Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Neil Patrick Harris WAS Approached to Take Over From David Letterman Speculation was rife when David Letterman announced his retirement that Neil Patrick Harris would take over his hosting duties. Well, as we know, Stephen Colbert got the gig, but it turns out that the Tony nominee was approached about the Late Show. According to Vulture.com, Harris told Howard Stern about the prospect: “I think I would get bored of the repetition fast.” The Hedwig star hasn’t, however, ruled out doing a weekly variety show. Tony Nominee Marin Ireland Joins HBO’s Girls Tony nominee Marin Ireland (Reasons to be Pretty) has landed a recurring role in the fourth season of HBO’s Girls. Deadline reports that the Homeland alum will play an affluent and aloof classmate of Lena Dunham’s character Hannah. Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov Will Team Up at BAM Odd couple or match made in heaven? Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe and dancing icon Mikhail Baryshnikov will star in the American premiere of Daniil Kharms’ The Old Woman at BAM. Directed by Robert Wilson, Dafoe and Baryshnikov will play a dapperly dressed mismatched pair forced to deal with the most inconsiderate of corpses. The surreal black comedy will play June 22 through June 29. Neil Patrick Harris Star Files View Comments Shakespeare Coming to a Movie Theater Near You You don’t need to buy a plane ticket to experience the Royal Shakespeare Company this summer. Henry IV Part I will be screened in US movie theaters June 3 through July 3, while Henry IV Part II will play July 5 through August. Need a bard fix before then? Reprise screenings of Richard II, starring former Dr Who David Tennant, will appear in 45 movie theaters across the country in May. ‘Smelly Cat’ Would be the Big Number in Friends Musical on Broadway Friends star Lisa Kudrow stopped by Conan O’Brien’s show to talk her latest movie, Neighbors, but also touched upon the idea of a Friends Broadway musical. “The big ‘Smelly Cat’ number’s fantastic, you’ve gotta see it,” she joked. It wouldn’t be the first time felines have been somewhat successful on the Great White Way…Check out the clip below.
Stalking the Bogeyman Related Shows Adapted and directed by Potter, Stalking the Bogeyman was created from the original true story and subsequent news reports, as well as conversations with Holthouse, lectures he has given around the country and original text by the playwright, with additional writing by Tony nominee Santino Fontana, Shane Zeigler and Shane Stokes. Stalking The Bogeyman is based on the true story of David Holthouse (Hill) and follows one man’s quest for revenge as he comes to grips with the killer inside him. In the spring of 2003, Holthouse was a successful, award-winning journalist. But no one knew that he had two dark secrets—first, that 25 years ago he was the victim of a violent rape, and second, that he was quietly planning the ultimate revenge on the man responsible. Roderick Hill will lead the cast of the off-Broadway premiere of Stalking the Bogeyman. The drama by Markus Potter will also feature Erik Heger, Murphy Guyer, Roxanne Hart, Tony nominee John Herrera and Kate Levy. Performances will begin on September 12 at New World Stages. Opening night is set for September 29. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 9, 2014
We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! OVERALL CAMP FACTOR Five out of five bong hits of “cannabis” with Bea. View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 2:31. Why yes, that’s Hudson and Arthur singing about cannabis. Yes it is. WHY WE LOVE IT This magical ode to grass, coke, powder, smoke, dust, weed, speed, pills, pot, poppers, pink ladies (?) and of course, glue, comes to us from Josh F. “Bea Arthur and Rock Hudson sing an entire song about getting high called ‘Sniff, Swig, Puff’ while lounging around in evening wear?” he writes. “You can’t make it up.” We’re pretty sure this glorious gem from the 1979 Emmy-nominated Beatrice Arthur Special is the only video we’ll ever need for the rest of our lives.
View Comments Josh Groban It’s not always about being Miss (or Mister) Independent. Josh Groban’s previously announced theater-centric album Stages drops on April 28. Joining the crooner for The Phantom of the Opera’s “All I Ask of You” is three-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson. Take a listen to the track below; it may not be the Phantom you know and love, but something tells us these two would absolutely kill it on the Great White Way (and they’ve both let it be known)! The album will also include tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Miserables, as well as a special Carousel duet with Audra McDonald. Star Files
Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 Finding Neverland What’s the best Mother’s Day gift a mom could get? Tickets to a Broadway show, of course! Grammy winner Alicia Keys and Emmy nominee Lucy Liu got their wishes granted when they took trips to see Finding Neverland with their families on May 10, 2015. Liu took her goddaughter, while Keys took her mother and son to see the hit musical starring Kelsey Grammer, Laura Michelle Kelly and Matthew Morrison. Check out these photos of Mother’s Day at Finding Neverland, then see the new musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre!
