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first_img View Comments Andy Huntington Jones in ‘Cats'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) The Jellicles have gone up, up, up, past the Russell Hotel, up up up up to the Millionaire’s Club. The Broadway revival of Cats celebrated a gross of $1,083,009 this past week. This marks the first time the feline tuner surpassed the $1 million mark. (Of course, at the time of the original production’s closing in 2000, the average ticket price was still just above $55.) Other familiar musicals of yesteryear are faring well in 2016: Les Miserables also reached seven figures at $1,008,808, and The Phantom of the Opera, while facing a slight dip, continued its streak of staying above $950,000.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 7:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,292,428)2. Hamilton ($2,062,862)3. Wicked ($1,927,412)*4. Aladdin ($1,790,487)*5. The Book of Mormon ($1,326,562)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Chicago ($534,575)4. Jersey Boys ($519,934)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($467,506)2. Fun Home ($379,924)1. An Act of God ($306,023)**FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.43%)2. Hamilton (101.78%)3. The Lion King (99.93%)4. Les Miserables (98.39%)5. Waitress (97.22%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An Act of God (67.39%)**4. Kinky Boots (63.54%)3. An American in Paris (63.37%)2. Jersey Boys (60.20%)1. On Your Feet! (56.15%)* Number based on nine regular performances**Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

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first_img The Layover View Comments Related Shows Tony nominee Maria Dizzia will step into The Layover off-Broadway. She takes over for Annie Parisse in the role of Shellie beginning September 6. Parisse, who is leaving the show to film the Netflix comedy Friends from College, will play her final performance on September 4. The Leslye Headland drama opened officially at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre on August 25 and is scheduled to run through September 18.Dizzia received a Tony nomination in 2010 for her Broadway debut in In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Her additional stage credits include Eurydice and Belleville off-Broadway. She has appeared on screen in the films While We’re Young, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married and True Story as well as Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and more.The Layover follows Shellie and Dex, who meet on a delayed flight. Stuck in Chicago, the two get to know each other and have a romantic encounter that ultimately sends both of their lives into upheaval.The cast also features Adam Rothenberg, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Arica Himmel, John Procaccino and Amelia Workman.center_img Maria Dizzia(Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 18, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgAlan Mingo Jr. & Aaron Finley(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Q: When you were growing up in Montana, Aaron, did you imagine the life you have now in New York?AARON: No. I didn’t know what theater was until I was 23. I didn’t grow up seeing shows. I was a music major and took three gap years, so I found it late. When I was a junior in college, I was asked to do Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.ALAN: A natural talent!AARON: From there, I always say, these random doors keep opening up and I walk through them. [And now] I find myself in my dressing room at Kinky Boots going, “That was a fun door to walk through.”Q: Alan, you’re leaving the show at the end of October. Have you been called in at Hamilton?ALAN: Not yet! Everyone keeps saying I look like [Leslie Odom Jr.]. I worked with that team on Once On This Island at Paper Mill, so hopefully I will get in to see them. But nothing has been so challenging and yet so easy for me as this role. I’m excited to see what’s next. Q: On a lighter note, Alan, did you give Aaron any advice on navigating those high-heeled boots?ALAN: You can’t fight the heels. You’ve got to go with your hips, because the minute you fight the heels, you’re going to find you’ve got a problem.AARON: Now I know why women sway and step with one foot in front of the other because you can’t walk in a straight line and stay balanced. My calves hurt; the balls of my feet hurt. This is not something I’ve done often—wear six-inch heels. I’m still learning to navigate it. And I only wear them for 10 minutes. He’s in a different heel for the entire show!ALAN: I will tell you, after the first two weeks [of rehearsal], I called my mom and said, “I don’t know if I can do this,” because the pain was unbearable. Somewhere in the third week, I got my stride.Q: I hope it’s okay, Alan, to say that you have the prettiest legs. ALAN: As a man, I haven’t worn shorts since I was 14 because my legs are so thin. It’s great to have a role where people are saying, “Your legs are great,” because no one has ever said that.AARON: They’re perfect for those shoes.Q: Aaron, what’s it like to act with Alan in drag?AARON: It feels natural because he is a very glamorous Lola. He looks great in the clothes, so for me, it’s like, “There’s this hot black woman,” and I just go with it. It helps Charlie, the character, as well, because [he’s thinking] “Am I seeing this correctly?” It’s fun because I believe everything about it.ALAN: There’s a part of the show when I come on as a man, and people literally gasp. It makes me laugh because I’m like, do you not know what show you came to see?Q: Both of you have been in productions of Rent and Hairspray and sing pop music beautifully. What do you love about Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots score?ALAN: There’s nothing like her hooks. Cyndi Lauper knows how to write a hook for a song that gets stuck in your head. There are times I kick myself because I’m in a cab humming a song that’s not mine.AARON: Me too! You don’t have to embellish her stuff; it’s perfect the way it is. That’s what they tell you when you start learning the score: Just sing what she wrote, and it’s going to do the work for you. A glamorous drag queen and a strait-laced shoe manufacturer form an unconventional alliance in Kinky Boots, a relationship that’s both funny and touching thanks to Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-winning score, Harvey Fierstein’s warm-hearted book and Jerry Mitchell’s fast-paced direction. Three years into its Broadway run, the show remains in great shape, with commanding lead performances from Alan Mingo Jr. as saucy Lola and Aaron C. Finley (who joined the company on August 8) as Charlie. On a sunny matinee day, the co-stars chatted about their characters’ bromance, Lauper’s irresistible musical hooks and the secret to strutting in six-inch heels.Q: You two have wonderful chemistry as Lola and Charlie. Did you feel it right away?ALAN: I did. At Aaron’s first rehearsal, we sang “Not My Father’s Son,” and once I heard his tone, I thought, OK, this is going to work.AARON: And I didn’t even know the words yet! I always say [joining a musical] is like getting shoved into a swimming pool and hoping you can swim. You just have to tread water until you feel like you can get going.ALAN: You dog-paddled really, really well.Q: How do you describe this unusual relationship?ALAN: It’s truly a bromance. We’re on opposite ends of the spectrum, but you find that we’re quite the same, especially in dealing with issues with our fathers.AARON: Yeah, “Not My Father’s Son” is the grounding moment where we realize that when we peel back the layers, the first impressions, we see that we are all made of the same stuff on the inside. I get chills thinking about it because there are things I identify with Charlie, I identify with Lola, and in that moment, I’m not acting.ALAN: And this is what audiences identify with. We all have parents who raise us and have high expectations for us, and that’s a theme of the show: Just be you. It’s a message people still near to hear. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgThe long, hard winter has made life so tough for your lawn that a normal,helpful practice may not be such a good idea now.Normally, late-winter dethatching of dormant turf is a good idea. Butnormal winters aren’t as harsh as the one your lawn has just endured.”We had some pretty cold weather this winter,” said Gil Landry,a turf specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “Because of that,you might want to hold off on your normal dethatching while your grass is still dormant.”It would be safer to wait until after the turf greens up and isgrowing well,” he said, “but before the hot, dry weather of July andAugust.”Be sure to keep the root zone moist during spring green-up, too, Landrysaid.”Apply at least one-quarter inch per week until 50 percent green-up,and then go up to one-half inch per week,” he said. “Water at this time canliterally save your grass.”Just like you,” he said, “our grass needs water to behealthy. A little water now can get your grass off to a good start for the rest of theseason.”Dethatching is still important for your lawn, though. Thatch is a buildupof dead grass stems and other plant matter between the grass and the soil.If thatch gets more than a half-inch thick, you need to do something aboutit.”If it gets that thick,” Landry said, “most of the grassroot system is growing in the thatch, not in the soil.”That can lead to all kinds of problems for the lawn. Thatch freezes fasterthan the soil. That can make winterkill worse when hard freezes come.Thatch dries out faster than soil, too, so the lawn will be stressed moreby summer drought stretches.”Thatch is also a good environment for insects and disease organismsthat can injure the grass,” Landry said.You may have a thatch problem, he said, “particularly if you havecentipede grass, if the lawn is really