Jordan Dean, Christina Bennett Lind, Christopher Sieber & More to Star in The Heart of Robin Hood at A.R.T.

first_img Dean has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia! and Cymbeline. His film and TV credits include Jersey Girl, Other People, Not Fade Away and Burning Blue. Sieber has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Triumph of Love, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Spamalot, Shrek the Musical, La Cage Aux Folles and most recently, Pippin, filling in for Terrence Mann. His film and TV credits include Elementary, It’s All Relative and Two of a Kind. Best known as Bianca Montgomery on TV’s All My Children, Lind has appeared in Ride the Tiger at the Long Wharf Theatre. Her additional film and TV credits include End of Innocents and Lyre Liar. Star Files Jordan Dean in green tights?! The Mamma Mia! alum will join Tony nominee Christopher Sieber and stage and screen star Christina Bennett Lind in The Heart of Robin Hood, a fast-paced and humorous new take on the classic tale, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Directed by Gisli Orn Gardarsson, the play by David Farr will begin performances December 11 at the Loeb Drama Center, with opening night set for December 18. The production will play a limited engagement through January 19, 2014. In this twist on the classic tale, Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, but they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John as he plots to steal his brother’s crown. In this time of chaos and fear, Marion must boldly protect the poor and convince Robin to listen to his heart if they are to save the country. The Heart of Robin Hood premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2011. View Comments In addition to Dean as Robin, Sieber as Pierre and Lind as Marion, Robin Hood features Claire Candela (Once) as Sarah Summers, Andrew Cekala (Pippin) as Gethro Summers, Jeremy Crawford (Aladdin) as Little John, Zachary Eisenstat (Superior Donuts at Lyric Stage) as Will Scarlett, Andy Grotelueschen (TV’s Elementary) as Much, Laura Sheehy (Cabaret) as Plug, Louis Tucci (War of the Worlds) as Makepeace, Damian Young (All My Sons) as Prince John and Katrina Yaukey (War Horse) as Alice. Christopher Sieberlast_img read more

