Restaurant Fire Ruled Accidental

first_imgStock ImageWESTFIELD — A Wednesday afternoon fire at a local restaurant has been ruled accidental.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation team says a grease fire at KISS BBQ restaurant, 745 Rt. 20, started in the exhaust duct work and spread to combustibles in the attic.Deputies said the restaurant had been closed for renovations but planning to re-open July 2.The Westfield Fire Department and several area fire departments responded to the scene just before 12:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported during the fire. 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

Zachary Quinto, Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Jonathan Groff Get Sweaty at A Chorus Line Gala

first_img Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson View Comments What do you get when you cram the stars of Star Trek, Modern Family and Looking in a dressing room together on a hot summer evening? One thrilling (and sweaty) combination! Broadway vets Zachary Quinto, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jonathan Groff became honorary members of A Chorus Line on June 23, 2014, when they sang songs from the hit musical at the Public Theater’s “One Thrilling Combination” gala. The star-studded event at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater honored the late Marvin Hamlisch, who conceived the hit musical 40 years ago. Much Ado About Nothing star Lily Rabe snapped this adorable shot of Quinto and Groff (who we’re thrilled to see are still pals after their breakup in 2013) with Ferguson backstage in their sweats before the big audition. God, we hope they get it!center_img Jonathan Groff Zachary Quintolast_img read more

Super Hot Shot! Emma Stone Unveils Her Sultry Cabaret Look

first_img View Comments Emma Stone is getting all dolled up for her Broadway debut! The screen star is gearing up to play nightclub singer Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cabaret alongside Tony winner Alan Cumming as the Emcee. Entertainment Weekly released this super sexy shot of Stone as Bowles by photographer Richard Phibbs. We’ve never seen the star of The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man and Superbad look like this before! Are you ready to see Stone play Sally? Get a sneak peek at the new prairie oyster-swigging singer, then catch her Broadway debut in Cabaret at Studio 54, beginning November 11. Cabaret Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more Culturalist Challenge: Rank Your Must-See Musical Performances!

first_img Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the November 12 episode of The Show. STEP 3 — PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top ten list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one or sign in with Facebook at this point.) STEP 1 — SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your ten favorites and click the “continue” button. Have you heard the news? The staffers at are wild about Culturalist, the website that lets you rank and create your own top 10 lists. In fact, we love it so much that we’ve partnered with them! Every week, we’re bringing you a new Broadway-themed topic for you to rank on We’ll announce the 10 most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday! Last week, Samantha Barks took the top spot for the star you’d most like to see play Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. This week, we’re asking you a really tough one: Of all the stellar performances on the Great White Way right now, which are your top 10 picks? To start us off, site producer Joanne Villani posted her list of must-see stars here!center_img View Comments STEP 2 — RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.last_img read more

Laura Michelle Kelly on Stage Door & Audience Choice Award Love

first_imgThe adorable Audience Choice Award winner and Vlogger Laura Michelle Kelly stopped by Fox & Friends on May 26 to talk Finding Neverland. “I get to go to work every day with Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer…they’re incredible to work with, they make work a happy, happy place,” she revealed. Also making the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre a magical place for Kelly and the cast are “the many people at stage door.” Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck brought up Kelly and Morrison’s recent Audience Choice Award win for Best Couple and the leading lady went on to make our Monday: “We love!” exclaimed Kelly. Well we all love her! Check out the video below.Watch the latest video at Laura Michelle Kelly View Comments Finding Neverland Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Star Fileslast_img read more

Five Rising Stars We’d Love to See Play Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

first_imgJENNY MOLLETSince making her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Mollet graduated from the famed LaGuardia High School and is set to attend University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. It’s easy to get lost in a YouTube spiral of her performances, from boasting her comedic chops in “Alto’s Lament” to belting her face off to “Let It Go.” But it’s this mash-up of songs from The Polar Express and The Prince of Egypt that have us “believing” in Mollet; that kind of warmth is necessary for bringing such ballads as “Soon As I Get Home” and “Be a Lion” to life. NBC will present The Wiz as its latest live telecast on December 3, but there’s only one problem: We still need a Dorothy! Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, director Kenny Leon, choreographer Fatima Robinson and company are leading a search to find their leading lady, hoping to launch an unknown to stardom. In an effort to help—and as an excuse to listen to some powerhouse vocals—we scoured YouTube (the open casting call of the 21st century) for young actresses whom we’d be thrilled to see ease on down the road. Take it away, ladies! BRYNN WILLIAMSWilliams is by no means a musical theater newcomer, having received the Gypsy Robe at the age of 12 on the opening night of In My Life. Since then, she’s appeared on Broadway in musicals including Bye Bye Birdie and 13. She recently took the NYMF stage in Where All the Rivers Go to Sleep and will reunite with her 13 co-star Allie Trimm at 54 Below. But the live telecast could catapult her to a household name, and after hearing her knock “Home” out of the park, we would certainly not mind discussing her riffs at the dinner table. AUBIN WISEIf you’re not going to nail that high F at the end of “The Dance of the Robe,” don’t bother putting the clip on YouTube. Fortunately, Wise does just that. The recent Berklee College of Music alum’s regional credits include memorable turns in Big Fish and The Color Purple in Boston, but we believe Wise has what it takes to bring her vocal chops from Beantown to the Big Apple (or rather, a Long Island soundstage). And from this rehearsal video, she proves she has an easygoing attitude (look how easy she’d be to work with, Craig and Neil!) and riffs for days. MARLA LOUISSAINTWe sang the praises of Louissaint last month when she took home the top honor at the 2015 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (a.k.a. the Jimmy Awards) for her star turn in Caroline, Or Change. The New York City native demonstrated exemplary maturity and powerhouse vocals in the medley above and her performance of The Color Purple’s “I’m Here” in the finals. We’d be thrilled to see her bring those traits to a (perhaps slightly more age appropriate) role like Dorothy. We have no doubt she’d bring both a requisite complexity and sense of fun to the part. KATHRYN ALLISONAllison first came to the scene in 2014 as the victor of NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation contest. Since taking the title, she’s joined the cast of Broadway’s Aladdin. She’s an extremely versatile performer, as you can see from her gorgeous classical soprano or her soulful Shirley Bassey tribute. Oh, and she can belt. It’s also come to our attention that she always “absolutely LOVES shoes,” so we suspect she’d have no problem rocking those silver slippers. You can catch her at 54 Below in October; we’ll see what happens after that. View Commentslast_img read more

Meet Hamilton Founding Father Daveed Diggs!

first_img Star Files View Comments Related Shows Age: 33Hometown: Oakland, CACurrent Roles: A dynamic Broadway debut as French general Lafayette, “the Lancelot of the Revolutionary set,” and future U.S. president Thomas (“What’d I miss?”) Jefferson in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic musical Hamilton.Stage Cred: After earning a theater degree from Brown University, Diggs acted in plays on the West Coast and began writing and performing with the hip-hop group Clipping. He joined Miranda’s sketch troupe Freestyle Love Supreme before being tapped for Hamilton.“As a kid, I was very shy. I liked being on stage because it gave me a reason to be around people. The other great thing about acting is it allows you to imagine circumstances different from your own. I was a poor Bay Area kid getting to pretend to be a Russian aristocrat.”“I went to Hebrew school, but opted out of a bar mitzvah. My mom is a white Jewish lady and my dad is black. The cultures never seemed separate—I had a lot of mixed friends. When I was young, I identified with being Jewish, but I embraced my dad’s side too.”“Everybody without money should apply to the Ivy League. The secret they don’t tell poor kids is ‘need-blind admissions.’ Brown recruited me for track, and it ended up being thousands of dollars cheaper than a state school.”“Hamilton is authentic. If another writer tried to put rapping into characters for whom rap music didn’t exist, it would feel forced, but that’s how Lin speaks. He quotes rap, R&B and Broadway musicals in conversation! It feels natural to perform because it’s real.”“Our first preview was surprisingly emotional. I had decided early on that Broadway would not have a space for me, so I was taken aback by how intense it felt. I’ve toured the world and played big houses, but never one with so much history.”“The past six months have been a whirlwind. I just moved to Washington Heights with my girlfriend, and some crazy celebrity comes [to the show] every week. I keep expecting to reach a point of normalcy, but it hasn’t happened yet!” from $149.00center_img Hamilton Daveed Diggs photographed by Caitlin McNaney, with chalk art by Melissa Riordan at Bar Nine in NYC Daveed Diggslast_img read more

Congrats to Nina Arianda & Sam Rockwell as Fool for Love Opens

first_imgNina Arianda and Sam Rockwell play two old flames exploring the secrets and desires of their tangled past in Fool for Love, which opens officially on Broadway on October 8. Directed by Daniel Aukin, the production brings a seedy Mojave Desert motel to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.To celebrate the Great White Way premiere of Sam Shepard’s 1982 play, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of Arianda and Rockwell as May and Eddie, respectively, along with Tom Pelphrey as Martin and Gordon Joseph Weiss as The Old Man.Happy steamy, sizzling, opening to all! Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 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. Related Showscenter_img Fool For Love View Commentslast_img read more

A Long Time Ago…There Was Almost a Star Wars Musical

first_img View Comments Sure, they wrote Bye Bye Birdie, but did you know Charles Strouse and Lee Adams almost wrote Bye Bye Obi(-Wan Kenobi)? If you have a bad feeling about this, stick with us.A long time ago, the composing duo were approached by George Lucas to adapt Star Wars: Episode IV (the original) into a musical. A series of demos—featuring orchestrations by none other than Mr. Jason Robert Brown—were recorded in 1999. As you can gather by subsequent trilogies of prequels, sequels and then some, Lucas decided to take the property in another direction.In a 2008 interview, Strouse explained the forced hiatus: “We were given a 90-page contract with [Lucas’s] company, and my lawyer discovered a phrase in there which gave Lucas the right to say, ‘I don’t want to go on,’ so we pulled out.” After a $10,000 signing bonus, the pair decided to write a few songs before Lucas indeed put the project on hold.While we won’t get lightsaber choreo on Broadway anytime soon (sorry, Lesli), check out the demos for “Han’s Your Man” and “My Star” (which was later repurposed for their musical Marty) below. Want more? There’s a new hope, as Brown has additional demos. Help us, Jason Robert Brown; you’re our only hope!last_img read more

The Total Bent Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The world premiere of The Total Bent has extended its run at the Public Theater. The Stew and Heidi Rodewald musical, which begins preview performances on May 10, will now run through June 19 (instead of the previously announced June 12). Opening night is set for May 25.Directed by Joanna Settle, The Total Bent follows Marty Roy, a young black musical prodigy, as a British record producer arrives in Montgomery, Alabama to sign him. The son of a gospel star and self-proclaimed healer, Marty spent his childhood writing the songs that have made his charismatic father famous. But in a nation on the verge of social upheaval, Marty finds himself at odds with his spiritually forceful father as he strives to create a masterpiece that will change America—no matter the cost.The cast features Ato Blankson-Wood, Kenny Brawner, David Cale, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Damian Lemar Hudson, Jahi Kearse and Curtis Wiley. In addition to Stew and Rodewald, the band includes Marty Beller, John Blevins and Brad Mulholland. View Comments Heidi Rodewald & Stew(Photo: Savine Scheckel) The Total Bentcenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more