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Bandstand Sets Broadway Theater & Preview Dates

first_img Star Files Related Shows Bandstand will be the next occupant of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre when The Color Purple vacates the venue on January 8, 2017. Directed and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler and starring two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and Corey Cott, the previously announced transfer of the Paper Mill Playhouse production will begin previews on March 31. Opening night is scheduled for April 26.Osnes and Cott will both reprise their roles in the new tuner. Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America’s next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.With music by Richard Oberacker, and a book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor, the original score is strongly influenced by authentic 1940s swing music, much of which is played onstage by the characters and band members.Additional casting and creative team will be announced shortly. The Paper Mill company also included Tony winner Beth Leavel, Joe Carroll, Brandon J. Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, Geoff Packard and Joey Pero. View Comments Laura Osnes and Corey Cott in ‘Bandstand'(Photo: Jerry Dalia)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Bandstand Laura Osneslast_img read more

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Colin Hanlon Boards In Transit as Telly Leung Takes Leave of Absence

first_imgColin Hanlon(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Shows View Comments In Transitcenter_img Colin Hanlon, who recently served as a standby in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, will transfer to In Transit beginning January 10. He assumes the role of Steven from Telly Leung, who has taken a leave of absence due to an “unexpected personal family obligation.”The new subway-set a cappella musical by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth opened officially at the Circle in the Square Theatre on December 11.Prior to Falsettos, Hanlon appeared on Broadway in Rent; his additional credits include Dot, I Love You Because and Pirates of Penzance. Leung’s previous Broadway credits include Allegiance, Godspell, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song and Rent.The current cast also includes Justin Guarini, Margo Seibert, James Snyder, Erin Mackey, David Abeles, Moya Angela, Steven “HeaveN” Cantor, Gerianne Pérez, Chesney Snow, Mariand Torres and Nicholas Ward. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017last_img read more

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Lavazza ISSpresso Caffeine-Booster Rocket Fuels Astronauts & Cosmonauts’ Cosmic Journey

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York We all love our lattes.Indeed, I myself need an otherworldly amount of the caffeine-infused heal-alls just to function like a normal human being.Well now, thanks to an intergalactic partnership between Italian coffee supernovae Lavazza, Italian engineering firm Argotec and the Italian Space Agency, the courageous astronauts and cosmonauts occupying the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) more than 250 miles above the Earth will be able to enjoy the soothing rocket-fueled elixir as well—in microgravity!You might say, “Out of this world!”Touted by Lavazza back in 2014 as “the first capsule-based espresso system able to work in the extreme conditions of space, where the principles that regulate the fluid dynamics of liquids and mixtures are very different from those typical on Earth,” this extraterrestrial (Get it?) java generator was recently delivered to those bean-fiending space explorers aboard the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule, along with 1.8 tons of supplies.Those space walkers must have been a-jonesin’ indeed—the ISSpresso coffeemaker was originally scheduled to arrive at the mega-space laboratory last year, reports Wired.Co.UK, but was destroyed when the Orbital Sciences Antares supply rocket transporting it exploded.Damn. Talk about a caffeine hangover. (See what I did there, again?)The article also states the ISSpresso was originally designed specifically to satiate the coffee fix of Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti—following her compatriot Luca Parmitano’s 2013 lament about espresso being the “only thing he really missed” in outer space, reports NPR.org—though as we all know, the magic beans are best when shared.Unlike a terrestrial coffeemaker, this amazing creation excretes the caffeine juice into a kangaroo-like pouchler, and thirsty moonwalkers can sip that magic stuff through a lil straw!The mesmerizing machine is unlike any other here on Earth, says Lavazza’s 2014 press release heralding its creation, explaining, for example, that “the plastic tube carrying the water inside a normal espresso machine has been replaced with a special steel tube designed to withstand barometric pressure of more than 400 bars.“The machine is so complex that it weighs about 20 kilograms since there are back-ups of all the critical components for safety reasons in accordance with the specifications agreed upon with the Italian Space Agency,” it continues.This revolutionary droid-like barista was first unveiled to International Astronautical Congress members, appropriately, on International Coffee Day, Sept. 29th.According to a September 2014 Space.com article, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was so blown away by the creation at that fateful gathering [remember: This is a guy who watches mind-bending universe-cataclysmic phenomena pretty much every waking moment] that when he witnessed its celestial brewing, “’People were dragging him away,’” joked Lavazza USA CEO Ennio Ranaboldo.This fantastical machine will produce a brewing temperature of 167 degrees Fahrenheit, explains the piece, and will replicate the water pressure of the Earth-based espresso machines used in cafes. And the crew is all set—Lavazza is supplying the station with regular shipments of the good stuff on cargo runs, it adds—so they’ll never run out.The ISSpresso can conjure up espresso, broth, tea, or other hot beverages one might crave while orbiting our planet in search of the meaning of life.Milky Way, here we come!Launched in 1998, and now the largest artificial satellite in our planet’s orbit (viewable even by the naked eye (!!)), the ISS is a giant research laboratory, home to experiments in physics, human biology, meteorology and astronomy, among many other fields.The astronauts and cosmonauts shall now be able to conduct their exotic experimentations all jacked-up on joe!Yes, nothing like waking up at the station to gaze at our beautiful, spherical-blue world—or perform tests to potentially unlock the secrets of the galaxies—while sippin on some fresh, steaming-hot java!Of course, imbibing this intergalactic heal-all in near-weightlessness is not the same as simply downing a venti at your local Buckler (not to be confused with Bucks County, Pa.), or even several daily gallons among the caffeine hounds housed within the venerable Press newsroom (though that crew downs enough of the funky dark stuff to fuel an entire fleet of spaceships, I’m sure), not by any stretch of the imagination. Such a special drink will require a very special vehicle to transport the lightning juice to the space travelers’ bloodstream, and thus, besides those dainty lil straws, specially designed boot-shaped mugs were also created.These are forged of plastic and feature transparent walls so that the courageous orbiters can see just how much of the good stuff they are holding to ensure they do not have an interplanetary miscalculation—and risk the java splashing their spacesuit’s and floating across the station, flying onto control panels or other extremely expensive and sensitive tests and equipment.That would be an interplanetary mess, dear friends! We quite simply cannot have one of the cosmonauts shouting:“Хьюстон! Владимир снова пролил Java! он плавает по направлению к панели управления! Быстро! кто-то передать мне тряпку!”(Translation: “Houston! Vladimir spilled the java again! It is floating toward the control panels! Quickly! Someone hand me a rag!”)No bueno, as my brother always says. No bueno, indeed. Talk about a “Floater.” [Press slang for—hell, use your imagination.]And no, dear interplanetary jazz-freak pirates, unfortunately there is no Buckler up among the stars. Not yet, at least. No D-Squared, no precious Gevalia, no “Brooklyn Java,” B-Squared or “Mocha Java” blends from Fairway Market, no maple brew from Crazy Beans, no enigmatic yak-butter coffee, interstellar s’mores lattes from Sweetie Pies On Main, soul-satisfying coldbrew from Georgio’s Coffee Roasters, nor blessed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from the knowledgeable and groovy crew at The Massapequa Perkler, either, I’m afraid. [RIP, Lucky.]Not yet. Perhaps then, the cosmic gadabouts could partake in a special zero-gravity coffee ceremony.Alas, until then, we can always wish upon a star—or that bright twinklin’ space station as it careens by on its caffeine-propelled journey to unlocking the secrets of this wild, gorgeous, java-tweakin’ universe.last_img read more

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Shop investment frenzy could backfire

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Artists in residence

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UK minister ups the ante on pension funds and climate change

first_imgThe UK pensions minister took the opportunity of London Climate Action Week to reinforce his views that the country’s pension funds both can and must play a role in “tackling climate change”.Addressing delegates at an event on Monday, Guy Opperman suggested pension fund trustees holding oil and gas securities may be doing so because they doubted the government’s commitment to emissions reductions – and they would be wrong to do so.“Perhaps they suspect that governments aren’t serious, that we won’t meet our targets and that we’ll carry on with large net carbon emissions to 2100 and beyond,” he said. The consequences of that, however, would be “dismal”, he added.“There absolutely is the political will to address this climate emergency from both the government and all the opposition parties,” Opperman continued. “If those of you in the room ever doubted your individual or collective power, I encourage you to realise it now. “There absolutely is the political will to address this climate emergency from both the government and all the opposition parties”Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion“It doesn’t let you just set the target, it requires that once you set the target you set a pathway to get there and you put in place the policies in order to deliver it,” he said at another London Climate Action Week event.“It is now law that the secretary of state for energy must bring forward a policy package in order to meet the net-zero target. This is not just some wishy-washy goal.”The driving force of regulationDuring his speech on Monday, Opperman also highlighted new and proposed regulation affecting pension schemes. He said: “I don’t want to hear any more that ‘climate change is important, but we leave it to our investment managers’.”Pension funds’ statements of investment principles had for “too long… been formulaic, generic and detached”, he said, adding that he intended to use transparency to change this.Under new regulations adopted this year, defined contribution (DC) schemes have to publish their investment policies and report on them annually.Opperman also said the legislation he had introduced to transpose the updated Shareholder Rights Directive also obliged defined benefit schemes to publish their policies on climate change. Credit: Ralf Vetterle Addressing the UK’s carbon output ‘will require a shift in policymaking’According to the CCC’s Thompson, the government’s approach to climate change was “far too siloed” and that a “pretty fundamental shift” was required in the approach to policymaking.“We’ve got too many departments… who just haven’t made the progress that we need,” he said. “This has to be owned by the new prime minister [and] the chancellor. They have to be corralling all the secretaries of state to put this front and centre of policymaking in every department.“All the major decisions that are made are going to have to go through a net-zero filter if we’re going to get to this target.”Fossil fuel divestment Neatly bookending London Climate Action Week, two royal institutions today announced divestment of shares in fossil fuel companies. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine cut the investments from its £1.3m endowment fund, according to a statement, and the Royal Society of Arts did the same for its £17m portfolio.Yesterday the National Trust, a conservation charity, announced it would sell out of all fossil fuel companies over the next three years in its investment funds, in addition to increasing engagement with asset managers to encourage them to improve their environmental performance, and seeking out opportunities to support green start-up businesses. “This legislation commits the UK to a path that pension funds must play a massive role in.”Last week the UK became the first major economy to adopt a law to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.According to Mike Thompson, head of carbon budgets at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which recommended the government adopt the target, the Climate Change Act “is probably the strongest piece of climate legislation in the world”.center_img The UK has brought forward some of the most ambitious global warming targets in Europe, according to commentators“Many defined benefit schemes are de-risked, but the £1.5trn [€1.65trn] of assets means even small percentage allocations have a significant impact on where investment is directed,” he said.Opperman also brought up government proposals for larger DC schemes to disclose and report on a “clear” policy on infrastructure investment and other illiquid assets, saying he was considering the next steps “and would personally like to go much further”. The proposals were unveiled in February, with a consultation running until the beginning April.Opperman also highlighted new governance regulations “that require trustees both to have an effective system of governance, including consideration of [ESG]; and to document how they assess risks from climate change and risks from the low carbon transition”.The UK government this week published its green finance strategy, which revealed that, together with The Pensions Regulator, it had set up a working group to produce guidance for pension schemes about carrying out and reporting a climate risk assessment, with a view to this feeding into a governance code with “statutory footing”.“I take this very seriously,” said the minister, “and I am very aware of the consequences on not addressing the long-term climate emergency. I hope you look in the mirror and look at what role you can play.”Helping pension funds to helpAccording to the organisers of the event – Sustineri, Pensions for Purpose and Accounting for Sustainability – Opperman and other policymakers in attendance also heard from pension funds about what would help them to deliver on climate goals.The event was held under Chatham House rules, but according to a report by the co-hosts, one of the main discussion points was that investors needed a more joined-up approach across government and regulatory regimes. The need for a coherent renewables policy and stronger carbon pricing was mentioned. Credit: © National Trust Images/Andrew ButlerA National Trust site in Cambridgeshire, EnglandPeter Vermeulen, National Trust’s chief financial officer said: “Many organisations have been working hard to persuade fossil fuel companies to invest in green alternatives. These companies have made insufficient progress and now we have decided to divest from fossil fuel companies.”Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor of London for environment and energy, welcomed the organisations’ decisions.“London is the global hub of the divestment movement and it is vitally important to divest pension funds from fossil fuels to help address our climate emergency,” she added.There is a big debate about whether divestment or engagement with companies is the best way to effect change. In a recent report, UBS Asset Management said the threat of divestment, together with shareholder votes, were “direct and powerful tools that can be used to put pressure on corporations because they place incentives at the heart of their raison d’être – generating value for shareholders”. Legal & General Investment Management recently announced it would cut ExxonMobil from its Future World funds as part of its “engagement with consequences” programme, while the Church of England has set a deadline of 2023 for its engagement programme with fossil fuel companies.Earlier this week a trio of senior figures working for UK occupational pension schemes signed a pledge to recommend to their boards and investment committees to “insist” on asset managers actively engaging with corporate boards to disclose a clear business plan to transition to a low carbon future.Earlier this year, more than 300 investors backing Climate Action 100+ were urged to adopt “a consistent, outcomes-focused and transparent escalation process” for their engagement with companies.last_img read more

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To the manor born

first_imgYou can lap up the luxury from every room in the house – and from the poolMrs Spencer personally chose many of the key features for the house, flying to Prague to pick out the chandeliers and visiting Bangkok to select the fountain and statues to line the driveway.Italian marble has been used throughout the home, with many of the walls treated by hand.The stunning claw foot bath was also a favourite piece of Mrs Spence, and is overlooked by two Venetian mirrors.“The wallpaper in the main bedroom suites is from France, as are all of the fabrics,” she said.The couple have now moved out their former family home, having downsized to a small Georgian-style house at Kangaroo Point. Additional premium extras include a four car garage, C-Bus System controlled lighting, airconditioning, CCTV security, extensive storage, a large workshop and garden shed, biocycle waste system and 4.5kW solar panels. Luxury features are featured throughout the houseOwners Craig and Christine Spencer built the seven-bedroom residence in 1998, drawing inspiration from their travels.Mrs Spencer said it had been a “work of art spanning 20 years”.“We drew inspiration from the Georgian-style homes in Atlanta, taking that neoclassical look,” she said. 652 London Road, Chandler Wow, just wow!SITUATED on a little over one hectare and just 15 kms from the Brisbane CBD, this Georgian-inspired home has the feel of a modern royal estate.Boasting a 901sq m interior — four and a half times bigger than the average new home — it is filled with ornate and luxurious touches including marble staircases, wrought-iron banisters and chandeliers.center_img French wallpaper adorns the wallsMrs Spence said she would miss decorating the Christmas tree, which was situated in the formal room and needed scaffolding to decorate. “It was a family home. We didn’t treat it like some showcase home. The kids could run around wherever they wanted,” she said. The couple are behind the Carter and Spencer Group, a third generation family-owned fresh fruit and vegetable firm.Entry to their sprawling estate is via a grand, manicured hedge-lined driveway with a tiered fountain and baroque statues, which leads to a grand porte-cochere.You then step inside to a gallery, open plan lounge and formal dining space, with a grand staircase leading to the upper floor.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe western wing of the ground level incorporates a family room, casual dining area and kitchen with European appliances, a walk-in pantry, cold room and custom built wine cellar. A six-seat home theatre, dance room, home office, games room, laundry, guest room and gymnasium are also located on the ground floor, which leads out on to the terraces, courtyards, patios and alfresco entertaining areas via french doors.Upstairs, there is a family retreat, four bedrooms, a guest room, two bathrooms and a master suite featuring an enormous walk-through robe, generous ensuite with bath and dual basin vanity, and access to two separate Juliet balconies.Outside, there is a 20m lap pool flanked by manicured lawns and paved sunbathing areas and a large pond.last_img read more

