first_imgKristin Chenoweth Jonathan Groff View Comments Sutton Foster Idina Menzel Audra McDonald With the recent announcement that The Late, Late Show host James Corden will be hosting the Tony Awards this year, we are already fantasizing about how the Tony winner and all-around funny guy will promote Broadway’s biggest night. Our first choice? A Broadway-centric carpool karaoke! We asked you to rank the Broadway stars you’d like to see Corden steer around NYC while belting out show tunes. Below are your top 10 picks for his passenger seat! Lin-Manuel Miranda Aaron Tveit Darren Criss Jonathan Groff, Audra McDonald, Aaron Tveit & James Corden Neil Patrick Harris Jeremy Jordanlast_img read more

first_img The nominations for the 66th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced on April 19. American Psycho and She Loves Me led the way with eight nominations each. They were followed by Bright Star and On Your Feet! with seven nods and off-Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen with six. As for plays, the Broadway productions of Eclipsed and Long Day’s Journey Into Night each came out with five nominations.The Outer Critics Circle is composed of writers and commentators covering the New York theater scene for various out-of-town media outlets. Last year, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time picked up five wins, including Outstanding New Broadway Play. Hamilton won for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; the Broadway production was therefore ineligible this year.The producers of Shuffle Along requested that the musical not be considered this year, due to the nomination deadline. The show opens officially on April 28 and will instead be in the running in the 2016-17 season. The winners of the following categories will be announced on May 9, with a ceremony for winners scheduled for May 26 at Sardi’s Restaurant.Outstanding New Broadway PlayEclipsedThe FatherThe Humans King Charles IIIThérèse Raquin Outstanding New Broadway MusicalAmerican PsychoBright StarOn Your Feet! Tuck EverlastingWaitressOutstanding New Off-Broadway PlayThe ChristiansFamiliar Gloria Hold On to Me DarlingThe Legend of Georgia McBrideOutstanding New Off-Broadway MusicalCagneyDaddy Long LegsDear Evan HansenLazarusSouthern ComfortOutstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway)David Bowie and Enda Walsh, LazarusJohn Caird, Daddy Long LegsAlexander Dinelaris, On Your Feet! Steven Levenson, Dear Evan HansenSteve Martin, Bright StarOutstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway)Sara Bareilles, WaitressPaul Gordon, Daddy Long LegsSteve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright StarBenj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan HansenDuncan Sheik, American PsychoOutstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or off-Broadway)BlackbirdThe CrucibleFool for LoveLong Day’s Journey Into NightA View From the BridgeOutstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or off-Broadway)The Color PurpleDames at SeaFiddler on the RoofShe Loves MeSpring AwakeningJohn Gassner Award(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)Boy by Anna ZieglerI and You by Lauren GundersonIronbound by Martyna MajokThe Royale by Marco RamirezUgly Lies the Bone by Lindsey FerrentinoOutstanding Director of a PlayEvan Cabnet, GloriaMike Donahue, The Legend of Georgia McBrideRupert Goold, King Charles IIIJoe Mantello, The HumansIvo van Hove, A View From the BridgeOutstanding Director of a MusicalMichael Arden, Spring AwakeningWalter Bobbie, Bright StarScott Ellis, She Loves MeRupert Goold, American PsychoMichael Greif, Dear Evan HansenOutstanding ChoreographyJoshua Bergasse, CagneySpencer Liff, Spring AwakeningJosh Rhodes, Bright StarRandy Skinner, Dames at SeaSergio Trujillo, On Your Feet! Outstanding Actor in a PlayReed Birney, The HumansGabriel Byrne, Long Day’s Journey Into NightFrank Langella, The FatherMark Strong, A View From the BridgeBen Whishaw, The CrucibleOutstanding Actress in a PlayJayne Houdyshell, The HumansJessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into NightLupita Nyong’o, EclipsedNicola Walker, A View From the BridgeMichelle Williams, BlackbirdOutstanding Actor in a MusicalAlex Brightman, School of RockDanny Burstein, Fiddler on the RoofRobert Creighton, CagneyBen Platt, Dear Evan HansenBenjamin Walker, American PsychoOutstanding Actress in a MusicalLaura Benanti, She Loves MeCarmen Cusack, Bright StarCynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleJessie Mueller, WaitressAna Villafañe, On Your Feet! Outstanding Featured Actor in a PlaySanjit De Silva, Dry PowderMatt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBrideJim Norton, The CrucibleRobert Sella, SylviaMichael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into NightOutstanding Featured Actress in a PlayPascale Armand, EclipsedZainab Jah, EclipsedJudith Light, Thérèse RaquinSaycon Sengbloh, EclipsedMyra Lucretia Taylor, FamiliarOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalNicholas Barasch, She Loves MeRoger Bart, Disaster! Michael Esper, LazarusChristopher Fitzgerald, WaitressTerrence Mann, Tuck EverlastingOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalDanielle Brooks, The Color PurpleAndrea Burns, On Your Feet! Sophia Anne Caruso, LazarusJane Krakowski, She Loves MeHélene Yorke, American PsychoOutstanding Solo PerformanceMike Birbiglia in Thank God for JokesKathleen Chalfant in RoseAnne Hathaway in GroundedJames Lecesne in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard PelkeyDaphne Rubin-Vega in Empanada LocaOutstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)Beowulf Boritt, Thérèse RaquinDavid Korins, MiseryMimi Lien, JohnDavid Rockwell, She Loves MeWalt Spangler, Tuck EverlastingOutstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)ESosa, On Your Feet! Jane Greenwood, Bright StarKatrina Lindsay, American PsychoJeff Mahshie, She Loves MeTom Scutt, King Charles IIIOutstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical)Donald Holder, She Loves MeNatasha Katz, Long Day’s Journey Into NightKenneth Posner, On Your Feet! Ben Stanton, Spring AwakeningJustin Townsend, American PsychoOutstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical)Lucy Mackinnon, Spring AwakeningPeter Nigrini, Dear Evan HansenPeter Nigrini, GroundedFinn Ross, American PsychoTal Yarden, Lazarus View Comments Benjamin Walker in ‘American Psycho'(Photo: Jeremy Daniel)last_img read more

