Ask Alison! 3 Tony-Nominated Fun Home Stars Talk Candy, Cash & Celebs

first_img Fun Home Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 In a fun Tony Awards twist, three actresses have nabbed nominations for playing the same woman in 2015—Fun Home stars Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs play incarnations of cartoonist Alison Bechdel in three different decades of her life. But although all three stars are playing the same character, their answers to our “Ask Alison” quiz are wildly different. (Well, with the exception of coffee ice cream and Ellen DeGeneres, which two out of three Alisons are into—and who can blame them?) Check out the rest of their answers below, then catch Fun Home at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre! View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Lessons of the Year! Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kelli O’Hara & More

first_imgSmash Is Still Our StarThey thought they could dispose of Smash; they tried to make Smash small. But the little NBC show that could (but didn’t) made a resurgence as Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Debra Messing and more reunited to present a one-night-only Bombshell concert. The fictional Marilyn Monroe tuner is slated to become non-fictional in the near future as it’s developed for Broadway. They’re still gathering a creative team, so Bombshell team, we’re what you’ve been needing; it’s all here and our hearts’ pleading: let us be your book writers. Or Marilyn. Or understudy. Or usher? PJs Are Appropriate for Even More ShowsThis year brought us The Wiz Live!—the third annual musical telecast from NBC. Now other networks have realized the magic of show tunes on the small screen. Fox’s Grease: Live was announced for next month starring Aaron Tveit (never heard of him), Tyler Perry’s presenting a live, modern-day adaptation of the Passion of the Christ and ITV did their own Sound of Music Live! across the pond. It’s officially our new favorite holiday tradition, right after watching this video (which, let’s face it, we do year-round). View Comments The Sixth Time’s the CharmWhile we’re talking coronations, it’s time to uncrown Kelli O’Hara as the Susan Lucci of Broadway. This was finally the year she took home a Tony, after twirling in hoop skirts, getting to know a bunch of Siamese children and whistling some happy tunes as Anna in The King and I. Thanks to her award-winning performance, dental drumming skills and Quiche linguistic stylings—not to mention her Met Opera debut—you chose her as the Broadway.com Star of the Year. If that’s not worthy of the Worm, we don’t know what is. Will you be next, Tevye? We Have a Warrior & Her Name Is PattiMusicals may be going digital on the small screen, but audiences still haven’t learned to disconnect. Theater etiquette warrior Patti LuPone put on her battle gear during a performance of Shows for Days and confiscated an audience member’s phone. Someone charged the Hand to God stage to plug his phone into a fake outlet. AT&T wants you to watch (gasp!) sports during shows. Even Aretha Franklin is guilty! Tsk, tsk. Listen, you can always check the Broadway.com app after the show (even you, Aretha). Good Girls Go Bad on TVThey may be Broadway darlings, but once they hit the small screen, don’t cross these Tony winners. Both Kristin Chenoweth and Laura Benanti embraced the darkness this year: the pocket diva headlined Disney’s Descendants as Mistress of All Evil Maleficent, and the She Loves Me star shocked us on Supergirl as evil twin Astra. Also behaving badly was a third Tony winner: Sutton Foster, who committed some serious