Sean Hayes Is Engaged to Longtime Partner Scott Icenogle

first_img View Comments Broadway alum and Emmy winner Sean Hayes is engaged to longtime boyfriend, music producer Scott Icenogle, E! Online reports. The two have been together for eight years and apparently have been engaged for some time before going public with the news (despite Hayes subtly flashing the ring on recent TV appearances).Hayes received a Tony nomination in 2010 for his Broadway debut performance in Promises, Promises. That same year, he hosted the Tony Awards alongside co-star Kristin Chenoweth. His many screen credits include Will & Grace, Smash, and Sean Saves the World.Congratulations to Hayes and Icenogle! Star Filescenter_img Sean Hayeslast_img

Broadway Grosses: Finding Neverland Soars High During Preview Performances

first_img UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. The Heidi Chronicles (73.29%)***** 4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (65.70%)****** 3. On the Town (57.25%) 2. Honeymoon in Vegas (56.39%) 1. It’s Only a Play (54.55%) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 22: FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. The Audience (101.59%)****** 3. Fish in the Dark (101.58%) 4. Finding Neverland (101.03%)** 5. Matilda (100.51%) View Comments A new musical has just flown to Broadway, and it already has audiences swooping in to grab a seat. With seven preview performances this past week, Finding Neverland broke the seven-figure mark and played to over 100% capacity. The tuner joined The Book of Mormon, The Audience, Fish in the Dark and Matilda in the top five shows by capacity. It’s one of eight shows currently in previews, with several more (including—as of tonight—Something Rotten) in the wings. Another tuner opening soon, the Lincoln Center revival of The King and I, played its first full week of performances to a house just shy of 100%. We suspect that it will hit that milestone within the next few weeks (opening night is set for April 16). *Number based on eight preview performances ** Number based on seven preview performances *** Number based on six regular performances ****Number based on four preview performances *****Number based on three preview performances and five regular performances ******Number based on seven regular performances Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,901,829) 2. Wicked ($1,855,247) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,547,575) 4. Aladdin ($1,445,641) 5. Fish in the Dark ($1,192,234) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Honeymoon in Vegas ($386,247) 4. Gigi ($331,484)**** 3. The Heidi Chronicles ($329,002)***** 2. It Shoulda Been You ($293,768)*** 1. Hand to God ($217,974)*last_img read more

