Exclusive Photo! Get Wild with Disaster Stars Roger Bart, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler & More

first_img Kerry Butler Roger Bart Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Star Files The stars of the upcoming Broadway musical Disaster are all dolled up and ready for their close-up in this exclusive promo shot. See Adam Pascal smolder, Kerry Butler pout, Roger Bart take it all in, Kevin Chamberlin smirk, Faith Prince show some leg and Rachel York pulls focus with windblown mane and perfect smize. It’s no wonder Seth Rudetsky is enthralled while a prim Jennifer Simard cannot even muster a facial expression. Color us sold on this outrageous show filled with disco infernos and apparently actual infernos. Catch the magic at the Nederlander Theatre beginning on February 9!last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Gary Barlow Wants to Find His New Musical Star on TV & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Gary Barlow Eyes Reality Casting ShowIn September, Gary Barlow revealed to Broadway.com that he’d love to write a Take That musical in London. Now, he’s eyeing a headliner or two. According to UnrealityTV, the Finding Neverland composer is developing a reality casting competition for the U.K.’s BBC One, similar to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s I’d Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do and Over the Rainbow. Further information has yet to be revealed.La La Land Gets Holiday Release DateBad news, movie musical fans: You’ll now have to wait a little bit longer to see Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling sing and dance on the big screen. The previously reported La La Land film has been pushed back to a December 2 limited release before going wide on December 16. The flick was initially set to premiere this summer. It follows an aspiring actress in L.A. and her relationship with a charming jazz musician.Donald Trump’s Producing PastLong before Donald Trump was making headlines for his remarks on the campaign trail and causing Bialystock and Bloom to come out of the woodwork, the presidential candidate had a quick turn as a Broadway producer. In 1970, Trump had top billing on the Richard Seff play Paris Is Out!. According to the New York Times, Trump split the $140,000 capitalization evenly with lead producer David Black. Unfortunately for both, the play closed after less than 100 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Black recalled that following the closing notice, Trump asked what he should do next, and Black responded, “Why don’t you try real estate?” You know what happens next.Rufus Wainwright Will Bring Judy to Carnegie Hall AgainOur heart strings are zinging! Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright will return to the New York stage to reprise his 2006 show Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. The concert, inspired by Judy Garland’s Judy at Carnegie Hall, features the numbers Garland performed in that epic 1961 show and several special guests. Get ready to get happy with Wainwright on June 16 and 17. Gary Barlow(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Krysta Rodriguez & Steve Kazee Tapped for Pilots & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Krysta Rodriguez, Steve Kazee & More Board PilotsSome Broadway favorites have booked (more) gigs for the small screen. Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Krysta Rodriguez and Once Tony winner Steve Kazee will lead pilots for NBC and CBS, respectively. Rodriguez, an NBC alum from Smash, will play the daughter of John Lithgow’s character in The Trail, reports Deadline. In the comedy, Rodriguez’s character returns to her hometown to help her dad after he’s accused of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Kazee will star opposite Sarah Shahi in Drew, based on the Nancy Drew series. He’s set to play Ned, a New York Times reporter and Nancy’s ex. Additionally, Tony nominee Kate Levering has boarded NBC’s pilot of their Cruel Intentions reboot. The Broadway alum will play Annette Hargrove, played on screen by Reese Witherspoon.Michael Urie to Host Drama Desk AwardsStage and screen alum Michael Urie will host the 2016 Drama Desk Awards. The 61st annual ceremony is set for June 5 at the Town Hall. “This year, to add more excitement, we’re calling it Drama Desk: LIVE!,” Urie joked in a statement. Nominations for the awards, which honor Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, will be announced on April 28 at Feinstein’s/54 Below.Chita Rivera & More Join Broadway Backwards LineupChita Rivera will pay a visit to this year’s Broadway Backwards, benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Center. The Broadway legend, alongside her Edwin Drood co-star Stephanie J. Block, The Color Purple’s Danielle Brooks, Finding Neverland star Laura Michelle Kelly and Tony nominee Tony Sheldon, join a starry lineup that includes the previously announced Tony Yazbeck, Tituss Burgess, Beth Malone, Telly Leung, Brad Oscar and more. Tony winner Julie White will host this year’s concert, which is set for March 21 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Actors Fund Gala to Honor Estefans, Nicholaw & MoreThis year’s annual Actors Fund gala will honor Oscar winner Michael Douglas, Emilio and Gloria Estefan (whose bio-musical On Your Feet! currently plays the Marquis Theatre), Tony-winning director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, who will have four shows on Broadway once Tuck Everlasting opens this spring, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, and prima ballerina Cynthia Garegory. They each will receive the Fund’s Medal of Honor at the ceremony, which is set for April 25 at the Marriott Marquis. A roster of special guests and performers will be announced at a later date.Michael C. Hall Weds Morgan MacgregorBroadway alum and Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall married Morgan Macgregor on February 29 at New York City Hall, a spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press. The two began appearing together publically in 2012 and have attended several Broadway opening nights—a handful of them his own—since. Hall last appeared on stage in New York Theatre Workshop’s Lazarus, featuring the music of the late David Bowie. Congratulations to the happy couple!P.S. Check out this musical number from February 29’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It’s strikingly similar to a tune you can hear in a certain show at the Imperial Theatre! Krysta Rodriguez(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

