Trump Orders Travel Ban For Europe Amid Virus Outbreak

first_imgPhoto: CGTN / YouTubeWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has ordered a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to the United States in a step to battle the spread of Covid 19, the Coronavirus.The ban begins Friday, March 13, and will, the President said, be monitored and adjusted as needed based on conditions.He said Americans who have been properly screened can return prior to the 30 days.Trump called for political unity in the fight, saying the country must come together as one nation, one family. In addition, he proposed financial aid for workers who hit financial hardships because they have been infected or were caring for someone infected.He also proposed low-interest loans for small businesses impacted by the virus. 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)last_img read more

Happy Opening to Neil Patrick Harris & Hedwig

first_img About 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. To celebrate the musical’s opening night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of Harris as Hedwig and Lena Hall as Yitzhak, Hedwig’s husband and backup singer, rocking out to Stephen Trask’s score and John Cameron Mitchell’s book. View Comments Lena Hall wishes Harris, Hall and everyone at Hedwig a happy opening! You can spit beer in our face, yell at us, whatever. We’ll just beg for more. Star Files Neil Patrick Harris Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 The cat’s out of the bag, or rather, the wig’s out of the box! The much-anticipated Great White Way debut of Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens on April 22 at the Belasco Theatre, with Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris donning the transgender rock star’s wig, fishnets and heels. Tony winner Michael Mayer directs the new production of the cult favorite. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Showslast_img read more

The Flash Starring Once’s Carlos Valdes, Picked Up for Series

first_img The Flash follows Barry Allen (Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may connect to a tragic event from his past. In addition to Valdes and Gustin, the cast of the Arrow spinoff includes Broadway alums Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh and John Wesley Shipp, as well as Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Michelle Harrison and Patrick Sabongui. Well, that was fast! Deadline has reported that The CW has picked up The Flash, set to premiere this fall. As previously reported, the pilot for the superhero series featured Carlos Valdes, who has gone from Once ensemble member to TV superhero, and stars Glee’s Grant Gustin.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Skylight, Starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, Aiming for Broadway in 2015

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Skylight Nighy has performed in Hare’s Pravda, Map of the World, a previous production of Skylight and a Broadway mounting of the playwright’s The Vertical Hour. His many film credits include Love Actually, Wild Target, Pirate Radio, Valkyrie, AKA, Notes on a Scandal, Underworld, The Constant Gardner, Lawless Heart, Still Crazy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and About Time. View Comments Skylight tells the story of a teacher, Kyra Hollis (Mulligan), who receives an unexpected visit from her former lover Tom Sergeant (Nighy) and his son Edward, played by Matthew Beard, who is making his stage debut.center_img Related Shows Mulligan is making her West End stage debut in Skylight. She earned an Oscar nod for An Education and also appeared in Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, Drive, Never Let Me Go, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Brothers, Pride and Prejudice, My Boy Jack, When Did You Last See Your Father? and Public Enemies. She made her Broadway debut in The Seagull in 2008. We told you this show was one to watch! The West End revival of David Hare’s Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, is aiming for Broadway. According to the New York Post, the play will probably transfer to the Great White Way in spring 2015. Directed by Tony winner and Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry, Skylight is currently playing an acclaimed limited engagement at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre through August 23.last_img read more

The Fortress of Solitude Extends Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude is a coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond. It tells the tale of two teenagers obsessed with superheroes who believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly. The Fortress of Solitude has extended off-Broadway at the Public’s Newman Theater through November 16; the production had previously been set to shutter on November 2. Directed by Daniel Aukin, the new tuner has a book by Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. The Fortress of Solitude Related Shows The cast includes Kyle Beltran, Adam Chanler-Berat, Ken Barnett, André de Shields, Carla Duren, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jahi Kearse, Kevin Mambo, David Rossmer, Conor Ryan, Kristen Sieh, Brian Tyree Henry, Alison Whitehurst, Malaiyka Reid, Noah Ricketts, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 16, 2014last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel to ‘Let It Go’ on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve & More

first_img View Comments Star Files Idina Menzelcenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Idina Menzel to ‘Let It Go’ on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve The cold never bothered her anyway! Broadway superstar Idina Menzel will ring in 2015 in Times Square by belting out “Let It Go.” That’s right, the Tony winner will sing her Frozen anthem on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest this December 31. Our souls are definitely spiraling in frozen fractals all around at this news!Frozen Short Film’s Release DateOn the subject of Frozen, as we previously reported, Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff are coming back to the big screen next spring! Disney’s new short film Frozen Fever will first appear on March 13, 2015 before the feature film Cinderella. Set around Anna’s birthday celebrations, there’s a new song by Oscar-winning duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and…wait for it…the returning vocal talents of Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff. This is all almost too much excitement for one “Odds & Ends.”John Lithgow Made Glenn Close Ad-lib AlbeeTony winners Glenn Close and John Lithgow recently stopped by The View to chat starring together in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance on the Great White Way. Watch below as Lithgow remembers first seeing Close back in 1974 the night she made her Broadway debut—and reveals how he forced her to ad-lib Albee in their latest collaboration. Plus find out from Close how Lithgow has been known to turn himself on. It’s funny, albeit borderline TMI, trust us!last_img read more

Is Bradley Cooper Eyeing West End Transfer for The Elephant Man?

first_imgIt would seem that Bradley Cooper, who is starring in the Great White Way revival of Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, has London in his sights for the production. The Oscar nominee and Audience Choice Award winner told London’s Evening Standard :“The West End is amazing and incredible. It would be an honor and exciting to do The Elephant Man in the West End.” Scott Ellis directs the new production, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012 and began performances at Broadway’s Booth Theatre on November 7, officially opening on December 7. Cooper is joined on stage by a cast that includes Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through February 15, 2015. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015 The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. Cooper has already visited London twice to research the role. The play premiered on Broadway in 1979 and won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. The Elephant Man Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Birdman & Eddie Redmayne Among Big Winners at Oscars

first_img Eddie Redmayne, who won Tony and Olivier Awards in 2010 for Red and played Marius in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, took home the Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Among the additional nominees were Birdman’s Michael Keaton, recent The Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper for American Sniper and Olivier winner Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game. The trophy for Actress in a Leading Role went to Broadway alum Julianne Moore for her performance in Still Alice. Broadway vet J.K. Simmons won for Actor in a Supporting Role for Whiplash. Want an Oscar? Make a film about Broadway (preferably shot to look like one take). Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and practically Broadway itself, took home the Academy Award for Best Picture on February 22. The film received three additional trophies for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Original Screenplay and Cinematography. Previous films with theater ties to take home the top honors include All About Eve (1950) and Shakespeare in Love (1998). The Oscar-winning screenwriting team consists of Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo and Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. Dinelaris is the bookwriter of the off-Broadway cult musical Zanna, Don’t! and has penned the book for the upcoming Broadway Gloria and Emilio Estefan bio-musical On Your Feet!. The film was nominated for nine Oscars total, including nods for recent Cabaret star Emma Stone, who played Sam, Riggan’s recently out-of-rehab daughter. View Comments Rob Marshall’s take on Into the Woods failed to take home trophies in the three categories for which it was nominated: Actress in a Supporting Role for Meryl Streep, Costume Design and Production Design; the awards went to Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Despite the musical’s losses, the ceremony was full of moments for Broadway aficionados to obsess over, including Neil Patrick Harris’ opening song-and-dance number (because of course) penned by Frozen composing duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and featuring Into the Woods and The Last Five Years star Anna Kendrick, the brilliant 50th Anniversary tribute to The Sound of Music from Lady Gaga and a Smash-inspired in memoriam segment led by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who is slated to appear on Broadway this fall in The Color Purple. Set largely in Broadway’s St. James Theatre and featuring several of our favorite Great White Way landmarks (including The Rum House, which magically changed streets for the film), Birdman follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), a past-his-prime actor who sets out to make his big comeback in a self-penned play.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Tituss Burgess & Cristin Milioti Team Up & More

first_img Star Files View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Tituss Burgess, Cristin Milioti & More Board 24 Hour MusicalsStage and screen faves Tituss Burgess and Cristin Milioti will appear in the seventh 24 Hour Musicals on April 13. Four short, brand-new musicals will be written, cast, rehearsed and performed over the period of a single day. Other stars in the lineup include Ashley Fink, Alicia Witt, Christine Lahti, Eden Espinosa, Julian Fleisher, Lea DeLaria, Shanola Hampton and Randy Harrison. The event is all in aid of The Orchard Project, an eight-year-old program that has served as a starting place for shows that have debuted in theaters across the U.S. and beyond. We imagine all involved will be deserving of a very large glass of Pinot Noir at the end of the evening.Ciara Renée Will Star in Arrow/Flash SpinoffShe’s been a superhero to us ever since we saw her circus skills in Pippin! Broadway alum Ciara Renée is following in Andy Mientus’ footsteps and will make her TV debut in the CW’s proposed Arrow/Flash spinoff series. Deadline reports that she will play Hawkgirl, aka Kendra Saunders, a young woman who is starting to realize that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. When aggravated, she grows wings and taps into her previous ancient warrior identity. From Big Fish to big bird. Or something.Casting Set for Seattle’s Jasper in DeadlandSydney Shepherd will play Gretchen opposite the previously reported Matt Doyle in Jasper in Deadland at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. The production will play April 30 through May 24 and also feature Andi Alhadeff, Kyle Bernbach, Jared Michael Brown, Kyle Robert Carter, Taryn Darr, Sarah Rose Davis, Frederick Hagreen, Louis Hobson, Diana Huey, Brandi Chavonne Massey, Caety Sagoian and Evan Woltz.Tony Nominee B.J. Crosby Dead at 62B.J. Crosby, who was Tony nominated for her performance in Smokey Joe’s Café and also appeared on the Great White Way in One Mo’ Time and Chicago, died on March 27 in New Orleans aged 62. The Times-Picayune reports that cause of death was complications from a stroke and diabetes. Crosby is survived by her son, Joseph Elloie, and three grandchildren.Lin-Manuel Miranda Raps for Jimmy Fallon’s VoicemailJimmy Fallon recently stopped by the Broadway-Bound Hamilton, where Lin-Manuel Miranda was auctioning off custom freestyle voicemails for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The Tonight Show host bought one (of course he did!) and you can check out the Tony winner recording it below. We have a feeling Fallon won’t be deleting this from his cellphone anytime soon! Last night, @Lin_Manuel auctioned off custom freestyle voicemails for @BCEFA. @jimmyfallon bought one. The result…— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) March 30, 2015 Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Awake and Sing Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 8, 2015 Tickets are now on sale for Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! at the Public. The National Asian American Theatre Co. (NAATCO) production, directed by Stephen Brown-Fried, will star Mia Katigbak as Bessie. Off-Broadway performances will run from July 6 through August 1 in the Shiva Theater. Opening night is set for July 13.Awake and Sing! follows a three-generation Jewish family in poverty during the Great Depression. It explores the dynamic between parents and children as they search for ways to thrive and survive. The show first played Broadway in 1935.In addition to Katigbak, the all-Asian American cast will include Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari and Henry Yuk. View Commentslast_img read more