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Darren Criss Begins Performances as Broadway’s Newest Hedwig

first_imgA new rock goddess is moving six inches forward/five inches back…and he does not have a beard! Glee star and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss begins performances in Hedwig and the Angry Inch beginning April 29. He stars opposite Broadway’s new Yitzhak Rebecca Naomi Jones at the Belasco Theatre. Criss is scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 19.Perhaps best known for playing Blaine on the Fox series Glee, Criss made his Great White Way debut in 2012 as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role that earned him a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. His additional film and TV credits include Girl Most Likely, Eastwick and Little White Lie. In 2010, he released his first EP of original music, titled Human. He can occasionally be found at Marie’s Crisis belting Disney standards with Tony winner Lea Salonga.Written by Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Star Files Related Shows Hedwig and the Angry Inch Darren Crisslast_img read more

Which Funny Girl Needs to Make a Broadway Debut?

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Funny Girl made its Broadway debut on March 26, 1964. Fifty-two years later, a London revival is set to start performances (on April 8) and the enticing prospect of its on-again, off-again American comeback has got every actress from Lea Michele to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Rachel Bloom throwing her hat in the hypothetical ring. The tuner’s U.S. return is not the only item on that Great White Way wish list of ours. From the stand-up circuit to the subjects of our Netflix binge sessions, there is a slew of hilarious female celebs we’d like to see make a Broadway debut. And the funny ladies seem to be into it: Amy Schumer recently made her mark at Hamilton. Bloom told Broadway.com she’s penned her own musical (“It’s basically a f**ked up 42nd Street.”). And we can’t let go of Tina Fey’s endlessly teased Mean Girls stage adaptation. So which funny girl should make a Broadway debut that leaves us in stitches? Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan selected her top 10 picks. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Daveed Diggs Can’t Get Hamilton Tix & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Want Hamilton Tix? Don’t Ask Daveed DiggsDaveed Diggs received a 2016 Tony nod and a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award this week—but the Hamilton standout revealed he cannot get (or give out) tickets to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit. The actor recently sat down on Charlie Rose to discuss his role in the record-breaking musical: Watch the full interview here!Waitress’ Keala Settle Will Join Daniel Reichard at BirdlandYou know you loved Daniel Reichard’s recent Live at Five visit! The Jersey Boys alum will return to Birdland on May 8 (Mother’s Day, if you want to take mom out on the town!) with his spirited variety show Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers. Waitress fave Keala Settle as well as Michael Longoria, Luke Hawkins, Elad Kabilio and Maddy Wyatt will join the performance, which is directed by Jesse Vargas.John Cariani Joins the Bard in BeeJohn Cariani will join his Rotten! co-star Christian Borle, Finding Neverland’s Laura Michelle Kelly, Jose Llana and more in the previously announced Broadway Bee. The inaugural event, which will feature actors from current hit musicals in an adults-only spelling bee, is scheduled to take place on May 9 at The Cutting Room. Vogue Editrix Anna Wintour Will Glam Up Tony NomsFashion has always been her strongest suit! Anna Wintour will once again play fairy godmother for some lucky nominees on Tony night, according to The New York Post. Which Tony noms will get a shot at a Vogue-worthy makeover? We can’t wait to see!P.S. Tony host James Corden suited up for Justin Timberlake’s latest music video! His Into the Woods co-star Anna Kendrick also shows off her moves to the ultra-catchy “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” We dare you not to dance to the full video below! Daveed Diggs View Commentslast_img read more

