Photo: Ryan Conroy / USAFLAKEWOOD – This year’s Fourth of July fireworks display and celebrations have been canceled due to COVID-19.The Lakewood Village Board announced the decision last week.The group previously postponed making any financial decisions with Zambelli Fireworks because of uncertainty with the virus outbreak. 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)
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File image by Storm Hartmann/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center will reopen its state-of-the-art museum, as well as the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum this Friday, following New York State officials’ authorization of Phase 4 of its New York Forward reopening plan for the Western New York region.Both museums have been temporarily closed since March 16, 2020, as a precaution due to COVID-19, just two weeks after being named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today.The National Comedy Center has developed a multifaceted and comprehensive health and safety program entitled “LaughSafe,” which will be implemented upon reopening to ensure the health and safety of all guests and staff.The LaughSafe program has reimagined health and safety protocols in order to ensure a safe, worry-free and touch-free experience for all visitors to the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. With its expansive 37,000 square feet of space and non-linear, free-flow design, coupled with new reduced capacity to 25%, timed-entry ticketing and touch-free protocols, the National Comedy Center is suited to enable a safe, socially-distant visitor experience.“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to help people start laughing again – and it’s clear that the power of comedy is more important than ever in these challenging times,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center Executive Director. “We’re so pleased that we can welcome visitors once more, and provide a safe and worry-free environment for our guests to take a much-needed break, relax and simply laugh –- loud and often — as they enjoy some of the greatest comedy of all time.”The National Comedy Center’s LaughSafe program was developed in consultation with health professionals at UPMC Chautauqua and UPMC in Pittsburgh, including health and safety protocol reviews with UPMC epidemiologists and an on-site inspection with local UPMC Chautauqua professionals.The LaughSafe health and safety program features include:“Touch-Free”: All exhibits and screens are now touch-free with the use of a disposable stylus, disposable earbuds and a new “LaughCard” featuring an RFID chip for personalized comedy.Temperature checks are required for all guests and staff members upon entry, as well as a daily health screening for staff members.Masks are required to be worn by staff and guests (including children age 2 and above) at all times.Museum capacity has been reduced to 25% and timed guest entry protocols have been implemented.Certain exhibit experiences in contained spaces are limited to small groups consisting of members of same household.Advanced online reservations are strongly recommended to ensure entry.Visitors now have a new opportunity to create their Sense of Humor profiles at home, before they visit, rather than at a kiosk within the museum.Social distancing markers and signage have been placed throughout the museum to ensure proper physical distance between guests.Hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout the museum.Touch-free, contactless payment options are now available.Museum staff have been trained extensively for new health and safety protocols.State-of-the-art, deep cleaning and disinfecting techniques have been implemented, including frequent disinfecting throughout the day.Real-time monitoring of the guest experience and guest feedback to optimize health and safety protocols.The National Comedy Center is now in the process of producing a new LaughSafe video featuring comedian Lewis Black, who will remind National Comedy Center visitors to wear face masks and maintain social distance within the museum.For more on LaughSafe, visit ComedyCenter.org/LaughSafe.In addition to consultation with local UPMC Chautauqua health professionals, the National Comedy Center sourced local Chautauqua County companies for many of its LaughSafe initiatives, including The Resource Center and Team Jock Shop for face masks, Jamestown Soap & Solvent for cleaning and disinfecting supplies and 360 Graphics for signage.The National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum will operate on a reduced schedule during its reopening phase, with opening hours as follows beginning Friday, July 3rd:National Comedy Center:Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday , 10 am to 5 pm.Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum:Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10 am to 5 pm.Open Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. 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)
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Driving Miss Daisy playwright Alfred Uhry’s previously reported, long in the works, musical adaptation of John Berendt’s Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, is now eyeing a London run in 2015 prior to opening on Broadway. According to Deadline, Rob Ashford recently helmed a reading of the show with a cast that included Tony Goldwyn (TV’s Scandal), Leslie Uggams (On Golden Pond) and Michael Park (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). A two-week workshop is now planned for September. Berendt’s 1994 best-selling non-fiction book chronicles his time in Savannah as the young Danny Hansford was murdered in the lavish mansion of his boss and lover Jim Williams. Since the Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil’s publication the Mercer Williams House, where the murder occurred, has become a famous tourist attraction. A film adaptation, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring John Cusack, Kevin Spacey and Jude Law, was released in 1997. View Comments Set in Savannah, Georgia in 1981, the murderous drama follows the eccentric citizens of the historic city as scandal sweeps through town when a well-liked antiques dealer allegedly kills a male prostitute. Composer and sound designer Mark Bennett is supervising the score, which will use classics and less well known American songs as well as some more contemporary gospel, blues and Southern rock. The reading’s cast also included Peter Cincotti, Jessica Molaskey, Michael Park and Jake Robinson.
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Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 Inspired by the classic Oscar-winning film of the same name, the tuner will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, and feature music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The score includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” View Comments Related Shows Set and costume design will be by Bob Crowley, with lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Jon Weston. The musical score will be adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, with orchestrations by Christopher Austin and musical direction by Brad Haak. An American in Paris In addition to Fairchild and Cope, who will play Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin, respectively, the cast includes Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg and Max Von Essen as Henri Baurel. Eager to begin his life anew after the brutality of combat, World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan (Fairchild, played in the movie by Gene Kelly) chooses newly liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport (Paice), a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise (Cope), a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry’s friends—Adam, a Jewish American composer (Uranowitz), and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat (Von Essen)—also vie for Lise’s love. An American in Paris, starring Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, now has Broadway dates! The new musical adaptation, which as previously reported will receive its world premiere in December at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, will begin previews at the Palace Theatre on March 13, 2015 and officially open on April 12. The Palace Theatre is currently occupied by the soon to close Holler If Ya Hear Me.
