Meet the Princess Posse of Off-Broadway’s Disenchanted

first_img Disenchanted Related Shows We’re used to seeing our favorite princesses decked out in gorgeous gowns—but beginning November 26, these royal renegades are ripping off their tiaras and telling it like it is! Disenchanted, a new musical by Dennis T. Giacino, is gearing up for a limited run at off-Broadway’s Theatre at St. Clements, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the princesses living it up in the forest. The new not-for-kids musical stars Soara-Joye Ross (The Princess Who Kissed the Frog), Alison Burns (The Little Mermaid), Jen Bechter (Sleeping Beauty), Becky Gulsvig (Cinderella), Lulu Picart (Hua Mulan) and Michelle Knight (Snow White). Meet the princesses, then see Disenchanted, opening December 4! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015last_img read more

Joshua Harmon’s Significant Otherto Receive World Premiere Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows From Bad Jews to bad dates! Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other will make its world premiere this spring in a Roundabout Theatre Company production. Helmed by Trip Cullman, performances will begin in May at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Full cast, creative team and dates for the limited off-Broadway engagement will be announced soon. A quarter-life coming-of-age story that’s as hilarious as it is heart-wrenching, Significant Other takes us into the trenches of single life in the city. Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but that’s easier said than done. So until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 Significant Other Roundabout’s relationship with Harmon began when his play Bad Jews was selected for the inaugural Roundabout Underground Reading Series for Emerging Playwrights in February 2012. The play then premiered at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box in fall 2012, before moving upstairs to the Laura Pels in fall 2013, where it enjoyed a critically acclaimed extended engagement. In addition to Significant Other, a third Harmon play is in development, commissioned by Roundabout, with workshops set to begin in 2015.last_img read more

Clinton the Musical Sets Closing Date Off-Broadway

first_imgWe’re going to have to go back to getting our pantsuit fix in Iowa and New Hampshire over the next few months. Clinton the Musical will close off-Broadway on June 21. Starring Kerry Butler, Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon, the production is playing at New World Stages and began previews on March 25, officially opening on April 9.Clinton The Musical, which features a book by Michael and Paul Hodge and a score by Paul, explores the two very different sides of the 42nd President of the United States: “WJ,” the wholesome, intelligent one, and “Billy,” the randy, charming one. With Hillary (Rodham) Clinton at their side, the two handle issues from The White House to Whitewater, the sax to the sex, social security to social climbers, and in the process make history. Maybe. Dan Knechtges directs.Additional cast members include Judy Gold, John Treacy Egan, Veronica J. Kuehn, Kevin Zak, Kara Guy, Dale Hensley, Rob Richardson and Gretchen customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Comments Related Shows Clinton the Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Hamilton is Heading to the White House & More

first_img Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton is Heading to the White HouseAfter conquering Broadway, the Billboard charts and the Grammys, what comes next for Hamilton…? Well, First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the Broadway cast to the White House on March 14 to host a student workshop, Q&A and a performance of musical selections from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit. Of course, the Obamas have a long history with the show—in May 2009, the President and First Lady hosted an event where Miranda performed “The Hamilton Mixtape,” which was later renamed “Alexander Hamilton” and became the opening number of the tuner; they have also made multiple trips to the production. Check out the company announcing the news in today’s #Ham4Ham below. View Comments Ken Watanabe’s Surprise The King and I ReturnAudience members at The King and I were in for a surprise switcheroo on March 8, when the present King of Siam, Hoon Lee, called out sick. Tony nominee Ken Watanabe, whose latest engagement with the production was delayed a few weeks while he was treated for stomach cancer, happened to be rehearsing in the vicinity and stepped in for him. We’re whistling a happy tune that Watanabe was well enough to perform; he is set to officially return to Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 17.Alex Brightman Play to Bow this SpringFrom his School of Rock vlogs, we knew that Alex Brightman was busy writing as well as climbing to the top of mount rock at the Winter Garden, and now one of his projects is hitting the stage. He’s penned Everything in its Place: the Life and Slimes of Marc Summers, which will play at Indiana’s Bloomington Playwrights Project this April. Directed by Chad Rabinovitz, with music by Drew Gasparini and starring Summers himself, the show is a guided tour through the TV star’s life, from an early obsession with magic to his screen career and his struggles with OCD.NPH Magic Project Circling Off-BroadwaySpeaking of magic, we’re all aware of Neil Patrick Harris’ penchant for the discipline, and he’s now planning an immersive theater production around it. According to the New York Times, the Tony winner has teamed up with the producers of Queen of the Night for the project, which is aiming to open at 311 West 57th Street this fall. The event (which Harris is not set to star in) will also involve a meal—wonder who he will call to conjure up the menu?!Norbert Leo Butz is a Hit With PBSGood news for two-time Tony winners Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy, Broadway alum Josh Radnor and McKinley Belcher III—their Civil War era series Mercy Street has been renewed for a second season by PBS. The original drama premiered on January 17 to an audience of 5.7 million viewers. Miss it? Check out the doctors on the show (including Butz) below. Star Files Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo by Joan Marcus) from $149.00 Ken Watanabelast_img read more

Sierra Boggess & Darren Criss Fan Out Just Like You & More Lessons of the Week

first_imgJessie Mueller Has an Onstage Sweet ToothBefore there were pies, there were Twinkies. Jessie Mueller played Role Call and revisited her resume, and she said she’s outgrown her Over the Tavern days, when she played “a 16-year-old who ate Twinkies.” It all worked out for her because we know the only thing better than yellow cake with a creamy center is mermaid marshmallow pie. Surely, her dentist is thrilled. Our Fans Have Spectacular, Spectacular Casting Skills  Come what may, we will not stop dreamcasting Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge musical; we’ve been doing it forever! You chose Darren Criss to play Christian in a stage adaptation back in the day. Other top picks included Aaron Tveit, Jeremy Jordan and Santino Fontana. Who knew the Glee star would stop by HQ the same day this news would break?! Well…actually, not even Criss himself!  Holiday Inn Costs an Arm and a LegWhat’s more exciting than tap dancing on every holiday? Tap dancing with dead arms, of course. To pass the time during tech, Corbin Bleu and his Holiday Inn castmates rehearse their routines with flailing limbs. We’ve never dreamcast those inflatable tube dancers in a musical before, but after this, we’re starting to consider it. The Winter Garden Felt the Spirit of BabsBarbra Streisand paid a visit to her old digs at the Winter Garden Theatre (where she starred in Funny Girl way back when), where she visited Barbra super-fan Sierra Boggess’ School of Rock dressing room. Among Sierra’s decorations were a plethora of framed Barbra album covers, an opening night note from her and a candle with Saint Barbra’s face. Look out, Andrew Chappelle. Your Patti shrine has nothing on the Barbra temple. View Comments Dee’s Dreams Are Not in GreenWe’ve heard that when you play Elphaba, the green stays with you (especially behind the ears). For Dee Roscioli, however, the tint doesn’t stick. Fiddler on the Roof’s new Fruma Sarah recalled a nightmare in which she was preparing to go on as Elphie, but no matter how much green she applied, none of it stayed on. Fruma Sarah and bad dreams go together like Elphaba and questionable headwear. Star Files Darren Criss Sierra Boggesscenter_img Bryce Ryness Has an O.K. PlanHe was a pirate in Peter Pan Live!, but now Bryce Ryness wants to smell the sweet wavin’ wheat in a live Oklahoma! The Matilda favorite revealed he’d love to see a site-specific telecast that shoots in Oklahoma, with real cornfields and real golden haze. We’re all for this, but two questions: Are two exclamation points in Oklahoma! Live! excessive, and can it feature Mary Testa making cornbread? Anastasia Knows Blondes Have More FunWhat do you mean, “Journey to the Past”? Anastasia’s tresses are apparently all about the future in the recently released Broadway artwork. Though the title character of the popular animated film rocked red locks in ’97, it looks like it’s time for a change. Whether she’s werkin’ a “Ginger Top” or “Legally Blonde,” we’re still amped to see Anastasia bow on Broadway on March 23, 2017! We Love Ana Villafañe’s ‘Conga’ SwimsuitHow does Ana Villafañe make it happen? With a #Conga one-piece. The On Your Feet! vlogger went on a water park excursion with her fellow cast members, during which time she revealed a custom-made bathing suit perfect for Broadway’s Gloria Estefan. We think this could be the start of something, Ana. You can have your own #Conga line of swimwear. Or #Conga almond butter! Darren Criss, Jessie Mueller, Bryce Ryness, Ana Villafane, Sierra Boggess & Alexandra Silber(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Joan Marcus & Caitlin McNaney) Labor Day weekend is finally here! Before you head to Coney Island for Elsie Fest or start up the grill for your epic barbecue, it’s time to review the Lessons of the Week. From Jessie Mueller’s fave treat to the Wicked Witch’s own worst nightmares, here’s the knowledge that got dropped!   Elsie Fest = Darren Criss’ Fantasy Football  Speaking of super fans, Darren Criss graced us with his presence on #LiveatFive this week to talk all things Elsie Fest. The Audience Choice Award winner told us that the concert is actually a mastermind plot for him to assemble the stars he fans out about, like a Fantasy Football League (you know, for people who enjoy Sports Ball). Cynthia Erivo, Corey Cott—game on!  Cat’s Got Alexandra Silber’s TongueWhen Alexandra Silber met Angela Lansbury after a performance of Fiddler, she had a full speech prepared detailing how the grande dame is her one true idol. Absent from Silber’s speech, however, was her cat, Tatiana Angela Lansbury Romanov. The feline has her own Instagram account replete with show tune quotes. It’s probably best you didn’t tell her, Al. We know she’s more of a rabbit person, anyway.last_img read more

