Image via SixFlags.com.DARIEN – Six Flags Darien Lake announced Tuesday the amusement park would temporarily close due to COVID-19 guidelines.In a statement, officials say there have been no reported cases of the novel Coronavirus on its properties, but the closure is to ensure the safety of guests and employees.For information on purchased tickets or events that were scheduled this season, visit www.sixflags.com/darienlake.The amusement park says that once they reopen guests will likely have to call ahead in order to visit. 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)
The Realistic Joneses Show Closed This production ended its run on July 6, 2014 The Realistic Joneses originally premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in April 2012, starring Letts, Parker Posey, Glenn Fitzgerald and Johanna Day. View Comments The starry Broadway premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses begins performances March 13. Sam Gold directs Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall, Emmy winner Toni Collette, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts in the production. Opening night is set for April 6 at the Lyceum Theatre. In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob (Letts) and Jennifer (Collette) and their new neighbors, John (Hall) and Pony (Tomei), two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. Related Shows
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Odd Couple Reboot Find Its Felix If you like your OCD with a side of laughs (and who doesn’t?), you’re in luck. Matthew Perry’s new take on the Neil Simon comedy-turned-classic-sitcom will star Reno 911’s Thomas Lennon as finicky Felix opposite Perry as the slovenly Oscar. The two actors have worked together before—on 17 Again and Friends. Look for the new version of this comedy about mismatched roomies on CBS. View Comments The Big Screen Is Getting a Dirty, Nasty Idiot Playwright Rolin Jones, who collaborated with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on These Paper Bullets, a new musical currently playing at the Yale Repetory Theatre, reveals plans to adapt the Green Day musical American Idiot for the big screen. “The idea is to get it a little dirtier and a little nastier and translate it into visual terms,” Jones told The Hartford Courant. Dirtier than a heroin ballet? Now this we have to see. Man of La Mancha Composer Gets Final Ovation Broadway is mourning the loss of Tony-winning composer Mitch Leigh, who died on March 16 at the age of 86. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:45PM for one minute.
Fontana recently appeared on Broadway in Cinderella. His other Broadway credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Billy Elliot and Sunday in the Park with George. Shalhoub has appeared on stage in Lincoln Center’s Golden Boy and Conversations With My Father. He has also taken the stage in Lend Me a Tenor, The Heidi Chronicles and The Odd Couple. Pulitzer Prize winner Moss Hart has an impressive collection of writing credits, including A Star is Born, You Can’t Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner, not to mention a Tony Award for directing My Fair Lady. Now, it’s time for his own story to come to the stage, as Act One begins performances at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 20. Tony nominees Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub will share the role of the playwright, portraying him at different stages of his life and career, along with Matthew Schechter. The cast also features Tony winners Chuck Cooper and Andrea Martin, who will (presumably) leave behind her Pippin aerial tricks. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2014 Act One The play, based on Hart’s bestselling autobiography, is directed by Tony Award winner James Lapine and officially opens on April 17.
As previously reported, Pippin will launch a U.S. national tour in September 2014, at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado. TIME’s list of its 100 most influential people will be in its May 1 issue, which appears on newsstands on April 25. Last year Paulus won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for her circus-themed staging of Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s Pippin. The revival received 10 Tony Award nominations and earned three other top prizes: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Andrea Martin, and Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Musical for Patina Miller. We already knew that Diane Paulus is one of the most talented, ambitious and visionary directors in all of theater, but it’s nice to know the rest of the world thinks so, too! TIME magazine has included the Tony-winning director of Pippin on its “Time 100: The World’s Most Influential People” list, which includes 100 “people who most affect our world.” Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald penned the magazine’s tribute to Paulus and described her Porgy and Bess director as “passionate about everything.” “So many people think they know [Pippin], but she made it refreshingly new by staging it in a circus atmosphere. It comes from her sense of play—nothing is sacred and everything is sacred. I can’t wait to see what she does next,” writes McDonald. View Comments
The box office is now open for Puppet Shakespeare Players’ production of Puppet Titus Andronicus off-Broadway. The comedic take on Shakespeare’s most gruesome tale will begin performances on July 24 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre and run through August 17. Opening night is set for July 30. Ryan Rinkel will direct. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Related Shows Puppet Titus Andronicus View Comments Puppet Titus Andronicus is presented by the Puppet Shakespeare Players, who combine Muppet style puppetry with improvisational comedy and first folio techniques. The show will feature silly-string gore, a bunch of angry goths, a villainous anthropomorphic boar and all of the deaths, dismemberment, cannibalism and crimes against humanity that make Titus the “poetic atrocity” that it is. The cast of Puppet Titus Andronicus will feature Rinkel along with Adam Weppler, Sarah Villegas, Christopher Gebauer, Alex Offenkrantz, Tom Foran, Drew Torkelson, Shane Snider, A.J. Cote, Mindy Leanse, Ross Hamman and Abby Judd.