first_img‘The Secret Garden’ The Secret Garden, based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with script and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, is returning to the West End for a summer season. Directed by Rupert Hands, the production will play a limited engagement at the Ambassadors Theatre July 27 through August 31. Opening night is scheduled for August 3.This incarnation of the tuner has been adapted to 75 minutes by its creators to be performed by young people. More than 2,000 kids have auditioned for The Secret Garden and 300 youngsters will be cast in the show.Orphaned while living in India, 10 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald, whom she has never met. There, the ill-tempered and lonely Mary meets Martha, a chambermaid, who tells her of a secret garden which belonged to her aunt Lily before she died. Mary’s search for the garden introduces her to a slew of other characters including Dickon (Martha’s brother), Ben (the head gardener), Neville (her other uncle), and a spirited robin that seems to be trying to talk to her. The tale of forgiveness and hope reveals that even the cruelest of environments can blossom with new life.The production will feature musical direction by Richard Baker, with choreography by Jamie Neale, costume and set design by Lizzy Leech, resident direction by Julie Thomas and resident choreography by Katy Stephens. View Commentslast_img read more

first_img View Comments Jamie Parker & Poppy Miller in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'(Photo: Manuel Harlan) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is making magic on the London stage, and don’t be surprised if the story apparates to the big screen eventually. According to the New York Daily News, Warner Bros. (the studio behind the first eight Harry Potter films) are in the process of securing movie rights for the West End epic.Sources tell the Daily News that a screenplay based on J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany’s new story is already in development, and that a film could premiere as soon as 2020. No word yet if Daniel Radcliffe would be on board to reprise his role as the boy who lived. In a recent interview with the Radio Times, Radcliffe expressed mixed feelings about the idea for the time being: “It would depend on the script. I am saying ‘no’ for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future.”Presented in two parts, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child presents Harry as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father to three school-aged children at Hogwarts. While Harry grapples with his troubled past, his youngest son Albus copes with a family legacy he never wanted.The Tiffany-helmed production opened officially at the Palace Theatre on July 30. Plans are in the works for the show to transfer to a Shubert theatre on Broadway next season.last_img read more

