Odds & Ends: Ethan Slater, Lena Hall, Javier Muñoz Set for Reefer Madness Reading & More

first_img Ethan Slater Star Files Michael Urie Ethan Slater(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Daphne Rubin-Vega Javier Muñozcenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Ethan Slater, Lena Hall, Javier Muñoz Set for Reefer Madness ReadingA talent-packed slate of stage stars will come together later this week for an industry reading of the hit musical Reefer Madness. Tony nominee Ethan Slater, Tony winner Lena Hall and Javier Muñoz are slated to take part in the private reading on April 18 in New York City. Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill) will direct the presentation, with hopes of a production to come to fruition later this year. Slater will take on the role of Jimmy, with Hall as Mae and Muñoz as Jack/Jesus, along with Gizel Jiménez as Mary, Asmeret Ghebremichael as Sally, Eric Petersen as Ralph, Robert Cuccioli as the Lecturer and Aury Krebs as Placard Girl. The ensemble will include Eleanor Philips, Heather Parcells, Genesis Collado, Sav Souza, Ryan Ortega and Jacob Thompson.Michael Urie to Team Up with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater for Pride Plays FestivalOff-Broadway’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced Pride Plays, a festival of play readings commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Torch Song star Michael Urie and producer Doug Nevin, who worked together on Buyer & Cellar, are partnering with Rattlestick for the series of new works, produced under festival director Nick Mayo (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying). Playwrights slated to present new work include Michael Benjamin Washington, Terrence McNally, Ryan Spahn, Philip Dawkins, Trans Lab, Eduardo Machado, Eri Nox, Paula Vogel, Jonathan Tolins, Chay Yew, Lisa Kron and many more. The festival will run from June 20-24 at Rattlestick’s downtown venue. For more information, click here.Alan Wasser, 2017 Tony Honor Recipient, Dies at 70Alan Wasser, a beloved general manager whose more than four-decade career on Broadway was capped by a 2017 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, died on April 14 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 70. Over the course of his career, Wasser and his company Alan Wasser Associates general-managed three of the most successful productions of all-time: Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. More recent Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit, The Lifespan of a Fact, King Kong and The Prom. Wasser is survived by his sisters Rosalie Quinn (Paul) and Carolyn Ikuta, along with nine nieces and nephews.Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place to Make New York Premiere with Playwrights HorizonsOff-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons has announced The Thin Place, a new work penned by Tony nominee Lucas Hnath (Hillary and Clinton), set to make its New York premiere as part of the company’s 2019-2020 season. Les Waters will direct the play, which centers on a woman named Linda who is able to communicate with the dead. The play is slated to begin performances in November 2019. Also on Playwrights Horizons’ docket is Unknown Soldier, the final musical of the late composer Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), featuring a book and lyrics by Daniel Goldstein (Godspell) and direction by Trip Cullman (Choir Boy). In the musical, Ellen Rabinowitz discovers a mysterious photograph of an anonymous soldier when cleaning out her grandmother’s home, which leads her to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past. The musical will begin performances in February 2020.Sweeney Todd-Inspired Podcast Starring Daphne Rubin-Vega Is Small Screen-BoundDaphne Rubin-Vega will continue to attend the tale. The two-time Tony nominee, recently announced to appear in the In the Heights film, is slated to serve as consulting producer on a TV series adaptation of Aaron Mark’s The Horror of Dolores Roach, a podcast inspired by his one-woman Sweeney Todd-inspired play, both of which starred Rubin-Vega. Deadline reports that Mark will serve as writer, director and exec producer. Additional details are to come.Ann Reinking & Ben Vereen Will Host 2019 Chita Rivera AwardsTony-winning Fosse dancers Ann Reinking (Chicago) and Ben Vereen (Pippin) have been selected as emcees of the 3rd Annual Chita Rivera Awards. The previously announced ceremony, honoring the best in dance, will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on May 19 at 7:30pm. As recently reported, Tony-nominated choreographer Graciela Daniele will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Flody Suarez, Jeffrey Seller and Cher will be honored with the Ambassador for the Arts Award. Nominations in competitive categories will be announced on April 26. Look back at last year’s winners here. View Comments Asmeret Ghebremichael View All (5)last_img read more

