File mugshot image by Jamestown Police.BUFFALO – A City of Jamestown man has plead guilty in connection with a 2019 drug trafficking case.Federal prosecutors say Terrence McRae, 40, plead guilty to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine in a Buffalo Courtroom this week.They say McRae could spend a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and see a $1,000,000 fine.In September 2016 McRae was arrested after Jamestown Police raided a Newland Avenue Apartment. Inside the house, investigators allegedly recovered nine plastic wax baggies with skull and Viking hat logos, methamphetamine, marijuana, three suspected alprazolam pills, two cell phone and a black scale.Charges are still pending against co-defendants Richard Kinsey and Brandi Whitford who were also arrested in the raid. 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) Photo Credit: PixabayFREDONIA – The Village of Fredonia will be distributing bottles of water this week after officials issued a State of Emergency due to a problem with its water system.Officials say the water will be distributed at the Village DPW, 176 Eagle St., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days.On Thursday, the Chautauqua County Health Department ordered customers of the Village of Fredonia Water System to boil water after high levels of cloudiness was found in a water sample taken on Wednesday.Residents who need further assistance can call (716) 679-1531 during normal business hours.
Rainerzufall1234 / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 / CC BY 2.0 MGN Image / Babak Farrokhi ALBANY – State lawmakers say there have been fairly low COVID-19 infection rates in people incarcerated in jails and prisons in New York.During a hearing Tuesday, officials disclosed there are about 37,000 inmates currently incarcerated and of those, 773 tested positive, 11,201 tested negative.In addition, officials said 1,329 staff members were positive and that 98 percent of those people have recovered and returned to work, according to Anthony Annucci, the acting commissioner of the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.Several measures were taken to help safekeep incarcerated people and staff members, including “…Removing non-essential staff from the workplace, the difficult decision of suspending visitation and programs, deploying masks to staff, and the incarcerated population to making hand sanitizers available,” Annucci said. There have also been “early release opportunities” for certain people serving time. He said the Department has expanded testing, offering more than 13,000 COVID diagnostic tests to those incarcerated.There have been 17 COVID-related fatalities of incarcerated individuals: five staff deaths and four parolee deaths. It’s a much different side-by-side comparison with facilities like nursing homes, officials said.Due to low infection rates, DOCCS has also “gradually” reintroduced non-essential staff and resumed some vocational and academic programs. 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)
View Comments Jennings is the only performer to have won an Olivier Award in the Drama, Musical and Comedy categories, winning Best Actor for Peer Gynt, Best Actor in a Musical for My Fair Lady and Best Comedy Performance for Too Clever By Half. His other stage credits include Untold Stories, The Habit of Art, Stuff Happens, The Winter’s Tale, The Relapse, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Liar, The Wild Duck, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Country Wife. Based on Roald Dahl’s dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka, the musical centers on what happens when Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory. Beyond the gates astonishment awaits, though the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features a book by David Greig and music and lyrics by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Douglas Hodge Three-time Olivier winner Alex Jennings will replace Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in the West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Hodge has played the role of Wonka, the strange owner of a sweet factory, since the musical adaptation opened in June 2013. Jennings is set to begin performances on May 19. Directed by Sam Mendes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory continues its record-breaking run at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Star Files
See Les Miserables at the Imperial Theatre…if you dare! Les Miserables View All (4) 3. All “Soliloquy” texting is banned Will Swenson, who plays Les Miz baddie Javert, sent this response to one distracted audience member via tweet: “To the man in the 5th or 6th row who was texting during my ‘soliloquy’—You f*cking suck. Everyone else…I love.” You heard the man, stick that stupid phone on airplane mode or answer to Javert, jerks. Will Swenson Nikki M. James 5. Bootlegs call for corporal punishment To cut down on the amount of illegal recordings being made in the Imperial Theatre, Karimloo has implemented a neighborhood watch program. He tweeted: “If you see a patron recording, feel free to flick their ear, tell them to stop and then say, ‘that was from JVJ’. I thank you.” Hmm, good thinking, Ramin, but something tells us a stellar bootleg of “Bring Him Home” is totally worth a couple of ear flicks. View Comments 2. No taking pictures…ever! Seriously, people. Have you learned nothing from LuPone? Andy Mientus, who plays Marius in the new revival, recently tweeted, “Hey folks snapping pics during this matinee—I’m excited that you’re excited but it’s not allowed and we can see you. Sit back and enjoy!” It’s a slightly more polite approach than stopping the show and ordering the ushers to drag the snap-happy patrons out, but it totally gets the point across. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 4. Stop with the hate tweets Crinkle candy wrappers, let your phone vibrate endlessly, but please, whatever you do, don’t badmouth the actors and then tag them on Twitter. “Actors have feelings, too,” tweeted Les Miz star Nikki M. James after a rude theatergoer publically bashed her performance online. And last week, they were saying it to her face at the stage door! Geez, whatever happened to criticizing actors behind their backs? Star Files It’s been five years since a flash photo made Patti LuPone famously stop a performance of Gypsy (“Stop taking pictures RIGHT NOW!”), but sadly, the photo-taking, the cell phone ringing, the candy-crinkling, and uh, the vomiting on Broadway has only gotten worse. With theater audiences getting ruder by the minute, the brave cast of Les Miserables is leading a revolution at the Imperial Theatre, and they’re trying to put a stop to the obnoxious patrons that make seeing a Broadway show completely miserables for the rest of us. Ramin Karimloo, Andy Mientus, Will Swenson and Nikki M. James have five simple theater etiquette rules for you—and if you’re smart, you’ll listen. (Remember, they have guns.) 1. Phones off (or beware the death stare) Les Miz headliner Ramin Karimloo made The New York Post’s “Page Six” this week—he reportedly stopped the show while “throwing a scathing look in the direction of an audience member’s ringing cell phone.” So put those phones on silent, everyone. Not vibrate. Silent. Trust us, you don’t want to mess with this guy. He can bench press his own body weight. Andy Mientus Related Shows Ramin Karimloo
Andy Karl will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Rocky. LaTanya Richardson Jackson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun. Check out the decisions below. View Comments Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for their respective performances in Act One. Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Musical category. The Roundabout revival of its 1998 production of Cabaret is eligible as Best Revival of a Musical, however the creative team is ineligible. Alan Cumming, who won a Tony for the role in 1998, is ineligible. The rest of the cast is eligible. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category. The Cripple of Inishmaan will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category. Violet will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Musical category. Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Les Misérables. Tyne Daly and Frederick Weller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Leading Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Mothers and Sons. Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani and Joshua Henry will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Violet. The 2014 Tony Awards are just weeks away! The nominations will be announced by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu on April 29 at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe and the winners announced in a live telecast on June 8 on CBS, hosted by Hugh Jackman. Let the countdown begin! The Tony Awards Administration committee has met for the fourth and final time this 2013-14 season and made eligibility rulings on 18 productions, including: All the Way, Rocky, Aladdin, Les Miserables, Mothers and Sons, If/Then, A Raisin in the Sun, The Realistic Joneses, Bullets Over Broadway, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Of Mice and Men, Act One, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Violet, The Velocity of Autumn, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Casa Valentina and Cabaret. All other decisions were consistent with the shows’ opening night credits. The committee previously discussed eligibility for 22 productions this season. Zach Braff will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his performance in Bullets Over Broadway. Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Aladdin.
Rob Houchen, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Wendy Ferguson will continue their performances as Marius, Eponine and Madame Thenardier, respectively. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985.The story begins in 1815 as Jean Valjean, a man condemned to 19 years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread, finds only hatred and suspicion when he is released on parole and breaks free, yearning for a new life. Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s score contains the signature numbers “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “One Day More.” View Comments Lockyer recently played the role of Jean Valjean in the 25th Anniversary North American tour of Les Miz, having previously taken on the role of Marius on Broadway. He has also appeared on the Great White Way in Miss Saigon. Thaxton received a 2011 Olivier Award for his performance in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, and has appeared in the West End previously in Les Miz as Enjolras and in Love Never Dies as Raoul. Edden earned a Tony nod for One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway. Schoenmaker returns to Les Miz after making her West End debut as Fantine last year. Colbourne, who recently appeared in Follies at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, makes his West End debut as Enjolras. Fleming was a Dorothy finalist in BBC One’s Over the Rainbow. A new crew of convicts, inspectors, revolutionaries and more are getting ready to storm the barricades. The record-breaking West End production of Les Miserables will welcome Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, Olivier Award winner David Thaxton as Javert, Tony nominee Tom Edden as Thenardier, Celinde Schoenmaker as Fantine, Michael Colbourne as Enjolras and Emilie Fleming as Cosette. The new cast members will take their first bow on June 16 at the Queen’s Theatre.
Broadway’s headed uptown! Well, up a few blocks, at least. Five-time Tony-winning director Susan Stroman is currently making her Metropolitan Opera debut with an effervescent mounting of Franz Lehár’s comic operetta The Merry Widow. The English adaptation, which opened on New Year’s Eve, stars Grammy-winning and Broadway-bound opera superstar Renée Fleming in the title role of Hanna. Joining her are fellow opera favorite Nathan Gunn and Great White Way darling Kelli O’Hara. Stroman and Fleming recently chatted with Broadway.com about bridging the gap between opera and musical theater, cross-genre dream productions and the showbiz sisterhood.Q: Susan, The Merry Widow marks your opera debut, and Renée, this is your first operetta. What was the biggest challenge while exploring this genre together?FLEMING: Well first, the dancing. Oh, those wonderful waltzing lessons from Susan. We’re highly rehearsed, which I needed. And secondly, dialogue at the Met. It’s an enormous challenge in a house that size to manage that much dialogue.STROMAN: It’s a huge space to conquer. Being in the opera world, the vocal and the music are the most important, so it’s making sure everyone is able to sing their high notes and that the staging is designed to support all the vocals.Q: Can you tell me more about the musical theater influences that you found in this piece?STROMAN: It’s very bubbly. Each of the three acts is infused with dance. For being 100 years old, it was really the beginning of a spark of musical comedy—of bringing different dance forms to opera.FLEMING: Opera tends to live in broad strokes and major themes: “I love you, I hate you, I’m going to kill you.” This has more of a Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn feel to it.Q: Renée, what was it like working with Susan, compared to traditional opera directors?FLEMING: She’s so organized! An operetta is very quick moving; there’s not the languor that one has with the more romantic operas. The precision required for those of us who also don’t naturally have these skills needed her ability to see what had to get done and make sure we had enough time.Q: Susan, does it come naturally to you to work with artists who might not be traditionally trained in theater?STROMAN: I often come across folks who are more versed into one talent than the other, so I’m very used to trying to recognize someone’s talents and then help to develop the others. But I’m very ready to change and adapt, because I’m always inspired by the performers standing in front of me.Q: I imagine you had a similar process with ballet dancers in Little Dancer. Will we be seeing it in New York after L.A.?STROMAN: Yes, hopefully for next season! Fingers crossed.FLEMING: I want to see it!Q: Renée, what’s going through your head as you prepare to make your Broadway debut in Living on Love?FLEMING: Performing the play in the summer [in Williamstown] gave me a flavor for what it would be like. It was fantastic to have that sense of the audience. We don’t have that luxury on a huge opera stage. Of course, the cast might not be the same, and the play will be rewritten to some degree.Q: Have you been getting advice from Broadway alums about what it’s like?FLEMING: I saw Patrick Stewart, Sigourney Weaver, and David Hyde Pierce on opening night of Merry Widow and asked them to tell me what it’s like to be in a [Broadway] run. It sounds like a form of hermitism. [In opera], we can’t really sing more than two, three times max, a week. We have to have that downtime because it’s so vocally athletic. I can’t imagine what Kelli [O’Hara] does. It’s mind-boggling to me to be in a musical for eight shows a week.Q: After Living on Love, what show would we have to produce to get you to stay on Broadway in a musical?FLEMING: I honestly can’t imagine singing on Broadway. I wouldn’t know how to change my voice to put it into a place that would allow me to sing every day. I couldn’t imagine trying to do the physical taxing piece of it. And then to talk to Kelli, and have her say the same thing about opera! We’re just trained in different ways.STROMAN: I think Renée would be great as Desiree in A Little Night Music. Oh, she would be incredible.Q: Susan, if Renée stays downtown and you stay uptown, are there any other operas on your to-do list to direct?STROMAN: It’d be lovely to do a La Traviata or Carmen, but a brand new opera would be the most exciting. I’d love to take a contemporary composer like Rachel Portman or Alexandre Desplat and work with them.Q: Renée, between working with Susan and Kathleen Marshall, and Susan, directing Renée and Kelli, how does it feel to collaborate with such prolific female artists?FLEMING: First of all, there aren’t enough women directing in opera. I think women bring a particularly collaborative approach.STROMAN: Whenever I do a show in the theater, I try to have female assistants and observers; it’s very important to me to open their eyes to what it’s like to mount these big productions. To be in a room with Renée and Kelli and exploring art, opera and theater—I think it is a kind of sisterhood.Catch Fleming in The Merry Widow through January 31. Stroman’s production returns in April with a new cast. View Comments
It’s Only a Play T.R. Knight will join the cast of Broadway’s It’s Only a Play on March 31, the same day as the previously reported Nathan Lane returns to the production. Knight will take over in the role of Frank Finger from Maulik Pancholy, who departs the Terrence McNally comedy on March 19. Understudy Ben Hollandsworth will play the part in the interim. Knight is set to remain with the show until it ends its engagement at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on June 7. View Comments Related Shows Knight was recently seen on Broadway opposite Sir Patrick Stewart in A Life in the Theatre. Other stage credits include Parade. He is best known for his role as George O’Malley for four seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, for which he received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Additional screen credits include 42 and Charlie Lawrence (opposite Lane). The production also currently stars Martin Short, Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Katie Finneran and Micah Stock. It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady, his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015
View Comments Tony winners Gabriel Ebert and Nikki M. James, along with Eisa Davis, Chris Sarandon and more will star in Preludes. The previously reported LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production by Dave Malloy, inspired by the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, is set to receive its world premiere in the Claire Tow Theater. The new musical will play a limited engagement off-Broadway May 23 through July 19. Opening night is scheduled for June 15.Ebert won the Tony for Matilda; other Broadway credits include Casa Valentina, Brief Encounter and Red. James has just completed a run in Les Miz on Broadway. She received a Tony for The Book of Mormon; she has also been seen on the Great White Way in All Shook Up and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Davis has been seen on screen in Smash and The Good Wife and has appeared on Broadway in Passing Strange. Sarandon’s Main Stem credits include Cyrando de Bergerac, The Light in the Piazza and Nick & Nora.From the creators of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Preludes is a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. After the disastrous premiere of his first symphony, the young Rachmaninov (Ebert) suffers from writer’s block. He begins daily sessions with a therapeutic hypnotist (Davis), in an effort to overcome depression and return to composing.Preludes’ company will also include Joseph Keckler and Or Matias on piano. The production will feature sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Paloma Young, lights by Bradley King, sound by Matt Hubbs and musical direction by Matias.