Tony Awards Telecast, Uzo Aduba & More Win Creative Arts Emmys

first_img View Comments Additional Creative Arts Emmy recipients included Tony nominees Joe Morton and Allison Janney for their guest appearances on Scandal and Masters of Sex, respectively, the HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart for Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie and The Sound of Music Live! for Technical Direction, Camerwork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or Special. The 67th annual Tony Awards garnered two Creative Arts Emmy Awards on August 16. The 2013 ceremony received the Emmy for Special Class Program, and Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda took home trophies for their opening number, “Bigger!”, performed by host Neil Patrick Harris and cast members from pretty much every show on Broadway at the time. (Miranda is now an Oscar away from joining the exclusive EGOT club.) Broadway alum and Orange is the New Black favorite Uzo Aduba also won for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Monday, August 25 on NBC. Seth Meyers will host. Nominees include Tony winners Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey, Christine Baranski, Mandy Patinkin, Cicely Tyson, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and Joe Mantello. Revisit the epic Emmy-winning tune “Bigger!” from the 2013 Tony Awards below!last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale to See Anne Hathaway in Grounded

first_img The Public Theater production is scheduled to run through May 17. Opening night is set for April 23. In Grounded, an ace fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone faces 12-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer followed by 12 hours in the suburbs with her family in this award-winning new play about the complicated consequences of waging war without leaving home. Tickets are now available to catch Les Miz Oscar winner Anne Hathaway in her return to the New York stage in Grounded. The Public Theater production will begin off-Broadway on April 7 in the Anspacher Theater. Tony winner Julie Taymor will direct the George Brant play. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 24, 2015 Grounded Related Showslast_img read more

The King and I Starts Preview Performances on Broadway

first_img The King and I Certainly cause to whistle a happy tune! The Broadway revival of The King and I begins performances at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 12. The Bartlett Sher production stars Ken Watanabe and five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara. Opening night for the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner is scheduled for April 16.The King and I is set in 1860’s Bangkok and tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam (Watanabe) and Anna Leonowens (O’Hara), a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The musical’s score includes Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.In addition to O’Hara and Watanabe, the (ginormous) cast includes Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha, Ashley Park as Tuptim, Edward Baker-Duly as Sir Edward Ramsey, Jon Viktor Corpuz as Prince Chulalongkom, Murphy Guyer as Captain Orton, Jake Lucas as Louis, Paul Nakauchi as Kralahome and Marc Oka as Phra Alack.The show first opened on Broadway on March 21, 1951 and earned five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The tuner has received three Broadway revivals, most recently in 1996 with a production starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Related Shows Ken Watanabe Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Valerie Harper Explains Collapse & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Valerie Harper Explains CollapseValerie Harper, who collapsed backstage on July 29, has some good news for us all. “I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” the actress clarified on her Facebook page. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves.” However Harper, with typical strength and style, did find a highlight in the experience, when she: “was escorted by two handsome young men and a pilot, in a medivac helicopter, as the full moon lit the sky.” We at wish Harper a speedy and safe recovery.Amazon Ties Up Michael Fassbender’s MacbethSomething wicked this way comes! The previously reported big screen adaptation of Macbeth, starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as the bloodthirsty couple, will be streamed on Amazon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be made available exclusively to Prime Instant Video subscribers in February or March next year. The Justin Kurzel-helmed project is set to be released in December—check out the trailer here.PBS Taps Gloria Estefan, Chita Rivera & MoreGloria Estefan, whose Broadway musical On Your Feet! will begin previews on October 5, has been enlisted to host the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Eight new programs will be broadcast including the Vanessa Williams-led Show Boat Live from Lincoln Center on October 16, Billy Elliot the Musical on October 23, Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do on November 6, the Tony Shalhoub/Santino Fontana-led Act One Live from Lincoln Center on November 13 and First You Dream—The Music of Kander & Ebb on November 20. The AP reports that Rivera, at a recent promotional event for her special, had some advice for young performers who are unable to dance and sing at the same time: Learn how. We love her!Will Swenson & Audra McDoanld Sing Laverne & ShirleyBroadway power couple Will Swenson and Audra McDonald, about to start performances in WTF’s A Moon for the Misbegotten, recently sang the theme song from the hit ’70s show Laverne & Shirley. Why, you ask? It was all in aid of raising funds for Covenant House. Check out the fun video of the Eggfartopia couple below!last_img read more

Rank the B’way Star Turns You Can’t Wait to See This Fall

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. With the an exciting new crop of performers headed to the Great White Way, we started thinking of all the star turns we can’t wait to see. From Bruce Willis to Rumer Willis—and even people not in the Willis family, we’re super stoked to put on a sweater, order up a pumpkin spice anything and check out some major Broadway acting. Now we want to know: How would you rank the fall’s imcoming Broadway star turns? Video Producer Anthony Taylor kicked off this new challenge with his list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Piper Perabo Will Headline Lost Girls Off-Broadway

first_imgFormer Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo will lead the New York premiere of John Pollono’s Lost Girls. Directed by Jo Bonney, the previously reported production will play a limited engagement off-Broadway October 21 through November 29. Opening night is set for November 9 at MCC Theater’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.Joining Perabo, who was last seen onstage in the Broadway and MCC Theater productions of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty, will be Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls), Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal), Tasha Lawrence (Good People, The Whale), and newcomers Lizzy DeClement and Josh Green.When Erica, their seventeen-year-old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie (Perabo) and Lou (Moss-Bachrach)—former high school sweethearts, now divorced—are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects to prevent history from repeating itself. Filled with passion, twists and dark humor, the play remains at its core a poignant love story. View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Ana Villafane & Sutton Foster to Celebrate July 4 & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Ana Villafañe & Sutton Foster to Celebrate July 4The rhythm is going to get Washington, D.C.! Ana Villafañe and the cast of the Gloria and Emilio Estefan bio-musical On Your Feet! will perform as part of the national Independence Day celebration, A Capitol Fourth, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Other big names tapped for the event, which honors America’s 240th birthday, include two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and the West End-bound Amber Riley. The show is scheduled to air on PBS on July 4 at 8PM ET.Diary of a Wimpy Kid Circling Broadway?We’re keeping an eye on this one. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical, adapted from Jeff Kinney’s best-selling children’s books and the Fox 2000 films, could be aiming for Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler, the production has been running at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. MPR reports that the tuner’s producers, which include Kevin McCollum (Something Rotten!) are investigating the show’s next incarnation.From Here to Eternity Set for U.S. PremiereAfter landing in London’s West End in 2013, a reworked version of Tim Rice’s new tuner From Here to Eternity will make its North American premiere at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. The Aladdin, Evita and Superstar’s scribe’s work is based on the 1951 novel and 1953 Oscar-winning film of the same name, and has music by Stuart Brayson. Helmed and choreographed by Brett Smock, the show is scheduled to premiere on June 29 and will run through July 20 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York.Zachary Levi Will Emcee the Jimmys2016 Tony nominee Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) will host the Jimmy (aka National High School Musical Theater) Awards on June 27. 62 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the eighth annual presentation, with the talent showcase featuring both ensemble and solo performances. The ceremony is set to take place on June 27 at the Minskoff Theatre, and we’re already looking forward to catching a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow!P.S. James Corden has decided to get Barbra Streisand to sing karaoke at the Tony Awards. See below. View Comments Ana Villafañe in ‘On Your Feet!'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Star Files Ana Villafañelast_img read more

Environmental Tax.

first_imgEligible LandTo be eligible as environmentally sensitive, Dangerfield said, the land must be at least one of the following: Steep mountain slopes and the mountain tops that lie above them.Wetlands.100-year flood plains.Habitats that contain endangered or threatened species of plants or animals.Significant ground water recharge areas.Undeveloped barrier islands or portions of them. The landowner must qualify to participate in the conservation use program.The Georgia Department of Natural Resources must certify that the land is environmentally sensitive, as defined by state law.The DNR must also certify that the land is in its natural condition.Each landowner can place up to 2,000 acres of land in the program.The landowner must enter a legally binding, 10-year agreement with the local taxing authority to maintain the land in its natural condition. A Georgia tax program has been offering breaks to a number of forest and farm landowners for years. But there haven’t been as many takers as there could be. How, When to ApplyApplications for current-use assessments, including environmentally sensitive land, must be filed with the county tax assessor by the deadline for filing county ad valorem tax returns. That’s usually from Jan. 1 to March 1.If the property must be reassessed by the board of tax assessors, you can file for current-use assessment in conjunction with or in lieu of an appeal of the reassessment.The Georgia Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Division Web site has more information about CUV or other tax breaks, including specifics on your county. You may call them, too, at (404) 656-4240. Or contact your county Extension Service agent. The program, called “Conservation Use Valuation,” has been in effect since 1992, said Coleman Dangerfield, an Extension Service forest economist and professor in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources.”CUV was created,” Dangerfield said, “in response to concerns about urban sprawl, land use transition and resulting environmental impacts from these changes.”Tax Relief on Farm, Forest LandIt also provides tax relief for many qualified farm and forest landowners. “Under CUV,” he said, “a landowner signs a 10-year covenant with the county to receive current-use, as opposed to fair-market, valuation of the property for tax purposes.”Unique to the CUV program, he said, is environmentally sensitive property. In this classification, qualified landowners agree to keep environmentally sensitive land in its natural condition for 10 years.”Incentives include a property tax assessment based on the land’s existing or current use,” Dangerfield said. “This is also called conservation use assessment. Normally, assessment is based on the highest and best use.”Five Conditions on TaxTo qualify for the lower tax assessment, the land must meet five conditions. Property Tax Factslast_img read more

Pots, plants, poison

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Work-of-art containers brimmingwith bright blooms can make youwish they flanked the entry to yourhome. And they could. On “Gardeningin Georgia” Aug. 30 and Sept. 1,learn from the designers at Georgia’sfamous Sea Island resort, The Cloister.“Gardening in Georgia” airs onGeorgia Public Broadcasting stationsacross Georgia each Thursday at 7p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and6:30 p.m.Large banana trees are attractivein a tropical sort of way, mostly fortheir broad leaves. But a whole newclass of bananas are grown for theirbeautiful flowers. Richard Wallacetakes show host Walter Reeves on a tour of bananasthat aren’t edible but definitely haveappeal.Elephant ears are big, green andgorgeous. But they’re also poisonousin some situations. Reeves shows how elephant eargrows. He distinguishes betweendasheen and elephant ear and showswhy an elephant ear’s sap can bedangerous.Slimy, hammerhead worms mightbe the ugliest creatures you’ll eversee on TV. They’re found underdamp rocks, where they prey onearthworms. Reeves explains whystomping them isn’t the way to controlthis odd planaria.“Gardening in Georgia” is coproducedby GPB and the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. Each show is geared toGeorgia soils, climate and growingconditions.The 2007 season is made possiblethrough an underwriting gift fromMcCorkle Nurseries and supportfrom the Metro Atlanta Landscapeand Turf Association. For more on“Gardening in Georgia,” read more

Mulch veggie plants

first_imgAdding mulch around vegetable plants like peppers, tomatoes, squash and eggplant can mean extra veggies at harvest time. Mulching prevents the loss of moisture from the soil, suppresses weed growth, cools the soil and keeps vegetables off the ground.Benefits of mulchMulch serves as a barrier between the plant and the soil. This helps prevent fruit rot that sometimes occurs when vegetables touch the ground.Adding mulch also reduces labor, since less cultivation is required. Emerging and small weeds won’t survive under a bark barrier, reducing the need for tillage and the use of weed-control chemicals.Mulch also conserves water by reducing evaporation of soil moisture. This lowers the soil temperature, too. Mulched soil also absorbs more water than unmulched soil. A layer of mulch also prevents the formation of soil crusts. Soil loss from heavy rain and wind is also decreased, making mulches excellent for conservation.Mulch improves root growth by acting as an excellent insulator, which prevents drastic changes in soil temperature. Mulch keeps the soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This increases nutrient availability and root growth. Adding mulch also makes the garden neater and reduces the amount of mud-splashed vegetables after heavy rains or watering.At the end of the growing season, organic mulch can be tilled into the soil to further increase the amount of organic matter and the water-holding capacity of the soil.How to applyA practical mulch should be readily available, inexpensive and simple to apply. Availability and cost vary from region to region. Some mulching material (like leaves) may be available in your landscape for free.Leaves work great as mulch. Apply 3 to 4 inches deep, bearing in mind that too little will give limited weed control, and too much will prevent air from reaching the roots. However, leaves can form a soggy impenetrable mat. Mixing leaves with fluffy materials such as hay or straw and/or shredding the leaves can solve this problem.Bark mulches vary, but all are durable and suitable for mulching. Small pieces of bark are preferred over large chunks.Coffee grounds tend to cake badly, but can be applied at a depth of 1 inch, so roots can benefit from the nitrogen content.Compost is especially good as mulch because it has fertilizer value and a soil-like appearance. It’s also a good organic amendment for tilling into the soil after the growing season ends.Newspaper is a readily available and economical mulch, but somewhat difficult to apply. A good use for newspaper is as an undermulch: place two to three sheets under a thin layer of another type of mulch.Peanut shells are NOT RECOMMENDED for use as mulch. They carry white mold (Sclerotium rotfsii) that can cause a major problem in the garden. Peanut hulls may also be infested with nematodes, nutsedge seeds and/or tubers. No matter which mulch you select, adding mulch around your vegetable plants will produce better results, cut down on your workload and help conserve water.last_img read more