You feel that? It’s the feeling of flames…flames on the side of your face. A new stage adaptation of the board game and 1985 movie Clue is in the works from Hasbro Inc. and The Araca Group. The film’s writer and director Jonathan Lynn will pen the play, with Hunter Foster set to direct. The world premiere will first bow at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania in May 2017 before embarking on a national tour.This marks Hasbro Inc. and the Araca Group’s second announced stage collaboration this year. In June, it was reported that the two were at work on a musical adaptation of Monopoly. No word yet if Hasbro is also looking into that Scrabble musical we’ve been dreaming about.In addition to Clue, Lynn wrote and directed the 1990 film Nuns on the Run; he also helmed My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and Wild Target. Foster, a Tony nominee for his performance in Little Shop of Horrors, has previously directed Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Summer of ‘42, The Buddy Holly Story and It’s a Wonderful Life at Bucks County.A musical adaptation of the board game played off-Broadway in 1997. The 1985 film ‘Clue'(Photo: Paramount Pictures) View Comments
Star Files Related Shows Bandstand will be the next occupant of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre when The Color Purple vacates the venue on January 8, 2017. Directed and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler and starring two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, the previously announced transfer of the Paper Mill Playhouse production will begin previews on March 31. Opening night is scheduled for April 26.Osnes and Cott will both reprise their roles in the new tuner. Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.With music by Richard Oberacker, and a book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, the original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members.Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly. The Paper Mill company also included Tony winner Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard and Joey Pero. View Comments Laura Osnes and Corey Cott in ‘Bandstand'(Photo: Jerry Dalia) Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Bandstand Laura Osnes
Colin Hanlon(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Shows View Comments In Transit Colin Hanlon, who recently served as a standby in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, will transfer to In Transit beginning January 10. He assumes the role of Steven from Telly Leung, who has taken a leave of absence due to an “unexpected personal family obligation.”The new subway-set a cappella musical by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth opened officially at the Circle in the Square Theatre on December 11.Prior to Falsettos, Hanlon appeared on Broadway in Rent; his additional credits include Dot, I Love You Because and Pirates of Penzance. Leung’s previous Broadway credits include Allegiance, Godspell, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song and Rent.The current cast also includes Justin Guarini, Margo Seibert, James Snyder, Erin Mackey, David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven “HeaveN” Cantor, Gerianne Pérez, Chesney Snow, Mariand Torres and Nicholas Ward. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017
Mamma Mia! & Sondheim on Sondheim Head to HollywoodHere goes the Hollywood Bowl again. The L.A. amphitheater will present a new production of Mamma Mia!, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, this summer. Performances will run from July 28 through 30. Before that, the venue will host a one-night-only performance of Sondheim on Sondheim featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The bio-musical revue is set for July 23. Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. is set to make his Hollywood Bowl debut as a special guest at Jazz at the Bowl on July 19.Premiere Date Set for The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksHBO now has a premiere date for its film adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The film, written and directed by George C. Wolfe and based on Rebecca Skloot’s bestselling book, will air on April 22 and is set to star Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. As previously announced, a slew of Tony nominees and Broadway favorites will join them, including Renée Elise Goldsberry, Adriane Lenox, Reed Birney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Roger Robinson, Courtney B. Vance and Leslie Uggams.P.S. While you wait for Beauty and the Beast to hit the big screen on March 17, take a listen below to The Great Comet star Josh Groban bringing his powerhouse vocals to the new anthem “Evermore”! Samantha Barks(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Samantha Barks Set for Honeymoon in Vegas ConcertSamantha Barks, who recently concluded a star turn in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years at the St. James Theatre, will head back to the London stage to sing some more from the composer. The Les Miserables favorite will play Betsy in the previously announced one-night-only concert presentation of Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium on March 12. Joining her will be Arthur Darvill (Once) as her beau, Jack. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.Take a Look at FeudRyan Murphy’s bringing Hollywood’s most legendary feud to the big screen as Tony winner Jessica Lange and Broadway alum Susan Sarandon take on the roles of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. The first season of his latest anthology series Feud, set to premiere on FX on March 5, explores the two’s tempestuous relationship while working on What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. Take a look at the scintillating trailer below, which also features tastes of Tony winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Hallivand and Tony nominees Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci as Robert Aldrich and Jack Warner, respectively.
You just found some odd worms eating holes in your maple tree leaves. How do you knowwhat they are?Until now, you could only search for an expert, visit the library or take a guess.Now, though, you have the knowledge and photographs of the South’s best experts at yourfingertips — if your fingertips rest on a computer keyboard. The Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, a group of forest entomologists, has put200 full-color images of forest insects and damage on two CD-ROM disks.They added a full-color booklet that includes:* Thumbnail photos of the images.* Scientific and common names.* Descriptions of the images.* The photographers’ names and affiliations.The two-volume set is entitled ‘Forest Insects and Their Damage.'”This CD-ROM set is … unique in the world as far as we know,” said Keith Douce, a Universityof Georgia Extension Service entomologist.Douce coordinated the 18-month project. He worked with Extension computer specialistB.T. Watson and forester David Moorhead. The project was supported by the conference andthe U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Forest Health Unit, in Atlanta.G.J. Lenhard, a Louisiana State University research entomologist and curator of theconference slide series, provided many slides.Entomologists now have a quick, accurate resource to help identify insects. In fact,orders have already been shipped to New York, Canada, Vermont, Oregon and throughout theSouth. But it isn’t just for professional entomologists and foresters. Teachers, landowners,commercial pesticide applicators, journalists and others can use it, too.The CD-ROM set can be used with any software that supports the Kodak Photo CD (.PCD)format. The Kodak Access software included with the CDs works with PC and Mac.To order a set for $25, contact Douce at P.O. Box 1209, Tifton, GA 31793. Or phone(912) 386-3424. Or fax (912) 386-7133.Georgia county Extension agents will also use the CD-ROM set as a quick teaching andidentification aid for the public.As for those odd worms on your maple tree? Check out slide number 15, showing thegreen-striped mapleworm larva.
By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaWhile you’re enjoying this summer’s backyard fruits, don’t forgetnext year’s harvest.”Next year’s fruit crop depends greatly on the plants’ healththis year,” said Gerard Krewer, a horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service.Making sure your fruit plants are properly fertilized now isimportant for two reasons, he said.First, flower buds are forming now that will produce next year’scrop.”The number of flowers you have next spring will be determinedthis year,” Krewer said. That’s important. The more flowers youstart with, the better your chances of having a crop after aspring frost.Second, fruit plants are charging up their batteries now. They’llcrank up next spring on the strength of the energy reserves theybuild up between now and their fall shutdown.”For the first 30 days or so next spring, a fruit plant willdepend on its stored reserves,” he said. “Those are the reservesit’s producing this fall and storing in its roots and stems.”Whoa!Don’t rush out and start pouring on the fertilizer, though. “Toomuch fertilizer could do more damage than good,” Krewer said.”The plant could wind up making less fruit instead of more.”Too much fertilizer now, he said, could cause the plant to growtoo much in late summer. That would increase shading in theplant’s interior, leading to fewer flower buds. The late growthis more susceptible to cold injury, too, this fall and winter.The best thing to do, Krewer said, is take a soil sample to thecounty extension office. That will tell you your plants’ precisefertility needs.”Summer is a great time to pull a soil test,” he said. “Thereadings will be closer to the actual soil conditions the plantsexperience during the growth season. The pH goes down this timeof year. So you get a better picture of your liming needs.”One benefit of soil testing is that you can often save onfertilizer costs. “Often plants require only nitrogen in thesummer application,” he said.Second-best thingIf you really don’t want to run a soil test, the next best thingis to use a balanced, premium-grade fertilizer.That would not only supply the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassiumplants need in balanced amounts, but would also provide themicronutrients needed for good growth.For many fruit trees, a seat-of-the-pants rule is to apply 1pound of premium-grade 10-10-10 per inch of trunk diameter. Butdon’t apply more than 3 pounds per tree in late summer.”For pears, apply a little less than that,” Krewer said. “Pearsare prone to put on too much vegetative growth if you fertilizethem too much.”For blueberries, he said, apply 1 ounce of the same fertilizerper foot of bush height. But don’t apply more than 6 ounces perbush.In rich soils or where fruit plants often grow too much, he said,cut any of these rates by one-half to two-thirds.Be prepared to fertilize again next spring, just before or duringbloom. “Fruit plants usually need fertilizer every spring andevery summer after harvest,” Krewer said.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCooperative Extension Service.)
