Archbishop stresses importance of interfaith dialogue, understanding

Archbishop stresses importance of interfaith dialogue, understanding

first_imgArchbishop Michael Fitzgerald, member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa and delegate to the Arab League from 2006 to 2012, spoke on the importance of interfaith dialogue between Christianity and Islam in a lecture entitled “The Church and Islam 50 Years after Nostra Aetate.”“Religion, relayed by inter-religious dialogue, can provide the right atmosphere in which conflicts can be involved,” Fitzgerald said. “Efforts can be made towards greater respect for all individuals, and the goal of harmony and peace be brought nearer.”Fitzgerald said the “Nostra Aetate,” a declaration passed by the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church in 1965, highlights the importance of mutual understanding among religions.“Christians are not expected to combat other religions, opposing their religious and cultural expression, but rather, to seek to appreciate and defend the spiritual and moral values enshrined in them,” he said.“Nostra Aetate” calls Christians to respect religious plurality in an increasingly connected and secular world and recognize the truth found in all these religions, Fitzgerald said.“It means that the various religions, including Islam, although they differ from Christ — in essential points are not totally rejected,” he said. “They are seen as containing, or at least as reflecting, truth which enlightens.”Fitzgerald said the document clarifies that non-Christian religions are to be respected not simply because those who adhere to these religions deserve this respect, but also because these religions themselves contain truths that have directed their followers’ lives.“It would be possible to assert that the different religious traditions are to be taken seriously because they have shaped the religious outlook of the people who have followed these traditions,” he said. “One can’t make a valid distinction between the respect due to the persons and the respect for the religion.”Even though the importance of Jesus Christ may not be recognized in other religions, that does not prevent non-Christians from attaining the same enlightenment towards which Christians strive, Fitzgerald said.“The role of Jesus Christ as unique mediator between God and human kind doesn’t exclude subordinate mediations,” he said. “Dialogue with people of other religions is by no means excluded.”While “Nostra Aetate” is an important refinement in church doctrine promoting the respect of diverse faiths, it also has its limitations, Fitzgerald said.“Because of its brevity, which was a deliberate choice in order to avoid controversy, it doesn’t do full justice to the different religions in the world,” he said. “It leaves much work for theologians. In this way, it can be considered an invitational document rather than a prescriptive document.”In the context of a growing perception of Christianity and Islam as opposed world views, it is important to increase dialogue between these two religions, Fitzgerald said.“Christian-Muslim dialogue should lead to a common search for understanding, to a shared sympathy for those who are suffering and in need,” he said. “A thirst for justice for all, forgiveness from wrong done, together with a readiness to recognize one’s own wrongdoing.”Fitzgerald said before dialogue can take place, however, the widespread misunderstandings people hold of both the Christian and Islamic faiths must first be addressed.“A difficulty is in lack of knowledge when one considers populations as a whole,” he said. “There is an ignorance in the West about Islam, and much ignorance about Christianity in countries where there is a Muslim majority.“There is a constant need to educate people, conveying the true image of Islam, as many Muslims advocate, but also revealing the true image of Christianity.”Fitzgerald said while the influence of interfaith dialogue is greatest at the grassroots level, it is important for high ranking religious leaders to foster a community of understanding as well.“Religious leaders are not called upon to formulate concrete political measures but rather to underline basic moral principles,” he said. “They need to be able to support government measures when these are seen to contribute to the common good, but also to criticize them when human dignity is not being fully respected.”Tags: Archbishop, Christianity, interfaith dialogue, Islam, Michael Fitzgerald, Nostra Aetatelast_img read more

