The Liquid Plain Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 On the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, two runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, plan a desperate and daring run to freedom. When a chance encounter triggers an unexpected collision of worlds, painful truths are uncovered and the brutality of past crimes spills into the next generation. View Comments Related Shows Tickets are now available to see the New York premiere of Naomi Wallace’s The Liquid Plain. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the production will play a limited off-Broadway engagement February 17 through March 29. Opening night is scheduled for March 8 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. The cast will include Ito Aghayere, LisaGay Hamilton, Robert Hogan, Michael Izquierdo, Kristolyn Lloyd, Karl Miller, Tuck Milligan, Tara A. Nicolas, Johnny Ramey and Lance Roberts.
View Comments It’s a love story, baby, just say, “Yes!” They broke a million hearts with their Oscar-nominated performances in the 1970 romantic drama/weepfest Love Story and now Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal have reunited for another timeless tale of love. The stars will hit the road this summer in the upcoming national tour of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. Broadway.com stopped by Shetler Studios in New York City to snap this lovey-dovey photo of O’Neal and MacGraw as they took a break from rehearsal. Directed by Gregory Mosher, who helmed the recent Broadway revival, the play explores the friendship of rebellious artist Melissa Gardner and straightlaced lawyer-turned-politician Andrew Makepeace Ladd III through the letters they write to each other over the course of 50 years. The tour of Love Letters will visit Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Dallas and Baltimore, with more cities to be announced. PS: Bring lots of tissues!
Related Shows View Comments The cast of Doctor Zhivago had something to celebrate on April 30: Tam Mutu’s birthday! The new musical’s headliner had a delicious treat waiting in his dressing room at the Broadway Theatre, which he gladly shared with his co-stars. Hey Tam, did you save any for us? Check out this exclusive Hot Shot of the birthday boy backstage, then catch him on stage in Doctor Zhivago on Broadway! Doctor Zhivago Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015
The Music Box Theatre is simply full of jazz! Tony winners Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and more will begin previews in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed on March 15. Opening night is set for April 28.The production, which bills itself as a revival, combines the 1921 musical Shuffle Along with the backstory of the people who brought it to life, including the songwriting team Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and bookwriters Aubrey Lyles and F.E. Miller. Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk collaborators George C. Wolfe and Savion Glover will reunite to direct and choreograph, respectively. Wolfe will also pen the new book.Shuffle Along first played Broadway and became a runaway hit in May of 1921. The show, which was expected to become an immediate flop following a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, ended up playing for 504 performances. The story follows two friends who both run for mayor in fictional Jimtown, USA. One wins and the other is appointed chief of police, but as they fight, their opponent plots to drive them out. The original production featured the talents of such soon-to-be theatrical stalwarts as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson and Lottie Gee.The company will also include Brooks Ashmanskas, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon.Please note that McDonald will not appear in performances from June 20 through September 25; she is scheduled to return on September 27. Audra McDonald(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 24, 2016 Shuffle Along
Nicolas Dromard & Drew Seeley They’ll be the big men in town! Nicolas Dromard and Drew Seeley will join the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys in the roles of Tommy DeVito and Bob Gaudio, respectively, from September 20. Richard H. Blake and Quinn VanAntwerp will play their final performances on September 18. As previously reported, the tuner is scheduled to close on January 15, 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre.Dromard has previously appeared as Tommy DeVito in the Main Stem company of Jersey Boys. Other Broadway credits include Oklahoma!, The Boy From Oz and Mary Poppins; he’s also played Fiyero in the First National Tour and San Francisco productions of Wicked.Seeley made his Broadway debut in The Little Mermaid and has played Bob Gaudio on tour. Additional credits include High School Musical: The Concert on stage, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Guiding Light, Another Cinderella Story, The Shortcut and Glory Daze on screen.Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”The Great White Way production also currently stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito and Matt Bogart as Nick Massi. Dominic Scaglione Jr. and Mauricio Pérez alternate the role of Frankie Valli; Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas will replace Scaglione Jr. from October 18. Related Shows View Comments from $59.00 Jersey Boys
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Shows View Comments Andrew Rannells Falsettos Andrew Rannells stopped by The Today Show on October 18 to drink with Kathie Lee and Hoda and discuss his latest Broadway stint in Falsettos. The Tony nominee’s first exposure to the show was in 1992, when the original production performed on the Tony Awards. “I was at home in Omaha, Nebraska, and had very little access to Broadway,” he explained over a glass of white wine. “The Tonys were the window into that.” Now, he’s playing Whizzer in the revival, which is directed by its book writer James Lapine. For Rannells, that involves “a lot of pinching.” Check out that interview below, and catch Falsettos at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where it opens officially on October 27.
