Cheyenne Jackson, Boyd Gaines, Marsha Mason & More to Serve on 2013-2014 Tony Awards Nominating Committee

first_img View Comments The 2013-2014 Tony Awards nominating committee has been announced, including new members Marsha Mason (Impressionism), Dick Latessa (Hairspray), playwright Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet) and more. Broadway favorites Cheyenne Jackson and Boyd Gaines, who withdrew from the 2012-2013 committee after accepting roles on Broadway (The Performers and Enemy of the People, respectively), will return to their nominating duties this year. Tony nominators attend every Broadway production and select Tony nominees at the end of the season. The complete nominating committee for 2012-2013 is as follows (new members are indicated with *): Star Files *Douglas Aibel, artistic director, The Vineyard Theatre Arin Arbus, associate artistic director, Theatre for a New Audience John Arnone, scenic designer Ira Bernstein, former producer/general manager/stage manager Susan Birkenhead, lyricist Mark Brokaw, artistic director, Yale Institute for Music Theatre/director Donald Byrd, choreographer Ben Cameron, program director for the arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, NY Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean, Tisch School of the Arts *Veronica Claypool, arts management consultant, Full Circle Management Group Douglas J. Cohen, composer/lyricist/playwright *Ida Cole, founding director, Seattle Theatre Group John Darnton, former cultural editor, The New York Times Jacqueline Z. Davis, executive director, The New York Public Library for the P.A. at Lincoln Center Rick Elice, playwright Boyd Gaines, actor *Kent Gash, director/founding director of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway Liza Gennaro, choreographer Kathryn Grody, actor/writer Adam Guettel, composer/lyricist Wendall K. Harrington, projection designer/lecturer Susan Hilferty, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, costume designer *Julie Hughes, former casting director Cheyenne Jackson, actor Abe Jacob, sound designer *Stephen Karam, playwright Anne Kauffman, director Corby Kummer, senior editor, The Atlantic magazine *Dick Latessa, actor John Leguizamo, actor/playwright *Sara Lukinson, documentary film producer/television writer Pam MacKinnon, director *Marsha Mason, actor/playwright Susan Rice, playwright/screenwriter Mervyn Rothstein, retired writer & editor, The New York Times *Scott Schwartz, director *Linda Shelton, executive director, Joyce Theatre Foundation *Arlene Shuler, president & CEO, New York City Center Tobie S. Stein, director, graduate program in Performing Arts and Management, Brooklyn College Robert Viagas, Playbill program director/editor *Carol Waaser, retired AEA official/company and stage manager Robin Wagner, scenic designer Tony Walton, scenic and costume designer, director Chay Yew, playwright/directorcenter_img Cheyenne Jackson Boyd Gaineslast_img read more

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Alec Baldwin and Wife Hilaria Celebrate the Birth of Daughter Carmen

first_img Baldwin most recently starred in the Broadway revival of Orphans and has appeared on Broadway in Twentieth Century, A Streetcar Named Desire, Serious Money and Loot. His off-Broadway credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Trumbo, Macbeth and Prelude to a Kiss. An Emmy winner for playing Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Baldwin can currently be seen on the big screen as Cate Blanchett’s ex-husband in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. View Comments Star Files Stage and screen star Alec Baldwin and his yoga instructor wife, Hilaria, welcomed daughter Carmen Gabriela on August 23. Dubbing the baby “absolutely perfect” in a Twitter post shortly after giving birth, the 29-year-old new mom and her 55-year-old husband returned to their Manhattan home with their newborn daughter on August 25.center_img “Since giving birth, the word ‘love’ has taken on a whole new meaning,” Hilaria tweeted on August 26. “Its depth and intensity are overwhelming in the most welcome way.” The new dad is also the father of fledgling model Ireland, his 17-year-old daughter with ex-wife Kim Basinger. Alec Baldwinlast_img read more

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Let’s Hear It for the Ballet Girls! 30 Young Dancers Join the West End Cast of Billy Elliot

first_img “We are all looking forward to welcoming our new Ballet Girls to the Victoria Palace Theatre,” Anna-Jane Casey, who plays Mrs. Wilkinson, said in a statement. “I am particularly looking forward to keeping them on their toes at each performance as they join Billy on stage in Mrs. Wilkinson’s unique and especially energetic ballet lessons—I know they will give us ‘the old razzle-dazzle’ in their fabulous pink tutus!” In addition to Casey, Billy Elliot stars Harrison Dowzell, Elliott Hanna, Redmand Rance and Ali Rasul alternating in the role of Billy, Deka Walmsley as Dad, Kevin Wathen as Tony, Ann Emery as Grandma and Howard Crossley as George. Not one, not two, but 30 young ballet dancers are joining the West End cast of Billy Elliot—that’s a lot of pointe shoes! The group of young dancers between the ages of 10 and 16 will alternate as Mrs. Wilkinson’s adorable pirouetting dance students in the hit production at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. Based on the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, Billy Elliot tells the inspirational story of one boy’s dream to realize his ambitions against the odds. Set against the background of the historic mid-1980s miners’ strike, Billy pursues his passion for dance secretly in order to avoid the disapproval of his struggling family.center_img View Comments Beginning September 24, the ballet students will be played by Niamh Ashley, Niamh Bennett, Macy Dyason, Morgan Hartley, Lauren Henson, Lydia Kalian, Darcey Littlefield, Natasha Pye, Caitlin Rosendale and Sophie Smart; Samantha Allison, Holly-Marie Davenport, Holly Duke, Ella Forman, Summer Jones, Eliza Love, Kiara-Jaide Mandoza, Emily Miles, Georgia Prentice and Lily Sitzia; and Chorlene Biron-Monnier, Samantha Delaney, Sophie Green, Esa Halil, Taila Halil, Allanah Martin Judge, Ellie Munden, Ellis O’Neill, Charlotte Ross-Gower and Brooke Wolpert.last_img read more

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The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream Will No Longer Be Groovin’ on Broadway This Christmas

first_img View Comments Part Broadway show, part rock concert, Once Upon a Dream, written by Steven Van Zandt and directed by Van Zandt and Marc Brickman, and featuring the legendary ‘60s pop, rock and soul group had been slated to play a three-week limited engagement at Broadway’s Marriott Marquis Theatre beginning December 15. The production is currently on a U.S. tour. The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream will no longer be appearing on Broadway this Christmas. A post on the group’s Facebook page stated: “Unfortunately, The Rascals planned return to Broadway next month has been canceled at this time. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments.”center_img Once Upon a Time originally premiered at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, in December 2012 before opening at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on April 16. The Rascals is comprised of singer Eddie Brigati, drummer Dino Danelli, guitarist Gene Cornish and keyboardist Felix Cavaliere. The concert features hit Rascals songs including “Groovin’,” “A Girl Like You,” “Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be Free.”last_img read more

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She’s Got Class! Tony Winner Bebe Neuwirth to Return to Broadway’s Chicago as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton

first_img The revival of Chicago currently stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as Billy Flynn, Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Set in the 1920s, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she hires Billy Flynn, Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, much to the dismay of her rival cellmate Velma Kelly. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the Tony-winning revival is now in its 17th year. When you’re good to mama…she’ll come back home! Two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth will return to the Tony-winning revival of Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton. Beginning on January 14, 2014, Neuwirth will take over the role of the corrupt warden from Roz Ryan, who will return to the hit production for one week, January 6 through 12. The role of Matron “Mama” Morton is currently being played by Carol Woods. View Comments Neuwirth won a 1997 Tony Award for her portrayal of jazz-age killer Velma Kelly and returned ten years later as merry murderess Roxie Hart. She also received a Tony for her performance in 1986’s Sweet Charity. Neuwirth’s other Broadway credits include The Addams Family, Fosse, A Chorus Line, Little Me, Dancin’ and Damn Yankees. Her film and TV credits include her two-time Emmy Award-winning performance as Dr. Lilith Sternin in Cheers and Frasier, Wild Palms, Dash and Lily, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Bored to Death, Green Card, Summer of Sam, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Jumanji, The Faculty, Adopt a Sailor, The Paint Job and Fame. Star Filescenter_img Chicago from $49.50 Related Shows Bebe Neuwirthlast_img read more

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Box Elder

first_imgHISTORY OF BOX ELDERThe city of Box Elder serves as the gateway to the Black Hills. In the late 1800s, the future site of Box Elder was a fertile valley, luring settlers west with untold promise. Lone Tree, a few miles east of Box Elder, was originally a stop for the covered wagons and horsemen coming to the Black Hills from Fort Pierre on the Black Hills Stage and Wagon Road. Box Elder was born as a whistle-stop town in 1907 when the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad built a track from Wall to Rapid City. The new town was named after the box elder trees, which grew along the head waters of the creek that flows through the valley. Box Elder was officially incorporated as a city in 1964 during the Cold War expansion of Ellsworth AFB. Today, Box Elder is home to nearly 9,500 people and is one of South Dakota’s fastest-growing cities. The city of Box Elder, nestled between Ellsworth and Rapid City, offers city convenience with a small-town atmosphere.EDUCATIONThe city of Box Elder is home to the Douglas School District, one of the finest school systems in South Dakota. The district serves more than 2,500 students with Carrousel preschool services, Badger Clark Elementary, Douglas High School, Douglas Middle School, Francis Case Elementary and Vandenberg Elementary. The district is in western South Dakota on the edge of the Black Hills and serves students from Box Elder, Ellsworth AFB and the surrounding rural area.Children living on Ellsworth or in the Box Elder community will attend the Douglas School System. Busing is no longer provided to school children living on base. However, the Ellsworth Youth Center offers a before- and after-school program that provides busing to and from Douglas schools for a fee. For more information about bus transportation in the surrounding Box Elder communities, contact the transportation office at 605-923-0022. The Douglas School District administrative office can be reached at 605-923-0000.LAW ENFORCEMENTThe Box Elder Police Department serves a residential population of approximately 9,000 citizens with an authorized strength of 11 full-time officers and three reserve police officers. The administrative contact phone number to the Box Elder Police Department is 605-923-1401.FIRE DEPARTMENTThe Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department proudly protects an area of 81 square miles. They are members of the Pennington County Fire Fighter’s Association and are centrally located in the city of Box Elder at 120 Box Elder Road. The VFD contact number is 605-923-1224. The VFD also hosts area voters, as a polling station, on Election Day.RECREATIONBox Elder offers a variety of recreational pursuits in addition to being the Gateway to the Black Hills, such as Bandit Ball Little League, a BMX track, Prairie Ridge Golf Course, a paint ball arena and several city parks.SERVICESBox Elder has many varieties of businesses to serve your needs. For more information, contact the Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce, which can be found online at www.boxelderchambersd.com.last_img read more

