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) Photo: US Air Force / PixabayBUFFALO — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has taken legal action seeking to stop all outstanding clergy sexual abuse lawsuits while it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in federal court.The diocese filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court on Saturday seeking an injunction on lawsuits filed under New York’s Child Victims Act. About 250 lawsuits have been filed against the diocese since August, when the act gave victims one year to pursue even decades-old allegations of abuse.Lawsuits against the diocese were moved to bankruptcy court in February and permanently frozen, but the bankruptcy filing only temporarily halted lawsuits against individual parishes or Catholic schools. Those cases could be moved back into state supreme court unless the diocese is granted a permanent injunction.“Pausing litigation will allow for all parties to engage in settlement negotiations in the context of the diocese’s Chapter 11 case and to attempt to reach a global resolution of all claims (including claims against parishes and schools), without the distraction of piecemeal litigation,” the diocese said in a statement Monday. The diocese said continued litigation would deplete its insurance reserves and reduce future settlements to survivors.But lawyers representing abuse survivors said the injunction is designed to keep their clients from having their day in court, prevent access to priest personnel records and allow parishes and schools to protect their financial assets.“This legal maneuver by the Diocese of Buffalo is just another example of the Catholic Church coldly putting its needs before the needs of victims,” said Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents 39 clients suing the diocese. He said a hearing on the injunction is set for May 20.“This is a very aggressive move,” Buffalo attorney Steven Boyd said Monday. “We feel it is an unnecessary move because we’ve been negotiating with them in good faith.”The diocese previously announced it would cease financial support and health benefits for 23 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse beginning May 1 as part of the bankruptcy process. None were in active ministry.
Lady is gonna sing the blues! Before her rumored role opposite Oprah, five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald is prepping to return to the Great White Way this season as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Although no official announcement has been made, Broadway.com has learned the play is expected to play at the Circle in the Square Theatre, which will be vacated by Bronx Bombers on March 2. One of Broadway’s top stars, McDonald has won Tony Awards in the categories of Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Porgy and Bess), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Ragtime, Carousel) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class). Since Lady Day is typically billed as a play with music, this engagement could give her the opportunity to round out her wins with a trophy in the category of Best Leading Actress in a Play. A sixth win would make Audra the most honored actress in Broadway history! Lanie Robertson’s bio-show about Holiday debuted off-Broadway in 1986 starring Lonette McKee and has been produced around the country and internationally ever since. Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater starred in a production of Lady Day off-Broadway which closed earlier this year. A full evening of McDonald singing the blues? Consider us jazzed. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Star Files Audra McDonald
View Comments Every year, the Broadway.com editorial staff spends hours making charts, graphs and dartboards to try to figure out which four musicals will be honored with a “Best Musical” nomination for the Tony Awards. Wait, what? Five musicals?! Sadly, there will still only be one winner per category. Sorry producers. At this time, twelve new musicals have either opened or are scheduled to open during the 2013-2014 season on Broadway, which means you can probably expect to hear five Best Musical nominees when this year’s crop is announced on April 29. There are also more than a dozen play revivals in the season, so that category could also be expanded. Suddenly, yes. According to Variety, the Tony Awards administration committee quietly voted last month to allow the number of nominees in the Best Musical, Best Play, Best Musical Revival and Best Play Revival categories to five rather than the traditional four nominees if there are nine or more eligible shows to choose between. On the flip side, if less than nine possible shows exist in a category, the number of nominees could be reduced to three.
Cabaret Related Shows Shia LaBeouf stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 13 and revealed to the host exactly what went down at his eventful night out at Broadway’ Cabaret in June. Oozing humility—and humor— the star described how it all started with a trip to Ireland, followed by a viewing of the World Cup in the Big Apple, before he even ended up at Studio 54. Where between eating fruit, smoking and grabbing Allen Iverson’s (you read that right) butt cheeks with a “Hercules” grip, he landed in jail. At which point LaBeouf said he turned “into Tupac.” The sorry tale ends with a McDonalds egg sandwich and a promise to stay clear of Broadway “for a little bit.” Watch below to see the unpretentious LaBeouf explain himself below—we wish him well with his treatment for alcohol addiction and recovery. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 View Comments
The cast also includes Arnie Burton, Sean Dugan, Tom Galantich and Nate Smith. View Comments Tail! Spin! Mario Correa’s Tail! Spin!, which had extended off-Broadway through February 1, 2015 after initially being set to play a limited engagement through November 30, will now shutter on January 4. At time of closing the show will have played 15 previews and 110 performances. Directed by Dan Knechtges and starring SNL’s Rachel Dratch and more, the production is playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project. Politics is dirty—but politicians are dirtier. Tail! Spin! is an inventive new comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians Mark (“Appalachian Trail”) Sanford, Larry (“Wide Stance”) Craig, Anthony (“I Was Hacked”) Weiner, and Mark (“Underage Page”) Foley. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015
The Heidi Chronicles View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 The previously announced vlog from The Heidi Chronicles star Jason Biggs has been canceled. The new Broadway.com series, titled The Scoop, was scheduled to begin on April 9.You can still catch Biggs on stage at the Music Box Theatre, where he performs alongside Elisabeth Moss, Bryce Pinkham, Tracee Chimo, Ali Ahn, Leighton Bryan, Elise Kibler and Andy Truschinski.This is the first Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s Tony and Pulitzer-winning play. The show spans over 20 years, following Heidi Holland (Moss) from high school to her career as an art historian and how she copes with feminism, men, politics and motherhood.