Sister of Mercy explores joy in poverty

first_imgJust last week, Sr. Marilyn Lacey resided in a cave in South Sudan, where she works to transform the lives of women in poverty. But last night she spoke over 7,000 miles away at Saint Mary’s about the abundance of mercy and joy in all of God’s creation. Kathleen Donahue | The Observer Sr. Marilyn Lacey, a Sister of Mercy, discusses her faith journey after serving in impoverished areas in Africa, Asia and the United States at a lecture in Vander Vennet Theatre on Tuesday night.Lacey said God maintains connections with all His people, even those who feel as if their sins render them unworthy of His love.“We somehow got the feeling as young people that we had to be ready to meet God,” Lacey said. “The funny thing is, God doesn’t wait for us to be ready. God’s goodness is always flowing. It doesn’t matter how distracted we are.”Recognition of such constant support from God can help people interpret life’s challenges as blessings, according to Lacey.“God is constantly giving his goodness, his mercy, his love, whether or not we are paying attention,” Lacey said. “We’re not often in touch with that, but when we are, it changes everything.”Lacey said her extensive work with displaced populations in Africa, Asia and the United States taught her to seek hope in the least likely of places. She said she was recently strolling through South Sudan when a young man she did not recognize pulled over his car, picked her up and twirled her around, claiming that she helped him at a refugee camp in Kenya 12 years ago.“He said, ‘Everywhere I go, I’m looking for you. I knew I would see you one more time,’” Lacey said.This particular instance showed Lacey the importance of trusting God, for in accepting His mercy, she abandoned stress and worry.“I was leading a very busy life, a distracted life,” Lacey said. “I had this insight that maybe there was a little part inside me, like a pilot light, that was always attentive to God. It’s so affirming. It’s so freeing.”Lacey said people should strive to learn from their mistakes and recover, rather than dwelling on flaws.“God wants mercy not perfection,” Lacey said. “When you can laugh at your mistakes and just enjoy the exuberance of God’s presence, your life changes. God’s own joy begins to take root in us.”Lacey said she believes people should treat others with the same compassion God has bestowed upon them, which motivated her to found Mercy Beyond Borders, which assists oppressed women in South Sudan.“South Sudan is at a critical point where it has never educated girls,” Lacey said. “We are forging ways for women and girls in extreme poverty to learn, connect and lead. … We are all kin, and that compels us to resist what is not of God. Separateness causes divisions in our world. Going out and doing justice is not a burden.”Her desire to help the helpless stems from an admiration for God’s mercy, which grants her the agency to interact with and learn from others, Lacey said.“Recognition of God’s mercy is humbling and freeing, and it connects us with others in the world,” she said. “It’s so constant and ever-present. Like the air, we don’t pay attention to it. We are absolutely immersed in mercy. God is busy trying to get us to pay attention to it and to believe it.”Tags: Theology, Year of Mercylast_img read more

“Every guy has an individual battle”: ND fencing leaders, former NFL coach discuss team success before Stanford game

first_imgNotre Dame fencing head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia, fencing team captain senior Sabrina Massialas and former NFL coach and Notre Dame football player Tom Clements spoke at the Eck Center Friday as part of the “Catching Up With…” Football Friday lecture series.Kvaratskhelia and Massialas began the conversation by discussing how they became involved in fencing. Kvaratskhelia grew up in the Soviet Republic of Georgia and was a member of the Georgian National Foil Team in fencing before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. He immigrated to America years later and continued his fencing career by competing and eventually coaching.Massialas — who won gold at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China — said she began fencing at the age of seven under the instruction of her three-time Olympian father, Greg Massialas.“It was such an honor to compete for my country,” she said. “It’s such a prestigious competition and a great lead-up to the real Olympics.”Led by Kvaratskhelia, Notre Dame fencing won a national title in 2017 and again in 2018. Kvaratskhelia, who was named national Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Coaches Association in July, spoke about the sport of fencing itself.“Fencing is called physical chess, an intellectual conversation with sabers,” Kvaratskhelia said. “It is incredibly emotionally charged. You have to calculate three to four moves ahead and it’s physically daunting.”Fencing competitions consist of both individual and team competitions. Massialas said the tight-knit nature of the team allows for support rather than competition.Kvaratskhelia said he approaches the preparation of the team differently every year to continue improving and refining the students’ skills.“[The goal is] evolution in every single year I coach … we don’t do the expectation about the NCAA,” he said. “We don’t think about tomorrow, our goal is to win today, to beat today and to do our best every single moment.”Last year the team practiced and competed by the slogan ‘humble and hungry,’ Kvaratskhelia said.Massialas said ‘humble and hungry’ refers to the teammates “getting better every day” by bettering themselves and being the best they can be.Following Kvaratskhelia and Massialas, Tom Clements — who played football for Notre Dame in the 1973 national championship and later coached for Notre Dame and the NFL — spoke about his career.Clements recalled the atmosphere at Notre Dame in 1973 when the Irish took on USC, a defending national champion.“The campus was electric,” Clements said. “ … It had started the week before when we played Army at West Point, where we beat them 62-3. Everyone was jumping around, excited and enthusiastic, not because we had beaten Army, but because we knew Southern California was the next game.”After beating USC, the Irish finished the regular season undefeated and played the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. After defeating the Crimson Tide 24-23, the Irish won its 1973 national championship with Clements as quarterback.Clements went on to play professionally in the Canadian Football League. He returned to Notre Dame as a quarterbacks coach in 1992 before proceeding to coach for the NFL. Clements said he was always able to maintain his composure as a player and as a coach thanks to his preparation.“If you gave a 100 percent during the game, everything was going to work out, and if it didn’t it just wasn’t your day,” he said. “If you don’t win the play, figure out why you didn’t win and try to adjust for the next play. … Every guy has an individual battle.”Tags: Catching Up With…, football friday, Gia Kvaratskhelia, Sabrina Massialas, Tom Clementslast_img read more

