Odds & Ends: Broadway-Bound Carousel Star Renee Fleming to Be Honored by Metropolitan Opera & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 16, 2018 Renée Fleming(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Carousel Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Renée Fleming to Be Honored at Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Annual LuncheonThis ought to be a real nice clambake! Opera star Renée Fleming, who is set to return to Broadway in Carousel in 2018, has been named the honoree for the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s 83rd Annual Luncheon. The noontime celebration will take place on December 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, with a large contingent of Fleming’s colleagues expected to be present. We’re super glad to see the silver-voiced Fleming honored…but how do we fast-forward to 2018 to hear her luminous rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”?Full Casting Is Set for Sam Shepard’s Simpatico, Starring Michael ShannonMcCarter Theater’s production of the late Sam Shepard’s Simpatico, starring Tony nominee Michael Shannon, has announced full casting. The previously announced production, which was just extended at the Princeton, NJ theater, will run from September 8-October 15 under the direction of Dado. In Simpatico, when a simple phone call causes Carter and Vinnie’s shady past to resurface, fierce loyalties that were once hot-blooded begin to run astray. Shannon will star as Carter alongside Guy Van Swearingen as Vinnie, with Mierka Girten as Cecilia, Jennifer Engstrom as Rosie, Kristen Ellis as Kelly and John Judd as Sims.New Musical It Happened in Key West to Receive Developmental LabIt Happened in Key West, a new musical comedy created by Jill Santoriello (Broadway’s A Tale of Two Cities) with Jason Huza and Jeremiah James, will hold a developmental lab at Lancaster, PA’s Fulton Opera House! It Happened in Key West follows Carl Von Cosel, who after nearly four decades of searching for the dream girl, finds his love on a tiny island only to lose her to tuberculosis. Wicked alum Wade McCollum will star as Carl alongside Elena Ramos Pascullo, Dave Droxler, Courtney Warford, Roxanne Daneman, Anna DeBlasio, Connor McGiffin, Spencer Micetich, Anson J.H. Woodin, Ryan Neal Green, Michael Fisher and Casey Furlong. The labs will take place on August 25 at 7:30pm, August 26 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and August 27 at 2:00pm.Annie Golden & More Set for Concert of Tom O’Horgan’s 1971 Musical Inner CityBroadway favorite Annie Golden will lead the cast of a one-night concert presentation of Tom O’Horgan’s controversial 1971 Broadway musical Inner City, based on Eve Merriam’s poetry compilation The Inner City Mother Goose, which became one of the most banned books in America. Michael Boyd will direct the concert, set for August 17 at 9:30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Joining Golden will be original cast member Allan Nicholls alongside Yolanda Wyns, Ray Shell, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Lauren Elder, C.E. Smith and Dionne Carole. The original production of Inner City was associate-produced by Harvey Milk.London’s Other Palace Theatre to Present Starlight Express in ConcertSkate on out to London’s Other Palace Theatre next month for three concert presentations of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe’s cult-favorite musical Starlight Express. The renowned theater will present the rock musical that follows a nine-year-old boy’s dream of his toy trains coming to life on September 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30pm. Starlight Express opened in the West End in 1984 and ran for more than 7,000 performances. That mounting was followed by a Tony-nommed 1987 Broadway run with a cast that featured future Tony winner Jane Krakowski in her Broadway debut.last_img read more

