Brenock O’Connor to Lead Sing Street Musical at New York Theatre Workshop

first_img Billy Carter Brendan C. Callahan Zara Devlin Skyler Volpe Max Bartos Brenock O’Connor(Photo provided by Matt Ross PR) Sam Poon Casting is complete for the world premiere production of Sing Street, a new musical based on John Carney’s Golden Globe-nominated 2016 motion picture. The previously announced production will begin previews on November 25 and officially open on December 16 at New York Theatre Workshop.The cast will be led by Brenock O’Connor (Game of Thrones) as Conor, with Zara Devlin (Hecuba) as Raphina, Anne L. Nathan (Once) as Sandra, Martin Moran (All the Rage) as Brother Baxter, Max William Bartos (Uncut Gems) as Darren, Brendan C. Callahan (She Loves Me) as Gary, Billy Carter (Hangmen) as Robert, Gus Halper (Ride the Cyclone) as Brendan, Jakeim Hart (Blue Bloods) as Larry, Johnny Newcomb (The Last Ship) as Barry, Gian Perez (In the Heights) as Kevin, Sam Poon (Runaways) as Eamon, Skyler Volpe (The Hello Girls) as Anne and Amy Warren (Women of a Certain Age) as Penny.Featuring a book by Enda Walsh (who earned a Tony for penning the musical version of Carney’s film Once), Sing Street is set in 1982 Dublin, where sixteen-year-old Conor turns to music to escape troubles at home and impress a mysterious girl.Sing Street features music and lyrics by Carney and Gary Clark (frontman of the pop group Danny Wilson), direction by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) and choreography by Obie winner Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge!).The creative team also includes music director Fred Lassen, scenic/costume designer by Bob Crowley, lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, sound designer Darron L. West and music supervisor/orchestrater Martin Lowe.Sing Street is scheduled to play a limited engagement through January 19, 2020. Star Files Gus Halpercenter_img Johnny Newcomb View Comments View All (13) Brenock O’Connor Anne L. Nathan Gian Perez Jakeim Hart Martin Moranlast_img read more

Moves to open South Korean market founder

first_imgEfforts to open up South Korea to international law firms are still facing obstruction, an IBA session on free trade agreements and crossborder legal services heard.The Republic of Korea undertook to open its legal services market under free trade agreements with the EU in 2011 and the US in 2012, Chunghwan Choi (pictured), senior partner at Seoul firm Lee & Ko, said. Since then, 26 firms have opened up in Korea. However moves under the country’s Foreign Legal Consultant Act to allow them to set up joint ventures with Korean firms are still being blocked by parliament.Choi described the government’s position as ‘very conservative’. A draft bill barred foreign firms from acquiring majority stakes in Korean firms and restricted the areas of practice open to foreign lawyers. These included patent and public law. ‘There were strong objections even from Korean firms,’ Choi said. However he described the situation as ‘still evolving’.The session also heard how liberalisation from 2000 had changed the legal landscape in Japan.Akira Kawamura, partner at Tokyo firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, said: ‘The profession was very traditional, conservative, court-oriented, but as a result [of liberalisation] it was transformed into one of internationally competitive law firms.’ In 2000 the country’s largest firm had 55 lawyers; in 2015 it had 510.He described the outcome as ‘reasonably successful’ but warned of ‘unfair asymmetries’ when international giants are given access to new markets.last_img read more

Mixed Netball tournament to start next month

first_imgAlso known as the ‘NovNetFest,’ the tournament will start on November 5 and run for four weekends with the grand final on November 26.Vice treasurer of the POMNA, Christabella Amona said 25 teams have already expressed interest to take part in this year’s tournament.She said registration is K500 a team and the deadline for registration is October 31.“Last year, we had 36 teams take part in the inaugural tournament with Veupanama winning the grand final.“We are hoping for a lot more teams this year,” said Amona.Prize money for the tournament:1st place- Shied plus K2, 500, 2nd place- K2, 000, 3rd place- K1, 500 and 4th place- K1, 000.last_img

Thank You, Ellen, for the Paved Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road!

first_imgUntil very recently, people traveling from Gbarnga to Ganta and on to the Guinea border had to endure deep potholes, dust and mud to reach their destinations.Our pick-up, taxi and truck drivers, not to speak of motorists, including government people and foreigner partners, driving through this region, attempted their trips with trepidation (fear, nervousness). It was not only the discomfort driving on the bad roads but the heavy toll they inflicted on the wear and tear of their vehicles. Market women, moreover, suffered serious losses when their perishable goods, especially bananas, fish, fruits, plantains and vegetables rotted during long delays due to mud and impassable potholes along the way.Not anymore, especially on the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea border route! Last week Monday President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf traveled to Ganta to dedicate the 70-kilometer paved road linking the Bong and Nimba capitals and the Guinea border.She was accompanied by Public Works Minister Gyude Moore; diplomats; development partners—especially the World Bank, European Union, Germany (KfW), Norway (NORAD) and United Kingdom; as well as legislators, including Senate Public Works Chairman Oscar Cooper of Margibi; County Superintendents; Chiefs and other local leaders.The opening of this paved road linking two counties and the neighboring Guinea border is an important milestone. Not only will it facilitate easier and more comfortable travel; it will also encourage trade and other economic activities. The Bong and Nimba people must now intensify their agricultural production. Remember what the President Sirleaf told you as she dedicated the road: This paved corridor and all other development accomplishments belong to you, for your cooperation and support helped bring them about. Agriculture Minister Moses Zinnah should seize this opportunity to reach out to the people in these two counties and ensure that they grow more tubers (cassava, eddoes, potatoes), fruits, plantains and vegetables, to feed their people and to supply the urban markets in Kakata, Harbel, Paynesville Red Light and Monrovia.We are here urging Agriculture Minister Zinnah to FOCUS on these areas and flood them with agricultural extension agents to convey the benefits ofresearch from the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI). This road must NOT be a corridor for more accidents, with reckless drivers misusing the pavement with excessive speeding, injuring and killing people. See what happened last week to our young Public Works Minister Gyude Moore, who was knocked down by a wicked, speeding hit-and-run driver as he jogged along Payne Avenue, Monrovia—why? Only because unlike past years when Payne Avenue and all other thoroughfares were riddled with potholes so that vehicles could not move fast, today, because most roads are paved, motorists drive recklessly. We pray that our youthful Minister has been restored to perfect health.Motorists using the new Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea highway should make a conscious effort to drive safely, carefully and responsibly on this paved new road. That is the best “Thank you” they can give to the President.We call on the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to install lights along this and all other highways to ensure night safety; and on the Liberia National Police (LNP) to install signs indicating curves, bridges, hills and other danger points along that route. We insist that this new thoroughfare should be an opportunity to boost agricultural production in Bong and Nimba. This road must NOT be used to import farm produce from Guinea and La Cote d’Ivoire! Bong, Nimba farmers, grow your own bitter ball, cabbage, lettuce, pepper, tomatoes and other produce, for you can no longer use “bad roads” as an excuse for failure to be hardworking and productive.We further call on the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) and the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) to tour the area and encourage Bong, Nimba and other entrepreneurs to open businesses along this new, welcoming corridor—agro-industry enterprises, such as poultry and meat processing plants; building materials stores; food centers; hotels, motels, shopping centers, etc. Who amongst us can forget that this government has been severely criticized by the people for the lack of enough development initiatives? At this point, we are compelled to say to Liberians: “Thank God for mercies—great and small.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more