The River’s Hugh Jackman is Bleeding for His Art

first_img The River In another fish-related incident, Jackman also cut a finger two weeks ago while rehearsing a scene in which his character, known only as The Man, prepares a fish for dinner. That injury required five stitches. While medics were called to the Circle in the Square Theatre after his on-stage mishap, no stitches were required this time. Directed by Ian Rickson, The River is Jez Butterworth’s follow-up to the Tony-nominated Jerusalem. The play, which had an acclaimed run helmed by Rickson in 2012 at London’s Royal Court Theatre, tells the story of a man and a woman in a remote cabin on the cliffs on a moonless night. The man, while an expert fly fisher, is apparently not familiar with this episode of The French Chef. Those Wolverine healing powers would definitely come in handy right about now. At the evening performance of The River on November 5, Hugh Jackman cut a finger while gutting a fish on stage, according to The New York Times. This led to the Tony winner visibly bleeding on stage for a majority of the play. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015last_img read more

An Act of God, Starring Jim Parsons, Opens on Broadway

first_imgAbout the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. An Act of God Related Shows Praise be! An Act of God opens officially at Broadway’s Studio 54 on May 28. The show stars Emmy winner Jim Parsons as the titular deity. The comedy was written by God (sure) and has been transcribed by David Javerbaum, who also collaborated with the Holy Father on The Last Testament: A Memoir. Joe Mantello directs.To celebrate the sacred occasion, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson” penned this sketch of the Great White Way’s holy trinity. Move over, Sistine Chapel. Front and center is the Almighty Himself (as portrayed by Parsons), as well as Tim Kazurinsky and Christopher Fitzgerald as His angels Gabriel and Michael.Happy opening to the cast of An Act of God! Sending you all the Praise Hands emoji.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015last_img read more

Lea Salonga Will Lead Fun Home in Manila

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Fun Home Lea Salonga, currently headlining Allegiance on Broadway, will lead the first international production of Fun Home in Manila in her native Philippines in late 2016. The Tony winner herself announced in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that she would play Helen Bechdel in Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s Tony-winning tuner, the role originated by Judy Kuhn.”Everyone in the theater was in tears at the curtain call (yours truly included),” said Salonga of her experience of watching the Broadway production. “I don’t recall a musical having that kind of effect. No big dance numbers, no large cast. Just a story about a family and its unique brand of dysfunction so specific, we all could find something to relate to.”Salonga earned a Tony Award for Miss Saigon, her Broadway debut. Her additional Great White Way credits include Les Miserables (playing both Eponine and Fantine), Flower Drum Song and Something Good. On screen, her singing voice can be heard as two Disney princesses: Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. She recently served as a judge on The Voice of the Philippines.Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home. The Main Stem production, which is running at Circle in the Square, won five Tonys, including Best Musical.Along with Kuhn, the Great White Way company currently includes Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Gabriella Pizzolo, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Cagney, Starring Robert Creighton, Will Bow Off-B’way

first_img‘Cagney'(Photo by Carol Rosegg) Related Shows Main Stem vet Robert Creighton will give his regards to Broadway! He is set to lead the new tuner Cagney at the Westside Theatre—Upstairs. Directed by Bill Castellino, tickets are now on sale to the production, which will feature choreography by Joshua Bergasse, a book by Peter Colley and music and lyrics by Creighton and Christopher McGovern. Previews are scheduled to start on March 16, with the show officially opening off-Broadway on April 3.Along with Creighton (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as James Cagney, the cast includes Jeremy Benton (42nd Street), Danette Holden (Annie), Bruce Sabath (Company), Josh Walden (Ragtime) and Ellen Zolezzi (Seussical).Cagney follows the life of James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to one of the brightest stars of Hollywood as the original tough guy. The score blends original music with classic George M. Cohan favorites: “Give My Regards To Broadway,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”The production will feature sets by James Morgan, costumes by Chip Schoonmaker, lights by Michael Gilliam, sound by Janie Bullard and projections by Mark Pirolo.Cagney received its New York premiere at the York Theatre Company last spring—the actors are all reprising their roles from the production. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 28, 2017center_img Cagney View Commentslast_img read more

She Loves Me Stars Laura Benanti & Zachary Levi Are Taking Your Questions

first_imgLaura Benanti & Zachary Levi in ‘She Loves Me'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Will he like me? Where’s my shoe? These are the pressing questions She Loves Me’s Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi ask as their characters blossom from bickering parfumerie co-workers to dear friends to head-over-heels lovebirds. Now it’s your turn to ask the stars your questions. That’s right; the pair is coming to HQ for a round of Ask a Star. Is vanilla really their favorite ice-cream flavor? What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for them? How much do first impressions really matter when it comes to true love? What would a Gavin Creel fragrance line be called? Ask away below, and tune in later as the couple interviews each other with your questions! Related Shows Zachary Levi <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Laura Benanticenter_img She Loves Me Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Send Kinky Boots’ Todrick Hall Your Questions!

