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) MAYVILLE – A Jamestown murder suspect has been re-indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury. Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone tells WNYNewsNow that Julio E. Montanez is facing a count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder, the same charges as the original indictment dated Nov. 2019.Barone says Montanez was arraigned Monday afternoon in Chautauqua County Court, where he plead not guilty. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 property bond.Judge David Foley dismissed a grand jury indictment on Oct. 1 for one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder returned against Montanez. “This case is back in the posture it was three weeks ago and is again moving forward toward trial,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said in a statement. “I want to thank the members of the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Forensic Investigation Team involved in re-presenting this matter. I sincerely appreciate their professionalism.”Barone previously told WNYNewsNow that his office argued that Swanson failed to inform the grand jury of the justifiable option, i.e.: self-defense.“It really doesn’t matter whether or not there was self-defense, but more importantly, it was an issue that had to have been presented to the grand jury and wasn’t,” explained Barone. “We argued that because it was an exculpatory defense, meaning that charges could be dismissed if a juror believed it was self-defense, and was not presented as need be by the district attorney during grand jury.”Barone says he and his staff submitted the motion to dismiss in September.Montanez was previously charged with first-degree manslaughter by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, who say Montanez allegedly shot and killed Justin M. Gibbons, 29, of Mayville, following a dispute in an alleyway near 114 W. Main St. in Sherman just after 1:30 a.m., Oct. 6.Gibbons was shot multiple times while he was attempting to flee the area in a vehicle, investigators said.He was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital by the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.D.A. Swanson had 30 days to bring the case back to grand jury.Swanson says Montanez is due back in court for a conference on Nov. 16. The District attorney adds that the charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum indeterminate state prison sentence of 25 years-to-life while the second-degree attempted murder charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision.
Additionally, ATC will stage two musicals as part of the company’s “Atlantic For Kids” series. Ivy & Bean, The Musical, featuring music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen and based on the books by Annie Barrows, will play weekend mornings from October 10 through November 9. Camp Kappawanna, set to play weekend mornings beginning March 21, 2015 through April 12, will feature music and lyrics by Grammy nominee Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty and a book by Cusi Cram and Peter Hirsch. The American premiere of Moira Buffini’s Dying For It, adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide, will begin performances at the Linda Gross Theater on December 17 and run through January 25, 2015, officially opening on January 8. Neil Pepe directs the play that satirizes the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life experienced by a man down on his luck. The world premiere of Guards at the Taj comes next at the Linda Gross, written by Rajiv Joseph, who was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2010. The play, which follows two Imperial Guards in 1648 India, wil begin performances on May 6, 2015 and run through June 14. Doug Wright, who won a Tony and Pulitzer for I Am My Own Wife, will direct the world premiere of his play Posterity. Running from February 25, 2015 through April 5 at the Linda Gross Theater, the play explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten as Norway’s most celebrated sculptor prepares to commission a portrait of Henrik Ibsen. The season will conclude with two of David Mamet’s short plays, The Shawl and Prairie Du Chien, which both explore the toll of death and murder. The revival will play Atlantic Stage 2 from May 27, 2015 through June 21, with opening night set for June 9. The Atlantic Theater Company has announced its complete 2014-2015 season, which will include two world premieres from a Pulitzer winner and a Pulitzer finalist: Doug Wright’s Posterity and Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj. Also joining the lineup is a revival of David Mamet’s two haunting short plays The Shawl and Prairie Du Chien. View Comments At Atlantic Stage 2, the world premiere of I’m Gonna Pray For you So Hard by Halley Feiffer will play from January 7, 2015 through February 8, with opening night scheduled for January 20. The dark comedy, helmed by Trip Cullman, tells the story of an actress and her famous playwright father as they attempt to find common ground as they deliberate over reading reviews of her off-Broadway debut. As previously announced, the ATC season will kick off with Found, a new musical featuring a book by Tony nominee Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree and a score by Eli Bolin. Performances will run from September 18 through November 9 at the Linda Gross Theater, with opening night set for October 14.
