Pixabay, DHS, Pxhere Photo.ALBANY — Federal and state officials have yet to find a compromise to allow New Yorkers back into federal trusted travelers programs even as a Department of Homeland Security official said that the governor’s latest offer looks “promising.”Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday his agency is in talks with the governor’s office about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to allow federal immigration and border officials to access state Department of Motor Vehicles data without social security numbers.“We believe this proposal could lead to a solution for New York,” he said in a statement.President Donald Trump’s administration announced this month that it will no longer allow New Yorkers to enroll or re-enroll in programs that let them skip long security lines at airports. New York state has sued to reverse the ban, arguing the Department of Homeland Security’s move is meant to punish the state for enacting a law that lets immigrants in the country illegally get driver’s licenses and bars federal immigration agents from state motor vehicle records. Trump administration officials have said the decision was necessary because New York’s new law had endangered public safety.Despite Wolf’s statement Thursday, it’s unclear just hoe state and federal officials will resolve the conflictCuomo’s spokesman Richard Azzopardi has said the Trump administration rejected the governor’s idea when Cuomo proposed it privately weeks ago. 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)
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) Jordan E. Gilbert / USMC ALBANY — Nearly 3,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in New York in one day, a milestone that illustrates the steady erosion of the progress the state made to get the virus under control this summer, according to state data released Thursday.After averaging as few as 600 positive tests per day in August, autumn has brought a disturbing upswing.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said weddings, birthdays and other private gatherings have fueled the spread, on top of universities and schools opening their doors. He has also pointed to public weariness of mask mandates and distancing rules.“COVID fatigue is creeping up and there are serious caution flags in western New York, the Finger Lakes, and in other communities across the state, so it is more important than ever that we be vigilant,” the Democrat said. Over the past seven days, the state has averaged more than 2,200 positive tests for day. The exact tally Wednesday was 2,997.The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is also growing but at a much slower pace than the spring: 1,277 as of Wednesday, the highest level since mid-June.
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2014 Rebecca Faulkenberry Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Justin Matthew Sargent View Comments With a great costume comes a great place to put it on display. The Broadway musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark will celebrate another landmark on January 4 when late Tony-nominated costume designer Eiko Ishioka’s iconic Spider-Man costume will be inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The honor coincides with the production’s final performance on the Great White Way, before the rock musical moves to Las Vegas. Star Files Robert Cuccioli “The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History is the premier archive of iconic American artifacts,” said Spider-Man producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, in a statement. “We are honored that they have decided to cement the production’s place in the American popular culture canon. This also serves as a fitting tribute to our incredible costume designer Eiko Ishioka.” Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark follows the story of Peter Parker (Justin Matthew Sargent), whose life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider and finds himself endowed with superpowers. Parker quickly learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to juggle the demands of high school and home life, while battling the Green Goblin (Robert Cuccioli) and his band of super villains. Peter must fight to save everything he holds dear, including the beautiful girl-next-door, Mary Jane Watson (Rebecca Faulkenberry).
Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill One of Broadway’s top stars, McDonald has won Tony Awards in the categories of Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Porgy and Bess), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Ragtime, Carousel) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class). Since Lady Day could be billed as a play with music, this engagement may give her the opportunity to round out her wins with a trophy in the category of Best Leading Actress in a Play. A sixth win would make Audra the most honored actress in Broadway history. Next season she is expected to play opposite Oprah in Night, Mother. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 View Comments Dates have been announced for five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald’s return to Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, the show will play a limited ten-week engagement and begin performances at Circle in the Square on March 25. Opening night set for April 13. The bio-show recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous. 1959, in a small, intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all-time shares her loves and her losses. McDonald will perform 18 numbers as Holiday, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill debuted off-Broadway in 1986 starring Lonette McKee and has been produced around the country and internationally ever since. Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater starred in another show, entitled just Lady Day, off-Broadway which closed earlier this year.
