54 Below Makes Way for Broadway Beltresses, Bellamy Young & More

first_imgSummer is fast approaching in New York, and some of Broadway’s best know that 54 Below is the place to stay cool. A Tony winner and Grammy nominee brings her powerhouse pipes back to New York, the Great White Way’s newest Marius ditches “Empty Chairs and Empty Tables” for New York’s swankiest supper club, and somewhere out there, Laura Osnes is rehearsing her country twang. Check out the recently announced acts below!54 SINGS THE LIFEWith Bellamy Young, Telly Leung & More – 5/17 at 7 & 9:30PMLong before she was delivering Shondalogues as First Lady Mellie on Scandal, Bellamy Young appeared in Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman’s The Life. This May, she and a few of her former co-stars, as well as stage faves Telly Leung, Ciara Renée and more, will bring back the seediness of ’80s Times Square (less Elmos and more hookers).GET TICKETSMELBA MOORE”Forever Moore” – 5/22 & 23 at 7PMWe’ve got love for Melba Moore and her insane belting. The Tony winner and Grammy nominee heads to the New York hotspot to revisit songs from her past on Broadway, which included stints in Purlie, Hair and Les Miserables, in addition to such chart toppers as “Love’s Comin’ At Ya” and “Read My Lips.” Here’s hoping she’ll hold a note for 22+ seconds once more! GET TICKETS54 SINGS GRAND HOTELWith Chip Zien, Liliane Montevecchi & More – 5/24 at 7 & 9:30PMReturn to the Golden ‘20s, where the doors of the lavish Grand Hotel never stop revolving. The Robert Wright, George Forrest and Luther David tuner celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. Now, a host of stage names (including original cast members) will head back down the crooked path for one night only. GET TICKETSBROADWAY DOES COUNTRYWith Laura Osnes, Beth Leavel & More – 5/31 at 10PMThe Main Stem is heading below the Mason Dixon Line! Osnes, Leavel, On the Town’s Cody Williams and more, backed by a five-piece country band, will tip their hats to the likes of Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Mark Chestnutt and the Dixie Chicks. Lest you forget—Osnes is no stranger to bringing southern charm to the Great White Way. GET TICKETSCHRIS McCARRELL6/1 at 9:30PMThis lost boy found a new gig! The Lez Miz cutie makes his solo show debut this summer with an eclectic set list. Audiences can expect takes on Top 40 hits, some folk and even a new Sondheim arrangement or two. McCarrell also promises some special Broadway guests. Lost Boys/Newsies? Lez Miz whores and revolutionaries? GET TICKETS View Commentslast_img read more

Which Broadway Star Should Host Saturday Night Live?

first_img Star Files View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.On October 8, Lin-Manuel Miranda will join the ranks of Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Matthew Broderick and more Broadway stars who have hosted the legendary Saturday Night Live. In addition to dreaming up five things we’d love to see him do on the iconic comedy show, we’ve been thinking of other Great White Way faves we want to watch host. Who would you want to see take the stage live from New York on a Saturday night? Broadway.com Senior Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber kicked things off with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!center_img Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Beth Leavel Will Join Laura Osnes & Corey Cott in Bandstand

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Tony winner Beth Leavel will get back into the swing of things and reprise her performance in Bandstand when it transfers to Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler and starring two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, tickets are now on sale for the Paper Mill Playhouse production, which will begin previews on March 31, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.Along with Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Mrs. Adams, the company will also include Paper Mill stars Joe Carroll (Cinderella) on drums as Johnny Simpson, Brandon James Ellis (Once) on bass as Davy Zlatic, Nate Hopkins on sax as Jimmy Campbell, Geoff Packard (Matilda) on trombone as Wayne Wright and Joey Pero on trumpet as Nick Radel.Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.With music by Richard Oberacker, and a book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, the original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members.The Color Purple is currently running at the Jacobs, where it is set to shutter on January 8, 2017. Laura Osnes View Comments Star Filescenter_img Related Shows Beth Leavel(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Bandstandlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Lea Michele & Daveed Diggs Join Forces & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Lea Michele Cast in Daveed Diggs’ TV PilotLike Spring Awakening darling Lea Michele, Tony winner Daveed Diggs has taken his acting chops to the small screen following his lauded Broadway run in Hamilton. According to Deadline, the two are teaming up: Michele has been cast in Diggs’ previously reported ABC pilot. The single-camera comedy follows hip-hop artist Courtney Rose, to be played by Search Party star and Broad City alum Brandon Michael Hall. Rose runs for office as a publicity stunt to promote his mixtape and miraculously gets elected. No word yet on a pilot title, production timeline or Michele’s role, but we’re hoping she gets to use her musical talents! After all, Glee’s Rachel needs applause to live.Broadway Publicist & Former Performer Patty Freedman Dies at 64Patty Freedman, co-owner of Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations, has passed away at the age of 64. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Freedman died on February 17 after battling breast cancer. Her roster of clients included Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Liz Larsen, Eartha Kitt, Steven Lutvak, Margo Martindale, Winnie Holzman, John McDaniel, Julie Halston and Lea DeLaria. As an actress known as Patty Dworkin, her Broadway credits included See-Saw, Shenandoah and Sly Fox. On screen, she appeared in The Love Boat, Dynasty, Happy Days and Ghostbusters.Josh Gad & More Talk Beauty and the BeastDisney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast hits theaters next month, and the teasers have our anticipation mounting. In a recently released featurette, the cast and director Bill Condon discussed the pressure and privilege of retelling the tale as old as time. “It was something that we all knew we had to live up to,” said Tony nominee Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou in the film. You can catch Broadway faves Gad, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and the rest of the cast on March 17! View Comments Lea Michele (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Avoid Winter Weight Woes

