WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office remains open during the global COVID-19 pandemic but, like other “essential” businesses, has made changes in an effort to keep the community safe from the virus while also providing the accused a proper defense.The department offices in Mayville and Jamestown will remain operative to assist those who need urgent legal representation during the crisis. Legal assistance will also be given by phone or video conference. An online version of its Application for Representation is under development.The Public Defender’s Office maintains hours in both locations, Mayville and Jamestown, from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The phone numbers are (716) 753-4376 (Mayville) and (716) 661-8880 (Jamestown).The day-to-day operations within the courts in New York State are different during the crisis. The Office of Courts Administration (OCA) of New York State mandated all Courts within the state to postpone all non-essential matters for a term up to 90 days. All courts located in New York and Chautauqua County are temporarily entertaining only emergency criminal, family, and subrogate appearances and procedures. Many local town, village, and city courts have adjourned the bulk of their criminal proceedings until at least early May. Judges in County Court hear essential matters such as arraignments during regular hours. Off-hours, the Centralized Arraignment Program still functions to conduct arraignments during evenings and weekends. Attorneys from the Chautauqua County Public Defender Office continue to appear remotely to the Centralized Arraignment Program.The Public Defender’s office also says that defendants and defense attorneys appear more frequently in court via Skype or by phone rather than in person. In addition, the office says defendants frequently consult their attorneys by phone, rather than person, before appearing remotely to court. 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) DUNKIRK – A 33-year-old Dunkirk man was arrested after allegedly hitting a man in the head with an axe over the weekend.Dunkirk Police say Brian Nowak was arrested Saturday afternoon following the alleged assault.Nowak is charged with felony second-degree assault and was remanded to Chautauqua County jail on $20,000 bail.Officers report the victim was treated at Brooks Memorial Hospital for his injuries. The Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Village of Fredonia Police and U.S. Border Patrol.
Sweeney Todd will feature Borle as Pirelli, Blumenkrantz as The Beadle, Mackey as Johanna, Johnson as Anthony Hope, Quast as Judge Turpin and Brenn as Tobias Ragg. Sweeney Todd follows a wronged barber who takes to slitting throats while seeking revenge on the corrupt judge who destroyed his life and family. The concert production will be conducted by Alan Gilbert and directed by Lonny Price, who also directed the Philharmonic’s 2000 staging of Sweeney Todd. Star Files Christian Borle Borle is slated to star in Little Me as part of the 2014 City Center Encores! season. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, and recently appeared in NBC’s live telecast of The Sound of Music and Smash. Borle’s Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jesus Christ Superstar and Footloose. View Comments Ladies and gentlemen you can’t imagine the rapture in store! Tony winner Christian Borle, along with Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kyle Brenn, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Erin Mackey and Olivier winner Philip Quast, will take to the stage in the New York Philharmonic’s sure-to-be-rousing presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Starring Grammy winner Bryn Terfel as the titular demon barber and Oscar winner Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett, the show will run from March 5 through 8 at Avery Fisher Hall. Erin Mackey Jay Armstrong Johnson Blumenkrantz has appeared on Broadway in Into the Woods, Threepenny Opera, Damn Yankees, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and A Class Act. Mackey was last seen on Broadway in Chaplin. Her previous Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Wicked and Sondheim on Sondheim. Johnson’s Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me if You Can and Hair. Quast has won three Olivier Awards for his performances in Sunday in The Park with George, The Fix and South Pacific. Brenn’s Broadway credits include West Side Story and Leap of Faith.
