars Tony nominees Oliver Platt and S. Epatha Merkerson.Ben Whishaw & Bertie Carvel Team Up at AlmeidaIf you’re in London this summer, then this show should be on your radar. Stage and screen star Ben Whishaw, Matilda Tony nominee Bertie Carvel, Kevin Harvey and more will headline Bakkhai at the Almeida Theatre. James Macdonald will direct Anne Carson’s new version of Euripides’ hedonistic tragedy, using three actors and a chorus, echoing the original Ancient Greek performance model. The production will play a limited engagement July 23 through September 19, with opening night set for July 30.Idina Menzel Keeps Her WordIdina Menzel has embarked on her much-buzzed about world tour and she’s making good on her promise to “try and sing the chorus or something in another language” when she belts out “Let It Go.” Check out below the Broadway supernova singing her Frozen anthem in Korean—and getting over a slight flub in the lyrics in the most adorable way. View Comments Idina Menzelcenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more