spongy and soft when you walk across it.”Dig your fingers into the sod, grip the grass and try to move it around.If the grass moves, you have too much thatch. “You shouldn’t be able to move it atall,” he said.How do you get rid of thatch?Most people use a vertical mower or some attachment to a lawn mower. Youprobably don’t have a vertical mower, but most towns have rental places that carry them.”On centipede or St. Augustine, the vertical mower blades need to betwo to three inches apart,” Landry said. “Blades closer than that would removetoo much turf and increase the recovery time for the grass. And you should go across thelawn only one time.”With Bermuda or zoysia grass the blades can be closertogether,” he said. “And you can go across the lawn more than once.”Don’t try to get rid of all that thatch at once.”Do it gradually,” Landry said, “to prevent too much damageto the turf.”The best way to handle a thatch problem, though, is to prevent it.”You can do that by mowing your grass at the proper height,”Landry said. “Mow it often enough that you remove only a third of the totalheight.”You get a bonus if you mow the grass on a good schedule, he said.Besides keeping thatch from building up, you don’t have to remove grassclippings. And that allows you to recycle your costly fertilizer all summer.last_img read more

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first_img“The farmer punches in a few numbers and gets instant advice on how to control theweeds in his fields,” said David Bridges, a UGA weed scientist at the GeorgiaExperiment Station in Griffin. He is working on the project with Greg MacDonald, aUGA weed scientist in Tifton. University of Georgia scientists developed the software, called HERB for Peanuts,along with researchers at North Carolina State and the University of Florida. In some cases, the cost to kill the weeds outweighs the benefit. “These are the kinds ofthings farmers need to know before they take action,” Bridges said. HERB, though, isn’t just a peanut program. Researchers developed the program in1991 for use in soybean fields. Today, growers and consultants can get HERB forSoybeans at 121 county extension offices in Georgia. “The advice is individualized,” Bridges said. “The computer makes recommendationsbased on the farmer’s visual analysis of his field.” The extension agents are using the computers to test the program in their counties.They’re testing it in 20 Georgia growers’ fields under real-world conditions. Georgia peanut farmers have to contend with a lot of weeds to produce their $400million crop. Soon, though, a computer program will take the guesswork out of peanutweed control. Researchers are now running the final field tests on the HERB peanut program. AGeorgia Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency Region IVgrant enabled them to provide palmtop computers for county extension agents in 10peanut-producing counties.center_img “The farmer keys in the grower-specific information, including size, crop, weedspecies and soil type,” Bridges said. “HERB then provides damage estimates, includingdecrease in profit as a result of the weeds. And it tells which herbicides to use and thenet gain per acre as a result.” They designed the program to be used on a palmtop computer farmers can carry intothe field. The farmer checks out his fields and enters data on the weeds he’s trying toget rid of. HERB for Peanuts consists of a data base of 78 weed species and the damage each cancause. “We wanted to develop the program for peanuts first,” Bridges said. “But we didn’thave the data. So we began with soybeans. Peanuts are the most important Georgiacrop. Farmers apply tons of herbicides to peanuts each year. It’s a herbicide-intensivecrop.” Georgia farmers grow the peanuts for about half of the peanut butter made in theUnited States. They send nearly 700 million pounds of nuts to peanut butter factorieseach year. The UGA weed scientists’ goals are to keep supporting the HERB soybean program,release the final version of the peanut program in 1998 and then begin work on a cottonprogram.last_img read more

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first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaWhether you’ve got one lamb or four, Franklin, Ga., will be the place to show them off this month.The seventh annual Heard County Lamb Show will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Heard County Parks and Recreation Center at 101 Glover Road in Franklin, about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta.The show is open to all 4-H and FFA members in Georgia and Cleburne, Randolph and Chambers counties in Alabama.“We get entries from all different counties,” said Melinda Brown, “around 65 total last year in all the weight classes. We have several 4-H’ers that are really involved in lambs.”Brown, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension secretary in the Heard County office, said several families do a lot of the legwork for the show.The entry cost is a $5 showmanship fee and $10 per lamb for up to four lambs, which must be either wethers (castrated rams) or ewes. No rams are allowed. Entries are due by Aug. 17.For more information, call the Heard County Extension office at (706) 675-3513 or e-mail uge2149@uga.edu.