first_img Wendy Williams Set in the 1920s, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she hires Billy Flynn, Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, much to the dismay of her rival cellmate Velma Kelly. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the Tony-winning revival is now in its 17th year. View Comments Williams takes over the role of Matron “Mama” Morton, the matron of Chicago’s Cook County Jail, succeeding funny lady Christine Pedi, who ended her engagement on June 23. Williams, who had been scheduled to begin June 25, was forced to delay her first performance due to a sinus infection. See Wendy the day before her debut below! Alexander Gemignani Amra-Faye Wright View All (5) from $49.50center_img Star Files Christine Pedi Chicago Amy Spanger Related Shows The cast of Chicago also features Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Alexander Gemignani as Billy Flynn, Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. The Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago welcomes talk show queen and Audience Choice Award host Wendy Williams to the company beginning June 28 at the Ambassador Theatre. Williams is playing a limited engagement through August 11.last_img read more

first_imgEncores! is offering New York audiences the chance to travel back in time to New York City in the late 1970s, when the music was fine and the attitudes toward women were undergoing a major shift. For one weekend only, New York City Center hosts Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford’s groundbreaking feminist folk musical I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, the musical stars Renée Elise Goldsberry as divorced pop singer Heather Jones, who on the eve of her 40th birthday decides she’s going to change her act to reflect a changing world. The production co-stars Fred Weller as her manager and Christina Sajous and Jennifer Sanchez as Jones’ backup singers. I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road runs July 24 through July 27 only. Get a first look at the cast in costume in this curtain call shot with creators Cryer (who played Heather in the original production) and Ford. View Comments Frederick Weller Christina Sajous Star Fileslast_img read more

first_img Current Role: Jauntily navigating the dual puppeteering roles of wide-eyed college grad Princeton and uptight and closeted Rod in the off-Broadway transfer of the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q. Avenue Q That’s Dr. Bluestone to You: If Darren Bluestone weren’t an actor, he might have become a doctor. “I was deciding between Northwestern or Washington University for biology or medicine,” he recalls. His love of drama had been sparked by seeing Big on Broadway when he was seven, doing plays after school and dressing up in crazy costumes with his sister, but his academically minded parents urged him to pursue a more secure career. “So, of course, I did exactly the opposite,” he jokes. Bluestone entered Carnegie Mellon University, where he majored in musical theater. “It was such a fantastic and stunning experience,” he recalls. “I was given so much freedom there, and it really prepared me for what was to come.” Finding “Purpose” on YouTube: Bluestone made his NYC debut in NYMF’s 2011 production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and was offered a gig as an Avenue Q vacation swing six months after college graduation. Technically, however, he had auditioned seven years earlier. After seeing the show on Broadway, Bluestone uploaded a video of himself singing “Purpose” on YouTube. “[Composer] Jeff Marx saw it, and we started Facebook messaging but lost contact after a couple of years,” he recalls. “After I got Princeton/Rod, I emailed him to tell him I was going to be the lead in his show. He was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s you?!’” When Bluestone told original star John Tartaglia the story, “He was like, ‘That’s how I know you! Jeff showed us this video of a dorky high school sophomore trying to sing that song!’ I was mortified.” Age & Hometown: 24; Santa Fe, NM Related Shows It’s That Little Flame: Avenue Q’s fresh-faced Princeton was a perfect match for Bluestone as he made his own transition to New York City. “Figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, moving into an apartment, finding a good group of friends—I was going through all of that while singing ‘I Wish I Could Go Back to College,’” he says. Luckily, he made those friends, found an apartment in Morningside Heights and has never been more sure that he’s found his “purpose.” The recent 10th anniversary performance of Avenue Q felt like a re-opening for the show, “our cast’s opening and our re-introduction to the world.” Next, Bluestone hopes to make his way to the Main Stem. “I really want to play Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, and I’d love to be in The Book of Mormon,” he says. While dreaming big, “I’m learning how to relax in this whole process and enjoy it.” View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019last_img read more