fraud (and sold her panties!) in the name of comedy in Younger. We love them when they’re good, and we adore them when they’re bad. Lin-Manuel Has Found the 5th DimensionWe can buy that a show would sell like crazy, inspire memes, top Billboard charts and sync up to Beyoncé. That makes sense once you see/listen to Hamilton. But how does certified genius Lin-Manuel Miranda have only 24 hours in his day?! He wrote music for Star Wars and Disney’s Moana, puts on a mini-show multiple times a week, greets celebrities daily and is a one-man publicity machine. On top of all this, his son just turned one, so imagine how much sleep he’s gotten. Congratulations on everything, Lin, but most especially on transcending the space-time continuum. The Lord’s House Is Still the Winter GardenKids on stage is nothing new, but kids on stage and in the band? You have our attention, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lord Lloyd Webber’s latest show boasts pint-sized head-bangers, and their choice of venue is rather familiar to the maestro. After parading around a hoard of jellicles for almost 20 years, the Winter Garden Theatre is now home to School of Rock. So if Love Never Dies comes into the theater at some point, that would be a Winter Garden trifecta, and the Shuberts should be required to change its name to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre. It’s down the road, but it would make a nice 80th birthday present.center_img Star Files You Don’t Need Glitz to Win BigWhile several celebs brought star quality to Broadway, they weren’t necessary to make a hit—nor were elaborate musical numbers and splashy sets. Fun Home won the Tony for Best Musical, winning over the more traditional tuners Something Rotten! and An American in Paris. What it lacked in size it made up for in innovation: an gimlet-eyed score from a history-making all-female writing team, representation of a lesbian protagonist, and your keys, oh-oh-oh-oh, your ring of keys…sorry—it’s still stuck in our heads (and yes, we’re still crying). Broadway Says “YAAS” to QueensIn a bout of role reversal, Broadway shows had audiences bowing down this year. How else to address royalty? First, Helen Mirren demonstrated regal realness and wig-ography as Queen Elizabeth II in her Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning turn in The Audience. Fast forward a few weeks/rewind a few centuries as Wolf Hall’s Lydia Leonard offered a fiery take on Anne Boleyn. And this fall, Lydia Wilson played a hungry-for-the-crown Kate Middleton in King Charles III. Say it with us: yaas, kween! Even Big Stars Can Be NewbiesStars of the big screen and beyond were braver than ever in 2015; a plethora of buzz-worthy celebs took center stage to make their Broadway debuts. Bold-faced names to hit the Great White Way included Bruce Willis, Keira Knightley, Larry David, Jake Gyllenhaal, Clive Owen, Jennifer Hudson, Vanessa Hudgens, George Takei and Renee Fleming. Not all of their shows were boffo at the box office, but at least they all took a risk. What are you waiting for, Cher? The New Year is just around the corner, but before you whip out your cat suit and blowtorch, sit back down, because class is still in session. Broadway class, that is. We had yet another action-packed year on the Great White Way; 2015 brought us geniuses with alleged time-traveling superpowers, broken Tony curses and more live-tweeting than ever. Relive the highlights as we take a look at all the exciting lessons we learned in the past year from Broadway’s best! Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Wicked Becomes 10th Longest-Running Show in B’way History

first_imgIdina Menzel in ‘Rent’ and ‘Wicked'(Photos by Columbia Pictures & Joan Marcus) Related Shows View Comments from $95.00center_img Wicked Thrillifying Valentine’s news for Broadway’s perennially popular Wicked! The production is set to feel the New York love on February 14, when it plays its 5,124th performance, surpassing Rent to become the 10th longest-running show in Great White Way history. The Main Stem incarnation of Wicked officially opened at the Gershwin Theatre on October 30, 2003, led ironically enough by Rent’s original Maureen, Idina Menzel, along with Kristin Chenoweth, Norbert Leo Butz and Joel Grey. Congratulotions to all involved with the gravity-defying hit!last_img read more

She Loves Me & More Win Big at Outer Critics Circle Awards

first_imgLaura Benanti & Jane Krakowski in ‘She Loves Me'(Photo: Joan Marcus) She Loves Me led the pack at the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Awards. The Broadway revival won four awards, including Outstanding Musical Revival and Outstanding Featured Actress for Jane Krakowski. Additional winners include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (like She Loves Me, a Roundabout production), which one three awards, Bright Star, which took home Outstanding New Broadway Musical and The Humans, which won Outstanding New Broadway Play.The previous off-Broadway productions of Hamilton, Disaster! and Blackbird were considered for Outer Critics Circle Awards in their respective seasons. Therefore, only new cast members’ performances in the Broadway transfers were eligible for awards this year. Additionally, Shuffle Along will be considered during the 2016-17 season at the request of the producers.See below for a complete list of winners. Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony on May 26 at Sardi’s Restaurant.Outstanding New Broadway PlayThe HumansOutstanding New Broadway MusicalBright StarOutstanding New Off-Broadway PlayThe ChristiansOutstanding New Off-Broadway MusicalDear Evan HansenOutstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Dear Evan HansenOutstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Bright StarOutstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Long Day’s Journey Into NightOutstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) She Loves MeOutstanding Actor in a PlayFrank Langella, The FatherOutstanding Actress in a Play Jessica Lange, Long Day’s Journey Into NightOutstanding Actor in a MusicalDanny Burstein, Fiddler on the RoofOutstanding Actress in a MusicalCynthia Erivo, The Color PurpleOutstanding Featured Actor in a PlayMichael Shannon, Long Day’s Journey Into NightOutstanding Featured Actress in a Play(Tie) Pascale Armand, EclipsedJudith Light, Thérèse RaquinOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalChristopher Fitzgerald, WaitressOutstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalJane Krakowski, She Loves MeOutstanding Director of a PlayIvo van Hove, A View From the BridgeOutstanding Director of a MusicalMichael Arden, Spring AwakeningOutstanding ChoreographerSergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical) David Rockwell, She Loves MeOutstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) Jeff Mahshie, She Loves MeOutstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Justin Townsend, American PsychoOutstanding Projection Design (Play or Musical) Finn Ross, American PsychoOutstanding Solo PerformanceJames Lecesne, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard PelkeyJohn Gassner Award(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)Marco Ramirez, The RoyaleSpecial Achievement AwardJames Houghton, Signature Theatre Company View Commentslast_img read more

Herb Talk.

first_imgPhoto: Wayne McLaurin Herbs don’t just have medicinal and culinary value. They can add beauty to your landscape, too. An April 27 seminar, sponsored by the University of Georgia Research & Education Garden in Griffin, Ga., will tell you how. David Walker, an herb grower for Mann’s Greenhouse in Woodstock, Ga., will tell how to use herbs such as rosemary, basil and sage to beautify your landscape. He’ll show how to combine the colors and textures of herbs in your garden and how to use them in cooking. Herb plants will also be offered for sale. The seminar will start at 7 p.m. in the Stuckey Auditorium on the Griffin campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It’s free, and refreshments will be served. For more information or directions, call Susan Varlamoff at (770) 229-3367.last_img read more

Green industry updates

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaIf your work has anything to do with landscapes or the plantsthat go into them, you can benefit from 2003 Florida-GeorgiaGreen Industry Updates in October and November.The updates include three seminars in north Florida. The first,Oct. 21 at the Duval County Extension office in Jacksonville, isespecially for landscape professionals.The second program, Oct. 22 at the University of Florida Researchand Education Center in Quincy, is for organizations that installand maintain landscape landscapes. And the third, Nov. 4 inQuincy, is for nursery and greenhouse growers.The day-long seminars will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The$40 fee for each ($45 after Oct. 1) covers handouts, refreshmentbreaks, lunch and other costs.Pesticide recertification credits have been approved for allthree seminars. To learn more or get a form to sign up, contactyour county extension office. Or call the University of GeorgiaTifton, Ga., Conference Center at (229) 386-3416. Or visit theWeb site (www.ugatiftonconference.org). Look under the upcomingevents for the 2003 Green Industry Update.last_img read more

Agroterrorism

first_img(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaWhen the word “terrorism” pops up, the first image in mostpeople’s heads is not a field of soybeans.But maybe it should be.Terrorism isn’t limited to blowing up buildings. Food suppliescan also be a target.That’s why Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), who chairs the U.S.Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, askedJohn Sherwood to participate in a Senate biosecurity andagroterrorism hearing July 20 in Washington, D.C.Sherwood, head of the University of Georgia’s plant pathologydepartment, was one of eight experts to testify in the hearingand one of four to address the agrosecurity partnership betweenpublic and private sectors.The latter group addressed what’s being done for U.S.preparedness at local levels in coordination with farmers andranchers, the scientific community and industry.Partnership”No effort to prepare for an attack can be successful without ahealthy and strong public-private partnership,” Chambliss said.The agrosecurity hearing, only the second after the Sept. 11attacks, reviewed national efforts to protect agriculture and thefood supply from a deliberate attack of a biological agent, atoxin or a disease directed at crops and livestock.Agriculture accounts for 13 percent of the U.S. gross domesticproduct, Chambliss said, and 18 percent of domestic employment.With the U.S. Department of Labor reporting the civilianworkforce at 149.1 million, those in agriculture-related jobsnumbers nearly 27 million.”Securing our nation’s crop production systems requires amultifaceted, multi-agency and highly coordinated effort,” saidSherwood, who also represented the American PhytopathologicalSociety.ChallengePreventing 100 percent of agricultural diseases is impossible.Scientists and farmers alike are struggling with soybean rust andsudden oak death, diseases new to certain parts of the UnitedStates.”There is not just a single disease that’s going to impactagriculture,” Sherwood said. “We have to be aware of newdiseases.”He emphasized “the need to fund competitive research, continue tosupport the National Plant Diagnostic Network and establish theNational Center for Plant Biosecurity” at the hearing.Chambliss said the events of Sept. 11, 2001, “propelled thegovernment into action and forced federal agencies to rethink thethreats facing agriculture and the need to take steps to preventagroterrorist attacks.”The hearing offered “useful dialog,” he said, as the Senatecommittee works to enhance agricultural protection in follow-uplegislation to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and BioterrorismAct of 2002.State preparednessThe week before Sherwood went to Washington, Georgia was alreadystrengthening its forces. The state’s agroterrorism committee andthe Georgia National Guard partnered to help keep the food supplysecure.The meeting at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta allowed thetwo parties to share expertise “on how to best prepare andrespond to agriculture and food-related acts of terrorism,” saida state Department of Agriculture release.”As the lead agency in the state in charge of agriculture andfood defense, my staff is committed to doing everything in itspower to protect the people of Georgia and the state’sagriculture industry,” said Georgia Commissioner of AgricultureTommy Irvin.Nets and boltsThe meeting wasn’t just talk. The National Guard showcased itsmobile laboratory capabilities and showed the properbiocontainment, sample collection and personal protectiveequipment to use when contact with dangerous pathogens isnecessary.The training continues. At different times throughout 2005, UGACooperative Extension will provide basic agroterrorism awarenesstraining through a grant from the U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity. The next session will be Aug. 4 in Vienna. Visitwww.agrosecurity.uga.edu for other class dates and locations.”We were the first state to include local jurisdictions in ourstatewide homeland security agriculture assessment,” Irvinrecently said of the training. “We knew we had to get down to thelocal level to adequately build a proper defense againstagroterrrorism.”last_img read more

