11 Lessons If/Then Writer Brian Yorkey Learned on the Road to B’way

first_img 1. The National Theatre, where shows like West Side Story and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum tried out, is a great place to try out your show. A historic auditorium, a welcoming staff, an eager audience—everything we could ask for. About the author: After earning almost every accolade imaginable (including a Tony Award and oh, a little thing called the Pulitzer Prize) for his first Broadway musical Next to Normal, writer Brian Yorkey is teaming up again with composer Tom Kitt to bring If/Then to Broadway. The production, which marks Tony winner Idina Menzel’s long-awaited return to the Broadway stage, tells the story of a 30-something woman who moves to New York City for a second chance. If/Then, which begins Broadway performances on March 5, has undergone several significant changes since its out-of-town premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. last fall. Below, Yorkey reveals the things he learned while debuting the new musical in our nation’s capital with director Michael Greif, “superhuman talent” Idina Menzel and the cast. 4. It’s a blessing to reunite with a team you’ve worked with before. Tom Kitt, David Stone, Michael Greif and I can finish each other’s sentences at this point—even when we disagree, we click. To have that trust with each other, and that shorthand, gives you great courage in facing the world of a new musical. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 8. It’s a joy and a privilege to work with Idina. She is a true star. No diva fits for her, no difficulties, no extra needs—just good cheer, enthusiasm, an unflagging work ethic, genuine care and concern for everyone around her…and a superhuman talent that never ceases to amaze me. Related Shows 6. We learned which songs light up the theater, and which could be better—and we can’t wait to debut a few new songs, and a stack of newly improved ones. 5. The sushi happy hour at The Hamilton is delicious and an incredible pre-show deal. Ditto the raw bar at Old Ebbitt Grill, post-show. I was not paid for these endorsements. (But gifts are always accepted…) If/Thencenter_img 9. The President’s motorcade has three limos, five SUVs, two dozen police cars, and shuts down six city blocks at a time. The Vice President’s motorcade has one limo, one SUV, and a couple of mopeds. The barista at the Starbucks on Pennsylvania and 12th can tell you all about motorcades. 2. The best way to learn what work needs to be done on a new musical is to watch it with an audience. Especially an audience of 1000-plus savvy, enthusiastic Washington theatergoers. They’ll tell you what’s working, what’s not, what’s thrilling, what’s confusing, what’s funny, what’s not—and all you really have to do is watch, listen and learn. View Comments 3. The director of city planning for Washington, D.C., Harriet Tregoning, is one of the smartest, coolest people I’ve ever met. I’m proud to say she informed and inspired my work on our lead character, Elizabeth, who is a city planner. 7. Our cast kicks ass, and they do it with style and smiles. We have the most versatile ensemble I’ve ever met, and eight astounding principals, any one of whom could carry their own Broadway show—and most have. 11. I learned—or, really, re-learned—that there’s nothing more challenging or more rewarding than writing a new musical based on nothing more than an idea. We learned so much about If/Then in Washington, D.C. last fall, and we can’t wait to show what we learned at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. 10. I learned that our show speaks to many people, of all ages and walks of life, and that a few of them, in our tryout run, were confused in places. Luckily, I also got to learn which places and that gave us lots to work with when we returned to NYC this winter. Thankfully, we had two months off to address the changes we wanted to make and we used every minute of those two months. Hopefully, some of those D.C. folks can come back and see how they’ve helped us make the storytelling clearer and the show even more powerful.last_img read more

Ugly Lies the Bone, Starring Mamie Gummer, Extends Off-B’way

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 6, 2015 View Comments Ugly Lies the Bone After garnering rave reviews, Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone, starring a magnificent Mamie Gummer, will extend off-Broadway. The world premiere is now scheduled to play through December 6; the Roundabout production had previously been set to shutter on November 22.Gummer plays Jess, a soldier who returns to her Florida hometown with vivid memories of her three tours in Afghanistan. After realizing how much her home life has changed, she turns to virtual reality video game therapy to escape her pain.In addition to Gummer, the cast includes Karron Graves, Caitlin O’Connell, Chris Stack and Haynes Thigpen. Patricia McGregor directs.Ugly Lies the Bone is playing at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.last_img read more

Sanders introduces single-payer, Medicare-for-all legislation

first_imgUS Senatpr Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced Monday that he introduced legislation to provide health care for every American through a Medicare-for-all type single-payer system. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) filed a companion bill in the House to provide better care for more patients at less cost by eliminating the middle-man role played by private insurance companies that rake off billions of dollars in profits. The twin measures, both called the American Health Security Act of 2011, would provide federal guidelines and strong minimum standards for states to administer single-payer health care programs. ‘The United States is the only major nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee health care as right to its people,’ Sanders said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. ‘Meanwhile, we spend about twice as much per capita on health care with worse results than others that spend far less. It is time that we bring about a fundamental transformation of the American health care system. It is time for us to end private, for-profit participation in delivering basic coverage. It is time for the United States to provide a Medicare-for-all single-payer health coverage program.’ McDermott said, ‘The new health care law made big progress towards covering many more people and finding ways to lower cost. However, I think the best way to reduce costs and guarantee coverage for all is through a Single-payer system like Medicare. This bill does just that ‘ it builds on the new health care law by giving states the flexibility they need to go to a single-payer system of their own. It will also reduce costs, and Americans will be healthier.’ Sanders and McDermott were joined at the press conference by leaders of organizations supporting the measure, including Arlene Baker-Holt, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO; Jean Ross, co-president of the National Nurses United; and Greg Junemann, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. While making the case for a single-payer system nationwide, Sanders applauded the Vermont Legislature which earlier this month voted to put the state on the path toward a single-payer system. Vermont, Sanders said, could become a model for the nation. Last year’s health reform law is projected to cover 32 million more Americans. Despite that important step forward, however, 23 million people living in the United States will remain uninsured by the end of this decade while health care costs continue to skyrocket. Some 60 million Americans, both insured and uninsured, have inadequate access to primary care due to a shortage of physicians and other like providers in their community. Under the current health care system, 45,000 Americans a year die because they delay seeking care they cannot afford. Health care eats up one-fifth of the U.S. economy, but we rank 26th among major, developed nations on life expectancy and 31st on infant mortality. Drug companies charge Americans twice as much or more for the exact same drugs manufactured by the exact same companies than citizens of Canada or Europe. Some insurers that gouge policy holders spend 40 cents of every premium dollar on administration and profits while lavishing multimillion dollar payouts on their CEOs. ‘This is unacceptable,’ Sanders said. ‘Until we put patients over profits, our system will not work for ordinary Americans.’last_img read more

Atlanta police shooting of black man was a homicide, coroner says

first_imgBrooks’ fatal encounter with police came after an employee of a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta phoned authorities to say that someone had fallen asleep in his car in the restaurant’s drive-through lane.Caught on the officer’s body camera and a surveillance camera, the encounter seemed friendly at first, as Brooks cooperated with a sobriety test and talked about his daughter’s birthday.”I watched the interaction with Mr. Brooks and it broke my heart,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on CNN. “This was not confrontational. This was a guy that you were rooting for.”But when an officer moved to arrest him, Brooks struggled with him and another officer at the scene before breaking free and running across the parking lot with what appears to be a police Taser in his hand, a bystander’s video showed. The death of Rayshard Brooks, a black man killed by a white police officer in Atlanta on Friday, was a homicide caused by gunshot wounds to the back, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said on Sunday.Brooks’ death reignited protests in Atlanta after days of worldwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality prompted by the death of George Floyd, an African American, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.An autopsy conducted on Sunday showed that Brooks, 27, died from blood loss and organ injuries caused by two gunshot wounds, an investigator for the medical examiner said in a statement. The manner of his death was homicide, the statement said. A video from the restaurant’s cameras shows Brooks turning as he runs and possibly aiming the Taser at the pursuing officers before one of them fires his gun and Brooks falls.Atlanta’s police chief, Erika Shields, resigned over the shooting. The officer suspected of killing Brooks was fired, and the other officer involved in the incident, also white, was put on administrative leave.Search for suspects in restaurant blazeAs demonstrators in Atlanta took to the streets and chanted for the officers in Brooks’ case to be criminally charged, at one point late on Saturday blocking traffic on a nearby interstate highway, the Wendy’s restaurant went up in flames.On Sunday, police offered a $10,000 reward and published photos of what appeared to be a masked white woman being sought in connection with the case.Police said they were seeking those responsible for the blaze, including a woman who was “attempting to hide her identity.” The department posted photos on social media of what looked to be a young white woman wearing a black baseball cap and face mask, and a video clip filmed by a protester that appeared to show a woman encouraging the flames.”Look at the white girl trying to burn down the Wendy’s,” the man recording the video can heard saying. “This wasn’t us.”Bottoms said on Saturday that she did not believe the shooting was a justified use of deadly force.Lawyers for Brooks’ family said he was the father of a young daughter who was celebrating her birthday on Saturday. They said the officers had no right to use deadly force even if he had fired the Taser, a non-lethal weapon, in their direction.Prosecutors will decide by midweek whether to bring charges, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said on Sunday.”[The victim] did not seem to present any kind of threat to anyone, and so the fact that it would escalate to his death just seems unreasonable,” Howard told CNN. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Sumo resumes in front of fans despite rise in Japan virus infections

