New York Governor Orders Essential Workers To Wear Face Masks

first_imgNew York State Image. App users, tap here to video watch.ALBANY – At Sunday’s press conference, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an executive order directing employers to provide a face covering or mask to essential workers who are directly interacting with the public.Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor, said it’s up to the employers to provide the masks.“You’re an essential worker, you should be protected. You shouldn’t have to go out and put yourself in unnecessary danger, and continue the spread of the virus,” DeRosa said. Governor Cuomo announced the devastating news of 758 lives being lost from COVID-19 on Saturday. This marks the sixth straight day of more than 700 deaths from the virus. The death toll across New York state is now at 9,385, according to Cuomo.On the bright side, the number of people being hospitalized continues to decline, and the amount of people being discharged from the hospital is on the rise.According to Cuomo, the curve is really beginning to flatten in terms of the number of hospitalizations across New York State. The governor reminded everyone that New York’s curve is likely in a plateau right now.According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Sunday there are 181,825 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across New York State.The question of when to reopen businesses and schools resurfaced at Sunday’s press conference. Governor Cuomo re-iterated that the decision has to be made based on the facts, and Cuomo says there is not enough data to make the decision right now.Although the governor did not offer a timetable, he did however have three keys to reopening:• The opening of schools and businesses must be coordinated• Rapid COVID-19 testing must be available• Need federal helpGovernor Cuomo said, “we want to reopen as soon as possible.”The governor said the state is at a $10 billion to $15 billion deficit from the virus, and the CARES Act ignored state governments. Governor Cuomo said New York will need federal assistance to reopen.At the press conference, Governor Cuomo called on the federal government to provide a total of $500 billion in aid to all states.At Saturday’s press conference, Governor Cuomo said he wanted the reopening of schools and businesses to be coordinated with surrounding areas, and on Sunday he said he was meeting with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut to discuss their next steps forward. 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

Dule Hill Is Obsessed with Blacklist, Barrino & Booze

first_img CELEBRITY: Tim Omundson “The man likes his scotch. It’s always good to have a drinking partner.” After Midnight MOVIE: Coming to America “Too many reasons to name but Ruben Santiago Hudson trying to sell some bootleg Rolex watches? How can you not be obsessed with this movie?!” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 RANDOM OBSESSION: Bourbon, Scotch & Whiskey “I’m on a mission to taste them all. Who’s with me?!” Dulé Hill APP: Nomino “It’s a fun social game launching soon and I’m one of the founders! Check it out:” BOOK: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho “It’s an easy read filled with so many simple truths.” Related Shows Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Dulé Hill is currently starring in Warren Carlyle’s After Midnight as The Host of the show, which presents the sound and glamour of the Harlem Renaissance and celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the legendary Cotton Club. When this Emmy nominee isn’t tapping into his dancing roots at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre eight shows a week, he’s obsessing over NBC’s newest hit drama, Broadway’s celebration of Janis Joplin and the island of Jamaica. Read on to find out what else this eclectic star can’t get enough of! SONG OR SINGER: Fantasia “‘Stormy Weather.’ She blows me away with this song every night.” FASHION DESIGNER: Paul Smith “The suits man, the suits!” BEAUTY PRODUCT: Eminence Organics “It just feels right on my face, ya dig? …Wait, what?!” View Comments VACATION SPOT: Jamaica “Other islands are nice but I’ll always love my roots.” Star Files TV SHOW: Blacklist “James Spader is a badass.” STAGE SHOW (OTHER THAN MY OWN): A Night With Janis Joplin “These ladies can SANG!” ATHLETE: Joe Montana “He’s one of the few people I would be really excited to meet. If I could catch or intercept a pass from him? Whaaaaat! C’mon, son! #NinerNation.”last_img read more

