Anastasia Sets Broadway Cast, Dates & Theater

first_img‘Anastasia'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 As promised, Anastasia has set the date! The new musical will open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre, led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor in the roles they originated at Hartford Stage. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide), the new tuner reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.Altomare will play Anya and has previously been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia!. Klena is set to take on the role of Dmitry; his Main Stem credits include The Bridges of Madison County and Wicked. On screen he has been seen in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Blue Bloods. Bolton will appear as Vlad Popov—his Great White Way credits include Dames at Sea, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Curtains, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Contact, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Damn Yankees. His TV resume includes four seasons on Gossip Girl. O’Connor is set to take on Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch; her Broadway credits include Chicago and A Christmas Story the Musical; she received an Olivier nod for Mack and Mabel in the West End. Her film work includes Moulin Rouge. Further casting and first preview date will be announced later.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox movie, the tuner features songs from the 1997 film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score.The production will feature sets by Alexander Dodge, costumes by Linda Cho, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Peter Hylenski, projections by Aaron Rhyne, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, music supervision and direction by Thomas Murray and orchestrations by Doug Besterman.Before Anastasia, the Broadhurst will play host to the starry Nathan Lane-led The Front Page. View Commentscenter_img Anastasia Related Showslast_img read more

2001: Environment.

first_imgLittle Creatures Reveal Big Things about Wetlands (January 10, 2001) – Large-scale logging can often affect the delicate balance of plant and animal life in nearby wetlands. But how much? A University of Georgia scientist says if you look close enough, some little creatures can tell you big things about wetlands.Worms Don’t Mind the Waste (February 14, 2001) – Earthworms have a healthy appetite. If you get enough of them together and don’t disturb them, scientists say they can safely, quietly dispose of many forms of waste.A Novel Way to Handle Chicken Waste (June 12, 2001) – Finding an economical and environmentally friendly way to handle the vast volume of chicken manure from Georgia’s poultry industry has been a concern for years. Now a University of Georgia researcher has a novel way to handle the mess and make money, too.New Methods Keep Georgia Peaches Safe (June 16, 2001) – For two years, agricultural scientists and peach growers have tried to produce a pesticide-free peach for consumers. And they’ve come close.EPD Relaxes Water-use Restrictions (July 11, 2001) – As of July 13, most of Georgia will be able to water their lawns when they get home from work. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division announced they are relaxing the statewide outdoor water-use restrictions to just odd-even use.Scientists Eyeing Ways to Prevent Water Pollution (October 10, 2001) – Scientists in Tifton, Ga., hope a new project will reveal economical ways to prevent water quality problems related to animal farming in Georgia.Recycling System Makes Most of Manure (October 18, 2001) – The manure from dairy cattle can be recycled in an environmentally friendly way. No, not just in compost. It can actually provide energy, feed and maybe even drinking water for cattle, says a University of Georgia scientist.last_img read more