Amaryllis

first_img“Optimally, planting in early October or late summer isrecommended,”he said. “However, any time after frost in the spring workswell.” Bulbs should be planted about a foot apart. Half of the bulbshouldbe left exposed.Amaryllis bulbs multiply rapidly, so Christian recommendsdividing thebulbs every three to five years. Dig up the bulbs and divide themafter the foliage has died back. “The newly divided bulbs can be used to expand your beds or tosharewith friends,” Christian said. “You can also pot up a few inSeptember for forcing as indoor winter blooming plants.” Planting times, locationsAmaryllises require semishade and will grow in almost any soil aslong as they receive adequate moisture and good drainage. Christianrecommends planting bulbs in 6-inch amended raised beds. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAmaryllises have become known as a Christmastime flower asmany homegardeners give and receive their bulbs as holiday gifts. But youdon’t have to wait until spring to plant them.”Instead of planting amaryllises indoors in a pot, a betterchoice isto plant them in the garden,” said C.B. Christian, northeast directorof the Georgia Master Gardeners Association. “There they can produceflowers for up to 75 years.” Care tips, usesFertilize amaryllises with a low-nitrogen fertilizer 5-10-10,5-10-15or 6-12-12, he said. Apply 1.5 pounds per 100 square feet of bed. Too much nitrogen and too much shade will result in poorflowering.Make the first application when new growth begins, another when thestalks are 6-8 inches tall and another immediately afterflowering. Plants should be mulched heavily in the winter. In later Marchwhennew growth begins, carefully rake away the mulch.Amaryllis blooms can be cut when partially open and placed inclearvases for enjoyment. The flowers will last for weeks in a clear vase,provided the water is changed daily, he said.When the plants finish flowering, remove the flower stalks but notthe leaves. “The plants need the leaves for photosynthesis to producenext year’s blooms,” Christian said.last_img read more

Economics of stem cells

first_imgWhile some of our trained stem cell graduate students have been recruited to fledgling stem cell companies in Georgia, most of our best students are being snatched up by Ivy League schools and leading stem cell companies in other states as soon as their training is complete. If we don’t create opportunities within our state, we will continue to lose these leaders and fall further behind. We have access to and can train the work force for local stem cell companies. Keeping them in Georgia is the issue.The stem cell train has left the station, and Georgia’s scientists are on it. We now need the public to get on board. Obama can help stoke the fires on that train with additional funding that will give our state a two-for-one benefit: improving health and improving economic development.The foundation has been laid in our state and can be leveraged for high-paying stem cell jobs that will help improve the quality of life for Georgians. Georgia’s higher institutions educate students that are going elsewhere for high-paying careers. Our goal should not end at education; rather, we also must attract the companies to the state to keep our best here in rewarding careers. Georgians must actively steer the stem cell economics train toward our state instead of standing on the platform and watching it go elsewhere. We, as a state, have a competitive set of complementary skills that competes with anyone in the world. To move the momentum forward, researchers across the state have banded together to form the Georgia Stem Cell Initiative. More information about this group, as well as how to get involved, is available at the Web site www.georgiastemcell.org (Steve L. Stice is a Georgia Research Alliance Scholar and director of the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center and is the founder of ArunA Biomedical, Inc., a Georgia stem cell company.Robert M. Nerem is the Parker H. Petit Professor for Engineering in Medicine at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues, a National Science Foundation-funded engineering research center.) President Obama’s anticipated action on the isolation of new embryonic stem cell lines is welcome news to many, but frankly, it will have little impact on speeding stem cell therapies for the majority of Americans who need them. Those in need of therapies will continue to wait.The initial outcome of the president’s act is simple: researchers in states such as California and New York that made major investments to fund and create new stem cell lines will have more flexibility. Instead of duplicating laboratories – one for federal funding and one for state funding – labs in these states can combine stem cell lines in one laboratory, freeing resources for additional research.However, advancing stem cell therapies will require more financial investment from both the public and private sectors.Little new research will happen in Georgia if only new lines are allowed and dollars aren’t available to turn them into therapies. That isn’t to say we aren’t in the game. Thankfully, despite political setbacks, stem cell researchers in Georgia haven’t sat on the sidelines during the Bush administration. They’ve made major advances.It’s important to note that although politics put us behind some of the more progressive states, Georgia institutions have a proven, competitive record for being awarded scarce federal stem cell funds. So the notion that Georgia and stem cells don’t mix is wrong.Significant research funding has been awarded to researchers in the state through several sources, including the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Even the U.S. Department of Defense is funding regenerative medicine and, indirectly, stem cells. Continued funding is keeping Georgia fiercely competitive in fundamental areas. We are poised and ready to implement advancements in this field.Progress ReportGeorgia researchers are alive and well in the stem cell race. A 2006 study showed that 67 percent of the state is supportive of stem cell research.The University of Georgia is advancing the basic understanding of stem cells in cancer and drug discovery and is determining the effectiveness of new stem cell therapies. The Medical College of Georgia is advancing nonembryonic stem cell therapies. Emory University recently announced their participation in a cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and a few weeks ago hosted a meeting on the use of cellular therapies in the treatment of lung injury. The Georgia Tech/Emory Center on regenerative medicine is combining stem cells with biomaterials and developing related enabling technologies. GTEC recently brought together industrial and university leaders in a workshop on stem cell biomanufacturing that focused on translating advances in basic stem cell biology into the therapies needed for patients. By Steven L. SticeUniversity of GeorgiaRobert M. NeremGeorgia Institute of Technology So what is the potential impact of future stem cell research in Georgia? Already, through federal research grants, Georgia is training the next generation of stem cell scientists for an ever-expanding commercial market. Economic impact studies suggest that stem cell companies will have sales exceeding $3 billion per year by the end of this year with annual growth between 10 percent and 30 percent.Brain drainlast_img read more