Johnson family makes large donation to new women’s residence hall

first_imgThe University announced the Johnson family — Todd, Susan, Matthew and Hilary Johnson of Minnesota — made a large donation that will go towards the construction of a women’s residence hall that will be located east of Flaherty and Dunne Halls, Notre Dame announced in a press release on Friday.“The Johnsons, an exceptionally generous family, have exhibited that generosity in making possible this hall at Notre Dame bearing their name,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “We are extremely grateful for this residence hall, a place for building community and contributing to the education of our students’ minds and hearts.”The dorm will be home to the Valkyries, a community of women currently living in Pangborn. It will house approximately 225 residents.Todd Johnson is the CEO of Capstan Corporation, a family business. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1981, according to the release.Susan Johnson is a speech-language pathologist, and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1987, the release said.Together, the Johnsons are members of Notre Dame’s Cavanaugh Council, Badin Guild and Boldly Notre Dame campaign cabinet.The Johnson children, Matthew and Hilary, each graduated from Notre Dame.Matthew Johnson graduated in 2012 and 2019 as part of the one-year accelerated MBA program. While on campus he was a tour guide and served as a a weekly reader to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, the release said.Hilary Johnson graduated in 2015 from the University, and is attending Midwestern University to get her masters degree in biomedical science. She was a resident assistant in Lyons Hall while attending the University, as well as a weekly volunteer at Saint Mary’s Convent.Johnson Family Hall will be the 32nd residence hall on Notre Dame’s campus, and the 15th women’s hall. The dorm is expected to be opened in the fall of 2020, and will be nearly 70,000 square feet, the release said. The design of the building will be “unique, integrating elements of campus architecture and Notre Dame residence hall traditions, including a chapel, courtyard and various spaces for studying and socializing,” the release said.“We are deeply honored to share our family’s blessings with the University of Notre Dame for being the lead gift for the new women’s residence hall on campus,” Todd and Susan Johnson said in the release.Additional benefactors contributed to the construction of Johnson Family Hall. They include Celeste and Kevin Ford of Portola Valley, California, Carol and Bill Hoffmann of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Molly and Geof Meyers of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, Clare and Jerry Richer of Southborough, Massachusetts and Shayla and Chip Rumely of Atlanta, Georgia.“As the University continues to invest in strengthening our undergraduate residential communities and improving the quality of hall life for our students, we are extraordinarily thankful to Todd, Susan, Matthew and Hilary for the addition of Johnson Family Hall,” vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in the release.Tags: Donations, Johnson Family Hall, women’s residence halllast_img read more

