View Comments To commemorate the official opening, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of McDonald embodying the legendary blues singer, gin in tow and backed by her band. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Audra McDonald Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Related Shows Star Files Somebody’s on our minds, and she’s giving one hell of a performance. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, opens on April 13. Under the direction of Lonny Price, the bio-show, written by Lanie Robertson, will run through June 1 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Welcome back to Broadway, McDonald, and happy opening to everyone at Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. We’ll be the ones crying at the lounge table a few rows back.
Swoon For Bridges One Last TimeMay 18 at the Schoenfeld TheatreIt’s the end of the road for The Bridges of Madison County, the beautifully bittersweet musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. So make sure you catch Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale as the two strangers whose lives get thrown for a passionate loop over a heated four-day romance in the most exotic of locales: Iowa! If you need a fix afterwards, fear not—there’s the novel, the movie, and of course, this fan fiction. Click for tickets! Learn Lessons From Kate BaldwinMay 15 at 54 BelowLet’s be honest: we’d pay to hear Kate Baldwin sing a takeout menu. But the Tony nominee singing her Broadway favorites while sharing the lessons she learned in her journey from college student to the star of Finian’s Rainbow and Big Fish? We’re so in! That’s the focus of Baldwin’s Sing Pretty, Don’t Fall Down, her first NYC solo concert in three years. Click for tickets! Get Creeped Out by Michael ShannonMay 17 at Theatre for a New AudienceThe perpetually intense Michael Shannon is playing a “cheerful, well-meaning everyman?” What the what? Hold on. In Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 play The Killer, Shannon begins as a man who discovers a dream city of beautiful gardens and stunning architecture near his own shabby digs. But there’s a catch. No, not sky high rents and limited parking. A serial killer is running amok! And you thought stalled subways were a pain. Click for tickets! Michael Shannon Support the ClassicsMay 12 at the Hudson Theatre in the Millenium Broadway HotelWant to dress up like a million-dollar trooper and support the arts? Well, the Classic Stage Company provides the perfect opportunity with its annual Musical Masterworks Gala. This year, a collection of stage stars, including Jeremy Jordan, Brooke Shields and Santino Fontana, salute Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and Lorenz Hart. Try your best not to sing along—or get mustard on your gown. Click for tickets! Spring is finally, officially, here. Woo-hoo! But if Mother Nature suddenly plays some sick meteorological joke and New York gets blasted with a blizzard, that’s still no excuse to say inside. There’s plenty of great stuff happening this week, including the arrival of a new Phantom and Christine, the early departure of a new musical, and a Broadway belle’s one-woman show. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! View Comments See Norm Lewis Make HistoryMay 12 at the Majestic TheatreIt’s time to go down to the Phantom’s lair once more! Tony nominee Norm Lewis debuts as the first African-American to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Even better: It’s the venerable actor’s dream role, so he’ll be primed. Even betterer: He’s playing opposite his Little Mermaid co-star, the returning Sierra Boggess, who is “the best Christine,” according to Andrew Lloyd Webber. So, yeah, this is a “dear diary” moment waiting to happen. Click for tickets! Star Files
Laura Osnes 3. Kristin Chenoweth, Wicked—9% We’re just months away from the Tony winner’s return to Broadway, but if we’re bringing Idina back to Oz, why not Kristin? She’s on record saying that she would be up for playing Madame Morrible in the inevitable Wicked movie, and that’s crossed our minds as well. Honestly, Cheno, you can play whomever you want to play. Doctor Dillamond for all we care. We’d be jazzed either way. 2. Laura Osnes, Cinderella—14% Once a princess, always a princess, right? Osnes took home two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for her performance in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic (for Favorite Actress and Favorite Onstage pair with Santino Fontana). While there are plenty of roles we’d love to see the Broadway darling take on in the near future (ahem, NBC), a Great White Way return would certainly make for a lovely night, and then some. Star Files Who says you can have too much of a good thing? We have Constantine Maroulis reprising his Tony-nominated performance as Drew in Rock of Ages next month and Tony winner Andrea Martin swinging back into Pippin as Berthe after that. That had us thinking—which other original star would you like to see return home to a current Broadway show? We made you choose, and here’s who you voted for! Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Idina Menzel 1. Idina Menzel, Wicked—32% Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Let’s be real. Idina Menzel would probably win a “Who’s your favorite Jersey Boy?” poll around here. But we can’t disagree that it would be amazing to see the Frozen queen reprise her Tony-winning performance as Elphaba. A lot has happened in the past ten years since she last threw on the green on Broadway, but as she proves in her powerhouse performance in If/Then, Menzel’s still got what it takes to belt her face off eight times a week. Now grab a broom and get back on that floating platform thing.
