Alex Boniello(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Alex Boniello Releases EP Hi & New Music VideoBroadway favorite Alex Boniello, whose credits include Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Dear Evan Hansen, has released an EP called Hi. It is now available to stream on music platforms and includes the tracks “19 to 20,” “If I Died,” “Get Up” and “I’m So Tired.” He has also released a music video for “I’m So Tired,” which was directed by his former Dear Evan Hansen co-star Gabrielle Carrubba. Watch below. Alex Boniello View Comments Jagged Little Pill, Slave Play Casting Directors Nominated for Artios AwardsNominations are here for the 36th Annual Artios Awards, honoring casting directors for their work on stage and screen. Among the Broadway nominees are casting directors of Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, all honored in the Broadway Musical category. Other nominees on the theater front include Grand Horizons, The Great Society, The Inheritance, Slave Play and The Sound Inside in the Play category, with A Soldier’s Play, Betrayal and The Rose Tattoo in the Play Revival category. Winners willbe announced on April 15 in a virtual ceremony. For a full list of nominees, click here.Keegan-Michael Key to Star in & Executive Produce August Snow DramaKeegan-Michael Key, who was last seen on Broadway in Meteor Shower and can be seen in Netflix’s The Prom movie, is set to executive produce and headline a new ABC drama. According to Deadline, August Snow, which is based on Stephen Mack Jones’ book series, hails from Godfather of Harlem co-creator/executive producer Paul Eckstein, who penned the forthcoming TV show. Key will play the title character a former detective, who becomes a private investigator in his hometown of Detroit.Broadway Alum & Police Academy Star Marion Ramsey Dies at 73Marion Ramsey, who played Officer Laverne Hooks in the film franchise Police Academy died in Los Angeles on January 7 at the age of 73. CNN reports that no cause of death was given. Born in Philadelphia on May 10, 1947, Ramsey made her Broadway debut as a replacement for Ermengarde in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! Her other Broadway credits include Soon, Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It, Eubie!, Rock ‘N Roll! The First 5,000 Years, Grind and Uptown…It’s Hot! A guest role on The Jeffersons kicked off her career in television. She is survived by three brothers.The Prom’s Jo Ellen Pellman Catches Up with Co-Star James CordenJo Ellen Pellman, who stars in Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of The Prom on Netflix, reunited with one of her co-stars when she appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 7. Corden played the role of Broadway star Barry Glickman in the film, while Pellman played Emma, who is banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. Though COVID-19 shutdowns prevented the stars from an in-person red carpet premiere, Pellman spoke about enjoying the movie at home with her family. “I have just felt an overwhelmingly positive reaction on social media,” she said. “I am getting messages from people sharing their stories or how The Prom made them feel accepted and loved.” She also talked about howt she and co-star Ariana DeBose have started the Unruly Hearts Initiative, which encourages viewers of The Prom to advicate for the LGBTQ+ community. Watch the interview below.
After the probes passed Saturn, NASA extended their missions. Voyager 2 continued on to become the only spacecraft to see Uranus up close and the first to observe geysers erupting from the polar caps of Neptune’s frigid moon Titan. Since then, scientists have been using the crafts to study the sun’s winds and magnetic field, where some of the mission’s biggest surprises were yet to come. In December 2004, the younger but faster Voyager 1 probe passed through a boundary known as the termination shock. In doing so, it entered the outermost layer of the solar system, a region called the heliosheath, where the sun’s solar winds mingle with winds from interstellar space. “They’re getting a lot of surprises from in the heliosheath from Voyager 1,” Massey said. “Things are not what they were expected to be.” One of the things astronomers have not been able to explain is what is causing cosmic rays to speed up, he said. They have also found unexpected variations in the magnetic field – “holes” where the intensity is weakened and “speedbumps” where it is heightened, said NASA astrophysicist Leonard Burlaga. In about 10 years, astronomers expect both craft to sail past the influence of the solar winds entirely, passing beyond the bubble that defines our solar system. Barring an unforeseen failure, astronomers should be able to see when that happens. “Power is going to be the limitation, but we have enough to go at least until 2020,” Massey said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This week, Voyager 2 marked its 30th year in space. Voyager 1 will turn 30 on Sept. 5. Together, the two craft have visited four planets and 48 moons, and are now the most distant man-made objects in the universe. Astronomers expect them to breach the edge of the solar system within the next decade. “The fact that we’re in a region that nobody’s ever been and we see something new every day means that the use for this project goes on and on,” Massey said. Originally, Voyager 1 and 2 were only supposed to visit Jupiter and Saturn. There, they discovered Jupiter’s moon Io had 100 times more volcanism than Earth and its moon Europa had a thick crust of ice. On Saturn’s moon Titan, they found an Earth-like atmosphere lacking in oxygen but with rainstorms of liquid nitrogen. LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – When Ed Massey became JPL’s project manager for the Voyager spacecraft, he didn’t expect to hold the post for long. At that time, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 – which were only planned to last five years – were almost about to turn 20. “When we reached the 25th anniversary, I was amazed that the spacecraft had been flying that long and nothing had caused a detrimental failure,” Massey said. That was five years ago.