Photo: CDCALBANY — Coronavirus case numbers swelled in New York on Monday, with a New York City airport agency official and an emergency medical services worker among those infected. School closings, college class cancellations and other fallout from the virus continued to grow. Some key developments around the state:New CasesNew York state’s coronavirus caseload rose Monday to 142 and now includes a key figure in managing busy New York City-area airports: Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.He tested positive but has no symptoms and is working from home quarantine, the port authority said in a statement Monday. The agency runs Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, among other facilities and transit services.Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted that Cotton had been at the airports while travelers were returning from countries that have become hotspots for the virus. Most coronavirus cases in the state are linked to a cluster in suburban Westchester County, north of New York City. But patients are spread from Long Island to the Capital Region, with at least 19 in New York City. A city Fire Department EMS worker in Brooklyn is among them, the worker’s union president said. Other local health care workers also have gotten the virus: A staffer at a Brooklyn nursing home was diagnosed last week in New Jersey, where he lives part-time.For most people, the new virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and can be fatal.The vast majority of people recover. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.Some 6% of the New York patients are hospitalized, Cuomo said, adding that most of them have underlying medical problems. Some have needed intensive care.Meanwhile, the governor unveiled the state’s own line of hand sanitizer, to be provided to government agencies. Sanitizer has been running short in commercial markets; New York’s version is being made by prison inmates.School ClosuresConfirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus have led to a growing number of colleges and schools shutting their doors — and Cuomo said more closures will come.He announced Monday that any school where a student tests positive will be closed for at least 24 hours for assessment, and schools in the Westchester County hotspot of New Rochelle will likely remain closed for weeks.New York University said it would move to online-only classes starting Wednesday and continue them through at least March 27 after students return from a scheduled spring break next week.Columbia University cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday, then also planned to go to online instruction. Fordham University said it also planned to begin teaching online Wednesday. Hofstra University cancelled classes for the rest of the week.Pharmacy Customers ContactedCVS Pharmacy officials said they were helping state and local health officials contact patients who received prescription medication March 2 and March 4 from a northern New York pharmacist who has tested positive for the virus.The Queensbury pharmacist was not displaying symptoms.A hospital in nearby Glens Falls on Sunday canceled a planned public forum on the virus, saying it would instead post a video presentation.Court OrderPeople showing up to federal court in Manhattan and some northern suburbs were greeted Monday with notices bearing a judge’s order: Don’t come in if you have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus, or certain other criteria for possible exposure.State courts aren’t considering similar measures for now, Cuomo said.NYC St. Pat’s Parade Still OnAlthough Ireland canceled all St. Patrick’s Day parades nationwide, New York City doesn’t plan — at this point — to call off the massive March 17 parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. But he said officials would watch the virus’ spread, with “all options on the table. … it’ll be a day-to-day thing.” 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)
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) Photo: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0LITTLE VALLEY – The Cattaraugus County Health Department now has six confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.Officials say a female resident who lives in the northwest part of the county with a travel history to Buffalo was tested for COVID-19 last week after being in contact with a positive case at her place of employment.“Her test result came back negative for COVID-19. However, shortly afterwards, she developed a fever, cough and whole-body aches and was re-tested for COVID-19 on March 29,” said officials. “Her test results from the re-test today, revealed that she is indeed positive for COVID-19.”The patient is resting at home and is now under quarantine with her family. Officials say she will be assessed and monitored closely. “The department will conduct a thorough contact tracing investigation, for those individuals that she has been in contact with and the places that she visited,” explained officials. “We continue to ask our residents to bunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk.”
MGN ImageMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Health Department reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.Chautauqua County statistics so far:27 confirmed cases;2 active cases – continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law;22 recovered cases;3 deaths;36 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors; and577 negative test results to date.Related: Cattaraugus County Healthcare Worker Contracts COVID-19 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)
Callow is best known for his roles in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, A Room With a View and The Phantom of the Opera. His London stage credits include The Mystery of Charles Dickens, which he also performed on Broadway, as well as Dr. Marigold & Mr. Chops, Twelfth Night and Waiting for Godot. View Comments British star Simon Callow is set to return to the West End with his successful solo show Being Shakespeare. The production will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from February 26 through March 15. It previously had two West End runs at the Trafalgar Studios and Callow also took the production across the pond to BAM and Chicago in 2012. In Being Shakespeare, Callow brings to life Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters as well as the real man behind the legend. The play is written by Jonathan Bate and directed by Tom Cairns. Lighting design will be by Bruno Poet and music and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham.
