View Comments Andy Mientus(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today and this weekend. Andy Mientus to Sing Joni Mitchell in New CabaretStage star Andy Mientus will lend his powerful voice to Joni Mitchell’s iconic 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon in a new series of concerts, debuting later this month. Music director Benjamin Rauhala will join Mientus for the shows, running from November 29-30 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Smash alum Mientus will sing from Mitchell’s third studio recording, covering the album in full, including such beloved songs as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Woodstock” and “The Circle Game.” In addition to his memorable turn as Kyle Bishop on Smash, Mientus has been seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening and Les Misérables and off-Broadway in Carrie.Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me Will Transfer to Greenwich House TheaterOn the heels of an acclaimed New York Theatre Workshop run, Obie winner Heidi Schreck’s new solo work What the Constitution Means to Me will move to the Greenwich House Theater later this month for an extended run. Oliver Butler will repeat his work as director for the engagement, running from November 27 through December 30 at the downtown off-Broadway venue. The play follows fifteen-year-old Schreck, who later put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. Now, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the document’s profound impact on women’s bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. Joining Schreck in the cast is Mike Iveson (The Sound and the Fury) and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams.Nick Blaemire, Christy Altomare & Isaac Powell to Perform Bright Lights, Big City in ConcertA talented group of stage stars have signed on for a 20th-anniversary concert production of Paul Scott Goodman’s influential 1999 rock musical Bright Lights, Big City. Alex Tobey will direct the event, with music direction by Ben Caplan, slated to take place at Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 4, 2019, at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The cast will include Nick Blaemire (Tick, Tick…BOOM!), Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Isaac Powell (Once On This Island), Annie Golden (Xanadu) and Julia Murney (Wicked). Based on the novel by on Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City follows a week in the life of Jamie (Blaemire), a successful young writer who loses himself in the chaos of 1980s New York City. The Bright Lights, Big City concert is being produced by Jen Sandler.New York Stage and Film to Honor Patricia Wettig & Ken Olin at Winter GalaNew York Stage and Film has announced Emmy winner Patricia Wettig and her husband, Emmy nominee Ken Olin, as honorees at its upcoming winter gala, a fundraising event to support year-round theater and film development initiatives. The event will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at The Plaza Hotel. Wettig is a three-time Emmy winner for Thirtysomething whose stage credits include off-Broadway turns in Threads, The Diviners, A Tale Told and The Woolgatherer. Olin was Golden Globe-nominated for Thirtysomething and Emmy-nommed for This Is Us; he was seen on Broadway in Taxi Tales.
ANN ARBOR, MI – Following last week’s news announcing a restructured marketing operation, today Affinia Group announced that it has added two new members to its corporate finance team and also realigned the duties of some existing corporate finance managers. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “This finance team, under the leadership of our CFO Thomas Madden, will assure that we stay on course to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers and our investors,” said Terry McCormack, Affinia’s president and chief executive officer. “Our comprehensive restructuring program continues to move forward according to plan. As we achieve our immediate goals, we will continue to implement organizational change that will position us for success with our longer-range strategic initiatives.” The company has appointed David Shears to the position of director of internal audit, and Mark Trinske to the position of director of investor, public and government relations. Shears joins Affinia Group from Metaldyne Corp., a privately held auto parts manufacturer, where he served as director of internal audit services. At Affinia, he will be responsible for global internal auditing. Mark Trinske will be responsible for the flow of financial and strategic information to investors, press and public. Trinske will also provide a liaison to various governmental agencies. He was formerly with ProQuest Co., where he held the position of vice president, investor relations. Under the newly aligned corporate finance structure, Pat Flanagan has been promoted from corporate controller to chief accounting and financial compliance officer. In this expanded role, Flanagan will be responsible for, among other things, compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. Advertisement Walt Nevolis, formerly Affinia’s director of audit and compliance, has been named director, IT business office. Nevolis will be responsible for IT corporate compliance, corporate technology investments and will interface with IT providers. Nevolis will also serve as a financial analyst to the company’s business architecture group. Chuck Mendeljian, vice president of customer financial services, will join the finance department in the same capacity. Mendeljian’s extensive experience in the analysis and management of customer credit will result in closer integration within the finance department. “These changes greatly strengthen our audit, communications and compliance functions,” said Thomas Madden, Affinia Group’s chief financial officer. “With these additions and this realignment, our finance organization is well positioned to support our current growth as well as our long-range strategic initiatives.” For more information about Affinia, go to: http://www.affiniagroup.com.
Brown University will reduce its number of varsity sports from 38 to 29 in a move designed to make the Bears more competitive in the Ivy League.University president Christina H. Paxson announced Thursday that the decision was unrelated to the coronovirus outbreak, which has forced schools around the nation to slash athletic budgets.Varsity sports dropping to club status are men’s and women’s fencing, men’s and women’s golf, women’s skiing, men’s and women’s squash, women’s equestrian and men’s indoor and outdoor track and cross country.Coed sailing and women’s sailing will be elevated from club to varsity status.The university said an external review of the athletic program in 2018-19 found the high number of varsity sports was a barrier to competitiveness. In the preceding 10 years, Brown had won only 2.8% of all Ivy League championships, last in the league.The university said it will maintain its current level of funding for athletics, allowing the remaining varsity teams to receive more resources. Last Updated: 29th May, 2020 07:21 IST Brown To Go From 38 To 29 Sports To Enhance Competitiveness Brown University will reduce its number of varsity sports from 38 to 29 in a move designed to make the Bears more competitive in the Ivy League FOLLOW US Written By WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 29th May, 2020 07:21 IST