App users, tap here to watch video.FREDONIA – While social distancing is keeping many physically apart, it’s not stopping a local band from playing together.The Fredonia High School Symphonic Band put together a virtual fight song.In total, 58 members of the 2019-20 band can be seen playing together in the video above, provided by Fredonia Central School District teacher Andy Bennett. 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)
Which, presumably, you did? Yes, our producer Bill Kenwright said I should go and see the play—I got a real rush out of it and thought it would be very good fun to be in. As I was coming out of the door of the theater, the phone rang and it was Bill saying, “Well?”, and I said, “Let’s have a go”—and opened three weeks later [laughs]. Despite achieving renown in the U.S., you’ve kept London as home. There were two points in my life where I did consider uprooting the family to the States—the first was around the time of the play in New York, but I didn’t know America well enough and I was concerned about my daughter, Nina, who was five at the time and so at the point of starting serious school. It’s Tony Award season at the moment on Broadway. Do you recall much of your own Tony experience? I remember it very well; it was a hugely exciting night! The curious thing was that until I got to New York, I had never heard of the Tonys and then someone said, “You’ve been nominated for a Tony,” and I said, “That’s very nice, what is it?” and I was told and realized that this was really something—and didn’t expect for a moment to win. It’s been 35 years since Tom Conti won a Tony Award for his career-defining performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway?, followed five years later by his Oscar-nominated star turn in Reuben, Reuben. Since then, the 72-year-old actor has romanced Pauline Collins on screen in Shirley Valentine and done time in Gotham City in The Dark Knight Rises, in addition to returning regularly to the London stage. This season, he can be found succeeding Martin Shaw as Juror No. 8 in the extended run of Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre, alongside Jeff Fahey and Robert Vaughn. Broadway.com caught up with the ever-charming Scotsman to talk takeovers, Tonys, and sustaining a career. What’s interesting about your role as a bed-ridden quadriplegic in Whose Life Is It Anyway? is that the part went on to be played by women—Mary Tyler Moore and later, Kim Cattrall. That idea came from a conversation [London co-star] Jane Asher and I had had in London where she said, “Why don’t we swap sometimes and I can go in the bed and you can be the doctor?” And I thought, “That’s a truly wonderful idea!” Our director gave us that look of “How bloody stupid can actors be!?” What appeals to you about Reginald Rose’s writing? To me, what’s strange and wonderful about this is that it’s actually a feel-good play: it’s a play about heroism, in a way, and one man’s dogged resistance to apathy and hatred. Audiences always respond to the notion of one guy against the world: That’s the stuff of classic drama. Do you keep the trophy on display? Funny you should mention that. My housekeeper likes to move things around, so I’m not sure what ledge it’s on at the moment; I must check. Welcome back to the West End! You’re replacing Martin Shaw in the leading role—has it been a steep learning curve? It has been, and I’m not sure I would do it again, though I took over once before [from the late Peter O’Toole in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell] so I know how these things work. The only reason to do it is if you really want to. You could still do it in a few years. We’ll see, though as I get older, I do think L.A. would be a nice place to be. I’ve always liked working in America. There always seem to be all sorts of possibilities there, especially now that your country produces some really stunningly good TV. But the gender change happened nonetheless. It did because they couldn’t get anyone to take over from me and then the idea of [the role] being a woman re-emerged. Mary [Tyler Moore] came to see it and immediately said yes she’d like to do it. She was wonderful in the part and tremendously courageous. It was terribly exciting for me to see her do it because I’d been in love with Mary Tyler Moore for years—as we all were. You got a real taste of the movie blockbuster world with The Dark Knight Rises. That felt ginormous, no doubt about it. One doesn’t often work on movies of that size. I remember going to work in the morning thinking that this must have been what it was like in the old days of Hollywood where you had to go to an ocean to have an ocean. So much now happens via CGI, but Chris [Nolan, director] prefers to work on a huge scale that really is quite astounding. And the other? 10 years ago, my wife and I had pretty well decided to buy a house in L.A. and get green cards and just when all that was happening, suddenly my daughter was married and pregnant, so everything just stopped. We thought, we can’t go away and leave her with a new baby coming. So in both cases, my daughter was the determining factor! That’s unusual—any idea why that might be? It’s partly because the British do so much capital-A acting when they take on Shakespeare. It’s such a relief when you see people like Kevin Kline or Meryl Streep doing Shakespeare. They’re sensational because they can just talk whereas the British too often act Shakespeare, and I run screaming from the exit. Amid so varied a career, you haven’t done that much of the bread-and-butter of many a British actor’s life: Shakespeare. That’s true. I was in Julie Taymor’s film of The Tempest but the truth is that every time I think I would like to do a Shakespeare, I realize that for myself I get far more pleasure from reading Shakespeare than from watching it. View Comments
The 68th annual Tony Awards ceremony is almost here! We’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions about this celebration of Broadway’s best so that you can find all of the answers in one place. Where will the Tony Awards ceremony be held? Radio City Music Hall in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. What fun stuff can I do during the telecast? Follow Broadwaycom on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. You can also follow members of the Broadway.com team on Twitter: Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek, Managing Editor Beth Stevens, Features Editor Lindsay Champion, News Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber, Photo Editor Caitlin McNaney and Photographer Bruce Glikas. How can I watch the Tony Awards ceremony? Tune into CBS from 8-11PM EST to see the presentation of the major awards and performances. If you are in New York City on June 8, you can watch a live simulcast in Times Square hosted by past Tony nominee Kerry Butler and Wicked star Justin Guarini. Who is the 2014 Tony host? Hugh Jackman! The Tony winner is hosting the ceremony for the fourth time, having charmed audiences in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Jackman starred on Broadway in The Boy from Oz in 2003, for which he won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He also won a Special Tony Award in 2012 for raising almost $2 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS during the run of his solo show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The actor also appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain in 2009. He will next appear on the Great White Way in The River, which begins performances on October 31 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Jackman was Emmy-nominated for hosting the Tonys twice and won once (in 2005). Can I watch the Tony telecast if I am not in the U.S.A.? The following international broadcasters will carry the show: CHCH in Canada, Film & Arts in Central and South American and the Caribbean, Sky Network Arts Channel in New Zealand, Foxtel Arena Channel in Australia, Wowow in Japan, ABS-CBN in Philippines and Armed Forces Network Television, which is available to the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside of the United States. Check local listings for more info. What shows will be performing during the Tony Awards ceremony? As always, there will be plenty of singing and dancing on the telecast. The show promises appearances by the stars of the nominated shows, including divas Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia Barrino with the cast of After Midnight, as well as the stars of Aladdin, Les Miserables, Beautiful, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Violet. The show will feature performances Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson singing a number from the upcoming Finding Neverland and Sting performing a selection from his upcoming musical The Last Ship. The evening will also feature performances from Cabaret, If/Then, Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky, as well as a tribute to Wicked, which is celebrating a decade on Broadway. Who are the presenters at the 2014 Tony Awards? A starry roster of presenters and participants will include Kevin Bacon, Orlando Bloom, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tony Goldwyn, Jonathan Groff, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Judith Light, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Rosie O’Donnell, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum, Liev Schreiber and Patrick Wilson. Where can I find photos, videos and features about the big event? On Broadway.com, of course! Check in during and after the ceremony for a complete list of winners, photos, video and other highlights of Broadway’s biggest night. When are the 2014 Tony Awards? Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 8PM EST. View Comments Who are the 2014 Tony nominees? Click here for a complete list of the 2014 Tony Award nominees. Want to know the nominees’ deep dark secrets? Watch these videos.
Cohl also announced that he intends to create a theatrical adaptation of another Fox title: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The show would tour theaters nationally beginning this winter. View Comments Rio follows Blu, a macaw who was smuggled out of Brazil as a hatchling and grows up in Minnesota. When he returns to Rio de Janeiro, he falls in love with a fellow macaw, Jewel. They embark on an adventure together in their home country, while evading a scheming cockatoo named Nigel. The 2011 film featured the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez , will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and Jane Lynch. Those talking birds may be coming to Broadway! Producer Michael Cohl has revealed plans to stage a live version of the computer-animated 2011 film Rio, according to the Wall Street Journal. The show would launch in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil around the time of the 2016 Olympics in the city. Following that, the show would come to the Great White Way.
