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Thumbs Up! Chicago’s Carousel with Osnes & Pasquale is Broadway-Ready

first_img Star Files View Comments Seventy years old, Carousel remains the rich jewel in the crown of songwriting titans Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, whose collaboration has given birth to 11 Broadway musicals. Although the rich, complex show has been gone from the main stem since Lincoln Center Theater’s ravishing 1994 revival, we keep crossing our fingers that it’ll be back, and the time may have finally come.As the stars of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s staging, Steven Pasquale and Laura Osnes are delivering career-defining star turns as doomed lovers Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. From the moment their eyes lock during the ravishing “Carousel Waltz,” the chemistry is unmistakable. Osnes is deftly navigating a darker world than her roles in Cinderella, South Pacific and, yes, even Bonnie and Clyde offered, bringing intriguing shades to the story of a girl drawn into a doomed relationship, especially during the pair’s gorgeous “If I Loved You” at the top of the show and her deeply felt “What’s the Use of Wond’rin.” And Pasquale (who was robbed of a Tony nomination for last season’s The Bridges of Madison County) is intoxicating throughout as Billy, delivering a towering “Soliloquy.”The leads are supported by great turns from an enviable cast that includes the warm Jenn Gambatese as Carrie Pipperidge (who previously played the role in another Broadway-worthy staging of the show at Goodspeed Opera House in 2012), Matthew Hydzik (of the late Side Show revival) as Enoch Snow, Tony winner Jarrod Emick as Jigger Cragin and Charlotte d’Amboise in the amped-up role of carnival owner Mrs. Mullin.Director/choreographer Rob Ashford’s production embraces the show’s dark, lush undertones with great style, but the big ballet needs storytelling focus and the decision to move the action from the late 1800s to the Great Depression feels more arbitrary than inspired. But these are minor gripes; it’s the lovers that elevate this new Carousel. The pairing of Osnes and Pasquale already feels like a legendary Broadway coupling. Now someone just needs to actually get them on Broadway. Soon, please.center_img Laura Osneslast_img read more

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Peter Eyre Steps Into Wolf Hall: Parts One Two on Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments A bit of a switcheroo has been going on at Wolf Hall: Parts One and Two. Broadway alum Peter Eyre (Hamlet) has now officially taken over as Cardinal Wolsey after Paul Jesson departed the production for personal reasons. The stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning and best-selling novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies are playing a limited engagement through July 5. Penned by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the Royal Shakespeare Company productions are playing in repertory.Reprising their performances from the London production are Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn. The plays had their RSC premiere at Stratford ‘s Swan Theatre before transferring to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. They chronicle the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith’s boy to Henry VIII’s right-hand-man.Wolf Hall received the most Tony nominations of any play, eight, including a nod for Best Play, but only garnered one win, for Best Costume Design for Christopher Oram. Tony winner Mark Rylance and Broadway alum Damian Lewis were recently seen on PBS in the television adaptation of the books.School of Rock will begin performances at the Winter Garden on November 9. Wolf Hall Part One Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015last_img read more

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Marin Mazzie Undergoes Treatment for Ovarian Cancer

first_img Jason Danieley Three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie has been battling ovarian cancer. Her husband, fellow Broadway star Jason Danieley, revealed the news and shared their journey from her diagnosis through treatment in a blog entry titled “I Am Woman Hear Me Roar!” on September 27.Mazzie began to feel discomfort in her stomach in May, during rehearsals for the Encores! presentation of Zorba!, in which she played The Leader. After some tests, she received the upsetting news that the doctors had found a growth on both ovaries. The pain had been caused by ascites, a fluid produced by cancerous cells.Still, Mazzie powered through rehearsals and performances, drawing inspiration from two of Danieley’s co-stars who took to the stage while undergoing cancer treatments: the late Kathleen Freeman during The Full Monty and Roger Rees during The Visit. Rees passed away on July 10; a memorial was held at the New Amsterdam Theater for him last week.Mazzie has been receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital in what Danieley describes as a “hell of a journey in three acts.” After undergoing 12 weeks of chemotherapy, she faced a complete hysterectomy and bowel resection, and despite a scare after a post-surgery infection, she was soon back to doing laps around the hospital floor, recalls Danieley.The Tony nominee is currently going through another 12 weeks of chemotherapy, which the pair embraces with the term “healing therapy.” Her cancer is expected to be in remission following the treatment.Mazzie last appeared on the Great White Way in Bullets Over Broadway; she has received Tony nominations for her performances in Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime and Passion. Her additional credits include Next to Normal opposite her husband, Spamalot, Man of La Mancha and the off-Broadway revival of Carrie.“I hope she can buoy someone up or give strength to a person who is just starting their journey with cancer,” writes Danieley, who is set to return to Broadway in Chicago next month. He assures his readers that there’s “no grass growing under her ass,” as she remains active during her treatment.Broadway.com wishes Marin and Jason all the best as she continues on her path to a full and safe recovery. Marin Mazzie View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

