Image via Airbnb.MAYVILLE – Airbnb has reached a deal with Chautauqua and several other counties statewide to better collect taxes on vacation rentals.Starting Thursday, the online marketplace company will collect and report the revenue to counties.Officials say collecting and remitting hotel taxes can be complicated, and that, rules were designed for traditional hospitality providers and large hotel corporations, not individuals.“The tourism industry has been hit especially hard during the pandemic,” said Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and CEO of the CCIDA. “The additional revenue will help us further support our tourism industry and preserve our lakes and waterways.” Now, under the new tax agreement, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties are among 31 other counties statewide will see revenue from the internet-based vacation rental company.In total, Airbnb has partnered with over 400 local governments throughout the U.S. to collect and remit taxes part of similar agreements aiming to make the process seamless and easy for hosts to pay their fair share while contributing new revenue for local governments. 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)
View Comments Star Files Disney’s Frozen Listen up, because this is music to our frostbitten ears! Since you’ve already seen Frozen at least twice in theaters, bought the soundtrack on iTunes and memorized all of Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s awesome lyrics—it’s time to get serious. According to Deadline.com, Disney has announced that they’ll release a sing-along version of the animated blockbuster in theaters on January 31.Theatergoers will be able to join in the chorus of all of their favorite tunes from the film including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “Fixer Upper,” “Love Is an Open Door” and the Oscar-nominated “Let It Go.” This version will feature on-screen lyrics, and viewers will be able follow a bouncing snowflake to show you which word to sing at that time.”Frozen fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion—there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’—we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Disney’s Dave Hollis, in a statement.Frozen won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and is the front-runner to capture that prize at the Oscars, too. The Disney Animation musical has taken in more than $337 million domestically and $763 million worldwide since its record-breaking Thanksgiving opening. Idina Menzel
Christopher Sieber View Comments After briefly falling victim to the Trunchbull curse, Matilda star Christopher Sieber has officially arrived on Broadway, and he’s scaring the daylights out of children everywhere. We’ve got a first look at the two-time Tony nominee in his Miss Trunchbull drag (complete with plenty of hammer-throwing medals), and we’re pleased to report that he makes a perfectly hideous headmistress. Check out these new photos of Sieber in Matilda, then catch him live at the Shubert Theatre…Just make sure you don’t get locked up in the Chokey! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matilda Star Files
Holbrook’s Broadway credits include West Side Story, Xanadu, All Shook Up, Fosse, The Boy From Oz, Taboo, Follies, The Addams Family and Footloose. His screen credits include Hairspray, Smash and Nurse Jackie. Directed by Michael Greif, the new musical also stars Idina Menzel, LaChanze, James Snyder, Jerry Dixon, Jenn Colella, Jason Tam and Tamika Lawrence. The ensemble includes Joe Cassidy, Miguel Cervantes, Stephanie Klemons, Tyler McGee, Ryann Redmond, Joe Aaron Reid and Ann Sanders. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Related Shows A spokesperson for If/Then has confirmed that Anthony Rapp has had to temporarily depart the Broadway production to recuperate from surgery. Curtis Holbrook will be performing the role of Lucas at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in his place. No word yet on when Rapp will be able to return. Rapp tweeted [sic]: “Sad 2 miss several weeks @IfThenMusical while I recover from knee surgery. Great @CurtisHolbrook will play Lucas. Can’t wait 2 return soon.” Featuring music, lyrics and book by Next to Normal team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then tells the story of Elizabeth (Menzel), a woman on the verge of turning 40 who returns to New York City to make a fresh start. If/Then Star Files Anthony Rapp
Wouldn’t It Be Nice? Model Cara Delevingne Eyes Beach Boys Musical British model and actress Cara Delevingne is eyeing the female lead in the upcoming Beach Boys movie musical All Summer Long. Before you think this project may not have “Good Vibrations” about it, you should know that it comes courtesy of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind movie musicals such as Hairspray and Chicago, as well as TV’s Smash, The Sound of Music Live! and the upcoming Peter Pan Live! So basically the duo has produced the entire contents of our DVRs. According to The Wrap, Michael Sucsy will direct a script penned by Susannah Grant. This is definitely a film we’ll get around to seeing! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Nathan Lane Star Files See Nathan Lane Talk to Andrea Martin About Her Lady Parts Two Tony-winning luminaries talking the business of show? Irresistible. Andrea Martin will sit down with her good friend Nathan Lane to chat about her new memoir, Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts, on September 14 at 92Y in the Big Apple. Catch the pair there and of course back on Broadway—Martin is returning to Pippin and Lane is headlining It’s Only a Play with Matthew Broderick. View Comments Fox’s New Sitcom is a Glee and Modern Family Mash-Up This sounds like a Glee and Modern Family mash-up. Fox, the network that will soon bid farewell to Glee, is producing a new musical family sitcom pilot, The Sound of the Sumners. Deadline reports that the show will explore a modern family and feature original music and songs. Miss Saigon to Celebrate Turning 25 With Gala & Live Album The heat is on in Saigon, or it will be in London on September 22! To celebrate 25 years since the original premiere of Boublil & Schönberg’s Miss Saigon, there will be a special gala performance of the West End revival, with members of the original company joining the cast of the new production onstage at the Prince Edward Theatre in a special finale. Unable to beg, borrow or steal a ticket? Never fear, the evening will be recorded for BBC Radio 2 and broadcast on September 28. Andrea Martin