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Bob WesterfieldUniversity of GeorgiaWhen wintry weather rolls in, landscape plants must fend off cold temperatures and frost on their own. But some potted plants are lucky enough to get a free pass indoors. Without proper care, though, these new houseplants can have difficulty living through the winter indoors. There are some things you can do to make sure they survive just fine.Temperature level essentialFirst, consider the temperature. Many container plants live on outdoor porches during the summer and early fall months. As temperatures dip to 50 degrees or less, plant owners begin to move plants indoors. The best way to protect outdoor potted plants is to first bring them into a garage or basement that is a little warmer than the outdoors, but not as toasty as inside the house. If the plants are moved immediately from 50 degrees to 75 degrees, some may become stressed and suffer. Plants should be acclimated slowly by a gradual increase in temperature. After a week or two, bring the plants into the warm house. Most house plants grow best in daytime temperatures between 65 degrees and 75 degrees and nighttime temperatures between 60 degrees and 65 degrees. To further protect them, keep houseplants away from cold, drafty windows or hot radiators, stoves or air vents. Also keep houseplant foliage from touching cold windows. This can burn the leaves.High humidity bestHumidity is important. Most houseplants prefer a humidity level of 40 percent to 50 percent. The relative humidity in most homes is closer to 15 percent – a level much too low for most houseplants.Raise humidity levels by using a humidifier or grouping plants together. Placing houseplants on saucers filled with gravel or small pebbles and water will also increase humidity. The bottoms of the pots should always be above the water level.Don’t mist houseplants in an effort to raise the relative humidity. Misting would have to be done several times throughout the day to have any real affect.Water, but not too oftenIn general, houseplants don’t require as much water during the winter months. That doesn’t mean they can be completely ignored. The type of houseplant and soil will determine the water needs. Ferns prefer evenly moist soil and fairly frequent watering. Cacti and succulents should only be watered when the potting soil becomes completely dry. Most houseplants fall somewhere between these extremes and should be watered when the soil is barely moist or almost dry to the touch. When watering, apply a thorough amount. Water the plant until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Be sure that plants have good drainage. Never allow plants to sit in excess water unless the pot is placed on gravel to raise humidity.Clean but don’t fertilizeDrastically reduce or eliminate fertilizer during the winter months since most plants grow very little. Fertilize again in late March or April as growing conditions improve and the plants begin to flush out.It’s important to keep houseplants clean while they rest through the winter. Grease and dust can accumulate on leaves and slow down the normal transpiration. Cleaning houseplants also improves their appearance, stimulates growth and can help control insects and mites.Large, firm-leafed plants can be cleaned with a soft sponge or cloth dipped in a mild solution of dishwashing soap and lukewarm water. Leaves can also be cleaned by placing the plants in the shower under lukewarm water.last_img read more

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first_imgTomatoes are the most commonly grown vegetable in backyard gardens. They are also one of the most difficult to grow, according to a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert.“When it comes to growing tomatoes, it’s best to plant twice as many plants as you need because of all the insects and diseases out there,” said Wade Hutcheson, the UGA Extension Coordinator in Spalding County. “If they all survive, there will be more to eat or give away.”An avid gardener, Hutcheson’s experience helps him offer firsthand advice to both novice and advanced gardeners in his area. There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to growing tomatoes, he said.