Odds & Ends: Bombshell Set for Early Arrival & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Great White Way Heads to the Beach Broadway stars Julia Murney, Ashley Brown, Michael James Scott and Josh Young will appear in a special one-night-only benefit production of Songs for a New World as part of Broadway By The Beach in Florida. Directed by Daniel Goldstein and written by Jason Robert Brown, the show will take place at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront on January 23. Anyone going who wouldn’t mind squeezing us into their suitcase? It’s freezing in New York! Bombshell Set for Early Arrival Has the date been changed to allow some exciting cast members to star in the show…?! The previously reported one-night-only performance of Bombshell, the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical from the NBC drama Smash, will now take place on June 8 somewhere in the Big Apple. The concert, in aid of The Actors Fund, had been set to take place on June 15. We’re crossing all fingers and toes that this switcheroo means that we’ll be seeing Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, Andy Mientus AND Jack Davenport bringing the drama, the laughter and the tears just like pearls at the event. (Oh please, as if you don’t know all the words too!) Betty Buckley Hits the Road for Ghostlight Tony winner Betty Buckley has taken her acclaimed Joe’s Pub show on the road in support of her new CD with Grammy winner (and childhood friend!) T-Bone Burnett, Ghostlight. The icon will play the new Wallis Annenberg Theater in L.A. on January 24, the Colony Theater in Miami on February 27 and 28, Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on March 13 and 14 and the McDavid Studio in Fort Worth on March 28. For a taste of her terrific new set, check out the video below of Buckley delivering a gorgeous “Body and Soul” at Joe’s Pub. Broadway-Bound Airline Highway Extends The Broadway-bound Airline Highway has extended its run at Steppenwolf in Chicago. Penned by Lisa D’Amour and directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, the production will now continue for five additional performances through February 14. No word yet on casting for the Great White Way incarnation, but the show will begin performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 1, so we’re expecting an announcement shortly after it completes its Windy City run. Hollywood Sings for Krieger & Reale Dreamgirls and Side Show composer Henry Krieger and A Year With Frog and Toad lyricist Willie Reale are contributing songs to the new movie Hail, Caesar!, a 1950s Hollywood send-up written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. According to a photo he posted on Facebook this week, Krieger was recording a song in the studio with one of the film’s stars, Channing Tatum, which brings our fantasy of the Hollywood hunk reprising his Magic Mike role in the upcoming musical one step closer to reality. Hail, Caesar also counts Tony Award winners Frances McDormand, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes among its starry cast and is expected in theaters on February 5, 2016. View Commentslast_img read more

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‘Evita’ Shines at Engeman Theater in Northport

