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) PxHere Stock Photo.ALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing liquor-infused ice cream and frozen desserts.According to the Governor’s Office, the legislation will help New York’s dairy farmers, liquor and craft beverage producers, dairy processors and manufacturers, food retailers and restaurants meet the increasing consumer demand for these new products.The measure would limit the percentage of alcohol in ice cream to not more than 5% of alcohol by volume and would require the same product labeling and warning statements similar to confectionary that contain wine, beer or cider.New York now ranks in the top five in the U.S. for its number of craft beverage producers in every category. The state ranks first in the U.S. for the number of hard cider producers, second in craft breweries and distilleries, and fourth in the country for the total number of wineries.
Image by Jacob Gutierrez / USAF JAMESTOWN — Survival for small businesses in New York State’s COVID-19 climate has not been easy and not all small businesses made it.With that in mind, Jason Skinner wants to give back to the community that has supported Skinner’s Kitchen and Convenience Store.While there are several plans to support the community, Skinner will start by giving to the children of Jamestown this Halloween.From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, parents can bring their children to Skinner’s Kitchen, 104 W. Second St. for free Halloween treats. Joining in on the treat giving will be Democratic County Executive candidate Rich Morrisroe, LaRumba Restaurant, Los Contrincantes Car Club and Chautauqua Removal.But any other interested business is more than welcome Skinner said.“We want to give to our community. We want to provide for our community, we support our community,” Skinner said. “If any other downtown businesses in Jamestown would like to jump on board and come on down and hand out candy, come on out.”If parents are nervous about their costumed children leaving the family car to get the candy, no worries, Skinner said.“They can come to any one of the people who are out here. If parents do not feel safe with their children exiting the vehicle, we will bring the candy to the vehicle,” he said.Skinner stressed his business wants to give back because he knows what it is to struggle.“I will tell you during this COVID shutdown we faced many, many challenges,” he said. “Me and my wife started this restaurant with our life savings,” he said. “We didn’t apply for a grant, we didn’t receive any money. We struggled through it and new we’re at a time we feel we need to give back.”Government estimates are that as much as 40 percent of all small businesses that closed during the pandemic will never reopen. Skinner said he understands that.“We’ve been close to the percentage,” Skinner said. “I refuse to give up. I keep doing something different.”Children are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.Skinner’s Kitchen is open 10 a.m. to 7p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and will soon be open Sundays and Mondays too now that they offera convenience store, Skinner said. 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)
Star Files T.G.I.F., Broadway.com readers! Before we say “so long, farewell” to another action-packed week on the Great White Way, let’s revisit all of the random, weird and totally silly stuff Broadway stars have taught us over the last seven days. Ready?Jonathan Groff Is Coming to B’way (Sorta)No, he’s not making a return engagement as Melchior (damn it), but Jonathan Groff will announce this year’s Tony nominations with Lucy Liu. Jonathan, can’t you just sneak one tiny verse of “All That’s Known” in there for old time’s sake?S-Dawg & J.J. Pizza Man Join the FightOn the Rocky red carpet, Sierra Boggess and Jeremy Jordan got creative and made up the most adorable boxing alter egos of all time. We don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t want to get caught alone in a dark alley with J.J. Pizza Man.Bryan Cranston Goes CommandoOn The Colbert Report, All the Way star Bryan Cranston revealed which of his characters wear tighty-whiteys (Breaking Bad’s Walter White and Hal from Malcolm in the Middle) and which ones, uh, don’t (Lyndon B. Johnson). TMI, Mr. President. TMI!Matilda Is a Peanut-Free ZoneWe’re not sure which member of the Matilda cast is allergic, but we spotted a “no peanuts allowed” sign backstage. What a shame…Guess you’ll just have to send all those delicious peanut butter cups to Broadway.com, 729 7th Ave., New York, NY, 10019.James Monroe Iglehart Hearts McDonald’sMost Broadway stars fall asleep on a giant pile of money after their opening night parties (at least that’s what we’ve always imagined), but Aladdin funny guy James Monroe Iglehart hit up the Mickey D’s late night menu. Nothing says Broadway glamour like large fries and a McFlurry.Wanna Be on B’way? Eat CheetosHow did college roomies Helene Yorke and Andrew Keenan-Bolger make it from the University of Michigan to the Great White Way? By skipping class, watching Paula Deen and eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. See, kids? You just have to apply yourselves.Ramin Karimloo Loses 3 Pounds a ShowLes Miz hunk (yes, Jean Valjean is officially a hunk now) Ramin Karimloo’s performance is so physical, he estimates that he loses three pounds per performance while playing prisoner 24601. Lose weight, gain weight—just don’t skip the part of the show where you rip your shirt off.’Locomotion’ = Jessie Mueller Pee BreakWhere is Beautiful star Jessie Mueller while the rest of the cast is groovin’ on stage to “The Locomotion” every night? In Anika Larsen’s bathroom, taking a much-needed pee break. We’re gonna stick this info in the “TMI” pile with Bryan Cranston’s undies (or, uh, lack thereof).Oops! Broadway.com Outed Matt DoyleOn Show People, Jasper in Deadland star Matt Doyle says he wasn’t publicly open about his sexuality until Broadway.com spilled the beans in a photo caption. Yikes, sorry, Matt! But we think it worked out for the best, don’t you?Idina Menzel Is a Cover GirlFrozen and If/Then star Idina Menzel made the cover of Billboard this week! The issue flew off the shelves, making it the first edition of Billboard to sell out this year. Nice work, Idina fans. First, she conquered Broadway. Then the big screen. Then the Oscars. Then the radio waves. Then the press. Next? World domination. Muh-ha-ha-ha… View Comments Idina Menzel
Rock of Ages Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 View Comments Featuring a score of classic rock hits including “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. The show celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this month. Related Shows Here she goes again! Carrie St. Louis, who originated the role of Sherrie in the Las Vegas production of Rock of Ages, makes her Broadway debut when she reprises her performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre beginning April 21. St. Louis takes over for Kate Rockwell. St. Louis joins a cast of rockers that includes Aaron C. Finley, Joey Calveri, Genson Blimline, Adam Dannheisser, Cody Scott Lancaster, Josephine Rose Roberts, Paul Schoeffler and Teresa Stanley.
View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files Smash’s Leslie Odom Jr will play Michael in the previously announced Encores! Off-Center’s production of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM!, starring Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo. Directed by Oliver Butler, the tuner will run for five performances from June 25 through June 28 at New York City Center.Odom has appeared on Broadway in Rent and Leap of Faith. His TV credits include Smash, Person of Interest and Law and Order: SVU. He and Miranda will work together again next year in the world premiere of Hamilton at the Public Theater.tick, tick… BOOM! is an autobiographical musical by the late Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award–winning composer of Rent. First performed as a solo rock monologue by Larson in 1990, it is the story of an aspiring composer (Miranda) who questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday. After Larson’s untimely death, it was revamped by playwright David Auburn as a three-actor piece and premiered off-Broadway on June 13, 2001 at the Jane Street Theatre. Leslie Odom Jr.
6. Dan Rad Made History The Cripple of Inishmaan star and BACA nominee Daniel Radcliffe currently holds the title of the youngest winner! He was 19 when he won his first trophy for Equus in 2009. 1. New Kids Rule 15 of this year’s BACA nominees are making their Broadway debuts: Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), Bryan Cranston (All the Way), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie), Leighton Meester (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Levi (First Date), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables), Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), Emerson Steele (Violet), Arthur Darvill (Once), Ben Platt (The Book of Mormon), Fran Drescher (Cinderella) and Jane Lynch (Annie). 7. BACA Winners Unite 13 of the 2014 BACA nominees are previous winners: Will Swenson (Les Miserables), Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Sutton Foster (Violet), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), LaChanze (If/Then), Santino Fontana (Act One), Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie) and Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway). Hooray, the 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award polls are officially open! But wait—before you cast your votes for your faves, we’ve combed through our archives to collect some important information that might make you think twice about which stars and shows you vote for. Read below for eight fun facts about this year’s nominees, then click here to #VoteBway! Are you ready? Click here to #VoteBway! 3. Les Miserables Leads the Pack The hit revival racked up 11 nominations, including a whopping eight acting nominations, but it didn’t come close to touching Spring Awakening’s record 14 acting nominations in 2007. Spring Awakening and Hairspray are currently tied for the most BACA wins, with seven each. View Comments 4. Drag Is the New Black Four-and-a-half actors have previously won BACAs for drag performances: Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matt McGrath (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) and Gary Beach, (who only wore a dress for one scene in The Producers). With Gabriel Ebert (Casa Valentina), Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) all nominated for drag roles this year, there might be a few more additions to that category! 8. Snubs Get Love A whopping 34 BACA nominees were snubbed by the Tony Awards committee this year: Norbert Leo Butz (Big Fish), Will Swenson (Les Miserables), Krysta Rodriguez (First Date), Hunter Foster (The Bridges of Madison County), Jonathan Freeman (Aladdin), Anthony Rapp (If/Then), James Snyder (If/Then), Kate Baldwin (Big Fish), Nikki M. James (Les Miserables), LaChanze (If/Then), Caissie Levy (Les Miserables), Santino Fontana (Act One), James Franco (Of Mice and Men), Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie), Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Debra Messing (Outside Mullingar), Mary-Louise Parker (The Snow Geese), Gabriel Ebert (Casa Valentina), Jim Norton (Of Mice and Men), Victoria Clark (The Snow Geese), Andrea Martin (Act One), Leighton Meester (Of Mice and Men), Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway), Zachary Levi (First Date), Keala Settle (Les Miserables), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), Jake Epstein (Beautiful), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables), Cliff Saunders (Les Miserables), Kyle Scatliffe (Les Miserables), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Courtney Reed (Aladdin), Emerson Steele (Violet) and Helene Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway). They all have a chance to win big at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! 5. Witches Win Big Wicked has won Favorite Long-Running Show for the last five years—will The Book of Mormon, Matilda, Newsies or Pippin rob the witches’ title in 2014? It’s up to you! 2. Sutton Reigns Supreme Violet star and two-time nominee Sutton Foster has previously won eight BACA awards—the most of any actor in the awards’ history. Will she snag two more trophies to put on her shelf this year?
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Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford will show off her doggy method acting at The Cort Theatre on Broadway! The previously reported production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, will begin performances on September 25 and officially open on October 15. Directed by Daniel Sullivan and also starring Tony winner Julie White and Robert Sella, additional casting will be revealed later.Has your pet changed your life? Have you ever wondered what she’s thinking when she stares up at you and tilts her head? Could she have the secret to understanding the world at large and your place in it? Or is she just more interested in how your shoe tastes? In Sylvia, the world of a middle-aged New York couple is turned topsy-turvy when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine running loose in Central Park.The production will feature scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Japhy Weideman.Sylvia was first produced off-Broadway in 1995 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, where it ran for 167 performances; this will be the first time it has been seen on the Main Stem. Sylvia Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments
View Comments This has made us “Think!” Aretha Franklin wants her life story on Broadway. “I would like to see it be a dramatic musical,” the Queen of Soul told Billboard. “I loved the Motown musical; it was so great. I think the timing is very good now, especially behind Jersey Boys, Carole King.” She added, “Gloria Estefan has come to Broadway now and why not Aretha?”Franklin has already talked to actress-director Marsha Mason about collaborating on the project, who is apparently “very amenable and would love to do it.” Mason has appeared in multiple productions on the Great White Way including Impressionism, Steel Magnolias and The Night of the Iguana; a four-time Oscar nominee, she was married for ten years to the Tony-winning playwright Neil Simon.No word yet on who Franklin would like to play her on the stage. A Lifetime biopic of the Queen of Soul has been long-in-the-works and the star has previously spoken about how both the Broadway-bound Jennifer Hudson and six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald are top of the list to portray her.
View Comments We told you that this show had Big Apple transfer written all over it! After successful productions at Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End, the Mark Rylance-led Farinelli and the King is heading to New York. The Daily Mail reports that the three-time Tony winner will reprise his role as King Philippe V of Spain in the production, which is scheduled to open in November.Rylance won the Tony for Twelfth Night, Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing and was nominated for Richard III (which played in rep with Twelfth Night). He has also appeared on the Great White Way in La Bete and is currently starring in Nice Fish at A.R.T before transferring with the show to St. Ann’s Warehouse’s next month. Rylance was recently seen on PBS in the screen adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall and has just received an Oscar nod for his performance in Bridge of Spies.Directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom, Claire van Kampen’s (Rylance’s wife) new play is set in eighteenth-century Spain and show tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. The new play explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s.The London company included Sam Crane playing the acting role of Farinelli and the singing role shared by Iestyn Davies and Rupert Enticknap, Huss Garbiya as Doctor Jose Cervi, Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley as Metastasio and Edward Peel as De la Cuadra.