Cuomo Proposes Legislation To Hold Utilities Accountable For Storm Failures

first_imgShare: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) Pool photo by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo / Flickr.ALBANY — Saying the response by utilities in New York during recent storms was unacceptable, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing legislation to hold utilities more accountable for their storm responses.In response to what Cuomo calls unacceptable performance of multiple electric and telecom service providers during tropical storm Isaias, the legislation will increase the current legal limits on penalties and create a streamlined process for revocation of a utility’s operating certificate for recurring failures.“The response by the utility companies to Isaias was unacceptable and it’s even worse that they continue to have such problems during storms and in the aftermath. We know these storms are going to happen. We don’t pay for utilities to function on a nice day, the essence of what we pay for is be ready for a storm — give me information when my power goes out and get it back on quickly,” Cuomo said.“The laws are too protective of the utility companies and that has to change. I am proposing legislation that will create penalties that are significant and will force utilities to change their behavior. The bill will also create a faster revocation process so that if they’re not providing that service then we will find someone else who can and do it quickly. We must pass this new law and do it right away.” Currently, penalties related to reliability and continuity of electric service, including restoration following a major outage or event, start at $100,000 or .02 of 1 percent of annual intrastate gross operating revenue, whichever is greater, for each separate and distinct offense. Penalties rise to $500,000 or .04 of 1 percent, whichever is greater, for combo gas and electric utilities in the restoration of electric service following a major outage event or emergency.In addition, the bill will require utilities to clearly communicate with customers during outages and give accurate information regarding power restoration so New Yorkers can make informed decisions and plan based on the time of the outage.last_img read more

West End Transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black’s Tell Me On a Sunday Extends

first_img The show was originally performed as an album and then a TV special and later on stage as one half of Song & Dance. Bernadette Peters won a Tony Award for her performance in the 1985 Broadway production. Tell Me On a Sunday is a one-woman show that charts the course of an English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to find success, companionship and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether—in fact—she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. Webb’s credits include Stop the World I Want To Get Off, Half A Sixpence, Oliver!, Godspell, The Card, The Good Companions, Evita, Cats, The Seven Deadly Sins and Thoroughly Modern Millie. The West End transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Tell Me On a Sunday has now extended through March 8 at the Duchess Theatre. Marti Webb will continue to play her originated role of Emma in the production. View Commentslast_img read more

Weekend Poll Results! Fans Want to Get Sloshed With Mrs. Wormwood on St. Paddy’s Day

first_img 1. Mrs. Wormwood (Matilda) This mean momma is always the life of the party, whether she’s drinking or not—she has the energy to dance all night, she has no kids to take care of (oh, except Matilda and Michael, but whatever) and she really knows how to stand out from the crowd. Buy her some green Jell-O shots and an evening of hilarity and hijinks is guaranteed. 3. Glinda (Wicked) Need a St. Paddy’s Day makeover? Just call your pal Glinda! This expert hair and makeup stylist will give you a new, all-green look (she has experience with this) while you both sip appletinis (what, you think Glinda would drink beer?! Yeah, right). Before you grab a pint of green beer and get completely obliterated on this lovely St. Patrick’s Day, check out the results of the Weekend Poll! (Wait, you’re already hammered? We should have known.) Broadway is full of kooky characters, and some of them would make fantastic drinking buddies. Who do our readers want to hit the bar and drink shots with? Find out below! View Comments 2. Lola (Kinky Boots) This Kinky Boots queen really knows how to make an entrance, so heads will certainly turn when you walk in with this St. Patrick’s Day date on your arm. Lola surely has some glittery green boots in her arsenal, and maybe even a pair for you, if you’re lucky!last_img read more

Check Out Allison Williams’ Transformation Into Peter Pan

first_img View Comments She’s left those Girls far behind! We now have our first look of Allison Williams as the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Craig Zadan, one of the producers of the upcoming NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! tweeted this hot shot of the Girls star. The hair! The flying outfit! Now we can’t wait to see what Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, potentially Christian Borle as Smee and the rest of Never Never Land’s inhabitants will look like! The show will air on December 4.last_img

Photos! Laura Linney Meets Side Show’s Emily Padgett & Erin Davie

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Side Show Laura Linney went to the circus on October 30, 2014! The three-time Oscar and three-time Tony nominee checked out a preview performance of the new revamped Broadway revival of Side Show, starring Emily Padgett and Erin Davie as real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. After the show, Linney headed backstage to meet Padgett and Davie in person and pose for photos with the headliners. Check out this Hot Shot of Linney’s visit to Side Show, then catch the new production at the St. James Theatre! Related Shows View Commentslast_img

Jessie Mueller’s Upcoming Carnegie Hall Debut Is All About the Kids

first_img Jessie Mueller Star Files View Commentscenter_img On April 18, Tony winner Jessie Mueller will make her Carnegie Hall debut in Take the Stage With Broadway Stars, an interactive family concert. But although it’s her first time playing the iconic venue, Mueller is no stranger to the idea of a Carnegie premiere; she depicted Carole King’s in Beautiful for over a year.“It’s funny. The first day I walked on the stage at Carnegie,” Mueller recently told, “I was thinking about that very moment in the show.” Of course, her debut is different from the songwriter she played. This weekend’s crowd will have more youngsters.“It’s exposing kids to all the jobs that are available in this world,” Mueller explained. “It lets them see the inner workings of how a show comes to be.” Mueller commended the effort to provide a new kind of arts programming, and recalled her own childhood in a family of performers: “I knew the arts were out there, but I didn’t have the opportunity to explore that when I was younger.” The threat of budget cuts to arts education is fresh in her mind.This concert aims to change that for a new generation with the help of several Broadway alums, including Mueller’s sister Abby (currently in Kinky Boots.) And the Muellers won’t be the only ones making their Carnegie Hall debut. “There might be a chance for some kids to get on stage with us. How cool is that? You get to actually perform at Carnegie Hall.”Mueller looks forward to some downtime following the concert—at least until she heads to Massachusetts to headline the premiere of Waitress at the American Repertory Theater.last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Kathleen Turner in Would You Still Love Me If…

