WNYNewsNow File Image.JAMESTOWN – The fate of several annual festivals remains unknown nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2020 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is no different. WNYNewsNow asked Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist during a teleconference “town hall” Wednesday if the festival will still happen this year. Sundquist declined to comment on that specific question, deferring to the National Comedy Center, who hosts the event.Sundquist says, as of Wednesday, the NCC hasn’t filed any permit requests to the city.“However, that’s not uncommon considering the time,” Sundquist said. “But I do know that everyone is wondering what is going to happen. I will tell you that we’ve seen a lot of different organizers start to cancel or reschedule events as there is some general fear over large gatherings.” “We will support their (NCC) work and that festival in any way we can.”As of publish time, officials from the National Comedy Center have not returned a request for comment.WNYNewsNow also asked Sundquist about the impact, from his perspective, that the Comedy Festival would have on the city if it’s held. Sundquist says the city would see an economic boom.“Anytime the city can have a large amount of influx of people that are staying here, that are spending their time here, that are going to our restaurants and supporting our activities, that’s always a great thing in terms of sales tax revenue and in terms of supporting our small businesses,” Sundquist said. “Having that festival is absolutely huge, but my other concern and my top priority is the health and safety of our residents. There is a real question whether people are going to be ready or willing to be in larger groups over the summer.”The 2020 Festival is currently scheduled for Aug. 5-9.Jamestown’s Memorial Day Parade and Jamestown Pride were both previously canceled due to the COVID-19.WNYNewsNow will continue to follow the story as it develops, and will continue to put facts over fear as coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. 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)
Stock Image.BUFFALO – Chautauqua County has been awarded over $50,000 to help fight COVID-19.U.S. Attorney James Kennedy announced Wednesday that a total of five additional municipalities in Western New York have been awarded grants under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program through the Department of Justice.The grants awarded include:City of Rochester, $474,295Erie County, $58,008Chautauqua County, $58,008Town of Cheektowaga, $47,720Town of Greece, $45,671“As we emerge from the coronavirus response,” noted U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “These funds will help to ensure that our first responders have the ability to continue to do exactly what they have done throughout the pandemic—keep our communities safe.” Niagara and Monroe Counties and the cities of Niagara Falls and Jamestown previously received funding awards from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.Projects or initiatives which may be funded with the monies include:Overtime costsEquipment and supplies (including PPE for law enforcement and medical personnel);Hiring;Training;Travel expenses, particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas; andAddressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.A total of $1,700,000 in grant funding is available to cities, towns, and counties in the Western New York region. 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)
View Comments New York City is up to its knees in slush (literally, we just stepped in a puddle that had its own zip code), but that could never stop us from bringing you a recap of all of the craziest, silliest and absolute best stories from the last seven days. Check out what we learned!Neil Patrick Harris Won’t Call In SickEven if he’s too sick to speak, walk or sing, Neil Patrick Harris will be playing the boozed-up, glitter-soaked title star in Hedwig every night. He’s a tough dude and he has the fishnet burns to prove it.Corey Cott Puts His Socks AwayNewsies star Corey Cott may play a dirty street tough onstage, but in real life, his best friend and former roommate Jon Jorgenson insists he’s a “decently clean” guy. OK, give us the real dirt—how much Rent memorabilia does he own?Clay Aiken Wants Your VoteThe moment has finally arrived: Broadway alum Clay Aiken is officially running for Congress. Claymates, get those votes in—after all, the American Idol runner-up has a history of coming in second place.Marty McFly Is a Quadruple ThreatBack to the Future is heading to the West End, and prospective Marty McFlys won’t only need to sing, dance and act to snag the leading role, they’ll also need to skateboard. Oh, and obviously the ability to travel through the space-time continuum.Bill Murray Won’t Grow UpFilm funnyman Bill Murray showed off his flying skills, green tights and middling singing voice on Letterman this week in hopes of snagging the leading role in NBC’s Peter Pan telecast. The verdict? Uh, we’d watch it.K.D. Lang Is a Super TrouperSinger-songwriter K.D. Lang is about to star in After Midnight, and even though she’s never seen another Broadway show before, she’s now game to try all sorts of musicals, including Mamma Mia! Not sure she knows about the white spandex.Jarrod Spector Doesn’t Want Fruity CandyBefore you shower Beautiful star Jarrod Spector with gifts this V-Day, keep in mind he will immediately spit out chocolates with fruit in them. Please forward those to Broadway.com, 729 7th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10019.Justin Guarini Is Enrolling In Shiz UAmerican Idol runner-up and Shakespearean actor (yes) Justin Guarini is returning to Broadway for the fourth time, assuming the role of college stud Fiyero in Wicked. Hey, at least he’s not running for Congress.Meat Loaf & Minnie Driver Freak Us OutGrammy winner Meat Loaf got his start in theater and Minnie Driver was in a movie musical once, so why wouldn’t they want to team up for a flick about a murderer who haunts a theater camp? (All joking aside, this sounds awesome.)Oprah Might Give Us the Best Gift of AllAfter teasing us for years about a possible Broadway debut, Oprah Winfrey is eyeing the title role in ‘Night, Mother, opposite none other than eight-billion-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. This is way better than a free car.
