View Comments Star Files Tony winner Sophie Okonedo, Game of Thrones’ Ciaran Hinds, James Bond star Ben Whishaw and Saoirse Ronan have all been tapped for a revival of The Crucible on Broadway. Ivo van Hove (whose A View From The Bridge—also by Arthur Miller—will bow this fall) will direct. The production will begin previews on February 29, 2016, with opening night set for April 7 at a theater to be announced.Okonedo will play Elizabeth Proctor, with Whishaw as John Proctor, Hinds as Deputy Governor Danforth and Ronan as Abigail Williams. The cast will also include Rookie Magazine founder Tavi Gevinson, who made her Broadway debut last season in This Is Our Youth, as Mary Warren, Tony winner Jim Norton as Giles Corey, Bill Camp, who last appeared on Broadway in Miller’s Death of a Salesman, as Reverend John Hale and stage and screen alum Jason Butler Harner as Reverend Parris.In addition to her 2014 Tony Award, Okonedo received an Oscar nod in 2005 for Hotel Rwanda. She will also star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming series The Hollow Crown. Her additional credits include The Secret Life of Bees, The Slap and Skin.Whishaw’s notable on-screen credits include Skyfall and The Danish Girl and Suffragette. Coincidentally, he also appeared in a 2012 adaptation of The Hollow Crown. He has performed on the U.K. stage in Bakkahi, Mojo, Peter and Alice and The Pride. In 2004, he was nominated for an Olivier for his performance in Hamlet at the Old Vic.Ronan was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her performance in Atonement. Her additional screen credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hanna and The Lovely Bones. She will star as Nina in the upcoming film adaptation of The Seagull.Hinds can currently be seen as Claudius opposite Cumberbatch’s Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre. In addition to countless credits with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company, he has appeared on Broadway previously in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Seafarer and Closer. His screen credits include Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Frozen.Miller’s drama uses the Salem witch trials of the 1690s as a parable for the McCarthy hearing of the period in which the play was written. The play follows members of the town and the spreading of fear-based rumors after a group of young girls are discovered dancing in the woods. One of the girls, Abigail, out of an obsessive love for John Proctor (with whom she once had an affair,) sets out to have his wife hanged.The production will feature scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic and an original score by Philip Glass. Additional casting and design team will be announced at a later date. The Crucible premiered on Broadway in 1953 and won two Tony Awards including Best Play. It was last revived in 2002 in a production that featured Laura Linney, Liam Neeson and Kristen Bell. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 Saoirse Ronan Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Sophie Okonedo Related Shows Ben Whishaw
Lesli Margherita Star Files Related Shows Dames at Sea Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments All hands are now on deck! Legendary Broadway.com vlogger Lesli Margherita, John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp and Cary Tedder will climb aboard the Great White Way premiere of Dames at Sea on September 24. Opening night is scheduled for October 22 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.Randy Skinner will direct the musical, which features a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise.
An off-Broadway hit musical gets a West End upgrade, the Olivier Award-winning Miss Trunchbull turns his gifts to O’Neill and Benedict Cumberbatch’s packed-out Hamlet comes to the big screen for one night only—those are among the highlights in a characteristically busy month for London plays. Read on and find out more.OCTOBER 5-11Teddy Boys: Teddy Ferrara, the Christopher Shinn play previously seen at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2013, crosses the Atlantic in a keenly awaited London premiere at the Donmar Warehouse marking a return to the directing fold of Dominic Cooke, the onetime artistic director of Shinn’s onetime London home, the Royal Court. The play opens October 7 and Luke Newberry and Matthew Marsh are among the cast.Also: Danny Horn and Oliver Hoare head the new cast from October 5 of Sunny Afternoon, the Olivier Award-winning musical at the Harold Pinter Theatre drawing on the back catalog of the Kinks. October 10 is the last chance to see Martin McDonagh’s exhilarating new play Hangmen and its sensational leading performances from David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn—a West End transfer looks to be in the works. The same night sees Lara Pulver bidding farewell to her co-starring role in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre: Gemma Sutton takes over as Louise from October 12.OCTOBER 12-18Closer Than Ever: What’s It All About? was the original title of the wonderful Burt Bacharach musical homage that first played off-Broadway late in 2013 before coming to the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer. Now, co-creator and star Kyle Riabko is moving on yet again with the show, this time to the Criterion Theatre for a West End opening on October 15 and with a new, less quizzical title: Close to You.Also: Tony winner Frances Ruffelle returns to the ever-appealing Crazy Coqs cabaret venue by Piccadilly Circus October 13-17. Those who clamored in vein for tickets to the instant sellout that is the Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet can watch it on cinema screens October 15 when the Sherlock actor’s great Dane is filmed live in performance at the Barbican Theatre.OCTOBER 19-25Raisin’ Bran-agh: Kenneth Branagh is putting Hollywood on hold to return to his stage origins via a yearlong residency at the Garrick Theatre that has its first full week of previews this week. The season opener is a much-anticipated staging of The Winter’s Tale, with Branagh himself as Shakespeare’s jealous hero, Leontes, and the great Judi Dench as the play’s voice of moral authority, Paulina. Branagh co-directs