Eve Ensler Celebrates the Opening of In the Body of the World at MTC

first_imgDiane Paulus, Eve Ensler (Photo: Joseph Marzullo/MTC) Eve Ensler celebrated the opening of her one woman show In the Body of the World at Manhattan Theater Club on February 6. The Vagina Monologues icon was joined by Diane Paulus, who directed the solo show based on Ensler’s memoir. The play focuses on her time women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After a life changing diagnosis, a journey of self-discovery unfolds. Check out the photo tand then go see In the Body of the World. In the Body of the World Show Closed This production ended its run on March 25, 2018center_img Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Analyst warns 2018 gasoline prices to be highest since 2014, cost $62 billion more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Motorists will be digging a bit deeper for the second straight year as the yearly national average will rise 19 cents versus last year to $2.57 per gallon, the highest since 2014, according to the 2018 Fuel Price Outlook released today by GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop.Some highlights from GasBuddy’s 2018 Fuel Price Outlook include:• The nation’s yearly gasoline bill will rise to $364.6 billion dollars, some $25 billion higher than what motorists spent last year as the average household sees their yearly gasoline bill rise to $1,898, up from $1,765 in 2017. Compared to 2016, motorists will be shelling out $62 billion more during the year, enough to buy a fleet of 670 Boeing 737s.• GasBuddy’s forecast does not expect any record-breaking prices to be set in 2018, and most of the country will see prices peak under $3 per gallon, but unexpected disruptions could push the national average close to $3.• Metro areas including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. will likely see prices eclipse $3 per gallon. Cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, St. Louis and Tampa may get within arm’s reach of such prices.• How accurate have past forecasts been? In 2017, the forecast called for a yearly national average of $2.49. Actual: $2.39. In 2016, the forecast called for a yearly national average of $2.28. Actual: $2.12.“Many will be quick to ask why we’re expecting higher prices. Ultimately, OPEC bears much of the responsibility for cutting oil production, leading oil inventories to begin 2018 nearly 50 million barrels lower than a year ago. Yet, understanding many factors, including OPEC, fuel taxes, the economy and their impact on supply and demand is integral to providing a thorough and balanced outlook on gas prices for 2018,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Even one event can completely change trajectory of fuel prices for months. Look what impact Hurricane Harvey and Irma had on gas prices and availability. No one could have expected the unexpected, but still, our forecast was less than a dime away from being spot on.”“While gasoline prices overall remain affordable, one aspect that continues to worsen is the gap between what stations are charging. It’s become nothing short of crazy how one station might sell gasoline 20-40 cents lower or higher than a nearby competitor. In addition to GasBuddy data showing spreads have risen to record levels, I’ve heard hundreds of complaints of motorists who get stuck at the pricier station, drive down the street and see it far cheaper. Always shop around when filling your tank. We spend thousands of dollars a year filling the tank, a dime or quarter per gallon adds up to hundreds of dollars,” he said.About GasBuddyGasBuddy is a smartphone app connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop. With 70 million downloads, GasBuddy is the leader in crowdsourced information to help drivers find the best gas prices, closest stations, friendliest service, cleanest restrooms, tastiest coffee and much more. GasBuddy is the leading source for the most accurate, real-time fuel prices at more than 140,000 gas stations in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The Company’s B2B Retailer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), known as GasBuddy Business Pages, provides Fuel Marketers and Retailers their best opportunity to maintain their station information, manage their brand, and promote to their target consumer audience.BOSTON (January 3, 2018) – GasBuddylast_img read more

