Odds & Ends: Nathan Lane Teases Modern Family Spin-Off & More

first_img Bryan Cranston Nathan Lane See Jason Robert Brown Play Live Jason Robert Brown, the music maestro behind The Bridges of Madison County, 13, Urban Cowboy, Parade, The Last Five Years and the upcoming Honeymoon in Vegas, is going to be making his SubCulture debut. Yes, you will be able to catch the Tony winner playing live, in an intimate setting, with his band the Caucasian Rhythm Kings on August 4 in the Big Apple. We’ll be there! Broadway Alums Christopher Walken, Nicole Kidman & Maryann Plunkett Will Star in The Family Fang Broadway alums Christopher Walken, Nicole Kidman and Tony winner Maryann Plunkett will star in The Family Fang. Helmed by Jason Bateman, the movie follows a brother and sister who return to their family home looking for their famous parents, who have vanished. Patrick Stewart and Bryan Cranston Team Up Stage and screen legend Patrick Stewart and Tony winner Bryan Cranston will join Broadway alum Ron Perlman in lending their voices to mobile game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. According to The Wrap they will be battling against an evil octopus monster. Or something. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.center_img View Comments Nathan Lane Teases Modern Family Spin-Off Nathan Lane, who is set to return to Broadway next month in It’s Only a Play, is also teasing us about what’s in store for his Emmy-nominated role in Modern Family. According to Deadline, the Tony winner remarked about his character in the TV show, wedding planner Pepper Saltzman: “I don’t know if I will ever see that spin-off, A Dash of Pepper, but…I think we could do something!” We’d definitely be up for watching that! Star Files Patrick Stewartlast_img read more

Broadway.com Readers Rank the 10 Best Movie Musicals of All Time

first_imgThe weather outside is frightful, and you know what that means—it’s time to get cozy under a blanket and have a movie musical marathon! In honor of Annie and Into the Woods coming to the big screen this winter, we asked Broadway.com readers to rank their 10 favorite movie musicals on Culturalist. It was way too hard to pick just a few musicals to include, so we narrowed the list down with the help of AFI’s top 25 movie musicals of all time. Hundreds of fans voted—here are the movies that came out on top! MARY POPPINS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN FUNNY GIRL WEST SIDE STORY GREASEcenter_img View Comments CABARET THE WIZARD OF OZ THE SOUND OF MUSIC CHICAGOlast_img

Brian d’Arcy James, Stephanie J. Block & More Tapped for NY Pops 2015-16 Season

first_img For the Holiday season, Broadway-bound Something Rotten star Brian D’Arcy James and new mommy Stephanie J. Block will headline It’s Christmas Time in the City. They will be joined by conductor Steven Reineke and the Essential Voices USA choir on December 18 and 19. D’Arcy James was nominated for a Tony twice for Sweet Smell of Success and Shrek; Block received her first nomination for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Tony nominees Brian d’Arcy James, Stephanie J. Block and Montego Glover, as well as Broadway alum Capathia Jenkins, will take part in The New York Pops’ 2015-16 concert season. The lineup features five concerts, the first of which—a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein—will kick off on October 9 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. View Comments The season will also include 42nd on 57th: Broadway Today, highlighting showstoppers from the Great White Way, on March 11, as well as Lights, Camera Action, celebrating the iconic scores of Steven Spielberg and John Williams. Additional guest artists will be announced at a later date. Before that, Memphis Tony nominee Montego Glover, Newsies alum Capathia Jenkins and recording artist Sy Smith will pay tribute to luminaries of the American songbook, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. The program, titled Sophisticated Ladies, will play Carnegie Hall on November 13.last_img read more

Charlotte Kate Fox Will Rake in the Chips in Chicago on B’way

first_imgIsn’t it grand? Massan’s Charlotte Kate Fox will take over for Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Fox will begin performances on November 2 and play a limited engagement through November 15 at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre. Willis is scheduled to depart the production on November 1.Fox appeared in regional stage productions and smaller independent films before she landed the role of Ellie on the NHK Japanese morning drama Massan. The show completed its 150-episode run earlier this year. Her role required that Fox, having no prior experience in the language, deliver her lines entirely in Japanese. Following her stint on Broadway, Fox will reprise her performance in the English language production of Chicago in Japan at the Theater Orb in Tokyo, December 4 through 23 and at the Umeda Art Theater in Osaka, December 26 and 27.Chicago currently stars Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart (Willis starts September 14), Carly Hughes (through September 4) as Velma Kelly, Ivan Hernandez as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Chicago from $49.50 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy Opens Off-Broadway at Signature Theater

first_imgMaster American dramatist Arthur Miller would have been 100 this year (he died 10 years ago), and to celebrate his centenniel, New York theatergoers are being treated to two major revivals on Broadway (A View from the Bridge and The Crucible) as well as a wonderful Signature Theater production of his 1964 play Incident at Vichy, which opened of-Broadway on November 15. Check out a photo of the cast above and star Richard Thomas with Arthur Miller’s daughter, Rebecca Miller, and Signature’s artistic director James Houghton below. Incident at Vichy Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 Related Shows View Commentslast_img

Meet Cursed Child’s Ron, Hermione & Rose

first_img After getting a spellbinding look at the modern-day Potter family, it’s time to meet Harry’s best friends. Check out this portrait of the Granger-Weasley family from the London-bound Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Even in adulthood, it looks like Ron (played by Paul Thornley) is rocking his signature sweater and scarf ensemble. In the center is Noma Dumezweni as Hermione (whose skin tone was never specified —take it from J.K. Rowling herself), and joining them is Cherrelle Skeete as their daughter Rose. Performances of the two-part saga begin on June 7 at the West End’s Palace Theatre, and for Hermione’s sake, make sure you give Hogwarts, A History a reread before then. Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-WeasleyPhoto: Charlie Gray View Commentslast_img read more

Allison Janney & More Get Set for Six Degrees of Separation’s Broadway Return

first_img John Guare’s unforgettable 1990 play Six Degrees of Separation is returning to the Great White Way. Emmy winner Allison Janney and Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey will headline the revival alongside Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins. Inspired by a true story, the play follows the trail of a mysterious young con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple. After a shocking surprise, the couple tries to piece together the connections that brought him into their world. Trip Cullman directs the production, which begins performances on April 5 and opens on April 25 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Take a look at Broadway.com’s hot shots of the cast and creative team, and be sure to see Six Degrees of Separation through July 16. John Benjamin Hickey, Allison Janney & Corey Hawkins(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Commentslast_img read more

Ga. Gardener Preview

first_imgYou’re not getting the best flavor from your vegetable garden if you’re not growing your own herbs, too. On “The Georgia Gardener” May 13 and 15, host Walter Reeves and guest Wayne McLaurin will talk about herbs as they plant the 10 leading herbs for gardens in the Southeast.Walter will show how and when it’s best to spray roses for black spot, too. He’ll also examine different kinds of hose-end sprayers and help you pick out the best for you. Finally, he’ll show how to divide the seedlings you buy from your garden shop and get more plants for your money.”The Georgia Gardener” is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. It airs Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GPTV. The show is a production of the University of Georgia  College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company.last_img read more

Green Cities.

first_imgSaving green space is on the minds of many Georgians. When the American Community Gardening Association members gather in Atlanta Sept. 7-11, they’ll be looking for ways to keep America’s urban centers greener. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will deliver the keynote address to open the 21st annual conference. Workshop topics for the meeting include raised-bed gardens, community gardening and leadership-training programs, kids’ gardens, teaching gardening in elementary schools and the therapeutic value of gardening. Participants will learn more about finding funding for community gardening projects, as well as organic gardening, heirloom seeds and urban orchards.Register Early Early-bird registration is $175 for members or $200 for nonmembers. After July 28, fees are $200 members and $225 for nonmembers. Special student and youth rates are also available. To learn more, contact Bobby Wilson or Cathy Walker. You can reach them by phone at (404) 762-4077 or e-mail at (uge1121E@arches.uga.edu). ACGA is a national, nonprofit group of people who support urban, suburban and rural gardening and greening. They see their effort as a way to improve the local quality of life. Visit the ACGA Web site at www.communitygarden.org. The University of Georgia Extension Service in Fulton and DeKalb counties sponsors the 2000 annual conference. Other sponsors are the Atlanta Urban Gardening Program, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Skyland Trail and the Atlanta Urban Gardening Leadership Association.last_img read more

