Jamestown Man Indicted On Federal Narcotics Conspiracy Charge

first_imgBUFFALO – A Jamestown man was indicted Wednesday on a charge of narcotics conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between December 2018, and April 2020, Rocco A. Beardsley allegedly conspired with others to possess and distribute methamphetamine; acetyl fentanyl; crack cocaine; and fentanyl.Beardsley was previously convicted in Federal Court in 2007 of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and sentenced to serve 57 months in prison. The defendant is currently on New York State parole following a 2017 conviction for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Narcotic Drug Intent To Sell.Beardsley was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being detained. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine. The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito. 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

Jamestown Man Faces Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

first_imgJAMESTOWN — A Jamestown man faces drug charges following a traffic stop on Lakeview Avenue Wednesday afternoon, according to the Jamestown Police Department.Police say Blake D. Smith, 45, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana.Image by Jamestown Police.Officers allegedly located 5.7 grams of marijuana, eight doses (pills) of fentanyl, meth and MDMA, along with $6,159 in cash.Polcie said Smith was held in Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment. The Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and NYSP K-9 assisted at the scene. 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

Bronx Bombers Star Bill Dawes On the Pressure to ‘Not Suck’ as Baseball Great Mickey Mantle

first_img So finding Mickey, the lost soul and tortured manchild we touch upon in the play, becomes an exercise in imagination, like it would with a portrayal of a fictional character. That being said, hatred is bred from ignorance, and the reverse is true. After reading a half-dozen books on Mickey and really understanding the nature and genesis of his pain and self-loathing, I found myself really empathizing and loving the guy. The question I get asked most about playing Mickey Mantle in Bronx Bombers is usually some variation of the following: “Since thousands of hardcore and lifelong Mantle fans are going to see the show, don’t you feel a ton of pressure not to suck?” Although I guess it makes sense, I don’t think that really has much to do with me or being an actor. Any role you play, you just want to find the integrity of the role and bring as much truth to it as possible, regardless of the person being a celebrated historical figure or not. When I played Paul Hornung in Lombardi, I was lucky enough to meet him. I actually drove down to Louisville, Kentucky, and we met up for brunch. We drank too many mimosas and he regaled me with story upon story of himself and Vince Lombardi. He took me on the tour of the town and his office, where he presented me with several signed books and photographs. All of this made it was easy to keep alive the memory of the mischievous and fun-loving Paul I had met only weeks earlier. Paul, 73 at the time, seemed happy with his life and his notoriety. His regrets, if he had any, seemed like they had been dealt with. Related Shows View Comments About the author: Bringing an iconic sports hero like Mickey Mantle to life could be an intimidating job for an actor, but Bill Dawes is prepared to step up to the plate. In fact, Dawes already knows a thing or two about embodying professional athletes onstage. In 2010, he portrayed football player Paul Hornung in Eric Simonson’s Lombardi, about the legendary Green Bay Packers coach. Previously, Dawes made his Broadway debut opposite Sigourney Weaver in Sex and Longing and has shown his versatility on screen in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and on Criminal Minds, Sex and the City and Oz. He returns to Broadway with Simonson’s Bronx Bombers, about the legacy of the New York Yankees. For Broadway.com, Dawes writes about the challenges of bringing the baseball legend to life, how he prepares to play real people (lots of mimosas!) and which Mantle motto he lives by.center_img Mickey Mantle is different, and undoubtedly, a much more complex role. Bronx Bombers is a play about memory and legacy, and Mickey lived his post-Yankees years with an abundance of regrets, which were only exacerbated by his alcoholism. Furthermore, the stories about Mickey I heard, for the most part, didn’t come from Mickey. Most are second-hand and anecdotal, and often time, apocryphal. When Mickey spoke on camera about the more troublesome parts of his life and behavior, he could only offer terse apologies and blinked-back tears, as he did in his oft-viewed interview with Bob Costas. Even the covered and measured voice Mickey used in commercials and interviews during the ’50s and ’60s (famously mimicked by Billy Crystal) didn’t seem to remotely encapsulate the wild and hedonistic side I read about in books like the salacious 7 and The Last Boy. Bronx Bombers In the end, I guess any pressure I feel about playing Mickey really comes from the ghost of Mickey Mantle, which ultimately is a creation of my imagination. I don’t feel pressure from baseball fans because I accept that my portrayal of Mick is invariably gong to be different from their memories. Luckily, I’ve been finding that I have enough of a resemblance to Mantle’s looks, physique and behavior to satisfy the hardcore devotees. However, if some people don’t think I accurately represent him the way they remember, I find myself adopting an oft-used Mantle quote regarding critics: “Well, I don’t really give a sh*t!” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014last_img read more

Godspell to Return to London’s West End for One-Night-Only

first_img Stephen Schwartz’ Godspell is a timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, featuring such popular songs as “Day By Day,”” Light of the World” and “Turn Back, O Man.” Musical direction will be by Russell Scott, choreography by Paul Robinson and sound by Johnny Dickie. Directed by Kenneth Avery Clark, the evening will also star Zoe Tyler (Les Miserables), Andy Abraham (The X Factor), with a West End cast, a live band and a 32-strong choir led by members of Maida Vale Singers and American Musical Theatre Academy. The performance will feature the new orchestrations from the acclaimed 2011 Broadway revival. Turn Back, O Man! Legendary rock musical Godspell is to return to the West End for the first time since it premiered there 42 years ago. The one-night-only concert on May 19, in aid of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be hosted by David Essex, who played Jesus in the original London cast.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

See Beautiful Star Jarrod Spector’s Backstage Photo Stash!

first_img My view from the stage “This is RIGHT after the curtain call, and the whole audience is looking toward stage left as Jessie Mueller comes back out to wave to the adoring crowd once more. Not a bad way to end the workday.” My favorite spot in the theater “I’m very fortunate at work. I have a primary dressing room I share with Jeb Brown but then I have another little room (aka the Mannex, the Mann Cave, and the Den of Manniquity) that has a bed in it. It’s my favorite place in the theater. It usually doesn’t have a Carole King on it.” The crew member who saves my ass “Any Broadway actor will tell you that a dresser can make or break your show. My dresser Charlie is fantastic and saves my ass every day, multiple times. Here he’s pictured telling me to zip up my fly, which is chronically down. It’s a condition. I’m working on it.” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “The Kaisen Don bowl set from ______ (it’s already too hard to get into this place between shows). Miso soup for calming the voice, a little light protein and brown rice for fuel, sea vegetables, pickled vegetables, green tea…everything you need to get overfull and then pass out for 20 minutes before getting ready for the second show. Watch out for thieving spouses [Kelli Barrett].” Related Shows The coolest prop in the show “It might not seem so amazing at first, but anyone interested in music would love our Billboard magazine props. This one, used right after ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ becomes a hit, has the actual magazine cover on the front and inside is the actual Hot 100 list, with the Shirelles at the top and a whole slew of others that show just how great the music was at this time. It’s a little slice of music history.” The best costume piece I wear “…Is this huge crazy (but totally authentic and appropriate) shearling coat. On me it usually looks like I’ve skinned a bear and I’m on Game of Thrones. Anika Larsen, however, manages to wear it a little better than that.” My must-have pre-show item “The all-powerful roll of paper towels and my cell phone. Must have them both for my vocal warm-up, which I have to do absolutely every day before the show. Usually on the subway. So if you ride the B, C, 2 or 3 trains and see me, you’ll know. And please stop looking at me that way.” Star Files Selfie right before I go onstage “A fist-bump in the stage right wing with my stage manager Johnny Krause is the last moment I have before I head onstage to hit on Cynthia Weil!”center_img My favorite thing in my dressing room “Jeb Brown, my dressing roommate, is obviously my very favorite thing in my dressing room. He just happens to be holding the Chemex coffee maker he uses to brew amazing coffee every day. Again, it’s a total coincidence that he’s holding that beautiful little glass miracle in this picture. Jeb himself is my favorite.” My favorite post-show snack “Salad. I’m not as young as I once was and eating a huge meal after the show is, sadly, a thing of the past. I’m still ravenous after the show, however, so a salad has to suffice. My fiancée Kelli and I have made it a project to see how much stuff we can cram into it and still consider it ‘light and healthy.’” Jarrod Spector has been a performer practically since birth, so he knows how to stay calm, cool and collected before hitting the stage as real-life songwriter Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. But he can’t do it alone! We sent the newly minted Tony nominee on a photo scavenger hunt around the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to show us his favorite props, co-stars and dressing room must-haves. Check out his photo stash below! Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 View Comments My favorite co-star “…Is (or, at least, was) Keven Duda, who is apparently getting a little too big for his britches. I asked him to pose for a selfie and he left this signed headshot on my station instead. How sweet.” Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jarrod Spectorlast_img read more

Tail! Spin!, Starring SNL’s Rachel Dratch, Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Politics is dirty—but politicians are dirtier. Mario Correa’s Tail! Spin!, a hit at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, will return to New York this fall for a limited engagement. Directed by Dan Knechtges, the cast will include SNL’s Rachel Dratch and begin performances on September 18. The official opening night is set for October 1 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project. Tail! Spin! is an inventive new comedy drawn verbatim from the leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tell-tale tweets that brought down politicians Mark (“Appalachian Trail”) Sanford, Larry (“Wide Stance”) Craig, Anthony (“I Was Hacked”) Weiner, and Mark (“Underage Page”) Foley. Tail! Spin! Tail! Spin! features scenic and projection designs by Caite Hevner Kemp, costume design by Jen Caprio, lighting design by Ryan O’Gara and sound design by John Emmett O’Brien.  Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

