The Biden administration says it will soon begin collecting data from thousands of U.S. schools to find out how they have been affected by the pandemic. Led by the Education Department, the effort will collect monthly data from 7,000 schools on a range of topics related to COVID-19. It’s the first federal effort to gather data on the pandemic’s impact on education. President Joe Biden called for the data in a Jan. 21 executive order on school reopening. The Trump administration declined to collect data on the subject. The data will provide a national look at schools’ operating status, including how many are offering remote learning.
Related Shows View Comments Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 The 27th annual Gypsy of the Year competition raised an impressive $4,786,239 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and that’s as good a reason as any for Kinky Boots and Hamilton to join forces to rap about chicken and sarsaparilla. At the December 8 celebration at the New Amsterdam Theatre, current Lola Wayne Brady shed his titular footwear to welcome Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson to the stage. The three showed off their freestyle skills in their own cypher, in which they had to incorporate audience-suggested words. The result: top honors for Kinky Boots for best onstage presentation! The event has raised a total of $67.3 million since 1989. This year, The Book of Mormon claimed the lead as top fundraiser on Broadway, collecting $414,857 for the organization. Check out the winning performance below!
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Daveed Diggs’ Next ProjectWhat comes next for 2016 Tony nominee Daveed Diggs? #BARS—an ongoing rap for musical theater workshop in NYC. Created by the Hamilton star and Rafael Casal, check out The Bars Medley below, where 12 New Yorkers took 12 popular scenes and remixed them in verse. The film is directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, and stars in order of appearance, Casal, Diggs, Sarah Kay, Virginia Cavaliere, Jared Dixon, Perry Young, Sofia Snow, Danny Bevins, Dhyvia Arumugham, Ashley August, Lindsay Meck, Jeremy Sartin, Jon Viktor Corpuz and Nate Lombardi. Scott Rudin Opens Up About His SuccessMega-producer Scott Rudin, the EGOT-winning mastermind behind numerous hits including this season’s Tony-nominated productions Shuffle Along, The Humans, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge and Blackbird, has given a rare in-depth interview. He reveals: “I have a deeply passionate interest in the theater, which made me worry that I wouldn’t be good at it. So it took me a long time to want to produce in the theater because…I was afraid that I would be too in love with something to be good for it.” Check out the full NPR piece here.Meryl Streep Takes the Stage as Donald TrumpMeryl Streep really can play anyone. The legendary actress, who was headlining a Shakespeare tribute gala for the Public Theater on June 6, appeared as Donald Trump at the event. Along with her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski as Hillary Clinton, the pair performed “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me, Kate. There is video, but it is the up close and personal photo below that really has to be seen to be believed!(Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)P.S. Check out Something Rotten!’s fun tribute to this year’s Tony nominees below. Rafael Casal, Sarah Kay & Daveed Diggs View Comments