Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to Close After Six Years on Broadway

first_imgVanessa Carlton takes her first bow as Carole King in “Beautiful”(Photo: Tricia Baron) The long-running hit bio-show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical has set a final performance date of October 27, just short of six years after beginning performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Beautiful began previews on November 21, 2013 and officially opened on January 12, 2014. By closing, Beautiful will have played 60 previews and 2418 regular performances.With a book by Douglas McGrath set to the song catalogue of Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Beautiful is directed by Marc Bruni and choreographed by Josh Prince, with musical supervision by Jason Howland and orchestrations by Steve Sidwell.Beautiful begins just before Brooklyn native Carol Klein composes her first hit song, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” in 1959 when she is 17, pregnant and newly married to 20-year-old lyricist Gerry Goffin. In the decade that follows, King and Goffin produce a string of classic hits while forming a lasting friendship with another composing couple, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. When Carole’s personal life begins falling apart, she responds by stepping out of the shadows with Tapestry, a deeply personal collection of songs that becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time.The original principal cast of Beautiful was led by Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil, Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein.Beautiful was nominated for seven 2014 Tony Awards and took home statues for Jessie Mueller’s performance and Brian Ronan’s sound design. The current cast is led by Vanessa Carlton as Carole King, Evan Todd as Gerry Goffin, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Kara Lindsay as Cynthia Weil, Andrew Kober as Don Kirshner and original cast member Liz Larsen, who has remained with the musical as Genie Klein for the duration of its run.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.Look back at the original cast in the show clips below. View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musicalcenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019last_img read more

Nuun and Emma Coburn to expand opportunities for women in sport

first_imgWith the debut of its latest brand initiative, Nuun notes that it ‘continues to push the needle forward in highlighting and celebrating women in sport’. Named Nuuness, a new program will seek to create awareness for continued and future opportunities for female athletes.As part of the launch, Nuun has brought Emma Coburn on board as its leading advocate for both clean sport and women’s representation in athletics.The 2-time Olympian and World Champion will work with Nuun to provide a public platform for female athletes to speak up for equal opportunities in pursuit of their athletic endeavours. This June, Emma Coburn joined the team as spokeswoman for the newly formed ‘Nuuness: the female embodiment of the Nuun brand’.This year nutrition specialist Nuun adds that it has ‘doubled down on a commitment to women athletes through a record number of female sponsorships and industry-leading contract reform for pregnant athletes.’Emma Coburn is one of the most decorated American middle distance runners of all-time as a seven-time National Champion, Olympic Games bronze medallist and the first American female World Champion gold medallist in the steeplechase. She was one of the first professional athletes to sign the Clean Sport Pledge, and with her husband and coach Joe Bosshard, has developed a world-class training group of women track and field athletes.“It is truly a dream to be partnered with Nuun and to continue to strengthen the voice of the collective female athletic community,” said Emma Coburn. “I have been drinking Nuun for years, and I love their products, brand and values. I am looking forward to the impact we are able to achieve together, and am really appreciative of their support of my road to Tokyo.”Beginning this summer, Nuun will debut its Nuuness podcast series hosted by Emma Coburn. The series will showcase inspiring Nuun athletes on topics surrounding the female sports environment. In addition to the web series, Nuun plans to expand its community and support of female athletes.Later this summer, Nuun will open its first application period for its quarterly Nuuness Scholarship program. Nuun will provide financial, product and community assistance to enable each quarterly recipient’s personal athletic pursuits.“Supporting an athlete of Emma’s calibre is extremely humbling,” said Kevin Rutherford, Nuun President and CEO. “She is an extraordinary human being and an incredible role model to lead Nuuness and our Women in Sport initiatives. The Nuun family is beyond thrilled to be there for Emma as she works to earn a spot on her third Olympic team.”www.nuunlife.com Relatedlast_img read more