Bring It Home! Les Miserables Revival Opens on Broadway

first_img Will Swenson Les Miserables To celebrate the New York return of the worldwide hit, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson illustrated our favorite group of escaped convicts, parole officers, revolutionaires, hookers and more. Tear down the barricades! The new Broadway revival of Les Miserables opens on March 23 at the Imperial Theatre. This reimagined Les Miz is led by Broadway newcomer Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, the convict who rebuilds his life, and Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as his adversary, police inspector Javert. Nikki M. James Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Ramin Karimloo 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. wishes the cast and creative team of Les Miserables a thrilling opening as they continue to dream the dream night after night. The musical, which features such iconic songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More,” and “On My Own,” also stars Caissie Levy as Fantine, Tony Award winner Nikki M. James as Eponine, Andy Mientus as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras and Cliff Saunders and Keala Settle as the Thenardiers. Star Files Caissie Levy View Comments Related Shows View All (4)last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Kristin Chenoweth, Honeymoon in Vegas & More

first_img Star Files Take Kristin Chenoweth Home (Kind Of)In stores and online November 18Kristin Chenoweth’s forthcoming TV special Coming Home is sure to be awesome, so why not take home the music from the concert, too? With the live CD, you can sing along everywhere: During your morning train ride, throughout the budget meeting and on the gym’s treadmill. Just be sure to avoid the resentful glare of co-workers. Actually, maybe you should just sing in your bedroom—or in an empty meadow somewhere. Do Vegas Broadway-StyleBegins November 18 at the Nederlander TheatreGoing to Las Vegas involves a pricey, interminable plane ride to a land inhabited by dead-eyed casino lizards and the constant threat of heat stroke. Why bother? Instead, head to the bubbly musical comedy Honeymoon in Vegas, which begins previews today. This charming, tuneful take on the 1992 movie features a love triangle involving a Vegas gambler (Tony Danza), a commitment-phobic gent (Rob McClure), and the gal (Brynn O’Malley) they both adore. Click for tickets! Kristin Chenoweth Hey you, wrapped up like a wool burrito to fend off the cold—step away from the space heater. Crappy weather shouldn’t stop you from enjoying what Broadway has to offer, including a new Madame in Cinderella, the debut of a brand new musical, and two charitable concerts. Bundle up for this week’s picks! Have a Celia-bration with Megan HiltyNovember 23 at Joe’s PubThis year’s Sonnet Repertory Theatre’s benefit honors Tony-nominated stage and screen star Celia Weston. Details about this cabaret: It features appearances by Megan Hilty, Carol Kane and Alfred Uhry as well as video tributes from Linda Lavin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and others. Marc Shaiman is a contributing composer. There probably won’t be any impassioned didgeridoo solos, so it’s bound to be a great time. Click for tickets! View Comments Party All Night with Broadway RockersNovember 17 at le Poisson RougeLoads of Broadway talent—including Constantine Maroulis, Jarrod Spector and Courtney Reed—take the stage to belt five decades of youth-swooning hits in Rockers on Broadway: Teen Idols. Expect a few differences between this starry concert and your own music-crazed youth, including little-to-no screeching into hairbrushes and your parents futilely demanding quiet. The concert benefits the PATH Fund, which helps those in the arts and entertainment communities. Click for tickets! Bow Down to Cinderella’s New StepmomNovember 25 at the Broadway TheatreThe Real Housewives of Atlanta favorite NeNe Leakes has this reality TV thing down pat, so making her Broadway debut is the logical next choice. The screen star succeeds Sherri Shepherd as wicked stepmother Madame in Cinderella, which will conclude performances January 3, 2015. Add current stars Keke Palmer, Joe Carroll and Judy Kaye into the mix and you’ve got one enchanting evening on Broadway. Click for tickets!last_img read more

