JAMESTOWN — Lieutenant Tim Jackson of the Jamestown Police Department was officially appointed as the interim Police Chief and Public Safety Director during a City Council meeting Monday evening.Jackson was appointed earlier this month by Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist. The appointment needed to be approved by the Council.This appointment follows the pending retirement of current Police Chief Harry Snellings.Lt. Jackson has served in the Jamestown Police Department since May 2000. He also is a Sheriff’s Academy professor and served our country in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2002 to 2008.Jackson is a resident of the City of Jamestown.Sundquist said, “I’m excited to appoint Lt. Jackson as Acting Police Chief as we continue our search to fill that position permanently. I’m fully confident in Lt. Jackson’s ability to lead the department through this time of transition.”Lt. Jackson said, “I’m honored to receive this appointment by Mayor Sundquist. Anything I can do to help make this transition between Police Chiefs a smooth process is welcome, and I look forward to leading the Jamestown Police Department in its continued proud service to the community.” 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)
Star Files Michele told Groff that Louder, which is scheduled to be released on February 28, gets its name from her big personality. “Louder is like me. I’m loud, I come from an Italian family, I don’t stop talking,” she said. “My favorite song is, 100 percent, ‘You’re Mine.’ I listened to it the other day—it was the one song I had the most emotional reaction to, just because that’s my relationship with Cory.” Groff told Michele that he believes she is the “quintessential role model” because of how she has handled her work, success, friendships and relationships over the last few years. “As your friend, I saw you exhibit so much strength.” Yuck. However, Michele did reveal that Spring Awakening was the “greatest experience of [her] life” because it was how she came to meet her best friend. “In this lifetime, if there is anything you need, it’s a best friend,” she told Groff. “You believed in me a lot.” Michele and her Glee co-star Cory Monteith began dating around February 2012, and, of course, he became one of her biggest champions before he died in July 2013. “My relationship with Cory made me feel like I could reach for the stars and more,” she said. One of those stars? Recording her album Louder. “He would be like, ‘You’re going to be a pop star!'” Jonathan Groff Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele know there’s nothing like a best friend. The stage and screen stars met almost 10 years ago “in [a] dark building in Chelsea” when they auditioned for the off-Broadway premiere of Spring Awakening and the rest is, as they say, history. Michele went on to star as Rachel Berry in FOX’s Glee and will soon become a pop star with the release of her album Louder, and Groff is the star of HBO’s new buzzworthy series Looking. In the March issue of Teen Vogue (on shelves February 4), Groff got his BFF to open up about their “crazy” friendship, the loss of Cory Monteith and more. Even though Michele had to “simulate sex more than 1,000 times onstage [with Groff] in Spring Awakening,” she confessed that, at this point, she probably couldn’t even kiss her hunky friend without chuckling. “I don’t think I could. I really think I would laugh too hard,” she told Groff. “Whereas we used to make the hell out.” Another reason she might be afraid to lock lips with Groff? He might puke. There was that one time… During the hayloft scene, where we always open-mouth kissed. I had the stomach flu and I was going to vomit in your mouth,” Groff told Michele. “You opened your mouth and I was like, ‘Nuh-uh.'” View Comments Lea Michele
Marta Milans will star in the New York premiere of Tanya Saracho’s Mala Hierba. Joining her in the cast are Roberta Colindrez, Sandra Marquez and Ana Nogueira. The production will begin performances as part of Second Stage’s twelfth annual Uptown Series on July 14 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. The play, directed by Jerry Ruiz, will open on July 28. View Comments The production will feature set design by Raul Abrego, costumes by Carisa Kelly, lighting design by Jennifer Schriever and sound design by Jill BC Du Boff. Mala Hierba follows Liliana (Milans), a seemingly impeccable trophy wife of a border magnate living in Texas. But beneath her polished exterior lies a fierce determination to survive at any cost. When her true desires break the surface, she is forced to decide between obligation and the price of freedom. Milans appeared as a series regular on ABC’s Killer Women; her additional screen credits include The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Strangers and Shame. Colindrez’s stage credits include Fun Home, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill: vol 2. Marquez’s regional credits include The Motherf*cker with the Hat, The Upstairs Concierge and Mojada. Nogueira has appeared on the New York stage previously in Knives and Other Sharp Objects, I’m Pretty F*cked Up and The Boy in the Bathroom.
The performances on February 7 at 8PM and February 8 at 3PM are also canceled to allow Cooper to attend the 67th Annual DGA Awards in L.A. where he will be presenting to American Sniper’s director Clint Eastwood. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015 The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The revival, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, is helmed by Scott Ellis. The cast also includes Alessandro Nivola, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne. View Comments The Elephant Man’s Bradley Cooper recently garnered Oscar nods for producing and starring in American Sniper, so totally understandably the Great White Way production’s schedule has changed so he can now go to the ball (the Academy Awards!). To allow Broadway.com Choice Award Winner Cooper to attend the award ceremony in L.A. on February 22, The Elephant Man will now play its final Main Stem performance on February 21 at the Booth Theatre. Related Shows
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Sylvia View Comments Related Shows Matthew Broderick is currently in preview at the Great White Way’s Cort Theatre in Sylvia as new dog owner Greg. The two-time Tony winner has a long connection with the A.R. Gurney play; his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, originated the role of the titular canine off-Broadway back in 1995. Is it true that she based her character on her then boyfriend Broderick’s dog? “That is correct, Sally,” he recently confirmed to Broadway.com.Has Broderick been running lines at home to get prepared for this incarnation of the show, which stars Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford as the titular canine? “Yes… a little bit. I feel odd running it with Sarah because she’s done the professional version…so I feel intimidated!”We sense Broderick’s infamously dry wit talking! As well as winning Tonys for his performances in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Brighton Beach Memoirs, he was nominated for The Producers and his film credits of course include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Lion King and Godzilla.Directed by Daniel Sullivan, Sylvia also stars Tony winner Julie White and Robert Sella, and will officially open on October 27.
Related Shows Misery Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 Bruce Willis is about to face a sledgehammer eight shows a week in Stephen King’s Misery, but before he does he stopped by somewhere he hasn’t been for 21 years, The Today Show. “I’m not that frightened of it. It’s juts a different mode, just a way of doing it,” said Willis, about treading the Main Stem’s boards. “I’ve never been on Broadway and as far as I’m concerned, it is the big time.” Check out the video below as despite Matt Lauer’s best attempts, we’re not sure it won’t be another 21 years before he lands another Willis encounter. Misery, co-starring Laurie Metcalf, will begin performances on October 22 at the Broadhurst Theatre. View Comments
Steven Pasquale is coming back to the New York stage in a musical comedy and we are doing our happy dance! The Broadway fave is set to headline Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman‘s The Robber Bridegroom as part of Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season. Directed by Alex Timbers, the limited engagement will play February 18, 2016 through May 29. Opening night is scheduled for March 13 at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.Pasquale most recently starred on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, giving a performance which has never faded away in our minds. Additional stage credits include The Wild Party at Encores!, Carousel, Far From Heaven, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, A Soldier’s Play, A Man of No Importance, Beautiful Child, Spinning Into Butter, The Spitfire Grill, The Grapes of Wrath and Miss Saigon. On screen, Pasquale has been seen in Rescue Me, Do No Harm, Up All Night, Over/Under, Coma, Six Feet Under, Platinum, The Good Wife and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. As previously reported, he will appear in Ryan Murphy’s hotly-anticipated American Crime Story next year.Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom transports the audience to the Natchez Trace in Mississippi, a dangerous and mysterious corner of the country teeming with a rogue’s gallery of the most beguiling con men, hucksters, and charlatans you’ll ever meet. Chief among them, Jamie Lockhart (Pasquale)—fair‐faced gentleman by day, hard‐hearted bandit of the woods by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down.The Robber Bridegroom marks the 40th anniversary of the original, which opened on Broadway in 1975 starring Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone. The show’s bluegrass score has since been performed across the country, with the song “Sleepy Man” joining the canon of American standards.The production will feature choreography by Connor Gallagher, sets by Donyale Werle, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lights by Howell Binkley and sound by Darron L. West. Related Shows View Comments The Robber Bridegroom Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016
View Comments Latanya Richardson JacksonPhoto: Bruce Glikas Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson and more have been tapped for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew. As previously reported, Tony nominee Phyllida Lloyd will direct the all-female incarnation, starring Cush Jumbo and Janet McTeer. In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, they will begin performances on May 24 and officially open on June 14 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.Joining Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun) as Baptista will be Candy Buckley (Cabaret) as Vincentio, Donna Lynne Champlin (Billy Elliot) as Hortensio, Rosa Gilmore (Uncle Vanya) as Lucentio, Teresa Avia Lim (Awake and Sing) as Biondello, Adrienne C. Moore (Milk Like Sugar) as Tranio, Anne L. Nathan (It Shoulda Been You) as Pedant, Gayle Rankin (Cabaret) as Bianca, Judy Gold (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) as Gremio and Stacey Sargeant (Eclipsed) as Grumio. The ensemble will include Pearl Rhein, Leenya Rideout and Jackie Sanders.Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, who may just outsmart them all. Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy shows the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart.The Taming of the Shrew will feature set and costume design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by Mark Menard and music composition by Sam Davis.The production is scheduled to run through June 26.
View Comments Rachelle Ann Go(Photo: Instagram.com/makeupartbyowen) Rachelle Ann Go is poised to make a revolutionary return to the West End. Broadway.com has confirmed that the U.K. favorite, who will make her Broadway debut this spring as Gigi in Miss Saigon, has been tapped to play Eliza Hamilton in the London premiere of Hamilton.Go, who also starred as Fantine in Les Miserables in the West End, will be joined by Jamael Westman as Alexander Hamilton, Giles Terera (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon) as Aaron Burr, Rachel John, currently starring in the U.K. tour of The Bodyguard, as Angelica Schuyler, Olivier nominee Jason Pennycooke (Memphis) as the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, newcomer Tarinn Callender as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Obioma Ugoala (Motown) as George Washington, Cleve September (In the Heights) as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton, and Christine Allado (London’s In the Heights) as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds.Performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning musical will begin at the Victoria Palace Theatre on November 21, 2017. Additional casting will be confirmed at a later time.A Miss Saigon spokesperson confirmed to Broadway.com that Go will depart the Broadway production in August.
NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie Live! has tapped Tony winner Jerry Mitchell and Grease: Live Emmy winner Alex Rudzinski as the broadcast’s stage and live television directors, respectively. As previously reported, Jennifer Lopez is starring as Rosie and executive producing the project.Mitchell most recently choreographed NBC’s Hairspray Live! He directed the Gloria Estefan bio-musical On Your Feet! and earned a Tony for choreographing the 2013 Tony-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots, for which he was also nominated as a director. He also received a Tony for choreographing the 2005 production of La Cage aux Folles. His other Broadway credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Rocky Horror Show, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Never Gonna Dance and Legally Blonde. Mitchell was nominated for an Olivier Award for his choreography in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which he also directed and co-produced in the West End.Rudzinski, who was nominated for a DGA Award for his live television direction of Hairspray Live!, has won two Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Direction for a Variety Special for his work on Fox’s musical Grease: Live. He has directed 22 seasons of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and his other work includes U.K. series Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and Maya & Marty. Rudzinski is the director and co-executive producer of NBC’s upcoming dance competition series World of Dance, for which Lopez serves as a celebrity judge on the show. Further casting, the creative team and a broadcast date are still to be announced View Comments Jerry Mitchell(Photo: Bruce Glikas)