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York From the moment we first see Evita Peron, we realize that this remarkable figure who once captivated Argentina as its First Lady is a presence at her own funeral. But with Janine Divita embodying the role, we immediately grasp the power and the fragility, the strength and the vulnerability, that made this woman who she was. And that’s just in the opening minutes of this richly entertaining, imaginative production at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport.The credit has to go to Divita, who has the voice, the range and the moves required to pull us through what is really a political science lecture—if not a shallow history lesson—set to the tango. This Tony-award winning musical, which opened on Broadway in 1979, was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the lyrics were created by Tim Rice, who was also the playwright.We get an initial taste of the trademark tune, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” and then we are whisked back in time so we can watch the trajectory the young and ruthless Maria Eva Duarte took from being a small town dancer born out of wedlock to standing at the balcony of the president’s mansion in Buenos Aires.Read more about Northport’s Engeman Theater HERE An aspiring actress, she had obtained some success on the radio when she caught Juan Peron’s attention at a charity function in 1943—artfully recreated on the small stage of the Engelman Theater. Then Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare and a widower, Peron was an ambitious colonel and with Eva by his side—they married in 1945—he soon became president and she his First Lady. As played by Bruce Winant, Peron is shown as a calculating middle-aged man who needs her almost more than she needs him. There’s chemistry between them, but all eyes are on Divita whenever she’s on stage.Not unlike Eleanor Roosevelt, Evita championed the poor and the working class of Argentina, as well as women’s suffrage. They finally got the vote in 1947—an achievement that has to be attributed to her. Unquestionably, she became the most influential woman in South American politics, earning the devotion of the downtrodden and the enmity of the elites.Telling her story, almost like her superego, is a character simply called Che, as in Che Guevara. The famous revolutionary—and native Argentine—may not have had any interaction with the real Eva Peron when they lived but on stage, as portrayed by Aaron C. Finely, he’s an ingratiating, cynical and sinewy figure who weaves through the dance numbers with grace and whose voice has a pop quality that is truly affecting. He’s fun to behold, especially when he’s ushering Evita’s lovers in and out of her bed as she climbs her way to the top. It’s a tastefully executed scene and theatrically ingenious.Over the years the title role has drawn the likes of Madonna and Patti Lupone, a Northport High School graduate. It requires a lot from a star, and Divita—who’s been on Broadway in “Grease,” “Anything Goes,” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”—clearly shines in the spotlight and glows in the shadows of the dark reaches of Evita Peron’s soul. Also worth mentioning are Ruben Perez as the singer who gives Evita her ticket out of her small town trap and Ashley Perez Flanagan as Peron’s mistress summarily evicted by Evita when she consolidates her power in love and politics. Flanagan does a stirring rendition of the other show-stopping tune, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” As an interesting side note, she is actually the daughter of New York State Sen. John Flanagan (R-Smithtown).Evita Peron was only 33 when she died of cancer in 1952. The national bereavement was stunning to behold. Directed by Igor Goldin, this top-notch production, which runs Thursdays through Sundays until Nov. 2, does its best to explain why she struck such a chord. It should not be missed.For more information, call the box office at 631-261-2900 or go to engemantheater.comlast_img read more

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‘Trans survey’: British school children asked to confirm their true gender

first_imgStuff co.nz 11 December 2017Family First Comment: Shocking!“Earlier this year a form issued by the Children’s Commissioner in Brighton asked children to define their gender with 24 options including “demi-girl”, “bi-gender” and “tomboy”.”Ten-year-old children are being asked by the British National Health Service (NHS) whether they are “comfortable with their gender” in official health surveys being completed in schools, it has emerged.The form given to children in year six asks: “Do you feel the same inside as the gender you were born with? (feeling male or female).”Youngsters are also asked to tick a box to confirm their true gender, with options of “boy”, “girl” and “other”.Parents have been told that the NHS survey helps healthcare workers and teachers develop “better ways to understand and support” children who may be struggling with their identity, but it is not known whether individual children will be approached for further support based on their answers.MPs and parents claimed the question was intrusive and could confuse children, amid growing concerns in some quarters over the inclusion of transgender issues in primary schools. The form, issued by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, is thought to have been sent to schools across the county and it is unclear whether the initiative has been more widely adopted.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/99754045/trans-survey-british-school-children-asked-to-confirm-their-true-genderlast_img read more

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British news presenter advises Dominicans to keep whales safe

first_img Share 55 Views   one comment Mural being painted on northern wall of the Roseau city council offic A British presenter best known for looking at organic and sustainable ways of using natural resources wants Dominicans to keep whales safe and to encourage further respect of them in the future. Jimmy Doherty who has been in Dominica for the past two weeks filming a programme on whales off the shores of Dominica is reminding the country that the Health of the whales impacts on the health of the sea on which we all depend. Jimmy’s adventure will be made into a 90 minute documentary for channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Part of Jimmy’s effort to ensure that Whales are kept safe in Dominica a mural supported by Harris paints was painted on the northern wall of the Roseau city council office symbolizing the core of the message. “We have been here for two weeks and our mission is to find out more about your fantastic sperm whales, what they eat, what are their lives like…Dominica is blessed with natural beauty. After filming here for two weeks we wanted to leave something that everyone can enjoy,” he said.Meantime, Mayor of Roseau Cecil Joseph has called on Dominicans to preserve our waters in other to keep whales safe. “It is always important to preserve specie. I can Say that Dominica is very lucky to have some of the best sets of whales in the world. We must also work in preserving our water,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews British news presenter advises Dominicans to keep whales safe by: – March 30, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

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Lukaku wins Belgian battle

first_img With Ross Barkley quiet and Leighton Baines less influential than in recent weeks, Osman’s efforts at least gave something for Roy Hodgson – in attendance along with FA chairman Greg Dyke – to chew on. It might have been different had Benteke converted a seventh-minute penalty for Villa, but Tim Howard produced a sensational one-handed save. It was the first of several important stops by the American in a first half that somehow ended goalless despite a raft of fine chances at both ends. The result means Everton now have five wins from their last six, while Villa’s home form is starting to become a real concern. Everton took just 30 seconds to create their first opportunity, Kevin Mirallas whipping a cross towards Lukaku who fired wide under pressure from Ron Vlaar. At the other end Benteke gave the ball away with his first two touches only to earn a golden chance to mark his return from the spot. A chip into the area from Andreas Weimann had given Benteke a run on goal and he was only stopped when Seamus Coleman clipped his heels in pursuit. Benteke’s spot-kick was powerful enough but Howard guessed right and then thrust a glove up for a sensational save. Lukaku’s head-to-head with compatriot Christian Benteke, back in the Aston Villa XI after hip trouble, looked like being the decisive battle and it was the on-loan Chelsea striker who scored the Toffees’ opener in a 2-0 away win. But substitute Osman made an equally vital contribution, providing the pass for Lukaku’s 68th-minute effort and then slotting home a neat finish of his own with nine minutes remaining. Villa then conspired to miss two glorious chances in the space of as many minutes. Benteke was on the end of the first, played in this time by Aleksandar Tonev’s clever touch in the 23rd minute. He waited for the ball to drop and again found Howard’s reactions too good as he shot across goal from 10 yards. Yet Leandro Bacuna, arriving at the far post, was begging for the pass. Weimann spurned an even better chance moments later, a mysteriously absent offside flag giving him space and time to run at Howard. But he somehow got the ball caught under feet and the keeper made a sliding tackle. If Villa could have been three up, Everton were soon missing gilt-edged chances of their own. Brad Guzan matched Howard’s effort with a fine save from Lukaku after he got a strong header on Coleman’s cross and Barkley was inches away from the opener when a deflected effort from 25 yards looped over the keeper and on to the crossbar. The breakneck speed slowed somewhat but a 0-0 scoreline at the break hardly seemed believable. A most unlikely stalemate seemed to be in the offing until Lukaku struck. Leighton Baines broke down the left wing before playing the ball infield for Osman. He spotted Lukaku arriving in the area and the striker swept home Osman’s pass with a clincial left-footed effort. His celebrations had barely subsided when he was appealing for a penalty against Vlaar. The Dutchman’s hand did make contact with the ball but there was no obvious intent. With 15 minutes left the quiet Gabriel Agbonlahor shot straight at Howard from a wonderful position eight yards out. Villa’s hopes died in the 81st minute when Gareth Barry held the ball up deep in the penalty before cutting back for Osman. He addressed the ball cleanly and slotted a low shot inside Guzan’s far post to secure the points. Romelu Lukaku won the battle of the Belgians at Villa Park but Everton substitute Leon Osman ensured there was some cheer for the watching England manager too. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Italian double for Hammers