View Comments Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison came home to New York City on December 19 and 20! The pair, who starred in The Light in the Piazza on Broadway together nearly 10 years ago, reunited for their new holiday concert, Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays, at Carnegie Hall. Check out these behind-the-scenes shots of the Glee favorite and newly minted star of The Merry Widow bringing yuletide cheer to the Big Apple alongside music director and conductor Steven Reineke. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Go Stargazing at It’s Only a Play Begins January 7 at the Schoenfeld Theatre Sorry, guys: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane aren’t working together anymore. (Damn you, Eugene O’Neill!) But we’ve got really good news: the brilliant Martin Short will succeed Lane in Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy. And there’s more good news: Two actors with great comic chops—Katie Finneran (Noises Off) and Maulik Pancholy (TV’s 30 Rock)—are joining him. This talented trio is at the play, now why aren’t you? Click for tickets! Feel Good with LaChanze January 4 and 5 at Joe’s Pub Since you’ve finally gotten “The Christmas Shoes” out of your head, it’s high time to take in some music that doesn’t accompany mall Santas and luxury automobile sales events. Do we have the show for you! LaChanze in Concert: Feeling Good features the Tony-winning scene-stealer of If/Then doing her thing. This should make your spirits bright…Darn it. Click for tickets! Meet the New Sycamores Begins January 6 at the Longacre Theatre We’re sorry to see Rose Byrne and Mark Linn-Baker leave the delightful revival of You Can’t Take it With You, but we’re thrilled to see Anna Chlumsky and Richard Thomas take over. Chlumsky is a gifted comedic actor (Veep, y’all!) and Thomas is an Emmy-winning star (The Waltons) with a long list of Broadway credits. Maybe Linn-Baker and Byrne will reunite for a modern-day sitcom. Oh wait. Click for tickets! Hey, you, looking dazed and confused. The booze and hors d’oeuvres are all gone—yes, this means you actually have to do work again. Don’t worry, friend! There are plenty of things happening in NYC away from the fluorescent lights. This week, we’re celebrating Martin Short’s return to Broadway, Anna Chlumsky’s debut on the Great White Way, and two new Elders starting their mission. Look sharp for this week’s picks! View Comments Retrace Amy Spanger’s Journey to NYC January 6 at 54 Below Before she was the star of Kiss Me, Kate, Rock of Ages and Chicago, Amy Spanger was just a girl who dreamed of one day moving to New York City. See how she made her dreams come true in her solo show This Must Be The Place. The evening of pop, musical theater, rock, country also features candid stories about her crazy roommates. We’re so in. Click for tickets! Say “Hello” to Two New Elders Begins January 6 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre You’re in good hands with new The Book of Mormon stars Gavin Creel and Christopher John O’Neill. How come? Creel will play Elder Price, a role he has tackled all over the world. And O’Neill, who will step in as Elder Cunningham, is fresh from the national touring production. And did we mention Creel won an Olivier Award for his performance? So, yeah, these guys will be just fine. Click for tickets!
Motown the Musical, the tuner featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, has recouped its $18 million investment. As previously reported, the Broadway production will play its final performance on January 18 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre to make way for Finding Neverland. Motown intends to return to the Great White Way in summer 2016 at a Nederlander theater to be announced. Motown is currently on tour in the U.S. and a U.K. production is planned for the summer of 2015. View Comments Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance. The Broadway production currently stars Josh Tower as Berry Gordy, Krystal Joy Brown as Diana Ross, former Broadway.com video blogger Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Bryan Terrell Clark as Marvin Gaye. Motown The Musical Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015
View Comments After Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Aaron Tveit departed the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Assassins early to shoot USA series Graceland, it seemed likely that his character wasn’t dead. So, we hoped when he stopped by The Today Show on June 25 with co-star Daniel Sunjata, that we’d find out for sure what was going on. But no, the pair of Great White Way faves merely teased us further. We’re just going to have to watch them on the season premiere of the series tonight to find out exactly how it all plays out! Check out the interview below.