James Franco View Comments Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Sutton Foster’s Pilot Younger Picked Up for Series OrderTwo-time Tony winner Sutton Foster’s pilot, Younger, has been picked up by TV Land for a 12-episodes. According to Deadline, the show, from Sex and the City creator Darren Star will premiere this fall and also star Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor. The comedy features the Violet headliner as a New Jersey divorced single mother in her early 40s who kickstarts her career by passing herself off as a 20-something, landing a hot job at a New York City publishing company. Younger is based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran.Helen Mirren Eyeing Role Alongside All The Way’s Bryan CranstonOscar winner Helen Mirren may be teaming up with All the Way’s Bryan Cranston in the biopic Trumbo. According to Variety, Jay Roach is on board to helm the movie, which follows the life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Tumbo.James Franco Lines Up First Post Broadway GigLooks like James Franco has his first job lined up after he’s finished his run in Of Mice and Men on Broadway. Deadline reports that the Oscar nominee will start filming the titular role in the movie Michael this summer, directed by Justin Kelly. Sutton Foster Bryan Cranston
O’Connell made his Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of Seminar; his screen credits include Stand By Me, Jerry Maguire and NBC’s Crossing Jordan. Graynor returns to Second Stage after appearing in Spanish Girl, Trust and The Little Dog Laughed. Her additional credits include Relatively Speaking and The Performers on Broadway, as well as the upcoming CBS comedy Bad Teacher. Heidami has appeared on New York stages in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo on Broadway and the Public Theater’s Titus Andronicus. Wilhelmi has appeared off-Broadway in The Great God Pan and Core Values, as well as in the films The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Disconnect and The English Teacher. As previously reported, Second stage’s Uptown Series will also include Mala Hierba, penned by Tanya Saracho and directed by Jerry Ruiz. Star Files The cast is now set for Second Stage Theatre’s American Hero, the first play of the company’s twelfth annual Uptown Series. Broadway vets Jerry O’Connell, Ari Graynor and Daoud Heidami, in addition to Erin Wilhelmi, will appear in the dark comedy by Bess Wohl. Under the direction of Leigh Silverman, American Hero will run May 12 through June 8, with an official opening set for May 22 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. View Comments Ari Graynor American Hero is a supersized dark comedy about life, liberty and the pursuit of sandwiches. At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up and coming “sandwich artists”—a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized refugee from corporate banking—are perfecting the mustard to cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. Jerry O’Connell
Star Files Hedwig and the Angry Inch Neil Patrick Harris Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inch headliner Neil Patrick Harris stopped by The Late Show to chat with David Letterman April 24, and discussed the freedom that comes with playing the rock goddess on Broadway. After spending about 90 minutes getting into “the whole shebang” in his dressing room, the Emmy winner storms the Belasco Theatre as Hedwig, and boy, is she angry. “If people are late…I wouldn’t recommend that,” Harris warned. “I made out with someone the other night, I motor boated a heavyset dude.” Take a look at the interview below and then catch Hedwig herself at the Belasco Theatre! Related Shows View Comments
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Mesmerized by the racy dance moves and pounding rhythms she discovers in the resort’s staff quarters, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy dance instructor. Passions ignite and Baby’s life changes forever when she is thrown in to the deep end as Johnny’s leading lady, both on-stage and off. In addition to Pergande (Billy Elliot tour) and Mueller (Flashdance—The Musical), the cast of Dirty Dancing will feature Doug Carpenter as Billy Kostecki, Jerome Harmann-Hardeman as Tito Suarez, Caralyn Kozlowski as Marjorie Houseman, Jesse Liebman as Neil Kellerman, Gary Lynch as Max Kellerman, Herman Petras as Mr. Schumacher, Emily Rice as Lisa Houseman, Mark Elliot Wilson as Dr. Jake Houseman and Jenny Winton as Penny Johnson. The creative team for Dirty Dancing includes scenic design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, costume design by Jennifer Irwin, sound design by Bobby Aitken, video and projection design by Jon Driscoll, hair design by Bernie Ardia, orchestrations by Conrad Helfrich and music direction by Alan Plado. The company also includes John Antony, Rachel Boone, Amanda Brantley, Jon Drake, Josh Drake, Sam Edgerly, Rashaan James, II, Joshua Keith, Alexandra Matteo, Kevin Munhall, Phoebe Pearl, Virginia Preston, Michael Thomas Pugliese, Jennlee Shallow and Nicole Spencer. You’re going to love them! Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller have been cast as Johnny Castle and Frances “Baby” Houseman, respectively, in the North American tour of Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage. The stage musical of the worldwide smash-hit film is set to begin performances August 26 in Washington, D.C. before continuing to cities across the country. Based on the 1987 film of the same name, Dirty Dancing features a book by Eleanor Bergstein, who also penned the screenplay for the film. The production will be directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch, based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. With unforgettable songs like “Hungry Eyes,” the Academy Award-winning “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life,” and classics like “Do You Love Me?,” Dirty Dancing is a pop culture icon. View Comments
Incoming Hedwig and the Angry Inch star Andrew Rannells stopped by The Tonight Show on August 13 to chat about returning to the Great White Way. The Book of Mormon Tony nominee told Jimmy Fallon that with a great role comes a great amount of glitter. Sooo much glitter. (Neil Patrick Harris can vouch for that, too.) While Rannells didn’t offer up a sneak peek of his East German accent for the show, he did show off his amazing Australian accent. The trick to mastering it, he says, came from fellow stage and TV fave Cristin Milioti: if you can perfect saying the name of a certain megastar from the block, that’s all you really need. Take a look at the interview below, and catch Rannells in Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre beginning August 20. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Star Files Related Shows Andrew Rannells
The 54 Below Show, originally scheduled to kick off on October 17, is delayed. Inaugural host Marc Shaiman “is ill and unable to perform,” according to a statement. A new date for the live variety show will be announced at a later date. The new program from the Broadway supper club will feature a series of special guests, tunes and sketches in the style of live variety shows that played before the days of The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and The Ed Sullivan Show. Tony-winning composer/lyricist Shaiman’s Broadway credits include Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. View Comments
Astin made his Broadway debut in Spring Awakening and starred in the recently canceled TBS sitcom Ground Floor (where he made a pretty decent Elphaba, for what it’s worth). In addition to Pitch Perfect and the upcoming sequel, his screen credits include 21 & Over and Hamlet 2. He also starred in the 2010 Hollywood Bowl production of Rent. View Comments The pilot is penned by David Windsor and Casey Johnson, who also serve as executive producers alongside Dan Fogelman, Aaron Kaplan, Mike Tollin and Peter Gruber. Stage and screen favorite Skylar Astin will headline an untitled NBA-themed pilot from ABC. Before you picture him on the court, though, keep reading. According to Variety, the Spring Awakening vet will play a wimpy, non-athletic teaching assistant who is recruited as an translator and mentor to a non-English speaking player from Botswana. Further casting and a timeline for the series have not yet been announced.
Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 New York Spring Spectacular Related Shows Nailed it! Tony winner Laura Benanti is currently headlining Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular and no amount of payphone choreo or stripteasing could prepare her for all that face-kicking. Take a look at this hysterical video as Benanti, decked out in her finest hot pink spandex, rehearses with the famed Rockettes, with a little help from co-star/Dance Doctor (why don’t we all call him Dance Doctor?!) Derek Hough. Catch the dancers—Benanti included, obviously—in the new show through May 3! View Comments Laura Benanti
The 2015 Tony Awards came and went, which means we’re officially in the 2015-16 Broadway season. An Act of God, now open at Studio 54, marks the first show of the next bunch, but while you wait for additional plays and musicals to join it, head downstairs to 54 Below, where these acts and more are serving up an eclectic mix of tale and tunes. Take a look below at just some of the sets that caught our eye!MICHELE LEE”Nobody Does It Like Me” – 6/11-13 at 7PMThe Tony and Emmy nominee returns for a show filled with the music of Cy Coleman. Lee earned her first Tony nod for Coleman’s 1973 tuner Seesaw; Lee will now dazzle crowds with the show’s “Nobody Does It Like Me” and “It’s Not Where You Start.” Audiences can also expect hits from Sweet Charity, City of Angels and more. GET TICKETSJON VIKTOR CORPUZ”Confessions of a Teenage Drama King” – 6/15 at 7PMHe may play a prince in The King and I, but he’ll be positively regal at his 54 Below solo show debut. Bow down as he and a host of special guests serve up some pop favorites, twists on Broadway tunes and coming-of-age tales. “Get your tickets already, dangit!” says the 18-year-old prince of Broadway (no, not that one). GET TICKETSLAUREN WORSHAM”Corsets & Combat Boots” – 6/24 at 9:30PMIn her Tony-nominated performance in Gentleman’s Guide, she delighted us with her high notes as kooky Phoebe. But when the curtain comes down, the soprano goes indie. Worsham will deliver everything from opera to pop rock. We figure it’ll feature the titular corsets and/or combat boots. But we won’t speak/screlt for her. GET TICKETSMICKY DOLENZ”A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll” – 7/7, 10 & 11 at 7PMThe original frontrunner of The Monkees heads to Broadway’s supper club after having previously appeared on the Great White Way in Grease and Aida. He combines his love for show tunes and that classic rock sound in a new concert. So come and watch him sing and play! GET TICKETSEMMA HUNTON7/7 & 28 at 9:30PMAfter feeling the blue wind on Broadway in Spring Awakening, this young beltress hit the road in the national tours of Next to Normal as Natalie and Wicked as Elphaba. Now, she returns to New York to chart her journey in Los Angeles and on the road. We suspect belting enthusiasts will be more than satisfied. GET TICKETS View Comments
Tickets are now on sale to see Dexter star and stage alum Lauren Luna Vélez in the New York premiere of Adam Seidel’s Catch the Butcher. Performances will begin off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre on September 23, with opening night set for September 29.The play follows Nancy, who tracks a serial killer after reading his poems to his victims. Soon, she finds herself in his basement.Valentina Fratti will direct a cast that also features Jonathan Walker and Angelina Fiordellisi. View Comments Related Shows Catch the Butcher Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 30, 2015
Gemma Arterton is returning to the West End! After an acclaimed run at Shakespeare’s Globe, Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn, directed by Christopher Luscombe, will play the Apollo Theatre from February 4, 2016. Starring Arterton in the title role, opening night is scheduled for February 12.Arterton was most recently in the West End in Made in Dagenham; additional stage credits include The Duchess of Malfi, The Little Dog Laughed, The Master Builder and Love’s Labour’s Lost. On screen she has been seen in Quantum of Solace, The Voices, Gemma Bovery, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Song for Marion, Byzantium, Runner, Runner, A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s adventue, Tamara Drewe, Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, St Trinian’s and Tess of the D’Urbevilles.It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn (Arterton) is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching. The play charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the King. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? And at what cost?The limited engagement will run through April 30. View Comments
(Photo: Caitin McNaney, Emilio Madrid-Kuser, SMOG Design & Brian Bowen Smith) The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s the most wonderful time of the year: time for Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2016! People magazine named Moana star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as their Sexiest Man Alive, but we want to know which Great White Way gent has your heart. Last year, Hamilton heartthrob Leslie Odom Jr. garnered the coveted title. Keep in mind that we are only considering performers who are currently on Broadway. As tough as this may be, it’s a lot of fun, too. We can’t wait for the ranking to begin! Broadway.com Site Producer Joanne Villani kicked things off with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments