Star Files View Comments Well, we can all stop casting our spells and stirring our witches brew because it looks like Glenn Close might just be headed for a guest appearance on FX’s American Horror Story: Coven. IMDB.com lists the three-time Tony winner/six-time Oscar nominee/three-time Emmy winner as appearing on the AHS: Coven finale, titled “The Seven Wonders.” She even has her own character name: Ophelia. Oooh, sounds…witchy!Close would be another first-rate actress to appear on the third season of American Horror Story, which tells the secret history of witches, witchcraft and voodoo in America. Other legendary actresses who are currently starring in the New Orleans-set Coven include Jessica Lange as Fiona, Kathy Bates as Madame LaLaurie, Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau, Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow and Patti LuPone as Joan Ramsey.Close has won Tony Awards for her roles in Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden and The Real Thing. Her other Broadway roles include Love for Love, The Member of the Wedding, Barnum, Benefactors and Rex. Among her many famous films are The Big Chill, The World According to Garp, Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The Natural and Albert Nobbs, all of which earned her Oscar nominations. She has won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her work on the TV series Damages. Glenn Close
View Comments Leighton Meester Of Mice and Men Chris O’Dowd James Franco Screen stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester are all making their Broadway debuts in Of Mice and Men this spring, and judging by their Instagram and Twitter feeds, the trio is already hard at work preparing for their new roles. In honor of John Steinbeck’s 116th birthday on February 27, Franco, O’Dowd and Meester hit the books and took selfies while reading some of the legendary author’s celebrated works. (And uh, in the case of Franco, dressed as a gangster and renamed the book Of Mice and Menz.) See their tributes to Steinbeck, then catch the new production beginning March 19 at the Longacre Theatre! Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014
Star Files We always knew Cinderella funny gal Fran Drescher was a character—and now she has her very own caricature at Sardi’s! The Broadway star was surprised by her castmates at the legendary Theater District restaurant on June 3, and they presented her with her new portrait. Do you see the resemblance? In Cinderella, Drescher plays deliciously devilish stepmother Madame opposite Carly Rae Jepsen as Ella. Check out these magical photos from the Sardi’s surprise party, then catch Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre! Related Shows View Comments Carly Rae Jepsen Cinderella Fran Drescher Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015
Violet View Comments Tony Award winner Levi Kreis will join the cast of Violet as The Preacher beginning July 1. Kreis steps in for Ben Davis, who will play his final performance on June 29. The Roundabout revival, directed by Leigh Silverman, stars Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry and Colin Donnell. Kreis returns to Broadway after making his Broadway debut in Million Dollar Quartet, for which he received a Tony Award in 2010. His additional stage credits include Smokey Joe’s Café, One Red Flower and Rent. On screen, he has appeared in Frailty, Don’t Let Go, A Thousand Words and Silencers. Related Shows In addition to Foster, Henry, Donnell and Davis, the cast of Violet includes Alexander Gemignani, Annie Golden, Austin Lesch, Anastacia McCleskey, Charlie Pollock, Emerson Steele and Rema Webb. The limited engagement will run through August 10 at the American Airlines Theatre. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Violet follows a young woman’s Greyhound bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma. She travels in the hopes that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face. The musical follows her quest for beauty amidst the race and image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014
Bullets Over Broadway View Comments Star Files Is there a doctor in the house? What about two? Zach Braff and Donald Faison had a Scrubs reunion on July 15, when Faison caught his pal singing and dancing in Bullets Over Broadway at the St. James Theatre. After the show, Faison and his wife Cacee Cobb headed backstage to hang out with Braff and the cast (pictured below, Bullets babes Beth Johnson Nicely and Amanda Kloots Larsen). Check out these Hot Shots of the stars together again, then see them both in Braff’s new movie, Wish I Was Here—and don’t forget to catch Braff onstage in Bullets! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Related Shows Zach Braff
He never stopped believin’. Constantine Maroulis, who was nominated for a Tony for Rock of Ages in 2009, returns to the jukebox hit on August 4. He reprises the role of Drew, replacing Aaron C. Finley. Maroulis will star in the show at the Helen Hayes Theatre through October 26. Related Shows Featuring a score of such classic rock hits as “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Maroulis joins a cast that includes Carrie St. Louis, Joey Calveri, Adam Dannheisser, Genson Blimline, Josephine Rose Roberts, Cody Scott Lancaster, Paul Schoeffler and Teresa Stanley. View Comments Constantine Maroulis Rock of Ages Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 In addition to Rock of Ages on Broadway, Maroulis also starred in the tuner off-Broadway and headlined the national tour. He most recently appeared on the Great White Way in Jekyll & Hyde. A finalist on the fourth season of American Idol, Maroulis’ other stage credits include Broadway’s The Wedding Singer, off-Broadway’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and the national tour of Rent. Star Files
“I’ve never actually seen Les Miz, believe it or not. I’m waiting for that day when I can swing out and watch the show. My first introduction to the show was when we did it at my high school. I understudied Cosette! I was in the ensemble.” Current Role: Cosette, who falls head over heels for Marius (played by Andy Mientus) in the current Broadway revival of Les Miserables. View Comments Age: “Considering I recently auditioned to play a 16-year-old, I’m going to say my age is 18 to 28.” “Making my Broadway debut in Phantom was an incredible mixture of fear and excitement. I remember panicking at one point because I couldn’t hear the music. I was like, ‘No, this is Broadway, I can’t screw up!’ I was nervous but I made it through. I did it and I didn’t fall on my face!” Hometown: Manitoba, Canada “The first day of rehearsal, for me, was the sitzprobe. I’ve never been more nervous to perform than on that day, because everyone had gotten to know each other and [Charlotte Maltby], who I was replacing. But they were the sweetest, most welcoming company. There was no sense that I was barging in.” Stage Cred: After appearing in Canadian productions of August: Osage County and Spring Awakening, Hill made her Broadway debut in The Phantom of the Opera and played Cosette in the Toronto production of Les Miserables. “My worst job ever was when I was 16. I worked at a carnival at the Mini Donuts stand. I remember being scared of getting burned by the oil. I thought I’d get free rides, but that didn’t happen. One time we gave donuts to a carny and he gave us one free ride. That’s it!” “I didn’t grow up in a theatrical household, but I was always theatrical. I was put into dance at age 3—my very first recital, I ran off the stage crying because I was so scared. That halted my dance career for a few years.” “During my second year of university [at the University of Alberta] I was like, ‘I need to get a real job.’ I got scared and thought, ‘What’s another creative career besides theater?’ So I tried broadcast journalism for a while. Because that’s more stable [laughs]. Related Shows Les Miserables Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016
It’s not Britney, b***h! After rumors that Britney Spears would take on the title role in the holiday production of Cinderella at the London Palladium, it’s been announced that Natasha J Barnes is the one who will actually step into the glass slippers. Suzie Chard and Wendy Sommerville are set to play The Wicked Stepsisters and complete the casting for the pantomime, which is scheduled to play a limited engagement December 10 through January 15, officially opening on December 14.Barnes is currently understudying and performing (quite a bit) the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, which previously opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Chard’s more recent theater credits include Soho Cinders for Soho Theatre. Sommerville’s West End appearances include Billy Elliot The Musical.Directed by Michael Harrison and co-directed and choreographed by Andrew Wright, Cinderella, the most enchanting rags-to-riches fairy tale of them all, will grace the stage of the West End’s most famous theater this Christmas as pantomime returns to the London Palladium for the first time in nearly three decades.The trio join the previously announced Paul O’Grady as The Wicked Stepmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, Amanda Holden as The Fairy Godmother, Lee Mead as Prince Charming, Paul Zerdin as Buttons, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain and Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup. Natasha J Barnes(Courtesy of Premier Comms) View Comments
Are you afraid of pesticide residues in your food? If you are, you’re not alone. Butyou’re not necessarily right.In 1991, the Food and Drug Administration tested 19,000 samples of grains, fruits,dairy and egg foods, vegetables, fish and other meats for pesticide residues.A whopping 99 percent had no unacceptable residues. The FDA could find no residues atall in 64 percent and found only legal, acceptable levels in 35 percent.People fear pesticides on fruits and vegetables more than on other foods because theyoften eat them raw.So the U.S. Department of Agriculture tested 12 common fruits and vegetables. Only 1.5percent of the samples had residues above federal guidelines.So where’s the danger?Under your kitchen sink, said Paul Guillebeau, an entomologist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “Studies show people with young children are most concerned aboutpesticides,” Guillebeau said. “Young children are at risk, but the danger is notnecessarily on the foods they eat.”Guillebeau cited the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Home and GardenPesticide Use Survey.”Half of all households with children under 5 have pesticides in unlocked cabinetswithin children’s reach,” he said.That’s true in three-fourths of households without children. And many children arepoisoned outside their own homes.No matter what tests and safety figures show, people have strong, and often conflictingopinions about pesticide risks, he said.He cites a recent study from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technologyentitled, “Public Perceptions of Agrichemicals.” The study was based on anational survey by the Food Marketing Institute.One myth is that everyone is fearful of pesticides in his foods. The CAST study showedabout a fourth of the public sees a great chance of harm from pesticides. But anotherfourth sees very little or no chance.In the survey, 4.4 percent said they’re certain someone in their household will havehealth problems someday because of pesticides on his food. Another 4.1 percent said,”No chance.” And nearly 20 percent said it’s a one-in-a-million chance.The survey asked people, “What, if anything, do you feel are the greatest threatsto the safety of the food you eat?”About 41 percent said “spoilage or germs,” while 14 percent said”pesticides, residues, insecticides or herbicides.”People also fear improper packaging or canning, chemicals, tampering, unsanitaryhandling, preservatives, additives, environmental pollutants, antibiotics and radiation.”The facts are different from what some people may perceive to be the risks,”Guillebeau said. “People worry about things they can’t control, like pesticideresidues.”But the real danger comes from exposing themselves and their children tochemicals in the home,” he said. “And that’s a danger they can do somethingabout.”Put a lock on the cabinet. Or place the products out of reach of children and pets,Guillebeau said. Use pesticides properly. Read the label for safety precautions andemergency guidelines.
University of GeorgiaAnyone interested in current tobacco production issues and research for Georgia and Florida should attend the “2006 Georgia-Florida Tobacco Tour” June 12-14.The tour starts in Lake City, Fla., and ends in Waycross, Ga. It will include visits to producers’ farms and sites showcasing variety trials and disease research. The tour is sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.To find out more or to register, call (229) 386-3006. Or visit the Web site at www.georgiatobacco.com.