Tony nominees Andy Karl and Jarrod Spector, as well as Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Lindsay Mendez and Adam Heller, will take part in the sixth annual Broadway Salutes on September 23. The public event will take place at Anita’s Way, the public space from 42nd to 43rd street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. As previously announced, four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein will host.Broadway Salutes honors theater professionals, including stagehands, actors, producers, press agents, designers, directors, and more, who have worked 25, 35 and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft. The afternoon’s event, directed by Marc Bruni, is presented by the Broadway League and the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds.Karl and Spector earned Tony nods this year for their performances in Rocky and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, respectively. Mendez most recently appeared on Broadway in Wicked, for which she took home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for Favorite Replacement. Heller’s Great White Way credits include Elf, Baby It’s You! and Caroline, or Change. Star Files Andy Karl View Comments
Mitchell wrote the book for Hedwig alongside composer Stephen Trask, and the stars performed early versions of the musical at Don Hill’s and the Westbeth Theatre Center. Mitchell later starred in the off-Broadway incarnation of the hit musical at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998. He directed, wrote and starred in the 2001 film adaptation of Hedwig, garnering a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Mitchell has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Big River and Six Degrees of Separation, and was most recently seen on the small screen in Girls, playing David Pressler-Goings, Hannah’s book publisher. Related Shows Directed by Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened April 22, 2014, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. Andrew Rannells subsequently stepped into Harris’ heels. The musical tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. View Comments We’re praying to Zeus that this day arrives! Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator and original star John Cameron Mitchell may head to Broadway to reprise the role of the East German transgender rock goddess at the Belasco Theatre. According to the New York Post, he is eyeing a return to the show after Michael C. Hall departs the production on January 4, 2015. Producer David Binder told Broadway.com through a production spokesperson: “We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall’s run in the show.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015
MEGAN MULLALLY GLENN CLOSE Ever since we heard the buzz that the The Devil Wears Prada is being made into a musical, we’ve burned our cerulean sweaters, booked a trip to Paris and gone on a strict cheese cube diet. We’ve also been dreamcasting the role of Miranda Priestly, the intimidating Editor-in-Chief of Runway magazine played by Meryl Streep in the hit movie. We posted a few of our favorite choices on the top-ten ranking site Culturalist. Hundreds of fans voted, and your top 10 picks for Miranda are here! Check out the results below. That’s all. PATTI LUPONE DONNA MURPHY HELEN MIRREN VANESSA WILLIAMS AUDRA MCDONALD JOANNA GLEASON BERNADETTE PETERS CHRISTINE BARANSKI View Comments
NBC’s previously announced Hairspray Live! will welcome a creative team of Tony winners to the ‘60s. Kenny Leon, who directed last year’s The Wiz Live! for the Peacock network, will return to helm this year’s musical telecast. Also returning is Harvey Fierstein, who will adapt the book for the small screen. Fierstein is of course familiar with the show, having won a Tony for his performance as Edna Turnblad. Original choreographer Jerry Mitchell is also on board.The live event is set for Wednesday, December 7 (a departure from The Wiz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music’s Thursday premieres). Further information, including casting, will be announced at a later date.Leon won a Tony in 2014 for his direction of A Raisin in the Sun; he was also nominated for Fences. Fierstein, who is also a Tony winner for La Cage aux Folles and Torch Song Trilogy, recent updated the book of Funny Girl for London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and West End. Mitchell earned a Tony nomination for his Hairspray choreography and won for La Cage and Kinky Boots.Featuring music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray follows plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she attempts to become a cast member of The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. Tracy soon finds herself leading a civil rights campaign to integrate the show. Kenny Leon(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments
Amelie The Hamilton Mixtape Hamilton Movie Speech & Debate from $149.00 Moana In the Heights Movie Phillipa Soo Mary Poppins Related Shows Hamilton Hamilton PBS Documentary Star Files (Photos: Joan Marcus & Disney) Lin-Manuel Miranda Leslie Odom Jr. Concerts Leslie Odom Jr. Well, folks, it happened: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo performed in Hamilton for one last time on July 9. While we will absolutely miss this golden trio on the Great White Way, we don’t want you to fret about the world turned upside down. Miranda, Odom Jr., Soo and our beloved Groffsauce have a slew of post-Ham projects lined up. (Lin already performed with J. Lo on The Today Show this morning, you guys!) According to your top picks, Miranda is well on his way to EGOT-ing; he’s already got the Grammy, Emmy and three Tony Awards. His upcoming film projects have got fans amped, so perhaps an Oscar is what comes next? We’re willing to wait for it and all the other great work on the way for our Hamilton faves. In the meantime, check out your top 10 below! View Comments Looking Movie
‘Hello, Dolly!’ View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018 Bette Midler Hello, Dolly! Star Files Related Shows Hello, dearies! Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly anticipated revival of Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Helmed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, performances will begin at the Shubert Theatre on March 15, 2017 with an opening night scheduled for April 20.The cast will also include Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Taylor Trensch, Will Burton, Melanie Moore and Jennifer Simard.Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. The tuner took home the 1964 Tony Award for Best Musical following its Great White Way premiere at the St. James Theatre.This production will mark the first mounting of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway since 1995, which was headlined by original star and Tony winner Carol Channing. A 1969 film adaptation starred Barbra Streisand in the titular role.Matilda, the current occupant of the Shubert, is scheduled to close on January 1, 2017. David Hyde Pierce
Jess LeProtto & Shonica Gooden (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017 Cats View Comments Of all the frisky felines in Cats, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer are the biggest mischief-makers, grabbing Sunday dinner from the oven one minute and swiping a string of pearls the next. These show-stopping cats are played by two of Broadway’s best young dancers, Jess LeProtto and Shonica Gooden, who share their characters’ sassy chemistry. LeProtto, a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, is a vet of Newsies and On the Town; Gooden is savoring her first featured role on Broadway after appearing in the ensembles of Bring It On, Cinderella and Hamilton. The co-stars recently chatted with Broadway.com about the nuttiness of getting into character, those unforgettable Andrew Lloyd Webber melodies and their purrfect (sorry!) stage pairing. Q: First things first: Are you a cat person?SHONICA: I am not a cat person, but I play one at night! I just think they’re strange creatures. They’re creepy. They’re not as fun-loving as dogs.JESS: Yes, I am a cat person. No, I don’t have a cat, but I know a lot of people who do, and I’ve always loved just seeing them do their own thing. In our show, we crawl around all over the place, and pretty much that’s what cats do in real life, so I’m like, “Yes! You live your life, cat!”Q: How do you get into character?JESS: Cats have relaxed hands, so we have to lead with the wrists, and we lead with our ears. Our ears are not like human ears—we have them up above a little more, so just getting into that world physically from the outside is good exercise.SHONICA: My cat place stars in my gut. It starts in my stomach with a contraction and then it flows up through my ears, through my paws, and she becomes Rumpleteazer.Q: What’s it like to be part of a cast of grownups dressed as cats? SHONICA: There was one moment during our rehearsal/preview period where none of us had our costumes on; we just had the cat face and the wig. Seeing each other with normal clothes and then the cat face and the wig was so crazy! When they say, “Take a five-minute break,” everybody immediately comes out of “cat” and they’re talking like regular people. It’s the most bizarre thing.JESS: From the other perspective, during tech rehearsals, we had crew members and creative team members on stage and it was like, “Humans! Get them offstage! This is our place. Get out of our junkyard.” Q: You are so well matched as Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer. What makes the two of you such a good pair?SHONICA: Just the fact that we’re friends outside of the show. We met doing American Dance Machine, and within that process, I got to know Jess as this fun-loving guy. I always knew he was talented, but actually getting to know him, I was like, “Oh this is going to be great.” And then we bonded on comedy, which is so fitting for our characters.JESS: We’re able to adapt to each other’s sensibilities as people, as actors and as cats when we’re performing. Shonica has this dynamic personality that shines through her eyes. It blossoms, and in a way, I can take that excitement and delightfulness and apply it to what I do. We’re connected to each other’s strengths and vulnerabilities.Q: That sense of trust is obvious during your signature musical number. JESS: The number that we do is cardio-driven, it’s stamina-driven, and it’s the only moment in the show that there are two cats singing their song when no one else is on stage. To demand that attention, you really need to ground yourself into the material and know that these confident little kittens are going to steal the show right now.SHONICA: I think of them as very adventurous teenagers. They’re exploring the world, and if that means they get into a little trouble, they’re not afraid of that because that’s what makes their life so incredibly exciting.Q: Cats is filled with songs that stick in the mind. How do you deal with that? JESS: You just let it ride. If I get off the subway after the show, I’ll have the opening stuck in my head: “Practical cats, dramatical cats.” Just roll with it. It has this effect on people because Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score is so beautifully written and so attractive to the ear. He knows how to get the audience’s attention by high stakes and by lush scoring that’s so captivating.SHONICA: I just try to remember to have normalcy in my life, especially now that I’m playing a cat on stage. When I go home, I do other things, whether it’s reading a book on the train or listening to a different piece of music or watching an action movie. I try to remind myself that I am a human first and an artist second. Q: Tell us about your path to Broadway as a dancer. SHONICA I knew I wanted to dance right out of college, but I thought musical theater people were so weird! They were always excited, whereas I grew up in the concert dance world where everybody was very serious. Then I did Bring It On: The Musical and I fell in love with the world and the people. When I got Cinderella, I was like, “OK, God, I guess this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”JESS: I started dancing when I was three, and when I was about seven or eight, I started getting into the business. I was also doing competitive dancing. I knew that I was different—I was kind of cute and quirky, and I found a way to incorporate that into my professional career. I grew up doing a lot of research on choreographers and dancers of an older generation, and I’d like to represent that somehow.SHONICA: You do it very well, and I’m not saying this because he’s my partner in crime. If you walk into an audition, there is no other guy in the room that moves like Jess LeProtto. We always say we both were born in the wrong generation. I was supposed to be with the Debbie Allen generation. He was supposed to be Jerome Robbins, all the classic guys.JESS: I could say the same for Shonica. She doesn’t dance like any other dancer on Broadway. I’m a very lucky partner because the dynamic she brings—not just her beautiful voice, but the way she puts herself out there—you know you’re going to have a good time each night. She delivers, and that makes you want to deliver even more.
View Comments The Broadway.com 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.NBC’s Hairspray Live! broadcast was big, blonde, beautiful and full of legendary performances! Harvey Fierstein’s triumphant return to the role of Edna, the entire cast’s marvelous moves and, of course, the new songs and homage paid to old favorites were just a few of the highlights from the eagerly anticipated televised event. Before you watch it again, begin the quest for your own version of Jennifer Hudson’s gold jumpsuit or start obsessing over mastering all of the choreography, we want to know which musical number you loved the most. Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started the Culturalist Challenge beat with her top 10. Run and tell us your picks!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. 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 Broadway.com! (Photo: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC)