Gabriella Pizzolo Officially Moves Into Fun Home

first_img Fun Home Gabriella Pizzolo is set to officially begin performances as Small Alison in Fun Home on October 6. She steps in for Tony nominee Sydney Lucas, who she had previously understudied, in the Tony-winning musical. The production is playing at Broadway’s Circle in the Square.Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home charts a girl’s quest to come to terms with her father’s unexpected death. As she moves between past and present, Alison dives into the story of her volatile, brilliant father and relives her unique childhood at her family’s funeral home.The cast of Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s tuner also includes Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Morrow, Joel Perez and Oscar Williams. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Daveed Diggs’ Next Project & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Daveed Diggs’ Next ProjectWhat comes next for 2016 Tony nominee Daveed Diggs? #BARS—an ongoing rap for musical theater workshop in NYC. Created by the Hamilton star and Rafael Casal, check out The Bars Medley below, where 12 New Yorkers took 12 popular scenes and remixed them in verse. The film is directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, and stars in order of appearance, Casal, Diggs, Sarah Kay, Virginia Cavaliere, Jared Dixon, Perry Young, Sofia Snow, Danny Bevins, Dhyvia Arumugham, Ashley August, Lindsay Meck, Jeremy Sartin, Jon Viktor Corpuz and Nate Lombardi. Scott Rudin Opens Up About His SuccessMega-producer Scott Rudin, the EGOT-winning mastermind behind numerous hits including this season’s Tony-nominated productions Shuffle Along, The Humans, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge and Blackbird, has given a rare in-depth interview. He reveals: “I have a deeply passionate interest in the theater, which made me worry that I wouldn’t be good at it. So it took me a long time to want to produce in the theater because…I was afraid that I would be too in love with something to be good for it.” Check out the full NPR piece here.Meryl Streep Takes the Stage as Donald TrumpMeryl Streep really can play anyone. The legendary actress, who was headlining a Shakespeare tribute gala for the Public Theater on June 6, appeared as Donald Trump at the event. Along with her Mamma Mia! co-star Christine Baranski as Hillary Clinton, the pair performed “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me, Kate. There is video, but it is the up close and personal photo below that really has to be seen to be believed!(Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)P.S. Check out Something Rotten!’s fun tribute to this year’s Tony nominees below. Rafael Casal, Sarah Kay & Daveed Diggs center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Jim Thorpe, PA

first_imgIllustration by Scott DuBarNestled in a scenic valley carved by the Lehigh River, the town of just over 5,000 people is the gateway to the Pocono Mountains. With trails that run right through town, Jim Thorpe is a popular outdoor escape for city dwellers, located just an hour and a half from Philadelphia and two from New York City.“It’s a peaceful place to live with small-town values,” says lifelong resident Cheryl Bing, a guide for Blue Mountain Sports. “But on weekends we get visitors from around the world.”Once branded the “Switzerland of America,” Jim Thorpe features Victorian buildings, colorful shops and restaurants, and a lively music scene at venues like Penn’s Peak and the Mauch Chunk Opera House. But most folks come for the outdoor opportunities.“We vacation locally, because everything we want to do is right here. There’s no need to go anywhere else.”Best Outdoor PicksBest Mountain Bike Ride For a singletrack fix, try the 20-mile Twin Peaks loop or Mauch Chunk Ridge for a 10-mile rocky rollercoaster. Each offers a screeching downhill stint off of the Flagstaff Mountain ridge.Best Family Bike Ride The Lehigh Gorge Trail in Lehigh Gorge State Park is great for families that want to slowly pedal along the river. The 25-mile rail trail runs from White Haven to Jim Thorpe.Best Cross-Country Ski Trails People in the Poconos love to cross-country ski, and you can do it right from town on the Switchback Trail. Start at Flagstaff Road and ski up to Mauch Chunk Lake. When the ice is thick enough, ski out onto the lake and take in the 360-degree view.Best Day Hike Get a taste of the area’s steep gorge hiking with a hearty climb on the Glen Onoko Falls Trail. Reward comes when you reach the majestic 900-foot cascade on Broad Mountain.Best Camping Spot Mauch Chunk Lake Park has a beautiful, tree-canopied campground in the valley below Flagstaff Mountain.Best Paddle Spots If you’re looking for whitewater, drop your boat in the upper part of the Lehigh for a bouncy class III run. The slower section from Jim Thorpe to Bowmanstown is a great trip for beginners with class I-II rapids.Who?Jim Thorpe is named after the Olympic decathlete who won two gold medals in 1912 and also played professional football, baseball, and basketball.Blue Ridge Outdoors guide to Jim Thorpe, P.A.last_img read more

Bay Shore Home Invasion Suspects Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this Bay Shore home invasion suspect?Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who pistol-whipped a woman in a Bay Shore home invasion four months ago.Two masked men armed with handguns broke into a home on Lockwood Road, where they demanded money from a woman and threatened to harm six children ages 7 to 15 that were also inside at 10 p.m. Nov. 27, police announced Sunday.One of the suspects pistol-whipped the woman before the duo fled with electronics and the victim’s debit card.One of the men was caught on camera using the stolen debit card inside Spin City Laundromat on Straight Path in Wyandanch shortly later. Police released an image from that surveillance camera in case someone might recognize him.The case came before a string of 13 armed home invasions in Suffolk County in a six-week span in the first two months of this year.The suspects were described as black men with medium builds, the first between 5-feet, 7-inches and 5-feet, 10-inches tall with a medium complexion. The second suspect was described as 6-feet tall with a dark complexion. Both wore all black clothing.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.last_img read more

What credit unions can learn from Grumpy Cat

first_imgPerhaps you’ve heard of Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug. You know, those lovable stars who found themselves catapulted from obscurity to fame and fortune almost overnight? (If you have no idea what we’re talking about, ask a Millennial co-worker.) Yes, one is a cat and the other is a dog. But they’re more successful than most people – and many companies – could ever hope to be. It’s crazy, right?As strange as it may be that a pet can become not only an Internet sensation but also a multi-million dollar business, here’s something that might seem even more shocking: your credit union can learn from them.Here are 5 ways being more like Grumpy Cat or Doug the Pug (your choice) can help your organization from a strategic perspective. Find your angle. There are a lot of cute pets in the world, and a lot of owners posting pictures of them to social media. Most are successful in that limited, sharing-photos-of-your-family-vacation-with-the-world kind of way. What makes Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug different (besides a few natural attributes) is that they each have an angle that is unique, recognizable, and integral to their brand. Grumpy Cat is, well, grumpy (kind of like a feline Debbie Downer). Doug the Pug parodies pop culture. What is your brand’s defining belief or characteristic? Be consistent. Once you’ve identified your unique angle, you’ve got to work it. Strong brands are built through consistency. That doesn’t mean doing (or sharing) the same thing over and over, it means keeping things fresh within the framework that identifies you. Your actions, communication, and engagement should all align with your core brand identity – even when you’re trying new things. Once you’ve experienced a few Grumpy Cat or Doug the Pug memes, you know what you can expect from them. If you’re a fan, you keep going back for more because they keep things interesting. That’s how your members should feel about your brand. Be relatable. People relate to others who share similar values, experiences, and personalities. And what pet owner doesn’t secretly attribute snarky comments to their pets? Beyond that, both Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug comment on everyday life in a way that resonates with their audiences. It’s not just about knowing what you want to say, it’s also about understanding what people want to hear and how you can say it in a way they’ll identify with. Credit unions can be relatable through their communications, customer service, and community involvement (just to name a few). Be engaging. Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug (or at least their owners/managers) are very attentive to their online presence. They’ve selected social media channels that work well for them and they maintain a steady supply of fresh content. They also monitor engagement and respond to comments. How many credit unions can say the same about their online (and offline) interactions with their audience? Rely on experts.Let’s face it: no matter how great Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug are, they wouldn’t have gotten to where they are today without a good support team. Especially because they’re pets. Likewise, your credit union needs to have the right people with the right skills in order to succeed. Take the time to evaluate where you are, where you want to go, and whether your current staff has the necessary capability and tools to take you there.The bottom line is this: most businesses aren’t as naturally lovable as a quirky pet, but there’s something lovable about your organization or else you wouldn’t exist. Taking a few simple lessons from the success of Grumpy Cat and Doug the Pug can help you share that lovable brand of yours more effectively, strengthen relationships with your current loyalists, and win new fans. 85SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Megan Miranda Megan Miranda is the Director of Creative Strategy at Third Degree Advertising, a leading strategic marketing firm that specializes in helping progressive credit unions successfully navigate growth and transition in … Web: www.thirddegreeadv.com Detailslast_img read more