A recent cut in crop insurance premiums may help keep many of Georgia’s farmers in business. Plunging prices and rising costs have many farmers struggling to stay afloat. For many, that means buying little insurance, or none at all. And a University of Georgia scientist said that can be dangerous for the state’s $6 billion farm industry. A sound crop insurance program can keep the United States from depending totally on other countries for food, said Don Shurley, an agricultural economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “That’s an extreme case, but it could happen,” Shurley said. “For farmers to remain in business, they must have acceptable methods to manage risk.” Without farm income, many Georgia towns would virtually close up, said Dale Rackley, a crop insurance specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency in Valdosta. “Think of it like this,” Rackley said. “If farmers face a disaster one year and can stay in business with insurance payouts, the nation may have to import food that year. But the farmers can still work to produce a crop the next year.” Shurley said most Georgia farmers buy crop insurance. But they don’t always buy enough. “And as the cost to insure increases, fewer farmers buy enough to cover their crop adequately,” he said. “This price cut can help them get the insurance they need to stay in business through crop disasters.” Shurley said the USDA’s insurance premium reduction will help farmers in two ways. It will cut farmers’ costs. And it will help more of them get enough crop insurance. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said low crop prices were the main reasons for the cuts. “We want to ensure that as many family farmers as possible take advantage of the opportunity to increase their coverage or benefit from reduced cost.” The price reduction is part of the nearly $2.4 billion financial assistance package Congress passed in the fall of 1998. It is intended to strengthen the farm “safety net.” The goal is to help keep U.S. farmers in business. If prices fall below the cost to raise food and fiber crops, farmers can’t keep producing them, and U.S. farms may shut down. But farmers can’t just buy insurance, mismanage their crops and then make an insurance claim. Adjusters work hard to make sure farmers filing a claim really tried to produce a crop using recommended farming methods, Rackley said. But other factors — usually drought, flood, insects or diseases — can keep them from making a full crop. Minimum, or catastrophic, insurance pays if a farmer produces half or less of his expected yield. The expected yield is stated on the insurance policy. It’s based on the 10-year history of production on that farm. Catastrophic insurance doesn’t cost much. But it pays out only about a quarter of the dollars a full yield would bring. “Catastrophic coverage usually won’t even pay the costs it took to raise the crop,” Shurley said. “It certainly won’t provide a farmer’s family, or any other families, with food for the next year.”
Georgia corn growers will have a don’t-miss event when the Corn Short Course and the Georgia Corn Growers Association annual meeting convene Jan. 16 at the Tifton, Ga., Rural Development Center.The morning session will focus on marketing during hard times. Scientists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Scienceswill discuss projects funded by corn checkoff dollars and tell about corn production and technology advances.Exhibitors will provide up-to-date information on various products. During lunch, the High Yield Production Efficiency Awards will be presented.Credits and Door Prizes, TooCredits for pesticide licenses and certified crop advisor hours have been applied for. The event will even include door prizes.The registration fee is only $5, or $10 after Jan. 5. To learn more or to preregister, call the conference office at (229) 386-3416. Or visit the Web site at www.ugatiftonconference.org. Go to the calendar, scroll down to Jan. 16 and click on “more details” for the brochure and registration form. Corn is a tough crop to grow for a profit. So the Corn Short Course Jan. 16 in Tifton, Ga., will focus on marketing corn in hard times. CNC File Photo
Photo: UGA CAES Horticulture As garden club events go, it can hardly get any better than the Southern Appalachian Landscape Seminar. Growing more popular every year since its 1982 start, the event this year is expected to pack the Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville April 26.University of Georgia professor and author Alan Armitage, an expert on perennials, will be one of the guest speakers. Others will include George Schmidt, author of “Genus Hosta”; and Penny McHenry, founder of the Georgia Hydrangea Society.The Blairsville Garden Club sponsors the event, along with the UGA Mountain Branch Experiment Station, the UGA Extension Service and the Southern Appalachian Growers Association.Exhibits, Door PrizesLandscape firms, plant societies and others will have exhibits. A number of plants and other garden items will be given as door prizes. And the garden club members will again have a plant sale.A $20 preregistration fee (or $25 at the door) will cover a boxed lunch and other costs. Seating is limited. For reservations, call the Mountain Branch Station at (706) 745-2655. Allan Armitage
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaYou’re sitting comfortably in a commercial airliner flying through clear blue skies. The flight attendant bends down to hand you a drink, and suddenly the plane jolts. The drink spills in your lap. What just happened?Clear-air turbulence (CAT) is a phenomenon that has baffled the aviation industry for more than a half century, said John Knox, an associate research scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.But he’s starting to find some answers to the mystery.Airborne potholesEven if you haven’t flown in a plane before, no doubt you’ve heard people speak of experiencing turbulence during a flight.”It’s kind of like hitting a giant airborne pothole,” said Knox, who studies atmospheric conditions. It can be scary at the least or cause injury to fliers.Due to reroutes, cancellations or damage, turbulence costs the aviation industry an estimated $100 million and more than 300 injuries a year. It’s caused by the up-and-down motions of the air a plane flies through.”Air waves in the atmosphere are like the waves in the ocean or in a pond,” Knox said. “When a plane flies through the waves, the tail can get lifted in the crest and nose caught down in the trough. (The plane) gets bumped around.”Highs and lowsTurbulence is most often caused by weather activity around thunderstorms, which are usually associated with low pressure systems in the atmosphere.It’s easier to predict this type of turbulence, he said. Forecasters can see or predict with relative accuracy where thunderstorms might develop. A pilot can fly around storms or be prepared for turbulence when flying through a low pressure region.But turbulence can also happen out of the blue in clear skies. Sometimes it’s caused by high pressure systems.”Predicting turbulence in clear skies is much more tricky,” he said, “because there are no visible signs.”The primary suspect for CAT, he said, has been a kind of atmospheric motion known as gravity waves, which can move through clear skies as easily as through cloudy ones.Two types of gravity waves are those caused by winds blowing over mountains and those created by sharp changes in wind speeds near low pressure fronts.Gravity waves do contribute to CAT, he said. But CAT has jostled planes far away from mountains and fronts, too.InstabilityThough high pressure systems are usually associated with clear skies, they can still cause quite a disturbance in the atmosphere. Winds in a high pressure system turn in a radius. If the system grows stronger, those winds can turn faster and tighter and cause what is known as inertial instability, he said.”This instability is not well known in the aviation forecasting community,” he said. But it could be the cause of certain kinds of CAT.For the near future, CAT will still startle pilots and air travelers. But Knox feels he is one step closer to putting the puzzle together.If you throw a rock into a still pond and you see where the rock hits the water and you know how waves behave, you can predict how and where the waves will release from the initial impact point of the rock.”We think we know the waves,” he said. “We just need to know more about the rocks and how many there are.”Knox hopes his research leads to computer models that can help aviation forecasters better predict CAT.