Finding Neverland Hooks Marc Kudisch

first_imgMarc Kudisch (Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Comments has learned that three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch will join the cast of Finding Neverland on April 12. He’ll live by the hook as Charles Frohman, stepping in for understudy Paul Slade Smith, who temporarily claimed the role following Kelsey Grammer’s departure.Kudisch earned Tony nominations for his performances in 9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He last appeared on Broadway in Hand to God. Additional credits include The Wayside Motor Inn, The Apple Tree, See What I Wanna See, Assassins, Bells Are Ringing and The Wild Party.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.Kudisch will join a cast that features Alfie Boe as Barrie, Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. du Maurier and Teal Wicks as Mary Barrie. The Audience Choice Award-winning production plays the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.center_img Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

Hamilton Dominates 2016 Audience Choice Awards

first_imgWickedFavorite Long-Running Show: WickedFavorite Tour: WickedFavorite Replacement (Female): Rachel Tucker Spring AwakeningFavorite Musical Revival: Spring Awakening 2016 winners (clockwise from top left): Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Spring Awakening and Rachel Tucker An Act of GodFavorite New Play: An Act of God, by David JaverbaumFavorite Leading Actor in a Play: Jim Parsons HamiltonFavorite New Musical: Hamilton: Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel MirandaFavorite Leading Actor in a Musical: Lin-Manuel MirandaFavorite Leading Actress in a Musical: Phillipa SooFavorite Featured Actor in a Musical: Jonathan GroffFavorite Featured Actress in a Musical: Renée Elise GoldsberryFavorite Funny Performance: Jonathan GroffFavorite Diva Performance: Jonathan GroffFavorite Onstage Pair: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Leslie Odom Jr.Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male): Daveed DiggsFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Female): Phillipa SooFavorite New Song: “Satisfied” View Comments Lupita Nyong’oFavorite Leading Actress in a Play: Lupita Nyong’o, Eclipsedcenter_img The CrucibleFavorite Play Revival: The Crucible John Gallagher Jr.Favorite Featured Actor in a Play: John Gallagher Jr., Long Day’s Journey Into Night Every year since 2000, has asked our readers to pick their favorites of the season in our yearly Audience Choice Awards. On the heels of receiving a history making 16 Tony Award nominations, Hamilton has broken another record for most awards ever with 11, surpassing previous record holders Spring Awakening (2007) and Hairspray (2003), both with seven wins. Other big winners included the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o for her Great White Way debut in Eclipsed.The 17th annual Audience Choice Awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on May 10. Below are this year’s winners of Broadway’s most fan-friendly prize! Alfie BoeFavorite Replacement (Male): Alfie Boe, Les MiserablesAWARD COUNT BY SHOWHamilton – 11Wicked – 3An Act of God – 2The Crucible – 1Eclipsed – 1Les Miserables – 1Long Day’s Journey – 1Noises Off – 1Spring Awakening – 1PERFORMERS WITH MULTIPLE WINSLin-Manuel Miranda – 4 (2 as writer)Jonathan Groff – 3Phillipa Soo – 2 Megan HiltyFavorite Featured Actress in a Play: Megan Hilty, Noises Offlast_img read more

Bonjour! The Cast of the An American in Paris Tour Meets the Press

first_img View Comments The cast of the ‘An American in Paris’ tourphoto by Caitlin McNaney The national tour of An American in Paris will soon hit the road, but the show’s cast recently took time out of their busy rehearsing schedule to meet the press. Paris stars Garen Scribner, Sara Esty, Nick Spangler, Etai Benson, Gayton Scott and Emily Ferranti—along with director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon—gathered at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City on September 23 to preview the touring production of the hit Broadway musical and chat about why they’re excited to take the show across the country. photo editor Caitlin McNaney was on the scene and snapped this Hot Shot of the company. The An American in Paris tour will launch October 25 in Boston.last_img

Charlotte d’Amboise Begins Performances in Broadway’s Chicago

first_img from $49.50 View Comments She started with a bang! Charlotte d’Amboise returns to Broadway’s Chicago on February 20. The two-time Tony nominee replaces Spice Girl Mel B, who played her last performance on February 19, in the role of Roxie Hart at the Ambassador Theatre.The fancy-footed D’Amboise received Tony nominations for her performances in the revival of A Chorus Line and in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Her other Broadway credits include Pippin, Sweet Charity, Carrie, Company, Contact and Damn Yankees.Chicago currently stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.D’Amboise will play a limited engagement in the Tony-winning revival through April 9. Chicagocenter_img Related Shows Charlotte d’Amboise(Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)last_img read more

Tracy Letts’ Man From Nebraska Extends at Second Stage

first_img Man From Nebraska Show Closed This production ended its run on March 26, 2017 View Comments Annette O’Toole & Reed Birney in off-Broadway’s ‘Man From Nebraska’ (Photo: Joan Marcus) The critically praised New York debut of Tracy Letts’ Man From Nebraska, starring Tony winner Reed Birney and Annette O’Toole, will get a two-week extension at Second Stage, through March 26. The off-Broadway production, directed by David Cromer, opened on February 15 and was originally scheduled to close on March 12.Man From Nebraska centers on Ken (Birney), a middle-aged man who suddenly finds that he has lost his faith and sense of purpose and sets out on a wild adventure to find it, leaving his loyal wife (O’Toole) at home in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to Birney and O’Toole, the cast includes Heidi Armbruster, Tom Bloom, Annika Boras, Nana Mensah, Max Gordon Moore, Kathleen Peirce and William Ragsdale. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004.Letts, a Tony winner for writing August: Osage County and for his lead performance in the 2012 revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, recently discussed Man From Alaska in a One on One interview with Related Shows Star Files Reed Birneylast_img read more

Just How Dangerous Are Pesticides?

first_imgImagine, for a moment, a world without pesticides. Insects would roam freely through your home, lawn and garden. They would feast happilyon flour and other stored food, your prized tomatoes and gorgeous petunias.Produce sections and grocery shelves might be nearly bare for much of the year. Foodcosts, if you could find the food you wanted, would skyrocket. “Without pesticides, Americans couldn’t possibly have the low-cost, abundantsupply of fresh food we do now,” said Paul Guillebeau, an entomologist with theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service. The government, mostly through the Environmental Protection Agency, works hard to keepus safe from agricultural pesticide overuse, he said. In 1958, Congress passed the Delaney Clause. It caused fresh and processed foods to beregulated in different ways. Until recently, pesticide safety standards were based ontolerances in adults, not the people pesticides could affect the most.The Delaney Clause could keep ketchup out of stores due to traces of pesticide. Buttomatoes from the same farm could sell at markets everywhere.Now, though, the Food Quality Protection Act, passed in late July, changes all that. Itapplies the same pesticide-residue standards to both processed and fresh foods, Guillebeausaid. And it sets safety standards to protect children and infants. “Many people think every bite of food has pesticide residues on it,” he said.”But in fact, the Food and Drug Administration can’t find any trace of pesticides inmost of the samples they test.”But that’s based on commercial pesticide use and produce sold at retail outlets.Homeowners may use pesticides very differently. “In my experience, homeowners and gardeners don’t pay nearly enough attention tolabels on pesticides,” Guillebeau said. “And when they try to read and followthe directions, the label may be vague about how much is needed for it to work or how touse the chemical.” As a result, he said, many people get far more exposure to pesticides at home than theydo from food they buy. There’s a push to improve labeling on home products now, he said.To help reduce exposure around your home, he said, use as little of any pesticide asyou can. And keep containers out of children’s reach.Rinse any homegrown vegetables with fresh water before eating them. Wash flowers orgreenery, too, before bringing them inside. A good rinse can remove most of any residuethat might be on the plant or produce. Guillebeau said the FQPA will take into account the total amount of pesticides we’reexposed to in all situations, not just through residues in foods.So how many people seek treatment for pesticide injury in a year?The Consumer Product Safety Commission looked into that. In 1994, about 16,000 peopletold emergency room doctors or nurses their injury was from pesticides. But nearly amillion people were injured on stairs. In our everyday lives, pesticides are a very smalldanger.For now, the FQPA is an act. The EPA still has to write the regulations the actauthorizes. Until those are written, Guillebeau won’t even guess about how it willultimately affect us all. “I can see it putting more stringent protective standards on all types ofpesticides,” he said. “The U.S. food supply is already the safest in the world.But this new act ensures our safety based on the most sensitive members of ourpopulation.”last_img read more