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South African CEO’s slept on the streets to raise money for…

first_imgCelebrities Brave Icy Water to Raise Money More than 240 CEO’s in the country braved the winter cold in Sandton and spent the night out on the streets as part of the international CEO SleepOut campaign. The participants said they have been overwhelmed by the experience which aimed to raise awareness about the plight of people living in poverty. CCTV’s Susan Mwongeli reports Related EU Elections Raise Concern in African Nations South African initiative seeks to keep children off the streetslast_img read more

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Solskjaer ‘steps up’ Man Utd’s transfer interest in Federico Chiesa

first_imgManchester United boss, Ole Solskjaer, is understood to have sent his most trusted scout, Simon Wells, to watch the Italy international, Federico Chiesa, during Fiorentina’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan Chiesa is expected to feature heavily for Italy at this summer’s European Championships after consistently impressing for both La Viola and his country. The 22-year-old also appears to have caught the eye of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the Norwegian starts to make plans for the end of the season. And the Daily Mail claims that the Red Devils boss has sent his personal scout Simon Wells to keep tabs on Chiesa ahead of a potential move. According to the publication, Wells was present as Fiorentina drew 1-1 with AC Milan last weekend and was specifically instructed to watch the winger. It is understood that the Italy international, who has scored 29 times in 138 matches for his club, is valued at around £60million.Advertisement Loading… He has also established himself as a regular in Roberto Mancini’s national side, earning 17 caps and featuring in six of his country’s European qualifiers. Chiesa, who has scored six Serie A goals this season, has been in particularly good form in recent weeks and it is claimed that the decision to dispatch Wells to Florence came after he scored four times in the space of five league games. The winger, who usually features on the right-wing but can play across the front three, has also attracted interest from current Serie A champions Juventus . Although the 22-year-old is currently under contract until 2022, Fiorentina are keen to keep him and are said to be preparing to offer a new deal to extend his stay by a further two years. Solskjaer is reportedly keen to improve his options on the right-wing during the summer after bringing in Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo during January. Read Also:Fallout of Utd victory: Ighalo reminded me of my playing days–Scholes Fernandes has particularly impressed since joining from Sporting Lisbon for £47million and starred during Thursday’s Europa League victory over Club Brugge, with the Portugal international and on-loan striker Ighalo finding the net in the 5-0 thrashing. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different Countries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

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Westwood signs new Villa deal

first_img Westwood joined Villa from Crewe last August and went on to make 30 Barclays Premier League appearances for the midlands outfit during the 2012-13 campaign. “This time last year I was still on pre-season with Crewe and now I’m signing another contract at Villa, it’s a fantastic feeling for me,” the 23-year-old told www.avfc.co.uk. Aston Villa have confirmed midfielder Ashley Westwood has signed a new four-year deal. Press Associationcenter_img Westwood had already been contracted to Villa through to 2016 from when he completed his move to them on transfer deadline day last summer, and this extension to 2017 is testament to how impressed boss Paul Lambert has been with the performances the Nantwich-born player has put in since then. “I think a lot gets overlooked with Ashley but he has just come in here and has taken to it no problem whatsoever,” Lambert said. “He was captain at Crewe and played a lot of games in men’s football before he came here, so he knew what it was about. “If you look at the stats regarding his passing, they are terrific, something like a 91 per cent success rate. He never seems to give the ball away. He’s been exceptional.” Lambert, who in his first season in charge at Villa guided them to a 15th-placed finish in the top flight last term, has been busy tying several of his players to new contracts this summer, including goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defender Nathan Baker and forward Andreas Weimann. There have also been six new faces brought in and Westwood is certainly not about to take his place in the side for granted. He said: “I love being here and I’m delighted to be part of a great football club. You look at the players the manager has brought to the club and they’re all young and hungry. I just want to be part of that and hopefully we’re building something special here. “From a personal standpoint it’s been great for me here. When I first came I set a target of making a few appearances. I was able to get myself in the team and I stayed there. This year’s going to be a challenge again. “The manager has brought some more young and hungry players to the club and the lads who have been here will have to push on and work our socks off to make sure the manager keeps selecting us. “Competition for places is good. You need that as a player and you need it as a team. It’s healthy for the squad.” last_img read more

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