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: Jim Grossmann / NASAWASHINGTON – NASA is hoping you will join them in celebrating a new era of human space flight.On May 27, NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will fly on Space-X’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft.It will mark the first time NASA has launched astronauts into orbit from the United States since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.While they are discouraging visitors to see the lift-off in person, they do want Americans to participate virtually. NASA is encouraging the use of the hashtag launch America to support the space program. As part of the countdown, they are creating a special social media campaign to generate excitement.They want space enthusiasts to consider building homemade rockets or take selfies in their home-made spacesuits.Then they want fans to post those videos and pictures to social media with the hashtag #LaunchAmerica.NASA says they will re-post the winners to their global social media accounts. They hope the public gets behind this new public-private partnership approach to space travel.
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) Matt Kieffer / University of Notre Dame / CC BY-SA 2.0NEW YORK – New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer says if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she should recuse herself from some cases.Speaking during his Sunday news conference, Schumer said Barrett should not hear cases involving the 2020 election or the Affordable Care Act.The Senate Minority Leader points to a 2017 law review article that suggests Barrett saw the Supreme Court decision upholding parts of the Affordable Care Act as illegitimate.“This is a moment unlike any other, because this nominee comes before us with serious conflict of interest,” said Schumer. “We’re here today to say that given Judge Barrett’s conflict of interest, she should recuse herself from any decision involving the Affordable Care Act and its protections, and any decision related to the election that we will have on November 3.” Supreme Court Justices are scheduled to hear an Affordable Care Act case next month.The Senate Judiciary Committee will start hearings on Monday for Barrett’s confirmation.
View Comments She’s still glowing, she’s still crowing and she’s still going 93 years strong! Tony winner Carol Channing has been hoofing, singing, making us laugh, making us cry, and giving us “raspberries” and “jam” for the last 72 (!) years. In honor of the Oscar nominee’s big birthday, we’re saluting the spritely icon with a song. Click below to see Channing get schooled in soul by Teresa Graves on Laugh In. In a giant Afro wig. Obviously, this is from the ’70s. Cheers to your big day, Ms. Channing, and here’s to many, many more!
Oprah Winfrey is keeping her promise to act on Broadway, eyeing a debut opposite Audra McDonald in a revival of the suicide drama ‘Night, Mother. According to The New York Times, the iconic talk show host and the five-time Tony winner plan to team up in the play sometime during the 2015-2016 season under the direction of George C. Wolfe. ‘Night, Mother earned Marsha Norman (who is currently hard at work on the new musical The Bridges of Madison County) a Pulitzer Prize for drama when it debuted on Broadway in 1983, with Anne Pitoniak and Kathy Bates in the leads. It was last seen on Broadway in a short-lived 2004 revival featuring Brenda Blethyn and Edie Falco. The tragic two-hander tells the story of a mother trying to convince her suicidal daughter to not end her life. Yes, bring tissues. Winfrey was recently robbed of an Oscar nomination for her acclaimed film comeback role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. In addition to healing the world with her syndicated talk show for 25 years, she famously starred in the 1985 film of The Color Purple and produced the musical version on Broadway in 2005 (Norman wrote the book to the musical). Of course, McDonald is one of the finest actresses working on Broadway today. She’s won Tony Awards for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. According to the report, Winfrey and McDonald read the play together one night in the apartment of producer Scott Sanders. Somehow our invite got lost in the mail. Star Files View Comments Audra McDonald
The world premiere of David Grimm’s Tales from Red Vienna begins performances off-Broadway February 26. Starring Nina Arianda and Michael Esper, the Manhattan Theatre Club production will officially open on March 18 at MTC at New York City Center — Stage I. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, Tales From Red Vienna tells the story of Helena (Arianda), a woman who, having lost her husband and financial security in World War I, struggles to maintain her way of life as she becomes a part of an illicit underworld. She manages to separate her secret life from her public persona until she crosses paths with someone who has the power to expose and ruin her. The show will also star Tina Benko, Michael Goldsmith, Lucas Hall and Kathleen Chalfant. View Comments
Tony Winner Andrea Martin Will Be Telling All About Her Lady Parts: Andrea Martin is juggling her Act One duties with writing. According to the Associated Press, the Pippin star has until March 17 to make the deadline for her Harper Collins memoir, Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts. We can’t wait to see it…we think!? Rupert Everett to Star in Amadeus: We totally get this casting. Rupert Everett is to star as Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus as part of the U.K.’s Chichester Festival’s 2014 Season. Other notable Chichester productions this year include Guys and Dolls, which will have choreography by megastar dancer Carlos Acosta, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, starring Patricia Routledge and Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Rose. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tony and Emmy Award winner Mary-Louise Parker is Returning to TV: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mary-Louise Parker will headline Feed Me, a 30-minute single-camera comedy pilot for NBC following a dysfunctional family that runs a restaurant together. Parker will play Ellen, a somewhat uptight mom-of-two. View Comments Star Files Audra McDonald Mary-Louise Parker Agent Who Repped Broadway Stars Stole From His Clients: This sounds like something out of a Mel Brooks caper. Peter Strain, a Broadway, film and TV talent agent, has pleaded guilty to stealing more than half a million dollars from his clients. According to the Associated Press, prosecutors said Strain used clients’ cash to buy more than $310,000 in artwork and $161,000 in jewelry. He will be sentenced April 30. Andrea Martin Audra McDonald Makes Surprise Appearance in Sweeney Todd! As if the New York Philharmonic’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street wasn’t starry enough! Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald joined a cast headlined by Oscar and Emmy winner Emma Thompson and Grammy winner Bryn Terfel as the Beggar Woman in the March 5 performance and will reprise her (uncredited!) role on March 6 and 7. The show runs through March 8 at Avery Fisher Hall and Bryonha Marie Parham will be taking over from McDonald for the final two performances. As previously reported, McDonald is later going to host the PBS-aired version of the show.
