MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County released an update on the status of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic in our area Friday night.Christine Schuyler, the director of Health and Human Services, released the following:I’d like to take a moment to address some of the recent developments surrounding the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The health and well-being of Chautauqua County residents is our utmost priority. While there is need for concern and preparedness; there is no need for panic.There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County. We have two (2) persons in Precautionary Quarantine. One of them met criteria to be tested for COVID-19 and we are awaiting those results. From what we know, COVID-19 appears to be especially targeting those age 65 or older; those with underlying health conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, neurologic, or liver disease or diabetes; those with compromised immune systems; and pregnant women. Anyone in these high risk categories should be extra vigilant about respiratory and hand hygiene and avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.Please stay home if you are ill and avoid others. If you have a fever and worsening symptoms of respiratory illness such cough and difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for advisement. Your healthcare provider should do an initial screening over the phone and determine if you need to be evaluated. At the time of evaluation, you will be provided with a mask before you enter the office and your healthcare provider should test for common respiratory illnesses, such as influenza. If your healthcare provider feels that you require further testing for COVID-19, he/she will consult with staff here at the Local Health Department to make that determination. There are no special COVID-19 testing kits. Specimen collection consists of swabbing your nose and mouth and inserting those swabs in a special media for transport to a laboratory. As of today, those specimens are then taken to the Erie County Public Health Lab in Buffalo by our Local Health Department staff.Chautauqua County’s response to this pandemic involves phasing in a series of actions to help slow the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 so that our health care system is not overburdened. These actions first include personal protective measures for everyday use (staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often) and frequent and thorough environmental cleaning. From there, we move to community mitigation strategies. Here we have started with social distancing measures which can reduce the spread of a virus by decreasing the frequency and duration of social contact among persons of all ages. These measures are common-sense approaches to limiting face-to-face contact which reduces person-to-person transmission of disease. This is why public gatherings with 500 or more participants are not permitted at this time, occupancy of certain other venues is now reduced by 50% (New York has issued more specific guidance), and nursing homes are not allowing visitors. Schools in Chautauqua County have received recommendations to forego field trips, school events where more than 50 members of the public will attend, and school wide assemblies.Because this situation is changing continuously, public health strategies will also change. As we evolve into the community spread phase of pandemic, mitigation strategies will also increase. We are all in this together – thank you. 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)
Image by AD Simko/WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE — Returned absentee and affidavit ballots from the June 23 primary elections will be counted and added to election night totals this week.Election Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram report 5,431 Democratic Presidential Primary absentees were mailed out and 4,276 have been returned, with an additional forty-four affidavit ballots.Election Day returns found 1,351 voters had ballots scanned at the polls. A percentage total of 23 percent of Democrats voted and of that total, 75 percent of all Democrats voting cast their ballots from home. Democratic absentee/affidavit ballots were opened Wednesday following confirmation from the NYS Board of Elections that no voters transferred their voter registrations to another county. Once totaled, the votes will be certified and sent to the state to add to statewide and congressional district totals.A total of 341 Busti Town Republican absentees were mailed out and 268 have been returned, with an additional two affidavit ballots. Election Day returns found 278 voters had ballots scanned at the polls. A total of 25 percent of Republicans voted and, of that total, 49 percent of Busti Republicans cast ballots from home. Republican absentee/affidavit ballots will be opened at 9 a.m. Thursday, and a winner of the Busti Republican Town Council Primary will be determined. There were 19 Libertarian State Committee absentee ballots mailed out for a western New York 8th Judicial District run off to determine area leadership for the party. A total of eight ballots have been returned, with an additional two affidavit ballots. Libertarian absentee/affidavit ballots will be opened at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.“We will be counting about 5,300 absentee and affidavit ballots using our high speed absentee ballot counter this week for the primary,” said Abram. “Our paperwork will be completed for this election on Thursday.”“We received plenty of absentee counting practice earlier this month when we counted over 15,000 school election ballots for eleven county school districts. The remaining seven school districts hand counted,” added Green.Final totals will be available at the votechautauqua.com immediately following the tabulations. 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)
