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Watch Lady Day’s Audra McDonald Sing ‘God Bless the Child’

first_img View Comments Even a Billie Holiday hologram wouldn’t be as convicing as the five-time Tony winner’s performance. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill star Audra McDonald stopped by The View to perform a number as the jazz legend. Watch as McDonald, who is nominated for a Tony for her role in the play, takes the studio audience back to 1959 as she sings “God Bless the Child,” complete with a Flashback Friday backdrop, a soft lens and some perfect mood lighting. It’s no wonder that the production is enjoying an extended run at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Audra McDonaldlast_img read more

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Sterling K. Brown & More Will Star in Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

first_img Joining Brown as Hero will be Louis Cancelmi as Smith, Peter Jay Fernandez as Oldest Old Man, Jeremie Harris as Homer, Russell G. Jones as Leader/Runaway, Jenny Jules as Penny, Ken Marks as Colonel, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fourth/Odyssey Dog, Tonye Patano as Third Runaway and Julian Rozzell Jr. as Second Runaway. View Comments The complete cast is now set for the Public Theater’s production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ previously reported Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3). Directed by Jo Bonney, the show will feature Sterling K. Brown and more and begin previews on October 14. Opening night is set for October 28 at off-Broadway’s Anspacher Theater, where it will run through November 16. Related Shows Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Father Comes Home From the Wars consists of three plays performed as one. In Part 1, “A Measure of Man,” Hero, a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, “The Battle in the Wilderness” follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts,” the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return – only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014last_img read more

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New Here Lies Love Album Will Feature Remixes of the Dance Club Score

first_img Here Lies Love tells the story of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, her meteoric rise to celebrity and subsequent descent into infamy. The production is an immersive theatrical experience that puts audience members directly into the action in a 360-degree scenic and video environment. The show goes beyond Marcos’ legendary obsession with shoes and explores the tragic consequences of the abuse of power. Keep dancing! The off-Broadway musical Here Lies Love will release an album featuring reimaginings of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s energetic score. The album, The Remix Collection from Here Lies Love, will be available from September 30, with all proceeds going toward Gawad Kalinga, a charity dedicated to typhoon relief and ending poverty in the Philippines. Related Shows The 14-track album will feature tracks by sound editor Matt Stine that combine music from the cast album and the show, as well from the all-star album that featured the likes of Tori Amos, Sia and Florence Welch. Listeners can expect to hear bits from the pulsating dance club score, including the title song, “When She Passed By,” “Child of the Philippines” and more. Here Lies Love View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2015last_img read more

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Ruth Wilson Joins Nicole Kidman in John Cameron Mitchell-Penned Film

first_imgRuth Wilson, a 2015 Tony nominee for her performance in Constellations, will join the previously announced Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning in How to Talk to Girls at Parties, reports Variety. The upcoming film will be directed and co-written by Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator John Cameron Mitchell, who recently reprised his performance as the titular rock goddess on Broadway and will receive an honorary Tony Award in June.Prior to her Broadway debut in Constellations, Wilson won Olivier Awards for Anna Christie and A Streetcar Named Desire. Also set to appear in the film is Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids, Alice in Wonderland). Kidman will return to the stage for the West End production of Photograph 51; she also starred in the Mitchell-helmed film adaptation of Rabbit Hole.Co-written by Mitchell and Philippa Goslett, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is based on a short story from Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things. It tells a Romeo and Juliet-esque tale between punks and aliens. View Commentslast_img read more

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Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba & More Win Big at Emmys

first_img View Comments The 67th annual primetime Emmy Awards were held on September 20, and after a bizarre Les Miserables send-up from host Andy Samberg and Will Forte, a slew of Tony winners and Broadway alums celebrated wins for their TV triumphs.Tony winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis took home the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, making history as the first African American actress to win the award. As recently reported, Davis will soon headline an HBO adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences opposite Denzel Washington; both reprise their Tony-winning performances from the 2010 Broadway revival.Broadway alum Uzo Aduba, after receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series last year for her performance in Orange is the New Black, won again this year for the same role, but in the Supporting Actress in a Drama category. She will appear in NBC’s The Wiz Live! in December as Glinda.Tony winner Frances McDormand took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Olive Kitteridge; playwright and director Jane Anderson also won for penning the HBO miniseries, which later won Outstanding Limited Series.Additional Broadway alums to pick up awards included Tony nominee Allison Janney, winning for the second consecutive year for her supporting role in the CBS comedy Mom; she is now tied with Ed Asner for most Emmy wins in performance categories. Jeffrey Tambor also won for his leading role in Transparent (he also won a Golden Globe this year for the Amazon comedy).As previously announced, the Creative Arts Emmys were awarded on September 13 and brought trophies to Live From Lincoln Center’s Sweeney Todd (including host Audra McDonald), Oscars producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, FX’s A Tribute to Mel Brooks and Broadway alums Alan Alda, Bradley Whitford, Margo Martindale and Jane Lynch.Check out the full list of winners here.last_img read more

