Jason Biggs & Bryce Pinkham Will Join Elisabeth Moss in The Heidi Chronicles

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Bryce Pinkham Related Shows View Comments Orange is the New Black’s Jason Biggs and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’s Bryce Pinkham will join the previously reported Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss in the now confirmed revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles on the Great White Way. The production, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will begin rehearsals in January and open in early March 2015. Bad Jews’ Tracee Chimo will play a number of supporting roles.Biggs will take on the role of Scoop Rosenbaum, a writer who has a long flirtation with Heidi. His Broadway credits include The Play What I Wrote, The Graduate and Conversations With My Father. His additional screen credits include the American Pie series, Jersey Girl, Anything Else, Saving Silverman, My Best Friend’s Girl and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Pinkham will play Peter Patrone, Heidi’s gay best friend. He received a Tony nod for Gentleman’s Guide; his other Great White Way credits include Ghost and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Chimo will play the roles of Fran, Molly, Betsy and April. She has previously appeared on Broadway in Harvey and Irena’s Vow.The Heidi Chronicles won both the Tony and the Pulitzer in 1989. This is the first revival since the original production shuttered in 1990. The show spans over 20 years, following Heidi Holland (Moss) from high school to her career as an art historian and how she copes with feminisim, men, politics and motherhood.The creative team will include scenic design by John Lee Beatty and costume design by Jessica Pabst. Theater, dates and additional casting will be announced later. Star Files The Heidi Chronicleslast_img read more

Carolyn McCormick & Kristine Nielsen Set for What I Did Last Summer

first_img Related Shows The cast is now set for the Signature Theatre production of A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer. Carolyn McCormick and Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen will star as Grace and Anna Trumbull, respectively, alongside Pico Alexander as Ted, Juliet Brett as Bonny, Noah Galvin as Charlie and Kate McGonigle as Elsie. Performances will begin on April 28 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center off-Broadway.McCormick returns to Signature after The Open House; she is known for her performance as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet on Law and Order. Nielsen earned a Tony nomination in 2013 for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; her additional credits include You Can’t Take It With You, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Alexander returns off-Broadway after appearing in Punk Rock earlier this season. Brett made her off-Broadway debut in The Jacksonian. Galvin’s off-Broadway credits include The Burnt Part Boys and Love and Information. What I Did Last Summer marks McGonigle’s off-Broadway debut.The play takes place near the end of World War II. With her husband overseas, Grace takes her teenage son and daughter to Lake Erie for the summer. However, she soon discovers that her attempt for maintain the status quo may have adverse effects on her splintering relationship with her family.What I Did Last Summer, directed by Jim Simpson, will open on May 17 and run through June 7. The production will feature set design by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Claudia Brown, lighting design by Brian Aldous, sound design by Janie Bullard and projection design by John Narun. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Comments What I Did Last Summerlast_img read more

Meet An Act of God Star Tim Kazurinsky!

first_imgAge: 65. “The fact that my crusty old kisser is considered a ‘fresh face’ is a minor miracle.”Hometown: Chicago, ILCurrent Role: A Broadway debut as Gabriel, the title deity’s right-hand angel, opposite Jim Parsons in David Javerbaum’s celestial comedy An Act of God.Stage & Screen Cred: Kazurinsky’s varied career includes a three-year stint (1981-84) as performer and writer on Saturday Night Live, playing Officer Sweetchuck in three Police Academy films, screenwriting credits for About Last Night and numerous TV comedies and a year-long run as the Wizard in the national tour of Wicked.“Working with Jim Parsons, I feel like I’m taking a master class in comedy. His timing, his intonation and his pauses are brilliant. He’s the real deal. And he’s actually nicer than God.”“I was an ad man in my 20s. I started in 1971, which is when Mad Men ended, and it really was like the show. There was so much booze, and it was tough for women to break in. I started doing improv at Second City as a creative outlet and backed into this career.”“David Mamet taught the only acting class I ever took. He was just a starving playwright then and worked a dishwasher at Second City. We didn’t have contact when I adapted his play Sexual Perversity in Chicago into [the movie] About Last Night, but he was always gracious about it.”“I compare Saturday Night Live to childbirth. After it’s over, you love your child and forget how painful it was. I loved going back for the 40th anniversary. The young people on the show could not have been nicer and made us feel like part of the family.”“John Belushi was my best friend. He and Eddie Murphy were the funniest people I ever worked with. John died at 33—he’s now been gone longer than he was alive—but he still shows up in my dreams, patting me down to look for a hidden pack of Marlboros. And I haven’t smoked in 30 years!”“Wicked fans are really diehard. Oh my lord! They’ll ask you to sign something and say, ‘This is my 30th time seeing the show.’ I’d love to play the Wizard again. My wife [actress Marcia Lynn Watkins] made her Broadway debut in 1974 [in Good News] and it’s taken me 41 years to catch up!” Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015 Related Shows An Act of God View Commentslast_img read more

Mack & Mabel, Starring Michael Ball, Aims for B’way

first_img View Comments Could Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Mack & Mabel return to the Great White Way? As they say, time heals everything. According to The New York Post, the Chichester Festival Theatre production, which is currently playing through September 5, plans to transfer to the West End and maybe cross the pond to Broadway next season.The production, directed by Jonathan Church, stars Olivier winner Michael Ball and rising star Rebecca LaChance, who made her Broadway debut last year as the Carole King understudy in Beautiful. The new staging features an adapted book by Stewart’s sister, Francine Pascal, who is the author of the Sweet Valley High series.The show, which premiered on Broadway in 1974, follows the relationship between silent film director Mark Sennett and his star Mabel Normand. The score features such tunes as “I Won’t Send Roses” and “Time Heals Everything.” Though the original production closed in the fall of 1974 after 66 performances, it was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 1975, including Best Musical and nods for its stars Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters.Take a look at Ball, LaChance and the rest of the Mack & Mabel cast in action below.last_img read more

Paul Slade Smith to Step In for Kelsey Grammer in Finding Neverland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Paul Slade Smith Finding Neverland Believe! Paul Slade Smith will temporarily take over for Kelsey Grammer as Charles Frohman when the Emmy winner departs Finding Neverland on April 3. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical is playing at the Lunt-Funtanne Theatre.Smith has been playing Mr. Henshaw/Nana and understudying Grammer in the production. His previous performing credits include the national tours of Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera. As a playwright, Smith’s work Unnecessary Farce has received over 195 productions. His latest play, The Outsider, had its world premiere in June of last year at Peninsula Players Theatre and received an industry reading in New York City in early March, with a cast led by Grammer.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.The cast is currently led by Tony Yazbeck as Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Llewelyn Davies. Alfie Boe will begin performances as Barrie on March 29.center_img Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Hello, Darlings! Leigh Ann Larkin & Jon Peterson Will Lead the Cabaret Tour

first_imgLeigh Ann Larkin & Jon Peterson Come taste the wine, come hear the band, come blow your horn, start celebrating right this way! Broadway favorites Leigh Ann Larkin (Gypsy, A Little Night Music) and Jon Peterson (Cabaret) will lead Roundabout Theatre Company’s national tour of Cabaret as Sally Bowles and the Emcee, respectively. Larkin and Petersen will begin performances in the touring production on February 21 when the show plays the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, Michigan.In addition to Larkin and Peterson, the cast of Cabaret features Benjamin Eakeley as Clifford Bradshaw, Alison Ewing as Fräulein Kost, Mary Gordon Murray as Fräulein Schneider, Scott Robertson as Herr Schultz and Patrick Vaill as Ernst Ludwig.Featuring a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. The musical features some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”Roundabout Theater Company’s acclaimed production of Cabaret includes direction by Sam Mendes, co-direction and choreography by Rob Marshall, tour direction recreated by BT McNicholl, tour choreography recreated by Cynthia Onrubia, set design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari, sound design by Keith Caggiano, based on the original Broadway design by Brian Ronan. View Commentslast_img read more

Environmental Gardeners.

first_imgGeorgia gardeners want lush lawns and award-winning vegetables.But they also care about the damage pesticides and fertilizerscan cause the environment, says a University of Georgia survey.Researchers in the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences are crafting guidelines to help homeowners choose gardenand landscape practices that don’t harm the environment. But theyneeded information.What Are Georgia Gardeners Doing?”Before we can develop guidelines, we need to know howGeorgia gardeners use pesticides and fertilizers,” said SusanVarlamoff, the survey coordinator. “The survey results arehelping us determine the level of information we need to put intothe homeowner best management practices manual.”The survey was funded by the Pollution Prevention AssistanceDivision of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The BMPmanual will be developed with a federal Environmental ProtectionAgency grant.Both projects are part of a five-year program aimed at educatinghomeowners on reducing the environmental effects of improper gardening.”Our goal is to reduce nonpoint-source pollution, whichis a result of runoff from landscapes containing pesticides andfertilizers,” said Varlamoff. “We’re also searchingfor ways to provide correct gardening information to homeowners.”During the summer of 1999, 400 Georgians took part in the survey,which was designed by a team of CAES researchers and implementedby the UGA Survey Research Center.The survey asked gardeners about general and specific practices.It asked, too, where they get their gardening information.Gardeners Want to Use Environmentally FriendlyProducts”We were surprised to find that people are already gardeningto protect the environment,” Varlamoff said. “Of thepeople we surveyed, 67 percent are choosing products they believeto be environmentally friendly.”The survey showed that 45 percent of Georgians are compostinghousehold and lawn waste for use in their home landscapes.But where do they learn about gardening? “Most of thepeople we surveyed said they get their information from neighbors,”Varlamoff said. “Their second-largest source was television.”The study also showed that they prefer to get their informationwhere they buy their gardening supplies.”We need to know where our efforts need to be directedand how people want to receive this information,” Varlamoffsaid. “Our goal is to educate the gardening public for everyone’sbenefit.”People need to know, for example, not to apply fertilizerswhen a heavy rainstorm is expected,” she said. “Thechemicals won’t have time to be absorbed into the soil beforethey’re washed away. They also need to apply only as much as thegrass or plants can use.”Open to AlternativesAnother key question was whether Georgia gardeners are opento using nonchemical ways to control pests.”It’s one thing for our college’s researchers to developand test nonchemical methods of control,” she said. “Butthis can only be effective if people are willing to adopt thesemethods.We needed to know if people are open to planting pest-resistantplant varieties or applying insecticidal soaps instead of sprayingchemicals.”The answer? Most are very willing to try.Of the people surveyed, 69 percent said they want to learnmore about alternative ways to control pests, and 72 percent arewilling to plant pest-resistant varieties.”People are becoming more and more aware of alternativemethods because they’re becoming more available in gardening centers,”Varlamoff said. “You can even buy lady beetles over the counternow.”Weed-free Lawns a Top PriorityBut the quest for the perfect, weed-free lawn is also a toppriority. The survey found that:* 67 percent rated a weed-free lawn as very important.* 41 percent use herbicides to control weeds.* 23 percent apply fungicides to control diseases.* 63 percent apply insecticides to control insects.”All these chemical controls can be contributing factorsto runoff pollution,” she said.Varlamoff is confident a BMP manual would help Georgia gardenersand the environment.”Now that we know the kinds of information Georgian gardenerswant and need, we’re developing our best management practicesmanual,” she said.”The manual will first be used to train people who enrollin the University of Georgia’s Advanced Master Gardeners Programthrough the county extension offices,” she said. “Theinformation will eventually be available through all media: newspapers,television, radio, fax newsletters and the Internet.”last_img read more