Iran jails defence lawyer for 30 years in latest attack on profession

first_imgA Tehran defence lawyer, Amirsalar Davoudi, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for social media posts in the latest clampdown on the independent legal profession, a US-based human rights group said today. He is the third known defence lawyer to be sent to prison in Iran for peaceful activities in less than a year, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement.Davoudi’s wife Tannaz Kolahchian tweeted news of the sentence on 1 June. He must serve 15 years according to Article 134 of the country’s Islamic Penal Code (subject to appeal). CHRI director Hadi Ghaemi described the sentence as ‘another example of the judiciary and security establishment’s egregious assault on the legal profession and due process rights in Iran’.  Davoudi was convicted by the revolutionary court in Tehran on four charges: ‘collaborating with an enemy state through interviews’, ‘propaganda against the state’, ‘insulting officials’, and ‘forming a group to overthrow the state’. According to CHRI, the ‘group’ is a reference to a messaging app channel, on which Davoudi posted his views about political and social affairs as well as items related to civil rights issues in the country.On 2 June, Davoudi’s lawyer Vahid Meshgani Farahani stated in an interview that Davoudi was also sentenced to pay a fine of 60 million rials (£1,100) and abstain from social media for two years. Davoudi has been in detention since his arrest on 20 November 2018.Davoudi’s sentencing comes amid growing international outrage at the treatment of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes after she defended women protesting against Iran’s hijab laws. In addition to Davoudi and Sotoudeh, Mohammad Najafi is currently serving a three-year prison sentence and facing a total of 19 years behind bars, the CHRI said. Since 2017, detainees held on national security-related charges in Iran, including defence lawyers, have been required to choose their counsel from a list approved by Iran’s chief justice.last_img read more

Grigor will wait for victory, and gave way to a Spanish…

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov also lost his second match at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown 2 in Nice. After failing to beat Richard Gasquet (France) yesterday and losing 0-4, today №19 in the world showed a more solid game, but it also did not reach Feliciano Lopez (Spain) and Grisso registered a second consecutive defeat, this road with 2-3 and no longer has a chance to leave his group.However, he will seek success against Alexei Popirin of Australia, who is a graduate of organizer Patrick Muratoglu.The Spanish veteran was in the lead throughout the first quarter, and Grigor approached him only twice – at 2: 3 and 3: 5. Then Lopez broke away with 4:10, and although Dimitrov shortened the gap to 7:11, three consecutive points again shot the opponent forward for 7:14. This part went to the account of the 38-year-old Iberian and Grisho lost it with 9:17.The roles were exchanged and the Bulgarian took the lead early in the second quarter – first with 3: 1, and then with 5: 3. However, Lopez regained his superiority and after a few strong minutes took the lead again – 6:10. Dimitrov again showed confidence and with his strong series equalized to 10:10 after a great return. Less than a minute before the end, a new draw was fixed (14:14), and a volley outside the outlines of Lopez’s court led to 15:14 for Grigor and 1-1.In the third part, Bulgaria’s first rocket reached a complete turnaround in the result. He took the lead again with 3: 1 early in this quarter thanks to a double mistake of the opponent, and a solid serve provided him with a lead of 5: 1. The Spaniard did not give up and returned to the game at 6: 6, but Grigor showed concentration and enthusiasm to win with 16:12 and lead 2-1.The next quarter was the most contested of all. Dimitrov found himself in the role of catching up early at 0: 2, then managed to equalize for 6: 6 and lead before Lopez equalized for his part – 7: 7 after three consecutive points. The experienced Spaniard totally imposed his will in the remaining minutes to equalize to 2-2 after 12:16. Completely in the spirit of the tournament, the tiebreak was also different. The winner was the one who was the first to reach two consecutive points and unfortunately it was not Dimitrov. Lopez secured a match ball after the first serve, and a double mistake by Grigor led to the victory of the Spaniard.last_img read more

Celtic complete deal for Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa

first_imgCeltic are still looking to sign a creative midfielder before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.Rodgers’ side have already made a number of moves this summer, with Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, Kolo Toure and Dorus de Vries all joining the Scottish Premiership champions. Celtic have completed the signing of Costa Rican international Cristian Gamboa.The 26-year-old has signed a three-year contract to move from English Premier League side West Brom.Gamboa will provide competition for Mikael Lustig and Saidy Janko at right back after making 11 appearances for the Baggies since 2014.Following a spell in Norway with Rosenborg and Fredrikstad, Costa Rica’s run to the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup helped Gamboa rise to prominence.last_img