Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County’s transit system was awarded a grant this week to buy trolley buses to help modernize and enhance its fleet.Pictured above, an example of a trolley shaped bus that the County could purchase with the grant funds.Officials with the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System, also known as CARTS, announced Wednesday they will receive $1.5 million from a New York State Department of Transportation grant.The money, officials say, will be used to purchase clean-fuel hybrid trolley buses and associated equipment.The trolley buses aim to help promote the area’s growing tourist industry with a uniquely styled vehicle and, at the same time, utilize clean energy technology. “I am excited about this grant,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “It has been several years in the making and the upgrades to the CARTS service will be exciting and bring a fresh new face out of our county public transportation.”The state DOT received over 25 applications totaling $33.3 million for the $14.2 million competitive solicitation.In total, only 13 counties, cities and regional authorities received a portion of the $14.2 million to modernize and enhance municipally sponsored public transportation services. 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)
Star Files Ramin Brings It Home for Katie Ramin Karimloo recently stopped by Katie Couric’s talk show to chat all things Les Miz and to perform “Bring Him Home.” Check out the Tony nominee’s acoustic performance of the classic song below, then take an exclusive Broadway.com look at what happened behind the scenes at Katie in this week’s edition of Vlogger 24601. Denzel Washington’s Surprise Broadway Appearance A Raisin in the Sun’s Denzel Washington surprised the audience with a special appearance during the awards ceremony for the 2014 Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, then greeted the contestants afterwards. The event, at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre, featured high school students from around the U.S. performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. Ashley Herbert won first place and a $1500 prize, with Robert Upton winning $750 as runner-up and an honorable mention and $500 going to Atiauna Grant. Broadway Alum Clay Aiken On Track to Be a Washington Idol It doesn’t look like the American Idol runner-up will be in second place this time. Clay Aiken is currently holding a lead of less than 400 votes in his attempt to become the Democratic nominee for a North Carolina congressional seat. According to the L.A. Times, the Broadway alum won 40.85% of the 2nd congressional district primary vote, with his opponent Keith Crisco garnering 39.54%. No word yet on whether Crisco, who says the election is still too close to call, will request a recount. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Denzel Washington Ramin Karimloo
Penny Dreadful, Featuring Broadway Vet Reeve Carney, is Renewed Penny Dreadful, the thriller series featuring former Spiderman Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray, has been picked up by Showtime for a second season. Deadline reports that filming will go into production later this year and shoot on location in Dublin prior to a 2015 launch. Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. First Wives Club Could Be Broadway-Bound The stage adaptation of the hit 1996 movie First Wives Club, which didn’t make it to Broadway after a San Diego run back in 2009 starring Barbara Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Karen Ziemba, is once again eyeing the Great White Way. This time the tuner is aiming to open on Broadway in fall 2015, following a spring engagement in Chicago. An equity casting notice reveals that Simon Phillips is on board to direct the tuner, which has music and lyrics by Motown’s Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, along with a book by Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Rupert Holmes. Actress Anna Berger Dies at 91 Stage and screen actress Anna Berger has died aged 91, according to The New York Times. Her Broadway credits included Unlikely Heroes, The Rose Tattoo, Gideon and Twilight Walk. She was perhaps best known for her work on screen for The Sopranos and in Woody Allen’s Crime and Misdemeanors. Reeve Carney Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Reflections on Happiness The below video is eerie, touching and well worth watching. Acting legend Philip Seymour Hoffman had taped some reflections on the meaning of happiness with the philosopher Simon Critchley just a year before his untimely death in February aged only 46. The recently released interview has been made into the most extraordinary animated short by Patrick Smith and David Gerlach, with at one point the Oscar winner and Tony nominee admitting: “There is no pleasure that I haven’t actually made myself sick on.” Heartbreaking. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Star Files View Comments Jeremy Jordan
We never pegged Aaron Tveit as a murderer, but he’s looking pretty convincing in these photos of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Assassins! The Graceland star and Broadway favorite is making his London stage debut in the musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, playing real-life assassin John Wilkes Booth. And have we mentioned the new beard?! Check out these shots of Tveit and his co-stars Jamie Parker, Catherine Tate and more, then see Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory! View Comments
Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy has extended off-Broadway for two weeks and will now play through March 22. Directed by Austin Pendleton and starring Stephen McKinley Henderson and more, the Second Stage production is currently in preview at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for February 11. Between Riverside and Crazy premiered at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this past summer. The cast also includes Liza Colón-Zayas, Ron Cephas Jones, Michael Rispoli, Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan and Rosal Colón. View Comments The play tells the story of Walter “Pops” Washington, an ex-cop and recent widower, who, with his recently paroled son Junior, struggle to hold on to one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. The Old Days seem to be dead and gone for the two as old wounds are opened, sketchy new houseguests turn up and a final ultimatum is delivered. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Between Riverside and Crazy
View Comments The 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House. Every year a Tony is awarded to a regional theater on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. The Ohio venue will present its 100th consecutive season beginning this fall.“Cleveland Play House is an exemplary institution in the American theatrical landscape with its long history of successful seasons and its commitment to fostering the next generation of playwrights and actors,” said Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin and American Theatre Wing president Heather Hitchens in a statement. “We are thrilled to honor the Play House as it embarks on its centennial season.”Cleveland Play House is led by artistic director Laura Kepley and managing director Kevin Moore. In 2013, they originated the pre-Broadway national tour of A Night with Janis Joplin. In addition to staging contemporary plays and reimagined classics, Cleveland Play House has spearheaded developmental workshop of plays by Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jordan Harrison and Heidi Schreck.The nominations for the Tony Awards’ competitive categories will be announced on Tuesday, April 28 by Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker. The ceremony will take place on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall; a host for the festivities will be announced shortly.
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.