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Tony Poll: Which Nomination Snub Upsets You the Most?

first_img View Comments Tony nomination day is always a roller coaster of emotions; yes, we’re thrilled for Hamilton’s record-breaking 16 nods and the wide pool of talent recognized, but we suspect not all of your faves made the cut. From American Psycho to Audra McDonald, we know you’re pissed. Here’s your chance to stick it to the Nominating Committee: Cast your vote in the poll below for which snub is the most egregious. And while those shows and performers may not get Tony love this year, they could still take home a trophy at the Audience Choice Awards; be sure to vote!last_img read more

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Annaleigh Ashford & Joe Tapper to Welcome a Son in the Fall

first_img View Comments Annaleigh Ashford & Joe Tapper(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Congratulations to Annaleigh Ashford! has confirmed that the Tony winner is expecting her first child with her hubby, actor Joe Tapper. The baby, a boy, is due in September.“We are so excited to be having a little boy,” Ashford told PEOPLE. “Now we’ll finally have a place to put all of Joe’s St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia.”The pair wed in 2013. At the time, Tapper revealed to the New York Times: “There’s no messing around when you meet someone as incredible as her.”Ashford, who won a Tony Award last year for You Can’t Take It With You, most recently appeared on Broadway in Sylvia. She also earned a Tony nomination for Kinky Boots. Her additional stage credits include Wicked, Hair and Legally Blonde on the Great White Way and Rent off-Broadway. On screen, she can be seen as Betty DiMello on Masters of Sex; she has been cast in Fox’s upcoming Rocky Horror remake.last_img read more

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The New York Pops to Honor Kelli O’Hara & Bartlett Sher at 2017 Gala

first_img View Comments The New York Pops, led by music director Steven Reineke, will pay tribute to Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher next year. The Broadway star and director, who most recently collaborated on the Tony-winning Lincoln Center revival of The King and I, will be honored at the Pops’ annual gala on May 1, 2017. The evening will include a star-filled concert at Carnegie Hall and a gala dinner to follow.The Light in the Piazza composer Adam Guettel, O’Hara’s Sweet Smell of Success co-star John Lithgow, O’Hara’s Piazza and South Pacific co-star Matthew Morrison, composer Nico Muhly, opera star Anna Netrebko and O’Hara’s fellow The King and I headliner Ken Watanabe will serve as honorary co-chairs for the event. Performers will be announced at a later date.Sher and O’Hara’s collaboration began with The Light in the Piazza, marking Sher’s Broadway debut and the first Tony nomination for both of them. Since then, he has directed O’Hara in South Pacific (for which he won a Tony), The Bridges of Madison County and The King and I, which won O’Hara her first Tony Award. Bartlett Sher & Kelli O’Hara(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

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Gardening by the Moon

first_imgIn this age of precision farming and global positioning, there is still one ancient satellitethat continues to provide farming information to many people: the moon. Remember, they change about every two and a half days. As a rule, most people skipthe first day of a sign just to avoid this confusion. Always fertilize during a fruitful sign. Apply chemical fertilizers in the light of themoon and organic fertilizers in the dark of the moon. Some folks even like to get more specific and plant by the signs of the moon. Thesechange about every two and a half days. How about planting? Well, plant crops that produce fruit aboveground in the light ofthe moon. Plant crops that produce fruit underground, such as potatoes, in the dark ofthe moon. Prepare the soil and cultivate during barren signs. Prepare the soil in the light of themoon, and cultivate in the dark of the moon. Examples are when the signs are in the reins, bowels, breast, heart, knees, thighs,head, etc. There are twelve such signs, and you’ll have to refer to an almanac to seeexactly when they change. Why? The theory is that in the light of the moon, the moon is growing. This will causethe soil to remain loose and be easier to turn. The barren sign, too, indicates a timewhen weeds are vulnerable to attack and may more easily be killed. Even with an almanac, it may be hard to tell exactly when the signs change, since eachalmanac is based on a particular time zone. But the practice, unlike those bones, hasn’t become a relic. And many believe thereason it hasn’t is that it works. Therein lies an age-old argument, which won’t bedebated here. The lunar month is divided into four phases or quarters. The light of the moon is the14-day period (first and second quarters) when the moon is growing from the newmoon to the full moon. The dark of the moon (third and fourth quarters) is thefollowing 14 days — from the full moon to the next new moon.center_img Farming and gardening by the signs, or phases, of the moon probably goes back to thedays when dinosaur bones were tillage tools. So what are these phases and signs used for? And how do you use them? Here are someage-old rules. It’s really quite easy to coordinate the signs and the moon’s phases to follow the propertiming for your farming or garden practices. Irrigate during one of the water signs, Scorpio (the secrets) or Pisces (the feet). Alwayswater in the light of the moon (when the moon is growing larger) since you’re alsowatering to make your fruits and vegetables grow larger. The first quarter is best for planting crops that produce seed outside the fruit. Thesecond is best for crops that produce seed inside the fruit. The third is best for plantingcrops that grow underground. The signs are associated with the signs of the zodiac. For instance, Leo is ruled by theheart and is a barren sign. Cancer is ruled by the breast and is a fruitful sign. Avoid planting in the fourth quarter if you can. And, of course, always plant in afruitful sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Taurus, Capricorn, Libra). Does following the most original of the earth’s satellites help grow a better crop?That’s something you may decide after you’ve tried it. But just how do you know when the signs are right?last_img read more

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Making a Tree.

first_img Photo: Jim Midcap Wow. What a difference some judicious pruning can make, turning an overgrown shrub into this neat little camellia “tree.” Photo: Jim Midcap Early spring is the ideal time to take on those long overdue pruning jobs. The days are sunny and warm, but not yet hot. This job takes a lot of energy, so get out the tools, roll up the sleeves and let’s get started.My neighbor Mike had a couple of camellias encroaching on the sidewalk. They looked like perfect candidates to transform into specimen trees while solving his space problem.These plants were full to the ground but had gotten wider with age. Six upright branches headed up to the top of the crown.Get a Pruning PlanTo transform them into tree forms, we planned to remove the lower branches and expose the main stems while trimming back the side shoots that were spilling over into the walkway.Now that we had a plan, we rounded up the pruning tools. First, we needed a pair of strong-handled loppers to take off branches up to one inch thick.We had to have a couple of hand pruners, too, to remove the branches that were finger-diameter and smaller. For the bigger branches and trunks, a small, sharp pruning saw would do.Start at the BottomStarting with the lowest, we began removing branches, enclosing the base of the shrubs. We wanted to expose the bottom quarter to one-third of the total plant height.We would separate the branch and its foliage from the plant and decide to keep or remove.We kept the larger branches that would leave a hole in the plant above our magic one-third line. Those below the line we pruned out. We removed large, horizontal branches with the small pruning saw.Expose Upright TrunksAll of the thin, inner branches below the one-third line were pruned out with the hand pruners to expose the large, smooth, upright trunks.We made all of the pruning cuts in a way that left no stubs to take away from the branching structure. Damage to the remaining trunks was avoided by cutting just outside of the collar, or swelling, where the branch attaches to the trunk. These types of cuts left the remaining structural trunks undamaged and properly pruned.center_img Sometimes shrubs like this camellia get overgrown and shapeless, in this case blocking the use of a walkway. Shorten Side BranchesAfter removing the lower branches and foliage covering the bottom third of the shrubs, we needed to shorten the side branches on the rest of the plant that were growing out into the walk.These long shoots were tipped back by moving from the tip back to an outward-facing lateral branch. We made the cuts at an angle just above the lateral that remained. By shortening these long branches, the sides shrink inward, giving more walking space.Finally, we stood back and admired our handiwork. One side was lower than the other and required a little touch-up. Several branches seemed too long and protruded from the canopy. A couple of quick snips, and they were back in place.Now all that was left was to recycle all the limbs and leaves we removed.last_img read more

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