alongside Broadway regular Rob Ashford, following their successful partnership on Macbeth in Manchester and then New York.Also: Previews begin October 21 at the St. James Theatre for the U.K. premiere of Pig Farm, Tony winner Greg Kotis’ comedy seen off-Broadway in 2006: Katharine Farmer directs a cast headed by Stephen Tompkinson and American actor Erik Odom. October 20 is the final performance of Patrick Marber’s Turgenev rewrite Three Days in the Country, with a cast headed by John Simm, Mark Gatiss and Marber’s own wife, Debra Gillett, at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton space.OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 1Going Ape: Does Bertie Carvel ever sleep? Fresh from playing the authority-mad Pentheus opposite Ben Whishaw in the Almeida’s dazzling production of Bakkhai, the Tony-nominated star of Matilda crosses the river to star in director Richard Jones’ revival of Eugene O’Neill’s fearsome play, The Hairy Ape. Opening night is October 29 and Carvel has been training hard to get in shape for the part.Also: Anne-Marie Duff stars in the National Theatre’s revival, opening October 27, of Husbands & Sons, the D.H. Lawrence play here adapted afresh by Ben Power. Two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott directs. Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll headline the cast of the new David Hare play The Moderate Soprano, opening October 29 at the Hampstead Theatre under the direction of 2015 Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin. Given the talent involved, expect an onward life. View Comments
from $49.50 You know who’s always ready for more jazz hands? Dancing with the Stars peeps, that’s who! Mark Ballas, Bindi Irwin, Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough had a huge helping of jazz hands and much more when they took in a performance of Broadway’s Tony-winning revival of Chicago on November 5. After the performances at the Ambassador Theatre, the DWTS quartet headed backstage to meet Roxie (a.k.a. Charlotte Kate Fox) and Velma (a.k.a. Amra-Faye Wright) in the flesh. Check out this cute backstage pic and all that jazz! Star Files View Comments Chicago Related Shows Mark Ballas
View Comments Oliver Hoare in ‘Sunny Afternoon'(Photo: Kevin Cummins) Sunny Afternoon, the hit London show scored to the back catalog of iconic British rock group The Kinks, is entering its final months at the Harold Pinter Theatre. What better time, then, to check in with the Olivier Award-winning musical and have a word with Oliver Hoare, who has replaced Olivier winner George Maguire as the irrepressible bad boy Dave Davies, brother to Kinks frontman Ray Davies. A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic theater school and boasting a resume steeped in the classics, the amiable Hoare chatted with Broadway.com about trying a musical on for size and passing the baton to, of all people, Mark Rylance.Nothing in your credits suggests that you would be in a musical. That’s because I never thought I would be in a musical. But what drew me to [Sunny Afternoon] wasn’t that it was a musical; it’s that it told the story of a band and a great British band at that. The musical thing didn’t really come into it.Is it a nice change of pace?Oh, it is! Let’s face it; straight theater can get a little bit old. You find yourself facing down these classics where it’s like, “Right, how are they going to do this one then?”What do you think of the kind of musical that Sunny Afternoon is? With a lot of these sorts of musicals, you’re thinking, “Why are you talking? Just get on with the songs!” But what’s great about our show is that people seem surprised that they’re getting more than just a tribute show. We’ve got a proper story that builds to this finale that is delivered directly in your face.It helps that the show has a proper writer in [British playwright and screenwriter] Joe Penhall.That’s it, which means that the scenes are as important as the songs. There’s really been no downside to doing this for a year—except, perhaps, at those performances when you feel really hung over, but this show in fact sweats it out of you.So you’re not living like a monk during the run?You know, I probably should go home straight after the show, but for the most part I don’t. This is the longest I’ve ever spent in a show, and I can’t say I’ve tired of it once.Were you surprised to find yourself in this particular musical? Not entirely, I suppose. When I was at Bristol [drama school], we did study the whole idea of acting through song, and I’ve been playing and performing myself since I was about 15. You can look up Freddie and the Hoares on YouTube: we’re very different, of course, from The Kinks, but it’s not as if I had to do a whole lot of research into what it meant to be part of a band.On the other hand, you’ve had to capture an artist—Dave Davies—who exists on disc, not to mention in real life.That’s actually been part of the thrill! The truth is that my instinctive response to the [job] offer was to say no because I don’t especially like jukebox musicals that just play the songs back to you, but when I came to see it, it just had so much integrity and it seemed to me that a standard had been set which wasn’t just about whacking out the songs.And Dave is quite the character.Isn’t he? Not many roles allow you to swing on a chandelier in a nightie! I remember when he came to see us a couple of months ago. I was incredibly nervous and sat there thinking, “OK, you’re playing Ray Davies’s brother in a version of their family story that of course can’t be the whole story,” and I felt like saying, “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m sure there’s more to you than I can offer.” But then he came around afterwards for a drink and was the nicest man and didn’t for a moment feel as if he had been made a fool of.Had you seen a lot of musicals prior to this one?Not many. I’ve seen Les Miz, and that’s about it. Oh, and I saw Blood Brothers on a school trip.The next show at your theater is the West End transfer of Mark Rylance-led Nice Fish, which was seen last spring in New York. Yeah, and I think I’m going to leave him a present. Not that he knows me, of course, but I mean, he’s the guy! So I’ve got to think of what to leave him.
60 Broadway Faves Set for Flea MarketKelli O’Hara, Brandon Victor Dixon, Alex Brightman, Lesli Margherita, Heather Headley, Danny Burstein, Leanne Cope, Jennifer DiNoia, James Monroe Iglehart, Rory O’Malley, Ana Villafañe, Corey Cott, Robert Fairchild and more than 60 of your stage and television favorites will come together for the 30th annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction. Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the stars will gather at the Autograph Table and Photo Booth on the deck of Junior’s restaurant, at Shubert Alley and West 45th Street, to meet and take photos with fans from 11AM to 3PM on September 25. The day-long event also includes silent and live auctions, with one-of-a-kind experiences and more than 40 tables full of Broadway treasures. For more information, click here.Listen to NPH & David Burtka Talk FoodTony winner Neil Patrick Harris and his hubby, chef and Broadway alum David Burtka, will join celeb chef Geoffrey Zakarian as he launches his new Food Talk series at the Big Apple’s 92nd Street Y on September 26. Guests attending will get an exclusive inside look into Harris and Burtka’s career highlights, upcoming projects and personal milestones, their favorite eats and drinks—and maybe how to put together the perfect Halloween look?Hamilton Ladies are in VogueWerk! Back to Hamilton’s Goldsberry, Cephas Jones and Lawson, who along with the previously displayed blue pants, recently donned outfits from the Ralph Lauren Collection and toured lower Manhattan singing “America the Beautiful” for Vogue. Check them out, striking a pose or two! #Rent4Ham Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Go ‘Out Tonight’ With the Schuyler SistersHamilton’s Jasmine Cephas-Jones and Lexi Lawson, along with former Schuyler sister Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry, joined forces for a very special digital #Ham4Ham show released on September 15. Watch below as the trio (in requisite skintight blue pants, naturally) perform “Out Tonight” from Rent at the Richard Rodgers. Goldsberry played Mimi in the final Broadway company of Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking tuner, while Lawson played the character on tour. La Vie Bohème, indeed! View Comments
Using media wisely She offers some suggestions on using TV and other visual media wisely. Bales has three pieces of advice about television: use it moderately, be firm and consistent about rules and practice what you preach. “Of course, those rules are true for almost any issue parents have with children,” Bales said. “Why should they be any different for television and media use?” And although many positive shows are on the air, children can see many negative things on TV, too, Bales said. Children who spend three or more hours a day using visual media such as TV or video games tend to have less success at school and poorer reading skills, she said. They tend to be less physically fit, too, than children who spend more time playing outside. Family TV time Final advice Watching television is a big part of many children’s lives. A University of Georgia scientist said many kids sit in front of a TV longer than they spend in school. “Think for a minute how long your TV is on,” said Diane Bales, an Extension Service child development specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “In many homes, it’s on an hour or so in the morning and again from right after school until bedtime.” Plusses and minuses “Don’t just turn on the TV to see if something is on,” she said. “Something is always on. And pay attention to other media besides television. Video games, computer time and videotaped movies can all be overused.” Bales said it’s important that parents watch shows with their children, rather than letting the TV set babysit. When the whole family watches a show, parents can screen shows for content they don’t want their children to see, she said. “And that provides a perfect time for parents to talk with their children about the show and see how much the children understand about what they saw,” she said. “They can talk about why the behavior they saw was acceptable or unacceptable.” She notes, too, how quickly children begin to mimic the things they see on TV, particularly violence. “Research groups have watched children as they watch TV and in free play after watching,” Bales said. “Children act out what they see. If they see others taking turns, they practice taking turns. If they see aggression, they tend to fight. After watching Power Rangers, they want to ‘become’ Power Rangers.” * Limit TV time. Let each person in the house pick two or three shows he really wants to watch. If a selected show isn’t on, turn off the TV. * Coordinate with school. Look for programs or Internet resources that children can relate to what they’re learning in classes. Or look for shows that relate to your child’s interests or your own. * Use commercials to discuss the show with your child. Talk about what you just saw and predict what will happen next. * Look for show ratings. TV producers rate their shows based on language, sexual content and violence. Many parenting magazines or resources list independent ratings that may give you more help in deciding if certain shows are appropriate. * Provide other activities. During TV or video downtime, encourage children and adults in your family to do other things: play outside, read a book, play a board game or participate in sports, music or other lessons or clubs. Parents are role models for television use. Bales said adults should watch TV in moderation, whether children live in the home or not.
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaChuck Lee scanned the 160 farmers, lenders and others at the Georgia Ag Forecast 2007. “You want to know what it’s like?” he said. “I’ve got four boys, and ain’t none of them coming back to the farm.”The final speaker of the breakfast meeting Feb. 20 in Statesboro, Ga., Lee punctuated the morning with a tough assessment.”My father struggled to support a family farming 100 acres,” he said. “I’ve struggled trying to support a family farming 2,500 acres. I have to wonder how many acres we’ll have to farm to support a family in 40 years.”The sellout crowd heard good news and bad from the economists on the program. The forecast of the upcoming farm season included prospects for the 2007 federal farm bill.Lee drew a laugh with the punch line of a story about economists, characterizing their information as “entirely correct and entirely useless.” But he added, “The information we’ve heard here is not useless.”Uncertain timesThat’s why Georgia Ag Forecast 2007 was created, said Scott Angle, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Agriculture needs good information.”With the new farm bill and competition with other countries, I’ve never seen a time when things were more uncertain,” Angle said. “That’s the reason for the Ag Forecast.”The program was created to be an annual series. This year’s series began Feb. 19 in Macon, where 130 people attended. More than 200 attended in Albany Feb. 21, and 150 are expected to attend in Gainesville Feb. 28.Joe Outlaw, a Texas A&M University economist who has worked in farm policy analysis for two decades, said “only an idiot” would make forecasts on the farm bill. “So here goes,” he said, predicting only a 25-percent chance of major changes.Outlaw said the next farm bill will likely have more emphasis on renewable fuels. He predicted some tightening of payment limits, more funds for conservation programs and little other change.Corn prices upHe and UGA economist John McKissick said the growing demand for corn for ethanol creates opportunities for farmers who can grow it.Just a year ago, McKissick said, corn was at $2 a bushel and ethanol at $4 a gallon. “Now it’s just the opposite,” he said. “Ethanol is $2 a gallon and corn is $4 a bushel.”The three main markets for corn, he said, are ethanol production, poultry and livestock feed and export markets. The U.S. has about 100 ethanol plants now and will soon have 70 more. The added demand has driven corn prices skyward. But the historically high prices haven’t dampened the export demand. “Exports are up,” he said.While that’s good news for farmers who can switch acres to corn, it’s terrible news for Georgia as a whole, McKissick said. The state gets more than half of its farm income from poultry.Big-time lossesIn 2006, he said, Georgia poultry growers used 212 million bushels of corn. Cattle farms pushed that usage to 230 million bushels. But farmers here grew only 28 million bushels. “Even if we double production,” he said, “it won’t make much of a dent in the deficit.”That’s bad. “Every time the corn price goes up $1,” McKissick said, “there’s a $200 million net loss in the Georgia economy.”And many farmers can’t quickly change to growing corn. Lee said the enormous cost of equipment limits his “fairly diversified” farm’s flexibility. “When you buy a six-row cotton picker,” he said, “you’re committed to growing cotton.”Lee said he hopes one of his sons will change his mind about not coming back to the farm. “I hope we’ll always have farmers,” he said. “We just have to continually grow in what we do.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
With more and more students connecting on social media via their phones and tablets, it can be more difficult than ever for parents to make sure their children are safe and making good decisions online. The majority of schools have policies in place against bullying and regulating technology use in the classroom, but social networks are usually accessed outside of school where these rules have little influence. To help minimize the risk of online bullying and abuse it is important for parents to keep track of growing trends in social media. While it seems that social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, update their policies and software constantly, it’s important for parents to keep up with these changes and also talk to their children about the newer social media networks that they’ve joined. “In today’s world we, as advocates for youth, have to stay familiar with the current mediums youth are using to communicate with,” said Oakley Perry, National 4-H Council healthy living youth ambassador. “Understanding social networking apps is imperative to keeping our kids safe.” Parents should monitor their child’s social networking accounts, but should do so in a way that still leaves their child with privacy. While it can be easy to keep track of the things kids post online, parents should avoid obsessively reading their children’s texts and tweets. When it comes to ensuring your child is not a victim of cyberbullying, it is important to be aware of the warning