Star Files Jessie Mueller Waitress A leading lady to pie for! Tony winner Jessie Mueller will star in Waitress on Broadway, reprising her performance as Jenna from the American Repertory Theatre run. The show, which features a score by five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, will begin previews on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it will open on April 24. ART artistic director and Tony winner Diane Paulus helms the new musical.Mueller earned a Tony Award in 2014 for her star turn in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She also earned a Tony nod for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and has since appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Waitress is based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and features a book by Jessie Nelson. It follows Jenna (Mueller), a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches, she’s torn between her commitments and, thanks to her pie-making expertise, a chance at freedom.Additional casting will be announced later. The A.R.T. incarnation included Jeanna de Waal as Dawn, Keala Settle as Becky, Drew Gehling as Dr. Pomatter, Dakin Matthews as Joe and Joe Tippett as Earl. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Related Shows View Comments
It’s time to deck the halls, which can only mean that it’s your turn to select Broadway.com’s 2015 Star of the Year! From triple threats to champion barkers to genuine geniuses, we’ve compiled a list of ten talented thespians to choose from.Cast your vote by 11:59 PM (EST) on December 20 and crown one of the following nominees with the coveted title of Broadway.com Star of the Year! Vote below!ANNALEIGH ASHFORDFor taking home a Tony for the “worst dancing on Broadway” before becoming a “method dog” opposite Matthew Broderick—we will happily play fetch with her anytime!MICHAEL CERVERIS For moving us to tears in Fun Home, revealing all about fake hair and for that “who dat” while winning a Tony Award.KRISTIN CHENOWETH For hopping aboard On the Twentieth Century, dressing up as E.T. at the Tonys…and for scaring us all silly as Maleficent.BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES For reigning over off-Broadway in Hamilton ahead of hating Shakespeare as a Bottom brother—the Spotlight has been on him this year.LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA For his certified genius, being in every room where it happened and just generally blowing us all to a galaxy far, far away.HELEN MIRRENFor bringing a regal presence to Broadway, her flawless subway etiquette and enlightening us on the usefulness of stripper shoes.MATTHEW MORRISON For making us gleeful about his Broadway return, owning the night and his secret career as a funky fresh dance instructional video star.KELLI O’HARA For getting us to whistle a happy tune, doing the worm and overcoming hoop-skirt nightmares.ALEX SHARP For his super good day at the 2015 Tonys, filming with Hedwig and learning to love rats.GEORGE TAKEI Oh my! For boldly going—and pledging Allegiance to—Broadway, of course. View Comments
Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 Tony nominee Geneva Carr and Morgan Spector have boarded the American premiere of Nick Payne’s Incognito. They will join the previously announced Charlie Cox and Heather Lind in the Constellations playwright’s latest work, which will be directed by Doug Hughes. The production is set to begin previews on May 3 and officially open on May 24 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York City Center—Stage I.Carr received a Tony nod for Hand to God; other New York theater credits include Trevor, Just Sex, I Wanna Destroy You, Finding Claire, Rose’s Dilemma, Clash by Night, Betty’s Summer Vacation and Boise. Spector can currently be seen off-Broadway in Ironbound. He has appeared on Broadway in A View From The Bridge, Machinal and Harvey.The four actors will play a combined 21 characters within Incognito’s three interwoven stories. A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito braids these mysterious tales into a whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions.The limited engagement will run through June 26. Related Shows View Comments Incognito Geneva Carr(Photo by Bruce Glikas)
Victoria Clark(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Talk about a novel idea! A musical adaptation of Bernice Rubens’ Madame Sousatzka has its eyes on the Great White Way. Sousatzka will star Tony winner Victoria Clark and boast a book by Craig Lucas and a score by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire. The tuner, backed by notorious producer Garth Drabinsky, will premiere in Toronto in February next year and is currently scheduled for an October 2017 Broadway bow.Along with Clark, the cast features Tony nominee Montego Glover (the two recently workshopped the show), Tony winner Judy Kaye and newcomer Jordan Barrow. Choreographed by Graciela Daniele and directed by Adrian Noble, Sousatzka will begin performances on February 25, 2017 at Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre and officially open on March 23.Sousatzka is set in London, England in 1982 and tells the story of a young musical prodigy torn between two powerful women from vastly different worlds: his mother, a political refugee and his piano teacher, a brilliant eccentric with a shattered past. These two proud, iconoclastic women must ultimately cross cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or else put the boy’s destiny in jeopardy.A 1988 screen adaptation of Rubens’ novel, penned by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and helmed by John Schlesinger, starred Shirley MacLaine, who won a Golden Globe for her performance.The production will feature scenic designer by Anthony Ward, costume design by Paul Tazwell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, projection design by Jonathan Driscoll, sound design by Martin Levan, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, music supervision by David Caddick, music direction by Brad Haak, additional music and vocal arrangements by Lebo M. and additional music arrangements by Marius de Vries.More information, including a Broadway venue and dates, will be announced later. View Comments
Confused about how to choose the best potting soil? On “Gardening in Georgia”July 27 and 29, host Walter Reeves sorts out the selections with University of Georgiahorticulturist Paul Thomas.Reeves also shows a trick you can use to save potting soil. Big containers, he says,don’t need to be completely filled with soil. Use empty bottles to take up space in thelarge pot.He takes a look at nursery plants, too. Unfortunately, the plant you buy at a nurserymay be infected with root rot before you buy it. UGA plant pathologist JeanWilliams-Woodward shows Reeves how to identify and avoid sick plants.Finally, Reeves finds that a dandelion fork is just the tool for removing weeds fromyour lawn. Stick a fork in it!Thursdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 10a.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. Walter Reeves
Plan for at least three days”Every family should have at least a three-day emergency foodsupply to fall back on,” Andress said.Having an emergency food supply, she said, eases the stress ofemergencies and natural disasters.”Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or snow storm, a naturaldisaster could prevent you from running to the grocery store topick up supplies for dinner,” Andress said.”Having an emergency food supply on hand will provide peace ofmind for you and your family,” she said, “no matter what disastermay come your way.”The size of your emergency food supply depends on the size ofyour family and home storage area. Remember, stock onlynonperishable foods.Pick foods that don’t need to be cooked or refrigerated”Select foods that require no refrigeration, little or no cookingand little or no water,” Andress said. “Chances are, if you’re inan emergency situation, you aren’t going to have the luxuries ofelectricity and running water.”Stock your food supply with ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits andvegetables. Remember to buy containers you can use up in one mealor snack, since you most likely won’t be able to refrigerateleftovers.Add canned juices, soups and canned or powdered milk. Includebottled water for drinking and extra water to mix with thepowdered milk and dilute the soups.Supply enough fluids (milk, juice, water, etc.) so each familymember can have at least 2 quarts per day.Include staple foods such as sugar, salt and pepper, too, andhigh-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granolabars and trail mix.”Don’t forget to throw in some comfort foods, too, like cookies,hard candy, sweetened cereals and instant coffee and tea,”Andress said.If you usually use them, be sure to include vitamin and mineralsupplements to assure proper nutrition.When stocking your emergency supply, keep in mind any specialneeds in your family. Have you included special foods for infantsor elderly family members? By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia The threat of war has some Americans stocking up on home foodsupplies. Whether you agree with their logic, University ofGeorgia experts say having an emergency food supply is always agood idea.”We aren’t telling people to go out and stock their pantriesbecause of the possibility of war. But we do agree it’s a smartidea to stock your pantry for emergencies,” said ElizabethAndress, an Extension Service food safety specialist with the UGACollege of Family and Consumer Sciences. Don’t forget hand-operated can openerDon’t forget to include a hand-operated can opener, scissors andknife for opening canned foods and foods in foil or plasticpouches. The last items in your supply should be disposable plates, cups and utensils.”Once you have your food supply together, make a list of dateswhen food items need to be inspected and possibly rotated out.Then replace them with newly bought items,” Andress said. “Cannedfoods can last two years. But for best quality, use them withinone year.”Powdered milk may be stored 12 to 24 months. Use most of theother foods in your emergency supply within one year, or rotatethem out. Over time, replace any rusty, leaky, dented or bulgingfood cans.Once your emergency food supply is intact, store it in a cool,dry place. Store dry supplies off the floor in a clean, dry, darkplace away from any sources of moisture.
Asparagus produces male and female flowers on separate plants. Aherbaceous perennial, it produces shoots from buds formed on arooted crown. These shoots, called spears, are the edible part.They’re harvested for many seasons after plants are established.Both male and female plants produce spears. The female produceslarger spears, but male plants are preferred, since they producehigher yields and have greater longevity. Along the spears aretriangular bracts, which are the true leaves.Modified stems, called cladophylls, make up the highly visiblefern growth. The fruit is a red berry with one to five seeds.Birds feed on the seed pods and can distribute the seeds.Cool veggieAsparagus is considered a cool-season plant but grows in manyenvironments. Average day-night temperatures of 70-50 are ideal,but it’s climatically well suited to most of Georgia.Since asparagus plantings have a long life, site selection iscritical. Choose a spot out of the way of normal garden jobs andin full sunlight, where the soil is loose and well-drained. Eastor north ends of the garden are best so as not to shade lowgrowing crops.Any soil type will work for asparagus. But it won’t tolerate wetsoil, and it needs 8 to 10 inches of topsoil. If you don’t havesuch a spot, you may grow asparagus in raised beds where youprovide the required soil and nutrients.Add organic matter and lime (to a pH of 6.2 to 6.8) severalmonths before you plant. Animal manure or decomposed organicmatter, such as leaves or old sawdust, can be used. Add 3 to 4pounds of 34-0-0 per 100 row feet, too, to feed the bacteria thatbreak down organic matter.Getting startedSeveral varieties produce well. Newer varieties such as JerseyKing, Jersey Knight and Jersey General have resistance toasparagus rust and are adapted to warmer climates. Asparagus canbe started from seed or crowns. One-year-old crowns are best.Fertilize according to soil test recommendations for phosphorousand potassium. In general, broadcast and incorporate 1 to 2pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer (or the equivalent) per 100 squarefeet and mix well with the soil.Then prepare a trench 12 inches deep and 12 to 18 inches wide.Fill the bottom 4 inches with organic material and cover with alayer of soil.Space crowns 10 to 12 inches apart, in rows 4 to 5 feet apart.Lay crowns on their side at the bottom of the furrow 6 to 8inches deep and cover with 1 to 3 inches of soil. Gradually fillin the trench with soil as the ferns grow, but don’t cover thegrowing tip.In raised beds, space crowns 24 inches apart in all directionsand cover the same way. Add another 1 to 2 pounds of 10-10-10 inlate summer or early fall. Water enough to soak the soil to crowndepth.How to harvestHarvest only two or three times in the spring one year afterplanting. You should be able to harvest for about two months insucceeding years.Cut spears about an inch below the soil surface when they’re 6 to8 inches long and the heads are tight. After you stop cutting,allow the tops to develop and produce ferns.Use shallow cultivation to remove weeds in successive seasons.Top-dress each year with 5-10-15 by broadcasting 4 to 5 pounds offertilizer in late February to early March for each 100 squarefeet. Apply again just after harvest ends.Cut the tops to ground level after they die back.(Terry Kelley is an Extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXXNumber 1Page 3 By William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe early bird may get the worm, but early gardeners get theasparagus — if they plan ahead. This popular, winter-hardyvegetable is one of the first crops ready for harvest in earlyspring.
Soap aloe is one of those plants that stirs up a passion in gardeners and plant aficionados across the country. Known as Aloe maculate, you would swear it is from Mexico at first glance, but it’s actually from South Africa, more than 9,000 miles away.I fell in love with it when I traveled to the California Pack Trials and drove from San Diego to San Francisco. Then it seemed that 70 to 80 percent of the homes in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas had it in their landscapes. It is one of those plants that just seems to be at home in hot, arid, frost-free climates.When I arrived in Savannah, Georgia, I was wonderfully surprised to see it flourishing in the sweltering heat and humidity. I was even more delighted to see that a bone-chilling 18 degrees Fahrenheit had no lingering effect. It seems that good drainage and sunlight are the two most necessary elements for it to thrive in the home landscape.An internet search will suggest it belongs from zone 9 to 11 with an occasional suggestion of zone 8. All are correct. Here in Savannah, we are in zone 8b. Don’t let those zones deter you from growing this incredible plant. It looks most exotic in containers, which allow for them to be moved for protection during the winter.There’s a lot to like about soap aloe. The leaves are speckled and offer wonderful, contrasting texture in the landscape. To be honest, the flowers simply mesmerize me. When it’s mature, the foliage reaches around 18 inches tall and about 18 to 24 inches wide. The plant produces spikes of flowers that range from 24 to 36 inches tall and are red-orange.This year, these plants mystified me. We have several here at the garden. I was shooting my first-bloom photos in mid-April. We had blooms in May and June. Now our soap aloe plants growing at the garden entrance are blooming in conjunction with the yellow-flowered esperanza.The eye-catching, tall flower stalks attract ruby-throated hummingbirds and other species that take their time feasting on each and every flower. This is a memorable moment in the garden.We have the soap aloe in our Mediterranean Garden, where it looks at home, and at our entrance. It also excels in modern and rustic gardens, and it looks at home with tropical plants or partnered with cactus, agave and rocks in xeriscapes.As the name suggests, the sap from the leaves will foam up to become a soap substitute, but try this sparingly as too much can cause irritation. In my opinion, a plant that produces a flower this gorgeous and brings in hummingbirds is a winner.Once you get your soap aloe, you’ll notice the “pups,” new plants that form, can be used elsewhere or shared with friends and family. Give me a call, I may need some.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the UGA Coastal Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm at coastalgeorgiabg.org.
VPT Wins National Awards for Production and OutreachThe National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) honored Vermont Public Television with two awards at their annual conference in Norfolk, Va., last month.VPTs 2006 special Grace Potter and The Nocturnals: Bringin It Home Live won an award in for program production. VPT captured the sold-out concert for television viewers in the fall of 2005 when the Vermont-based group performed in S. Burlington after a national tour. It was VPTs first local high definition production. Producer was Chris McClure. Mike Dunn directed and edited the program. Production funding was provided by the USDA Rural Development.In the outreach category, VPT won an award for its What About Teens? campaign, a statewide effort association with The Voices Project. At sessions around Vermont, teens and adults discussed issues concerning young people and brainstormed solutions that were presented to the Legislature. The campaign finished up with a week-long, multimedia event that gave Vermont teens a voice on public television, public radio, online and in print. VPTs community outreach director, Elizabeth Ottinger, headed the project, which was funded by a grant from the National Center for Outreach. Partners with VPT in the project were ASAP (Association of Student Assistance Professionals) of Vermont, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Kingdom County Productions, NFI (Northeast Family Institute) Vermont, SRO (School Resource Officer)/Colchester Police Department, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Vanguard Productions, Vermont Childrens Forum, Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, Vermont Coalition of Teen Centers and the Young Writers Project.# # #
The Colchester, Vermont, campus of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has announced the hiring of its chief administrative officer, two department chairs and five additional faculty members for its fall 2009 opening for its initial 70 students. ACPHS-Vermont will offer a four year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program; the Pharm.D. is the degree required to practice pharmacy in the U.S. The pharmacy program at ACPHS-Vermont will be the only such program in the state.Robert Hamilton, Pharm.D., will serve as the Vermont campus’ chief administrative officer with Ron DeBellis, Pharm.D., chairing the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Stefan Balaz, Ph.D., chairing the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “The backbone of any academic program is its faculty,” said ACPHS Dean Mehdi Boroujerdi, Ph.D. “Both our students and the surrounding community will benefit from the energy and expertise of this talented group of individuals.” As chief administrative officer, Dr. Hamilton will be responsible for all academic, professional and community activities for the campus. Dr. Hamilton has served many roles during more than 25 years at ACPHS, including chair of the department of pharmacy practice, director of the post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. program and director of the College’s continuing professional development program. He earned his Pharm.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.“I am honored to have been selected as the chief administrative officer of the Vermont campus,” said Dr. Hamilton. “We look forward to graduating students who will play active roles in helping patients manage their health, and in the process, help address the existing pharmacist shortage in Vermont and throughout the Northeast.”The Department of Pharmacy Practice, chaired by Dr. DeBellis, encompasses classroom learning in pharmacotherapy and the social and administrative sciences as well as experiential education in practice settings such as pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, research labs and governmental agencies. Dr. DeBellis previously served as a professor and chair in the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Department of Pharmacy Practice. His primary research interest is in the area of infectious disease. He received his Pharm.D. from the University of the Pacific.The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, chaired by Dr. Balaz, will provide a basic and pharmaceutical science foundation to students, preparing them for the critical evaluation of scientific problems. Dr. Balaz earned two doctorates from Comenius University in Slovakia and holds degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and pharmaceutic chemistry. Prior to joining ACPHS-Vermont, Dr. Balaz was a member of the faculty at North Dakota State University for more than ten years, where he was twice named “researcher of the year.” The following faculty members have also been hired for ACPHS-Vermont:• Yogendra Bhatnagar, Ph.D. – Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences• Brian Cowles, Pharm.D. – Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice• Salvatore Morana, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice• Douglas Poulter, R.Ph. – Coordinator of Experiential Education and Instructor, Pharmacy Practice• Joanna Schwartz, Pharm.D. – Assistant Professor, Pharmacy PracticeStudents enrolling in ACPHS-Vermont’s Pharm.D. program will have four-year undergraduate degrees or have completed all college course prerequisites prior to enrollment. An estimated 70 students are projected to enroll this fall, with the program eventually expanding to nearly 300 students when fully implemented. The main campus building will be located in Colchester’s Water Tower Hill development.About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesFounded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to the advancement of health care. The College has academic programs and research activities spanning the full spectrum of pharmacy and health sciences – from drug discovery and development to managing health outcomes. More than 1,500 ACPHS students are pursuing a wide range of career pathways in the health care field through degree programs in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical technology and health and human sciences.