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Adam Pascal Is Something Rotten!’s New Shakespeare

first_imgAdam Pascal(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments Adam Pascal is about to learn just how sexy but hard it is to be the Bard. The Tony nominee and Audience Choice Award winner will take over the role of Will Shakespeare in Something Rotten!’s final weeks on the Great White Way. He steps in for Eric Sciotto, the former understudy who is scheduled to play the role through November 6. The musical comedy is slated to close on January 1, 2017.Pascal admits that he doesn’t have much previous character research to draw on. “I’m not nearly as educated enough to know much about Shakespeare, so he might be rolling over in his grave,” he told “I read a number of his plays in high school, but I always had a hard time getting past the language. But maybe I’ll get a chance to get a better understanding of him now.”Channeling the Bard—knowledge of his folio or not—and making him sexy is a new challenge for Pascal, but it’s one he welcomes. “I always try to push myself in directions that are unexpected for audiences to see me do,” he says. “This is just another left turn for me.”Pascal can find elements of Something Rotten! and the new role in his musical theater past: There’s the musical comedy element seen in his last Broadway stint in Disaster!, a rock-star edge similar to his Tony-nominated turn in Rent and Memphis, and the smarm and cockiness of Chicago’s Billy Flynn or Aida’s Radames.Speaking of, erm, cockiness, how does Pascal feel about a certain signature Something Rotten! costume piece? “Everyone keeps talking about this codpiece! As they say in comedy, bigger is better. The bigger the codpiece, the better, as far as I’m concerned.”The codpiece-clad Pascal will join a cast at the St. James Theatre that currently includes Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti as Nick and Nigel Bottom, Leslie Kritzer as Bea, Brad Oscar as Nostradamus, Gerry Vichi as Shylock, Catherine Brunell as Portia and Andre Ward as Minstrel. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017center_img Star Files Related Shows Adam Pascallast_img read more


Jersey Boys’ Mark Ballas Is’s Next Vlogger

first_img View Comments Related Shows Mark Ballas in ‘Jersey Boys'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Star Files from $59.00center_img Soon, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of this vlog. Jersey Boys’ newest star Mark Ballas is’s next video blogger. Grab your red blazer and some comfortable shoes, because Walk Like a Man begins next week.The vlog will kick off as Ballas rehearses for his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli and capture backstage life as Jersey Boys approaches its final performance in January. Expect appearances and hijinks from his fellow Seasons: Nicolas Dromard, Drew Seeley, Matt Bogart and his Frankie counterpart Mauricio Pérez.Ballas received an Emmy nomination in 2011 for his work on Dancing with the Stars, where he’s a two-time winner and nine-time finalist. He has appeared on the U.K. stage in Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story, Copacabana, Jesus Christ Superstar and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.Walk Like a Man will work its way back to you beginning October 18 (the day of his first performance) and run every Tuesday for eight weeks. Jersey Boys Mark Ballaslast_img read more