first_imgStuart Ward and Dani De Waal will make beautiful music in the national tour of Once. The pair will play Guy and Girl, respectively, in the Tony Award-winning musical when it hits the road on October 1 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The tour is scheduled play 29 cities, including Boston, Miami and Pittsburgh. Featuring an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Ward and De Waal will be joined on stage by Ray Bokhour as Da, Matt Deangelis as Švec, John Gardner as Eamon, Donna Garner as Baruška, Evan Harrington as Billy, Ryan Link as Emcee, Benjamin Magnuson as Bank Manager, Alex Nee as Andrej, Erica Swindell as Ex-Girlfriend, Kolette Tetlow as Ivanka and Claire Wellin as Réza. The ensemble includes Estelle Bajou, Stephen McIntyre, Zander Meisner, Tina Stafford, Tiffany Topol and Matt Wolpe. Ward has performed the role of Guy in the West End production of Once. His other London credits include Donmar Warehouse’s The Recruiting Officer and Playhouse Theatre’s Dreamboats and Petticoats. He made his New York stage debut in The Hired Man off Broadway. De Waal made her Broadway debut in last season’s revival of Picnic and has appeared in the West End in Mamma Mia!center_img Based on the 2006 film, Once features a score by the movie’s stars and Academy Award-winning composers for “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The production, directed by John Tiffany, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop before opening at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 18, 2012. The show won eight Tony Awards, including honors for Tiffany and Best Musical. View Commentslast_img read more

first_img 3. FEATURE: Because We Knew You! Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Wicked Stars on the Musical That Changed Broadway For Good 1. NEWS: The West End Gets Ready for a “Cool Rider” as Grease 2 Heads to London It’s Wicked week at! Well, not totally, but all things green attracted fans to our 10th anniversary coverage of the smash-hit musical. Taking the top spot, however, was a campy news item about a musical version of Grease 2. (Producers, take note!) Click below to catch up on the most-read stories on the site from October 25 to October 31. 10. PHOTOS: Tina Fey Has an Evening Fit for a Princess at Broadway’s Cinderella 4. WATCH IT: Disney Villains Get Even! Adam Lambert, Amber Riley and More Send Up Chicago with “Spell Block Tango” 9. NEWS: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow! Romeo and Juliet Headliner Orlando Bloom & Miranda Kerr Separate 6. NEWS: New Les Miz Star Will Swenson on Practicing “The Confrontation” with Audra & Why the Mega Musical Is His Wickedcenter_img 5. FEATURE: Weekend Poll: What’s Your Favorite Moment From Wicked? 2. FEATURE: Wicked Original Cast Member Kristen Gorski-Wergeles Shares 10 Favorite Memories From Giving Birth to Elphaba to Launching Glinda’s Bubble View Comments 7. PHOTOS: Get a Whimsical First Look at Off-Broadway’s Little Miss Sunshine Starring Stephanie J. Block and Will Swenson 8. FEATURE: First Date Star Krysta Rodriguez on Her Little Mermaid Costume Obsession & Scary Movie Phobialast_img read more

first_img Star Files Idina Menzel Related Shows If/Then Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Tony winner Idina Menzel was a hoot on The Talk on December 13. The If/Then star did not talk about her recent separation from husband Taye Diggs, but she did laugh about how her four-year-old son Walker is so obsessed with Michael Jackson that he dressed as a zombie from the “Thriller” video for Halloween. Too cute! In the clip below, Menzel recounts her war story from performing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors for honoree Barbra Streisand. Check out how spot-on her Babs impression is. Menzel also reveals what it felt like to see her (scantily clad!?) Frozen character Elsa for the first time. P.S. Menzel is wearing her wedding ring. Just sharing an observation.last_img read more

first_imgLanding Zone is located inside The Landing at Fort Rucker. The Landing Zone, or as the we call it the LZ, is the newest addition to The Landing. The Landing Zone is a full service family entertainment and dining area featuring 24 flat screen monitors offering sports, other featured attractions and the most extensive video music selections in the area. The Game Zone, located within the LZ offers traditional entertainment options including pocket billiards and electronic darts. One of the most exciting entertainment offerings is the new, state-of-the-art gaming room, featuring three separate game stations, with Wii, X-Box 360 gaming platforms being available for use. Special game chairs and sound systems lets you feel every rumble and movement that is shown on the screen. And don’t forget to check out their menu..from burgers, steaks and mouth watering BBQ, this menu has something to please everyone. Lunch and Dinner is offered seven days a week. The Landing Zone proudly brews Starbucks coffee. With daily specials Monday-Friday, there is always something exciting happening at the LZ. Call or visit our website at Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 0700-2100, Friday-Saturday 0700-MidnightFor more information, please call 598-8025.last_img read more

