My Big Gay Italian Wedding Disco icon Carol Douglas is set to make her off-Broadway debut in My Big Gay Italian Wedding. She will officiate the wedding of “Anthony” and “Andrew” February 22 at St Luke’s Theatre. Directed by Sonia Blangiardo, the show plays in repertory with My Big Gay Italian Funeral. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 22, 2015 The cast of Wedding includes Anthony J. Wilkinson as Anthony, Hugh Hysell as Maurizio, Donna Castellano as Angela, Marissa Perry as Maria, Debra Toscano as Toniann, Meagan Robar as Connie, Erik Ransom as Rodney, Chad Kessler as Father Rosalia, Brandon Goins as Andrew, Joe Scanio as Joseph, Drew Little as Mario, Nick Varrichio as Frankie, Paul Moon as Gregorio, with ensemble members Jody Lyn Flynn and Jonathan Wiener. View Comments Starring and written by Anthony Wilkinson, My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral are both loosely based on his own wacky Italian family. Wedding tells the story of Anthony Pinnunziato (Wilkinson), a gay Italian-American who wants to marry his boyfriend Andrew in a traditional wedding ceremony. Related Shows
MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 2:38. In the middle of the bridge, the Canadian diva lets out a signature ridiculous riff. Top that, Betty Buckley! WHY WE LOVE IT Uhm, did you not read the headline? It’s five-time Grammy winner Céline Dion. Dressed as Grizabella. Singing “Memory.” She nails the look of the Glamour Cat, and yet still grasps a microphone with her hands (paws?). She waits literally eight seconds before she starts to riff. She’s inexplicably lying on a giant illuminated platform. Plus, not only is she just in her late teens here (in 1987 on the TV show L’autobus du Show Business), but she didn’t learn English until 1989, meaning much of this was learned phonetically! We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! OVERALL CAMP FACTOR 8 out of 10 Jellicle Moons. Had she ascended to the Heavyside Layer at the end, it would have been a perfect score. Better luck next time, Féline Dion. View Comments
The group will chat about bringing the original musical to the Great White Way, where it opened this March. The event will also include performances from the cast. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit the Apple website. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments New York is a city of infinite possibilities; you can meet a returning soldier in the park, get a city planning job or even meet the cast and creative team of If/Then. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek will moderate a discussion with Jackie Burns, the standby for headliner Idina Menzel, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Anthony Rapp, director Michael Greif and composer Tom Kitt at the SoHo Apple Store on October 27. The event kicks off at 7PM. If/Then tells the story of Elizabeth (Menzel), a woman on the verge of turning 40 who returns to New York City to make a fresh start. The cast also features LaChanze, James Snyder, Jerry Dixon, Jenn Colella, Jason Tam and Tamika Lawrence. If/Then
View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 An American in Paris Related Shows They got rhythm, and it’ll be captured in the studio. An American in Paris will release a cast album on Masterworks Broadway on June 2. The new musical stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in their Broadway debuts and will officially open on April 12 at the Palace Theatre.An American in Paris tells the story 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. It 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.In addition to Fairchild and Cope, the Christopher Wheeldon-helmed production features Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen.
View Comments This is a timely reminder to start planning our viewing parties. Access Hollywood recently went behind the scenes at a photo shoot for NBC’s The Wiz Live! and we learned some interesting tidbits about the forthcoming telecast. “I’m a method actor and I’ve had this lion outfit on for about two weeks,” David Alan Grier revealed. “I actually went to the Central Park Zoo and I was put in a cage with lions, just to get their movements, eating raw meat, and I made it!” Oh-kay. Meanwhile, Ne-Yo is taking on the role of the Tinman and admitted: “It’s becoming real for everyone now.” Check out the video below and prepare to ease on down the road with newcomer Shanice Williams, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba and more on December 3!
View Comments Kelsey Grammer will live by the hook a bit longer than planned. The Emmy winner, who stepped back into the role of Charles Frohman in Finding Neverland on January 19, has extended his return engagement in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical. He will now remain at the Lunt-Funtanne Theatre through March 26 instead of the previously announced February 21.Before Neverland, Grammer most recently appeared on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles, earning a Tony nomination for his performance as Georges. His additional Great White Way credits include Macbeth and Othello. He won four Emmy Awards for his performance as the titular radio psychiatrist in the long-running hit series Frasier.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.The cast is currently led by Matthew Morrison as Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Llewelyn Davies. Tony Yazbeck begins performances as Barrie on January 26. Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Related Shows
View Comments Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer in ‘Finding Neverland'(Photo: Carol Rosegg) Hot on the heels of the announcement that Jersey Boys will shutter at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre, comes speculation that Harvey Weinstein has secured the venue for the London transfer of Finding Neverland. According to the Daily Mail, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning tuner could open at the venue in the late Spring/early Summer next year.It has been previously rumored that Kelsey Grammer, who originated the role of Charles Frohman in the show, as well as Alfie Boe, who played J.M. Barrie for a time during the Main Stem run, will headline.Featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. The Diane Paulus-helmed production opened on Broadway in spring 2015 following an out-of-town run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It closed on the Great White Way this past August; a U.S. national tour will launch on October 11 in Buffalo.
University of GeorgiaFor people who want to learn about beekeeping, the 12th annualBeekeeping Institute May 29-31 in Young Harris, Ga., is thebiggest, most comprehensive event in the Southeast.The institute offers classes and workshops for beekeepers at alllevels of experience. It includes the annual honey show, withcash prizes for the winners.On the Young Harris College campus, the first day is set asidefor training and certification exams for the Master BeekeeperJourneyman level and the Welsh Honey Judge qualification.Friday and Saturday will feature beginners’ and experiencedtracks of lectures and workshops. Daily events begin at 8 a.m.and end at 7:30 p.m.A $105 fee (or $65 for one day) covers the cost of lectures,classes and activities. Registration fees also support theGeorgia Master Beekeepers Program. Further fees are required forcertification programs.The institute is limited to 150 participants. To register orlearn more, contact Keith Delaplane at (706) 542-9034. Or go tothe Web site: http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/. Click on “2003Beekeeping Institute” to get the agenda or registration form.
Dr. Atiles brings broad experience to his new position as associate dean,” according to Sharon Y. Nickols, FACS dean. “In particular, the research he has conducted with colleagues on the needs of Georgia’s burgeoning Latino communities and the lack of housing for our state’s workforce represents his commitment to developing collaborations with a variety of university, community, state and national groups. These partnerships expand our college’s impact throughout the state.”“I want to raise awareness throughout the state about our programs, market our strengths, and continue to build the connections and networks that Dr. Rodgers has established during his tenure,” Atiles said. “We have a wealth of knowledge that’s constantly being expanded through the research of our faculty.” As outreach and extension programs deal with the long-term impact of budget constraints, Atiles said he will continue to work closely with faculty to secure external grants and establish cooperative ventures with outside organizations.Atiles earned his Ph.D. in 1995 in Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; his master’s degree in 1990 in Urban and Regional Planning, also from Virginia Tech; and his bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1986 from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña in the Dominican Republic.Prior to joining UGA, he served on the administrative team of the National Housing Bank of the Dominican Republic; worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña; as an instructor at Virginia Tech; and as a housing manager with the Human and Economic Development Department for Athens-Clarke County.Some of Atiles’ most noted work has included securing external funding from state and federal agencies, developing networks for extension and conducting applied research on the needs of Georgia’s growing Latino population.“Being Latino is a benefit in that I, of course, speak Spanish and this has allowed me to understand the backgrounds and cultures of some of Georgia’s newest residents,” Atiles said. “But I think it’s essential to recognize that all Georgians benefit from the outreach and extension programs the College of Family and Consumer Sciences provides and to work with my colleagues to find new ways to provide the tools of knowledge to help all of our citizens improve their quality of life.”
Concentrate on onePick one debt to use any extra money to pay down first. This should be the one with the highest APR. Make the minimum payment on all other debts until the first debt is gone, he said. Don’t be late“Punitive rates have climbed dramatically and can be triggered more easily than in the past,” he said. “Being late even one day can result in a higher interest rate and you’ll have to pay on time for six to 12 months before you’re eligible for a lower rate.” “The biggest factor in determining your credit score is your payment history,” Rupured said. “Paying your bills on time is the single most important thing you can do to improve a low credit score.” Seek help Request a lower rateOne way to reduce interest payments is to request a lower interest rate from your credit card company, he said. “If you’ve paid on time and have had the card for a year or more, there’s a good chance they’ll lower your rate,” he said. “One thing’s for sure. They won’t lower the rate until you ask. You really have nothing to lose by asking.” Nonprofit credit counseling agencies can help you develop a debt repayment plan that fits your budget. To find an agency, look for credit counselors in the Yellow Pages of your phone book. If your cash ran out before your shopping list did, you probably relied on credit cards this holiday season. It’s time to develop a plan to tackle the debt before it grows out of control, says a University of Georgia financial expert. The first step to eliminating credit card debt is to make a detailed list of your debts, including the balances, annual percentage rates and minimum payments for each. Don’t include your mortgage, said Michael Rupured, a financial management specialist with the UGA Cooperative Extension. Increasing your monthly debt payment by as little as $25 can knock several months off your debt repayment time, he said. Rupured also recommends applying any unexpected income to your debt repayment. Making a concerted effort to pay your bills on time will also save you money, Rupured said. Paying late will also result in late fees which are typically $25 to $35. “Put tax refunds, bonuses, gifts or prizes toward your debts,” he said. “You’ll obviously pay them off even faster.” If you’re behind on your bills or having a hard time making the minimum payments, Rupured suggests seeking help. “As you pay one credit card or other debt off, add that payment amount to another debt payment,” Rupured said. “So, if you have seven debts with a combined monthly minimum payment of $725, continue to pay $725 until you have repaid all seven debts.” If most of your debt is on credit cards, Rupured says the true key to getting out of debt is to stop using them. “Keep one card for travel and emergencies if you have to, but leave it at home in a safe place until you need it,” he said. “Cut up all your other credit cards and close out the accounts. This way you won’t be tempted to ask the company for a new card.”