New Year’s resolutions: 4 bad habits that really aren’t

first_imgThere are thousands of articles out there on good habits you should cultivate and bad habits you should avoid. This article is neither of those. Instead, we’re going to look at allegedly bad habits that I believe every success-minded individual should actively cultivate.ProcrastinationNever put off until tomorrow what you can do today. How many times have you heard that one? I say phooey! Procrastination is the biggest time-saver you can possibly employ.Think about it. The world is moving faster and faster, which means things are changing faster and faster. If you finish a project a month ahead of time, I guarantee something will change in those next 30 days that will force you to go back and redo some of your work. What a waste of time!If you wait until the very last minute, you’re assured of having the absolute most current information at your fingertips. You’ll never waste another second making changes to your work because the world around you changed.Working for FreeYears ago, I attended a seminar presented by an extremely successful and well-known copywriter. His top tip: Never, ever work for free, because working for free diminishes the value of what you do. That just may be the worst advice I ever got.In the ensuing years, I’ve worked for free many, many times. Sometimes it was for a charitable cause I believed in. Sometimes it was for a friend who needed the help. Sometimes it was for a good organization that just didn’t have the money to spend.Don’t be greedy. I’ve always believed that if you focus on doing the right thing, the money will take care of itself. So far, I’ve never been proven wrong.Making Decisions Before You Get Buy-InThere’s a time to discuss. There’s a time to debate. And as Nike is so fond of reminding us, there’s a time to just do it. When that time comes, you’d damned better just do it.You’ve heard that saying: It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission. Maybe you think that’s funny. I think it’s brilliant. Many decisions are time-sensitive. Wait too long trying to make everybody happy and the opportunity will pass. If you believe in your decision, put your money where your mouth is. As long as you’re good at what you do, it’ll pay off more often than not.Of course, you need a thick skin, because there will be an occasional backfire.Not Sticking to Your GoalsDon’t get me wrong. Goals are important – as long as they remain flexible. The problem is that some people become so myopically, rigidly focused on achieving a particular goal, they ignore new opportunities that present themselves.A goal is something you create based on a snapshot of the world as it exists at that particular moment. However, as we discussed earlier, the world is always changing. New opportunities always arise. You need to be ready, willing and able to modify your goals – or scrap them entirely – as circumstances change.As we head into the new year, don’t be in a such a hurry to swear off your bad habits. They may serve you better than you think. 65SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more

Hackney cuts debts by £6m as financial year-end nears

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No patrons in sight as last coronavirus patients leave Barcelona hotel

first_imgEven so, a nurse can be seen at the back of the lobby — near the breakfast room that for months served as medical staff’s makeshift office — organizing boxes of medical gear next to a rail on which blue protective suits are hanging.Outside in the street, deserted when the hotel was taking in COVID patients, cars and people are now passing normally, although everyone is wearing a mask.”The epidemiological situation has changed, we have moved forward a lot. And to be shutting down the hotel now is a reason to be glad,” doctor Maria Pérez-Hervada told AFP.It was here that she spent most of the lockdown as Spain battled the worst of an epidemic that has so far claimed more than 28,300 lives, and infected nearly 250,000 people in the country.”At the start, patients came from hospitals, almost all of them had been in intensive care and some had complications and had to go back,” she said. Later, there were fewer serious cases with guests in recent weeks suffering only light symptoms not requiring hospitalization — but were unable to self-isolate at home.Janela Casandra Armeno, 22, was among them — she spent a week at the hotel with her father-in-law because there “weren’t enough rooms” at home for them to self-isolate.Now, after testing negative, she’s going home.But her father-in-law has to wait a little longer after he and three other patients tested positive, and are being transferred to another hotel in the Melia chain that will remain medically-equipped to handle any new outbreaks. On Wednesday, the last six left the hotel to the applause of the staff, who were exhausted but elated after months of hard work.”We’re empty again, we’re used to the hotel always being busy. It’s been a very special experience, nearly 100 days with patients,” said Hugo Figueroa, 45, a mid-level manager standing at reception. “It’s been emotional.”At the hotel’s entrance, where coaches and ambulances dropped off dozens of patients every day at the height of the crisis, things are beginning to get back to normal. At Barcelona’s Melia Sarria hotel, a line of employees form a corridor to wave goodbye to the last COVID patients who have been staying there. After months of supporting the healthcare system, this musicalized hotel is closing its doors to get ready for its own return to normality although it will be some time before its regular clients return.Since the end of March, more than 500 virus patients have stayed at this 300-room hotel, which at one point counted full occupancy. Neither patients nor tourists With no more patients, the Sarria will start the transformation back, with cleaners taking a week to disinfect different areas and staff shifting beds.Its doors, however, will remain shut until at least September.Although Spain has reopened its borders to EU travellers and those from 15 other countries, the hotel is not expecting enough visitors to warrant reopening and will use the summer for renovations.”We could reopen next week but we’re in financial district which relies on a different type of client,” explained manager Enrique Aranda.”The idea is to reopen in September when there will be more conferences and business clients.”Back at reception, after a group photo with the medical team, Figueroa can’t hide his delight at the thought of once again welcoming regular clients in taxis and limousines.”That’s what we’re looking forward to: a return to some sort of normality,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

EY selects Aegon’s low cost DC vehicle

first_imgA spokesman for EY said that the employer had concluded that the old pension plan didn’t provide for a satisfactory pension, and also cited rising life expectancy.Because of the lack of new pension arrangements, the contract with Aegon had to be extended by six months, but against a much lower annual accrual rate, which had dropped from 1.75% to 0.93%.At Cappital, members will accrue their pension in an individual DC plan with two lifecycle investment profiles and the option to directly purchase a pension income from Aegon.EY added that participants would not be allowed to transfer individually accrued assets to their pensions pot at Aegon’s PPI, and added that it would like to make the reinsured capital at Aegon contribution-free.At 2017-end, the EY scheme had 4,350 active participants, 11,100 deferred members and 2,200 pensioners.Last month, Aegon announced plans to merge its two PPI offerings, Aegon PPI and Cappital, into a single product. The Dutch pension fund of Ernst & Young has placed its new pensions accrual with Cappital, the low cost defined contribution vehicle (PPI) established by insurer Aegon.The scheme’s existing portfolio, worth roughly €1.3bn, as well as €45m of investments at participants’ risk, remained with the pension fund. The scheme was considering its future, it said in a statement.Until now, its members – which also include employees of law firm HVG Law – accrued pensions under collective DC arrangements, with pension claims reinsured with Aegon.However, when the contract expired at the end of 2017, it wasn’t possible to renew the contract on the same terms because of low interest rates.last_img read more

Gold Coast developer lists luxe riverfront residence

first_img There are multiple zones to sit and relax.Multiple living zones on the ground level offer plenty of space to spread out and relax while upstairs a seven-seater cinema room and art studio inspire creative interests.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoToys are well catered for too, with a pontoon waiting for a boat or jet ski and space enough in the basement for six cars and a caravan downside the side.“It’s a big house but the design makes it all feel very connected,” Mr Wilson said. “Once you’re here you don’t need to leave for much.” Front row river seats afford sensational views from 21 Ipsley Dr, Broadbeach Waters.“It was the only vacant block on Main River in Broadbeach Waters,” Mr Wilson said.“Even to find a knockdown around here now is a challenge, let alone a vacant lot.”Enterprise Constructions was engaged to realise the Coastal Hamptons-style house which has served as home to Mr Wilson, wife Lindy and their children over the years. High ceilings and glass allows the sun to shine in.Located at 21 Ipsley Dr, the luxury mansion enjoys impressive views of Main River and looks directly across to the Sorrento estate once home to former mayor Sir Bruce Small and sold by Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate in January. “We wanted the lifestyle that the location offers, with boating, jet skis and fishing on your doorstep,” Mr Wilson said.“On a jet ski you can be at the Seaway in 20 minutes or about an hour by boat just cruising along at six knots.” The outlook over the pool and river are sensational at sunset.Having run a steel factory in his native Johannesburg, high crime rates in the South African city drove Mr Wilson to explore Australia in 2007, before making it home three years later.Having turned his hand to property development, Mr Wilson has been involved in a string of luxury residential and multi-residential projects on the Gold Coast. MORE: Why millionaires want to live on this street A large island bench forms a focal point in the kitchen.Designed by Raunik Design Group, the layout capitalises on the northerly aspect with ceilings soaring up to 10m and large panes of glass allowing sunshine to pour in.Careful attention has been paid to the choice of fittings and fixtures, many imported from Europe or sourced from around Australia.Vintage-style pendants from Emac & Lawton are a standout feature throughout while a trio of natural pendants by New Zealand designer David Trubridge offer a sculptural element in the entry.center_img RELATED: Talented leading lady sells main river dream New housing estate just 200m from beach The coastal Hamptons-style home is an impressive sight from the water.WHEN a seasoned developer sets his sights on finding a site on which to build a dream home for his family, rest assured the location has to be just right.So when Ashley Wilson had the opportunity to acquire a vacant 921 sqm block facing north on Main River in 2016, he jumped at the chance. The fenced front yard is ideal for kids and pets.But it’s his own home that holds a special place for the avid cyclist who is reluctantly selling to pave the way for a sea change. “I’m really proud of this house and plan to replicate the core of the design on a new house,” Mr Wilson said. “I just need to find the right block.” Ray White Broadbeach agents Troy Fitzgerald and Jared Malan are taking expressions of interest until 5pm on July 15.last_img read more