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) AstraZeneca Image.LONDON – Another Coronavirus vaccine is showing promising results.AstraZeneca saying Monday its experimental vaccine is 70 percent effective on average.It showed 90 percent efficacy in one dosing regimen. That’s when the vaccine was given as a half dose followed by a full dose at least a month later.There was a 62 percent efficacy in a second regimen, when two full doses were given at least a month apart. The vaccine, developed with the University of Oxford, is the latest of several vaccine trials worldwide to post their results this month.In a news release, AstraZeneca says its vaccine is quote “highly effective in preventing COVID-19.”Importantly, the drug maker said there were “no hospitalizations or severe cases of the disease” reported in participants receiving the vaccine.
Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q composer Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon continues to sell-out at Broadway’s Eugene O’Neil Theatre. The show earned nine 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical. View Comments Creel earned a Tony nomination for Hair, and also appeared in the show’s West End run. His other Broadway credits include Mary Poppins (in which he also appeared in the West End production), Thoroughly Modern Millie and La Cage aux Folles. He headlined the U.S. national Mormon tour. Tony nominee Gavin Creel has won the 2014 Best Actor in a Musical Award at London’s Oliver Awards for his role of Elder Price in the West End production of The Book of Mormon. The category contained two other Broadway favorites, Creel’s Mormon co-star Jared Gertner and Kyle Scatliffe, who had been nominated for The Scottsboro Boys. The Book Of Mormon dominated the musical categories winning four awards including Best New Musical.
Clint Eastwood’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys brought in $13.5 million in its first weekend in multiplexes, landing in 4th place at the box office. Those numbers put the film in the league of other recent fizzles like Rock of Ages and Nine and far out of the reach of blockbusters like Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables. Related Shows John Lloyd Young recreates his Tony-winning success as Frankie Valli in the film, joined by stage and screen icon Christopher as mobster Gyp DeCarlo and two other stars of Jersey Boys productions, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi. Rounding out the cast is Boardwalk Empire’s Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito. View Comments 1. Chicago – $170.6 million (2002) 2. Les Miserables – $148.8 million (2012) 3. Mamma Mia! – $144.1 million (2008) 4. Hairspray – $118.8 million (2007) 5. Dreamgirls – $103.3 million (2006) 6. Sweeney Todd – $52.8 million (2007) 7. The Phantom of the Opera – $51.2 million (2004) 8. Rock of Ages – $38.5 million (2012) 9. Rent – $29 million (2005) 10. Nine – $19.6 million (2009) 11. The Producers – $19.3 million (2005) The film was the clear choice for older moviegoers, with 71 percent of ticket buyers over the age of 50. That number causes industry analysts to speculate that the film may be a steady draw over the next few weeks, as word of mouth builds among the demographic. Costing about $40 million, the film is now looking at a break-even scenario at best. The Oscar-winning success of Rob Marshall’s 2002 adaptation of Chicago kicked off a movie musical revival, but no film has been able to match its box office take. Below is a list of the Broadway-to-Hollywood musicals that have been released since and their final box office takes, from best to The Producers. Jersey Boys from $59.00
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill View Comments Related Shows Hallelujah! Lady Day star Audra McDonald is back doing her hilarious lounge-singer-with-all-the-answers bit on The Tonight Show. This time Jimmy Fallon got a little help from the charming Josh Charles in asking McDonald nutty questions. And once again McDonald sang Yahoo Answers with a straight face. So. Damn. Funny. If you’d like to know how to be the life of the party, what vodka does to bees and wasps, how to deal with an ice cube in your throat and more, the six-time Tony winner’s got you covered. Watch and learn! Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014
View Comments Get a glimpse of Wicked’s new Elphaba before she meets the Wizard! After serving as the Elphaba standby at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, Emma Hatton will succeed Jennifer DiNoia in the role of the green witch beginning February 2. Hatton will star alongside Savannah Stevenson as Glinda. Check out this gorgeous shot of the new Elphie by Matt Crockett, then catch Wicked in the West End…and if you’ve already seen it, catch it again!
View Comments Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by Jeff Richmond and Tina Fey’s endless teasing of a Mean Girls musical. In a recent interview with Yahoo TV, Richmond, 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt composer and husband to Fey, revealed that the long-awaited tuner is 60% done. He also noted that they are “looking to do some actual solid readings coming around this summer.”Joining Fey and Richmond for the project is lyricist Nell Benjamin, who collaborated with Laurence O’Keefe on Legally Blonde. Richmond revealed the title of one number from the show: “Old Blonde Song,” sung by Regina’s mother (played onscreen by Amy Poehler). And despite his previous hinting, it looks like there will not be a number called “Fetch.” “That does not exist yet,” he said. “I don’t think it will.”Plans for a musical version of the 2004 film were first announced in January 2013. In a previous interview last May, Richmond and Fey suggested that workshops and readings would take place summer or early fall 2014, and that they’re excited to cast some unknowns as the project develops (though we still have our Broadway dream cast).And while they seem to be taking their sweet time (“It’s a long process…we watch Smash, so we know how it works,” Richmond quipped in 2013), we’ll continue to wait patiently as the man behind “Pinot Noir” brings belty anthem after belty anthem to North Shore High.
Star Files Tony winners Cherry Jones and Dennis O’Hare announced the nominations for the 81st Annual Drama League Awards on April 21 at Sardi’s Restaurant. The ceremony will take place on May 15 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (a host for which will be announced soon). As previously reported, the Drama League will also give special recognition to Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, Tony and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry and WNET’s Neal Shapiro and David Horn. One winner is selected for the Distinguished Performer Award. Recipients can only receive the award once during his or her career. A list of nominations is below.OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAYThe AudienceBetween Riverside and CrazyBootycandyConstellationsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeHand to GodAn OctoroonPunk RockScenes from a MarriageWolf Hall: Parts One & TwoOUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICALAn American in ParisFinding NeverlandFun HomeGhost QuartetHamiltonIt Shoulda Been YouSomething Rotten!The Visit OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAYBig LoveThe Elephant ManThe Heidi ChroniclesThe Iceman ComethIt’s Only a PlaySkylightTamburlaine, Parts I and IIThis Is Our YouthYou Can’t Take It With You OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICALAllegroInto the WoodsThe King and IOn the TownOn the Twentieth CenturyDISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARDUsman Ally, The Invisible HandChristian Borle, Something Rotten!Steven Boyer, Hand to GodSterling K. Brown, Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3Michael Cerveris, Fun HomeKristin Chenoweth, On The Twentieth CenturyBradley Cooper, The Elephant ManLeanne Cope, An American in ParisJim Dale, Just Jim DaleTyne Daly, It Shoulda Been YouDaveed Diggs, HamiltonRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisRenee Fleming, Living on LoveKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandJake Gyllenhaal, ConstellationsStephen McKinley Henderson, Between Riverside and CrazyLisa Howard, It Shoulda Been YouBrian D’Arcy James, Something Rotten!Rebecca Naomi Jones, Big LoveCush Jumbo, Josephine and I, The RiverAndy Karl, On The Twentieth CenturyJudy Kuhn, Fun HomeLesley Manville, GhostsJan Maxwell, The City of ConversationRichard McCabe, The AudienceRob McClure, Honeymoon in VegasEwan McGregor, The Real ThingBen Miles, Wolf Hall, Parts One & TwoRuthie Ann Miles, The King and ILin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonHelen Mirren, The AudienceMatthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandElisabeth Moss, The Heidi ChroniclesCarey Mulligan, SkylightTam Mutu, Doctor ZhivagoBill Nighy, SkylightKelli O’Hara, The King and INathaniel Parker, Wolf Hall, Parts One & TwoBryce Pinkham, The Heidi ChroniclesRoger Rees, The VisitChita Rivera, The VisitAlexander Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeDouglas Sills, Living on LoveJohn Douglas Thompson, Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, The Iceman ComethJulie White, Airline HighwayRuth Wilson, ConstellationsTony Yazbeck, On The TownThe Drama League wishes to recognize the superb contributions to the season of its previous Distinguished Performance Award winners that include:Kathleen Chalfant, A Walk in the WoodsStockard Channing, It’s Only A PlayGlenn Close, A Delicate BalanceRosemary Harris, Indian InkHugh Jackman, The RiverCherry Jones, When We Were Young and UnafraidJames Earl Jones, You Can’t Take It With YouNathan Lane, The Iceman Cometh, It’s Only A PlayJohn Lithgow, A Delicate Balance, King Lear Kristin Chenoweth View Comments
Matilda Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments Related Shows Matilda’s Mrs. Wormwood knows a lot about #MatildaSweeps. She also does the splits in the show. And she pronounces the word “hotel” with a special flair. Those seem like more than enough reasons to watch her message below and then CLICK HERE for your chance to win a trip to see the miraculous musical on the Great White Way!
Jennifer Holliday(Photo: Polk & Co.) The Color Purple View Comments Related Shows Jennifer Holliday Star Files Time to get sharp as a tack with our hair slicked back! A new Shug Avery is comin’ to town in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple—and she sure do shine. Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday will start a limited 14-week engagement in the John Doyle-helmed production on October 4. She steps in following Tony winner Heather Headley’s emotional final curtain call on October 2.Holliday is the third actress to take on the role of Shug Avery in this production; Jennifer Hudson, who won an Oscar for playing Effie (whom Holliday originated onstage) in the Dreamgirls film adaptation, headlined the show when it opened last fall.Holliday last starred on Broadway back in 2001 in Chicago; she appeared in a three-city-tour of The Color Purple as Sofia in 2014. Since winning the Tony in 1982 for her performance in Dreamgirls—as well as a Grammy for her pop cover of the anthem “And I Am Telling You”—Holliday has gone on to reprise her performance as Effie White numerous times, including on tour and at the Muny in 2012. She has also released a number of gospel and R&B albums.Holliday joins a cast that includes Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony nominee Danielle Brooks (both in their Broadway debuts) as Celie and Sofia, respectively, Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Jennie Harney as Nettie, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo and Patrice Covington as Squeak. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017
Related Shows Broadway alum Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher) and more will join the previously announced Tony nominee Phillipa Soo in the musical adaptation of Amélie. The tuner is scheduled to play a limited pre-Broadway engagement December 4 through January 16, 2017 at L.A.’s Ahmanson Theatre and is aiming to land on the Main Stem in the spring of 2017.The cast will also include Emily Afton, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson and Paul Whitty.Directed by Pam MacKinnon and based on the 2001 French film, Amélie features music by Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Messé, along with a book by Craig Lucas. The musical follows the journey of the inquisitive and shy Amélie (Soo) who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.Samantha Barks previously led the world premiere of Amélie at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre opposite Chanler-Berat last year. Amelie View Comments Adam Chanler-Berat & Phillipa Soo (Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 21, 2017