first_img Press Association He joined the capital club in the summer of 2010 amid rumours of interest from Manchester City, while he won the title with Juventus during a 2012 loan spell. His signing was announced after that of Nocerino. Nocerino, 28, has also been drafted in to help the Hammers in their battle to earn Premier League survival, with Sam Allardyce’s men currently in the relegation zone. Capped 15 times by Italy, Nocerino is known to English fans for scoring a penalty against England at Euro 2012. The ex-Juventus and Palermo man has been a bit-part player this season having previously been a key man for the club he joined in the summer of 2011. The duo’s arrival was announced on West Ham’s official website the day after Leeds confirmed they had turned down an offer from the Hammers for leading scorer Ross McCormack. West Ham made it an Italian double on Saturday as they signed Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino on loan until the end of the season.center_img Both Italy internationals, Borriello has swapped Roma for a Premier League survival scrap, while Nocerino has traded AC Milan for the east end. Seven-cap Borriello, 31, is a striker with close to a hundred career goals to his name, accrued at the likes of Milan, Juventus, Genoa and Roma. last_img read more

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Shake Shack employees off the hook after investigation into sick officers

first_imgSeveral Shake Shack employees have been cleared of wrongdoing after three officers became extremely ill while consuming milkshakes from the restaurant.The incident was reported on Monday at the burger chain on 200 Broadway Shack in Manhattan.According to the report, a cleaning substance was found in their milkshakes, which caused the illness.All three officers were taken to an area hospital where they were treated for their illness and later released.The establishment released a statement saying that they were “horrified” by the report of the officers becoming ill and that they were working with investigators to get to the bottom of what happened.After the investigation, Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison released a statement saying that the NYPD found no criminality on the part of Shake Shack’s employees and that the machine that produced the milkshake was improperly cleaned, leaving residue from a cleaning agent or bleach inside.last_img read more

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Wilder Wants Negotiations with Joshua to Remain Private

first_imgDeontay Wilder believes an undisputed title fight with Anthony Joshua will finally be agreed when contract terms are kept “silent” between both world heavyweight champions.Wilder defends his WBC belt against Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this weekend, and then unified champion Joshua fights Andy Ruiz Jr on his US debut at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1.Talks for a Wilder-Joshua fight have faltered in the past due to disagreements about terms, but the American insists a deal can be agreed if the discussions remain private. He exclusively told Sky Sports: “I want to be able to get in the ring and fight, you know, and give the people what they want, but I think how this is really going to happen – when everything goes silent.“ There’s too many people that are involved in this. There’s too many media, fans, everybody. The thing about people, everybody got an opinion about how it should go, this should go this way, this should go that way.“It’s like with the Tyson Fury fight, nobody knew that fight was going to happen. Kept it silent for a reason, and then all of a sudden it came out.“It was the biggest fight and exciting fight around and I think this is the same way it’s going to happen, the Joshua fight. It goes silent, everybody comes together and we’re able to sort it out that way and then we make an announcement.”Wilder must first overcome Breazeale before he can consider his next career move but remains open to offers for the fight with Joshua.“The great thing about this – all parties are still in discussions, it’s like no door is closed.“Nobody’s mind is closed from the idea of it happening, and that’s the great thing about it. I think this fight will happen. I’m going to take every bit of my power to make this fight happen and I hope they do the same.“I want it to happen for the fans and I’m sure the fans want it to happen and as I said, once it goes silent, that’s when the fight will be made.”Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel echoed the stance of his fighter, saying “Yes, being in the paper and the negotiating and the problem with it is, if you don’t respond, then ‘oh, he’s not interested’. If you do respond, some fans for him, some are against him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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B’ville hockey has 1-1 week, fights past Liverpool

