NY Suspends Visitation At State Prisons Amid Outbreaks

first_imgMGN Stock Image.ALBANY (AP) — New York suspended visits to state prisons starting Wednesday because of a rise in coronavirus cases among inmates and staff and in surrounding communities.The state Department of Corrections, which first suspended most in-person visits in mid-March, reopened prisons to visitors in August. New York then restricted visits at prisons in designated hot spots starting in October, but most prisons have remained open for visits.Prior to Sept. 24, the prison system had seen 774 total confirmed cases. Since then, New York prisons have recorded three times as many new virus cases: more than 2,170, including more than 1,000 in December alone.State prisons have reported the death of three inmates with COVID-19 since mid-December, according to data reported by the state Department of Corrections. That includes the maximum-security prison in Clinton County in the state’s North Country, the medium-security prison Woodbourne Correctional Facility in the Hudson Valley and the maximum-security prison Auburn Correctional Facility in central New York.Advocates for inmates have pushed for months for regular mass testing of inmates, improved social distancing, fewer people behind bars and expanded access to personal protective equipment. They argue visit restrictions haven’t done enough to address those issues, as well as the challenges of staff who cycle in and out.“Tens of thousands of New Yorkers in prison and their families are desperate for Gov. Cuomo to take real action to stop COVID-19 behind bars,” various prison advocacy groups wrote in a statement.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has argued the state’s strategy early on of testing symptomatic or exposed inmates avoided large outbreaks in prisons the spring. His top aide, Melissa DeRosa, said in October that the state planned to test all inmates by the end of November.His office and the state Department of Corrections didn’t immediately respond to several questions Wednesday, including whether all inmates are required to wear masks, how many masks they are provided, how many are hospitalized and whether the state tested all inmates by November.Cuomo has said the state’s declining prison population has helped prevent spread. New York had about 35,300 inmates as of December, down from 44,300 in January.The state’s 52 correctional facilities are currently reporting nearly 770 active COVID-19 cases, and eight prisons have 5% of inmates currently positive. Woodbourne, which suspended visits Dec. 16, has about 120 confirmed cases out of about 800 inmates.County jails across New York, which are not controlled by the state, have also reported outbreaks this fall, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the state Commission of Correction.Since Sept. 21, county jails have reported more than 850 confirmed cases among staff and at least 1,050 among inmates.That includes several jails in hard-hit central and western New York: The Monroe County jail alone has reported 350 infections among about 700 inmates, on top of nearly 110 staff members who tested positive.County jails in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua have reported infections among 63 out of about 110 inmates and 89 out of 190 inmates, respectively.Jails have also reported two deaths of corrections staff with COVID-19 in New York City and Suffolk County. 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)last_img read more

Come On In From the Outside! Broadway Favorite Jeremy Kushnier & More Join Taboo Reunion at 54 Below

first_img The performance will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and falls 10 years to the day that the Boy George bio-musical closed on Broadway after a too short, three-month run. Rowland, Buttery and Kushnier take on the roles originated on Broadway by Boy George (as Leigh Bowery), Euan Morton (as George) and Raul Esparza (as Philip Sallon). Star Files View Comments In addition to Rowland, Buttery and Kushnier the performances will star Sarah Uriarte Berry (Nicola), Jeffrey Carlson (Marilyn), Liz McCartney (Big Sue) and Cary Shields (Marcus). Original ensemble members returning are Jennifer Cody, Lisa Gajda, Bob Graynor, Curtis Holbrook, Donnie Keshawarz, Jennifer K. Mrozik, Nathan Peck, Alexander Quiroga, Jody Reynard, Asa Somers, Denise Summerford, James Tabeek and Gregory Treco.center_img Tumble for this! Taboo has found its leading men. Joining previously announced members of the original cast for a reunion will be Broadway vet Jeremy Kushnier as Phillip Sallon, along with Matthew Rowland as George and Samuel Buttery as Leigh Bowery. Rowland and Buttery are reprising their roles from the 2012 London revival of Taboo at the Brixton Clubhouse. The concerts will take place on February 8 and 9 with performances at 8PM and 11PM at 54 Below. Jeremy Kushnierlast_img read more

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss May Headline The Heidi Chronicles

first_img The Heidi Chronicles won both the Tony and the Pulitzer in 1989. This would be the first revival since the original production shuttered in 1990. The show spans over 20 years, following Heidi Holland from high school to her career as an art historian and how she copes with feminisim, men, politics and motherhood. View Comments Related Shows Moss made her Broadway debut in October 2008 in the revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and her West End debut in 2011 in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. She received a Golden Globe for her performance in Top of the Lake. Moss stars as Peggy Olson in the hit AMC series Mad Men, a role which has garnered her four Emmy nods. Other screen credits include The West Wing, Virgin, The Attic, Did You Hear About the Morgans, Grey’s Anatomy and Girl, Interrupted. The Heidi Chronicles Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss is in negotiations to star in a revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles on the Great White Way. According to The New York Times, the production is eyeing the late winter or spring 2015. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015last_img read more

The Oldest Boy Star Celia Keenan-Bolger Shows Us Her Favorite Things!

first_img The best thing to eat on a two-show day “The hummus avocado Sammy from Indie Food and Wine right next door.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 28, 2014 Star Files My favorite co-star/prop “I’m not sure if this is my favorite co-star or my favorite prop. Either way, this little puppet boy is magic!” My favorite fan gift “During The Glass Menagerie, these wonderful fans from Seattle who’d just gotten married sent the whole cast a care package. I love this mug!!” The best costume piece I wear “Definitely this pregnancy pad I get to wear in the second act. Also, please enjoy Takemi Kitamura lying down between acts.” My favorite line in the script “This is my favorite exchange in the play.” A selfie right before I go onstage “Pre-show selfie town!” My favorite spot in the theater “This isn’t inside the theater, but it’s my favorite place in the Lincoln Center complex. You can sit on the grass, watch kids play and look at the pond and sculpture.” View Comments Celia Keenan-Bolger is going on a spiritual journey in the Lincoln Center Theater production of The Oldest Boy, a new play by Sarah Ruhl. And on Broadway.com, the Tony nominee is taking us on a journey of her own! We asked Keenan-Bolger to snap photos of her favorite things around the theater, and who knew The Glass Menagerie and Peter and the Starcatcher favorite was such a shutterbug? Check out these awesome photos of her favorite snacks, props and spots around the theater below, then see her in The Oldest Boy at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre! The Oldest Boy Related Shows My must-have pre-show items “Sugarless Grether’s Pastilles and I drink about four of these water bottles.” My favorite post-show snack “…Need I say more?” My view from the stage “Over the years, I’ve loved so many things I’ve seen in this theater.” Celia Keenan-Bolgerlast_img read more

Annie Movie Remake Debuts in Box Office Top Three

first_img The new Annie, which features revamped takes on Charles Strouse’s iconic tunes as well as new numbers penned by Sia, stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale. See what we learned about the movie from the stars themselves here. Comparatively, the film adaptation of Jersey Boys, which was released earlier this year in June, took in $13.3 million in its opening weekend. In Les Miserables’ December 2012 holiday weekend, the flick also secured third at $27.3 million. The first of The Hobbit trilogy was also tops for Les Miz’s premiere weekend; showtunes just can’t beat the Shire. View Commentscenter_img Despite some less-than-stellar reviews, the weekend box office figures cleared away the cobwebs and the sorrow for the Annie reboot. The film, following its December 19 wide release, came in third, grossing $16.3 million over the weekend, Deadline reports. It trailed behind The Hobbit: There and Back Again ($56.2 million) and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (17.3 million).last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Neil Patrick Harris on John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig Return & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. NPH on John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig Return “I miss it a lot,” Neil Patrick Harris admits about his Tony-winning performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, however he’s looking forward to the show’s co-creator and original off-Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell returning to the role. Harris told Billboard: “getting to watch him do it is gonna be nothing short of hilarious because it’s a grueling ride that we’ve created. It’s much more physical than what he did initially, and now he’s going to have to do it. So we’ll see what scaffolding he’ll actually climb!” Mitchell begins performances at the Belasco on January 21. Go Into the Woods at Home Time for an update on Rob Marshall’s big-screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods. After a strong start, the movie has now grossed $105 million in the U.S and more than $120 million worldwide, Box Office Mojo reports. If you haven’t yet been able to get enough of Meryl Streep James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen and Lilla Crawford’s performances in movie theaters, the film will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on March 24. Gloria Estefan to Play Broadway  The rhythm is gonna get the Minskoff Theatre! Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine: A Benefit Concert for Viva Broadway will take place on September 14. It’s all in aid of The Broadway League’s Viva Broadway initiative, an audience development partnership with the Hispanic community to help bridge the world of the Great White Way with Latino audiences around the country. Worried you won’t be able to make that date and still wanting to conga? Estefan’s new musical On Your Feet begins previews on October 5 at the Marquis Theatre.. Josh Gad & Rosie O’Donnell’s Frozen Challenge The below video is utterly hysterical. Tony nominee and Frozen star Josh Gad recently stopped by The View and ended up playing “So You Think You Know Olaf” with honorary Tony winner Rosie O’Donnell. Turns out O’Donnell knows Gad’s character from the hit Disney movie intimately. Enjoy and happy hump day! View Commentslast_img read more

Lost Boys & Altar Boyz Among Hottest Shows Lined Up at 54 Below

first_img LOST BOYS LIVE! 2/10 at 7 & 9:30PM As we learned during Peter Pan Live!, these kids do it all. They leap, they sing, and they look pretty darn cute all the while. Catch Garett Hawe, David and Jacob Guzman, Jason Gotay, Ryan Steele (the cutest, our scientific studies have proven) and more as they share tales, tunes and backstage secrets. Be sure to practice your teacup balancing prior to the event. GET TICKETS EVAN RUGGIERO “The One-Legged Song & Dance Man, Volume 2” – 2/6 at 9:30PM In 2010, Ruggiero—then a musical theatre college student—lost his right leg to a rare form of bone cancer. Eighteen months later and just two days after receiving his “peg-leg,” he was back to tapping up a storm. He returns to 54 Below to perform some Broadway standards and pop favorites along with his talented friends. GET TICKETS DANIELLE HOPE 2/13 at 9:30PM We have a feeling she’s not in London anymore! Danielle Hope made a name for herself across the pond after having won the role of Dorothy Gale in the West End’s The Wizard of Oz on BBC’s Over the Rainbow.  Now, she makes her New York debut with her solo show full of musical theater staples and new material. GET TICKETS THIS WILL BE OUR YEAR With Jeremy Jordan, Andy Mientus & Krysta Rodriguez – 3/3 at 7 & 9:30PM Hit List is back! Jordan and Mientus, who played songwriting duo Jimmy Collins and Kyle Bishop on NBC’s Smash, as well as Rodriguez, who played feisty actress Ana, will take the stage to perform the hits that inspired their characters. Expect lots of contemporary musical theater: both from this universe and the Smash one. MORE INFO A VERY BROADWAY VALENTINE’S DAY 2/12 at 9:30 & 11:30PM A couple that belts together stays together. Some of Broadway’s hottest IRL couples will take the stage for a night of musical theater-style romance. Join Wicked vlogger Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey, On the Town’s Alysha Umphress and Cody Williams, Taylor Trensch and Max Crumm and more for what promises to be the perfect V-day precursor. GET TICKETS ALTAR BOYZ REUNION CONCERT 3/1 at 9:30 & 11:30PM The Altar Boyz are back, and they’re ready to rock your Body, Mind and Soul (again). On the tenth anniversary of the tuner’s off-Broadway opening, original stars Andy Karl, David Josefsberg, Ryan Duncan and Tyler Maynard will join forces with several fellow alums, as well as the show’s creators: Gary Adler, Kevin Del Aguila and Michael Patrick Walker. GET TICKETS  THE CAST OF SIDE SHOW “Bonus Tracks” – 3/9 at 7 & 9:30PM They did say they’d never leave us! Erin Davie and Emily Padgett (no longer attached at the hip), Ryan Silverman, Matthew Hydzik, David St. Louis and more will reunite with creators Bill Russell and Henry Krieger to perform their favorite numbers, including cut songs and material that won’t be heard on the upcoming cast recording. GET TICKETS There is a very real epidemic of Seasonal Affective Disorder in New York right now. Broadway shows are closing left and right. The sidewalks aren’t so much sidewalks anymore as they are stretches of slush. But if any place can help us remember the good times, it’s 54 Below. Broadway’s hottest supper club has plenty of exciting sets lined up this winter. Here are just some—including a few one-night-only cast reunions of your favorite shows of stage and screen. View Commentslast_img read more

Hotcha! Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Will Razzle Dazzle ‘Em in Chicago at The Hippodrome

first_imgShe’s trading in politics for all that jazz! Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will take the stage in an “unprecedented act of courage” when she joins the cast of the national tour of Chicago on March 4 at The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. This will be the first time a city mayor will join the cast on stage! The classic John Kander and Fred Ebb musical will run from March 3 through March 8. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headline, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids. View Comments “I am honored to be the first mayor to appear in Chicago—one of the most historic shows in Broadway history—and I want to reassure the cast and crew that I am already hard at work rehearsing my lines,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake, in a statement. “I always love to show off the ‘razzle dazzle’ of Baltimore’s flourishing cultural scene, from expanding our Arts & Entertainment Districts, to growing Baltimore’s downtown theater corridor and, all that jazz.  I cannot wait to make my big debut in an amazing show like Chicago” “We are delighted that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be making a special appearance in Chicago,” said Alecia Parker, a producer for the show. “Her passion and advocacy for the arts is equaled by her desire to bring quality entertainment to Baltimore, specifically to The Hippodrome Theatre, which is a premier U.S. destination. The Chicago cast is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her.”last_img read more

Beverley Knight Will Take on the Role of Grizabella in Cats Revival

first_img View Comments Broadway.com has learned that Queen of British Soul and Memphis’ leading lady Beverley Knight will headline the previously reported return engagement of Cats in the West End! The revival, which ended its engagement at the London Palladium in April, will once again play the venue this Christmas. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic show will run October 23 through January 2, 2016. Cats is expected back on Broadway in 2016.Knight will play Grizabella, the role which has previously been taken on in the musical’s latest life by Nicole Scherzinger then Kerry Ellis. Knight made her West End debut in The Bodyguard and received an Olivier nod for performance in Memphis; no word yet on who will be replacing her in the tuner, which is set to close on October 31. Known as the Queen of British Soul, she has sold over a million albums in the U.K., scoring several top 10 hits and four gold certified albums. Knight has released six studio albums to date and her hit singles will include “Greatest Day,” “Get Up!” and “Come as You Are.” She appeared on BBC One’s Just the Two of Us and performed at London’s 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.Cats, featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the tuner tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.”With direction by Nunn, Cats is designed by John Napier with choreography by Gillian Lynne.last_img read more

Sinatra The Man & His Music Slated for London Palladium

first_img View Comments You may not be able to fly to the moon…but you can fly to London! More details have been revealed about the previously reported Sinatra The Man & His Music at the London Palladium. Directed by David Gilmore, the official celebration of Frank Sinatra’s centenary will open on July 10, marking 65 years to the day since Sinatra’s first ever performance in the U.K. at the Palladium back in 1950. The production will play a limited three-month engagement.The high-tech show features 3D, rotoscoped imagery, rare and never before seen footage from the family’s archives and original masters of Frank Sinatra’s voice. Sinatra The Man & His Music will feature 20 dancers and a 24-piece orchestra.Sinatra The Man & His Music’s creative team will include set design by Ray Winkler, video and projection design by Leo Warner, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, musical supervision by Glenn Wilkinson and choreography by Jacquie Biggs and Gareth Valentine.last_img read more