The Color Purple Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo Sparkles at Aladdin’s London Opening

first_img Cynthia Erivo In addition to that well-deserved Tony Award, The Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo should also receive an award for Girlfriend of the Year. After the whirlwind that is Tony weekend, the London native took a magic carpet ride across the pond to catch her beau Dean John-Wilson star in Aladdin. Erivo attended the shining, shimmering, splendid West End opening night on June 15. Though fans will miss her while she is away from The Color Purple through June 19, the vocal powerhouse (and half-marathon runner) has definitely earned some rest and relaxation. After all, she brought the audience at the Beacon Theatre to their feet on Sunday. For those in the West End, catch Erivo’s boyfriend in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. (He makes a dashing Prince Ali!)  View Comments Cynthia Erivo at Aladdin Opening Night, Prince Edward Theatre(Photo: David Tett. © Disney) Star Fileslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Watch Josh Gad Perform ‘Gaston’ & More

first_imgJosh Gad & Luke Evans in ‘Beauty and the Beast'(Photo: Disney) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and this weekend.What a Guy! Josh Gad Performs ‘Gaston’Get the popcorn ready! Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, and we could not be more excited. While we are counting the minutes to see Audra McDonald on the big screen, the Disney gods have graced us with a snippet of hilarious stage and screen fave Josh Gad performing “Gaston” alongside a brawny Luke Evans. Get psyched with the clip below, and we’ll see you at the movies on March 17! View Comments Bernadette Peters & More Join the PopsLeading lady alert! The Boston, New York and Cincinnati Pops have some starry guests joining them in their 2017-2018 season. Bernadette Peters will join the Boston Pops during their seven-city tour showcasing the music of the legendary George Gershwin. Peters will take the stage at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on March 31. Jessie Mueller will follow up her Waitress run with an appearance at Carnegie Hall on April 21 with the New York Pops in You’ve Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters concert. On February 25, 2018, Audra McDonald will perform with the Cincinnati Pops at Cincinnati Music Hall. Other acts to catch in the Queen City include the Holiday Pops concert starring Tony winner Laura Benanti from December 8 through December 10 and the West Side Story film with a live orchestra from April 27 through April 29, 2018. Mark those calendars now!Patti Haritgan Will Pen August Wilson BiographyAccording to The New York Times, Patti Hartigan, a former theater critic for The Boston Globe who interviewed the legendary playwright many times, will write the first significant biography of Wilson’s life. She will work in collaboration with Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow. The tentative title is August Wilson: The Kiln in Which He Was Fired, and 37 INK is scheduled to publish the book in late 2019.Emmy Winner Jon Cryer Set for ShelterFrom Two and a Half Men to a man and his computer! Two-time Emmy winner Jon Cryer will present two performances of Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer’s Shelter at Feinstein’s/54 Below on June 27. Shelter centers on Michael (Cryer), who uses his computer (and best friend) Arthur to perfect every aspect of his life. Are you a tech-lover who totally relates and wants to come see the show? Awesome, but you may want to leave your laptop pal at home.New York Premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus TipsKneehigh Theatre Company returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse! Shakespeare’s Globe Co-Artistic Director Emma Rice is at the helm of the New York premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, which will run at St. Ann’s Warehouse from March 16 through April 9. Adapted by Rice and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo from his book The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, the play tells the true story of what happened when African American soldiers met the townsfolk from Devon, England, when they were sent to their shores to rehearse for D-Day. The cast includes Kneehigh founder Mike Shepherd, Nandi Bhebhe, Emma Darlow, Ncuti Gatwa, Kyla Goodey, Chris Jared, Craig Johnson, Katy Owen, Adam Sopp and Akpore Uzoh. There’s a production trailer below, and the kicklines, cartwheels and bicycle riding have got us on board. My, what a guy, that Gaston #BeOurGuest pic.twitter.com/s64za3iNAr— Beauty and the Beast (@beourguest) February 27, 2017 And then there were three…We are over the moon #babyonthewayA post shared by patinamiller (@patinamiller) on Feb 24, 2017 at 4:53pm PST P.S. She’s got mom magic to do! Tony winner Patina Miller and her husband David Mars recently announced that they are expecting their first child. Congrats to the happy couple!last_img read more