Five Bands to Catch on the Southern Festival Circuit

first_imgOne of the best things about festival season is discovering new music. Catch these up-and-coming bands at this year’s regional festivals…The London SoulsThis hard-hitting duo delivers plenty of distorted power from a stripped down two-man lineup. Fans of old-school Black Keys should take notice as this rising group delivers plenty of primitive bluesy fuzz with authentic throwback vibe. Straight from the bashing and riffing of drummer Chris St. Hilaire and guitarist Tash Neal, standout songs like “The Sound” from the band’s self-titled debut album display gritty homage to the British psychedelia of Cream and Zeppelin. It’s loud retro greatness that’s just right for big stages.Catch ‘em: Dominion Riverrock (5/17), Floydfest (7/24-25) and Camp Barefoot (8/23)Willie WatsonWillie Watson made his name as a member of string band revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show. He’s now flying solo, letting sparse strings and his soul-piercing tenor do all the work. Watson just released a debut solo album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, which was produced by David Rawlings with help from associate producer Gillian Welch. The 10-song set unearths a range of gems from the American folk songbook (“Midnight Special,” “Mexican Cowboy”) and offers a prime example of the power that can come from one man and his acoustic guitar.Catch ‘em: MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove (7/12), Red Wing Roots Music Festival (7/13), Forecastle Festival (7/18-20)Houndmouth-bands_smHoundmouth Houndmouth hails from a small town in Indiana and delivers electric folk rock with plenty of heartland realism. On last year’s debut From the Hills to the City, blue-collar themes dominate edgy fist pumpers like “Ludlow” and “Penitentiary,” but the songs also manage to stay grounded with infectious hooks and soaring three-part harmonies. Lead track “On the Road” gets downright poppy with a playful piano bounce and a catchy chorus.Catch ‘em: Shakey Knees Festival in Atlanta, Ga.  (5/10)Sol Driven TrainSol Driven Train is a party band of the highest order. The South Carolina-based crew comes from sun-soaked Charleston and likes to get crowds moving with a blend of Southern-flavored roots rock that’s propelled by funky horn blasts and Afro-Caribbean grooves. The five-piece group has been together for nearly a decade and a half, so years of hard touring have resulted in status as a beloved regional mainstay and a tight live show that never fails to please.Catch ‘em: French Broad River Festival in Hot Springs, N.C. (5/2)Mandolin OrangeEmerging from the fertile independent music grounds of the North Carolina Triangle, this acoustic duo delivers poignant progressive folk tunes that draw on a range of influences, including early Appalachian mountain songs and vintage country ballads. Since musical partners Andrew Marlin (guitar) and Emily Frantz (fiddle) started playing together at a local Chapel Hill jam back in 2009, the group has released three albums. The most fully developed is last year’s This Side of Jordan, a rustic effort featuring front-porch tales of heartbreak and redemption that are filled out by a full backing band. The centerpiece, though, is still the harmonies, as the voices of Marlin and Frantz come together with the beauty of an endless vista.Catch ‘em: Red Wing Roots Music Festival (7/12), Lewisburg Music Festival at Carnegie Hall (7/26)last_img read more


Banking Committee to mark up regulatory bill supported by CU trades

first_img continue reading » The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday is slated to mark up its version of a regulatory overhaul bill for financial institutions—legislation that is supported by credit union trade groups.The bill calls for exempting one-to-four unit, non-owner occupied residential loans from a credit union’s member business lending cap.The legislation also would exempt depository institutions that have originated fewer than 500 open-end lines of credit and closed-end mortgages in the past two years from certain Home Mortgage Disclosure Act requirements.The legislation is the result of negotiations between Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) and moderate Democrats on the committee. But Banking Committee ranking Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio has said he cannot support the measure, saying it removes much-needed consumer protections. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


China signals progress in virus battle as Disney partially reopens

first_imgTopics : China reported 40 new infections nationwide on Monday — the smallest increase since the country began reporting the data in January.Nearly all the fresh cases and 22 new deaths were in Wuhan, the capital of central Hubei province, which has been under lockdown for weeks. The latest fatalities bring the country’s death toll to 3,119.A senior official hinted last week that China could soon lift the travel restrictions on Hubei, which has effectively kept about 56 million people housebound.  Around 19,000 people are still getting treatment for the virus, down from a high of 58,000 on February 24.Shanghai Disney said it was reopening its shopping and entertainment Disneytown zone — plus a park and hotel in the same complex — in the “first step of a phased reopening”.The Disneyland amusement park, however, remains closed.In Wuhan, 11 of 16 makeshift hospitals that were converted from public facilities including stadiums and schools were shuttered by Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.Two of the most recent makeshift hospitals that closed — a converted sports centre and a factory — had enough capacity for nearly 2,000 people at a time and discharged their last 61 patients on Sunday, Xinhua said.Hubei Airport Group ordered all airports in the province to get back to work by Thursday, in a sign that the province is preparing to resume flights.Wuhan’s Tianhe airport — which suspended flights on January 23 except for airlifts for foreigners — said Monday that some of its managers had already resumed work. Ikea, schools reopen Swedish furniture giant Ikea has reopened 16 of its stores with shorter opening hours in China, after closing all outlets in the country in late January, the company said.Meanwhile, some regions are gearing up to reopen schools this week, after more than a month of closures across the country.Qinghai province, spread across the Tibetan Plateau, announced in late February that high schools and vocational schools would resume gradually from Monday.Middle schools would reopen later in the month.Mountainous Guizhou province in southwest China has also said some students in high school and middle school would resume classes from March 16.The only new cases outside Hubei were four imported from overseas, the health commission said, bringing the total number of infections brought into the country to 67.The rise in imported cases is fueling fears that the country’s progress in bringing infections down could be undone, and several local authorities are imposing quarantines on those arriving from hard-hit areas.center_img China closed several makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work Monday as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic. New virus cases in China — which accounts for the vast majority of the more than 100,000 infections worldwide — have declined in recent weeks in a sign the country’s unprecedented lockdown measures are working.The improving situation stands in stark contrast with the growing global spread of the disease that has affected scores of countries and prompted some governments to impose their own draconian measures and quarantines.last_img read more


Masks too dangerous for children under 2, Japan medical group says

first_imgBut the Japan Pediatric Association has warned parents that masks are too risky for infants.”Masks can make breathing difficult because infants have narrow air passages,” which increases the burden on their hearts, the association said, adding that masks also raise the risk of heat stroke for them.”Let’s stop the use of masks for children under 2-years-old,” the association said in a notice on its website.It said that so far there were very few serious coronavirus cases among children and that most kids became infected from family members, with almost no outbreaks at schools or day care facilities.The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics also say children under the age of two should not wear cloth face coverings.Topics : Children under the age of two shouldn’t wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo and four remaining areas on Monday after the number of infections fell across Japan, but warned that it could be reimposed if the virus started spreading again.To prevent the virus spread, health experts worldwide are recommending people wear masks when it is difficult to maintain social distancing as countries loosen restrictions following coronavirus shutdowns.last_img read more


Willis Towers Watson to require gender data from fund managers

first_imgWillis Towers Watson will require fund managers to provide data about the gender composition across their workforce, a move that responds to evidence that more women in the workforce improves financial performance.The plan was mentioned by Luba Nikulina, global head of manager research at Willis Towers Watson, at an MSCI event on the subject of women in finance in London last week. She spoke of “hardwiring this into the process of allocating money”.“If asset owners add their voice it will help to move things forward,” she added.She was responding to a comment from a representative of a local authority pension fund about asset owners wanting better data on gender representation in roles below board level. Nikulina later told IPE that the consultancy was also considering including flexible working arrangements in its assessment of investment managers, as these can influence the stability of fund management teams, which the consultancy values.A member of the audience from an asset manager said that investment teams want to be able to show team stability when they go to investment consultants.Nikulina said that good data was key to being able to research the link between gender diversity and investment performance.The premise of the event was the “business case” for gender diversity and the underperformance of financial services – and fund management in particular – in this respect.Panellists at the event articulated the problem in different ways.Roger Urwin, speaking in his capacity as strategic director of the CFA Future of Finance Initiative, said that finance needed a “clean licence to operate” and “it won’t be clean if we don’t have diversity”.Tamara Box, founder member of the 30% Club and managing partner, Europe and Middle East at law firm Reed Smith, spoke about gender diversity as a “bottom line” issue and said the finance sector “seems different” when it comes to gender issues.She ventured the theory that a belief in finance having a strong culture of meritocracy was partly to blame for the sector lagging on female representation in senior roles.Box said this culture was strongly linked to metrics such as pay that are easily influenced by working long hours. However, the belief that the culture was meritocratic skewed people’s reading of reality, causing them to “miss unconscious bias feeding those metrics”.Meritocracy is confused with the majority, she said, which dictates what constitutes success and what is considered to be normal.Millennials to the rescueUrwin – who is also global head of investment content at Willis Towers Watson – agreed that the culture of long hours in finance, as reflected in “convexity of pay”, was one of the main reasons for poor gender diversity in this sector.Companies “need to chill out” about long hours, as “clients can cut you some slack”, he added.The role of cultural norms and expectations in gender diversity was also discussed.Willis Towers Watson’s Nikulina said that there were more women in fund management in emerging markets than in developed markets. Comparing the two, even though the fund management industries in each are at different stages of development, can provide “interesting insight” into the influence that social norms and behaviours can have, she said.She gave the example of the Soviet Union, where she was brought up, noting that women were expected to return to work after having children and worked “across all ranks”.Linda-Eling Lee, global head of ESG research at MSCI, highlighted three possible connections between female representation in the workforce and financial performance benefits.  These benefits could stem from women being “better suited to today’s economy”, Lee suggested, from a greater diversity of thinking, or “human capital arbitrage”.The latter is the idea that, given the barriers they face, “the women who end up at the top are extraordinary so the performance edge may erode as the pipeline to the top opens up”.Great hope was placed on millennials as the driver of change on gender diversity because, as relayed by Lucy McNulty, author of an annual survey on women in finance, “millennials are hungry for equal treatment” and “the best talent will walk away if companies don’t change”.last_img read more