Streisand’s Sharing the Mic with Elvis & More After posting a clearly untouched #nofilter portrait with her dog and the world’s most ridiculous cupcakes, Barbra Streisand has taken to her new Instagram account to drop some major news about her latest album, Partners. The album will feature Streisand performing duets with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Babyface, Josh Groban, Billy Joel and the late King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. Babs says it best herself: “What an extraordinary collection of talent!” Partners is scheduled for release on September 16. Who Run the World? Benedict Cumberbatch He’s a hot ticket and a hot Prince of Denmark. According to The Daily Telegraph, the forthcoming Cumberbatch-led London production of Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre has become the most in-demand production…ever. Within minutes of going on sale to the public on August 11, hopeful ticket buyers found themselves in an online queue of over 20,000 people. The show registered over 200% more searches than Beyonce and Jay Z’s world tour in the hours after going on sale. The Lyndsey Turner-helmed production does not begin performances until August 5, 2015. Fortunately for a certain Broadway.com News Editor, tickets went on sale to Barbican members earlier this month. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Patti LaBelle Will Make Way for the Clowns Grammy winner and Broadway alum Patti LaBelle is about to get freaky. According to TVLine, LaBelle, who recently starred on the Great White Way in After Midnight, will appear in four episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show as the mother to Gabourey Sidibe’s character. She’ll play a local townsperson who investigates the secrets of the murderous clown Twisty. She joins a slew of Broadway vets who are returning to the series. The site reports that LaBelle’s character will not sing, but here’s hoping that that changes. Because if this golden opportunity doesn’t occur at some point during the season, we will be livid. Mark Ruffalo Wants to Return to the Stage The revival of This Is Our Youth begins on Broadway next week, and Mark Ruffalo can’t wait. The The Normal Heart Emmy nominee, who got his big break in the off-Broadway production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play in 1996, told Deadline that he believes the piece will “resonate even deeper now than it did when it came out” and that he’s “thrilled by the cast.” That’s nice, but what about actually getting him back on stage? “I’m dying to come back,” he revealed. “I actually read a beautiful new play by Timothy McNeil that I am going to start just seeing if there’s some interest in it.” Get on that, Ruffalo! View Comments
View Comments The cast will also include Heather Ayers, Molly Hager, Mykal Kilgore, Telly Leung, Tommy McDowell, Ashley Moniz, Jake Odmark, Sabrina Sloan, Joey Sorge, Wesley Taylor, Daniel Torres and Adrienne Warren. Broadway.com has confirmed that Great White Way faves Aaron Tveit (Catch Me if You Can), Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You) and Christopher Sieber (Matilda) have been tapped for a workshop of C’mon Get Happy. Troy Britton Johnson’s new show will have an industry only reading on October 10 directed by Jerry Mitchell. C’mon Get Happy is a modern day story about a group of young people in search of themselves, who wind up following a charismatic cult leader who happens to worship all things Partridge Family.
Jason Danieley (Next to Normal), Diana Dimarzio (Sweeney Todd), David Garrison (The Championship Season), Chris Newcomer (Chicago), Aaron Ramey (The Bridges of Madison County) and Timothy Shew (Evita) will join, as we exclusively previously reported, Rivera, Roger Rees, Rick Holmes, Matthew Deming, Tom Nelis and Michelle Veintimilla in the tuner. John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. Related Shows The Visit View Comments More company members have been announced for The Visit, starring two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera. Directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, the musical will begin previews on March 26 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. Opening night is set for April 23. The production played at the Williamstown Theatre Festival production in Massachusetts last summer. The musical premiered in 2001 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later played The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Rivera also starred in both these productions as Claire, a role originally written for Angela Lansbury, who withdrew from the project in its early stages after her husband fell ill. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015
Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn and previous standby the Beacon Theater are all being considered as a potential home for the 70th Annual Tony Awards on June 5, 2016. As previously reported, the ceremony’s usual locale, Radio City Music Hall, will be occupied by the Rockettes in the middle of “tech” for Spring Spectacular.Tonys officials are aiming to make a decision over the next few weeks, according to The New York Times. It is thought that either Lincoln Center or the Beacon are more likely venues than the Kings, as it will be tougher for show casts to make it between Brooklyn and their commitments on the Great White Way.The nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced live on April 29 from New York City. View Comments
Related Shows On Your Feet! Ana Villafañe The story of how Gloria and Emilio Estefan met and conga’d their way into musical iconography is the center of attention in On Your Feet!, now in previews at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The two superstars recently sat down with CBS News to discuss how the musical encapsulates the American Dream. While the show certainly displays the challenges the pair faced as Cuban Americans, according to Gloria, its message is all about unity: “I’m hoping that [audiences] realize how much more similar we all are than just merely celebrating our differences.” In the segment, Gloria and her on-stage counterpart, newcomer Ana Villafañe, visit the Catholic High School that they both attended, and Villafañe reveals that long before she landed her dream job of playing Gloria Estefan, the two crossed paths at a book signing. Check it all out below. On Your Feet! opens officially on November 5. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 View Comments
Related Shows View Comments Alan Mingo Jr. in ‘Kinky Boots’ Photo by Matthew Murphy Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Toronto’s Lola will be walking those red boots to the Great White Way! Alan Mingo Jr. has been tapped to lead the Broadway production of the Tony-winning Kinky Boots, where he is scheduled to begin performances on March 29. He will replace Wayne Brady as Lola, who as previously reported will depart the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 27.Mingo has been seen on Broadway as Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Tom Collins in Rent. Other stage credits include Shrek the Musical, Hairspray and The Lion King.The musical, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tonys in 2013 including Best Musical. In addition to Brady, the production currently stars Andy Kelso as Charlie and Jeanna de Waal as Lauren.Original Broadway cast member Kyle Taylor Parker, who has played Lola on Broadway and on tour, will take over the role in Toronto. Kinky Boots