Feeling kinky this Valentine’s Day? Sure, you could schlep through the snow to the movie theater, wait in line with a bunch of middle-aged moms and go see the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Or you could get steamy in the flesh with Alec Varcas and the cast of off-Broadway’s 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, a sexy sendup of the erotic S&M novel. Unlike the book and the movie, 50 Shades! lets you get up close and personal with real abs and butts. Finally. Find out more about Varcas (and his many, many muscles) from his co-stars Ashley Ward, Chloe Williamson and Laura Yoder Witt, then catch 50 Shades! live at the Elektra Theatre. What is your favorite part of Alec’s body? What’s your favorite article of clothing to see Alec take off? CHLOE WILLIAMSON: His tush is great, but also his abs. They’re always there, even after he eats Chipotle. LAURA YODER WITT: His abs. They’re not painted on! I’ve never seen someone with that sort of body in the flesh until now. No offense to my husband. CHLOE WILLIAMSON: Oh, man… His shirt! He does it a lot. CHLOE WILLIAMSON: A riding crop. Definitely a riding crop. ASHLEY WARD: His sweet, sweet butt. CHLOE WILLIAMSON: He knows every part. He could play my part, probably better than me. He could definitely dance it better than me. He’s never missed a show. He’s the MVP. View Comments What is the best thing about working with Alec? LAURA YODER WITT: There’s something to be said to be able to see live theater as opposed to reading it on a page or seeing it on a movie screen. This is interactive and it’s so much fun. What would you do if you had seven minutes in heaven with Alec? ASHLEY WARD: The guys are so accessible to you. After the show you can actually see them! You’re not going to see any of the naked dudes in the movie when you walk out of the theater. But these guys live and breathe among you. ASHLEY WARD: He is so sweet, he’s such a good person, he’s a great laugher. Nobody makes me feel better as a comedian than Alec, because he will laugh at anything I say. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015 LAURA YODER WITT: He’s really sweet with a really fun energy and awesome to be around. Related Shows ASHLEY WARD: Oh, anything involving spanking. I spank him a lot backstage. A paddle preferable to a whip, because I don’t want to actually hurt him, I just like the noise. Really, I just want to use my hand. ASHLEY WARD: I would spend most of it spanking him and the rest of it trying to make him laugh. 50 Shades! The Musical CHLOE WILLIAMSON: On a screen, anything can be edited. When they’re in the flesh, you know that they’re real. You can touch it, you can see it, it’s insane! LAURA YODER WITT: One of those feather duster things. I wanna make him laugh. CHLOE WILLIAMSON: I would play heads up seven up! Why is seeing 50 Shades! live sexier than the movie? What S&M toy would you like to use on him? LAURA YODER WITT: I’d ask him about his hopes and dreams and goals. ASHLEY WARD: I like to see him take his shirt off. LAURA YODER WITT: I’m gonna go with shirt. You know, because of the abs.
View Comments Y’all got it! The complete cast is now set for NBC’s The Wiz Live!. The musical telecast will ease on down to the Peacock network on December 3. Stage faves joining the ensemble include Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), Marcus Paul James (Motown), Tamika Lawrence (If/Then) and Natasha Yvette Williams (Porgy and Bess).Additional ensemble members will include Chris Borrero, James Brown III, Olutayo Bosede, Elon Van Buckley, Ta’rea Campbell, Jessica Castro, Kacie Garland, Asmeret Ghebremichael, Frankie Gordils, Khadija Griffith, Tre Holloway, Antonio Hudnell, Carlos Irizarry, Frederic Jean, Mykal Kilgore, India R. McGee, Maurice Murphy, Antonio Moore, Danielle Polanco, Malaiyka Reid, Eric Sanchez, Sherisse Springer, Chris Silcox, Ahmahd Thomas, Raphael Thomas, Alex Wade, Donald Webber, DaShaun Wesley and Xavier Wilcher.The group joins a starry cast that includes Stephanie Mills as Aunt Em, Queen Latifah as the Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, Ne-Yo as the Tinman, Elijah Kelly as the Scarecrow, David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Amber Riley as Addaperle, Common as the Gatekeeper and newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy.Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and subsequent Broadway revival of The Wiz in collaboration with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown. The show follows the familiar L. Frank Baum story of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz with a rock-filled revamp. Charlie Smalls’ score includes “Ease on Down the Road,” “No Bad News” and “Home.”
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 View Comments Lora Lee Gayer Rabbit, rabbit—Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical begins performances at Studio 54 on September 1! Helmed by Gordon Greenberg and penned by the director and Chad Hodge, Holiday Inn stars Broadway.com vlogger Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Bryce Pinkham in the colorful stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film that touted names like Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The production is scheduled to officially open on October 6.Pinkham takes on Bing Crosby’s role as Jim, who, upon leaving the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut, quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. His luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Gayer’s character Linda; together, they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Christmas to the Fourth of July. Bleu follows in Fred Astaire’s fancy footsteps as Ted, Jim’s best friend who tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood.The cast also features Megan Lawrence as Louise, Megan Sikora as Lila Dixon and Lee Wilkof as Danny. Malik Akil, Will Burton, Barry Busby, Darien Crago, Caley Crawford, Jenifer Foote, Morgan Gao, Matt Meigs, Shina Ann Morris, Catherine Ricafort, Drew Redington, Amanda Rose, Jonalyn Saxer, Parker Slaybaugh, Samantha Sturm, Amy Van Norstrand, Travis Ward-Osborne, Paige Williams, Victor Wisehart, Kevin Worley and Borris York round out the company.The tuner features 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalogue, including “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Easter Parade” and “Cheek to Cheek.” Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Star Files Related Shows Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer & Bryce Pinkham(Photo: Terry Doyle) Corbin Bleu Bryce Pinkham
View Comments Related Shows The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.It’s as if we never said goodbye! Glenn Close is back on the Great White Way reprising her Tony-winning performance as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Opening night is set for February 9, and we wanted to ask the fans which role of hers is their fave. Close has three Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes and six Oscar nominations, making her truly one of the greatest stars of all. Broadway.com Managing Editor Beth Stevens rose to the challenge and selected her top 10. Ready for your close-up, Culturalist makers?STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017 Sunset Boulevard