View Comments It’s a new year and a new decade, which means Broadway is getting ready to make more compelling entertainment for the millions of people who flock to the Great White Way yearly. Unfortunately, some shows have to close to make room for the new ones coming in. In January, a whopping 11 shows will be taking their final bows. Check out everything you absolutely must see before the end of the month. Chris McCarrell in The Lightning Thief. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) The cast of A Christmas Carol. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 5: The Final QuestThe Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will journey on its last Broadway quest on January 5. The show’s limited engagement arrived on the Great White Way three years after it made its off-Broadway debut, and fans of the popular Rick Riordan young adult series welcomed it with open arms. Chris McCarrell, the only cast member not making his Broadway debut in the show, has played the title character since the beginning. It won’t be long before lightning strikes again because the musical is hitting the road to bring Percy’s story of bravery, acceptance and love to cities across the country. Mary-Louise Parker Star Files Katharine McPhee and Caitlin Houlahan in Waitress. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) January 5: One More CarolThe first Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will help ring in the holiday cheer one last time on January 5. With an adaptation by Tony winner Jack Thorne, the new take on the classic transported audiences back in time with the help of Campbell Scott’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cookies, string quartets and a theater full of lights allowed audiences to revel in the holiday spirit and hear the beloved Christmas story in a new way. James Cusati-Moyer Andrew Barth Feldman (Photos: Emilio Madrid and Matthew Murphy; Composite by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) The cast of Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang) The cast of Slave Play. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ato Blankson-Wood Katharine McPhee JANUARY 5: Red Sequins Are ForeverThe musical comedy, based on the 1982 film of the same name, will play its final performance on January 5. Tootsie follows Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, an unemployable actor who disguises himself as a woman to land a job. Needless to say, hilarious chaos ensues. The show received 10 Tony nominations and took home two: one for Fontana’s star turn and the other for scribe Robert Horn. Sad you missed it? Tootsie will soon embark on a national tour, so you’ll be able to see the unstoppable Dorothy Michaels in a town near you. JANUARY 19: Keep ListeningJeremy O. Harris’ buzzed-about Broadway debut work Slave Play will end its extended limited run on January 19. After Harris wrote the provocative piece while still in graduate school, it had its world premiere at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before moving to the Golden Theatre. Following three interracial couples as they discover truths hidden deep within themselves, Slave Play’s impact will be felt for a long while. ALSO:JANUARY 4: Derren Brown: Secret will do its final trick at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.JANUARY 5: The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays bows for the last time at the Neil Simon Theatre.JANUARY 5: The last snowfall will happen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in Slava’s Snowshow.JANUARY 5: The acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof will close at Stage 42.JANUARY 5: Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, which received three extensions off-Broadway, ends its run.JANUARY 19: Samuel D. Hunter’s Greater Clements, starring Judith Ivey, closes at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.JANUARY 26: Current Dear Evan Hansen stars Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello, who play Evan Hansen and Connor Murphy, respectively, will take their final bow at the Music Box Theatre. Will Hochman JANUARY 12: Mic DropWhat started out as a side hobby during the creation of In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme has turned into its very own verifiable Broadway hit. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, FLS combines rap and improv, so no one can see the same show twice. With occasional surprise appearances by Miranda, Wayne Brady, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and more, this is a Broadway event that must be experienced to be believed, so be sure to get to the Booth Theatre by January 12. Ali Stroker The cast of Freestyle Love Supreme. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 12: Turning the PageAdam Rapp’s Broadway debut thriller The Sound Inside will play for the final time at Studio 54 on January 12. The two-hander, directed by David Cromer, follows a professor and student’s complicated relationship that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Featuring newcomer Will Hochman and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, this beautifully performed piece is quietly intense and literary, while leaving audiences stunned. Alex Boniello Chris McCarrell Santino Fontana in Tootsie. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) JANUARY 19: Chili To-GoDaniel Fish’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma! will serve chili and corn bread to its final audience on January 19. Starring Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and recently crowned Tony winner Ali Stroker, this newly imagined version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been surprising audiences at the Circle in the Square Theatre for 10 months. With history-making performances, a thrilling dream ballet and hearty snacks during intermission, Oklahoma!’s absence is sure to be felt. Santino Fontana JANUARY 5: Goodbye PieComposed by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress will finish its Broadway run on January 5. Waitress garnered four Tony nominations and has gone on to play across the country and in the West End. With a treasure trove of casting replacements like Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan, Gavin Creel, Jordin Sparks, Colleen Ballinger, Todrick Hall and even Bareilles herself, Waitress has given fans many reasons to return during its almost four-year shift at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. McPhee will be the show’s final Broadway Jenna by finishing out the run. Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View All (10)
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For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.Exposing infants like these to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81 percent, doctors found. Instead of provoking an allergy, early exposure seemed to help build tolerance.This Feb. 20, 2015, photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now, a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, called the results “without precedent” and said in a statement that they “have the potential to transform how we approach food allergy prevention.”His agency helped fund the study, the largest and most rigorous test of this concept. Results were published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference in Houston.A big warning, though: The babies in the study were checked to make sure they didn’t already have a peanut allergy before they were fed foods that included peanuts, so parents of babies thought to be at risk for an allergy should not try this on their own.“Before you even start any kind of introduction these children need to be skin-tested” to prevent life-threatening reactions, said Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, an allergy specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.Also, small children can choke on whole peanuts, so smooth peanut butter or other peanut-based foods are safer, said Gruchalla, who wrote a commentary on the study in the journal.The main finding — that early exposure to a problem food may keep it from becoming a long-term problem — should change food guidelines quickly, she predicted.“Isn’t it wild? It’s counterintuitive in certain ways and in other ways it’s not,” she said.Peanut allergies have doubled over the last decade and now affect more than 2 percent of kids in the United States and growing numbers of them in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Peanuts are the leading cause of food allergy-related severe reactions and deaths. Unlike many other allergies, this one is not outgrown with age.Food allergies often are inherited, but research suggests they also can develop after birth and that age of exposure may affect whether they do.Researchers at King’s College London started this study after noticing far higher rates of peanut allergies among Jewish children in London who were not given peanut-based foods in infancy compared to others in Israel who were.The study involved more than 600 children ages 4 months to 11 months old in England. All were thought to be at risk for peanut allergy because they were allergic to eggs or had eczema, a skin condition that’s a frequent allergy symptom.All had been given skin-prick tests to make sure they were not already allergic to peanuts. They were put into two groups — 530 who did not show signs of peanut allergy and 98 others with mild-to-moderate reactions, suggesting an allergy might be developing.Half of each group was assigned to avoid peanuts and the other half was told to consume them each week, usually as peanut butter or a snack called Bamba, a peanut-flavored puff.The results at 5 years of age:—Among children with no sign of allergy on the skin test: Only 2 percent of peanut eaters developed a peanut allergy versus 14 percent of abstainers.—Among children with some reaction to peanuts on the skin test: Only 11 percent of peanut eaters developed an allergy versus 35 percent of abstainers.Hospitalizations and serious reactions were about the same in all groups.Questions remain: How much peanut protein do infants need to consume, how often and for how long, to avoid allergy? If a child stops eating peanuts for a while, will an allergy develop? Would the same approach work for other foods such as milk, eggs and tree nuts?“These questions must be addressed, but we believe that because the results of this trial are so compelling, and the problem of the increasing prevalence of peanut allergy so alarming, new guidelines should be forthcoming very soon,” Gruchalla and Dr. Hugh Sampson of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York write in the medical journal.American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines used to recommend against giving children foods with peanuts before age 3, but that advice was dropped in 2008 because there was no evidence it was preventing allergies. Now, most parents introduce peanut-based foods as is appropriate for the child’s age, like other solid foods.Gruchalla thinks that babies with some signs of a peanut allergy risk, such as parents who are allergic, should have a skin test between 4 and 8 months of age. If it’s negative, they should be started on peanut products as the babies in this study were. If they show some sensitivity to peanuts, a “food challenge” monitored by a doctor experienced at this should be tried.For children who already have peanut allergies, researchers have been experimenting with small regular amounts of exposure to try to train them to tolerate those foods. But these are still experimental and must be done with the help of a doctor.___Online:Journal: https://www.nejm.org___Marilynn Marchione can be followed at https://twitter.com/MMarchioneAP
