18 Jan

Borrello Calls For Measures To Help Small Businesses Affected By Virus Closures

first_imgShare: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) MGN ImageALBANY – Senator George Borrello is calling on the Governor and state lawmakers to pass legislation to assist the hospitality industry and small business owners who have experienced sharp declines in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.“Safeguarding public health is an urgent priority right now. The guidelines being imposed by the state are aimed at minimizing the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible,” said Senator George Borrello.“However, our small business community – particularly the hospitality industry – will be the collateral damage of this epidemic unless we act. Leading up to today, restaurants around the state were seeing declines of 55 percent or more. With this week’s mandate that all restaurants must close their operations for everything except take-out orders, the devastation is set to get much worse. While the hospitality industry has been affected most sharply, small businesses across-the-board are experiencing hardships because of this situation. It is the responsibility of state government to step in and help these businesses make ends meet until the crisis has passed. Otherwise, the repercussions of COVID-19 could affect our economy for years to come,” Senator Borrello said.Senator Borrello said he will be advancing legislation that will help mitigate the damaging impact that restaurants and other small businesses are experiencing. Among the provisions expected to be included in the measure are the following.An exemption of unemployment insurance rate increases.  Unemployment rates for businesses rise in conjunction with rising unemployment claims. If government-mandated closures force small businesses to lay off employees, employers should be “held harmless.” New York State should agree to cover the additional costs associated with mandatory closures.Reimbursement of paid sick and/or family leave. At a time when small businesses are already financially stressed by closure-related revenue losses, having to pay mandated sick and/or family leave could put employers out of business. The extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 necessitate government assistance to small business to manage these costs.Instituting temporary delivery fee caps to prevent price gouging. With meal delivery one of the only options available to restaurants currently, it is important to shield these businesses from excessive third-party delivery fees by national companies such as Grubhub – fees which can span 15- 30 percent of a total order and eliminate the already-thin profit margin on which restaurants typically operate.Enacting a 90-day extension on paying monthly sales and payroll taxes. A temporary easing of tax requirements will provide some immediate relief for cash-strapped businesses.Eliminating penalties for late payment of business and property taxes for companies and employees directly impacted by COVID-19.Making no interest loans and lines of credit from the NY Mortgage Corp available to businesses negatively affected by COVID-19.  Interest-free loans would offer businesses a way of covering costs while businesses are shuttered.Temporary suspension of State Liquor Authority regulations that prohibit return of unused alcohol to distributors.  Hospitality operators have excess inventory of alcohol that was ordered pre-crisis, that will be unusable for the foreseeable future. Allowing them to return that for a refund will help ease cash flow concerns and help offset losses from perishable products.Extending the cure period for various violations facing businesses during the crisis.Assemblyman Andy Goodell expressed his strong support in the Assembly for passage of this legislation.  “We need to do everything within our power to help all of the innocent businesses and employees who are adversely impacted by this crisis.”last_img read more

18 Jan

Helen Mirren on the One Thing That Could Derail The Audience

first_img Related Shows The Audience’s Dame Helen Mirren stopped by Late Night on April 21 to talk about reigning over Broadway…and fangirling over Vin Diesel (really). Host Seth Meyers asked how the show, about the Queen’s “audiences” with her Prime Ministers, copes with updates such as the upcoming British General Election. The answer from the Oscar winner was that they take it in their stride, with one caveat. “The terrible thing is that if something really dramatic happens in the royal family I don’t know how we’ll deal with that,” she admitted. Take a look at the clips below, and catch Mirren in The Audience at the Schoenfeld Theatre through June 28. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 The Audience View Commentslast_img read more

18 Jan

Get a First Listen of the Hamilton Cast Recording!

first_imgTalk less. Listen more. The Hamilton cast album will be available digitally on September 25, but if that doesn’t satisfy you, go ahead and get your fix now. NPR has released a first listen of the entire recording. Take it all in as the young, scrappy and hungry Founding Father, some werk-ing Schuyler sisters, rapping cabinet members and more blow us all away. How lucky we are to be alive right now, indeed! The Atlantic Records album will be available in stores on October 16. Related Shows View Comments Hamilton from $149.00last_img read more

18 Jan

Nathan Lane Marries Long-Time Partner Devlin Elliott

first_imgNathan Lane is a married man! The two-time Tony winner wed his partner, the playwright and producer Devlin Elliott, in an intimate ceremony at the Big Apple’s City Hall on November 17. People reports that the pair have been together for almost twenty years. Lane and Elliott recently penned a children’s book together, Naughty Mabel, inspired by the pair’s own canine, who thinks she’s a bit of a celebrity. A Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lane also received Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and The Nance. He was most recently seen on Broadway in It’s Only a Play.Congratulations to the happy couple from all of us here at Broadway.com! Star Files View Commentscenter_img Nathan Lanelast_img read more