Four multisport specialists join USA Triathlon for 2013 ITU World Championships

first_img Related National governing body USAT Triathlon (USAT) has confirmed that four individuals will join the US team as part of the elite coaching and support staff next week in London for the 2013 ITU World Age Group Championships and PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final London 2013.Coaches Kathleen Johnston and Greg Mueller, as well as bike mechanic Brian Hughes and massage therapist Beata Komlo will serve in support roles for Elite, Junior and Under-23 athletes during the championship events in London, which will be held on 11-15 September at Hyde Park.These individuals specialize in multisport and have also contributed to the US team at a number of other international competitions.“Kathleen, Greg, Brian and Beata have been key contributors to our high performance athletes and are a fitting edition to our support staff as these athletes pursue medals in London,” said Andy Schmitz, USA Triathlon’s High Performance General Manager. “These four individuals will play distinct roles in facilitating the team preparatory camp and team activities on race weekend.”Kathleen Johnston (Nashville, Tennessee), a USA Triathlon Level II Certified Coach, will serve as the head coach for the six-member Junior squad. Recently, Johnston was the coach for the US team at the 2013 Brazil PATCO Junior Championships, where Americans earned top spots on the podium. Johnston has also coached up-and-coming athletes at the USA Triathlon Junior Elite Women’s Camp and Collegiate Recruitment Camp.Greg Mueller (South Bend, Indiana) is a USA Triathlon Level III Certified Coach and ITU Level II Competitive Coach who will serve as the head coach for the U23 team. He is the owner and head coach of Innovative Endurance and was the lead coach for the USA Triathlon European Camps in 2012 and 2013. Mueller has also coached athletes at the 2012 ITU Junior World Championships and the Edmonton World Cup.Brian Hughes (Middleboro, Massachusetts) is a professional bike mechanic who owns and operates a triathlon shop in Newton, Massachusetts. Hughes has acted as the team mechanic for the US at the 2012 FISU World University Games and the 2013 PATCO Championships. A cyclist himself, Hughes has competed in national and world championship multisport events.A massage therapist since 2010, Beata Komlo (Tiszaújváros, Hungary) has worked with athletes in a number of different sports, including cycling, rugby and rowing, with a specialization in triathlon. She has been the lead massage therapist for the US team in 2013, covering most World Triathlon Series and World Cup events on the ITU calendar.Members of the USA Triathlon staff will also be part of the elite support team in London. Andy Schmitz will be the US Team Leader, while Jonathan Hall acts as the Performance Advisor and Courtney Kulick assists the athletes as Team Manager.Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the US Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States.USAT sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 630,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors at the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).www.usatriathlon.orglast_img read more

Taylor Helps Southampton Sink Pierson

first_img Ishanti Gumbs plants herself before pulling back to shoot. Southampton senior Ishanti Gumbs moves around Pierson’s Brooke Esposito. Share Grace Perello attempts to hold back Southampton senior Caroline Oakley while Madison Taylor tries to help free her. Ishamnti Gumbs goes up for a field goal. Cristine Delgado inches closer to the basket around Chastin Giles. Madison Taylor evades Chastin Giles as she drives her lane. Meredith Spolarich drives the baseline around Cristine Delgado and Allysha Thomas. Chastin Giles passes the ball.center_img Madison Taylor muscles her way down the court with Brooke Esposito on her hip. Independent/Gordon M. GrantIf you ask Madison Taylor she’d say as a freshman she wasn’t a strong free-throw shooter. But Southampton’s 44-35 win over Pierson Monday told a much different story.The sophomore spitfire grabbed a rebound and carried it all the way for a layup, and followed it up with back-to-back free throws with 2:51 left in the game to effectively win things for the Mariners (13-6 overall, 10-4 in League VII). In fact, she went 3-for-4 thereafter, and finished the game 8-for-10 to secure half of her game-high 16 points from the charity stripe in Southampton’s seventh straight win January 27.“The more you practice the better you get with things,” Taylor said, laughing off her less-than-perfect freshman shooting percentage from the foul line. “Games like this — when I’m on from the beginning — I feel confident, but you can’t get too confident.”Head coach Juni Wingfield said watching the daughter of a former Harlem Globetrotter since she was a tyke helped him see what he always knew she was capable of.“Madison is growing and growing and growing. She was born with a lot of quick-twitch fiber,” the coach said. “It’s in her DNA. When teams press us, they’re going to get in trouble, because when you go man-to-man Maddie is going to beat you. She handles pressure really well.”Meredith Spolarich drives the baseline around Cristine Delgado and Allysha Thomas. Independent/Gordon M. GrantTaylor led a balanced Mariners attack that saw help early from Cristine Delgado (7 points) and Allysha Thomas (4 points) and late from Ishanti Gumbs (10 points) and Caraline Oakley (7 points, 11 rebounds), but all four contributed during Southampton’s 14-point tare from the end of the first to the opening shot of the second. Things got tricky though when Chastin Giles (13 points) followed up a Grace Perello field goal with a three-pointer to close the gap 20-14 at halftime, and Kathryn Powell (6 points) sandwiched two Meredith Spolarich (8 points) layups to tie the game at 22-all midway through the third.“We’ve won a few close ones so we know we have to keep our heads in the game,” Wingfield said. “You have to pay attention to Chastin because she’s a seasoned player, she never quits; and she got going. But I’m seeing their ability and their maturity to hang in there. They weren’t watching the scoreboard, they were just trying to execute.”Pierson (10-7, 9-4) tied the game once more on a Brooke Esposito (4 points) free throw with 1:23 left in the third, and Spolarich made it 26-25 to close out the quarter, but Southampton switched up its defense between a zone, man-to-man, and triangle and 2 to keep their opponent on their toes, and that was as close as Pierson would comeGumbs, who scored six points in the fourth quarter to Taylor’s nine, also provided points off fouls to extend the advantage late. While she too was confident in her teammate’s ability from the free-throw line, her head coach also knows what his senior shooter is capable of.Kathryn Powell and Cristine Delgado reach for the loose ball. Independent/Gordon M. Grant“Ishanti is strong on the post,” Wingfield said. “Cristine Delgado plays a lot of man and got into some foul trouble early, but isn’t afraid to take the ball from you. They weren’t there the first time we faced Pierson, and those girls were the difference out there today.”Every girl has a role, and plays it well. Delgado said it also helps that each Mariner on the court can put up points. That’s proved difficult for other teams to counter even with home-court advantage. Southampton secured six straight road wins before this victory at home.“We support each other,” Delgado said. “Our offense feeds off those steals. Our defenders can grab the rebounds and intercept passes. We’ve come far, and we’re constantly pushing each other.”The win, which provides Southampton with a higher playoff seed, is even sweeter after the Mariners fell one short of making the playoffs last season. As Wingfield put it, his girls aren’t giving in, and they aren’t giving up.“Whether we’re winning or losing we always have a positive attitude,” Taylor said. “We’ve got eagerness and integrity and we’re maintaining that state of mind. I think we’re looking strong from here on out.”desiree@indyeastend.com Madison Taylor muscles her way down the court with Brooke Esposito on her hip. Kathryn Powell and Cristine Delgado reach for the loose ball. Independent/Gordon M. Grant Chastin Giles attempts to drive around Madison Taylor. Chastin Giles finds her lane to the basket. Madison Taylor races after Grace Perello making her way to the hoop. Madison Taylor sprints down the court.last_img read more

