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Despite Democratic Rejection, Reed Spokesman Says Problem Solvers COVID Package Still Alive

first_imgPhoto: piqsels / pxfuelWASHINGTON — While a new COVID-19 package proposed by Tom Reed and The Problem Solvers Caucus has been rejected by several key Democratic committee members, a Reed spokesman told WNYNews Now the package still has a life.The spokesman said late Wednesday morning there is still support and that the bipartisan package has created the momentum to get something done.He said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said lawmakers won’t leave Washington until a package is done, which he called a change in her previous stance.House leaders said the package, a bipartisan attempt to kick start negotiations, was rejected because it “leaves to many needs unmet”. Democrat Steny Hoyer said the caucus plan did not address helping the economy recover from the COVID-19 crisis.“We believe that getting to a compromise is absolutely essential,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “Getting to a compromise that does not deal with the problems, however, is not useful, because the longer you delay addressing many of the problems, the greater you weaken both the economy and the response to COVID-19.”Pelosi said the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver a better relief package.The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, unveiled its “March To Common Ground” framework to attempt to break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package and encourage negotiators to get back to the table.The 50-member bipartisan Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Reed, developed and came together in support of the framework after extensive listening to constituents and outreach to stakeholders over the past six weeks.The package addresses key areas of need, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid.The framework is designed for a six month horizon and through the next inauguration, except for state and local funding which extends for a full year.Depending on the severity of the pandemic and if a successful vaccination program is adopted by March, 2021, a system of automatic “boosters” are designed to incrementally increase the amount of relief to individuals and families. Conversely, a system of “reducers” will decrease the total cost of the package.The framework calls for both new stimulus money and the reallocation of previously appropriated “CARES Act” funding, and allocates resources to the following key categories: Testing & Healthcare ($100 Billion), Direct Assistance to Individuals & Families ($316 Billion), Unemployment Assistance ($120 Billion), Small Business & Non-profit Support ($290 Billion), School and Child Care ($145 Billion), State and Local Aid ($500.3 Billon), Election Support ($400 Billion), Broadband, Agriculture, USPS and Census ($52 Billion).“Americans deserve a functioning Congress that can rise to the challenge and deliver the relief they need,” said PSC Co-Chair Reed. “Our framework reflects months of bipartisan consensus-building on the actions the federal government can take to help working families and local communities across the country as they navigate the impacts of COVID-19. We are hopeful this package will help bring lead negotiations back to the table as we try to solve this problem for the American people.” 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

How to Sing a Kick-Ass Rendition of ‘Let It Go’ at Karaoke This Weekend

first_img Star Files Disney’s Frozen SING WITH A PARTNER Not sure you know all the words? Get a pal help you out—if possible, try to look as adorable as these two. DON’T BE SELF-CONSCIOUS (EVEN IF YOU’RE A DUDE) Sure, you’re singing a song from a Disney cartoon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be macho. GRAB A WHOLE POSSE If you’re feeling ambitious, enlist a few more friends and make it a group effort. A little harmony never hurt anyone. TRY KARAOKE BY CANDLELIGHT Disco ball lighting can be so unflattering—turn off that nonsense and add a warm, candlelit glow to your performance. Idina Menzelcenter_img View Comments DRESS UP LIKE ELSA If you’ve got butterflies, try putting on a costume. Embody the character. Put on a tiara—prop work will help ease your nerves. The polar vortex is still upon us, but we’ve got the perfect way to warm up this weekend: Down a few gin and tonics at your local karaoke haunt and belt out “Let It Go” from Frozen! The official song of winter 2014 is being celebrated all over the interweb with some excellent, some cute and some downright strange covers, and there’s a lot we can learn from these brave singers. So grab a cup of cocoa and take notes on technique and style so when they call your name at karaoke this weekend, you’re fully prepared. Channel your inner Elsa with these tips below and get your voice in shape for the group sing-along in theaters January 31! DO SOME SENSE MEMORY PREP WORK IN A CASTLE If you’re having trouble tapping into Elsa’s struggles, why not head to your local castle for a few test runs? LEARN FROM THE MASTER Your rendition will never hold a candle to Idina Menzel’s. The sooner you accept this, the sooner your performance will really soar. Let it go! Let it go…last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Meryl Streep, Michael C. Hall & More

first_img View Comments Guess what, guys? It’s finally Friday, the best day of the week! To celebrate, we’re bringing you a recap of the craziest stuff that happened this week. We learned some very important lessons from Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman and Aaron Tveit, just to name a few. Ready? Let’s go!Meryl Streep Is Doing It LiveNope, Into the Woods star Meryl Streep is no Ashlee Simpson or Lindsay Lohan. Lip-synching? No way. Pre-recorded tracks? That’s for losers. She’s singing the “Witch’s Rap” portion of the Prologue live (a la the Les Miz movie) in the forthcoming film, just like Jay-Z or Dr. Dre. Live, live and nothing but live!You’re Gonna Hear Jeremy Shamos RoarWhen we asked stars which song they’re embarrassed to love, Jeremy Shamos went a step further and sang (and sang) his favorite Katy Perry tune. “I love our relationship,” he later tweeted us. “I humiliate myself for you and it just makes me love you more. #useme #codependant #seeyousoon.” Aww, Jeremy, the feeling is mutual! Now sing “Firework.”Go to the Bathroom, Meet a VloggerWhere do all the cool Broadway.com vloggers hang out? Apparently in the women’s bathroom. Looks Not Books’ Lesli Margherita and Taxicab Confessions’ Alysha Umphress had a ladies’ room rendezvous this week, and it was glorious. We’d love to have been a fly on that paper towel dispenser.Aaron Tveit Looks Great With a BeardIs there anything Aaron Tveit can’t do? (Before you think too hard about that one, the answer is “no.”) The new Assassins star has picked up some chin scruff in London, and we have to say it’s very becoming on him. Not as becoming as this tangerine short suit, but it’s close.Tony Danza Loves Broadway.com SwagWhen he stopped by Broadway.com HQ, we gave Honeymoon in Vegas headliner Tony Danza a coveted (just ask Aladdin star Courtney Reed) Broadway.com T-shirt. We figured he’d throw it in the back of his closet with his old Who’s the Boss? memorabilia, but we were wrong! You’re the man, Tony.Kristin Chenoweth Is Very, Very 人気のあるWait, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth knows Japanese? She showed off her skills in her new concert “Coming Home,” whipping out a verse of Popular in Japanese. Good job, Kristin! Now we’d like to request our favorite Japanese tune, “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto.”Michael C. Hall Has a Sticky TrickHedwig star Michael C. Hall is enjoying playing a transgender rock goddess and everything, but there’s one small problem: The glitter. He’s got glitter in his house, on his sheets and on his dog. Luckily, he found a secret weapon to eliminate it: Scotch tape! Who knew Office Depot was such a mecca for drag diva supplies?Zosia Mamet Is Getting a Wicked MamaGirls star Zosia Mamet always assumed her character Shoshana came out of a peapod or a seashell, but her mom is actually…drumroll please…SNL and Wicked alum Ana Gasteyer! We wonder if they’ll sing “I Dreamed a Dream” like Lea Michele and her Wicked mom.Tony Yazbeck Loves His PJsHere’s something we didn’t know about On the Town star Tony Yazbeck: He acts like a totally grumpy bear in the morning and spends a lot of his downtime hanging out in his PJs. Yay, pajama party at Yazbeck’s house! Finally, an excuse to wear this.Clay Aiken Is Second to NoneAmerican Idol-runner-up-turned-Broadway-alum-turned-politician Clay Aiken didn’t do so great at the polls this week, and sadly lost the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election. Oh, Clay. If you need us, we’ll be listening to his gospel cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and sobbing.last_img read more

Arnold Abramson, Adrian Bryan-Brown & Gene O’Donovan Will Receive Tony Honors

first_img View Comments The Tony Awards will award three Broadway industry stalwarts with the 2015 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater. This year’s honorees are scenic artist Arnold Abramson, theatrical publicist Adrian Bryan-Brown and technician Gene O’Donovan. The trio will accept their awards at a reception on June 1 prior to the June 7 telecast.Abramson has painted sets for over 600 Broadway productions. His many credits include the original production of The King and I, My Fair Lady, Sunday in the Park with George and 42nd Street. He retired in 2012.Bryan-Brown launched the press office Boneau/Bryan-Brown with Chris Boneau in 1991. The season, he has served as the chief press representative for Something Rotten, Gigi, The Audience, The Elephant Man, The Illusionists, Disgraced, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Holler If Ya Hear Me. His wife, photographer Joan Marcus, received a Tony Honor last year.O’Donovan, through Aurora Productions, which he founded in 1993, has supervised over 200 Broadway productions as either production manager or technical supervisor. Current shows he has worked on include The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.Nominations for the competitive Tony Award categories will be announced on April 28.last_img read more

Emily Skeggs Channeled Patti LuPone & Josh Gad Talks Emma Watson’s Singing

first_imgTony nominees Josh Gad and Emily Skeggs stopped by Watch What Happens: Live on July 22 and showed just why they are two of our Broadway faves. Gad revealed a big set secret about the live action Beauty and the Beast movie: “I can tell you that Emma Watson has an incredible singing voice.” Host Andy Cohen wanted to know from bartender Emily Skeggs (we hope those were non-alcoholic drinks!) if the Fun Home cast has had to deal with any bad behavior from audience members. “The other day we did have one guy in his Yankees cap, sitting there, pulling snacks out of bags out of bags,” she said. Skeggs’ method of dealing with him was fabulously Patti LuPone. Check out the video below!. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Related Shows View Comments Fun Homelast_img read more

Falsettos Calls Off Spring 2016 B’way Return

first_imgFalsettos, which had previously announced it would return to Broadway in spring 2016, has been postponed. The new production of the much-loved musical by William Finn and James Lapine gave no reason for the delay and is now eyeing the 2016-17 season. Lapine, who directed the original incarnation, had been tapped to direct the revival and he remains on board with the project.The tuner follows Marvin who struggles to create a “tight knit family” out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his neighbors). Amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man.Finn took home the 1993 Tony Award for Best Score and shared Best Book with Lapine for the 1992 production. The cast included Michael Rupert as Marvin, as well as Chip Zien, Carolee Carmello, Barbara Walsh, Heather MacRae, Jonathan Kaplan and Stephen Bogardus. View Comments Related Shows Falsettos Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Michael Cerveris’ Fun Home Outtake & More

first_imgP.S. Curious about the buzzy new production of Carrie playing in Los Angeles? Check out the below and have a great weekend!ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Michael Cerveris’ Fun Home OuttakeFun Home headliner Michael Cerveris and his band Loose Cattle have recorded a country version of “Pony Girl.” Penned by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, Cerveris has created his own arrangement of the song, which was cut during early workshops of Fun Home. The single, mastered for iTunes, is now available for pre-sale, and will officially drop digitally on November 23. A very special limited edition heavyweight vinyl version, with original cover art by Alison Bechdel, on whom Fun Home is based, will be available by January.Steve Kazee Set for NashvilleSteve Kazee (Once) has been tapped for a recurring role in Nashville. According to Deadline, the Tony winner will play Riff, a country music star who chose family over fame, in the ABC drama. Expect to see him on your TV screens early next year.Bryce Pinkham & Lesli Margherita Team UpBroadway faves Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide), Lesli Margherita (Vlogger, Dames at Sea), Kelli Barrett, Jessica Keenan Wynn and more have boarded the lineup for Making Our Gardens Grow. The annual fundraiser for Theater Resources Unlimited, which educates people in the business of the arts, will take place on November 8 at Sardi’s.Sara Bareilles & Jessie Mueller Bond Over ApplesSara Bareilles’ tuner Waitress will land on Broadway in the spring and on November 6 she stopped by The Today Show to chat about her new album, which features songs from the production. “It’s been a very blissful project,” said the singer-songwriter, who has bonded so much with leading lady Jessie Mueller that they’ve made plans to go apple picking next week. (Will they be baking pie after? Please tell us it’s so!) Take a look at the interview below. Bryce Pinkhamcenter_img Lesli Margherita View Commentslast_img read more

