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) Photo: CDC / Debora CartagenaWASHINGTON – President Trump says manufacturer 3M will produce more than 166-million masks for healthcare workers fighting the Coronavirus outbreak.Administration officials said trump did enforce the Defense Production Act with the company.Trump made the announcement at the Coronavirus Task Force briefing Monday evening.“I can also announce today that we have reached an agreement, very amicable agreement, with 3M for the delivery of additional 5.5 million high-quality face masks each month, so we are going to be getting over the next couple of months 166.5 million masks for our frontline healthcare workers, so the 3M saga ends very happily, we are very proud now to be dealing now with 3M,” said the President. President Trump had blasted the company last week for continuing to sell some masks overseas.3M had said it was necessary to do so to maintain overall supply levels in the United States, fearing retaliation from international companies the U.S. relies on for imports of masks.The company can now use the DPA to explain to foreign clients why they have no choice but to divert their supply to the United States.
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) Image via the Apple App Store.JAMESTOWN – Police scanner apps are surging in popularity after days of riots across the United States.5-0 Radio Police Scanner is one of the top downloaded apps for iPhones.It costs five dollars to download, making it the top paid app in Apple’s App Store on Tuesday.The police scanner apps give real-time information about incidents involving the deployment of police, fires, shootings, and looting. Some scanner apps also let protesters listen to live police radio feeds. The developer for 5-0 Radio Police Scanner says the app has had more than a half a million active users tune in since Sunday.
While NBC (and P!nk?!) prep for the just-announced Peter Pan Live!, maybe they should check out this vintage parody of the 1954 tuner for some inspiration. In this sketch from legendary comedy show SCTV, the late great John Candy portrays the boy who won’t grow up as played by iconic drag queen Divine (Hairspray). Candy makes for a superb doppelganger and his attempts to “fly” around the set are hilarious. Tony winner Martin Short joins Candy as TV director and Broadway vet David Steinberg playing Captain Hook. And the best part of this relic? They sing songs from the actual score like “I’m Flying” and “I Won’t Grow Up.” Seriously, if NBC wants to consider a drag queen for the role—we know just the gal! View Comments
View Comments Patina Miller is heading to Capitol Hill! The Pippin Tony Award winner has just joined the cast of the CBS pilot Madam Secretary, a drama series exploring the personal and professional life of a female Secretary of State, played by Tea Leoni. Miller joins the ensemble cast as press coordinator Daisy. Miller is finishing her whirlwind run as the Leading Player in Pippin on March 30 and will be seen on the big screen later this year as Commander Paylor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. On Broadway, she previously starred in the musical comedy Sister Act. Related Shows Pippin Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015
OVERALL CAMP FACTOR One GIANT leap for soprano-kind. We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT This intergalactic video was submitted by reader Maryellen D. “What’s hotter than disco? SPACE DISCO!” she writes. Sarah Brightman’s fascination with outer space goes back further than we thought. A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far, away,) the West End and Broadway star made her singing debut alongside the dance troupe Hot Gossip with “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper.” This was before she was hanging out with Buzz Aldren, and even before she was hitting high Es in The Phantom of the Opera. Maryellen says, “I love the choreography, costumes, catch disco beat, and how they incorporated all sorts of science fiction references,” which range from Star Wars, to 2001: A Space Odyssey to Flash Gordon. All that’s missing is some space food. MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 3:18. Hey, that pose looks just like something out of Phantom! You know, if the Phantom were a gyrating, shirtless spaceman. View Comments
Music legend Bob Crewe, whose work can be heard in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, died on September 11, 2014, according to Frontiers LA. He was 83 years old. In 2009, Crewe launched The Bob Crewe Foundation, which funds fellowships, scholarships, training and mentorships for aspiring young artists and musicians. The Trust also supports AIDS research and promotes LGBT rights and initiatives. Though Crewe rarely spoke openly of his sexuality, he is considered to be a gay icon in the music industry and beyond. Crewe was born on November 12, 1930 in Newark, New Jersey and despite a natural talent for music, he initially attended Parsons School of Design in New York. Throughout his music career, he still remained active as a visual artist, having designed various album covers. In 1953, he partnered with Frank Slay Jr., and in 1957, their song “Silhouettes,” performed by The Rays, became a recognized doo-wop hit. The album’s B side, “Daddy Cool,” was covered by The Diamonds and climbed to Billboard’s top 10. Beginning in the early 1960s, Crewe worked with Bob Gaudio on many singles for The Four Seasons as both a producer and co-lyricist. Among the memorable numbers that Crewe collaborated with Gaudio and are featured in the Tony-winning musical are “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” In addition to his contributions to The Four Seasons, Crewe co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” with Kenny Nolan, which became a #1 chart-topper in 1975. He also produced hit singles for artists including Diane Renay, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Michael Jackson and more. View Comments In a statement, Frankie Valli and Gaudio said, “Bob Crewe’s lyrics have meant so much—to so many—for so long; it is hard to imagine they will ever be forgotten. Bob had a way about him in life as he did in the studio, a charismatic personality, an ability to draw the best out of everyone and a limitless joy of music, art and life…We will never forget Bob Crewe: our partner—our brother, in music and our good friend in life.” Crewe is portrayed in Jersey Boys by Peter Gregus, who originated the role at La Jolla Playhouse in 2004. Gregus, who continues to play Crewe at the August Wilson Theatre, told Broadway.com, “What you see in Jersey Boys is the tip of the iceberg of not only what he contributed to The Four Seasons and the music industry. If we told his part of the story, we’d be there until four in the morning.” He added, “I feel like [playing Crewe] is less of an illumination and more of a tribute now.” Mike Doyle portrayed Crewe in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the musical, which was released earlier this year.
View Comments Related Shows Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Jonathan Groff How’s this for a royal entrance? Jonathan Groff will assume the role of King George in Hamilton off-Broadway beginning March 3, taking over for Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who leaves to star in Broadway’s Something Rotten. The Public Theater production will conclude its run on May 3.The musical, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, recently announced that it will play Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre this summer following its off-Broadway run. Performances are scheduled to begin on July 13. Groff is not currently confirmed for the show’s Broadway run.Groff won three Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchoir in the Broadway musical hit Spring Awakening. For the Public Theater, he previously starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and The Bacchae. Other off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. He was also see in Deathtrap in London’s West End and Red at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This summer, he will headline William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center. He can currently be seen in the second season of the gay-themed drama Looking on HBO.Directed by Thomas Kail, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy.In addition to Miranda, the cast includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Star Files
Star Files Spring Awakening Related Shows View Comments Oscar winner Marlee Matlin is set to make her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening in a few short weeks, but the decision to come to the Great White Way was not one she took lightly.“My mind’s been blown,” Matlin told Broadway.com about her experience in rehearsal with the Deaf West production. She added that before she took the role, she consulted some of her Broadway pals for guidance: “I talked to Henry Winker and Kristin Chenoweth long and hard, two hours both,” the actress told us.Apparently, the Fonz and Glinda gave her a thumbs up; all Matlin had to do was ask to her family for a green light.“I asked my husband and my family and my four kids, ‘Have you ever heard of Broadway?’” Matlin recalled. “They looked at me like, ‘What?! Are you crazy or something? Of course we know Broadway!’ Matlin told them, “‘Well, that’s where I’m going, is that OK with you?’ When they said yes, the actress said her “whole world turned around.” She added, “It’s such an honor, and it’s great to be working with everybody. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been on a stage, so we shall see how it goes.”The revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony-winning Spring Awakening begins performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8 and opens on September 27. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Kristin Chenoweth
After a successful Broadway bow earlier this year, the Almighty will make a triumphant return to the stage in An Act of God. This time, he’s setting up camp in Los Angeles and borrowing the body of another Emmy-winning sitcom star. Will & Grace favorite Sean Hayes will channel the man upstairs at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre from January 30 through March 13, 2016.Hayes assumes the role created by Jim Parsons in the Broadway premiere, which played its final performance as Studio 54 on August 2. The show, written by God (naturally) and David Javerbaum, follows the titular divine entity as He walks audiences through some updates and clarifications to the well-known Ten Commandments. Tony winner Joe Mantello directs.Hayes won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. He earned additional nods for the role for the following six years. His other small screen credits include Sean Saves the World, Smash and The Millers. He received a Tony nomination in 2010 for his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises, and later took home an Emmy for hosting that year’s ceremony. Hayes also appeared on the New York stage in Damn Yankees at City Center’s Encores!.Casting for the roles of God’s angels Michael and Gabriel, played on Broadway by Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky, respectively, will be announced later. Star Files View Comments Sean Hayes
Jim Lichtscheidl has played London before, as part of an amalgam of Tony Kushner one-acts that came to the Tricycle Theatre in 2010 under the title Tiny Kushner. This season finds the Minnesota actor graduating to the West End to co-star alongside Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance in Nice Fish, the Garrison Keillor-esque study in whimsy, American Midwest-style, that ran at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn last season. Broadway.com caught the engaging actor one recent evening to talk about appearing opposite an acting legend and playing to audience members at the Harold Pinter Theatre who arrive dressed as—wait for it—fish.How has Nice Fish changed en route to its journey here to London? [The play] is like this beautiful creation that keeps evolving. The first version was two and a half hours with an intermission, and there were three characters who were completely different. Then when we went to Boston and New York, the play started to focus more on the relationship between Ron [Rylance] and Erik [Lichtscheidl], and what it was that they were discovering. I really appreciated that since it’s nice to have a bit of an arc when you’re just reciting poetry.How do you actually describe the play given that it is an unconventional piece co-written by Rylance and the prose poet Louis Jenkins?I think of it as a piece about two old friends who come out onto the ice to go fishing on a big frozen lake, partly to re-establish their friendship, but also so that they can be angling for fish and asking the bigger questions that have kind of evolved from that.Do you smile when people refer to it as, for instance, Waiting for Cod-ot?There has been a lot of talk about its surrealism—Waiting for Godot on Ice gets thrown around all the time. But some people have commented that it’s actually funnier than Waiting for Godot. The good thing is that it’s finding its audience and that it seems to be something different for everyone who sees it: every evening is a study in different moods and sensibilities.What has it been like having audience members arrive dressed as fish, which I read that they can do in return for a free ticket?It certainly adds to the evening, and of course, it’s also an opportunity for people who couldn’t afford a standard ticket to get in. So far, I’ve seen one shark and a couple of fish sticks or fish fingers. And there’s always at least someone with a fish hat on.Is the piece fun to perform?A lot of the fun is in the blackouts. We have a quick succession of blackouts where we appear in different parts of the stage through trap doors and trick holes and different things that pop in and out. A large part of the rehearsal process was running to a place in the dark with my arms forward, blindly waving!Is that as scary as it sounds?There’s one specific part where Mark is downstage in a blackout, and I have to run toward the lip of the stage next to him and into his stiff arm, hoping that he will keep me from falling off. That’s one of the more intense changes.How pleased were you to be tapped to be part of this?I was really very honored. Louis Jenkins’ poetry is right in my neighborhood. Because I was born in Minnesota, I understand Lewis’ tone and sense of humor; it fits like a glove.Were you concerned that [Jenkins’] humor might not translate to London?I actually think it’s a perfect fit: the Minnesota sense of humor tends to be very dry and similar to a lot of British humor, so it is going over very well. It’s almost like we should be sister cities, Minneapolis and London.Did you have a prior relationship with Mark?He and I were in a Tim Carroll production of Peer Gynt together at the Guthrie Theatre [in Minneapolis in 2008], with Mark in the title role and me as the Button-Molder. We kept in touch and when Nice Fish came along, the original script was between Ron and an older uncle character. They had me to come in to read thinking that maybe I could understudy Mark as Ron, and apparently, I read well enough that they considered changing the other character so that the two could be old college friends.What has it been like watching Mark progress through the years from multiple Tony-winner to the recipient of an Oscar earlier this year?I love just watching how he handles each situation with such dignity and grace, and what’s great is that I haven’t really noticed a change in him. You would think with all these successes that he would be this huge egomaniac, but he’s still very much the same down-to-earth, approachable, very personable guy he was when I first met him. I admire him so much and hope to have some of those same qualities myself.Did your cast acknowledge Mark’s Oscar at the curtain call?There’s a moment during the curtain call where we have a puppet in our show come up through the ice and wave to the audience, but on Mark’s first show back [from the Academy Awards], we had the Oscar come out and take a bow. What’s amazing about all that is that Mark was gone for all of a day and then he came back, and we had a show that night.Have you met a variety of people through doing this, as one or another celebrity has come back afterward?Oh, yes. Spielberg’s been, of course, and Joel Coen, and it’s still a little surreal to me as this starstruck Minnesota boy. I write back to my family that tonight at the theater I met so-and-so or so-and-so, and they all get more excited than me. It’s incredible when I meet [celebrities] that they treat me like a peer, given that they have seen me perform for the first time and I’ve been watching them all my career. I won’t quickly forget moments like Emma Thompson giving me a hug and saying, “You were just incredible,” and things like that.Do you see an onward life for Nice Fish beyond London? I’d love to imagine that and have been wondering where else we could go. Mark had briefly mentioned China or Japan, and I will certainly ride this as long as I can because it has been so enjoyable.What can you tell us about a surname sure to keep copy editors on their toes?Well, first off, it’s German and is pronounced as if it were “lick-shy-dull.”Have you ever had an agent or anyone try to get you to change it to something like Smith?No, but I met Mike Nichols once when he came backstage after Tiny Kushner at the Guthrie, and he congratulated me, and as his assistant or intern was telling him my name, he went, “What? Lose it!” I’ve been taking suggestions from people but I have to say I like it as it is. View Comments Jim Lichtscheidl in ‘Nice Fish’ (Photo: Richard Turmine)