VEPC approves $700,00 in incentives for job creation

first_imgTechnology Firm Serving National Power Utilities Lands Job Creation IncentivesMica paper manufacturer also approved; two firms could create 34 new jobsMONTPELIER, Vt. – A utility-focused risk management company and the last mica paper maker in the US have been approved for over $700,000 worth of incentives that could produce 34 new jobs over the next five years.At its recent meeting, the Vermont Economic Progress Council gave initial approval to incentives for Utility Risk Management Corporation (URMC) to move their utility-focused risk management company from Pennsylvania to Vermont and add new jobs.In addition, the council gave final approval to an application from Isovolta, Inc. to ensure an expansion of their mica paper manufacturing operation in Rutland instead of adding capacity at one of their many international locations.”These projects will create good new jobs around the state and will have substantial impacts on other valuable sectors such as energy transmission,” said Karen L. Marshall, Chairwoman of the Vermont Economic Progress Council.”The decision by URMC to locate in Stowe will mean high-paying jobs for engineers and GIS foresters with a high-tech, fast growing company,” Marshall said.URMC improves the reliability and productivity of utility companies by identifying, prioritizing and managing vegetative threats to electrical transmission and distribution assets, and then auditing the removal of those threats.This service helps utilities achieve greater compliance with federal mandates for vegetation management and prevent power outages. Because of the incentives authorized, URMC is deciding to relocate the company to Stowe and add several new jobs including engineers and GIS foresters to grow the company to meet the demands of the industry.”We are excited about our move to Vermont as URMC enters its next phase of growth,” said Adam Rousselle, URMC President. “For a fast growing company like URMC, the ability to find quality, technically savvy professionals is a keystone of our future success. Vermont offered the opportunity and environment to find the right people for our business. These incentives will help us grow our business and create jobs for our neighbors.”The company has already scheduled two job fairs on Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th at Ye Old England Inne, 433 Mountain Road in Stowe. For more information on the job fair visit www.utilityrisk.com(link is external)Under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program, the two companies are eligible to receive a maximum of $708,334 in job creation incentives if they meet payroll, employment and capital investment targets.”The decision by Isovolta to expand in Rutland will not only add much needed jobs to that area, but helps guarantee the viability of that plant when decisions are made by Isovolta AG, the parent company,” Marshall said.Isovolta, Inc, a division of Isovolta AG of Austria, produces mica paper for use in high voltage insulation products. It is the last remaining mica paper manufacturing plant in the United States.Isovolta AG produces various materials in 21 locations worldwide. Because of the incentives, Isovolta decided to add employees and install new manufacturing equipment in the Rutland facility.”These incentives will help us expand our operations in Rutland and create jobs,” said Jonathan Roberts, CEO of Isovolta. “This is an investment in our success as well as the community’s and the state’s.”Under reforms passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006, the VEGI economic incentives were authorized based on job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company receives incentive installments over a period of years.The previous program had companies earning tax credits that were applied against future tax liability.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by these projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a minimum net increase in revenues of $498,484.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit:www.thinkvermont.com/vepc(link is external)www.utilityrisk.com(link is external)www.isovolta.us(link is external)-30-last_img read more

Employee engagement critical to an effective brand promise

first_imgFinancial institutions (FIs) that build a framework for how employees will interact with customers, vendors and each other ultimately create exceptional consumer experiences. That’s because they are giving their staff members the capabilities to carry out the organization’s brand promise.What is a brand promise? It’s a statement an organization makes to consumers, identifying what they should expect from all interactions with the organization’s people, products, services and company. In the white paper “Promises, Promises: How to Ensure Your Financial Institution Lives Up to Its Brand,” I talk through the importance of the brand promise to delivering consumer experiences that go above and beyond what is expected.The below excerpt addresses the need for organization-wide education and support to effectively deliver that promise.Even though every credit union and community bank already has a brand, it may not have what’s known in marketing circles as a brand promise. A strong brand promise aligns with an organization’s purpose, positioning, strategy, people and consumer experience. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

O’Connor happy to win ‘arm wrestle’

first_imgLeinster head coach Matt O’Connor was happy to see his side come through a real ‘arm wrestle’ with Harlequins as they edged out the Londoners 14-13 in Saturday’s European Champions Cup Pool 2 match at the Aviva Stadium. Press Association “I’m just frustrated,” O’Shea said. “You come to win. We didn’t come to make up the numbers and credit to our fellas. First half, they tackled their socks off because we didn’t hold the ball. Second half they showed huge mental strength and could have nudged a pretty historic win but we didn’t. “You are bound to be disappointed after a game like that. First half, 11-0 down, we missed a couple of opportunities ourselves but didn’t hold onto the ball if we are being honest. Our defence was heroic, but we didn’t hold onto the ball as much as we should. “A couple of TMO decisions (went against us), but that’s life. It’s small margins. We are in control of our own destiny but it’s a long way to go. The boys are very disappointed.” The Blues had appeared on course for a more comfortable victory when leading 11-0 at the break, as man-of-the-match Ian Madigan landed two penalties and Isaac Boss picked off an opportunist try in the right corner. Harlequins used their superior scrum to force the issue in the second period as full-back Mike Brown crossed for a try approaching the hour mark and Tim Swiel, who deputised at fly-half for the injured Nick Evans, added eight points with the boot. But Leinster had the final say thanks to a decisive 71st minute penalty from Madigan. O’Connor said: “I wouldn’t say (we) escaped (with the result), no. It was tight, it was an arm wrestle. It was very, very intense, a high quality game between two very committed sides. Escaped is a very strong word. “If we had executed a little bit better we could have been out of sight at half-time. That was our doing. They came back very hard at us in the second half – we were a bit inaccurate early doors and, as a result, they got their tails up and got a bit of momentum. “We would have liked to get a little but more out of tonight. We would have liked to be more accurate and get something more in London last weekend but there’s two games to go (in the pool stages) and we’ve given ourselves a chance.” The win leaves Leinster level with Harlequins on 13 points, with Conor O’Shea’s side just ahead on scoring difference. “If we’re good enough and we can get maximum points out of those two remaining games, or more points than Quins, we give ourselves a chance (of reaching the quarter-finals),” O’Connor said. “That’s not a bad place to be with bodies coming back into the group.” Harlequins director of rugby O’Shea was left frustrated after his charges only collected a losing bonus point from their trip to Dublin. As a collective, Quins performed to a higher level than Leinster but failed to clinch a precious away win that would have put them in clear control of the pool. They also ended the game down to 14 players following a late yellow card for lock Charlie Matthews, who was seen to raise his hand into Dominic Ryan’s face. last_img read more