Shrub Breakfast

first_img Garber doesn’t recommend soluble fertilizers for shrubs in the lawn. Soluble fertilizers are in a quickly usable form, he said, but because of that form they also leach out of the soil much faster than granular fertilizers. You’d need to apply them more often. But the main reason for the three-meal approach is that nitrogen, the key element for growth and color in plants, doesn’t last very long around shrubs. What the plants don’t use, the rain fairly quickly washes, or “leaches,” out of the soil. Shrubs need three square “meals” a year, says a University of Georgia expert. It’s time for “breakfast” now. When to fertilize Time applications carefully Nature’s fertilizing cycle Put fertilizer in the right place Don’t fertilize during the summer. Normally intense heat and frequent dry spells make Georgia summers a time to maintain shrubs, not stimulate growth. Fertilizers with timed-release pellets of nitrogen, though, are less likely to injure roots, Garber said. The idea is to put only as much nitrogen into the soil as the plant can take out in a few weeks. That saves fertilizer and money. It also keeps the excess nitrogen out of the groundwater. Choose the right type of fertilizercenter_img Follow up with a “lunchtime” application in May. Then top off the year with a lighter meal in September. Specialty fertilizers sold for specific plants, such as azalea-camellia or evergreen fertilizers, cost more. And you don’t really need them. “A general-purpose fertilizer is all you need for most plants,” Garber said. “We have a very long growing season,” Garber said. “A spring application of nitrogen will have leached out of the soil in six to eight weeks. So we make small applications. We use and lose that nitrogen, then come back with another small application.” Nitrogen leaches quickly “Shrubs are about to start spring growth,” said Mel Garber, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Plants have to have nitrogen to grow. They have to have time, too, to put that nitrogen into the leaf and stem tissue before they can use it.” If you’re waiting for the best time to fertilize your shrubs, Garber said, wait no more. “If you haven’t already done it,” he said, “now is the best time.” In the wild, Garber says, plants recycle their food. Leaves, berries and spent flowers drop off and decay, breaking down into nutrients the plants’ roots take up and use again. It’s a gradual process. Lighter doses of fertilizer three times during the year also reduce the risk of injuring plants by overfertilizing them. The six- to nine-month formulations can double the fertilizer’s effective time. But don’t expect the full six to nine months of active fertilizer. The high heat and humidity of Georgia summers release the fertilizer faster. Timed-release fertilizers are popular. But split applications of any high-nitrogen general-purpose fertilizer such as 18-6-12 or 12-4-4 are also safe, effective and efficient, Garber said. In March and May, a normal application for established shrubs is a level tablespoonful of fertilizer per foot of plant height. For young plants, use only a teaspoonful per foot. And in September, use a slightly reduced rate. The plant’s feeder roots — not the thick main roots near the trunk — take up the fertilizer. To best get the fertilizer to these roots, scatter it around the drip line, a line under the tips of the branches. The feeder roots, Garber said, are just inside to just beyond the drip line.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Requests Federal Aid to Assist Residents, Businesses for October Flooding in North Central PA

first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced he has requested disaster declarations through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the President for Bradford, Centre, Lycoming and Sullivan counties and through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Lycoming and Centre counties. The requests were made in response to significant flooding in north-central Pennsylvania on October 21 that reached $33.2 million in damages, according to estimates.“After my trip there right after the flooding, I understood that the devastation in North Central Pennsylvania is more significant and wide-spread than we have seen recently in the commonwealth. These two programs are the best options available to provide financial assistance to both local governments and citizens who have been impacted by this flooding,” said Governor Wolf. “We’ve worked closely with local, county and state partners on multiple damage assessments, and we are confident that we meet the federal criteria for both declarations.”The major disaster declaration through FEMA will provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in those counties through the Public Assistance program. The funds will reimburse costs associated with the response to and recovery from the flooding.  Eligible expenses include but are not limited to, costs associated with paying overtime, repairs to damaged infrastructure, equipment rentals, materials, search and rescue operations, and opening and operating shelters. That data was then relayed to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, which tracked and totaled the costs to present to the Governor.The overall estimated total costs associated with the major disaster declaration request are $33.2 million, which exceeds the commonwealth’s federally-established threshold of $18.1 million. It is important to note that total costs may fluctuate as applications for assistance are reviewed at both the state and federal levels. It is not known when the President will decide to grant or deny disaster assistance.If the Governor’s request is approved, applicants can be reimbursed up to 75% of the costs incurred on eligible expenses.The SBA declaration would provide low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and businesses with uninsured losses of 40 percent or more of their estimated fair market value. The SBA criteria of at least 25 potential applicants that sustained such losses was met in Lycoming and Centre counties.Governor Wolf signed a state proclamation of disaster emergency, which is required to request federal aid, on Nov. 16.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Requests Federal Aid to Assist Residents, Businesses for October Flooding in North Central PA SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img November 16, 2016last_img read more

Man U player of the Month: Fernandes floors Ighalo others

first_img Ighalo gave a good fight in the chase for the gong after scoring three goals in four matches in all competitions in the month under review but his contributions are not enough to help him win. This award is coming weeks after being voted the Premier League player of the month and PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for the month of February. His impressive displays have helped Man United close the top-four gap on Chelsea – with just three points between the two clubs. He also played a crucial role in their Europa League campaign as they are one leg into the quarterfinals with their 5-0 win on the road over LASK before coronavirus crippled all activities. Fernandes has shown he is a proven goal scorer way before joining the Red Devils after scoring 63 goals and 52 assists in 137 matches for Sporting CP. Read AlsoIghalo brushes off Man Utd contract dilemma amid coronavirus crisis The good thing is that rejuvenated Manchester United are enjoying the services of inform Fernandes and Ighalo whose contributions set the Reds on the fast lane just before the coronavirus induced lockdown. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img Portugal international Bruno Fernandes has been voted Manchester United player Month, for the Month of March. Bruno survived tough competition from Nigeria international and rave of the moment at the Old Trafford, Odion Ighalo to win the award. He also brushed aside the duo of Fred and Harry Magire in the contest. It will be the second consecutive award the former Sporting Lisbon star will be winning having clinched same award in February. Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in action for Man Utd Fernandes it will be recalled joined the Red Devils in a deal around €55m in January from Sporting Lisbon The midfielder got his reign at Old Trafford off to a flying start – scoring three goals and four assists in his first nine appearances for the Red Devils.Advertisementlast_img read more

Florida prison guard arrested after attempting to poison inmate

first_imgA prison guard in Ocala, Florida has been arrested after she allegedly attempted to poison an inmate by spraying bleach into a drink that she then served them.The incident occurred at the Lowell Correctional Institution on Saturday.The inmate contacted another guard after they noticed that the drink they were served with their breakfast smelled strongly of bleach. The guard agreed and alerted their supervisors to the incident.When authorities began investigating, an officer told them that they witnessed another staff member 28-year-old Qualesha Williams, spray bleach into a cup while preparing breakfast and place it aside. Williams then reportedly told the officer that “this cup is special.”Williams then volunteered to feed the lower cells of the dormitory where she was captured on surveillance skipping several cells to serve a specific tray of food to an inmate.As Williams got to the inmate’s cell, she then began tampering with the tray but concealed her actions from the camera.When an agent with the Florida Department of Corrections questioned Williams about the incident, she admitted that she poured bleach into the cup that she then served to the prisoner but said that she would never hurt anyone on purpose. Authorities, however, pointed out that they retrieved surveillance video from earlier in the day that shows Williams arguing with the same inmate where she threatened “I got something for you.”Williams is now charged with poisoning food or water.last_img read more

No. 13 seed Wake Forest upsets 5th-seeded Syracuse in 2nd round of ACC tournament

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. — Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman stood still on the court. Wake Forest head coach Jen Hoover trotted onto it grinning ear to ear. Hillsman’s players walked toward him as he waited for a team manager to hand him a whiteboard. The Demon Deacons leapt off the bench, running to greet their teammates.Six minutes earlier, the game was tied at 46. But with eight minutes left, WFU held a 13-point lead. The Orange had missed six of its last nine shots, prompting Hillsman to call a timeout.“We weren’t scoring,” Hillsman said. “That was the biggest thing. We didn’t score the basketball for a large chunk of the game and when we get into those droughts where we don’t score, that means we can’t press. That’s our game.”And since fifth-seeded SU (21-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) wasn’t able to play its game, it fell to 13th-seeded Wake Forest (12-20, 2-14) 85-79 in the second round of the ACC tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. No. 22 Syracuse’s next game won’t come until the NCAA tournament, which doesn’t start until March 20.The Demon Deacons – who outrebounded the Orange by 10 – relied on a 22-5 second-half run to propel them to the upset win while two of Syracuse’s best three rebounders, Briana Day and Taylor Ford, sat on the bench for large portions of that run before each fouled out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe run began when Amber Campbell hit a jumper to tie the game at 48 and then Wake Forest scored the next nine points. The crowd of 9,386 grew louder with each basket as the lead grew at the same time.“Our emphasis was to get stops,” Demon Deacons head coach Jen Hoover said. “… We really felt that in the half court, we could force them to one shot and if we would get stops, we would run out and we knew we wouldn’t have to face the press.”WFU beat Syracuse at its strong suit with easy layups in transition with 36 points in the paint and 15 on fast breaks. The Orange prides itself on forcing turnovers, pushing the tempo and pressing after made basket. But since SU’s shots weren’t falling, Wake Forest took advantage.Day grabbed just one rebound in 13 minutes against Dearica Hamby, the ACC’s third-best rebounder and scorer. Ford was Syracuse’s leading rebounder but only played 20 minutes. Each of them had three fouls by halftime, forcing Syracuse to go to its backup centers Bria Day and Amber Witherspoon.“The key to this game was we didn’t have our best players on the floor,” Hillsman said.When either Bria Day or Witherspoon made a productive play, Briana Day and assistant coach Sasha Palmer would stand up and cheer them on from the bench. But those moments were rare, as Hamby and forward Kandice Ball combined for 37 points.When Day committed her fifth and final foul, her jaw dropped in disbelief.On WFU’s next possession, Millesa Calicott nailed a 3 to put the Demon Deacons up by 15, its largest lead of the game. She celebrated by lifting three fingers in the air and jamming them into the side of her head as she spun around and jogged back on defense after yelling with excitement.“They just happened to get their run at the right time,” Alexis Peterson said. “We just wanted to stay composed, stay poised and keep turning them over and keep playing hard.”And Syracuse had its opportunities at the end. The Orange went on a 13-2 run to make it a three-point game with 45 seconds left courtesy of three 3-pointers.Wake Forest’s Ataijah Taylor missed a shot with 24 seconds left and the game depended on the ensuing rebound. Players from both teams sprawled across the court and the ball ricocheted around the paint before ultimately landing in Hamby’s hands. Had SU gotten the board, it would’ve had a chance to send the game to overtime.But that chance never came and fittingly, the game’s most important moment was a rebound that Syracuse couldn’t control.“If you look at the stat line, it’s amazing,” Hillsman said. “It tells a story.” Comments Published on March 5, 2015 at 1:02 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Grinding Gears: USC should do more than control its destiny

first_imgIn his postgame radio interview on 710 ESPN on Saturday after USC hung on to beat Arizona 24-20 in Tucson, it didn’t take long for head coach Clay Helton to utter the words, “control our destiny.”He did it last season ad nauseam, to the point that writers placed bets in the press box as to how many times Helton would use that phrase in his postgame interview — which means that no matter how bad things may seem, USC is still in position to win the Pac-12 South. It’s one of the many cliches that clutter Helton’s press conferences, and it would be accurate to characterize him as a coach who sees the glass as half full, no matter the circumstances.To be fair, Helton admitted to not being satisfied with how the Trojans finished Saturday’s contest. With a 24-0 second half lead, USC shot itself in the foot with turnovers, penalties and poor decision-making, allowing Arizona and its hobbled quarterback, Khalil Tate, to come dangerously close to making a comeback. Nobody in the locker room seemed particularly happy, like freshman quarterback JT Daniels: “You can’t be too mad when you get a win, but I’m pretty mad. We can do better. And I guess that’s a positive, [because] we’re nowhere near our potential.”Or redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns: “I’m not happy for [the win] because I know we should’ve done better.”Or senior linebacker Cam Smith: “I think we just haven’t put a complete game together, and we’re due.”But still — “control our destiny.” Mhmm.The thing is, though, his words actually ring true. With a 2-1 conference record, the Trojans do control their own destiny. They can play exactly like they did on Saturday — exceptional at times, terribly at others — and roll through a weak Pac-12 South. Of its six remaining conference games, USC is projected by ESPN’s Football Power Index to win all but one of them, with Oct. 20’s road game at Utah the only toss up. The Trojans get Colorado, Arizona State and Cal at home. They’ll play Utah, Oregon State and UCLA on the road. None of these teams match USC’s talent. None of them have USC’s playmakers. If the Trojans show up to these games with a half-decent game plan, they can finish 8-1 in the Pac-12 and undefeated in the South. Whether or not playoff contender Notre Dame blows them out in the regular season finale has no impact on a potential Pac-12 Championship berth. This is why this football program is as promising as it is infuriating. The Trojans can be so much more than a team that merely beats up on inferior competition, so much better than a team that escapes Tucson with a win that should have never been in doubt, yet was in jeopardy up until they recovered an onside kick late in regulation.Nobody questions the skill. Look at how composed Daniels seemed, as an 18-year-old starting quarterback. Look at how explosive senior running back Aca’Cedric Ware was on the ground, rushing for two touchdowns and 173 yards. Look at how the defense shut down the dynamic Tate and Arizona’s rushing attack, which entered the game leading the Pac-12 with an average of 247.2 yards per game but was held to 98 yards on Saturday.And yet, the Trojans barely clawed out the win to inch a game above .500 on the season, and they remain unranked for the third straight week. This can be better. It should be better. Being able to “control our destiny” shouldn’t be the goal; it should be a given. If USC wins the rest of its conference games but is blown out by Notre Dame to end the regular season, all that means is the Trojans won the games they should have won only to lose a game that would have actually meant something bigger than just controlling their destiny. Instead of measuring USC against Pac-12 competition, Helton should be looking at the non-conference results. Since 2016, the Trojans have suffered blowout losses to Alabama, Texas and Ohio State, with the 2017 Rose Bowl win over Penn State the lone statement out-of-conference victory in the Helton era. But USC might reach the Rose Bowl this season anyway without having to prove itself. All the Trojans have to do is beat mediocre competition the next six games, and then come up on top against presumably Stanford or Washington in the Pac-12 Championship.So yes, Helton is right: USC does control its own destiny, and it could be enough to keep everyone happy this season. But that is frustrating in itself.Eric He is a senior majoring in journalism. He is also the managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Women’s basketball looks to improve conference record in Arizona

first_imgFreshman guard Desiree Caldwell looks for the basket against Fresno State Nov. 28 at the Galen Center. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) “Our kids practice hard,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “That’s why you win games. Kids talk, and you get after it and you just have to keep competing so hopefully we can keep it going.” The Wildcats and the Sun Devils are currently No. 7 and No. 5 in the Pac-12 standings, respectively. Even though the teams have not been playing at the level they were hoping to coming into this season, they are both eight games above .500. The Trojans have a quick turnaround this week as they prepare to play the Arizona Wildcats and the No. 16 Arizona State Sun Devils over a three-day span. After already losing to the Bruins earlier this season, the Trojans came into Saturday’s game with a chip on their shoulder. With great performances all around, the Trojans managed to pull off their first conference win in a 72-67 victory to extend their overall record to 11-6. Coming into the season, the USC women’s basketball team was projected as one of the top teams in the Pac-12, after they finished 20-11 overall and 9-9 in conference play last year. The Women of Troy started off the season living up to expectations by winning ten out of their first eleven games, only to lose five straight matchups to start conference play. In what seemed to be a lost season, the Trojans are looking to turn things around after beating crosstown rival UCLA. “If we play like this the rest of the way, we’ll be very competitive,” Trakh said following the UCLA game. Mazyck had her breakout game last week against the Bruins, scoring 26 points and shooting 100 percent from the free throw line in all 40 minutes of play. In her senior year, the Trojans hope that Mazyck can repeat her success from previous seasons to lead the team to their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 2013-2014 season.center_img “This was my last USC-UCLA game,” Mazyck said. “Our pride was on the line. It’s hard to be positive when you’ve been losing, but we stayed positive and got positive results.” The Wildcats will look to even their conference record when they host USC, while the Sun Devils aim to extend their recent success after upsetting No. 9 Oregon State in a double-time thriller on Jan. 20. If the Trojans hope to beat both these teams, they will have to rely on senior guard Aliyah Mazyck and junior guard Minyon Moore to repeat their successes from Saturday. Against the Wildcats, the Trojans will have to pay attention to redshirt sophomore guard Aari McDonald, Arizona’s star player. In 18 games this season, McDonald has had a total of 449 points, 113 rebounds, and 45 steals. She is a force to reckoned with on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. As for the Sun Devils, they bring in key freshman guard Iris Mbulito. Also playing 18 games this season, Mbulito leads all Arizona State players in points, free throw percentage, and steals, with 265, .838, and 25, respectively. Moore was on fire in her last five games,, averaging 39.4 minutes played, 14 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Against the Bruins, Moore had one of her best games, playing all 40 minutes and finishing with a double-double. The Women of Troy hope to win two more conference games this weekend when they travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats this Friday at 6 p.m. and the Sun Devils this Sunday at 12 p.m.last_img read more