first_imgMoves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.Depending on where you live, your pet may face new outside dangers as human activity increasingly encroaches on wildlife habitat. Wildlife that your pet may encounter include beavers, coyotes, gophers, raccoons, rodents, skunks, even deer, bears and moose. The best way to avoid wildlife around your home is to limit any behavior that might attract it. Do not leave animal kibble unattended outdoors; raccoons, coyotes and even squirrels that eat pet and people food can lose their fear of humans and may become aggressive. Keep trash in containers with lids that are animal-resistant. In addition to larger animals, smaller pests such as fleas, ticks and spiders can be extremely dangerous as they carry disease to pets and humans, Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, and check for ticks and bites on your animal when you get home. Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at for a full list of wildlife dangers and how to avoid them, and the Washington State Department of Health’s web page describing how to avoid pests, such as ticks and spiders, at ServicesWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)Puget Sound Region16018 Mill Creek Blvd.Mill Creek, WA 98012 425-775-1311http://wdfw.wa.govThe WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Puget Sound region specifically, visit County Animal Services2401 S. 35th St., Room 200Tacoma, WA 98409 Services, part of the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, provides a variety of services, including pet licensing, animal adoptions, noise complaints, investigation of animal neglect and cruelty, enforcement of county and state animal ordinances and laws, and connecting lost pets with their owners. For more information, visit the office’s website.Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County2608 Center St.Tacoma, WA 98409 253-383-2733www.thehumanesociety.orgThe state’s largest animal welfare agency, the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County finds loving homes for more than 6,000 pets a year, reunites thousands of lost pets with their owners, provides medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offers comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs. For more information on the animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the society’s website.Veterinary ServicesVeterinary services in Pierce County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website, for Patriotshttps://petsforpatriots.orgPets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.To learn more about adopting a pet, visit read more

