View Comments The starry contemporary movie remake of Annie has released its first trailer. With Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan, we finally get a sneak peak at how the Will Gluck-directed film, produced by Will Smith and Jay Z, has taken several creative turns from the stage show. The re-imagining includes that of Oliver Warbucks’ character as a young mayoral candidate named Benjamin Stacks, played by Jamie Foxx. The rest of the cast features Rose Byrne as Grace, Stacks’ assistant, Bobby Cannavale as a tough political advisor and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Stacks’ lovable bodyguard Nash. Watch the trailer below but, warning: you won’t be able to get “It’s a hard knock life” or “Tomorrow” out of your head for the rest of the day!
Holler If Ya Hear Me View Comments Ready to holler this fine Tuesday morning? The cast of Broadway’s Holler If Ya Hear Me stopped by Good Morning America on July 8 to perform the number “California Love.” Directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, the new musical, which is inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur, stars Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, award-winning slam poet Saul Williams and Christopher Jackson. Check out the high-octane performance below (although fair warning, you will have the song in your head for the rest of the day), then in person at the Palace Theatre! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014
Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show! Broadway.com is nuts about Culturalist, the awesome site that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday. STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. Last week, we asked you to name the best Grammy-winning cast recording of all time. Although the list of winners contains lots of legendary albums, Broadway.com fans went contemporary and voted Wicked number one (you guys are so predictable). This week, in honor of the premiere of The Last Five Years movie on February 13, we’ve gotta know: Which song from the hit Jason Robert Brown musical is your favorite? Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek posted his list of top 10 picks here! STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.) View Comments
View Comments Harry Melling in ‘Hand to God'(Photo: Tristram Kenton) Hand to God will close early in the West End. The Robert Askins play will play its last performance at London’s Vaudeville Theatre on April 30; it was originally scheduled to run through June 11. The production, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, opened officially on February 15.In Hand to God, the good children of Cypress, Texas, are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.The West End cast features Harry Potter alum Harry Mellling as Jason, Olivier winner Janie Dee as Margery, Neil Pearson as Patsor Greg, Jemima Rooper as Jessica and Kevin Mains as Timothy.The Broadway production concluded its run at the Booth Theatre earlier this year.
MJ Rodriguez View Comments MJ Rodriguez will return to the New York stage to appear in the previously announced Encores! Off-Center production of Runaways. Joining her are a handful of young actors—some Broadway and off-Broadway alums, along with newcomers found through an open call. Performances will run from July 6 through July 9 at New York City Center.Rodriguez, who played Angel in the off-Broadway revival of Rent and has since come out as transgender, recently shared on Facebook her experience of auditioning for Hamilton as a trans performer. “My goal was to just be seen as the woman I have beome, as well as show I can do the work,” she posted.The cast will also include Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Taylor Caldwell (School of Rock), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus), Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland), Matthew Gumley (The Addams Family), Sam Poon (The King and I), Jeremy Shinder (A Christmas Story), Ripley Sobo (Matilda) and Chris Sumpter (Matilda).Rounding out the company are Sumaya Bouhbal, Kenneth Cabral, Maxwell Cabral, Xavier Casimir, Joshua DeJesus, Adleesa Edwards, Reyna Guerra, Christina Jimenez, Kylie McNeill, Cele Pahucki, Siena Rafter, Claudia Ramirez, Ren, Deandre Sevon and Maxwell Vice.Runaways, created by the late Elizabeth Swados, premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway in 1978. The show assembled a team of creators and performers who were actual teen runaways and told their stories through songs and spoken work pieces.The Encores! Off-Center production will be directed by Sam Pinkleton and feature choreography by Ani Taj.Meet the new Runaways cast below!