Burnett received Tony nods for Once Upon a Mattress and Moon Over Buffalo. She is perhaps best known for her work on the Emmy-winning The Carol Burnett Show. Emmy winner Carol Burnett begins performances opposite Brian Dennehy in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters on October 11, stepping in for Mia Farrow. Directed by Gregory Mosher, the production is playing on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The pair will be followed by casts of stars in strictly limited engagements that include Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Related Shows Burnett and Dennehy will remain with the production through November 7. Alda and Bergen will take over November 8 through December 5. Keach and Rigg will play December 6 through January 9, 2015. Huston and Sheen will then play January 10, 2015 through February 15. Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away? Love Letters View Comments
View Comments Ready for another look at the new take on Annie? As we know, many of the tuner’s numbers, including “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” have gotten a 21st-century makeover thanks to Sia for the upcoming remake. The Australian pop star also wrote three new songs for the film, including “Opportunity.” Watch the clip from People below as Quvenzhané Wallis belts it out. In the film, Annie sings the number at the Guggenheim Museum when asked to give a speech about her time with Oliver Warbucks Will Stacks. See? There’s still a red dress, just without the white trim. Catch Annie in movie theaters beginning December 19.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 22, 2015 Starring and written by Anthony Wilkinson, My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral are both loosely based on his own wacky Italian family. Wedding tells the story of Anthony Pinnunziato (Wilkinson), a gay Italian-American who wants to marry his boyfriend Andrew in a traditional wedding ceremony. Funeral tells the story of Anthony and his large family mourning the death of his father. My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral have extended their run again! Both plays, which had previously announced an extension through January 4, 2015, will now run through March 29, 2015. The shows play in rep at St Luke’s Theatre under the direction of Sonia Blangiardo. My Big Gay Italian Wedding In addition to Wilkinson, the current cast of Wedding and Funeral also include Hugh Hysell, Donna Castellano, Marissa Rosen, Debra Toscano, Liz Gerecitano, Meagan Robar, Erik Ransom, Chad Kessler and Brandon Goins. Wedding also features Joe Scanio, BJ Gruber, Josh Drake and Gabe Bowling. The cast of Funeral also features Christopher Abbott, Mustafa Gatollari and Beth Dzuricky. Ensemble members include Marie Fontaine and Fred Ross. Related Shows View Comments
Based on John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the play centers on the larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly: overweight, arrogant, eccentric, and still living in his mother’s New Orleans home in the 1960s. Called the Don Quixote of the French Quarter, Ignatius has a singular outlook on life. His farcical odyssey includes visits to a department store and a strip club, and stints working at a pants factory and as a hot dog vendor. Nick Offerman is set to lead the world premiere A Confederacy of Dunces. The Parks & Recreation star will begin performances in Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation on November 11 at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. The production, directed by David Esbjornson, is the first offering of the Huntington’s 2015-2016 season. View Comments A Confederacy of Dunces will run at the Huntington through December 13. Offerman is best known for the role of Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks & Recreation, which just completed its seventh and final season. His long list of film credits includes 22 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, We’re the Millers, Smashed, Sin City, Casa de mi Padre, The Men Who Stare at Goats, 21 Jump Street and many more. In 2013, Offerman released his bestselling book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living. He got his start in the Chicago theatre community, where he received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in The Kentucky Cycle and a second Jefferson Award for the puppets and masks he and his team crafted for The Skriker. He has also worked extensively at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Goodman Theatre, and Wisdom Bridge, among others, he appeared in Adding Machine off-Broadway, and is currently a company member of the Evidence Room Theater Company in Los Angeles.
Believe! The previously reported Deaf West Theatre incarnation of Spring Awakening is eyeing a return to Broadway this fall. According to Deadline, the revival, helmed by Great White Way fave Michael Arden, is heading to a theater to be confirmed and casting notices will be posted later today. No word yet if the production’s headliners, Smash and Broadway alums Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus (Arden’s fiancé) are on board for the transfer.A re-imagining of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play with music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, the Tony-winning Spring Awakening boldly depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. The story centers around a brilliant young student named Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz and Wendla, a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood.Spring Awakening opened on Broadway on December 10, 2006 and received eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Great White Way production ran for 859 performances before closing on January 18, 2009.The Deaf West production was choreographed by Hedwig’s Spencer Liff and performed both in American Sign Language and English. Along with Rodriguez (who appeared in Spring Awakening on Broadway) and Mientus (Les Miz) the cast included Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Natacha Roi, Howie Seago, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter and Alex Wyse. View Comments