Watch Kristin Chenoweth & James Monroe Iglehart Crash the Couch on The View

first_imgTony winner James Monroe Iglehart recently left his Aladdin glitter and fireworks at the New Amsterdam Theatre and joined the ladies of The View as a co-host. And who was their guest? None other than fellow Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth! In the clip below, we learn the trick to looking as petite as the stage and screen star: Musical Mondays at Soul Cycle! (We wonder if that lucky class pedaled to “My New Philosophy” and “Glitter and Be Gay.”) The pocket soprano recently played London’s Royal Albert Hall and shared details from her European adventure with Iglehart and the girls. Chenoweth and Iglehart also bonded over taking home Tonys, though only one of them had to go through a 14-second quick change just before her acceptance speech. Take a look at the clip below, and catch Iglehart in Aladdin and Chenoweth in her upcoming Broadway return in On the Twentieth Century. Kristin Chenoweth Aladdin from $57.50 Related Showscenter_img View Comments Star Files James Monroe Iglehartlast_img read more

Watch Kelli O’Hara in Arian Moayed’s The Accidental Wolf

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 The King and I Related Shows View Comments The Accidental Wolf, a new pilot starring The King an I Tony winner Kelli O’Hara has been selected by the New York Television Festival to compete in the Independent Pilot Competition. Written and directed by Tony nominee Arian Moayed (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), the pilot also features Mike Doyle (the Jersey Boys movie) and Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) as well as music by Tony winner Bill Sherman (In the Heights).The Accidental Wolf is described as one woman’s “destructive obsession to uncover the truth behind an unexplained extermination of a remote African village.” Waterwell Films’ thriller miniseries will compete against 49 other pilots in the festival, which will take place in New York City from October 19 through the 24.Here’s a sneak peek at the The Accidental Wolf.last_img read more

Three Pint-Sized Actors to Join West End’s Matilda in Title Role

first_imgA host of charmingly naughty and revolting children will join the West End company of Matilda. Zaris-Angel Hator, Clara Read and Emily-May Stephenson will join Evie Hone in the title role beginning March 15 at London’s Cambridge Theatre. The three step in for Anna-Louise Knight, Lara McDonnell and Lizzie Wells.Also joining the cast are Nael Ameen, Henry Austin, Owen Bagnall, Oliver Crouch, Ellie-Rose Eames, Taha Elamin, Twinkle Jaiswal, Thea Lamb, Oliver Llewelyn Williams, Maxim Samartsev, Josh Shadbolt, Harrison Wilding, Ynez Williams, Maisy-May Woods-Smeeth and Dora Yolland. They join the rotating roster of pint-sized actors who play Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and Crunchem Hall students.Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.The Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Matthew Warchus, premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 before transferring to the West End and winning seven Olivier Awards. View Commentslast_img read more

The Passion Not a Huge Hit, But Trisha Yearwood Sang Carousel

first_img Early ratings are in for Fox’s The Passion, the semi-live musical retelling of Jesus’s final hours from Tyler Perry, and they’re admittedly short of miraculous. According to Deadline, the two-hour event landed a 4.3/7 in metered markets. In comparison, Grease: Live scored a 7.4/11 in overnight results; The Wiz Live! earned a 7.9/13.Unlike Fox’s Grease: Live or NBC’s three recent endeavors, The Passion was not a traditional live musical telecast, but rather a concert, pre-recorded TV miniseries and parade hybrid. The cast included Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ, Chris Daughtry as Judas, Seal as Pontius Pilate and Trisha Yearwood as Mary.While many of the songs (lifted largely from Top 40 charts of the past few decades) were taped as New Orleans-set music videos with suggestions of the New Testament, there were several shining performances on the concert stage, including Yearwood—as the Virgin Mary—giving contemporary flair to Carousel’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as the cross made its way to the stage. Check it out below. Trisha Yearwood View Commentslast_img read more

Paramour’s Ruby Lewis on Her Jaw-Dropping Party Trick, Fave Starlet & First Time at the Circus

first_img Related Shows Age: 31Hometown: Shelbyville, KentuckyCurrent Role: Making her Broadway debut as the leading lady Indigo James in Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway show Paramour, which is an extravaganza of music, storytelling and eye-popping acrobatics set in Hollywood’s Golden Age.Stage & Screen Cred: Lewis’ stage credits include the national tours of We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, Grease and Gypsy as well as West Coast productions of Baz, 9 to 5 and more. Her film and TV credits include Medium, Brothers and Sisters, Rules of Engagement, Desperate Housewives, Masters of Sex, Girls Meets World, Pass the Light, Another Perfect Stranger and more. Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Ruby Lewis photographed at The Skylark (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more

Crayon-Green Trees

first_imgEven shoppers who insist on a natural, live Christmas tree almost always take home an artificially colored tree. And in this case, what you didn’t know won’t hurt you, says a University of Georgia scientist. “The pigment in the colorant is the same thing you find in children’s crayons,” said David Moorhead, an Extension Service forester with the UGA D.B. Warnell School of Forest Resources. “There’s not a problem with the colorant in terms of its being a toxic material,” he said. “It’s a very safe product.” Moorhead said farmers spray the colorant on some tree species to helpthem stay a rich, dark green. Many trees lose their color during late falland may turn yellowish- or reddish-green. The spray-on pigment keeps themgreen for the holidays. Tree farmers prepare their trees with colorant long before the holidaysales begin. “We’ve found that gives the colorant on the tree time to mellow out and look more natural,” said Judy Brewer, who sprays trees on her Liberty County farm in early September. Brewer said most shoppers at her family’s 25-acre choose-and-cut farm prefer the colorized trees. “Even if they say they want an unsprayed tree,” she said, “they can see the difference, and most of them change their minds.” Once farmers apply the colorant, it stays put, Moorhead said. “The trees typically are very well cared for in the field,” he said. Applying the colorant early allows the color to dry completely on the needles and stay colorfast through the holiday season. The color won’t come off on you, your children, pets, gifts, ornaments or other decorations, Moorhead said. Brewer said the tree needles absorb the colorant and gain some protection against moisture loss. “It’s kind of like makeup for trees,” she said. “It really beautifies and protects them.” The colorant, though, won’t keep the tree fresh through the holidays. The trick to doing that is to keep the tree stand filled with plenty of water. Sugar, bleach, aspirin or clear sodas can’t help the tree take up water. Dry trees are much less fire resistant, and just a spark can set them ablaze. COLORING CHRISTMAS TREES provides long-lasting, safe color for holiday decorators. Dave Moorhead, a UGA Extension Service forester said the tree needles absorb the color and stay green through the holidays. Though the needles stay green, it’s not a reliable indicator of freshness. Check the water level in the tree stand daily and add fresh water to keep the water level above the bottom of the tree trunk. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) last_img read more