Water still precious

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaThe drought may have broken in the state, but a University ofGeorgia expert urges Georgians not to switch out of waterconservation mode.”We’ve had a lot of rain and many of our reservoirs are filled,”said Clint Waltz, an Extension Service specialist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “But the water problems we face in Georgia are everybit as much a people and population problem as they are a droughtproblem. Follow these tips* If you need to fertilize, select a type of fertilizer with lessnitrogen.”To save water, slack off on fertilization so that you aren’tincreasing plant top growth,” Waltz said. “You don’t need tostimulate your grass to grow when you’re trying to save water.”* Increase your mower height. In general, the lower your mowingheight, the shallower your root system, Waltz said.”You want deeper roots with more soil volume to explore for waterand nutrients,” he said. * Promote deeper plant roots by watering less often than normal.”Increase the duration between your irrigation sessions,” saidWaltz. “This way you condition your grass to search deeper forwater.”* Think ahead to the future.”We’re out of the drought now, but no one knows for how long,” hesaid. “You have to keep pre-conditioning your lawn for the nextdrought and conserving water both for the short and long term.”Despite the recent abundance of rain water, Waltz says toremember water is still a precious resource.”You should keep the concept of saving water because it’s aprecious, precious resource,” he said. “We need to insure thatthere’s enough of it around in both wet and dry seasons.” Say on odd, even cycleMost Georgians have become accustomed to following an odd or evenday schedule for watering their lawns. Waltz says you shouldcontinue to keep on those schedules whether they are required byyour local government or not.”However, just because it’s your day to water, doesn’t mean youhave to,” Waltz said. “Your grass doesn’t know what day it is, soif it doesn’t need water, wait another day or two.”And most turfgrasses only need an inch of water per week, Waltzsaid. Some can survive on less.Aside from keeping a watering schedule, he has severalrecommendations for saving water while maintaining yourlandscape:last_img read more

Community service

first_imgBy Sydne MoodyUniversity of GeorgiaA home is more than a house, of course. The way some Universityof Georgia horticulture students see it, even a house is morethan a house.About 40 students in a UGA residential landscape managementdesign class used their skills to add more value to some homesrenovated in an annual Athens, Ga., community service program. Student-designed landscapesBerle had already divided his class of sophomores, juniors andseniors into four 10-student teams. Each person had designed aplan for the landscape, and Berle had chosen the best four plansand assigned them to teams. The four designers of the best planswere the group leaders.Including preparing the plans, the class put three weeks of workinto the project. But the students could easily see the value oftheir work in the yards they landscaped.”The value (of a home) increases an average of 10 percent withlandscape design,” Berle said. Each plan in the project wouldhave cost $3,000 to $5,000 had a landscaper been paid to do thework. Homeowner inputThe residents of the four homes were able to choose the colors offlowers and plants. Having guidelines and a customer to work forgave the students a real-world learning experience.”The best part was getting out there and actually seeing yourwork implemented,” said Chad Till, a senior from Watkinsville,Ga., who is majoring in landscape architecture. “A lot of thetime you design plans and never see what goes right or wrong.”The project got its start through a Scholarship of EngagementGrant from the UGA vice president for public service andoutreach. Grant funds provided a trailer and tools that will beused in future classes.Berle and the students contacted nurseries and businesses fordonations of plants, bricks and other needs. He plans to make theUGA Hands On Athens Landscape Project an annual assignment forhis class.center_img “Hands On” HorticultureHands On Athens is an Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation programin which groups of area volunteers get together one weekend eachyear to repair homes in historic but low-income neighborhoods.The UGA Hands On Athens Landscape Renovation Project reworked thelandscapes of four of the 10 homes in the larger program.As it turned out, the April 1-3 event came on “the worst weekendfor landscaping,” said David Berle, the UGA horticultureprofessor whose class took on the project. Heavy Friday rains andhigh Saturday winds made the work more challenging than it mighthave been.last_img read more