Last Call for 11 (!) Broadway Shows Closing in January

first_img View Comments It’s a new year and a new decade, which means Broadway is getting ready to make more compelling entertainment for the millions of people who flock to the Great White Way yearly. Unfortunately, some shows have to close to make room for the new ones coming in. In January, a whopping 11 shows will be taking their final bows. Check out everything you absolutely must see before the end of the month.  Chris McCarrell in The Lightning Thief. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) The cast of A Christmas Carol. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 5: The Final QuestThe Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will journey on its last Broadway quest on January 5. The show’s limited engagement arrived on the Great White Way three years after it made its off-Broadway debut, and fans of the popular Rick Riordan young adult series welcomed it with open arms. Chris McCarrell, the only cast member not making his Broadway debut in the show, has played the title character since the beginning. It won’t be long before lightning strikes again because the musical is hitting the road to bring Percy’s story of bravery, acceptance and love to cities across the country.  Mary-Louise Parker Star Files Katharine McPhee and Caitlin Houlahan in Waitress. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) January 5: One More CarolThe first Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will help ring in the holiday cheer one last time on January 5. With an adaptation by Tony winner Jack Thorne, the new take on the classic transported audiences back in time with the help of Campbell Scott’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cookies, string quartets and a theater full of lights allowed audiences to revel in the holiday spirit and hear the beloved Christmas story in a new way.  James Cusati-Moyer Andrew Barth Feldman (Photos: Emilio Madrid and Matthew Murphy; Composite by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) The cast of Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang) The cast of Slave Play. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ato Blankson-Wood Katharine McPhee JANUARY 5: Red Sequins Are ForeverThe musical comedy, based on the 1982 film of the same name, will play its final performance on January 5. Tootsie follows Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, an unemployable actor who disguises himself as a woman to land a job. Needless to say, hilarious chaos ensues. The show received 10 Tony nominations and took home two: one for Fontana’s star turn and the other for scribe Robert Horn. Sad you missed it? Tootsie will soon embark on a national tour, so you’ll be able to see the unstoppable Dorothy Michaels in a town near you. JANUARY 19: Keep ListeningJeremy O. Harris’ buzzed-about Broadway debut work Slave Play will end its extended limited run on January 19. After Harris wrote the provocative piece while still in graduate school, it had its world premiere at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before moving to the Golden Theatre. Following three interracial couples as they discover truths hidden deep within themselves, Slave Play’s impact will be felt for a long while. ALSO:JANUARY 4: Derren Brown: Secret will do its final trick at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.JANUARY 5: The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays bows for the last time at the Neil Simon Theatre.JANUARY 5: The last snowfall will happen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in Slava’s Snowshow.JANUARY 5: The acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof will close at Stage 42.JANUARY 5: Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, which received three extensions off-Broadway, ends its run.JANUARY 19: Samuel D. Hunter’s Greater Clements, starring Judith Ivey, closes at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.JANUARY 26: Current Dear Evan Hansen  stars Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello, who play Evan Hansen and Connor Murphy, respectively, will take their final bow at the Music Box Theatre.  Will Hochman JANUARY 12: Mic DropWhat started out as a side hobby during the creation of In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme has turned into its very own verifiable Broadway hit. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, FLS combines rap and improv, so no one can see the same show twice. With occasional surprise appearances by Miranda, Wayne Brady, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and more, this is a Broadway event that must be experienced to be believed, so be sure to get to the Booth Theatre by January 12.  Ali Stroker The cast of Freestyle Love Supreme. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 12: Turning the PageAdam Rapp’s Broadway debut thriller The Sound Inside will play for the final time at Studio 54 on January 12. The two-hander, directed by David Cromer, follows a professor and student’s complicated relationship that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Featuring newcomer Will Hochman and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, this beautifully performed piece is quietly intense and literary, while leaving audiences stunned.  Alex Boniello Chris McCarrell Santino Fontana in Tootsie. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) JANUARY 19: Chili To-GoDaniel Fish’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma! will serve chili and corn bread to its final audience on January 19. Starring Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and recently crowned Tony winner Ali Stroker, this newly imagined version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been surprising audiences at the Circle in the Square Theatre for 10 months. With history-making performances, a thrilling dream ballet and hearty snacks during intermission, Oklahoma!’s absence is sure to be felt.  Santino Fontana JANUARY 5: Goodbye PieComposed by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress will finish its Broadway run on January 5. Waitress garnered four Tony nominations and has gone on to play across the country and in the West End. With a treasure trove of casting replacements like Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan, Gavin Creel, Jordin Sparks, Colleen Ballinger, Todrick Hall and even Bareilles herself, Waitress has given fans many reasons to return during its almost four-year shift at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. McPhee will be the show’s final Broadway Jenna by finishing out the run. Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View All (10)last_img read more

Talk Amongst Yourselves: DiCarlo, McConwell or Shaffer — who will win the County Commission race?

first_imgFormer Mission Mayor Laura McConwell made it official Monday by formally filing in the County Commission race to replace District 1 Commissioner Ed Peterson, who is running for the County Commission chair.Candidates (from left) Alex DiCarlo, Laura McConwell and Ron Shaffer.McConwell’s announcement last month that she was considering entering the race caused some pushback from members of the northeast Johnson County political establishment, who urged her not to go back on her word to PV Mayor Ron Shaffer that she would stay out of the contest. But, as McConwell told us in March, she feels that the all-male board could benefit from the perspective of a woman, and that she had a lot of passion for the position.With the entry last week of political newcomer Alex DiCarlo, the race now has three candidates.Who do you think is most likely to emerge at Peterson’s replacement in November? What issues do you see as strengths for Shaffer and McConwell given their tenures as mayor? What issues do you see as their greatest weaknesses?[socialpoll id=”2202493″]Talk Amongst Yourselves is shawneemissionpost.com’s daily conversation starter for northeast Johnson County. Have a topic you’d like to suggest?Email us!last_img read more

Men’s team cruises to two victories while women split

first_img“One of our goals for the meet was to win the relays and we did,” coach Dennis Dale said. “But we didn’t perform as well as I had hoped. I was hoping we would dominate a little more than we did.”Women splitAlso competing at the Big Ten Triple Duals was the Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team.The 21st-ranked Gophers used a strong second day to overtake Purdue by a score of 182-171, but fell to Wisconsin 220-131.“We came out Friday and we were a little bit flat as a team,” coach Kelly Kremer said. “Going into the second day, we kind of knew that we couldn’t catch Wisconsin, but we had a chance to catch Purdue if we swam and continued to dive well.”Minnesota was able to improve during the second day of competition with two wins and several close finishes.Sophomore Meredith McCarthy took top honors in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.44, while sophomore Yuen Kobayashi recorded a time of 4:52.16 to win the 500 freestyle.“Our divers continued to dive well, and our swimmers just had a great, great day on Saturday,” Kremer said. “It was two completely different meets for us. Friday we were flat and Saturday we swam the way we are capable of swimming.” Men’s team cruises to two victories while women splitThe men’s team won 11 events while the women’s team won two events. Brian DeutschJanuary 22, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota men’s swimming and diving team improved to 5-0 in dual meet action this season after a strong performance at the Big Ten Triple Duals this weekend in Madison, Wis.After winning 11 events in the two-day competition, the seventh-ranked Gophers were able to beat No. 19 Purdue 206-147 and unranked Wisconsin 243-110.In the first individual event of the competition, junior Russ Payne posted a time of 3:59.22, edging out teammate Alex Wold by .02 seconds to win the 400-yard individual medley.“It was nice to go 1-2 with Alex Wold; we kind of have a friendly competition,” Payne said. “We both had some pretty good times – pretty close to our best midseason times.”Minnesota followed with victorious showings by sophomore Mike Holmes (1,000 freestyle), sophomore Colin Lee-To (100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle), sophomore Evan Bernier (100 freestyle) and freshman Ray Betuzzi (500 freestyle).In the 100 backstroke, the Gophers took the top three spots as senior Dan Berve won the event.Minnesota swept the relay portion of the competition, including the final event of the competition, the 400 freestyle relay.The relay team of Bernier and Betuzzi along with juniors Mike Woodson and Tyler Schmidt recorded a time of 3:02.16, beating the Wisconsin team by less than half a second.last_img read more

Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic

first_imgPacific Standard:When parents act warmly and responsively toward young children who exhibit antisocial behavior, the children begin acting more warmly too.That’s according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, in which researchers examined whether there are differences in response to parental harshness and warmth among three-year-olds who exhibit “callously unemotional” behavior.To parents of little ones, this outcome might seem obvious, but the study’s results contradicted the prevailing thinking on the matter. Until now, it has been widely believed that children whose behavior problems include high levels of “callous-unemotional” behavior, characterized by a “lack of empathic concern, punishment insensitivity, and lack of emotional responsivity,” are that way regardless of parenting style. Now, however, there’s evidence that colder parenting may worsen this type of behavior, while warmer parenting might coax out a child’s empathy.Read the whole story: Pacific Standard More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Psychology research reveals the connection between color and emotion

first_imgLinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Does red make us feel dominant? Does blue give us more pleasure than green? Scientists sought to answer these and other questions in a study published in 2016.Previous research has shown that colors can affect behavior and emotions on a subconscious level, but scientists were interested in how we judge and perceive our own emotions relative to colors on a conscious level—specifically red, blue and green.“Although the effects of colors can operate outside the conscious, identifying that the way colors are affectively judged can help scientists to explain their findings,” said Walid Briki, principal investigator and corresponding author.center_img Share Email Researchers were interested in measuring three emotional spectrums—dominance (feeling in control versus feeling controlled); arousal (feeling excited versus calm); and pleasure (feeling happy versus unhappy).They hypothesized that red would be strongly associated with dominance and arousal; blue would be slightly associated with dominance but strongly associated with pleasure, and green would be associated with both arousal and pleasure.The study, published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, included 154 French undergraduate students aged 18 to 22.  Researchers gave participants a laptop and showed them a color for ten seconds. They then asked participants to rate how strongly they felt each of the three emotions listed. The process was repeated for all four colors—red, blue, green and white (the control color).The data revealed that red had the strongest effect on emotion. Participants rated high levels of dominance and arousal after seeing the color red.“This supports studies that showed…the color red [is] a testosterone-based cue reflecting the notions of strength, power, threat, and dominance,” reported Briki.Blue and green impacted participants’ emotions in the ways scientists expected, but to a much lesser extent than red.The findings support some strategies for using the colors in everyday life, according to the research team.“If people seek to trigger immediate…reactions in everyday life (e.g., asking drivers to reduce speed immediately) or to elicit attraction…red would be particularly useful because red may be perceptually treated as a signal of power and/or fertility,” said Briki.“By contrast, using blue or green would be particularly recommended to elicit…motivation-related reactions from people and to develop a sense of confidence…blue and green seem to be particularly useful in academic or coaching contexts (e.g., giving a presentation and commenting on student work),” Briki continued.last_img read more

Posts From The Road: Split Rock Lighthouse

first_imgThere are numerous scenic stops along the way but one of the most picturesque is Split Rock Lighthouse. The lighthouse stands tall creating a beautiful scene for visitors. Split Rock Lighthouse opened in 1910. During construction there were no roads leading to the area so all materials were shipped in and lifted up by a steam powered derrick. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1969. The property today is a state park. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com The North Shore Scenic Drive, or Minnesota Highway 61, is a scenic route that starts in Duluth, MN running in a northeasterly direction along the shores of Lake Superior for more than 150 mile to the Canadian border. Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the ‘Posts from the Road’ series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. By GARY WARRENPhotographerFormerly of Los Alamos center_img The lighthouse stands 54 feet high. The building to the left is the Fog Signal Building, which is equipped with two huge fog horns. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com The rocky Lake Superior shoreline gives visitors a spectacular view of Split Rock Lighthouse sitting atop a 130 cliff over the lake. The beacon from the lighthouse was visible for 22 miles. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com A view from Highway 61 gives visitors a nice view of the Split Rock Lighthouse, which sits high on a cliff overlooking Lake superior. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Altenesol and AMCS finalise Columbia LNG deal

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first_img The applicant (X) applied for a declaration that the English court had no jurisdiction to hear a claim brought by the respondent (C). C and X were domiciled in Switzerland and carried on business as oil traders in Geneva. They had entered into an oral joint venture agreement in relation to the supply of oil. Two sales contracts were subsequently entered into, which provided that they would be governed and construed in accordance with English law. C issued claims for profit and damages in England. X denied that the English court had jurisdiction. C contended that the court had jurisdiction to hear the claims under article 17 of the Lugano Convention 1988, as the parties had agreed under the sales contracts that the courts of England should have jurisdiction. C submitted that there was no inconsistency between the sales contracts and the joint venture agreement as the joint venture agreement had contained no jurisdiction clause. Alternatively, C argued that it was expressly agreed that the joint venture agreement should be subject to English law and jurisdiction or that it contained an implied term to that effect. Held: (1) C’s claims did not fall within the jurisdiction clauses of the sales contracts. The burden was on C to demonstrate that it was subject to the consensus that the English courts had jurisdiction. The jurisdiction clauses in the sales contracts had to be construed against the background of the joint venture agreement. The agreement and the sales contracts were distinct from each other. Given that the parties were in Geneva, it should not be assumed that the joint venture agreement should be governed by the subsequent clauses in the sales contracts. Accordingly, X was entitled to a declaration that the court did not have jurisdiction to determine any claim brought by C. (2) On the evidence, C had failed to prove that it had been expressly agreed that the joint venture agreement was governed by English law. Further, such a term could not be implied into the joint venture agreement. Declaration granted. Choil Trading SA v Addax Energy SA: QBD (Comm) (Mr Justice Field): 28 September 2009 David Lewis (instructed by Hill Dickinson) for the applicant; Geraldine Clark (instructed by Davies Johnson) for the respondent.center_img Agreements – Contracts – Joint ventureslast_img read more

Thanks for the memories …

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more