The deadline to vote for the 2015 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards is fast approaching! It’s the only major theater awards voted on by you–Broadway’s biggest cheerleaders. Did your favorite belter turn it out on the Great White Way this season? Let us know! Is there a new show tune that you can’t stop humming? Let your voice be heard! The polls are open until May 10 at 11:59 PM, so act fast!Polls are now closed. Thanks for voting!See below for a full list of nominees.Favorite New MusicalAn American in ParisFinding NeverlandFun HomeIt Shoulda Been YouSomething Rotten!Favorite New PlayThe AudienceConstellationsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeHand to GodThe RiverFavorite Musical RevivalGigiThe King and IOn the TownOn the Twentieth CenturySide ShowFavorite Play RevivalThe Elephant ManThe Heidi ChroniclesIt’s Only a PlayThis Is Our YouthYou Can’t Take It With YouFavorite Long-Running ShowA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderThe Book of MormonHedwig and the Angry InchLes MiserablesWickedFavorite TourThe Book of MormonCinderellaNewsiesPippinWickedFavorite Leading Actor in a MusicalMichael Cerveris, Fun HomeCorey Cott, GigiBrian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandTony Yazbeck, On the TownFavorite Leading Actress in a MusicalKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyLisa Howard, It Shoulda Been YouVanessa Hudgens, GigiLaura Michelle Kelly, Finding NeverlandKelli O’Hara, The King and IFavorite Leading Actor in a PlayBradley Cooper, The Elephant ManJake Gyllenhaal, ConstellationsHugh Jackman, The RiverNathan Lane, It’s Only a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeFavorite Leading Actress in a PlayGlenn Close, A Delicate BalanceMaggie Gyllenhaal, The Real ThingHelen Mirren, The AudienceElisabeth Moss, The Heidi ChroniclesCarey Mulligan, SkylightFavorite Featured Actor in a MusicalChristian Borle, Something Rotten!David Burtka, It Shoulda Been YouKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandAndy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyMax von Essen, An American in ParisFavorite Featured Actress in a MusicalSierra Boggess, It Shoulda Been YouCarolee Carmello, Finding NeverlandVictoria Clark, GigiAlysha Umphress, On the TownTeal Wicks, Finding NeverlandFavorite Featured Actor in a PlayIan Barford, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMatthew Broderick, It’s Only a PlayRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayJames Earl Jones, You Can’t Take It With YouBryce Pinkham, The Heidi ChroniclesFavorite Featured Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouRose Byrne, You Can’t Take It With YouStockard Channing, It’s Only a PlayPatricia Clarkson, The Elephant ManMegan Mullally, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Diva PerformanceKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyTyne Daly, It Shoulda Been YouHelen Mirren, The AudienceKelli O’Hara, The King and IChita Rivera, The VisitFavorite Funny PerformanceAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayNathan Lane, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Onstage PairSierra Boggess & David Burtka, It Shoulda Been YouKristin Chenoweth & Andy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyCorey Cott & Vanessa Hudgens, GigiLaura Michelle Kelly & Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandKelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe, The King and IFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)Steven Boyer, Hand to GodRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMicah Stock, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)Megan Fairchild, On the TownVanessa Hudgens, GigiSydney Lucas, Fun HomeAshley Park, The King and IEmily Skeggs, Fun HomeFavorite Replacement (Male)Gavin Creel, The Book of MormonDarren Criss, Hedwig and the Angry InchNorm Lewis, The Phantom of the OperaJohn Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry InchAndrew Rannells, Hedwig and the Angry InchFavorite Replacement (Female)Caroline Bowman, WickedCarol Burnett, Love LettersRebecca Naomi Jones, Hedwig and the Angry InchKara Lindsay, WickedEmma Stone, CabaretFavorite New Song“All That Matters,” Finding Neverland“A Musical,” Something Rotten!“Believe,” Finding Neverland“God, I Hate Shakespeare,” Something Rotten!“Neverland,” Finding NeverlandShows with multiple nominations:Finding Neverland – 11It’s Only a Play – 10Gigi – 6It Shoulda Been You – 6On the Twentieth Century – 6Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 5The King and I – 5Something Rotten! – 5You Can’t Take It With You – 5The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 4Fun Home – 4On the Town – 4Wicked – 4An American in Paris – 3The Audience – 3The Book of Mormon – 3The Elephant Man – 3The Heidi Chronicles – 3Constellations – 2Hand to God – 2The River – 2 View Comments