WRAP Week aims to bring awareness to pornography addiction, advocates for filter

first_imgThis year’s White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week began its effort to bring the conversation around pornography into the open on Monday morning with bagels and white ribbon pins outside DeBartolo Hall. Co-sponsored by Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and Campus Ministry, the fourth annual WRAP Week aimed to lay the groundwork for sincere dialogue about pornography in students’ lives.Junior Ellie Gardey, co-president of SCOP, said in an email that the sponsors of the week “worked together to develop a program that educated the campus community about the harms of pornography, united the campus in prayer for those impacted by it, highlighted the success of major organizations in addressing pornography and connected students to resources that will give them hope and freedom.”WRAP Week is largely student-driven, with administrators at the GRC and Campus Ministry providing guidance and support, Gardey said in an email. This year’s speakers and events highlighted the prevalence of pornography use, the breadth of its effects in society and the importance of support systems for those who struggle with pornography use. “Pornography is an incredibly important conversation to have — it not only impacts an individual’s psychological, emotional and spiritual health but it also harms relationships and is a social justice issue,” GRC director Christine Gebhardt said in an email. “Pornography use is linked to sex trafficking, violence against women and targeting of vulnerable populations such as children.”Donna Rice Hughes, an Internet safety expert and advocate, spoke Wednesday evening about a recent push to filter pornography in businesses.“In her lecture, she provided valuable insight into reasons businesses are making this change such as workplace standards, safe environments and liability prevention,” Gardey said in an email. “It is important for students to be aware of these changes so they can ethically run their own businesses in the future.”On Thursday, licensed counselor M.J. Vachon gave a talk about supporting loved ones with an addiction or dependence on pornography and creating a safe environment for talking about a delicate and often painful issue.“I am particularly excited about her talk as it offers our students a way to make a change on our campus by helping one another in a nonjudgmental and loving way,” Gebhardt said in an email.Mike Urbaniak, assistant director of pastoral care with Campus Ministry, said his conversations with students about their pornography use have been eye-opening and have shown him how isolated students can feel.“We as a culture, I mean broadly, but also in particularly at Notre Dame, our challenge is to talk about sex and sexuality in a authentic and genuine way that allows people to really ask questions and be inquisitive,” Urbaniak said.Urbaniak emphasized the similarities between Catholic Social Teaching and broader societal values, saying that both recognize and seek to promote human dignity and human flourishing. While the fear of judgment can be a significant barrier to having genuine conversations about pornography, creating a supportive environment in which to do so can only make things better, Urbaniak said.“The one challenge of having events is like, ‘Am I outing myself by coming to an event about pornography?’ The more we open up those spaces, I think the more people are willing to come forth in that and, and talk about it,” Urbaniak said.In an email, Gebhardt said she has seen progress in generating those conversations over the years, but there is still a long way to go. “It is my hope that WRAP Week will encourage us to not merely talk about these issues during October but throughout the year,” Gebhardt said in an email.One of SCOP’s major efforts throughout the year is its petition to put a pornography filter on Notre Dame’s WiFi networks, an ongoing effort that the University has rejected in the past. The organization collected signatures on Friday in South Dining Hall.“Students for Child-Oriented Policy will continue to call on Notre Dame to implement a filter on pornography like the filters at Holy Cross College down the street and the Catholic University of America,” Gardey said in an email. “The use of pornography on Notre Dame’s Wi-Fi network is already forbidden; the University should enforce that rule. The technology is easily available.” WRAP Week ended Friday evening with a dinner and discussion of Fr. Terrence Ehrman C.S.C.’s 2017 book, “Man of God,” that tells a story of a man’s inner struggle to overcome a pornography addiction. The conversation brought the week to an optimistic end.“Pornography pervades our society, but people often find it difficult to talk about because of fear and guilt. An accountability partner, a helpful friend, a significant other, a priest or a professional resource can all be invaluable resources to help people overcome struggles with pornography,” Gardey said in an email. “People should not have to fight their battles against pornography alone.”Tags: pornography, Pornography filter, White Ribbon Against Pornography, WRAP Weeklast_img read more

