first_imgImage by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.NEW YORK – A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19.Researchers think she caught it from a human zookeeper, and they say, people infected with Coronavirus should stay away from their pets while in isolation.The zoo’s been closed since mid-March, but keepers have been tending to the animals.It turns out one of the caretakers was ‘shedding’ the virus. Several tigers and lions have now started showing signs of a respiratory illness. So, a vet tested a four-year-old tiger named Nadia for the virus. It turns out the big cat is infected, and the others probably are too.It’s an indication humans can give COVID-19 to animals. So, health officials suggest people who test positive for Coronavirus should stay away from their pets, just like they would people. 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)last_img read more

first_imgJAMESTOWN — Jason L. Schmidt has been endorsed by the Chautauqua County Republican Committee and Chautauqua County Conservative Party to seek election as Chautauqua County District Attorney.Schmidt is a state and federal trial attorney and former Chautauqua County felony prosecutor with an active criminal defense and litigation practice based in Fredonia.Schmidt received the endorsements as the country began shutting down amid the Coronavirus pandemic, effectively placing his run for District Attorney on hold.“This has been a difficult time for all of us,” said Schmidt. “With the current situation in our county and across the country, from the pandemic to racial and police tensions, it seemed insensitive and tone-deaf to campaign. But the election is less than six months away and I want voters to know they have a critical choice to make come November.” Schmidt said his approach to the law enforcement responsibilities entrusted to the District Attorney is very different from that of the current DA, Patrick Swanson.“I am a working attorney. I have to take on tough cases and have successes in the courtroom or I wouldn’t have clients. I’ve also been the victim of crimes, having been robbed multiple times and our apartment burglarized while growing up. From these personal experiences, I know first handwhat victims go through emotionally, financially and sometimes physically, and I believe strongly in working closely with victims and police, and maintaining a high level of communication with each of them, as their cases make their way through the criminal justice system. I will bring my personal experiences to the District Attorney’s Office, “and I look forward to discussing how my approach differs from the current administration in the coming months.”County GOP Chairman Allan Hendrickson said the endorsement of Schmidt track record of hard work and winning cases.“We endorsed Jason because he’s a hard-working guy who rolls up his sleeves and fights in the trenches. He’s experienced and successful – he wins cases,” Hendrickson said. “That’s why we endorsed him four years ago, and after watching the district attorney’s office struggle to prosecute serious crimes, we’re even more committed to putting a winner in the district attorney’s office. Chautauqua County needs that now more than ever.”Conservative Party Chairwoman Anna Wilcox added, “We need someone who can bring the fight back to the DA’s Office. The Conservative Party endorsed Jason, just as we did four years ago, because he knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and has faced and won many hard cases in his career. Hard work matters, experience matters, and results matter.”Schmidt said he is available to answer any questions and can be reached by email at jason@jlschmidt-law.com. 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)last_img read more

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) Photo: Myles Cullen / White HouseBETHESDA, Md. – President Donald Trump is heading to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following a positive coronavirus test , according to White House pool reports.“President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.On Friday afternoon, Dr. Sean P. Conley, the physician to the president, said ” the President remains fatigued but in good spirits .President Trump received a received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s polyclonal antibody cocktail , Dr. Conley said “as a precaution measure.” While the severity of Trump’s symptoms remain unknown, the positive test raises questions about what would happen if he were to become incapacitated due to the virus.John Hudak, a senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Effective Public Management, outlined some of the scenarios designed to protect the continuity of government in the event of a positive COVID-19 test in a research note published in July.