The Lion King Breaks Down a Performer’s Athleticism by the Numbers

first_img View Comments from $75.00 Related Shows India Boldscenter_img The Lion King Nine characters, 14 costume changes, 2.7 miles traveled—and that’s only during one performance of The Lion King. Imagine doing that eight times a week! Lion King ensemble member India Bolds recently teamed up with ESPN’s Sport Science for a look behind the scenes at the amount of athleticism and stamina required to perform in the Tony-winning tuner. During a single performance, Bolds was hooked up to a bioharness, which pulled impressive stats, including the fact that her average heart rate peaks at 192 beats per minute and that she travels farther throughout the show than NBA MVP Stephen Curry does in a single game. Check out the impressive breakdown below!last_img read more

Boll Weevils Back?

first_imgA year ago, agriculture officials declared the boll weevil nonexistent in Georgia. And partlybecause of the weevils’ demise, cotton acreage blossomed to almost 1.5 million acres this year. But as farmers harvest the most cotton acres since 1949, they may be giving their old nemesis anew lease on life. “This extremely high production has forced some growers to lease harvest equipment used in otherstates,” said Bill Lambert, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “The Boll Weevil Eradication program may not be complete or even started in those states,” hesaid, “and producers may be inadvertently bringing boll weevils back into Georgia cotton fields.” Other Southeastern states have the same problem. Boll weevils crossed the Rio Grande intoTexas cotton fields a century ago. Moving at about 25 miles per year, weevils arrived in Georgiafields in 1917. The state was considered fully infested in 1925. In the 1980s, the Boll Weevil Eradication Program helped turn the tide on the devastating insect. The Georgia eradication program began in 1987. It’s conducted and financed by the USDA Animaland Plant Health Inspection Service and regional and local producer associations. Now, only a few Georgia counties report seeing any boll weevils at all. But the pests could becomemore widespread as growers move harvesting equipment from infested states. Cotton bolls containing weevil grubs may lodge in harvesting equipment. “If a farmer cleans out apicker used in an infested field while he’s in a clean field,” Lambert said, “he may be releasing weevilsback into Georgia cotton.” Late in the season, female weevils lay eggs in unopened bolls. The grubs winter there until the nextspring, then emerge as adults and start reproducing. “It only takes two weevils to have the start ofan infestation,” Lambert said. A single fertile female can lay 200 to 250 eggs during her lifetime. A new generation emergesevery three weeks, allowing seven generations in Georgia’s growing season, from June 1 to Oct. 31. Lambert figures one reproducing pair can multiply into more than 12.8 quadrillion weevils in justone growing season. “That’s why it’s crucial to detect the insects early and get them under control,” hesaid. Weevils destroy the pulpy material inside the unopened boll — the part that eventually becomescotton fibers. They virtually wiped out crops all over the cotton belt in the 1920s and ’30s. “It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep weevil populations down in neighboring states,” Lambertsaid. Elimination plans include destroying any stalks or unopened bolls that remain in a field afterharvest. Plants left standing may not rot and then provide a safe wintering habitat for weevil grubs. Most farmers mow stalks right after harvest, but the stalks may keep growing and produce fruit thatcould harbor weevils. Lambert said growers should go a step further and harrow plants under. Georgia is in a containment phase of the eradication program. In July, officials placed one weeviltrap in every 10 acres of cotton. In any field where weevils are found, trap numbers are increased toone per acre and an intensive chemical insecticide treatment begun. While the pesticide quickly brings weevil populations under control, it also kills beneficial insects. “This is an emergency-type situation,” Lambert said. “The weevils must be brought under controlfirst. Then we help the producer handle any other control-related problems.” In the meantime, growers should be extra careful about bringing in out-of-state equipment. “We’re not positive that’s how they’ve come back in,” Lambert said, “but it’s a good place to startand strengthen preventive efforts.”last_img read more