The Sound and the Fury has extended once again off-Broadway! The show, directed by John Collins and created by Elevator Repair Service, began previews in The Public Theater’s Martinson Theater on May 14 and will now run through July 12; it had previously been set to shutter on June 27.The Sound and the Fury is based on William Faulkner’s celebrated novel of the same name and follows the fictional Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. A once noble clan descended from a Civil War hero, the family falls victim to racism, greed and selfishness, embodying the clash between changing times and old ideals in the post-Civil War era. The play covers Part One of Faulkner’s novel, April Seventh, 1928.The ensemble cast includes Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez, Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Pete Simpson and Ben Williams. View Comments
Great White Way favorite Darren Criss, who recently finished his Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning run as the star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is launching an outdoor music festival for fans of Broadway. The first-ever Elsie Fest, named after Sally Bowles’ roomie, will take place on September 27 at 2PM in New York City.“I was at Coachella and thought ‘let’s do this for show tunes,’” said Criss in a statement. Broadway producer and Jujamcyn Theaters President Jordan Roth, who is also behind the event, added: “Elsie Fest will give us all a totally unique experience to come together to celebrate the music we love, the performers we love, and the community we love.”Criss will headline the concert alongside Aaron Tveit, Lea Salonga and Laura Osnes. Also appearing are Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., StarKid, Seth Rudetsky and many more special guests.Promising tunes from the stage and screen, Elsie Fest will take place on Pier 97 on the West Side Highway at 57th Street. The legendary Greenwich Village piano bar Marie’s Crisis, which Criss is known to frequent (sometimes with Salonga), will host a beer garden and food trucks will also be on hand.Tickets, which range from $50 to $250, are available at ElsieFest.com. Laura Osnes Star Files View Comments Darren Criss
Killer casting! Drew Moerlein, who can be seen in the horror series South of Hell, is just one of the names tapped for the Broadway premiere of American Psycho. Led by Benjamin Walker, the musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, will begin performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 24. Opening night has now been set for April 20.Along with Moerlein as Paul Owen, the cast will include Krystina Alabado as Vandan, Dave Thomas Brown as David van Patten, Jordan Dean as Luis Carruthers, Anna Eilinsfeld as Victoria, Jason Hite as Sean Bateman, Ericka Hunter as Sabrina, Holly James as Christine, Keith Randolph Smith as Detective Kimball, Alex Michael Stoll as Craig McDermott and Morgan Weed as Courtney Lawrence. Rounding out the company will be Sydney Morton, Anthony Sagaria and Neka Zang.Directed by Rupert Goold and based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (which also inspired the Christian Bale-led film), the musical follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: He also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers.The show will also star the previously announced Tony winner Alice Ripley, Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano and Broadway alum Heléne Yorke Related Shows View Comments American Psycho Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016
Related Shows Ramin Karimloo(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Anastasia Ramin Karimloo is journeying back to Broadway! The Tony nominee has boarded the company of Anastasia, which is scheduled to open at the Main Stem’s Broadhurst Theatre on April 24, 2017. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, the new musical, which recently made its world premiere at Hartford Stage in Connecticut, reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.Karimloo will take on the role of Gleb, the antagonist, who he played in the show’s 2015 workshop. (Manoel Felciano appeared as Gleb at Hartford.) For those familiar with the 1997 movie version, the character replaces Rasputin and is a secret police officer. Karimloo received a 2014 Tony nomination his performance as Jean Valjean in the recent Les Miz revival, a role he also played in London. Other credits include appearing as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End, in the 25th anniversary concert filmed at Royal Albert Hall and in the long-running tuner’s sequel, Love Never Dies.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox movie, the tuner features songs from the film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score.The company will also include the previously announced Christy Altomare as Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry, John Bolton as Vlad Popov and Caroline O’Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch, in the roles they originated at Hartford Stage. Full casting will be announced later.The Broadhurst is currently playing host to the starry Nathan Lane-led limited engagement, The Front Page. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 View Comments
In Georgia, property taxes play a major role in funding county and city governments and the public school system. Ad valorem taxes, or taxes levied on the basis of value, are determined for real and personal property such as land, buildings and cars. The value assigned to individual property parcels provides a basis for distributing the burden of funding local government expenses. So the procedures used to determine that value are major concerns of property owners. The tax assessor sets values for taxable property. The tax commissioner sends out bills based on those values and collects the taxes. The tax digest equals the sum of all assessments. The state digest increased from $131.7 billion in 1993, to $171.8 billion in 1998. That’s a 30.4-percent increase over the six years. Millage equals the county digest or budget. The 1998 average county millage rate of 24.76 mills decreased 1.6 percent from 1997 to 1998. But from ’93 to ’98, it increased 2.2 percent. One mill is one-tenth of a penny, or $0.001. The tax equals the assessed value times the millage rate. Georgia property tax revenues increased 67.7 percent from $3.1 billion to $5.2 billion from 1993 to 1998. About 57 percent of property taxes goes to fund the school systems. Another 34 percent goes to county governments. In Georgia, all property is subject to ad valorem taxes based on fair market value unless it is specifically exempted by the state constitution or entered into an alternative valuation program. Property Tax Facts Environmental TaxProperty Tax Relief