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View Comments &lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/znysj5j1vlq3x3/&quot; href=&quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/znysj5j1vlq3x3/&quot;&gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&lt;/a&gt; She’s a Tony nominee, she’s a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner, she’s the star of You Can’t Take It With You, she plays a prostitute in Showtime’s Masters of Sex…and now Annaleigh Ashford is the newest Broadway gal to take a seat on the big grey couch! The Kinky Boots, Wicked and Rent alum is taking your questions about starring in the hilarious new revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s family comedy (which also happens to star a member of her own family—her husband, Joe Tapper). Ever wanted to know what it’s like to have James Earl Jones play your grandpa? Wanna know who her favorite Wicked co-star of all time is? Ask Ashford below! Related Shows Star Files You Can’t Take It With You Annaleigh Ashford Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015
By the Water In addition to Ruginis and O’Connell, the cast includes Cassie Beck as Emily Mancini, Quincy Dunn-Baker as Sal Murphy, Charlotte Maier as Andrew Carter, Tom Pelphrey as Brian Murphy and Ethan Phillips as Philip Carter. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2013 View Comments By the Water takes place after Hurricane Sandy has ravaged the lifelong home of Marty (Ruginis) and Mary (O’Connell) Murphy. The storm has ripped apart more than just the walls: with their neighbors too devastated to stay, the couple’s beloved Staten Island community is in danger of disappearing forever. Determined to rebuild, Marty wages a campaign to save his neighborhood and his home, but when the Murphys’ sons arrive to help their parents dig out, past betrayals come rushing to the surface. Related Shows The world premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s By the Water opens officially on November 18, starring Vyto Ruginis and Deirdre O’Connell. The off-Broadway production, directed by Hal Brooks, is part of the Manahattan Theatre Club and Ars Nova’s commissioning partnership, The Writer’s Room. The play will run through December 7 at New York City Center—Stage II.
Bombshell follows the life of Marilyn Monroe, from her earlier days as Norma Jeane Mortenson to her untimely death at the age of 36. The fight for title role fueled the rivalry between New York newcomer Karen Cartwright and Broadway vet Ivy Lynn, played by McPhee and Hilty, respectively. The score of the fictional musical was penned by real-life collaborators Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Wittman will co-direct the concert with choreographer Joshua Bergasse. The cast and creative team will be donating their time and talents for the entertainment charity but to help underwrite the costs of the production and to assure that 100% of the proceeds will go to help people in performing arts and entertainment who are in need, crisis or transition, the show will be funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Those that donate will have insider access to the event. As previously reported, on-screen rivals Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty will reunite for the event. Also expected to join are fellow co-stars from the NBC drama Christian Borle, Will Chase and Debra Messing, as well as a handful of Broadway favorites. View Comments Bombshell is heading to the Great White Way for one-night-only, and now we know where! The previously announced June 8 benefit concert will bring to life the fictional Smash musical at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Broadway’s The Lion King. Tickets, proceeds of which will benefit the Actors Fund, will go on sale on April 14 to the general public. And though Bombshell will finally get its chance to shine on the Great White Way this summer, don’t expect the show (or Hitlist) to become a Broadway mainstay. “There’s been no plan to create a show out of this,” Craig Zadan, who executive produced the first season of Smash and will produce the concert with Neil Meron, told The New York Times. “There’s a good chance everyone will have a good time, it will be an exciting night, and nothing will happen.” Hey, we can dream, Zadan. She’ll do all she can for millions who look from afar, right?
Star Files Hamilton View Comments Jonathan Groff The hip-hop historical musical Hamilton is arriving on Broadway this summer, but first, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonathan Groff and the cast are hitting the pages of Vogue! In these photos by Annie Leibovitz, the stars are dressed to impress in their gorgeous period costumes by Paul Tazewell. Check out the July 2015 issue to see the whole cast in action before they take the stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre beginning July 13. “Anytime you write something, you go through so many phases,” the ever-humble composer and star Miranda says. “You go through the ‘I’m a Fraud’ phase. You go through the ‘I’ll Never Finish’ phase. And every once in a while you think, ‘What if I actually have created what I set out to create, and it’s received as such?’ With this show, the real world has surpassed my fantasy life to an absurd degree.” Related Shows from $149.00 Lin-Manuel Miranda
View Comments Tickets are now available for the first-ever Broadway production of Dames at Sea. Performances will begin on September 24 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it will open officially on October 22. Three-time Tony nominee Randy Skinner will direct. No word yet on casting.Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.The musical, which features music by Jim Wise and a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, first opened at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre in 1968 in a production starring Bernadette Peters, then transferred to the Theater de Lys (now the Lucille Lortel Theatre) in 1969, where it played for 575 performances. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Dames at Sea
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016 Tony winner Phylicia Rashad will return to the Public Theater to headline the New York premiere of Head of Passes. Penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney and directed by Tina Landau, the new drama about family, acceptance and the power of faith will begin previews on March 15, 2016 in the Newman Theater. Opening night is set for March 28.Rashad last appeared at the Public in 2003 in Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story. Best known as Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, she won the Tony for A Raisin in the Sun and was nominated for Gem Of The Ocean. Additional stage credits include Jelly’s Last Jam, Into The Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz, August Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cymbeline.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.The cast will also include Alana Arenas as Cookie, Francois Battiste as Aubrey, Kyle Beltran as Crier and J. Bernard Calloway as Spencer.Head of Passes will feature scenic design by G.W. Mercier, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, and hair and wig design by Robert-Charles Vallance. Head of Passes Related Shows