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Man Charged With Strangulation Following Alleged Weekend Altercation

first_imgStock Image PANAMA – A Village of Panama man is facing charges following an alleged altercation over the weekend.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Nicholas Shields, 29, was arrested on Sunday following the incident late Saturday night.Deputies did not release specifics, only saying Shields is charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree aggravated harassment and second-degree harassment.They say he was brought to the Chautauqua County Jail for the centralized arraignment program. 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)last_img read more

Fundraiser Launched For Family Farm Destroyed By Tornado

first_imgOn Friday, the National Weather Service classified Thursday’s tornado as an EF1.Meteorologists say a funnel cloud developed on the south side of Barnes Road and the Tornado’s initial touchdown occurred in a wooded area near a farm then moved across the property around 4:50 p.m.Overall, the storm produced maximum winds up to 100 miles per hour and was on the ground for a total of one and a half miles. Image by Shawn Sweatman / Chautauqua Weather Today. PORTLAND – A GoFundMe page is collecting donations for a family whose farm was destroyed by a tornado in Chautauqua County this week.Sarah Sprague launched the fundraiser for the Marczynski family farm on Barnes Road.“The house got away with very minor damage, but the barn, the workshop, and most of the fencing for the pasture has been destroyed,” said Sprague. “Their vehicle is totaled, as well as significant other trucks.”Sprague says all the horses, goats and cows are accounted for with few superficial injuries. However, she says some of the birds on the farm died in the storm.“The amount of hay and feed that was damaged and lost due to the storm is huge,” explained Sprague. “Machinery is damaged and/or totaled. The barn is pretty much a complete loss. It’s just devastating. That’s the only way I can describe it.”Since Saturday morning, the fundraiser has raised over $1,000 with a goal of $5,000.center_img 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)last_img read more

Pop Stardom Awaits! Listen to Lea Michele Break Down Love and Heartbreak in Her New Single ‘Battlefield’

first_img Lea Michele View Comments Glee Star Files After premiering her debut single “Cannonball” last year, Lea Michele has shared another new track titled “Battlefield!” The song serves as the second promotional/buzz single off of her upcoming debut album Louder, which is scheduled for release on March 4 via Columbia Records. Once again written by Sia, “Battlefield” is a haunting piano ballad with Michele delivering a heart-breaking and emotional vocal, singing about a relationship unraveling, with lyrics like, “Peace will come when one of us puts down the gun.” Unlike the more theatrical “Cannonball,” this song feels much more raw and helps you separate Michele from her Glee persona Rachel Berry. Check out the track below!last_img read more

Kinky Boots’ Annaleigh Ashford to Release Single by Will Van Dyke

first_img Kinky Boots In addition to his work on Kinky Boots and Rent, Van Dyke served in the orchestra for The Addams Family, and is the composer of Pages (Cap 21), Winnie the Pooh, Kids, and The Girls I’ve Like Liked. His songs have been performed at venues all over the country including Joe’s Pub and Lincoln Center. He has two albums Chasing The Day and Writing Kevin Taylor. With Matt Doyle, Van Dyke co-wrote and produced his albums Daylight and Constant. Upcoming works include Magnificent Climb (with Rick Elice). Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Annaleigh Ashford View Comments Ashford, currently in Kinky Boots, was recently seen as Betty DiMello on Showtime’s Masters of Sex. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will return as a series regular in the show’s second season. Ashford’s other stage credits include Rent, Dogfight, Wicked and Legally Blonde. She has a lead role in the upcoming independent feature film Franny, starring Francis Fisher.center_img Related Shows In addition to writing music and lyrics, Van Dyke is featured on piano on the single. The track also features Michael Aarons (guitar), Steve Gilewski (bass), Sammy Merendino (drums), Philip Payton (violin/viola), and Allison Seidner (cello). Derik Lee mixed and mastered the recording. Star Files Broadway’s adorably perky Kinky Boots star and Tony-nominated Annaleigh Ashford has paired with musical director and composer Will Van Dyke to record a single of his song “Another Time.” Set to be released on iTunes and wherever digital music is sold on January 14, the number will be featured in Ashford’s one-woman show Lost in the Stars at 54 Below on February 3.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Shakespeare Double-Bill Scores Box Office Touchdown