first_img“It will be different,” said Kazuo Aoki, 49, also a frequent visitor to the arena. “I will cheer in my spirit.”Anyone with a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 F) or higher was denied entry.Read also: Japan’s governors want more areas cut from travel program as neededSpectators also had to wear masks, sanitize their hands, keep a distance from others and refrain from touching wrestlers or approaching them for autographs.One wrestler has died from COVID-19 since the epidemic first hit Japan, while several other fighters and officials have tested positive.Sumo was last held before live audiences in January, when Japan began to see its first cases of coronavirus.A March tournament was held behind closed doors  before sumo authorities cancelled the May tournament altogether.The current tournament was originally due to be held in the central city of Nagoya, also behind closed doors.But officials decided to switch the event to Tokyo to minimize the travel of wrestlers and officials, as well as allow a small amount of fans to watch.Still, Tokyo’s coronavirus infections have been mounting in recent days and on Sunday, city authorities are expected to announce around 190 new cases.Fans said the excitement of sumo was worth the risk.”It’s the feeling of being here, being present. You enjoy it by being a participant of this spectacle,” Ochiai said.”That’s what watching spectator sports is all about, isn’t it. Like music. Like sumo,” he said.Topics : Sumo began a new tournament in front of a live audience Sunday, despite a steady rise in coronavirus infections, with fans voicing both joy and caution about watching the Japanese spectacle during the pandemic.The tournament runs through Aug. 2 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, the primary sumo arena at the heart of the Japanese capital.The tournament comes a week after Japanese baseball and football opened stadiums to spectators, and as the government seeks to keep the economy open despite worrying signs of the virus’s resurgence, particularly in Tokyo. “Well, it’s scary, isn’t it,” said fan Katsuhiko Ochiai, 59, who traveled from neighboring Chiba region to attend the first day.”But I love sumo, so I want to watch this,” he said.Only 2,500 fans were allowed inside the 11,098-seat stadium, unlike in normal times when bouts are performed in front of sold-out crowds.They were asked to refrain from cheering and stick to applause to express their passion.last_img read more

Broncos star Darius Boyd reveals new Brisbane dream home

first_imgThe original home in Harding St, Hendra, before it was transformed.Hendra is also home to a swag of other local sports stars, including former Australian fast bowler Andy Bichel, Queensland Reds player Karmichael Hunt and retired Brisbane Lions player Simon Black. Darius Boyd’s new home in Hendra during the construction phase.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoWhen the footy star first bought the original three-bedroom house in Harding Street in June, 2016, it was a simple, post-war timber home in desperate need of a makeover.But with the help of Base Architecture and the brothers behind Graya Construction, the property has undergone a massive renovation.The result is a contemporary, black on black masterpiece, featuring quality timber finishes and striking glass panelling. Darius and Kayla Boyd’s new home in Harding St, Hendra. Picture: Instagram. Darius and Kayla Boyd. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.Property records show Boyd bought the original property, which is on a 650sq m block, for $810,000. BRISBANE PROPERTY PRICES HOLD FIRM RICHLISTER PAYS $1M CASH FOR THIS ICONIC KINGSCLIFF PROPERTY HITS MARKET Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd at training. Picture: Annette Dew.IF you’ve been wondering what Brisbane Broncos skipper Darius Boyd has been up to in the off-season, here’s your answer.The NRL star and his young family have been enjoying the fruits of their labour — having moved in to new digs in time for the start of the footy season.The 30-year-old spared no expense creating a dream home in the north Brisbane suburb of Hendra for him and his wife, Kayla, and their toddler daughter, Willow.And now fans have been treated to a sneak peek. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

First case of lesbian HIV transmission confirmed

first_img Share Previous reports of women contracting HIV from other women via sex have been hard to prove with other risk factors present.NEW YORK, United States, Friday March 21, 2014 – The first case of female-to-female HIV transmission during sex has been confirmed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), blowing the myth that gay women in a monogamous relationship are at negligible risk of contracting AIDS.Previous reports of women contracting HIV from other women via sex have been hard to nail down, with other risk factors – including recent sexual activity with men, intravenous drug use, tattooing, piercing, or other potentially risky behaviours – factoring into the equasion.The landmark case, as outlined in a paper published by the CDC last week, nevertheless seems to offer proof beyond reasonable doubt.The two women involved were in a monogamous relationship for six months, at the start of which, one was HIV-positive, the other was not.The woman who entered the relationship HIV-negative said it had been 10 years since she had had sex with a man, and she did not use intravenous drugs, get tattoos, or have acupuncture. Additionally, she had been the recipient of neither transfusions nor transplants.She nevertheless sold her blood plasma from time to time, and had tested negative for HIV when donating plasma in March 2012.Less than a fortnight later, she went to hospital with symptoms including sore throat, fever, muscle aches, dry cough, vomiting and diarrhoea. The results of an HIV test at that time were still negative.Two-and-a-half weeks later, when she went to sell her plasma again, she tested HIV positive.The two women disclosed that they had unprotected sex frequently, during which their activities occasionally caused one or the other of them to bleed. They also said they shared sex toys and had sex when one of them was menstruating.The CDC concluded that while rare, it is possible for a woman to contract HIV from a female sexual partner.Caribbean 360 Share Tweet 53 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyle First case of lesbian HIV transmission confirmed by: – March 21, 2014 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

National Police Week

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — This week is National Police Week. President John F. Kennedy started the tradition in May 1962. This week thousands of peace officers and their families are expected to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a variety of events.So far in 2017, 48 officers and six canine officers have been killed in the line of duty. None of those fatalities have occurred in Indiana.A report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation says there are more than 900,000 sworn police officers in the nation. The same report says since 2015 violent crime has increased by more than five percent.Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has directed all flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor of Peace Officer Memorial Day.last_img read more

Girls Swimming Sectional Finals Results

first_imgThe 2018 Girls Swimming Sectionals wrapped up on Saturday, February 3rd, at Columbus North.  Bloomington North won the team Sectional Crown.Locally, East Central placed 3rd, Greensburg 6th, Batesville 7th, Milan 8th,  South Dearborn 9th, Oldenburg Academy 11th, South Ripley 13th, and Lawrenceburg 14th.2017-18 Columbus North Girls Swimming Sectional Prelims2017-18 Columbus North Girls Swimming Sectional Finals2017-18 Columbus North Girls Swimming Sectional ScoresCongratulations to all of our area Swimmers on a job well done!last_img read more

Kompany predicts three-way fight

first_img “He was tremendous. I don’t think he’s played for five months,” said Kompany. “I think it is up to him how good he could be but it looks like he is eager to progress, which is important at his age (23) as he is still young. “Obviously you can see he has all the basics to be more than a good defender. He will need some time, like everyone else, and with time he will improve. Going by this performance you will be looking forward to what he can achieve.” As for his own display, where he at times dominated seven-goal Costa, the City skipper added: “I loved it. I live for those moments. “People who know me know I want nothing else than to play against the big strikers week in, week out and I enjoyed every minute of it.” While Zabaleta’s red card eventually led to Chelsea’s opener through Andre Schurrle, there was a dramatic finish in store as Frank Lampard stepped off the bench to level against his employers of 13 years. Having been cheered onto the pitch by the away fans, Lampard predictably declined to celebrate. He is only in Manchester until the new year, when he starts life at New York City FC, but Kompany is pleased to have a player of his stature around until then. “I have said it before, he was looking really good in training and it is one more player with a lot of experiences, he has won a lot of trophies in his career and in moments like this he keeps his head cool and just finishes it,” he said. “He could even have had a second but I guess that could have been a bit too much.” Ten-man City fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Jose Mourinho’s table-toppers on Sunday, leaving the Londoners three points clear at the summit. Southampton and Aston Villa occupy are second and third in the table but are unlikely challengers in the long run, meaning the Gunners and City look likeliest to lead the chase. Press Association The weekend showdown at the Etihad Stadium was billed as the battle of the big hitters but Kompany believes Arsenal, who are one point better off than City and four off top spot, are ready to make it a scrap at the summit. “It is not fair to call it at the moment,” said Kompany. “First of all we are not even close to Chelsea yet (in the table). Secondly, I have seen good things from Chelsea but I have seen maybe better things from Arsenal so I guess it will all be about consistency and, with the Champions League, it will get messy around December. “It is too early to call. Five points is nothing but (Chelsea) have five points more than us, it is as simple as that. “But it will get messy in December and January as it always does – or at least the last six years I have been here it has.” Kompany was in commanding form on Sunday, shutting down Diego Costa in a manner no other defender has yet managed this season. It seemed improbable that Mourinho’s side would have scored had Pablo Zabaleta not been sent off in the 66th minute, with Kompany well partnered by debutant Eliaquim Mangala. The £32million Frenchman has had a lengthy wait for his first taste of English football but was muscular and dependable in a tough opening assignment. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the Barclays Premier League title race is destined to “get messy” with Arsenal joining the champions and Chelsea in a three-way battle. last_img read more