Lyme disease serious

first_imgIn this stage, bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) infect jointtissue, causing arthritis, or infect cardiac muscles, weakeningtissue around the heart. “If Lyme disease damages the brain, the patient may nevercompletely recover, even with treatment,” Hinkle said.”Infections that have spread to the central nervous system aredifficult to treat, because antibiotics cannot penetrate theblood brain barrier.” “The arthritis will appear only in one side of the body, eitherthe left or right elbow or knee,” Hinkle said. “It’s notsymmetrical like most other cases of arthritis.” In some cases the bacteria will attack the central nervoussystem, causing brain damage, memory loss, dementia ordepression.Treatable at all stagesDoctors can treat Lyme disease in all stages, giving this diseasea low fatality rate.center_img Mosquitoes and West Nile virus are the hot topics of late, butdon’t forget to guard against ticks to prevent Lyme disease.”While not known to kill anyone, Lyme disease can be a seriousthreat to your health,” said Nancy Hinkle, an Extensionentomologist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It can make you veryill, even chronically ill.”First noted in ConnecticutLyme disease was first discovered in 1977 when arthritis wasobserved in a group of children in and around Lyme, Conn., Hinklesaid.”Connecticut and New York remain the most common places to reportthe disease, with thousands of cases occurring each year,” shesaid. “The disease is still extremely rare in the West and in theSouth.””It didn’t appear in Georgia until the late ’80s and still isn’ta threat to many people,” she said.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports only 434cases of Lyme disease in Georgia since 1990. The disease istransmitted through Ixodes scapularis tick bites in the South.Different ticks are associated with the disease in other areas ofthe United States.Carrier is smaller than mostIxodes scapularis ticks are not easily identifiable. They’resmaller than any other ticks found in the Southeast.”They’re commonly mistaken for the Lone Star tick, which is alsoa small tick,” Hinkle said. “But Lone Star ticks have a whitespot on their back.” These ticks are less significant diseasevectors.If a tick has bitten you, watch the site for symptoms of Lymedisease.Watch for a bull’s-eye”The first sign is a bull’s-eye rash that forms on the skin nearthe infected bite,” Hinkle said. “The rash is concentric circlesof alternate red and white rings, giving it the appearance of abull’s eye.”The rash can form days or even weeks after you’re infected. “It will go away in a few days, and the person will feel fine andforget about it,” she said. “Then the second stage begins. Thiscan happen months or even years later.” “If intercepted early, while in the bulls-eye stage, antibioticscan be taken by mouth to treat the symptoms and stop thebacterial infection from spreading,” Hinkle said.If caught in stage two, antibiotics must be given intravenously,and a hospital stay is required.last_img read more

Fuel fix

first_imgAlso, the 2002 farm bill, which was passed early last summer, will provide some relief for farmers, he said.“This is a very generous farm bill,” he said. “Even if we have a depressed farm economy this bill will put money into the farm economy to pay bills.”According to the energy department, Georgia and the Gulf Coast states have the cheapest gasoline, averaging $1.579 a gallon as of early March. The West Coast has the most expensive unleaded gasoline, averaging $1.932 a gallon as of the same time. By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaFuel is an important part of farming, but it’s normally not considered a major cost to farmers. But, if the United States invades Iraq, that could change, says a University of Georgia agricultural economist.Georgia farmers will soon be entering their fields to plant this season’s crops like peanuts, cotton, corn and tobacco. And they’ll be using a lot of fuel to keep their tractors and trucks and such on pace to get this crop in the ground and grown.High priceHistorically, war in the Middle East sends gas prices soaring in the United States and around the world. It also seems that all fingers now point to a U.S.- led invasion of Iraq – closer to sooner than later. Troops are in place and ready to go. Some reports say it could happen in a matter of weeks or even days. This situation has happened before. And when it did, fuel prices spiked, said Bill Givan, an Extension economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.During the initial phase of the 1991 Gulf War, crude oil jumped above $40 a barrel, he said. Crude oil is used to produce gasoline and other fuels.VolatileKey price indicators for crude oil are volatile right now. The Organization of the Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC) crude oil prices have danced around $32 a barrel, higher than its target prices of $22-$28 per barrel, for several months. West Texas Intermediate oil, U.S. crude oil, is around $36 a barrel, a level not seen since Oct. 1990, according to the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration. Oil prices are expected to go even higher this go around.As of the second week in March, national unleaded gasoline prices averaged $1.686 a gallon. It now costs 54 cents per gallon more than this time last year to fill up on a tank of unleaded gas.Diesel fuel prices are already at record highs. It costs about 58 cent per gallon more than this time last year to fill up on a tank of diesel, according to a recent survey of service stations by the Energy Information Administration. The department predicts that U.S. fuel prices will soon reach an all-time high.Razor’s edge“Normally, fuel costs are not a major input farmers have to face,” Givan said. But he added the margin of profit now sits on a razor’s edge for many farming operations. Any increase in any cost, like gasoline, would cut into an already small margin of profit. The costs of some farm fertilizers and chemicals go up as crude oil prices increase, too, further cutting into profits.According to a study by the American Farm Bureau Federation, farmers pay an extra $1 billion in manufactured inputs, such as fertilizer, electricity and pesticides, for every $3 increase in the prices of a barrel of crude oil.But farmers, now, have had several years of depressed commodity prices and tough times. As a result, most farmers are running their businesses as efficiently as they can. If they’re not, Givan said, they’re probably not running at all.last_img read more

A fungus among us

first_imgUntil now, SOD has been confined to the West Coast. But recently infected plants have been found in nurseries in Florida and Maryland, too. By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe fungus that causes sudden oak death has been identified on plants in five Georgia nurseries. University of Georgia scientists are working overtime to help eradicate the disease and prevent its further spread.SOD killed entire canopies of oak trees, sometimes in just a few weeks, on the West Coast during the 1990s.And its potential harm isn’t limited to oaks, said Jean Williams-Woodward, a UGA plant pathologist. Some of the South’s most beautiful plants, including azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, viburnums, roses and honeysuckles, are vulnerable to the fungal pathogen.While SOD isn’t fatal to these other plants and usually just kills branches, the plants are the means by which the fungus spreads.SOD hits non-oak plants with leaf spots and blighting, resembling leaf-scorch symptoms, Williams-Woodward said. “The fungus then produces abundant spores on the infected leaves,” she said. “These are usually water-splashed to nearby plants.”When SOD finally spreads to an oak species, it stops.”Oak trees are a dead end for SOD,” she said, “because the fungus doesn’t produce spores on infected oaks.”But the disease is fatal for oaks.”SOD infects through the bark of oak trees and causes girdling cankers that kill the trees,” Williams-Woodward said. “The cankers are referred to as ‘bleeding cankers’ because the sites of infection ooze sap and are often darkly discolored.”So far, all of the infected plants discovered have been camellias from Monrovia Nurseries in Azusa, Calif.In terms of detection, that’s good news.”Monrovia Nursery plants are ‘branded’ plants, in that they’re grown and sold in specially labeled pots with ‘Monrovia’ written on the side as well as larger, colorful plant labels,” Williams-Woodward said.”We’re only concerned with plants that have been purchased and planted within the past year– possibly, to be very conservative, two years,” she said. “Plants that have been established for many years are unlikely to be infected with SOD.”The first thing homeowners can do is learn to recognize SOD symptoms. One symptom is excessive leaf drop. Another is tan or brown leaf spots that begin at the leaf tip and progress down the leaf.If you suspect SOD, don’t dig up the plants.”Removing plants could actually spread the disease faster and farther,” Williams-Woodward said, “especially if infected plants end up in municipal wastes or are shredded for use as landscape mulch.”Instead, contact your county extension agent. The county agent will submit samples to the Homeowner Plant Disease Clinic in Griffin, Ga. If SOD is detected, the agent will arrange with the appropriate state agency for the destruction of the plant.”We don’t know what the potential threat of SOD is in the eastern United States and, in particular, Georgia,” Williams-Woodward said. “The fungus hasn’t become established within landscapes or forests.”The goal is to identify all infected plants and destroy them, she said, to keep the fungus from getting a foothold in Georgia. “This recent introduction is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said. “We expect to be stopping future introductions and looking for this disease for many years.”last_img read more