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA soybean disease that has caused major problems for farmers worldwide is now in Georgia. And it’s probably here to stay. Georgia farmers will have to learn to deal with it, says a University of Georgia expert.Asiatic soybean rust was positively identified in Georgia today, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the UGA Extension Service. The first case of the disease in the continental United States was in Louisiana and announced on Nov. 10. It has since been identified in Mississippi and Florida, too.The disease attacks a plant and defoliates it, killing the plant or severely reducing yields.It’s an aggressive disease that infects and produces spores quickly. “If it spreads, it could affect a large portion of the soybean crop in the United States,” he said.Georgia’s 2004 soybean crop is too far along in growth for the disease to cause much damage this year, Kemerait said. Georgia farmers planted about 250,000 acres of soybeans this year, about 60,000 acres more than last year.The confirmation came from a sample in Seminole County taken by UGA Extension Service agent Rome Ethredge, Kemerait said. But it is believed to be widespread across the state.Tropical deliveryIt’s likely that Hurricane Ivan, which skimmed the coasts of South America around Sept. 13, picked up the disease and delivered it to the Gulf Coast states. The resulting wet, windy weather from other tropical storms allowed the rust to spread.The leaves of a plant infected with the disease will appear dried and dead. But soybean plants across the state have looked this way for sometime now because of natural defoliation this time of year.That’s why the disease wasn’t identified earlier, he said. After the confirmation in Louisiana, UGA Extension Service agents and other agricultural officials began surveying Georgia soybean fields for the disease.Costly diseaseAsiatic soybean rust has hurt soybean production in Asia, Australia and Africa. By 2000, it was in South America. It cost Brazilian farmers an estimated $1 billion in damage and control measures in 2003.Asiatic soybean rust doesn’t hurt humans or affect other major Georgia row crops, such as peanuts and cotton. But it does affect Southern peas, pole, lima and snap beans, which are grown in Georgia. It also attacks and defoliates kudzu, one of Georgia’s most infamous invasive plants.No soybean varieties are resistant to this rust, Kemerait said. But fungicides can control it. Soybeans are a higher-value crop in the Midwest, so farmers there protect them with fungicides.Georgia growers usually don’t spray fungicides on soybeans. But this will likely have to change, he said.”There’s no doubt we can handle Asiatic soybean rust in America,” Kemerait said. “The concern is how much additional production cost will it take.”Asiatic soybean rust is a tropical disease. Freezing temperatures kill it. It could spread in the United States during the summer, but it will have to fall back during winter to places that don’t freeze, such as south Florida and Texas.Now that it’s in the United States, though, it will stay. “We won’t eradicate this disease,” Kemerait said. “We’ll just have to contain and control it.”Response planKemerait, UGA plant pathology department head John Sherwood and Extension Service soybean agronomist Phil Jost are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Georgia Department of Agriculture to form a first-response plan for Georgia agricultural crops.UGA Extension Service county agents are training to identify and respond to this and other diseases.Soybeans are sometimes boiled with salt like Deep-South peanuts in Japan and other places. But in most of the United States, the high-proteins are used mostly in highly processed forms.Textured vegetable protein, soy lecithin and vegetable oil from soybeans are key ingredients in meatless burgers, milk and cheeses, infant formulas, chocolate candies and countless other foods.Soybeans are used to make nonfood products, too, such as soap, cosmetics, resins, plastics, inks, crayons, solvents and biodiesel fuel.