Lena Hall View Comments ALSO: Lincoln Center’s American Songbook 2014 season opens with a free concert in the David Rubenstein Atrium. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 SEX TIPS! SEX TIPS! GET YOUR SEX TIPS HERE! The theory that gay men give better advice than women is being put to the test in the off-Broadway comedy Sex Tips for a Straight Woman From a Gay Man. Adapted from the book of the same name by Matt Murphy and Jim Brochu, the stage show at 777 Theatre follows authors Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman as they deliver sage advice to the audience with the help of a friendly and hot male model. Hey, if it worked for Meryl, it’ll work for you! ALSO: Kenita R. Miller, Michael James Scott, Stephanie Umoh and more star in a one-night-only benefit performance of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ Once on This Island at the Lucille Lortel Theater; Constantine Maroulis, Jason Gotay, Alex Brightman, Molly Ranson and more celebrate the music of Jeff Thomson in Go Where the Love Is at 54 Below; Ariana DeBose (Motown The Musical) does mash-ups, medleys and more in Typed Out at 54 Below. Justin Matthew Sargent Debra Messing THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 DEBRA MESSING IS LOVESTRUCK IN MULLINGAR Interior designer Grace Adler Famed lyricist Julia Houston Emmy winner Debra Messing makes her Broadway debut in Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, opposite Tony winner Brian F. O’Byrne. In the new rom-com, Messing plays an eccentric Irish farmer who’s trying to make a romantic connection with her shy neighbor. Go for Messing’s charming debut and stay for the show’s last-minute quirky curveball. If you’re a fan of famous faces, the week of January 20-26 is your time to get busy! On tap on stages around NYC are Carol Channing, Annie Potts, Debra Messing and Sutton Foster, plus a star-studded concert special. Read on to get the scoop on the most exciting happenings in theater, TV, concerts and films in our calendar of events for Broadway lovers. TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 ANNIE POTTS STARTS SWINGING IN PIPPIN Oh, it’s time to start livin’! Annie Potts, best known for her role as Mary Jo Shively on TV’s Designing Women (go ahead, go treat yourself to that saxophone-heavy intro for a minute) joins the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Pippin. Potts takes on the high-flying role of grandma Berthe in the show, so don’t miss your chance to see her on the trapeze and belting “No Time at All.” View All (10) Zak Resnick Stark Sands ALSO: Kim Pirrella, sister of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga, returns to My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral at off-Broadway’s St. Luke’s Theatre. Star Files FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 SUTTON FOSTER BIDS CAFE CARLYLE ADIEU Sutton Foster (a.k.a. the world’s best character actress with the vocal chops of a musical leading lady) wraps up her enchanting cabaret show at the swanky NYC nightspot. Featuring an eclectic evening of standards, pop and Broadway, including her rousing medley of “Not for the Life,” “NYC” and “Astonishing” from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie and Little Women, Foster unleashes her powerful pipes like no one else. ALSO: Donna Vivino’s witty and delightful show It’s Not Easy Being Green returns for one night only at 54 Below. Sutton Foster ALSO: Tony winner Victoria Clark goes back to granting wishes as the fairy godmother in Cinderella; Broadway vet Edward Hibbert returns to 54 Below with his hit show Can’t Something Be Done?; The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner opens at Atlantic Theater Company; Tim Federle’s follow-up to Better Nate Than Ever—Five, Six, Seven, Nate!—is available at bookstores; Jennifer Holliday: The Song Is You and Isabela Moner’s (Evita) Isabela are released on CD; Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s update on A Streetcar Named Desire starring Cate Blanchett, gets the DVD treatment. Billy Porter MONDAY, JANUARY 20 CAROL CHANNING & JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND CALL ON DOLLY! Hello! Hello there, how are you? Oh hello! On this cold winter night, you’d do best to go see three-time Tony winner Carol Channing, who’s returning for a one-night engagement celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Hello, Dolly! A Man’s A Man star Justin Vivian Bond hosts the celebration at Town Hall, which includes celebrity tributes, video questions from fans and footage from Channing’s illustrious career. Holy cabooses! Victoria Clark Annie Potts SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 STARK SANDS HANGS UP HIS KINKY BOOTS This is time for a shake-up! Since Kinky Boots opened last April, Stark Sands has been turning in a gangbusting, Tony-nominated performance as Charlie Price, the contemplative counterpoint to Tony winner Billy Porter’s colorful drag queen, Lola. Celebrate Sands’ final performance by hearing him belt Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-winning pop score one last time. SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 DON’T LEAF THE SKIVVIES OUT IN THE COLD Spring has (almost) sprung! Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley are The Skivvies, and they know how to get your attention. The undie-rock, comedy-pop duo returns to 54 Below for a concert titled One Giant Leaf for Mankind, featuring special guests Lena Hall, Morgan James, Justin Matthew Sargent, Zak Resnick and Grammy nominee Sophie B. Hawkins. Don’t miss the show, or you’ll be saying, “Damn, I wish I was in your audience.” ALSO: The Commons of Pensacola, starring Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Tony winner Blythe Danner, ends its off-Broadway run at MTC’s New York City Center Stage I; The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss plays her final performance in NEWSical the Musical; Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque heats up XL Nightclub; Sondheim Unplugged returns to 54 Below. Constantine Maroulis
View Comments Postponed! Recent Big Fish co-stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin had been set to reunite for a one-night-only concert of The Goodbye Girl on April 7. However “due to a late-breaking change in the availability of its headliners” the concert will be rescheduled for Fall 2014. Perhaps Butz’s new Netflix role had something to do with it? Norbert Leo Butz Kate Baldwin Star Files The original Broadway production of The Goodbye Girl opened on March 4, 1993 at the Marquis Theatre and starred Bernadette Peters and Martin Short (in his Broadway debut). Directed by Michael Kidd with choreography by Graciela Daniele, the show ran for 188 performances and garnered five 1993 Tony nominations including Best Musical. Penned by David Zippel, Neil Simon and Marvin Hamlisch and based on the Oscar-winning film, The Goodbye Girl chronicles the unlikely romance between Paula (Baldwin), a single mother who has been jilted one too many times by one too many actors, and Elliot (Butz), another actor, who shows up at her door—out of the blue—with a lease to sublet her apartment.
Star Files Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Christopher Jackson Holler If Ya Hear Me Holler if ya hear them! The cast is now set for the upcoming Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me. Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, award-winning slam poet Saul Williams, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, Tony nominee John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside will star in the new musical inspired by the work of Tupac Shakur.Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Kenny Leon, the non-biographical story of Holler If Ya Hear Me focuses on two childhood friends living in a poverty-stricken Midwestern industrial city, struggling to realize their dreams. The production will feature songs from throughout the late rap icon’s career, including “California Love,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Me Against the World” and, of course, the title song.Pinkins is a Tony winner for Jelly’s Last Jam. She received nominations for Caroline or Change and Play On!. Her additional Broadway credits include A Time To Kill, The Wild Party and Radio Golf. Williams co-wrote and starred in the film Slam and appeared in K-Pax, Lackawanna Blues New York, I Love You and Aujourd’hui-TEY. Jackson, currently seen in After Midnight, has also appeared on Broadway in Bronx Bombers In the Heights, Memphis and The Lion King.Holler will also feature Sengbloh, whose Broadway credits include Motown, Fela!, Hair and Wicked, Thompson, who appeared in Matilda and American Idiot, and Jelks, who received a Tony nomination for his performance in Radio Golf and has also appeared on Broadway in Gem of the Ocean. The ensemble will be comprised of Afi Bijou, Mel Charlot, Carrie Compere, Otis Cotton, Ariana Groover, Jared Joseph, Jahi Kearse, Muata Langley, Valentine Norton, Christina Sajous, Charlene Smith, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Donald Webber Jr. and Joaquina Kalukango. As previously announced, Holler If Ya Hear Me will begin performances on May 29 at the Palace Theatre.
