IRVING – The New York Thruway Authority says work to completely rebuild I-90 in the Cattaraugus Territory is now underway.The first phase between exit 57A, Eden – Angola, and exit 58, Silver Creek, began last fall after the Authority reached a deal with the Seneca Nation.Phase two of the project includes full depth pavement repairs. Roadway shoulders will also be fully reconstructed.In addition to an improved driving surface, the project includes numerous safety upgrades such as guiderail replacement, ditch cleaning and new line striping for enhanced visibility. Lane closures and minimal delays are anticipated through the duration of the roadwork. Motorists can find scheduled lane closures before traveling on the Thruway’s website and by using its free mobile app.In total the project will cost $20 Million. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of July. 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)
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 Starbucks.WEST ELLICOTT – As Starbucks locations continue to reopen, and the season changes from spring to summer, the coffee giant is out with new summer-inspired menu items.New items include the Iced Guava Passion-Fruit drink, the Unicorn Cake Pop, and the grilled chicken and hummus protein box.Returning to the menu, the S’mores Frappuccino Blended Beverage.Starbucks is also promoting its cold brew concentrate and bottled Frappuccino chilled coffee drink, available at various retail locations. Additionally, the company says the Starbucks delivery service is now available in 48 states where both Starbucks and Uber Eats operate.Starbucks says it aims to exceed CDC standards for public health and safety.
DRESS TO KILL FOR TABOOFebruary 7 at 54 BelowDon’t be a guttersnipe! Come on in from the outside and attend the Church of the Poison Mind. Do you really want to hurt me? No. You don’t. So stop telling me pretty lies and book your tickets to the 10th anniversary concert of Boy George’s Taboo. Love is a question mark, but there’s no question that you’ll love seeing Jeremy Kushnier, Matthew Rowland, Samuel Buttery and more rock out. And always a plus, proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click for tickets! YUK IT UP WITH BENJAMIN WALKERFebruary 4 at Joe’s PubBenjamin Walker wants you to help him find something. That’s right, just you (and a bunch of other people) and the super studly Ben Walker are on a search to find the funny. Walker, known for his sorta serious roles in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof really, really enjoys doing comedy. And he’s even more passionate about raising up the next generation of comedians. Also, it’s 10 bucks! Click for tickets! LET CHRISTIAN BORLE CHARM YOUFebruary 5 at New York City CenterIn his first New York City stage outing since he snagged a Tony Award for his awesome and unforgettable performance as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Christian Borle is ready to woo you over and over and over and over (and over) again. In the Encores! revival of Little Me, Borle (in multiple roles with multiple accents!) plays all of Belle’s (Rachel York as young Belle, Tony winner Judy Kaye as older Belle) husbands and lovers. Click for tickets! JUDGE A WACKY PAGEANTFebruary 3 at Red Lacquer ClubWho will be chosen as Miss Glamouresse? Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest is hosted by Tony nominee Brad Oscar and stars Nick Cearley, Frankie James Grande, Douglas Lyons, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas and Seth Tucker as contestants singing, dancing and clawing their way to the fab tiara. It’s like Comedy Central meets Miss America. And judges for the pageant are selected from the audience, so the winner is in your hands! Click for tickets! Jeremy Kushnier Benjamin Walker View All (5) Judy Kaye CHASE FANTASIA’S LAST STORMFebruary 9 at Brooks Atkinson TheatreFantasia Barrino may have lost the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but girl is just brushing that aside. Listen, it’s Tasia’s world and we’re just living in it. The R&B powerhouse has set the bar high as the first in a series of rotating guest stars in Broadway’s After Midnight, singing a killer rendition of “Stormy Weather” and more Duke Ellington hits. See her jazz it up one last time on February 9. Click for tickets! Christian Borle View Comments Yeah, we know it’s really freaking cold. And, yes, we know there’s some sort of big, important football game going on today and that Times Square looks like SportsCenter vomited all over it, but we’re not going to let these things get us down. Taboo is back in NYC, Christian Borle is leading an amazing new revival of Little Me and Fantasia is showing off her magical R&B pipes in After Midnight one last time. Check out this week’s must-see list! Fantasia Barrino Star Files
Related Shows Jan Maxwell In addition to Maxwell, the cast includes John Aylward, Kristen Bush, Beth Dixon, Barbara Garrick, Luke Niehaus, Kevin O’Rourke, Michael Simpson and Phillip James Brannon. View Comments Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, The City of Conversation tells the story of political hostess Hester Ferris (Maxwell), a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the nation’s capital, and of the political gains and personal losses that her choices inflict on her family over a period of 30 years, from the waning days of the Carter administration to the beginning of the Obama presidency. Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The City of Conversation has extended its off-Broadway run through July 6. Starring five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell, the political drama by Anthony Giardina was originally scheduled to close on June 22. The play celebrated its opening night on May 5. The City of Conversation Show Closed This production ended its run on July 26, 2014 Star Files
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Related Shows The Illusionists Nina Arianda National Theatre’s John & Treasure Island Heading to a Movie Theater Near You Can’t get to London to see the U.K.’s National Theatre’s upcoming productions of John and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island? Never fear, both will broadcast to movie theaters around the world. Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, John will air on December 9 and have many encore dates in U.S. cities. Meanwhile, Treasure Island will broadcast around the world on January 22, 2015 and again have many encore dates across America. Broadway’s Magic Men Unveiled for The Illusionists As we previously reported, The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible, will debut on Broadway this fall. The show will feature seven stimulating stars, each a master in their own field, including The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin; The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry; The Trickster, Jeff Hobson; The Escapologist, Andrew Basso; The Inventor, Kevin James; The Warrior, Aaron Crow and The Futurist, Adam Trent. View Comments Lou Diamond Phillips to Reprise His Performance in The King and I Lou Diamond Phillips, who was Tony nominated for his role in the 1996 Great White Way revival of The King and I, will star in the musical in Australia. Deadline reports that he will replace Jason Scott Lee, who tore a calf muscle during the run in Melbourne. A new revival, headlined by Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, will bow on Broadway next spring. TV’s Frozen Finds Its Anna and Kristoff Well we now know who’ll play Frozen’s Anna and Kristoff on TV, if not on Broadway. According to TV Line, Elizabeth Lail and Scott Michael Foster have landed the roles on season four of Once Upon a Time. As previously reported, the ABC American fairy tale drama series takes place in the seaside town of Storybrooke Maine, which is populated with much loved fairy tale characters. New Cast Announced for My Big Gay Italian Wedding and Funeral My Big Gay Italian Wedding and Funeral will be welcoming some new cast members from July 5. Along with the previously announced Gabe Bowling, BJ Gruber will be playing best man Mario in Wedding and Christopher Abbott will be making his off-Broadway debut as Peter Pinnunziato in Funeral. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Star Files WTF Updates for Fool for Love & Cynthia Nixon Updates from the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, which now stars Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda, will begin performances on July 23 and have scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Ryan Rumery and fight direction by David Leong. Also added to the slate are Tony winner Cynthia Nixon and Penny Fuller, who will feature in a reading of Carey Perloff’s newest play, Kinship, on June 9.