first_imgWhenever I get paid via PayPal for something, I generally go straight to one of two sites to spend it; Embrocation Cycling Journal or Upright Citizens Brigade. ECJ has never let me down, providing a great magazine and a selection of only the best products; if they don’t use it, they don’t sell it. Considering this is a company named after a type of skin care product, you know they take that real serious, so when I saw that they began carrying Sportique products, I was intrigued. I contacted Sportique to request some samples to try out and share with you all, and a week or so later a package arrived full of goodies. Read about what they have to offer, and some initial reactions, after the jump…The majority of my riding is done within the Greater Los Angeles area, which is just simply a terrible place for your skin. With the sun beating down on me as I find my way through the dirty, smuggy air, I am not kind to my body. My wife, who is a professional makeup artist, is always saying that I need a better skin care regimen, so I was looking forward to trying some new products. (For comparison, I currently use Rapha soap, Mad Alchemy embrocation (usually non-warming), DZ Nuts or Assos chamois cream, DZ Nuts Bald or Brave Soldier Shower Shave for shaving, Jason Cooling Mineral Gel for post-ride and whatever lotion and sunscreen that is around.) What they sent me can essentially replace everything I use, and then some.The first thing I noticed about their products is the great care taken to use natural ingredients to achieve the desired results, which they make known right away in their mission statement. The first place you notice this is in the aroma of each product. None of it smells artificial or perfumed, but rather earthy and fresh, without smelling hippie-ish (they remind me of this one He-Man action figure who was covered in moss and had a very distinct smell, but in a totally good way). After reading through all the packaging and what not, my wife’s response was that most of the products were simple in their composition, with only the one or two key ingredients varying, and using a different base (wheat protein) than most similar products she’d seen. She couldn’t say if this was better or worse, only different. Suppose if you’re going to claim your product is better, it should be different, yeah? So here’s a rundown on what I’ll be testing out:Century Riding Cream – this is one of the items that ECJ carries, and probably produces the most results if you look up Sportique online. Seems to be the favorite chamois cream of many. Seems to be similar to DZ Nuts, but noticeably thicker, which helps it last longer.Elements Cream – another one carried by ECJ, and seemingly the second most popular product they make. An all-round cream designed to protect you from the elements, both on the hot and cold ends of the spectrum. This was one of the things I was looking forward to trying the most.Shaving Oil – I’ve already tried this one out. It’s very interesting, rubbing just a simple oil on the legs for shaving. It didn’t seem to be thick, or terribly coating. However, the razor glided along perfectly and I ended up with one of the smoothest shaves ever, with minimal irritation. Only compliant was difficulty in seeing what had or had not been shaved. They suggest using it in conjunction with another cream as a “base layer,” which may alleviate this.Moisturizing Body Balm – I put this on after the shave this morning, which is definitely contributing to my irritation-free legs at the moment. It’s thinner than I anticipated, but went on easily and did not leave behind a greasy feeling like a lot of lotions.Road Rash Remedy Disinfecting Balm – I don’t know what it is, but this smells reeeeeeally good. Basically, it is a natural version of Neosporin, with ingredients to sooth the area (but not a “pain reliever”). I’ve been applying it to couple spots all day, and they aren’t healed yet, so we’ll see.Get Going Cream – seems to be similar in effect to how many use embrocations, but without the lasting warming effect or protection from the elements. Ingredients to get blood flowing, and stimulate muscles to prepare for the suffering you are about to reign on them.Warming Up Oil – a massage oil version of embrocation, which provides lasting heat, but without as much protection from the elements.Cooling Down Cream – the opposite of the Get Going Cream; treat your muscles to a treat after the suffering you just reigned on them. Soothes and provides some anti-inflammatory protection. This is the one I needed most, as I’m unhappy with all the products I’ve used in this capacity. Just a quick dab on my arm produces to the soothing cool that I am looking for, but this time in an easy to apply, non-greasy format.I can’t wait to go out over the next several weeks and punish my legs in an effort to truly test out these products. Look for updates later in the summer.Edit: I received an email from the US Sportique representative who asked me to clarify my earlier statement regarding the product formulas, which I’ve “redacted” above. I’ll let them explain:“We are probably one of few companies in the world that is using different formulations for each of their products. Basically from clean sheet of paper. Utilizing over 137 ingredients across the entire line. It is almost unheard of in the industry. But we aim to design each product for its purpose, deliverance and performance first. Manufacturing costs and profit margins are secondary. The most common denominator is SHEA BUTTER & JOJOBA OIL, OLIVE OIL. And of course wheat proteins, contained in edible emulsifiers and thickeners.”last_img read more

first_imgHe put an Issimo cycling computer mount on the extensions.Tejay is one of the few that uses a setback seatpost on his TT bike.That front wheel was unlabeled, described only as “that front wheel that we’re using” when asked. Any guesses? In talking with a team rep, he said there aren’t a lot of prototype or fancy parts on the bikes because it’s helpful to the mechanics to have everything as similar as possible. And, as he put it, “special parts have special problems.”That said, the bikes had mostly stock spec save for one very interesting custom handlebar/stem combo for Tejay Van Garderen. Made by joining standard 3T bullhorn bars and aero extensions into a single piece and then molding them directly to the steerer tube and fork, the entire front end of the bike becomes one giant carbon fiber piece. Here’s why… Compared to a standard setup on the right, the custom one-piece bit is much cleaner looking. It’s also much stiffer, and there’s no way it can come loose or slip under hard efforts or over a big bump. The rep said when the rider’s weight is over the front, particularly if putting weight on the ends of the extensions or bars, there’s a lot of leverage there and if they hit a big bump, the bars can rotate down a bit. Considering how much the team invests in getting the fit and aerodynamics of rider + bike dialed, this ensures they’ll stay that way throughout the course.Unfortunately for you and I, this customization is said to cost around CHF 20,000 (Swiss Francs). That’d put the total bike cost north of CHF 30,000 (or upwards from $32,000 as of the date of this posting). Still interested?And they had to make two of them for Tejay, an “A” bike and a “B” bike. Each has a few subtle differences……mainly with the positioning of the junction box and the types of fibers used.last_img read more