A Delicate Balance, Starring Glenn Close & John Lithgow, Begins on Broadway

first_img A Delicate Balance Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Star Files Preview performances of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance begin on October 20. The Broadway revival, directed by Pam MacKinnon, stars John Lithgow, Glenn Close, Lindsay Duncan and Martha Plimpton. Opening night is set for November 20 at the Golden Theatre, where it will run through February 22, 2015.A Delicate Balance follows Agnes (Close) and Tobias (Lithgow), a long-married couple who must maintain their equilibrium as over the course of a weekend they welcome home their 36-year-old daughter (Plimpton) following the collapse of her fourth marriage. They must also give shelter to their friends, all the while tolerating Agnes’ alcoholic sister Claire (Duncan).A Delicate Balance also features Clare Higgins and Bob Balaban. Glenn Closelast_img read more

Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, Starring Bernadette Peters, Renewed for Second Season

first_img In addition to Peters, the show features Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcom McDowell and Peter Vack. Another name familiar to the Broadway scene, Alex Timbers, a co-creator and co-writer for the series. The Tony nominee is rumored to direct the stage adaptation of Frozen down the line. Mozart in the Jungle is based on the Blair Tindall memoir of the same name and explores the drama, drugs and sex that underscores a fictional New York symphony’s struggle to adapt to a modern landscape fueled by a fiery new conductor. Peters plays Gloria, the symphony’s chairwoman. Get ready to binge-watch more Bernadette Peters! The Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, starring the two-time Tony Award winner, has been renewed for a second season, according to Variety. The new episodes will premiere on Amazon Prime early next year. But Peters isn’t the only Tony-winning actress to make it big on the Amazon small screen. Transparent, featuring Judith Light, will come back for its second season later this year. The comedy took home a Golden Globe in January for Best TV Series—Musical or Comedy; its star Jeffrey Tambor also won Best Actor. View Commentslast_img read more

Dates Set for 2016 Tony Awards Nominations and Ceremony

first_img View Comments Mark your calendars! The 70th Annual Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2016 and air on CBS at 8PM ET/PT. The ceremony, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on the network since 1978. No word yet on where the Great White Way’s biggest night will be held; its usual locale, Radio City Music Hall, will be occupied by the Rockettes in the middle of “tech.”The official eligibility cut-off date will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2015-2016 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2016 Tony Award nominations.The Nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced live on Friday, April 29 from New York City.The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.last_img read more

Playwright Peter Shaffer Dies at 90

first_img View Comments Peter Shaffer, a Tony and Oscar winner whose works included Equus and Amadeus, died on June 6 at the age of 90. His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by his agent, Rupert Lord. Shaffer was visiting Ireland with his friends and family at the time of his passing.Shaffer was born in Liverpool on May 15, 1926 to Jack Shaffer, a realtor, and Reka Fredman Shaffer. At the age of 18, he worked in England’s coal mines during the last year of World War II and the immediate aftermath. He went on to attend Cambridge University, where he studied history and graduated in 1950.Before writing plays, Shaffer collaborated with his fraternal twin, Anthony, to write a series of mystery novels, beginning with 1951’s Woman in the Wardrobe; the two penned this and two more works under the combined pen name of Peter Anthony. Peter also wrote his first radio play, The Prodigal Father, that year. Anthony, who died in 2001, was also a playwright and screenwriter, whose works included Sleuth and The Wicked Man.Shaffer’s early theatrical works include Five Finger Exercise, which premiered in London in 1958 and subsequently transferred to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre. He followed this up with the double bill of The Private Ear and The Public Eye, which starred Maggie Smith and Kenneth Williams. Shaffer’s last play to open on Broadway, Lettice and Lovage, won Smith a Tony Award.Once the Royal National Theatre was founded in 1963, Shaffer wrote the remainder of his repertoire to be first presented by them. The partnership began with 1964’s The Royal Hunt of the Sun.Nine years later, Equus premiered in London. In 1975, it transferred to Broadway; the production ran for over 1,200 performances and won Shaffer his first Tony Award. The play, about a psychiatrist examining a boy with a religious obsession with horses, was revived with Thea Sharrock at the helm at London’s Gielgud Theatre in 2007. At the production’s Broadway opening night in 2008, Shaffer told Broadway.com of its return: “Everything dates in time. That’s not a reason for withholding it at all. I was suddenly possessed with the desire to see the play again for myself.”Following the success of Equus, Shaffer premiered Amadeus, exploring the bitter rivalry between Antonio Salieri and Mozart, in 1979. The play moved to Broadway in December of 1980 and went on to win the Tony for Best Play and, like Equus, ran in New York for nearly three years. In 1985, Shaffer won an Academy Award for adapting the play for the film incarnation. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1978 for the Equus movie.Shaffer is survived by his brother Brian, nephews Milo and Mark and nieces Cressida and Claudia. Peter Shaffer(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more