Roman Catholic Diocese Suing Governor Cuomo Over New COVID-19 Restrictions

first_imgShare: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) MGN Stock Image.NEW YORK – The Roman Catholic Diocese is suing New York State over new restrictions with religious gatherings.Last week, Governor Cuomo said the precautions that had been in place were not enough for mass gatherings.Under the new enforcement effort, in New York communities in known COVID clusters, or ‘red zones,’ houses of worship can only operate at 25-percent capacity, with a maximum of 10 people inside.In ‘orange zones’, houses of worship can function at 33-percent capacity with a maximum of 25 people inside. In the lawsuit filed the Diocese of Brooklyn is seeking an injunction, preventing the enforcement of the attendance limits in red and orange zones.Ahead of the filing, bishop Nicholas Dimarzio said it’s a matter of religious freedom.“We believe now that our rights are being infringed upon, especially our first amendment right to worship in an unfair way,” explained Dimarzio.Bishop Dimarzio says the Diocese will comply with all of the latest guidelines but he hopes to receive a response to the lawsuit in the coming weeks.last_img read more

“Walking While Black” Documentary To Be Screened In Jamestown This Week

first_imgShare: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) “Walking While Black” Documentary poster. Image by – A local Jamestown church will be hosting a public screening of the “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” documentary this week.The documentary explores the challenges law enforcement faces while policing in communities of color.Featuring interviews with peace officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and others, the film works to offer an inspiring blueprint to end racial profiling and heal our communitiesThe film was produced for audiences to engage in conversations to improve police-community relations, teach anti-racism, and help people to learn how to love each other. The screening will take place Friday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Zion Covenant Church at 520 E. Fairmount Ave.The on-site viewing will accommodate 100 people, individuals are also able to view via a zoom link as well.Register for either online or in-person viewing on the Zion Covenant Church website or call the church at (716) 488-9310.The viewing is hosted in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Sheriff Department.last_img read more

Alan Campbell, Paul DeBoy, John Hemphill & More Will Head to the Greek Isles in Mamma Mia!

first_img In addition to the new stars and McLane as Donna Sheridan, Mamma Mia! features Felicia Finley as Tanya, Lauren Cohn as Rosie, Jacob Pinion as Pepper, Thomasina E. Gross as Lisa, Traci Victoria as Ali and Albert Guerzon as Eddie. View All (5) Judy McLane The ABBA extravaganza tells the story of Sophie Sheridan (Ricardo), a young bride who invites three potential dads to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (Judy McLane). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia! opened October 18, 2001 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson. View Comments A pair of newlyweds and a new trio of dads are joining the Broadway cast of Mamma Mia! The prospective papas will include Tony nominee Alan Campbell as Sam Carmichael, Paul DeBoy as Harry Bright and John Hemphill as Bill Austin, while Elena Ricardo and Jon Jorgenson will assume the roles of bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan and her fiance Sky, respectively. The five new stars will begin performances February 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Related Shows Zak Resnick Mamma Mia! center_img Felicia Finley Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 The five new cast members succeed current stars Aaron Lazar as Sam, Graham Rowat as Harry, Daniel Cooney as Bill, Laurie Veldheer as Sophie and Zak Resnick as Sky. Aaron Lazar Star Files Laurie Veldheer Campbell garnered a Tony nomination for Sunset Boulevard and also appeared on Broadway in Contact. His off-Broadway credits include Hello Again, Adrift in Macao, Book of Days and Avow. DeBoy makes his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! after playing Harry in the musical’s national tour. Hemphill previously played Sam Carmichael in the Broadway cast of Mamma Mia! Jorgenson makes his Broadway debut in the ABBA tuner after recently graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. After making her Broadway debut in the ensemble, Ricardo also appeared in the Mamma Mia! national tour.last_img read more

Hurlyburly Begins Performances Off-Broadway

first_img High in the Hollywood Hills, Hurlyburly focuses on four men caught in a world of parties, backbiting, lies, and self-obsession. But a string of encounters with destiny convinces one of them to dig beneath the surface to discover his soul. The cast features Deven Anderson, Jacklyn Collier, Rachel Cora, Kirk Gostkowski, Chris Harcum, Brandon Scott Hughes and Christina Elise Perry. View Comments The original production of Hurlyburly, directed by Mike Nichols, was a hit on Broadway in 1984 and featured William Hurt, Judith Ivey, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Stiller, Sigourney Weaver and Cynthia Nixon. Though originally presented in three-acts, the Variations Theatre Group production at the Chain Theatre will mount the revised version used in the 2005 revival starring Ethan Hawke and Bobby Cannavale.center_img That decade of decadence the 1980s is the setting for Tony winner David Rabe’s chilling comedy Hurlyburly as it begins performances off-Broadway February 14. Directed by Rich Ferraioli, opening night is scheduled for February 19 at The Chain Theatre.last_img read more

Carole King’s Daughter Louise Goffin Hangs Out Backstage with the Cast of Beautiful

first_img View Comments Jessie Mueller Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Singer-songwriter Louise Goffin knows a thing or two about Carole King—after all, she’s her daughter! Jessie Mueller, Scott J. Campbell and the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical welcomed Goffin backstage after seeing the Broadway musical for the first time on October 22, 2014. Featuring a score of beloved Carole King songs, Beautiful tells the story of King’s rise to fame and her tumultuous relationship with her husband and collaborator Gerry Goffin. Louise Goffin is even featured as a baby in the hit bio-musical! Check out these snapshots of her backstage visit, then see Beautiful at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre! Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