9/11 memorial trees get help from UGA

first_imgFour years ago, Bartlett Tree Experts, an international tree company, got the call to be the people to care for the trees that will bring life back to the World Trade Center Plaza. “These are probably the most cared for trees on the planet,” said Wayne Dubin, Bartlett’s vice-president and division manager. More than 400 white swamp oaks and sweetgum trees were relocated to a New Jersey nursery four years ago to be groomed for placement at the 9/11 memorial. Only 386 will eventually call the prestigious site home. Data collected from the trees will help experts determine which trees will be best suited for the memorial. “We monitor and treat the trees to ensure maximum vigor and ideal health status,” Dubin said. To help Bartlett care for the trees, which will be cast into the global spotlight, the company enlisted the help of the UGA Consortium for Internet Imaging and Database Systems, or CIIDS, which created a database system to track the trees’ care. The system monitors and stores important information like watering schedules, pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer applications, pruning, weed control, tree height and diameter and fall color. It also includes a sensor system that reads the soil moisture and temperature in the root ball of each tree. “We have so many parties involved in this project, we needed a central repository for all the information,” said Mike Sherwood, Bartlett inventory solutions manager. “Having a central place for people to get the information was identified as needed early on. We were happy with our other CIIDS products. So, we approached them for help.” “You essentially have the history of the tree at your fingertips,” said Sherri Clark, principal developer with CIIDS. “If a tree has suffered some storm damage or its soil was too dry, you can see it. This information is important when selecting trees to move to the site.” Weekly reports are automatically generated by the system and emailed to stakeholders. center_img “It has been a moving experience to be associated with this project,” Clark said. “As a developer, I don’t often have an opportunity to have a tangible effect on the world around me and through this application I have had that opportunity.” Many years ago, CIIDS developed the UGA Cooperative Extension Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging System. The success of DDDI pushed the group to develop more custom database applications, said David Barber, the CIIDS director. Bartlett and CIIDS have had a long relationship. CIIDS has also developed other applications for the company, including an accident reporting system and an in-house diagnostics module and a soil sampling database. The National 9/11 Memorial and Museum will cover 8 acres, half of the site left in rubble after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The white swamp oaks growing at the New Jersey nursery average 30 feet tall with leaf canopies between 18 feet and 20 feet wide. They are expected to grow to 80 feet tall.So far, 16 white swamp oaks have been planted. Bartlett hopes the site will be ready for a few more before the end of the year. “This experience has been unique in a number of ways,” Dubin said. “It is an amazing project, and we are honored to be a part of this. It is not about the trees. It is about the people who miss their loved ones and creating a memorial for the victims of 9/11.”last_img read more