Matilda’s Jessica Scoblick on Dressing Christopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments Matilda Related Shows Matilda star Christopher Sieber’s dresser Jessica Scoblick has worked on over 20 Broadway shows. She discovered a love for costume design and technology under the guidance of the Barb Wolfe, first as a theater student at Binghamton University, then as a dresser at the Cider Mill Playhouse. She moved to NYC in 1997 and went on to dress (and on some occasions, supervise) on such shows as Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, Billy Elliot, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and more. Read on to find out about the sweetness and sass in her relationship with the man behind Miss Trunchbull.When did you first meet Christopher Sieber, and what was your first impression of him?I first met Christopher when he was in rehearsals for Matilda. My first impression of him was that he had a broken hand! My second impression was that he didn’t seem fazed by that at all and was in fact still performing in Pippin across the street with a broken hand.What do you wish more people knew about dressers?Nothing! I’m not used to people knowing about us. This interview is fun, but it’s weird for someone who’s used to being on the other side of the curtain.What makes the two of you laugh?Sometimes he’ll act as if he has a sore shoulder or something—he’ll move his arm around and around in a circle, and just as I start to get concerned, he suddenly hooks his thumbs under his armpits and does Eugene Levy in Waiting For Guffman: “How HIGH a ridge I could not tell.” It’s so stupid, and I fall for it every single time.What are some items you both like to have on hand backstage?The usual: water/honey, Grether’s Pastilles, emergency mole.What’s the most challenging part of dressing Christopher?He’s extremely self-sufficient. I don’t get to be the super-duper problem solver; he’s always one step ahead of me.Which of Trunchbull’s costumes do you wish you had in your closet?Our styles are pretty different (she’s a lot sportier than I am), but I actually really like her Phys Ed hoodie. It’s enormous and soft and has all these vintage Girl Guide badges on it.What do you two bond over?I think the first time we really bonded it was over, of all things, the song “Key Largo.” I can’t remember why, but he started singing it, and I had it on my phone so I played it. He did a perfect Bertie Higgins voice. I sang along for the whole thing, loudly, which I do NOT do ever, especially around singers, because I have the worst singing voice known to man. But I guess I decided that I felt comfortable enough around Christopher to sing, full out, about starring in our own late late show, just like Bogie and Bacall. Now we bond over home improvement projects. His are wildly successful; mine are a disaster. I guess we don’t bond over that as much as he enrages me.What’s the best gift he’s ever given you?I love to cook and bake. Last Christmas he and his husband Kevin (who is a chef) got me a gift card to a really great spice shop. And there have been several Williams-Sonoma gift cards as well. Probably the best gift though was four pieces of wood. I was having a meltdown because Dykes Lumber had closed and I didn’t know where in the neighborhood I was going to get the wood for my kitchen shelves. He went to the Lowe’s in Jersey the next day and when I got to work there were four beautiful perfect stain grade solid wood boards waiting for me in the wardrobe room.What’s something he says all the time?”This is how it ends.” Whether it’s a leg cramp, an eye twitch, a red spot on his arm. “Is it hot in here? Is it clammy? This is how it ends. At least I’ll go out doing what I love.” He’s a hypochondriac.What is something you do that makes him roll his eyes?Fuss too much with his (her) necktie/sock garters/Phys Ed towel. I just think Miss Trunchbull should look put together!What’s the secret to your relationship?He always says that it’s lonely playing the villain—you’re kind of in a different show than the rest of the cast, so you end up talking to your dresser a lot. So I guess the secret to our relationship is that he’s stuck with me.Since he plays a strict instructor in the show, what is he most picky about? What makes him want to lock someone in the Chokey?He’s really not picky about much. He actually likes when things get switched up; it’s fun and exciting and he gets to try new things. If you want to see the inside of Chokey, come sit in the audience and then spend the entire time looking at your phone. Or better yet, record the show! Chokey for sure.Any fun anecdotes you want to share about your time working with Christopher?There’s a shared fire escape between our floor and the star dressing room at the Booth next door. During the entire run of The Elephant Man, Christopher tried to get Bradley Cooper to come visit us. He would lean out of the window and yell (in a southern falsetto) “Bradley Coopah! Bradley Coopah you get in heah right now y’heah me? There’s a pie coolin’ on the winduhsill!” And other absurd things like that. It would make me cry from laughing it was so silly. Bradley never did come to visit. I guess it would have been a better story if he had. Oh, well.What’s the best part about being part of Team Trunch?That we get to be ourselves. We’re not trying to impress each other. We do our best work for the show, but I think we can be relaxed in our relationship. Christopher sees the worst sides of me, and yet last year he gave me a birthday card that said, “To me, you are perfect.”last_img read more

The Bodyguard & More Set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2016-17 Season

first_imgDeborah Cox We wanna dance with somebody! The Bodyguard will make its long-awaited U.S. premiere as part of Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2016-17 season. Directed by Thea Sharrock, with choreography by Karen Bruce, the tuner will kick off its previously reported national tour at the buzzy venue, headlined by Deborah Cox.Based on the hit movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and adapted by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London’s West End in 2012, where it is slated to return this summer. The show features classic hits including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.” The Paper Mill incarnation will run November 25 through January 1, 2017.Other productions that will bow at the buzzy New Jersey theater include The Producers (September 28 through October 23), A Comedy of Tenors (February 1, 2017 through February 26), Million Dollar Quartet ((March 29 through April 23) and Mary Poppins (May 24 through June 25). View Commentslast_img read more

Kathleen McNenny to Replace Liz Wisan in The Father

first_imgKathleen McNenny(Photo: Bruce Glikas) A Broadway switcheroo right before the first preview. Kathleen McNenny (Enemy of the People) will replace the previously announced Liz Wisan in the role of Woman in the American premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Father.Led by three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella, the translation by two-time Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton is set to be directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes. The limited engagement will begin previews on March 22 and officially open on April 14 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.The Father looks inside the mind of Andre (Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?The cast will also include Kathryn Erbe, Brian Avers, Charles Borland and Hannah Cabell. The Father Frank Langella View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Star Files Related Showslast_img read more

BSE Basics.