View Comments The diva is back in the building! Before she flies off to space, original Phantom of the Opera headliner Sarah Brightman will return to the Broadway production as hot-headed opera star Carlotta, opposite Norm Lewis as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine Daae.The international recording star will start performances in the role in mid-May at the Majestic Theatre…. In our dreams! HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! Star Files Sierra Boggess
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Audra McDonald to Split From Will Swenson in The First Wives Club Audra McDonald, Sherie Rene Scott and Lili Taylor will headline an all-star benefit reading of Robert Harling’s The First Wives Club screenplay at the Mainstage Theater on July 7. Based on the novel by Olivia Goldsmith, the event will be directed by Trip Cullman in aid of The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. In an interesting casting twist, McDonald will play Annie Paradis, while her real-life husband Will Swenson will play Annie’s estranged husband Aaron. Other stars taking part include Jeremy Shamos, John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Katherine Waterston, Margo Seibert, Tracee Chimo and Kristine Nielsen. Bill Pullman Turns Ballet Dancer Not really. Well, maybe. Stage and screen vet Bill Pullman will feature in the world premiere of Liz Lerman’s new theatrical dance piece Healing Wars at Arena Stage. That’s right, the Independence Day star is appearing in a theatrical dance piece. The production will run at the D.C. theater June 6 through June 29. View Comments More Casting News for Sting Musical The Last Ship Sting’s upcoming Broadway musical The Last Ship has announced further casting. The ensemble will include Ethan Applegate, Craig Bennett, Dawn Cantwell, Jeremy Davis, Bradley Dean, Alyssa DiPalma, Colby Foytik, David Michael Garry, Timothy Gulan, Shawna M. Hamic, Rich Hebert, Leah M. Hocking, Todd A. Horman, Sarah Hunt, Jamie Jackson, Sean Jenness, C. David Johnson, Drew McVety, Johnny Newcomb, Gregory North, Matthew Stocke, Cullen Titmus and Jeremy Woodard. We’re looking forward to the tuner beginning previews on September 29 and opening on October 26 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 Related Shows The Last Ship Clay Aiken’s a Winner Broadway alum Clay Aiken is one step closer to Washington. The Wrap reports that the American Idol runner-up has been declared the winner in North Carolina’s Democratic Congressional primary race after his opponent, Keith Crisco, died on May 12. Their May 6 election had been too close to call.
Related Shows First he wrote the best-selling book. Then came the Oscar-winning film. Now, with Riding the Midnight Express, comes a solo show performed by the man who lived it. Billy Hayes recounts his time in a Turkish prison and his harrowing escape. There will be a Q&A between Hayes and the audience following each performance. Hayes’ autobiographical book, Midnight Express, was released in 1977 and adapted into a film a year later, starring Brad Davis, Randy Quaid and John Hurt. It won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Riding the Midnight Express previously played a limited engagement at St. Luke’s Theatre earlier this year. Tickets are now on sale to see Riding the Midnight Express With Billy Hayes off-Broadway. Directed by Jeffrey Altshuler, the production will begin previews on September 24 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Opening night is set for October 2. Riding the Midnight Express View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 28, 2014
Great Scott! “Creative differences” have delayed the long-awaited stage adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’ hit 1985 movie Back to the Future, which had been aiming to time travel its way into the West End in 2015. According to the Daily Mail, U.K. director Jamie Lloyd (who’s helming the upcoming Urinetown and Assassins in London) has withdrawn from the production. Seems he and Bob Gale, who wrote the film, disagreed about the tuner’s direction. Back to the Future follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he is accidentally sent back in time from 1985 to 1955, where he helps his teenaged parents fall in love. After becoming intertwined in his parents’ high school romance, McFly nearly causes a massive rift in the space-time continuum that threatens his existence. He then enlists the help of Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Christopher Lloyd) to return to 1985. This is even more upsetting as apparently after an abrupt departure from the Broadway-bound Finding Neverland, Roger Bart had been in negotiations to star in a workshop of the show as “Doc” Brown. Composer Alan Silvestri, who scored many of Zemeckis’s films, including Forrest Gump and Cast Away, is to co-author the score for the show with Grammy winner Glen Ballard (Ghost the Musical). The musical will also feature familiar songs, including “The Power of Love,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “Earth Angel” and “Mr. Sandman,” all of which are part of the original movie. View Comments