signs. Parents can often spot the evidence of physical bullying, but it is sometimes difficult to tell when a child is being bullied online. “Parents and adults who know the (student) should look for several behaviors that could indicate bullying,” Perry said. Not all changes in behavior may be a result of bullying, but Perry encourages parents to talk with their children about any suspicions. Some signs of cyberbullying include avoidance of school and afterschool activities, a drop in grades, a loss of friends and withdrawal from normal activities, said Extension 4-H Youth Specialist Cheryl Varnadoe. It’s also important that parents talk to their child about cyber citizenship and what constitutes cyberbullying. Nobody wants to think their child is a bully, but students who are not usually aggressive can go overboard online, said Varnadoe. “Online, people can feel invisible and capable of doing things they normally wouldn’t do in person or in public — things that they know might be wrong,” says Varnadoe. “As our kids go online in increasing numbers no matter what the electronic medium, cyber ethics is a critical lesson.” For more information about cyberbullying and prevention or to book a social media safety program, parents and teachers can contact Varnadoe at email@example.com. Additional resources for social media platforms recommended by the Georgia 4-H can be found at www.fosi.com, a website for the Family Online Safety Institute.
$10.2 MILLION IN PROJECT FINANCING APPROVED BY VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYJune 9, 2008Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved $10.2 million in economic development financing for projects totaling $21.8 million.”In addition to the Authority’s ongoing support of Vermont agricultural initiatives, VEDA is pleased this round to provide financing support to several exciting educational, recreational, and downtown development projects throughout the state,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.Approved for financing assistance are:Thetford Academy, Thetford – Final approval was given to issuance of $6 million in industrial revenue bonds to support a comprehensive $7.9 million dollar campus construction and renovation project at Thetford Academy. Mascoma Savings Bank has agreed to participate in the project financing, which will add a new gymnasium and make major renovations of the current gym into a theater and cafeteria. The Academy’s science and agriculture building will be significantly renovated and updated to utilize current science technology curriculum. Established in 1819, Thetford Academy is Vermont’s oldest continuously operating secondary school, serving students from Thetford and surrounding towns.Jay Peak, Inc. and Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts, Inc., Jay – $800,000 in financing was approved as part of a $2 million project to replace the track cables for Jay Peak’s aerial tram, originally installed in 1967, and to substantially reconstruct the summit station. Jay Peak and the resort’s parent corporation, Montreal-based Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts, plan to replace the 7000-foot long cables for their European-style aerial tram, the only one of its type in Vermont and one of the few in the Northeast. Jay Peak is known for receiving more natural snowfall than any other ski area in the Northeast. Construction is expected to be completed prior to this year’s foliage season.Railroad Row, LLC, Hartford – VEDA approved $270,000 in financing to support the final phase of a comprehensive downtown White River Junction reconstruction project that began several years ago. In Phase III of the project, developers Railroad Row, LLC will build a four-story, mixed-use building with 15,435 square feet of leasable space. Resource Systems Group (RSG), a transportation, environmental and market research consulting firm with offices in three states, maintains its headquarters in 85% of the Phase I project space, and will further expand into the space under construction in Phase III. The firm has 62 employees, a number expected to grow to 71 within three years of the project. RSG’s and other tenant commitments for Phase III put total leased space at the new facility at 76%. The project’s two completed buildings have been 100% occupied since 2006. Kane Architecture of East Hardwick are architects on the project. Total Phase III project costs are $3.3 million, and Mascoma Bank is also a participating lender.VEDA also agreed to insure a portion of two working capital lines of credit for two well-known Vermont sportswear companies. These included a Chittenden Bank line of credit to Juno Rising, Inc., doing business as Isis in Burlington and a Mascoma Savings Bank line of credit to Black Diamond Sportswear in Montpelier.In addition, close to $1.6 million in farm ownership and operating loans were approved through the Authority’s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation, and $209,000 in Vermont 504 Loan Program financing was approved for a real estate development project.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.- end –