We’ve got a sweet tooth for John Cameron Mitchell! The Hedwig and the Angry Inch book writer and original star will light up Broadway as the East German transgender rock goddess at the Belasco Theatre. He takes over for current Hedwig Michael C. Hall beginning January 21, 2015 for an eight-week engagement; Hall will play his last performance on January 18. The news follows the previously reported speculation that the Hedwig star of off-Broadway and screen would put on some makeup once more on the Great White Way.Tony winner Lena Hall continues with the production as Yitzhak. View Comments Related Shows Mitchell wrote the book for Hedwig alongside composer Stephen Trask, and the stars performed early versions of the musical at Don Hill’s and the Westbeth Theatre Center. Mitchell later starred in the off-Broadway incarnation of the hit musical at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998. He directed, wrote and starred in the 2001 film adaptation of Hedwig, garnering a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Mitchell has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Big River and Six Degrees of Separation, and was most recently seen on the small screen in Girls, playing David Pressler-Goings, Hannah’s book publisher. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Directed by Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened April 22, 2014, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. Andrew Rannells subsequently stepped into Harris’ heels. The musical tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Hedwig and the Angry Inch “I am in equal parts thrilled and terrified to be returning to Hedwig. 15 years ago she kicked my butt so hard that I quit acting,” said Mitchell in a statement. “But like an expertly face-lifted ex-wife, she’s lured me back. The killer new work by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall have left much larger pumps to fill. Here’s hoping I don’t need a walker by the end of the run.”
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, which recently played a six-month limited engagement at the West End’s Dominion Theatre, is staying in London. The production will play a limited engagement October 10 through January 3, 2016 at the Playhouse Theatre.The cast will be led by James Keegan and Morgan Comer, who have starred in the West End and U.K. touring shows of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.Flatley’s latest show Dangerous Games has new technology, including holographs, special effects lighting, dancing robots, acrobats and a great team of Irish Dancers. The score is composed by Gerard Fahy. View Comments
View Comments Something wonderful is happening at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre: stage fave Marin Mazzie is making a welcome return to the Great White Way in The King and I following a battle with ovarian cancer. Just as her character Anna Leonowens has much to teach the King of Siam’s children, theater fans have a lot to learn from Mazzie, who is now taking your questions. From her dream co-star (besides current leading man Daniel Dae Kim, obvs) to her tips for rocking a hoop skirt, send your questions below, whistle a happy tune and be sure to watch when Mazzie reveals her answers!&lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1xtr80d02255jh/&quot; href=&quot;https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/m1xtr80d02255jh/&quot;&gt;Fill out my Wufoo form!&lt;/a&gt; Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 The King and I Marin Mazzie(Photo: Paul Kolnik)
Vermont businesses were recognized recently by the Vermont Travel Industry Conference (VTIC) for marketing and business excellence in promoting travel to and within Vermont. The award winners were also acknowledged for their efforts in gaining exposure for the wealth of activities to experience in our state.The Awards Selection Committee, comprised of members of the tourism industry, selected the winners for their commitment to the Vermont economy, as well as respect for the environment and achieving exceptional levels of customer service. Recognizing that the travel and tourism industry is a critical factor in our state economy, the committee selected the winners based on effectiveness, creativity, innovation, and results.Marketing Excellence award winners include:Co-op Marketing (an effort using pooled resources promoting a common product or experience): Killington Chamber of Commerce and Topnotch ResortNew Media(electronic, Internet, or interactive promotions): Basin Harbor ClubNiche Marketing (marketing efforts directed toward a specific type of traveler): Vermont Maple Open House WeekendPrint Collateral (any printed piece): Smugglers’ Notch ResortSpecial Promotion (promoting a special event): Trapp Family Lodge.The Selection Committee also granted an award of Marketing Excellence to the Brandon Artists Guild for The Really Really Pig Show, a community-wide event which received national media attention.Tourism Business award winners include:Customer Service Programs: Topnotch ResortExpansion and Job Creation: Topnotch ResortLand Stewardship: Stratton Mountain Resort was recognized for their efforts to preserve and protect Vermont’s landscape and natural resources.Friend of the Farmer: Diane Konrady, Vermont Department of Tourism & MarketingTravel Person of the Year: Sue Kruthers, Vermont Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government AffairsThe Vermont Travel Industry Conference is a non-profit organization comprised of a coalition of state, private, non-profit, and business organizations.
Governor Douglas Appoints Reiber Chief JusticeMontpelier, Vt.-Associate Supreme Court Justice Paul Reiber has beenappointed the next Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, GovernorJim Douglas has announced.Reiber, who believes the mark of a good jurist is to be fair-minded andbalanced, said he is looking forward to the opportunity to lead thejudiciary. “This is an exciting opportunity to help lead the judiciaryforward in the years ahead,” Reiber said. “I am honored and humbled bythis extraordinary opportunity.””I believe that Justice Reiber has the experience, the wisdom and thepersonal demeanor to lead the judiciary,” Douglas said. “Paul is wellrespected by the bench, the bar and his community as a fair, honest,hard-working, and thoughtful individual. He has served Vermont well as anAssociate Justice, and will serve us well as the Chief Justice.”Reiber, 57, is a resident of Chittenden, Vermont; prior to his appointmentas Associate Justice in September, 2003, served in the private practice oflaw for 29 years. His practice over the years has been diverse and he hasserved on the Judicial Nominating Board and the Supreme Court’sProfessional Responsibility Board.Reiber graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1970 and fromSuffolk Law School in 1974.Reiber’s appointment as Chief Justice will require Douglas to appoint aremaining vacancy on the state’s Supreme Court.###
The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) welcomes the following new members:Dinny Adamson, Hopkins Book Shop; Sarah Bartlett, Women Writing for a Change; Dona Bate, dbate consulting; Debra Cox, Village Furniture; Julie Cubino, Harmony at Last; Teresa Davis, Makeup Artist Guild; Michelle Du Brul, All Your Business Needs; Heidi Fishman, Ed.D., Heidi Fishman, Psychologist; Denise Gaudreau, Threadneedle Fabrics, Inc; Kirsten Gehlbach, Results Marketing; Donna Greven, ELDON’S, LLC; Robin Gronlund, Intrinsic Marketing; Amy Gurney, KAS Inc; Kathy Hartl, Hartlwrites; Vivian Infantino, Make-up Artist Guild; Kimberly LaBarge, Schiffman & Company, P.C.; Laura Lind-Blum, Playful Power; Joanne Littler, Pine Ledge Fiber Studio; Karen Maxon, Usana; Ingrid Moulton, Banwell Architects , P.C.; Jennifer Randolph, Randolph Neuropsychology Associates, PLLC; Suzanne Schittina, Fleischer Jacobs Group; Suzanne Schmitt, Educorp; Donna Sherman, Cruise Planners; Rebecca Siegel, Thoughtmap Designs; Elizabeth Skinner, Young Rembrandts; Sharon Snow, Making Change; Kitty Werner, RSB Press; Liz Whitaker-Freitas, Smith Street Design; and Patricia Williams, Patricia Williams, LCSW.The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is a Vermont-based non-profit association for women business owners. Since 1984, WBON has been offering a forum for members to exchange information and resources in an atmosphere of mutual respect.For more information, go to www.wbon.org(link is external) or call 802-363-WBON.###
State Auditor’s Office Releases Audit of Orange County:County Finances Not Being Managed in a Sound Manner;Numerous Internal Control Deficiencies NotedMONTPELIER – Finances at the Orange County Courthouse are not being handled ina fiscally responsible manner, and poor management by the county’s elected assistant judgeshas contributed to the problem, according to a 32-page report released today by the Office ofState Auditor Tom Salmon, CPA.Salmon commissioned the audit in May before he was called to active duty as a memberof the U.S. Navy Reserve; he is now deployed in Iraq. The audit initially targeted payrollprocedures due to citizen concerns about possible improprieties, but was broadened to includea range of internal controls and financial procedures and transactions.”We found a number of financial errors, poor procedures and controls, missingdocumentation and weak record-keeping,” said Deputy State Auditor George Thabault, “butwe did not find evidence of any misappropriation of assets.” Questioned costs on a number ofmatters totaled $7,337, some of which has already been paid back to the county.The report noted that many problems stem from the fact that the county has notestablished adequate accounting and personnel policies and procedures, and that there is alack of segregation of duties and insufficient review of county disbursements. (Segregation ofduties is the division of key duties and responsibilities among different staff to reduce the riskof errors and fraud.)Auditors noted, among other findings:- some employee earned benefits which were not accounted for sufficiently, andsignificant compensatory time (‘comp time’) of 213 hours and $3,648 for oneemployee could not be substantiated by any documentation;- one employee was paid for 80 hours in a pay period but only had 59 hours markedon the time sheet; the employee was also overpaid $523 when the county paid for aretroactive raise;- the county did not make timely deposits of federal income taxes;- the county incorrectly calculated accrued vacation and sick time for employees;- the county clerk is not authorized under state law to sign checks, but signed about25 percent of checks tested;- the county maintains five bank accounts with the Mascoma Savings Bank, andaccount reconciliations were often performed late, had significant unreconcileddifferences, and were not reviewed by a supervisor; and- county officers were not complying with several state statutes that require certainquarterly and annual financial reports, and publication of annual financial details inlocal newspapers.Among other minor errors, auditors found that two employees did not withhold or payenough to cover the cost of dental insurance premiums for family members. Both have sincereimbursed the county a total of $638. Auditors issued approximately 30 recommendations toimprove policies, procedures and monitoring of county disbursements.The business operations of Orange County government are directed by Assistant JudgesPrudence Pease and Maurice Brown. Assistant judges are elected for four-year terms byCounty voters.The Orange County assistant judges currently receive a salary of $9,500 each per year,with health and other benefits; the county budget is approximately $700,000. All CountyAssistant Judges also receive State part-time compensation at $142.04 a day for judicial dutiesperformed in Family Court, Superior Court, Traffic Court, meetings and trainings.In their response to the audit, the assistant judges expressed general agreement with thefindings; they noted they have already improved procedures related to reporting state funds,and promised to quickly implement fiscal management procedures to address the reportsrecommendations.Please note:The full report can be found on State Auditor Tom Salmon’s web sitewww.auditor.vermont.gov(link is external)(Click on Audits and Reports, then Special Audits.)– 30 —