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) MGN ImageALBANY — New York’s governor is asking state lawmakers to approve spending $40 million to respond to the threat of the Coronavirus, while New York City has set plans that include making as many as 1,200 hospital beds available.The state hasn’t had any confirmed cases of the new virus, but officials are waiting for test results regarding one person in Long Island’s Nassau County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Wednesday.In separate news conferences, he and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed efforts to get ready for a potential outbreak of the fast-spreading virus.“Yes, we’re preparing, but this situation is not a situation that should cause undue fear among people,” Cuomo said. Since emerging in China in December, it has sickened more than 81,000 people and killed 2,700 around the world. U.S. cases total more than 50 so far, and the White House has requested $2.5 billion for vaccine development, treatment and protective equipment.In New York, Cuomo’s proposed $40 million would go toward hiring additional state health staffers and buying supplies including protective masks and gloves.The Democratic governor said he also plans to propose legislation to help the state make sure hospitals and health departments are prepared for a possible outbreak.He said he also plans soon to convene state and local health officials to develop uniform steps for handling quarantines and other methods of stopping the virus from spreading.New York City has already coordinated a plan to devote 1,200 public and private hospital beds, if needed, to COVID-19 patients or people undergoing testing, de Blasio said.“There is not a single reason for panic,” the Democrat said. “There’s a reason for people to focus and follow through on the basics. If we do that, we will all be safe.”The city had previously quarantined three people for observation in hospitals and a hotel, but all have since gone home, said the city’s deputy mayor for health, Dr. Raul Perea-Henze.The city also is seeking at least 300,000 more protective masks to add to the 1.5 million masks it has already given to health care workers and first responders, officials said. Police Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the force has distributed “thousands upon thousands” of gloves, masks and wipes to patrol, transit and housing officers.With masks in high demand, de Blasio called on the federal government to step in to get more produced and to “help us and all other localities to get masks we need.”New York City and state have been asking federal health officials for permission to do their own testing for the virus. Tests are now performed only at federal labs, and getting results can take a day or more.In a conference call with media conference Tuesday, Dr. Nancy Messonier of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said officials hoped to be able to send test kits to more state and local government labs soon, after resolving some hitches.“We are rapidly moving towards getting those kits more available in the U.S.,” she said.
Photo: CDCLITTLE VALLEY – Three additional cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday in Cattaraugus County, bringing the county total to five.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says the first cases is a male resident who lives in the northwest part of the county with a travel history to NYC and Buffalo who has been asymptomatic (no fever, no cough or shortness of breath) but has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.Officials say he was tested on Friday and the positive test result returned Saturday.The next case is a female resident who lives in the northwest part of the county with travel history to Buffalo who has been asymptomatic but was in close contact with a known positive case. She was also tested on Friday and the test result came back Saturday indicating that she was positive for the virus.“Both patients are resting at home, and now under quarantine,” said officials. “They will be assessed for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely.”Additionally, a male who lives in the southeast part of the county with no known travel history who visited the emergency room at Olean General Hospital with complaints of fever, cough and diarrhea, has also tested positive. Officials say he was admitted with pneumonia and tested on Friday and on Saturday the test result indicated that he was positive.“Upon discharge today, he and his family will be quarantined and assessed daily for any medical support that we can provide and we will monitor their symptoms closely,” said officials. The Cattaraugus County Health Department has begun contact tracing and will notify any close contacts and facilities visited by any of the confirmed positives.Officials say residents should assume that there is community wide spread of COVID-19 in the area.“We continue to ask our residents to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community spread of COVID-19, otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk,” said officials. “We would like to reiterate that if any residents experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or whole body aches should contact their health care provider first (avoid going directly to the Urgent Care facility or Emergency Room before calling).” 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)
Pixabay / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Bjoertvedt / Wikipedia WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate is set to vote Tuesday evening to advance a stop-gap spending measure to avoid a government shutdown.The vote to limit debate will pave the way for a final vote to pass the spending bill Wednesday.The timeline sets up a final passage just hours before government funding is set to expire at midnight unless leaders agree to an earlier timeframe.The bill would keep the government funded through December 11. It passed the House last week by a wide margin and is expected to pass the Senate.The continuing resolution came out of bipartisan negotiations and a deal between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.Once signed into law, it removes the threat of a shutdown before the November Presidential Election.However, there could be a funding fight and potential shutdown after the election and just before the start of a new Congress. 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)
