Lakewood Pizza Hut Permanently Closes Following COVID-19 Shutdown

first_imgImage by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.LAKEWOOD – The Jamestown area Pizza Hut that closed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 shutdown will not reopen.A Pizza Hut spokesperson announced Wednesday that the local franchisee decided to permanently close all 17 dine-in restaurants in Western New York, including the Dunkirk location.Officials say this is the result of the initial temporary closing of Pizza Huts because of COVID-19 restrictions.“Pizza Hut has new franchisees coming into the New York region, and we are hopeful we will be able to serve our customers in this area again in the future,” the spokesperson told WIVB News 4. Here is a list of the stores that have closed:Several Pizza Hut restaurants temporally closed in April after reporting slow business because of a state mandate that shuttered indoor seating. 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

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David Hyde Pierce Still Eyeing Main Stem Run for It Shoulda Been You

first_img Related Shows View Comments It Shoulda Been You David Hyde Pierce The David Hyde Pierce-directed musical It Shoulda Been You, which had previously been eyeing a Broadway run in fall 2012, is still looking at making an appearance on the Main Stem. Pierce told the Hollywood Reporter that he hopes to open the show, starring Tony winner Tyne Daly, in the coming season or early 2015.Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You made its world premiere in 2011 at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse.The show follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. Along with Daly, the cast of the George Street Playhouse production featured Tony winner Harriet Harris, Tony nominee Howard McGillin, Tom Deckman, Carla Duren, Jessica Hershberg, Edward Hibbert, Curtis Holbrook, Lisa Howard, Mylinda Hull, Matthew Hydzik, David Josefsberg and Richard Kline. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015last_img read more

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Mary Callanan & Alison Ewing Join Mamma Mia on Broadway

first_img Callanan comes to the Great White Way direct from starring as Rosie in the Las Vegas company and national tour of Mamma Mia! She last appeared on Broadway in the recent revival of Annie. Ewing previously starred as Tanya in the Las Vegas and North American tour of Mamma Mia! She last appeared on Broadway in Cabaret. The Broadway company of Mamma Mia! currently includes Judy McLane as Donna Sheridan, Elena Ricardo as Sophie Sheridan, Paul DeBoy as Harry Bright, John Hemphill as Bill Austin and Jon Jorgenson as Sky. The ABBA extravaganza tells the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young bride who invites three potential dads to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, unbeknownst to her mother, Donna. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia! opened October 18, 2001 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson. Some new dancing queens begin performances in Broadway’s Mamma Mia! on February 2! Mary Callanan and Alison Ewing take over from Lauren Cohn and Felicia Finley  as Rosie and Tanya, respectively. Cohn and Finley ended their engagements at the Broadhurst Theatre on February 1, along with Alan Campbell, who was playing Sam Carmichael. Victor Wallace will temporarily play the role of Sam, with a new “potential Dad” to be announced shortly. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 Related Shows Mamma Mia! last_img read more

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Nathan Lane Will Return to It’s Only a Play on Broadway

first_imgNathan Lane is heading back to It’s Only a Play on the Great White Way! Broadway.com has confirmed that the two-time Tony winner, who left the Terrence McNally comedy to star in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece The Iceman Cometh at BAM, will begin performances once again as James Wicker on March 31. Martin Short is set to play his final performance in the role on March 29 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Lane will remain with the production through its scheduled closing date of June 7.A Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lane also received Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and The Nance.It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady, his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan.Along with Short, the production currently stars Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Katie Finneran, Maulik Pancholy and Micah Stock.The Iceman Cometh concludes its run at BAM on March 15 and rumor has it that the production will be transferring to Broadway—but we now know it won’t be immediately!  Nathan Lane Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Chicago Star Brandy Norwood Is Taking Your Questions!

first_imgThere’s a new Broadway headliner taking a seat on the Broadway.com couch! We’ll give you a hint: she just made her Broadway debut, she has a Grammy and she once went to the ball in a golden carriage. New Chicago star Brandy Norwood is heading to Broadway.com HQ to answer your questions about her music, film and TV career, and of course, getting locked up in Cook County Jail on the Great White Way. Submit your questions for Brandy below, then stay tuned to see her answer them in her Ask a Star video feature!<a data-cke-saved-href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/zbuverv1y8p7vw/" href="https://broadway.wufoo.com/forms/zbuverv1y8p7vw/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Related Shows Chicago View Comments from $49.50last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Hamilton’s Number One on Billboard Rap Chart & More

first_img Hamilton from $149.00 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton’s Number One on Billboard Rap ChartOnce again the words “ground” and “breaking” are being applied to that gargantuan hit in residence at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. The Hamilton cast album has officially made it to number one on the Billboard Rap Album Chart for the week of November 28. Yet more proof that this Main Stem musical has gone seriously main stream—everyone wants to be in the room where the 46-track record happens. Congratulations to creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with the entire company!Don’t Panic, Bombshell is Still In The WorksIf you were concerned about the progress of the stage adaptation of Bombshell, the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical from the NBC drama Smash, breathe. Mega-producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan haven’t forgotten about the project and are still putting together the creative team. The reason for the delay? They’ve been focusing on The Wiz Live!. “The moment The Wiz is up and running, we’ll go back and focus on Bombshell,” Zadan told EW. “You can’t do two huge things at the same time.”Miriam Shor’s High MaintenanceMiriam Shor has been tapped as a guest star for HBO’s new comedy High Maintenance. The Wrap reports that details of the Hedwig and Younger fave’s role are being kept on the Q.T.; the series follows a Brooklyn pot dealer with a neurotic clientele. We just hope that whoever Shor ends up playing that statement jewelry is involved.Get Into the Yuletide Spirit With Daniel Reichard Broadway actor and concert singer Daniel Reichard is set to return to Birdland Jazz Club on December 13 and December 20 for his eighth New York City holiday concert. With musical direction and arrangement by Jesse Vargas, Daniel Reichard’s Under the Mistletoe will offer nostalgic musical classics, heartfelt and often hilarious Christmas stories, along with unexpected guest stars and surprises. All proceeds from the event will go to Broadway Barks (and we all know who will be thrilled about that!). Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

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Broadway Balances America Goes Behind the Scenes of The Sound of Music Tour

first_img Broadway Balances America View Comments The hills (and your screens) are alive with The Sound of Music! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on December 1 with a special look at the new tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, helmed by Tony winner Jack O’Brien. Correspondent Amber Milt speaks with the director and the cast—including newcomer Kerstin Anderson as Maria and Ben Davis as Captain von Trapp—about the beloved musical and how they’ve revitalized it for modern audiences. Click play!last_img read more

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Bad Jews’ Ilan Goodman on Family Dynamics Both Onstage & Off

first_imgIlan Goodman in ‘Bad Jews'(Photo by Robert Workman) Ilan Goodman may be the son of Olivier Award-winning actor Henry Goodman (Assassins, Chicago) but the RADA-educated performer has been carving a name for himself as a fine talent in his own right. He can currently be seen at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket reprising his acclaimed performance as Liam in Joshua Harmon’s play Bad Jews. Broadway.com met the engaging actor to talk fractious onstage families and giving notes to his famous father offstage.This production of Bad Jews is the little show that won’t quit.I know, right? We started in a studio theater in Bath and came to the St. James and then the Arts Theatres in London and here we are for a further run at the Haymarket, which is a very nice surprise. I wasn’t anticipating this.How does it feel to be revisiting the play?I love the material, and being back in rehearsal has been about rediscovering how [Harmon] structures the debate that drives the play [which is about a Jewish family’s squabble over a cherished heirloom]. I find that the play is fascinatingly ambivalent about its position on things, and that both Liam and his cousin Daphna offer powerful arguments.Do you have any thoughts as to the play’s unexpected success in London?Having spoken to many people in the foyer afterwards, I think the tension that the play explores between cultural and religious heritage and secular modernity is something everyone faces. Many different people can connect to that basic struggle.Regardless, presumably, of their religion?Absolutely. Many non-Jews have enjoyed the show enormously and recognize the situation it describes—the family tension and the brutal way in which the characters treat each other, which is both recognizable and at times very funny.Were you surprised originally by the rather provocative title?At first it gave me a thrill because it’s just so edgy. I have sympathy with people who find the title uncomfortable, but I just think it fits the play so well—it has the same edginess that the play has.It proved too much for London Underground, who last time around banned the poster for the play on the tube.That really did surprise me because I think it’s really clear from the poster that the play is essentially a comedy and stuff. People have said that the attention [surrounding the ban] helped us but I don’t think it could ever replace the sustained exposure that a tube poster gives you.I gather Michael Zegen—who played Liam in the off-Broadway production—came to see the show in London.He did and as you can imagine, I was a little self-conscious at the time but he was very charming and we managed to compare our productions in a few respects without it being too awkward [laughs].Were there any notable differences?Apparently Michael would keep going back into the kitchen to get food, which became a running gag and is very different to the way I do it. I’ve remained friends with him on Facebook—he’s currently in A View From the Bridge on Broadway.Your performance proves yet again how good you are at playing Americans, which I recall as far back as your Old Vic appearance in 2010 in Six Degrees of Separation.That’s reassuring to hear. I love playing Americans and don’t really understand why except that it feels right—it seems to fit me somehow. Something to do with my sensibility and temperament.American accents are getting better and better across the London stage, I think.That’s probably because we’re all sort of addicted to long-form American TV shows. Maybe the dialect coaches have got better, as well [laughs].Have you ever lived in the States?I’ve never lived there or tried to work there but I have certainly been to visit. I went to see my dad on Broadway in The Producers and also in Tartuffe.What did your father, Henry, think of your decision to become an actor?There was an attempt to kind of warn me as to the reality of the life I was heading towards, so I can’t say that it felt in any way preordained. It was more that acting was just the thing I loved most and even though I did psychology and philosophy at university, I had no aspirations to pursue those professionally.Do you have an early memory of seeing your dad onstage?I remember loving him in Chicago [the 1997 London revival, in which Goodman senior played Billy Flynn opposite Ute Lemper and Ruthie Henshall] and even giving him notes! I told him to be cooler because he wasn’t cool enough—but he was by press night [laughs].Would you and he do a show together?Absolutely—we’re very keen but it has to be something that really suits us both, especially if we’re going to invite that sort of comparison. We’re certainly up for it.So far you seem to have sidestepped musicals in your own career?I have done musicals, in fact, but smaller ones that you may not have seen. But it’s true that I’ve done more straight theater, though I’m very much aware that musicals are part of the repertoire.What about film? I see you were in The Imitation Game.Yes, I was one of the code breakers. It was fun to be part of a big movie, and I was very excited about doing something about Alan Turing; I’m very interested in him and his ideas.You’ve now done Bad Jews in three different theaters in London. Do you foresee a fourth?[Laughs] I think I need to stop after this, although who knows? It’s such a rare part and such a brilliant play. View Commentslast_img read more

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David Fynn to Headline West End’s School of Rock

