Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting To Rob Falconer Bank

first_imgShare: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),idiot Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.(File photo of the Community Bank in Ellicott)ELLICOTT – A man is facing charges after allegedly attempting to rob a bank in Ellicott on Monday morning.Town of Ellicott Police report Jason Maisonet, 38, enter the lobby of the Community Bank around 11:50 a.m. and told the clerk to open the safe.Police say a customer in the lobby told Maisonet to leave and when he refused the citizen took control of the man and pushed him out the front door. Officers later arrived on scene and took Maisonet into custody.He is charged with third-degree attempted robbery.Police say Maisonet was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for evaluation.last_img read more

“Back To School” Photo Showcase

first_imgShare: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) [metaslider id=62568] JAMESTOWN – It’s “back to school” time and with that comes the yearly back to school photos and we want to see them.This is the year no one saw coming, the year COVID-19 disrupted our lives in unimaginable ways.Whether your student is a kindergartener or a high school senior there’s a good chance he or she has missed out on some school normality this year.Show us your kids leaving home for class or going to school virtually at home by posting them on social media with the hashtag #MyNewsNow, via email to with ‘Back To School’ in the subject line, and/or on our Google Form document (users must have a Google Account).Also, attention teachers or other school staff, we want to shine a spotlight on you too. Educators are asked to also share photos which we will feature part of the segment.WNY News Now wants to make sure all students and teachers in our area get shown some love at the start of this school year.The photos will be shared in a gallery on our website, mobile app and noon broadcasts.Please include the following with your photo submission: Student’s name Student’s age Student’s schoolSubmit Photos HereLegal Disclaimer: By submitting a photo, you confirm that you are the parent or guardian of the student and that you own all rights to the photo. By submitting a photo, you are granting WNY News Now permission to use it in perpetuity on any digital platform or on television without additional permissions. Please do not submit a professional or yearbook photo. We will not use any professional and official yearbook photos that are submitted. Please submit photos taken only by you or a family member. We reserve the right not to publish any photographs in our editorial discretion.last_img read more

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Will Release Broadway Cast Recording

first_img In addition to Harris and Hall, the cast album will feature the Angry Inch band, known as Tits of Clay outside the Belasco Theatre: Justin Craig (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Matt Duncan (bass, vocals), Tim Mislock (guitar, vocaals), and Peter Yanowitz (drums, vocals). In a statement, Trask shared his excitement, saying, “the talents of Neil and Lena and this amazing f*cking band have made these the best version of the score ever…if any band wants to learn any of these songs, these are the versions they should study.” View Comments Star Files Put on some makeup and turn up the eight track (OK, we have iPhones now), because the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is getting a cast album! Tony nominees Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall will rock out to Stephen Trask’s score on the recording, which will be released by Atlantic Records digitally on July 1 and in stores on July 15. Trask will produce the album alongside Tim O’Heir and Hedwig music director Justin Craig. Related Shows Neil Patrick Harris With a book by John Cameron Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score includes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “Angry Inch” and more. Lena Hall Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

Next Hedwig on the Broadway Horizon? Dexter Star Michael C. Hall!

first_img Related Shows TV’s favorite serial killer is ready to rock on Broadway…in heels! Dexter’s Michael C. Hall will be the next star to don a wig and heels in the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Golden Globe winner will rock in the role starting October 16 at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, with Tony winner Lena Hall continuing as onstage hubby Yitzhak. Current star Andrew Rannells will play the final performance of his limited engagement on October 12. View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch Written by John Cameron Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more. Although Hall was most recently seen in the Will Eno play The Realistic Joneses, he first made a name for himself in Broadway musicals, taking on the Emcee in Cabaret in 1999 and portraying Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2002. Off-Broadway, his credits include Mr. Marmalade, Cymbeline, Macbeth, Timon of Athens, Henry V, The English Teachers, Corpus Christi, Romeo and Juliet and Skylight. Hall is best known for playing serial killer Dexter Morgan in Showtime’s Dexter, earning one Golden Globe Award from five nominations and six Emmy Award nods. Other screen credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and the films Cold in July and Kill Your Darlings. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! The Elephant Man Patti LuPone & More

first_img Set Sail on a Starry Show Boat November 5 through 8 at Avery Fisher Hall We were worried about Vanessa Williams and Lauren Worsham when their recent Broadway runs ended. Did they have sufficient Microsoft Office skills? Could they proofread the Patel prospectus and get the Harrison report done by Tuesday? It’s all good. The two are in the New York Philharmonic’s semi-staged, talent-packed production of Show Boat, which also boasts Norm Lewis, Fred Willard, and Jane Alexander. Click for tickets! Travel Underground with Patti Begins November 3 at 54 Below You would pay good money to watch Patti LuPone belt the nutrition facts from a box of Frosted Flakes, but thankfully, one of Broadway’s favorites is still bringing her “A” game. In Far Away Places Part Two, the sequel to her 2012 show, LuPone continues to explore her wanderlust, performing songs from icons ranging from Johnny Mercer to Billy Joel. She’s there through November 15, so no excuses, guys. Click for tickets! Make Room for The Elephant Man Starts November 7 at the Booth Theatre The Elephant Man returns to Broadway with a movie star lead! Don’t scoff at the professionally handsome Bradley Cooper playing John Merrick, the freak show attraction turned toast of Victorian high society. The show isn’t about prosthetics, but acting. And Cooper, as he’s proven in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, is a terrific one—plus, he’s sharing scenes with the great Patricia Clarkson. Click for tickets! Head Backstage at The Band Wagon Starts November 6 through 16 at New York City Center So much awesomeness is colliding in Encores!’ The Band Wagon: You have a script adapted by Douglas Carter Beane (Cinderella), based on the original screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the Town). You have a hilarious and music-infused story of a Broadway show gone awry. You have a cast featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Osnes and Tracey Ullman. The only thing missing is, um, you. Fix that. Click for tickets! Hey, you, digging through the discount Halloween candy! Don’t you know the only stuff left is made from discarded truck tires? Besides, there’s a ton of fun events this week, including Patti LuPone at 54 Below, Bradley Cooper’s return to Broadway, and the star-studded staging of two classic musicals. They’re all part of this week’s picks! Relive ‘70s Strife in Sticks and Bones Starts November 6 at the Pershing Square Signature Center Attention, newcomers to New York’s cultural scene: Broadway is not the only place where you can find great plays—and the world’s most glamorous chain restaurants. Screen stars Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman headline the revival of David Rabe’s Sticks and Bones, which profiles a husband and wife who are overjoyed—and then overwhelmed—by their son’s return from the Vietnam War. Richard Chamberlain also stars. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more

Frankie J. Grande Joins Broadway’s Rock of Ages

first_imgBroadway and Big Brother alum Frankie J. Grande returns to the Great White Way in Rock of Ages beginning November 10. He’ll play a limited engagement as Franz in the rock ‘n’ roll tuner at the Helen Hayes Theatre through January 18, 2015. Related Shows Featuring a score of such classic rock hits as “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Rock of Ages tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. The current cast also includes Constantine Maroulis, Lauren Zakrin, Chester See, Genson Blimline, Adam Dannheisser, Josephine Rose Roberts and Teresa Stanley. Rock of Ages View Comments Grande has appeared on the Broadway stage in Mamma Mia!, and served as a producer for the revivals of Hamlet, La Bete and Born Yesterday. He also played a drag queen pageant hopeful in the benefit production of Pageant: The Musical. He was originally scheduled to star in the tuner’s recent off-Broadway production, but instead appeared on Big Brother. Speaking of older siblings, he’s Ariana Grande’s half-brother. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Let’s All Imagine Miley Cyrus in Chicago

first_img 1. Miley Cyrus—32% The lady raking in the chips is gonna be…Miley? Cyrus celebrated her 22nd birthday on the same day that Chicago celebrated its big milestone. What better birthday gift to herself (aside from a giant pizza cake and a mechanical bull shaped like a penis, obviously) than riding her wrecking ball over to the Cook County Jail to do a little Hot Honey Twerk? And that’s showbiz, kid! And let’s not forget that the tuner runs in the family. View Comments 3. “Mama June” Shannon—8% Does everyone’s favorite and/or least favorite pageant mom have what it takes to be the keeper of the keys, the countess of the clink, the mistress of Murderers’ Row, Matrom Mama Morton?! Hm, we’ll choose not to answer that and just quietly sip our go-go juice. 2. Lindsay Lohan—16% LiLo concludes her stage debut in the West End’s Speed-the-Plow on November 29, and no, her run wasn’t a disaster. The star showed up when she needed to, knew her material and got decent reviews. She may have served only a fraction of her jail sentence(s), but that’s enough to bring some prison realness to Velma. On November 23, Chicago surpassed Cats and became the second longest-running show in Broadway history. The evening’s performance featured cameos by a slew of alums from the Tony-winning revival, including original stars Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey. Keeping in mind that Chicago is, in fact, about people becoming famous for reasons that shouldn’t make them famous, we figured we’d ask you which real-life tabloid star you’d like to see light up the Great White Way in Chicago. The votes are in, and here’s who you chose (because we forced you to). Always in the best of taste, right? Uh, something like that.last_img read more

Broadway Balances America Goes Behind the Scenes of Kinky Boots

first_imgThese boots were made for walking…on your television screens! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continues its second season on September 22 (the episode will re-air on September 29) with an exclusive look at Broadway’s smash-hit musical Kinky Boots. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the Tony-winning musical, featuring interviews with the show’s cast and creatives.In this episode, The Balancing Act’s Amber Milt digs into Kinky Boots’ uplifting message of embracing individuality and being true to yourself, proving that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out! Milt sits down with Tony and Grammy Award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper to discuss the powerful story the show is bringing to audiences across the globe. Viewers will be treated to interviews with Kyle Taylor Parker, the triple threat performer who plays Lola in the Kinky Boots national tour, and Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, Kinky Boots’ Tony Award-winning producers.The segment also offers a glimpse into the production’s “Raise You Up” Community Youth Program, a partnership with the True Colors Fund that gives LGBT youth and their allies a look at careers in the commercial theatre industry by spending a day with professionals involved in the show—from the advertising and marketing teams to the dance captain who teaches them how to strut their stuff on a Broadway stage.Kinky Boots follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from the most unlikely person. Together, these two become an unstoppable team, and find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured! View Commentslast_img read more