“In an unfortunate scenario in which the president were to contract COVID-19 and need therapies such as a ventilator and/or the use of other therapies that would impair his cognitive abilities and/or abilities to communicate, there are a few procedures in place to deal with that situation,” Hudak said. For transparency, the Brookings Institute is a public policy nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Grassley (who is president pro tempore, third in line for the presidency), and members of the cabinet would all need to be isolated from the president, said Hudak.Pence’s press secretary confirmed Friday morning that the vice president and his wife, Karen Pence, tested negative for the virus.If Trump’s treatment were to impair his ability to perform his duties, the president could invoke Section 3 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.This would allow the vice president to become “acting president” until the president notifies the House and Senate that he is able to perform his duties once again.President Ronald Reagan invoked Section 3 in 1985 and President George W. Bush did so twice in 2002 and 2007, all for medical procedures.If Trump were to decline rapidly, ruling out the possibility of invoking Section 3, Hudak said Section 4 of the 25th Amendment would provide a solution to such a crisis.In that scenario, the vice president and a majority of the cabinet would send notice to the House and Senate “that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” This would also see the vice president assume the role of acting president until the president recovers.“While presidential incapacity would be a serious national situation, the government would be able to function in a largely uninterrupted way until the president is recovered,” Hudak said.last_img read more

first_img1 Zip Code New Cases 434 1 82 0.4% 14701- Jamestown2 Symptoms 0 80-8969 1 35 2.1% 13.97% 14716- Brocton1 14712- Bemus Point3 14781- Sherman0 60-69229 Fatality Rate 1.8% 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) Percent of Total Cases 1 20-29350 0 3 Percent 7 6 14747- Kennedy0 3 Age Group 0.1% 0.8% 14724- Clymer2 0 14787- Westfield1 14710- Ashville2 13.44% 1 4.8% 50-59223 0.1% 14752- Lily Dale0 20.54% 14136- Silver Creek3 3 14769- Portland0 14723- Cherry Creek1 Total Cases 33 1.47% 0.2% 40-491 40-49215 50-591 14736- Findley Lake0 12.62% 90+25 319 0.2% 21.0% Total Deaths 30 2 14726- Conewango Valley0 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 32 Number 2 2 14 0 5 No189 35 14728- Dewittville0 14081- Irving2 21 1 Active Cases 14138- South Dayton1 4 60-693 80-897 14740- Gerry0 14767- Panama0 0.5% 14782- Sinclairville0 All Ages20 0 14048- Dunkirk4 0-19238center_img 70-797 5.47% 14738- Frewsburg1 4 14757- Mayville0 14750- Lakewood1 32 1.0% 16 11.38% 14062- Forestville0 0.7% 13.44% 22 0.0% 1 14720- Celoron0 1.9% 47 0.8% 14775- Ripley1 19 13 25.5% 14733- Falconer0 14722- Chautauqua0 26 0.6% 0.8% 0.8% 1.17% 0.8% 0.47% 0-390 14 14166- Van Buren Point0 75.26% 8 1.3% 2.0% COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 10.14% 4 4.05% 2.8% 10 1.1% 7.51% 30-39194 17 2 CDC Stock Image.MAYVILLE – A new COVID-19 related death and 29 new cases of the virus were reported in Chautauqua County on Tuesday afternoon.According to stats posted on the County Health Department’s new COVID-19 dashboard, there are now 1704 cases with 171 of them active.Furthermore, there 13 people hospitalized with COVID-19 locally.Plus, 868 residents and 10 travelers are quarantined. The county’s seven-day infection rate is at 3.7%.A breakdown of the new information released today is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 24.74% 9 9 Age 3 14784- Stockton1 1 0.4% Number 0.00% 0.45% 14063- Fredonia3 4 Percent Yes575 3.3% 70-79128 5 0.5% 3 2.1% 7 56 Symptoms Known764 22 90+1 358 1.2% 14 1.9% 8 13 3 18.7% 1 12 Fatality Rate by Age Group 34 4.00% 1.31%last_img read more

first_img The Bridges of Madison County reunites you with your Far From Heaven co-star Kelli O’Hara. How easy is it to fall in love with her every night? Oh, man, it’s the best. She’s one of my favorite scene partners ever, a world-class actor on top of being one of the great singers in New York, so it’s spicy in a different way every night. She’s also one of my oldest friends in New York, so it’s dreamy on every level. It’s crazy to realize that this is your first Broadway musical! How does it feel to finally strike this off your bucket list? It feels amazing! I’ve been waiting 16 years for the right show to come along and for the logistics to work, and I’m just glad that it was this one at this time. Coming off a frustrating experience in television [in the short-lived Do No Harm], it’s been the most glorious experience I’ve ever had. Your album Somethin’ Like Love received great reviews. Do you have another one in the works? I’m going to record one this spring with just me and John Pizzarelli on the guitar called Voice & Guitar. I think we’re going to release it sometime next year. It’ll be all American Songbook—Richard Rodgers, Frank Lesser, maybe some Adam and Jason. Very simple. Besides the obvious draw of working with this creative team, what do you love most about this story and the music? The Broadway economy right now celebrates things that are lighthearted and funny or silly and spoofy or jukebox-y. It’s really uncommon for things to be written that have the aim of moving people, whose goal is to be beautiful and romantic and sweeping and soaring and sophisticated. Jason and Marsha have accomplished that