ALBANY – State Senator George Borrello is blasting the Senate’s Democrat Majority for what he says is the refusal to distribute an informational piece on the state budget from his office without revising or removing pieces of the information that they found “objectionable.”Borrello released the following statement to the media on Thursday:“It is the height of hypocrisy for a party that prides itself on tolerance and champions the freedom of speech protections in the First Amendment to exercise censorship over the mailings of Republican Senators.“After a two month delay, the Senate’s Democrat Majority notified my office that they would not print and mail an informational piece on the state budget unless we revised or removed sentences they found objectionable. Using political power to stifle the speech of an independently elected state legislator is unconscionable and runs counter to the values of openness and integrity that the Majority claims to revere. “The constituents in the 57th District work and pay taxes like New Yorkers across the state. They elected me as their representative and it is my responsibility to inform them of the Senate’s legislative actions, through my own perspective. Using its control of the Senate’s taxpayer-financed, in-house printing operation to censor my communication is reprehensible. The entire situation underscores the need for the Senate to contract out its printing operations to an independent firm to eliminate the possibility of political censorship and assure fair and impartial service to every Senate member.”This is a copy of the mailing document Borrello’s Office was trying to send:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info 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)
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) Piqsels Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Health Officials painted a picture of how fast the COVID-19 virus can spread in a release distributed Thursday.The following is the scenario, verbatim, that officials released:You really wanted to go so…1. There were 12 people that you were in close contact with that became infected by the virus. They ranged from under the age of 20 to over the age of 70; there were more females than males. Of those 12 people (who all tested positive for COVID-19), 4 were asymptomatic; the other 8 people developed symptoms at varying periods after the party (between 3 and 14 days). 2. Those 12 people, prior to knowing they had COVID-19, passed the virus on to an additional 6 people ranging in age from under 20 to over 60; there were an equal number of females and males in this group. All 6 developed symptoms between 6 and 19 days from the date of the party.3. Those 6 people, prior to knowing they had COVID-19, passed the virus on to an additional 3 people – one male and two females, ranging in age from under 20 to over 70, all symptomatic between 11 and 17 days from the date of the party.No one meant to make others sick, but the coronavirus just spread to 21 people. You really shouldn’t have gone.Officials ask those who are not feeling well to stay home. If people are feeling well, they’re urged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing (6 feet), etc.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThree new cases were reported Thursday, including a person under the age of 18, a female in her 40’s, and a male in his 40’s.138 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors;1,076 persons under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory;1 person hospitalized* in Chautauqua County as of 8/4/2020 (number of persons in Chautauqua County hospitals diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of residency)To date:218 recovered cases;9 deaths;248 total confirmed cases;24,354 negative test results to date.
Pexels Stock Image.WASHINGTON — New York State has been approved for funding to give unemployed people an additional $300 on top of their unemployment benefits.FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved New York for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program.The grant funding will allow New York to provide additional unemployment due to COVID-19.FEMA will work with New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to implement a system to make this funding available to New York residents. On August 8, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of New York agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.Also, Pennsylvania will get nearly $1.5 billion to provide an extra $300 per week to eligible unemployed workers.To qualify for the extra $300, the program requires that eligible individuals must receive at least $100 per week in benefits from:Regular Unemployment Compensation (UC);Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC);Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA);Extended Benefits (EB);Short-Time Compensation (STC) or Shared Work; andTrade Readjustment Allowance (TRA).Individuals must also self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.Payments will be made to eligible claimants retroactively from August 1. 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),This will help families I am fortunate to have my job but so many are suffering thank you President Trump
MGN ImageALBANY – Ohio, which was removed from New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory last month, has returned to the list on Tuesday.Governor Andrew Cuomo says in addition to Ohio, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia now qualify to be on the list.There are now 35 states listed on his travel advisory for having a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.“Individuals coming from other states continue to be a problem, and today we’re adding four more states to New York’s travel advisory. We now have 35 high-risk states in this country, which is incredible,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “We’re entering a new, different post-Labor Day phase. After Labor Day, people start to get back to work, schools are opening, activity is increasing, colleges are opening, you see traffic starting to increase. So we have to keep that in mind as we move forward and we need to remain vigilant and smart so that we don’t backslide.” The advisory requires travelers to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days.Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands have been removed from the advisory.The full, updated travel advisory list is below:AlaskaAlabamaArkansasCaliforniaDelawareFloridaGeorgiaGuamHawaiiIowaIdahoIllinoisIndianaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMinnesotaMissouriMississippiMontanaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaNebraskaNevadaOhioOklahomaSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWisconsinWest Virginia 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)
In addition to Williams and Walken, the broadcast starred Tony winner Christian Borle as Mr. Darling and Smee, Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling and Taylor Louderman as Wendy. A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered in 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. People really like crowing (but not as much as yodeling). NBC’s December 4 telecast of Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams as the title Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, delivered high-flying numbers. According to TheWrap, the three-hour program pulled in a total of 9.1 million viewers. While CBS topped NBC in total viewers on Thursday, the Peacock Network was first in ratings, drawing a 2.3 in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The telecast marked the second-biggest non-sports Thursday for the network (beat by—you guessed it—The Sound of Music.) While the Pan numbers mean good news for the network, last year’s The Sound of Music Live has it beat by double, having drawn a massive 18.5 million viewers overall on December 5, 2013. “We didn’t expect to reach the same rating as The Sound of Music,” said NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt in a statement, “since that was the first live movie event of its kind in over 50 years.” The lower (though still impressive) numbers aren’t stopping the network from bringing live musicals to the small screen: plans have already been announced for its next live musical event: The Music Man. View Comments
Related Shows from $95.00 Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson is no stranger to the merry old land of Oz, and he couldn’t resist going back for a return visit to see Broadway’s newest Wicked witches, Caroline Bowman (Elphaba) and Kara Lindsay (Glinda) in action. After witnessing the high-flying musical onstage, Squigs sketched a new tribute to the current Broadway cast. Check out the work of art above, then see Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre! Wicked Star Files View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Caroline Bowman
View Comments Elaine Paige is often referred to as the First Lady of British Musical Theater, having originated such iconic roles as Eva Peron in Evita and Grizabella in Cats. But now—50 years after her professional debut, the Olivier winner heads to the big screen in a broadcast of I’m Still Here, her Royal Albert Hall farewell concert from October. The touring swansong is set to hit movie theaters in the U.K. on April 23 and the U.S. and Canada on May 12. Broadway.com recently caught up with Paige to discuss her goodbye to touring, Nicole Scherzinger’s “Memory” and just what exactly she’s hiding in her closet.You’re saying goodbye to touring, but not performing, right?I’m just hanging up my touring shoes. As the concert is called, I’m Still Here, and I am definitely still here. I’m just not going to be touring as much.You’re famous for originating so many roles, but are there any parts that got away? Gypsy is one that I would have loved to have played, but I don’t see myself doing it now. It would be too taxing physically and vocally. That one got away from me. I also always wanted to play My Fair Lady. But I was so fortunate to have come along at the time that I did—my journey went along with Andrew [Lloyd Webber]. I can’t complain that a couple of the traditional musicals got away from me.How do you approach your signature numbers on the concert stage as opposed to in the context of a show? Somehow, the dialogue that you had with the director still comes back to haunt you. When I sing “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” I remember Hal [Prince] saying to me to make eye contact with various people in the front row. Every time I ever sing it, I always do that. It grounds me and reminds me of what the song is about, even though I’m not in costume and I haven’t got the rest of the cast around me.And yet you don’t you wear your full Norma Desmond costume at one point during the concert?It’s the original costume that I wore [in Sunset Boulevard] back in 1996! I’ve kept all my costumes. It had a few alterations made to it, but basically it is the original costume. To put that back on was so strange. It all came flooding back to me.Is that the only one you wear in the concert? No Grizabella or Eva? I don’t know if I particularly want to get into that costume in a concert environment! Without that makeup, that old coat wouldn’t quite work. The one costume I didn’t get to keep was for Evita. I would have loved to have been able to keep that ball gown.How did you feel about Nicole Scherzinger’s Grizabella? She sang it wonderfully—kind of a more pop interpretation, but she sang up a storm. I give a very different interpretation of that song because I’ve lived life a bit. She played it more as a young, glamorous cat. It didn’t quite make sense to me, lyrically speaking.Do you ever get used to seeing someone else in a role you’ve originated? Last year I saw both [Eva Peron and Grizabella] sung by somebody else; it’s a weird experience. I suppose it’s a bit like Shakespeare or anything else—so many people play the roles, you have to let go of it to some degree. It’s always an interesting exercise, but I don’t know if it’s something I’d want to do too often. Star Files Elaine Paige
View Comments Tony Danza Returns to N.Y. StageTony Danza will makes his Café Carlyle debut June 16 through June 27 with Tony Danza: Standards and Stories. The recent Honeymoon in Vegas headliner’s show will feature a selection of highlights from the Great American Songbook and more. We know Danza will be showing everyone at the renowned venue who’s the boss!Christian Borle & More Set for Stars in the Alley This year’s Stars in the Alley is certainly living up to its name! The concert will include performances or appearances by Christian Borle, Andy Karl, Alex Sharp, Brandy, Corey Cott, Sierra Boggess, Clyde Alves, Jeanna de Waal, Lisa Howard, James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Chilina Kennedy and many more! Hosted by the previously announced Darren Criss and featuring more than 20 Broadway shows, Stars in the Alley will take place on May 27 from 10:30am-12:30pm in Shubert Alley, rain or shine!Another Trophy for Broadway-Bound HamiltonWe’re getting familiar with these two shows sweeping off-Broadway awards! The Broadway-bound Hamilton won Best New Musical and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside & Crazy picked up Best New Play at the off-Broadway Alliance Awards. The fifth annual event also honored Abundance with Best Play Revival, Into the Woods with Best Musical Revival, Scenes From a Marriage with Best Unique Theatrical Experience, Just Jim Dale with Best Solo Performance and A Band of Angels with Best Family Show. Congratulations to all! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Emma Stone’s Elephant Man ImpressionThis is Oscar nominee Emma Stone as you’ve never seen her before. The 2015 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner has been busy promoting her latest movie, Aloha, with co-star Bradley Cooper. Cooper, of course, recently received a Tony nod (not to mention a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award!) for his performance in The Elephant Man, and begins previews tonight in the London transfer of the show. Prompting Stone, when Cooper was asked about appearing again in the Tony nominated revival, to do an impression of his Elephant Man. Cooper’s verdict? “That’s good, dude!” Check out the video below to decide for yourself!
Star Files We’re bringing you an exclusive first look of your Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning Favorite Onstage Pair that will just make your adoration of them grow “stronger!” Check out the below video of Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly singing “What You Mean to Me,” the gorgeous love duet from the second act in Finding Neverland. Directed by Diane Paulus, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Favorite New Musical winner features a score by British pop icon Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, and is currently playing at the Great White Way’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The cast recording is available on Republic Records. Related Shows Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Laura Michelle Kelly
It’s official, 007 is heading off-Broadway! David Oyelowo will play the title role opposite the previously rumored and now confirmed Daniel Craig as Iago in Othello. Tony winner Sam Gold will direct the Shakespeare classic, which is set to begin off-Broadway performances at New York Theatre Workshop in the fall of 2016. Additional casting and dates will be announced later.Oyelowo’s film credits include Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, A Most Violent Year, Default, The Butler, Lincoln, The Middle of Nowhere, Jack Reacher, The Paperboy, Complicit, Red Tails, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help, 96 Minutes, The Last King of Scotland, Who Do You Love, A Sound of Thunder, Derailed, Captive and Five Nights in Maine. He received an Emmy nod for HBO’s Nightingale and has also been seen on the small screen in Spooks/MI:5, Small Island, Born Equal, A Raisin in the Sun, As You Like It, Five Days and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Stage work includes The Suppliants, the title role in the RSC’s Henry VI, The God Botherers and Prometheus Bound.Shakespeare’s Othello tackles the universal and timeless themes of jealousy, betrayal, racism and the lure of power. The classic was most notably fairly recently seen off-Broadway in 2009 with John Ortiz in the title role and the late screen and stage legend Philip Seymour Hoffman as Iago, directed by Peter Sellars. View Comments