Image via Brigiotta’s Farmland Produce and Garden Center Facebook page.JAMESTOWN — Brigiotta’s, a local staple of fresh produce in Jamestown, closed temporarily on Sunday due to a positive COVID-19 test and possible exposure.“If you were in our retail store located on 414 Fairmount Avenue between Sunday July, 5, and Monday, July 6, you could have been possibly exposed to an employee who has tested positive to COVID-19,” the company said in a post on social media Sunday.“Brigiotta’s sanitizes daily, however out of an abundance of caution we have closed for continued sanitation while we await direction from the Chautauqua County Health Department,” the post said. “The safety of our staff and community is of our utmost importance which is why we have decided to temporarily close as a precautionary measure.”The company said it will continue to keep the public informed as information becomes available. Brigiotta’s management says the farmland store will reopen Monday after getting clearance from the health department. 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),Thank-you so much to the Brigiotta family for the information and we hope everyone is doing well, we will stop by when you reopen, the best to all of you thank you again,This is the kind of caring and honesty that should be the new normal..thanks Brigiottas,for stepping up!
Satchmo at the Waldorf Thompson morphs between playing Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser, and fellow trumpeter Miles Davis. Terry Teachout’s Satchmo at the Waldorf, starring John Douglas Thompson, begins performances off-Broadway February 15. Directed by Gordon Edelstein, the one-man Louis Armstrong bio-play’s opening night is set for March 4. View Comments Related Shows In March of 1971, one of the greatest music legends the world would ever know was performing the final set of shows he would ever play at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. But the audiences who adored him onstage never really saw the man behind the trumpet. In Satchmo at the Waldorf, we encounter Louis Armstrong where few ever had the chance to see him: backstage. Reflecting on his own unlikely career amidst a rapidly changing society, the icon is stripped bare, revealing complexities and contradictions that his omnipresent smile, horn and handkerchief belied. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014
View Comments Tony nominee Josh Gad’s Hollywood career is anything but Frozen! According to Deadline, the positively hot Book of Mormon alum is in talks to headline Sony’s upcoming movie Pixels. Helmed by Chris Columbus and penned by Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling, Gad would potentially star opposite Kevin James. The movie is about aliens attacking the world by staging versions of ’80s video games on an epic scale. Four champion arcade gamers are called into save the day. Frozen star Gad is also being primed to appear in a feature film version of Gilligan’s Island, to headline and produce the FX/Fox pilot, The Comedians with Billy Crystal and to play late comic Sam Kinison in a biopic.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 The Real Thing tells the story of Henry (McGregor), a successful playwright who is unhappily married to Charlotte (Nixon), the lead actress in his current play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. When Henry’s affair with their friend Annie (Gyllenhaal) threatens to destroy his own marriage, he discovers that life has started imitating art. After Annie leaves her husband so she and Henry can begin a new life together, he can’t help but wonder whether their love is fiction or the real thing. The Tony-winning play explores friendships, fidelity and the passions that blur our perception of love. Star Files View Comments Tony winner Cynthia Nixon made history (and probably made herself totally exhausted) in 1984 when she appeared in both The Real Thing and Hurlyburly on Broadway at the exact same time. Now she’s returning to the Great White Way to star in the new Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Real Thing—but this time, she won’t be racing across town at intermission. Nixon joins screen superstars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor, who are both making their Broadway debuts in the new production. Directed by Sam Gold, the new production of Tom Stoppard’s drama will begin performances on October 2 and open officially on October 30 at the American Airlines Theatre. Nixon played Debbie in the original 1984 Broadway production of The Real Thing. She garnered a Tony Award for her performance in Rabbit Hole and additional nominations for Wit and Indiscretions. Her other Broadway credits include Angels in America, The Philadelphia Story, The Heidi Chronicles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Women. Widely known as Miranda Hobbes on TV’s Sex and the City, her additional screen credits include Amadeus, World Without End, The Big C, Igby Goes Down and Marvin’s Room. Cynthia Nixon Related Shows The Real Thing
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Related Shows Of Mice and Men star James Franco took a few minutes out of his insanely busy schedule to stop by The Tonight Show to chat about, well, his insanely busy schedule. The famous multitasker is currently releasing a book of poetry and a new film called Maladies while somehow still preparing to make his Broadway debut in the John Steinbeck classic on April 16. Find out what Broadway alum Michael Shannon has to do with his poetry career, why his co-star Chris O’Dowd looks a little bit green on the Of Mice and Men poster and which Broadway show both Fallon and Franco agree is totally “off the chain.” Click below to watch! Of Mice and Men James Franco Star Files