ACP Administrator Meets with Union of Greek Shipowners

first_imgThe Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator Jorge L. Quijano met with the Union of Greek Shipowners, the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) and the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) this week in Greece.These meetings are part of the discussions held with customers and industry representatives regarding the waterway’s toll structure once the expanded Canal opens to commercial transits.“The dry and liquid bulk carrier segments are an important part of our core business,” Quijano said. “It is important for us to get direct face-to-face feedback from the industry representatives to ensure that our tolls and services remain competitive and are properly structured to reflect the commercial value of our route.”A total of 14 percent of vessels that transit the Panama Canal are Greek-owned. Liquid and dry bulk carriers are two important segments for the Panama Canal, representing approximately 16 percent and 23 percent, respectively, of the total tonnage transiting through the waterway.For the liquid bulk segment, the main commodity is diesel and gasoline exports from the Gulf of Mexico to Asia and South America. Grains remain the top commodity transported in bulk carriers through the Panama Canal from the United States and South America to Asia.During the meetings, ACP presented the results of the feedback received regarding toll structure during previous meetings with these associations. Canal officials had the opportunity to present a progress update of the Expansion Program and the requirements for the New Panamax vessels to transit the new lane once it is completedThe Panama Canal also presented the new business initiatives that are currently under analysis to add value to route for its customers. Such developments include a port on the Pacific side, logistics parks, top-off operations for dry bulk carriers and bunkering stations to take advantage of the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) segment that will be able to transit through the Canal.INTERTANKO is an open forum for independent tanker owners and operators of oil and chemical tankers in the industry. INTERCARGO is an association for owners, operators and managers in the dry bulk cargo industry.The Expansion Program will build a new lane of traffic along the waterway through the construction of a new set of locks, which will allow the transit of vessels with more tonnage capacity. Currently, the Expansion Program is 64.6% complete.[mappress]ACP, October 10, 2013last_img read more

