Month: January 2021

Community Bank Closing Branch Lobbies

first_imgImage by Matt Hummel / WNY News Now.FALCONER – Local Community Bank locations are closing their branch lobbies due to increased COVID-19 activity in the area.The company announced that starting Wednesday customers will need to use their drive-throughs to access most in person banking services.However, customers are able to schedule appointments to speak with bank workers inside the lobby.The bank’s ATMs and secure night depositories do remain available for use. Bank management is encouraging customers to use the online, mobile and phone banking options as well.Community Bank has locations in Jamestown, Falconer, Westfield, Randolph, Sherman, Ripley, Cassadaga, Dunkirk and Silver Creek. 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)last_img read more

Bills Earn 1st Sweep Of Patriots Since ’99 With 38-9 Win

first_imgStefon Diggs (14) touchdown; Josh Allen (17) Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2020. Photo by Craig Melvin /, Mass. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills put a cherry atop the changing of the guard in the AFC East.A week after unseating the Patriots as division champions, Buffalo became the first AFC East team in two decades to sweep New England in a season series with a 38-9 victory Monday night.Josh Allen passed for four touchdowns to help the Bills stay in the mix for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.The Bills (12-3) last swept the Patriots in 1999. The last division opponents to sweep the Patriots were the Jets and Dolphins in 2000. The Patriots’ 19 straight seasons without losing both games to a divisional opponent was an NFL record. New England (6-9) will finish with its first losing record since coach Bill Belichick’s first season in 2000. Allen was 27 of 36 for 320 yards. He now has 34 touchdown passes, surpassing Jim Kelly to set a franchise single-season record. With his eighth 300-yard game, he also surpassed Drew Bledsoe’s single-season team record of seven.“We’ve got one game left. And all that, it’s cool, the records, this and that,” Allen said. “But the plan is to get to 13-3 and give ourselves a chance in the playoffs. It doesn’t mean much if we can’t get it done.”Stefon Diggs had nine catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns, setting a Bills single-season record for receiving yards.“I’m new to this team so I’m basking in (the) ambience of everybody,” Diggs said. “I’ve got a young quarterback who’s balling.”The Patriots struggled to move the ball for most of the night with running back Damien Harris out for the second straight game with an ankle injury. Cam Newton had a touchdown run but was just 5 of 10 for 34 yards passing before being pulled in the third quarter for backup Jarrett Stidham.Newton’s 34 yards passing are the fewest by a Patriots starting quarterback since 1993.He said the season has been frustrating because the work he has put in hasn’t translated into wins.“I’ve sacrificed so much this year, and it hurts when you have an outing that you have tonight,” he said.Belichick said he hasn’t made any decisions about who will start the Patriots’ finale Sunday against the New York Jets.“It was the opportunity to give him a chance to play,” Belichick said of inserting Stidham. “Cam did a good job for us. I mean, that wasn’t the problem. We were just not very competitive in the beginning.”The Bills had no trouble moving the ball against a depleted Patriots defense that was missing linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley and defensive tackle Lawrence Guy due to shoulder injuries.Their absences were most glaring in the passing game. New England struggled to put pressure on Allen, allowing him time to find open receivers. The Patriots allowed a season-worst 474 yards overall.“They outplayed us across the board, outplayed us and out-coached us,” Belichick said.The Patriots closed to 10-9 on Newton’s 9-yard TD run in the second quarter, but Nick Folk missed the extra point and the Bills pulled away from there.Buffalo used its passing game to march down the field on the ensuing drive. Allen completed 5 of 7 throws for 59 yards and a 4-yard TD to Lee Smith.After a quick three-and-out by New England, the Bills went right back to work.Allen misfired on his first pass of the drive, and then connected with Diggs for 17 yards to get the ball to midfield. Diggs got free again on the next play, slipping behind J.C. Jackson on a slant and sprinting the final 32 yards for the touchdown to make it 24-9.The Allen-Diggs connection worked again on the opening drive of the second half. Allen found Diggs three times during an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard TD play by the star receiver.INJURIESBills: S Jordan Poyer was helped off field late in second quarter to be evaluated for a head injury.Patriots: DE Tashawn Bower left in the first quarter with a neck injury. … LB Josh Uche exited in second quarter with a foot injury. … LB Terez Hall left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. … S Devin McCourty exited in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. … C David Andrews left in the third quarter with a calf injury. … RG Shaq Mason exited in the third quarter with a foot injury. … LB Anfernee Jennings left in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.MILESTONEDiggs became the third player in the 51-year history of the AFC East to top 110 receptions and 1,400 yards receiving in a season. The other two are Wes Welker (New England, 2011) and Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis, 1999).MOVING ON UPWith his TD run in the second quarter, his 12th of 2020, Newton tied Steve Grogan for the franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a quarterback. It also marked Newton’s 70th career rushing TD, extending his NFL record.UP NEXTBills: Host the Dolphins on Sunday.Patriots: Host the Jets on Sunday. 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)last_img read more

