Christopher J. Hanke to Move Into Barbra’s Basement in Buyer & Cellar

first_img Related Shows Buyer & Cellar had its world premiere in April 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it played a sold-out, extended run before transferring to the Barrow Street Theatre where it opened June 24, 2013. Written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett, the one-man show tells the story of Alex More, a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself taking an odd job working in the Malibu basement of a Hollywood mega-star. When the A-lister makes a rare appearance one day, Buyer & Cellar launches into an outrageous look at fame and the price that accompanies it. Buyer & Cellar View Comments Hanke’s Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Cry Baby. Other stage credits include Hair. His screen credits include The Client List, Major Crimes, The Normal Heart, Big Love, Brothers and Sisters and Three Rivers. Barbra’s basement has a new host! Christopher J. Hanke will begin performances in the off-Broadway hit Buyer & Cellar on March 18, taking over from Michael Urie, who as previously reported will launch the show’s first national tour in May. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014last_img read more

Full Cast Announced, Tix Now On Sale for Between Riverside and Crazy

first_img Between Riverside and Crazy View Comments Related Shows Broadway alum Ron Cephas Jones and Michael Rispoli have been tapped for Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy off-Broadway. Directed by Austin Pendleton, tickets are now available to see the Second Stage production, which will begin previews on January 16, 2015 at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for February 11. Between Riverside and Crazy premiered at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this summer. Jones (Of Mice and Men) will play Junior and Rispoli will reprise his role as Lieutenant Caro in the new mounting. As previously reported, five other members of the Atlantic Theater production are set to return for the Second Stage incarnation: Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson, Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colón and Liza Colón-Zayas. Additional casting will be announced later. The play tells the story of Walter “Pops” Washington (Henderson), an ex-cop and recent widower, who, with his recently paroled son Junior (Jones), struggle to hold on to one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. The Old Days seem to be dead and gone for the two as old wounds are opened, sketchy new houseguests turn up and a final ultimatum is delivered. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015last_img read more

Vanessa Hudgens Talks Gigi & Performs With the Cast

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 C’est magnifique! Gigi’s Vanessa Hudgens stopped by GMA on March 11 and revealed how she was cast (fast!) in the title role and that she is “so excited” to make her Broadway debut as “I love this show so much.” She was then joined by Corey Cott and the company for one of the revival’s iconic songs, “The Night They Invented Champagne.” The High School Musical star also gave us a sneak peek of her solo number, “The Parisians.” Check them out below and then at the Neil Simon Theatre, where the Lerner and Loewe tuner begins previews on March 19 and officially opens on April 8. View Comments Related Shows Gigilast_img read more

Massive Australian wind project gets federal environmental approval for 2019 groundbreaking

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A Queensland wind energy project that promises to be one of the biggest in the country – and the biggest in that state, at least for a time – is one step closer to being built after clearing its final planning hurdle.Project developers Lacour Energy said on Monday that the 800MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm had secured environmental approval from the federal government, and was preparing for construction to begin in 2019.The $1 billion wind project, which will be delivered by Goldwind Australia, will be located around half way between Rockhampton and Mackay, in the Isaac regional council, adjacent to major transmission lines. The 195 turbine project won state approval in June, and has also secured approval for the addition of 400MW of large-scale solar and a grid-scale battery system, which would boost costs to $1.5 billion.Director of Lacour Energy, Mark Rayner, said the plan was for the Clarke Creek Integrated Wind, Solar and Battery Power Station to be located at one of the strongest locations of the Queensland power system – with no grid extension required. Lacour said the wind farm, once complete, would generate enough electricity to power around 590,000 Queensland homes, and supply around 4 per cent of the state’s electricity.The project, with its mix of wind, solar and storage, is also just the sort of project the Australian Energy Market Operator is hoping to see being developed in coal heavy states like Queensland and New South Wales, as the shift to renewables accelerates.More: Huge 800MW wind farm set for construction, with approval for solar and battery Massive Australian wind project gets federal environmental approval for 2019 groundbreakinglast_img read more