Tickets are now on sale to see Paramour at the Great White Way’s Lyric Theatre. The production, which will unite the signature spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with Broadway’s storytelling, is scheduled to begin previews on April 16, 2016 and officially open on June 2.Set in the world of Golden Age Hollywood, the event will spin the tale of a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. Directed by Philippe Decouflé, Paramour will feature a 38-member cast that blends the best in circus arts and will be announced shortly.Artistic guidance will be by Jean-François Bouchard, with Pascale Henrot as associate creative director and West Hyler as associate creative director and scene director. Set design will be by Jean Rabasse, with costume design by Philippe Guillotel, score by Bob & Bill, choreography by Daphné Mauger, lighting design by Patrice Besombes, props design by Anne‐Séguin Poirier, projection design by Olivier Simola and Christophe Waksmann, sound design by John Shivers. The acrobatics creative team includes Shana Carroll, Boris Verkhovsky and Pierre Masse. Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017
from $49.50 View Comments Chicago Related Shows All he cares about is love! NFL Legend and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George is set to make his Broadway debut in Chicago. He will begin performances on January 11, 2016 and is scheduled to play a limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre through February 28. Jason Danieley is currently playing the role.George has previously made stage appearances in such works as Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man (Nashville Repertory Theatre), Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog (Amun Ra Theatre) and in the title roles of both Othello and Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. George won the Heisman Trophy in 1995 while playing for Ohio State University. That honor served as the prelude to a nine-year career in the NFL, which saw him lead the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV and selected to the Pro Bowl four consecutive years, finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys.Chicago currently stars Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart (through November 1), Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Les Miserables View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Broadway alum Alison Luff will dream dreams as Fantine in Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre. She takes over for Montego Glover beginning February 4.Luff last appeared on Broadway as Miss Honey in Matilda. Her additional credits include Scandalous, Ghost, Mamma Mia! and the national tour of Wicked, in which she played Elphaba.The current cast of Les Miserables features Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Adam Monley as Javert, Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras.John Owen-Jones takes over the role of Valjean beginning March 1. Hayden Tee will step in as Javert beginning January 29. The revival is scheduled to play its final performance on September 4.
Georgia landscapes face the dusty return of drought period virtually every summer. If you’re leery of watering bans or weary of scorched landscapes, an upcoming University of Georgia seminar may provide some answers.Learn the principles of designing, installing and managing your own xeriscape garden in a David Dunagan seminar June 8 in Griffin, Ga.Dunagan is a water conservation specialist with Fulton County and a board member of the Georgia Water Wise Council. Besides the latest on saving water, a how-to booklet that includes a list of drought-tolerant plants will be provided.The seminar is free. It will be at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin. To learn more about it, call Susan Varlamoff at (770) 229-3367.
