Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Coldplay’s Game of Thrones MusicalAfter the hysterical teaser from Peter Dinklage, the Game of Thrones parody tuner penned by Coldplay didn’t disappoint on NBC’s Comic Relief on May 21. Stage and screen star Kit Harington almost stole the show with a rendition of “Wildling”—set to the tune of “Wild Thing,” although Broadway alum Emilia Clarke gave him a run for his money with her number “Rastafarian Targaryen.” Check out all the fun below. The next stop for the adaptation will be the Great White Way, right?! View Comments Fans Super Keen to See Supergirl?We’re all really looking forward to seeing Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan in Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist, but this is a step too far. According to Variety, a top quality copy of the CBS show’s pilot has leaked online. We are contenting ourselves with playing this trailer on repeat until the show airs in November!Another Honor for Matthew MorrisonFinding Neverland headliner Matthew Morrison will be honored at the 2015 Glsen Awards on June 1. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner is set to receive the Inspiration Award at the event, which will tale place at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street. GLSEN is a national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students.See Vanessa Hudgens Revisit Her RootsBroadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Vanessa Hudgens stopped by Watch What Happens Live on May 22 and ended up taking a trip down memory lane with fellow guest Kellan Lutz! Host Andy Cohen convinced the pair to reenact a scene from her High School Musical 2 days, with Lutz playing Sharpay and Cohen appearing as Troy. Check out the hilarious scene below (why does Lutz know his lines?!) and then Hudgens leading the cast of Gigi at the Neil Simon Theatre.
The Audience Age: 54Hometown: Born in Glasgow, Scotland; raised in LondonCurrent Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut in The Audience as British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who enjoys bantering with Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren) at their private weekly meetings.Stage Cred: A Olivier Award winner for his current role in Peter Morgan’s historical drama, McCabe has spent three decades juggling classical parts at the Royal Shakespeare Company and other British theaters, including the title role in Hamlet at Elsinore Castle.“I’ve played four prime ministers in the past three years. I did Churchill on TV and fictional prime ministers in a miniseries and [the hit play] Yes Prime Minister. It’s strange, because I would be a lousy politician—I couldn’t keep up that pretense all the time.”“Sometimes I look at Helen Mirren on stage and think ‘You really are the Queen.’ You see people bowing to her at the stage door! She doesn’t have a fixed performance, which makes acting with her a joy. We keep ourselves amused by trying new things every night.”“In England, I’m known for playing villains. I’m thought of much less as a Harold Wilson and more as a Richard III, a part everybody tells me I should do. I’ve been up for three different roles on Game of Thrones and never gotten one of them!”“Broadway has a lot more razzle-dazzle than the West End. In terms of the everyday work routine it’s not different, but there’s a cachet about Broadway that lends itself to more anticipation among audiences.”“There’s a mythical status to the Tony Awards. When you’re growing up as an actor, you hear about Broadway and the Tonys, but it’s not something you ever expect to experience. The nomination is thrilling, and even nicer to be recognized for playing someone absolutely unknown in America.”“My partner is a costume designer [Fotini Dimou], and she’s dressing me for the Tonys. We’ve got a beautiful dark blue Canali suit, and she is designing her own gown, which is simple and elegant, just like her. I’ve done the Oliviers, but I’m sure the Tony red carpet is going to be something!” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Richard McCabe photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com at Paramount hotel. Related Shows View Comments