Teacher shortage

first_img“We have had approximately 75 students come through the program in the past nine years and only two that have not completed,” Peake said. “We’re looking at a 97 percent completion rate, which is great. Once they graduate, our job placement rate is above 95 percent. That is a big deal.” “That is good money for a 22-year-old starting their career,” Peake said. It is also one of the best paying jobs a new college graduate will find. Starting salaries for first-year ag teachers, with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate, are about $45,000 in Georgia. “Take April Richards,” Peake said. “Relocation would be difficult for her. April is married with a family, and they have a family farm, so she became a science teacher in Tift County. It’s not exact job placement, but it’s close to her field. It is still education … it’s still teaching … her students benefit from her ability to connect science with real world agriculture and increase ag-literacy.”No summers off Ag ed program in Tifton growingWhile agriculture education programs lack teachers, Peake has seen a steady increase in students in the agricultural program at the UGA Tifton campus. Nine years ago, five students were enrolled in Tifton. Last year, there were 15 graduates. Fourteen more will graduate this May. Those in agricultural education are also quick to discover their positions aren’t like other teaching jobs. Ag teachers have a 12-month contract. They consult with students in their school’s agricultural programs throughout the summer.It’s not uncommon for some teachers to have between 120 and 180 students in their program, and they work extended days — meaning an additional hour of work each day after school. They serve as advisors for their local FFA chapters, attending livestock shows and conventions and spending many weekends on the road. “The last research we conducted shows Georgia still has a shortage of agriculture teachers, and that trend has continued for the past 30 years,” Peake said. “Teaching agriculture is a way of life, not just a job,” Peake said. “It’s been a good way of life for me and many of my students. If you love it, it’s the best job you can ever have.” Peake would like to see the numbers increase in years to come. He’d like to grow the program to produce 20 new ag education graduates each spring. That’s the dilemma facing leaders in ag education, like Jason Peake, associate professor, and Diana King, assistant professor, at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environment Sciences on the Tifton campus.A 30-year trend “The state of Georgia demands high-quality teachers,” Peake said. “We’re producing a good, quality product. But I would like to see some competition for the positions that exist. When your job placement is that high, it’s great; you feel good about it. The other side of that coin is, should there be some competition for those jobs? I would like to see Georgia have a few extra agriculture teachers each year instead of scrambling to fill positions.” Many factors contribute to the deficit, Peake said. Employees are not staying in the same position for 30 years anymore. Peake estimates 50 percent of Georgia’s agriculture teachers either move or leave the profession within the first five years. Other factors include geographical limitations. Many graduates, who are trained as agriculture teachers, aren’t able to relocate. However, Peake points out that if agriculture and children are your passions, this is the profession for you. For more information on the ag-teaching program, visit First-year agricultural education teachers are earning an annual salary of $45,000. So why is there a shortage of these teachers around the state?last_img read more

Protect the pollinators

first_imgYou may be suffering like I am from the over-abundance of pollen. Before you curse the air as you pop in another anti-histamine, remind yourself to be thankful for that pollen. It helps provide the food, fiber and many other products we use every day. Although many plants are self-pollinating or wind-pollinated, many more rely on insects and animals for pollination. Unfortunately for many of those pollinators, research shows that the health and populations of many pollinator species are declining. You can use your garden and landscape as a haven for pollinators and provide valuable habitats and food sources while helping promote the pollination of important crops.Flowering plants need pollinatorsOf the more than 250,000 different flowering plants species known to exist, 90 percent require insects, birds, bats or other organisms to act as pollinators. These pollinators are important for the following reasons: they play a significant role in producing more than 150 food crops in the United States (including apples, almonds, peaches, soybeans and even kiwi); they pollinate the alfalfa and clover crops that feed many of our nation’s meat and dairy animals; and they help produce important medicines and more than half the fats and oils in our diet. It has been said that every third bite of food we eat comes from a plant that depends on insect pollinators. Pollinators also help maintain and increase biodiversity while creating more food for wildlife. We tend to think that plants only need sunlight, food and water to survive, but for many of our plants, pollinators are just as critical.Insects are our most abundant pollinating organisms. There are more than 100,000 varieties of insects that serve as pollinators, including bees, moths, butterflies, beetles and even flies. Bees are one of the most regarded and known pollinators. There are more than 3,500 species of native ground-nesting twig-nesting bees and wasps in the U.S. The bumblebee is one common native bee that is especially good for pollinating blueberries and tomatoes. The honeybee was brought from northern Europe for the honey and wax they produce, but they play a pivotal role in pollinating our nation’s crops. In the U.S., the added value to agriculture from honeybee pollination is around $15 billion annually. Many pollinators are threatenedProviding suitable habitats for pollinators is important because more than 50 pollinator species in the U.S. are listed as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Researchers believe that a combination of habitat loss, overuse or misuse of pesticides and introduction of exotic parasites, such as the Varroa mite, are to blame for the decline in honeybee and other pollinators’ populations. Home gardeners and landscapers can provide pollinator-friendly gardens to preserve pollinator populations. Do this by adding pollinator-attracting plants from the following list:Trees and shrubs: American beautyberry, pawpaw, redbud, yaupon, yellow poplar, Southern magnolia and sassafras.Herbaceous perennials: purple coneflower, phlox, black-eyed Susan and goldenrod.Vines: crossvine, trumpet creeper and American wisteria.These are only a few of the plants that can help provide sanctuary and food for pollinators. More detailed information is available at your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. Ask for a list of the “25 Garden Plants that Attract Pollinators.”last_img read more