Explore the Backstory That Made Spring Awakening Bloom on Broadway

first_imgSater persists. What if they did something “cool”? Sheik is game, but only if “the music is relevant to the culture at large.” At that moment, Sater recalls Spring Awakening, a play he first read in high school and later used for auditions. After reading the play, Sheik is sold. The pair snags a commission from the La Jolla Playhouse in California, but there’s a shift in leadership. Thanks to cutbacks and the events of September 11, 2001, the Roundabout Theatre Company and Connecticut’s Longacre Theater bow out. For two years, the musical has no producer. “It was a very difficult and arduous process,” admits Sheik, who frequently regrets getting involved. A roster of new and veteran actors (including Spring Awakening alums Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus) is ready to unveil a bold new interpretation of a Broadway classic. What can audiences expect? “This is a really exciting new way to do the show,” Sheik tells “And I love that the instruments are so integrated into the choreography. All that stuff has made it much more exciting to watch the show for me, personally.” Adds Arden: “It’s the most excited I’ve ever been about anything ever. It’s a company of 23 Broadway debuts, and so many incredible artists who would probably, unfortunately, never have the opportunity to be seen on a world stage. And now they’re going to be rock stars.” Spring Awakening is published in the United States, but its path to the stage is as laborious as it was in Germany. The first production is three years later at New York’s Irving Place. The Times dismisses the German-language production—its “lax construction” and subject matter doom it to obscurity. In 1917, an English-language production comes to the Thirty-Ninth Street Theatre. The City Commission of Licenses demands the production shut down just before curtain. The New York State Supreme Court intervenes. The first and only performance features walkouts as well as “rollings of the eye” and “many sniggers,” according to The Times. He also produces his own plays. At his own expense, Wedekind publishes his first play Frühlings Erwachen. (You might know it as The Awakening of Spring or Spring Awakening.) The shockingly blunt drama covers the sexual awakening of three adolescents. However, the play doesn’t hit the stage until 1906 when it is produced at Berlin’s Kammerspiele. (Wedekind also plays the Masked Man.) Despite the content—and attracting the annoyance of German censors on this and his other works—the play stays in the repertoire for 20 years and makes Wedekind a household name. Look that the “Blue Wind” has brought to the Great White Way: Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening! The new production, which features deaf actors and is performed simultaneously in spoken English and American Sign Language, bows September 27 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The story behind this new take on a modern classic spans 150 years, two continents and eight Tonys. Let’s get started. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Spring Awakening Time does not increase Spring Awakening’s mainstream appeal. When the English Stage Society puts the show on privately, it is still “heavily censored” by the Lord Chamberlain. A year later, the National Theatre’s attempt to mount a “full version” is so riddled with discord that there’s a “permanent split” between its board and creative team, led by Laurence Olivier. In 1974, the National Theatre finally produces the first uncensored version in British history. A 1986 production in Toronto, starring children in the leading roles instead of professional actors, features walkouts during previews. “I expected to be arrested when I put this on,” director Derek Goldby says. “One-hundred [walk-outs] a night is nothing.” With Hulce on board, Spring Awakening gets a concert staging at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. That leads to a commitment from the Atlantic Theater Company. After an off-Broadway run, Spring Awakening opens at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on December 10, 2006. This time The New York Times holsters its ire, calling the new musical a “straight shot of eroticism” and “haunting and electrifying by turns.” Spring Awakening wins eight Tony awards (including Best Musical), launches several careers (Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff), and runs for over two years. Related Shows Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik and writer Steven Sater were brought together by a higher power. Both belonged to the same NYC Buddhist organization. “I came to his house to chant with him,” Sater told American Theatre, “and I stayed for five-and-a-half hours.” First, the pair collaborates on a song for Sater’s new play, Umbrage. That, in turn, inspires Sheik’s 2001 album, Phantom Moon. What will they do next? Sater mentions working on a theater project, a prospect that holds little interest for Sheik. “There is a pandering aspect to a lot of musicals, the sense that they ought to be fun with a capital F,” Sheik later tells The New York Times.” View Comments David Kurs, the artistic director of Deaf West Theatre, approaches Michael Arden about directing a show for the Los Angeles-based company. Arden suggests Spring Awakening. Initially, Kurs balks at another production of the popular show, which has made its way to high schools. He comes around. “The musical moments are very clear,” Kurs tells American Theatre. “We have this wonderful dialogue switching into the musical moments, and that really helps our deaf audience understand the story.” The show plays two different engagements in Los Angeles and receives raves. “It’s hard to enumerate all the ways in which the Deaf West’s Awakening is so very, very good,” The Los Angeles Times gushes. A big fan of the production is Broadway producer Ken Davenport. “About seven seconds after the curtain went up,” he decides Deaf West’s show is headed east. Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer tells Tony-nominated actor and aspiring producer Tom Hulce about Sheik and Sater’s attempt to meld contemporary songs with the play’s 1890’s Germany setting. Hulce, a longtime admirer of Wedekind’s play, loves the idea. Years later, Sheik contributes the score and two songs (with Sater) to 2004’s At Home at the End of the World. Mayer directs the film, which Hulce produces. The month the film is released, Hulce offers to help the duo “complete the adventure…wherever it might take us.” Frank Wedekind is born in Hannover, Germany, though he spends a good chunk of his youth in a castle in Switzerland. Wedekind moves to Munich in 1884. He has an eclectic work history: advertising manager, circus secretary, journalist for a satirical weekly and cabaret performer. “Mostly,” John Simon explained in his review of Wedekind’s diary, “he would rise at noon, see people in the afternoon, have dinner with friends, go to a theater or cabaret or opera house, then drink in good company till early morning.”last_img read more

If/Then’s James Snyder & More Preview the Musical Tour on Broadway Balances America

first_img Broadway Balances America James Snyder says it best: “If/Then is about embracing wherever you’re at now and appreciating those choices behind you, but realizing that, in this moment, you have a choice to be your best self and your most authentic self and to take that forward.” Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on Lifetime Television, returned on October 20 with a preview of the national tour of If/Then, featuring the show’s original Broadway stars, including Snyder, LaChanze and Anthony Rapp. Correspondent Amber Milt also speaks with the show creators Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. Click play! View Commentslast_img