WARREN – Bluestem Brands, the owner of a Warren based apparel manufacturing company, announced Monday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.The corporate group owns Warren Pennsylvania’s Blair Corporation, a men’s and women’s apparel factory and store.Bluestem’s bankruptcy petition calls for 125 million in financing from an unnamed outside bidder who plans to buy and restructure the company.“We are using Chapter 11 to maximize the value of our business and have entered into a stalking horse purchase agreement with a syndicate of term-loan lenders, which provides us a clear path to strengthen our business for continued success,” said Brice Cazenave, Bluestem’s CEO in a statement. “We will emerge from Chapter 11 as a stronger company, with a clear brand focus and the opportunity to realize the full potential of the company.” According to the press release, the company does not expect call or distribution center operations to be interrupted throughout the process.Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a reorganization plan frequently used by large companies, allowing them to stay active while repaying creditors.Bluestem Brands is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The company also owns Fingerhut.com and several other brands. 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)
In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we think it’s fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Matthew James Thomas will say farewell to his corner of the sky on March 30, when he departs the Tony-winning, circus-inspired revival of Pippin. As he leaves the big top behind, Thomas reflects on his “transformative, isolating and inspiring” year on Broadway. Star Files Pippin How do you feel now that you’re leaving? Excited, sad (of course) and like I’ve grown a few extra backbones. What will you miss most about the job? This life, so far, has left me with rather severe nostalgia. That feeling of the deep bone grind, that impossible last performance of the week when you already gave everything you had at the matinee performance and somehow you know you will find it again, from absolutely nowhere, because you have to…it’s the rules…your rules. I will deeply miss the audience as I have never really felt such a deep and intuitive connection with them. I’m the luckiest guy alive to share in the responsibility of a production. It is what I live for. I hope to “find it” again someday, and of course have no certainty. Pippin is an incredibly smart piece of work, and this version of the show, in particular, truly serves to carve out the most important statements that it makes. It will hurt to be away from such a profound piece of theater made up of such an inspirational, superhuman cast and crew. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Eat lots of protein… Love and listen as hard as you can. What was the hardest thing? The physical and mental exhaustion—and always being the guy saying, “Sorry, I can’t come out tonight.” What was the easiest thing about the job? Listening to it and working with some truly incredible people. I’d start naming names but I’d be here forever. Falling into the show in ways I would have never predicted. Every day was a new challenge. View Comments What was the highlight of your time at this job? Those moments in live theater when everything comes into alignment and when every element (including the audience) comes into an effortless being with each other. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? One of the hardest things I’ve encountered whilst working on Pippin is the consistent irony, as a reflection from the core material of the show, within my own life. However, I learned a lot along the way, so I would say whatever you have to offer, whoever you are… Yeah, do that. How do you think you’ve grown during your time at this job? Like a beanstalk—well at least it feels that way. I’m grateful most of all for the experience, the everyday and the accumulation of it all. To me it feels like the greatest gift of living. Why are you leaving? It’s just time. I need to regroup with my family and I sure would like to see my girlfriend [fellow Spider-Man alum Jennifer Damiano] some more. Also, I can’t live with the idea of the experience or my performance getting stale. I feel like I have given everything I had, to every single show, and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way. So I try to trust my instincts—I always find myself wanting to take risks and make myself available for new challenges and to give everything I have to the work that I’m doing, when I’m doing it. Job You’re Leaving: Pippin in Pippin Related Shows Employee name: Matthew James Thomas What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Transformative. Isolating. Inspiring. How did you feel when you first got the job? Thrilled, nervous and ready. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Matthew James Thomas
View Comments Anna Wintour Labels Tony Fashion ‘A Disaster’ Anna Wintour, the English editor-in-chief of American Vogue, has passed her verdict on the fashion at Broadway’s biggest night and it’s not pretty. “I was just recently at the Tony Awards in New York, and, God, they need your help. Let me tell you, it was a disaster…” nymag.com reports Wintour saying. “How many mermaid fishtail strapless sequin [gowns] can we see?” Interesting point, Ms. Wintour. By the way, we at Broadway.com are loving the sequin number you’re sporting as you walk (duck) the event’s red carpet in Caitlin McNaney’s pic below, and also think that Of Mice and Men’s Leighton Meester looks fabulous in her bridal white Antonio Berardi dress. But then, what would we know? Lea Michele Leighton Meester Bryan Cranston Reveals His Memoir’s Name Speaking of literary endeavors, All the Way’s Bryan Cranston has a working title for his upcoming autobiography: Say My Name, after the notorious Walter White line. The Tony winner also revealed to Vulture that the previously reported Steven Spielberg TV version of the Tony-winning All the Way will likely take the form of an HBO movie. Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Bryan Cranston Frozen Frenzy Update: Calling Your Baby Elsa is Now a Thing After previously noting that Frozen had caused a divorce, we’re pleased to bring you a rather more positive report about the megahit Disney movie’s impact. The lead characters’ names have seen a surge of popularity on the baby name charts. That’s right. According to babycenter.com 34% more babies are being called Elsa this year compared to last, while Kristoff, Hans and Sven all saw more than a 40% rise. Anna and Olaf also saw an uptick. No sign yet of anyone letting this obsession go. Lea Michele’s Planning Brunette Ambition Sequel It would appear that Glee’s Lea Michele has been bitten by the literary bug. The former Broadway baby tweeted that she’s penning another book: “I had so much fun writing #BrunetteAmbition that I can’t wait to continue the series & write another!” Perhaps Idina Menzel will make the cut this time.
Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 If there’s one person you wouldn’t want to have to make an entrance after, it’s James Earl Jones. Unfortunately, that’s just what Rose Byrne gets to do in You Can’t Take It With You. “He gets a huge thunderous applause when he comes on stage, because he’s just magnificent,” Byrne told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, “And I come on after him, and I wasn’t expecting an applause, but I get sort of a worse thing—like, a half applause.” Hey, that’s still better than no applause, right? Byrne also discussed the upcoming Annie remake. “I have a dance number,” she said of the movie musical, “so I had a number of lessons…it was a very big number initially and then it started to get shorter.” Finally, when it came time for the last lesson, she was told, “We’re just gonna walk.” You can catch Byrne trailing behind Jones on Broadway in You Can’t Take It With You at the Longacre Theatre and walking in Annie on December 19. You Can’t Take It With You
Cabaret View Comments Star Files Got a serious case of the Mondays? Don’t worry, we’ve got a sexy photo spread to cheer you up! Cabaret star Emma Stone is officially joining the Kit Kat Klub on November 11, alongside Tony winner Alan Cumming and the super sexy Kit Kat girls and boys. Before she officially makes her Broadway debut, the screen star got glammed up for a Vanity Fair photo shoot with her new co-stars. Check out the super sexy shots, then see Stone belt out “Cabaret,” “Mein Herr,” “Maybe This Time” and more this fall. See you at the Kit Kat Klub! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Alan Cumming Related Shows
Stephen Daldry(Photo: Bruce Glikas) After a creative team shakeup, Frozen might just receive a jolt of “electricity.” Billy Elliot Tony winner Stephen Daldry is in talks to replace Alex Timbers as the director of the Broadway-bound Disney musical, according to the New York Post. A spokesperson for Disney Theatrical Productions declined to comment.Disney confirmed Timbers’ departure from the project on August 4. “Though we have chosen to go in another direction with this role,” Disney Theatrical President and Producer Thomas Schumacher said in a statement, “we are committed to seeing Frozen’s tremendous theatrical potential brought to life onstage.”The show is currently scheduled to make its world premiere in August 2017 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts followed by a New York bow in spring 2018. The New York Post has previously reported that the musical would play the St. James Theatre—the current home of Something Rotten!. Jujamcyn Theatres recently announced renovations to the St. James to expand the back wall.Daldry won Tony Awards for directing Billy Elliot and An Inspector Calls; he was also nominated in 2015 for Skylight. Among his many additional credits are The Audience and Via Dolorosa on stage and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Readers and The Hours on screen. Daldry is also attached to the forthcoming big screen adaptation of Wicked.The stage adaptation of the Disney blockbuster will feature the beloved tunes (and several new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee. According to a recent Equity casting notice, Tony winner Christopher Gattelli will choreograph, filling in for the previously reported Peter Darling. Frozen View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020
After an “A*” run in London of nearly five years, the Tony and Olivier-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will shutter on June 3, 2017 at the Gielgud Theatre. A tour of the U.K. and Ireland is set to kick off in January 2017 and a North American tour will continue until September 2017.Directed by Marianne Elliott and adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Simon Stephens, at time of closing the show will have played over 1,600 performances and been seen by over one million people in London, and almost two and a half million people worldwide. The original production opened at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, and transferred to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013 before moving to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2014. Curious Incident ran at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre in New York from September 2014 until September 2016.The show tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who has an extraordinary brain; and is exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He sets out to solve a mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog, but his detective work takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.The West End cast currently includes Joseph Ayre as Christopher Boone, with Jo Castleton as his teacher Siobhan, Nicolas Tennant as Ed, Sarah Stanley as Judy, Jacqueline Clarke as Mrs Alexander, Amanda Posener as Mrs Shears, Ross Waiton as Roger Shears, Matthew Trevannion as Mr. Thompson, Gemma Knight Jones as No.40/Punk Girl, David Nellist as Reverend Peters and Thomas Dennis as the alternate Christopher. View Comments Jo Castleton & Joseph Ayre in ‘The Curious Incident'(Photo: Brinkhoff Mögenburg)
Remove dead tissues soon. They can lead to infections when the weather warms. Tan, brown or black tissue won’t recover. If it’s half green, don’t bother it. Keep plants dry if you can. You can’t stop the rain, but don’t water or wash the plant. And don’t fertilize until spring. Give the wounds time to heal. Watch for disease signs such as shrinking stems, black areas or brown patches that grow bigger on leaves or stems. If you see them, check with your county agent for proper fungicide recommendations. Thomas offers these helpful hints: “Very little,” said Paul Thomas, an Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. What can you do if your landscape flowers are freeze-damaged or dead from the cold?
“It’s a ‘sluggish’ show,” says host Walter Reeves of his “Gardening inGeorgia” show Sept. 20 and 23 on Georgia Public Television. “It’s perfect forthe slothful gardener who prefers the shade.”Reeves starts the program with “slime time,” showing how to control the slugsand snails that love to eat plant leaves in your yard and garden. Then he moves torepairing garden hoses. Did you run over a hose left carelessly on your driveway? Reevesshows how easy it is to fix it.For indoor gardeners, Reeves demonstrates an African violet feeder. Your African violetcan feed itself while you sleep with the contraption he makes out of a plastic margarinetub. Finally, Reeves gets Helen Phillips of Callaway Gardens to proudly show off hercolorful shade garden. It’s full of bright foliage, but few flowers.Wednesdays, Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at10 a.m. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening inGeorgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and GPTV. Walter Reeves
No need to go light on those holiday pecans. A UGA study shows they’re better for you than you think. Peanuts and pecans may pack high calories inside their shells, but researchers have uncovered added value that far outweighs the high calorie count.For years, nutritionists have known that peanuts and pecans are high in Vitamin E and folic acid. University of Georgia food scientists have now found that these nuts contain high levels of plant sterols, which lower blood cholesterol levels.”Plant sterols are considered to be significant functional food components,” said Ron Eitenmiller, a food scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They aren’t nutrients or vitamins, but they are really potent, effective food constituents.”Eitenmiller said plant sterols compete with the absorption of cholesterol. When eaten in the right quantities, they can reduce serum cholesterol in humans.”Plant sterols are now considered by the medical community and the Food and Drug Administration as another approach to lowering serum cholesterol,” he said. “This has a direct effect on reducing coronary heart disease. And peanuts and pecans are concentrated sources of plant sterols.”High Levels of Plant SterolsPeanuts and pecans contain much higher levels of plant sterols than many other foods. “Peanuts have 150 milligrams per 100 grams. And pecans contain 100 milligrams per 100 grams,” Eitenmiller said. “The amounts are significant when compared to most other foods, which contain much lower sterol levels than nuts.”Eitenmiller and UGA food scientist Phillip Koehler recently completed a study on Vitamin E and folates in peanuts and pecans.Their research was in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Composition Laboratory, a section of USDA that provides nutritional information on the U.S. food supply. “Our research is providing the USDA with really good, quantitative information,” he said.Vitamin E, Folic AcidVirtually all nuts are high in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant. Pecans contain 25 milligrams per 100 grams. Dry roasted peanuts contain 19 milligrams per 100 grams.Folic acid is needed in forming red blood cells. Lack of folic acid can lead to many deficiency symptoms. Eitenmiller said nuts, as a group, are good sources of folic acid.”All peanut products are good sources of folate,” he said. “Folate is an unstable vitamin that is in relatively short supply in our daily diets.” Besides in nuts, folic acid is in orange juice, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, beans and enriched cereal products. A new study shows peanuts are not only in popular foods, but are good for you. They help lower cholesterol, which helps fight heart disease. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS “A few years ago, folic acid was linked to neural tube defects in newborns,” Eitenmiller said. “It’s been proven that if mothers don’t get enough folic acid before their pregnancies, it can lead to a higher incidence of this birth defect. This led the FDA to begin enriching flour products with folic acid in 1998.”Eitenmiller and Koehler studied a number of Georgia peanut and pecan varieties from the 1998 and ’99 crops. They compared the levels of Vitamin E and folic acid in pecans, raw peanuts, roasted peanuts and peanuts processed for peanut butter.”We found very little nutritional difference between raw peanuts and processed peanuts,” Eitenmiller said. “And there are no differences in varieties or in geographical growing locations.”Consumption DecliningUntil recently, despite the excellent nutritional qualities of peanuts, consumption has been declining, Eitenmiller said. “One of the basic reasons peanut consumption went down was people’s perception that peanuts are bad for you because of the fat content,” he said.”But the fat itself is very highly polyunsaturated,” he said. “It’s a good mix of fatty acids that are considered to be optimal for good human health. So even the fat content is another advantage of eating nuts.”He said people should work nuts into daily diets in moderation. “We are never going to get away from the fact that pecans are 70 percent fat and peanuts are 45 or more percent fat,” he said. “But from a nutritional standpoint, their fat is much better for you than the fat you get eating a fast-food hamburger.”