State Police Take Coronavirus Precautions

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 Police are taking precautions to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus.In a news advisory Tuesday, troopers asked community members who are placing an emergency call to advise dispatchers if they, or any members of their household, are experiencing flu-like symptoms.Police say the information will ensure first responders can prepare to prevent the spread of any illnesses.In addition, New York State Police are suspending employment fingerprinting, along with child safety seat checks until further notice. “Public safety is a mission priority for our Troopers,” said a statement from New York State Police. “While we understand that suspending these services is an inconvenience to the public, this is an extraordinary circumstance. The State Police are committed to doing what we can to assist the State’s emergency response to COVID-19.”Police say they will notify the public when these services, both employment fingerprinting and child safety seat checks, will once again be provided.last_img read more

Reed Calls For Trump To Face Justice, Believes He Shouldn’t Be Impeached

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),Where was Tom Reed during all the summer protest? There are 100’s of his colleagues calling them peaceful as literally cops were being attacked, police vehicles were being set on fire, businesses broken into , burned down. Where were you then TOM REED? I personally don’t know anyone whom will ever vote Republican again….. YOU ARE SWAMPRemember, dictators don’t get censored, Dictators are the ones who do the censoring. Currently Amazon is petitioning for a Pentagon Defense Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. Do we really want Amazon to have this much power?,Trump SHOULD ALSO BE CHARGED for ALL the foreign wars he put us into…. WWIII, Trump was definitely against bringing Our Troops Home… He kept saying it, and all that Peace in the Middle East… Who would want that??Send all our children out for foreign wars, Congress & the Senate are our RULERS,“Could damage the integrity of our system of justice” what a crock of Bullshit, Trump has damaged our system of Democracy, an attempted coup, Capital insurrection. None of that matters? He belongs in our Justice system as an inmate. Trump paid 750 dollars in taxes for two out of twelve years, I pay more income taxes in a year than he paid for in twelve years and he put his name on the stimulus check, what a joke. It cost approx. 6.4 million a year for his golfing trips, it cost $650 per night per person with him for a room at his golf courses on his golf trips, now do you understand why he doesn’t want to step down?,I am glad we can ALL finally agree, that Rioting is wrong, where were you all summer?Glad your finally aboard,,Republican Rep. Tom Reed in an op/ed published Monday evening in The New York Times backed censuring President Donald Trump over impeaching him during his final days in office. But Reed, a lawmaker from New York’s Southern Tier region, also opened the door to barring Trump from holding federal office again in the future.“Such options include censure, criminal proceedings and actions under the 14th Amendment, after a complete and thorough investigation into the events leading up to the assault on the Capitol,” Reed wrote in the op/ed. “I intend to join with my House colleagues in the introduction of a censure resolution Tuesday to ensure accountability occurs without delay for the events of Jan. 6. We must also look at alternatives that could allow Congress to bar Mr. Trump from holding federal office in the future.” WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed is calling for President Donald Trump to face justice following last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol, yet, believes the leader shouldn’t be impeached.In an op-ed published in the New York Times on Monday, the Republican says there is inadequate time to reasonably investigate, present and debate articles of impeachment against the President.“All responsible parties, including President Trump, must face justice. Yet, the manner in which President Trump and others are held accountable is a difficult question that demands more scrutiny,” said Reed. “If our leaders make the wrong decision in how to hold him accountable, it could damage the integrity of our system of justice, further fan the flames of division, and disillusion millions of Americans ─ all while failing to accomplish anything.”The Representative says while the president’s words were unwise, intemperate and wrong, they may not qualify as incitement. He says the House’s article of impeachment a “Incitement of Insurrection” is an impeachable offense.“A snap impeachment will undoubtedly fuel the divisions between our citizens at a time when the wounds of Jan. 6 are still raw,” Reed furthered. “With the start of a new administration and a new Congress, there is a real opportunity to build bridges and unite the American people around our shared values.”Reed says a “too-quick” impeachment will not suddenly change the minds of millions of Americans who still do not recognize the election of President-elect Biden as legitimate.He believes rushed proceedings will be seen as validating the view that impeachment is part of a multiyear campaign to delegitimize Mr. Trump’s 2016 election.Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced a single charge of impeachment on Monday against the President.The Democratic-controlled House is expected to take up the matter Wednesday after calling on Vice President Mike Pence to start the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment process of removing Trump from office.That resolution is expected to pass, but Pence is unlikely to act.Read the full op-ed by clicking here.last_img read more

Ethel Sings Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Written by Joan Beber, Ethel Sings follows Ethel Rosenberg, the determined mother, singer, writer and actress, and her husband Julius, who become swept up in the fatal Red Scare hysteria of the 1950s. Julius’ need to “save the world” becomes his undoing, and Ethel’s love for her husband becomes hers. In addition to Michailidis as Ethel, Butler as Julius, Moore as Loraine and Isola as Roy Cohn, the cast will include David Fierro, Tanesha Gary, Sheira Irving, Kenneth Lee, Joel Leffert and Serge Thony. The play will feature set design by John McDermott, lighting design by Joyce Liao and costumes by Whitney Locher. Related Shows View Comments Ethel Sings Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014 Ethel Sings, which examines the life of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg, will receive its off-Broadway premiere at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre. The play, directed by Will Pomerantz, will star Tracy Michailidis (Beauty & the Beast), Ari Butler (Old Jews Telling Jokes), Adrienne Moore (Orange Is The New Black) and Kevin Isola (Almost, Maine). Ethel Sings will begin performances on May 31 and run through July 13. Opening night is set for June 6.last_img read more

Tickets for Off-Broadway’s Sex with Strangers Now Available

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 31, 2014 Tickets are now on sale for Laura Eason’s Sex with Strangers, starring Breaking Bad Emmy winner Anna Gunn and Tony nominee Billy Magnussen. The Second Stage production, directed by David Schwimmer, will begin performances on July 8 and open officially on July 30. Star Files Billy Magnussen The play will feature set design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Fitz Patton. Sex With Strangers follows sex blogger Ethan (Magnussen) as he tracks down his idol, a gifted but obscure novelist named Olivia (Gunn). Their attraction turns to sex as they inch closer to getting what they want. The drama challenges the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away. View Comments Related Shows Sex With Strangerslast_img read more

Comedy Icon Joan Rivers Dead at 81

first_img Rivers is survived by her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. Legendary comedian and Tony nominee Joan Rivers died on September 4, following surgery complications, according to Reuters. As previously reported, Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing a throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on the Upper East Side and was rushed to the Mt. Sinai Hospital. She was 81 years old. Most recently, Rivers remained in the public eye as a co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, reviewing the latest red carpet fashion hits and misses. She also starred in the WE TV reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, alongside her daughter, fellow television personality Melissa Rivers. Her many one-woman specials include Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress, Joan Rivers: The Now or Never Tour and Joan Rivers: Before They Close the Lid Tour. She was the subject of the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and the author of several books, including Diary of a Mad Diva and I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me. Rivers was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984 for her comedy album, What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? She was reportedly gearing up to reprise her performance in Sally Marr…and her escorts, which she wrote alongside Erin Sanders and Lonny Price. Earlier this month, she shared a picture on Twitter with costume designer William Ivey Long, presumably in preparation for her return to the stage. Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn in 1933, Rivers graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English literature and worked in various media jobs before turning to a career in show business. She appeared as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, receiving recognition for her already signature comedic style. She went on to become the host of The Late Show, and in 1989, The Joan Rivers Show, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award. In addition to performing, Rivers was a frequent theatergoer, making appearances at shows including Rocky, Mothers and Sons and Romeo and Juliet. On Show People with Paul Wontorek, Rivers expressed her love for the stage performances of the likes of Patti LuPone and Scarlett Johansson. While she may be remembered for her sharp tongue and brutally honest opinions, Rivers told, “I love actors I love actress. I always think we’re such a sorority or fraternity—a little group—a band of brothers.” In 1959, Rivers starred in the off-Broadway play Driftwood, opposite a relatively unknown Barbra Streisand. She appeared on Broadway three times in her career; she made her debut in Fun City;in 1972 and went on to perform in Broadway Bound. In 1994, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Sally Marr…and her escorts. Last year, she contributed material for off-Broadway’s Stars of David View Commentslast_img read more