View Comments Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Billy Magnussen: From Kato to CocaineTony nominee Billy Magnussen has been tapped to star in the FX pilot for Snowfall, a drama from John Singlton following the Los Angeles crack cocaine epidemic of the ‘80s. According to Deadline, Magnussen will play Logan Miller, a member of a prominent family who enters the cocaine trade in its early stages. It’s not Magnussen’s first foray into the L.A. crime ring; he will also appear in FX’s forthcoming American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson as Kato Kaelin.Michael Cerveris Fills in for Sutton FosterBut will he tap dance? Fun Home Tony winner Michael Cerveris is stepping in at the last minute to host the National High School Musical Theatre Awards—a.k.a. the Jimmy Awards—on June 29. Cerveris replaces Sutton Foster, who had to step down due to laryngitis. The awards, which honor the best of high school performers across the country, will take place at Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre (home of The Lion King). Get well soon, Sutton! We’re looking forward to your wild, wild party! Plus, we’ve already picked out our statement jewelry.New Rodgers & Hammerstein Bio in the WorksPublisher Henry Holt will release a biography of musical theater legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 2018—75 years after the premiere of their first collaboration, Oklahoma! According to The New York Times, the book, penned by journalist Todd S. Purdum, will explore their personal lives and their numerous works, including The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific and Cinderella. Count us in, as we look forward to getting to know them, getting to know all about them.Date Set for NPH’s AGT StintAs previously announced, Tony and Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris will serve as a guest judge on the current season of America’s Got Talent. His stint will air on NBC on July 14. He joins perennial judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Heidi Klum. It’s the last chance for competitors to make it into the live rounds, and Harris will have control of the Golden Buzzer, which could secure a spot for one of the acts. Here’s a tip for all of the contestants: he likes magic and glitter. Meanwhile, Harris’ own NBC variety show, Best Time Ever, will premiere on September 15.Sara Bareilles Previews Waitress TuneSara Bareilles recently chatted with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion, and while there, she previewed a song from her upcoming musical Waitress. Based on the movie of the same name, the show follows a diner employee who fosters her creative energy and emotions into creatively titled pies (as Keillor wisely observes, it’s not the first musical about a woman who puts her feelings into her pies.) Take a listen to the singer/songwriter’s performance of “Take It From an Old Man.” Waitress, starring Jessie Mueller, Jeanna de Waal, Keala Settle and more, will begin performances at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts on August 2. Sara Bareilles
Mary Louise Wilson Doc Lands U.S. Distribution DealWe can’t wait to see this! A documentary following Tony winner Mary Louise Wilson as she travels to New Orleans to start a new life as a drama teacher will be available on demand in the U.S. from February 23, 2016 thanks to GoDigital Inc. Variety reports that Ron Nyswaner’s She’s the Best Thing In It also features interviews with Tony winners Tyne Daly and Frances McDormand, along with Tony nominee Valerie Harper.Have a Medley Christmas With the Aladdin CastNot in the holiday spirit yet? Never fear, Aladdin cast members have put together this adorable medley of Christmas tunes to get you into a festive mood. Check out Courtney Reed, Nathan Lucrezio, Jaz Sealey and Angelo Soriano’s work below…See, now it feels a lot like Christmas! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Matthew Morrison Already Eyeing Broadway ReturnMatthew Morrison will depart Finding Neverland on January 24, 2016 and he recently stopped by The Today Show to reflect on his time working on the Main Stem in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning new musical. “It’s been incredible,” he said. “I’ve had the best year and [I’m] excited to come back again in something else!” Check out the interview below; the show is running at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. View Comments
Jennifer Hudson may be known to “Push Da Button” on stage as Shug Avery in The Color Purple, but she’s also pushing some buttons off stage. While chatting with Seth Meyers on Late Night, the Oscar and Grammy winner revealed that she can pop gum like no other, and while director John Doyle initially tried to work that habit into her portrayal of Shug, he eventually had to ban her from chewing gum. Don’t worry, though: She’s still popping a plethora of high notes at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre alongside co-star Cynthia Erivo, who just so happens to be the object of affection for her six-year-old son. Take a look below to learn all about the adorable crush and more, including J. Hud’s first preview surprise. Star Files Related Shows View Comments Jennifer Hudson The Color Purple Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017