He’s on Broadway, Bitch! Emmy Winner Bryan Cranston on Going From Drug Dealer to President

first_img Related Shows “There’s more immediate reward on this stage than there was on the Breaking Bad set,” Cranston said. “You’re in the moment. You can say something and then hear an audience gasp or just hear them feel a sentence. Or laugh. It’s very powerful. With television and film, it’s different. It’s fun too but you have to wait a long time for that indulgence.” All the Way All The Way begins performances on February 10 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Say my name! Bryan Cranston is trading Heisenberg’s pork pie hat for LBJ’s spectacles in Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way. The Breaking Bad star is making his Broadway debut in the biographical play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year of presidency and his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Rolling Stone caught up with the actor about his new gig. And now for the most important question: Will Cranston’s Breaking Bad co-star and “pal for life” Aaron Paul see the show? “He better!” Cranston said. View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 “I was searching for something that would resonate with people,” Cranston said about choosing his next acting job. “It had to be entertaining, of course, but it also had to have some meaning beyond the words. I found a lot of layers in this show.” The screen star prepared to take on the iconic figure by reading up and visiting the LBJ Presidential Library in Texas. “A lot of things surprised me about his nature. He was a man who was accomplished and determined and politically savvy. At the same time there was a humorous side to him, and a fragility to his character that is also very interesting.” Bryan Cranstonlast_img read more

Weekend Poll! What Is the Ultimate New York City Musical?

first_img View Comments There’s nothing better than a beautiful spring day in New York City—not that we’ve experienced many of those days this year, but we’re still holding out hope! Even though the weather outside is still kinda, well, terrible, you can still live vicariously through Idina Menzel and her pals as they hang out in Madison Square Park in the new Broadway musical If/Then. The city-centric tuner by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey officially opens on March 30, so we’re definitely in a New York state of mind. We started thinking of all the musicals set in the Big Apple, and we’ve narrowed the choices down to 18 stellar stories set in the city that never sleeps. Which one is the quintessential New York City musical? Cast your vote below!last_img

Taylor Louderman & More Set for Grease at Paper Mill

first_img Additional cast members include Morgan Weed as Betty Rizzo, Shane Donovan as Kenickie and Dana Steingold as Frenchy, as well as Tommy Bracco, Joey Sorge, Donna English, Tess Soltau, Matt Wood, Leela Rothenberg, Eloise Kropp, Tyler Jones, Kat Nejat, Kevin Santos, Gillian Munsayac, Mike Longo and Kate Bailey. Grease, the popular musical following teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s, opened on Broadway in June 1972 and has since seen two Broadway revivals, along with the celebrated 1978 film adaptation. Directed by Daniel Goldstein, the Paper Mill production has a book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with additional songs by John Farrar, Barry Gibb, Scott Simon and Louis St. Louis. The cast is now set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of Grease, the last show of the New Jersey company’s 2013-14 75th Anniversary season. The tuner will star Bring it On’s Taylor Louderman as Sandy Dumbrowski, Bobby Conte Thornton as Danny Zuko, two-time Tony nominee Robin De Jesus as Doody and former Broadway.com vlogger Telly Leung as Teen Angel. The show will turn on the jukebox beginning May 28 and run through June 29. Opening night is scheduled for June 1. View Comments Star Files Telly Leung Taylor Loudermanlast_img read more

Watch Barbra Streisand & Jimmy Fallon Perform a Duets Medley

first_imgThe days of the spray-painted off-white microphone are long gone. Barbra Streisand released her latest album—titled Partners—on September 15. The set list features an assortment of duets with Babs and various recording artists, from Blake Shelton to Michael Bublé to the late Elvis Presley. To celebrate the album drop, the legendary diva stopped by The Tonight Show, in her first appearance on the NBC staple since 1963 (back when Johnny Carson was host), and provided a taste of some of the tracks. And since Shelton, Bublé and (obviously) Presley weren’t around, who better to step in than Jimmy Fallon himself? The two rocked out to “Love Me Tender,” “I’d Want It to Be You” and “It Had to Be You.” Will Fallon appear on Babs’ next duets album? We definitely wouldn’t mind. Perhaps “Small World” from Gypsy? View Commentslast_img read more

Phantom Will Get the Small Screen Treatment

first_img Related Shows The show will not be a tuner, but rather a one-hour scripted drama based on Gaston Leroux’s novel. Rest assured, it will still contain musical elements. Think ABC’s other music drama, Nashville, but with less country and presumably more chandeliers. And maybe organs. View Comments No timeline has been announced for the potential series, but while you wait, you can check out The Phantom of the Opera—the musical, that is—at the Majestic Theatre, where it has been playing on Broadway for over 26 years. The current cast includes Norm Lewis and Mary Michael Patterson. The Phantom of the Opera is here….inside your screen. ABC has picked up a Phantom of the Opera-themed pilot set in (wait for it) the modern-day music business. Yes, Christine Daae is going Platinum. According to TVLine, First Date composers Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner will pen the screenplay, with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry executive producing alongside Sabrina Wind. The Phantom of the Opera from $29.00last_img read more

Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men Extends Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Straight White Men View Comments An alternative take on the most wonderful time of year! Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men has extended through December 14 off-Broadway. The New York premiere, directed by the author, had been set to close on December 7 at the Public’s Martinson Theater. It officially opened on November 17. Straight White Men is Lee’s traditionally structured take on the classic American father-son drama. When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? Related Shows The cast includes Austin Pendelton, Pete Simpson, James Stanley and Gary Wilmes.last_img read more

Garen Scribner Will Replace Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris

first_img Well, we already know that he’s got rhythm! Garen Scribner is set to step center stage in the Broadway production of An American in Paris as Jerry Mulligan. He currently serves as headliner Robert Fairchild’s alternate in the role. Fairchild will play his final performance on March 13 at the Palace Theatre; Scribner will begin on March 15.Following his Broadway bow, Scribner will also star in the previously announced national tour of the musical. Starring opposite him on the road will be Sara Esty, who currently plays the role of Lise Dassin at select performances on Broadway.Scribner is making his Broadway debut in An American in Paris. A former soloist with the San Francisco Ballet and artist of Nederlands Dans Theater I, he is a high school graduate of UNCSA.Dimitri Kleioris, a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet who can be seen on the Starz series Flesh and Bone, will take over Scribner’s track as the alternate Jerry, going on for select performances beginning the week of March 15.Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the tuner tells the tale of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.An American in Paris features music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The show includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher.The cast currently includes Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen. Related Shows View Comments Garen Scribner center_img An American in Paris Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016last_img read more

Congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o as Eclipsed Officially Opens

first_imgAbout 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. Lupita Nyong’o plays The Girl amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War in Eclipsed, which opens officially on Broadway on March 6. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the production, which follows the captive wives of a rebel officer, is playing at the John Golden Theatre. To celebrate the Broadway premiere of Danai Gurira’s play, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the Oscar winner alongside Saycon Sengbloh as Helena, Pascale Armand as Bessie, Akosua Busia as Rita and Zainab Jah as Maima.Broadway.com wishes all involved a happy opening! © Justin “Squigs” Robertson View Comments Eclipsed Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016last_img read more

Preventing Peanut Virus

first_imgSince there is no cure for TSW, prevention is everything — and the only thing — thatcan make a difference. But farmers now have a new tool to assess their crop’s risk for the deadly tomatospotted wilt virus. Now they can learn how to reduce that risk. In fact, about half the peanut butter produced in the U.S. is made from Georgiapeanuts. The average American eats about 3.3 pounds of peanut butter every year. Tomato spotted wilt is a viral disease that can wipe out a peanut crop. Georgia peanut farmers send about half their crop, nearly 700 million pounds, topeanut butter factories. It’s a virus, it’s incurable and it has cost Georgia peanut farmers more than $50 millionin just the past two years. The disease has infected Georgia peanuts only in the past 10 years. But it has becomemore important every year since it was found in 1986. In 1996, the scientists created a simple-to-use index of those risk factors. Farmers nowcan use the index to lower their risk of getting TSW in their peanut fields. Cochran used the risk index in 1996 and decided to change his peanut variety, hisplanting dates and how he treated for insect control. Brown said no single factor effectively controls the disease. But together they canchange how TSW affects peanut yields. “Peanut variety, planting date, plant population, virus history in the field andat-planting insect control all affect how likely the virus is to cause problems,” he said. Brown said the risk index is a unique way to manage a pest. “This is the first risk indexthat I know of,” he said. Albert Culbreath, a plant pathologist with the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station,said the virus attacks the plant, interfering with peanut production. Instead of growingleaves and peanuts, the plant begins making more viral cells. “There isn’t anything farmers can do for their crop once it’s infected,” said Steve L.Brown, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We have toavoid high-risk situations.” In the past they’ve tried to control its spread by controlling the thrips that carry it fromfield to field. Those efforts have proven nearly worthless. By the time farmers spray tocontrol the tiny insects, the plants are already infected. The disease struck later in the season in 1996. The later it infests a field, the lower itsimpact on yields. It also makes the plant more susceptible to other diseases and more sensitive toenvironmental stress, including drought, excess moisture and insects. Research in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences shows thatmany factors affect whether and how severely TSW will infect a field. But they can change some practices that affect the disease’s severity. “We’ve got to approach this problem from several different directions to conquer it,”he said. Tomato spotted wilt virus struck fast and hard in nearly all of Georgia’s 533,000peanut acres in 1996. “We saw a higher incidence of it in 1996 than in 1995,” Brownsaid. “But yield losses were greater in 1995.” Worth County peanut farmer Johnny Cochran said TSW “nearly wiped out my 1995irrigated peanut crop — I had to do something!” Cochran figures he lost about 1,000pounds per acre. TSW cost peanut farmers as much as $33 million in 1995 — about 8 percent of thecrop’s total value. “Losses due to tomato spotted wilt were estimated to be greater than any other diseasein 1995,” Brown said. “You can’t cure it, but farmers can change their managementpractices to reduce the damage TSW can do.” “This isn’t the perfect answer to tomato spotted wilt,” Brown said. “But it’s a goodfirst step at dealing with the problem.”last_img read more