Andy Karl, Mark Linn‐Baker, Michael McGrath & Mary Louise Wilson Join On the Twentieth Century

first_imgAndy Karl and Mark Linn‐Baker, along with Tony winners Michael McGrath and Mary Louise Wilson, have boarded the forthcoming Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century. The Roundabout Theatre Company production, starring the previously announced Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, will begin performances on February 12, 2015 and play a limited engagement through July 5. Opening night is set for March 12 at the American Airlines Theatre. Further casting will be announced later.Karl will play Bruce Granit. He received a Tony nod for Rocky and his other Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 9 to 5, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Wicked and Saturday Night Fever. His film and TV appearances include Joyful Noise, New York I Love You and the 2007 broadcast of Legally Blonde: The Musical.Linn‐Baker, currently appearing in You Can’t Take It With You, will play Oliver Webb. His additional Broadway credits include Relatively Speaking, A Steady Rain and Losing Louie. TV credits include Perfect Strangers, Twins, The Good Wife and Ally McBeal.McGrath will play Owen O’Malley. He won a Tony Award for his performance in Nice Work If You Can Get It and was nominated for Spamalot. Other Broadway credits include Born Yesterday, Memphis, Is He Dead?, Wonderful Town, Little Me and Swinging On A Star. Film credits include The Interpreter, Changing Lanes and Ira and Abby.Wilson will play Letitia Primrose. She won the Tony for Grey Gardens and was nominated for Cabaret. Other stage credits include The Women, 4000 Miles, Full Gallop and Love, Loss and What I Wore. Recent TV appearances include Mozart in the Jungle, Devious Maids, The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie.Directed by Scott Ellis, with a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman, On the Twentieth Century follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career.The original Broadway production was directed by Hal Prince and opened in February 1978 at the St. James Theatre. The musical received five Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. On The Twentieth Century View Comments Star Files Andy Karl Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

Sneak Peek! Learn How to Do the Rip-Roaring Newsies Newspaper Dance on Broadway Balances America

first_img View Comments Broadway Balances America It’s time to seize the day! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on November 6 with a behind-the-scenes look at the tour of Disney’s Newsies. Correspondent Amber Milt travels to New York and learns the show’s iconic “newspaper dance” from the thrilling Act I closer “Seize the Day.” She also talks with Christopher Gattelli, the musical’s Tony-winning choreographer, some of the show’s “newsies” and Broadway’s Liana Hunt about Disney’s “Get Up and Go” fitness initiative and what it takes to be a “newsie.” Click play now!last_img

Watch Idina Menzel Serve Yuletide Realness Live!

first_imgIt’s beginning to sound a lot like belting! But really, what else is new? The Tony and Audience Choice Award winner’s debut holiday album Holiday Wishes is now available, and the ice queen delivers some amazing tracks for your upcoming Broadway-themed Christmas party. Check out these clips from her iHeartRadio Live Christmas Special, where the If/Then and Frozen star slays on a Christmas classic, a modern favorite and an original tune. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: All we want for Christmas is Idina Menzel. If/Then Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Idina Menzellast_img