Looks like we spoke too soon! Sophia Grace Brownlee has exited the film version of Spring Awakening, with former Annie star Lilla Crawford now announced as her replacement. It’s a crazy turn of events for the upcoming movie, as Crawford previously replaced Brownlee in Rob Marshall’s upcoming Into the Woods film! Crawford previously played the title munchkin of the 2012 revival of Annie on Broadway, and although she’s almost old enough to play Wendla, we’re just kidding around because it’s April 1! HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! View Comments
Thriller – Live celebrates the career of the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Among the songs featured in the show are “I Want You Back,” “I’ll Be There,” “ABC,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Billie Jean,” and many more. To bring life to such hits, Thriller – Live includes video footage combined with choreography. Starting with the woman in the mirror? Pop star Cleo Higgins will make her West End debut in Thriller – Live, the tribute concert featuring the songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5. Higgins will begin performances on June 24, direct from touring the U.K. and Europe. Helmed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, the MJ celebration is currently playing at the Lyric Theatre, where it opened in 2009. Higgins, the lead singer of the 90s pop group Cleopatra, was signed to Madonna’s Maverick lavel at the age of 13. Last year, she auditioned for the U.K.’s The Voice and landed a spot in the semi finals. She also starred in the TV series Comin’ Atcha!, which was loosely based on her time as a member of Cleopatra. View Comments
Star Files While I Yet Live Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 31, 2014 Due to technical issues, the world premiere of While I Yet Live has been delayed. Performances, originally scheduled to start on September 23, will now begin on September 24. The production is still set to open officially on October 12 and run through October 31 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street. The play, written by Kinky Boots Tony winner Billy Porter, stars Tony winner Lillias White and Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson.Directed by Sheryl Kaller, While I Yet Live follows the story of a young man’s coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst a bevy of fascinating and strong-willed women.The cast will also feature Elain Graham, Sheria Irving, Kevyn Morrow, Larry Powell and Sharon Washington. Related Shows View Comments Billy Porter
After a successful run at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Oppenheimer, starring John Heffernan, will transfer to London’s West End. Tom Morton-Smith’s new play will run at the Vaudeville Theatre and begin previews on March 27. Opening night is scheduled for March 31. The play tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ J.Robert Oppenheimer, taking us into the heart of the Manhattan Project and revealing the personal cost of making history. The production will feature design by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Paul Anderson, music by Grant Olding, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler. View Comments
Wait! What show are we doing?? #ilovethesekids pic.twitter.com/SxBl3Pgiew— Kelli O’Hara (@kelliohara) March 27, 2015 Sophie Okonedo Will Return to New York TheaterSophie Okonedo has been tapped to star in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in New York in 2016. According to the Daily Mail, the production will be helmed by Ivo van Hove; no word yet on theater or specific dates. Okonedo won the Tony last year for her Broadway debut in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.What Show is Kelli O’Hara Doing Again?It’s Friday, so we like to leave you on a high note, or even better one of Kelli O’Hara’s high notes. Check out the adorable video below of the five-time Tony nominee singing with the kids of The King and I a number from…The Sound of Music. We presume they’ll have their Rodgers and Hammerstein tuners straight before they officially open at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 16. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Jake Gyllenhaal Fights for Oona Laurence in Southpaw TrailerBroadway alum Jake Gyllenhaal’s movie Southpaw, co-starring former Matilda lead Oona Laurence, will hit theaters on July 31 and the first trailer certainly packs a punch. A pumped-up Gyllenhaal plays a boxer in danger of losing his daughter (Laurence) in the family drama. Check it out below—it’s crystal clear why Gyllenhaal is generating so much buzz on stage and screen this year, and how the Tony-winning magical maggot has lined up a string of screen projects.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Sharknado Circles BroadwayCould a stage adaptation of cult TV disaster film Sharknado take a big bite out of Broadway? Its screenwriter Thunder Levin certainly hopes so. “I think it would be hilarious to do Sharknado: The Musical,” he told the New York Daily News. “They could get some Broadway musical guys to write the songs and the music, but you’ve got to let me write the script. We could call it Sharknado: The Great White Way.” While you wait for some “Broadway musical guys” to get their teeth into the project, you can look forward to watching Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, which premieres on the Syfy channel on July 22. Or something.Clyde Alves’ Shore LeaveClyde Alves is heading to Birdland! The On the Town star will perform an evening of original music on July 20 at the Big Apple hotspot. Joined by fellow Broadway performers Robyn Hurder and Rebecca Riker, expect a mix of folk, rock, soul and reggae sounds.Michelle Obama’s Theatrical WeekendFirst Lady Michelle Obama has had a very Broadway-centric few days! There was the invite to the White House for the cast of Aladdin, and then she herself visited the Tony-winning productions of The King and I and Kinky Boots. Check out the thank you note the First Lady penned to the latter’s cast below! View Comments Owen Wilson & Jennifer Aniston’s Broadway ComedyAfter all the excitement surrounding the Oscar-winning Birdman, Hollywood has tapped Broadway again! She’s Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich’s first feature film in 13 years, is a comedy set behind the scenes of a Great White Way show. Starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots and more, check out the trailer below (and keep your eyes peeled for some classic Main Stem hangouts!).
The excitement never stops on the Great White Way, from Hedwig bidding auf Wiedersehen to a U.K. Elphaba riding her broom across the pond. Before you head off to whatever your big weekend plans might be, we’re here to school you. Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, Lessons of the Week!Laura Benanti’s Missing F*cking #LiveatFive(Almost) every day at (more or less) 5 PM, the Broadway.com staff brings you #LiveatFive on the live-streaming app Periscope. On exciting days, we discuss what’s going on on the Broadway. On slow news days, we, uh, eat Chipotle and talk about Aaron Tveit. But it seems Tony-winning Twitter guru Laura Benanti hasn’t gotten the memo. Giving you major side-eye, Laura. And we learned from the master.Christopher Jackson Stays CenteredAh, the power of meditation. Nothing relieves stress like thinking of nothing while maintaining a neutral position. Behold Hamilton favorite Christopher Jackson in practice as he endures the most childish, insane, weird and insulting interview on local news. We’re talking colonoial costumes, powdered wigs and the most unfortunate attempt at freestyling ever. Say it with us, Chis. Ohm!Queen Lesli Shouldn’t Reign Down UndahOur favorite/only monarch-turned-vlogger Lesli Margherita is about to leave Matilda and set sail for Dames at Sea. In her penultimate Looks Not Books episode, she proved that Australia would not be the right pick for a between-show vacay. After sampling Aussie staple vegemite, the Queen did everything short of projectile vomiting in the men’s dressing room, which would officially be the worst parting gift in Broadway history.Daphne Bakes the Worst Pies in New YorkAttend the tale of Mimi Todd. Her pants were blue and her candle flawed. Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rent’s original feline of Avenue B, is heading to Labyrinth Theater Company’s Empanada Loca, a one-woman show inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd. It’s about a drug dealer/masseuse who resides in the subway tunnels of New York. What happens next? Sir, times is hard. Times is hard.The Jacobses Will Be 1 Though They’re 2Broadway siblings Adam and Arielle Jacobs are rocking magic carpets and jeweled shoes, respectively, in Aladdin and Wicked on the Great White Way, but there’s another (slightly freakier) show they want to take on together. The duo revealed that if/when they headline a 54 Below act, they’d have to perform Side Show anthem “I Will Never Leave You.” Screw 54 Below. Is it too soon for another Side Show revival?Rory O’Malley Moonlights as an AgentHe may have earned a Tony nom for his performance as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, but Rory O’Malley’s talents extend far beyond the stage. Fresh face Grey Henson, who currently plays McKinley in the hit, revealed that he got the part after O’Malley, a fellow Carnegie Mellon alum, recommended him to a casting director. Hey Rory, do you mind if we slip you some resumes? We have a great idea for a Side Show revival.eHarmony’s Buzzing with Tony WinnerseHarmony claims to match (straight) couples on 29 “Dimensions of Compatibility,” and apparently, the ability to win awards for singing your face off is one of them. Victoria Clark recently married Thomas Reidy, whom she had met on the dating site. At the celebration was her Sister Act co-star Patina Miller, who also met her husband on eHarmony. Hey, Liza! We have 29 questions for you.Heidi’s the Peanut Butter to Our ChocolateMaybe we don’t need eHarmony after all! On the latest Renaissance Woman, Heidi Blickenstaff twice confessed her love for the holy matrimony that is chocolate and peanut butter. Are you trying to tell us something, HBlix? Have you been catching our incessant hints? Why don’t you stop by? We have plenty of books and wine. And most importantly, people send us Reese’s.Broadway Is the New Sin CityIn a push to cater to all types of audiences, the Great White Way is starting to feel a little Vegas-y. Penn & Teller just ended their stint at the Marquis Theatre. The Illusionists are reappearing this fall. Cirque du Soleil is taking up residency at the Lyric, starting with next summer’s Paramour. Say what you want about the commercialization of Broadway; we can’t wait for Wicked to install those Elphaba and Glinda-themed slot machines in the lobby. Jackpot?Broadway.com Needs a Time TurnerRemind us not to schedule any eHarmony dates for September 27. First, there’s the Broadway Flea Market, then there’s Elsie Fest with Darren Criss, Aaron Tveit, Laura Osnes, Lea Salonga and more. Then, after a nap, we’ll be at the opening night of Spring Awakening. We have just over a month to figure out how to lead parallel lives a la Liz/Beth to make this work. Does anyone have a cardigan we can borrow? View Comments Laura Benanti Star Files Christopher Jackson