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaSome new gardeners shop hard for the best gloves, hat or kneeling mat. Some new gardeners in Thomas County gear up by wearing matching outfits and working with whatever tools the warden lets them use for the day.Inmates at the Thomas County Prison in Thomasville, Ga., grow their own food as part of a pilot project designed to teach them new skills and save the prison money. The prison spends $5,000 a week for food. Of that, $1,000 or more goes to buying produce, Warden Robert Greer said during a recent television interview. Less than $1,000 has been invested in the whole garden project.R.J. Byrne heard Greer talking about his predicament at a committee meeting. He had a solution.“I thought, ‘Gosh,’ they’ve got some land out there and 200-plus inmates out there, so we started a garden,” said Byrne, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Thomas County. “You can grow some form of vegetable or fruit year-round out here.”The garden is located on the old county farm. Back in the 1960s and ‘70s, the prison used it to grow vegetables and raise cows, hogs and chickens.Under Byrne’s guidance, inmates have turned an acre of weeds into a plot teeming with corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, beans and watermelons. Even with startup costs for seed, transplants and fertilizer, he estimates that the prison will save several thousand dollars this year.Greer got as many as 50 inmates involved during the planning, planting and weeding. And Byrne pulled the community into the project through his county’s Master Gardener program.“What I originally thought was that the Master Gardeners would give the inmates the chance to talk to somebody outside of the cell and have some positive influence on their lives,” Byrne said.The Master Gardeners ran with the idea, and now they help scout the garden for insect or disease problems. They also work in the garden alongside the inmates.Many of the inmates work the garden when they’re needed. But for two of them, it’s their full-time project.“That is their garden,” Byrne said. “They’re out there all the time. Four to six other inmates cycle through helping out, but it’s their sole responsibility to be in charge of the garden.”Their work has paid off. They’re now picking cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and squash. They’re waiting eagerly for the first watermelons to be big enough to pick.“The bees are working hard out there, too, to get everything pollinated,” Byrne said. “The warden’s talking about having honeybee hives out there. He’s always ambitious about trying new things.”Along with bees, he’s hoping to grow the garden to include the three surrounding acres.The project is Byrne’s first attempt at growing a large-scale garden, he said.“It’s been a good learning experience for everybody, including myself … Growing up, we always had a vegetable garden, so some of the growing practices I already knew. But on a larger scale, it can be a little more intimidating.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
By Nancy HinkleUniversity of GeorgiaFrom big, fat barn spiders to their yellow garden cousins, between now and Halloween we will be seeing more spiders around our yards. The first hard frost will kill them, but now they are mating and producing egg sacs that will overwinter and re-establish the population next spring. The most commonly seen ones are orb-weaver spiders with large webs.Barn spiders (Araneus cavaticus) can be found on porches, where flying insects attracted to porch lights get trapped in their webs. These spiders are nocturnal, constructing a new web every evening and taking it down before dawn. This rusty brown spider has legs extending about 2 inches, making it look large and noticeable. These spiders hide during the day, but at night are found in the middle of the web, waiting for insects to be trapped. The yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia) is one of the longest spiders in Georgia. It is frequently found in gardens and around shrubbery, where it constructs large webs to trap flying insects. The abdomen has distinctive yellow and black markings while the front part of the body, the cephalothorax, is white. The female typically remains in one spot throughout her life, repairing and reconstructing her web as it is damaged and ages. Her web may have a distinctive zigzag of silk through the middle, explaining its other common name, “writing spider.” Unlike the nocturnal barn spider, the yellow garden spider can be found in its web anytime. Sometimes a smaller spider will be found in the web with her; this is the male.These spiders have been present all summer, eating pest insects and growing. By late summer, they are large enough that people start noticing them. Georgia has more than 800 species of spiders, all of which are harmless if you leave them alone. All spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them. (Nancy Hinkle is a professor of entomology and Cooperative Extension veterinary entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Diseases and weeds can be very limiting factors in growing quality home vegetables, especially when it comes to growing organically. Prevention is the key to coping with these problems. To keep your garden disease and weed free, follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts: Select resistant varieties of vegetable plants whenever possible. These plants are bred to provide a level of resistance to many common diseases and other problems like nematodes.Rotate crops each year, even if you only have a small garden. By moving plants each year to a slightly different location, you help protect your plants. Rotating crops helps prevent buildup of organisms in one place. It can also help starve out a damaging disease or organism.Control competition from weeds by using mulch and weed barriers. Weeds will compete for vital moisture and nutrients and can severely stunt the growth of vegetables. Newspaper layered three sheets thick makes an effective weed barrier. Placed around plants, it suppresses weed growth, helps maintain moisture and provides organic material as it breaks down.Think clean. Sanitation is an important tool to the organic gardener. Destruction of weeds or other plants along with the elimination of diseased plants is vital to maintaining a healthy garden. Avoid using tobacco products while working in the garden as they can transmit viruses. Only go in the garden after the foliage has dried in the morning to avoid spreading potential disease spores.And remember, most organic principles are nothing more than following sound management practices and paying attention to detail.