Tiny, Deadly Bug

first_imgThe mortality rate depends on the general immune status of theaffected horses and the virulence of the organism. The rate ishighest among older horses from piroplasmosis-free areas. Infected horses become anemic and suffer fever, weight loss,jaundice and, in some cases, death. “Now that a final decision has been made, we must focus all ofour energy on the proper implementation of the safeguardsoutlined in the 20-point proposal,” Irvin said. “Piroplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that causes anemia,” saidGary Heusner, a University of Georgia Extension Service animalscientist. Of the two types of piroplasmosis, only B. caballi is easilytreated. Treatments include a type of chemotherapy. The FEI agreed to follow strict conditions outlined in a 20-pointproposal allowing piroplasmosis-positive horses into Georgia forthe Games. It took months of negotiations to clear the road to the 1996Olympic equestrian events in Conyers, Ga. And all that debate was over an organism too tiny to see thatcarries a big name — equine piroplasmosis (Babesiosis) — and aneven bigger “stick.” “The organism hasn’t been endemic in Georgia,” he said, “andthat’s the problem with allowing infected horses in.” “It’s such a big deal because we are a nonendemic area and themortality rate is higher among horses in nonendemic areas,”Heusner said. “Horses in the U.S. are at greater risk of death ifhorses that test positive are allowed into the country.” As the rules stand, all horses entering the United States musttest negative to piroplasmosis, including U.S.-origin horsesexported temporarily for competition. To clear the final hurdle, the Georgia Department of Agriculturereached agreement with the Federation Equestre Internationale(FEI), the governing body of international equestriancompetition. “There is one infected horse in Georgia,” Heusner said. “He isunder strict quarantine.” “Piroplasmosis attacks the red blood cells of the host,” Heusnersaid. Piroplasmosis’ incubation period is 12 to 30 days for the B.caballi strain and 12 to 15 days for B. equi. Making matters more complicated, the type of tick that transmitspiroplasmosis is found in Georgia and is in the feeding seasonduring the months of the Olympics. The parasite travels through the gut of ticks into the organs,especially the ovaries, where it multiplies and infects thetick’s eggs. The larvae hatch and penetrate the salivary glands, from whichthey are inoculated into horses. Piroplasmosis was first clinically diagnosed from an importedhorse from Cuba, in 1961. The parasite was first spotted in theUnited States in 1965 in Florida. “This issue has been a topic of debate and intensive study forover three years when piroplasmosis first became a concern,” saidGeorgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin, “and I feel thatmore than ample time has been dedicated to the decision onwhether or not the positive horses will be allowed to enter thestate.” The 20-point proposal put forth by the Department of Agriculturelimits the number of positive horses that will be allowed toenter the state; eliminates positive horses from three-dayevents; and restricts the movement of positive horses once theyenter the state. Piroplasmosis is endemic in Southern Europe, southern Russia,Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America. TheUnited States, the Netherlands, Ireland, Great Britain andAustralia remain free of the parasite. “It has been and will continue to be my top priority throughoutthis debate to protect Georgia’s and America’s horse industry,”he said, “and I feel confident that these measures will do justthat.”last_img read more

Rosemary Rewards.

first_img Tiny blossoms, from bright blue to lavender-pink to white, attract hummingbirds and bees. The oily seeds appeal to other birds. Cultivated to 18 inches high, it’s beautiful in planter boxes on decks or kitchen windows. A creeping variety can also be trailed from hanging baskets or cascaded over walls. Decorative in Landscape It’s fun just to brush against rosemary in the garden. When you pick up its fragrance on your clothes and skin, you’ll reminisce about the good foods associated with the herb. Rosemary is wonderful for cooking, especially with potatoes, chicken and lamb. You can use the stems for skewers, giving flavor to kebobs. The lustrous, dark-green, slender leaves and upright stems make Rosemary an attractive 4- to 5-foot-high hedge at the end of a stone wall. Great for Birds and Beescenter_img Perhaps the noblest of herbs, Rosmarinus (“dew of the sea”) officinalis is a decorative, hardy, evergreen shrub. Photo: Wayne McLaurin This versatile herb is also used in medicines, cosmetics and perfumes. But it’s more than useful. It’s one of the multi-use herbs that can add interest in your landscape, too. Rosemary is essentially carefree. It requires moderate to little water. It adapts to most soils and is usually pest-free. It just needs well-drained soils and light fertilization. Rosemary loves full sun and rarely freezes in most of Georgia.last_img read more

‘Gulf’ peaches

first_imgBy Gerard KrewerUniversity of GeorgiaFor south Georgia gardeners and commercial peach growers alike, the name “Attapulgus” seems sweeter lately. The “Gulf” series of peaches coming out of the fruitful breeding program there is changing the nature of peaches in the lower coastal plain.The University of Georgia Attapulgus Research and Education Center is just above the Florida line. Through a joint breeding program there, the University of Florida, U.S. Department of Agriculture and UGA have released four new peach varieties: Gulfking, Gulfcrest, Gulfcrimson and Gulfprince.These new peach trees are adapted to grow south of a line running from Charleston, S.C., to southeastern Texas and generally north of Interstate Highway 10. They all require moderate “chilling,” as the hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit is called.All of the new peaches have what’s known as “nonmelting” flesh. That means they’re firmer peaches that soften much more slowly than the traditional Georgia fruits. The great value of this trait is that firmer peaches can fully ripen on the tree. Since peaches get sweeter the longer they’re allowed to ripen, these new peaches can have both better quality and longer shelf life.Gulfking trees require about 350 chilling hours. They bloom early, so they will fare better if planted on hilltops with good air drainage for frost protection. The trees resist bacterial spot and can be a good replacement for Flordaking.The peaches of Gulfking are very firm with sweet, yellow flesh. They’re symmetrical, attractive and large for the early-season peaches, up to 2.4 inches across and typically weighing 3.5 to 4.2 ounces.They ripen in late April and early May. The ripe fruit has 80 percent to 90 percent red over a deep yellow to orange ground color.Pick Gulfking peaches promptly when they ripen. They won’t hang on the tree long after the ground color changes from green to orange-yellow.Gulfcrest trees have been reliably producing very firm peaches with sweet, yellow flesh and a long shelf life. They require about 500 chilling hours, resist bacterial spot and may be a good replacement for Flordacrest.The peaches of Gulfcrest are 2 to 2.4 inches across and weigh 2.8 to 4.2 ounces. Symmetrical and attractive, they ripen in mid-May and have nearly 100-percent red over a deep yellow ground color. Their early ripening, high quality and exceptional firmness more than make up for their tendency to produce smaller fruit (about 2 inches) in the last picking.Gulfcrimson trees have been very reliable, producing very firm, sweet peaches with yellow flesh. They require 400 chilling hours and are resistant to bacterial spot. Ripening in late May, these trees may be a good replacement for Junegold.The peaches are large, up to 2.6 inches in diameter and weighing 4.5 to 5.3 ounces. They’re attractive fruits, with 80 percent red over a deep yellow to orange.Gulfprince has had very consistent crops of very firm, sweet fruit with yellow flesh. The trees require about 400 chilling hours and are resistant to bacterial spot. It’s been extremely reliable at Attapulgus, setting heavy crops.The peaches are large, 2.5 to 2.75 inches across and 4.9 to 5.3 ounces. They’re attractive, with 45 percent to 55 percent red over a deep yellow to orange ground. The fruit ripens in early June, so it can be a replacement for Juneprince.The Gulf series is licensed through Florida Foundation Seed, where a list of licensed propagators is available. You can reach FFS at (850) 594-4721 or online at http://ffsp.net. Or write them at 3913 Hwy. 71 N., Greenwood, FL 32443.last_img read more