Santino Fontana has been tapped for the Jennifer Lopez-led Shades of Blue! According to Deadline, the Barry Levinson-helmed new NBC drama follows cops who are effective at keeping the streets safe, but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own.The Broadway and Frozen fave will take on the role of Stuart Saperstein, a tough police officer with a big heart who is extremely loyal to both his crew and his mom, with whom he still lives. For some reason Fontana’s character is more confident on the street than with the opposite sex…The TV series will also star Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo.Fontana, who starred in Act One on the Great White Way last year, received a Tony nomination for Cinderella and has also appeared on Broadway in The Importance of Being Earnest and Brighton Beach Memoirs. He is next set to be seen on stage in Zorba! at Encores. Additional screen credits include Mozart In The Jungle and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. View Comments
Ready for some primal rock ‘n’ roll guitar off-Broadway? George Brant’s play with music, Marie and Rosetta, will make its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company this fall, as part of its 2016-17 season.A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar-playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of ‘race records’ in the 30’s and 40’s, a woman who played guitar as passionately as Clapton, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégé, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.Directed by Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe, the production’s cast, creative team and dates will be announced later.Brant’s plays include Grounded, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Mourners’ Bench, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Any Other Name, Good on Paper, Dark Room and Grizzly Mama. View Comments
The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Send in the clowns because February 28 is Broadway legend Bernadette Peters’ birthday! The three-time Tony recipient—one for being a self-proclaimed “doganizer”—has graced the stage and screen with her unforgettable voice (and hair) in myriad roles, from a witch to a robot to Tammy Faye Bakker. We’ve been losing our minds while revisiting all of our favorite Bernadette performances, so we ask you: which role of hers is your favorite? Broadway.com News Reporter/Bernadette Peters Correspondent Ryan McPhee kicked off this new challenge with his top 10. Now it’s your turn to #FeeltheBern. No need to wait to tell us on a Sunday; make your list today!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments
Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Sherlock'(Photo: BBC) View Comments We’ve obviously dream cast this one already. Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s new original stage play, Sherlock Holmes, is eyeing Broadway and the West End. The production is set to premiere in the U.K. in the summer of 2017.Helmed by Tony nominee Daniel Evans (Show Boat), the production will feature scenic design by Tony winner Christopher Oram (Wolf Hall), lighting by Tony winner Hugh Vanstone (Matilda) and costumes by six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long (Hairspray).The character of Sherlock Holmes has appeared in multiple and various incarnations since his original appearance in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel, A Study in Scarlet. Conan Doyle went on to feature Sherlock in four novels (including The Hound of the Baskervilles) and in 56 short stories.William Gillette starred in the famous detective’s 1899 Broadway debut. Sherlock Holmes was also seen on the New York stage in 1928 at Broadway’s Cosmopolitan Theater; in 1929 at the New Amsterdam Theatre; in 1936 at the Theatre Masque; in 1953 at the New Century Theatre; in the 1965 musical Baker Street directed by Harold Prince; in the 1974 Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Broadhurst Theatre; in the 1978 play The Crucifer of Blood featuring Glenn Close at the Helen Hayes Theatre; in the 1980 off-Broadway play The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes; in the 1982 off-Broadway play Grit in a Sensitive Instrument; in the 1987 off-off-Broadway play Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello; in the 1987 Broadway play Sherlock’s Last Case starring Frank Langella at the Nederlander Theatre; and, most recently, in the 2007 off-Broadway play The Blue Carbuncle.Many stage and screen icons have donned the world famous hat and pipe in various film, television, and radio dramas, including: John Barrymore, John Gielgud, George C. Scott, Roger Moore, Leonard Nimoy, John Cleese, Christopher Plummer, Peter O’Toole, Charlton Heston, Rupert Everett, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch.