Photo: PxhereJAMESTOWN – A home version of the SAT college entrance exam is being prepared in case schools remain closed into the fall, College Board officials said Wednesday as they announced the cancellation of June testing.Instead of a paper-and-pencil test given under proctors’ supervision, the home version would be digital and rely on “remote proctoring.” That could include using the computer’s camera and microphone to monitor movement or talking, College Board President Jeremy Singer said on a conference call with reporters.The rival ACT also will launch an at-home option in late fall or early winter, the exam’s administrators said Wednesday.“We would much prefer that schools reopen but we are ready to innovate and deliver in the unlikely case we need to,” College Board Chief Executive David Coleman said. Coronavirus-related school closures forced the cancellation of spring testing for about 1 million first-time SAT test-takers, the majority of them high school juniors planning to enter college in 2021, College Board officials said. The national June 6 session is the latest to be canceled.“We would much prefer that schools reopen but we are ready to innovate and deliver in the unlikely case we need to,” College Board Chief Executive David Coleman said.The three-hour, multiple choice test measures math and English language arts proficiency. The ACT also has a science component.Most colleges require SAT or ACT exam scores as part of the application process, though an increasing number of institutions have made them optional in recent years, often to be more inclusive of students without access to private test-preparation available to wealthier peers.In response to the coronavirus, California’s public universities and several other institutions around the country have made the tests optional only for 2021 applicants.If it’s safe, the College Board will resume and expand in-person SAT testing in August, with Saturday sessions offered once a month through December, officials said. Students who had planned to take the SAT for free in school this spring can instead take it in the fall.The not-for-profit College Board earlier announced plans to offer Advanced Placement final exams at home for high school students whose schools will remain closed through the May testing dates. The College Board has offered to help students and schools secure devices and internet access if needed. 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)
View Comments Could Rochelle, Rochelle, the story of a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk, be heading to Broadway for real? Probably not, but Seinfeld creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David have been hinting about a “gigantic project” they’re working on together—and according to Showbiz411.com, it’s a Broadway play! Seinfeld and David first teamed up in 1988 to write an NBC pilot called The Seinfeld Chronicles. The series, renamed Seinfeld, went on to become one of the most successful TV shows in history, garnering 30 Emmy nominations over nine seasons. David won a primetime Emmy Award for his episode The Contest in 1993. Seinfeld is currently the star of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and the ninth season of David’s HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm is currently in the works. David revealed that the new play would “maybe” star Seinfeld, but he also might direct or produce. “We’re talking about it,” the Curb Your Enthusiasm creator said. No additional details about the project have been announced, but we’ve got our fingers crossed it’s La Cocina, George Costanza’s popular off-Broadway play about a Mexican chef who cooks tamales onstage.
Star Files We can’t wait for Looking, starring Jonathan Groff, and if you can’t either check out the latest preview from HBO. In the teaser from the pilot episode, Groff’s character, Patrick, is debating whether or not he’ll attend an ex-boyfriend’s bachelor party. (Which is joint with the ex’s new fiancé! Gross!) Looking follows a group of friends figuring out careers, dating, gay culture – just life in San Francisco. Watch the video below to get a taste for the trio’s repartee and really ask yourself what would you do if you were invited to your ex’s pre-wedding fete? Oye. Looking premieres on HBO on January 19. Jonathan Groff View Comments
Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 26, 2014 In the act, directed by Mark Waldrop, Robbins passes along some hard won—and often hilarious—wisdom through personal stories and a eclectic set of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Sammy Cahn, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Amanda McBroom and more. Musical direction is by John Oddo. Robbins was seen off-Broadway in My History of Marriage, A Time for Love and Cactus Flower. Soap opera fans might recognize her from One Life to Live, Loving, Ryan’s Hope and All My Children. This summer, Robbins will film a role in the new film Ithaca, directed by Meg Ryan, alongside Sam Shepherd, Melanie Griffith and Ryan. View Comments TV and stage star Lois Robbins returns to 54 Below on February 26 at 9:30PM for a special encore performance of her acclaimed cabaret act, Lessons from Lois. Lois Robbins: Lessons From Lois Related Shows
St. Patrick’s Day, the booziest holiday of the year, is just around the corner—wait, don’t crack open that Guinness yet! It’s not until Monday, guys, relax. But while you’re getting your leprechaun costume dry-cleaned, we have a very important question for you. Broadway is full of fun and hilarious characters, and some of them know how to party (Mrs. Wormwood, we’re looking at you). We’ve assembled a few of our favorites we think it might be awesome to get a few drinks with. So we have to know—which one of these Broadway characters do you want to get obliterated with this St. Patrick’s Day? Grab your four leaf clover shot glass and cast your vote below! View Comments
Alessandrini and Phillip George direct the show, which started performances as Forbidden Broadway: Alive and STILL Kicking earlier this year after a ten-month hiatus. The new version frequently added revisions and additions as the current Broadway season unfolded. The production features takes on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Idina Menzel, Rocky, Cabaret, The Bridges of Madison County, Aladdin, Bullets Over Broadway and more. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! stars Carter Calvert, Scott Richard Foster, Mia Gentile and Marcus Stevens, with David Caldwell on piano. Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! opens officially at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre on May 4. New York’s longest-running comedy revue returns off-Broadway in a brand new up-to-the-minute edition that lampoons the best of Broadway’s current offerings. View Comments
President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” Well, it seems like he knows how to get it right on Broadway. The Tony-winning play All the Way, starring Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as the 36th President of the United States, broke a Broadway box office record last week. The production grossed $1,425,001, which is more than any other play has grossed in an eight-show week in Broadway history. The show landed in the top five grossing shows, joining perennial favorites The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. Meanwhile, another new play, Mothers and Sons, took its final bow on June 22, but not before bringing in its highest weekly gross of its run. Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.28%)** 3. Matilda (100.67%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.63%) 5. Aladdin (100.06%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Rocky (67.56%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (66.13%) 3. Bullets Over Broadway (64.04%) 2. Mothers and Sons (60.83%) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me (58.46%) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($342,877) 4. Rock of Ages ($341,945) 3. Mothers and Sons ($253,788) 2. Casa Valentina ($182,859) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($170,652)* View Comments *Number based on 2 preview performances and 6 regular performances **Number based on 7 regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 22: FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,098,868) 2. Wicked ($2,027,347) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,641,677) 4. All the Way ($1,425,001) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,394,435)
Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill View Comments Circle in the Square’s next show, The River, starring Hugh Jackman, will begin performances on October 31. Billie’s not going anywhere! Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, has extended its limited Broadway run for a final time. The production, which previously announced that it would play through September 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, will now take its final bow on October 5. The play with music will be dark from September 1 through September 7. Directed by Lonny Price, the play by Lanie Robertson tells the life story of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday through the songs that made her famous. Set in 1959, in an intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday (McDonald) puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. The show features 18 musical numbers, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.”
Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. The cast includes Scott Shpeley, Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker and Garett Ross. Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe The show originally played at Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton in Canada in 2009 before touring extensively, including an acclaimed run at London’s Barbican Centre. Nevermore was previously seen in New York at the Victory Theatre in 2010. The production has been expanded since then, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script. Related Shows View Comments Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe returns to New York on January 14. The musical play, which is written, composed and directed by Jonathan Christenson, will run at New World Stages and officially open on January 25. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015
Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 After Lowell, the Sean Daniels-helmed production will play Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Rochester’s Geva Theatre Center, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh’s City Theatre Company. View Comments The Lion Related Shows The Lion, written by and starring Benjamin Scheuer, will launch a national tour following its off-Broadway limited engagement. The tour will kick off on August 22 at Lowell, Massachusetts’ Merrimack Repertory Theatre. The off-Broadway production will end on March 29 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. The Lion is a true story of love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Prior to the Lynn Redgrave Theater, the show has been performed in various incarnations at Lincoln Center, the St. James Theatre in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.