Make sure you have flood insurance to cover your home, crops and business. Flood insurance is available from the government at this Web site: www.fema.gov/nfip/index.htm.When you hear that tropical weather may be coming, get your home prepared. Tie down anything that could be blown away and tape your windows, so they won’t shatter.Make sure you have a safe place to put your animals, whether you are going to stay or evacuate. This applies not only to livestock, but to your pets as well.If you live in a coastal area, know your county’s emergency evacuation plan and what shelter you plan to go to after you evacuate. If you have pets, remember to find a shelter that allows pets.Finally, your whole family needs to have a contact person who lives outside the region being hit. That way, when everyone’s scattered and evacuating, they can check in with this stable person and distribute news about everyone’s whereabouts and condition. By Merritt MelanconUniversity of GeorgiaIn coastal Georgia counties, early June signals the start of tropical weather season and a time of preparation and storm tracking that lasts until the end of the season in late November.But it’s not just the coast that should be preparing.”The whole state is vulnerable to hurricane damage, from the mountains to the piedmont to the coastal plain,” said state climatologist David Stooksbury.Yes, the coast is the most immediately threatened, said Stooksbury, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.But the rest of the state is susceptible to serious wind damage and flooding from tropical weather systems that come up through Georgia’s coast and through the Florida panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico.In fact, the largest cause of loss of life during hurricanes and tropical storms is flooding and driving through flooded roads.Inland flooding of rain-swollen streams can be just as serious as the coastal flooding caused by tidal surges and rain, said Greg Padgett, a Georgia Emergency Management Agency meteorologist.In July 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto dumped 10 to 20 inches of rain in west and central Georgia. The rain overran the Flint, Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee rivers, flooding an area the size of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined.The flood forced the evacuation of more than 40,000 Georgia residents. It closed 1,700 roads, 300 bridges, destroyed 12,000 homes and businesses and took the lives of 30 people.Alberto not only showed the danger inland counties face from tropical weather, Padgett said, it also showed all tropical weather systems can cause problems, not just hurricanes.”Don’t let your guard down,” he said. “Don’t say it’s not a hurricane, so I don’t have to be worried. It’s not the intensity of the storm. It’s the forward speed, as far as flooding is concerned.”Stooksbury said that even a tropical depression can drop devastating amounts of rain on an area and cause wind damage, too.”People should pay attention to any tropical weather storm or depression,” he said. “They should be prepared for tropical weather seasons — not just hurricanes.”Stooksbury offered these tips for preparing your family and home for this year’s tropical weather season.
Few vets see pet chickens”During the manuscript’s review process, we did find a fewveteran veterinarians that knew the standard anesthesia processdidn’t work on chickens,” Wyatt said. “The chemicals that werebeing used work just fine on rats, cats, dogs and birds likepigeons and parrots. You just don’t find many veterinarians outthere performing surgery on pet chickens.”In the summer of 2002, Clifton and Varner reapplied to the YSPand were reassigned to Wyatt. That summer their research wasapplied in Wyatt’s laboratory. Isoflurane was used to performminor research surgeries on chickens.Isoflurane is expensive to use because you need an anesthesiamachine. But it’s more humane for the chickens and better forresearch. “The UGA avian genetics group is doing remarkableresearch using this method,” he said.YSP can be an invaluable learning experience for high schoolstudents, he said. It often helps them decide what they want tostudy in college.”The Young Scholars Program gives students an opportunity thattakes them from start to finish with a tangible product at theend,” he said.Varner is now a sophomore majoring in math education at UGA.Clifton is a sophomore majoring in health policy andadministration at the University of North Carolina.(Chowning Johnson is a student writer and Sharon Omahen a newseditor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.) The toe-pinch test revealed the problem”We uncovered this in the same way a doctor would with a humanpatient,” Wyatt said. “We put the chicken under, did a toe-pinchtest and saw a reaction.”They tested Ketamine-xylazine and ketamine-diazepam, injectableanesthetics, and Isoflurane gas, an inhalant anesthetic. All areused in surgery for mammals.They checked the chickens’ heart rates, respiration, bodytemperatures, blood glucose and response to moderate toe-pinchesat timed increments before, during and after the anesthesia use.The ketamine-xylazine and ketamine-diazepam didn’t achieve asurgical plane of anesthesia for the chickens. Ketamine withxylazine could even kill the chickens.Isoflurane produced a safe surgical plane of anesthesia for thechickens.Wyatt, Poulos and J. Roger Broderson, a former UGA director ofanimal care and use, helped Clifton and Varner prepare themanuscript that was published in “Lab Animal.” By Chowning Johnson &Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf you go to a hospital to have surgery, you want the anesthesiato work. Two Georgia high school students in a University ofGeorgia internship program have made sure it works for chickens,too.Jack Varner and Kelli Clifton participated in the UGA YoungScholars Program in 2001 and 2002. Their research on theeffectiveness of three anesthetic regimes on chickens waspublished in the peer-reviewed journal, “Lab Animal,” in May2004.The Young Scholars Program was started in 1999. The six-weeksummer program, matches high school students with scientists inthe UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Introducing students to common ag surgeriesRoger Wyatt, a UGA professor emeritus of poultry science, helpedVarner and Clifton design their experiment. He wanted to acquaintthem with simple small-animal surgeries.Chickens are commonly used in scientific research laboratories,Wyatt said.”We use chickens in our research at UGA because there are severalsimple surgical procedures students can perform easily on them,”he said. “You can teach a student to castrate a chicken, acommon agricultural procedure, and do so in a laboratory. It’sanalogous to doing the same thing to a steer.”Both students showed interest in pursuing careers in veterinaryor human medicine. “So this project was a perfect fit,” he said.Until this experiment, not much was known about regimes thatproduce a surgical level of anesthesia for chickens and not hurtthem.With the help of UGA veterinary student Stacy Poulos, they foundthat chemicals commonly used in animal anesthesia didn’t putchickens in a state in which they couldn’t feel pain.