first_img“In the process of deboning meat, some spinal tissue canget mixed into sausage and other processed meats,” he said.”We don’t think that skeletal meat or milk would cause aproblem even from infected cattle.” A frightening report of “mad cow disease” dangershas reared its ugly head again. This time, the feared carrieris candy. Human FormWhile the BSE epidemic is waning in the United Kingdom, itleaves in its wake dozens of cases of human Creutzfeldt-Jakobdisease. CDC reports pin the most likely cause on the consumptionof beef products contaminated by central nervous system tissue. No BSE in USA There have been only 10 to 15 cases a year since it first appearedin 1994. But no one can predict its future magnitude or spread. “There is classical or sporadic CJD that occurs worldwide.But then there is this specific outbreak of 88 cases of a deviantform. The British Board of Health feels it comes from eating meatproducts of infected cows and probably from eating brain or spinaltissue,” Silcox said. New York City health officials began investigating sales ofMamba fruit chew candy. The distributor of the Mamba fruit chewsinsists it poses no health risks, even though it contains a beef-basedgelatin. BSE, a chronic, degenerative disease affecting the centralnervous system of cattle, has been widely diagnosed in Europe. Important Safeguards”Even though we’ve never had BSE in the United States,we ban the practice so if BSE ever did show up, we would be aheadof the game to prevent the spread here,” Silcox said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report morethan 178,000 worldwide cases since BSE was first diagnosed in1986 in Great Britain.center_img “The feed company that did it reported the problem immediately and voluntarily issued a recall,” he said. “The cattle were quarantined, and the feed company bought the cattle from the people who had used it.” The company, Storck U.S.A., reports no plans to change theingredients of the Mamba sold in the United States. The disease has also been confirmed in native-born cattle in12 other European countries. But more than 95 percent of all BSEcases have been in the United Kingdom.Animals suffering from BSE display a range of symptoms, fromnervousness to a loss of coordination. There is no treatment,and infected cattle die. Non-Threat In TexasAnother U.S. BSE scare came out of a Texas feedlot last week.Some meat and bone meal got mixed in with the cattle feed. “We’ve had a ban on using ruminant meat and bone meal in cattle feed since 1997,” Silcox said. Scientists believe BSE was spread in the United Kingdom whenfarmers fed ruminant by-products and protein sources to cattle. Silcox said the United States guards against the disease. “We don’t import live cattle or beef from countries with reportedcases,” he said. “The most important point to remember is that bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), widely known as mad cow disease, has never been found in the United States,” said Ronnie Silcox, an animal scientist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The U.S. beef and dairy industries are doing everythingpossible to prevent BSE here,” he said. “If the cattledid eat the feed, the chances that there would be a problem areminuscule. We just want to do what we can to keep this from becoming a problem in this country.”last_img read more

Shockingly Effective.

first_imgA University of Georgia scientist has found an environmentallyfriendly product nurserymen can use to kill plant diseases.What is it?Water.But this fungus-killing water doesn’t flow from just any faucet.It’s electrolyzed water created by a machine that combines water,electricity and a salt solution that enhances the water’s properties.The water-and-salt solution flows through a machine calledan electrolyzed oxidizing water unit. The result is two typesof water: one very acidic and one highly alkaline.”I’ve tried the acidic electrolyzed water on everythingfrom begonias to geraniums,” said James Buck, a plant pathologistworking in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”It’s very safe for the plants. And it kills fungi in a matterof seconds.”Hundredsof ornamental plants are grown in nurseries across the Southeast.And nurserymen constantly fight to control diseases that reducetheir plant yields.”Typically, in just one year, 10 percent of the crop willbe lost to plant diseases,” Buck said.To test the effectiveness of the electrolyzed water, Buck selectedtwo diseases to work with: powdery mildew and gray mold.”In a greenhouse operation, you’re going to have thesetwo diseases,” Buck said. “They’re foliar fungi thatattack the leaves and flowers of plants.”Buck applied the electrolyzed water as a spray and found itkilled fungi much faster than traditional fungicides.”We’re not trying to replace fungicides,” he said.”But we are looking for alternatives and additional toolsfor growers to use. On top of its effectiveness, the electrolyzedwater is also environmentally friendly.”The water kills bacteria and fungi almost immediately. Butit loses its properties over time. “That’s another reasonit would be a popular choice,” he said.Buck expanded his tests to include 25 fungi. And each timethe electrolyzed water killed the fungus in “usually 10 to30 seconds.”Over the next two years, he plans to broaden his research intoelectrolyzed water’s use as a contact fungicide. He’ll do so withthe help of a $123,000 Pest Management Alternatives grant fromthe U.S. Department of Agriculture.He now plans to find out how much and how often the water shouldbe sprayed, which ornamentals it works best on and how its costcompares to that of traditional fungicides.Buck’s research may lead to EO water replacing or reducingthe use of chemical fungicides in commercial greenhouses.”The electrolyzed oxidizing water unit won’t be an affordableoption for mom-and-pop nurseries,” he said. “But largenursery operators should find the cost well worth the benefit.”For the past four years, CAES food scientists have been usingthe electrolyzed water to kill bacteria on food and sanitize surfacesand equipment used in food preparation.”We’re focusing on finding safe, effective, economicaland practical means of controlling food-borne pathogens as foodmoves from the farm, through postharvest operations and onto thetable at home,” said Yen-Con Hung, a CAES food scientist.”EO water has many applications,” he said, “fromnonthermal food washing and sanitization to water treatment andgeneral household cleaning applications.”Hung has tested electrolyzed water’s effectiveness for controllingfood-borne pathogens on plastic kitchen cutting boards, freshpoultry and lettuce.”This water drastically cuts down the levels of Salmonellaand Campylobacter on chicken carcasses,” Hung said. “Itwould be a very effective addition to chicken processing plants.”He has found the water effective, too, at removing pathogenson foods like lettuce that can’t be heated to kill bacteria.last_img read more

