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) Needpix.com Image.JAMESTOWN – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic it was assumed with plenty of romantic partners stuck inside night after night with nothing to do we could be in line for a COVID baby boom, but new research begs to differ.Researches with Brookings found we’re far more likely to get a COVID baby bust, and they blame economic distress as the primary cause.University of Maryland Professor of Economics Melissa Kearney says people aren’t necessarily worried about babies, but rather, they’re worried about money and their health.“This pandemic has moved way beyond a weekend of everyone in the house maybe having a romantic weekend with their partners, and as is clear, it’s a huge economic shock to a lot of households and a lot of couples,” explained Kearney. She researched the topic for Brookings, and using past economic studies of fertility behavior as well as data from the Great Recession and the 1918 Spanish Flu, she found that there could be 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births next year.Kearney says we likely saw a one percent reduction in births beyond last year, and, given downward trends in fertility we will see things will fall an additional 8 or 9 percent this year.She says how persistent or how permanent this is depends on how quickly the economy recovers, how quickly people find new jobs, and, whether those new jobs replace their lost income.
It’s official! As previously reported Kristin Davis will be joining the woman who will not be ignored, Natascha McElhone, in the West End production of Fatal Attraction. Mark Bazeley rounds out the leads of the stage adaptation, written by the film’s screenwriter, James Dearden and directed by Trevor Nunn. The show is set to begin previews March 8 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with opening night scheduled for March 25. Bazeley’s stage credits include Scenes from a Marriage, Our New Girl, The Seagull, Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, Homebody/Kabul and The Real Thing. His screen credits include Death in Paradise, The Accused, Mistresses, Hustle, Spooks, Prime Suspect, The Queen, The Damned United and The Special Relationship. Designs are by Rob Jones with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Paul Groothuis. Fatal Attraction was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress for Glenn Close and Best Screenplay. Bazeley will play the role Michael Douglas made famous in the 1987 movie, Dan Gallagher, while Davis will appear as his wife Beth and McElhone as Alex Forrest. Other cast includes Jane How as Joan and Alex Lowe as Jimmy. Final casting will be announced shortly. Fatal Attraction tells the story of Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer with a loving family. After having a one-night-stand with Alex Forrest, he assumes he can walk away without consequence, but Alex becomes obsessed with Dan, aggressively pursuing both him and his family. Davis appeared on Broadway in The Best Man and made her British stage debut in in The Exonerated. Emmy nominated for her portrayal of Charlotte on TV’s Sex and the City and the subsequent films, other notable screen roles include Melrose Place, Couples Retreat, Nine Months and The Shaggy Dog. View Comments
Beautiful, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, opened on the Main Stem at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on January 12. With a book by Douglas McGrath and direction by Marc Bruni, the production also stars Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. We won’t just be loving Jessie Mueller tomorrow, but for all time! Ghostlight Records will release the Original Cast Recording of Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Starring Mueller as Carole King, the album is scheduled to be recorded on February 17 and will be available for purchase digitally and in stores this spring. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 The record will feature classic numbers by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil from the tuner including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” “On Broadway,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! features music by Steve Brown and a book and additional lyrics by British comic Harry Hill. The production tells the story of Chenice (Erivo), who lives in an ITV blackspot because her grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan—she’s the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into an audition with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love. I Can’t Sing! goes beyond the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week. The West End’s new musical comedy and fictional X Factor spoof I Can’t Sing! has once again delayed its first preview. Initially scheduled to begin performances at the London Palladium February 27, the show, starring Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman, Cynthia Erivo and Alan Morrisey, was then scheduled to start March 1. Now producers say the first preview will “take place next week” as an “integral part of the stage mechanism for the show’s set is currently not operating correctly and this needs to be resolved before performances can begin.” Along with Harman, Ervio and Morrisey, the show will also star Ashley Knight, Victoria Elliot, Simon Bailey and Billy Carter. View Comments Opening night still remains set for March 26. For now.
Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Alan Cumming Alan Cumming, who is about to reprise his Tony-winning role as the Emcee in the Roundabout revival of Cabaret, paid a visit to CBS This Morning to talk about how rehearsals with his latest Sally Bowles, Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, are going. Dressed in pants you won’t forget in hurry (his father-in-law’s, apparently), the Scot told host Gayle King how relieved he was that “muscle memory” exists and revealed he wasn’t nervous but looking forward to starting performances. We can’t wait to willkommen this “ancient old hag” (his words, not ours) at Studio 54 from March 21 and until then, we’ll content ourselves with this clip and his appearances on The Good Wife! Cabaret Related Shows Star Files View Comments
U.S. Screening Dates Announced for the West End’s From Here to Eternity The West End production of From Here to Eternity will hit U.S. movie theaters nationwide on October 2, October 5 and October 9. As previously reported, the tuner, featuring a book by Bill Oakes, music by Stuart Brayson and lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, shuttered in London in March. Tyne Daly View Comments Watch Tyne Daly Talk Shoes, Tonys and Roseanne Barr Tyne Daly recently stopped by The View to talk everything from her star turn in Mothers and Sons to plastic shoes to not having had a break since 1968. Oh, and to have a bit of a lovefest with guest co-host Roseanne Barr. Check out the interview below then see the 2014 Tony nominee at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway. Emma Watson’s Eyeing a Musical Emma Watson may star in a movie musical with Miles Teller! That’s right, the Harry Potter favorite is eyeing Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. According to The Wrap, the film follows two dreamers who fall for each other in Los Angeles. Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
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Glenn Close View Comments Star Files John Lithgow Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Glenn Close to Revisit Sunset Boulevard at the Hollywood BowlBefore Glenn Close finds a world to rediscover on Broadway in A Delicate Balance, she is first going to be revisiting a famous number from the role that won her one of her three Tonys. The star will appear on July 8 at the Hollywood Bowl with Joshua Bell and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and sing Sunset Bouelvard’s “As if We Never Said Goodbye.”Diane Keaton May Sing at Cafe CarlyleDiane Keaton is eyeing a new gig: performing a few numbers at one of her ex-boyfriend’s favorite hangouts, the Cafe Carlyle. Showbiz 411 reports that the Oscar winner, soon to be seen singing with a jazz band in Rob Reiner’s movie And So It Goes (which also features Rocky’s Andy Karl), has been approached to headline at the venue and is open to the idea. Watch this space!Taye Diggs Will Appear on The Good WifeBroadway vet Taye Diggs has landed a role on the upcoming sixth season of CBS’ The Good Wife. According to E! News the Rent and Wicked alum will guest star as someone called Dean Levine-Wilkins in multiple episodes. His character is “meticulous” and “talented.” Of course he is.John Lithgow’s a Serial Lunch DaterJohn Lithgow is a man after our own hearts. Or should that be stomachs? Anyway, the Tony winner, soon to be seen in A Delicate Balance with the aforementioned Ms. Close, believes that “rehearsing…is only part of the process. Lunch is big too.” Lithgow, who is currently working on King Lear, wrote in The New York Times how he has taken to lunching with “each actor I have a particularly strong relationship” in the play, including co-star Annette Bening. The result? “…is it just my imagination, or have our scenes together begun to take on a depth they didn’t have before? Who knows?” We can’t wait to see the results! Andy Karl
Star Files Laura Osnes View Comments Ready for the holidays? No? OK…how about now? We may still be picking out our Broadway Halloween costumes, but soon enough, that giant tree will be up at 30 Rock and gingerbread will be the new pumpkin spice. What better place to escape the soon-to-be wintry mix than a night at the Great White Way’s hottest nightclub? Check out just some of the recently announced acts, from Yuletide celebrations to sets highlighting composing greats, all coming soon to 54 Below!CHASING THE DAYStarring Matt Doyle, Annaleigh Ashford & More – 11/17 at 7 & 9:30PMComposer Will Van Dyke’s 2010 album Chasing the Day comes back to life as a song cycle, featuring the original tracks plus new material by Van Dyke and co-lyricist Josh Halloway. Broadway faves Doyle and Ashford will be joined on stage by Preston Sadleir and If/Then’s Tamika Lawrence. GET TICKETS54 BELOW CELEBRATES WILDHORN12/2, 3, 5 & 6 at 7PM, 12/5 & 6 at 9:30PM“This is the moment” for belters! Some of Broadway’s best will reunite to “raise a little hell” and showcase the music of Frank Wildhorn. Go “down the rabbit hole” as Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Constantine Maroulis and more sing Jekyll and Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde and others, plus some Whitney Houston and Sammy Davis, Jr. GET TICKETSMATT DOYLEAnd the Whiskey Five – 12/4 & 12/23 at 9:30PMNeed even more Matt Doyle and Will Van Dyke? Of course you do. Grab your tackiest holiday sweater and head to 54 Below for a night of yuletide merriment. Special guests, including some Tony-nominated Broadway faves and Doyle’s friends and family, will join in on the fun. GET TICKETSA LITTLE PRINCESSIn Concert – 12/8 & 16 at 7PMIt’s time to “live out loud” once more. Pint-sized songstress and 54 Below fave Abigail Shapiro stars as Sara Crewe in the concert presentation of Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley’s musical. She’ll be joined by Lippa himself as Captain Crewe, as well as a host of additional Broadway names. GET TICKETSLIZ CALLAWAY”Celebrate!” – 12/22-24, 26 & 27 at 7PMThis winter, the Callaways are going solo. After Ann Hampton Callaway hits the stage in November, Liz will bring holiday cheer to the hotspot in December. The Broadway darling will perform songs from her Christmas album Merry and Bright, as well as standards from Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers and more. GET TICKETS AMY SPANGER”This Must Be The Place” – 1/6 & 17 at 9:30PMJoin Amy Spanger as she hits the stage to do what she does best: belting her face off to some pop, rock, country and showtunes. Join Spanger and her musical partner Kris Kukul as they revisit the tunes that launched her career: from “Come to Your Senses” to “Don’t Stop Believing.” GET TICKETS
STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. The Broadway.com staff is crazy about Culturalist, the awesome website that lets you rank and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank on Culturalist. We’ll announce the most poular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday. STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.) Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the November 26 episode of The Broadway.com Show! Last week, we asked you a tough one. Now that Clay Aiken is no longer in the running to be a congressman, he’s got a lot of free time to come to Broadway. So we asked you what role he should play—and you voted Elder Price from The Book of Mormon as your number-one choice. This week, we’re asking you an even more difficult question! People magazine named Chris Hemsworth 2014’s Sexiest Man Alive (sorry NPH, we were rooting for you). So we’ve gotta know: Who is Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2014? Broadway.com features editor Lindsay Champion has ranked her top 10 picks for Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive here! View Comments