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
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cold winter months bring overcrowded shelters on Long Island, but adopting,not shopping for your new best friend can help.Here are some of the many adorable animals that are available for adoption this week.Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington:If what you’re looking for is tall, dark and handsome, then William is your guy! He isthe coolest, making an excellent dinner partner or equally happy to just take a stroll inthe park with you. William would prefer to have all of your attention and in turn will beyour devoted companion and love you forever. Charm is a lovely girl who loves to be pet and will meow at you until you give her some attention and much-needed love. Her favorite part of the cattery is in the kitchen on one of the shelves. As soon as someone walks into the cattery, Charm is right there at their feet meowing…waiting to be loved. She is also a very good eater as she loves her wet food and treats. So, if you’re looking for someone loves to be pet and loved then Charm is your girl.Mila is a 12-year-old Chihuahua mix who is described as a spunky little senior who seeks attention from anyone she meets. She comes right up to the staff and begs for them to pick her up since she loves to be held! Who could resist such an adorable face? Her happy-go-lucky nature can put a smile on anybody’s face.For more information on adopting William, Charm and Mila, please call the Little Shelterat 631-368-8770, or stop in for a visit at 33 Warner Rd. in Huntington.Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington:MidnightLook at this handsome tuxedo cat! Midnight (reference number D48165) is a healthy 7-year-old boy who arrived at the shelter this past summer. Midnight has proved a million ways to the moon and back that he loves loves loves humans very much, but isn’t much of a fan of furry friends. This loveable fella would make a wonderful loyal companion to any cat experienced human.Midnight loves to play, but loves snuggling with his besties even more! On his wish list is a quiet place with older children who can give him the space and confidence he needs to thrive in his new home. If you or someone you know can give Midnight his very own lap to spend forever on, please contact the North Shore Animal League at [email protected] today!Available for adoption at The Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter:JesseJessie is a girl after my own heart! As the owner of a Retriever/Pointer, I can tell youthese dogs are the best around! Jessie is described as a sweet gal who is shy around new folks. Jessie would definitely benefit from multiple visits by a potential adopter because once she becomes comfortable with you, you have a friend for life! Jessie would do best in an adult home that would give her all the comfort and assurance she needs. Trust me- you will love making Jessie your new best friend!PeppaPeppa is quite a catch! This 4-year-old “low-rider” American Staffordshire Terrier is solow to the ground that when she is sniffing something her belly almost touches the floor!Peppa likes to go for long walks on the shelter’s nature trail or enjoys a nice scratchingsession by her person. Peppa is an affectionate and funny dog that would like to be theonly pet in the home.Call the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter at 516-944-8220 for more information on adopting Jessie and Peppa.Available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh:CharlotteAs a cat lover and former Russian Blue mix owner, I can agree that 4-year-oldCharlotte would make a super awesome best feline friend to any family! Charlotte’sowner recently passed away leaving Charlotte no choice but to become a resident at Last Hope. Charlotte has lived with other cats and even two dogs so she would work well in a multi-pet house. Sweet Charlotte is FIV positive, but that won’t stop her from living a long, full life! Don’t miss your opportunity to take this gorgeous gal home today.For more information on adopting Charlotte, please contact Last Hope Animal Rescue atlasthopeanimalrescue.orgAs always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!
The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence.The agency allowed for the drugs to be “donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible,” HHS said in a statement, announcing that Sandoz donated 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to the stockpile and Bayer donated 1 million doses of chloroquine.Dr. Aileen Marty is an infectious diseases expert at FIU and she told the South Florida Morning Show that the emergency approval of cholorquine will make a big difference therapeutically in stopping the spread and treated those who are already sick.The move was supported by the White House, part of a larger Trump-backed effort to speed the use of anti-malaria drugs as a potential therapy for a virus that has no proven treatment or cure. FDA already has allowed New York state to test administering the medication to seriously ill patients, and some hospitals have added it to their treatment protocols.“Let’s see how it works,” Trump said at a press briefing on Sunday, referencing New York state’s efforts. “It may. It may not.”“Scientists in America and around the world have identified multiple potential therapeutics for COVID19, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar tweeted on Sunday night, praising Trump and the EUA.