Peanut harvest

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers started their peanut harvest a few weeks ago. And despite a searing summer drought, yields are OK. Even better news is that prices are the highest in years, say University of Georgia experts.”It’s amazing that we’re sitting as good as we are right now,” said John Beasley, a Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia’s peanut harvest is at its peak, Beasley said. But it’s three weeks behind its typical schedule. That’s because some farmers had to delay planting due to a cool, dry spring.The dry spring quickly turned into an extreme summer drought, hurting peanuts and other row crops. Triple-digit heat in August blasted peanut plants aboveground and the developing nuts underground.Timely rainfall, though, sustained the crop in places, along with a lot of water from irrigation. As of Oct. 7, a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of UGA Extension county agents assessed 90 percent of the crop as good to excellent.Farmers are expected to average 2,900 pounds per acre this harvest. That’s 150 pounds more than last year. “Considering the way we started out, that’s a good yield,” Beasley said. Georgia’s average has been as high as 3,450 pounds per acre in recent years.Farmers will harvest 520,000 acres, 55,000 less than last year. The total crop should be 750,000 tons, or 40,000 less than last year. Georgia grows about half of the U.S. peanut crop each year.The summer heat and drought hurt other peanut-producing states such as Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina more than they did Georgia, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension agricultural economist.The weather-related losses and a dwindling surplus have pushed prices to as high as $500 per ton. These are the highest prices since Congress ended the peanut quota program, which guaranteed farmers $610 per ton, in 2001.Prices two years ago were $355 per ton because of a U.S. surplus of 1 million tons, Smith said. The surplus is now expected to be 490,000 tons. The industry likes to keep a 300,000-ton surplus each year to help meet the demand the following year.This is good news for farmers. “Looking at that kind of surplus,” Smith said, “sets us up for a good marketing year next year, too.”If the weather remains favorable, with isolated showers to soften the ground followed by clear, dry days, farmers should keep getting good yields statewide, Beasley said. With the harvest running late, though, cold weather may threaten it later this month and in November.last_img read more

Rainy watermelons

first_imgIn the first six months of 2013, Georgia received more than 35 inches of rain — more rain than it recorded all of 2012. And because of the heavy rainfall, the state’s watermelon crop has fallen a few weeks behind and faces other potential problems. Justin Lanier, the University of Georgia Extension coordinator in Crisp County, said the rain and a cool spring delayed watermelon planting. Weather problems also interrupted pollination, which could lead to fewer melons. Due to excess rainfall late in the fruiting stage, watermelons will swell with water at a faster rate than they can produce sugar. This decreases the flavor of the melons, a problem that Georgia’s melon crop could face this year. “If you get a lot of rain, the melons will fill up with water and that makes it hard to sell them because the grade goes down,” Lanier said. “That’s something else we’re kind of concerned about.” Despite rainy weather and even more rain in the forecast, Lanier said a later harvest should be the greatest hurdle for watermelon farmers. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, most of the harvested melons were reported to be in fair or good condition. “It’s been delayed, that’s the biggest problem,” Lanier said. “With these, knock on wood, we haven’t seen much disease yet, which is surprising with the weather we’ve had. But it’s a good thing. I’m not complaining.” Farmers harvested their first melons the week of June 17, according to the USDA, beginning two weeks later than the usual start. So far, crop progress is below that of 2012 and falls short of the five-year average. Growers could see sales problems as well because the watermelon market normally slows after the Fourth of July, according to an article by Fresh Plaza. Greg Leger, owner of Leger and Son, Inc., told Fresh Plaza that he hopes the later season will mean the demand for watermelons will continue further into the summer. Even thought the first harvest was not as large as past years, conditions seem to be improving. “From what I’ve seen so far, the first harvest they had has not been as good [as last year’s],” Lanier said. “I don’t know if that’s weather related or what, but it didn’t seem to set up a large crop. But it’s getting better, so it could possibly be as good. We’ll just have to see.” Lanier said it is hard to predict much about the crop, and analysis will have to be one day at a time. Weather conditions will likely be the main wildcard. “Everything else, it’s kind of one of those day-by-day, week-by-week things. It can turn bad in a week; it depends on if we get a lot of disease,” Lanier said. “The weather plays a big role.” Based on the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, Georgia-grown watermelons had a farm gate value of $98.7 million.last_img read more

Georgia Farmer of the Year

first_imgOrganic farmer Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Ga., has been named the Georgia state winner of the 2013 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.Harris will represent the peach state in October at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, the nation’s largest agricultural exposition where one of nine Southeastern state winners will be named the overall winner for 2013.A multi-generational farmHarris has made great strides on the farm where his grandfather, Will Sr., once used a muledrawn wagon to deliver beef and pork to four general stores, a hotel and a boarding house. After World War II, Harris’ father, Will Jr., raised calves and shipped them to the Midwest for finishing on grain in feedlots.Today, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduate runs the family farm his way. The genetics of his herd can be traced back to his grandfather’s cracker cattle, but now the animals (cows and chickens) are grass-fed and processed on the farm’s onsite, USDA-inspected processing facility. He believes the grass-fed system is better for the environment and the land. “My land is improved every year by the way we treat it,” he said. “We don’t use chemical fertilizers. We just plain don’t use chemicals on the land.”Harris believes his forefathers would be happy with the changes he’s made at White Oak Pastures. “My grandfather used to say, ‘If you take care of the land and the cows, they’ll take care of you.’ That certainly defines the way we run our farm today,” he said.From grain to grassIn 1995 he began switching his cattle from its traditional grain diet to a 100 percent forage diet. The result became White Oak Pastures grass-fed ground beef. “I’ve had UGA run fatty acid and lipid profiles on my beef, and they found that it’s high in the good fats, omega 3 and CLAs, and low in the saturated fats,” Harris said. “It tastes better, but that’s subjective. Honestly, a lot of high-end chefs have told me personally that they prefer grass-fed beef.”Harris said the farm had grass-fed beef and lamb customers who wanted pastured poultry. In response, he began to raise chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and guineas. White Oak Pastures also raises egg-laying hens and grows certified organic vegetables.A ‘magical system’“We became fascinated with the Serengeti Rotational Grazing Model,” Harris said. “We already had the large ruminants (cattle) and the small ruminants (sheep). We needed the poultry to get it right. It’s a magical system for the land and the animals.” Harris takes pride in how his stock are treated. White Oak Pastures’ processing plants and systems were designed by legendary humane animal scientist Temple Grandin. “We treat our animals with dignity and respect all their lives. They’re never confined, and they’re never harvested in an inhumane manner,” he said. Harris also doesn’t use antibiotics or hormones on his farm.White Oak Pastures’ products are sold through grocery and food service distributors as well as directly to customers through their online store and on-farm store. Growing food for niche marketsSteve Brown, associate dean for UGA Extension, says Harris has been “extremely successful at understanding new opportunities and capitalizing on them.” “Agriculture in Georgia has always been extremely diverse. As consumers continue to demand new food products with the characteristics that are important to them, new niche markets are created, which Georgia farmers, like Will, can fill,” he said.Brian Cresswell, Early County Extension agent, says Harris has always been “forward thinking.” Cresswell nominated Harris for the award.“He understands what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. It’s nice to see any business run by generations of a family. Will has always been on the top of his game, from running a regular beef cattle operation to where he is now,” said Cresswell. Having worked in the county for more than 20 years, Cresswell sees first hand how Harris’ farm benefits the area. “A lot of folks come to the county just to see the operation and buy products from their store,” he said.Recognition, cash and apparelAs the Georgia state winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo award, Harris will receive a $2,500 cash award and an expense paid trip to the Sunbelt Expo from Swisher International; a $500 gift certificate from the Southern States Cooperative; the choice of either $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences; and a Columbia vest from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.He is now eligible for the $15,000 cash award that will go to the overall winner. Other prizes for the overall winner, in addition to their state winnings, include the use of a Massey Ferguson tractor for a year from Massey Ferguson North America; a $500 gift certificate and a Heritage gun safe from the Southern States Cooperative; the choice of either $1,000 in PhytoGen cottonseed or a $500 donation to a designated charity from Dow AgroSciences; and a Columbia jacket from Ivey’s Outdoor and Farm Supply.Swisher International and the Sunbelt Expo are sponsoring the Southeastern Farmer of the Year awards for the 24th consecutive year. Swisher has contributed some $924,000 in cash awards and other honors to Southeastern farmers since the award was initiated in 1990.last_img read more