West End Star Hugh Maynard on His Powerful Connection to Miss Saigon

first_img Why not? I had turned my back on the industry and moved to Australia with my then-fiancée. I was also carrying on my world tour with the band Tenors of Rock and just didn’t expect this to happen. And if it weren’t for a cheeky email I sent to Cameron [Mackintosh, the show’s producer], it probably wouldn’t have done. But if you’d done the tour, didn’t Cameron know you could play the role? Yes, but the email led to me flying back to London and meeting the current creative team. It was more about the handshake and touching base—and about Cameron seeing me physically—than about them hearing me sing. It sounds as if you’re in a good place at the moment! I feel very lucky that the West End has embraced me and taken me back. I truly feel as if this is my time to shine. You’ve got your first album, Hugh Maynard: Something Inside So Strong, coming out next year. Tell us about that! Exciting, huh? And there are four tracks that fans can listen to already in the run-up to Christmas. So many people have been asking me for years, “When is your album coming out?” I decided, “OK, maybe it’s time to do it,” though it did take me a while to be convinced that people would want to listen to me singing 12 songs [laughs]. You’ve got quite a history with Miss Saigon, don’t you? Oh yes! I’ve done two UK tours and I don’t know how your life is, but there may be a job you’ve done or an experience you’ve had where you think, “Wouldn’t it be great to go back?” That’s how I feel about this show. There hasn’t been anything else I’ve done that has stuck in my heart and mind quite like this has. The part of John isn’t huge, but it can pack a wallop in performance. How do you psych yourself up for it? It’s funny you ask because I said to Jon Jon [Briones, the Saigon revival’s leading man], “How do you do this every day? I sing one song and I’m beat and you’re singing throughout the show.” He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Hugh, I don’t have to sing pretty,” and that sentence said it all. I have to be at a first-class level every night or the story doesn’t come across. There are few supporting roles in musicals as fiery as that of John, the marine-turned-aid worker in Miss Saigon who gets the second act of the musical off to a powerful start with the anthemic song “Bui Doi”—an emotive reminder of the orphans left behind in times of war. The role has led to acclaim for Hugh Maynard, whose rendition stops the show nightly in the West End revival of the Boublil and Schonberg musical at the Prince Edward Theatre. Maynard chatted with about the deep connection he feels to both the show and the song and to talk up his debut album, which comes out in the new year. How did the conversation between the two of you go? The first thing I said was, “Peter, I’m sorry for ruining your song,” and he said, “Get up, Hugh, I love what you’re doing!” He was so, so giving. Your return to the West End in this production has been meaningful to you, I gather. Very much so. I had done Sister Act and was so wrung out by it that I actually thought that was going to be my last show. If it wasn’t for Miss Saigon I don’t think I would have come back to the West End. What happened then? I got a call from my birth mother shouting down the phone saying that I was trying to steal her daughter away from her. I had no idea what was being said, but when I went to call back some months later, all the numbers I had been given were no longer in use. Believe me, my foster family is as bemused by all this as anyone.center_img How did you decide on a songlist? I put it out to my fans. When I was on tour with the band [Tenors of Rock], I would ask people what they wanted to hear me sing and why and so we came up with a mixture of rock and pop and show tunes—everything from Radiohead to “I (Who Have Nothing)” from Smokey Joe’s Café and “Bring Him Home.” Have you felt the weight of tradition with this song in terms of the performers who came before you? Well, Peter Polycarpou [who originated the role in London in 1989] is the standard, and when he came to see the show about four months ago without my knowledge, I was on my knees. It was like bowing to a demigod. I felt like a schoolboy meeting a policeman [laughs]. Do you connect deeply with this song? Absolutely. I’ve never been ousted from anywhere because of my race or my color but I did spend the first eight years of my life in a children’s home, which isn’t something I have spoken about until quite recently. I didn’t receive my birth certificate until I was 16. View Comments Is “Bring Him Home” your hint to Cameron Mackintosh that you might like to play Jean Valjean? [Laughs.] Maybe I’m planting the seed! But that song is a favorite of so many people and has been sung by so many Caucasian artists that people were saying, “Hugh, we’d love to hear you put your soul into this track.” Though I have to say that for me, it’s about trying not to impersonate Alfie Boe. “Bui Doi” is such an extraordinarily emotive song. And from my point of view as a performer it’s about giving, giving, giving. Seeing the conditions of the children we are singing about, you can’t help but feel as if they are refugees in a world where to my knowledge there hasn’t been a day without love or without war and that right there is enough to set me off and get me singing from my heart and soul. Did you try to contact your birth family? I did contact my birth mother on three separate occasions. The last time was at a family wedding in Birmingham which went disastrously wrong as far as I was concerned so I just walked out thinking, “This is not my family; it’s all too weird.”last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Colin Quinn: The New York Story, Directed by Jerry Seinfeld

first_img Related Shows View Comments Colin Quinn: The New York Story Tickets are now available to see standup comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Colin Quinn’s return to the New York stage in Colin Quinn: The New York Story. Directed by comedy icon Jerry Seinfeld, Quinn’s new solo show will run through August 16 at off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre.Based on The Coloring Book, Colin Quinn: The New York Story is a satirical take on the eccentricities that make New York City the center of the universe. Quinn, who was born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, explains: “I’m working my way down to the most fascinating subject: me!”In addition to SNL, Quinn’s numerous screen credits include Remote Control, Tough Crowd, Girls and Inside Amy Schumer. On stage, he’s appeared on Broadway in Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake and Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, which was also directed by Seinfeld and nominated for a Drama Desk and an Emmy. Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional played the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2013.Opening night for The New York Story is set for July 23. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2016last_img read more