The Qualms explores the struggle for power and the sexual politics of, well, getting laid. It tells the story of newly-married Chris and Kristy, who attend an alcohol-fueled party for swingers and find themselves at odds with the idea of free love and, suddenly, each other. Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright Bruce Norris will present the New York premiere of The Qualms as part of Playwrights Horizons’ 2014-15 season. The new play joins a previously announced lineup that includes Bootycandy, Grand Concourse, Pocatellop, Placebo and Iowa. Tony winner Pam MacKinnon, who directed Norris’ Clybourne Park on Broadway and at Playwrights Horizons, will helm the production. Performances will begin on May 22, 2015 at the company’s Mainstage Theater off-Broadway. Casting will be announced at a later date. View Comments The Qualms is currently playing its world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where it is set to open officially on July 13. In addition to Clybourne Park, Norris’ other works include Domesticated, A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch and We All Went Down to Amsterdam.
View Comments Related Shows Mighty Real uses Sylvester’s music to celebrate the life of the “Queen of Disco.” Through his trials and tribulations and his glitzy, glamorous lifestyle, he was a symbol for fabulousness and a pioneer in the LGBTQ community. His many disco classics include “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” “Dance (Disco Heat),” “Do Ya Wanna Funk” and “Can’t Stop Dancing.” Who’s ready to funk?! Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical begins off-Broadway performances on September 5. The tuner features music by the legendary performer and a book by Anthony Wayne, who takes on the titular role. Wayne also co-directs alongside Kendrell Bowman. Opening night is set for September 14 at Theatre at St. Clement’s, where it will run through October 5. Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 In addition to Wayne, the cast of Mighty Real features Anastacia McCleskey and Jacqueline B. Arnold as Izora and Martha—better known as the Weather Girls, as well as DeAnne Stewart and Jack Fuller.
The production is written, choreographed and directed by Rajeev Goswami, with lyrics by Irfan Siddiqui and features an original score by Salim-Sulaiman. Beyond Bollywood brings the fire, heat and desire of Indian dance direct to the heart of London, taking audiences on an authentic cultural tour of India. In the quest of fulfilling her mother’s dying wish Shaily Shergill leaves behind her home in Munich to journey India. Will her mother’s dream turn into reality? Those recently extended and Broadway-bound pussy Cats will be moving out of the London Palladium after April 25. Beyond Bollywood will make its U.K. premiere at the West End venue, beginning previews on May 8. The theatrical experience, starring Ana Illmi as Shaily and Moht Mathur as Raghav, will play a limited run of 60 performances, with opening night set for May 11. View Comments
View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 The Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a tribute to fierce rock icons, and it’s especially fun when one of the legends namechecked in the show stops by to see it! Singer Nona Hendryx, one-third of the trio Labelle (“Lady Marmalade,” anyone?) took a trip to the Belasco Theatre to catch Taye Diggs and Rebecca Naomi Jones in the hit rock musical. Hmm, we wonder if she lifted up her hands during the line: “Here’s to Patti and Tina and Yoko, Aretha and Nona and Nico and me,” in the song “Midnight Radio.” Check out this hot shot of the stars backstage, then see Hedwig on Broadway! Related Shows
View Comments Tony nominee Marin Ireland and Nicholas L. Ashe will star in the world premiere of Abe Koogler’s Kill Floor. The Lincoln Center Theater production will begin off-Broadway performances on October 3 at the Claire Tow Theater. It will open officially on October 19 and is scheduled to run through November 15 at the Claire Tow Theater.Ireland earned a Tony nod for her performance in Reasons to Be Pretty; her additional credits include Big Knife and After Miss Julie on Broadway, Blasted and The Ruby Sunrise off-Broadway and The Slap and The Divide on screen. Ashe appeared off-Broadway previously in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Choir Boy.Kill Floor marks Koogler’s professional debut and follows Andy (Ireland), an ex-con who returns home to take a job at a slaughterhouse as she attempts reconciliation with her 15-year-old son (Ashe).The cast will also include Jeremy Bobb, Natalie Gold and Samuel H. Levine. The LCT3 production will feature sets by Daniel Zimmerman, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting by Ben Stanton and an original score and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.