Michael Watson is London’s Jersey Boys’ New Frankie

first_img View Comments The Tony and Olivier-winning musical tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The tuner opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2008. Watson, who has previously served as the Frankie Valli alternate, has appeared in the West End in We Will Rock You, Imagine This, Sister Act and Shrek the Musical. He joins a cast that includes Edd Post, Jon Boydon and Matt Nalton. Sandy Moffat will play the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances.center_img There’s a new big man in town! Michael Watson will don the flashy red jacket as Frankie Valli in the West End production of Jersey Boys beginning April 29. Watson takes over for John Lloyd Young, who crossed the pond to reprise his Tony-winning performance at the Piccadilly Theatre.last_img read more

London’s New Miss Saigon Eyeing Broadway Transfer

first_img Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever. View Comments Why not, God? Why not? Mega producer Cameron Mackintosh is toying with bringing the new London production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Miss Saigon to Broadway next year. According to The New York Times, the decision depends on theater availability and critical reception across the pond. The West End revival, now in previews, is set to open on May 21 at the Prince Edward Theatre. The tuner would reportedly play Toronto first prior to coming to the Great White Way (much like the current Broadway revival of Les Miserables). Mackintosh, whose musical blockbuster credits include Les Miz, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, told the Times that while plans at this time are “only speculative gossip,” he would consider bringing the tuner to both cities “if it proves to be the success it’s shaping up to be.” He added, noting various scheduled international projects and the technical demands that the production requires (namely, a helicopter), “lining up a theater and production slot is going to be very difficult.” The current London production, under the direction of Laurence Connor, stars Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer; joining them are Kwang-Ho Hong, Tamsin Carroll, Hugh Maynard and Rachelle Ann Go. The original production of Miss Saigon opened on Broadway in 1991 and ran for ten years.last_img read more

Cameron Mackintosh Wants Neil Patrick Harris for Barnum

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Barnum enjoyed a two-year run on Broadway led by Jim Dale’s Tony-winning performance as sideshow/circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum. (A newcomer named Glenn Close played his wife, Chairy). Michael Crawford won an Olivier Award for the original London production and starred in a film version of the show. Hedwig and the Angry Inch We can totally see this. Cameron Mackintosh thinks Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris is perfect to play the titular role in Barnum “if his schedule ever opens up.” The mega-producer revealed this thoughts to the Boston Globe as he prepares to launch his latest incarnation of the classic tuner in the U.K. this fall, starring Brian Conley.center_img Mackintosh’s work as a producer includes the original production and current West End revival of Miss Saigon and the Tony-winning productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Miserables (as well as the current Les Miz Broadway revival). His many additional producing credits include Putting It Together, Mary Poppins, Swan Lake, Carousel and Five Guys Named Mo. The producer will soon own nine London theaters. Star Files Harris won the Tony for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Best known to audiences for his starring role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, Harris is a three-time Emmy Award winner and host of the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Tony Awards. He has also appeared on Broadway in Proof, Cabaret and Assassins and starred as Bobby in the New York Philharmonic’s staging of Company. Harris has directed several stage productions in Los Angeles, including Rent at the Hollywood Bowl. Neil Patrick Harrislast_img read more

Gypsy Remake Finds New Screenwriter; Will Streisand Star and Direct?

first_img LaGravenese was nominated for an Oscar in 1992 for the screenplay of The Fisher King. He is no stranger to bringing works from the stage to the big screen, having just recently penned the film adaptation of The Last 5 Years, set to premiere later this year in Toronto. He worked with Streisand previously on The Mirror Has Two Faces (which she directed, produced and starred in). Finke reports that Streisand herself may want to take on the role of both star and director for the project. Last year, she was in talks to co-direct with Tony winner Matthew Warchus, who has helmed such Broadway shows as Matilda, God of Carnage and the 2001 revival of Follies. Directing herself in a musical is not new to Streisand; in 1983 she starred in, produced, co-wrote and directed Yentl. The question remains: is Lady Gaga still on the table? View Commentscenter_img Streisand’s Gypsy project was first announced in January of 2011. Just months later, the show’s lyricist Stephen Sondheim and the late librettist Arthur Laurents had intended to have the project scrapped, though it was soon reported back on. Ready or not, here comes Barbra! Some new steps have been made in the already-lengthy journey that has been the Gypsy feature film, starring Barbra Streisand as Rose, the ultimate stage momma. According to Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke, Universal Pictures has hired Oscar-nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese to pen the musical adaptation. Originally, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes had been employed for the job, as reported in March of 2012.last_img read more