59 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County Tuesday

first_img14736- Findley Lake0 14733- Falconer0 14723- Cherry Creek0 Active Cases Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 167.5 116 101 Age 96 0.0% 15.8% 3.8% 13 306.6 50-59347 10 643 234.1 0.9% 13.21% 0.4% 2.3% 25.4% Percent Age Group 0.8% Number 14738- Frewsburg2 6 7 145.7 417.5 8 2536 23 21 197.5 401 14048- Dunkirk11 No317 12.26% Percent 433 244.8 60-693 60-69311 1.2% 1.4% 0.60% 6.98% Fatality Rate 2 4 2 14062- Forestville1 3.4% 4 Symptoms Known1520 79.14% 12.18% 30-39309 0.4% 14775- Ripley1 624.6 80-897 100.0% 19.09% 432 86 20.86% 423.5 14724- Clymer2 6 543.5 279.6 4 14767- Panama1 Number 111 19 67 33 1.3% 109.3 14757- Mayville4 150.9 20-29484 14750- Lakewood8 191.7 4.0% 4 98.7 9 4 28 287.5 334.0 1 35 11 0.0 1061.2 14712- Bemus Point1 800.7 0.4% New Cases 14740- Gerry0 181.7 14063- Fredonia2 1.6% 0.8% 14726- Conewango Valley1 9 4 434.8 0.7% 14747- Kennedy1 11 2.6% 2.3% 40 10 33 59 370.4 31 0 6 0-390 70-797 0.8% Total Deaths 0.9% 14782- Sinclairville1 18 0.58% MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Fifty-nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Tuesday afternoon.The County Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reports there are now 433 active cases, down from 441 over the weekend.Of the new cases, 13 are in Jamestown with 111 active in the city’s zip code.Additionally, the number of hospitalizations increased by two, with 25 total. The county’s seven-day average percent positive rate is 8.2 percent, up from 7.9.Since the pandemic began 2,536 cases were reported with 2,080 recovering.A full breakdown of the latest data is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 14716- Brocton0 80-8987 1 4.6% Yes1203 8 1.3% 14138- South Dayton0 0.6% 59 14081- Irving1 16 400.2 2 24 3 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020 12.26% 0.2% 383.0 3.95% 189.9 47 1.9% Total 14784- Stockton2 14701- Jamestown13 70-79177 14720- Celoron1 279.4 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 99.7 20 14781- Sherman1 0-19335 14710- Ashville3 26 Zip Code 1 2.2% 40-49333 13.13% 17.0% Total Cases 57 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) 58 90+2 14728- Dewittville0 3.43% 14136- Silver Creek0 1.34% 14722- Chautauqua0 Percent of Total Cases 384.6 14769- Portland0 9 Fatality Rate by Age Group 14787- Westfield1 0 20 90+34 21 0.2% 629.3 All Ages23 45 19 0.00% 40-492 0.91% 50-592 0.7% Symptoms 0.96% 14718- Cassadaga1 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 370.7 8.05% 36 5.88% 193.6 28last_img read more

Village Of Celoron Man Facing Drug Charges Following Overnight Traffic Stop

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) WNY News Now Stock Image.ELLERY – A Village of Celoron man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Ellery overnight.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Walter Whitfield Jr. was pulled over on Route 430 around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.Deputies say a check of his driving record showed 17 license suspensions.Furthermore, K-9 Link sniffed the vehicle and alerted law enforcement to the presence of narcotics. After searching the vehicle deputies allegedly found scales, packaging materials and a quantity of methamphetamine.Whitfield was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operator and fail to keep right.He was later released with citations directing him to appear in Town of Ellery Court at a later date.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Neil Patrick Harris, Lesli Margherita & More