Matilda’s Lesli Margherita Lands Role in Movie Musical One Shot

first_img Lesli Margherita Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Star Files View Comments Matilda All hail the queen! Olivier winner, Matilda star and former Vlogger Lesli Margherita has been tapped for the musical comedy One Shot, according to Deadline. As previously reported, the film will also star Taye Diggs and Topher Grace.One Shot follows a failed Great White Way alum (Grace) who now stage manages productions and is working on a new show. Margherita will play Brandy, a brassy chorus girl who bets the flamboyant Malcom (Diggs) that she’ll sleep with a hot company member first.Margherita won the Olivier for her performance in Zorro in London’s West End. Additional theater credits include Man of La Mancha, Showboat, Little Shop of Horrors, Spamalot, She Loves Me and Damn Yankees. Her TV and film credits include Fame LA, Charmed, NYPD Blue and The Number 23. Related Showslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel Hits the Top, a Royal Miss Saigon & More

first_img Jonathan Groff Star Files View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Menzel & Buble Are the TopsIt’s the most wonderful time of the year—particularly if you’re Idina Menzel. Days after the If/Then and Frozen star performed “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Michael Buble on the UK’s X Factor, the tune (from her album Holiday Wishes) has hit the top spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. Let’s all say it together, now (again): the cold never bothered her, anyway.Saigon & More Go RoyalThe 2014 Royal Variety Performance, the annual UK gala featuring performances of all sorts, included an electric performance from the cast of the West End’s Miss Saigon. Take a look as Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer sing “The Last Night of the World” and Jon Jon Briones lets loose on “The American Dream”. The evening also included a performance of “Let It Go” by Demi Lovato (the one who’s not Idina Menzel) and the Sondheim staple “I’m Still Here” by Dame Shirley Bassey. #PeterPanLive Was Hardcore TrendingThe December 4 broadcast was the biggest non-sports program for that Thursday’s Twitter TV ratings, according to Deadline. A total of over 475,000 tweets reached approximately 5.3 million unique users. And it’s a good thing too, because our tweets were what saved Tinker Bell’s computer-animated life! Also trending that night? #ChristianBorle. And yes, his arms have their own Twitter account now.Jonathan Groff Salutes Bradley CooperWe were already excited for The Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper’s latest film, American Sniper, but now, we have even more reason to be. As it turns out, he’s not the only Audience Choice Award winner to appear in the flick. Take a look the TV spot for a quick glimpse of a rather toned Jonathan Groff! We’ll salute to that. Double Date with Stage & Screen FavesOrange in the New Black costars Michael Chernus and Tracee Chimo, who recently appeared together in off-Broadway’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart, are joining forces again—and you can join them! Space on Ryder Farm, an artist resident program in Brewster, New York, is auctioning off a double date with the pair at Rose Water in Park Slope, Brooklyn. And no, we’re not banana lobby bullsh*tting you. Does Rose Water have lentil soup? Idina Menzellast_img read more

It Shoulda Been You Opens on Broadway

first_img Sierra Boggess It Shoulda Been You Star Files Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 Here comes the bride…and the groom! And the parents! And the sister! And the ex-boyfriend! And literally everyone else! The new Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You opens officially at the Brooks Atkinson on April 14. Tony winner David Hyde Pierce directs. In honor of the show’s big night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of the wacky bunch.The whole wedding party is present! With David Burtka and Sierra Boggess front and center as newlyweds-to-be Brian and Rebecca, the sketch includes Lisa Howard as Rebecca’s sister Jenny, Tyne Daly and Chip Zien as parents of the bride Judy and Murray, Harriet Harris and Michael X. Martin as Brian’s parents Georgette and George (no, really), Nick Spangler and Montego Glover as Greg and Annie, Josh Grisetti as Rebecca’s old flame Marty, along with Edward Hibbert, Adam Heller and Anne L. Nathan as wedding planning team Albert, Walt and Mimsy, respectively.Happy opening/wedding day to the cast of It Shoulda Been You. Have a gay ol’ time!last_img read more

Rock Out in Iambic Pentameter With a Performance from Something Rotten!

first_imgHow can you hate Shakespeare…when Shakespeare is actually a leather-clad Christian Borle with a giant codpiece? Borle, Brian d’Arcy James, John Cariani and the cast of Something Rotten! stopped by the 30 Rock plaza to round out The Today Show’s Best of Broadway week on April 24. Take a look below as the Elizabethan crew performs a medley of two of the new comedy’s tunes: the candid “God, I Hate Shakespeare” and “Will Power.” You can catch Something Rotten!, which also features Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Reinders and Brad Oscar on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten! View Comments Related Showslast_img

Zach Braff Has a Religious Experience at Hand to God

first_imgBroadway alum Zach Braff made a new friend on May 1: Hand to God’s evil sock puppet Tyrone! After catching the new Tony-nominated comedy by Robert Askins, Braff went backstage to sing the praises of Tyrone and his co-stars, including Tony nominees Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr and Sarah Stiles. Check out these Hot Shots of Braff hanging out with the cast (and the Devil an innocent puppet), then see the outrageous comedy at the Booth Theatre! Hand to God Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Related Shows View Commentslast_img