first_imgAs the weather cools down, the weight goes up for most people. And whatgoes up doesn’t alwayscome down, at least not to where it started. But that winter weight-gaincycle can be reversed oravoided, says a University of Georgiascientist.”It’s a matter of making little lifestyle changes,” said Connie Crawley,an Extension Service food,nutrition and health specialist with the UGA Collegeof Family and Consumer Sciences.”Once the weather gets cooler, sitting at home and eating hearty mealsbecomes more tempting,”Crawley said. “That’s especially true around the holidays. As a result,it’s not unusual for people togain 10-15 pounds over the winter.”The weight gain can be a normal fluctuation that goes right back downwhen you become moreactive and eat less next summer. But as people get older, they tendto hang on to at least some of that weight gain.”It’s when the weight goes up in the fall but doesn’t come all the wayback down that you wantto stop and look at the trend,” Crawley said.Winning the weight war, she said, is mostly a matter of becoming moreactive and making wiser food choices.”With most people, the activity is the most important,” she said. “Ifyou get more exercise, theimproved diet will usually follow.”More exercise doesn’t have to mean serious workouts. “It can be as simpleas getting rid of theTV remote control so you at least get up to change the channel,” Crawleysaid.”It may be taking your lunch to work so you can walk 15-20 minutes atnoon,” she said. “Evenwalking down the hall to talk to a co-worker rather than calling themon the phone or sending theme-mail can increase your activity level.”If your job keeps you in one place all day, she said, get up and walkaround a little every hour.”Walk to the water fountain but not to the vending machine,” she said.”Make it a rule not to eatat your desk. Many people become computer potatoes at work, not justcouch potatoes at home.”Crawley offers some tips for keeping the winter weight down.  When you watch TV, do something active. This can be housework,a craft or even exercise. Atleast keep your hands busy with a worthwhile project instead of a bagof chips.  Brush your teeth before you clean up after meals or parties.You’ll be less likely to snack onthe leftovers. This is a good strategy before you start cooking, too.  Take a walk after supper. In Georgia the weather is rarely badenough to prevent a walk atnight. Take along a child, a friend or your spouse. Walk in well-lightedareas, and vary your route,so you won’t become bored. If walking outside isn’t safe, look intomall walking or a treadmill.  Keep tempting foods out of the house. Eat high-calorie foodsin one-portion sizes so you willbe satisfied but won’t be tempted to overeat. Store all food out-of-sightas an extra precaution against  temptation.When you do overeat, Crawley said, don’t overcompensate by starvingyourself the next day. “Goback to your normal, healthy eating habits,” she said. “Eat three moderatemeals a day and allowtime for rebalancing your diet.”Maintaining a healthy body weight, she said, isn’t a feast-and-fastaffair.”To keep your weight down,” she said, “you have to make permanent lifestylechanges.”last_img read more

National 4-H Congress.

first_imgMore than 1,300 U.S. teens will come to Atlanta Nov. 26-30 for the 78th National 4-H Congress. “‘Make the Difference,’ the theme of this year’s Congress, tells the story for these young people,”said Susan Stewart, National 4-H Congress director. “Chosen from their history of leadership in communities in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, each of these young people comes to Atlanta with a desire to increase their ability to lead,” she said. Education Programs The youths, ages 14-19, will attend educational programs and cultural events in Atlanta. They will hear from Atlanta media mogul Ted Turner, Paralympic gold medalist and author Scot Hollonbeck and Miss America 2000, Heather French. Town Hall Meeting On the last day of Congress, the youths will have a town hall meeting, hosted by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta’s Amanda Davis. They will discuss ethics issues for young people. Over the summer, more than 1,000 4-H’ers conducted surveys in their hometowns. The delegates will choose from more than 19 educational programs. The topics will range from investing in the stock market and youth leadership skills to biotechnology in agriculture and finding balance between economics and environment. “Congress delegates will return home better able to ‘Make a Difference’ in their own communities,” Stewart said. “The knowledge gained during their stay in Atlanta will be used to make positive changes in communities across the nation. Atlanta provides an excellent backdrop for the diversity of cultural experience National 4-H Congress offers.” Making Better CommunitiesDelegates will learn community service, too, from a hands on point of view. They will perform community projects around the city including clearing nature trails for wheelchair access for the Cobb County Association of Retarded Citizens, visiting patients at the Veteran’s Hospital, packing food for AIDS homebound patients at Project Open Hand and helping chefs at the DeKalb County Schools’ test kitchen make cookies for needy organizations and shelters. “In 1998, National 4-H Congress delegates spread across Atlanta and participated in a wide variety of projects,” Stewart said. “The youths are encouraged to start similar community service projects when they return to their own communities.” The survey, developed by the North Carolina Extension Service, will reveal the views of more than 2,000 people nationwide. It will help show how youths form ethical standards. At the 4-H Congress town hall meeting, the delegates will discuss what the survey means to them.last_img read more

