Consumers are urged to bring unwanted desktop and laptop computers, keyboards, computer speakers and mice, printers, home and cell phones, PDAs, DVDs, VCRs, TVs, LCD and Flat Panel and CRT monitors, and any dry cell batteries as well as iPods or any Apple listening devices to the E-Waste Collection Event next Wednesday in Times Square.
Unfortunately, the BGA is unable to accept light bulbs, wet cell or re-chargeable batteries, VHS tapes, air conditioners and household appliances. The BGA partners with the e-Steward certified company WeRecycle! to responsibly dispose of the e-waste from Broadway theatres and offices.
E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to old electronic devices that are no longer wanted. These products contain dangerous toxins like lead and mercury that should not be thrown in with the rest of the trash, but should be reused or recycled instead. Although they are a small portion of the waste stream by volume, computers and electronics constitute the fastest growing component of the municipal waste stream and contribute at least 40% of the toxicity found in landfills.
This year the BGA is also participating in the Broadway Alzheimers iPod Drive (July 1st through August 19th) by collecting iPods for the Alzheimers Association. Inspired by the documentary, Alive Inside, that follows the work of Dan Cohen and Music And Memory, Broadway musician Dave Roth (EVITA) is asking for donations of music players to help those who suffer from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia through the gift of music. Donations of a used iPod, charger, or any Apple listening device will enrich the lives of so many that have this terrible disease. Dave Roth will be at the BGA table in Duffy Square on Wednesday collecting for this important cause, or iPods can be dropped off at the AFM Local 802 at 322 West 48th Street.
The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is an industry-wide initiative dedicated to establishing more environmentally friendly practices on the Great White Way. Theatres have adopted major recycling and energy conservation practices, such as changing marquee lighting to LED or CFL bulbs, and switching to rechargeable batteries for use in microphones and headsets. Wardrobe and housekeeping departments are using more environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, and thanks to LG, every Broadway house now uses energy-efficient washing machines. The BGA continues its outreach and public education through events such as the e-waste drives and textile collections in partnership with Wearable Collections, where clothing and textiles will be collected and recycled, and reusing 96% of the total collection. For more information please visit www.broadwaygreen.com.
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WeRecycle! LLC was founded in 2003 and specializes in the recovery, management and environmentally responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics. They also serve municipalities in the Northeast by providing permanent public collection programs and one-day public collection events. Their recycling programs help protect their clients’ liability and safeguard the environment by utilizing the most advanced methods for environmentally sound recycling and electronic data security. They are an E-Steward certified company, using the most environmentally sound management and recycling methods available, keeping abreast of the latest recycling advancements, understanding environmental regulations, and adhering to globally-accepted best management practices.
Beginning next Wednesday, July 18th, Randy Harrison will assume the role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s nemesis, Dr. Chilton, in Off-Broadway’s smash hit SILENCE! The Musical. July 18th also marks the first performance of SILENCE! The Musical at the brand new Elektra Theatre in Times Square, located at 673 Eighth Avenue (at 42nd St.)
Randy Harrison starred as Justin Taylor in all five seasons of the Showtime hit series “Queer as Folk.” He also played Boq in Broadway’s Wicked. Off-Broadway credits include The Singing Forest (Public Theatre/NYSF), Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience), Edward II (Red Bull Theatre) and A Letter from Ethel Kennedy (MCC). He most recently returned from starring in Red at George Street Playhouse and Cleveland Play House.
Winner of the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, SILENCE! The Musical is the unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell, music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction & choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli. After opening on July 9, 2011 to unanimous rave reviews, the show immediately became a sold-out sensation and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the year’s Top 5 Musicals. SILENCE! The Musical is currently playing through this Sunday at PS122, 150 First Avenue (at 9th St.)
In the Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs, rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, to catch the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill.Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. The laugh-out-loud wicked satire, SILENCE! The Musical,features a singing chorus of floppy eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter, scary as ever, sings about the life he'd like to lead someday outside the prison walls.
Along with Randy Harrison, the cast of SILENCE! The Musical is headed by “Married with Children” star David Garrison (Hannibal Lecter),Jenn Harris (Clarice Starling) and Stephen Bienskie (Buffalo Bill), along with Ashlee Dupré, Annie Funke, Howard Kaye, Nick McGough, Topher Nuccio, Pamela Bob and Doug Trapp. Music Supervisor is Mark Hartman, with orchestrations by Brian J. Nash.
Created by Jon and Al Kaplan in 2002, SILENCE! began as a collection of songs on the internet which immediately attracted a staggering number of fans. The Kaplans' subsequent screenplay SILENCE! The Musical was adapted by Hunter Bell into a live stage show, which also featured newly composed songs by the brothers. Fueled by a rabid cult following, SILENCE! shattered every box office record at the 2005 FringeNYC Festival, winning the award for Best Musical. SILENCE! The Musical met with further success in London where it garnered ecstatic reviews at the Above The Stag Theatre. Victoria Lang, Rich Affannato and Donna Trinkoff produced the original NYC production.
A long list of luminaries have turned up in the audience at the hit show over the past year including Jodie Foster, Matt Bomer (twice!), Joan Rivers, Jonathan Demme, Kelly Ripa, James Earl Jones, Josh Groban, T.R. Knight, Jonathan Groff, Justin Kirk, Neil Simon, Corbin Bleu, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Lampanelli, Willie Garson, Mario Cantone, Erin Cummings, Linus Roache, Stephen Schwartz, Jeremy Jordan, David LaChapelle, Steven Pasquale, James Lapine, John Kander, Chita Rivera, Georgia Engel, Danny Burstein, Randy Harrison, Donna McKechnie, John Rando, Christian Campbell, Reed Birney, Stephen Flaherty, Barrett Foa, Cady Huffman, Barbara Feldon, Seth Rudetsky, Eden Espinosa, Telly Leung, Daniel Reichard, John Cunningham, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Charlotte d’Amboise, John McDaniel, Johanna Day, Carol Woods, and Anthony Heald.
SILENCE! The Musical is produced Off-Broadway by Theater Mogul, and the playing schedule at the Elektra Theatre will be Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 3 & 7 PM. Running time is 88 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $25 - $79 and are available by calling 212-352-3101 or through www.SilenceTheMusical.com.