With the start of another Bellator MMA campaign, the same frequently asked question rises to the surface: Is this the year the Scott Coker-helmed company closes the gap on the UFC, shrinking the distance between the world’s leading promotion and its closest North American competitor?While no one questions the UFC’s market dominance, anyone who surveys the MMA landscape would also have to admit that the opportunity for things to change in terms of the distribution of talent and the overall amount of interest in the Bellator product has never been greater. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFor the first time in a number of years — perhaps ever — Bellator MMA can make a case for having the top fighter in the world in multiple divisions and several others who are candidates for top-five billing in their respective weight classes.Gegard Mousasi could very well be the top middleweight in the sport and welterweight kingpin Rory MacDonald boasts a victory over his UFC counterpart Tyron Woodley, so an argument exists there too, while Michael Chandler, Patricio Freire and Julia Budd all have the requisite accomplishments to be considered top-tier talents in their divisions as well.Additionally, light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader is making a serious bid for consideration on the pound-for-pound list as he attempts to become the promotion’s first “Double Champ” this weekend and there are numerous young talents scattered throughout the roster with the potential to become foundational pieces for the company as soon as this year, all of which has the promotion trending upward.And with more and more fighters genuinely exploring free agency, the opportunity is there for even more established talent to follow suit in the year ahead, and the appeal has likely never been greater.The lure of saying, “I fight in the UFC” isn’t the same as it was four or five years ago, where the majority of competitors approached their careers with the Octagon as the only destination in mind.Now, an increasing number of athletes are basing their decisions on having more diverse, more frequent opportunities, rather than operating with a “UFC or Bust” mentality.Seeing the trio of UFC ex-pats ascend to the top of the respective divisions and tackle different challenges — like Bader participating in the Heavyweight Grand Prix and Mousasi and MacDonald facing off in a “Champion vs. Champion” bout — is going to be appealing to competitors who have felt overlooked or held back while competing elsewhere.Even in those instances where new arrivals haven’t quickly won gold or immediately entered into the title picture, the vast majority have become main card staples and been given the chance to work their way into contention, garnering more exposure and attention than they did in their previous stops more often than not, which adds to the company’s appeal as a destination for free agents.Heading into 2019, Bellator MMA carries a level of intrigue that it hasn’t really had in recent years when it relied more heavily on faded stars and forced matchups.As much as the Heavyweight Grand Prix featured as many non-heavyweights as it did residents of the big boy division, it was effective in holding the audience’s attention throughout the year and resulted in the best-case scenario coming to pass for this weekend’s finale, with Bader squaring off against Fedor Emelianenko.Although it began last year, the Welterweight Grand Prix should do the same in 2019, with the added twist of MacDonald’s title being on the line each time he steps into the cage, starting with his quarterfinal matchup against Jon Fitch in April.Mix in the next stage in the development of prospects-turned-contenders Aaron Pico and A.J. McKee, more opportunities for promising talents like Tywan Claxton or neophytes Logan Storley and A.J. Agazarm, and the continued emergence of 2018 breakout star Ilima-Lei Macfarlane alongside stalwarts like Chandler, Freire and Budd and Bellator has a strong collection of compelling fighters to track throughout the year.With its move to DAZN and the increased traction it has built over the last year or two, there is no question that 2019 is a crucial year for Bellator MMA and one that offers the company an opportunity to establish an even stronger position within the MMA landscape.That being said, rather than trying to chase down the UFC and top spot in the promotional hierarchy, the smarter course of action and the one Coker & Co. are far more likely to take going forward is to continue down the road to becoming Strikeforce 2.0 and solidifying their place as an entertaining alternative to the sport’s most prominent brand.Strikeforce developed a loyal, passionate following as it went from being a kickboxing organization and a regional promotion in California to being broadcast on CBS and Showtime, offering a mix of established names and talented prospects, many of whom have gone on to become major stars in the sport.Bellator MMA has a similar feel right now and looks to follow a similar path, with younger talented getting headlining opportunities on smaller shows and behind the more established names on bigger cards, while a core group of champions and contenders will continue to feature prominently in the main event picture throughout the year.While there is more competition for audience eyeballs today than there was when Strikeforce made its major push a decade ago, within the combat sports space itself, Bellator MMA is in a good position to make some gains and grow its brand in 2019. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe pieces are in place with several talent-rich divisions, some popular, established champions and a heap of truly impressive prospects on the rise. Now it’s just about putting it all together in a cohesive fashion and making the most of this opportunity.If all goes well, the organization should enter 2020 as the scrappy critical darling making things interesting in the MMA promotional hierarchy.