New Shows from Douglas Carter Beane & Natasha, Pierre… Creator Set for Lincoln Center

first_imgTwo new shows are set to play Lincoln Center Theater. Shows for Days, a new play by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane, will kick off on June 4, 2015 and open on June 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Preludes, a new musical from Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 creator Dave Malloy, will begin on May 23, 2015 at the Claire Tow Theater and run through July 19. Opening night is set for June 15. Shows For Days, inspired by Beane’s own life in theater, follows 14-year-old Car, who becomes involved in community theater in Reading, Pennsylvania at the Prometheus Theatre. The theater is led by a woman who dedicates her life to directing, designing and starring in the group’s shows. Casting and the design team will be announced later. Tony winner Jerry Zaks will direct. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, Preludes explores the hyponotized mind of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. Following an unsuccessful first symphony and during a spell of writer’s block, he begins to see a therapeutic hypnotist with hopes of overcoming depression and returning to composing. The production will include sets by Mimi Lien, costumes by Paloma Young, lights by Bradley King and sound design by Matt Hubbs. Casting for the LCT3 production will be announced at a later date.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Jonathan Pryce Will Headline The Merchant of Venice in London

first_img Terry won the Oliver for Tribes. Her other recent theater credits include Before The Party, In the Republic of Happiness, Love’s Labour’s Won, The Comedy of Errors, London Assurance, All’s Well That Ends Well and England People Very Nice. Between 2011 and 2013 she co-wrote (with Ralf Little) and starred in the comedy drama series The Café. Jonathan Pryce is set to demand his pound of flesh at Shakespeare’s Globe. The two-time Tony winner will play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, which will kick off the Globe’s 2015 summer season on April 23. Jonathan Munby’s production of the classic will run through June 7. Meanwhile, Oliver winner Michelle Terry will star as Rosalind in Blanche McIntyre’s As You Like It, which will also have a limited engagement at the Globe from May 15 through September 5. Pryce won the Tony for Miss Saigon and Comedians; he has also appeared on Broadway in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Additional stage credits include Hamlet and The Caretaker. Film credits include Something Wicked This Way Comes, Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Carrington, Evita and Tomorrow Never Dies. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance in Cranford: Return to Cranford, and he will shortly be appearing as Cardinal Wolsey in the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Cynthia Nixon-Helmed Rasheeda Speaking, Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_imgThe New York premiere of Rasheeda Speaking begins previews on January 27. Directed by Cynthia Nixon, the New Group production stars Oscar winner Dianne Wiest, Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, Patricia Conolly and Darren Goldstein. Opening night is set for February 11 at off-Broadway’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Written by Joel Drake Johnson, Rasheeda Speaking explores unspoken tensions between Ileen (Wiest) and Jaclyn (Pinkins), two front desk workers who find themselves in a power struggle with the doctor (Goldstein) for whom they work. Conolly plays Rose, a patient who visits the office. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Rasheeda Speaking This production features set design by Allen Moyer, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and sound design and original music by David Van Tieghem. Related Showslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Javier Munoz’s Incredible Fight Back to Hamilton & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Javier Muñoz on His Incredible Fight Back to HamiltonHamilton’s Javier Muñoz recently underwent treatment for cancer and he’s been revealing more about his extraordinary fight back to the Richard Rodgers’ stage as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s alternate. “I look back at diagnosis and treatment…it’s like 100 years passed,” he told People. “Coming out of this, it’s sort of reinvigorated my passions,” he said. “If success comes with those things in some way—and everyone has their own definition of success—that’s great. But it’s the art that’s my goal. It’s the work that’s my goal. It’s creating something wonderful.” We all here at wish Muñoz all the best as he continues on his path to a full and safe recovery.Ali Stroker & Lin Tucci Head to JailSpring Awakening breakout star Ali Stroker and Orange Is the New Black’s Lin Tucci have been tapped for a special production of The Vagina Monologues. Helmed by Ira Kip, Eve Ensler’s classic play will tour a group of New York State correctional facilities April 18 through April 22. It’s all to mark V-Day, the global activist movement which aims to end violence against women and girls. The cast will also include Belinda Allen (Allegiance), Tanya Wright (True Blood), Rhonda Covington, Sharon Richardson and Vanda Seward.James Monroe Iglehart’s an April FoolIt’s April Fools’ Day tomorrow and in celebration, Aladdin’s Tony-winning Genie, James Monroe Iglehart, pranked some unsuspecting visitors at New York City’s Madame Tussauds. Check out the video below; the shining, shimmering, splendid tuner is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Star Files Javier Muñoz & Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img James Monroe Iglehart Javier Muñozlast_img read more