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Fr. Lies honored with award

first_imgFr. William Lies, vice president for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, has always admired the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But for the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Charities USA, Lies himself is also admirable. The organizations presented him with a “Keep the Dream Alive” award in Washington D.C. on Jan. 12 at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Roman Catholic Church. The award honors King “by presenting awards to contemporary heroes working to keep his dream alive,” according to a press release from Catholic Charities USA. “I’m humbled and honored to have received [the award], and I accepted it for the Center for Social Concerns and on behalf of Notre Dame,” Fr. Lies said, “Especially as it was given in the name of Dr. King who has been a hero of mine and of so many who care for the poor.” Lies said the award is focused on “advocacy and poverty reduction.” “It was an opportunity to honor Dr. King, primarily, by lifting up people who have fostered the dream he expounded on,” he said. Lies expressed his belief that the award is a reflection on not only his work, but also the work of the faculty, staff and students at the Center for Social Concerns and is ultimately a reflection on the University. “[And] as you look at the work of the Center, and the ways it tries to inculcate in our students a vision for a just and humane world,” he said. “The hope is to open our students’ eyes to some of the injustice present in our world, and have it strike them.” Lies said King’s vision is derived from the call of Christ, something the University tries to emphasize through the Center for Social Concerns, as well as other programs on campus. “At some point [we want] to have the undergrads realize what their responsibilities are before God and faith,” he said, as well as their responsibility to their neighbors, both next door and across the globe. Fr. Lies had been a lay volunteer with the Dominican volunteers for a year after he attended college. “It was there that I was awakened to that part of the Gospel call, … Jesus’ walking with the poor and calling us to be with them,” he said. He said the passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians about Jesus and the power of his resurrection has spoken to him throughout his work. “If we really knew Jesus and the power of his resurrection, we would be for others in a way that would be really impressive,” Fr. Lies said. “This is really about inculcating in our students that great vision of Dr. King, and some of the others, who, in Christ’s image, have called folks to be with the poor and all those on the margins,” he said. “Much of what we have to offer the Church and the world as a Catholic university is part of his vision, and that is a more just and humane society.”last_img read more

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Robinson, Blais address new group members

first_imgThis past Wednesday’s Senate meeting marked the first senate meeting of the Robinson-Blais administration. Junior student body president Corey Robinson and sophomore vice president Becca Blais were sworn into office, as they stated their commitments to upholding the constitution of the undergraduate student body. Following their oaths, the new senators of each dorm were also sworn into office.This administration’s senate will follow a new model, which places some senators into four different committees as a part of each meeting. These committees are Health and Wellness, Sustainability, Community Engagement and Campus Affairs. Senators also have been assigned to different executive cabinet departments.“We are trying to make it more effective and efficient by separating [senate] into smaller committees and by approaching this with a interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to these problems. We are excited to see what you all come up with and what you guys want to change,” Robinson said to the senators.The new senators for the 2016-2017 academic year approved the following individuals in their incoming student government positions including chief of staff, junior Michael Markel and parliamentarian, freshman Monica Montgomery.Sophomore Alexandra Eisele will take over as secretary. Executive controller will be sophomore Daniel Swanson, and junior Erica Tabor will serve as director of communication.Andrew Recker was named athletics representative, while junior MaKenna Siebenaler was approved as the campus ministry representative.Senior Rachel Wallace will serve as the Student Union representative to Diversity Council. The senate also approved freshmen David Hopkinson and Nabila Mourad as the First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) directors.Director of the department of academic affairs will be junior Eva Niklinska and the director of the department of campus technology will be freshman Bryce Badura.Juniors Caitlyn Hodges and Kimberly Sullivan will take over as director of the department of community relations and director of the department of constituent services, respectively.Sophomore Xun Chris Wang will be the director of the department of gender issues for the new administration, and freshmen Julia Dunbar and Stephanie Mastorakos will serve as the director of the department of health and wellness, and director of the department of internal affairs, respectively.The new senators also approved freshman Prathm Juneja as the new director of the department of national engagement and outreach.Freshmen Joseph Sierotko will take over as director of the department of residence life and director of the department of social concerns is freshman Andrea Tong.Director of the department of university affairs is junior Andrew Helmin and junior Grace Watkins was named the University policy liaison. “The purpose of the committees is to really empower those senators to have a voice,” Blais said. “A lot of people are shy or nervous about raising their hand and sharing their opinion, but when you break people down into smaller groups and they get to share their perspective of their committee, their department, their dorms, their clubs, the people they represent … then it really gives them a chance to be vocal.”“What I am hoping for … the senate is, first of all, greater collaboration between senate, SUB, and Executive Cabinet,” Blais said. “The second thing I would hope for is … that they utilize the time to work in those small groups and work in the big group to form resolutions about the issues that they really care about, to really get to discuss the issues that affect our university every day.”Tags: Blais-Robinson, new officers, Notre Dame, Senatelast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s to launch ‘College Assembly’ series