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Fun Home’s Cast Say GoodbyeFun Home will be moving out of Circle in the Square on September 10 and the Broadway company recently got together for this special farewell video. Created by Perry Sherman to the Brooks & Dunn hit “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” check out Michael Cerveris (as a cheerleader, really), Beth Malone, Gabriella Pizzolo and the cast in action below. The Tony-winning tuner’s national tour will launch on October 2 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. Get a Walk-On Role in WickedThink you’d nail a walk-on role in Wicked, Beautiful or Phantom? Want to own musical phrases handwritten and signed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gloria Estefan or Carole King? Or maybe opening night tickets and party passes for Broadway’s hottest shows of the new season such as Hello, Dolly! and The Great Comet of 1812 are more your thing? Pre-bidding is now open on dozens of one-of-a-kind auction packages for the 30th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. Presented by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the event will take place on September 25, from 10 AM to 7 PM in Shubert Alley, West 44th Street and West 45th Street. Take a look at auction items here.Drama League to Honor David Hyde PierceTony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce will be the honoree of the Drama League’s 33rd Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway on November 7. Celebrating the career of the soon-to-be Hello, Dolly! star, the benefit gala at the Big Apple’s swanky Plaza Hotel is set to feature a musical tribute from Broadway and Hollywood stars. We suspect it will be a case of putting on your Sunday clothes (at least!) for this one.Corey Stoll Has Plenty to Chat AboutCorey Stoll will begin performances off-Broadway in Plenty next month and the House of Cards alum stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on September 7 to talk his stage and screen work…as well as being “morbidly obese” in school. Stoll recently starred in Shakespeare in the Park’s Troilus and Cressida at the Delacorte Theatre, the “most magical place to perform in the world.” We look forward to having you back on the New York stage soon, Mr. Stoll! ‘Fun Home’
Good luck getting this Alan Manken and Glenn Slater score out of your head. A Bronx Tale, directed by Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro (who helmed and starred in the original film), opens officially on December 1 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. The new musical features a book by Oscar nominee Chazz Palminteri.To commemorate the show’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast. Featured in the portrait are Bobby Conte Thornton as Calogero, Nick Cordero as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Broadway.com vlogger Ariana DeBose as Jane, Lucia Giannetta as Rosina and Hudson Loverro as Young Calogero.Happy opening to the cast of A Bronx Tale. Here’s to being one of the great ones! 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. View Comments Related Shows A Bronx Tale © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 5, 2018
View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.One New Year’s resolution you better keep? Catching the new shows lighting up the Great White Way this year! Brand new productions, innovative revivals, celebrity bows, Broadway fave returns…there is so much to look forward to this season, and we want to know which shows you’re most excited to see. So which 2017 Broadway shows have you counting down the days to that first performance? Broadway.com National Editor Ryan Gilbert kicked this challenge off with his top 10. Now it’s your turn to let us in on what you’re looking forward to in 2017!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! (Photo: Matthew Murphy, Joan Marcus, Nathan Johnson, Richard Hubert Smith & Emilio Madrid-Kuser)
C. Roach, UGA CAES C. Roach, UGA CAES Carpenter bees look like bumblebees, except they don’t have any yellow on their abdomen. They’re black with areas of yellow hair and are usually about an inch long. Usually found in porch ceilings, window sills, door frames, headers and siding, they fly or hover without regard to people around. The troublesome bees chew half-inch round holes in wood. Usually, the first noticeable sign of an attack is the sawdust. They don’t usually drill in decayed wood or wood with bark. They prefer soft woods like southern yellow pine, white pine, California redwood, cedar, Douglas fir and cypress. They drill an inch into the wood, then tunnel along with the grain for 4 to 6 inches. They often reuse the same area, and tunnels may reach 6 to 9 feet.Causing problems “Over the long term, it is possible for them to do severe damage,” Delaplane said. “They nest in the same tunnels year after year. Each generation carves its own nest partitions. They chew the inside of the tunnels and make paste to create their own nests.” Since they have very little environmental benefit, control is a homeowner’s best option.Controlling bees requires two things SAWDUST MAY BE THE FIRST SIGN OF DAMAGE (lower left corner.) Once you see it, treat quickly to prevent reinfestation. For any treatment to work,though, it must be squirted into each hole. Night treatments are most effective because that’s when you can be more sure adults are in their hole. “They’re fairly easy to control,” Delaplane said. “It requires a ladder and pressurized insecticide.” C. Roach, UGA CAES Spraying insecticide on the wood surface won’t work. You must inject it into each burrow to be effective. “You can spray any time of the year, but right now is probably the most effective time because the holes are active and you can tell which holes should be treated,” he said. “If you see sawdust or feces, spray.” Delaplane recommends spraying at night to kill the adults and the brood. “If you spray during the day, the adults may be gone,” he said. “And they will just start a new colony.” After injecting the insecticide, plug the holes with caulk or wood putty. “They don’t like paint,” Delaplane said, “so painting after caulking will help.” (Request the full-size images.) YOU’D THINK THEY BUILD, like their name implies, but carpenter bees can cause a lot of damage in wood siding and facia board. UGA scientists say the troublesome bees drill an inch into the wood, then tunnel along with the grain for 4 to 6 inches. They often reuse the same area, and tunnels may reach 6 to 9 feet. Carpenters bees are hard at work in Georgia houses. For all their industrious drilling, though, they have little benefit to people, say University of Georgia experts.”They have little beneficial effects to offset their more obnoxious habits,” said Keith Delaplane, a UGA Extension Service entomologist.Good at some things, really good at one thing in particular “They aren’t very good pollinators, and they’re actually flower robbers,” he said. “They suck out the nectar from a flower without pollinating it. They have short tongues and have to bite through the flower to reach the nectar. About the only thing they are good pollinators for is passion fruit.” What they are good at is chewing holes in eaves. “If you get a long-lasting population, they could weaken the timbers,” Delaplane said.What to look for
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