Photo: PexelsJAMESTOWN – Business leaders in Jamestown are clarifying new rules for essential employees who interact with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce says a new executive order by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo now requires all employees who interact with customers or the public must be provided with face coverings.The Executive Order reads, in part: “any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees.”This mandate applies to all employees working in public areas of licensed businesses including liquor stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores, in addition to restaurants, bars, and manufacturers providing food and alcoholic beverages for delivery and takeout. Officials say the provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law.Businesses licensed to sell alcohol who fail to follow this Executive Order, or any other Executive Order, will be subject to SLA discipline.The full order is available on the state’s website.On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is issuing a new executive order requiring face masks in public in the state of New York.Starting Friday, all New Yorkers will need to carry a face mask or covering while they’re out in public. You will need to wear it in any situation where you aren’t able to social distance. 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)
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) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced Friday morning that starting next week city hall will be reopening on a limited basis.The Mayor says additionally parking enforcement will resume next Tuesday.Sundquist says that enforcement tickets will be issued for parking meter violations only. At this time, no violations will be issued by parking enforcement for expired registrations or inspections until the Department of Motor Vehicles reopens. City parking garages will also resume normal operations.All city offices will be open to the public by appointment only and will accept permits, applications and payments. The public is encouraged to continue to use the city payment drop boxes and other methods of payment. City parks continue to remain open, except for park restrooms and playgrounds, which will remain closed until further notice, the Mayor says.
The Commons of Pensacola centers on Judith (Danner), a woman who has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Parker) pays Judith a visit to the one-bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. Related Shows The Commons of Pensacola View Comments In addition to Parker and Danner, the cast of The Commons of Pensacola features Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh and Nilaja Sun. The production includes scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Tom Broecker, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Amanda Peet’s new play The Commons of Pensacola has extended its off-Broadway run at New York City Center — Stage I through February 9, due to popular demand. The show was initially scheduled to run through January 26. Directed by Lynne Meadow, the play stars Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony winner Blythe Danner. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014
The die-hard fans of How I Met Your Mother are about to meet one of our favorite Broadway stars: Krysta Rodriguez. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner has just landed a lead in the pilot for the CBS sitcom’s spin-off How I Met Your Dad. Rodriguez was last seen on Broadway wooing Zachary Levi in First Date (and filming her backstage exploits on the Broadway.com video blog Kiss & Tell). Other credits include The Addams Family, In the Heights, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening and Good Vibrations. Rodriguez, who was seen as a dissed Broadway diva on NBC’s Smash, will play a powerful fashion blogger on the show, the best friend of series star Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha). View Comments
Encores! Off-Center has announced its program for its second season of landmark off-Broadway musicals. It will feature Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM!, headlined by Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo, Pump Boys and Dinnettes and the previously reported Randy Newman’s Faust.tick, tick… BOOM! has book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson and will play June 25 through 28. Directed by Oliver Butler, the performances will star Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Karen Olivo (West Side Story). The show is an autobiographical musical by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award–winning composer of Rent. First performed as a solo rock monologue by Larson in 1990, it is the story of an aspiring composer who questions his life choices on the eve of his thirtieth birthday. After Larson’s untimely death, it was revamped by playwright David Auburn as a three-actor piece and premiered off-Broadway on June 13, 2001 at the Jane Street Theatre, featuring Raúl Esparza as Jon. Its London production in 2005 starred Neil Patrick Harris.Pump Boys and Dinettes, with book, music and lyrics by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, will play July 16 through 19. Directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Danny Mefford, the show is a musical tribute to life on the roadside, with the actors accompanying themselves on guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, accordion and kitchen utensils. A hybrid of country, rock and pop music, Pump Boys is the story of four gas station attendants and two waitresses at a small-town dinette in North Carolina. It premiered off-Broadway at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in July 1981 and opened on Broadway on February 4, 1982 at the Princess Theatre, where it played 573 performances and received a Tony nod for Best Musical. Star Files View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda
Related Shows A Delicate Balance View Comments Glenn Close Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 Star Files Glenn Close is returning to Broadway in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance this month, starring opposite fellow Tony winner John Lithgow, and she’s loving the challenge. On her Today Show visit on October 6, Close told Matt Lauer, “all of us have come to the moment where you sink to you knees and roll on the floor.” Sometimes, even Oscar nominees resort to the fetal position. On her long-awaited return to the Great White Way after 20 years, Close says, “It’s where I think my home is, and it’s where you really have to come up with the goods. At this point in my career, I was incredibly motivated to come back—to be in a challenging show with remarkable actors around me.” You can catch her come up with the goods beginning October 20 at the Golden Theatre!
Next stop, L.A. After another round of updated jokes featuring Joan Rivers and Macaulay Culkin, McNally’s peek behind the Broadway curtain headed west in 1992. The star-studded cast included David Hyde Pierce, Dana Ivey, Paul Benedict and Doris Roberts (playing the later-cut role of cab driver Emma Bovary) and Charles Nelson Reilly, who was also the punch line for several jokes in the script. McNally ignored Steinbeck’s advice Before Terrence McNally was a celebrated playwright, he was a struggling stage manager for playwright Molly Kazan’s workshops. When she asked McNally if he might be interested in being a tutor for the children of one of her writer friends, he jumped at the opportunity. The writer? John Steinbeck. According to The Los Angeles Times, the legendary novelist had some important words of advice for the young playwright: “Don’t write for the theater.” Related Shows Time heals all wounds In 1982, four years after its epic fail, McNally resurrected Broadway, Broadway at off-Broadway’s Manhattan Punch Line Theatre with a revised script and a brand new title: It’s Only a Play. With a cast featuring British screen actress Frances Cuka, Paul Guilfoyle (TV’s CSI) and Ken Kliban (Legal Eagles), the comedy fared better. “You’re laughing and trying to remember some of the funny one-liners to quote later,” the Associated Press remarked. Broadway…or not Broadway, Broadway, an insider’s look at the world of theater, was poised to be a hit. It featured Geraldine Page and James Coco, and after its out-of-town tryout in Philadelphia in 1978, the comedy was bound for Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre. But sadly, the play never made it out of the City of Brotherly Love. “I felt like I’d done something wrong,” McNally later told The New York Times. “I lost confidence. I sulked a lot…But I came to understand there are worse things than having a play close in Philadelphia.” See It’s Only a Play, opening October 9 at the Schoenfeld Theatre! Another round! After the well-received but sparsely attended production of It’s Only a Play, McNally added even more punchy quips, name-checking theater folks Lanford Wilson, Rita Moreno and ”Betty” Bacall. The revamped production ran off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1985, with James Coco reprising his role, joining Christine Baranski and Paul Benedict…and it was a hit! “Only a writer who loves the theater and has survived its bloodiest wars could have written a comedy like this one,” Frank Rich of The New York Times noted. Broadway (finally!) beckoned 36 years after closing in Philadelphia, It’s Only a Play has officially arrived on Broadway with a megawatt cast—including F. Murray Abraham from Legend, the play whose opening night initially inspired the comedy to begin with! “If you’ve never been to an opening night party of a Broadway show, then you haven’t lived,” Abraham joked to Broadway.com. What makes watching a show about theater people so much fun? “No matter what, we go on,” Nathan Lane explained. “You can kick us ‘til we’re bleeding but we get up and say, what’s next?” Places, everyone! Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are reuniting on Broadway in It’s Only a Play, an ultra-meta comedy about what happens after the curtain goes down on opening night. In this revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1978 play, Lane and Broderick play two best friends: Peter Austin (Broderick), a playwright with a brand new Broadway show, and James Wicker (Lane), his actor pal who fears it’s a flop. The ensemble show also features Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and Micah Stock—with this many stars packed into one theater, anything could happen! Dim the lights, get ready for curtain, and remember, “Whatever happens tonight, it’s only a play.” His first play was a flop Steinbeck be damned, McNally wrote his first play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, at 25. The reviews for the 1965 Broadway comedy, about a man who brings his cross-dressing boyfriend home for dinner, were terrible. The playwright recounted one particularly scathing review to The New York Times: “The American theater would be a better place this morning if Terrence McNally’s parents had smothered him in his cradle.” It’s Only a Play View Comments Play got a 2014 facelift As It’s Only a Play entered the 21st century, McNally continued to update the topical punch lines. Out were Joan Rivers and Shirley McLaine to make way for gags about Kelly Ripa and Rosie O’Donnell. The playwright packed the play with sendups of current Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Rock of Ages and a musical tribute to Wicked. Shia LaBeouf, James Franco and Jeremy Piven are even namechecked and joked about in the revamped version. The setback inspired him After attending the opening night party for the short-lived Broadway play Legend, starring F. Murray Abraham and Elizabeth Ashley, McNally realized his wasn’t the only one getting panned. “I saw their pain as the reviews came in, which were pretty brutal, very much as they’d been for my first play,” McNally told Broadway.com. “I saw the pain and the comedy in it.” His experience (and the earlier cradle-smothering review) sparked the idea for Broadway, Broadway, a sendup of reviewers, producers, playwrights, and everyone involved in the wacky world of the Great White Way. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Star Files Nathan Lane Matthew Broderick
Jane Krakowski Tapped for Merton of the Movies Tony winner Jane Krakowski will join the previously reported Jim Parsons in Merton of the Movies. The one-night-only reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s comedy will take place on December 1 at Studio 54. Directed by Scott Ellis, the cast of the Roundabout benefit event will also include Brooks Ashmanskas and Tracee Chimo. Happy Thanksgiving from us all here at Broadway.com! Peter Pan Live!’s Tinker Bell Secrets Revealed A reminder: The Making of Peter Pan Live!, a behind the scenes look at next week’s telecast of the classic tuner, is airing tonight, November 26, at 8/7 on NBC. A promo is below. Oh and now we know how they’re going to do Tinker Bell. EW reports that she’ll be computer generated and Variety writes that she can turn red when she’s angry or green when she’s jealous. Apparently the actors won’t be able to see her but we will. Something else we can incorporate into our drinking games on December 4! View Comments Broadway Alum Alfonso Ribeiro Wins DWTS Alfonso Ribeiro, who appeared on the Great White Way, way back when, in The Tap Dance Kid, has won Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. Worried you’re going to miss your weekly fix of the former Fresh Prince star? The newest Mirrorball champion will be featured in the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! Tour, joining his partner and pro dancer Witney Carson. Hopefully they’ll be reprising “The Carlton,” below, on the road! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Honeymoon Joins Parade Lineup The Broadway company of Honeymoon in Vegas has joined the lineup of performances on NBC’s Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 27. As previously reported, the Great White Way will also be represented on the Peacock Network by Peter Pan Live!, If/Then’s Idina Menzel and shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Last Ship, On the Town and Finding Neverland. Speaking of Finding Neverland, its co-star Laura Michelle Kelly and composer Gary Barlow will also perform a selection from the musical on ABC’s GMA. Not to be left out, over on CBS you’ll be able to watch performances by the casts of Matilda and Pippin. Your remote control is going to be busy!
Kyle Dean Massey Another Great White Way alum is going country on the small screen! Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Kyle Dean Massey has been cast in a recurring role on ABC’s Nashville. According to Deadline, Massey will play Kevin Bicks, a successful and openly gay singer/songwriter.Massey most recently appeared as Pippin’s titular prince on Broadway—during which time he took us backstage in his vlog Fresh Prince. His other stage credits include Wicked, Next to Normal (for which he took home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award), Xanadu, Lucky Guy and Altar Boyz. Massey has appeared on TV previously in Inside Amy Schumer, Up All Night, Hart of Dixie, Cupid and The Good Wife.Other stage names to appear on the country music drama include Laura Benanti and Will Chase. View Comments Star Files
Laura Osnes View Comments Time to crack open that piggy bank and book a trip to Chicago! Broadway favorites Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale are heading to the Windy City to play Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. Directed by Rob Ashford, the new Lyric Opera of Chicago production begins performances April 10 and plays through May 3 at the Civic Opera House. Check out these sweet shots of Osnes and Pasquale, then catch them in Carousel this spring! Oh, and bring lots of tissues. Star Files