first_imgThe first College Assembly will take place Friday from 3–4 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium of Madeleva Hall, according to an email President Jan Cervelli sent to the Saint Mary’s community on Tuesday.Cervelli said in the email the gathering will serve as a comfortable atmosphere in which attendees can vocalize their opinions about and suggestions for the College.“During the spring semester, the Assemblies will offer an opportunity for faculty, students and staff to discuss strategic priorities and policies in a forum that encourages the sharing of information and exchange of ideas,” she said. This assembly will be the first installment of a series Cervelli said she hopes will continue throughout the semester.“Ongoing conversations with all members of the campus community are essential to the strategic planning process that will shape Saint Mary’s future,” Cervelli said. “I encourage everyone to participate in this effort to build on the College’s foundation of excellence to ensure that we strengthen it for the future.”An itinerary attached to the all-school email states that vice president of enrollment management Mona Bowe and vice president for Student Affairs Karen Johnson will deliver an “enrollment update.” Senior vice president of Academic Affairs and recently-inducted Provost Nancy Nekvasil will lead a discussion about the future of Saint Mary’s study abroad programs and then examine the functionality of the Cushwa-Leighton Library.Cervelli will then address the benefits of shared governance and take questions from the audience. An informal reception will follow the event.Tags: Assembly, cervelli, College Assembly, Enrollment, President Jan Cervelli, shared governancelast_img read more

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After Midnight’s Fantasia Barrino on the Star She Would Love to Play Onscreen & How Broadway Is Like Church

