State Police Plan Body Camera Pilot Program, Official Says

January 18, 2021

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) Photo: VIEVU / YouTubeALBANY — New York State Police say they plan to go forward with a body camera pilot program for state troopers, a move that would change the agency’s status as one of the few primary state law enforcement agencies in the nation without body or dashboard cameras.Kevin Bruen, first deputy superintendent of the New York State Police, disclosed the plan for a pilot program Monday at the state Capitol. He did not provide details of the plan, such as how many troopers will receive the devices and how much money the pilot program might cost.His comments come months after a nationwide Associated Press survey found that New York State Police are the country’s largest primary state law enforcement agency not equipped with body or dashboard cameras.Without operating those devices, New York State Police continue to remain an anomaly compared to police forces in large cities and state police agencies across the U.S., the Associated Press survey found. Many primary state-level policing agencies do not operate body cameras, but do use dashboard cameras.Patrol cameras are regularly praised by law enforcement experts as ways to increase transparency and hold officers and citizens accountable.Equipping state police with body cameras has received support from New York Attorney General Letitia James. Some state lawmakers have also expressed support for bringing the technology to the agency.New York State Police has said it once had VHS cameras and later digital cameras on a limited number of vehicles. But, according to the agency, it did not have the money to continue the VHS cameras and the digital cameras required “costly maintenance.”last_img read more

Daniel Radcliffe on the Emma Watson Prank That Made His Lip Quiver

January 18, 2021

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Star Files The Cripple of Inishmaan star Daniel Radcliffe stopped by Live with Kelly and Michael to discuss his greatest fear is about doing a show on the Great White Way. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner also shared a peek at his luscious locks for his upcoming film Frankenstein, and Rippa commented that he “would be a very beautiful woman.” Well, Radcliffe, if you’re on board, we have one (or two) shows in mind you could step into after Inishmaan! That’s after he adds Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Company to his resume, both of which he expressed interest in doing while speaking to The New York Times. Daniel Radcliffe The Cripple of Inishmaan View Commentslast_img read more

Annette Bening, Jessica Hecht & Jessica Collins Will Join John Lithgow in Lear

January 18, 2021

first_img John Lithgow King Lear will feature scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and original music by Dan Moses Schreier. Hecht received a Tony nomination for her performance in the recent revival of A View From the Bridge. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Assembled Parties, Harvey, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Julius Caesar, After The Fall and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 In addition to Lithgow as Lear, Bening as Goneril, Hecht as Regan and Collins as Cordelia, the cast will include Jeremy Bobb as Oswald, Steven Boyer as Fool, Glenn Fleshler as Cornwall, Slate Holmgren as the King of France, Christopher Innvar as Albany, Chukwudi Iwuji as Edgar, Clarke Peters as Gloucester, Dale Place as Old Man and Curan, Jay O. Sanders as Kent and Eric Sheffer Stevens as Edmund. The non-equity ensemble will include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Burnap, Christopher Ghaffari, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Matt Helm, Dave Klasko and Phillip Shinn. Collins’ stage credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway, as well as We Live Here and Manic Flight Recation. Star Filescenter_img View Comments The speculation was true! Annette Bening, along with Jessica Hecht and Jessica Collins, will play the daughters of the previously announced John Lithgow in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan will direct the Shakespeare classic about a King who loses everything after disowning his favorite daughter. The play will run from July 22 through August 17 at the Delacorte Theater with opening night set for August 5. Bening earned a Tony nod for her performance in Coastal Disturbances. She has also appeared on stage in Medea and The Female of the Species. She received Oscar nominations for her roles in the films The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty and The Grifters. King Lear Related Showslast_img read more

Williams, Ovenden & Worsham to Star in NY Philharmonic’s Show Boat

January 18, 2021

first_imgBroadway alums Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham are set to star in a semi-staged production of Show Boat this fall. The classic musical, which features music by Jerome Kern and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, will play Avery Fisher Hall from November 5 through November 8. Ted Sperling will conduct and direct. Williams will star as Julie, Ovenden will play Gaylord Ravenal and Worsham will take on the role of Magnolia. All three make their New York Philharmonic debut. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. View Comments Williams recently returned to Broadway as a special guest vocalist in After Midnight, and was nominated for a Tony for her performance in the revival of Into the Woods. Her additional stage credits include The Trip to Bountiful, Sondheim on Sondheim and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Williams received three Emmy nominations for her performance on the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty. Show Boat follows the lives of three generations of performers, stagehands and dock workers as their theater, the Cotton Blossom, floats along the Mississippi River. The musical was first performed on Broadway in 1927 and has been revived on the Great White Way and by opera companies numerous times since then. The tuner features such classic showtunes as “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Ol’ Man River” and “You Are Love.” Ovenden made his Broadway debut in the 2006 revival of Butley. His London stage credits include Marguerite in the West End, as well as My Night with Reg, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Annie Get Your Gun. His screen credits include Downton Abbey, Smash and The Assets.center_img Worsham is currently starring in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Her performance as Phoebe, which marks her Broadway debut, landed her a Tony nomination, a Drama Desk Award and a Theatre World Award. She is also the lead singer for the Brooklyn-based band Sky-Pony. Star Files Vanessa Williamslast_img read more

The Liza Minnelli Story is Now a Comic Book

January 18, 2021

first_img Bluewater Productions, the company behind Female Force, has also showcased (in comic book format) such female heroes as Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters and Angelina Jolie. Oh, and the cast of Glee. Publisher Darren G. Davis says the Female Force series aims to examine “strong women in today’s society that have inspired generations and shaped the culture of today.”  Nana-nana-nana-nana nana-nana-nana-nana…LIZA! Forget Batman, forget Spider-Man and forget Babs, even. Our new favorite comic book hero is Liza Minnelli. Female Force: Liza Minnelli, a comic book detailing the life of the iconic performer, is now available in digital and print editions. View Commentscenter_img The 24-page saga is written Michael L. Frizell, illustrated by Rafael Cordeiro and highlights key moments from Minnelli’s prolific career. From her wild days at Studio 54 to her Oscar-winning performance in Cabaret and beyond, Female Force tells it all. What’s missing, sadly, is that time she battled the Green Goblin and the time she took off her glasses and revealed her true identity is Lois Lane. The book comes in four collectible covers, so you should probably definitely buy all of them.last_img read more

London’s The Play That Goes Wrong Aims to Get it Right in New York

January 18, 2021

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 The Play That Goes Wrong must be doing something right, as it now has its eyes on the Big Apple! The showbiz comedy written by and starring Jonathan Sayer, which is currently playing in the West End, aims to play New York in July 2015, according to producer Kenny Wax. The show recently announced its recoupment after just 12 weeks of West End performances.The plan, says Sayer, is to have the complete cast of the UK production reprise their performances on the other side of the pond. In addition to Sayer, the cast consists of Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Wallinger.Directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a group attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, what can go wrong does go wrong as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.The comedy originally opened in 2013 as a one-act show at the Old Red Lion in London before transferring to the Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2). The show began performances at the West End’s Duchess Theatre on September 5. Related Shows View Comments The Play That Goes Wrong (Through January 6, 2019)last_img read more

Anne Hathaway Will Return to the New York Stage in Grounded

January 18, 2021

first_img Grounded In addition to her Oscar-winning turn as Fantine in Les Miserables, Hathaway’s many additional screen credits include Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Love & Other Drugs, Bride Wars, Rachel Getting Married, The Devil Wears Prada and The Princess Diaries. She has appeared on the Public Theater stage previously in their 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night and in Carnival with City Center Encores!. Related Shows Grounded explores the consequences of war and the struggle to find a balance with home life. Hathaway plays a fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone. She endures 12-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer, then goes home to her family in the suburbs for another 12 hours. The play previously ran in New York last year at Walkerspace in TriBeCa and starred Hannah Cabell. View Commentscenter_img The rumors were true! Les Miz Oscar winner Anne Hathaway has been tapped to lead the Public Theater’s production of George Brant’s Grounded. Tony winner Julie Taymor will direct the one-woman show off-Broadway. Performances will begin on April 7 in the Anspacher Theater, where it is set to open officially on April 23 and run through May 17. Grounded will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Will Pickens, projection design by Peter Nigrini and original music by Elliot Goldenthal. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 24, 2015last_img read more

Laura Benanti & Derek Hough-Led Spring Spectacular Extends

January 18, 2021

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Laura Benanti This will put a spring in your step! The Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular, starring Tony winner Laura Benanti and five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough, has extended through May 7. The show had previously been set to shutter on May 3 at Radio City Music Hall.Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors, the show is penned by Joshua Harmon. The new production featuring the iconic dance troupe is a whirlwind adventure across the Big Apple that tells an inspiring and hopeful story about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Spring Spectacular contains 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits.The cast also includes Lenny Wolpe and Jared Grimes. Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne have been tapped to voice the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively, while So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels has choreographed the first number. The production also features Rockette dance routines reworked from Heart and Lights, which canceled its premiere last year.New York Spring Spectacular is produced by MSG Entertainment and The Weinstein Company (which is working with Paulus on Finding Neverland). New York Spring Spectacular Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg & More Stars Catch Hamilton on Broadway

January 18, 2021

first_img Related Shows from $149.00 Hamilton View Comments The new musical Hamilton doesn’t open officially on Broadway until August 6, but celebrities are already flocking to Lin-Manuel’s hip-hop history lesson. A slew of stars were in the crowd on July 29, 2015, including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Alex Trebek, Alicia Silverstone, Gayle King, and Questlove. After the show, the cast invited the stars onstage for a group photo. Check out these Hot Shots of the celebs catching the new Broadway hit, then see Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre!last_img

Complete Cast Set for Paula Vogel’s Indecent on Broadway

January 18, 2021

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 6, 2017 Related Shows Indecent The cast is now set for the Broadway premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s Indecent. The entire off-Broadway company will reprise their performances from last year’s New York premiere at the Vineyard Theatre. Previews will begin at the Cort Theatre on April 4 prior to an official opening on April 18.Returning from the off-Broadway run are Katrina Lenk (Once), Mimi Lieber (Act One), Max Gordon Moore (Relatively Speaking), Tom Nelis (The Visit), Steven Rattazzi (The Fourth Sister), Richard Topol (Fish in the Dark) and Adina Verson (Him).Joining the seven for the play’s Broadway bow will be Ben Cherry (Fiddler on the Roof), Andrea Goss (Cabaret) and Eleanor Reissa (God of Vengeance, the inciting play that inspired Indecent, at New Yiddish Rep).Indecent, co-created by Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman, explores the impact of the 1923 play God of Vengeance. Sholem Asch’s controversial work has since divided audiences, with some considering it an important piece of Jewish culture and others viewing it as libel. The production features music by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva.center_img Adina Verson & Katrina Lenk in the off-Broadway production of ‘Indecent'(Photo: Carol Rosegg) View Commentslast_img read more