There’s a casting shake-up at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Sam Rockwell and Tony winner Nina Arianda will replace the previously announced Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose in Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, which will play the Nikos Stage July 24 through August 2. Pine and Ambrose have departed the production owing to scheduling conflicts. Along with Rockwell and Arianda, the cast of Fool for Love includes Christopher Abbott and Gordon Joseph Weiss. Directed by Daniel Aukin, Fool for Love explores the tangled relationship of two former lovers in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert. Rockwell appeared on Broadway in A Behanding in Spokane. Other stage credits include the Philip Seymour Hoffman-helmed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. His film work includes Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Green Mile, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens. Arianda won a 2012 Tony Award for her performance in Venus in Fur and previously received a nod for Born Yesterday. She recently appeared in Tales From Red Vienna off-Broadway. Her film credits include The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Midnight in Paris, Tower Heist, Win Win and Higher Ground, and her TV resume includes 30 Rock and The Good Wife. View Comments
View Comments The Festival of New Musicals introduces eight new musicals to industry professionals through reading presentations over two days. This year’s lineup will feature the new works Beautiful Poison, Cubamor, Great Wall, How To Break, Mary Marie, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, String and Stu For Silverton. In addition to Storyville and The Hunter and the Bear, the Songerwriters Showcase will highlight The Cost of Living by Timothy Huang and October Sky by Michael Mahler and Aaron Thielen. Additionally, Michelle Elliot and Danny Larsen, Rob Rokicki, Will Aronson and Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar will present new material from various projects as part of the festival’s Songwriters Sessions program. “Let It Go” Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez will take part in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT)’s 26th annual Festival of New Musicals. The Frozen songwriter, alongside collaborators Lisa de Spain and Julia Jordan, will present two songs from their new project Storyville as part of the festival’s Songwriters Showcase. Pigpen Theatre Company, who presented The Old Man and the Old Moon off-Broadway, will also take part, sampling their latest work: The Hunter and the Bear. The festival is set to take place at New World Stages on October 23 and 24.
“Midnight Radio” Squeezebox, 2008 Wondering if Mitchell’s still got the pipes to play Hedwig? After watching this clip of him singing “Midnight Radio” at Squeezebox, the original birthplace of Hedwig, your answer is sure to be a resounding yes. Here’s to Patti and Tina and Yoko, Aretha, and Nona and Nico and JCM! Related Shows View Comments “Wig in a Box” Film adaptation, 2001 There are lots of amazing moments in the cult hit movie, but “Wig in a Box,” featuring Hedwig’s transformation from “midnight checkout queen” to “punk rock star of stage and screen,” takes the cake. Check out the inspiration for the Hedwig’s “hair dress” in the current Broadway production at 3:35! Have you heard the news? Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell is stepping back into the wig and heels for the first time in 15 years! He’ll be playing the transgender East German rock goddess for a limited engagement on Broadway, and something tells us he’s still got the pipes and the moves to bring down the house at the Belasco Theatre. Before he succeeds Michael C. Hall as Hedwig on January 21, 2015, we’ve got five must-see videos of Mitchell as Hedwig from the off-Broadway run, the stellar 2001 movie adaptation (which he also directed) and concert and TV appearances. So grab your late afternoon constitutional of grain alcohol and Brita and let’s get started! “Wicked Little Town” The Rosie O’Donnell Show, 2001 Rosie was obviously a huge fan of Hedwig, because she had JCM on her show not once, but twice! This time, Mitchell sings a tender rendition of “Wicked Little Town” out of drag, accompanied by composer Stephen Trask. “Origin of Love” The Rosie O’Donnell Show, 1998 Hedwig quickly became an off-Broadway hit, gaining national attention when Mitchell and the band appeared on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Even though the sound is pretty terrible (hey, it was 1998!) this clip is one for the Hedwig history books. “Tear Me Down” Off-Broadway production, 1998 In the off-Broadway production of Hedwig at the Jane Street Theatre, John Cameron Mitchell didn’t use any fancy harnesses or strings to get onstage—just a patriotic cape and some Elton John sunglasses! Plus, check out the great Hedwig/Yitzhak sing-off at 4:38. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015
