View Comments Ben Platt It’s Friday, which means it’s time to head home, jump into bed, marathon some Netflix and dreamcast Aaron Tveit’s hair in Grease Live! But before you begin those super-fun weekend activities, we’re recapping the wildest, wackiest things that happened on the Great White Way this week. From Alex Sharp’s sexy and regal hip-hop musical to your new favorite Midtown brunch destination, here are the lessons of the week!Groffsauce Is Into Old People (Like Himself)If you want to give Jonathan Groff a gift at the Hamilton stage door, maybe go for large-print books or a some orthopedic footwear. The 30-year-old King George told us that Spring Awakening coming back makes him feel old. “I’m into it. I’m happy to be old,” he said. That’s so nice to hear, Jonathan. I SAID THAT’S SO NICE TO HEAR. Just kidding. Groff fits right in with the young, hip group at Hamilton. But we also have another show in mind for him.Shakespeare Is a Rotten LibrarianChristian Borle may have a Tony for Something Rotten!, but he’s urging you to be just the opposite. In Heidi Blickenstaff’s latest vlog, Borle announced the launch of @RottenActs: Tweet them your random acts of kindness, and you might just win won of his books from the nook! Suggestions include befriending a cartoon character, buying the next round or throwing a surprise party for someone in a public bathroom.Benedict Cumberbatch Is a West End PattiSpeaking of people who aren’t on social media but want others to be, Benedict Cumberbatch has a message for you to “hashtag the shit out of.” Apparently, the proclamation of Patti LuPone hasn’t yet reached its way to London, since people are recording his performance in Hamlet ,and he can definitely see the little red lights. Don’t you remember what the Bard wrote? “This above all: to thine own self be true and STOP TAKING PICTURES RIGHT NOW.”Alex Sharp Wants More Broadway QueensIf Lin-Manuel Miranda needs any help working through ideas for his next musical, he needn’t look further than a block up at the Barrymore Theatre. At the Hamilton opening night, Curious Incident Tony winner Alex Sharp revealed that he thinks a hip-hop musical about Queen Victoria would be “sexy.” That’s not the first word that comes to mind for us, but Sharp is British, so we trust him on these things.New York’s Hottest Brunch Spot Is…We’re all about Friday bagels and booze at Broadway.com HQ, but for the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Sunday is Funday. As Bryce Pinkham showed us in the inaugural episode of his vlog, the cast kicks the day off with brunch before the matinee. Then, after the show, they all gather in his dressing room for a drink! Carbs, show tunes and whiskey? You’re speaking our language!Save Room for Broadway PieSara Bareilles’ Waitress musical is still in the oven over at the American Repertory Theater, and we can’t wait for her to serve us a slice at the Brooks Atkinson this spring. We’re still waiting on exact dates, but the tuner is set to begin performances sometime in March. We’re holding out for March 14, which, as math nerds and dessert enthusiasts know, is Pi Day. We’ll be at that first preview. With pie.The Music Box Needs More Shelf SpaceYou know what show is starting on Pi Day? [Takes deep breath] Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Hopefully, the Music Box Theatre will be able to build some more storage space. Between Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell, the still incomplete cast has eight Tonys. With those three hot stars, plus Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon, we suspect there’ll be more to come in June.The Sex Is in Wayne Brady’s HeelAfter winning an Emmy for Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady is quick on his feet, so to speak. That’ll soon come in handy, because those big, red kinky boots are no joke. The TV favorite will assume the role of Lola from Billy Porter, who, as you’d know if you were paying attention four sentences ago, is going on to star in Shuffe Along and the Title We Haven’t Memorized Yet. We can’t wait to see what Brady will look like all dolled up.Heights Is Going Scrappy, Not Snappy¡No me diga! The In the Heights movie has a new screenplay! But…it’s still a ways off. Lin-Manuel Miranda recently explained the setbacks the project has faced since 2008, and that a “scrappy $15 million movie” is in the works. Hey, plenty of movies have had lower budgets than expected. Just look at Paranormal Activity. Maybe you can have a poltergeist or something cause the barrio blackout? We hear Kristin Chenoweth likes to play evil now. Just a suggestion.We Punched Ben Platt’s K-CardWhile side by side with Susan Blackwell, the Pitch Perfect fave and Dear Evan Hansen star revealed that he had never done anything “remotely related” to flying a kite. Which makes total sense no sense at all. You’re from L.A. and you’ve never flown a kite? Fortunately, Blackwell was on hand to pop his kite-flying cherry, and he quickly got the hang of it. He was even able to do it one-handed! (Still talking about kite flying, children.) Star Files Jonathan Groff
Job counts up slightly in October, jobless rate unchanged at 5.2%Montpelier (November 21, 2008) — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2008 was 5.2% percent, unchanged from the revised September rate and up 1.3 points from a year ago.”Though our employment and job numbers looked relatively good in October we believe that the impact is temporary,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “The increases we saw in seasonally adjusted employment and jobs may have been due to our surveys capturing a favorable foliage season. Never-the-less we welcome the stability in our unemployment rate in an environment where our national rate grew four-tenths of a point.”Job GrowthBefore seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew by 2,000 or 0.6% from September to October. Despite this growth, Total Non-Farm jobs remains down by 0.3%, or about 900 jobs, over the year. The largest monthly gainers in October were Local Education (+1,750 or 7.6%), Retail Trade (+500 or 1.3%) and Accommodations (+400 or 4.3%). On an annual basis Healthcare & Social Assistance is the only sector showing significant job growth (+950 or 2.1%). The Manufacturing and Construction sectors have contracted by 750 and 950 jobs respectively over the year.When seasonally adjusted, job levels increased by 500 or 0.2% over September, but still lag a year ago by 900 or -0.3%. Leisure & Hospitality was primarily responsible for the job gain over the month, (+800 jobs or 2.5%). We believe this to be a temporary phenomenon caused by our sample capturing the impact of a favorable foliage season whereas in most years it does not.Employment GrowthVermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in labor force and employment were statistically significant and greater than September values, but unemployment levels and rates were not. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.5 percent, up four-tenths of a point form September 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in Hartford to 6.2 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.6 percent, down three-tenths of a point from September 2008 and up 1.3 points from a year ago.