Your Guide to’s Complete Coverage of the Tony Awards

first_imgCan’t get enough of the Tony Awards? Neither can we! Relive the big night with this roundup of’s complete coverage. From who wore what to exactly what dance moves Kelli O’Hara busted out, we’ve got you covered!Fun Home & Curious Incident Top 2015 Tony AwardsWho took the stage and face a tap-dancing playoff? Check out the complete list of’s Top 10 Instagram Snapshots From the Tonys Red CarpetAs the stars stormed the red carpet, we were on hand to snap some quick shots before the festivities started.Fabulous Fashion! Top 10 Best-Dressed StarsKelli O’Hara gave a nod to the 19th-century Anna. Geneva Carr was a stunning (and patriotic) mermaid in red. Here’s whose looks we couldn’t get enough of.Thumbs Up! Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming Are Wonderfully WackyKristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming pulled out all the stops as this year’s hosting duo. From a salute to Tommy Tune to new takes on their signatures “Willkommen” and “Popular,” we felt the two deserved a big thumbs up.Tony Odds & Ends: Helen Mirren Has Her Eye on the EGOT & MoreWe picked up plenty of tidbits from the winners in the press room. For instance, Dame Helen Mirren is one “G” away from an EGOT, and she knows just the way to get it.Revisiting Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming’s Weirdest & Wildest CostumesShorts! Bald caps! E.T.! Not only did Chenoweth and Cumming do some crazy stuff as hosts, but they also wore a bunch of crazy stuff. Here’s the garb that nearly stole the show.High Notes, Throwbacks & Dressography: The PerformancesWe rank all of the Tony performances from the big night. Who nailed it? Who left us confused? Lessons of the Tony AwardsWe learned so much on Tony Sunday. Did you know that Josh Groban may or may not be able to predict the future?YAAAS! The 2015 Tony Award Winners Let LooseWhen you win a Tony, you’re allowed to go crazy. For example, you can make out with your new trophy. We’re looking at you, Kelli.Tony Ratings: Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming vs. LeBron JamesAt an estimated 6.3 million viewers, the viewership took a considerable dip compared to previous years. What even is basketball?Tony Poll: Kelli O’Hara Danced Her Way Into Viewers’ Hearts During Her SpeechWe asked you which winner delivered the speech of the evening. To no one’s surprise, O’Hara and her sweet moves came out on top. See who else made you teary!Tony Poll: Fun Home’s Sydney Lucas Delivered the Performance of the NightWe also had to know: Which performance could you not stop rewatching? According to you, 11-year-old Sydney Lucas stopped the show, as did two other musicals, regardless of whether they received nominations or not.Watch It: Kelli O’Hara Also Wins Best Quick ChangeBest Leading Actress in a Musical wasn’t enough for O’Hara. Her “dressography” was also award-worthy during her The King and I performance.#TonyHunt! Our Favorite Cry Faces, On-Fleek Hair & MoreThroughout the evening, we tasked you with the ultimate Tony Scavenger Hunt. Here are just some of our favorite finds of the night from readers like you!Gallery! Walk the Red Carpet & Pop the Champagne with the WinnersBrowse through our exclusive photos from the big night. Beware: high volume of glamor…and shiny trophies.Squigs Salutes the WinnersAs a final tribute to the 2015 Tony Awards, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned a dazzling sketch of the eight winning performers and, of course, our two hosts. View Commentslast_img read more

James Snyder, LaChanze & Anthony Rapp Join Idina Menzel in If/Then On the Road

first_img Idina Menzel Star Files Broadway’s fabulous foursome are hitting the road together! Tony winner LaChanze, James Snyder and Anthony Rapp, the original Broadway stars of If/Then, will join Tony winner Idina Menzel in the national tour of the hit musical. The four stars will reprise their roles for the Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tempe and Costa Mesa stops. The tour kicks off on October 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Complete casting for the remainder of the If/Then tour will be announced at a later date.“If/Then is partly about how the communities we live and work in become our families,” said producer David Stone, in a statement. “The original Broadway cast was like a family, and I am very excited for the family to be reunited on tour and to give audiences outside of New York the opportunity to see these exceptional Broadway stars in the roles they created.”If/Then is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth (Menzel), a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.Directed by Michael Greif, If/Then features music by Tom Kitt, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. The writers earned the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for penning Next to Normal. If/Then earned Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Actress (Menzel). The musical features choreography by Larry Keigwin, set design by Tony nominee Mark Wendland, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Tony winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony winner Brian Ronan.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Will Kelsey Grammer & Chris Pine Land in Neverland? has confirmed that Kelsey Grammer will fly back to Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The Emmy winner, who originated the role of Charles Frohman in the Audience Choice Award-winning tuner, is expected to land in the production in early 2016. According to the New York Post, producer Harvey Weinstein is also reportedly eyeing Into the Woods’ Chris Pine to take over as J.M. Barrie when Matthew Morrison departs the show in February next year.Three-time Tony nominee Terrence Mann is currently playing Frohman, after taking over for Grammer’s replacement Anthony Warlow on September 29. It has already been announced that Mann will move with Neverland co-star Carolee Carmello to star in Tuck Everlasting on the Great White Way this coming spring.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 (Morrison) and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Laura Michelle Kelly). Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.Along with Morrison, Kelly, Warlow and Carmello, the cast also currently includes Teal Wicks, Casey Butler, Alex Dreier, Jackson Demott Hill, Noah Hinsdale, Christopher Paul Richards, Eli Tokash, Courtney Balan, Kristy Cates, Dana Costello, Colin Cunliffe, Rory Donovan, Chris Dwan, Francesca Granell, Kevin Kern, Josh Lamon, Nick McGough, Mary Page Nance, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Tyley Ross, Julius Anthony Rubio, Paul Slade Smith, Jaime Verazin, Ryan Worsing and Amy Yakima. View Commentslast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

first_img Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Tickets are now available for the upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible. The drama, directed by Ivo van Hove and led by Ben Whishaw and Tony winner Sophie Okonedo, will begin previews on February 29, 2016 at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 7.Miller wrote The Crucible to parallel the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, the play tells tales of morality, deceit and ignorance. The drama focuses on Abigail Williams (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman so obsessed with John Proctor (Whishaw) that she is determined to have his wife (Okonedo) burned at the stake.In addition to Whishaw, Okonedo and Ronan, The Crucible will star the previously announced Ciarán Hinds, Bill Camp, Jim Norton, Tavi Gevinson and Jason Butler Harner. The production will also feature Tina Benko, Teagle Bougere, Michael Braun, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Jenny Jules, Thomas Jay Ryan, Elizabeth Teeter, Ray Anthony Thomas, Brenda Wehle and Erin Wilhelmi.The Crucible will play a strictly limited 20-week engagement through July 17, 2016. The Walter Kerr’s current tenant, the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will close on January 17, 2016. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 Star Filescenter_img Related Shows Sophie Okonedo Ben Whishawlast_img read more

Bianca Marroquin & Terra C. MacLeod Return to Chicago

first_imgIsn’t it grand? Bianca Marroquín and Terra C. MacLeod will return to Chicago on November 30, playing Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, respectively. The Tony-winning revival is playing at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre.Marroquín’s stage credits include Chicago, In The Heights and The Pajama Game; she will be seen in a Carnegie Hall presentation of West Side Story opposite Skylar Astin next year. MacLeod has played the role of Velma Kelly around the world over the past 10 years, including on Broadway and in the West End.Chicago also currently stars Jason Danieley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NeNe Leakes as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. View Comments Related Shows Chicago from $49.50last_img read more

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Sneak Peek

first_img View Comments Harry Potter fans are counting down the days until Harry Potter and The Cursed Child begins performances in London’s West End and J.K. Rowling recently gave us a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the rehearsal process. In a conversation with director John Tiffany and writer John Thorne, the bestselling author said: “This will be such an incredible theatrical experience that I’d love us to be able to surprise people and move people in the natural way that a story should surprise and move people.” So no spoilers, Muggles! Check out the video below; the production will start previews on June 7 at the Palace Theatre. .@jk_rowling gives fans a sneak peek inside the #HarryPotterPlay #CursedChild #RehearsalRoom— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) April 22, 2016center_img J.K. Rowlinglast_img read more