Did you have much prior knowledge of the Roald Dahl story? Absolutely! I grew up with it, so this was one of my main stories as a child. I had bubble gum that I used to stick behind my ear like Violet Beauregarde and I had the chocolate bar at home and would nibble a tiny bit every day to see how long it would last. Later, I did a Roald Dahl poem as my entry into theater school. Are your niece and nephew thrilled now that you’re actually in the show? They’re nine and five now, and they can’t believe their luck. They’ve been a few times and love coming backstage and seeing all the sets. There’s a real sense of ownership for them! Once you got the part, did you go see the show again to prepare? I was tempted but as we got closer and closer to taking over, I was encouraged not to, and I took that advice. I had seen it the one time and loved it and loved the actress playing it, Iris Roberts, who was fabulous, but I didn’t want to set myself on a path that would inevitably be altered. Is this one of the largest shows you’ve been a part of, in terms of scale? It’s just amazing. There are massive teams in every department, with wardrobe going one way, wigs the other, and these giant troops of people crossing one another. We were a relatively small cast change, so when I started I did feel like the new girl on the block in certain areas. I felt as if I was standing in the wrong place as these huge pieces of machinery were moving all around me! So she’s very happy when her boy gets shrunk! [Laughs.] All of a sudden she has this controllable child, and that in itself brings with it such a sense of relief that she exhales and suddenly you realize that this is the first breath she’s actually taken for eight years! What’s your take on Mrs. Teavee? Well, I suppose it’s fair to say that she’s handled child-rearing badly but it’s not for lack of trying. She’s a one-man band married to a guy who has given up all responsibility and sits with his beer and his newspaper and grunts, so she has no support network whatsoever and this uncontrollable child. She’s great fun because she’s so completely off the wall. Has this production made you amend the often-quoted adage that one should never act with children? [Laughs.] What’s astounding is that there are so many children’s musicals on the West End, and therefore there are more and more kids that want to do it and so therefore it is a bigger crop. When I first joined Charlie, there were two Mike Teavees who were on their way out of the production and another three who were coming in, so it was a bit like, “Who are you? Oh, you’re my son!” They’ve found such fantastic children. A warm welcome back to the West End! Had you been looking to join Charlie when they did the recent re-cast? I hadn’t really thought about it, but funnily enough the day I booked tickets to go and see it, my agent called and said, “They’re re-casting, do you want to go up for it?” And what was fun was that I went with my family to see it, there were three generations of us from my mum through to my nephew, who was four at the time, and it was just a magical experience; it lived up to all my expectations. You got your third Olivier nod for Merrily We Roll Along—would you ever like to re-team with your co-stars Jenna Russell, Damian Humbley and Mark Umbers? I would love that! Some lovely person on Twitter in fact cast Follies with Jenna, Damian, Mark, and myself, and we do match up quite amazingly to the characters in that show: we will see [laughs]. Josefina Gabrielle has three Olivier nominations to show for her wide-ranging musical theater career, which includes Laurey in Oklahoma! on both sides of the Atlantic as well as London revivals of Chicago, Sweet Charity, and Merrily We Roll Along, to name a few. She’s now signed for an extended run as Mrs. Teavee in Sam Mendes’ epic staging of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Broadway.com caught the ever-delightful performer between shows to talk about acting with children, Hugh Jackman, and her Merrily colleagues on a dreamy-sounding revival of Follies. So it’s fair to say you had an inkling then of the success he would go on to enjoy since? I knew it was only a matter of time—and long may it continue. Her son Mike is different in the musical from the character we know from Dahl’s writing and even the two films. Yes, in our production Mike has been updated to a gamer: he’s obsessed with screens and videos and obsessively plays these video games, and this has come about because he has ADHD and is on Ritalin and Mummy has had no help from Dad and has got this runaround child. She’s sleep-deprived so doesn’t know which way is up, and he’s done such terrible things that he is under house arrest and can’t go out. I have to ask, do you keep up with a certain former co-star by the name of Hugh Jackman, with whom you co-starred in Oklahoma!? Very much so! He and Deb [Jackman’s wife] were here when he was filming Blackbeard [in the new film Pan] and we got together and it was like nothing had changed. I remember during that production he made you want to be the best person you could be on stage, and it was incredible because here was this super-talented, drop dead good-looking guy who can do it all and he also gives so much joy and encouragement and generosity to the people around him. What was it like starring in Two Into One with your real-life partner Michael Praed? Two Into One was fantastic fun because it was a departure for both of us; neither of us had ever done farce. We had done a play together previously—The Murder Game in 2009—but for that one, we did audition separately. No one even knew we were a couple. View Comments