‘Brain-dead’ US boy regains consciousness one day before doctors set to pull plug

first_img“Five kids needed organs that matched him,” said Reindl.“It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more.”A day before doctors were set to pull the plug, Trenton started showing signs of cognition. He believes he was in heaven while he was gone.READ MORE: He says he quickly threw his friend’s 4-year-old niece off into the grass, but in the process, got caught in the trailer as it flipped. Trenton says his friend pressed on the brakes suddenly, causing the trailer to flip. TVNZ One News 8 May 2018Family First Comment: Still want that euthanasia? We can live without Alabama boy is being called a miracle after suffering severe brain trauma from a dune buggy accident. He came back to life after his parents signed the paperwork to donate his organs.Thirteen-year-old Trenton McKinley of Mobile was playing at a friend’s house two months ago.He was riding in a small utility trailer being pulled by a dune buggy for kids.center_img “I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” said Trenton. He was rushed to USA Medical Center for emergency surgery. He had seven skull fractures.“When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.”For the next several days, Trenton was brain-dead and barely breathing. His parents were faced with a difficult decision. They signed the papers to donate his organs.last_img read more


Bright Star

first_imgThe Cincinnati Reds obtained Scooter Gennett just before the 2017 baseball season started.  Their reason was two-fold.  He is a very versatile player, and he grew up in one of the Cincinnati suburbs.  What they didn’t know they were getting was an instant star and fan favorite.Recently Gennett hit 4 home runs and drove in 10 runs in one baseball game.  As far as the Reds are concerned, the only other player to drive in 10 runs in one game was Walker Cooper back in the 1930’s.  A friend of mine was at this game, but unfortunately, he is a die-hard Cardinal fan.  His words were “the accomplishment was great, but I sure wish he would have done it against someone else”!  Red’s fans are happy he just did it!   It may be another 80 years before anyone else accomplishes this unless they let major leaguers use aluminum bats.last_img read more


Cabaye buy-out not a concern

first_img Press Association Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has calmed fears of an imminent exit from the club. The 27-year-old Frenchman was the subject of a failed £10million bid from Arsenal last summer and has been linked with a series of clubs, including the Gunners and Paris St Germain, in recent weeks. Indeed, a report today suggested he could even buy himself out of his contract, which has two-and-a-half years to run, at St James’ Park. Arsenal’s bid for Cabaye arrived on Mike Ashley’s desk just hours before Newcastle opened their Barclays Premier League campaign at Manchester City, where a 4-0 defeat as defender Steven Taylor was sent off before the break did little to improve the mood. The sides meet again at St James’ Park on Sunday with the Magpies having improved significantly since then to lie in eighth place in the table. Nevertheless, Pardew is keen to strengthen his squad, rather than see it weakened by the departure of his most prized asset, and has already indicated a striker is at the top of his wishlist with Loic Remy only on loan from QPR for the season and Shola Ameobi out of contract at the end of the campaign. Newcastle are pursuing a long-held interest in Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk de Jong, and they have been heavily linked with Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella in recent weeks. However, Pardew, who insisted the club had not tabled a bid for any player, was giving little away. He said: “You always want to progress. You want to progress as a team and the inclusion of another player would be great. “From my point of view, I would like to see a player come in, but it needs to be right financially for the board. “The legs are working under the water in terms of making calls and trying to manoeuvre a transfer that will work for us. “From our point of view, there is interest in any quality player. But I am not going to talk about one individual.” However, the France international insisted on Friday night that he is focusing solely on Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. Cabaye told BBC Radio Newcastle: “For me to go to Paris or another club, there is nothing. I just want to be focused on the next game, Man City. “Nothing is happening for me. When you know what you want, it is easier.” Magpies manager Alan Pardew had earlier insisted he was not concerned about Cabaye’s situation with the player having returned to top form after having his head turned by Arsenal’s interest during the summer. Cabaye admits the speculation is difficult, but he is determined not to let it affect his performances on the pitch. He said: “I think it’s hard for every player. It depends what the player wants – if he wants to leave or if he wants to stay. “There is every time speculation about the transfer, even in January, so it’s hard for the player, the club and the fans, for everybody. “It is not a good period for everybody. We just have to stay away from that speculation and stay focused on our job, and my job especially.” last_img read more