first_imgWhile on its way to a first-place finish in the Dec. 6-7 Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team had plenty of time to watch Liverpool in the same tournament.Twice, the Warriors played, each time going through overtime and ending in a shoot-out, Liverpool falling to Syracuse in the first round, but recovering to edge Fulton for third place.Now B’ville would get its own head-to-head battle with the Warriors last Tuesday night, and fine all-around play resulted in a 4-1 win. B’ville then took on Whitesboro Friday night. Those other Warriors were off to a 3-1 start and were emerging as the main threat to reigning state champion Skaneateles in Division II.And Whitesboro proved its worth by topping B’ville 3-1, its defense stingy as 20 of the Bees’ 21 shots were grabbed by Warriors goalie Cameron Manley.Meanwhile, all the Bees could get on the attack was Ryan Dickinson’ s goal, assisted by Nick Purdy and Garrett Sutton. Troy Chamberlain led Whitesboro, scoring once and assisting on tallies by Frank Centro and Noah Scranton.B’ville knew that a more important game would take place Wednesday, a rematch with Syracuse, but this time at Meachem Rink before it traveled Friday to Casey Park to face Auburn.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvilleice hockeycenter_img Much of the game was played in Liverpool’s end, and the Bees stayed patient even though Liverpool goaltender James Welch kept turning shots back – 37, in all.Still, the Bees went up 1-0 after one period, absorbed Marco Palumbo’s second-period tally by scoring twice itself and pulled further away in the latter stages.Matt Speelman led the way, earning two goals and one assist. Alex Pompo and Luke Hoskin each got a goal and two assists as Braeden Lynch piled up three assists. Brad O’Neill turned back 21 of Liverpool’s 22 shots.last_img read more

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Madden NFL players tournament: Live stream, results from Tyrann Mathieu vs. Tyreek Hill & other matches

first_imgNFL stars Denzel Ward, Jarvis Landry, Tyrann Mathieu, Tyreek Hill, DeSean Jackson, Deebo Samuel, Derwin James and Keenan Allen are competing in a Madden tournament set up by The Checkdown and EA Sports to help benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.The event will feature seven games in total. Round 1 consists of four games which will result in two semi-final matchups. The two winners from the semi-finals will then advance to the championship game. The first four games will be played Wednesday night while the final three will be played Thursday. For full details of the tournament, click here.Below, we’ll be keeping track of the tournament results game-by-game.Live stream for Madden NFL players tournamentEA Sports is streaming the event live on its Twitch channel starting at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the live feed here.Madden NFL players tournament bracket & resultsRound 1MatchupWinnerFinal ScoreDenzel Ward vs. Jarvis LandryDenzel Ward10-9Tyrann Mathieu vs. Tyreek HillTyreek Hill62-32DeSean Jackson vs. Deebo SamuelDesean JacksonforfeitDerwin James vs. Keenan AllenDerwin James14-6Denzel Ward and the Texans managed to escape with a one-point win over Jarvis Landry and the Browns thanks to a blocked extra point attempt. Ward has already produced a few blocked kicks in his young pro career, so it’s not surprising to see that he was able to get the timing down.Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs steamrolled Tyrann Mathieu and the Bears thanks to three defensive touchdowns early in the game that gave him separation the rest of the way.DeSean Jackson got a free pass to the semi-final as Deebo Samuel had trouble with his connection and wasn’t able to compete. Things didn’t look good for Jackson though as he lost as the Eagles to the computer-controlled 49ers 30-25.Derwin James, the betting favorite to win the tournament after smacking Michael Vick 80-16 to win the ESPORTS Madden Invitational, advanced to the next round as he and the Seahawks took down Keenan Allen and the Ravens 14-6. Semi-finals/ChampionshipMatchupWinnerFinal ScoreDenzel Ward vs. Tyreek HillTyreek Hill41-21Derwin James vs. DeSean JacksonDerwin James50-27Tyreek Hill vs. Derwin JamesDerwin James52-3In what was a much-anticipated championship matchup, Derwin James and the 49ers absolutely massacred Tyreek Hill and the Bears 52-3, scoring a touchdown with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter to break 50 points, allegedly doing so for a little kid.Hill and the Bears cruised to an easy victory over Ward and the Texans. Hill’s dominant run continues after he  Unfortunately for Jackson, James was up to the task, plast_img read more

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