Tonight! Ivo van Hove’s New Staging of West Side Story Opens on Broadway

first_img Elijah A. Carter View All (15) Daniel Oreskes Kevin Csolak Dharon E. Jones from $49.00 View Comments Star Files The new Broadway revival of West Side Story from Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove officially opens on February 20 at the Broadway Theatre. The production began previews on December 10, 2019.Featuring all-new movement by internationally acclaimed choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, this production of West Side Story marks the first time ever in the United States that the musical has not included the original work of Jerome Robbins. The production features a cast comprising a record-breaking 32 Broadway debuts.Billed as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story follows two gangs who battle to control their turf on New York’s Upper West Side. The situation gets complicated when one gang member falls for a rival’s sister. The classic musical is penned by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.Leading the West Side Story company are Isaac Powell as Tony, Shereen Pimentel as Maria, Amar Ramasar as Bernardo, Yesenia Ayala as Anita and Dharon E. Jones as Riff.The principal cast also features Ahmad Simmons as Diesel, Danny Wolohan as Officer Krupke, Jacob Guzman as Chino, Kevin Csolak as A-Rab, Daniel Oreskes as Doc, Pippa Pearthree as Glad Hand and Thomas Jay Ryan as Lt. Schrank, with Matthew Johnson as Baby John, Elijah A. Carter as Action and Zuri Noelle Ford as Anybodys.In celebration of opening night, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched a portrait of Powell and Pimentel as the doomed lovers at the musical’s center. Matthew Johnson Amar Ramasar Thomas Jay Ryan About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img Danny Wolohan Shereen Pimentel Jacob Guzman Zuri Noelle Ford Illustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson for Broadway.com West Side Story Ahmad Simmons Isaac Powell Yesenia Ayala Pippa Pearthree Related Showslast_img read more

Under pressure: Cutting and welding

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Sarpong confident he can turn Liberty around

first_imgCoach J.E Sarpong is confident he will keep Liberty Professionals in the top-flight of Ghana football after taking over at the club.The Dansoman based club have been forced to act on the technical front after slipping into the bottom three of the league and in danger of being relegated after more than a decade in the top flight.Now the experienced Sarpong who has been around the Ghana premier league scene for more than a decade is the man Liberty are looking to steady the ship.And after taking his first training session with the club on Monday he sounded very confident that they will stay up. Sarpong said: “Liberty is not the sort of club that should be battling relegation and whatever it takes on the field to get that done, it has to be done. I am very confident we will stay up.”Sarpong reckons his key challenge will be blending some of the raw finest talents in the country with the experience now littered all over the pitch at Liberty.And he will have many of those to choose from. Former Black Stars left back Addoquaye Pappoe, former Olympic team captain Michael Helegbe and former Asante Kotoko striker Mark Adu Amofa are all available to the club as they look to turn their season around. Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

‘Justice League’ and ‘Wonder’ among this week’s new releases

first_imgWarner Bros.(NEW YORK) — Opening in wide release on Friday:* Justice League — Batman and his newfound ally Wonder Woman — played by Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, respectively — assemble a team of superheroes that includes Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash — portrayed by Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Ezra Miller, respectively — to save the planet from a newly awakened enemy waging an assault of catastrophic proportions. Also starring Henry Cavill. Rated PG-13.* Wonder — Julia Roberts stars in this drama, based on the bestselling book of the same name, about August Pullman — played by Room‘s Jacob Tremblay — a boy with facial differences who tries to fit in at a new school. Owen Wilson also stars. Rated PG.* The Star — This animated feature, based on the Nativity of Jesus, tells the story of a small, but brave donkey who, along with his friends, goes on an adventure and becomes an accidental hero of the first Christmas. Featuring the voices of Steven Yeun, Kegan-Michael Key, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan and Oprah Winfrey. Rated PG.Opening in limited release on Friday:* Roman J. Israel, Esq. — Denzel Washington stars as the titular character, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds the activism that defines his career tested. Colin Farrell also stars. Rated PG-13. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Experts: Holiday travel with pets is worth hassle

first_imgLOS ANGELES | Travel for humans during holidays is tough enough: Long lines, crowds everywhere, extra bags full of presents. Throw a pet in the mix, and it’s a recipe for disaster.But Sheron Long, a frequent traveler and author of “Dog Trots Globe — To Paris and Provence,” say it’s worth the trouble.In this Sept. 21, 2012 photo provided by Sheron Long, Chula, a 30-pound Shetland sheepdog and veteran traveler, walks on a leash in the lobby of the TGV station at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. Travel for humans during holidays is tough enough: Long lines, crowds everywhere, extra bags full of presents. Throw a pet in the mix, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Long is the author of “Dog Trots Globe – To Paris and Provence.” (AP Photo/Courtesy Sheron Long)“Every trip was better when Chula could be with us,” she said of her Shetland sheepdog. “She was so excited, I could imagine her dog’s eye view of the world. It causes you to explore and go see different things and meet people.”The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates more than 2 million pets and other animals are transported by air each year. Pets aren’t allowed on Amtrak trains, Greyhound buses or cruise lines, but they can go on many regional train, bus and boat lines.The majority of four-legged carry-on passengers are dogs, but some airlines allow rabbits, birds and other small animals. Experts say before including a pet in travel plans, consider whether it would enjoy the experience.“Some dogs don’t like to travel, some love it,” said Kelly E. Carter, the pet travel expert for AOL’s Paw Nation and a Chihuahua owner. “You have to know your pet.”Caroline Golon’s two Persian cats “are not big fans of car travel” — the only way that they can travel since their breed is banned by many airlines — so they don’t go on trips. Golon said when they travel, the family stops at pet-friendly hotels rather than drive nonstop.“Stopping overnight gives them a chance to use the litter box at their leisure and eat and drink comfortably,” said Golon, the founder of High Paw Media.Gwen Cooper, the author of “Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat,” said animals pick up on their owners’ moods, “which means if you’re nervous, your cat or dog is going to be nervous too. The best way to avoid being nervous is to prepare you and your pet ahead of time and think through as many contingencies as possible.”For eligible cats, as well as dogs, airlines have size requirements for pets in the cabin, so a small pet must fit in a carrier that can be stowed under a seat and larger ones must be checked in. Long’s dog weighs 30 pounds, so 9-year-old Chula has to fly in cargo.During the holidays, though, when planes are fuller and lines are longer, some airlines ban pets in cargo, as well as times when the heat or cold is intense. Certain breeds can never fly on some airlines, including those considered to have bullying characteristics, like pit bulls, and snub-nosed animals like shih tzus or Persian cats because of potential breathing problems.Animals that travel on Amtrak, Greyhound or cruises get a ticket to ride through their roles as service animals. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, trained helper animals such as guide dogs or signal dogs must be allowed.Pet accommodations at airports differ, though every airport has animal-relief areas. Some are easy to find — San Francisco’s has paw prints on the floor leading to them — and most or all areas are located outside of security checkpoints. Federal transportation guidelines require animals to be removed from carriers, so pets should be collared and leashed — especially cats. Pet carriers are not X-rayed, but owners’ hands may be wiped for chemical testing.The hassle of traveling is only half over once the plane lands. Carter, who once canceled a trip in which she and her dog were hoping to try a new hotel in Northern California, recounted how the hotel worded its pet policy online: “We are smoke-free and pet-free.”“My God, are pets being considered killers, like smoke? That’s a sign people don’t want to be around pets,” she said.Lisa Porter, CEO of a website that lists pet-friendly places to stay and activities around the country, said more businesses are catering to customers with a pet in tow than ever before. For example, vineyards and wineries have opened their tours to pets, and as many as 90 percent of hotels in some cities are pet-friendly, she said.Most five-star hotels have accommodations and perks for well-behaved pets, and even most discount hotels, including Red Roof Inns, Motel 6 and Extended Stay America, are pet-friendly. Other hotels have weight limits on animals. Some charge a nightly fee for animals, some have cleaning deposits and some will charge only if there is damage.In France, where Long and Chula spend four months every year, so many people take their dogs to restaurants that there is an “under-table culture going on,” she said. The French hospitality for dogs stops at museums, though: “The French prize their dogs, but they prize their art work even more,” she said.Chula has been such a good travel buddy that she inspired Long’s book, which is a travelogue written from a dog’s point of view. Long said having Chula around means never being lonely — partly because of all the people who stop to admire the dog.“If you want to be a hermit, go (traveling) alone,” Long said.___Online:https://www.pethotelsofamerica.comhttps://www.thejetsetpets.comlast_img read more