I am big—It’s the pictures that got small! Broadway vet Jenifer Lewis and Tony nominee Debbie Allen are joining forces for a Sunset Boulevard campy takeoff entitled Ventura Boulevard, according to IndieWire. Written by Mark Alton Brown and Dee LaDuke, Ventura Boulevard will be directed by Allen, executive produced by Lewis and feature a score by Tony winner Marc Shaiman. Ventura Boulevard will be a darkly comedic tribute to the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, starring Lewis as a self-deluded queen of 1970’s blaxpoitation movies who uses her guile, money and sex to manipulate a young white scriptwriter into creating her comeback part. “I am taking things into my own hands by producing Ventura Boulevard,” said Lewis. “The Hollywood establishment isn’t going to finance a movie about a middle-aged African-American diva who deceives and beds a young white man.” She last appeared on Broadway in Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle. Her other Broadway credits include include Comin’ Uptown, Eubie! and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The First 5,000 Years. Notable film and TV credits include Jackie’s Back (written by Brown and LaDuke), Meet the Browns, The Princess and the Frog, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Sister Act. View Comments Allen is best known for playing Lydia Grant on TV’s Fame, a role which earner her three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. She most recently directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in 2008. As a Broadway performer, Allen has received two Tony nominations for Sweet Charity and West Side Story. Her other Broadway credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Raisin, Purlie and Truckload. She also choreographed the legendary flop musical version of Carrie. Need some inspiration to get excited about this film? Check out this trailer for Lewis’ cult mockumentary Jackie’s Back from the same screenwriting team, about a 60’s diva making a comeback. The brilliant comedy features a bevy of celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Tim Curry, Loretta Devine, David Hyde Pierce, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Diahann Carroll, Rosie O’Donnell and more!
ANNE HATHAWAY (2012 film) Fantine I’d Love to Sing a Duet With “Can this be arranged? She’s a remarkable talent and a big supporter of live theater. Sir Cameron, are you reading this? :)” Caissie Levy is living the dream: She gets to sell her hair, sob her eyes out and [SPOILER ALERT for the two people on earth who have never seen the musical] die eight times a week in the new Broadway revival of Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre. But Levy isn’t the first actress to have the honor of dying a tragic death as tortured mother Fantine in the hit musical. Below, she highlights a few of the lovely ladies who have played Fantine in productions gone by, and dreams a dream of what it would be like to do drink shots, take road trips and play truth or dare with them. Have fun, Fantines—but watch out for those thunder-voiced, nocturnal tigers! LAUREN KENNEDY (2002 B’way cast) Fantine I Want to Bring on a Road Trip “But only if she’ll let us play her debut album, Songs of Jason Robert Brown on repeat. ‘Cause it’s amazing.” Les Miserables RANDY GRAFF (original 1987 B’way cast) Fantine I Want to Do Lunch With “Actually, while auditioning for Fantine, Randy and I were doing a reading together, and she played my mother-in-law. I had to suppress my fangirl-ness the entire week! I think she’s a genius on stage and off, and I admire her greatly.” PATTI LUPONE (original 1985 London cast) Fantine I Want to Play Truth or Dare With “Am I alone in thinking Patti LuPone would be the BEST choice in this category?! I’m not sure what would be juicer, the dares she’d come up with, or hearing some of her legendary stories firsthand.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 View Comments LAURIE BEECHMAN (1990 B’way cast) Fantine Who Should Teach a Master Class “The late, great Laurie Beechman. She was such a talent and her legacy lives on. It would have been an honor to meet her and learn from her.” RACHEL YORK (2000 B’way cast) Fantine Who Would Make an Awesome Roomie “Our husbands are old friends, so I think they’d be cool with it.” LOUISE PITRE (original 1989 Canadian cast) Fantine I Want to Take Out to Coffee “But only if it’s Tim Horton’s. We’re good Canadian girls!” Caissie Levy LEA SALONGA (2006 B’way revival) Fantine I Want as a Wine Drinking Buddy “I’ve always loved Lea Salonga’s stunning voice, and on the occasions I’ve met her, she’s been so funny and down to earth.'” Star Files DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA (2006 B’way revival) Fantine I’d Like to Do Shots With “I bet Daphne Rubin-Vega and I could get into some trouble together. She seems like she’d have some great stories and be a lot of fun. And as an ex-Maureen, it’d be a blast to hang out with the original Mimi.”
Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score includes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “Angry Inch” and more. Neil Patrick Harris Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Star Files Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Lena Hall Related Shows Just try and tear her down! The new production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch begins preview performances on March 29 at the Belasco Theatre. The cast is led by Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris as the transgender rock goddess, who will be joined by Lena Hall as Yitzhak. The show will officially open on Broadway April 22.
Faure and Opel will star in Cinderella through September 7. Faure will also lead the national tour, which is set to launch in October. In addition to Bullets Over Broadway and Cinderella, Faure has appeared on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other stage credits include A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Little Women and Aida. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Former Cinderella ensemble member Paige Faure will don the glass slippers in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical beginning June 13. Faure, who can now be seen in Bullets Over Broadway, will step in for pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen, who will play her final performance on June 8. In addition, Tony nominee Nancy Opel will assume the role of Madame, Cinderella’s stepmother, beginning June 30, replacing The Nanny icon Fran Drescher, who finishes her run on June 29. In addition to Jepsen and Drescher, Cinderella currently features Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Tony winner Victoria Clark as Marie, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as Gabrielle, Todd Buonopane as Jean-Michel, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. View Comments Cinderella Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. This Cinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter Beane and additional Rodgers and Hammerstein songs originally composed for other musicals. Opel most recently appeared on Broadway in Memphis. She received a Tony nomination for her performance in Urinetown. Her additional stage credits include The Toxic Avenger, Fiddler on the Roof, Sunday in the Park with George, Anything Goes, Triumph of Love and Evita.
2. American Hustle—11% Those costumes. Those WIGS! Seriously, if an American Hustle musical were to happen, Bernadette Peters could win another Tony Award for her performance as Amy Adams’ hair. As it turns out, we already knew you were eager for this Oscar-nominated flick to bring the ‘70s back to Broadway. 1. Silver Linings Playbook—39% Silver Linings Playbook features three things that have proven to make successful musical material: gambling, dance competitions and, while it’s no laughing matter, bipolar disorder. Could the 2012 romantic dramedy be the show to finally get Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman to write for the stage? Or Jennifer Lawrence, for that matter?! View Comments Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner and Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is back on the Great White Way in The Elephant Man! So naturally, we’re celebrating by alternating our time between staring mindlessly at this and picturing his films on stage. Yes, we know: Original stories are important and vital to the success of the industry, et cetera. But that doesn’t mean that these flicks wouldn’t make terrific stage adaptations. And while Bradley Cooper wouldn’t necessarily have to star in them, we absolutely would not object to that. We asked you to pick which film of the Hollywood hunk you’d like to see on the Great White Way as a musical. The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 3. The Hangover—10% Wild felines. Gangsters. Mike Tyson. Again, three elements that make the Great White Way great. Put them together, and you’re on your way to an exciting, if not just a bit crude, toe-tapping tuner based on the 2009 hit comedy.
4. “How Shall I See You Through My Tears”Sasha Allen opens the film with a spiritual song surrounded by a tribe of her peers. Wait, did Camp predict her role in the Hair revival? This prologue by Tony nominees Robert Telson and Lee Breuer does give off some major “Aquarius” vibes, but it also sets the tone for the film by showing the one final obstacle that these theater kids must face before reaching their summer sanctuary: junior prom. Camp Ovation marks a rebirth for all of them, but especially for Michael (Tony nominee Robin de Jesus), as poignantly indicated in this opening number. 3. “Turkey Lurkey Time”This number makes absolutely zero sense, but at least we can take solace in knowing that it doesn’t ever, really. YouTube is a treasure trove of tributes to the original sporadic choreography, but none capture it on the scale that Camp does. If you haven’t gotten neck spasms from attempting the routine, shame on you. And while we miss the crazy riffs that originally end the number, we appreciate that they’re replaced with the refrain of “I’m Still Here” from Follies. 1. “Here’s Where I Stand”“It’s about time they met their daughter.” Stop—we have chills already. If Nikki Taylor’s soulful start to the song by Michael Gore of Fame erm, fame, and Tony winner Lynn Ahrens gets you, wait for that belty modulation and the subsequent shot of Jenna’s tearful mom and finally accepting dad. And then when she’s escorted off stage, she CHARGES BACK TO DOWNSTAGE CENTER to conclude the song directly to her parents. If the sequel were just 90 minutes of this performance on loop with Anna Kendrick occasionally singing Sondheim (see below), we wouldn’t hate it. View Comments Camp Ovation will soon be back in session! A sequel of the theater-themed cult film Camp is officially in the works. Todd Graff, who wrote and directed the 2003 movie about a summer oasis for kids with a flair for the dramatic, announced that he will launch a crowdfunding campaign for the project shortly. Graff says fans can expect meta cameos from the original film’s stars (he hasn’t specified whom, but it did feature Anna Kendrick, Sasha Allen and Robin de Jesus) as well as the legendary Patti LuPone and Donna Murphy. While the sequel, currently titled Camp 2: Freaks In Nature, is a while away from becoming a reality, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to revisit the first film—particularly our favorite musical performances. Take a look below at our top five! 5. “And I Am Telling You”A white woman taking on an iconic black anthem: In the real world, it doesn’t always go over so great. Ask this 1994 Miss Arkansas. Or this 2013 Miss Lake Dardanelle. But here, it’s exactly what the title of the film promises to deliver. The combination of the dramatic updo with the rainbow sweater and poor little Petey giving us the best Curtis his pint-sized stature can is pure, well, camp. Hopefully, Dee (Allen) took over as Effie by opening night. But we’re still glad we have Ellen’s (Joanna Chilcoat) hilarious attempt. 2. “The Ladies Who Lunch”In 1998, a 12-year-old Anna Kendrick nabbed a Tony nomination for High Society. Five years later, she offered up a Sondheim double bill: First, she played Fredrika in New York City Opera’s A Little Night Music. Then came this now-iconic rendition of “The Ladies Who Lunch.” After weeks of being tormented Jill (Alana Allen), Fritzi finally gets her revenge, and it’s glorious. All productions of Company should feature Joanne stomping on a martini glass with her heel. And of course, this wasn’t the last of Kendrick’s Sondheim career.
We spied a problem with the plethora of reports that have recently hit the Interweb stating that a James Bond musical was eyeing a Broadway or Las Vegas bow in late 2017 or early 2018, executive produced by Merry Saltzman. Broadway.com contacted Eon Productions, which produces the film series, for comment. A spokesperson told us: “Danjaq LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc confirm they have not licensed any rights to Merry Saltzman or her production company to create a James Bond musical.”The statement continues: “Danjaq and MGM jointly control all live stage rights in the Bond franchise, and therefore no James Bond stage show may be produced without their permission.”The rights to Ian Fleming’s iconic spy have been a notoriously complex web for decades. Merry Saltzman’s Dad Harry co-produced nine early Bond films with Cubby Broccoli. The James Bond musical was supposedly to have an original storyline by Dave Clarke, with music and lyrics by Jay Henry Weisz.The 24th Bond film Spectre, starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz, will hits movie theaters on November 6. Here is the first trailer of the movie, since we can’t wait to have Broadway alum Craig back in our lives. View Comments
View Comments Related Shows Phylicia Rashad(Photo by Matthew Jordan Smith) Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks and Arnetia Walker will complete the cast of the New York premiere of Head of Passes. The trio take on the roles of Dr. Anderson, Creaker Johnson and Mae, respectively. Penned by Tarell Alvin McCraney, led by Phylicia Rashad and directed by Tina Landau, the new drama will begin previews on March 15, 2016 in the Newman Theater. Opening night is set for March 28.Inspired by the Book of Job, Head of Passes is set at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Shelah’s (Rashad) family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof but unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.The cast will also include the previously announced Alana Arenas as Cookie, Francois Battiste as Aubrey, Kyle Beltran as Crier and J. Bernard Calloway as Spencer.The limited engagement will run through April 17. Head of Passes Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016