with this show. Last year, NBC canceled Do No Harm after airing two episodes. What went wrong? It was frustrating because with network television, there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen. I signed on for what felt like a thriller—a smart pilot that was a unique take on Jekyll & Hyde. The result became something, for lack of a better term, that everyone wanted to be “fun. ” You start to leave behind any sense of emotional logic, or logic in general. I loved the people involved and the city of Philadelphia, but ultimately, it was not what I thought it was going to be. You decided to become an actor after a football injury in high school led you to join the school musical. At this point, do you feel like it was destiny? Destiny I don’t know, but certainly a lot of good luck. That’s for sure! If I had maintained my athletic fantasy, I probably would have ended up as a fat football coach somewhere in central Pennsylvania. I’m really glad I’m starring in a Broadway musical instead. Steven Pasquale You mentioned your daughter, Maddie. How are you managing being the father of a 17-year-old girl? I really love it! I remember being 17, and I’m just grateful that she’s a really good kid with a good heart. She’s bright and funny and sweet. She’s the best thing in my life. Even though Francesca and Robert are having an affair, you can’t help but root for them as a couple. Are audiences reacting the same way? Yes! Early on, Kelli and I were worried because we didn’t want Robert to feel predatory, and we didn’t want Francesca to feel easily accessible in a sexual way. What we learned is that very shortly after they meet, the audience wants it, so beautifully, to happen. So, we were able to let go of those fears. This story takes place in 1965, and Francesca was brought to Iowa by an American soldier from war-torn Naples, Italy. She chose this thing that basically saved her life, but it wasn’t necessarily based in love or passion or romance in today’s terms. In comes this man who served in the Korean War, probably saw some horrible things and isn’t that comfortable around other people. They see something in each other—the artist, maybe—and connect on a level that is very forward-thinking. To be able to play a guy who is closed and then cracks open is remarkable. Star Files Your first role was as Tyrone in Fame, but they changed it a bit. Please tell me there is video of this somewhere. Oh yes! There is video, and I did a benefit for The Performing Arts Project where the whole evening was based around your most embarrassing footage and I brought it.There I was, running around having people call me Tyrone. I did the rap, I did the dance solo. I’d never danced in my life. It was crazy. It’s level of bad that not very many people ever get to be around. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 View Comments Do you feel like you have something of a double life as a TV and stage actor? I do. My career is weird because it’s not like I’m a Liev Schreiber or a Philip Seymour Hoffman, incredibly well-respected theater actors who dabble in TV or film. Two different sets of people know me: those who are Sean Garrity fans and think I’m a comedian, and fans who know I have a life on stage as a legit actor and singer. When the two cross over, it’s fun to see people be like, “Wait a second, you were that guy on Rescue Me and now I’m seeing you in this musical?” See Steven Pasquale in The Bridges of Madison County beginning January 17 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Finally, what other musicals would you love to tackle? Floyd Collins, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Sunday in the Park with George, maybe, eventually, Sweeney Todd, and anything Jason and Adam ever write. If could spend my life singing Adam Guettel and Jason Robert Brown, I’d be perfectly happy. Steven Pasquale has led a double life as an actor: Though he nabbed a breakout TV role as dim-witted firefighter Sean Garrity on FX’s Rescue Me, the Pennsylvania native maintained a passion for the stage. Pasquale made his Broadway debut in 2009 in Neil LaBute’s Reason to Be Pretty, and he’ll soon put his rugged good looks and strong singing voice to good use as photographer Robert Kinkaid in the Broadway premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. In a recent chat with Broadway.com, Pasquale reflected on why sincere romantic musicals are so rare, the most embarrassing and frustrating experiences of his working life and why he thinks Hollywood is bananas. You and Kelli had very different relationship issues in Far From Heaven. What was the biggest challenge of playing [closeted, misogynistic husband] Frank Whitaker? Was that a role you had to shake off every night? Oh, yeah. I’m a people person, and Frank is such a self-hater. Also, I can’t even imagine the tortured, secret-keeping existence that must have been Frank’s life in the late 1950s in conservative, affluent Connecticut. Men and women who went through that must have had an unbelievable amount of self-torture. I know we have far to go, but, my God, how far we’ve come. How familiar were you with the book or the movie before taking on the role of Robert Kinkaid? I was unfamiliar with both. I have since read the book and seen the film and we’re excited the source material is that popular and successful in the world. But I think we’re going much deeper than the two-hander that is the book and the film. We’re creating a world and populating the town of Winterset, and [book writer] Marsha [Norman] and [composer] Jason [Robert Brown] have come up with some incredible ways into these people. For my money, this musical is the best possible thing for this source material. The Bridges of Madison County I’ve been warned that I should have tissues nearby when I see The Bridges of Madison County. Are you a big crier? You know what? With every year that passes, the easier I cry. The wind blows and I find myself moved by something. I’ve known this music for three or four years at this point, and I’ve been involved with this story for two and a half years, and there are moments, on stage and off, when I still struggle to keep it together and not be moved by what’s happening in the music or with Kelli. It’s that kind of material, and the writing is that good. Your character on Rescue Me, Sean Garrity, was a fan favorite, and we got to see you take off your shirt…a lot. How much shirtlessness can we expect from Robert Kinkaid? I think minimal [laughs]. I mean, maybe a little bit, but minimal. We did it a lot in Rescue Me, but you’ve got firefighters sitting around the firehouse pumping iron and talking about chicks, so it seems appropriate. But it’s always funny when that’s expected on a TV shoot. Everybody whips their shit together for like two weeks and nobody eats anything but egg whites and everyone’s doing crunches all day. Hollywood is ridiculous. Has she been bitten by the performing bug, as well? No! Thank God [laughs]! She’s obsessed with fantasy fiction, so she wants to write novels and she’s very gifted. I think she’s going to do that. I’m very proud of her. Rescue Me prevented you from coming to Broadway with The Light in the Piazza. Do you ever find yourself thinking, “What if…”? I do, but Rescue Me happened at the perfect time in my life. I’ve got a little girl [Maddie] who’s 17 now, and she was a very impressionable kid during those years, so I was able to have a TV schedule and be in New York and spend my weekends with her. From a personal life standpoint it was really perfect. But professionally I’ve never felt as strongly about a project, with the exception of The Bridges of Madison County, as The Light in the Piazza.last_img read more

first_img Joining Coy (Downton Abbey) in the cast will be Paul Chahidi (TV’s The Hour), Gunnar Cauthery (This House), Joshua McGuire (The Magistrate), Nina Sosanya (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof) and Olivier winner Michelle Terry (Tribes). Privacy looks at how governments and corporations collect and use our personal information, and what that means for our security, our identity and our future. Is there any such thing as privacy in the 21st century? Jonathan Coy and more will explore the question in James Graham’s Privacy at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Josie Rourke, the new play will run April 10 through May 31, with opening night set for April 22.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Star Files Daniel Radcliffe Zero to Sixty When McDonagh was 22, his parents moved back to Ireland, leaving Martin and John in their house in South London. After John left to pursue screenwriting in America, Martin was alone, and he started to write every day. After breakfast each morning, he would sit down at a child’s desk in his bedroom and write with a pencil in a spiral notebook. In nine months, he’d written drafts of seven plays—almost his entire body of work for the stage. (He’s only written one play produced since then, 2010’s A Behanding in Spokane.) Enter Harry Potter When Tony-winning director Michael Grandage wanted to bring Cripple back to the English stage in 2013, Daniel Radcliffe jumped at the chance. “There are so many people who would cut off their left arm to do The Cripple of Inishmaan,” he told Broadway.com. “No pun intended!” Since the play doesn’t specify exactly what is wrong with Billy, Radcliffe had to do his research. “I’ve decided, based on what information you do get from the play, that cerebral palsy was a viable option for what Billy could have had.” He hired a coach with mild cerebral palsy to teach him the physical mechanics of the condition. Up and Running Beauty Queen was followed quickly by the premiere of The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Royal National Theatre in 1996, when McDonagh was just 26. 19-year-old Dublin actor Ruaidhri Conroy played Billy, with Dearbhla Molloy and Anita Reeves as his adopted aunts, Eileen and Kate. The reception was nothing short of ecstatic. “This play will last,” wrote Variety, “And if there’s any justice, the production will, too.” It did—in 1998, Conroy and Molloy reprised their acclaimed roles at the Public Theater in New York. It was revived again in the Big Apple as a collaboration between the Atlantic and the Druid Theater Companies in 2008, and once again, it received raves. View Comments A Slow Starter Fast-forward 37 years: Martin McDonagh was born in England in 1970 to Irish parents (mother, County Sligo; father, County Galway) who had left home looking for a better life. Following in his older brother John’s footsteps, Martin dropped out of school at 16 to be a writer, which basically meant living on the dole, watching movies and TV and reading books that John brought home, according to The New Yorker. He’d hold down jobs…but just long enough to be eligible for the dole again. On the surface, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh and British stage and screen star Daniel Radcliffe aren’t the most likely pair. After all, McDonagh was the enfant terrible of the British theater scene, and author of some of the most biting, violent plays on stage today—meanwhile, Radcliffe made his name as the star of the (mostly) family-friendly Harry Potter series. But these two talents have found a natural fit in The Cripple of Inishmaan, McDonagh’s play about a disabled Irish boy named Billy (Radcliffe) in the remote Aran Islands. Billy is determined to break out of his dull, tedious life by landing a role in the film being made on a nearby island of Inishmore. Read on for a look at the play’s humble beginnings in Ireland to its Broadway debut at the Cort Theatre on April 20. Related Shows Billy’s a Hit Radcliffe joined a stellar cast of Irish actors, including Gillian Hanna and Ingrid Craigie as his adopted aunties and newcomer Sarah Greene as Helen, the feisty object of Billy’s desire. When the new production opened June 18, 2013 at the Noel Coward Theatre, it earned raves—Ben Brantley of The New York Times said Radcliffe “delivers his finest stage performance to date as a grotesque who fades into the crowd.” Hitting the Big Time McDonagh started sending his plays out to theaters. Most ignored him, but Garry Hynes of Druid Theatre Company in Galway jumped. “I very clearly remember reading [A Skill in Connemara] aloud and throwing myself on the floor in paroxysms of laughter,” she told The New Yorker. Beauty Queen premiered in Galway in 1996; nine months later McDonagh was receiving the Most Promising Playwright Prize at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. In 1997, he became the first author since Shakespeare to have four plays on the London stage at the same time. Setting the Scene In 1934, filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty traveled to the remote Aran Islands to make a fictional documentary (yep, that’s a real thing) about the people who lived there, on three islands off the western coast of Ireland: Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer. Flaherty filmed his new project, Man of Aran, on Inishmore, the closest to the Irish mainland. He cast locals to play locals engaged in local activities like fishing, potato farming, and hunting for sharks. Flaherty wasn’t big on accuracy—apparently shark hunting had ended over 50 years earlier—but boy was it pretty. The Cripple of Inishmaan Hopping the Pond What does one do after mounting a wildly successful revival on the London stage? Bring it to Broadway, of course! The entire London cast is making the trip to the Great White Way for a limited engagement at the Cort Theatre. Radcliffe, who was last seen in the Rialto revival of How to Succeed…, may be the most excited of them all. “I hope there never comes a time when I haven’t been to Broadway in more than a few years,” he told Broadway.com. “I just love working here.” How Billy Was Born From McDonagh’s crazy-prolific months came The Cripple of Inishmaan, which he wrote in five weeks. It’s the first of his Aran Islands trilogy (the second is The Lieutenant of Inishmore and the final The Banshees of Inisheer—his only play that hasn’t been staged because McDonagh says “it isn’t any good.”) In Inishmaan, a young crippled orphan named Billy is determined to land a role in the film being made on nearby Inishmore—Robert Flaherty’s Man of Aran. It’s wildly funny and, compared to some of his other works, downright sweet. Cursing 007 & Kissing Jessica Lange As it turns out, McDonagh didn’t care much for the theater when he was starting out. When he went to the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, McDonagh was so nervous that he and his brother got drunk before they went. “Sean Connery came over and told us to shut up and I told him to f*ck off,” McDonagh told The New Yorker. “Apparently I kissed Jessica Lange, but I have no memory of that whatsoever.”last_img read more

first_img Joshua Henry View Comments Related Shows Star Files Violet Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Colin Donnell Sutton Foster Tony winner Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell and Joshua Henry stopped by The View on May 20 to perform “All to Pieces” from Violet, now nominated for four Tony Awards (for Foster, Henry, director Leigh Silverman and Revival of a Musical). The tuner tells the story of a woman who makes a bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma in the hope that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face, forming an unlikely bond with two soldiers along the way. As Violet sings, we “love her all, love her all, love her all to pieces!” Take a look at the clip below, and check out Violet at the American Airlines Theatre.last_img read more

first_img View Comments Jeremy Kushnier Star Files Directed by Damien Gray, Atomic blasts open the doors of the Manhattan Project, a Government funded program of top scientists with the task of creating the world’s first Atomic Bomb. Leo Szilard (Kushnier) is the mastermind behind atomic power, but his heart has reservations. Ethics, scientific progress, and true love are tested as Leo discovers exactly what he’s capable of when someone believes in him. Related Shows In addition to Kushnier, Morton, Gettelfinger and Harrison, the cast of Atomic includes David Abeles, Alexis Fishman, Jonathan Hammond, James David Larson, Preston Sadlier and Grace Stockdale. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2014 The U.S. premiere of Atomic celebrates its official opening night on July 13 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. The off-Broadway musical, penned by Danny Ginges, Gregory Bonsignore and Philip Foxman, will run through August 16. Jeremy Kushnier, Euan Morton, Sara Gettelfinger and Randy Harrison star in the new tuner Atomiclast_img read more

first_img Star Files View Comments Laura Osnescenter_img After a long, hard week of work (and by “work,” we mean watching YouTube videos), there’s nothing better than pouring a martini, opening a giant bag of these and catching up on this week’s Broadway news! Some really weird stuff happened this week: Aaron Tveit sang “The Thong Song,” Sutton Foster scolded us about our cell phone use and Norm Lewis proved that he might be better suited to play Christine than the Phantom. Check out the Lessons of the Week below!Aaron Tveit Wants to See That ThongYou heard us. Aaron Tveit’s go-to shower song is the 2000 Sisqo classic “The Thong Song.” He even performed a snippet for us (complete with some scrubbing under the arms) on Show People. You’re welcome, Tumblr. You’re welcome.Sutton Foster Knows You’re TextingBefore you return that one super-important text from your Grandma during Sutton Foster’s big 11 o’clock number, just remember this: SHE CAN SEE YOU! The Tony winner tweeted this very statement, leading us to believe someone actually had the nerve to do this. For shame!Norm Lewis Sings Higher Than SierraWhat did we learn from this week’s episode of Daae Days? Well, for one, Sierra Boggess looks great in the Phantom’s Red Death costume. But we also learned that her co-star Norm Lewis has a really gorgeous, womanly falsetto. Anyone up for Freaky Friday: Phantom of the Opera Edition?The Royal Family Is Moving to IowaSantino Fontana and Laura Osnes are the closest we mere subjects have to Broadway royalty (well, except Queen Lesli)—so we’re overjoyed to see them teaming up in a concert version of The Music Man. Oh, and BTW? We so called this. Never underestimate the power of Broadway.com dreamcasting.Adam Jacobs Always Carries Hair StuffIn the cast of Aladdin, you’d think Courtney Reed, who plays Princess Jasmine, would be the star most concerned about her coif. Nope, it’s Adam Jacobs, who carries a bottle of hair product with him wherever he goes! You never know when you might need a little touch-up, right, Tracy Turnblad—oops, we mean Adam?Burgers Are Part of the Cinderella DietBefore nabbing the title role in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Cinderella star Paige Faure had childhood dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. Then, a greater love made her reconsider: “I realized I really like eating burgers and stuff.” It’s nice to know princesses enjoy Shake Shack just as much as the rest of us.Steve Martin Can’t MultitaskMr. Martin, we’re psyched that you’re hard at work on your new musical Bright Star with Edie Brickell. But do you really have to take a “Twitter hiatus” to keep yourself from getting distracted? Lin-Manuel Miranda managed to write two musicals (one full-length, one mini) this year while tweeting every 3.5 seconds—it’s not that hard.Rum Tum Tugger Is a Raptastic CatCats is prowling back to the West End, and all of our favorite felines are back, including Grizabella, Rumpleteaser and of course, Rum Tum Tugger. Oh, except Andrew Lloyd Webber says the curious cat is going to be a rapper this time. If he doesn’t wear a silver mouse medallion and lap milk from a pimp cup, we’re going to be very disappointed.LaChanze Is the Keeper of the SnacksIf you find yourself backstage at If/Then, make sure to stop by Tony winner LaChanze’s dressing room. One, because she’s awesome. Two, because she has all the good snacks. (Oh, and if you want to grab some extra Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos, we’d be happy to take them off your hands.)Idina Menzel Knows How to Play BallAmerica is the land of the free and the home of If/Then star Idina Menzel, so naturally, she’s singing the National Anthem at the MLB All-Stars game. Here’s what we’re picturing: Menzel stands in the outfield, and when she sings “rockets red glare,” a hydraulic lift shoots her into the sky in a puff of green smoke. If this happened at every baseball game, we’d actually watch baseball.last_img read more