Tastier Tomatoes.

first_imgNew tomato varieties are typically bred for disease resistance,high yields and how well they ship. But food scientists are searchingfor tomatoes that taste good, too.”We know there’s a lot of consumer dissatisfaction whenit comes to store-bought tomatoes,” said Rob Shewfelt, afood scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”What we want to find out,” he said, “is whatconsumers don’t like about the flavor and what can be done aboutit.”The tomato project research team includes Shewfelt; Jay Scottof the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Bradenton,Fla.; Liz Baldwin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture SubtropicalFruit Station in Winter Haven, Fla.; and Harry Klee of the Universityof Florida.What do consumers want in a tomato?”A lot of work has been done on genetic modification oftomato flavor,” Shewfelt said. “But no one I know ofhas defined the quality standards from the consumer’s standpoint.”With USDA funding, the team evaluated more than 50 tomato typesfrom Scott’s collection. “We wanted to test several selectionsso we would have a wide range of tomato flavors,” Shewfeltsaid.The evaluated tomatoes were picked half-ripe and breaker (whenthe tomato is just showing signs of ripening).Klee looked at the differences in the genes of the selections.Baldwin tested the tomatoes using a chemical flavor analysis.UGA-trained and nontrained consumer panelists then tasted thesamples, rating their flavor “great,” “acceptable”or “not acceptable.””We found the characteristics for ‘great’ are differentfrom those of ‘acceptable,'” Shewfelt said. “A premiumtomato would obviously be one our consumers ranked as ‘great.'”The selections were ripened before the taste tests. Paneliststhought some tasted great when picked table-ripe. But they rankedthe same tomatoes unacceptable when picked at the breaker stage.Some varieties rated pretty good whether they were picked ripeor at breaker. And some, Shewfelt said, tasted great when pickedred-ripe, “but if you picked them breaker, they tasted justawful.”Until now, breeders picked the best tomatoesEvaluating flavor has always been a part of tomato varietyselection, Shewfelt said. But until now, the breeders did thetasting.”Breeders taste them when they are ripe, and they choosethe varieties based on how well they ship,” he said. “Butsince tomatoes aren’t shipped ripe, we’re looking for selectionsthat are acceptable when picked breaker (unripe) and allowed toripen.”The researchers are close to defining what consumers like.They’re also identifying the tomatoes consumers rank highest andcomparing their flavor characteristics.”Once we identify the ones with really great flavors,we can work with geneticists to identify the genes that causethese flavors,” he said. “Then we can screen selectionsfor these genes and not have to put each through the consumertests.”Shewfelt’s goal is to identify varieties consumers will acceptso commercial packers can develop a tomato brand name shopperswill grow to recognize.”If you knew reliably, eight times out of 10, you’re goingto be happy when you buy this tomato, you’d probably be willingto spend more money for it,” he said. “It’s going totake a lot of integration to get to that point. But we’re wellon the way.”Until the research is completed, shoppers have to keep gamblingwith tomato taste at the supermarket.Grape tomatoes best bet for tasty tomatoes”You can buy grape tomatoes,” Shewfelt said. “Theyhave much more flavor than store-bought slicing tomatoes. Theyjust don’t work for hamburgers. But they’re perfect for salads.”Shewfelt said shoppers have grown to trust grape tomatoes tohave good flavor.”When I buy them, I know I’ve got a good chance of gettinga good-tasting tomato,” he said. “But when I buy big,slicer-type tomatoes, I have no clue as to whether it will haveany flavor.” Picture-perfect, slicer-type tomatoes from the supermarket may taste great. Or not. Food scientists are trying to make them more predictably tasty. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARSlast_img read more