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaChildren need after-school snacks. But University of Georgiaexperts say parents need to help kids make snacking the healthy,safe habit it needs to be.To supply the energy they need to stay healthy and active,children have to eat more calories and more often, said JanBaggarly, UGA Extension Service coordinator in Bibb County.Children are growing fast. And they’re usually more active thanadults.But parents need to guide children to make healthy snack choices,Baggarly said. To help them do that, keep plenty of healthysnacks on hand.A nutritious snack provides food from at least one of the FoodGuide Pyramid food groups, Baggarly said. At the same time, itisn’t too high in fat, sugar or salt.”Often, children don’t get all the nutrition they need fromeating regular meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, so snacksbecome essential,” she said. “Making healthy snacks available forkids after school is a great way to keep their energy levels upand not spoil their dinner.”Plan aheadBut snacks should be planned for, she said. They shouldn’t justhappen.Baggarly suggests these nutritious snacks: cheese and crackers,peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt, hard-cooked eggs,cold cereal, fresh and dried fruits, raw vegetables and dips madefrom low-fat ingredients, popcorn, graham crackers and vanillawafers.You don’t have to leave cookies off the list, either. “Just makesure they’re made with low-fat ingredients,” she said.One way to reduce fat in cookies is by using applesauce in placeof shortening when making oatmeal cookies. This alteration alonecuts the fat by one-third.After-school drinks can add extra calories to a child’s diet,too. Baggarly said sugar drinks like Kool-Aid, soft drinks or”fruit drinks” are poor choices for snack time. Fruit juices madefrom real fruit (check the label) are much better.Milk is an excellent choice, too. “And today you can buy it in avariety of flavors, which helps its appeal,” she said.Food safetyParents help their kids make safe choices, too, said JudyHarrison, an Extension Service food safety specialist with theUGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Moms and dads need to establish some basic kitchen rules andconsider putting them in writing,” she said. “For instance, manychildren begin to use the microwave as early as age seven. Butyou may not want your child (doing this) unsupervised.”Improper use of a microwave, she said, can cause severe burns.”Teach your children to open packages and remove lids so thatsteam escapes away from their faces,” she said, “and to use potholders or oven mitts when handling hot foods.”Harrison suggests teaching your children four simple steps tokeeping food safe: clean, separate, cook and chill. Keep counters and tables clean. Choose someplace else toplace books, book bags or anything else that might contaminatefood. Always wash hands with soap and warm, running water for atleast 20 seconds before touching food. And use clean plates andutensils. Wash fruits and vegetables with cool, running waterbefore you eat them.Keep raw foods like meats away from ready-to-eat foods.If you’re warming leftovers, make sure you reheat them to 165degrees Fahrenheit. Parents should teach their children how touse a food thermometer to check the temperature of cooked food.Put refrigerated foods back in the fridge after your snack isready. If you get the milk out, don’t leave it out. Put it back. Older children who have permission to use the microwave canprepare microwave popcorn (“but hold the butter, please,” shesaid), baked potatoes or lower-fat hot dogs. Or they can reheatleftovers.Kids deserve a little refreshment after a hard day at school,Harrison said. Just make sure it’s safely prepared and good forthem.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaNormally a wet place in early April, Georgia is depressingly dusty this spring. With the whole state already in a mild to moderate drought, it may be a tough year on your lawn.But you can make your turf more tolerant of drought, says Clint Waltz, a Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Waltz points out three main ways to keep turfgrass healthy on less water.Mow higher”One,” he said, “is to raise the mowing height to the top of the recommended range.”For instance, if you have a hybrid Bermuda lawn, the proper mowing height is from 0.5 to 1.5 inches. So if you mow it now between 0.5 inches and 1 inch, start mowing between 1 and 1.5 inches.The mowing heights for Georgia’s main turf grasses are 0.5 to 1.5 inches for zoysia, 1 to 1.5 inches for centipede, 1 to 2 inches for common Bermuda and 2 to 3 inches for St. Augustine and tall fescue. Mow annual ryegrass at 0.5 to 2 inches.Whatever the range, mow your lawn at the top of it during a drought. “The taller the shoots, the deeper the roots,” Waltz said.Fertilize less”Two,” he said, “reduce the nitrogen fertilizer to the bottom of the range.”For warm-season grasses (Bermuda, centipede, St. Augustine, zoysia and seashore paspalum), you shouldn’t be applying any fertilizer yet, he said. But when you do, apply it lightly.The nitrogen range for warm-season grasses is 2 to 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet per year, except centipede, which needs only 1 to 2 pounds. The range for tall fescue is 1 to 3 pounds per year.Whatever the range for your lawn, fertilize at the lower part of the range during a drought. The idea, Waltz said, is to promote only as much growth as the roots can sustain.Water right”Three,” he said, “maintain 1 inch of water per week according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources guidelines.”DNR guidelines for the whole state now restrict outdoor watering to three days a week, said state climatologist David Stooksbury.”Outdoor watering is allowed only from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at odd-number street addresses and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-number addresses,” Stooksbury said. “It’s banned all day on Fridays.”Local authorities may further restrict some areas, he said.You can apply one-third of an inch of water three times, Waltz said. But it’s best to water less often and more deeply. So a half-inch twice a week is better than one-third inch three times.”Deep and infrequent watering is best,” Waltz said. “Getting the water 8 to 10 inches deep in the soil twice a week is a more efficient way to water.”If you don’t know how much water your irrigation system is applying, he said, do a simple test. Put a number of empty tuna or cat food or similar, straight-sided cans on the lawn and run your irrigation for 30 minutes. Then just measure the water depth in the cans with a ruler.”If you’ve got one-sixth of an inch,” he said, “then you’re applying one-third of an inch per hour.”For more tips on caring for your lawn, visit Georgia Turf (georgiaturf.com) or the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture (gaurbanag.com) online.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
The transition of leaf color symbolizes an end to the growing season, but it is also the best time of year to start trees in our landscape. When correctly sited and planted, a fall-planted tree will perform better than a spring-planted tree because the fall tree will establish roots before the warm summer temperatures draw moisture from and cause stress to the tree.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers these tips to successful tree planting.Plant and site selectionSelect trees that are well adapted to the individual planting site. Soil drainage is critical, as most trees don’t like “wet feet.” To ensure proper soil drainage, dig a test hole and fill it with water. If the hole drains at a rate of less than 1 inch per hour, choose a different species of plant or raise the planting site.Site preparationDig your planting hole at least two times as wide as the root ball. Do not dig holes deeper than the root balls or put loose soil beneath the roots because the soil will compact over time and the tree will be planted too deep.In heavy clay soils, it is recommended to score the edges of the hole so roots can penetrate out of the planting hole. Backfill the holes with native soil as too much organic matter can cause differences in pore size and create water and drainage issues. Fertilization at planting time is not recommended. A slow-release fertilizer can be added if needed the following spring.Tree preparationRemove all wrapping and closely inspect the root ball for girdling roots. If roots are circling around the root ball exterior, cut through the roots in a few places. Remove all tags and labels to prevent girdling of branches.Water and mulchThoroughly water the tree after planting, and water when needed during the winter. Mulch should be put down in an area at least equivalent to the drip line of the tree. Two to 3 inches of mulch is best, and mulch should be kept from touching the trunk.For more information on planting shade trees in Georgia, see UGA Extension publication number C1013 at extension.uga.edu/publications/.