first_img They’re in the band! David Fynn will lead the London cast of School of Rock—The Musical as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn. The stage and screen star will be joined by Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco. The previously reported West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit Broadway tuner is scheduled to begin previews on October 24 at the New London Theatre. Opening night is set for November 14.Fynn’s television credits include The Inbetweeners, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Pete vs Life and Undateable. On stage he has appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and at the Donmar Warehouse in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.Based on the 2003 Jack Black film of the same title, School of Rock features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. The show follows slacker and wannabe rock star Dewey Finn turn a class of straight-A students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all conquering rock band. Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet, and when he discovers his fifth graders’ musical talents, he enlists his class to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. As Dewey falls for the beautiful headmistress, can he and his students keep this special assignment secret as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock?The “grown up” cast is completed by Gary Trainor as the alternate Dewey with ensemble members Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Tasha Sheridan, Andrew Spillett and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg James, Chris Jenkins, Alfie Parker and Charlotte Scott.The nationwide search to find the three teams of thirteen young performers took place earlier this year. The role of Zack will be alternated by Tom Abisgold, Toby Lee and Jake Slack. The role of Freddy will be alternated by Bailey Cassell, Jude Harper-Wrobel and Noah Key. Giles Carden, Oscar Francisco and James Lawson will alternate the role of Lawrence. Selma Hansen, Lois Jenkins and Sophia Pettit will alternate the role of Katie. Isabelle Methven, Lucy Simmonds and Eva Trodd will alternate the role of Summer. Madeleine Haynes, Leah Levman, and Natasha Raphael will alternate the role of Marcy. Alternating the role of Shonelle are Jaydah Bell-Ricketts, Shoshana Ezequiel and Amelia Poggenpoel. Alternating the role of Sophia are Lola Moxom, Mia Roberts and Grace Schnieder. Alternating the role of Tomika are Nicole Dube, Amma Ris and Adithi Sujith. Jobe Hart, Joshua Vaughan and Logan Walmsley will alternate the role of Billy. Presley Charman, Lucas Chow and Ben Dawson will alternate the role of Mason. The role of James will be alternated by Bradley Bissett, Denzel Eboji and Sonny Kirby. The role of Madison will be alternated by Zachary Dowlatshahi, Harry Egertonn and Jacob Swann.The production will feature direction by Laurence Connor, with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.School of Rock continues to run on Broadway at the Winter Garden, led by Tony nominee Alex Brightman. View Comments David Fynn and the cast of ‘School of Rock'(Photo: Craig Sugden)last_img read more

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Onion Crop in Jeopardy

first_imgWhen ice and freezing rain blanketed the South in early February, sweet Vidalia onionsdidn’t take so kindly to it.In Tattnall County, in the heart of Georgia’s onion-growing country, the ice stormproduced mixed results.”We have some significant loss,” said Reid Torrance, Tattnall County directorfor the University of Georgia Extension Service.”It’s hard to put an exact percentage on it at this point,” Torrance said.”But some fields are going to suffer heavy losses. Others will suffer no loss.” The range of damage depends on the plants’ stage of growth when the freeze hit, theplant variety and the soil type.”We’re finding that onions in wetter places in fields, and in soils with higherclay content, seem to be surviving better than in very sandy soils,” Torrance said.”We’re also learning a lot about onion varieties and their levels of coldtolerance.”Torrance found that, as a rule, the Asgrow Y33, Asgrow 6020 varieties and a RioColorado variety called Sweet Vidalia seem to be more cold-tolerant than some of the othervarieties.The plant’s maturity also played a major part in the extent of the damage.”Most of our onions were set, or planted, in November,” Torrance said.”Some of the later-planted onions seem to be taking it better than some we setearlier.” The more mature the plant, the larger and lusher the aboveground growth.”Now we have a lot of dead tissue on those with lush tops,” he said.”We’re hoping for dry weather so that will dry up and we’ll get some new growth thatwill stay with us.”Dead tops don’t necessarily mean dead plants. “If the freeze damage to the bulb was not too severe, then that plant willsurvive,” Torrance said. “We just have a lot of plants right now that we don’tknow which side of the fence they will fall on.”Physiologically, the onion’s energy reserves are in the bulb, and it will shootout new growth,” he said. “The question is: Will it continue to grow, or once ituses all that energy in the bulb, will it die?”That’s what takes us so long to assess the damage,” he said. “A largeportion of the crop could go either way.”Georgia’s onion crop is worth more than $50 million to the state’s economy. About halfof that is grown in Tattnall County.last_img read more

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