UGA Studies Gymnasts

first_imgOver the years, gymnastics has become a sport for little women. No one knows why thatis, though, or even whether it’s good or bad. But Universityof Georgia scientists hope a new study will provide some answers.The scientists will study children 4 to 8 years old. They hope to find how intensiveathletics at a young age affects future health, said Rick Lewis, a foods and nutritionresearcher with the UGA College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences.Lewis will lead the $1.2 million study, which is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.He and his UGA colleagues began researching gymnasts’ health in 1993. They studied thesport’s impact on women of college age and those in their 30s and 40s.They thought they’d find that gymnasts’ higher risk for eating disorders and amenorrhea(absence of menstruation) could lead to a loss of bone mineral and to osteoporosis as thewomen grow older.”Instead, we found they had a much higher bone mass than nongymnasts,” Lewissaid. That was true even though many of the college-age women restricted their foodintake.Since that study, Lewis has compared college gymnasts with their peers. And for thepast two years, he has researched a dozen girls between 8 and 12 years old.But in all the studies so far, the subjects had been gymnasts for many years already.That made it hard to gauge the sport’s true impact.In the first studies, “the older women had started gymnastics training at about 12years old,” Lewis said. “Most of today’s college gymnasts started training whenthey were 6. And the trend is to start as young as 4.”Lewis plans to study 50 girls between 4 and 8 years old during their first two years ofgymnastics training. A control group will include some girls highly active in other sportsand others involved only in recreational sports.”Over the years, gymnasts who compete in the Olympics have become shorter andshorter,” Lewis said. “Is that a result of restrictive eating patterns and theimpact of high-intensity gymnastics on bone development? Or were these young women alreadygenetically programmed to have smaller builds and denser bones?”The study will look at whether gymnasts’ bones may develop differently as a result oftheir activity.”It may be that their bodies trade off bone length for bone density,” Lewissaid. “By spending two years following children just beginning gymnastics, we canassess whether gymnastics blunts growth velocity and significantly alters growthfactors.”Lewis will also study the sport’s psychological effect. In trimming their food intaketo stay thin, do young gymnasts develop attitudes that could place them at risk for eatingdisorders later?”The common assumption is that young women who engage in activities such asgymnastics and ballet are at especially high risk for developing eating disorders,”Lewis said. “But no large-scale studies of this issue have been conducted.”Young gymnasts do score higher on tests that indicate a higher risk of these problems.”But these scores may actually mean they have a healthy attention to mattersimportant to achieving athletic excellence,” Lewis said, “such as avoidingexcess body fat.”Young gymnasts eat fewer calories and calcium than is recommended for girls their ageand size. But so do girls who aren’t gymnasts.Lewis said it’s critical to study gymnasts’ dietary habits and energy expenditurebefore they begin training. And it’s vital to follow them over time and compare them withgirls with other and less intensive sports roles.By doing that, he said, “we should have a much clearer picture of the rolegymnastics plays in the diet of girls who excel in this sport.”last_img read more