Kristin Chenoweth Star Files Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, Tony nominee Peter Gallagher and the company of On the Twentieth Century will record the cast album on March 23. The recording will be released on May 19 on PS Classics. Directed by Scott Ellis, the Roundabout revival is playing a limited engagement through July 5 at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre.On the Twentieth Century features a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman. It follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career.In addition to Chenoweth and Gallagher, the cast includes Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn‐Baker and Tony winners Michael McGrath and Mary Louise Wilson.On the Twentieth Century premiered on Broadway in 1978, and won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. On The Twentieth Century View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015
View Comments Related Shows The Broadway revival of The King and I has begun performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and three of its stars are certainly dressed for success. In the latest issue of Vogue, Siam stunners Ashley Park, Conrad Ricamora and Ruthie Ann Miles trade in their traditional garb for a more modern look that screams “Something Wonderful.” The trio plays Tuptim, Lun Tha and Lady Thiang, respectively, in the Bartlett Sher-helmed production, appearing alongside headliners Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe. The King and I opens officially on April 16. The King and I Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016
View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time His name is Christopher John Francis Boone, he knows all the countries of the world and he’s going to be touring this one next fall. The 2015 Tony-nominated play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will launch a national tour in October 2016. The tour route, which will include cities throughout North America, is still being finalized, but an opening city has been set and will be announced soon. Casting and official dates will also be announced shortly.Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher—a fifteen-year-old who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.Adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, the Broadway production stars Tony nominee Alex Sharp in his Broadway debut as Christopher, Ian Barford as Ed, Helen Carey as Mrs. Alexander, Francesca Faridany as Siobhan and Enid Graham as Judy.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been nominated for six 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play (Stephens), Best Leading Actor in a Play (Sharp), Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Elliott) and Best Choreography.
A few updates on the new multi-media show Dusty. The production, currently in preview, has pushed back its opening night from June 3 to September 7. Previously set to shutter on August 22, the world premiere will now play a limited engagement through November 21 at London’s Charing Cross Theatre.As previously reported, the cast of the tuner that celebrates the music of 60’s pop icon Dusty Springfield includes Ellie Ann-Lowe as Mary O’Brien, with Francesca Jackson as Nancy, Stewart McCheyne as DJ Dave Dean, Ben Tolley as Johnny Franz, Leo Elso as Dion O’Brien/Tom Springfield, Joe Vetch as Douggie Reece, Joan Walker as Kay O’Brien, Graham Kent as Gerard ‘OB’ O’Brien, Tristan Pate as Vic Billings, Allyson Ava Brown as Martha Reeves, Danielle Kassarata as Maddie and Arabella Rodrigo as Norma. Bex Leung, Cleo Jaeger and Marianna Neofitou round out the company.Written by Kim Weild and Duncan Sibbald with dramaturg Jack Bradley, the production is directed by Chris Cowey. With original music by Dusty Springfield, audiences see and hear Springfield on stage using 3-D technology and digital media. Dusty follows the highs and lows of Springfield’s rise from middle class suburban London to the recording of her seminal album Dusty in Memphis. Through the eyes of Nancy Jones, one of Dusty’s childhood friends, and other key figures who accompanied her on her journey, Dusty celebrates the life of one of Britain’s most influential recording artists.Another tuner based on the pop legend, Forever Dusty, closed off-Broadway in spring 2013. View Comments
Age: 24Hometown: “I grew up south of Cleveland. Went to college west of Cleveland. I’m an all-around Clevelander.”Current Role: After first playing student revolutionary Joly, McCarrell has now moved up to the role of lovesick Marius in the Broadway revival of everyone’s favorite musical, Les Miserables.Stage and Screen Cred: While studying at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, McCarrell performed roles like Lewis in Pippin, Anthony in Sweeney Todd and Gabe in Next to Normal. Professional credits include Summer of ’42, the Jake Gyllenhaal role in a musical version of Bubble Boy and Nibs, one of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan Live! on NBC. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Les Miserables All photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com
Sad news for Vanessa Hudgens—her father died on January 30. The Broadway alum and former High School Musical star has confirmed that she will perform as Rizzo on Grease: Live tonight in his honor.Hudgens tweeted: “I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers.”Grease: Live, also starring Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough, will air at 7PM E.T.The thoughts of everyone at Broadway.com are with Vanessa and her family. Vanessa Hudgens Photo: Bruce Glikas View Comments
Knowing which termites are kin and where they’ve been may bethe key to more effectively controlling the pests. And scientistsare closing in. They’re using DNA technology to track their travelsand find their family trees.”I’m looking at what we call gene flow, which is the geneticrelationship of one termite to another,” said Tracie Jenkins,a geneticist working in the University of Georgia’s entomologydepartment.”DNA can be used to determine termite relationships justas it is used to determine human relationships,” Jenkinssaid. “It can also be used to track termite movement overtime.”Atlanta and Louisiana Termites From SameFamilyJenkins tested theDNA of termites found at four sites in metro Atlanta. She foundthat they came from Louisiana and traveled to Georgia inside railroadties.In her lab at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.,Jenkins examined a mitochondrial DNA gene from the Formosan subterraneantermites, an imported species.”The mitochondrial DNA gene is inherited from the femaleline and therefore can be used to trace maternal movement,”Jenkins said. “By comparing the Atlanta collections withcollections from many other sites in the Southeast and elsewhere,I discovered a match with sites in Louisiana.”Surveying the four Atlanta homeowners, Jenkins found they allbought infested railroad ties for landscaping. “This studydemonstrates how interstate commerce can help spread termites,”she said.As a result of the research, she said, the Railway Tie Associationis alerting the railroad community to the possible problems ofspreading Formosan termites in crossties. And they’re taking stepsto prevent it.Jenkins’ genetic research is part of the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences’ urban agriculture effort. By understandingtermites’ family relationships and movements, she said, the $2-billion-a-yearpest may be better controlled.”You have to know your enemy before you can fight him,”she said. “You can’t treat for a creature if you don’t knowhow it operates.”Do Colonies Really Have Just One Queen?Jenkins said subterranean termite colonies are traditionallydescribed as having one king and one queen. The mated pair’s matureoffspring fly away and start new colonies.After studying termite sites across Georgia and the world forthe past five years with UGA urban entomologist Brian Forschler,Jenkins isn’t sure she agrees with the one-king, one-queen scenario.At one termite site on Georgia’s Sapelo Island, Jenkins andForschler found termites of one species one month and anotherspecies the next.Jenkins’ research also provided DNA evidence that differentspecies traveled through the same site. Her DNA work uncoveredevidence, too, of four termite species at the site. Entomologistsknew three of those were in Georgia. But one is new to the state.”In this one study we determined they move rapidly whenthey want to, different species can come in and occupy the samesite and there are most likely more than three species in Georgia,”she said. “This opened up a whole new research project forme. I’m obsessed by what I’m learning.”High Cost of DNA Sequencing Slows ResearchThe only problems standing in Jenkins’ way are the numbersof hours in a day and the high cost of DNA testing.”I’d like to be able to run more DNA fingerprinting andDNA sequences,” she said. “But DNA work, although extremelyinformative, is very, very expensive. So I have to design my experimentswith cost in mind.”Jenkins’ next steps are to find whether more than one queenis in each colony and if different species coexist and feed inthe same site.”Every day I’m ferreting out their biology and how theywork,” she said. “Termites are interesting creatures.But because they’re a homeowner’s nightmare, I hope my work willhelp in the fight to control them.”
Sweepstakes, warranty cards and charitable requests all provide ways for fraudulent telemarketers to get your name and phone number. This year’s Georgia Consumer Protection Week, Feb. 4-8, focuses on limiting the damage these scoundrels cause.”Telemarketing fraud tends to target older adults,” said Michael Rupured, co-chair of Georgia’s Consumer Fraud Task Force.Rupured, a consumer economics specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said the frauds who do these things are pros.Telemarketing Frauds Are Pros”They quickly assess your vulnerabilities,” he said. “They’re so good they can persuade people who know better to give out credit card information for bogus products.”Nationally, telemarketing fraud is one of the top consumer fraud complaints. These scams bilk Americans of $40 billion each year. They cost Georgians as much as $500 million.One of the GCPW goals this year is to get more people to join the Georgia No Call List. More than 280,000 Georgians have paid the $5 it takes to be placed on the list. The GNCL notifies telemarketers nationwide ofpeople who don’t want to get calls.Join ‘No Call List'”Joining the ‘No Call List’ helps stop this sort of fraud before it starts,” Rupured said. Charities and businesses with which you already have a relationship are exempt from the list.A number of groups are working with the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs on the issue. UGA Extension Service FACS county agents, agencies on aging and AARP chapters all have videos, brochures and leaders’ guides they can use to teach Georgians about telemarketing fraud and how to prevent it.”Telemarketing fraud is still a major problem in Georgia and across the country,” said GOCA administrator Barry Reid. “Not only do the criminals seek money from their victims under false pretenses, but they also seek personal information so they can take over their victims’ bank accounts, create new bank accounts, make charges on credit cards or open charge accounts, all using the name and good credit of the victim.”How to Recognize FraudThe eight-page brochure tells how to recognize fraud. It shows, too, how to keep legitimate companies from including your name in subscription lists they sell to potential marketers. It also explains how to check references and lists questions to ask telemarketers to find out if they’re legitimate.The brochure details some of the more common types of telemarketing fraud, such as prize offers, lotteries, disaster-related solicitations, investments and travel packages.Senior centers and nursing homes will have programs, and Rupured has a series of one-page fact sheets that will go to Meals on Wheels recipients in some parts of the state.Shut-ins a Key Target”Shut-ins are a key target audience for fraudulent telemarketers,” he said. “We want to give them the information they need to avoid this crime.””As with most crimes, the best cure for the growing disease of consumer fraud is prevention,” said Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox. “That’s why educational campaigns like Georgia Consumer Protection Week are invaluable tools to help Georgians make wise decisions in the marketplace and avoid falling prey to scam artists.”To be placed on the Georgia No Call List, call toll-free 1-877-426-6225. Or visit www.ganocall.com. To get the telemarketing fraud education materials, call GOCA at (404) 656-4482. Or call your UGA Extension county office.
By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaStudents interested in plant science careers got a low-cost lookat the possibilities in the Georgia Plant Science Scholarsprogram at the University of Georgia June 25-27.In its fourth year, GAPSS is designed to introduce to high schoolstudents available opportunities in plant sciences. The UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was host to 23high school students from across Georgia and Florida.The students toured the UGA campus, including the BotanyGreenhouse, Sanford Stadium and the CAES departments of crop andsoil sciences, horticulture and plant pathology.They spent time at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and tookpart in hands-on activities. They were introduced to faculty,staff, graduate students and industry representatives from acrossthe state.The program costs the students only $30 which includes meals,tours, accommodations, entertainment and a T-shirt. The programalso receives funding support from sponsors.Besides the CAES departments, this year’s sponsors were Mr. andMrs. James Miller, Bob Parker and Golden Peanut Company, theAgricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton, Papa John’s Pizza,APS Foundation and the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources.If you’re interested in the program and want to learn more orsign up for next year, write Kisha Shelton at the Department ofPlant Pathology, Athens, GA 30602-7274. Or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (706) 542-1426.
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaAs dry heat continues to sear Georgia landscapes this fall, the answer to some water woes may be hiding in the ever-running air conditioner.”You’d be surprised how much water you can collect from condensation from your air conditioner,” said Steve Brady, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Cobb County. “Collecting and using water that’s normally wasted around your home can help you nurse your landscape through this drought.”The bigger your house and the cooler you like it, the more water you’ll get. “Some units can put out more than 20 gallons of water per day,” said Frank Henning, a UGA Extension watershed agent. “Most will get between 10 and 50 gallons per day.”Besides air conditioners, other common sources of wasted water you can recycle into the landscape include bath water, excess water in the shower or rain, if we ever get any.”Putting rain barrels at roof edges, gutters and downspouts to collect rain runoff is a great way to save water for landscape use,” Brady said.With recent, confirmed cases of West Nile virus around metro Atlanta raising concerns about mosquito populations, take precautions to prevent mosquito breeding.”If you use the water in three to five days, there should be no mosquito problem,” Brady said. “If you don’t, cover the inlet with mosquito screening to keep them out. Or add mosquito dunks (BTI) to kill mosquito ‘wigglers’ in stored water.”If it’s not raining outside, think about water you waste inside. “In Georgia, you aren’t supposed to use gray water in the landscape, so bath water isn’t a good idea,” Henning said. “However, you can collect and use all the water that goes down the drain while you wait for the shower to get hot.”Whether collecting water inside to use on plants is practical depends on how many plants you have. “The general rule is they need a gallon of water per foot of height,” Henning said. “Most plants you can water about once a week. But plants in containers need to be watered more frequently.”Because plants in containers are more exposed to heat and are often planted in fast-draining potting soil, they need more water.”Beds need about an inch each week,” Henning said. “So that’s 62 gallons per 100 square feet. If you’re trying to keep 20 plants that average 2 feet high, you can easily get 40 gallons from the air conditioner, rain or wasted tap water.”Another option for fall gardens is installing drought-tolerant plants that require less water. “Some succulent plants can take some really dry conditions,” Henning said. “Fall is always the best time to plant, so we hate to discourage planting. But do make wise choices such as lantana, prickly pear cactus and sedum which do fine without water.”Henning asserts that every drop of water saved counts. But some simple changes can make a huge impact on the amount of water you use in the landscape. “Making changes in your irrigation system from spray to drip can save a tremendous amount of water,” he said.For watering rules and water-saving tips, contact the UGA Extension agent in your county. Just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.