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) Governor Andrew Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol. (Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo).ALBANY — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State on Pause has been extended until April 29.Statewide, schools and the continued closure of non-essential businesses are included in the extension of the order.“We still have to extend New York Pause because if that curve is turning, it’s turning because the rate of infection is going down,” Cuomo said. “One of the reasons why the rate of infection is going down is because social distancing is working.”Previously, schools had been ordered to be closed until April 15. Now, students will have to continue with distance learning. The Governor acknowledged potential economic impacts with the extended closures.“I know that’s a negative for many, many reasons,” he said. “I know what it does to the economy, but as I said from day one, I’m not going to choose between public health and economic activity.”Also Monday, the New York State Department of Education made the decision to cancel Regents exams that were scheduled for June. During his daily press conference, the Governor was asked about the cancellation of the Regents exam.“I haven’t even looked at their decision on the Regents,” he responded. “It sounds right, but I haven’t even looked at it.”In addition to canceling Regents, the Board of Regents also adopted a series of emergency regulations because of the coronavirus, including no school and district evaluations. That means next school year’s grade will be the same as the current year’s.Also, there will be no reduction in state aid for schools that have less than 180 days of instruction, and the Department will provide an alternative form of evaluation for students receiving home instruction.
Image by AD Simko/WNYNewsNow.ALBANY — New York State’s June 23 democratic presidential primary will take place after the state’s Democratic Party leadership abandoned its attempt to cancel the contest.This comes after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the primary must include the contest over the state’s objections.Supporters of Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang challenged the primary cancellation after the candidates suspended their campaigns.Elections were already scheduled for June 23 for numerous other races, including for state and congressional offices. The democratic presidential primary was canceled on the grounds that the coronavirus posed too big a threat to safety. 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)
WNY News Now File Image.ALBANY – Outdoor dining at restaurants is now included in phase two of reopening in New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the news Wednesday afternoon.Cuomo says outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.The Governor says restaurants in regions that have already entered phase two, which includes Western New York, can reopen for outdoor dining beginning tomorrow. “COVID-19 is still a real threat and we’re still battling it. I know it’s not on the front pages today, but it is still in people and in society,” Governor Cuomo said. “But thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever.”“We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to phase two.”Previously restaurants were limited to providing take-out or delivery services only.“This is great news for our area restaurants and local businesses,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive. “Chautauqua County entered phase two reopening yesterday and today’s announcement brings us one more step forward to safely reopening our economy.”“Not only will outdoor dining help our area restaurants who may have closed during the pandemic or been limited to takeout services, but it will help them make the transition from outdoor dining to full-service dining once we enter phase three,” furthered Wendel. “I encourage residents to support our local businesses while still practicing social distancing and taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”Wendel also reminded phase two businesses that they must complete New York State’s guidance documents before they can reopen.The Governor additionally announced that Erie County is now eligible to resume elective surgeries and ambulatory care.He previously said that the state will allow elective outpatient treatments to resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in the near term, and a total of 52 counties can now resume elective surgeries.Detailed guidelines for restaurants to follow are posted at forward.ny.gov. You can also view the specific PDF provided by clicking here. 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) USAF / Omari Bernard ALBANY – New York State is sending hundreds-of-thousands of rapid COVID-19 test kits to counties across the state in an effort to help ramp up testing statewide.Governor Andrew Cuomo says that 400,000 rapid test kits were dispersed last week in the state.The kits, some of which was previously distributed to Chautauqua County, enable local health department to measure the prevalence of COVID-19 in the area.The Chautauqua County Health Department has conducted rapid testing since late September, with spots for the first clinic filling up in just hours. The biggest pro, according to Chautauqua County Health Department Epidemiologist Breeanne Agett, is that results come back in 15 minutes, however, staff can only serve one person at a time in various intervals.“In contrast to some of the testing that had been done earlier, like with Feildbrook for example, we swabbed people, put that swab in a viral media tube and shipped that off to a lab so it went along very quickly,” said Agett in a previous interview with WNY News Now. “Whereas with the rapid test we can only schedule one person, per machine, for every 15 minutes, so that’s four people, per machine, per hour, so unfortunately we don’t have as many slots as we would have if we sent it to a lab.”Those looking to visit nursing homes for example must test negative for COVID-19 prior to their visit.Once an appointment is scheduled, officials ask residents to come only at their appointment time and not wait around.Testing will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the east parking lot off of Peacock Street at the county office building in Mayville.Appointments can be made by calling 1-866-604-6789 during business hours, Monday Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testing is free and available to anyone who makes an appointment.
Related Shows In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob (Letts) and Jennifer (Collette) and their new neighbors, John (Hall) and Pony (Tomei), two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. Star Files View Comments The Realistic Joneses originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Day. Eno’s play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2005. Another work of his, The Open House, will have its world premiere at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in February. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 6, 2014 Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, a play about two couples with a disconcerting amount in common, starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei, will begin previews in mid-March. Directed by Sam Gold, an official opening night has been set for April 6 at a Shubert theatre to be announced. Rehearsals will begin in February. The Realistic Joneses Tracy Letts
Related Shows “He’s top of the Wicked team’s wish list to play the romantic lead role of Fiyero,” a source told The Sun. “Moviemakers see him as a new Zac Efron and think he would be a perfect casting for a movie musical.” Of course, there are no solid plans for the Wicked movie to head into production anytime soon. By the time it does, who knows who’ll be the new Zac Efron or the new Harry Styles? Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is rumored to be helming the long-brewing movie version of the tuner. It remains to be seen who will play the leading role of Elphaba in the flick, though Lea Michele undoubtedly loves the color green. Wicked We always knew he was a little Wicked (and would look amazing in tight white pants). Now Harry Styles might like a chance to dance through life in the big-screen adaptation of Broadway blockbuster Wicked, according to The Sun. View Comments from $95.00
Related Shows View Comments Sierra Boggess Star Files from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera When we found out that Broadway heartthrob Norm Lewis had finally landed his dream role, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera opposite his former Little Mermaid daughter Sierra Boggess, we just had to congratulate him ourselves. So we called him up!Is this the Phantom of the Opera?It depends on who’s calling!Congrats! What exciting news.I’m so glad it’s out now. I’ve been sworn to secrecy for a month!How did this happen? Did you get on your knees and beg at the 25th Anniversary Gala?Yes, exactly. Got right down on my knees! [Laughs.] Actually, I did a symposium called American Voices at the Kennedy Center in November. I was on a panel with [music director] David Caddick and [conductor] David Lai and a question about diversity on Broadway was asked to me. I talked about how blessed I was, but mentioned that I wanted to do Phantom. David and David are both high up in the Phantom world so when Hugh Panaro decided he didn’t want to renew, they said, “How about Norm Lewis?” And I auditioned for Hal Prince and then Cameron Mackintosh, and it just kind of happened!You told me on Show People last year that this was your dream role. Did you have a secret board at home to make this happen?I just kept putting it out there. After 26 years, I just wanted someone of color to play that role on Broadway. It didn’t have to me. I just wanted to see somebody do it.Why the Phantom? What about this part draws you?It’s a lot of things. It’s iconic. It’s one of those characters, like Sweeney Todd, who I was also able to play, that is so misunderstood. You want to bring some truth to it. I’ve seen it done so many times by Hugh Panaro, who’s one of the quintessential Phantoms out there. And also Howard McGillin, or my first Phantom up in Toronto, Colm Wilkinson. I already knew the music, but when I finally saw the show, I thought, “This is intriguing.”Hugh Panaro was your co-star on Side Show. Have you ever gone backstage and tried on his mask?I’ve never put the mask on! Hugh is more than a friend—he’s like my brother. It’s almost like a rite of passage for me that he’s handing the baton to me. He’s ready to move on and is passing the role onto me. Hopefully, he’ll give me some great clues and tips. I’m just looking forward to hanging out with him in the last few weeks of his run. And getting on that stage!What scenes are you dying to actually get up there and perform?That’s a good question! The ones with Sierra Boggess. I’m anxious to do the lair scene with “Music of the Night.” There are so many things. And running up and down those stairs singing “The Phantom of the Opera.”Spoiler! I don’t think all of those “Phantoms” are you in that scene!Oh, really? I was so sure! [Laughs.]Is it weird that Triton and Ariel are playing The Phantom and Christine together or do we just go with it?I think we should just go with it. Sierra and I talked about it. We actually call each other “Daddy” and “Daughter.” In a way, the Phantom is kind of a father figure and there’s a mystique to their relationship that hopefully adds some contextual flavor to the role.Yeah, yeah, but I saw the sequel, Norm. He is not just a father figure![Laughs.] OK, but we’re not blood related, so…Final question. Since saying you wanted to be The Phantom on Broadway.com helped make it come true, what else do you want? Dream big and let’s get it out there.I want as much money as Oprah Winfrey has in the bank right now. Or Tyler Perry. I want that empire!
Apollo Theatre’s Ceiling Materials Were ‘Weak and Old’ The partial ceiling collapse of London’s Apollo Theatre, which occurred during the December 19 performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the result of weak and old materials. BBC News reports that the hessian wadding embedded in the venue’s ceiling was getting weaker over time and the material’s deterioration led to the accident. The theater is due to reopen March 26 with Let The Right One In. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Vet Kevin Bacon Cuts Loose, Footloose It’s unlikely that you’ve managed to miss Kevin Bacon’s epic re-enactment of Footloose for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon March 21. But we loved the Broadway alum’s efforts so much we just had to include it in today’s Odds and Ends. Happy Monday everyone! William Gaminara to Join Tom Conti in West End’s Twelve Angry Men Silent Witness’ William Gaminara will join the West End cast of Twelve Angry Men as Juror number 10 from March 31. He joins stars including Tony winner Tom Conti, Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey at the Garrick Theatre.
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. The original production played over 1300 performances from 1999 to 2003 at The Westside Theatre. Los Monólogos de la Vagina will be modeled after the current Mexico City production. Colón is the founder and artistic director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and the first Puerto Rican artist to be accepted at the Actors’ Studio. Del Castillo appeared in the film Under the Same Moon and the series La Reina del Sur; her upcoming film credits include Guillermo del Toro’s The Book of Life and The 33. Vale is perhaps most known for the role of Letty in the telenovela La Fea Más Bella, the Mexican Ugly Betty. María, referred to as “The Sweetheart of Mexico,” has performed in 61 films, 17 plays and on 63 albums and received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Grammys. Los Monologos de la Vagina Los Monólogos de la Vagina, a Spanish version of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, has announced the first members of the cast. Miriam Colón, Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale will appear in the production from May 6 through May 11, with del Castillo, Vale and her mother, Angélica María, performing from May 14 through June 1. Additional casting will be announced at a later time. The play, directed by Jaime Matarredona, will open officially on May 18 at the Westside Theater. Related Shows
Related Shows Jersey Boys “Oh, what a night” the four leading men of the upcoming Jersey Boys film had! After partying it up at the Tony Awards on June 8, John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda got up bright and early (or maybe just stayed up) to stop by The Today Show to chat with Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist about their experience working on the Clint Eastwood-helmed flick based on the Tony-winning musical. In their interview, Bergen explains that what makes the story behind Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons so unique is that they came from a time without today’s media coverage—a time where you don’t “know so much about them and what they had for breakfast.” Take a look at the clip below, and catch Jersey Boys in movie theaters beginning June 20! from $59.00 Star Files View Comments John Lloyd Young