Getting to Know ThemThe King and I opened at the St. James Theatre on March 29, 1951, and became an immediate hit—much to the relief of Rodgers and Hammerstein, who dreaded comparisons to South Pacific. Lawrence’s vocal limitations led the pair to pen easy-to-sing numbers such as “Getting to Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune” and “Shall We Dance?” Also contributing to the show’s success was Jerome Robbins’ choreography, including “The Small House of Uncle Thomas,” a children’s ballet version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The show won five Tonys (Brynner as best featured actor) and ran for 1,246 performances; four actresses, including Celeste Holm, succeeded Lawrence, who died of liver cancer 18 months into the run. Related Shows From Samurai to SovereignThe minute he spotted Japanese superstar Ken Watanabe in Clint Eastwood’s 2007 World War II drama Letters From Iwo Jima, “I said to myself, ‘That guy’s a king,’” Sher told The New York Times. Watanabe, best known in America for his Oscar-nominated performance opposite Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai, had to be convinced. In his native country, the 55-year-old has played Hamlet and headlined The Lion in Winter on stage, but he worried about speaking English on stage, particularly in a musical. Sher won the day, and now O’Hara and Watanabe head a cast of 51 in a show that has lost none of its dramatic and romantic pull. See them this spring in The King and I at the Vivian Beaumont Theater! More Nights in BangkokThe Brynner spell was broken in 1996, when Lou Diamond Phillips joined Donna Murphy on Broadway in a gorgeous revival that had begun in Australia, helmed by British opera director Christopher Renshaw. The production won four Tonys, including Best Revival and Best Actress; Marie Osmond and Faith Prince replaced Murphy during the two-year run. On the big screen, Broadway vets Christiane Noll and Martin Vidnovic voiced the leads in a 1999 animated King and I; the same year, Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat starred in the drama Anna and the King. (Every film version, by the way, has been banned in Thailand, which rejects this narrative of the country’s history.) A Lifetime ReignYul Brynner’s indelible performance lives on in a lavish 1956 movie co-starring Deborah Kerr (with vocals dubbed by Marni Nixon) and Rita Moreno as Tuptim, the concubine whose doomed romance is echoed in Anna’s song “Hello, Young Lovers.” By then, Brynner was considered the star of the piece, and he won the Oscar for Best Actor. (For evidence of his charisma, watch him bark, “Come! We do it again!” at Kerr during “Shall We Dance?”) The indomitable star played a total of 4,625 live performances, including multiple tours and Broadway revivals in 1977 (opposite Constance Towers) and 1985 (opposite Mary Beth Peil), months before his death from lung cancer. He even starred in a 13-episode TV version in 1972, cementing his association with a role others became reluctant to take on. Page to Screen to StageTen years before making his mark as Henry Higgins, Rex Harrison assumed an Asian accent to make his American movie debut in Anna and the King of Siam. This non-singing version, co-starring Irene Dunne, captured the attention of British stage diva Gertrude Lawrence, who immediately envisioned herself headlining a musical. Though she wasn’t much of a singer, Lawrence pitched the project to Cole Porter, who passed, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, who agreed to write and produce their first star vehicle. Harrison, Alfred Drake and even Lawrence’s pal Noël Coward (!) passed on playing the supporting character of the king. The King and I The King and YulWhen Yul Brynner showed up to audition for The King and I, he was a 30-year-old journeyman actor, folk singer and TV director. The Russian-born Brynner had traveled the world as a circus acrobat and arrived in America in 1941 barely able to speak English. In his autobiography, Richard Rodgers recalled that at the audition, Brynner “scowled in our direction, sat down on the stage…then plunked one whacking chord on his guitar and began to howl in a strange language that no one could understand. He looked savage, he sounded savage, and there was no denying that he projected a feeling of controlled ferocity.” Uhh…and he got the part! The classic musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein feature feisty heroines and star-crossed couples, most of whom live happily ever after (see: Oklahoma, South Pacific, Cinderella, The Sound of Music). Their 1951 smash hit, The King and I, appears to follow the pattern, but with a bittersweet twist: The title pair never express any romantic feelings, with the exception of one subliminally sexy polka. As five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe get set to open in Lincoln Center Theater’s lavish revival, let’s head back to the Royal Palace in Bangkok and see how “Mrs. Anna” and the King became one of Broadway’s most beloved duos. View Comments Welcome to SiamThe East-meets-West tale of a polygamous king and a widowed British schoolteacher gained worldwide fame thanks to Margaret Landon’s 1944 biographical novel Anna and the King of Siam. Set in 1862 in the country now known as Thailand, the book centers on Anna Leonowens, who is invited by King Mongkut to move to Bangkok with her young son to tutor his many children and wives. Anna inspires the king to move toward adopting Western ideals of democracy, and on his deathbed, he convinces her to stay on as an adviser to his son. Historians dismissed Anna and King of Siam, but Hollywood (and later R&H) recognized the story’s dramatic potential. 21st Century RoyaltyAfter winning acclaim as Nellie Forbush in the 2008 revival of South Pacific, Kelli O’Hara and her frequent collaborator, Bartlett Sher (The Light in the Piazza, The Bridges of Madison County), set their sights on reviving The King and I. “I love that she’s so strong and took a huge leap,” O’Hara says of Anna in a Lincoln Center Theater video feature. “It’s a beautiful story—somewhat of a love story, but not a traditional one—where people come into each other’s lives and affect each other greatly.” But who should play the king opposite one of Broadway’s musical queens? Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016