Odds & Ends: Hunchback of Notre Dame to Release Cast Album & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. The Hunchback of Notre Dame to Release Album Annoyed that you missed Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse and/or New Jersey’s Paper Mill over the 2014-15 season? Well, there’s good news! The American premiere studio recording will be released on November 20 on Sh-K-Boom, featuring Broadway faves Michael Arden as Quasimodo, Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo, Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Andrew Samonsky as Captain Phoebus de Martin, Erik Liberman as Clopin Trouillefou and more. Directed by Scott Schwartz with a book by Peter Parnell, the musical is a darker take on Disney’s 1996 film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel about Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer at the Notre Dame cathedral, and his unlikely relationship with the gypsy Esmeralda.Preludes, Starring Gabriel Ebert & More, ExtendsDave Malloy’s Preludes has extended off-Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin, the production will now run through August 2; it had previously been set to shutter on July 19. The show features Tony winners Gabriel Ebert and Nikki M. James, along with Eisa Davis, Joseph Keckler, Chris Sarandon and Or Matias, on piano, and is a musical fantasia set in the hypnotized mind of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.Tony Nominee Set for West End-Bound Mrs HendersonA bit of a switcheroo has gone on with the previously reported, eagerly anticipated, stage adaptation of the 2005 cult film Mrs Henderson Presents. Tracie Bennett has stepped in for Janie Dee, who has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons. It’s no surprise that director Terry Johnson has turned to Bennett—he helmed her Tony nominated performance in End of the Rainbow. Mrs Henderson Presents will play at the Theatre Royal Bath August 15 through September 5, and has now confirmed that it aims to transfer to London’s West End. The stellar creative team also includes Tony winner Don Black, George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain.Nicole Scherzinger Does CarouselNicole Scherzinger is teasing us fans of the Great White Way. First of all, she goes and kills a number from Avenue Q. Then, at A Capitol Fourth this past weekend, she sang the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein number “If I Loved You” from Carousel, below. Please Ms. Scherzinger, isn’t it now time you announce that you will make your Broadway debut reprising your Olivier nominated performance in the Cats revival next year…?!last_img read more

Polish ministries deny report of second-pillar asset nationalisation

first_imgWhile Morawiecki’s plan envisaged three-quarters of the OFE assets moving to privately managed third-pillar accounts, the MRPiPS reportedly opted for a full-scale nationalisation, along the lines of an earlier rumoured scheme.Today’s joint statement stressed that Morawiecki’s plan, developed jointly by the two ministries and the Polish Development Fund, had been positively received by the market, and that subsequent work by the MRPiPS was consistent with the original scheme.The statement arrested the slump on the Warsaw Stock Exchange that followed the PAP report, a fall related to the high level of equities held by OFEs.According to data from Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) to the end of October, 75.3% of the PLN147bn (€34bn) of net assets were invested in Polish regulated market shares, and a further 6.9% in foreign stocks.Furthermore, the Warsaw Stock Exchange includes a sizeable number of dual-listed stocks: 53 on both the main and parallel market, out of a total 487.In terms of market capitalisation, foreign companies account for 48%.Neither the Polish nor the foreign private companies welcome the prospect of the state becoming a major shareholder, in some cases ending up with majority voting rights. Poland’s Ministry of Family, Labour & Social Policy (MRPiPS) and the finance ministry have issued a joint statement denying earlier press reports that the MRPiPS had recommended a nationalisation of Polish second-pillar (OFE) assets.According to a widely circulated report by the Polish Press Agency (PAP) yesterday, MRPiPS, as part of the current consultation three-yearly review of the country’s pension system, had recommended that the OFE assets be transferred in full to the Demographic Reserve Fund and recorded in individual members’ sub-accounts at the state Social Insurance Institution ZUS.The assets, according to PAP, would continue to be invested on the stock exchange “in the interest of the financial market”, with returns credited to workers’ sub-accounts.The proposal is a different beast to the plan unveiled in July by finance and development minister Mateusz Morawiecki.last_img read more

San Jacinto River Dredging Project Starts Next Week

first_imgThe U.S Army Corps of Engineers and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company are working together to assemble a low-draft dredge at a staging area near Hwy 59/69 Bridge and the San Jacinto River.Over 200 semi-trucks have delivered two disassembled dredges and hundreds of dredging pipes, reported the Army Corps.“Workers are busy joining thousands of feet of dredging pipelines in preparation for the launching of the debris removal platforms. Corps officials are asking recreational boaters to stay clear of submerged pipelines and barges once launched,” said USACE.The $69.8 million emergency project involves dredging and debris removal of 1.8 million cubic yards of sediment that has contributed to recent flooding in the area.This FEMA funded emergency dredging and debris removal work along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River near Kingwood, Texas, is scheduled to start September 1, 2018.last_img read more

Wilder: Andy Ruiz will floor Joshua again

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Deontay Wilder has revealed that he is backing Andy Ruiz Jr to beat Anthony Joshua for a second time.The Mexican is sporting a much trimmer figure just shy of eight weeks before he takes on Joshua for in a world heavyweight title fight in Saudi Arabia in December.A much stockier Ruiz stopped a sluggish Joshua at Madison Square Garden in June and Wilder thinks he now has that winning mentality.Asked whether he is backing the 30-year-old, the WBC title holder told Sky Sports: “I am. Ruiz Jr has all the motivation and confidence that he needs from the first fight.“I don’t think he is one to dwell after obtaining a little taste of success. This is just the beginning, especially when you become a champion.“You’ve got to stay hungry. My man Marvin Hagler said you can’t get out of bed in silk pyjamas, but with the win, it was a big boost, and he has the Mexican people around him.”Ruiz has previously stated he would welcome an undisputed title fight against Wilder if he does see off Joshua for a second time.Firstly though, he’d need to achieve that and hope that Wilder can overcome Luis Ortiz in his own rematch saga, before seeing the outcome of a February bout with Tyson Fury.“Of course, I’m just missing one belt,” said Ruiz Jr. “One belt to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and that’s the goal, but I don’t want to look past Anthony Joshua.” Tags: Andy RuizAnthony JoshuaDeontay Wilderlast_img read more