Chicken feed

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaChickens eat corn. And until last year, they didn’t have to worry too much about fighting cars for their feed.But with 20 percent of all U.S. corn now going into making ethanol, poultry growers not only have the regular worries but have to consider how much they’re willing to pay for grain, too.And that’s a big deal in Georgia. Broilers are the top moneymaking agriculture industry for the state, with $3.95 billion in farm value. Eggs are sixth in Georgia with a value of $422.5 million.When corn prices go up, the state feels it.Georgia farmers used 212 million bushels of corn in 2006, said agricultural economist John McKissick, director of the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.“We produced about 26 million bushels,” he said. “We’re about 200 million bushels in debt. Looking at that, you can subtract $200 million from the livestock industry every time there is a dollar increase in a bushel of corn.”Corn’s price increase has thrown the poultry industry a double whammy, increasing production costs during a time when producers are suffering from lower sale prices.“A good thing about the poultry industry is that it’s able to adjust faster to higher feed costs,” said Mike Lacy, the poultry science department head in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.McKissick said poultry producers have adjusted by reducing their bird numbers. In 2004, broiler production was at 34 million pounds, and the average price was 74 cents per pound. In 2007, the projected broiler production is still up, but only about 2.5 million pounds more. And the average price is 67.5 cents per pound.“Even the third largest corn crop on record couldn’t save the major feed ingredient, corn, from doubling in price by the end of 2006,” he said. Growing “competition for the 2007 corn crop from ethanol producers makes any feed cost decline unlikely.”In 2002, ethanol plants consumed a little more than 1 billion bushels of corn, McKissick said. This year, they’ll use more than 2 billion. The federal government is pushing to use 35 billion bushels for ethanol production by 2013.“That’s more than half of the corn [grown] currently,” he said.But there’s a silver lining somewhere in the middle of the corn fight. Georgia has one of the major ingredients for another biofuel — biodiesel — in the form of chicken fat.“We’re actually below the break-even point for biodiesel, unless we use lower-priced animal fat to produce it,” McKissick said.But before chickens produce fat, they have to eat.“The corn prices are a huge concern,” Lacy said. “I’m really concerned about a train wreck with corn supply, corn demand and corn prices.” The concern grows because the United States has used up most of its corn reserves.The bottom line on corn for poultry producers is that it actually depends on corn growers.“We need to plant 8 million to 10 million more acres of corn in the U.S. to meet the demand,” McKissick said. “If we don’t, we haven’t seen high corn prices yet.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Farmers markets

