WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – UPMC Chautauqua Hospital announced changes to their visitation policy Wednesday to temporarily ban all non-medical necessary visitation effective immediately amid the current Coronavirus pandemic.In a statement, officials said only visitors who are “essential to the care of the patient” will be allowed visitation access into the hospital.Any visitors meeting these exceptions will be screened for symptoms relating to the COVID-19 virus which include coughing, shortness of breath, or a fever.Any visits that meet this requirement should be kept brief. 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)
MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is cautioning parents and guardians about the New TikTok “Benadryl Challenge.” This challenge, involving taking large amounts of diphenhydramine (also known as Benadryl) to try and achieve a high and hallucinate, is extremely dangerous and has already sent teens to the hospital in acute distress.Benadryl is a type of sedating antihistamine commonly used to treat allergies. It works by blocking the cholinergic nervous system so taking too much of it can cause life-threatening system wide effects.“Large amounts cause exaggerated effects,” said Dr. Robert Weber, Pharm.D., an administrator for pharmacy services at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Weber adds that the following issues can arise after taking too much:• High body temperature;• Confusion;• Blurred vision;• Nausea;• Vomiting;• Unsteadiness;• High blood pressure;• Hallucinations;• Seizures;• Brain damage;• Heart attack; and• Death.Taking too much Benadryl at any age is very dangerous. The diphenhydramine (Benadryl) dosing guide is as follows: children ages 6-12 should only take one tablet every four to six hours; anyone over the age of 12 is recommended to take one or two tablets every four to six hours.Children under the age of 6 are not recommended to take the medication at all. No more than six doses of the drug should be taken within a 24-hour period. 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)
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) via Chautauqua County Government.FALCONER — Luensman Overview Park and Erlandson Overview Park will reopen to the public Monday, according to The Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Division of Parks and Recreation.John R. Luensman Overview Park is located on Thayer Road in the Town of Portland. It is situated at the top of the Lake Erie escarpment with a view of the lake plain, villages along the north shore and the Canadian south shore.Tom Erlandson Overview Park is located on Oak Hill Road in the Town of Carroll. The park is at an elevation of 2,080 feet, making it the second highest elevation in the county. It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, including Chautauqua Lake to the west, Onoville valley to the east, and the Allegheny Mountains to the south.Both parks will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to dusk from August 3 through November 1, but will not have any restroom facilities open. No large gatherings or organized events will be permitted until further notice at either park. “Both parks usually open in mid-May, but their openings were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements and the county’s budgetary constraints,” said Brad Bentley, Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Director. “With the opening of the parks, I remind those utilizing them to please be respectful of others, practice social distancing, and wear a face covering when unable to maintain at least six feet of distance from others.”For more information about parks and trails that are operated and maintained by the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities, visit chqgov.com/parks-and-trails/parks-trails or hikechautauqua.com, or call (716) 661-8417.
Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson stopped by Broadway’s longest-running show to catch the new stars, and penned this sketch of Lewis, Boggess and current Raoul Jeremy Hays, capturing the haunting Act II graveyard scene (we can hear that creepy violin solo now!). Related Shows Norm Lewis The Phantom of the Opera Sierra Boggess View Comments There’s a new opera ghost in the Paris Opera House! Tony nominee Norm Lewis made Broadway history on May 12 as the first African American to don the mask in The Phantom of the Opera on the Great White Way, and who gets to go on that foggy boat ride with him? None other than his former The Little Mermaid daughter and Phantom fan favorite, Sierra Boggess! Star Files About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. from $29.00 Congratulations to Lewis and Boggess on a successful first few performances; here’s to many more nights of beautiful music of the night!
View Comments The Broadway.com editorial team did some serious air-guitaring to celebrate the news that American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis is returning to play Drew, a role he originated (and nabbed a Tony nomination for, we might add), in Rock of Ages from August 4 through October 26. Then we did some trapeze flips (yeah, we didn’t know we could do those either) when we discovered Andrea Martin is coming back to play the Tony-winning role of feisty granny Berthe in Pippin from September 2 through September 21. This awesome news got us thinking about a few of our other favorite original Broadway stars we’d love to see return to reprise their roles, from Michael Crawford in The Phantom of the Opera to Laura Osnes in Cinderella. So, we want to know: Which original star do you want to see return home to a current Broadway show? Cast your vote below!
ALSO: Final performances August 9 of several intriguing new plays, starting with American dramatist Jennifer Haley’s darkly disturbing Royal Court entry, The Nether, which posits a virtual world that leading lady Amanda Hale is keen to police. The same night sees the final performance of Torben Betts’s Invincible at the St. James Theatre, about a collision of outlook and class in a small northern English town. ALSO: Back in London, August 21 is the opening night of Benjamin Scheuer’s widely acclaimed off-Broadway solo musical The Lion, which alights at the St. James Theatre Studio for three weeks. Cole Porter’s Anything Goes plays a five-performance engagement from August 20 through 23, with Olivier winners Maria Friedman and Jenna Russell among those on hand to belt out Cole Porter’s iconic score. Summer is officially winding down, but there’s no shortage of openings and special theatrical events all month long, from revivals of classic musicals (Guys and Dolls) to the European premiere of an off-Broadway favorite (Dogfight). Plus, Maria Friedman sings Cole Porter, a last chance to see The Bodyguard and plenty more. For more information, read on. ALSO: It’s your last chance to see Kathleen Turner growling her way across the Duchess Theatre stage in Bakersfield Mist opposite Tony-winner Ian McDiarmid; the American two-hander closes August 30, in addition to The Bodyguard. The Thea Sharrock-directed musical adaptation of the Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner film will conclude its run at the Adelphi Theatre after nearly two years. ALSO: It’s the penultimate week to catch the summer’s biggest West End hit, Skylight, in a Stephen Daldry-directed production starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan that heads next year to Broadway. Ireland’s ever-enterprising Rough Magic troupe returns to London for the first time in eight years with Mark Cantan’s new comedy Jezebel, which puts a couple’s sex life under the spotlight. Opening night is August 14 at the Soho Theatre. AUGUST 18-24 Rockin’ the Boat: Frank Loesser’s immortal 1950 musical Guys and Dolls is rarely long-absent from British stages, and here it is again in a fresh Chichester Festival Theatre production from American director Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by ballet world regular Carlos Acosta. The cast is headed by Olivier winner Sophie Thompson (younger sister of Emma) as the adenoidal Adelaide. Opening night is August 21 on the Sussex playhouse’s newly restored mainstage. AUGUST 11-17 Send in the Marines: Dogfight was a 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor before becoming an acclaimed off-Broadway musical in 2012. Now, the Benj Pasek and Justin Paul collaboration crosses the Atlantic, opening August 13 at the Southwark Playhouse—the site of last summer’s much-lauded revival of Titanic. Matt Ryan directs and Rock of Ages alum Jamie Muscato leads the cast. View Comments AUGUST 4-10 Night, Reg: The title character doesn’t actually appear in the late Kevin Elyot’s gay-themed play My Night With Reg, which gets a major London revival opening August 5 at the Donmar Warehouse and with musical veteran Julian Ovenden (Finding Neverland, Grand Hotel) taking on a straight—so to speak—part. Robert Hastie directs this 20th-anniversary revival of one of the defining British plays of the 1990s. AUGUST 25-31 Girl Talk: Performances are underway for Denise Van Outen’s one-woman musical play Some Girl I Used To Know, co-written by the actress with Terry Ronald and at the Arts Theatre following a UK tour. Van Outen’s London and Broadway credits include Tell Me on a Sunday, Chicago, and Legally Blonde, and the venture sounds very much like Tell Me on a Sunday for the internet age.
Adam Jacobs from $57.50 Related Shows Aladdin View Comments Star Files What’s better than one of Broadway’s elected Sexiest Men Alive singing a Disney tune with Oscar, Grammy and Tony-winning composer Alan Menken at the piano? Anyone? We’re waiting. Check out this amazing clip of Aladdin headliner Adam Jacobs singing “Proud of Your Boy” by Menken and the late Howard Ashman, which was originally cut from the 1992 animated film and is now featured in the Broadway tuner. Menken’s not on keys at the New Amsterdam Theatre, but you can catch Jacobs and his magic carpet there eight times a week!
View Comments Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life Joseph Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The Broadway revival, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, is helmed by Scott Ellis. The production is set to run through February 22 at the Booth Theatre. The Elephant Man Related Shows We knew that Bradley Cooper was eyeing to reprise his acclaimed performance in The Elephant Man in the West End, and now he has revealed when and where the show will run in London. The Oscar nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner told Howard Stern in a recent interview that the transfer will play a limited engagement May 18 through August 9 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In addition to Cooper, the show also stars Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson. The company features Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne. No word yet if they will be transferring with Cooper. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015
When Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles opened on Broadway in 1989, it was nothing short of revolutionary. The play tracks 20 years in the life of art historian Heidi Holland, from 1960s high schooler, to budding feminist, to working professional making difficult decisions about men, politics and motherhood. Even now, when Heidi’s choice to have a child on her own seems more de rigeuer than radical, issues of gender politics and equality are still hot-button topics on national and international political fronts. Read up on the play and its remarkable writer here, and see The Heidi Chronicles when it opens at the Music Box Theatre on March 19, starring Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs and Bryce Pinkham.All in the FamilyThere’s a reason Wendy Wasserstein stood head and shoulders above her playwriting peers—she had to. Born in Brooklyn in 1950, Wendy was the youngest of five children, with a theater-loving mother she compared