“First you have to decide whether to grow your tomatoes from seeds or from (small plants),” he said. “Then you need to decide whether to grow determinate or indeterminate varieties, or both.”Determinate varieties produce all of the fruit at one time and are a good choice for use as canning tomatoes. Indeterminate varieties bloom and produce fruit all season.Start seeds 4 to 6 weeks ahead of planting time. Sets can go out once all chance of frost has passed, and soils begin to warm up.Tomato growers can also select from a large array of available varieties. While buying small plants may be easier, purchasing seeds gives gardeners the widest selection of varieties.Hutcheson offers this opinion on a few tomato varieties he has grown: Big Boy and Better Boy. These tomatoes are tasty, but not highly disease resistant. Early Girl. This variety produces early, but isn’t as tasty as Big Boy and Better Boy. BHN 444. While these tomatoes aren’t very flavorful, they are very resistant to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus and other diseases. Brandywine. This plant is good overall, but it fruits late in the season. Rutgers. This tomato variety is Hutcheson’s overall favorite. It’s very flavorful and acidic.Personally, Hutcheson has had bad luck growing heirloom tomatoes. “I tried several varieties and they did terrible,” he said. “I didn’t like my results at all but can’t wait to try them again.”For more information on growing tomatoes and other garden plants, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or check out our vegetable garden publications online at www.ugaextension.com.last_img read more

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first_img“Basically the same kinds of hormones that work in us are at work in insects,” he said. “The evolution and conservation of these hormones are amazing.” Disease transmissionMosquitoes infect millions of people around the world with parasitic diseases like malaria. Malaria is one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the developing world. According to World Health Organization statistics, malaria caused 1 million deaths in 2008, mostly among African children. When female mosquitoes take blood meals, they can pick up viruses that cause other human diseases in humans, like dengue or yellow fever. They also transmit nematodes that become heartworms in animals. The disease pathogens multiply in the mosquito. When the mosquito takes another meal, the pathogens can pass to another host through the mosquito’s saliva.Brown said understanding the regulation of reproduction in mosquitoes can give researchers insight on how pathogens can multiply in the female’s body during a reproductive cycle. Knowing how mosquitoes translate chemical messages inside their bodies could help scientists develop ways to control mosquito populations, he said. For example, they might be able to disguise a chemical, or a mimic, to disrupt chemical messages and prevent the mosquito from reproducing. The National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture fund Brown’s research. Mosquitoes fly, drink blood, and can live for days without a head. Mosquitoes may seem very different from humans, but one University of Georgia researcher says people have a lot in common with the notorious insect. “We know that insulin is an important hormone for controlling sugar metabolism in humans. It surprises people that insects also have an insulin,” said Mark Brown, an internationally known mosquito biologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Understanding those similarities, and the differences, could lead to better mosquito controls and a reduction in the diseases they can carry.ReproductionInsulin-like peptides control parts of metabolism in a sugar-fed mosquito. But in a blood-fed mosquito, those same peptides “turn on her ovaries to make steroid hormones, just like in humans,” he said. “Ultimately, three to four days later, the female is ready to lay her eggs.” Female mosquitoes need blood to digest and provide nutrients for egg maturation. Brown identifies and studies the hormones released by mosquitoes and the functions affected by those hormones. Female mosquitoes live less than a month and take a blood meal every three to four days.EvolutionInsects have genes for 40 different peptide hormones. The function of many of those is still a mystery. Brown is working to solve the mystery by studying the evolution of these peptide hormones and how their function and structure are preserved.last_img read more

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first_imgMuch like row-crop prices, beef cattle prices are high now and reached historic highs earlier this year. Facing drought and feed shortage, though, southeastern cattle producers still must make tough decisions when it comes to their financial bottom lines and keeping herds healthy.Southeast Cattle Advisor website was developed by cattle experts with the University of Georgia, Auburn University, University of Florida and Clemson University to be “a one-stop shop for cattle producers to go there and get information related to risk management,” said Curt Lacy, the UGA Cooperative Extension economist who helped develop the website.Brad Haire, news director with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, speaks with Lacy about how the website can help cattle producers weather their risk.Watch High prices, new website help Southeast cattlemen weather risk.last_img read more