Photo: CDCWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Saturday that he’s considering a short-term quarantine of New York state, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise.“We’re thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hotspot. … We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that sometime today we’ll do a quarantine, short-term, two weeks on New York. Probably New Jersey, certain parts of Connecticut,” he told reporters as he departed the White House.“I’d rather not do it, but maybe we need it,” the President said.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference in his state that he spoke with Trump, but that the two had not discussed a quarantine for the state. Cuomo went on to say he didn’t know what such a quarantine would mean. As of Saturday morning, New York had 519 reported deaths due to coronavirus and 4,635 reported cases — making it the state with the most reported cases in the United States. Share: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)
Image by Matt Hummel / WNY News Now. App users, tap here to watch video.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says four people sustained serious injuries following a crash Tuesday on Route Rt. 394 near the Chautauqua Institution.Deputies say two inside the car were flown by helicopter to UPMC Hamot Hospital for their injuries. A landing zone was set up at Lakeside Park in Mayville around 11:30 a.m.The vehicle’s driver, James Meuker, 21, of Jamestown, was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital for further evaluation and was later taken to UPMC Hamot for serious injuries sustained. The other occupant was transported to UPMC Chautauqua to be evaluated for his injuries.Currently, deputies say the investigation is ongoing and charges may be filed at a later date.Part of Route 394 was closed to traffic as crews worked the scene. Share: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)
Image via Lutheran of Jamestown.JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown senior care provider is joining forces with a much larger Western New York senior health system.Niagara Lutheran Health System, based in Buffalo, announced on Tuesday morning that Lutheran Jamestown is now part of the Lineage Group.Officials say the new entity will operate as a passive super parent organization to help oversee strategy and operations, and create efficiencies, paving the way for an active parent arrangement.In June 2019 Lutheran first joined the partnership along with Schofield Care in Buffalo. “This innovative nonprofit affiliation model will ensure patient-focused care remains at the core of our collective mission, provided by individuals who live in, and are invested in, the local community,” said Christopher Koenig, President & CEO, Niagara Lutheran Health System, speaking on behalf of the three organizations.Koenig says the affiliation will empower the member organizations to deliver high-quality care more efficiently by enabling Lineage Group to share clinical guidelines, maximize Medicaid reimbursement, and reduce combined overhead costs.Not only do Lineage Group members plan to solidify their respective finances going forward, but Koenig says the goal is to expand this new collaboration’s reach to welcome other similarly situated partners as an alternative to sale or closure, providing a template for other organizations to emulate.“This nonprofit collaboration model provides greater benefits to the residents and community than the for-profit alternative,” Koenig added. “Free of the financial obligation to generate returns for investors, nonprofit senior care organizations are able to re-invest their profits into their operations and communities, leading to superior clinical outcomes, more satisfied employees, and enhanced patient and community welfare.”Increasing financial pressures throughout the industry have led to the closure or sale of 21 percent of New York State’s nonprofit skilled nursing facilities over the past five years.A separate Board of Directors and by-laws will be established to support the integration of the three affiliates into Lineage Group. Share: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)
Tammy Blanchard Star Files Blanchard garnered Tony nominations for her performances in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Gypsy, her Broadway debut. She will play evil stepsister Florinda in the forthcoming Into the Woods film, set for a Christmas 2014 release. She won an Emmy for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Me and My Shadows. Blanchard recently appeared in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. View Comments Based on Charles Willeford’s detective novels Sideswipe, New Hope For the Dead and The Way We Die Now, the new series is adapted by Scott Frank. Hoke features Giamatti as Hoke Moseley, a homicide detective in 1980s Miami who investigates crimes while also grappling with his own midlife crisis. Blanchard will be a series regular, and her character is a key player in Willeford’s second book, New Hope For the Dead. Before Tony nominee Tammy Blanchard ventures Into the Woods on the big screen, she’ll go someplace even darker, reports Deadline.com. The How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying alum will play Loretta Hickey, the mother of a murdered drug addict, on the new FX detective drama Hoke opposite fellow Broadway alum Paul Giamatti. No airdates for the new series have been announced, but it is rumored to premiere in 2014.
Christian Borle Looks like these Main Stem favorites are moving to Hollywood, for now at least. Tony winners Jane Krakowski and Harriet Harris are to star in upcoming pilots. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Krakowski will headline FOX’s comedy Dead Boss. Meanwhile Deadline reports that Harris will star opposite Tony winner Christian Borle in NBC’s Lifesaver.Dead Boss is based on the U.K. TV series and Krakowski will play Helen Stephens, a career-obsessed woman who is convicted of murdering her boss. Innocent, Helen is surprised by the guilty verdict and hopes the situation will be sorted out swiftly. Krakowski won a Tony Award for playing Carla in the Broadway revival of Nine and an Olivier Award for playing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls in London. A Tony nominee for Grand Hotel, she has also appeared on Broadway in Company, Once Upon a Mattress, Tartuffe and Starlight Express and starred in the 2008 Encores! summer production of Damn Yankees.Harris will play Borle’s mother, Liz Parmenter. Penned by Wil Calhoun, Lifesaver is an odd couple comedy that centers around two polar opposites. Borle will play Dr. Graham Permenter, a control freak whose life becomes inextricably linked with the maverick Leon, played by Jonathan Ryland, after Leon donates a kidney to him. Harris won the Tony for her performance as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her other Broadway credits include Cinderella, Present Laughter, Cry-Baby and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Star Files Jane Krakowski View Comments Harriet Harris
Zachary Quinto Star Files Sutton Foster Roger Rees A Singular Sensation of an Evening With Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff & More This certainly is a thrilling combination. A plethora of theater favorites including Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, John Lithgow, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Martha Plimpton, Billy Porter, Joshua Bell, Lindsay Mendez, Claybourne Elder and Krysta Rodriguez will perform in the one-night-only Public Theater annual gala One Thrilling Combination on June 23 at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Ted Sperling, this year’s event will celebrate Marvin Hamlisch, The Public Theater and the 40th anniversary of the creation of A Chorus Line. Lindsay Mendez Anna Chlumsky and More Head to Williamstown; Lauren Ambrose Withdraws The already starry Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2014 season just got even starrier. Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Tony nominee Douglas Sills will star in Living on Love, while Jason Danieley (replacing the previously announced Howard McGillin), Christopher Newcomer, Tom Nelis, and Aaron Ramey join Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, and company in Kander and Ebb’s The Visit. Jeffrey DeMunn will be part of the cast of A Great Wilderness and The Skivvies will make the Festival’s summer nights even hotter on July 27 and 28. However, although Christopher Abbott (Girls) will join Chris Pine in Fool for Love, Lauren Ambrose has withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts. View All (10) Jonathan Groff John Lithgow Krysta Rodriguez Sophie Okonedo Billy Porter Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. See Queen Members Brian May & Roger Taylor Perform at We Will Rock You’s Final Performance After 12 years at the Dominion Theatre, the rhapsody may have ended (for now at least) for We Will Rock You in the West End, but nothing was going to stop Brian May and Roger Taylor from making sure that the Queen musical had an appropriately rock and roll send off this weekend. Check out the iconic band members joining the encore of the show’s final performance below. Benedict Cumberbatch Ambushes Judi Dench As if we needed any more reasons to love Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star asked Tony and Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench in the middle of a Shakespeare masterclass: “Would you like to be in Richard III with me?” According to The Daily Telegraph, after a theatrical pause (naturally), the legend’s answer was in the affirmative. Ours would have been too, although we doubt we’d have managed the pause. Dench will play Queen Margaret in The Hollow Crown TV series opposite Cumberbatch’s Richard III. As previously reported, the films will also feature 2014 Tony nominee Sophie Okonedo. Chita Rivera View Comments
Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014 It’s up to you to fill in the blanks! Blank! The Musical opens off-Broadway at New World Stages on November 17. Blank! is co-created by Michael Girts, Mike Descoteaux and T.J. Shanoff. The production is a collaboration between Uprights Citizens Brigade and Livecube, a mobile technology app that will be utilized by theatergoers during the show. Related Shows Blank! The Musical View Comments At each performance Katie Dufrense, TJ Mannix, Nicole C. Hastings, Andrew Knox, Tessa Hersh, Matthew Van Colton and Douglas Widick will hit the stage without scripts or rehearsals to perform a brand new musical that audiences help create. Those in attendance will use their smartphones to choose a title, write lyrics and compose a score.
Adapted from the 1935 Hitchcock film thriller by Patrick Barlow, The 39 Steps features a cast of four actors who reenact all of the characters, locations and famous scenes in the movie using just a few props and a lot of theatrical ingenuity and split second quick changes. View Comments After beginning life in London, The 39 Steps received its American premiere in September 2007 at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. The show moved to the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre on January 4, 2008, transferred to the Cort Theatre on April 29, 2008, and then to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009. After closing on Broadway on January 10, 2010, The 39 Steps moved to New World Stages on March 25, 2010, where it played through January 16, 2011. Burton will be joined by Billy Carter as Clown #1, Broadway vet Robert Petkoff as Richard Hannay and Brittany Vicars, who will make her New York City stage debut as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret. Original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton will reprise his role of Clown #2 in the upcoming off-Broadway revival of 39 Steps. Directed by Maria Aitken, the production will begin an open-ended run at the Union Square Theatre on April 1 and will officially open on April 13.
It’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time for the Lessons of the Week. We’re recapping the weird, wild and crazy stuff from the last…wait a second. Are you reading this from your phone during a performance of Shows For Days?! Um, maybe you should turn your phone off and check out the Lessons when the show is over. Trust us.Aaron Tveit’s Getting a PompadourTveitortots rejoice! The Graceland and Big Sky star is going back to high school with Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough in Grease Live! this winter. Time to stock up on pomade, Aaron. We’re hoping for a coif length a little past Frank Abagnale, but not full-on Enjolras. (Which we totally still remember how to pronounce, btw.)Silence Your Phone Near LuPoneYou heard the announcement at the beginning of the Lessons of the Week: In her ongoing quest for distraction-free theater, Shows For Days star Patti LuPone is championing the cause by grabbing cell phones and walking off with them if you try to text in her presence. Ms. LuPone, as professional theatergoers, the Broadway.com editorial team salutes you.James Bond Doesn’t Do Jazz HandsAs much as we’d love to see 007 doing time steps with Pussy Galore and an ensemble of dancing martinis, we’ve officially squelched the rumor that a James Bond musical is currently in the works. We’re especially sad to miss out on those catchy James Bond: The Musical hits “I’ll Do Anything For a Woman With a Knife” and “I Didn’t Recognize You With Your Clothes On.”Sign Up For ASL Classes Right NowThe acclaimed Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening is bringing sexually frustrated teens back to Broadway once again, and that means we’ve got only two more months to learn sign language so we can sign along with the cast! We’re sure the instructor won’t mind teaching us the signs for “totally” and “f**ked.”Annaleigh Ashford Is a Total BettyBroadway.com readers have found their favorite virgin who can’t drive: Annaleigh Ashford! The Tony winner already has a gig in Sylvia, but you guys are totally going ballistic about casting her in the Clueless musical. Hear that, Amy Heckerling? Also, can Paul Rudd reprise the role of Josh? We’re not sure if he can sing, but he looks virtually the same as he did in 1995.Sex Scenes? Groff Goes Both WaysHamilton star Jonathan Groff says when it comes to doing a sex scene, it’s pretty much the same whether your partner is a guy or a gal. And he would know—in his 30 years on this planet, he’s already done more sex scenes than most people do in a lifetime. Well, besides Hand to God star Geneva Carr.JCM Is Justin Timberlake’s Sugar DaddyHedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator John Cameron Mitchell’s got a sweet tooth for licorice drops and jelly rolls…and Justin Timberlake. He’s really hoping the pop star will swing on by the Belasco Theatre, try a wig on for size and become Broadway’s next internationally ignored song stylist. Chances are you either love or hate this idea, and we want you to be vocal about it.Misty Copeland Needs a Bio-MusicalThe first female African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and forthcoming On the Town star has led such a fascinating life, we think it’s about time someone wrote her a bio-musical. Growing up in a hotel? Custody battles? Broken limbs? This is a Tony-winning masterpiece waiting to happen. Lin-Manuel Miranda, you’re not busy or anything, are you?Lola Will Box a KangarooThe Land of Lola is going to the land down under! Kinky Boots is high-kicking its way to Australia in 2016. Yep, this means the factory workers at Price & Son will start eating Vegemite and drinking Foster’s, Lauren will sing “The History of Wrong Mates” and Lola will fight a kangaroo in the boxing scene. That’s what Australia is like, right? Don’t Offer Bernadette Peters WeedGuys, if you see Bernadette Peters at Broadway Barks this weekend, feel free to adopt a dog, take a selfie or ask for an autograph. But there’s one thing you must not do under any circumstances: offer Bernadette any type of “herbal refreshment.” After her appearance on Watch What Happens Live, we’ve discovered that she is not a pothead. She likes puppies, but not pot brownies. View Comments
View Comments Oscar winner, music icon and poet laureate of Twitter Cher is still at work on a bio-musical, and she knows just the man to write the script. The pop legend revealed on Twitter that Jersey Boys scribe Rick Elice has been tapped to pen the book. According to Cher, the two spent three days together and had “so much fun [stars emoji, heart emoji, stars emoi].”Cher first announced plans for a musical about her life in June 2012. At that time, she revealed that the show would follow the original concept for Evita, with three actresses playing the starring role at different milestones. Cher herself expressed interest in playing a fourth iteration of herself: a wise figure communicating with the younger versions as she turns back time, so to speak. Think Fun Home, but with Alison playing every character in West Side Story.This wouldn’t be the only pop diva Elice has been recently tasked with bringing to the stage; earlier this year, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess told Broadway.com that he is at work with Elice on a musical adaptation of a Whitney Houston-led film. The writer also penned The British Invasion Musical, which held a workshop starring Christian Borle this summer.Elice received a Tony nod for writing the book to Jersey Boys alongside Marshall Brickman. He also earned nominations for Best Play and Best Score for Peter and the Starcatcher, co-directed by his late husband, Roger Rees.