Humane Society Holding Special Adoption Event In Anticipation For Virus Effects

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) A dog at the Chautauqua County Humane Society. File image by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – In an attempt to prepare for effects caused by the novel Coronavirus outbreak, the Chautauqua County Humane Society is aiming to find more than two dozen pets forever home.Brian Papalia, the Community Relations Director for the Humane Society, says the shelter has reduce its adoption fee to $19 as part of a special event that will be held Sunday.Papalia says the urgency to find the animals a home is a mix between a newly mandated staffing reduction by New York State and preparing for the long-term effects of the virus outbreak. In event of an emergency need, Papalia says the shelter needs to be prepared for incoming pets due to illness.The humane society is urging community members to visit their adoption page to check out the dogs and cats that are currently available. Once they find an animal of interest, community members are asked to fill out the application under the adoption tab. As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, there are 10 dogs, 20 cats and one rabbit looking for a home. In addition, there are 17 dogs waiting for foster families.A member of the humane society will then call residents to book an appointment between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday.“There has NEVER been a better time to adopt or foster a pet from the Chautauqua County Humane Society than right now,” said the humane society’s executive director Kellie Roberts. “While our opportunity for interpersonal contact has been reduced, spending time with animals is being encouraged.”The top of the list of recommended activities during the novel Coronavirus outbreak is to take a dog for a walk, officials say.Because animal care is still considered an essential service in New York, the humane society is still able to adopt pets. Although the limit on the number of people allowed in their building, the shelter is unable to allow volunteering dog walker.Humane society officials say there are several benefits of adding a pet to the family whether through adoption or fostering:A companion to get you through lonely and boring times you may be experiencing at home as a result of recent changes in your life due to COVID-19 restrictions.Having more time to teach your children about the responsibility of caring for a pet.Being able to have time at home with your new pet to allow them to grow into your family.Those interested in adopting or fostering are asked to visit to fill out the adoption form. The center will call to set up an appointment.“Be assured that the Chautauqua County Humane Society is taking every precaution to keep all visitors and staff as safe as possible,” shelter officials said. “Appointments will be staggered to allow for thorough cleaning of surfaces between each visitor.”last_img read more

See Newly Released Footage of HBO’s The Normal Heart

first_imgJonathan Groff on a beach has never been so devastating. A new trailer for the HBO movie version of Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart is out, and if you have any heartstrings that weren’t tugged after trailers one and two, this may just do the trick. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons and featuring stage favories Groff, Denis O’Hare and Joe Mantello, the film takes a look at the beginnings of the AIDS crisis in New York City before it even had a name. We’ll have to wait and see if any additional footage of the Ryan Murphy-helmed project is released before its May 25 premiere, but frankly, our tear ducts need a break. Star Files Mark Ruffalocenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Stephen Sondheim Releases Statement About Into the Woods Movie

first_img Into the Woods will be in theaters on December 25.  The composer says that he, alongside the show’s book writer and film’s screenwriter James Lapine, worked out every change with movie director Rob Marshall, and having seen a full rough cut, can call the film not only “a faithful adaptation,” but also a “first-rate movie.”  View Comments Stephen Sondheim has clarified his view on the upcoming Into the Woods movie. The legendary composer has released a statement in response to the vehement reaction to a piece that ran in The New Yorker that revealed differences between the stage and screen versions.center_img “An article in The New Yorker misreporting my ‘Master Class’ conversation about censorship in our schools with 17 teachers from the Academy for Teachers a couple of weeks ago has created some false impressions about my collaboration with the Disney Studio on the film version of Into the Woods,” Sondheim said in the statement. “The fact is that James (Lapine, who wrote both the show and the movie) and I worked out every change from stage to screen with the producers and with Rob Marshall, the director. Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive. When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie. And for those who care, as the teachers did, the Prince’s dalliance is still in the movie, and so is ‘Any Moment.'” Yes, “Any Moment” is in there. And Sondheim is happy. If he’s happy, so are we. Right? Call off your curses!last_img read more

Darren Criss on Hedwig: She’s a ‘Wreck of a Mess of a Tragedy’

first_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Darren Criss is back on the Great White Way in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the Glee favorite recently chatted with NBC New York to discuss his Audience Choice Award-winning turn in the heels, fishnets and—of course—glitter. “This is definitely on the top of the small list of dream roles,” he said of the East German transgender rock star. “This character is just a wreck of a mess of a tragedy in a horrible sandwich of everything else that’s bad.” We think he might be referring to his makeup skills, but we’re not sure. You can catch Criss at the Belasco Theatre, opposite Rebecca Naomi Jones, through July 19. Star Files View Comments Related Shows Darren Crisslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Bobby Cannavale Goes Through a LOT in Vinyl Teaser & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Bobby Cannavale Goes WildSex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: Bobby Cannavale’s got all three. Take a look below at the teaser for the upcoming HBO series Vinyl, starring the Tony nominee as record label honcho Richie Finestra. Cannavale narrates us through the wild ‘70s in New York, concluding with, “I earn my right to be hated.” Trust us: You’ll see what he’s talking about in the clip. The series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter is set to air in 2016. Among Cannavale’s co-stars are Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne and Olivia Wilde. Steven Berkoff Will Play Saddam HusseinU.K. stage and screen alum Steven Berkoff will take on the role of Saddam Hussein in Dinner with Saddam. The world premiere of Anthony Horowitz’s play will begin performances at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory on September 10. Berkoff will be joined by Sobu Kapoor, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nathan Amzi, Ilan Goodman and Rebecca Grant. The dark comedy tells the story of the dictator showing up unannounced and uninvited to a private home in Baghdad for dinner. The production, directed by Lindsay Posner, will open officially on September 22 and run through November 14. Patti LuPone Album Gets a ReissueHave you heard Broadway legend Patti LuPone sing “Back to Before” from Ragtime or “Hello, Young Lovers” from The King and I? Do you want to? Of course you do. Broadway Records will issue a rerelease of Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart, the Tony winner’s solo show album first released in 1999. The set list features 20 musical theater numbers devoted to—you guessed it—love and relationships. It’ll be available once more online and in stores on September 18. You can catch LuPone in person off-Broadway in Shows for Days through August 23.Casa Valentina Crosses the PondHarvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina will receive its European premiere this fall. The play, which follows a group of men who spend their weekends in the Catskills dressed as women, will begin performances at London’s Southwark Playhouse on September 10. Luke Sheppard will direct the new production; casting will be announced later. Just five days later, the West End production of Kinky Boots, which features a book by Fierstein, will open at the Adelphi Theatre. Want more Harvey? He’s also contributing additional material for NBC’s The Wiz Live!.Shoshana Bean Shares a Beaches TuneThe Drury Lane Theatre production of Beaches, starring Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor, ends its run at the Chicago venue on August 16. As a final farewell, Wicked alum Bean has shared this acoustic jam session of the show’s iconic anthem “Wind Beneath My Wings.” So much soul. So many runs. So many riffs. No word yet on whether the musical will make a splash on the Great White Way, but if you need us in the meantime, we’ll be here listening to this on loop. Bobby Cannavale Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

David Essex, Jimmy Nail & More Set for The War of the Worlds

first_imgThis is some lineup! David Essex, Jimmy Nail and Daniel Bedingfield will headline the world premiere of The War of the Worlds. The previously announced production, which is set to feature a 3D Liam Neeson, is scheduled to play a limited season at London’s Dominion Theatre from February 8. Jeff Wayne’s musical will officially open in the West End on February 17.Joining Essex (Evita, original contributor to 1978’s The War of The Worlds) as the Voice Of Humanity, Jimmy Nail (The Last Ship) as Parson Nathaniel and singer-songwriter Bedingfield as the Artilleryman will be Heidi Range as Beth, Michael Praed as George Herbert and Madalena Alberto as Carrie.Since its inception in 1978, Wayne’s original double album has sold over 15 million copies. The iconic score will be played live and conducted on stage by Wayne himself, and the show is set to include new music and a full supporting company of performers—as well as video walls, the iconic Martian Fighting Machine, special effects and in 3D holography Neeson as The JournalistWells’ novel, first published in 1898, was the prototype for all science fiction. An international phenom, The War of the Worlds describes the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians with superior intelligence, incredible machines and devastating weaponry. An invading alien race bent on conquering humanity. View Commentslast_img read more

Marin Mazzie Will Return to Broadway in The King and I

first_img View Comments The King and I Marin Mazzie Photo: Bruce Glikas A Broadway veteran will whistle a happy tune for her return to the stage. Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will step into The King and I on Broadway, replacing Tony winner Kelli O’Hara as Anna Leonowens. She begins performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on May 3; O’Hara will play her final performance on April 17. Standby Analisa Leaming will assume the role in the interim.The announcement follows the also happy news that Mazzie is in remission following a battle with ovarian cancer. The actress was diagnosed in May 2015, while she was starring in Zorba! at New York City Center.Mazzie, who last appeared on the Great White Way in Bullets Over Broadway, earned Tony nominations for her performances in Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime and Passion. Her additional credits include Next to Normal opposite Danieley, Spamalot and Man of La Mancha on Broadway, as well as Carrie off-Broadway.Hoon Lee currently stars opposite O’Hara as the King, and a trio of new and returning faces are in the wings to replace him. Ken Watanabe, who earned a Tony nod for his performance, will return beginning March 17; Jose Llana, who succeeded him, will step in again on April 19; Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim will make his Broadway debut in the role beginning May 3.The cast also includes Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha and Ashley Park as Tuptim.Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, set in 1860s Bangkok, tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship 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 Tony-winning revival is also eyeing a London bow either later this year or in 2017. If O’Hara crosses the pond with it, it would mark her West End debut.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Gypsy Roses

first_imgRosalind Russell Ethel Merman Judy Kaye Tyne Daly View Comments Imelda Staunton Bette Midler Betty Buckley Angela Lansbury Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images & Johan Persson Patti LuPone Bernadette Peters Everything’s coming up Roses! Gypsy turned 57 on May 21, and we asked you to choose your favorite powerhouse ladies who have taken on the role of Mama Rose. Ethel Merman originated the character at the Broadway Theatre in 1959, and Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Patti LuPone have taken home Tonys for playing the brassy stage mother in three of the musical’s five Great White Way revivals. While you get psyched for Barbra Streisand to potentially take her turn in a new Gypsy adaptation for the big screen, say goodbye to blueberry pie and take a peek at your top 10 Roses below!last_img read more

Eclipsed Tony Nom Pascale Armand on Survival Job, the Star She’s Dying to Meet & More

first_img View Comments Related Shows Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016center_img Age: “A lady never tells.”Hometown: Brooklyn, NYCurrent Role: Eclipsed’s Bessie, one of the captive wives of a commanding officer in the thick of Liberia’s Civil War.Stage & Screen Cred: Armand has been under Liesl Tommy’s direction in Eclipsed since its Yale Repertory Theatre incarnation; the Broadway run marks her fourth stint in the production. She received a 2016 Tony nomination for her role in the compelling drama. Armand made her Broadway debut in The Trip to Bountiful. Her additional stage credits include off-Broadway’s An Octoroon, Belleville, Four and Breath, Boom. Her screen credits include The Blacklist, American Odyssey, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming web series Heirloom. Pascale Armand photographed at The Rickey(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

Will Chase to Take Over for Christian Borle in Rotten!

first_imgWill Chase(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten!center_img The writing was on the wall when it was revealed that Will Chase would not be appearing in another season of Nashville; instead he’s coming back to Broadway! The stage and screen star is set to step in for Tony winner Christian Borle as William Shakespeare in Something Rotten! on July 18. Borle will play his final performance at the St. James Theatre on July 16.Chase played the role of Shakespeare in the first reading of Something Rotten! before going on to star in Nashville. Tony nominated for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, his additional Broadway credits include Rent, Aida, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, Lennon, High Fidelity, Billy Elliot, The Story of My Life and Nice Work If You Can Get It. On screen Chase has also been seen in Smash, The Good Wife, Necessary Roughness, Rescue Me, Pan Am, White Collar, Blue Bloods and more.Set in the 1590s, the Casey Nicholaw-helmed show follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.Something Rotten! currently stars Rob McClure, Brad Oscar, David Beach, Edward Hibbert, Gerry Vichi and André Ward. As previously reported, John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff and Kate Reinders will also depart the show on July 16, and will be replaced by Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer and Catherine Brunell. View Commentslast_img read more