Perennial Garden Challenge

We’ve had such a warm winter that most perennials came out of dormancy early and are going like gangbusters. This can pose problems.My summer phlox, for example, would normally be a foot high in early May. But on April 20, they were two feet tall, with buds forming a month early. At least three things are wrong with that. First, air can’t move easily in dense phlox colonies, so mildew takes over and destroys the plants. Second, the taller stems are flopping over. And third, they’re beginning to cover my treasured yellow butterfly weed. My garden is out of kilter. If yours is having similar problems, here are a few things to consider. Transplanting? Dividing? Moving? Not this year! I don’t recommend digging and replacing established perennials this late in the season. And this is an especially bad year for it. Growth is soft and luxurious. Disturbed root systems won’t be able to meet the needs of all that foliage. If you must divide, transplant or move plants, reduce the foliage by half or more. And be vigilant at watering as warm weather returns. Pinching back growth (removing two or three inches of top growth from each stem) can reduce the spread of fast-growing perennials. Chrysanthemum, saponaria, veronica, salvia and lantana will respond to pinching in May. Pinching slows terminal growth and redistributes food into side branches. Your plants will be shorter. They may have twice as many flowers, too. Trimming is likely required for spreading perennial plants such as Homestead Purple verbena. The new crown growth is competing with growth at the ends of scraggly long branches. Cut off all but a 6-inch circle around the crown. Allow the new shoots to spread. The old scraggly ones can be rooted and regrown elsewhere. Thinning is removing some of the plants from a colony. I’ve thinned my phlox by removing shovel-sized groups of plants from the middle, allowing airflow and sunlight to filter in. The remaining plants’ root systems are only slightly disturbed. And by replacing fresh soil in the holes, roots reestablish quickly. I’ve never seen this procedure affect a colony adversely. Staking will be essential this summer. Not only are my phlox flopping over, but so are most other tall perennials. Staking needs to be done now, before the stems fall over. I like small tomato stakes and green yarn. The yarn is effective, yet impossible to see by midsummer. Tie it at one-third and two-thirds of the stem height. If you tie it at one-half the height, strong storms can buckle the stem. This year’s vigor may require you to do more deadheading, or removing spent flowers. Many perennials put up a flush of flowers in early summer. If those flowers are pollinated and allowed to remain, they produce seed. This uses up sugars, thus reducing or preventing more flowers. Because things are growing and flowering earlier this year, the summer flowering gaps may be longer and more pronounced. Gaillardia, phlox, veronicas, coneflowers, Echinops and some of the tall salvias will likely need deadheading to perform well all summer. One last tip: fertilize lightly this year. The extensive root systems will have access to much more fertility, causing gargantuan growth if you add lots of fertilizer. Just a light sprinkling of 10-10-10 may be all you need. Reduce soil moisture if you can. This will harden off root systems and slow growth. By hardening off plants now, they may be better adapted to summer heat. Slight wilting of tip growth in mid-afternoon is normal for most sun-loving perennials. Don’t water this spring unless you see very dry soil and wilting by late morning. read more

Mosquitoes bite

first_imgAgnique has an active ingredient that forms a film onthe water surface, smothering mosquito larvae. You can buy itfrom Adapco by calling 1-800-367-0659.Altosid 30-Day Briquets (on-line) and ZodiacPreventative Mosquito Control (in pet stores) containmethoprene, an insect growth regulator.Bactimos Briquets, Mosquito Dunks andMosquito Bits contain Bti, a bacterium specific tomosquitoes. You can get them on-line or in hardware,feed-and-seed and garden stores. By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaAfter five years of drought, Georgia came into this spring with abacklog of unhatched mosquito eggs. Now, suddenly, the state isfacing a mosquito “baby boom.”Mosquito eggs lie dormant until they’re immersed in water, whichsignals them to hatch, said Nancy Hinkle, a University of Georgiascientist. Because Georgia hasn’t had enough rain to flood theirhabitats in years, leftover eggs from years gone by were justwaiting to be soaked and stimulated to hatch.Hinkle, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences, said the best way to limit the insects’population explosion is to focus on pools of water left behind byall the rains. These are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.Don’t worry about ditches or streams where the water is moving.”Mosquito larvae can’t develop in flowing water,” Hinkle said.Controlling breeding sitesThe cheapest and best way to control mosquitoes, she said, is toget rid of places where they breed.Used tires, for instance, are “significant breeding sites,”Hinkle said. “Tires should be recycled and properly disposed ofto keep them from becoming mosquito sources.”There are more potential mosquito nurseries than you might think,Hinkle said. She suggests these tips: Mosquito Larvicide ProductsHinkle said many over-the-counter products kill mosquito larvae. Around the yard, remove any container that holds water, orturn it upside down.Clean out birdbaths weekly and replenish them with freshwater.Drain or flush the water weekly in wading pools, flowerpotsaucers and other spots where water collects.Clean rain gutters so water doesn’t puddle.Trim shrubbery and eliminate tall grass and weeds where adult mosquitoes hide during the day. Another biological control option is stocking standing water with”mosquito fish,” or gambusia.”These small minnows feed on mosquito larvae and reproduce, sothey maintain themselves and provide ongoing suppression,” Hinklesaid.You can stock lily pools, ponds, ditches and even livestock-watering troughs with these tiny fish. Order them on-line.For severe mosquito infestations, consider hiring a professionalpest-control company with expertise in mosquito control.For personal protectionFor the mosquitoes that have already hatched, repellents can helpprotect you from bites. Hinkle suggests ways to limit yourexposure to mosquitoes. Always follow label instructions to protect you and theenvironment, Hinkle said.But she advises caution about what you buy to control mosquitoes.They’re not always what they claim to be. “Mosquito plants don’trepel mosquitoes,” she said. “Neither do garlic, herbal braceletsor ultrasonic devices.”Traps that use light or carbon dioxide to lure in insects mayattract more mosquitoes than they kill. If you’re considering oneof these bug-busters, “Give the device to a neighbor a blockaway,” Hinkle said.To learn more about controlling mosquitoes, call the Universityof Georgia Extension Service office in your county. Or visit theWest Nile Web site at Reese is a student writer with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Wear light-colored clothes outside. Dark colors attractmosquitoes.Stay indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are usuallymost active.Wear a repellent containing DEET, and treat clothing with aproduct such as Permanone (containing permethrin). Herbalrepellents work for less than an hour.If you use citronella candles, orient them so the breezedirects the candle smoke toward you. The smoke is what repelsmosquitoes.last_img read more

Saltwater turf

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaImagine being able to water your home lawn with salt water. Yes,salt water.Thanks to the new seashore paspalum grasses, this isn’t a dreamfor those who live along the coast. Seashore paspalum cantolerate a wide quality range of water, including seawater,brackish water and recycled water.”The grass requires only minimal pesticides and judiciousapplications of fertilizers,” said Clint Waltz, a turf specialistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.The grass uses key fertilizer nutrients efficiently, Waltz said.It can easily be managed to comply with many environmental waterregulations.Coastal golf coursesRetired UGA professor Ronny Duncan bred a number of seashorepaspalum grasses. They’re being used on golf courses along theGeorgia coast and in Hawaii and Guam.”Aside from its uses as an athletic turf, seashore paspalum maybe used to clean up polluted or contaminated waters or soils,”Waltz said.”It may be effectively used to transition into wetland sites orother environmentally sensitive areas,” he said. This can helpreduce pollution from industrial or other problem areas.Update in SavannahWaltz and others from UGA, the University of Florida and theGeorgia Department of Natural Resources will present an update,”Seashore Paspalum: The Environmental Steward,” Oct. 15 at theCoastal Georgia Center in Savannah.Duncan will be on hand to provide a history of seashore paspalum.UGA agronomist Bob Carrow will discuss its characteristics andwater conservation qualities. And he’ll tell how to manage thegrass.Other sessions will look at seashore paspalum as a recreational,amenity or forage grass or for land reclamation, stabilization,bioremediation and other uses.DetailsThe update was planned by the Georgia Center for UrbanAgriculture and the Coastal Resources Division of DNR. It beginswith registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:30 and endsat 5 p.m.The cost is $50 before Oct. 4 or $60 after that. To preregisteror learn more about the update, call the UGA Griffin campusOffice of Continuing Education at (770) 229-3477.To learn more about the UGA seashore paspalum breeding program,see www.georgiaturf.comon-line.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

UGA Insect Zoo

first_imgThe University of Georgia Bug Dawgs of the UGA Entomology Department are hosting the 28th Annual Insect Zoo Open House on Friday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus in Athens.The event is open to the public and will be held on D.W. Brooks Drive in front of the UGA Miller Plant Science building.The Insect Zoo will feature several activities including a photo booth, live bug exhibits, roach races, a butterfly release and more. Face painting, insect painting and other arts and crafts are scheduled for children. In addition, there will be a lottery with several prizes including Beats headphones, a UGA football signed by the team, downtown Athens gift cards and more. Daring visitors to the event can try snacks made from insects. “The Insect Zoo’s hands-on approach to learning makes this 28th annual community open house very exciting, as it offers an interactive and engaging experience for visitors. The Insect Zoo hopes to teach people to appreciate insects and understand their importance in our lives,” said Marianne Shockley Cruz, a UGA entomologist.Part of the UGA Department of Entomology, UGA Bug Dawgs, strives to educate the local community and spread awareness of entomology-related topics, causes and issues. The UGA Insect Zoo brings living insects, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions and spiders, as well as museum specimens from Georgia and other parts of the world, to schools, libraries, organizations or community centers for interactive display.For more information, email read more