first_imgTodrick Hall as Lola in ‘Kinky Boots'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Todrick Hall is currently stepping into a dream on the Great White Red Way as Kinky Boots’ glitzy, glamorous Lola. The YouTube sensation and Broadway alum will take a brief break from strutting onstage in six-inch heels to play a round of Ask a Star at headquarters. This means we need your questions! Want to know what it was like to spend Turkey Day with Grammy-grabbing goddess Taylor Swift? What’s his favorite aspect of his Lola look? Which dream role has he got his eye on next? Ask Hall anything and everything below, and be sure to tune in when Kinky Boots’ sizzling star takes a seat on the Ask a Star couch to reveal the answers!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Kinky Bootslast_img read more

Price of Produce All in the Timing

first_imgGeorgia vegetable growers expected a bad crop year. Many farmers planted early and hadplants freeze in the field, forcing them to replant.Then just as the weather seemed to cooperate, a heat wave moved into the South,speeding up plants’ growth. Instead of spreading out the harvest, it’s all coming to market atabout the same time.”We’re trying to market all the acreage in a compressed marketing season,” said Bill Mizelle, aneconomist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “This has led to a drop inmany prices.”Squash and zucchini growers are hardest-hit, with prices just over half theirlate-spring levels. “The less than $4 (per bushel) they’re getting hardly coversharvesting costs,” Mizelle said.Other affected crops include cabbage and cucumbers, both with prices aboutthree-fourths of normal.Not since 1992 have vegetable prices been this low. Between those lows, prices setrecord highs. In 1994, for instance, a three-quarter-bushel box of yellow straightnecksquash sold for nearly $15.Low wholesale prices usually get passed on to retail markets, meaning savings forshoppers.Farmers who planted early did so to get a jump on the marketing season. That’s normal, Mizelle said.Early in the harvest, prices are usually higher.”When there is a relatively small amount of anything onthe market, prices go up,” he said. It’s part of the law of supply and demand. With a stable demand, a lowsupply drives up prices. If the supply is high, prices drop.So during an average year, prices start high and then drop as the harvest continues.Early this season, though, very little produce came on the market. That kept prices fairlyhigh, but only for a short time.Mizelle said prices depend entirely on weather and timing. If Georgia vegetables comein early, they overlap with Florida produce. If they come in late, they overlap withvegetables from the Carolinas. Both can drive prices down.The year has started badly for vegetable farmers. And it isn’t likely to get much better.”Unless the weather changes significantly, thiscompressed marketing season will keep prices low,” Mizelle said. “I’m sorry to say it, but 1996 is shaping up as a less-than-exciting yearfor Georgia vegetable growers.”last_img read more

Canola prospects bright

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaPaul Raymer’s fields of dreams have canola growing in them all over Georgia. After 15 years of seeing sputtering starts a few acres at a time, he’s convinced it’s on the verge of happening now if it’s ever going to happen at all.”We’ll have a small crop this year,” said Raymer, a crop scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I expect the acreage to continue to grow fairly rapidly if the market opportunities come.”The next year will likely decide the fate of the fledgling Farmers Oilseed Cooperative and Raymer’s vision of a substantial canola crop in Georgia. The FOC will soon begin selling stock in an effort to raise the capital needed to build an oilseed crushing facility in the state.Huge marketThe new crushing plant would be a huge market for Georgia-grown canola. If the plant becomes a reality, Raymer said, so will canola in Georgia.”It’s an ‘if you build it, they will come’ kind of thing,” he said.The problem with growing canola in Georgia has always been the sporadic market. Raymer, who has worked with the crop since the late 1980s, knows Georgia farmers can grow canola.”It’s at least as stable as anything else we grow,” Raymer said. “In the 15 years I’ve worked with canola, I’ve only lost a handful of trials. I’ve lost a lot more corn, soybean and even wheat trials. Canola has been pretty consistent over the years.”The problemThe problem has been finding a market. For the past few seasons, that’s meant shipping it by rail to Windsor, Ontario. Shipping costs leave little room for profit.”For the coming season,” Raymer said, “we’re looking for whole-seed export markets. We haven’t capitalized on the state’s excellent ports.”Such markets would enable Georgia farmers to ease back into the canola-growing business while the crusher is being built.The FOC facility would provide a canola market for farmers throughout the state. “Arrangements need to be made for consolidation points to allow growers statewide a nearby delivery point,” Raymer said. “The co-op board members agree with that in principle, but the details need to be worked out.”‘New’ cropCanola is a relatively new crop, though its predecessor, rapeseed, has been grown for a ground cover, animal forage and its lubricant oil for centuries.In the early ’70s, Canadian scientists bred new varieties with low levels of erucic acid, which makes rapeseed a good lubricant, and high levels of oleic acid, which makes olive oil so good.They renamed the plant canola (for Canada-oil-low-acid). And the crop has taken off. With a myriad of uses, the oil is most popular with health-conscious cooks for its low levels of saturated fats and high levels of monounsaturated fats.The toughest thing about growing canola in Georgia is its narrow planting window. “You’ve got four weeks, from late October to late November, to seed it and get it established,” Raymer said.Glorious viewOnce established, fields of canola become glorious expanses of bright yellow flowers over green foliage in March and April. The seeds can be harvested by late May. That’s early enough for farmers to plant soybeans or cotton after them in a double-crop scheme.Raymer has been breeding varieties for a decade. He released a new UGA variety, Flint, three years ago. Flint is a proven performer, topping the field trials before and since its release.”It has improved cold tolerance, resistance to blackleg (a critical disease in canola)and is well-adapted to the upper coastal plain,” he said. “It provides about a 10-percent improvement in yields over the varieties planted in the mid-’90s.”A new UGA release this year will be available to growers in 2004 (to a limited extent, in 2003). “It’s comparable to Flint in yields and other traits,” Raymer said. “But it matures earlier.”last_img read more