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Abby Mueller Will Reprise Her Performance as Carole King in Beautiful

first_imgAbby Mueller in ‘Beautiful'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Beautiful: The Carole King Musical View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019center_img Related Shows Another Muller is about to feel the earth move under her feet on Broadway. Abby Mueller, who headlined the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and sister of Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony for originating the title role, will take center stage at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre this spring.Mueller will begin performances on March 7, taking over temporarily for Chilina Kennedy. Over the summer, Kennedy will reprise her performance in the Toronto engagement of the national tour from June 27 through August 20 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre; she will then return to the Broadway production.Prior to the Beautiful tour, Mueller appeared on the New York stage in Kinky Boots, A Minister’s Wife and the off-Broadway workshop of School of Rock. Her regional credits include 1776, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Candide and Pippin.Mueller will join a cast that currently includes Jake Epstein as Gerry Gofin, Jessica Keenan Wynn as Cynthia Weil, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein.last_img read more

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Fiscal Fitness 2004

first_imgHere’s when making the minimum works best By Michael RupuredUniversity of GeorgiaAsk the experts how to get out of debt and one of the firstthings they’ll say is to always pay more than the minimum onmonthly credit card payments. It’s good advice.If you owe $1,000 on a credit card with 21 percent interest andpay only $25 per month, it could take nearly six years to pay itoff along with more than $735 in interest.Increase that payment to $50 and you’ll avoid almost $500 ininterest charges and cut the time to pay off the debt to just twoyears.Scrape up extra to applyIf you carry a balance, put every dollar you can scrape up towardyour credit cards each month. Get out of debt as fast as you can.Then use that money to save for things you want in the futureinstead of paying for things you did in the past.It’s worth giving up a few meals out, a movie, some snacks andother little things. Devote the money you save toward reducingyour time in debt.If you only have one credit card, plow every extra penny you cantoward paying it off. Stop using the card. Don’t even carry itwith you.You may even want to give your credit card to a trusted familymember or friend for safekeeping. This is especially good ifyou’re prone to overspending or sometimes shop or eat out as areward or to make yourself feel better.Once you’re out of debt you can enjoy these activities free fromthe guilt that often results from credit card abuse. The largerthe payment you make, the sooner you can be debt and guilt-free. If you have more than one credit card, how you apply those extradollars makes a difference. In this situation, making only theminimum payment can help you to get out of debt faster and saveyou money.Make only the minimum payment for all your debts but one. Applyall your extra dollars to the payment for the remaining creditcard. This simple strategy helps you get faster results fromthose extra dollars.Take a look at your credit card debt. Write down the amount youowe, the minimum payment and the interest rate for each of yourcredit cards.First look at the total monthly minimum payment. Take a hard lookat your spending. Find ways to add as much as you can to theamount you can pay toward your credit cards each month.To save the most in interest, focus all these extra dollars oneliminating the debt with the highest interest rate first.For example, you owe $1,000 on three credit cards, each with a$25 per month minimum payment but all with different interestrates (21 percent, 18 percent and 15 percent). It will take youfive years and 10 months to pay them off, along with more than$1,660 in interest.Increase the payment on each card to $50 and you’ll pay less than$500 in interest in less than half the time. Or focus that extra$75 each month instead on the credit card with the highestinterest rate and you’ll get out of debt a month sooner and saveanother $40 in interest.Making only the minimum payment on credit cards is a good idea,but only when part of a total debt reduction plan that focusesall your extra dollars on your high-rate credit card.Put your credit cards away, plow every penny you can spare intogetting out of debt. Then follow your debt reduction plan,knowing it’s the fastest way to get out of debt.last_img read more

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Invaders

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaNot all nonnative plants are invasive. In fact, for every 100 foreign plant species, only one becomes a problem. But that 1 percent worries the Georgia plant industry.Controlling “nonnative, invasive pest plants in natural environments is one of the most sensitive and volatile issues being debated today” by the plant, or green, industry, said Gary Wade, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist.Ornamental horticulture includes greenhouses, container nurseries, turfgrass and field nurseries. It brought in a farm-gate value of more than $650 million in Georgia in 2004. And one of its representative organizations, the Georgia Green Industry Association, is approaching the invasive plant problem head-on.The GGIA formed an invasive plant task force in 2003 that is examining the issue and moving toward better solutions. Even so, they have to deal with the issues that make an invasive plant popular in the first place.“Ironically, many of the characteristics that make invasive plants invasive are the same ones that make them appealing as landscape plants,” said Wade, who co-chairs the GGIA invasive plant task force. “They’re tough, adaptable, quite ornamental and easy to propagate.”The task force assigned plants to three categories based on their degree of invasiveness and then looked at which ones are available in the nursery trade.Plants in category 1 have a serious impact on native environments and displace native plant species over a wide area. These include mimosa, Chinese privet, multiflora rose, Japanese climbing fern, Chinese tallow tree, autumn olive, Japanese honeysuckle and kudzu.Category 2 plants have a moderate impact on native environments. Their population is localized, not widespread like that of a category 1 plant. But they’re harming native plant communities. Examples are Chinese and Japanese wisteria, princess tree and bigleaf periwinkle.Category 3 or “watch list” plants have the potential to be invasive but aren’t invading native plant communities. Examples are lacebark elm and burning bush euonymus.Invasive plants compete with native species for light, water and nutrients. They also change the structure of a community’s vegetation and decrease food sources and protective cover for wildlife. Perhaps the most noticeable effect on the environment is that they simply make an area look worse and hinder access to recreational sites.The Georgia green industry is combating the issue through research, surveys and education. They’re finding out just how big the invasive plant problem is.In the fall of 2005, the GGIA surveyed all growers, landscapers and plant dealers in Georgia. Completed survey results showed that all category 1 plants, which are the most invasive, are occasionally being sold.However, an overwhelming majority of those who responded said they would welcome regulating help from GGIA. Of the respondents, 74 percent said, “Yes, the GGIA should regulate the production, sale and installation of invasive plants.”“Georgia’s green industry wants to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem,” Wade said.Wade outlined the group’s plan of action.First, they’re working to help manage invasive plants already in Georgia. Then they want to phase invaders, particularly the category 1 plants, out of the trade. At the same time, they plant to educate their industry and the public about invasive plants.Last, but not least, they want to develop a way to assess new plant introductions for their invasive potential before the plants make their way to market, preventing future invaders.Wade lists three ways anyone can help with this problem:1. Don’t plant invasive plants in your landscape.2. Help educate others in your community about invasive plants.3. Volunteer to help manage invasive plants in your community.To learn more about invasive exotic pest plants in Georgia, visit the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council’s Web site at www.gaeppc.org.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Plant people

first_imgRegistration is $30 per person, with a discounted rate of $15 for students. Early registration is encouraged. For detailed information and registration, visit www.caes.uga.edu/external/tccc/calendar.html or call (229) 386-3416. University of GeorgiaOn Nov. 17, Georgia green industry professionals can learn the latest on their industry via a video conference workshop at five locations across the state.Hosted by the University of Georgia and University of Florida, Georgians can meet in Savannah, Valdosta, Perry, Albany or Columbus to participate.The workshops will provide the latest information on new production and cultural practices, new plants, new pests and new products. Pesticide recertification credits and continuing education units will be available for participants from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Local Cooperative Extension agents will provide hands-on sessions in the afternoon.last_img read more