first_img What do you enjoy about singing on a Broadway stage, rather than in concert? Concerts are my first love, so that will never change. With Broadway, the challenge is doing a new show for different people every night. It’s almost like a ministry for me—when we get out there on that stage, we are ministering through songs or stories or tap dancing. You never know you’re blessing, and it’s a joy to go out there and do the same show and have it feel a little bit different every time. Congratulations on your three Grammy nominations and on New York magazine naming your album one of the 10 best of the year! Get out of here! Really? I didn’t know that. Oh my god. View Comments How does this experience compare to the last time you were on Broadway, as Celie in The Color Purple? At the time I played Celie, I was still so young, and so many things in my life were not fixed the way they should have been. Between dealing with my life and dealing with Celie’s life [of abuse], it was a very trying time. I’m a grown woman now—I’ve been around the world; I’m a businesswoman; I’m a mother of two and I raise a niece, so that makes three. I’m in a great place, and nothing can change that. You mentioned your kids. What do you enjoy doing with them in New York? When I’m with them, I feel like a big kid. I had my daughter [Zion, now 12] at such a young age—I was a child myself, but when you become a mother, you put away childish things. It was harder for me having a girl because you have to teach her how to be a woman. Now, we enjoy doing things I never got to do. We like to ride rides; we love to pop popcorn and watch scary movies. My son [Dallas] is such a boy, and it’s looking like he is going to be very musical. He just turned two, but he can sing and harmonize. I have a videos of him playing notes on the piano, and my mother said, “That’s how you were.” My daughter and my niece are into fashion, so I’m thinking about helping them with some type of clothing line. To see these babies grow up into smart young women makes me feel so blessed. I enjoy every moment with them. Ten years ago this spring, Fantasia Barrino took American Idol to a new level with her soulful rendition of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess. Three years later, the reality show champ shocked naysayers (and won a Theatre World Award) for her blistering performance as Celie in The Color Purple. After some well publicized ups and downs, Barrino is back on top: She nabbed three 2014 Grammy nominations, including Best Urban Contemporary Album for Side Effects of You, which New York magazine named one of the year’s 10 best recordings; and she is thrilling Broadway audiences as the featured soloist in the new musical After Midnight. An upbeat Fantasia recently chatted with Broadway.com about channeling great jazz vocalists, what she loves about Broadway and why she’s feeling thankful at the dawn of a new year. After Midnight Did you grow up listening to this kind of music? I come from a musical family, so I grew up listening to all kinds of music. It started at age four or five with gospel; my mother and father and my two brothers and I would sing in different churches, and we had two gospel albums out. But even before [producer] Scott Sanders asked me to do this play, I had been on a jazz mission. I didn’t want to hear anything on the radio—I listened to nothing but jazz. So when [After Midnight] came, it felt like God’s way of positioning me for this role. I felt like, “OK, I’m supposed to do this.” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Did anyone from your record label advise you not to do Broadway? I have to say, I have a lot of great supporters at my label no matter what I do. I’ve heard that they are amazed to see me doing so many different things—from American Idol to my book and Lifetime movie [Life Is Not a Fairytale] to going on the road and singing in Italian with Andrea Bocelli to playing Celie in The Color Purple, and now this show. They look at me and say, “What’s next?” It makes me feel good to surprise people. I don’t think [Broadway] puts you in a box; I think it expands who you are. How much fun are you having in After Midnight? We feel exactly how it looks. Everybody in the show is a fan of the Cotton Club era, and we want to honor the people who came before us. Every night, we say, “Let’s enjoy ourselves. Let’s put a smile on the face of someone who has never seen a Broadway show.”center_img Aretha Franklin has suggested that you should play her in a movie. Would you be interested? Of course I would! [Laughs.] She is at the top of my list of people I love dearly and respect. I’ve been listening to Aretha Franklin since I was a little girl [rather than] CDs that most young people my age had. I know a lot about her, and if she calls for me, I will be there. Related Shows Are there particular singers from that era who inspire you? Oh, of course. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway…they’re all favorites of mine. When I sing “Stormy Weather,” I always picture Lena Horne, who was an amazing, beautiful woman. I want to let their legacy live on, so I keep it very authentic. These songs are my babies. Star Files Is there any chance you would come back to After Midnight later in the run? [K.D. Lang, Toni Braxton and Babyface have signed on as guest vocalists in the coming months.] There’s been talk about that. With this music, this band and this cast, you’ve got me. It’s hard to find a group of people who are as passionate and loving. Every day before the show, we go on stage and pray together. We genuinely love each other, so of course I would come back! That happiness comes through in your performance. When I say, “Nothing can break me now,” people say, “Are you sure?” And I say, “Yeah, do the research! Go back and Google.” I’ve been through things that a lot of people my age probably wouldn’t have made it out of, so nothing can get me down. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I think about is that I’ve lived to see another day. I say, “Thank you, Lord.” I’m healthy, I’m in my right mind and my children are blessed. It has nothing to do with money or position or material things; none of that means anything to me. This time on Broadway, it’s about embodying the music of these amazing people. I would love to be the new school Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald. I want to stand there and say, “I’ve been through things, but look at me now.” You look gorgeous in your Isabel Toledo costumes. How cool is it that a fashion designer is making her Broadway debut? First of all, I’m in love with Isabel and her husband [Ruben Toledo]. They have the most amazing eye—so much so that she’s designing my dress for the Grammys this year. When it comes to After Midnight, she really got it: She would come every night [during previews] and watch the show as if she had never seen it before. She was always there to make sure that when we hit the stage, we were comfortable and didn’t have to worry about anything other than doing a great job. See Fantasia Barrino in After Midnight at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Fantasia Barrinolast_img read more