Dominique DawesATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As a gymnast, she won three medals over three Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000). She was also the first African-American to win an individual event medal. Graced a Wheaties box.BROADWAY ROLE: Patty Simcox in Grease—on two separate occasions in the late 1990s.LEGACY: What’s most notable is what Dawes did after playing Rydell High’s resident square: win a bronze medal in the 2000 Olympics. Isn’t that the most?Olga Karmansky ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Former U.S. champion and two-time Pan American champion in rhythmic gymnastics. She was also an alternate in the 2004 Summer Olympics.BROADWAY ROLE: An acrobatic player in the original cast of the 2013 Tony-winning revival of Pippin.LEGACY: Another nifty highlight in a professional career that includes improving the flexibility of professional dancers (as well as amateurs), touring with Panic at the Disco, and a truly bonkers Instagram account.Joe NamathATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: His Super Bowl victory is why New York Jets fans aren’t total basket cases. The best playboy-quarterback of all time. Pretty much owned New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s.BROADWAY ROLE: Accused mutineer Lt. Stephan Maryk in the 1983 production of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.LEGACY: Bittersweet. “Broadway Joe” was getting older. The need to be a star had diminished. “I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Namath admitted to Robert Lipsyte, the acclaimed sportswriter. “I just don’t have those drives and hungers anymore.”Cathy RigbyATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: In 1970, the 15-year-old Rigby became the first American woman to win a medal in the World Gymnastics Championships. She’s also a two-time Olympian.BROADWAY ROLE: The title role in Peter Pan.LEGACY: Rigby’s lengthy stage career might have trumped her athletic feats, which is saying something. She earned two Tony nominations as Peter Pan, performing the role off and on for nearly 40 years. Rigby left Neverland for good at age 61.Elvis StojkoATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The seven-time Canadian figure skating champion competed in four Olympics, winning silver medals in 1994 and 1998. He was men’s world champion in 1994, 1995 and 1997.BROADWAY ROLE: Wouldn’t you know—as Billy Flynn in Chicago (in March 2014), a role he previously performed in Canada.LEGACY: Acting—he also performed north of the border as Vince Fontaine in Grease—is one part of Stojko’s well-rounded, post-skating life. He’s also a Go-Kart enthusiast who has raced professionally.Mark Teixeira ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All-Star first baseman with the New York Yankees; member of the 2009 team that won the World Series.BROADWAY ROLE: Role is a bit of a stretch. Teixeira made a one-night-only cameo in January 2013 as “Mark,” a bartender in Rock of Ages’ infamous Bourbon Room. Yes, his ‘80s garb was Yankee-themed.LEGACY: Rock of Ages got athletic in its casting a year later. When the Super Bowl was played at nearby MetLife Stadium in February 2014, the week’s performances featured cameos from football players Ahman Green, DeAngelo Williams, Randall Cobb and Joique Bell.Mike TysonATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: With all the scandals—including a stint in prison and gnawing off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear—it’s easy to forget that Tyson was a phenomenal boxer. At age 20, he became the youngest heavyweight world champion in the sport’s history.BROADWAY ROLE: As himself in the one-man show,Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee.LEGACY: Tyson’s honesty streak continued. HBO eventually aired the one-man show, which was filmed over two days in July 2012, as a movie. In 2013, Tyson’s autobiography was published. The title: Undisputed Truth. View Comments Former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will start performances as Billy Flynn in Chicago on January 12. He is not the only elite athlete to leap from the playing field to Broadway’s bright lights (or vice versa). Who else is in that huddle? Let’s find out!Muhammad AliATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Too many to list, which makes sense when you’re a cultural and athletic icon known as “The Greatest” beloved by millions.BROADWAY ROLE: The title role in 1969’s Buck White, a musical centering on a militant black lecturer who tunefully addresses a meeting organized by a black political group.LEGACY: Only as a colorful anecdote during Ali’s banishment from the sport he defined. Buck White closed after seven performances, though Ali did perform a number from the short-lived musical on The Ed Sullivan Show.
He’ll always have Paris. Robert Fairchild will dance his last steps as Jerry Mulligan on the Great White Way on March 13, exactly one year since his first bow. The American in Paris Tony nominee will return to New York City Ballet as the company’s principal dancer. Broadway.com caught Fairchild before he said au revoir to Broadway and asked him all about what he’ll miss, what he learned and how he’s grown during his experience making his Broadway debut.How did you feel when you first got this job?Elated. This was my ultimate dream. I had always wanted to be on Broadway and Gene Kelly was the reason why I wanted to become a dancer. So getting to play the role he originated on screen and perform at the Palace Theatre night after night was a dream come true.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?It all feels so weird. It’s bittersweet. I know I need to give my body a rest from doing the same thing over and over again. Repetition on Broadway is a different kind of wear and tear on the body than the variety you get in the ballet world. In order to stay physically healthy, I need to give my body something different to do after a year of the same show…especially if I’m to go back to the NYC Ballet and be in the physical demands of white tights again. And that’s nothing against the demands of Broadway’s dancing. They are just different beasts, but both beasts nonetheless. With that said, coming in to the last week of this experience, I find myself mostly sad. I’m leaving a deeply rooted family. It feels like a mini retirement. In the ballet world you are constantly moving on to the next piece, and the most you work on something is two months. You don’t leave the company until you retire. Rehearsals and performances for this show have gone on for the last three years of my life. Because of my ballet background the only way I can wrap my head around this feeling is like I’m retiring from this experience. It’s very scary. But what an incredible place I also call home that I’m going back to. Bittersweet.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Life-changing, beautiful.What was the easiest thing about this job?The people I got to work with and learn from. Dancing to Gershwin. I loved Gershwin before, but I love him even more now.What was the hardest thing?Singing and acting, and the repetition. All things I had never done before. Now I feel so much more comfortable with all of those things. But before I was so nervous to even open my mouth because I hadn’t figured out how to manage doing all of these while dancing at the highest standard I could. I am a perfectionist, and I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to train as hard as I could to feel like I could qualify myself to sing next to the amazing Broadway veterans I got to work with!What was the highlight of your time at this job?I know awards are just the cherry on top to what we get to do as performers. It’s not the incredible hot fudge sundae that is the work that we do. I try and find all of my satisfaction in the work. But I must say, sitting next to my wife and winning the Drama Desk for Best Actor in a Musical…ACTOR…I was so humbled and shocked beyond belief. I worked my butt off for the past three years to try and be as authentic and believable as possible in the role, because I didn’t think I was good enough. It was such an amazing thing to receive and made me feel like anything is possible if you try your hardest and put yourself out there.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?I don’t know how you would explain this other than to say, someone with a strong work ethic who wants to soak up new information like a sponge and never stop growing. The only way to be right for the role is to have the highest ballet training, a natural voice and an authentic charisma on stage. It’s impossible to find all that in one person. I trained hard and told myself to never stop learning or taking class. It takes someone with that kind of drive and determination to sing and act alongside people who have trained in musical theater just as long as you have trained in ballet. It’s a technique just like ballet is. And in ballet you never stop training; thus, I felt the same way with singing and acting. Never stop learning and growing.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Soak it up! It’s a wild beautiful ride.How do you think you’ve grown? OMG. I think I’ve grown in every direction. Unless you’re talking about physically and let’s hope I didn’t grow horizontally. I have learned so much. I will say the most fascinating thing I learned is the specificity of a moment in acting. It’s all in the details. I so look forward to bringing that kind of work back with me to the ballet.Why are you leaving?I have two bosses at the moment, as I am also employed by the NYC Ballet. So I am heading back to Lincoln Center just in time for NYC Ballet’s spring season.What will you miss the most?The people, singing and acting. The whole experience. An American in Paris View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016
Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Frank Langella in ‘The Father'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Theatergoers enter Broadway houses to have their hearts broken and filled, and Florian Zeller’s The Father beautifully delivers on both fronts.Three-time Tony winner Frank Langella’s welcome return to the Great White Way is sure to delight those who witnessed his work in Frost/Nixon, Fortune’s Fool and Seascape (and perhaps more so, those who have not yet had the privilege of seeing him in action). At the same time, this Doug Hughes-helmed production devastates, zeroing in on the life of Andre (Langella), a retired tap dancer (or was he an engineer?) whose experience with dementia captures the very human fear of mortality.”We’re all going to die, and we’re all worried about being out of control,” Langella told Broadway.com at the play’s Manhattan Theatre Club opening on April 14. “Those are universal themes in human beings, and certainly, when you get to be up in my years, so many friends around you are suffering with this disease or thinking about mortality. The play addresses it, but it addresses it in such an extraordinary way.”Translated by two-time Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton, Zeller’s Molière Award-winning drama is a brutally honest examination of disease and its effects on those who witness its unraveling of the human spirit (in this play’s case, Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe, Charles Borland, Kathleen McNenny, Hannah Cabell and Brian Avers).No matter one’s age or relationship to dementia, The Father’s lesson is absolutely essential. As Langella beautifully and heart-breakingly put it, “I suppose the greatest thing you could take away from it is not to waste a minute of your life.”The limited engagement is currently running at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through June 12 and is not to be missed.Additional reporting by Imogen Lloyd Webber. Related Shows Frank Langella The Father Star Files
Waitress headliner Jessie Mueller is as sweet as pie—modest too! The Beautiful Tony winner did not expect her 2016 Tony nomination on the morning of May 3. “I actually slept in that morning,” she said when she stopped by The Today Show on June 3. Well, the cast recording is out today, and those powerful pipes are to pie for! (The Today Show was lucky enough to get a taste of the tuner previously.) On top of keeping that cast recording on repeat all weekend, be sure to watch Mueller test her diner lingo knowledge below, and catch Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre! Jessie Mueller View Comments Jessie Mueller Waitress Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows All hail the Queen! Original Main Stem cast member and legendary Broadway.com vlogger Lesli Margherita will return to Matilda on September 6. The Olivier winner will take over for Amy Spanger as Mrs. Wormwood in the musical, which is set to shutter on January 1, 2017 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.“I have never been more thrilled to return to anything as I am to go home and compete in the Biannual International Amateur Salsa and Ballroom Dancing Championships,” said Margherita in a statement. “I will, of course, film every move Rudolpho makes. Who wouldn’t?”Margherita won an Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro in the West End. Her additional credits include Man of La Mancha, Showboat, Little Shop of Horrors and Dames at Sea.Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.The cast currently additionally includes Bryce Ryness as Miss Trunchbull, Allison Case as Miss Honey, Rick Holmes as Mr. Wormwood and Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps. Ava Briglia, Aviva Winick and Willow McCarthy share the title role.The Olivier-winning London production of Matilda continues to run at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre. View Comments Matilda Star Files Lesli Margherita Taylor Trensch, Lesli Margherita and Gabriel Ebert in ‘Matilda'(Photo: Joan Marcus)
Leslie Odom Jr. Star Files Leslie Odom Jr. The perfect stocking stuffer for the Broadway buff in your life! Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. will follow up his self-titled jazz debut album with a new record of reinterpreted holiday classics. Simply Christmas is set to drop on November 11 on S-Curve Records.The collection will feature Odom Jr.’s soulful jazz versions of holiday Christmas gems including “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “First Noel” and many more.“I get asked about recording a Christmas album a few times a week.” said Odom Jr. in a statement. “I hope we’ve made a record you’ll gladly add to your collection of holiday classics.”Odom Jr. recently completed his run as the original Aaron Burr in Hamilton, a role that won him a Tony and Grammy Award, and has since been performing an array of shows in support of his album. Additional Main Stem stage credits include Rent and Leap of Faith ; he also had a recurring role on NBC’s Smash. The Hollywood Reporter also confirms that it’s now official that Odom Jr. will star as Doctor Arbuthnot in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express. Other stars tapped for the Agatha Christie classic include Tony winner Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer. View Comments