Ice Damage.

first_imgThe winter storm that swept across north Georgia last week covered trees with an icy overcoat. Now homeowners are cleaning up fallen trees and broken limbs. “The pine resin starts to come out and sends an open invitation to bark beetles,” Moorhead said. “They’re extremely hard to control, and there aren’t any really effective sprays.” “If the ice storm caused your pine trees to lose a big section of the top or the main stem, you probably don’t have many alternatives other than taking the tree out,” Moorhead said. “Pine trees don’t store a lot of food in the root system. So when they get injured, they don’t have as much to fall back on.” Pines Not So Lucky Some insecticides can control bark beetles, Moorhead said. “First you’d have to cover the entire tree to the point of wetting, and it will provide some protection,” he said. “But with large trees that’s not very practical.” Pine trees are another story. Beetles Big Problem Thousands of trees are lost each year as a result of ice, wind and lightning damage, says a University of Georgia forester. The resulting annual property value loss in Georgia is estimated at more than $10 million. This doesn’t include future liability costs. Broken Branches Less a Problem Bark beetles fly in, bore through the tree’s bark and lay eggs underneath. There the larvae form feeding galleries and introduce a fungus called blue stain. This causes the tree to dry out and eventually die. Besides injuring the tree’s structure, a large break in a pine tree’s top opens a virtual buffet for harmful insects. “When hardwood trees are injured, a branch will break off, there will be some decay and maybe a weak insect attack,” said David Moorhead, a professor of forestry with the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources. “The damage usually won’t kill hardwoods because the trees have such a good reserve in the root system.” If the winter ice storm left your pine trees with just broken branches, the prognosis is much better. “Properly prune the branches back to the whorl or main stem,” Moorhead said. “Then you can do a good job of keeping that tree healthy. You’ll need to clean up and prune off any broken branches without destroying the form of the tree.” Bark beetles are active year-round, but more so in warmer weather. “As soon as it warms back up and we get days in the 50s and 60s, we’ll start to see the bark beetles coming out,” Moorhead said. To learn more about trees and storm damage, contact your county Extension Service office. Or check the UGA Extension Forest Resources publication, “Storm Damaged Trees,” at .last_img read more

Safe Veggies.

first_imgPhoto: Darbie Granberry Apply them only after the vegetables have been harvested.Fully incorporate them into the soil.And wait at least three months before planting food crops in the garden.Don’t use them on perennial vegetables and root crops. Watch Out for Animals, TooSpeaking of animal manure, living animals often visit the garden. Pets, deer, racoons, rodents and birds can carry human pathogens and may contaminate the garden with fecal matter.Be aware of this potential problem. Keep on the lookout for the telltale signs that they’ve been active in your garden. If animals or birds do visit your garden, take measures to keep them out.By applying chemicals properly, using composted manures and keeping animals out of your garden, you can help make sure your picture-perfect vegetables are not only fresh and nutritious, but also safe to eat. Garden vegetables are free of human pathogens unless they become contaminated. The task for gardeners is pretty simple: don’t mess up a good thing. The key to food safety is preventing contamination.Until recently, the term “safe” vegetables meant mainly that they were free of harmful chemicals or contained them in such low concentrations that they didn’t threaten anyone’s health.There was, and still is, a lot of emphasis on using only pest-control chemicals approved for vegetable crops, applying them at the prescribed concentrations and frequencies, and allowing for ample waiting periods before harvesting.These safeguards are still essential in helping keep garden vegetables safe.Prevent, Reduce ContaminationIn the late 1980s and ’90s, a number of produce-related illness outbreaks prompted the 1997 start of a federal program to help keep fresh produce safe.This new initiative stressed preventing and reducing the contamination of fresh produce with human pathogens (living things that make people sick).The concept of safe food was broadened to include being free of disease-causing microbes such as Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, Shigella, etc., and parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora.Producing “safe” fresh vegetables in the garden is fairly easy, because vegetables aren’t a primary source of human pathogens. Fortunately, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that sometimes make plants sick don’t make people sick.How Veggies Get ContaminatedHow do garden vegetables get contaminated with the “bugs” that make people sick?The most likely source in the garden is animal manure. But animal manures are good for the garden. They contain essential nutrients that help plants grow. And their organic matter improves soils.The good news is that gardeners can reap manures’ many benefits and still grow vegetables free of human pathogens.Use composted manures.The heat generated during the composting process destroys human pathogens. Besides making the food safer, properly composted manures are much more helpful to the garden than raw manures.Must Be Properly CompostedKeep in mind, though, that improperly composted manures are likely to contain as many pathogens as raw manure. Don’t use them.If you aren’t sure the manures you want to use have been properly composted: You work hard to make your nutritious garden crops look and taste good. Work at keeping them safe, too.last_img read more

Beef Checkoff Challenged

first_imgBut Monte Reese, Chief Operating Officer of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, said, “I have asked the attorneys at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) who represent us to request a stay of the judge’s injunction and begin the appeal process.””Obviously, we are disappointed with the decision,” said Beef Board Chairman Dee Lacey, a cow-calf producer from Paso Robles, Calif. “But this represents just one step in a lengthy process, and we’re in it for the long haul.” Lacey pointed out that the USDA and Department of Justice have stood strong behind the checkoff program throughout this legal challenge – brought on by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), and three individuals in an earlier petition.”It’s unfortunate that the plaintiffs in this case have chosen to distract attention and funding from the real issues at hand in our industry today to wade through this legal morass,” Lacey said. “The checkoff represents the key way for us, as producers, to invest in our futures, and this kind of tactic certainly seems counterproductive to those efforts.”In annual independent surveys conducted since the launch of the beef checkoff 15 years ago, producers have repeatedly voiced strong support for the program, Lacey said. In the latest survey, released in January 2002, about 68 percent of producers said they approved of the Beef Checkoff Program.For up-to-date information on the beef checkoff case, go to www.gabeef.org/gca.The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which oversees the national checkoff program, subject to USDA oversight. The checkoff assessment became mandatory when the program was approved by 79 percent of producers in a 1988 national referendum vote. Checkoff revenues may be used for promotion, education and research programs to improve the marketing climate for beef.last_img read more

Repot pot-bound

first_imgFor pots that are larger than 8 inches in diameter, a bit more effort may be needed. Place the pot on its side and tap the top edge with a rubber mallet. Turn the pot a few degrees and repeat the procedure until the root ball releases easily. To learn more about the program, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Or, go to the Web site www.georgiamastergardener.com. Clean the pot thoroughly with a 10 percent bleach solution before repotting the plant. Master gardeners, like Christian, are volunteers trained by experts with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They help county Extension agents in their areas by answering gardening questions as needed year-round. “Although some plants require being pot-bound in order to flower, eventually all plants outgrow their containers and become root- or pot-bound,” he said. Return plant to clean pot Sever and remove these old roots to allow new feeder roots to establish. Remove at least one inch of the roots and the spent old potting soil from the sides and the bottom. For pots that are 8 inches or less in diameter, place one hand over the top of the pot while allowing the stem of the plant to pass between your fingers. Turn the pot upside down and tap the edge of the pot against a solid surface. The root ball should easily come away from the pot. “This is a Bonsai proven technique which has been practiced for centuries,” said Christian, who has used the method successfully for years. “Before repotting, you can apply a root stimulator to the cut root surfaces.” Cut away old, make room for newcenter_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpring is here. After months of being cooped up indoors, it’s finally time for gardeners to go dig in the dirt. But they shouldn’t pass by their pot-bound plants on the way, says a Georgia Master Gardener. Repotting pot bound plants is often a neglected gardening chore, says Charlie Christian, a Master Gardener in Morgan County. The first step is to remove the plant from the pot and inspect the root system, he said. “Watering several hours prior will help you remove the plant more easily.” “Once the plant is free of the pot, check for large, old circular roots which can strangle the plant and prevent much-needed nourishment,” he said. To repot, first add enough new soil mixture to the bottom of the pot to return the plant to its original depth. After the plant is replaced, fill in the sides with new potting soil. “The new soil should be well firmed as well as penetrated with a slender stick during the process to prevent air pockets,” Christian said. “Lastly, I soak my plants for 15 minutes in a solution of B-1 plant stimulator to encourage new growth.” Most plants should be repotted annually, but vigorous growing plants may need to be repotted more often, he said. How do you know?But how do you know if your potted plants have outgrown their living space? Early spring is the perfect time to do the chore. Plants have new growth then, and the temperature is nice enough to take inside plants out for some much-needed photosynthesis.last_img read more