18 Jan

Kelli O’Hara May Reprise The King & I Performance in London

first_img Related Shows The West End may soon get to know her! According to the Daily Mail, Broadway darling Kelli O’Hara could cross the pond to reprise her Tony-winning performance as Anna in The King and I. The Bartlett Shet-helmed production, currently playing Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, is apparently eyeing a London bow late next year or early in 2017.O’Hara won her first Tony Award for playing Anna in the Lincoln Center production. She was previously nominated for her performances in The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and The Light in the Piazza. The King and I would mark her West End debut.Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, set in 1860s Bangkok, tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes “Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” The King and I View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

18 Jan

Prodigal Son Playwright John Patrick Shanley & Star Timothee Chalamet on Revisiting 15

first_img Prodigal Son Related Shows “Do you remember 15?” Timothée Chalamet asks at the beginning and end of John Patrick Shanley’s irresistible memory play Prodigal Son. “For me, it was a special, beautiful room in hell.” For Manhattan Theatre Club audiences, Chalamet’s breakout performance is one of the season’s most exciting surprises, as the 20-year-old channels a troubled teen given one last chance at academic success at a New Hampshire prep school. The role of Jim Quinn is based on Shanley himself, circa 1965, and Chalamet perfectly captures the Oscar and Tony-winning writer/director’s lanky gait, Bronx-bred outspokenness and sly charm. Offstage, the two are simpatico, with the young actor—already a TV and film vet in Homeland, Interstellar, Love the Coopers and more—eagerly hanging on Shanley’s every word.Q: Timothée, how strange is it to portray your playwright and director in Prodigal Son?TIMOTHÉE: If I hadn’t auditioned three times, I would have been terrified that I wasn’t doing John or the story justice. Auditions are usually the worst thing in the world, but in this case, it provided a blanket of security because I knew I did something right.Q: John, did you realize right away that Timothée would be able to play this huge part?TIMOTHÉE It wasn’t right away!JOHN: No, I took my time. What I needed was somebody who you would believe could write a poem—and would hit you. I could find guys who [looked like they] could write a poem or hit you; to find both was harder. I saw some talented young men, but Timothée had that unquantifiable extra element you need to create magic. I thought, “I need to hire this guy.”TIMOTHÉE: This is so fun for me! I haven’t heard any of this.JOHN: He didn’t get endless praise during rehearsal.Q: Did it help that you are both native New Yorkers?JOHN: Oh, yeah.TIMOTHÉE: I’m so happy you said that. I have friends from outside New York who get on me for how prideful I am, but there’s something about growing up in the city that ages you, in a good way. It opens your eyes to things you wouldn’t otherwise be privy to.Q: John, is your Bronx neighborhood better now than in 1965?JOHN: It’s worse! I’m from East Tremont. They kill people up there.TIMOTHÉE: I lived in the Bronx last year on the Grand Concourse—not related to this play—and it helped me understand the character.Q: What’s special about Jim? What do you love about the character? TIMOTHÉE: Oh man, everything. This is the first role I’ve read where I went, “This is me.” This is everything I’ve been through, except for the violent streak—I don’t have that as much. But all the issues and dilemmas he faces in the play is stuff I’ve just crossed the bridge on or am still going through.JOHN: For most people, the most painful and interesting time of their lives is when they’re a teenager. That’s when we put it all together, or everything falls apart—usually both—and then we bury it. [But in] film and TV and theater, teenagers are depicted in very two-dimensional ways. If you have a mother and a father and a kid onstage, the kid is the most complicated person.Q: Let’s talk about high school. John’s life was turned around at Thomas More, the boarding school in the play, and Timothée went to LaGuardia, the famous performing arts school. JOHN: When I went to that school, I had no clue how to behave properly. I had been in street fights from the time I was six, which was not my natural inclination; I was physically attacked several times a week. Then I got [to New Hampshire] and people started paying attention to me for the first time—and that made me even crazier!TIMOTHÉE John has gifts intellectually that I will never have, but if I can make the leap, his [experience at] Thomas More is what LaGuardia was to me. I had an acting teacher [Harry Shifman] who fought for me to be accepted when I wasn’t because of poor grades and poor behavior in middle school. Without him, I am 1000 percent confident I wouldn’t be acting. LaGuardia was my Thomas More in that I was surrounded by kids like me who were outgoing and obnoxious and needed a ton of attention.Q: Before Prodigal Son, you played the Vice President’s bad boy son in Homeland. Is it fun to be cast as the “here comes trouble” guy?TIMOTHÉE: It was weird on Homeland because I was 16, so I didn’t have the breadth of life experience I have now at 20. I’m kidding! But it was weird to be making out with a girl on camera when I had made out with only one girl prior to that—or to be viewed as a prick when I had not done prickish things in real life. You think, “Why do people see me this way?” At this point, I realize it’s just a character and doesn’t mean anything about who I really am.Q: Are you a good liar?TIMOTHÉE: Who’s going to read this?JOHN: That’s a good answer. I would leave it at that. I was never a good liar. And people can see that [Jim] is lying.TIMOTHÉE: Those moments in the play are not so much about lying, they’re about, “Back off!” I’m just trying to get everybody out of my business and create some space for myself.Q: Do you agree with the line in the play about 15 being “a special, beautiful room in hell”?TIMOTHÉE: Fourteen was the worst year of my life. Sixteen was the worst year of my life. Seventeen, 18 and 19 were pretty bad, too, but 15 was excellent for me. I know what the “special, beautiful room in hell” means. It just speaks to John’s genius in seeing the world through the eyes of this age.JOHN: Seventeen was good for me but 15? No.Q: John grew up in a chaotic family. Did you have support from your parents, Timothée?TIMOTHÉE: Oh yeah, I’ve been very lucky. One article [about the play] started by saying that I had a “challenging upbringing in Hell’s Kitchen,” and my mom was incensed. She said, “What are you talking about? You had babysitters!” But we all have our issues. Whatever genetic loading I had put me through trials and tribulations I almost didn’t make it to the other side of, but I’m here now. I wouldn’t be able to do a play like this without having gone through that. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016 John Patrick Shanley & Timothée Chalamet photographed in the PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown (Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

18 Jan

Meet Hairspray Live! Newcomer Maddie Baillio

first_img View Comments Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad(Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) Oh, oh, oh, Maddie Baillio woke up today, feeling the way she always does, except she had some big news to share: this December, she’ll take on the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! The Texas native just finished her sophomore year as a Theatre Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College, and now she’s getting ready to share the soundstage with Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and more. Broadway.com sat down with the fresh face on the day of the announcement to learn all about the dramatic reveal from director Kenny Leon, keeping Game of Thrones-level secrets and more.Congratulations! This all must be such a whirlwind for you.This is surreal. I was finishing my finals in college two weeks ago. This is incredible.Walk me through that moment when you booked it.It was the last call back. Kenny Leon came in with a big envelope. He said, “Harvey Fierstein just emailed this to me and asked if you’d read it. It’s a part of the script, so just take it out of the envelope, look into the camera and project.” And I’m like, “Oh, this is fishy!” I pulled it out, and in huge, bold letters it said, “The role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! will be played by Maddie Baillio.” I didn’t think it was real. I actually asked Kenny, “Are you joking? This is cruel if you’re joking!” But it was real, obviously. I called my mom, and she was very excited for me, and my dad just screamed. I think he was on his tractor in Texas.Was it tough keeping the news a secret? So tough. I don’t know how famous people do that, like on Game of Thrones. I think it was even harder for my parents to keep it a secret.What was the open call process like? There were so many girls who looked like me and talked like me, but I didn’t want to compare myself to anyone. I got in the room with [casting director] Bernie Telsey at noon. We were asked to prepare a short portion of “Good Morning Baltimore,” so I was pretty confident with that. Then he said, “That sounded great. Now, will you sing the end of the song?” I didn’t really know the end of the song, so I totally messed up like 50% of the words. I don’t think that mattered, though. [Laughs.]There were so many hopefuls who went full out with hair and costumes. Did you go that route? No, I think I was the only girl wearing pants. I wore pants and a color-blocked sweater. I kept it simple.Have you done Hairspray before? I’ve never done it before. I did sing “Good Morning Baltimore” for a competition when I was in fifth grade, and that’s actually the only time I’ve ever forgotten the words in a performance on stage. So I just started dancing, naturally. That was embarrassing, and I said, “Never again.”I think by December, you’ll have it down. Hopefully! That’s the only song I’m going to practice every day.Has Hairspray been a part of your life for a while now? Ever since I saw the movie, I fell in love with Tracy. That’s a girl who looks like me. You don’t see that on TV or film, or anywhere at all these days. That was really inspirational.What is it about the show and Tracy that resonates with you? There are so many important themes in Hairspray that are relevant today—particularly body image. Tracy’s so comfortable in her skin, but it took me a while to feel that way. She’s so optimistic. She sees a rat on the street, and she’s like, “That is the coolest thing ever.” I wouldn’t go that far, but I feel the same about a lot of things.For many people, these telecasts are their first exposure to musicals. What does it mean for you to be a part of that? I wish when I was really young, there would have been something like this. Being all the way out in Texas, there’s no way I could just come and see a Broadway show every weekend. It’s cool that people get to experience this art form that’s so beautiful and important in my life.What’s going through your head as you get ready to work with these huge names like Kenny Leon, Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson? These are people I’ve looked up to for so long. Harvey Fierstein won a Tony for this! And I know Jennifer Hudson is going to slay. I think what I’m most excited about is not just working with them, but learning from them. If there are days when I don’t have rehearsal, maybe I can just go and look at them. That would be the best masterclass in the world.NBC’s Hairspray Live! will air from Los Angeles on December 7.last_img read more

18 Jan

The Humans Moves to a New Broadway Space

first_img Stephen Karam’s The Humans, which won four Tony Awards including Best Play on June 12, will pack up and move to a new, larger space. The show is set to play its final show at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 24, and following a two-week hiatus, it will resume performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld on August 9.Once The Humans vacates the space, the Helen Hayes will undergo renovations under ownership of Second Stage Theater Company. The Schoenfeld seats almost 500 more theatergoers than the Helen Hayes, which, at a capacity of 597, is the smallest theater on Broadway. Following its wins on Broadway’s biggest night, the production reached 96.88% of its potential gross in the small space.The Humans follows Erik Blake, who, after a sleepless night, brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family tensions reach a boiling point as things start to go bump in the night. Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell picked up Tonys for their performances; the cast also includes Sarah Steele, Cassie Beck, Arian Moayed and Lauren Klein. Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed and Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentslast_img read more

18 Jan

Todrick Hall Will Headline Kinky Boots on Broadway

first_img Related Shows He’s recently outta Oz, and now he’s heading to Broadway. YouTube star Todrick Hall will return to the Great White Way to headline Kinky Boots. He takes over for Alan Mingo Jr. in the role of Lola beginning November 1.Hall recently concluded the national tour of his show Straight Outta Oz. Prior to his YouTube fame, Hall appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple and Memphis. He has collaborated with dozens of Broadway names, including Shoshana Bean and Jay Armstrong Johnson, in his videos. He also collaborated with Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his variety series HitRecord on TV and was a semi-finalist on season nine of American Idol..Featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a local drag queen. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.In addition to Mingo Jr., the current cast of Kinky Boots features Aaron C. Finley as Charlie, Haven Burton as Lauren, Shannon O’Boyle as Nicola, Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don and Marcus Neville as George.Hall is scheduled to play a limited engagement at the Al Hirshfeld Theatre through March 5, 2017. Take a look at Hall putting the sex in the heel below! View Comments Kinky Bootscenter_img Todrick Hall(Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019last_img read more

17 Jan

‘Magic’ Carving.

first_img While the fruit is still small — the size of a softball — make shallow cuts or ballpoint pen markings about one-eighth of an inch deep in the rind. Be creative. Draw a jack-o’-lantern face or a child’s name or any other design. The pumpkin will heal these wounds with scar tissue. And as it grows, these scars will expand. The face, name or design etched into the young fruit will become larger, raised and rough, and clearly visible. What a delight for a child to find at harvest a pumpkin with his or her name on it, or a face smiling up at them. Start Early Pumpkins are magical, and not just as a golden coach for Cinderella. Growing most of the summer and into the fall, they require patience and persistence in your garden. But they pay off in lots of ways. High in vitamin A, pumpkins can be cooked into pies, soups, casseroles, breads, cookies and seed snacks. Or you can carve them into Jack-o’-lanterns. They come in sizes from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. “Magic carving” is a special advantage of growing your own pumpkins, especially for parents. Watch Them Grow From mid-August to harvest time in October, pumpkins grow at an amazing rate. It can be fun to measure them and keep a progress record. But be careful not to break their fragile stems. If you just can’t manage a pumpkin patch, see if you can arrange with a pick-your-own grower to engrave some pumpkins for your family only. Then when your children go to pick their pumpkins, they would find them with their own names on them.last_img read more