Soil test

first_imgHow much fertilizer should I put out in my garden? Do I need to add anything else? You don’t have to wonder about these things when there is a simple solution: a soil test. And University of Georgia Cooperative Extension can help.You can pick up small soil-test-sample bags from your county UGA Extension office or call to have them mailed to you. If you need any help, ask your local UGA Extension agent. They have publications and advice on the best way to take a soil sample.A small hand trowel and a bucket are ideal to collect the sample. Randomly select several sites in your garden to take the sample. Make sure you select enough sites to represent the soil in your garden.Use a trowel to dig a hole 8 to 12 inches deep. From the side of this hole, slice off a 1-inch section of soil from the ground surface to the bottom of the hole. Put this in your bucket.Take other samples like this at several places in your garden, and then thoroughly mix the sampled soil. Place the mixed sample in the soil-test-sample bag.Fill out the information on the bag, including your name, address and the county you live in. Select “routine soil test” as the test you want to run. For the crop, write in “vegetable garden.”Then take the sample to your county UGA Extension office. It will go from there to the soil test lab in Athens, Ga. The cost for a single sample starts at $8.The results of the soil test will show you how much fertilizer to use and whether your pH is low.The pH is a measure of soil acidity, which is important in how well plants can take up nutrients. Problems with low pH can be corrected with applications of lime. Old-timers used to call this “sweetening the soil.”So don’t guess, even if you’re good at it. Test your soil. Take the mystery out of feeding your plants.To find the UGA Extension office closest to you, check online at www.ugaextension.com or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1. George BoyhanUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

Trees and Shrubs

first_imgAlthough most planting and transplanting occurs in the spring, fall is the best time of year to plant or transplant trees and shrubs. “Trees planted in the fall have an opportunity to establish an extensive root system while the plant is dormant,” said Frank Watson, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator in Wilkes County. “The soil temperature in most parts of the state is warm enough to support root growth during most or all of the winter season.” First make sure the trees or shrubs are healthy enough to plant in a new environment. If you’re buying new trees or shrubs from a nursery, make sure the trunk is not damaged, said Matthew Chappell, a UGA Extension nursery production specialist. “If you see any damage to the bark, do not purchase (that tree),” Chappell said. The same goes for trees that are already on your property. You don’t want to stress an already damaged tree by transplanting. Chappell added that picking trees with straight trunks and symmetrical canopies will save you a lot of heartache in the future. They’ll be easier to prune into a desired shape and typically are more structurally sound. Also avoid purchasing pot-bound trees. Check the container for circling roots which indicate that the tree or shrub will have a poor root system after it’s been planted. If you’re working with a tree that’s already on your property, help the plant take a break from producing new branches and leaves before transplanting. The plant can then put most of its energy into adapting to its new environment, not into producing new growth above the soil. Avoid applying high nitrogen fertilizers to plants for about two months prior to moving. Another way to reduce new growth is to restrict the amount of water applied. However, severe water stress prior to transplanting can weaken the plant and decrease the survival rate, Watson said. In addition to having their growth restricted, transplanted shrubs and trees need to have their roots pruned. Pruning a tree’s roots — trimming them back until they fit inside the soil ball — maximizes the quantity of feeder roots that are moved with the plant. Ideally, plants targeted for fall transplanting would have their roots pruned the spring before they’re replanted, but they can still be pruned 30 to 60 days before transplanting in the fall. Whether you’re working with a newly purchased plant or one on your property, it’s important to pay extra attention to preparing the plant’s new home. Properly preparing the planting site will affect root growth, which determines the plant’s chances of survival and subsequent growth. The planting hole should be two to three times the diameter of the soil ball. Place the plant at the same soil depth it was grown at. If planting several small plants close together, it may be more efficient and better for the plant to prepare an entire bed. When physically planting your shrub or tree, try not to disturb the soil ball of the plant. This will ensure maximum contact between the roots and the soil, which will speed the plant’s creation of its new root system. A broken or loosened soil ball may prevent the plant from absorbing all of the water it needs. Wetting the soil around the shrub or tree can keep the soil ball together as you transplant. You may want to use wire baskets or other equipment that is available for moving plants. Don’t plant trees and shrubs so that water pools on the surface of the planting hole. But remember, the plant will need extra water for the first two years. Wait several months, maybe until the following spring, to fertilize the newly transplanted tree. This allows the root system to establish itself before spurring new growth above ground.last_img read more