first_img Star Files View Comments Before you cut out of work early and head to the beach for some much-needed relaxation time—wait, what? It’s still freezing outside? Oh, whoops. Let’s try this again. Before you cut out of work early and head to your couch for a much-needed Netflix-and-Snuggie fest, let’s learn something from the crazy, strange and totally weird stuff that happened on Broadway this week. Ready? Let’s go!NPH Can’t Finish a SandwichJared Leto—uh, we mean Hedwig star Neil Patrick Harris—has lost 20 pounds for his new role, and on GMA, he joked about being “manorexic” and only eating a few bites of his lunch. Stop it, Neil. Finish that sandwich. It’s what Miss Hedwig would want.James Franco Collects Ticket StubsOf Mice and Men star James Franco has yet another hobby we didn’t know about: He collects ticket stubs from every Broadway show he’s seen. Aww, that’s so cute! You know what’s not as cute? Cursing out a critic on Instagram. (P.S. Need to talk? Call us. We’re here for you.)Queen Will Rock You…AgainIf you’ve ever wondered happens to Galileo, Scaramouche and their pals after the Queen jukebox musical We Will Rock You ends, you’re in luck, because Brian May is working on a sequel. Does Meat get cooked? Does Adam Lambert star? Will we ever figure out the plot? Did we mention Adam Lambert?!The Threepenny Cast Is StarvingWhen Laura Osnes took us backstage at The Threepenny Opera, she and her castmates spent a lot of time talking about 16 Handles (duh), cupcakes, brownies, peanut butter (twice) and cheese. Guys, take a field trip to the Belasco—we hear NPH has sandwiches.James Monroe Iglehart Makes Sh*t UpHow did Aladdin funny guy James Monroe Iglehart score the role of the Genie? By completely ignoring the script and making up his own lines at his audition, saying pretty much whatever he wanted. Guys, this is a really good thing to try when you audition for your high school play.Lesli Margherita Needs a BodyguardMatilda star Lesli Margherita had a super-giant Q&A (Q&AAA, Q&AAA…) session on her video blog this week, and what did we learn? Well, that some of her fans are a little, uh, stalkery. As it turns out, everyone wants to be the Queen—even this guy.Steven Pasquale Does Carol ChanningWe knew Bridges star Steven Pasquale has a great voice and looks fantastic with his shirt off, but did you know he can do impressions? On Side By Side, he channeled Mandy Patinkin, Carol Channing, Jim Carrey and a ton more. Quick, someone write a musical adaptation of The Mask! Pasek? Paul?The Obamas Made Us LateThe President and First Lady had a date night last Friday, and instead of their usual trip to the Olive Garden, they decided it would be fun to see a Broadway show. Meanwhile, after struggling to get past the police barricades and blocked-off streets, every other ticketholder said “f*ck it” and went to the Olive Garden.Will Swenson Licks (& Likes) His WifeLes Miz star Will Swenson was the newest victim of autocorrect this week, when a text reading “I like my wife” was suddenly changed to “I lick my wife.” (Swenson did admit, however, that this statement is also true.) Quoth the Wee Posse of Three: “Eww!”Audra McDonald Shoots CatsSpeaking of Will Swenson’s liked and licked wife, Lady Day star Audra McDonald told us her pre-show warm-up is so weird, people must think she’s “shooting cats.” Wait, did you say you’re shooting Cats? The movie!? OMG, OMG, OMG. Are you Grizabella or Gumbie Cat?center_img Lesli Margheritalast_img read more

Squigs Salutes Host Hugh Jackman and the 2014 Tony Winners

first_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Bouncing 2014 Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman brought his A-game to the annual Broadway lovefest on June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson captured the joy of the night with this portrait of a beaming Jackman virtually embracing Tony winners Lena Hall (Best Featured Actress for Hedwig and the Angry Inch), James Monroe Iglehart (Best Featured Actor for Aladdin), Sophie Okonedo (Best Featured Actress for A Raisin in the Sun), Mark Rylance (Best Featured Actor for Twelfth Night), Bryan Cranston (Best Actor for All the Way), Audra McDonald (Best Actress for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), Neil Patrick Harris (Best Actor for Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Jessie Mueller (Best Actress for Beautiful).  Enjoy this salute to the 2014 Tonys, then get tickets to see these award-winning stars in their shows! View Commentslast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Darren Criss, Elisabeth Moss & More

first_imgGuys, we never thought this day would come. It’s finally Friday! To celebrate, we’re bringing you the weirdest, craziest and silliest things that happened on Broadway this week, from Brandon Uranowitz’s celebrity steam regime to the elusive “weird dancing” of Idina Menzel. Get ready, get set…for the Lessons of the Week!Ramin Karimloo Is Going JapaneseKonnichiwa, 24601! The Les Miz star is heading to Japan to headline The Prince of Broadway this fall alongside Shuler Hensley, Nancy Opel and more. We’re absolutely thrilled for you, Ramin, but we have one question: Do you think Hal Prince will mind if you do this a few times in the show? Like, 14 or 15 times?Elisabeth Moss Has a Curious CrushWhen we asked The Heidi Chronicles star to reveal the fellow Tony nominee she had a crush on, she briefly pretended it was Bradley Cooper…before confessing it was actually recent Juilliard grad Alex Sharp, star of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. We know your dream role is Mama Rose, but are you sure you wouldn’t want to play Mrs. Robinson one day?Amanda Seyfried’s Five-Year Plan Is PinkNow that starring in The Way We Get By has helped her overcome stage fright, Amanda Seyfried is aiming to tackle another life goal: Playing Glinda in the Wicked movie, which she calls “my number-one plan for my future.” Wow—our number-one plan for the future is trying to resist eating that leftover pizza in the fridge.Brandon Uranowitz Steams Like CelineEver wonder how An American in Paris star Brandon Uranowitz keeps his vocal cords so supple and moist? Yeah, we never did either. But he’s giving us the scoop in Max von Essen’s vlog “‘S Wonderful,” where he shares his Celine (Dion?) inspired steaming process. Thank you, Brandon. This steam strategy is safe in our hearts, and our hearts will go on and on.Sydney Lucas Doesn’t Have an AllowanceWhen we asked all three actresses who play Alison Bechdel in Fun Home to fill out our crazy questionnaire, we learned that the stars really like coffee ice cream and Ellen DeGeneres. But we also learned 10-year-old Sydney Lucas is the only one who doesn’t get an allowance. But don’t worry—she gets a salary. And it’s probably bigger than yours.Ivy Lynn & the Whole Gang Are BackDo you spend your days weeping, shoving peanut butter cups down your throat and mourning the loss of Smash? Yeah, us too. But get off the couch, put on something that isn’t sweatpants and get over to the Minskoff Theatre, where the entire cast of Bombshell is reuniting! (Plus, Jeremy Jordan, because obviously!) Oh wait, you can’t go. Tickets sold out in 45 seconds. Sorry. Back to the couch.Get Ready For Idina’s Weird DancingWhen Idina Menzel embarks on a concert tour, we know what to look forward to—“Defying Gravity,” “Let It Go,” maybe a little “Take Me or Leave Me” with a hyperventilating audience member…all of our favorites. But the blazing supernova is promising another bonus: weird dancing! We can’t wait to see her bust out this, this and this.Darwig Has Arrived on the InternetThis week on “The Total Package,” unofficial mascot Darren Criss unveiled his new persona “Darwig,” a glittery, wig-less hybrid of Darren and Hedwig. Video footage of Darwig has officially graced the internet for the very first time, and you know what that means, folks. GIF early and GIF often. We’re waiting.Andy Karl Bruises For His ArtAn honorary Audience Choice Award (bestowed after tons of complaining) isn’t the only perk Andy Karl gets for starring in On the Twentieth Century—he’s also covered in prestigious “comedy bruises,” a badge of honor that even impressed Carol Burnett. That’s great, Andy, but didn’t you get punched enough in Rocky? What about a show with lots of cushy padding next season, like SpongeBob Squarepants?Brandy Is a StalkerWhen we invited Brandy Norwood to our headquarters to film her “Ask a Star” segment, we had no idea she was such a superfan! “I love,” the Chicago star told us. “I stalk” We love you too, Brandy, but if you keep showing up in a cape and demanding we take voice lessons with you, we might be forced to stick you in another show a few blocks down. Star Files Darren Crisscenter_img View Commentslast_img read more