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) Image by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.ELLINGTON – The COVID-19 virus has claimed another event as the 2020 Ellington Town Picnic has been cancelled.The picnic committee announced the decision to postpone the annual event until next year.The announcement was posted on social media. The long- running event is a prime fundraiser for the Ellington Fire Department.
Buffalo Bills Logo.ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills are settling for simplicity in calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season.The Bills announced the decision on Thursday, shortly before the team practiced inside the facility for the first time during training camp.“As we continue the transition process from New Era Field to a new naming rights partner, we will officially use the name Bills Stadium for our home in Orchard Park,” the Bills announced.The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company backed out of its naming rights agreement last month at a time the global sports headwear and clothing apparel company was laying off more than 100 employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. New Era signage is still visible around the facility, including the company’s name featured on a large billboard along the front of the stadium.The decision to drop out of the agreement came four years after New Era acquired the naming rights for what was previously called Ralph Wilson Stadium, and named after the team’s late Hall of Fame owner.The agreement was worth more than $35 million and spanned the remaining seven years of the Bills’ lease with the county-controlled facility. New Era was also provided the right of first refusal to extend the agreement under a new lease or if the team built a new stadium. 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)
View Comments Tony and Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick is having a moment. She’s not filming Super Bowl commercials and talking Beyoncé on Conan. Now she’s chatting with MTV about how she and Tony winner James Corden got to watch three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep sing the show-stopping “Last Midnight” on the set of the Into the Woods film. Kendrick jokes about how hearing Streep sing could be auctioned off for tons of money but she and Corden were just the “goons that got to be in the room.” Click on the video below to see Kendrick also reveal why she ran ran away from Johnny Depp and how he repelled her!
Get ready for more Vagina, Nueva York! The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler’s popular collection of female empowerment monologues, will return to the Westside Theater, where it ran between 1999 and 2003. But this time, it’s getting a Spanish makeover. A Spanish version of the play entitled Los Monólogos de la Vagina, based on a production that has been running in Mexico City for over a decade, will play off-Broadway beginning May 6, according to The New York Times. Jaime Matareedona, the director of the Mexico City production, will make his New York directorial debut with the new production. View Comments Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Darren Criss & Lea Salonga Join Forces for After the StormGlee’s Darren Criss is joining forces with Tony winner Lea Salonga, Lou Diamond Phillips, the Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.ap and many more for a benefit concert for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The one night only event, After the Storm, will be staged at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center on June 15.Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Will Have New York PremiereThe tour of Stephen King’s Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will wind its way to New York City. Written by King with music by John Mellencamp and directed by Susan Booth, the tuner will play the Beacon Theatre on November 24.Tony Voters to Get Better Gift BagsAlong with rather controversially ditching the sound categories, those in charge of the Tony Awards have also raised eyebrows by suspending the limits on promotional items for Tony nominators and voters for the 2014-15 season. The New York Times reports that producers can now decide how generous they’re going to be themselves. Might we suggest life size Jake Gyllenhaal dolls? One of those large King and I dresses? Maybe even a Fun Home?Alec Baldwin & Kelli O’Hara Shake Up ShakespeareAlec Baldwin, Kelli O’Hara and A Gentleman’s Guide’s Bryce Pinkham have joined the previously announced roster of Broadway faves including James Earl Jones, Cynthia Nixon and Steven Pasquale, for Shakespeare in America. The event takes place on June 30 at the Delacorte Theater and will include readings from Baldwin and Jones, as well as singing from O’Hara and Pasquale. Bring on the Bard. Darren Criss Star Files Bryce Pinkham Alec Baldwin Lea Salonga Kelli O’Hara View Comments View All (5)
Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Leslie Odom Jr. View Comments Great news, In the Heights fans: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo are reuniting on the New York stage in the Encores! production of tick, tick…BOOM! But wait, there’s more—they’re bringing Smash favorite Leslie Odom Jr.! The starry trio took a break from rehearsal on June 18 to snap a few photos for the new revival of Jonathan Larson’s musical based on his own life. Directed by Oliver Butler, tick, tick…BOOM! features Miranda as Jonathan, Olivo as his girlfriend Susan and Odom Jr. as his best friend Michael. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars, then get a sneak peek of the new production here! See tick, tick…BOOM! at New York City Center from June 25 through 28.
OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 22. Just 22. That’s how many seconds she holds a single note before her big finale. THIS is how you make a song your own. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! LOOK OUT FOR… 1:35. Here it is, folks, proof that Ms. Moore is the master of the “option up”—that is, chucking what’s actually written in favor of something higher. For those keeping track on your beltress scorecards, she goes a third higher than Kate Shindle at the end of “Legally Blonde Remix.” Melba Moore: pioneer for belters and mixers everywhere. View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT WHY WE LOVE IT First things first. If you haven’t heard Melba Moore sing “I Got Love” from her Tony-winning turn in Purlie, that is absolutely required viewing before you proceed. In this clip from the ‘70s variety show Flip, Moore performs a Funny Girl classic with a handful of riffs that only she could get away with. Don’t let that sensible suit and flower fool you. This woman is anything but conservative when it comes to belting, and she makes that clear early on.
Two very special guests stopped by for dinner at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre: Two-time Tony nominee Debbie Allen and Tony winner Phylicia Rashad! The duo took a field trip on September 7 to see the new revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s acclaimed comedy You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, Kristine Nielsen, Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and Byron Jennings. After watching the hilarity unfold onstage, Rashad and Allen stopped backstage to greet their pals Jones (above) and Ashley (below) and get a behind-the-scenes tour. Check out these shots of the stars hanging out backstage, then see You Can’t Take It With You, opening September 28. Kristine Nielsen Related Shows You Can’t Take It With You Elizabeth Ashley View All (4) View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 James Earl Jones Annaleigh Ashford
Jessie Mueller View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Star Files Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical The sweet sounds of Motown were in the air at Brodway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on November 20, 2014! Legendary Motown record label founder and producer Berry Gordy stopped by the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to catch a performance of the hit musical featuring the songs of another music legend, Carole King! Check out this snapshot of Gordy hanging out with Jessie Mueller and the cast, then see Beautiful on Broadway.
Spring has sprung on Broadway! March and April are jam-packed with new shows opening on the Great White Way, and to celebrate, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson has been hard at work sketching tributes to every new show on Broadway. Above, we’re welcoming the new arrivals of (clockwise from top left): Gigi, Airline Highway, An American in Paris, Wolf Hall, The Audience, Finding Neverland, The King & I, Something Rotten, It Shoulda Been You, The Heidi Chronicles, The Visit, Doctor Zhivago, Skylight, Fun Home, Living on Love, Hand to God, On the Twentieth Century and Fish in the Dark. Bravo, Squigs, and cheers to an action-packed spring on the Main Stem! View Comments 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.