Germ season

first_imgWhether a child’s been back at school three weeks, three days or three hours, germs are multiplying. And with the added stress of a new school year, children are more likely to get sick.“It’s important to keep children’s stress under control and to teach them strategies for handling stresses when they come up,” said Diane Bales, a Cooperative Extension human development specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.The body’s reaction to stress is to send out a hormone known as cortisol. While cortisol helps the body handle stress, it also temporarily suppresses the immune system.“Some children tend to get sick more easily when they go to school for the first time or move to a different group of children,” she said, “because they’re exposed to different germs.”In the face of snotty-nosed children and mounting stress, helping a child stay healthy may seem impossible. But Bales said parents can take steps to keep illnesses manageable. And when children do get sick, she has simple tips on keeping them nourished.Illness prevention starts with “good, regular, hand washing on the part of both adults and children and good cleaning practices to cut down on the spread of germs,” she said.While clean hands and surfaces may help reduce illnesses, it’s not the only factor. A healthy child starts with parents who help them build healthy bodies at home.“Good nutrition, regular physical activity and adequate rest are all important,” she said. “Good nutrition is essential for providing a child’s body everything it needs to stay healthy. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products is important.”When a child does get sick, she still needs to eat. Bales unravels the food mystery with a few simple tips based on common childhood illnesses.Colds. “A child with a cold needs to drink lots of fluids, especially water and juice, so he stays hydrated,” she said. Other good foods include soup, yogurt, ice cream and applesauce. “It’s fine to give your child milk if she wants it.”Fevers. “Children lose lots of fluids during a fever, so it’s important to keep them hydrated,” Bales said. “Encourage your child to eat small amounts of light foods, but don’t force her.” Call a doctor if your child’s fever stays high or persists for more than 24 hours.Vomiting. “When your child is vomiting, don’t give him any fluids or foods,” she said. “Offer him some fluids about an hour after he has quit vomiting.” After a few hours have passed with no vomiting, Bales suggests small portions of mild foods such as bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.Diarrhea. “One of the biggest risks is dehydration,” she said of diarrhea. “Offer your child fluids over and over. Try diluted juice or sports drinks if she won’t drink water.” When a child has regular diarrhea – three times in three hours – an oral rehydration solution “helps restore the balance of electrolytes in your child’s body.”Sore throats. “Warm liquids are best because they’re soothing to the throat,” Bales said. Warm liquids include soup, tea with honey and hot chocolate. For children who push aside warm liquids, cold liquids such as Popsicles, ice cream, frozen yogurt and milkshakes may also help.If your child is still sick after 24 hours, call the doctor.“It’s very important to call your child’s doctor if you have any questions,” Bales said, “or if your child doesn’t seem to be getting well.”last_img read more

Genomic Grant

first_imgUniversity of Georgia plant breeders want to take genomic research from the laboratory and translate it into wide-spread use in plant breeding programs, particularly to develop better disease-resistant agricultural crops. “Over the last 10 years there has been a huge investment in basic genomics research,” said Charles Brummer, professor and plant breeder with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Now we are trying to move the science to practical plant breeding programs and make progress in the real world.” A detailed DNA or genetic map of a plant helps breeders select favorable traits from it to produce plants for better food production, flavor or disease resistance. “Understanding how the DNA or genes on individual chromosomes affect traits in a plant is complex, but we are making great advances in our ability to use genetic data to help with selection” Brummer said. Using a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural and Food Research Initiative, the team will apply marker-assisted selection to soybean, peanut and watermelon breeding programs and create an online plant breeding textbook with a detailed module on translational breeding. The book will be freely available around the world and be used in introductory and advanced plant breeding courses. “Our goal is to make better cultivars and better plants and teach others how to do it as well,” Brummer said.Brummer will work with other plant breeders in the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics to do the work, including Roger Boerma, Steven Knapp, Cecilia McGregor and Peggy Ozias-Akins. Michael Orey from the UGA College of Education and Maria Monteros of the Samuel R. Nobel Foundation will also collaborate.last_img read more