Hicksville Fatal Hit-and-run Driver Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 75-year-old Westbury man died five days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Hicksville last week, Nassau County police said Thursday.Augustine Sebaptiste was walking along West John Street when he was struck from behind by an eastbound vehicle near the corner of Alpha Plaza at 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, police said.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where died Monday of severe head trauma.The suspect’s vehicle is described as blue and was last seen fleeing toward the Hicksville train station.Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.last_img read more

Former animal shelter site to become human haven

first_imgArboreti will be stage two of Renovare, which is being built on the site of the former RSPCA shelter.Stage one – Respiro – is under construction, and will be home to 11 three-bedroom townhomes and 19 one, two and three- bedroom luxury apartments. Just three townhomes and 11 apartments within the Respiro release remain on the market, with a one bedroom apartment starting from $389,000. Completion is expected by the end of June. Arboreti – stage two – has also been released, with three apartments sold off-the-plan. The largest residence on offer – a five-bedroom apartment – starts from $1.445 million.A third building, Venusto, was also recently released to the market, and will be constructed once the finishing touches are completed on Respiro. Renovare means to renew or refresh.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Gardner Vaughan Group director of sales Jason Currie said they wanted to renew the former RSPCA site, which closed in 2011 after the charity moved to Wacol.“We wanted to blend it (Renovare) in to the surrounding neighbourhood, and really take advantage of its position overlooking the park (Fehlberg Park),” he said.“To find a site like this in a beautiful leafy suburb just 5km from the city, with parkland, is incredibly hard. Any infill sites like this are becoming incredibly rare.”Mr Currie said the market had responded positively, with the majority of buyers coming from the local area.He said the developer and its design team were able to work with buyers to customise off-the-plan floor plates, a plus for owner occupiers and downsizers.“This is not a cookie cutter development,” he said.Each residence boasts designer kitchens with European applia Render showing the Estilo penthouse bedroomnces and stone benchtops, stylish bathrooms with imported luxury tiles and fittings, ducted airconditioning, remote access underground parking and CCTV. Residents-only facilities include a central pool, barbecue and recreation area set among tropical landscaped gardens Renovare was also granted a “five leaf” EnviroDevelopment rating by the UDIA, meaning it must adhere to five core sustainability categories – ecosystems, waste, energy, water and community. Renovare will offer buyers tranquillity close to the city.Its name means to renew or refresh, and Renovare at Yeronga is promising to do just that – create an oasis for buyers seeking tranquillity close to the city. Renovare is being developed on the former RSPCA site by the Gardner Vaughan Group, and will feature five eco-friendly buildings surrounding a central pool, recreational facilities and tropical landscaped gardens. .The development will include vegetable and herb gardens, extensive planting, solar energy in communal facilities, natural gas, water-saving devices, stormwater collection tanks for irrigation, and communal spaces to encourage social interaction.The Community Centre will be open to residents and the community, and will include two indoor, multipurpose function spaces, two fully-equipped kitchens, bathroom facilities and two large outdoor balconies. There will also be a gym with lift access and provision for a “hole in the wall” coffee shop.Yeronga is just five minutes from the CBD, and is close to all of Brisbane’s major hospitals, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, and the University of Queensland.The current median house sales price in Yeronga is $875,000, according to CoreLogic. For a unit, it is $430,000.last_img read more

EIOPA floats IORP II change to require impact on ESG consideration

first_imgEIOPA was commenting in the context of its submission to the European Commission’s consultation about the next phase of its sustainable finance strategy. This closed on Wednesday.One of more than 100 questions posed by the Commission was whether the EU “should explore options to improve ESG integration and reporting beyond what is currently required by the regulatory framework for pension providers”.The IORP II Directive refers to the concept of investment decisions’ impacts on ESG factors, but merely states that pension funds should be allowed to take these impacts into account.Last year EIOPA recommended that national pension fund supervisors “should encourage” IORPs to take into account the potential long-term impact of investment decisions on ESG factors, adding: “in order to support society’s sustainability goals”.It argues that considering the long-term impact of investment decisions on ESG factors could contribute to managing pension funds’ exposures to ESG risks. EIOPA has suggested as a potentially positive step the amendment of EU pension fund legislation to mandate pension funds to take into account the long-term environmental and/or social impact of their investment decisions.According to the European supervisory authority, the change would be in the context of the prudent person rule, set out in Article 19 of the IORP II Directive, and “without prejudice to the objective of providing occupational retirement benefits, also having regard to the principle of proportionality”.It did not explicitly recommend this action be taken, but said that introducing such a mandate for IORPs “may be” a step that could further improve ESG integration by pension funds.An industry insider described EIOPA’s proposal as “a significant departure from the current prudent person rule”. EIOPA in Frankfurt, GermanyIn its consultation submission EIOPA also said that mandating IORPs to take into account the potential long-term impact of their investment decisions on ESG factors “would require further consideration of how IORPs integrate members’ ESG preferences in relation to prudent person rule compliance”.In recent years the narrative around ESG has evolved to explicitly include the notion of investment activity’s sustainability impact, as distinct from the perspective of ESG factors having implications for investment decisions. Some refer to impact as a “third dimension”, after risk and return.In its consultation, the European Commission asked for views about changing rules to directly require asset managers to consider and integrate adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability, but it did not mention this idea in relation to IORPs.EIOPA also made another suggestion in relation to IORP II, saying a further improvement would be “to have a standardised ESG quality label presentation to make information more friendly to members and consumers”. It did not further explain this idea.In response to a question about how pension providers could contribute to the achievement of the EU’s environmental goals “in a more proactive way,” EIOPA said “the importance of IORPs’ stewardship role through the Shareholder Rights Directive” should be strengthened.“Large IORPs are more likely to influence investee companies,” said EIOPA. “For small and medium-sized IORPs it is a challenging, if not impossible task: in other words size matters.“Initiatives such as a taskforce or consortium bringing together IORPs with common interests/objectives to influence investee companies or regrouping ESG knowledge/practices, can be encouraged.”PensionsEurope’s Matti Leppäla this week told IPE’s Summer Pensions Congress that EU regulation around responsible investment for pension funds was moving too fast.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Simpson ‘setting’ pace for UW

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe University Wisconsin volleyball team has developed a balanced attack this year with five players averaging more than two kills per game. A lot of that can be attributed to the play of junior setter Jackie Simpson.However, Simpson is not looking to receive any credit for the team’s success. Instead, she is looking to give credit to the rest of her teammates.”I think a lot of times, the focus goes to who gets the kills,” Simpson said. “If I was going to say any position is under-noticed it would be the libero. Jocelyn Wack is the person who really steadies our team. So if anybody should get more recognition, it’s her.”Simpson started her volleyball career in seventh grade where she was actually cut from the team. But she used that as motivation to become a better volleyball player.”[Being cut] made me more interested in the sport because I was actually [more interested in] soccer and basketball,” Simpson said. “I tried out for a club volleyball team that was run by my high school coach. She asked me to play on her eighth grade team, so then I started playing club.”Ever since then, volleyball has been her passion, and because of her good hands Simpson has become a successful setter.”When I first tried out, I pretty much could not do anything but set,” Simpson said. “Even though I was taller than almost ever girl on the court, they made me a setter because I had good hands.”After a successful high school career, where she named first-team all-state in 2003 by the Chicago Tribune and the Champaign News Gazette, Simpson was recruited by UW head coach Pete Waite.”[Simpson] was a taller setter, No. 1. She is very physical, very strong,” Waite said. “You watched her play in high school and she was very competitive also, and that is all good ingredients for a college setter. She played in the Chicago area, which is very tough in high school and club ball. Those are the things we wanted to bring to Wisconsin and she is progressing every year.”After starting 28 matches over the last two years and leading Wisconsin to the Elite Eight, Simpson broke her left hand in the spring. However, she used her time on the sideline to improve her game.”With a broken hand, she wasn’t able to be on the court, but I think she learned a lot in other ways,” Waite said. “She got stronger with her serve. She got the mental side of the game down better because when you are on the sideline you observe things more like a coach than you would a player.”Waite noted that what Simpson learned in the spring is being carried onto the court this season.”She is much more consistent [this year]. She had more highs and lows last year,” Waite said. “She had some great games and then had some matches where she was down and struggling at bit.”Simpson’s volleyball IQ, according to Waite, has skyrocketed recently.”She is much more open to learning,” Waite said. “She is accomplishing a couple of those things she has been working on for a couple of years.”Besides being more consistent this year, the biggest difference in Simpson’s game is her aptness to go on the offensive attack.”Passing has a lot to do with [me becoming more offensive],” Simpson said. “I think that it is just a confidence factor, and I’m getting more comfortable with throwing the ball down.”Simpson’s improved play this year has caused her to gain some national recognition. After leading the Badgers to victories over Penn State and Ohio State Halloween weekend, Simpson was named both Big Ten Player of the Week and Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week.On the weekend, Simpson averaged 15.17 assists per game along with 1.67 blocks, 1.83 digs and 1.17 kills per game. Yet Simpson still passes the credit to her teammates.”It was definitely exciting [to win those awards],” she said. “I wasn’t really expecting it. It was such a team effort that I really felt that it could be anyone on our team. Our passing was great. Our hitters were on fire, but I’ll take it. I’m honored.”However, Waite is quick to give credit where credit is due.”I think Simpson took a big step up in her game. Her confidence on the court, her composure, her decision-making,” Waite said. “She’s just dishing the ball out to the hitters so evenly that it’s really tough for the opponents right now.”Part of Simpson’s success can be attributed to the coaches she has worked with since coming to Wisconsin. Both assistant coaches, Rod Wilde and Colleen Bayer, were setters at the collegiate and national level.”[Simpson’s] had some great setting coaches,” Waite said. “They each take a different vision as far at what she needs to work on. Sometimes it’s footwork. Sometimes it’s hand position. Sometimes it’s strategy. They both have great experience … she can’t get any better setting coaching anywhere in the country.”last_img read more

STAFF : Syracuse women’s lacrosse drops two games below .500 with road loss to Florida

first_imgThe Syracuse women’s lacrosse team fell 16-11 to Florida on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. The loss drops the Orange to 2-4 on the young season.Attack Tee Ladouceur had four goals for the No. 14 Orange and moved into eighth place among Syracuse’s all-time leading scorers.Freshman Katie Webster continued her strong start to the season, tallying three goals in the game. Sophomore Michelle Tumolo was the only other player to score more than one goal for the Orange, who struggled against an 8-1 Florida team.Syracuse took a 4-3 lead on Tumolo’s first goal, an unassisted shot, but the Gators scored two straight goals and never looked back in the win.The team was coming off a win at Towson on March 15 but was unable to create any sort of winning streak against UF.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis was its third game of a six-game road trip. Syracuse is 1-4 since its opening-game win over Colgate back on Feb. 17.SU will look to get back on track when it travels to Northwestern on Wednesday. The Orange starts Big East play on Saturday at Rutgers.SoftballThe Syracuse softball team swept Penn on Friday in a doubleheader in Philadelphia. The Orange took the first game, 6-1, and the second game, 8-1, to improve to 21-5 on the season.Jenna Caira shut down the Quakers offense in the first game, throwing a complete game three-hitter and striking out six. The junior pitcher improved to 12-4 on the season. Freshman Jasmine Watson went 2-for-2 and hit her third home run of the season.In the second game, SU was led by another strong pitching performance. Sophomore Stacy Kuwik threw a three-hitter, striking out 10. She carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning. Lacey Kohl went 3-for-4 and hit a three-run home run to pace the SU offense.Syracuse has three games this weekend at Rutgers, with a doubleheader Saturday and the finale Sunday. The three games mark the start of Big East conference play for the Orange.— Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Video: Badgers on Sochi Olympics

first_imgWe went around Madison and asked students what they thought of the Sochi Olympics, where there are plenty of Badgers playing. Video by Trevor Neary and Walker Aspreylast_img