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Chocolate Factory & Merrily We Roll Along Lead Olivier Nominations

first_imgThe nominations for the 2014 Olivier Awards, the West End’s equivalent of Broadway’s Tonys, were announced March 10, with new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along leading the pack—both garnered seven nominations each. They were closely followed by Best New Musical nominees Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys, which all received six nominations each. Broadway favorites Gavin Creel, Jared Gertner and Kyle Scatliffe all received Best Actor in a Musical nods, Creel and Gertner for The Book of Mormon and Scatliffe for The Scottsboro Boys. Check out the full list below!FULL NOMINATIONS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2014 BEST ACTORHenry Goodman for The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui at the Duchess TheatreTom Hiddleston for Coriolanus at the Donmar WarehouseRory Kinnear for Othello at the National Theatre, OlivierJude Law for Henry V at the Noël Coward TheatreBEST ACTRESSHayley Atwell for The Pride at the Trafalgar StudiosAnna Chancellor for Private Lives at the Gielgud TheatreJudi Dench for Peter And Alice at the Noël Coward TheatreLesley Manville for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar StudiosBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLERon Cook for Henry V at the Noël Coward TheatreMark Gatiss for Coriolanus at the Donmar WarehouseJack Lowden for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar StudiosArdal O’Hanlon for The Weir at the Donmar Warehouse & the Wyndham’s TheatreBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLESharon D Clarke for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, OlivierSarah Greene for The Cripple Of Inishmaan at the Noël Coward TheatreKatherine Kingsley for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noël Coward TheatreCecilia Noble for The Amen Corner at the National Theatre, OlivierAMERICAN AIRLINES BEST NEW PLAY1984 at the Almeida TheatreChimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter TheatreThe Night Alive at the Donmar WarehousePeter And Alice at the Noël Coward TheatreBEST NEW COMEDYThe Duck House at the Vaudeville TheatreThe Full Monty at the Noël Coward TheatreJeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s TheatreThe Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar WarehouseBEST DIRECTORRichard Eyre for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar StudiosMaria Friedman for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter TheatreSusan Stroman for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young VicLyndsey Turner for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter TheatreBEST ACTOR IN A MUSICALGavin Creel for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales TheatreJared Gertner for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales TheatreDouglas Hodge for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneKyle Scatliffe for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young VicBEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICALRosalie Craig for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, LytteltonZrinka Cviteš  for Once at the Phoenix TheatreJenna Russell for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter TheatreCharlotte Wakefield for The Sound Of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air TheatreBEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICALStephen Ashfield for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales TheatreColman Domingo for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young VicJosefina Gabrielle for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter TheatreNigel Planer for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneMASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICALThe Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales TheatreCharlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneOnce at the Phoenix TheatreThe Scottsboro Boys at the Young VicBEST REVIVALThe Amen Corner at the National Theatre, OlivierGhosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar StudiosOthello at the National Theatre, OlivierPrivate Lives at the Gielgud TheatreBEST MUSICAL REVIVALMerrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter TheatreThe Sound Of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air TheatreTell Me On A Sunday at the St James Theatre & the Duchess TheatreBEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHERPeter Darling for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneSteven Hoggett for Once at the Phoenix TheatreCasey Nicholaw for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince of Wales TheatreSusan Stroman for The Scottsboro Boys at the Young VicBEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILYDerren Brown: Infamous at the Palace TheatreEric And Little Ern at the Vaudeville TheatreBarry Humphries’ Farewell Tour – Eat, Pray, Laugh! at the London PalladiumThe Wind In The Willows at the Duchess TheatreAUTOGRAPH SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICThe Book Of Mormon – Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone for book, music & lyricsMerrily We Roll Along – The orchestraOnce – Martin Lowe for composition & arrangements, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová for music & lyricsThe Scottsboro Boys – John Kander & Fred Ebb for music & lyricsWHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGNPaule Constable for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, LytteltonTim Lutkin & Finn Ross for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter TheatrePeter Mumford for Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre & Trafalgar StudiosPaul Pyant for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneBEST SOUND DESIGNSimon Baker for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, LytteltonCarolyn Downing for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter TheatreClive Goodwin for Once at the Phoenix TheatreGareth Owen for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter TheatreBEST COSTUME DESIGNNicky Gillibrand for The Wind In The Willows at the Duchess TheatreSoutra Gilmour for Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter TheatreRae Smith for The Light Princess at the National Theatre, LytteltonMark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneXL VIDEO AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGNBob Crowley for Once at the Phoenix TheatreEs Devlin for Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter TheatreTim Goodchild for Strangers On A Train at the Gielgud TheatreMark Thompson for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury LaneOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AN AFFILIATE THEATRECush Jumbo for Josephine And I at the Bush TheatreFleabag at the Soho TheatreHandbagged at the Tricycle TheatreOh What A Lovely War at the Theatre Royal Stratford EastBEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTIONCompagnie 111 Aurélien Bory/Stéphanie Fuster for What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?) at the Barbican TheatreEastman – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler’s Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler’s WellsRichard Alston Dance Company/Britten Sinfonia for Barbican Britten: Phaedra at the Barbican TheatreOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE Arthur Pita for his choreography of Ballet Black – A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera HouseClemmie Sveaas for her performance in Witch-Hunt at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera HouseThe Mark Morris Season at Sadler’s WellsMichael Hulls for his body of lighting work including Ballet Boyz – The Talent at Sadler’s WellsBEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTIONThe Firework-Maker’s Daughter at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera HouseLes Vepres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera HouseWozzeck by English National Opera at the London ColiseumOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERAJoyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez for their performances in La Donna Del Lago at the Royal Opera HousePlácido Domingo for his performance in Nabucco at the Royal Opera HouseEnglish Touring Opera for its brave and challenging touring productions at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera HouseBBC RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARDLes Misérables at the Queen’s TheatreMatilda The Musical at the Cambridge TheatreThe Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre
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Broadway.com’s Five Best London Shows in 2014

first_img BLITHE SPIRIT, GIELGUD THEATRE The West End tended to play second fiddle this year to the not-for-profit sector, which made the director Michael Blakemore’s affectionate take on Noel Coward’s time-honored 1941 play even more welcome than usual. In a cast that included the pitch-perfect Charles Edwards as a novelist haunted by marital ghosts, the headline-making news of the night was the return to the London stage after nearly four decades of Dame Angela Lansbury, reprising her Tony-winning turn as Madame Arcati—the legendary octogenarian’s wit, sense of timing and spry intelligence were all happily intact. THE JAMES PLAYS, NATIONAL THEATRE The year saw several productions that thought in epic terms, one of which—the two halves of Wolf Hall, starring Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell—is headed to Broadway in the spring. But Rona Munro’s The James Plays was even better, shining a light on three little-known Scottish kings with a sense of adventure and bravura that reminds one of Shakespeare, whose own warrior-king Henry V even made an appearance in the first of Munro’s dazzling theatrical triptych. MY NIGHT WITH REG, DONMAR WAREHOUSE How many revivals of contemporary plays leave one yearning for the original? Not this time. As directed by Robert Hastie, Kevin Elyot’s bittersweet play about love and lust in the age of AIDS was funnier and infinitely more moving this time around than it was in 1994. The author died within weeks of opening night, but the expert ensemble (headed by Jonathan Broadbent and an unabashedly naked Julian Ovenden) is continuing onward–with a West End transfer next month. From a Noel Coward classic polished to within an inch of its life to a troubling Stephen Sondheim musical that packed a pistol-laden punch, London theater was characteristically varied and vibrant across 2014. There were stars aplenty and more musicals than one could possibly imagine, revivals of Cats and Miss Saigon included. Read on for a list of the year’s five best shows. PRIVACY, DONMAR WAREHOUSE James Graham’s play was that rare show where audiences were invited to turn on their cell phones at the beginning of the performance, even if two acts later you were sorely tempted to toss your iPhone in the trash. A sometimes hilarious but more often wounding look at the erosion of self in our information-obsessed, publicity-minded age, Josie Rourke’s production was first among equals in a notably strong year for the tiny Donmar Warehouse—where Rourke returned at year’s end in a striking change of pace to revive the Tony-winning Broadway musical, City of Angels. For more excellence from the Donmar, check out our second choice. ASSASSINS, MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY “All you have to do is move your little finger,” or so goes a defining lyric to a Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical that can be a lot harder to get right than one might think. All the more reason, therefore, to applaud the busy director Jamie Lloyd’s effortlessly smart reappraisal of a piece about the murderous underside of the United States, a country where freedom coexists with a seemingly limitless license to kill. Andy Nyman, Carly Bawden, Aaron Tveit, and Mike McShane were among the standouts in a notably strong company. View Commentslast_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Christian Borle, Elphaba, Glinda & More

first_img View Comments Whoever said April is the cruelest month (was it Christian Borle?) obviously never met February. It’s freezing, it’s damp, and no new Broadway shows are opening. But never fear—the Lessons of the Week are here to keep you warm! We’re revisiting the craziest stuff that happened in the last seven days, from Darren Criss’ glittery new gig to Rob McClure’s steamy trip to the mall. Check out what we learned!Christian Borle’s Bringing the Britney, BitchWe think he did it again. Christian Borle is adding two important elements to his portrayal of William Shakespeare in the new musical Something Rotten: hip swiveling and the essence of late-era Britney Spears. Well, if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that a Britney by any other name would look as great in red pleather pants. Bring it, Borle.Kick Cancer’s Butt with CauliflowerFirst, the bad news: Broadway and Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez has been diagnosed with breast cancer. But according to her, it’s “highly treatable”—and while she fights this thing, she’s cooking up mashed cauliflower “fauxtatoes” and wearing fabulous fashion to stay healthy and keep her spirits high. We’re cheering for you every step of the way, Krysta. Pass the fauxtatoes!Kara Lindsay Has Two New Green FriendsWicked star and Broadway.com video blogger Kara Lindsay got a very special birthday surprise this week: Two pet frogs! There’s only one problem—they have no names. She’s asking you guys to come up with ideas for names and post them on Twitter. But not Elphaba and Glinda. And not Elsa and Anna. Geez, Kara—what other names even are there?David Burtka Is a Blushing BrideIt Shoulda Been You leading man David Burtka is thrilled to be back on Broadway, but he’s a little confused about the role he’s playing. While describing the show, he accidentally told Broadway.com he’d be playing the bride (instead of the groom) in the new musical comedy. Wait, we want to see you play the bride! Your suave husband NPH can give you hair and makeup tips!Darren Criss’ Glittery Dreams Came TrueHere’s another guy who might need beautification tips from NPH: Darren Criss, who is stepping into Hedwig’s shiny gold boots beginning April 29! After telling us that the transgender East German rock goddess is his dream role, we couldn’t be more psyched for him. And for ourselves. Because in case you’ve forgotten, WE’RE DARRENCRISS.COM. Heart you, Darren. Always and forever. XOXO. Love, Broadway.com.Pin Curls Are the Foundation of LifeIf you thought love, money, God or mollusks were the essence of life, you’d be incorrect. As wise Chicago hairstylist Mandrill Hardge advises Jennifer Nettles on her Broadway.com video blog, the foundation of life is pin curls—lots and lots of pin curls. Hmm, looks like we’ve been doing this whole “life” thing wrong.Katie Finneran Wants to Feed the OrphansIt’s Only a Play’s Katie Finneran isn’t just a talented Broadway leading lady—she’s also a mom of two, and sometimes both worlds collide. Finneran told us that while playing Miss Hannigan in Annie, the star, who had just had her second child and was still breastfeeding, would lactate whenever the orphans sang. Let’s file this tidbit in the TMI folder, shall we?Rob McClure Had a Hot Date at SearsThe Honeymoon in Vegas star had some crazy first dates before meeting his wife Maggie. Like the time in high school he went to the mall with a girl, she took him to Sears, she asked him for some help with her, um…tools, he said no and she broke up with him. Hey, whatever. Sometimes you gotta get “Friki-Friki” at the mall. Nothing wrong with that. Right, Kim Cattrall?Kristin Chenoweth Is a Lover, Not a SlicerOn the Twentieth Century headliner Kristin Chenoweth is so many things—a Tony winner, a Schmackary’s addict, an assistant principal—and she’s also a lady who cares about her fellow man. While getting a pedicure, she also opted to have her nails clipped so she won’t “slice up” her co-stars. How thoughtful, Kristin! Andy Karl got enough battle wounds last season.Broadway Fans Wanna Get FreakyThis week, we pitted in-the-works Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musicals Freaky Friday and Magic Mike against each other on The Broadway.com Show, and naturally, 73% of you guys chose male strippers in…wait, what? You didn’t?! You chose a mom and her daughter swapping places in Freaky Friday? Wait. Over strippers?!?! We don’t even know you anymore.last_img read more

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Eric Idle Will Lead Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

first_imgCalifornia will soon be looking on the bright side of life! Eric Idle will headline his Tony-winning musical comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl this summer. According to the L.A. Times, the previously reported production will also star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Craig Robinson, Merle Dandridge and Warwick Davis, and run July 31 through August 2. B.T. McNicholl will direct.Idle wrote the book and lyrics to Spamalot but never appeared in the Broadway production; he will take on the role of the Historian. In a statement the Python member said he is “proud to join a hand-picked cast of seriously funny people for three nights of fun at my favorite venue: The Bollywood Hole.”Ferguson (Modern Family) will appear as Sir Robin, with Robinson (The Office) as King Arthur, Dandridge (Rent) as the Lady of the Lake and Davis (Return of the Jedi) as Patsy.The musical comedy also features music by John Du Prez and Idle, and is based on the screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The score includes the Python classic “Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.”Spamalot opened on Broadway on March 17, 2005 and went on to win three Tonys and run for four years. The original production starred Tim Curry as King Arthur, Michael McGrath as Patsy, David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin and Christian Borle as the Historian and other roles. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Jesse Tyler Fergusonlast_img read more

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Aliens Love Underpants Will Invade London’s West End

first_imgA stage adaptation of Aliens Love Underpants, the children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, will return to London’s West End following a U.K. tour. Performances will begin at the Dominion Theatre on August 1 and run through September 5. Adam Bampton-Smith directs and has penned the play, which previously ran at the Leicester Square Theatre last year.Aliens Love Underpants tells the story of a group of mischievous aliens who come to earth on a mission to steal everybody’s underpants. The small cast is comprised of Abigail Carter-Simpson as Veronica, Mark Collier as Mr. Stevens, Eve Pearson-Wright as Mum and Alex James Ellison as Timmy. Their puppetry skills help bring the colorful cast of aliens to life.The production features design by Isla Shaw, lighting design by Will Evans and choreography by Emma Clayton. View Commentslast_img read more

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Daniel Craig Eyeing Return to New York Stage in Othello

first_imgDaniel Craig has kept his word and is in negotiation to return to the Big Apple stage! The current 007 and Great White Way alum is looking to play Iago in Othello at New York Theatre Workshop in 2016, potentially in the spring. According to the New York Post, the project is in its very early stages, with no director yet attached to the off-Broadway project.Shakespeare’s Othello tackles the universal and timeless themes of jealousy, betrayal, racism and the lure of power. The classic was most notably fairly recently seen off-Broadway in 2009 with John Ortiz in the title role and the late screen and stage legend Philip Seymour Hoffman as Iago, directed by Peter Sellars.Craig recently went on record as saying that he didn’t want to return to Broadway, but “I’d like to do some theater in New York,” within the next two years. He has appeared on the Great White Way twice, making his Main Stem debut in 2009’s A Steady Rain, before returning in 2013 to star opposite his wife, Rachel Weisz, in a sold-out run of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.Craig is best known for his role as James Bond in Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale and the upcoming Spectre. His other film credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Defiance, The Golden Compass, Munich, Layer Cake and Road to Perdition. View Commentslast_img read more

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