Hooray! The Taxi Top Selfie Sweepstakes Are Back

first_imgWhen was the last time you won $100 for a selfie? The 2015 Broadway.com Taxi Top Selfie Sweepstakes is officially underway! Simply spot one of our flashy Broadway.com taxi tops in New York City, take a selfie with it, and send it our way. Each week through December 23, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to a lucky participant chosen at random.To enter this awesome opportunity, send your selfie (make sure that Broadway.com taxi top is nice and visible!) to taxitopselfie@broadway.com with your first and last name. Be sure to send us your photo VIA EMAIL ONLY! Photos sent via Facebook, Twitter, etc. will NOT be considered. Send us your pics before Wednesday at 10AM each week of the contest to be entered for that week’s prize from December 2 through December 23. Winners will be notified via email on each Wednesday.NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states and D.C. who are 18 years or older. Void outside U.S. and where prohibited. Ends December 23, 2015. See official rules and details here. View Commentslast_img read more

Four New Seasons Will Land in the West End’s Jersey Boys

first_imgMatt Corner, Simon Bailey, Matt Hunt & Declan Egan. View Comments Four new Seasons are heading to London’s West End! From March 15 Matt Corner will step into the spotlight as Frankie Valli, with Simon Bailey as Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio and Matt Hunt as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys. Dayle Hodge is set to play Frankie Valli at certain performances at the Piccadilly Theatre.Corner joins the West End cast direct from the U.K. and Ireland touring production of Jersey Boys; additional West End credits include We Will Rock You. Bailey’s West End credits include I Can’t Sing! The X-Factor Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. Australian-born Egan played Bob Gaudio in the Australian and New Zealand tour of Jersey Boys and has appeared in the U.S. Tour of The Book of Mormon. Hunt made his professional theatre debut in the Australian and New Zealand touring production of Jersey Boys and Hodge also joins the London cast straight from the U.K. & Ireland touring production of the hit tuner.Additionally joining the London company on March 15 will be Mark Dugdale, Leanne Garretty, Will Haswell, Mark Heenehan, Joe Maxwell, Nathaniel Morrison and Dan O’Brien.Nicola Brazil, Stuart Dawes, Lucinda Gill, Nicky Griffiths, Mark Isherwood, Ben Jennings, Chris Stoddart, Helen Ternent and Ben Wheeler are set to continue with the cast of the Tony and Olivier-award winning musical.last_img read more

Former Elphie Dee Roscioli to Fly Into Fiddler on the Roof

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Wicked favorite Dee Roscioli is set to begin performances as Fruma Sarah on August 11 in the Great White Way revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She replaces Jessica Vosk in the revival, who is scheduled to play her final show on August 7. Directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Danny Burstein, the classic musical is playing at the Broadway Theatre through December 31.Roscioli has played Elphaba in the Broadway, Chicago, San Francisco, and national touring productions of Wicked.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye (Burstein) is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The musical features a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”The cast also includes Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Hayley Feinstein, Mitch Greenberg, Adam Grupper, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Aaron Young and Jennifer Zetlan.center_img Dee Roscioli Fiddler on the Rooflast_img read more