Ireland ace Robbie Henshaw makes try-scoring Connacht return

first_imgRobbie Henshaw handed Ireland an RBS 6 Nations fitness boost as Connacht thrashed Enisei-STM 47-5 to book a European Challenge Cup quarter-final at Grenoble. Brive’s resistance forced Newcastle to raise the level again, only for Hammersley to provide the match-winning riposte. Gloucester extended their record string of Challenge Cup victories to 15 by edging out Zebre 14-11 in Italy, booking a home quarter-final against Newport Gwent Dragons. Mark Atkinson could have been forgiven for expecting his second-half try to open the floodgates, but Gloucester needed fit-again Italy playmaker Kelly Haimona to miss a late penalty that would have secured a draw. Haimona also failed with a conversion shot after Dries van Schalkwyk’s late score had dragged Zebre back into the contest. In the end two second-half penalties from Billy Burns proved sufficient for Gloucester to complete a perfect pool-stage return. London Irish sneaked past Edinburgh to secure a quarter-final at Harlequins despite an inferior win record in the competition’s pool stages. A 31-17 bonus-point victory at Agen put Irish level on 17 points with Edinburgh in Pool Five, after the Scots lost out 34-23 at Grenoble. Grenoble had already topped the pool standings ahead of the final fixtures on Saturday night, but Irish pulled the rug out from underneath Edinburgh in the final throes of group action. Irish completed the round-robin stage with just three wins to Edinburgh’s four, but won out thanks to boasting the superior aggregate points haul in the two meetings between the teams in Pool Five. Edinburgh were left to rue a defeat in France that cost them a knockout stage berth and inflicted yet more misery after losing last year’s final 19-13 to Gloucester. Edinburgh led past the hour-mark, only for Gio Aplon’s late try brace to turn the tables. John Hardie and Will Helu claimed first-half tries for the Scots, with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne slotting two conversions and a penalty. Jonathan Wisniewski posted two penalties and converted Arnaud Heguy’s try to leave Edinburgh leading 17-13 at the break. Wisniewski and Hidalgo-Clyne slotted two penalties apiece in a tense third quarter, before Aplon’s two-try burst changed the entire qualification complexion. Luke Narraway, Tom Fowlie, Tom Smallbone and Fergus Mulchrone claimed the tries that handed London Irish their vital try bonus-point in their win at Agen. The visitors claimed a penalty try late on to seal their victory and safe passage to the last-eight, with Filipo Nakosi and Djalil Narjissi claiming scores for the hosts. Sale Sharks will host Montpellier in the other quarter-final, with both sides having already completed their pool-stage matches on Friday night. Matt Healy crossed twice, with Henshaw, Tiernan O’Halloran, Denis Buckley, Danie Poolman, Tom McCartney and Caolin Blade also on the scoresheet. Vitalii Orlov claimed the Siberian visitors’ solitary score, with Jurijs Baranovs’ 14th-minute yellow card sparking Connacht’s victory march. Simon Hammersley’s late second try secured Newcastle’s slender win over Brive, but was not enough to send the Falcons into the knock-out stages. Instead Dean Richards’ side stopped Brive progressing, in a stubborn performance at Kingston Park. Hammersley’s two tries bookended a gritty Newcastle showing, his second score securing the spoils but his third-minute opener helping the Falcons onto the front foot from the off. Tries from Alex Tait and Micky Young had Newcastle 23-3 to the good at the break, Craig Willis slotting a penalty and two conversions. Thomas Laranjeira’s penalty proved Brive’s only score of the half, but the Frenchmen hurtled back into the contest after the break. Nicolas Bezy and Poutasi Luafutu both crossed for Brive in the second half, with Laranjeira converting both and adding two penalties. Fit-again centre Henshaw claimed one of Connacht’s eight tries as Pat Lam’s side made the last-eight courtesy of their bonus-point victory – but also Newcastle Falcons’ 27-23 win over Brive. Battering-ram midfielder Henshaw had not featured since suffering a broken hand in November, but his timely return will boost Ireland boss Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations resources. Press Associationlast_img read more

CAF Appoints Ubah into AFCON Organising Committee

first_img“Nigeria is very happy with this appointment. It is a big plus for private football club owners in our country. Chief (Dr) Ifeanyi Ubah has done very well over the years and he very much deserves this appointment.“I am of the belief that he will justify the confidence reposed in him and bring his wealth of experience to bear in serving the committee,” Pinnick, who is a Member of the CAF Emergency Committee and is also President of the AFCON Organising Committee on which Ubah will serve, told NFF website yesterday.The AFCON, which started as a three-team tournament in 1957, is CAF’s flagship championship, and will blossom into a one-month, 24-team tournament beginning from next year’s edition in Cameroon.NIGERIANS IN FIFA1) Mr. Amaju Pinnick (Member, Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions)2) Justice Ayotunde Phillips (Member, FIFA Disciplinary Committee, Adjudicatory Chamber)3) Mallam Shehu Dikko (Member, FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee)NIGERIANS IN CAF1) Mr. Amaju Pinnick (Member, CAF Executive Committee; Member, CAF Emergency Committee; President, AFCON)2) Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi (Member, CAF Youth Competitions Committee)3) Mallam Shehu Dikko (Member, CAF Club Competitions and Club Licensing System Committee)4) Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Member, CHAN Organizing Committee)5) Alh. Yusuf Ahmed Fresh (Member, Technical and Development Committee)6) Chief Obinna Ogba (Member, CAF Beach Soccer and Futsal Committee)7) Dr. Peter Singabele (Member, CAF Medical Committee)8) Chief (Dr) Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah (Member, AFCON Organizing Committee)9) A. U. Mustapha, SAN (President, CAF Appeal Board)10) Mrs Chisom Ezeoke (Member, CAF Women Football Committee)11) Mr. Samson Adamu (Director of Competitions)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The impressive number of Nigerians appointed into important positions in world football since the emergence of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick as CAF Executive Committee member 14 months ago increased by one yesterday after the Emergency Committee of the Confederation of African Football appointed the proprietor of leading Nigeria Professional Football League club, FC IfeanyiUbah, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah into the Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).FC Ifeanyi Ubah is one of the first clubs in Nigeria to build its own football stadium from the scratch and Ubah, also the Chairman of Anambra State Football Association, has established a policy of attracting good hands in technical and playing realms, which has seen Brazilian coaches and players from other African countries serve the top club.The club also has a sustainable youth development programme, with young players who step up to the plate regularly promoted to the senior squad.last_img read more

USC releases ‘Agents and Athletes’ policy

first_imgThree months after improper contact between USC freshman tailback Dillon Baxter and another USC student resulted in Baxter’s suspension from a Nov. 20 game at Oregon State, USC’s Office of Athletic Compliance released a statement Tuesday outlining a new “Athletes and Agents” policy.Crucial · Since Pat Haden took over as athletic director, the university’s compliance staff has increased in size and prominence. The newly released “Agents and Athletes” policy is intended to further help USC student-athletes remain in good standing with the NCAA. – Anna Wierzbowska | Daily Trojan The statement, sent via e-mail Tuesday morning to students, staff and faculty noted that USC, in an effort to remain in compliance with NCAA rules, stresses that students and staff members refrain from impermissible conduct with student-athletes.“We are committed to protecting our student-athletes from any contact, communication or conduct with individuals who seek to inappropriately contact or represent student-athletes before their eligibility is exhausted or voluntarily terminated,” wrote Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Todd Dickey, senior vice president for administration.According to the university’s compliance office, the policy is the first of its kind.“I’m unaware of other universities adopting such a policy,” said Dave Roberts, USC’s vice president for athletic compliance. “With all the press we’ve been getting, you’d think someone would have said they’d had seen a similar policy before.”Under the policy, students, staff and other third parties are required to notify USC’s compliance office of their involvement with a sports agency before any interaction with student-athletes.“We’re publishing this to the student body, so they can be aware,” Roberts said. “Of course, somebody could choose to ignore it, but we have to at least be proactive by putting the policy in place.”Specifically, the new regulations stipulate that all such parties provide written notification to the school’s compliance office within 24 hours of their involvement with a sports agency or similar marketing agency.Those found to be in violation of the policy would then be subject to remedial action and/or discipline, according to the release.“I don’t think it’ll force a divide between students and student-athletes,” Roberts said. “It should only be an issue for certified agents.”Last November, Baxter accepted a ride in a golf cart from a student, Teague Egan, who at the time was a National Football League Players Association-certified agent, in addition to founder and CEO of 1st Round Enterprises, a marketing agency that seeks to represent athletes and musicians.“We have been exploring agent issues since June,” Roberts said. “1st Round accelerated the process and was the driving force behind the policy, but we had been looking at this before.”Eventually, Baxter was declared eligible for USC’s final two games of the season after donating $5 to a local charity as repayment for the ride.“The idea of a student-agent had not crossed anyone’s mind,” Roberts said.Although USC met with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee last month in Indianapolis, the recently announced policy is said to be entirely unrelated to the athletic department’s efforts to have NCAA-levied sanctions lessened.“It’s completely, 100 percent separate,” Roberts said. “What the appeals committee sees is what we did in the past. The policy does not touch the appeal. It is forward-looking, and hopefully we can show the NCAA that we’re doing everything we can to police.”The idea for the policy did come at least partially from USC’s athletic department, which is separate from compliance.“We do work closely with athletics,” Roberts said. “They’re supportive of it. At request of their office, we were able to put this in place.”last_img read more

Syracuse shut out for the first time since last October in 1-0 loss to Colgate

first_imgFor the first time since last October, Syracuse was shut out. Despite multiple shot attempts, the Orange (4-2-1) did not find an opportunity to score on Thursday evening. Colgate (2-4-0), with an early goal, kept the Orange at bay in a 1-0 win at SU Soccer Stadium.“I didn’t think we were as technically sharp as we have been the rest of the season,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “We were trying to force passes at times. We gave up possession of the ball fairly easily, and they came in with a physical presence in the first half and we didn’t.”SU knew Colgate would be dangerous when it came to long-range shots. The Orange tried putting pressure on the Colgate forwards but one slipped through. Mara Cosentino found the ball passed by teammate Emily Crichlow. Her foot made contact and flew diagonally across the net, burying the ball into the back corner. “I tried to get there in time,” SU senior goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan said, “but it didn’t happen.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrosnan tallied three saves, more than her last two games combined. Colgate’s Kelly Chiavaro saved six SU shots. One of those saves came late in the second half, after SU senior Alana O’Neil lined up for a free kick. Outside the box on the far left, O’Neil arced the ball to the crowd of Syracuse and Colgate players standing in front of the net. As the ball began to fall into the crowd, Chiavaro ran out of the goal with her arms outstretched and grabbed it before it reached Syracuse players.  “We didn’t necessarily test the goalkeeper a whole lot,” Wheddon said. “A lot of the balls she ended up getting her hands on were services into the box that were too close to the goalkeeper.”Syracuse shot six corner kicks, five of which were taken by Sydney Brackett. Colgate outshot SU 10-9. U led in fouls, with 10, to Colgate’s seven. “I think we needed to keep a cool head,” SU senior forward Alex Lamontagne said, “and not commit as many Brackett had a nifty shot in the middle of the first half. At the edge of the right side of the box, Brackett knocked the ball in the direction of the back corner of the net. It appeared the ball would roll past Chiavaro and put SU on the board, but it rolled parallel to the net and out of bounds. Midway through the first half, Colgate’s Eliza Doll fired the ball from the far boundary line, over the players in the box and to the top middle of the net. As it passed over the box, Brosnan jumped with her arms outstretched and caught the ball for the save. But that did not undo the early Colgate damage.“Maybe we underestimated them because of their record coming into this game,” Wheddon said. “We underestimated them. It’s a mistake that won’t happen again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 7, 2017 at 11:23 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edulast_img read more