Increase In New York State Toll Fees Approved, Slated To Take Effect January 1

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) Image by New York State Thruway Authority / YouTube.ALBANY – Starting next year those who travel the New York State Thruway will be paying more in tolls.The Thruway Authority Board of Directors approved an increase in toll rates this week part of the conversion to cashless tolling.Those without an E-ZPass who will now be required to pay by mail will see a 30 percent tolling increase.Additionally, out of out-of-state E-ZPass customers will see an increase of 15 percent. E-ZPass customers who live New York State will not be impacted by the change.last_img read more

Governor Says It Is Up To Residents To Prevent The Next COVID-19 Shutdown

first_imgImage by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — New York State’s Governor says it is up to residents to prevent the next COVID-19 related shutdown.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the comments during a press briefing on Friday.He says, “slow the spread, stop the shutdown.,” is New York’s new mantra.“I also believe New Yorkers can slow the spread, they can flatten the curve, because I’ve seen it,” Cuomo said. “New York has defied all the odds and New Yorkers did it.” He also believes New Yorkers have learned from the spike in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving. But will there be another economic shutdown?“Nobody can answer that question today. They can have opinions. But it is purely up to us because it is up to our actions,” Cuomo said. “There is no destiny here. Destiny is what we make it.”Vaccine distribution is continuing across the state, with 36,800 doses being prepared in Western New York.Cuomo believes that hospitals are ready to deal with an expected surge in hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Right now, in downstate New York, there are 31,000 beds available after a 25% increase in capacity.The Department of Health has said that hospitals must notify the state when they are three weeks from 85% capacity. Right now, no hospital in the state says they are nearing the 85% capacity limit. 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),So how will we know when the vaccine is working, currently there is a 99.7% survival rate unless your over 70….. Will there be a 99.8% survival rate???last_img read more

Holler Star Saul Williams Proves Colbert is Not a Racist

first_img View Comments Stephen Colbert is on a Broadway bender! After having Audra McDonald on to perform a couple of signature tunes from Lady Day, slam poet and Holler If Ya Hear Me star Saul Williams stopped by The Colbert Report on May 1. He discussed his work as a spoken word artist as well as talking about the upcoming tuner, which features the music of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. Williams who, as we learn, did not have to beat out a hologram Tupac for the role, explains that while the musical is not biographical, “the story is now; the music is Tupac.” He continues, saying, “Tupac’s music was made for this.” Take a look at the hilarious interview below, and learn how Colbert “has done more to end racism than Barack Obama.” Related Shows Holler If Ya Hear Me Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img read more

Girls Night Out! Andrew Rannells & Allison Williams Run Wild at Bullets

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 View Comments Zach Braff Will Swenson Andrew Rannells is one busy guy—in addition to playing Hannah’s pal Elijah on HBO’s Girls, he’s also gearing up to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch while filming the new movie The Intern at the same time. But the Tony nominee still somehow found the time to see the toe-tapping musical Bullets Over Broadway with his Girls co-star Allison Williams on July 26. The duo wasn’t the only star to catch the show that night—Will Swenson, who is prepping to star in Bull Durham in Atlanta, GA, was also on hand to see Zach Braff, Nick Cordero and the tap-dancing gangsters in action. Check out these Hot Shots of the star-studded evening, then see Bullets Over Broadway through August 24 at the St. James Theatre. Bullets Over Broadway Andrew Rannells Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Sets B’way Dates

first_img Hamilton Related Shows View Comments from $149.00 Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is officially heading uptown! Although it was at one point speculated that the acclaimed new tuner would transfer to the Great White Way this season, it will instead move this summer, making it eligible for next year’s Tony Awards. The show will complete its run at the Public Theater on May 3 and will begin previews on July 13 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (the Broadway home of Miranda’s 2008 musical In the Heights). Opening night is set for August 6.Miranda, who plays Alexander Hamilton, will be joined by his co-stars Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Casting will be announced at a later date for the role of King George, which is currently played by Something Rotten’s Brian d’Arcy James. d’Arcy James will depart the off-Broadway production on March 1; a replacement for the remainder of the Public Theater run and subsequent Broadway transfer has yet to be confirmed.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.The off-Broadway production began performances at the Public on January 20 and opened officially on February 17. The Broadway-bound cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Jon Rua, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes, Andrew Chappelle, Alysha Deslorieux, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Javier Muñoz, Okieriete Onaodowan and Voltaire Wade-Greene.The musical’s cast album will be recorded this summer; details for its release will be announced later. last_img read more

Tony Poll Results! Fun Home’s Sydney Lucas Delivered the Performance of the Night

first_img3. It Shoulda Been You, “Jenny’s Blues”—13%Here comes the surprise—in an evening chock full of performances from Tony-nominated musicals, 13% of fans voted “Jenny’s Blues” from It Shoulda Been You, a show that got zero nominations, the best number of the evening. Headliner Lisa Howard belted her heart out and brought the house down. Bravo! View Comments One of the best parts of the Tony Awards (aside from the moving speeches and gorgeous red carpet looks) is seeing stage stars perform selections from our favorite Broadway musicals live on national TV. This year’s ceremony was chock full of great performances, including numbers from The King and I, On the Town, Gigi, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland and tons more. We asked you to vote for your favorites—and some of the results are a surprise!center_img 1. Fun Home, “Ring of Keys”—35%In a sea of medleys and flashy dance numbers, Fun Home opted for a more subtle and moving choice. 11-year-old Tony nominee Sydney Lucas commanded the stage as she sang her moving anthem “Ring of Keys,” the song we’ve had stuck in our heads all spring. Although Lucas didn’t end up taking home her first Tony Award, Fun Home won Best Musical, the biggest award of the night. 2. Something Rotten!, “A Musical”—17%In lieu of a traditional opening number, co-hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming passed the baton to Brian d’Arcy James, Brad Oscar and the cast of Something Rotten!, who started off the ceremony with an all-singing, all-dancing spoof of Broadway musicals. Did you find all of the references to Les Miz, A Chorus Line, Annie and more? Let’s watch it again!last_img read more

From Cats to School of Rock! Check Out New Marquee

first_img Related Shows School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Ready to take a trip down “Memory” lane? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical Cats first opened at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in 1982, where it played more than 7,000 performances over 18 years. Now, a new ALW musical is back at the Winter Garden: School of Rock! Directed by Laurence Connor, the adaptation of the hit movie begins performances November 9 and opens officially on December 6, starring Alex Brightman as substitute teacher Dewey Finn and Sierra Boggess as no nonsense headmistress Rosalie Mullins. Check out this Hot Shot of both ALW marquees side-by-side, then follow on Instagram for more snapshots from the Great White Way! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Steven Spielberg Enticed Stark Sands Away From B’way & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Stark Sands Enticed by SpielbergTwo-time Tony nominee Stark Sands (Kinky Boots, Journey’s End) has landed the lead role(s) in Fox’s Minority Report and he’s opening up about what persuaded him to move from Broadway to the small screen. “In particular, knowing that it was a Steven Spielberg property and knowing that he was involved and that it was a really, really cool role,” he told Vanity Fair (that’d do it!). Anything that he misses from the theater? “The immediate gratification of an audience, specifically with Kinky Boots….Sometimes I would sing “Soul of a Man,” which was my big 11 o’clock number, and I could see people in the audience crying with me at the end of that song. And it was just really visceral. So, that doesn’t happen on the job now.” Minority Report is airing on Fox this fall.Lesli Margherita is a BROADOlivier winner and vlogging queen Lesli Margherita is set to premiere her brand new show BROAD at Birdland on November 30 and December 7. The cabaret act will celebrate the controversial women of yesteryear (think Mae West); Margherita can currently be seen as Mona Kent in the Broadway premiere of Dames at Sea. We’re loving all these opportunities to bow down to her.Young Playwrights Cheerleader Sheri M. Goldhirsch DiesSheri M. Goldhirsch, the artistic director of Young Playwrights Inc., which mounts works from playwrights under the age of 18, died on September 22 in New York at the age of 55. According to The New York Times, the ostensible cause of death was liver failure. “She cultivated several generations of American playwrights,” said dramatist David Henry Hwang. “For so many of them, she was the first person to identify their work; she followed their work their entire lives.”B’way Alum Heléne Yorke Set for GravesBroadway alum Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway) will join Nick Nolte and Skylar Astin in the previously reported original series Graves. According to Deadline, Yorke will take on the role of Olivia Graves, a former First Daughter. The Epix political drama, which will no longer co-star Susan Sarandon as the First Lady (they’re recasting), is scheduled to begin production later this year.NPH Has His Bluff CalledSwitching gears, Neil Patrick Harris, who is currently hosting new NBC variety series Best Time Ever, recently stopped by The Meredith Vieira Show. The Tony winner ended up playing a hysterical version of “Call My Bluff” with Vieira…and one of them turned out to be an exceptional liar! Check out the video below. View Commentslast_img read more

Jenna Leigh Green & Sally Schwab Join The Marvelous Wonderettes Off-Broadway

first_imgJenna Leigh Green and Sally Schwab will join the previously announced Christina Bianco and Kathy Brier in the off-Broadway return of The Marvelous Wonderettes. Performances will begin on March 23 at the Kirk Theatre at New York’s Theatre Row, with opening night set for April 28.Green is perhaps best known as Libby Chessler on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She appeared on Broadway, on tour and in L.A. in Wicked as Nessarose. Her additional stage credits include Bare and Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera. Schwab has appeared on stage in A Broadway Diva Christmas and The Wild Party. She is als a history teacher at South Bronx Preparatory School.The Marvelous Wonderettes takes a cotton-candied colored musical trip down memory lane to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet The Wonderettes: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. The show follows their lives and loves from prom night to their 10-year reunion. The score highlights over 20 chart-topping hits of the era, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” and “It’s My Party.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 View Comments The Marvelous Wonderetteslast_img read more

Zachary Quinto-Led Smokefall Extends Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Brian Hutchison and Zachary Quinto in ‘Smokefall'(Photo by Joan Marcus) You’ll now have a little longer to catch Zachary Quinto, Brian Hutchison and more in Smokefall off-Broadway! Directed by Anne Kauffman and penned by Noah Haidle, the production will now play through March 20; it had previously been set to close on March 13 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.The cast will also include Robin Tunney, Jon DeVries and Taylor Richardson.Smokefall combines magical realism and vaudeville while introducing audiences to two prenatal philosophy-swapping Twins, a dirt-eating Beauty (Richardson), a Father and Footnote (Quinto), who acts as the show’s guide.The production will officially open on February 22; it started previews on February 4. Smokefallcenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 20, 2016last_img read more