Meanwhile, the Commission this week formally suspended all exports of Portuguese beef and cattle, after EU veterinary chiefs endorsed its proposals for a ban. The vets’ failure to endorse a lifting of the embargo means it will be up to EU farm ministers to take a final decision when they meet on 23 November.They are expected to follow the voting pattern set by the vets. With just 5 countries voting against (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Austria) and two abstaining (Luxembourg and the Netherlands), this would be enough for the proposed relaxation of the ban to go through at ministerial level.Under the proposal, beef from animals born after August 1996, when feeding practices linked to the spread of BSE were outlawed in the UK, would be eligible for export. But officials stress that even if ministers agree to lift the ban, British slaughterhouses will have to be inspected once more before exports can resume. The concensus is that it will be early next year before UK beef arrives on supermarket shelves in mainland Europe.
Jason Gotay (Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Strong-voiced star Jason Gotay has been cast as Che in New York City Center’s upcoming special gala staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning musical Evita. The previously announced production, directed by Sammi Cannold, music-directed by Kristen Blodgette and co-choreographed by Valeria Solomonoff and Emily Maltby, will run for two weeks from November 13-24.Gotay is a City Center alum who appeared earlier this year in the Encores! production of Call Me Madam. He has been seen on Broadway in Bring It On The Musical and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and off-Broadway in The Anthem and F#%king Up Everything.Gotay joins a previously announced cast that includes Solea Pfeiffer as Eva and Maia Reficco as Young Eva, along with Philip Hernandez as Magaldi and Enrique Acevedo as Perón, with an ensemble comprising Sergio Martín Almirón, Fabio Angelo, Isa Antonetti, Leah Barsky, Kristina Bermudez, Edgar Cavazos, Alexander Gil Cruz, Rebecca Eichenberger, Jennifer Florentino, David Michael Garry, Mariano Loguidice, Robin Masella, Phoebe Garcia Pearl, Patricia Phillips, Guillermina Quiroga, Maria Cristina Slye, Lucas Thompson, Daniel Torres and Ricardo A. Zayas.Cannold’s vision for Evita uses dynamic visual storytelling and an original approach to excavate new depths within Webber and Rice’s text, with Reficco playing Perón from ages 15-20 and Pfeiffer portraying her from ages 20-33. View Comments