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2015 Would You Still Love Me If… View Comments Tickets are now available to see Kathleen Turner and Deborah Cox in the world premiere of John S. Anastasi’s Would You Still Love Me If…a love story that tackles the issue of transgender identity. Directed by Nona Gerard, the limited engagement will begin previews on September 26 and officially open on October 10 at New World Stages.Would You Still Love Me If…is the story of Danya and Addison, caring intelligent young women with a promising future and a baby on the way, but there’s a lifelong secret that threatens to destroy all they hold dear—prompting the profound question…why do we love who we love?In addition to Turner and Cox, the cast will include Rebecca Brooksher and Sofia Jean Gomez.The production will feature scenic design by Brian Prather, lighting design by Zach Blane and costume design by Tristan Raines.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: One Direction Will Hit the West End Stage (Sort Of) & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. West End Goes in One DirectionFor all you directioners out there, we’ve got the Best Song News Ever! One Direction are heading to the West End…Sort of. Only One Direction: The One Direction Story, which bills itself as a concert celebrating the music of the biggest boyband in history (what about Take That?) is set to play the Lyric Theatre October 26 through October 28. The tribute act will put on a fully interactive show that features songs from all four of One Direction’s smash hit albums. Probably best if you know all the words to “What Makes You Beautiful” if you’re thinking about taking a trip to this one…The Most-Produced Plays for 2014-15 Are…Interesting little nugget of information here. Courtesy of American Theatre, the top five most-produced plays of 2014-15 were as follows: 1. Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, 2. Peter and the Starcatcher, adapted by Rick Elice from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, 3. John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar, 4. To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee, 5. Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar. You can check out the full list here.Casting Set for Bertie Carvel’s ApeFrom Miss Trunchbull to Hairy Ape?! Adam Burton, Buffy Davis, Callum Dixon, Steffan Rhodri, Rosie Sheehy and Nicholas Karimi will join the previously reported Matilda Tony nominee Bertie Carvel in The Hairy Ape. Directed by Richard Jones, the Eugene O’Neill classic is scheduled to begin previews on October 17 and officially open on October 29 at London’s Old Vic Theatre.Shows to Keep an Eye On? A couple of industry-only readings are on our radar. Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You) and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful) will headline new musical Date of a Lifetime on September 17. Featuring a book and lyrics by Carl Kissin and music by Rob Baumgartner, Jr., Tony winner Jerry Zaks has been tapped as creative consultant. Meanwhile, Tony winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt), along with Jill Paice (An American in Paris) and more, will star in a re-conceptualization of The Testament of Mary on October 1. Conceived and directed by Michael Rader, this new adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s work will feature five different women sharing the title role of Mary, each representing how different cultures around the world view Mary.NPH’s Best Time Ever’s Solid StartTony winner Neil Patrick Harris’ new NBC series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, premiered on September 15 to a respectable 6.8 million total viewers. According to Deadline, the show had a decent 1.9 rating among the all-important (to advertisers) adults 18-49 demographic. Check out below last night’s finale; eagle-eyed U.K. viewers will be able to spot British national treasures Ant and Dec (Best Time Ever is based on their show Saturday Night Takeaway), along with Harris’ sidekick, Olivier nominee and the potentially Broadway-bound Nicole Scherzinger.last_img read more

Samantha Spiro & More Join Jim Broadbent in A Christmas Carol

first_img View Comments Two-time Olivier winner Samantha Spiro, Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore and Keir Charles will join the previously announced Oscar winner Jim Broadbent in the cast of A Christmas Carol. Directed by Phelim McDermott, the production will play a limited engagement November 30 through January 30, 2016. Opening night is set for December 9 at the Noël Coward Theatre.From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig, Patrick Barlow’s imaginative adaptation of A Christmas Carol will bring some of Charles Dickens’ most memorable characters to life.Rounding out the cast will be puppeteers Jack Parker and Kim Scopes.Design will be by Tom Pye, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Gareth Fry. Toby Sedgwick will take on direction of movement.last_img read more Culturalist Challenge! Rank The Top 10 Show-Stopping Numbers of the Broadway Season

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.With the highly anticipated reveal of the 2016 Tony nominations, the results of the Choice Awards and a Magic Mike update (starring Channing Tatum holding puppies), this week has been quite the show-stopper for Great White Way buzz. Awards season has officially kicked into high gear, and the spirited debates, prediction pools and guesses about what delightful shenanigans Tony host James Corden will have up his sleeve on June 12 are keeping theater fans talking. But what about the big splashy Broadway musical numbers that made us speechless this season? Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan kicked off this week’s challenge with her top 10! Now it’s your turn to push da buttons and tell us your picks!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more