Nikki Davis-Jones Will Defy Gravity in London’s Wicked

first_img View Comments Nikki Davis-Jones has proven so popular as Elphaba in the current U.K. tour of Wicked that she will be taking over from Willemijn Verkaik in the role in the West End production from October 27. Also joining the cast on that date are Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible and Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, taking over Sue Kelvin and Paul Clarkson respectively. Verkaik, Kelvin and Clarkson will all play their final performances on October 25 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello. The West End cast also currently includes Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Sam Lupton as Boq and Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose. Davis-Jones’ stage credits include Blues in the Night, Rent, LIFT and Little Women. She will play her final performance in the Wicked U.K. Tour on September 6 at Birmingham Hippodrome. Sadovy appeared in La Bête on Broadway and in the West End. Her many other theater credits include Oliver! and Sunday In The Park with George. Child’s stage credits include The Hired Man, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, People and The Habit of Art.last_img read more

Saycon Sengbloh & More Will Join Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed

first_imgSaycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah will join the previously announced Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in the New York premiere of Eclipsed. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production will begin off-Broadway previews on September 29. Opening night is set for October 14 at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Theater.Sengbloh will play Helena. Her Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, Motown the Musical, Fela!, Hair, The Color Purple, Wicked and Aida. Armand is set to take on the role of Bessie and has appeared on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as well as off-Broadway in An Octoroon. Busia will appear as Rita and made her Broadway debut in Mule Bone and her West End debut in Gloo Joo. Jah will take on the role of Maimi; her stage credits include In Darfur, Hamlet and Ruined.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The production will feature scenic and costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jen Schriever, original music and sound design by Broken Chord and voice and dialect by Beth McGuire.The limited engagement will run through November 8. Related Shows Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Kudzu Jesus Debunked

first_imgThe entire country is a-twitter with news that a hot-dog stand owner outside of Raleigh has discovered the image of Jesus in a telephone pole overtaken by kudzu. A number of news outlets have carried the story, turning the Kudzu Jesus into an overnight sensation.Oddly enough, this isn’t the first Kudzu Jesus to be found in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2009, believers spotted a similar structure just outside of downtown. The double-sighting is a bit worrisome. I’ll have to check my scripture, but I think that means this latest Kudzu Jesus is actually the Kudzu Jesus Second Coming, which would kick off the End of Days. Is it simply a coincidence that the Kudzu Jesus Second Coming is spotted within months of the proposed apocalypse (set for some time in October, I believe)?As all good Southerners know, kudzu will somehow play a role in the end of the world. Ever since kudzu was introduced in the ‘30s, it has been slowly trying to take over the Land of Dixie. It’s like a really slow version of eminent domain. After humans are long gone, planet Earth will be overrun by cockroaches and kudzu.But fret not, apocalypse-fearing Southerners. The Kudzu Jesus has been debunked! Yes, the plant/pole looks like Jesus, but it’s not real kudzu. It’s trumpet vine, a cheap kudzu look-a-like, according to some local folks who can tell the different between kudzu and trumpet vine.  Given that this is the first reported sighting of a Trumpet Vine Jesus, I don’t think we have much to worry about. Although, I do foresee a few goth-rock bands adopting the name Kudzu Jesus in the near future.last_img read more

Photos Taken at Chilean Observatory Show How One Galaxy Ate Another

first_imgBy Dialogo December 01, 2009 Astronomers with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile have taken photographs that show how the galaxy Centaurus A ate another, spiral one, between 200 and 700 million years ago, the scientific body announced. The clarity of the new photos is due to the use of the 3.58-meter New Technology Telescope located at La Silla Observatory, in northern Chile, which makes it possible to obtain an even sharper view of the structure of this galaxy, completely free of the dust that obscures it. Centaurus A is the giant elliptical galaxy closest to Earth, at a distance of about 11 million light-years, and is one of the most studied objects in the southern sky, according to the ESO. The well-known British astronomer John Herschel, the author of one of the largest catalogues of the southern skies, detected this galaxy in 1847. Years later, and thanks to observations by the ESA Infrared Space Observatory, a structure 16,500 light-years across was identified, and more recently, the U.S. space agency (NASA)’s Spitzer Space Telescope clarified that the structure is a parallelogram, a giant spiral galaxy, the result of the fusion of two galaxies. “Further analysis of this structure will provide important clues on how the merging process occurred and what has been the role of star formation during it,” Jouni Kainulainen, the principal author of the article published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, maintained in a statement. The activity in the interior of Centaurus A is ongoing, and images captured by the Very Large Telescope, installed in the Cerro Paranal observatory, also in northern Chile, have revealed a black hole at the center of the galaxy with a mass equivalent to 200 million times that of the sun. Unlike the case of the black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, the Centaurus black hole is continuously fed by material falling into it, confirming Centaurus as a very active giant galaxy. The ESO is the principal European intergovernmental astronomical organization. It is supported by fourteen countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Hamptons Paramedic Dies Responding to Emergency

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ralph Oswald, a supervising paramedic with the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps, suffered a fatal heart attack while treating a patient Monday, Feb. 9, officials said.A 64-year-old Hampton Bays paramedic suffered a fatal heart attack while treating a patient Monday morning, officials said.Ralph Oswald, a supervising paramedic with the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps, responded to a call for an unresponsive male just before 9 a.m. when he experienced “distress” and “immediately collapsed in cardiac arrest,” the agency said in a press release. Oswald was providing an emergency medical assessment on the patient when he collapsed, officials said. Oswald, an eight-year veteran, was transported to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. Attempts to resuscitate Oswald were unsuccessful, officials said.Southampton Town police said the unidentified male patient also died. Police are waiting for an autopsy to determine a cause of death. Oswald’s funeral arrangements are pending, officials said.last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Grace under fire

first_imgThere’s no question about it: Today’s workplace can be stressful. The long work hours, the endless flow of information, the competing demands on our attention—all of these factors can make us feel perpetually overwhelmed and out of control.The conditions that lead to workplace stress are not necessarily “bad.” They’re just reality. But the best leaders learn to deal with these conditions or the problems that lead to stress in a way that keeps everyone on track.How you behave under pressure truly defines you as a leader and sets the tone for how others manage the situation. If you create a culture where people fall to pieces when things get tough, it will be too stressful for employees (and they will likely leave), productivity will suffer—and your job will get even harder.Difficult, busy times can put strain on relationships, but they can also forge stronger bonds if handled the right way. When your team sees you navigate them out of a tricky situation, it can be a huge credibility builder. Conversely, when they see you fall apart, it can create a trust deficit that is hard to recover from even when things settle down. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

IASC sets fair value standard

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Rebel Laxey attacks British Land attitude

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There’s a self-storage unit with your name on it

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This Mango Hill home exudes superb sophistication

first_img15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillHowever, he loved its unique features more, including the glass wall in one of the bedrooms that overlooks the pool.“I just think that it’s great, but I like the crafty stuff,” he said. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“Anyone that walks into it just falls in love with it – just like we did,” Mr Bruce said.He said his wife’s favourite part of the home was the kitchen with its stone island benchtop and butler’s pantry. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillMARK and Sharon Bruce couldn’t resist the sleek style and sophistication of this home.The couple bought the four-bedroom house at 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill, about five years ago when it was a display home.They were looking to invest in the area so when they came across this place, they snapped it up quickly.“The suburb at that stage was going to be developed,” he said. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“(The house) was only handed back to us in May last year.”The couple bought the modern home as an investment property, but have been tempted to move in themselves.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 201915 Capestone Boulevard, Mango Hill“We would live in it but it’s a little bit too far out (from work) for us,” he said.Mr Bruce said it would make the perfect family home because it was spacious.All four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes while there are multiple living areas for everyone to spread out.The covered outdoor entertaining area boasts a built-in barbecue and overlooks the swimming pool. 15 Capestone Boulevard, Mango HillHe said cafes and restaurants, schools, public transport and shops, including Westfield North Lakes, were within walking distance.“It’s a house in the perfect location, especially now because the train line is there,” he said.last_img read more