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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

Govt changes its tune on drug war

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 30 March 2016The government is agreeing with a major study which found a punitive approach to drug offending is doing more harm than good.The joint John Hopkins University-British Medical Journal study noted the ‘War on Drugs’ has had “no measurable impact on supply or use”, and in fact countries which had liberalised their non-violence related drug laws like Portugal and the Czech Republic saw a rise in “public health benefits, cost savings, lower incarceration [rates] and no significant increase in problematic drug use”.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne said the government is preparing to take more of a health focus on drugs and balancing that against their classification.Dunne said it’ll happen over the next two years and with the new focus, penalties will be looked at, as will handling those caught with small amounts of cannabis for their own personal use.“The excessively legalistic punitive approach has failed,” he said. “We need to treat these issues as health issues.”“I’ve never used the term ‘the War on Drugs’, so I’m delighted to see that it’s been consigned to the scrap heap, because I think it was unduly provocative and unnecessary.”However, Dunne said it won’t mean the legalisation of cannabis.“You have to get 61 votes in Parliament to pass such a move. Last time I checked with political parties, the total score of parties supporting was zero.”Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said marijuana won’t be made legal any time soon.“We’ve got too many drugs in society. I mean cannabis is very carcinogenic. I don’t think it would be a good idea to have more people smoking more cannabis”.Coleman said he’s not ruling out allowing medical cannabis.“There’s a big difference between loose leaf cannabis and cannabis being available as an extract in a medicine where you can run a proper clinical trial”.Former drug squad detective Keith Price, who’s now a Napier City Councillor told Larry Williams the current law is sufficient to deal with the issue.He believes police have already softened their approach, and are using discretion a lot more often.“You can’t get away from the point that it causes crime, abnormal behaviour, anti social and under motivated people”.A number of states in the US, including Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, have decriminalised marijuana possession and ownership in recent years, creating a regulated, taxable market.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/govt-changes-tune-on-approach-to-drug-offending/Govt won’t decriminalise cannabisNewsHub 30 March 2016The Government is considering a softer approach to low-level drug offences, but says it’s not considering decriminalising cannabis.The shift in policy comes as a study is released showing the war on drugs has done more harm than good.It’s been almost 45 years since former US president Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs, and now it’s been declared a failure.A new study by the John Hopkins University in the US concluded the international War on Drugs approach to drug offending hasn’t worked, and could even have made things worse.“I agree entirely,” says Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne. “It has failed, and we’ve been saying that from New Zealand’s perspective for some time now.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/govt-wont-decriminalise-cannabis-2016033018#axzz44QWkpCU3last_img read more

Manager of the Year Dave Roberts applied every day of his own struggle to running the Dodgers this season

first_imgHe hit .272 and stole 65 bases and the world little noted nor long remembered. But his manager did.“Dave was out there working on his throwing every day before games,” said Tim Torricelli. “And he was an absolute sponge. He asked me questions about everything you think of. So, no, I wasn’t surprised at all when he started managing in the big leagues.”Playing in the big leagues? Many were surprised at that.Roberts did not get there for five more years, at least not for good. General manager Dan Evans and manager Jim Tracy allowed him to shoot for the Dodgers’ centerfield job in 2002 and he took it, and he stole 45 bases and hit .272, but he was 29 then. When he stole the Base Heard Round The World for the Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series, he was 32.Roberts never had managed a club before Andrew Friedman hired him to run the Dodgers this year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Considering that he was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, with 16 first place votes to Joe Maddon’s eight, you’re tempted to say experience is overrated.But every day of Roberts’ long quest, and the ability to trust the existence of light behind the darkness, contributed to 2016.He proved that, in managing or any kind of executive position, who you are is more important than what you know. Maddon and Terry Francona did, too.Roberts, who is the first Dodgers’ manager to win the honor since Tommy Lasorda in 1988, also proved that civility is not the antonym of strength. Three times he removed a starting pitcher from a no-hitter or a perfect game. He took brazen chances in the postseason, when the Dodgers beat Washington in the Division Series and when Clayton Kershaw saved Game 5 for Kenley Jansen. He lived with the hits and misses.The Dodgers won their fewest games (91) since 2012 and gave up their most runs since 2010. Yet they won a fourth straight N.L. West title. Yet they were forced to use 15 starting pitchers and played without Kershaw for nearly two-and-a-half months. They were Dodger Blue Cross for most of the season, and Roberts kept throwing minor league pedestrians like Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin into late-season drama, and everything kept working.A frivolous, fractious clubhouse came together. Professionals like Howie Kendrick, who left his second base comfort zone to play left-field and third base, made that happen. So did Roberts’ knack of reaching out or backing off and knowing when to do either or both.J.P. Howell formerly was the Dodgers main lefthanded setup man. Roberts did not include Howell on the postseason roster. Instead he selected Grant Dayton, who came from the wilderness of the Marlins’ system. Mentally, Howell remained on board.“We’ve tried to come together as a group, every year since I’ve been here,” Howell said, “but we never did. You’d come in and go home. It was like a job. Now it’s a family, and Dave’s the leader of the family.“My favorite managers are the ones who can relate to each individual. There’s egos involved in the clubhouse, different cultures, different people. Dave made it possible for us to police it. None of his opinions are negative.”Roberts is not the first manager to let his position players know when days off are coming, but the Dodgers appreciated it nonetheless.“Twelve more hours to relax,” Howell said. “You know you shut it down. You don’t want to show up and find out you’re not playing and say, hey, last night I could have gone to the movies.“You don’t play for yourself here anymore, you play for Dave. If you have a bad outing, he’s wearing it, too. We could win 5-3 and I could give up 3 runs, and he’s bummed for me. The old-school way would be to say, ‘Just clean it up.’ The way he expresses his opinions, it’s clean.”Roberts’ reward is to absorb more upheaval in 2017. It’s tough to find a good sponge.center_img They don’t make cuddly movies about baseball teams like the 1996 Visalia Oaks.That club was The Walking Dead.The Oaks were pasted together from different organizations, including some Japanese players on loan. They lost 90 of 150 games. They played at three different parks. Somehow four of them found their way to the major leagues. Dave Roberts and Rod Barajas played in World Series.Roberts was an outfielder for Visalia, or wanted to be. He was still fighting the effects of two shoulder operations. For 30 games he was a designated hitter. last_img read more