first_imgCynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Christine Cornish Smith, Ariana DeBose, Courtney Reed & Sutton Foster(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Joe Scarnici & Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images & Caitlin McNaney) Nick Adams Has an XXX Voting CampaignIt’s more important than ever to make sure you’re registered to vote, partially because it could lead to some very interesting content from Broadway’s Nick Adams. The man behind Muscles and Mascara tweeted that he’d release a sex tape if Hillary Clinton were elected. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on the polls on November 8 and continue to monitor his Instagram. You know, for journalism purposes. Ariana DeBose Will Whisk You AwayAriana DeBose is a woman of many talents, from being a dancing bullet to a Bronx Tale vlogger. She’s also on her way to becoming a travel agent, having returned from Hawaii and ready to give Hamilton’s Lexi Lawson vacation tips. They’re also open to suggestions. Let us know what you decide on, girls! We could use a new spot, too. Our usual trip to the Heaviside Layer is getting exhausting. View Comments “The Circle of Life” Has Come Full CircleDisney is bringing an assortment of enchanted objects back to life next year with Beauty and the Beast, and they have elephants, mermaids and flying nannies on deck. This week, they added lions to the roster with the announcement of a reimagining of The Lion King. We have a few questions, the first being: Where are you going to find a live meerkat and warthog who can sing Swahili phrases? Let Cynthia Erivo Be Your StarFade in on a girl, with a hunger for chairs, with a belt and some pants to remember. The Color Purple Tony winner and our fashion role model Cynthia Erivo recently sported a stunning look on the American Theatre Wing gala red carpet, including a platinum blonde Marilyn bob. We’re not saying she’s officially the new star of Bombshell, but let’s just say we’re prepared to strut down a hall to make this happen. Sutton & Colbert Have a New Jellicle SongLook out, Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer: There’s a new Jellicle pair vying for the Heaviside Layer. Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster teamed up with Stephen Colbert to offer an updated take on Cats, complete with belly rubs and curtain cords. We know she’s busy with Sweet Charity and Younger, but we’d love to see Foster show her talents at the Neil Simon. If there’s room for Grumpy Cat… Happy Friday, and Happy October Eve! We hope you’re celebrating with sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes (if you’re not too cool for them) and filthy stories from Julia Murney’s voiceover past. But first, let’s take a look at what went down on the Great White Way over the past seven days. Catch up on the wildest stories with the Lessons of the Week! Idina’s Fans Want Her to Stay in Her LaneWe’ve seen our fair share of Broadway stars’ dressing rooms, and we know they treasure gifts from fans. We’ve seen gifted fan art, Schmackary’s orders and unicorn slippers, but we’ve never a bowling ball. Blazing supernova Idina Menzel revealed she received a green one from a fan without caring to elaborate. Let’s hope she uses it on the pins to bring them down (bring them down…ah-ah-ah-ah-ahhh!) Molly Pope’s a Humble Gay IconSpeaking of gay icons, let’s talk about Molly Pope. The actress and club singer describes herself as an “ascendant gay icon,” applying the modifier out of humility (you know, like Idina with idina.) But with a Judy Garland-inspired act and Mame aspirations, we don’t think it’s possible for her not to be a gay icon. Face it, Pope. We’re already constructing a Pride float in your honor. We’re Gagging Over Courtney’s Side ProjectFlying around on magic carpets has to be high up on the “fun jobs” list, but sometimes, you just want to do more. Aladdin’s Courtney Reed, for example, is selling Broadway-inspired apparel through her line of chokers, Gagged. As you’ll recall, Aladdin’s Steel Burkhardt is selling juice, and Adam Jacobs has a shower full of solo albums. If you need some help, we know a guy who can move product for you. Rent Has More than One LineNick Blaemire is a great fit for Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…BOOM!, being a composer himself and a massive Renthead. He first heard of Rent in middle school, and it stuck with him. Well, at least the first line did. All he remembered then was “December 24th, 9PM. Eastern Standard Time.” Come on, seventh-grade Nick. There are far more memorable lines than that. Like “Tumbleweeds…prairie dogs…yeahhh” or “Candy bar wrapper!” Carol Channing Has a Jellicle DateThese Jellicle Balls are getting more and more high profile. A few weeks ago, Ricky Ubeda told us he would bring Patti LuPone as his plus one to the feline festivities. Now, his Cats-mate Christine Cornish Smith revealed she would want Carol Channing to tag along. We just double-checked, and cats can eat raspberries in moderation, so this should work out just fine.last_img read more

first_imgBy Joy CarterGa. Peanut Commission House Specialty Crop Subcommittee Chairman Terry Everett, R-Ala., stressed to growers attending the conference the historical importance of the legislation and the House Agriculture Committee’s determination to protect a vital industry for the Southeast. He also discussed the importance of educating the public about agriculture and the need for farm policy.West Higginbothom, legislative assistant for Senator Zell Miller, D-Ga., comments, “Now that the farm bill has passed the greatest concern for Southern farmers is payment limits. We expect a continued effort by some in Congress who do not care or understand Southern agriculture to push for stricter payment limits. Until our agriculture economy turns around, we must continue to fight against the attempts to lower payment limits.”In addition to the conference program, Valent U.S.A. Corporation, a crop protection company, awarded Congressman Everett and Senator Miller with the Valor Award for their many contributions to Southeastern peanut growers and for their leadership in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Valor is defined by Webster’s dictionary, “strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery.”The future of peanut marketing highlighted one of the general sessions during the conference where Ron Wolff, president of R.B. Wolff and Company, a peanut brokerage company, discussed the international peanut market and the major competitors of U.S. farmers. He stressed the importance of a system where U.S. peanuts are marketed freely and competitively, both domestically and internationally. “With good quality crops, well conceived regulations and coordination among growers, shellers and manufacturers,” Wolff says. “Our export future is great!”Think outside the box is what Stanley Fletcher, professor of agriculture and applied economics at the University of Georgia and coordinator of the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness, recommends. Fletcher discussed the future avenues that farmers can take to market their peanuts such as forming cooperatives. By forming cooperatives, producers have the opportunity to capture profits beyond the farm gate by adding value to their farmer stock peanuts, he says. Promotion activities of the Peanut Advisory Board and research updates by scientists and the University of Georgia, University of Florida and Auburn University also highlighted the topics discussed throughout the conference. The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, formed in 1998, is an alliance between the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association and the Georgia Peanut Commission.last_img read more

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaCool, dry weather in early spring slowed the growth of Georgia’s watermelon crop. But it’s expected to recover quickly. And the melons may even be a little sweeter than normal by harvest time.”We had some below-average temperatures in March and early April, and that happens from time to time,” said Terry Kelley, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “That put the crop a little behind in growth.”To recoverBut Kelley believes the crop will have no problem recovering now that temperatures across the state have become consistently warmer.Most of the crop was planted on schedule. Planting began around March 15. A majority of Georgia’s watermelons are planted on irrigated land into beds covered in plastic.But the drought postponed the planting of some melons on land without irrigation. Many of those melons are being planted now, he said.”The peak of harvest may come a little later,” he said. “But consumers will see no real difference. There should be plenty of melons for the Fourth of July market.”Georgia melons’ big market is the July 4 holiday, when celebrating patriots include the sweet fruit in their cookout plans. Many growers schedule their planting each year to harvest fresh melons for this high-demand market.Temperatures across the state have warmed. But despite the half-inch to inch of rain this week, dry weather remains across much of the state.Watermelon growers don’t like drought conditions. But they don’t like rainy ones either, Kelley said.Less disease, sweeterExtremely wet springs and summers tend to increase disease problems for growers, who have to spend more money to control things like gummy stem blight. If the weather stays on the dry side, growers will have fewer disease problems.Excessive moisture tends to saturate melons, too, and make them less sweet. In dry conditions, the grower who can irrigate can better control how much water his crop gets.Sunshine contributes to melon sweetness, too. Dry conditions mean less cloud coverage. Less cloud coverage means more sunshine and sweeter melons.Georgia farmers historically plant 27,000 to 28,000 acres of melons each year. But they may end up planting more this year because watermelon prices were strong last year.Georgia farmers planted 26,000 acres of watermelons last year and got an average of 7.8 cents per pound, about 2 cents higher than in 2002.No definite estimates have been released for this year’s crop.Georgia ranks third behind Florida and Texas in watermelon production. The state’s crop was worth about $40 million last year.last_img read more

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaAn unusually cool spring is delaying two of Georgia’s sweetest farm crops: Vidalia onions and watermelons.Officially, the 2005 Vidalia onion marketing season starts today. This is the first year for a regulated opening selling day for the state’s official vegetable.Late onionsVidalia onion farmers usually begin selling their crop around April 20. But the growth of this year’s crop is about two weeks behind normal, said Reid Torrance, coordinator for the University of Georgia Extension Service office in Tattnall County.About 75 percent of Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop is grown in Tattnall and Toombs counties in east Georgia.”The fluctuating weather and cold snaps this spring have slowed the maturity of the crop,” Torrance said.The average daily temperature for Vidalia, Ga., has been 61 degrees since April 1, about 4 degrees below the average for the same time last year. The soil temperature 2 inches deep has been 65 degrees, about 4 degrees below last year’s average, according to data collected by the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.Despite some extreme weather, the onions out in the fields now look good, Torrance said. Heavy rain since March has made the early onions taste milder. Farmers will probably harvest around 18,000 pounds per acre, “which is a good yield,” he said.Farmers planted 13,000 acres this year. But one farmer in Tattnall County lost about 1,000 acres to hail in March. They planted 16,000 acres last year and harvested 26,000 pounds per acre in a record-setting crop, Torrance said.Two new diseases were discovered on Vidalia onion plants in the fall of 2003. Iris yellow spot virus has hurt onions in South America and the Pacific Northwest. Tomato spotted wilt virus has hurt other Georgia crops such as tobacco, peanuts and some vegetables.The onions appear to have more of both viruses this year, he said. And signs of the viruses’ effect on plant foliage have continued into March and April, later than last year. The viruses may have caused some plants not to develop well early, making them more susceptible to harsh weather.”But so far, we’re not seeing any dramatic effect on the crop from these two diseases,” Torrance said.Weathered melonsWatermelons around Cordele, Ga., where Georgia’s annual watermelon festival takes place, “aren’t looking too sporty,” said Ken Lewis, UGA Extension Service coordinator in Crisp County.Farmers began planting melons in mid-March, mostly in south-central Georgia. Several severe storms since then have brought 40-plus mile-per-hour winds to the area and left young vines sandblasted and twisted, he said.The vines should be about 3 feet long by now. But cool spring temperatures have stunted their growth to only 1 foot in most fields. Crisp County’s average daily high temperature since mid-March has been 72 degrees, about 5 degrees below the historic average, according to the GAEMN.Hail has beaten down vines in some fields. “Overall, the crop is off to a rocky start,” Lewis said.Farmers planted 4,000 acres of watermelons, mostly seedless, in the Crisp County area, he said. No official acreage number has been released for watermelons this year. Georgia farmers usually plant about 35,000 acres each year.Once the weather consistently warms up, he said, the watermelon vines should recover. But the harvest will probably be pushed back this year. Georgia farmers target the Fourth of July holiday market, with peak harvest usually starting in mid-June.The cool wet spring has stunted Georgia’s corn crop, too. The state’s farmers have started planting cotton now and will begin a flurry of peanut planting later next month.last_img read more

first_imgUGA researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists will present the latest research-based information on turfgrass varieties grown in Georgia. Topics include the latest on disease, insect and weed control, using in-ground soil moisture sensors, turfgrass management and proper fertility practices.Learn about newly released UGA bermudagrass, seashore paspalum, tall fescue and zoysiagrass varieties and see the varieties growing in research plots.The latest turfgrass industry equipment will be displayed and demonstrated. And, for the growing number of Hispanic employees working in the turfgrass industry, the morning sessions from 9:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. will be offered in Spanish.The field day is certified for Georgia Pesticide License Credit hours. Participants can earn four hours of credit in category 24 (ornamentals and turf) and four hours in category 21 (plant agriculture).The $65 registration fee covers the presentations, a detailed program booklet and a barbecue lunch. Early registrations, received by July 21, are just $50.For more information or to register, go to the website or call (770) 229-3477.The field day is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Georgia Turfgrass Association, the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association and the Georgia Sod Producers Association. If caring for turfgrass is in your job description, the University of Georgia has planned an event just for you. The UGA Turfgrass Field Day will be filled with everything you ever wanted to know about turfgrass and much more.The field day will be Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The event will held outdoors – rain or shine.last_img read more

first_imgThe annual South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium will be held March 23 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Garden Club of Georgia – Camellia District IV, sponsor the daylong event. The symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the opening of the day’s plant sale followed by registration at 9 a.m. Symposium topics will include designing with native plants, integrated pest management, native plants and butterflies and soil fertility. The day will conclude with a walking tour of the UGA Coastal Plain Arboretum at 3:10 p.m.The cost of the symposium is $30 with an additional $10 fee for an optional lunch. For more information about the event, see the symposium’s website at, or call Amy Carter at (229) 391-6868 or email her at read more