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jonathan Groff’s TearsDon’t you just want to give Jonathan Groff a great big hug? He recently told the Daily Express that he cries “all the time, on a daily basis,” especially when he is singing. The Broadway alum and Looking star also joked that he dreams of playing “Mary Poppins one day. I did it for Halloween when I was little and I had the carpet bag and lipstick and fake British accent!” Well, he did at least recently get to use the accent, if not the rest, when he played King George III in off-Broadway’s Hamilton. No word yet on whether he’ll move with the musical to the Main Stem—fingers crossed he makes our dreams come true and returns to the Great White Way!OITNB’s Lea DeLaria to Host OBIEsOrange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria is set to emcee the 60th Annual OBIE Awards, which as previously reported will be held on May 18 at Webster Hall. She received an OBIE for her portrayal as Hildy in the Public Theatrer’s revival of On The Town; her multiple screen credits include Awkward, Clarence and Californication. The awards feature informal categories that change annually, recognizing excellence in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater.Jennifer Ehle & Cynthia Nixon’s Quiet PassionTwo-time Tony winner Jennifer Ehle will join the previously reported Tony winner Cynthia Nixon in the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion. Variety writes that Terence Davies is set to direct the long in-the-works film, which will begin production this week in Belgium. A Quiet Passion follows Dickinson from young schoolgirl to reclusive, undiscovered poet.Mandy Patinkin & Rita Moreno Team UpTony winner Mandy Patinkin and legendary EGOT winner Rita Moreno have both been tapped for the animated series Nina’s World. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will air on NBC Universal’s cable channel Sprout and will focus on six-year-old Nina and her adventures with her puppet named Star. Patinkin will voice Mr. Lambert, a sweet local librarian; Moreno will play Nina’s grandmother, Abuelita.Watch Idina Menzel Sing ‘Let It Go’ in JapaneseIdina Menzel recently stopped by The Ellen Show and she revealed that when she sings her Frozen anthem on her upcoming world tour, “I feel like I should try and sing the chorus or something in another language.” And how will the Broadway supernova manage it? Without missing a beat, she confessed that she’s learning it all phonetically: “It’s like what John Travolta had to read at the Oscars!” Check out Adele Dazeem’s rendition of “Let It Go” in Japanese below! Idina Menzel Jonathan Groff Star Files
Star Files View Comments The founding members of the Roots are teaming up with the founding fathers! The much-buzzed about Hamilton’s cast album will be executive produced by the Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove. According to the tuner’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the record will drop in September. The off-Broadway hit will begin previews on July 13 at the Great White Way’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, with opening night set for August 6.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast will also include Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. The company will additionally include Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampan, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene. Lin-Manuel Miranda
Related Shows You’ll have a little longer to believe! Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening will extend on Broadway through January 24, 2016; the production had previously been set to end its limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on January 9. Waitress is scheduled to begin previews at the venue in March.Starring Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, along with Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus and more, the musical is currently in preview and will officially open on September 27. Michael Arden’s production previously played two different engagements in Los Angeles. The staging incorporates American Sign Language with the dialogue, as select characters are portrayed as deaf, with additional performers providing their voices. The show features choreography by Spencer Liff.Spring Awakening, featuring music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play by the same name. It follows a group of teenagers as they navigate through their sexual and intellectual blossoming, with varying degrees of support from adult figures in their lives. The original production won eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical.The cast also features Camryn Manheim, Patrick Page, Russell Harvard as well as over a dozen newcomers, including Austin McKenzie as Melchior, Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla, Katie Boeck as the voice of Wendla, Daniel Durant as Moritz and Alex Boniello as the voice of Moritz. Spring Awakening View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016
Tickets are now on sale to see former Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo in the New York premiere of John Pollono’s Lost Girls. Directed by Jo Bonney and also starring Ebon Moss-Bachrach, the previously reported production will play a limited engagement off-Broadway October 21 through November 29. Opening night is set for November 9 at MCC Theater’s Lucille Lortel Theatre.When Erica, their seventeen-year-old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie (Perabo) and Lou (Moss-Bachrach)—former high school sweethearts, now divorced—are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects to prevent history from repeating itself. Filled with passion, twists and dark humor, the play remains at its core a poignant love story.The cast will also include Meghann Fahy, Tasha Lawrence, Lizzy DeClement and Josh Green. View Comments