View Comments Jeremy Jordan Look out, Idina! Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan took to the stage of MCC’s 2014 Miscast gala on March 31 and performed Frozen’s “Let It Go” (ever hear of it?)! The Broadway stud belted out the Oscar-winning pop anthem like we’ve never heard before, practically transforming The Hammerstein Ballroom into the frozen kingdom of Arendelle as he twirled through the audience. Jordan also took to the Miscast stage last year, performing the Smash diva duet “Let Me Be Your Star” with Frozen star Jonathan Groff. There were no blonde wigs present for this performance, but that’s not stopping us from watching and rewatching. Additional highlights from the night included performances from Jane Krakowski, Zosia Mamet, Lin Manuel Miranda and Raul Esparza. Entertainment Weekly has footage from Jordan’s performance; take a look below and be prepared to swoon! Star Files
Related Shows View Comments When Bruce (Wirt) and Sue (Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000-mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay. Phoenix The one-act dark romantic comedy will officially open on August 7 and run through August 23. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2014 Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway production of Scott Organ’s Phoenix, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt. Performances began at the Cherry Lane Theatre on July 28 under the direction of Jennifer DeLia.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015 The Heart of Robin Hood Related Shows In the new twist on the classic tale, Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, but they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John as he plots to steal his brother’s crown. In this time of chaos and fear, Marion must boldly protect the poor and convince Robin to listen to his heart if they are to save the country. The Heart of Robin Hood features sets by Borkur Jonsson, costumes by Emma Ryott and sound design by Jonathan Deans. While casting for the Broadway mounting will be announced at a later date, the current Canadian premiere production stars Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Tony nominee Euan Morton, Izzie Steele and Christian Lloyd. Rounding out the company are Anna Bartlam, Richard Clarkin, Jeremy Crawford, Zachary Eisenstat, Paul Essiembre, Amariah Faulkner, Troy Feldman, Jason Gosbee, Martin Julien, Tristan Mackid, Katelyn McCulloch, Meguire McRae-King, Carson Reaume, Sarah Schenkkan, Stephen Michael Spencer, Darcy Stewart and Tate Yap. The members of Parsonsfield, Chris Freeman, Antonio Alcorn, Max Shakun, Harrison Goodale and Erik Hischmann, perform live on stage during the show. View Comments Robin Hood and his Merry Men are coming to the Great White Way! The Heart of Robin Hood, a humorous new take on the tale of the classic vigilante, is heading to Broadway in spring 2015. The play, directed by Gisli Orn Gardarsson, is written by David Farr and features music by folk band Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine) and lyrics by the band and Farr. Performances will begin on March 10, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre, where it will run through August 23. Opening night is set for March 29. The show is currently playing Winnipeg’s John Hirsch Theatre and will later head to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre. It premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2011 and played the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts in 2013.
Related Shows Tickets are now on sale for the transgender-themed new musical Southern Comfort off-Broadway. Directed by Thomas Caruso and based on the film by Kate Davis, the production will feature a book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis, and was conceived for the stage by Robert DuSold and Thomas Caruso. The show is scheduled to begin previews on February 23, 2016 and will run through March 27 in the Public’s Anspacher Theater. Opening night is set for March 7.Southern Comfort tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award, the folk and bluegrass-inspired musical is a celebration of redefining family and choosing love over every obstacle.The cast will include Annette O’Toole, Jeff McCarthy, Lizzie Hagstedt, Jeffrey Kuhn, Elizabeth Ward Land, David M. Lutken, Morgan Morse, Robin Skye and Joel Waggoner. Donnie Cianciotto and Aneesh Sheth round out the company after an open call to the transgender community and a nationwide search for submissions. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 27, 2016 View Comments Southern Comfort
Take the time to dance! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continues its third season on November 7 (the episode will re-air on November 14) with an exclusive look at the touring production of An American in Paris. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the hit Broadway musical, which kicked off its touring production on October 25.In this episode, correspondent Amber Milt introduces the viewers to Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, who talks about his creative process for developing the musical and how he individualized the production to reflect the strengths of the touring cast. We also sit down with Sara Esty and her identical twin sister, Leigh-Ann Esty, who share the role of Lise, as they discuss what it was like growing up and dancing together, and now sharing this iconic role on the road. Along with Sara, we will meet Garen Scribner, who plays Jerry, the young American soldier who stays in Paris after the war, and together they will discuss what it takes to stay in shape for an 8-show performance week.Based on the Oscar-winning film and featuring music by George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris tells the tale of young souls in Paris yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. The show follows World War II Army vet Jerry Mulligan as he chooses the recently liberated French capital as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport, a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry’s friends—Adam, a Jewish American composer, and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat—also vie for Lise’s love.Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured! Sara Esty & Garen Scribner in ‘An American in Paris’photo by Matthew Murphy View Comments Broadway Balances America
Chazz Palminteri (Photo: Cailin McNaney) A Bronx Tale View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 5, 2018 Bronx-born Chazz Palminteri is most known for his work as an actor in such films as The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway (for which he earned an Oscar nomination), Analyze This, Hurlyburly and more. He wrote and began performing his solo show A Bronx Tale in 1989. The autobiographical show, which depicts the tough neighborhood of his childhood, garnered accolades and a successful off-Broadway run. He went on to write the screenplay and co-star in the screen adaptation of in 1993. As the musical version of A Bronx Tale readied for opening night, Palminteri graciously welcomed Broadway.com to his sprawling home in Westchester to share memories, talk about his writing process and offer sage advice.What is the first thing you do when you sit down to write?I get comfortable in my chair. I have these zero gravity chairs, so I can really feel comfortable. I’m always excited to write; I love writing. A lot of people know me as an actor, but I’ve written a lot of things. I’ve done rewrites and movies, but the real stuff that I love is the original stuff—my movies or plays. You don’t remember the actors who did Shakespeare, but you remember the play. So to me, the play lives on forever.What inspired A Bronx Tale?What made me really write it was desperation. I lost my job as a doorman in L.A. I only had a couple hundred dollars in the bank left. I didn’t know what to do. Do I go home to New York? Do I stay here [in Los Angeles]? I came home and that card was there. I remember I had it with a magnet on the refrigerator and it said, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” My father wrote that down for me when I was nine years old after I saw this killing. He actually wrote it because this guy Billy Bello, who was a boxer, died of an overdose. My father never forgot that—he was very upset by that. And he said, “Promise me you won’t waste your life. Billy had so much talent, and you have so much talent.” That was the card I looked at it was on the refrigerator, and I said, “Well, if they won’t give me a great part, then I’ll write one myself.” I went to Thrifty drugstore, I got five tabs of yellow paper, and I started writing about this killing that I saw as a young boy and the influence that these wise guys had on me and the influence that my father had on me.What play changed your life?Has turning A Bronx Tale into a musical opened your eyes to anything in the material?It was great to do the musical because there were things that I could never put in the one-man show or the movie. I was able to flesh out the story and really talk about my dad more. My father was a bus driver, and he loved to sing and loved to play the sax—he had dreams, so I was able to talk about that. And I was so blessed with [the creative team and producers]. Nobody does a musical by themselves, whoever says that is crazy.What was your writing process for A Bronx Tale?I just started writing. I’d do it seven, eight hours a day. I’d go to my theater workshop at Theatre West, which is a great place for actors to work. I perform 10 minutes on Monday nights, see how that went and keep four minutes. The next Monday, I had another 10 minutes, and I kept doing it. In almost a year, I had a 90-minute one-man show that was workshopped and tested with a live audience. Sometimes you have to take that anger—other people, they’ll take drugs or do something stupid—I took the anger and made something positive. I think that’s the key.What essential items do you like to have on hand when you write?I have photos. I took my son to my old apartment in the Bronx maybe 10 years ago—he’s 21 now. And I showed them where I lived the apartment and where I grew up. Obviously, he was born here, so to see that he was like,” Wow Dad, that’s pretty small!” But he was very sweet. [The photos] remind me where I’m from and what I had to do to get here. I have the card—my father’s card that he signed—on my desk that says, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” I have pictures of my family, and it reminds me of who I’m working for. When I leave this earth, which will happen—it happens to everyone, that’s a guarantee. I want people to say, “He left something behind that’s valuable.” That’s important to me. There are only really two things you can leave behind: art and children. So, I want to leave good kids, and I want to leave good art.Name a writer who inspired you.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about writing?If you want to be a writer, then you have to write. You have to be disciplined. You have to treat it like a job. You can’t say I’m only going to write when I’m inspired. I learned to fight through it. and the best advice I ever got was from Dr. Phil Stutz, who was one of the great psychiatrists. He wrote a book called The Tools. He told me the only difference between a professional writer and an amateur is that an amateur writes garbage get demoralized and stops. A professional writes garbage and keeps on going. I never forgot that. So, writing is just rewriting. Don’t be afraid to write garbage. What’s the origin of the “door test”?I wish I could say I came up with that, but I didn’t. It was something that when we were very young, we would talk about. It was like a folklore thing we would talk about: If a girl lifts up the button, she’s a keeper. I guess I was just the first one lucky enough to put it in a movie. I thought about it for years, and when I wrote Bronx Tale, I thought, “Wow, that’s a great way to say she’s a great woman.” I always believed you only get three great women in your lifetime. How many times do you fall in love in your life? Twice? Maybe three times. I always thought that would be a great thing to say, so it kind of all just came together. What is your advice for aspiring writers?I know this sounds cliché, but it’s to write. Just write something. No actor no director no studio head, no one could be hired, nothing can happen until you have the script. The script is the gold. Until you write the script, nothing happens. It’s all talk. So I say to all aspiring writers—whether it is a play a movie, TV show—you have to write it. You have to finish it and then see what happens. What’s your favorite line in A Bronx Tale?