The Last Ship’s Rachel Tucker on Wicked Wishes & Her Honorary Dad Sting

first_imgRachel Tucker photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com View Comments Related Shows Age: 33Hometown: Belfast, Northern IrelandCurrent Role: A beautifully sung Broadway debut as Meg Dawson, the feisty center of a love triangle set in a northeast England shipping town, in Sting’s new Broadway musical The Last Ship.Stage Cred: A professional singer since childhood, Tucker was a semifinalist in the 2008 BBC reality casting series I’d Do Anything and made her West End debut in We Will Rock You. She went on to play more than 900 performances in Wicked, becoming the London production’s longest-running Elphaba.“I started singing in pubs and clubs around Belfast when I was 10. My dad is a musician, and he took me round; I impersonated Tina Turner and Shirley Bassey, and the crowd couldn’t believe what was coming out of this little girl. I knew I had something a bit special.”“Sting is a father figure to us all. He is so genuinely caring—about Rachel first, and then about how the show is doing. It’s been the most profound experience to have him tweak his music and lyrics around me and my voice. He’s a genius, and I don’t use that word as a joke.”“It’s lovely to use real emotions in creating a character. Meg is fiery and tender, she’s got a massive heart, and she loves her family. I think we’re very similar. I have a son and a family I adore. I have not been in [a love triangle]. That’s one thing I don’t mirror.” “I feel so privileged to have played Elphaba. There will be only so many girls who can do it, and I adored every minute. I had quite a long stint, but in the UK, we get four weeks’ holiday a year, so I was able to rest. I’d love to have a crack at Elphaba over here. God, yeah!”“My husband, Guy [Retallack] directed me in the first UK tour of Tommy, and we got together six months after the tour. He’s minding our son [18-month-old] Benjamin at the moment, and Barney, our Jack Russell, is here with us. We’ve been to every swing park in New York!”“When I heard the [Last Ship concept] album, I related to the music instantly. It’s got that Celtic-y, working class, earthy vibe, and that’s what Belfast is. I actually feel like I’ve come full circle. It’s like I’m home again, even though I’m halfway around the world.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 The Last Shiplast_img read more

Exclusive! Matthew Morrison Announces 2016 Concert Dates Following Neverland Final Bow

first_img Matthew Morrison After taking his final bow in Finding Neverland on January 24, Emmy, Tony and two-time Golden Globe nominee Matthew Morrison will hit the road with a series of special concert dates, including a three-day run at Feinstein’s/54 Below.In March, Morrison will play two symphony gigs, on March 19 with the Kansas City Symphony in Kansas City, Missouri, and March 24 through 26 with the Houston Symphony in Houston, Texas. Tickets for both cities are currently on sale.In May, Morrison will perform a series of concert dates with his band, kicking off on May 20 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. On May 21, he’ll return to Feinstein’s/54 Below, where he previously sold out 11 shows in 2013, for a run through May 23. Then on May 26, Morrison will play the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Tickets for all of the above concerts will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 22. More shows will be announced soon.Morrison won two 2014 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for his performance as J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland. He previously was nominated for a Tony Award for The Light in the Piazza, and also originated the role of Link Larkin in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Hairspray. He rose to international fame playing Mr. Schuester in the Fox series Glee, a role that earned him nominations for both Emmy and Golden Globe awards.For more information, visit MatthewMorrison.com. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 23, 2016last_img read more

Exclusive: Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford & Sunday in the Park with George Won’t Compete in 2017 Tony Awards Race

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 23, 2017 Annaleigh Ashford & Jake Gylenhaal in “Sunday in the Park with George” Related Shows The stars and producers of this season’s musicals can breathe a sigh of relief: there’s one less horse in the 2017 Tony Awards race. Producers of the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which starts performances at the renovated Hudson Theatre on February 11, have announced their decision to withdraw the show from consideration for this year’s prizes.A statement reads: “The producers of Sunday in the Park with George will not be submitting Hudson Theatre’s engagement of this New York City Center production for awards eligibility. With a season so full of tremendous, soon-to-be long-running new musicals and revivals, the producers feel this extremely limited, special run of Sunday stands most appropriately outside of any awards competition.  The production is nevertheless proud to be part of such a landmark Broadway season.”In a crowded season of musicals, Sunday would have found itself up against productions of Cats, Falsettos, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon and Hello, Dolly! for one of nominee slots in the Best Revival of a Musical category.Even more competitive will be the 2017 acting categories. Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal, who received rave reviews for his performance as George in the production when it premiered at City Center last year, would have been a major contender in the Best Leading Actor in a Musical race, which could also includes turns by Jon Jon Briones (Miss Saigon), Corey Cott (Bandstand), Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Andy Karl (Groundhog Day), Derek Klena (Anastasia), David Hyde Pierce (Hello, Dolly!), Bryce Pinkham (Holiday Inn), Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale), Michael Xavier (Sunset Boulevard) and two-time winner Christian Borle, who should prove eligible twice for Falsettos and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.In the leading actress category, past winner Ashford will avoid a Tony night showdown opposite stars like Christy Altomare (Anastasia), Denee Benton (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Christine Ebersole (War Paint), Lora Lee Gayer (Holiday Inn), Patti LuPone (War Paint), Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon), Laura Osnes (Bandstand), Phillipa Soo (Amelie) and, of course, Bette Midler, who is returning to Broadway musicals after a 50-year absence to play Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly!.Stars Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters both received Tony nominations for their work in the original 1984 Broadway production of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine classic. A 2008 Roundabout Theatre Company revival also earned nominations for British leads Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell.Nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards will be announced on May 2. The 71st Annual Tony Awards will take place on June 11 at Radio City Music Hall.center_img Sunday in the Park With George View Commentslast_img read more

Vermont Rising Stars nominations open

first_imgSource: South Burlington’October 4, 2010’Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Business Magazine is seeking nominations for this year’s highly anticipated selection of Vermont’s Rising Stars, Vermont’s most accomplished young leaders. Award recipients will be selected in September by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. Nominees must be under 40 as of October 1, 2011. Nominations will be open until September 2. The Rising Stars will be honored at a dinner in November.To nominate someone, please click HERE.Last year, at its inaugural Rising Stars Award dinner, VBM honored 40 winners, as it turned out, 20 women and 20 men. The average age was under 30.‘We were thrilled by the response to this initiative to recognize these up-and-coming leaders,’ said VBM Publisher John Boutin. ‘We received many outstanding nominations and the judges had a difficult time getting it down to only 40. Those who believe Vermont is losing its young talent need only look at these incredible individuals. It’s not just about business. It’s also about them making a difference in their communities.’‘I expect an equally impressive list of winners this year,’ Boutin said. ‘Based on the success of this first effort and the buzz it’s generated, I’m sure the number of nominees will only grow from across the state in the coming years.’‘I was very impressed with the level of enthusiasm evident within the applications for each nominee,’ said Brigitte Ritchie, Vice President, Community Relations, Citizens Bank.  ‘With over seventy applicants it clearly shows the quality of young talent in Vermont.’ Ritchie served as a judge for Rising Stars Award.Last year’s event was attended by Governor Douglas and Governor-elect Shumlin. The dinner was held at the Sunset Ballroom at the Comfort Suites on Shelburne Road in South Burlington. The honorees were also featured in a special insert in the November issue of Vermont Business Magazine. QUICK FACTS: Of the 40 honorees, there were 20 men and 20 women. There were 21 from Chittenden County, 10 from Washington County, four from Lamoille, three from Caledonia, and one each from Rutland and Windham counties. The average age of the winners was 29.NOMINATION FORM2010 HONOREESMichael Adams, Owner, Green Mountain Mustard – Eddies Energy Bars, RichmondKelly Ault, Community Organizer, KIDS ARE PRIORITY ONE COALITION, MiddlesexLee Bouyea, Managing Director, FreshTracks Capital, ShelburneJennifer Butson, Director of Public Affairs, Vermont Ski Areas Association, MontpelierKristin Carlson, Senior Reporter/Anchor, WCAX-TV, South BurlingtonRachel Carter, Principal/Owner, Rachel Carter PR, CharlotteHeather Cruickshank, Vice President – Market Manager, Merchants Bank, BurlingtonRachel Cummings, Founder and Consultant, Armistead Caregiver Services, Armistead Caregiver Services, ShelburneWilliam J. Dodge, Director, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, BurlingtonTom Gilbert, Director, Highfields Center for Composting, HardwickMark Hall, Senior Marketing Strategist, New Breed Marketing, WinooskiLaura Hubbell, Program Manager for the CVMC VT Blueprint for Health Integrated Pilot and the CVMC Care Management Department, Central Vermont Medical Center, BerlinTrisha Hunt, Radiation Oncology Manager, Central Vermont Medical Center, BerlinDan Jackson, Vice President of Account Management, Dealer.com, BurlingtonPeter Johnson, Owner, Pete’s Greens, CraftsburyErika Keith, Volunteer Coordinator, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, WillistonAmy Kirschner, Director VBSR Marketplace, VBSR, BurlingtonHannah Manley, Director of Alumni Relatioins & Development, Lyndon State College, LyndonvilleMeredith Martin Davis, General Manager and Partner, High Mowing Organic Seeds, WolcottPeter McDougall, Attorney, Paul Frank + Collins P.C., BurlingtonMegan McIntosh Frenzen, Assistant Professor, Champlain College, BurlingtonAaron Melville, Attorney, Aaron Melville Attorney at Law, St. JohnsburyOwen Milne, Director of Development, VBSR, BurlingtonKevin O’Hara, Finance Director, Green Mountain Council, BSA, WaterburyAntonia Opitz, Director of Events, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, MontpelierJenna Pugliese, Permits and Planning Manager, Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton MountainNicole Ravlin, Partner/Co-Founder, PMG Public Relations, BurlingtonCathy Resmer, Associate Publisher/Online Editor, Seven Days, BurlingtonDavid Rubel, Area Business Advisor, Vermont Small Business Development Center, MontpelierEdward Shepard, Vice President of Marketing, Small Dog Electronics, WaitsfieldJoe Sinagra, Executive Officer, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of VT, WillistonBrett Smith, Partner, Fuse, BurlingtonDan Smith, Strategic Consultant, The Arno Group, LLC, StoweHeidi St. Peter, Assoc. Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry for Community Services, St. Michael’s College, ColchesterKate Stephenson, Executive Director, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, WarrenJoshua Terenzini, Sales Manager, Formula Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc., RutlandAlexandra Tursi, Senior Public Relations Associate, Kelliher Samets Volk, BurlingtonJake Whitcomb, New Programs and Communications Balladeer, 1% for the Planet, WaitsfieldBob Whittaker, Dean of Institutional Advancement, Lyndon State College, LyndonvilleKevin Worden, P.E., Vice President, Engineering Ventures, PC, BurlingtonSLIDE SHOW OF WINNERSPHOTOS, BIOS & MOREhttp://events.vermontbiz.com/about-rising-stars/   last_img read more

Vote Today in Our State of the Hops Craft Beer Contest

first_imgHere at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine we’re always striving to stay abreast of the latest and greatest breweries in our craft beer-rich Blue Ridge region. Usually our research consists of drinking said beer whenever and wherever we can get our hands on it, but this week we’re taking our efforts a bit further by launching our 4th annual craft beer contest.This year, we present “State of the Hops“, an exciting online contest showcasing 64 breweries in North Carolina and Virginia made possible by the support of Nelson County, VA Tourism. Not only do these two states have the greatest number of craft breweries in our 10 state footprint, but they are also home base to the two offices of Blue Ridge Outdoors (coincidence?).In a bracket-style format, some of our favorite breweries and their loyal patrons will battle it out to see who rises to the top in 2016. The contest starts today and runs through Tuesday, August 2nd. Each bracket round lasts one week with voting ending at 9:00 am EST every Tuesday. Voting will resume at 12:00 noon on the same day for the breweries that advance to the next round, and you can vote once every 24 hours from any device! The champion brewery will receive an article on blueridgeoutdoors.com as well as exposure in the October issue of the magazine.So rally your craft beer loving friends by getting the word out and sharing the news that your favorite brewery is in the running!VOTE NOW!last_img read more

Paraguay’s FTC Protects Children and Teens from the Terrorist Group EPP

first_imgAs part of that effort, the Prosecutor’s Office — which is part of the interdisciplinary group that comprises the FTC — has issued search and arrest warrants that include guidance advising security forces to avoid or minimize, if possible, casualties among minors. “We condemn the criminal acts perpetrated both by the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) and the Armed Peasant Association (ACA), as well as other persons and/or groups that commit criminal acts,” the Peace and Justice Service (Serpaj) and the The FTC conducts patrols, inspects vehicles for weapons, and engages in security missions in forests where the EPP and the ACA are believed to be hiding. While the FTC confronts the EPP and ACA, the Paraguayan Armed Forces offer free medical treatment, deliveries of medicine, and other services to communities in the northern region of the country. The FTC does all it can to minimize casualties among young members of the EPP and the ACA. The FTC also captured a 16-year-old suspect. In the aftermath of that battle, civil organizations have criticized the EPP and the ACA for putting young people in dangerous situations by using them in armed confrontations with security forces. In addition to these efforts, the FTC discourages young people from joining the EPP and the ACA. Some parents disregard their responsibilities to protect their children because of economic desperation. Many of the children and young people who join the EPP and the ACA were provided to the two groups by their parents, in exchange for monthly financial support. Office of the Coordinator for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (CDIA) stated in a September 25 press release. As part of that effort, the Prosecutor’s Office — which is part of the interdisciplinary group that comprises the FTC — has issued search and arrest warrants that include guidance advising security forces to avoid or minimize, if possible, casualties among minors. “Regarding our actions to prevent child recruitment, we broadcast messages through the local media warning the parents of children about that danger, reminding them of the obligations that the law imposes on parents to safeguard and care for their children,” Urdapilleta said. Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC) is working to prevent the terrorist Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) and the Armed Peasant Association (ACA) from recruiting children and adolescents. Security forces try to protect minors The FTC conducts patrols, inspects vehicles for weapons, and engages in security missions in forests where the EPP and the ACA are believed to be hiding. While the FTC confronts the EPP and ACA, the Paraguayan Armed Forces offer free medical treatment, deliveries of medicine, and other services to communities in the northern region of the country. Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC) is working to prevent the terrorist Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) and the Armed Peasant Association (ACA) from recruiting children and adolescents. The FTC does all it can to minimize casualties among young members of the EPP and the ACA. In addition to these efforts, the FTC discourages young people from joining the EPP and the ACA. Some parents disregard their responsibilities to protect their children because of economic desperation. Many of the children and young people who join the EPP and the ACA were provided to the two groups by their parents, in exchange for monthly financial support. “We condemn the criminal acts perpetrated both by the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) and the Armed Peasant Association (ACA), as well as other persons and/or groups that commit criminal acts,” the Peace and Justice Service (Serpaj) and the Security forces try to protect minors The FTC also captured a 16-year-old suspect. In the aftermath of that battle, civil organizations have criticized the EPP and the ACA for putting young people in dangerous situations by using them in armed confrontations with security forces. “When we had a confrontation with them, we found adolescents as young as 15,” said Lt. Col. Victor Urdapilleta, FTC chief of communications, speaking about a September 19 gun battle with the EPP. During that conflict, which occurred in Arroyito – about 400 km north of Asunción – FTC forces killed four EPP members. They were identified as Hugo Daniel Martínez, 23; Eduardo Florenciano Vega, 21; Marco Ramón Ojeda Jiménez, 20; and Andrés Fernandez López, 15. “Regarding our actions to prevent child recruitment, we broadcast messages through the local media warning the parents of children about that danger, reminding them of the obligations that the law imposes on parents to safeguard and care for their children,” Urdapilleta said. Office of the Coordinator for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (CDIA) stated in a September 25 press release. By Dialogo November 25, 2014 “When we had a confrontation with them, we found adolescents as young as 15,” said Lt. Col. Victor Urdapilleta, FTC chief of communications, speaking about a September 19 gun battle with the EPP. During that conflict, which occurred in Arroyito – about 400 km north of Asunción – FTC forces killed four EPP members. They were identified as Hugo Daniel Martínez, 23; Eduardo Florenciano Vega, 21; Marco Ramón Ojeda Jiménez, 20; and Andrés Fernandez López, 15. last_img read more

Super League Gaming Offers Little League-style Play for Kid Gamers on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sixty kids filled a Long Island movie theater to play the immensely popular videogame Minecraft projected on the big screen in a sort of Little League intramural for gamers on July 8.The event at Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 was the first-ever stop on LI for so-called Super League Gaming (SLG), a new venture currently on a 25-city nationwide tour to give young gamers a chance to meet fellow Minecraft fanatics, experience how pro gamers play and get them out of the house.“As a parent, I think I was excited more than they were because they’re usually in their rooms alone playing for hours,” said Sandra, the mother of one of the gamers. “This gives them the opportunity to play together and talk with other kids and just the whole big screen concept is awesome!”SLG is the world’s first in-theater video game league, partnering with movie theater chains such as AMC, Cinemark and Regal. With eSports’ rising popularity, SLG gives a chance for young gamers at movie theaters nationwide to experience the equivalent of an intermural league, just like any other sport.Each child, 7-14 years old, plays on their own laptops, as Minecraft’s world is displayed on the theater screen in all of its entirety, providing a third-person view. Parents, who were able to watch for free, looked delighted as they witnessed their children doing what makes them happy in a safe and sociable setting.“With my kids, I realized the things that they love about a team: comradery, the social aspect, competing and just going out and doing it,” said Brett Morris, president and chief operating officer of SLG. “As a gamer, they never had that opportunity. They were in their room maybe chatting with their friends online, but there wasn’t that physical space where you could actually go to.”People who never enjoyed physical sports growing up often missed out on the experience of being on a team. But now, SLG fills that void while playing Competitive Gaming. SLG is typically held after school and runs for one hour and 40 minutes.“It’s actually amazing that no one has conquered that space yet when there’s 100 million gamers across the planet, but no place for these kids to have that sense of belonging,” said Morris. “It’s like the Little League concept where the kids are wearing a jersey, hat and belong to a team and they know where to go every single week and they practice and play with their teammates. And that didn’t exist in gaming, until Super League Gaming.”When Sandra’s son was asked what he thought of the event he replied: “I really liked it, I made friends and I’ll be coming back!”Super League Gaming returns to LI on Sept. 14 for the launch of the official inaugural season, which includes six consecutive weeks of gaming where players attend the same theater on the same day, each of those weeks. The cost is $20 per ticket and adults can watch for free. Pre-registration is required, at Superleague.comlast_img read more

Credit union workplaces and the transition to remote working: Part 1

first_imgWe recently hosted an insightful conversation between our own Mark Alguard and Erik Anderson, Director of Workplace Intelligence at Microsoft author of the HBR article “Microsoft Analyzed Data On Its Newly Remote Workforce” (https://hbr.org/2020/07/microsoft-analyzed-data-on-its-newly-remote-workforce).In this webinar, we covered our own research into credit union workplaces, featured in our recent whitepaper “A Study of Credit Union Workplaces and the Future of Work,” and Erik shared data and three major takeaways from Microsoft’s transition to remote work in response to the pandemic.Here in Part 1, Mark Alguard lays out our analysis from data gathered from over 1,200 credit union employees. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Hoosiers Urged to Enjoy Great Outdoors Throughout July

first_imgHoosiers are being encouraged to venture beyond their homes and offices this month, and head into the state’s outdoors during National Park and Recreation Month, running throughout July.Ginger Murphy, assistant director for stewardship with Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs, says there are more than 32 state parks across Indiana for people to enjoy. Despite the summer heat, she hopes residents will get outside for some family time, exercise, and to explore the state’s natural settings. “Summer is a good time to learn about and appreciate the incredible natural resources we have available to us in this country,” says Murphy. “Summer is also a good time to learn about our cultural resources. There’s a lot of history tied to our state parks and our reservoirs.”A recent study shows about 30 percent of Americans don’t spend any time outdoors on a daily basis. The same study found that even those who manage to get outdoors are typically there for less than 30 minutes per day.Murphy says there’s something for almost everyone at Indiana’s state parks, including swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. For those who aren’t used to spending time in the outdoors and don’t really know where to start, she suggests taking a short day trip – and asking for help.“Pack a picnic lunch, plop down and enjoy being outdoors,” says Murphy. “Maybe take a short hike. Stop in the park office, stop in the nature center and ask questions and get to know people. They are the experts and can tell you all the good things to see and do.”Lauren Hoffman, director of marketing and communications with the National Recreation and Park Association, says the hope is that promoting outdoor activity in July will help people develop and enjoy the benefits of a more active lifestyle all year long.“There are various studies showing parks and outdoor time can really help improve your mental health and reduce stress,” says Hoffman. “Parks and recreation provide the opportunity to get outside and get physically active.”Hoffman says another major challenge to getting young people and adults outdoors is so many are glued to their smart phones and tablets.She encourages contacting your local parks and recreation department to learn more about the programs and services offered in your area.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

North Dakota Modified is top Sybesma Fan Favorite pick

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – North Dakota race fans should get plenty of opportunities to see this year’s Sybesma Graphics Facebook Fan Favorite winning driver in action next season.Travis Ulmer’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified was the top recipient in voting to determine monthly contest winners. As a result, the driver from Mandan gets a complimentary 2014 competitor’s license from contest sponsor Sybesma Graphics.“I’m planning to race at Dacotah Speedway here in Mandan and Southwest Speedway at Dickinson full-time, and once in a while Sundays at Nodak Speedway in Minot,” said Ulmer. “We’ll follow the Kup­per Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour, too. I’d like to get at least 30-35 Modified shows in next year if I can.”Ulmer had won the non-fendered class contest in May.His crew included his father Dennis, mother Barb, wife Shaneille, son Caden and daughter Joslyn, Tay­lor Sager and Chris Barros.Sponsors were Kupper Chevrolet and Barney’s Tesoro, both of Mandan; Red’s Inspection, Perry Roof­ing & Contracting and R & A Lot Rentals, all of Dickinson; and Full Throttle Graphics of Clark, S.D.Runner-up was IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver Mitch Dowhower of Sioux City, Iowa. He’d won the fendered contest in July.last_img read more