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFresh produce takes on a whole new meaning when customers can meet the farmer who grows it. Across Georgia, communities are working to make that connection at local farmers markets.“People want to look into the face of the person who grows their food and be able to trace it back and know how it’s grown,” said Louise Estabrook, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Fulton County. Partnering with the city of Roswell, she helped start and now manages the Riverside Farmers Market, which opened in May 2008. The market is certified Georgia grown, and 51 percent of each vendor’s items must be from Georgia and grown within 100 miles of the market.The metro Atlanta area isn’t the only part of Georgia that has people searching for locally grown foods.“There’s definitely been a trend across the country to get back to local foods and knowing where your food came from,” said Amanda Tedrow, UGA Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County. “And people just enjoy that, especially with all the food safety issues that have been going around.”Tedrow works with the producer-only Athens Farmers Market. Currently, vendors in north Georgia are selling greens, onions, herbs, bread, carrots and other goodies. But the summer vegetables are on their way. Tedrow said she saw her first squash, cucumbers and tomatoes on a recent Saturday.“The biggest question I get is ‘when are the tomatoes coming?’” Estabrook said.They’ll arrive in force by the end of June in north Georgia, and earlier in south Georgia.The Roswell and Athens markets are two examples of UGA Extension working to help fill a local need. “Part of my work with Extension is answering the questions of local farmers, and one of their needs was having a place to sell their produce,” Tedrow said. “So we all worked together.”Tedrow and Estabrook do more than help run the markets. They have Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions ranging from composting to canning. Both help organize cooking demonstrations at their markets. And Estabrook has started contests, including an apple pie bake-off, watermelon eating contest and, this year, a zucchini derby. She’s providing the zucchini, wheels and stickers, and children will build the race-ready vegetable vehicles on July 25.At the Riverside market, soap maker Jennifer Rosenthal of Indigo Bath and Body finds interaction with other vendors to be her favorite thing at the three Atlanta-area markets where she sells. And the markets, she said, are more than just food. It’s also about education, she said. Children who visit her booth learn how soap is made. She uses the chance to introduce them to chemistry.“Things in Mother Nature have so many more applications than just food,” she said. In south Georgia, some state farmers markets are still going strong. And one of them is the Cordele Farmers Market.“You can pick any rural road in south Georgia and follow the busted melons that fall off trucks onto the side of the road to the market in Cordele,” said Tucker Price, UGA Extension agent in Crisp County. The Cordele market has been in business since the late 1940s. Despite its abundance of vegetables, including hard-to-find heirloom varieties, it’s best known for its melons. Price remembers making the trek to Cordele as a child to help sell watermelons. And like Price in his childhood days, Estabrook is now making the farmers market a family affair. Her husband and son play in the market’s pickup musical band, and her daughter sells homemade doggie treats.“It’s a great family venue for me,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of friends, both vendors and shoppers, and my family is there.” “It’s great to see those interactions of someone walking up to a booth and knowing the farmer by name and being able to discuss what they liked about the food they got last week,” Tedrow said. “People definitely form relationships with both the growers and the food.”For more information on Georgia farmers markets, visit www.pickyourown.org/GAfarmersmarkets.htm or www.localharvest.org.last_img read more

Stop bullying before it escalates

first_imgAt home, encourage good social skills and behavior. Help your child find his or her talents, and praise accomplishments. “When a child is bullied, he or she may feel angry, helpless or deserted,” Gibson said. “If that child tells a teacher or parent about the bullying, he or she needs to know it’s not tattling and that speaking about it was the right thing.” A consistently bullied student can have emotional problems and perform poorly in school. And if the bullying is physical, it can take its toll on the student’s body. The child doing the bullying should be given a chance to reform. The child who is being bullied should have an adult contact at school to tell if the bullying doesn’t stop. This person could be the teacher or a paraprofessional. Parents can also: Calm downParents can become angry when they first learn their child is being bullied. “Parents should stay calm and first find out if their child is in any immediate physical danger,” she said. Teachers and principals are trained to deal with issues like bullying, she said. So voice your concerns, but listen, too. Most schools have an action plan to deal with bully situations. If the school doesn’t, offer to help develop a plan. Follow up with the school to make sure steps are in place to keep your child from being bullied. “Again, parents should stay calm. If they’re not, this could set up a defensive action by school officials,” she said. “Parents should be proactive, but not demanding before they learn more about the situation at school.” The most important thing to do is find a way to stop the bullying. Ask for a meeting with the principal of your child’s school. The principal can then determine if and when to bring the child’s teacher or teachers into the conversation. Bullying can come in many forms, including physical or emotional abuse, damage to a child’s property, spreading malicious rumors or forcing a child to do something he or she doesn’t want to do, said Sharon Gibson, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension family and consumer science educator. Don’t ignore the problem. And don’t tell your child to ignore the bully. Help teachers helpA lot is going on in the average classroom, Gibson said. Teachers or paraprofessionals can have their hands full all day. It can be tough to concentrate on one child. Everyone gets bullied at some point in life, and it will most likely happen at school. If your child is being bullied, you can do some things to help stop it. Make sure the school has good monitoring. Keep records of bullying episodes and of any communication with the school. Work with other parents in the neighborhood to make sure children are supervised. Gibson recommends setting up a code word for the bullied child to use when he or she feels uncomfortable or in danger due to bullying. This will inform the adult without the child having to raise a hand or bring much attention. The adult can then investigate or even witness the bullying. “A confident, assertive child is less likely to be the target of a bully,” Gibson said.last_img read more