It has to be a great solace for the down-and-out to know they’re no longer homeless, they’re … outdoorsmen! But this is L.A., and you can’t have a dumb government action without discovering it was done willfully and with punitive intent. The outrage cherry atop the stupid sundae comes courtesy of Perry, who wouldn’t sign off on the settlement unless the right to “camp” applied to the entire city, not just her district, which includes Skid Row. Perry wants to spread the pain and actually convinced her colleagues to go along with this craziness. So when you discover panhandlers sacked out in front of your home, squatting with the Sunday crossword puzzle in your pachysandra, give a big “attaboy” to Greig Smith, Dennis Zine, Wendy Gruel, Tom LaBonge, et al. This is the kind of outside-the-refrigerator-box thinking we’ve come to expect from City Hall. There are as many reasons for homelessness as there are homeless people. Everyone on the street got there on a different path. There are common traits: booze, drugs, mental illness and abuse. But the sad truth is, in a nation of 300 million-plus, some people go feral. We increase homelessness by accommodating it. Even San Francisco is feeling the backlash against the libertine attitude of their Board of Nitwits who turned the “City by the Bay” into Flopsylvania. It’s labor-intensive to reclaim a single lost life. It’s a good fight, an honorable fight, and we should help the folks at the Midnight Mission and others who are doing God’s work. But the answer to homelessness won’t come by pretending they’re, “just like you and I.” That we’re all “just one paycheck away.” The homeless are very different from you and I. They’re alienated not only from their families and friends, but from every other human relationship. What city, county, state or federal program is going to undo that damage? Rebuilding Arrowhead or post-Katrina New Orleans is a lay-up compared to picking up the wreckage of a single human being. L.A. won’t be shocked into caring by exporting homelessness from Skid Row to Sherman Oaks. It is not the role of government to deliberately lower quality of life for the functional, even if you think you’re helping the dysfunctional. This settlement doesn’t help anybody. The ACLU says we can enforce vagrancy laws if we pony up 1,250 units of low-cost housing. This is the same failed policy we’ve followed for four decades – it’s a guilt tax. Nobody has the guts to do what really works – a massive expansion of mental health facilities, exponential increases in drug and alcohol programs, and an aggressive police policy like the one LAPD Chief Bratton had been using in Skid Row. Arrest vagrants until they seek help or take their act someplace else. L.A. is not a public toilet. Ventura Boulevard is not Will Rogers State Park. The homeless are not urban campers. The sidewalks shouldn’t be a bed-and-breakfast, and the truth should not be negotiable. Sadly, in Los Angeles, it often is. Are homeowners required to leave a mint on the sidewalk? Doug McIntyre hosts the “McIntyre in the Morning” program on Talk Radio 790 KABC, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S time once again to break out our Politician-to-English dictionaries, because the Statesmen of Spring Street have done it again – boldly taking language where even George Orwell dared not tread. The latest assault on sanity is Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry’s negotiation with Ramona Ripston and the American Civil Liberties Union over Skid Row sidewalk encampments. While the entire issue has devolved into a Rubik’s Cube of nuttiness, the L.A. Language Police have put a chokehold on English by redefining the homeless as “urban campers.” And where are the campsites? Right in front of your home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That’s right, your city elders actually negotiated the right for the homeless to sleep anywhere in the city. Anywhere! Skid Row, Hancock Park, Encino, Woodland Hills, Mount Washington, maybe even right on the sidewalk at 1616 Beverly Blvd., the L.A. headquarters for the ACLU. In its infinite wisdom, the City Council has legalized vagrancy, torpedoed quality of life, created a public health hazard and once again punished the citizens of the city because council members don’t have any answers. So what do they do? They rewrite the English language. Presto! The homeless are now campers. Why stop there? Let’s really go for it and start calling them Nobel laureates. “Welcome to Los Angeles, home of 80,000 Nobel Prize winners!” Take that, New York.
After four years of issues, Microsoft seemingly eradicated the last of the red ring of death issues that plagued the Xbox 360 with the launch of the Xbox 360 Slim last year… but now reports seem to indicate that the Red Ring of Death might be back with a vengeance thanks to the launch of the Kinect.A number of complaints have been lodged by gamers suddenly facing the dreaded red ring after plugging in their Kinect. The story was broken on BBC Radio 4, where many listeners claimed that the Kinect was causing their Xbox 360 hardware to fail.“We plugged [Kinect] in the day we got it but only played it a few times before we got the red lights,” said one customer. “The next day when we tried it again we still had the red rings of death and haven’t been able to use it since.”Microsoft, on their part, denies there’s any link. “There is no correlation between the three flashing red lights error and Kinect. Any new instances of the three flashing red lights error are merely coincidental.”So who should we believe here? My guess is that the issue here is more people spending a lot of time on their Xbox 360s after buying a Kinect. Since the RROD error s mostly caused by Xbox 360s that have melted from the heat, there’s some sense in the supposition that the Kinect isn’t so much breaking Xbox 360s as prompting people to play older 360s until they die. That’s not quite the same thing.Time will tell. It’ll be interesting to see where this story goes from here: either it’ll prove to be a legitimate hardware issue, or an issue of correlation being mistaken for causation. My money would be on the latter.Read more at Guardian