As previously reported, Crystal will play a veteran comedian (we wonder where he’ll draw inspiration from) who is reluctantly paired with an edgy up-and-coming star (Gad). The series is on target to premiere in 2015. Star Files Josh Gad View Comments Gad, whose film career has taken off with credits including Frozen, Jobs and Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, received a Tony nod for his breakout performance as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon. Crystal most recently appeared on Broadway last year in the return of his Tony Award-winning one-man show 700 Sundays. Billy Crystal It looks like Broadway wise guys Josh Gad and Billy Crystal will be making us laugh yet again! The pilot for the Crystal and Gad driven series The Comedians has been picked up by FX for a 13-episode series order, according to Variety.
West End Will See The Kinks’ Sunny Afternoon The previously reported Kinks musical, Sunny Afternoon, which had an acclaimed run this spring at London’s Hampstead Theatre, will transfer to the West End in the fall. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the show will begin performances at the Harold Pinter Theatre in late September. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Robert Pattinson’s Writing a Play, Eyeing London Run Twilight’s Robert Pattinson is penning a play. That’s right. A play. For the stage. Breathe, twihards. “I’m trying to write a play, which I’ve been trying to do for ages,” the former vampire told MTV. “I think maybe in the next year, I’d like to direct it. Probably in London, but I’m not sure yet.” He’d also “100 percent” like to star in it. No word yet on what the show’s about, although KStew may be worrying that she’s given RPatz plenty of inspiration. The Normal Heart & B’way Vets Win Big at Critics’ Choice Awards The Critics’ Choice Awards took place on June 19 and Broadway had reason to celebrate. The screen adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play The Normal Heart took home the Best Movie prize, while Matt Bomer picked up Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series for his performance in the film and its director, Glee’s Ryan Murphy, collected the Genius Award. Orange Is The New Black was one of the night’s big winners and Great White Way alum Uzo Aduba (Godspell) won Best Guest Performer for her performance in the Comedy Series. Broadway vets Allison Janney and Jessica Lange also picked up prizes. Congrats to all!
Star Files View Comments Saved by the Bell’s Dustin Diamond is Starring in Bayside! The Musical! Dustin Diamond, who played Screech in the classic kids TV series Saved by the Bell, has joined forces with National Lampoon for Bayside! The Musical!. Of course he has. The unauthorized parody will have an expanded off-Broadway schedule from August 27 and is currently set to play through December 2014 at Theatre 80. We’re fishing out our stone-washed jeans in celebration. Laura Benanti David Mixner’s Oh Hell No! to Play at New World Stages Political activist and author David Mixner will premiere his theatrical tell-all, Oh Hell No!, in a special one-night-only event on October 27 at New World Stages. Directed by Stephen Brackett, the evening of story and song will feature the voices of Chris Bolan, Megan Osterhaus and Tim Jerome, and will benefit the Point Foundation. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony Winner Laura Benanti Will Guest Star on Nashville Broadway favorite Laura Benanti will appear on multiple episodes of the upcoming third season of Nashville. According to Deadline, the Tony winner will play Sadie Stone, a country artist whose star is on the rise in the ABC drama. From a glamorous Austrian Baroness to a Tennessee crooner, is there nothing that our top tweeter can’t do?
The current cast includes Tom Bateman as Will Shakespeare, Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola De Lesseps, Ian Bartholomew as Tilney, Tony Bell as Ralph, Anna Carteret as Queen Elizabeth, Paul Chahidi as Henslowe, David Ganley as Burbage, Richard Howard as Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine as Sam, Abigail McKern as Nurse, David Oakes as Marlowe, Patrick Osborne as Mr. Wabash, Alistair Petrie as Wessex, Doug Rao as Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts as Fennyman and Colin Ryan as John Webster. The acclaimed West End production of Shakespeare in Love, which is rumored to be Broadway-bound in the near future, has extended its run at London’s Noel Coward Theatre through January 10, 2015. Adapted from the hit 1998 film by Tony winner Lee Hall and directed by Olivier winner Declan Donnellan, the play officially opened on July 23. Set in London during the late 16th century, Shakespeare in Love centers on young playwright William Shakespeare, who is struggling with his latest work Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter. A great fan of Shakespeare’s plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time, but, dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play. View Comments The movie, penned by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard and directed by John Madden, won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench. Shakespeare in Love also starred Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson.
Lucie Arnaz will return to Broadway as Berthe in Pippin at the Music Box Theatre. She will play a limited engagement October 9 through November 9, taking over from Priscilla Lopez. Lopez begins performances in the role of the flying Granny tonight, September 23, after Andrea Martin completed her run on September 21. Arnaz is playing the role of Berthe in the Pippin national tour which opens this week at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, CA. Her career has spanned over 45 years in show business, beginning with a recurring role on TV’s The Lucy Show, opposite her mother, Lucille Ball. New York stage credits include They’re Playing Our Song, Lost in Yonkers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grace and Glorie. Her screen credits include The Jazz Singer (Golden Globe Nomination), Down To You, Second Thoughts, Billy Jack Goes To Washington, The Lucie Arnaz Show, Sons And Daughters, The Black Dahlia, The Mating Season, Who Gets The Friends? and Washington Mistress. Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. The current cast of the Tony-winning revival includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Carly Hughes as Leading Player, John Dossett as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Pippin Related Shows View Comments
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 Can a camera be used as a weapon? We sure hope not. Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham has returned to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and this time, he vlogging all about it. Brace yourselves for Full Monty: Backstage at A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder with Bryce Pinkham.The devilish leading man will give us a peak of life at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where it’s kill or be killed. Well, at least on stage. Expect kooky appearances from fellow co-stars Jefferson Mays (all eight versions of him), Scarlett Strallen, Catherine Walker and more.Pinkham received a Tony nod for originating the role of Monty in A Gentleman’s Guide. He recently took a hiatus to appear in the revival of The Heidi Chronicles; his additional Great White Way credits include Ghost and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro, a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Mays) who precede him in line for the title.Full Monty will kick off on August 10 and air every Monday for eight weeks. Star Files A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Bryce Pinkham View Comments
Falsettos Stage and screen favorite Andrew Rannells stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on March 31 and as you can see from the below videos, was as adorable as ever. In his delightful way, the Tony nominee revealed that during his brief reign in Hamilton, President Obama came to visit and he accidentally monopolized him. Rannells is still tortured by the belief the cast was thinking: “why does the temp get more time to talk to the President?” Along with explaining why “sex blocking” is now on his resume, he also couldn’t hide his excitement about returning to Broadway in Falsettos; previews begin at the Walter Kerr Theatre on September 29. Andrew Rannells Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows View Comments
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017 Amelie Tickets are now on sale for the musical adaptation of Amélie, starring Hamilton Tony nominee Phillipa Soo. The production will begin performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 9, 2017. Opening night is set for April 3.Before the New York run, the musical is scheduled to play a limited pre-Broadway engagement December 4 through January 16, 2017 at Los Angeles’s Ahmanson Theatre. Joining Soo in both L.A. and New York will be Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino; additional cast for the Broadway run will be announced at a later date.Directed by Pam MacKinnon and based on the 2001 French film, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé, along with a book by Craig Lucas. The musical follows the journey of the inquisitive and shy Amélie (Soo) who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.Samantha Barks previously led the world premiere of Amélie at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre opposite Chanler-Berat last year.The Walter Kerr’s current tenant Falsettos will end its limited engagement on January 8, 2017. Related Shows Phillipa Soo as Amélie(Photo courtesy of Polk & Co.)