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Veggie insects

first_imgAs spring gardening time returns, so do hungry harmful insects. But the good news is, depending on the size of the garden, insecticides may or may not be necessary, says one University of Georgia expert. Before planting a vegetable garden, make sure there are no insects already embedded in the soil because there are no truly effective home treatments for them, said Alton Sparks, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Home gardeners can help rid soil of insects by thoroughly tilling the soil.Once the soil is warm enough for planting, gardeners should work on getting their fruits and vegetables into the ground at a reasonable time. The earlier they are planted, the less likely gardeners will run into insect problems. Insects reproduce more rapidly as it warms up, Sparks said. Gardeners can get a jump on insect problems, and avoid many seedling pest problems, by planting transplants.Although there are several different garden pests to look for depending on the plant, two of the most common are caterpillars and stink bugs. Though both are harmful to gardens, signs of caterpillars are easier to spot. Usually caterpillars will eat large chunks out of leaves or fruits. Stink bugs don’t remove leaf tissue, but have piercing-sucking mouth parts. Plants they feed on will have incorrect growth and at times irreparable damage that can cause deformities in vegetables and fruits. If the garden is small, hand-picking while the problem is still minor is easily the safest way to remove insects. However, if the garden is large, hand-picking may prove to be too time consuming, and insecticides may be necessary. Lastly, it is imperative to remember that not all insects in the garden are harmful. A lot of predators and parasites help control pests. Knowing which insects live in your garden will help keep beneficial insects alive and working for you and your garden. When insecticides are deemed necessary, make sure to use products labeled for the crop and the pest you are targeting. Crop and insect information can be found on the label. Also, be sure to follow label restrictions as far as pre-harvest intervals so vegetables and fruit are safe to eat when harvested, Sparks said. In season, treat only when pests are present.last_img read more

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Fall Vegetables

first_imgAs summer vegetables like corn and beans stop bearing, home gardeners can plant fall gardens filled with cool-season vegetables. Timing is everything Fall gardens in Georgia can be very challenging to get cool-season vegetables through the end of summer. It’s a delicate balance in starting them early enough to allow them to mature (50 to 60 days) before a hard frost and getting them through the end of a hot, dry summer. Fall vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, turnips, radishes, spinach, lettuce and beets can be purchased as seedlings from garden centers. These plants will be ready to transplant into the garden. Onion sets should be transplanted in October. Keep young seedlings watered until they are established. And, keep a sharp eye out for pest problems such as insects, diseases and weeds that continue to flourish in warm temperatures and high humidity. A layer of newspaper and mulch placed between garden rows can avoid a lot of weed problems and help conserve soil moisture. Contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 for more information on growing fall vegetable gardens.last_img read more

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Sustainable Aquaponics

first_imgThe system includes a small garden of vegetables and a tank of fish, including bluegill sunfish, channel catfish and carp. Through the aquaponics process, the fish consume food and excrete waste in the tank. Bacteria in the tank convert the toxic ammonia in fish feces into nitrates, which are then used as nutrients to help the plants survive. The fish tank is connected to the bed of vegetables by pipes that deliver water and nutrients in one pump and flow back to the bed with another pump, creating a constant flow. The $500 grant was used to design and set up the system, but families don’t need that much money to run a successful aquaponic system, according to Burtle.“They can do it for a lot less than $500. There are things a person can do to minimize the cost,” said Burtle, who added that changing the size and quality of the parts needed for the system can reduce costs. “Vegetables and greens can be selected for each season. Fish can be fed all year, and the species changed to include those that will grow in cool water. Catfish grow better in warm weather, bluegill sunfish grow in warm-to-cool weather and rainbow trout and carp grow in cold weather.”Miller plans to educate and train individuals in the community how to build their own low-cost aquaponics systems. She hopes to have a workshop in the spring or summer.“That’s where the empowerment aspect is going to come in. We want to see how many people would do this in their own homes if they knew they could,” Miller said.According to Miller, the number of people who construct their own system will depend on what they believe is valuable. If homeowners value homegrown food, they are more likely to take part and build their own system. Miller, an agricultural education major, has one more year at the UGA Tifton Campus as she completes her master’s degree. University of Georgia Tifton Campus student Amanda Miller is educating her community about sustainability through aquaponics one homegrown meal at a time.Miller constructed an aquaponics system to demonstrate that such a system, based in the home, could feed a small family. The project was funded by a $500 grant from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“The actual research involves empowering people to make their own food and demonstrating that a family is able to do this,” she said.Miller built the aquaponic system as part of the Tifton Campus’ Future Farmstead program in January, with the support of Jason Peake, director of academic programs, and Gary Burtle, an aquaculturist on the UGA Tifton Campus. The system that she helped put in place on campus will remain at its location, and Miller hopes another student will continue and expand the project. (Jordan Hill is an intern on the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

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