first_imgTwo-time Tony winner Mark Rylance pulling Shakespeare double-duty on Broadway in Twelfth Night and Richard III has consistently been one of the must-see events of the season since the shows opened on October 10, 2013. The all-male Shakespeare’s Globe repertory productions broke the house record at the Belasco Theatre for the fifth time, while fan favorites The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Lion King and Kinky Boots once again took the lead in grosses. UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Outside Mullingar ($317,000) 4. Rock of Ages ($289,178) 3. A Night With Janis Joplin ($231,225) 2. Machinal ($196,201) 1. Bronx Bombers ($137,015) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.30%) 2. Twelfth Night/Richard III (102.12%) 3. Wicked (95.43%) 4. Matilda (95.23%) 5. Kinky Boots (91.48%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Book of Mormon ($1,641,717) 2. Wicked ($1,403,247) 3. The Lion King ($1,293,167) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,173,857) 5. Motown The Musical ($978,954) View Comments UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Jersey Boys (58.63%) 4. Mamma Mia! (56.72%) 3. Chicago (53.74%) 2. Cinderella (53.41%) 1. A Night With Janis Joplin (48.42%) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 2:last_img read more

Tony Triumph Speeds Up Glitter & Glam For All! Hedwig Album Gets Early Release

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 With a score by Stephen Trask, a book by John Cameron Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Famous numbers include “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “Angry Inch” and more. View Comments Star Files Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inchcenter_img We’re going to be turning up the eight track and rocking out to Tony winners Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall that much earlier now! Due to overwhelming demand, the Atlantic Records cast album of the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will now be available for digital download on June 12, instead of the previously announced July 1. The record will be in stores on July 15. Neil Patrick Harris In addition to Harris and Hall, the cast album will feature the Angry Inch band, known as Tits of Clay outside the Belasco Theatre: Justin Craig (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Matt Duncan (bass, vocals), Tim Mislock (guitar, vocaals), and Peter Yanowitz (drums, vocals). Trask will produce the album alongside Tim O’Heir and Hedwig music director Justin Craig. Lena Halllast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Hedwig Plays Record-Breaking Week Prior to Tonys

first_img FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.43%)** 2. The Book of Mormon (102.42%) 3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (100.79%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.55%) = 5. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) = 5. Aladdin (100.00%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Chicago (66.35%) 4. Bullets Over Broadway (64.00%) 3. Rocky (61.45%) 2. Once (58.60%) 1. Mothers and Sons (43.87%) Come on, sugar daddy, bring it home! Prior to roping in four Tony awards on June 8, including Best Revival of a Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch set a box office record at the Belasco Theatre. In just seven performances, the Neil Patrick Harris-led tuner grossed $1,021,707.87, beating a record held by the production during the week ending May 4. Aladdin secured a spot in the top five grossing shows for the third consecutive week, joining fellow perennial faves The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. Meanwhile, the first show of the new season, Holler If Ya Hear Me, started performances on June 2 at the Palace Theatre. “Keep ya head up” for this Tupac tuner, which could land out of the underdogs as buzz travels. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 8: *Number based on 7 preview performances **Number based on 7 regular performances UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($376,607)  4. Rock of Ages ($278,823)  3. Casa Valentina ($262,224) 2. Mothers and Sons ($197,920) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($148,964)* View Comments Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,949,684) 2. Wicked ($1,924,272) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,592,249) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,374,315) 5. Aladdin ($1,286,953)last_img read more

London The Play That Goes Wrong Star Dave Hearn on Stunt Man Fantasies & More

first_img I love the way Max remains unflappably cheerful in the face of every possible adversity. Yes, but that’s because he’s a bit of a lovable idiot, and I’ve grown to love him a bit. He is so innocent and so naïve that he doesn’t realize he’s being laughed at. He thinks that people are laughing with him and that he’s doing a really great job. This play began Off West End and on tour as a one-act, and has now been expanded for a West End audience. How thrilling is this? This whole experience has been a bit of a Cinderella story. We’ve had no one famous in it—no superstars in leading roles—and when we were asked by Kenny [Wax], our producer, to write a second act we were concerned that the piece wouldn’t translate to a longer format or a bigger theater when in fact it has. So much could actually go wrong during a performance of your play—how do you keep the staged mishaps in check? It’s about going back to what is the right thing to do, which is to say, how would these characters actually behave? We’ve run “The Play That Goes Right” a few times in rehearsal, and that helps quite a lot. It reminds you how the play is meant to have gone in these actors’ heads. Why don’t you perform that for the public, so people can see both? We’ve discussed doing that, but we weren’t sure if it was a good enough play on its own to merit bringing people in to watch it. People have to know The Play That Goes Wrong very well for a trouble-free version to make any sense. You mean we could watch a version of Murder at Haversham Manor that contains no mistakes at all? There is a version of the play where nothing goes wrong, and in a way that for us is very very funny: you find yourself thinking, “Oh, wow, this is quite a serious play!” Do you realize there’s an actual young British actor named Max Bennett currently appearing in ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore? So I gather, I’ve just seen an article about him. Well, I hope he’ll let us know if and when he comes to see [the play]! Nothing more serious? I did dislocate my shoulder twice, but that’s the thing—stuff like that happens and the audience laughs and thinks it’s part of the show! I got thrown over a chaise longue and my shoulder came out, but I think I only missed five performances or something like that during our entire tour. View Commentscenter_img What do you think is most crucial in making the show work? I suppose it has to do with the basic principle of clowning and those really old clowns like Keaton and Chaplin who may appear stupid and bumbling and falling over all the time when in fact it actually takes a lot of practice and skill to make it look so bad. You have to be very good at something to be very bad at it. Action Shakespeare! It sounds as if the movies would be good for you. I’d love to be a stunt double or stunt extra in an action film. I used to do gymnastics and acrobatics, so I really do enjoy the physical stuff. That’s why this show is perfect for me. It must be nice to discover that you’re made of pretty stern stuff. You know, it takes a little while to realize you’re not made of glass. Actors are a lot tougher than you might think they are. The West End has a sleeper success in The Play That Goes Wrong, the delicious play-within-a-play that chronicles all manner of onstage and offstage mishaps during a performance of an old-style mystery called Murder at Haversham Manor. A hybrid of Noises Off and The Mousetrap, director Mark Bell’s production at the Duchess Theatre asks a lot of its young cast—perhaps none more so than Dave Hearn as matinee idol Max Bennett, who keeps smiling even when all hell is breaking loose around him: missing props, collapsing scenery, and forgotten lines, for a start. Broadway.com caught the ever-charming performer to chat about keeping pratfalls fresh, locating his inner stunt man and more. How are you holding up physically given what befalls you eight times a week? Pretty well. I think we all get a couple of cuts and bruises most shows, but the overall physical exertion is a big adrenalin rush and that seems to keep us going. You’re a classically trained actor—what would you like to do next? I don’t know. I mean, I’m sure someone my age is expected to want to do a big Shakespeare part, like Hamlet, but if someone asked me to run up a wall and jump off it, I’d be very very happy [laughs].last_img read more

Megan Hilty to Headline Annie Get Your Gun Concert

first_img Megan Hilty Smash favorite and Broadway alum Megan Hilty will headline a one-night-only performance of Annie Get Your Gun at New York City Center. The gala celebration directed by John Rando, will take place on October 27 and feature the Encores! orchestra led by music director Rob Berman. Additional casting will be announced later.Hilty most recently appeared on the New York stage in another one-night-only engagement: the concert performance of Bombshell, the fictional musical from TV’s Smash. Annie Get Your Gun marks Hilty’s return to Encores! after starring in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She made her Broadway debut in Wicked and went on to star in 9 to 5. In addition to Smash, her screen credits include Sean Saves the World and an upcoming Warren Beatty project.With a score by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields, Annie Get Your Gun is inspired by the true story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her relationship with Frank Butler. It originally premiered on Broadway in 1946 starring Ethel Merman and has been revived twice. The 1999 revival won Bernadette Peters a Tony Award. Coincidentally, Peters played Hilty’s mom in Smash. Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley & Common Join NBC’s The Wiz Live!

first_img View Comments More stars are heading to Oz! Grammy winner Ne-Yo, Oscar and Grammy winner Common and movie musical alum Elijah Kelley have joined the cast of NBC’s The Wiz Live! The three will play Tinman, the Gatekeeper and Scarecrow, respectively. The musical will be broadcast live on December 3.Ne-Yo won two Grammys in 2009 for ”Miss Independent” and the year prior for his album Because of You. His latest album, Non-Fiction, was released earlier this year. Kelley appeared in the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray as Seaweed. His additional credits include Red Tails, Boys of Abu Ghraib and The Butler. Common won an Oscar with John Legend earlier this year for the Selma anthem “Glory.” He previously won Grammys for the singles “Love of My Life” and “Southside.” His film credits include Now Your See Me, Every Single Thing, Selma and the upcoming Suicide Squad.The new cast members join the previously reported trio of Grammy winners: original Dorothy Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz and Mary J. Blige as Evillene. Three-time Tony nominee and In Living Color star David Alan Grier will play the Cowardly Lion (Grier appeared in the 2006 La Jolla production as the Wiz), Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley will play good witches Glinda and Addaperle and newcomer Shanice Williams takes on the role of Dorothy. No word yet if this cast is on board for the forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, which is set to open in the 2016-17 season.Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ score includes “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.”last_img read more