Andrew Polec on Headlining Jim Steinman’s Rocktacular Bat Out of Hell in London

first_imgShows don’t get much more “rocktacular,” or so one assumes, than Bat Out of Hell – The Musical, the vaunted Jim Steinman hymn to youthful passion whose stage version is previewing at the London Coliseum prior to a June 20 opening. Drawing on an iconic back catalog of songs, director Jay Scheib’s production stars American performer Andrew Polec as the romantically questing, rebellious Strat—a that the West End newbie described as close to heaven-sent.How does it feel to be headlining the rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza of London’s theatrical summer?Everything about this for me has been the most huge and wonderful leap, and I’m so grateful for everything that’s been happening. Every day I just feel very grateful to be working with such an amazing group of people.Did you ever envisage yourself fronting a rock musical?I wasn’t actually a rock and roll kid. This is going to sound weird, but I didn’t realize I had a singing voice until late in my teens. I was a big sports kid at the time and played a lot of lacrosse and then I was in a terrible biking accident that ended all thoughts of that as a career, and so I joined the school choir and performed a solo. When I came off stage, my parents were, like, “Wow, you can actually sing!”Didn’t you realize that yourself?I guess I was under the impression that everyone could sing, at least enough. I didn’t realize that there are people out there who can’t hold a tune and that this is a gift I have been given from the universe and that it was probably important to respect it and to see if I could use it. What kind of character is Strat?For one thing he doesn’t age, so he is forever 18! Something happened to Strat that kept him in this 18-year-old mindset where he wants to be wild and reckless and to rebel against this despotic ruler, Falco. He’s trying to break out of the system and find freedom and all of a sudden, he sees Raven, who is the daughter of Falco, and he turns into this big pile of mush.Is it fun to be playing someone “forever 18”?Yeah, of course: it’s all acting. The right mindset is all you need.Have you had to alter your appearance for the part?I think I look pretty much like me but what’s interesting is that when we were trying out the show in Manchester, people didn’t recognize the way I acted onstage as opposed to the way I looked onstage. As Strat, I’m a little more forward and aggressive and not as nice a person onstage as I would be offstage, so that sort of changed everyone’s perspective.How are you fielding your composer Jim Steinman’s famously demanding vocals?Throat massage is really important, and pacing is also crucial. You have to be very aware of what’s actually worth pushing and going for, and what is worth sitting back on. It helps that I’m doing six performances a week and [castmate] Ben Purkiss is doing two. Is it a challenge escaping the influence of Meat Loaf? Well, he’s the guy who landed on the moon or maybe I should say Pluto first, and we’re all walking in his footsteps trying to figure out how he did it. He climbed Everest with his vocal acrobatics, so you actually think, “How did you do all that and still have a voice?”How did you land this production to begin with?I went to an open call in New York but I don’t think they were looking for my type.  At the time, I was there to audition for the SpongeBob musical and had brought my drum with me, and someone said, “Are you here for the Bat Out of Hell audition down the street?” At first I thought it was a misnomer and they were just using the phrase “bat out of hell,” but very quickly I realized they were talking about a completely different musical. So, there I was lugging my floor tom drum down the streets of New York, bumping into a lot of people on the way. Do you remember your introduction to the music of Jim Steinman?My dad played me “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” [sung by Meat Loaf on the Bat Out of Hell album] when I was younger, and I fell in love with the sheer energy of the song.  It was then that I realized that you can put as much energy into rock and roll as you can into a sport, and that kind of got me hooked. From there on, I played in quite a few rock bands.Where was musical theater in all this?I think it just depended on the show. I grew up with Meat Loaf, but I also grew up with The Fantasticks, which I got to do just recently in New York [at the Snapple Theater Center], and all of a sudden I was part of both those worlds. At the same time, our show has been compared to American Idiot, which, unfortunately, I never saw, and I’ve also never seen Les Miz or Rent. I’m clearly not the person to ask about musicals!What do you think SpongeBob would make out of Bat Out of Hell?Obviously, SpongeBob is a comical character but he also firmly believes in everything he does, and what’s so beautiful about Jim’s music and so many of his lyrics is that you could look at it all as totally comical but if you play it seriously, then it rewards being taken seriously. There’s such a human element to what Jim writes that if you play it 150%, then the comedy comes through, the love comes through, the total heartbreak and the awkwardness come through.Given that the Bat Out of Hell album was first released in 1977, does the material speak to where we are today?I hope so. We’re dealing here with a character who can be seen as the blueprint of rock and roll, which in turn came from the idea of rebellion and changing the way people think about society and the way they think about each other. With the terrible racism and homophobia that seems to be coming back at the moment, I’d like to think that maybe this is the character needed for this time. Star Files Andrew Poleccenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

This Is The Real Consequence Of Feeling Lonely

first_imgRefinery 29:Bad news for the lone wolves out there: New research suggests that, even if you love being alone, being lonely  isn’t all that great for your health.The study, published this month in Perspectives on Psychological Science, was a meta-analysis of previously-published studies looking at the relationship between social isolation and health. The researchers found 70 studies that qualified — with 3,407,134 participants overall. On average, the studies followed participants for about seven years while monitoring their levels of social isolation and loneliness as well as whether or not they had died.Read the whole story: Refinery 29last_img

Harlow appoints Urban Initiatives to create design guide

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Aug. 4

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNeed independent nursing home reviewFor the past few months, I have been following what can be best described as an absolute scandal going on in our nursing homes with the needless deaths of thousands of New Yorkers from COVID-19.On March 12, Gov. Cuomo banned all visitors to New York’s nursing homes and then on March 25 he issued an executive order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients. The governor ultimately rescinded this order on May 10 after the loss of thousands of residents.Now the governor’s hand-picked health commissioner has come out with his own internal report that blames the deaths on staff? I think we have to take any report with a grain of salt and demand a real, independent investigation into this disaster.I applaud Sen. Jim Tedisco for once again coming up with a common sense, non- partisan solution.Sen. Tedisco has proposed an independent, bi-partisan investigation to use subpoena power to find out what happened to the thousands of New Yorkers who died from the coronavirus in our nursing homes. The families of those who lost their lives deserve answers and a real investigation, not a phony report or toothless hearings.Kathleen YoungClifton ParkGun deaths show a disregard for lifeSo before and after Black Lives Matter, Schenectady, Albany and all major cities, especially Chicago, have had their share of killings.Chicago since the beginning of 2020 has had approximately 400 people killed. Of course, the mayors of Chicago, New York City and most other liberal-run major cities blame all this on the influx of guns. Good excuse.That’s like blaming a car accident on the car, not the person.However, with guns this is an accepted fact: The gun did it, not the person. Just ask any liberal; they will confirm this for you.Those of us who have some sense of logic should realize the real cause of this increase is the wanton and blatant disregard for the value and sanctity of human life.This starts with abortion, which will kill (murder) up to the time of delivery in the birth canal. Obviously if you can do this to a baby, then why not an adult or any other human?It’s strange though no one is blocking city hall for this type of protest. Maybe no lives really matter?Robert NicolellaScotiaInjuring horses in protests is abuseRegarding the July 29 Gazette article (“Police horses receive safety shields,”), can any one of the few sane observers of people protesting and rioting explain to me why people who are aggressively trying to hurt police horses are not being arrested for animal abuse?When is it OK to hurt an innocent animal in New York state? I thought our government passed a law protecting all animals from abuse. If this is peaceful protests when both animals and police officers are hurt on purpose, then the rioters and protesters are losing their messages every day.Their voices are getting weaker and less acknowledged by those of us who care for all animals as well as people.Midge DubeCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more

Food & Beverage News

first_imgCooking With The Countess The Southampton History Museum presents a monthly live Zoom cooking show in the kitchen of one of the last, private Gilded Age estates in Southampton. The program takes place on the first Thursday of every month beginning June 4 at 11 AM. The first Zoom installment will feature how to make a rhubarb pie using organic, homegrown produce.The show features The Countess von Salm-Hoogstraeten, and her private chef, Brian Hetrich. The vast kitchen is located inside the Port of Missing Men, which was built by H.H. Rogers, Jr., whose father was the richest man in 1910.Chef Hetrich is a raw vegan chef, Master Grower, speaker, and author from West Palm Beach. He’s been living and counseling others on the raw food lifestyle for over 13 years. “In my practice, I emphasize the harmonious integration of body, mind and spirit,” said Hetrich. “I feel very strongly in using superior nutrition combined with the judicial use of select herbs, pure water, sensible exercise, effective detoxification protocols, and other lifestyle factors in order for anyone to realize superior health.”The Countess has a well-cared for, organic vegetable garden, which is the major source of produce for all meals served at the estate. Like Hetrich, she promotes healthy living and consumption. She often lends her home to organizations like Peconic Land Trust, Southampton History Museum, and others.The Countess “is an enthusiastic preservationist for nature and culture in Southampton,” said Tom Edmonds, executive director at the Southampton History Museum. “This cooking show offers a unique experience for natural food and history lovers inside one of the most majestic, historic homes that I know of.”BBQ PacksTownline BBQ in Sagaponack is offering take home BBQ packs, available Wednesday through Sunday. Orders can be placed over the phone by calling 631-537-2271 between noon and 8 PM, or until the ’que runs out. Take home special kits serve 4 to 6 or 8 to 12 people. In lieu of gratuity, diners may choose to donate to the Honest Man Employee Relief Fund. Credit card payment is preferred.Supper ClubArt of Eating in Bridgehampton is moving its Supper Club prepared dinners to Thursday night.  This Thursday will feature local fish, organic produce North and South Fork farms and farmstands. The Lynn Blue Band will perform acoustic favorites while patrons wait in their cars for pick-up. A full menu of takeout options – in addition to the Supper Club offerings – is available online at www.hamptonsartofeating.com.jessica@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Prime Minister at Ashdod Port Ceremony

first_imgChina Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) today held a groundbreaking ceremony in Ashod marking the beginning of construction of Israel’s new port project. The ceremony was officiated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other State dignitaries. Speaking at the ceremony in southern Ashdod, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had some prime comments to share.“We will continue to develop seaports in order to lower the costs of goods. We will continue to pave highways and build railroads in order to join the Negev and the Galilee to the center of the country,” he said.This new port, worth approx $930 million, will be built about 1km north of the current Ashdod Port by one of the CHEC’s subsidiaries.According to the officials, the construction of the port will last about seven years.[mappress mapid=”19030″]Dredging Today Stafflast_img read more

BRTP delays Triton deployment, makes new appointments

first_imgBlack Rock Tidal Power (BRTP), a Schottel Hydro company, has delayed the deployment of Triton tidal platform to next year, while expanding its leadership team in Nova Scotia, Canada.Namely, the Triton floating tidal platform was planned for deployment in fall this year at the BRTP’s berth located at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), near Parrsboro, Bay of Fundy.However, in today’s press release, announcing the appointment of Nils Hirsch as General Manager, and Sue Molloy as Vice President of Strategy and Policy, BRTP stated that the Triton platform would be deployed next year.“The leadership of Black Rock Tidal Power continues to grow. We have exceptional expertise on the ground in Nova Scotia and anticipate that our overall workforce will double in size by this fall,” Niels Lange, Chair of the BRTP’s Board of Directors, said.The company is one of five companies from around the world awarded a site at FORCE tidal energy testing site. It also secured the developmental tidal feed-in tariff (FIT) and the respective power purchase agreement with Nova Scotia Power.In October 2015, BRTP secured $11.5 million for the development of 2.5 MW Triton tidal platform, which carries a number of Schottel Hydro’s SIT turbines, from the combination of commercial loan and private equity funding.The platform has two spar buoys that provide buoyancy and house both electrical and mechanical equipment for the installation. It is attached to a gravity base with a universal joint, allowing the array to align to the direction of tidal flows.last_img read more

Heavy cargoes arrive in Cuxhaven

first_imgOn its daily short-sea route between Immingham, UK and Cuxhaven, DFDS called at the Danish port of Esbjerg to load wind energy industry components, destined for the SGRE factory.In Esbjerg, rotor houses for offshore wind turbines, manufactured by Valmont SM, were secured onto Mafi trailers for loading on DFDS’ Jutlandia Seaways, on behalf of freight forwarder Freja Transport & Logistics. Each unit weighed almost 32 tonnes and measured up to 7 m wide.After just six hours, the cargoes arrived at Cuxhaven’s Cuxport terminal, where they are currently stored ahead of delivery to the SGRE facility. at the Cuxport terminal until they can be transported to the Siemens Gamesa factory.“With the call at the port in Esbjerg, the required components were brought to their destination as quickly as possible, saving several truck tours,” explained Marcus Braue, branch manager of DFDS Germany in Cuxhaven.“After this first call at the port, we plan to call at Esbjerg once a month en route from Immingham to Cuxhaven. The next call is already planned for early November.”
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Linklaters, Nabarro and Olswang lawyers to face BHS collapse questions

first_imgPartners at City firms Linklaters, Nabarro and Olswang are set to face questions from MPs next week over their role in the collapse of the department store BHS.Former Arcadia group chair Lord Grabiner QC (pictured) is also among those invited to give evidence.The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee are undertaking a joint inquiry into the sale of BHS for £1 by Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green to City investors Retail Acquisition Limited in March last year.On Monday the committee will focus on the role of advisers and their advice on the BHS pension arrangement and the sale and purchase of BHS. Owen Clay, a corporate partner at Linklaters, will face questions in connection to his advice to Arcadia on the disposal of BHS. Ian Greenstreet, a pensions partner at Nabarro and Anne-Marie Winton, a former partner at Nabarro, now at ARC Pensions Law, will face questions on Monday over their advice on pensions.David Roberts, a corporate partner at Olswang, has been invited to appear before MPs on Wednesday in connection to his role advising on the acquisition of BHS by Retail Acquisition. Source: Dinendra Haria/REX/ShutterstockSolicitors Mark Tasker and Eddie Parladorio, who were directors at Retail Acquisition, will also have to face questions on Wednesday. Tasker is currently head of corporate and commercial at Bates Wells Braithwaite, while Parladorio is a partner at Manleys.Ian Wright MP, chair of the BIS committee, said the session will explore how Retail Acquisitions was considered a suitable buyer.He said: ‘We will want to untangle the nature of the advice, both formal and informal, which was provided to Arcadia and [Retail Acquisition] as part of the sale process.’last_img read more