Cape Flats Child

first_imgChristo Williams, OtteryYou will rise from the dustMove out of the shadowsIt’s your time to shineYou will stem roots in the mudGrow tall on uneven groundCape Flats ChildGo higher despite the stormYour dream doesn’t have to die Cape Flats ChildExhale those fumes of unworthiness Life for you is not worthless neither meaningless You can go from the bottom step to centre stageCape Flats ChildYou’ve seen blood flow, all the heroes in your life goIt’s hard to say no when gangsterism, drugs poverty is all you knowCape Flats ChildRemove that label you won’t be part of the status quo Lift your head listen to me, this is not your endCape Flats ChildThey call you many thingsBut today we call you set aside from the rest, you have it in you to do your very bestCape Flats ChildI can you are blessedlast_img read more

Low sulphur

first_imgMTA Metro-North Railroad’s diesel locomotives are to be switched to ultra-low sulphur fuel by January 2008, five years ahead of a deadline set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The railway estimates that adoption of the fuel will result in a 13% reduction in hydrocarbon emissions, a 6% cut in CO and a 3% drop in NOx. The agency negotiated a fuel price agreement with its suppliers before announcing the switch, and obtained assurances from manufacturers that the low-sulphur diesel would not compromise performance, although more frequent changes of lubricating oil will be required. Metro-North plans to burn used lubricant to heat its Croton-Harmon maintenance facility.last_img read more

Wagon prices attractive

first_imgGATX: Chicago-based leasing firm GATX reported net income from continuing operations of $196m in 2008, up from $185·8m the previous year. Wagon sales in the secondary market raised $55m, and ‘robust scrapping activity’ took advantage of high scrap prices. As a result, utilisation of the North American fleet of 113 000 wagons was 97·9%.Lease renewals averaged 63 months, and a trend to longer renewal terms means only 13% of the fleet is exposed to renewal in 2009. Utilisation of the European fleet of 20 000 tank wagons was down from 97·2% to 97·1%.‘GATX posted outstanding results in 2008’, said President & CEO Brian A Kenney. ‘While GATX has managed through a number of economic cycles during its 110-year history, the volatility in recent months has been tremendous.’Allco’s fleet of 3 650 wagons was acquired for $217m, and Kenney believes market pressures will provide further ‘attractive buying opportunities’ in 2009.last_img read more

Blue Jackets Call Up Harrington After Monsters’ Victories

first_img David Sprouse CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters,  announced Sunday that defenseman Scott Harrington was recalled by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets from a conditioning assignment to Cleveland. Harrington logged a +1 rating and four shots on goal in two appearances during the Monsters’ season-opening series at The Q, a 2-1 home win over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday and a 3-1 victory over Rockford on Saturday. Harrington was called up Friday from Columbus for conditioning and performed well while with The Monsters over the two game series with the Icehogs.Captain Ryan Craig commented on his performance throughout the games and the ability to come up to Cleveland and fit into the team seamlessly, which shows what kind of pro Scott really is. At 6’2”, 219 lb. left-handed blue-liner from Kingston, ON, Harrington registered 0-1-1 with eight penalty minutes in 25 NHL appearances for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs spanning parts of the past two seasons. A fourth-year pro, Harrington, 23, logged 8-31-39 with 89 penalty minutes and a +33 rating in 143 combined AHL appearances for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Toronto Marlies and Cleveland spanning parts of five seasons from 2012-16.VIDEO LINK: https://www.facebook.com/NEOSportsInsiders/videos/604286293107624/Stay tuned to NEOSI for all of your Cleveland Monsters and Columbus Blue Jackets updates. Follow me on Twitter @NEOSI_Sprouse. Also, be sure to catch @Eli_Mooneyham and myself on Facebook for our pregame show “Between the Pipes” and the game wrap up with “Less Than A Minute Remaining” postgame show. Northeast Ohio Sports Insiders, bringing you the best of Cleveland sports. Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news.center_img Related Topicslast_img read more