By Michael RupuredUniversity of GeorgiaThe single most important way to protect your credit rating is topay your bills on time. If you pay on time, you avoid late fees,service interruptions and finance charges. More important, youcan dramatically reduce the cost of future loans.For some people, the problem isn’t that they don’t have themoney. More often the problem is simple forgetfulness. Thesolution is to get organized and set up a system. Set prioritiesMake your first priority your secured debts. These are loanswhere failure to make a payment leads to repossession orforeclosure, such as a home, automobile or furniture loan. Your second priority should be your “service” credit, such asrent, electric, natural gas, water and telephone bills. Payingthese bills late often results in disconnection and heftyreconnect fees, late fees and other costs. Lower-priority debts are “unsecured” loans, such as credit carddebt, medical bills and signature loans. Paying these late mayresult in late fees and added finance charges. But it won’tlikely result in disconnection, repossession or termination ofservices.Once you decide which bill(s) to let go for now, contact thecreditor before the due date. The biggest mistake people make iswaiting for creditors to call them. By then, creditors alreadyhave concerns about your ability to pay. When you call them before the due date, though, they’re much morelikely to see you as someone who’s serious about your financialobligations.Tell them you have a problem and what you’re able to do. Let themknow how much you can send and when you can send it. Most of thetime, they’re going to be willing to work with you to help youkeep your account current.Never tell the creditor something just to get them off the phone.The caller makes notes on your account of whatever you promise todo.Finally, follow through on what you said you were going to do. Ifcircumstances change and you can’t fulfill your obligations,notify the creditor right away. Failure to keep your word couldhamper your ability to negotiate terms in the future.Paying bills on time may seem like an ordeal. But a good systemfor keeping track helps simplify the task. And the payoff isworth any effort you invest. You’ve gotta have a systemYour system may simply be a legal pad, a loose-leaf notebook or alarge calendar. The type of system isn’t as important as whetherit works for you. Any system begins with a list of all regularbills, the amount you pay each month and the due date.When you don’t have enough money to pay all your bills on time,it’s important to make wise decisions.First, assess your situation. Figure out how much you can affordto pay and when you’ll be able to pay it. It might help to list your bills in order from the most to theleast important. For each of your bills, you need to know whathappens when you pay. If you must pay late, pay the accounts withthe greatest penalties first.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDespite an arid midsummer and tropical storms in early fall, Georgia’s 2004 cotton crop is surprisingly good. But the quality still needs improving for farmers to consistently sell their crop on the competitive world market.About 200 farmers, specialists and industry representatives met in Tifton, Ga., Dec. 14 to learn more about Georgia cotton at the University of Georgia’s 2004 Cotton Production Workshop.Weather mixedWeather in early summer was good to Georgia’s crop, said Steve Brown, a cotton agronomist with the UGA Extension Service. But July and August turned hot and dry, generally bad for cotton.Then September brought four tropical storms, all carrying strong winds and heavy rain — 15 to 20 inches around southwest Georgia, Brown said.At the time, farmers were just about ready to harvest a crop that was near maturity and didn’t need more rain. The winds knocked some cotton to the ground, making it unharvestable.Early losses from tropical storms alone were estimated at 20 percent. But farmers expect to make about 686 pounds per acre, about 15 percent less than last year’s good harvest. Georgia will produce about 1.8 million bales.”The crop turned out a lot better than we expected,” Brown said. “It appears we dodged a bullet in 2004.”The United States is expected to produce 22.8 million bales, a record, Brown said. Nine out of 17 cotton-growing states will have record cotton production this year.Quality better?Overall, Georgia’s 2004 cotton quality was good, especially in color and strength, he said. The state’s farmers sprayed to control stinkbugs this year. CAES research has found that stinkbugs can damage fiber development.Timely defoliation and harvest of the crop, Brown said, seemed to improve the crop’s quality.But Georgia’s cotton still fell short in one important grading category: uniformity, the length and consistency of the fiber.Since 1999, textile mills have complained that Georgia’s cotton doesn’t run well through newer, high-speed mills. It was reported last year that some mills will stop buying it because of this.”There is a perception out there that Georgia cotton will perform worse in the mills than other cotton,” said South Bryan, who buys cotton for Avondale Mills.Avondale hasn’t run enough of Georgia’s 2004 crop through its mills to know how it will perform, Bryan said. But if it runs poorly, Georgia’s stigma for poor cotton will only get worse.World cottonThe U.S. textile industry continues to dwindle. Two of every three bales of cotton produced in the United States now have to find a foreign buyer, said Don Shurley, a UGA Extension cotton economist. Just a few years ago, only one of three bales was sold abroad.China continues to need foreign cotton to supply its growing textile industry. But farmers there expect a large crop this year, about 30 million bales.This and other global factors have dropped cotton prices to around 40 cents per pound, down from 68 cents per pound in January, he said.”But with the size of this crop,” Shurley said, “it could be worse.”If the world produces as much cotton next year as it did this year, prices will likely be worse, he said. But if they don’t, prices could be at least 10 cents per pound higher.Not all of Georgia’s cotton is of questionable quality, said Phillip Jost, UGA Extension Service cotton agronomist. Some is excellent.The UGA cotton team and Georgia Cotton Commission will begin giving the Georgia Quality Cotton Award annually next year. Cotton ginners will nominate farmers in three categories related to the number of acres grown. The award is sponsored by Bayer Crop Sciences.