During some University of Georgia research on a newinsecticide to control aphids on tobacco, scientists found a surprising side effect:hornworms on the plants turned white.”We thought there would be some effect on the worms because of the nature of thechemical,” said Robert McPherson,a UGA entomologist at the Coastal PlainExperiment Station in Tifton, Ga. “But we didn’t expect them to change color. Atall.” Scientists found the new insecticide, pyriproxyfen, did an “OK” jobcontrolling aphids, McPherson said. But the overall effect on the worms is moresignificant. It keeps them from changing from caterpillars into adults.The hornworm caterpillar stage lasts about three weeks. “And that’s long enough todo a lot of damage to plants,” McPherson said. In 1996, hornworms caused $2.6 millionworth of damage in tobacco. They also caused some damage in tomatoes.So waiting until the caterpillars pupate to die wasn’t fast enough for many farmers.They still saw the growing worms hungrily eating their tobacco and tomatoes.”But, what we’ve found is with white worms, the birds see them more easily andquickly pick them off the plants,” he said.That’s the fascinating part of the trial, McPherson said. “The hornworms the birdsdon’t get will die when they pupate,” he said.Later work in the lab showed the chemical binds to the chlorophyll in the plants.Chlorophyll is what gives the worms their green skin color. The bound chemicals preventedthe green from moving to the caterpillars’ skin. The worms turned white within two days ofthe insecticide application.Most worms that eat plants are really caterpillars. Caterpillars are young moths orbutterflies. They’ll grow for a while, eating just about every plant leaf they can, thenpupate. During their pupal stage, they mature into adult moths or butterflies.This new pesticide disrupts their life cycle. Normally, McPherson said, when the wormsbegin to pupate, their hormones cause them to mature into adults. “But the chemicalprevents that from happening. So they get stuck between juvenile and adult and die,”he said.”The good thing about this chemical is that it can’t affect any other insects thatmight be beneficial,” he said. “It works only on the worms’ hormones. It doesn’teven affect the birds that eat the hornworms.”The chemical does have similar effects on other types of worms, McPherson said.”Soybean loopers and velvet bean caterpillars both lose color and die during theirpupal stage,” he said. “So this insecticide may have some promise for the cropsthey eat, too.”During the 1997 tests, the first of the series, McPherson and the technicians who workwith him found that birds picked off nearly 40 percent of the worms before they began topupate. Though the worms lived about three days longer than normal, they still died beforethey could mature.”The generation that’s treated in the field does continue to cause damage,”he said. “But there isn’t another generation to feed on the plants and cause moredamage.” AN EASY TARGET FOR BIRDS’ BUFFET This now-white hornworm provides easy pickin’s for birds flying over the field. Hornworms, naturally green, rely on their coloring for camoflage protection from hungry birds. “This new chemical turns the worms white, making an easy meal for birds before it causes the worm to get stuck between its juvenile and adult stages and dies,” said Robert McPherson, a UGA entomologist. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
The summer heat makes it hard to work outside for long. But some things in yourlandscape need to be addressed.Probably the most critical detail now is the effect of this summer’s drought. Manyplants are suffering from the extended hot, dry conditions we’ve had.Allowing plants to get to the wilting point before watering may cause irreversibledamage to some varieties, especially shallow-rooted annuals and perennials.If water restrictions allow, give these plants a drink at night or early morning toavoid the hottest part of the day and the greatest amount of evaporation.Don’t forget to water your most prized trees as well. It’s easy to replace a $3 annualflower, but nearly impossible to restore a 50-year-old oak.While walking around your landscape, continue to deadhead flowers of annuals andperennials. This will keep them from going to seed in some cases and help them triggermore blooms for the rest of the summer.Check your roses carefully for signs of spider mite damage. Mites love the hot, dryweather we’ve been having and will take every opportunity to invade your roses. Keepspraying throughout the growing season with a combination fungicide, insecticide andmiticide.When you need to apply chemicals, do it either very early or very late in the day toavoid burn on the foliage from hot temperatures.If weeds have been a problem in the flower beds, hand removal may be the best bet. It’shard to kill mature weeds with chemicals. Spot treatments with a nonselective herbicidesuch as Roundup or Finale may be possible if you’re careful not to contact desirableplants.Adding a new layer of mulch can go a long way, too, toward controlling unwanted weeds.Take a close look at vigorously growing shrubs such as privet, hollies and Ligustrum.They may need a trim to keep them inbounds and away from your windows. Light pruning ofthe fast-growing shoots won’t harm the plant. And it will help give it a more compactshape. Save heavy pruning, though, for late winter.Remember to lightly fertilize annual flowers and roses each month. Water the fertilizerin thoroughly after applying to get the benefits into the plants’ root zone. If you useliquid fertilizer, read the directions carefully. And don’t apply it during the heat ofthe day.Begin now to plan your fall landscape changes. Many catalogs require you to order nowfor a fall shipment. Look at the success of your existing landscape and ask yourself ifyou’re happy with the arrangement, spacing and color.Draw out what changes you’ll make and begin to check on the availability of plants forthis fall. Fall is the ideal time to plant most of our landscape plants.When you’ve finished scouting and maintaining your landscape, kick off your shoes inthe comfort of your air-conditioning. You’ll feel better knowing your landscape is healthyand ready to take on another dog day in Georgia.