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

first_imgRed Bull Ride + Style is this Saturday, May 10th, at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, CA. More than 50 fixed gear riders from around the world will compete in track and freestyle competitions among obstacles designed and created by street artists. New this year is a race qualifier open to the public. Twenty five slots are open, first come-first served, get there early for the 10am registration!Culprit Bicycles will be demo-ing their bicycles at the Cruisin’ The Conejo ride this Saturday in Newbury Park, CA.Voting is now open for the Eastern region of the Bell Built grants program. Voting ends May 18th, winner will be announced May 5th. Congratulations to the winner for the Central Region: The Cottage Grove Bike Park, headed up by the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC).PowerBar has launched their Don’t Let You Stop You Tour de France Sweepstakes which runs through July 31st.Snapguide, an online how-to community, has launched their bike-hack contest in honor of Bike To Work Month. From now until June 4th, upload your how-to guide on anything bike related to win up to $900 in hand made bike accessories.Timbuk2 is celebrating Bike month with new colors in the Especial Raider Cycling Backpack, and two new commuter bags: the Especial Vuelo Cycling Laptop Bag $149, and the Especial Claro Cycling Laptop Messenger $139.Also, Timbuk2 Facebook fans can enter the annual #ridefree Bike Commute Sweepstakes for a chance to win over $1,100 in gear: Raleigh Bicycle, Lazer Helmet, Kryptonite Lock, Portable Speakers, and the new Timbuk2 Especial Vuelo Backpack.Ellsworth is celebrating the month of May with $500 off complete Evolve C, complete 29 or 27.5 Enlightenment or complete Epiphany Enduro (limited sizes) bikes – or $250 off those frames only. Also, they will be giving away free Rocker and Bling Kit upgrades on all bikes sold in the month of May.Beginning May 11, fans can tune in to NBCSN daily to catch the final two hours of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California live, as well as nightly recaps and highlights. The finale on Sunday, May 18th, will be broadcast on NBC. TV schedule after the break.The Documentary Marco Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist launches May 16th in the UKCanyons Resort in Park City, Utah, will be opening up their family-friendly downhill mountain bike park on June 12th.Rapha is sponsoring the Women’s 100 – a worldwide 100k ride on Sunday, July 20th. Find a sponsored ride near you, set up a group ride, or register to ride on your own here.This Year, the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival will host a Dealer Day on Friday, October 3rd. Touted as an affordable alternative to Interbike, they had 45 exhibitors in 2013 and expect to sell out quickly for this years’ event.The RoadTitans300+ Cycling Challenge is a 3 day, 310 mile, 30,000+ ft of elevation ride this November 7-9th in Oconee, South Carolina. The 2014 Amgen Tour of California television schedule follows*:· Sunday, May 11 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 1 presented by Visit California – Sacramento (*Encore at 2-3 a.m. EDT/11 p.m.-midnight PDT)· Monday, May 12 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 2 presented by Michelob Ultra – Folsom Individual Time Trial (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Tuesday, May 13 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 3 presented by Michelob Ultra – San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Wednesday, May 14 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 4 presented by Visit California – Monterey to Cambria (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Thursday, May 15 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 5 presented byBreakaway from Cancer® – Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Friday, May 16 at 5-7 p.m. EDT/2-4 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 6 presented by Crunchies Natural Snacks – Santa Clarita to Mountain High (Encore at 10:30-11:30 p.m. EDT/7:30-8:30 p.m. PDT)· Saturday, May 17 at 4:30-6:30 p.m. EDT/1:30-3:30 p.m. PDT on NBCSN: Stage 7 presented by Crunchies Natural Snacks – Santa Clarita to Pasadena (Encore at 11 p.m.-midnight EDT/8-9 p.m. PDT)· Sunday, May 18, live on NBC at 1-3 p.m. EDT/10-Noon PDT on NBC: Stage 8 presented by Amgen – Thousand Oaks (Encore at 5-7 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight EDT/2-4 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. PDT)*Times subject to change. Nightly encore shows are edited from the two-hour live shows.last_img read more

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

first_imgWhere to RideJAM Fund Grand Fundo tomorrow! – Saturday, July 16, five hundred cyclists are expected to turn out for the one-day bike ride through the scenic Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The event is a fundraiser for the JAM Fund cycling development program. Four-time and current U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers will lead the ride, which starts at 9:30 a.m. from Black Birch Vineyard in Southampton. Participants will have the option to ride one of three distances: 39, 65 or 85-miles. The long loop should take about four hours, and after the ride, participants will be treated to a delicious barbecue where all the food is locally harvested and cooked on site. JamCycling.orgAdvocacyLegislative updates from MassBike & Outside of the Box Festival this weekend – The bike advocacy group for Massachusetts has been working hard over the year on laws in the works to protect vulnerable road users, and specifically to protect bicyclists in bike lanes. They are also working to improve distracted driving laws and to protect riders throughout their region. Fin out more about their work and progress, plus their Outside the Box Festival going on now over at: Massbike.org Gear & DealsFree K-edge mount with Wahoo ELEMNT purchase – It’s as simple as that. Buy a Wahoo Elemnt this weekend and get a free K-Edge mount, a $50 value. Used code: TDFELEMNT at checkout through Monday at WahooFitness.comBonk Breaker goes Non-GMO – The maker of sports nutrition with a focus on freshly baked products and real food ingredients has announced a pledge to make the entire Bonk Breaker line up free of ingredients with any genetically modified elements. The No-GMO policy will cover their energy and protein bars, gluten-free energy chews, and organic real fruit drink mixes. They’ll phase in Non-GMO labeling over the next several months as they go through the verification and certification for each of their products. BonkBreaker.comNew South Carolina Performance Bike offers Grand Opening deals this weekend – If you’re in Greenville, head over to the new Performance this weekend for a bunch of sweet deals. Get an extra 20% off the lowest marked prices and earn double Buyer’s Club member points on all bikes. Each day they’ll give away free t-shirts to the first 50 customers, and one a day will win a $100 gift card. They’ll even have a prize wheel to spin with shop service coupons, gift cards, and other prizes to win. PerformanceBike.com Just an easy Afternoon Ride at the Tour with Michael Valgren et al. – Some of our friends over at Strava sent us over a whole slew of pro rider links from this year’s Tour de France. A lot of pro riders are on Strava for some of the same reasons as you or I. But looking at some of their efforts can put racing into perspective for those who might appreciate the numbers. They singled out Danish Tinkoff rider Michael Valgren as he was working hard to  protect his team’s Green Jersey holder Sagan. Over the fast-moving day Valgren averaged 243W out put and was joined by many riders like: Adrien Petit, Andreas Schillinger, Cyril Lemoine, Damiano Caruso, Eduardo Sepulveda, Fabrice Jeandesboz, Geoffrey Soupe, Greg Van Avermaet, Gregy Rast, Iljo Keisse, Jasper Stuyven, Jerome Cousin, Kristijan Koren, Laurens ten Dam, Luis Ángel Maté Mardones, Maarten Wynants, Marco Haller, Oliver Naesen, Patrick Konrad, Paul Martens, Paul Voss, Peter Stetina, Petr Vakoc, Robert Wagner,  Romain Bardet, Roy Jérémy, Simon Geschke, Steve Morabito, Sébastien Reichenbach, Thibaut Pinot, Timo Roosen, and Winner Anacona. Follow along with them or try to beat some of their KOMs over at Strava.comlast_img read more

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Interbike 2008 – Wheeltags

first_imgWe showed you Velocity Wheels’ powder-coated “printed” rims in this post, but let’s say you already have a sweet wheelset or want to use deep dish carbon rims so you can go fast…but you want to give your wheels some style, too.  Hmmm…what to do?  what to do?You could get some custom stickers from Wheeltags and gussy up those racin’ hoops!  Check the “more” link for additional pics, pricing, etc.The stickers are available for a wide range of rim depths and styles as well as disc wheels.  They retail for $38 for a set of six, which is enough for one side of one wheel.  You can also mix ’em up on each side, like the black/white combo below.  They’re great for sponsors, egos or artsy types. They come packed in a stylish tin, which as all packrats know, can be used for like a million things.last_img read more

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Parlee Introduces SLi Road Bike Option for Electronic Shifting Groups

first_imgParlee has a new SLi frame that’s a Di2-only version of their SL full carbon road frame that removes all shifter cable stops and runs the electronic wires internally. It has a custom battery mount bonded to the carbon chainstay, which puts it out of the way and keeps the center of gravity low. Price is the same as the regular SL, $4,700, and includes a ENVE 1.0 fork, carbon seatpost clamp and carbon front derailleur clamp. Weight between the SL and SLi frames will be within 15-20g – it loses the weight of the cable stops but gains the battery mount.Lots of closeup detail pics and more info after the break, plus their new solution to running standard Shimano cranks on new PFBB30 frames! They used Shimano’s short battery mount attached to a mount bonded directly to the frame for a super clean look.The other difference is the SLi gets a PFBB30, where current models of the Z5 and SL have regular BB30 for now. When making the switch to PFBB30, they needed a solution for running Shimano’s standard cranks. Rather than rely on existing bearings with adapters, they developed a new alloy bearing cup that presses into the frame and fits standard Shimano cranks. What’s really cool is this piece will fit any PFBB30 frame and should be available aftermarket soon.The SLi is also available through their custom program, which uses non-standard lug and tube construction (as in, the lugs are wrapped together to allow custom angles and geometry), shown above and below and in the pic highlighting the PFBB30 adapter.They’ll probably be doing an “i” version of the Z5 in the future, especially as Ultegra Di2 comes around.last_img read more

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