to Auntie Mame. Her mom had a flair for ordering takeout for Thanksgiving dinner, but according to Julie Salamon’s biography of the playwright, could also be undermining and hyper-critical. Wasserstein graduated from the all-female Mount Holyoke College in 1971, when the female experience in the United States was in flux, an experience that would shape her career and worldview forever.Finding Her VoiceWasserstein went on to Yale to study playwriting, the only woman in her small “kind of bizarre macho class,” classmate and friend Christopher Durang told The Paris Review. “There were an awful lot of would-be Sam Shepards, and Wendy felt a little left out.” Her playgoing experience was hardly better. “I remember going to them and thinking, I really like this, but where are the girls?” Wasserstein once said. Her thesis project at Yale, Uncommon Women and Others, mined her experience and those of her Mount Holyoke fellows, daughters of the baby boom generation finding their footing in a world that no longer proscribed their futures. The play would become her first big professional hit, produced off-Broadway in 1978 starring Swoosie Kurtz, Glenn Close and Jill Eikenberry.Introducing Heidi HollandThese ideas, that women of Wasserstein’s generation “were given new obligations without being released from the old ones” found fuller expression ten years later in The Heidi Chronicles. Heidi, modeled largely on Wendy herself, is an art historian intent on educating people about female artists lost to history, but while she succeeds professionally her personal life flounders. Under the hand of her frequent collaborator, director Daniel Sullivan, Heidi premiered off-Broadway in 1988 and transferred to Broadway in 1989, starring Joan Allen, Boyd Gaines, Peter Friedman and Cynthia Nixon (playing several small roles that Sarah Jessica Parker, above, had played off-Broadway). “[Wasserstein gives us] a picture of women who want it all—motherhood, sisterhood, love and boardroom respect,” wrote critic Mel Gussow.A Feminist Threat?Wasserstein’s female roles may have been a godsend for actresses sick of playing one-dimensional stereotypes, but Heidi wasn’t welcomed with open arms by all feminists. “In depicting Heidi as troubled over career and family, Wendy Wasserstein inadvertently fed a media hype, a new feminine mystique about the either/or choices in a woman’s life,” Betty Freidan told the Christian Science Monitor. Gloria Steinem disagreed: “To have a play on Broadway about the change that a woman goes through in her life; to be in a situation where hundreds of thousands of people have sat completely absorbed in the life choices of a particular woman…this is a revolution in itself.”Crack in the Glass CeilingWendy Wasserstein became the first woman ever to win a Tony Award for Best Play in 1989 for The Heidi Chronicles (and incredibly, only one other woman has won it since—Yasmina Reza, who has won twice). She also earned the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A roster of Broadway heavy hitters later joined Heidi as replacements, including Christine Lahti, Brooke Adams, David Hyde Pierce and Tony Shalhoub. The chemistry was undeniable—both Allen and Adams married their Scoop Rosenbaums, Friedman and Shalhoub, respectively (although Allen and Friedman later divorced). But wait, there’s more awards for Heidi! Wasserstein’s 1995 TV adaptation starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Kim Catrall and Tim Hulce garnered several Emmy nominations, and a Best Supporting Actor win for Hulce.The Next ChaptersAfter the success of The Heidi Chronicles, Wasserstein became one of the most beloved members of the New York theater community. She was nominated for a second Tony Award for The Sisters Rosensweig in 1993, but lost out to Tony Kushner for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Her 1997 play An American Daughter was her only other play to make it to Broadway, but she produced several more works off-Broadway at Lincoln Center and wrote the screenplay for The Object of My Affection. She wrote frequently and candidly for the New Yorker and the New York Times, including the story of her miraculous pregnancy. She gave birth to daughter Lucy Jane in 1999 at age 48—and her decision to keep the identity of the father a lifelong secret drew more than a few comparisons to Heidi Holland’s decision to become a single mother. She also kept her protracted battle with lymphoma a secret; few knew she was sick until soon before Wasserstein passed away in 2006 at age 55.Back on BroadwayFor a play that’s pushing 30, The Heidi Chronicles remains intensely relevant. “In retrospect, what stands out is that Heidi remains single,” wrote Ginia Bellafante in The New York Times. Finding the ideal Heidi was imperative, and Elisabeth Moss, fresh from her glorious run as ’60s secretary-turned-advertising powerhouse Peggy Olsen in Mad Men, seemed a perfect choice. “I’m very interested in playing [Heidi] as a modern woman,” Moss told Broadway.com. “I know that the time period is an influence on who she is, but at the same time I think that she’s just like us, and has the same issues and the same problems and the same questions, so I’m interesting in finding out who she is in any decade. I feel like you could change a couple of names and events, and [Heidi] could easily be this year.” Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Related Shows View Comments The Heidi Chronicles
Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016 View Comments Related Shows The ensemble of An American in Paris was dancing on air on June 16, when they took home the 2015 ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus, presented by the Actors’ Equity Association at their National Council meeting in New York City. The 27 recipients of the award, all currently appearing in An American in Paris, are Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Attila Joey Csiki, Michael Cusumano, Taeler Cyrus, Ashlee Dupré, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Jennie Ford, Kurt Froman, Heather Lang, Dustin Layton, Nathan Madden, Gia Mongell, Candy Olsen, Rebecca Riker, Adam Rogers, Sam Rogers, Shannon Rugani, Garen Scribner, Sam Strasfeld, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis, and Victor J. Wisehart. Felicitations to the cast! An American in Paris