Mother Cabrini Statue Unveiled In NYC On Columbus Day

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) (Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo observed Columbus Day on Monday by dedicating a statue of the Italian-American saint known as Mother Cabrini in lower Manhattan.The unveiling of the statue came a year after Cuomo announced that the state would commission a monument to the Roman Catholic nun who was canonized in 1946. It stands in a spot by the Hudson River with a view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in 1850 in what is now the Lombardy region of Italy. She immigrated to the United States in 1889 and went on to found schools, hospitals and orphanages. She died in 1917.“Today the lesson of Mother Cabrini is even more vital because of the challenges we are facing,” Cuomo said on Monday. Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats, would normally spend Columbus Day marching in the city’s Columbus Day Parade, but this year’s parade was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

The Substance of Fire Starts Performances

first_imgThe Substance of Fire begins performances off-Broadway on April 10. Directed by Trip Cullman and starring Halley Feiffer, the show is scheduled to open on April 27 at Second Stage Theatre. This marks the first New York staging of the Jon Robin Baitz play since its premiere 23 years ago. The Substance of Fire follows the story of a family united by a proud past but facing an uncertain future. Isaac Geldhart, the volatile and brilliant patriarch of his family publishing house, is stubbornly holding on to his place at the head of the company while his three children try to convince him to publish a desperately needed best-seller. Confronted with a changing literary landscape and potential takeover of the company, the Geldhart children must either come to terms with their father and band together or break apart and forfeit the legacy he risked everything to build. View Comments The Substance of Fire Show Closed This production ended its run on May 25, 2014 Additional cast members include Daniel Eric Gold, Carter Hudson, John Noble and Charlayne Woodard. Related Showslast_img read more

Former Rebecca Publicist Will Face Jury in New Ruling

first_img View Comments Another twist in the notoriously troubled tale of the stage adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. The New York Times reports that Marc Thibodeau, the musical’s former publicist, hit a number of stumbling blocks at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan on May 13.Using fake names, Thibodeau sent a potential investor and his lawyers warning emails, saying that the tuner’s producers had been deceived by a fraud scheme. The investor subsequently decided not to contribute $2.25 million to the show, so the producers, Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, sued Thibodeau. Justice Jeffrey K. Oing ruled on Tuesday that Thibodeau was in breach of contract and a jury will now decide how much in damages the producers will receive. Thibodeau’s motions to dismiss claims for defamation and tortious interference were also denied and will go to trial.“My actions were those of a classic whistle-blower, except that I wish I had had the courage to come forward with what I had discovered, and not hide behind anonymity,” Thibodeau responded in a statement.Financier Mark Hotton was convicted in October 2014 to almost three years in jail on two counts of wire fraud. Hotton had persuaded the Rebecca producers that he was coming up with $4.5 million in funding from investors, who transpired not to exist.Rebecca is still reportedly Broadway-aimed.last_img read more

Something Rotten! Will Launch National Tour

first_imgSomething Rotten! may soon bring the Renaissance to a city near you! The musical, which recently received ten Tony nominations including Best Musical, has announced that it will launch a national tour in the 2016-17 season. Casting and official dates will be announced later.Directed by Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in the 1590s, the show follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.The Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre on April 22. Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle and Brad Oscar each received Tony nods for their performances. The cast also includes John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Reinders, Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Michael James Scott. Something Rotten! View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

Nicole Scherzinger Flies to Broadway to See Finding Neverland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 After wowing London audiences as Grizabella in Cats, Nicole Scherzinger took a trip to the Big Apple to see Glee star Matthew Morrison and the cast of the Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. After the show, Scherzinger chatted backstage with Morrison, who plays Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie in the hit show—fingers crossed that he convinced the Pussycat Dolls singer to come to New York City and make her Broadway debut! Check out this Hot Shot of Scherzinger backstage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, then see Finding Neverland on Broadway! View Comments Finding Neverland Related Showslast_img read more

Aladdin Will Replace Saigon in London’s West End

first_img View Comments has learned that the rumors were true and the shining, shimmering, splendid Aladdin will fly into the West End, although to a different home than previously thought. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the musical will begin performances in 2016 at the Prince Edward Theatre (instead of the London Palladium). The means that the house’s current occupant, Miss Saigon, which began performances on May 3, 2014, will close—no word yet on precise dates.According to The Daily Mail, Miss Saigon’s mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh is looking to transport the musical’s U.K. sets to New York for a Broadway run, otherwise transferring the show will be too costly.Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. The production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Beguelin, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman.Aladdin continues to run on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production officially opened on March 20, 2014, starring Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.last_img read more

Will Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Join New Mary Poppins?

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Bruce Glikas) from $149.00 Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Star Filescenter_img Related Shows View Comments Will Lin-Manuel Miranda fly from 18th-century America to 20th-century London? According to Variety, the Hamilton star and creator is in talks to star alongside the previously speculated Emily Blunt in Disney’s new Mary Poppins.Before you picture Miranda singing/rapping “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” keep in mind: the new film will not be a direct remake of the 1964 Julie Andrews movie. Instead, the new Poppins will focus on the other tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series. The Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner would play Jack, a lamplighter (not Bert, famously played by Dick Van Dyke).Rob Marshall, who helmed the recent big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods, is on board to direct. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind Hairspray, Smash’s Bombshell and the Broadway-bound Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will compose a new score and original songs. This is the third Disney project for Miranda, who penned a number for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and wrote songs for Disney’s upcoming Moana.last_img read more

Japan’s Takarazuka Chicago Company Meets the Broadway Cast

first_img Related Shows Whoopee! The cast of the Tony-winning revival Chicago recently welcomed some international visitors to the New York theater scene. Takarazuka Chicago will play the Lincoln Center Festival from July 20 through July 24 at the David H. Koch Theater. The all-female production draws 2.5 million audience members annually to Japan’s Takarazuka Revue. Current Chicago star Jaime Camil and mega-producer Barry Weissler (see below) were on hand to extend a warm welcome to the women of the Takarazuka Revue. Take a peek at the photos, and welcome to New York, ladies! View Comments from $49.50center_img Yuga Yamato, Bianca Marroquin, Hikaru Asami, Asato Shizuki, Jaime Camil, Saori Mine, Saki Asaji, Yoka Wao, Amra Raye Wright, Wataru Kozuki and Natsuki Mizu(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Chicagolast_img read more

Great Horses

first_img 1999 Auction and Events On Marilyn Austin’s 62-acre farm just west of Atlanta, Boss is boss. A registered quarter horse, Boss found his new home through the Georgia 4-H Horse Benefit Auction. “He’s become like a family member,” Austin said. “I bought him because he looked like an easy horse to ride.” Boss turned out to be a very talented horse. “My daughter rode him and qualified for the regional riding competition in Baton Rouge, La.,” Austin bragged. “He’s been a wonderful horse. I now use him with my horseback-riding students who ride in the Special Olympics.” Last year, the Austins went back to the auction and came home with another horse. “He’s not the multipurpose horse Boss is. But there’s nowhere I can imagine getting that quality horse for that price,” Austin said. Reasonably Priced Expertise “This year we have more than 20 horses to auction,” said Laura Perry Johnson, state livestock specialist for the Georgia 4-H program. “We have something for every type of horse owner,” she said. “We have everything from a three-year-old Appaloosa mare and a three-year-old Arabian up to a 26-year-old walking horse for those who like trail riding.” Proceeds Benefit 4-H Horse Program GEORGIA 4-H’er Amy Wheatley from Wilkes Couty, on “Cody F Bar” won first place in the 1998 show in the Jr. Hunter Under Saddle category. “I’m almost scared to tell too many people about the auction, because that brings more bidders,” Austin said. “But it’s a great way to raise funds for the 4-H program.” Austin supports the 4-H horse program because it teaches more than riding skills. “The 4-H program is primarily educational,” she said. “They have the opportunity to compete. But they have to learn about horses, too. They have to have more than money and the ability to ride. It gives kids a good foundation in horsemanship in general, and they can go in any direction they want from there.”center_img Buyers’ Information This year’s auction is Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga. It will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Arena. The auction is conducted in conjunction with the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show. The horses are tax-deductible donations, and all proceeds go to the Georgia 4-H horse program and UGA equine research. “For me, it’s one of the best ways to find a reasonably priced horse,” she said. “I trust the specialists at the University of Georgia, and I know a little about his background. We’ve been very happy with our purchases.” A complete catalog of the horses to be auctioned will be available at the sale. The auction is a great place for bargain hunters and first-time buyers, Johnson said. “Horses sell as low as $550,” she said. “Our highest seller in four years went for $4,200.” The auction has a slower pace than most horse auctions, too. That makes it a good place for inexperienced horse buyers to learn the ropes. “Many 4-H’ers buy horses at the auction,” Johnson said. “We also get real horse traders who are looking for the bargains.last_img read more

Farm Crisis

first_imgFall harvest time is traditionally a celebration of bountiful crops and overflowing granaries. But not this year.”The double-edged sword of drought and low prices for most major Georgia commodities will cause extreme financial hardship for many Georgia farmers,” says Bill Lambert, associate dean for the Cooperative Extension Service in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Unfortunately, the immediate future looks like more of the same,” Lambert says.Tough ProblemsThe two most profitable row crops in Georgia — peanuts and tobacco — have been hurt by reduced quotas and price supports. Farm water use may soon be restricted, and confined animal feeding farms may face costly requirements.”The long-term future is in doubt for those who are not able to adjust their market, financial and production plans to the new agricultural economic environment,” Lambert said.John McKissick, a UGA extension agricultural economist, says any farmers face cash flow problems.”Some farmers will make it with relatively minor changes in farm and family finances, while others cannot survive the long-term trends,” McKissick says. “Farmers who have to make major adjustments just to survive will need help coping with both the emotional and financial stress caused by the crisis.”Conference PlannedTo help farm families through the continuing crisis, the Extension Service is working with the Georgia Christian Council, Georgia National Fair, certain government agencies and lending institutions to sponsor a training session in Macon, Nov. 30. Extension agents throughout Georgia are putting together county teams made up of ministers, lenders and agency representatives for the “Helping Georgia Farmers at Risk” training.The teams will learn more about the crisis, how to help families cope with the stress, debt management strategies, farm restructuring alternatives and counseling skills.”This crisis could last for quite some time,” Lambert said. “We have to equip our rural communities to support farm families through this difficult situation.”last_img read more