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  • The King and I’s Kelli O’Hara & Hoon Lee Are Taking Your Questions

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Related Shows View Comments The King and I Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and her newest leading man, Hoon Lee, are ready for you to get to know all about them. The pair star in the lush revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theate, but they are taking time out of their busy schedules to come to to answer your questions. So what do you want to know about the worm, Splinter, quick changes…et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Ask away!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>last_img read more

  • Frozen Will Storm Broadway in Spring 2018

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Related Shows ‘Frozen’ (Photo: Disney) View Commentscenter_img For the first time in forever (OK, in about a year), we have an update on the highly-anticipated Frozen musical! The Broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning blockbuster will hit the Great White Way in Spring 2018. As previously speculated, Alex Timbers will direct. Tony winner Peter Darling will choreograph.The Disney musical, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, will first play an out-of-town tryout in summer 2017. A location will be announced at a later date.Timbers received a Tony nomination for directing Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as for the book of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (which he also directed). His additional directing credits include Rocky and Here Lies Love. He is also the co-creator and co-writer of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Darling won a Tony Award in 2009 for choreographing Billy Elliot; he also earned a nomination for Matilda—and won Oliviers for both.The production has an all-star design team lined up: set and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Peter Hylenski. Stephen Oremus will serve as music supervisor. Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The film won Oscars in 2013 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.No word yet on casting for the musical, so start lining up, belters. Frozenlast_img read more

  • Nicole Kidman Will Return to Broadway in Photograph 51

    first_imgNicole Kidman in ‘Photograph 51′(Photo: Johan Persson) We have been telling you for quite some time that this had Broadway transfer written all over it! Nicole Kidman, who headlined Anna Ziegler’s new play Photograph 51 in the West End last year, will reprise her performance on the Great White Way. According to the New York Post, the production is set to open at either the Lyceum or the Broadhurst theaters this fall, where Fully Committed and Tuck Everlasting, respectively, are about to open. Fully has a limited engagement (ending July 24); Tuck’s is open-ended…Kidman was labeled theatrical Viagra for her last foray on the boards, The Blue Room. Her performance in the show at London’s Donmar Warehouse earned her an Olivier nod in 1999, and she went on to reprise the role on Broadway. Kidman’s extensive film credits include her Oscar-winning performance in The Hours; she additionally received Academy Award nods for Moulin Rouge! and Rabbit Hole. The actress has also been seen on screen in To Die For, The Others, Cold Mountain, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, Stoker, The Paperboy and Paddington. Kidman would also reportedly like to headline a film adaptation of Photograph 51.Photograph 51 follows Rosalind Franklin (Kidman). Does she know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it? Ziegler’s play looks at the woman who cracked DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history.Directed by Michael Grandage, Photograph 51 played a limited engagement at the Noel Coward Theatre and co-starred Will Attenborough, Edward Bennett, Stephen Campbell Moore, Patrick Kennedy and Joshua Silver. View Commentslast_img read more

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aaron Tveit & Grease: Live’s Dream Team Hold Panel Discussion

    first_imgThomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aaron Tveit(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Lin-Manuel Miranda Grease is still the word! After winning over 17 million viewers worldwide, Grease: Live received an unprecedented 10 Emmy nominations on July 14. Of course, fans were able to see Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit make greased lightning strike again on the small screen—but what of the magic going on behind the scenes? On August 15, Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted a panel discussion on Grease: Live’s success and creative process; in attendance were Hamilton’s Tony-winning director Thomas Kail, Tony winner William Ivey Long, Tveit, Hairspray Live! director Alex Rudzinski and casting director extraordinaire Bernard Telsey (see below). Both Kail and Rudzinski received nominations for helming the broadcast, and Long nabbed a nod for costume design. (We’re still not over Keke Palmer’s “Freddy My Love” costume change.) Telsey was also recognized for his superb casting. Take a look at the photos, and give ’em hell, Rydell! Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

  • Exclusive! Watch Victoria Clark & Judy Kaye Perform from Sousatzka

    first_img View Comments Star Files Judy Kaye This is more than talent; this is genius! As previously reported, a musical adaptation of Bernice Rubens’ Madame Sousatzka has its eyes on the Great White Way for a bow in October 2017. Sousatzka will star Tony winner Victoria Clark, Tony winner Judy Kaye, Tony nominee Montego Glover and newcomer Jordan Barrow. The tuner, backed by notorious producer Garth Drabinsky, will premiere at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre on February 25, 2017 and officially open on March 23. Directed by Adrian Noble, Sousatzka is set in London, England in 1982 and tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother, a political refugee and his piano teacher, a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past. Clark and Kaye perform the heartbreakingly beautiful “Let Go” in the exclusive video below. Get the tissues ready, and watch these fantastically talented ladies saaaang! Victoria Clark, Garth Drabinsky, Montego Glover & Judy Kaye(Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)last_img read more

  • Organic Risk

    first_img E.coli O157:H7 “In many cases, ‘organic’ means the foods were grown with animal manures instead of chemical fertilizers,” said Paul Guillebeau, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Animal manure is the primary reservoir for a virulent strain of E. coli.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed nearly 2,500 cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in 1996. The CDC reported 250 deaths. While organic foods made up only 1 percent of the U.S. food supply, they were implicated in 8 percent of the E. coli cases. Organic foods are also more likely to be contaminated with fungal toxins like aflatoxin, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unpasteurized milk and juices are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria. “Organic producers may make problems worse because they often don’t use chlorinated water or other disinfectants before selling their products,” Guillebeau said. “I’m not condemning organic foods,” he said. “The risks from pesticides may be reduced by consuming organically grown products. I just want people to realize that organic production doesn’t eliminate food risks. It increases some risks.” Not all organic foods are grown with manure, said Cynthia Hizer. She is one of many organic growers who sells produce at the Morningside Farmers Market, an open-air market in Atlanta. “Many organic farmers fertilize crops with ‘green manure,’ which is plant matter, as opposed to animal manure,” Hizer said. “We all compost our manure in a heap where it is heated to a temperature that should kill most pathogens. We don’t put it raw on the fields.” Hizer, who grew up on a farm in Indiana, supports organic farming for several reasons. “You’re building the soil and putting life back into the soil with organics,” she said. “That adds vitality to the plants that are grown in it and more flavor in the food.” Food safety experts with the UGA Extension Service say it’s not really how the food is grown that counts most. It’s how safely you handle it in your own kitchen. “There is a risk of E.coli with any food,” said Connie Crawley, an extension food safety and nutrition specialist. “It’s hard to trace the source of the contamination.” The study on E. coli in organic foods, she said, “just emphasizes that you should always wash any produce thoroughly in water.” Crawley agrees that the grower plays a role in food safety. But she sees the grower’s role as minimal. “Most organic farmers who are in it for their main business are aware of the risk,” she said. “They take great care to reduce the risks.” The best place to avoid the risk of E.coli, she said, is between the market and the dinner plate. She offers this advice: Keep produce clean and stored appropriately. Keep your kitchen and storage area clean. Wash your hands and utensils before preparing foods. Think about how the food grows. If it grows up through the ground and has crevices, like lettuce or onions, wash it more thoroughly. In the ongoing debate over how safe the U.S. food supply really is, a new study shows getting back to nature may not be the answer. Some experts believe organic foods may be riskier than conventionally grown foods because of potential contamination with E. coli, says a University of Georgia scientist.center_img “There is no totally sterile food,” Crawley said. “Someone who hasn’t washed his hands can walk into a grocery store, pick up some produce and contaminate it. If you’re going to eat raw food, you have to be aware.”last_img read more

  • Empathy Lesson.

    first_img “The two biggest obstacles these families face in getting and keeping jobs are child care — finding quality, affordable child care for the shifts they work — and transportation,” Peisher said. “Having reliable transportation to get to a job on time is an especially big obstacle in rural areas, where they don’t have public transportation,” she said. “Even in some urban areas, public transportation is unavailable.” A lack of basic life skills will keep people from holding onto a job after they get it. But education is perhaps the biggest roadblock. “Some studies have shown that if women aren’t making more than $8 per hour, the chances of their staying employed more than three years are low,” Peisher said. “The biggest obstacle in getting a high-wage job is the lack of education,” she said. “So you have a complicated web of obstacles.” A million Georgians live in poverty, trying to support a family on less than $15,000 a year. In a new University of Georgia educational program, the people they rely on for help trade places with them, at least for one day. Understanding must come first The simulation isn’t intended to actually develop those programs and policies. It’s designed to help people feel more able to make those plans. It is a precursor to having better programs and policies for low-income families. To find out more about the training, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call (706) 542-1671. Many programs to help Obstacles not easily overcome Helping the helpers Helping the people who work in agencies designed to help these families get past the roadblocks is what the UGA training is all about. So far, the program has had good marks. “We’re looking for better understanding of low-income families and their challenges,” Peisher said. “We’re looking for improved community programming and policy-making for poverty families.” Of the people who have taken part in the program so far, she said, more than 90 percent say they understand the low-income obstacles better. “In early feedback, 65 percent said they see their jobs and the people they work with differently,” Peisher said. “More than 70 percent felt more able to develop plans for community action. And more than 60 percent had ideas they wanted to discuss with others about community action.” “Welcome to the State of Poverty,” a UGA Extension Service program, shows what it’s like to live in poverty for a month. The program helps sensitize people who work with those in need to the stresses of everyday living. “One of the biggest obstacles poverty-level families face is that the people who work with them don’t understand what they face,” said Ann Peisher, an Extension Service associate professor with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Peisher and others began the program in November. Education vital New welfare reforms have many communities developing programs and policies to help people move from welfare to work. The UGA program is designed to better equip community leaders to address the issues they will face. “There are lots of definitions for self-sufficiency,” Peisher said. “Typically it has an economic definition. But from a family standpoint it’s broader. Getting a job isn’t a big deal. Keeping a job is. We help people acquire skills to reach a state of well-being so they can keep a job.” Some of the skills they teach are money managing, food and nutrition, getting good child care and finding and keeping good housing. last_img read more

  • Hydrangea Color.

    first_imgWalter Reeves If you were paying attention in high school chemistry, you know the soil pH determinesthe color of your hydrangea flowers.If you weren’t, or you just don’t remember it, watch “Gardening in Georgia”on Georgia Public Television July 6 and 8. Host Walter Reeves will show you exactly how tochange the color of your hydrangea blooms.Walter will show different ways to stake tomato plants, too, to keep the leaves andtomatoes off the ground.He’ll also take a look at soaker hoses. Sure, they’re easy to use, but how much waterdo they apply to the soil? Walter shows how to figure it out using a plastic bag and abucket.Finally, Walter visits with Tara Dillard for some unique tips on hanging baskets. Tarainserts plants into the side of a hanging basket, not just on top.Thursdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 10a.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img read more

  • Conquer Credit Cards.

    first_imgIf you and your credit cards went a little overboard in thespirit of holiday giving, now is the time to buckle down and payoff those debts before the interest has you feeling like the Grinch.Stop Using Credit Cards”If you want to get out of debt, the first thing you haveto do is stop using credit,” said Michael Rupured, an ExtensionService financial management specialist with the University ofGeorgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”If you must,” he said, “keep one card for traveland emergencies. But leave the card at home in a safe place untilyou need it.”Cut up all your other credit cards, he said. And close outthe accounts.Make a List and Check Your RatesNext, make a list of all your debts, excluding your mortgage.For each debt, write down how much you owe, the Annual PercentageRate (APR) and the minimum payment. Using this list, determinethe total you owe, how much you pay in interest each month andhow much goes for debt payments.”If you’re behind or have a hard time making minimum payments,you may need help,” Rupured said. “Nonprofit creditcounseling agencies can help you develop a debt repayment planthat fits your budget.” Check under “credit counselors”in the yellow pages of your phone book.If you can afford minimum payments, you can get out of debtwithout professional help.Pay More to One Debt First”Make the minimum payment on all but one of your debts,”Rupured said. “Then put any extra dollars you can come upwith toward that one debt you excluded. Focus on the debt withthe highest APR to save the most on interest.”Continue applying the same amount to debt payments every monthuntil all the debts are paid.”As you pay one credit card or other debt off, add thatamount to your payment for another creditor,” he said. “Ifyou have seven debts with a combined monthly minimum payment of$725, continue to pay $725 until you have repaid all seven debts.”Rupured says increasing your monthly debt payment by $25 canknock several months off your debt repayment time.Use Extra Money Wisely”Put tax refunds, bonuses, gifts or prizes toward yourdebts to pay them off even faster,” he said. “With fewerbills to pay, you’ll have more money, write fewer checks and evensave on postage!”For more help, ask your county Extension office about informationon the PowerPay Credit Payment Worksheet. Once you complete thePowerPay information form, you’ll get several printouts showinga repayment schedule, how long it will take to pay off your debtsand how much you will pay in interest.last_img read more

  • Prune and propagate

    first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWhile most Americans are eating watermelon and marveling over fireworks, Georgia gardening guru Walter Reeves will be pruning freeze damage from his hydrangeas. Tune in to “Gardening In Georgia” to study his technique.“April freeze damage gives us ample reason to lower the height of mop-head hydrangeas without affecting our non-existent blooms,” Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, said. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.On the show airing July 5 and 7 Reeves will also give tips on propagating woody shrubs like heirloom roses or camellias. There are many reasons to propagate woody plants, and Reeves will demonstrate easy techniques using household supplies.Most gardens are designed with a view in mind. Whether it’s a simple gazing-ball focal point or a long path leading to another garden, a correctly planned view can make a big difference. Reeves joins garden designer Tara Dillard in her garden to learn how she designs garden axes. “Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by GPB and the UGA Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each show is geared to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions.The 2007 season is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. For more on “Gardening in Georgia,” visit read more