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, 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 West Side Story Ahmad Simmons Isaac Powell Yesenia Ayala Pippa Pearthree Related Showslast_img read more

Priced Out: What can cities do to encourage creation of housing options for all budgets?

first_imgA growing number of workers can’t find affordable housing in the state’s wealthiest county. With cheaper housing disappearing, pricier options proliferating and rents rising, Johnson County residents working modest-paying jobs in offices, public safety and even public schools, among others, face the prospect of increasingly missing out on the suburban good life there. But while nonprofit activism is increasing awareness of the problem, there’s little clarity about how city government — and local candidates vying for your vote this fall — might contribute to addressing it. This week, we’re running Priced Out, a series on housing affordability issues in Johnson County and beyond reported by The Journal, a publication of the Kansas Leadership Center.What exactly is it that a city can do to create more affordable housing?There are plenty of alternatives being tried. Some think tiny-home villages – like a highly successful and touted veterans community in Kansas City, Missouri – might be the answer. But tenant advocates say while it’s a great option, it’s hardly the ideal for many.Other metropolitan areas have considered allowing existing homeowners to build accessory dwelling units – dubbed granny units – where it makes sense. Designers have suggested houses made from 3-D printed parts as another possibility.But none of those options is expected to gain much traction in the Kansas City metro area. Right now, the region is instead in diagnosis mode.The Urban Land Institute defines “workforce or affordable housing” as housing that is affordable to households earning 60% to 120% of an area’s median income. In Johnson County, those incomes would range from $48,720 a year to $97,440 a year. Workforce housing could help anyone from a senior citizen on a fixed income to a recent graduate or lower income worker who don’t qualify for Section 8 housing.The National League of Cities has taken a keen interest in the Kansas City region this year after the First Suburbs Coalition and the Mid-America Regional Council won a grant to help study the housing issue. The league hired a consultant to study workforce housing. The study is still underway, but an initial data assessment indicated that Kansas and Missouri suburbs need to rethink their approaches.Some of the work confirms what local officials already knew: that older housing stock can face hefty maintenance expenses that puts it out of reach for many lower-wage employees. In Johnson County’s wealthiest suburbs, the study confirmed that many of the basic community helpers are not able to live among the residents they serve.Among the options summit strategists have suggested city officials consider:Create a regional workforce housing awareness campaign to lessen the public stigma.Better utilize tax abatements for new and existing homes and homebuyer assistance programs.The consultant also recommended that local officials actively encourage the development of workforce housing by reducing regulations involving setbacks and density requirements while easing or waiving some fees and layering financial incentives.In Johnson County, some small steps have been taken. Overland Park and Lenexa included affordable housing as priorities for future growth. The Overland Park City Council also approved a controversial development plan to build smaller, affordable homes – priced at about $250,000 – in an older section of the city where a few lots went undeveloped for decades.Neighbors argued that a developer wanted to put too many houses on small plats. City Council members disagreed, saying the homes were financially attainable. Meanwhile, time-worn patterns of development in Johnson County – from building McMansions to trendy teardowns – continue.Officials continue to compile more information about affordable housing. As the National League of Cities continues its work, Johnson County will begin its own housing study. United Community Services teamed up with the county and several cities this fall to conduct a housing study.Julie Brewer, executive director of United Community Services, thinks its findings will shape the discussion, although a Johnson County Community Development Office housing market needs and analysis released in 2004 identified many of the issues being discussed presently but did little to move the needle.Maybe it’s an income problem?Not everybody who studies the affordable housing issue is convinced that building more housing is the solution.Some, like Kirk McClure, professor of urban planning at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, think affordable housing is at adequate levels for Johnson County unlike, say, Seattle and Los Angeles. Why simply build more housing, which will also eventually be marked up? The real solution, he believes, is improved wages, increased minimum wage and wage assistance.“They need rents below $500,” he says. The problem is that the price of land doesn’t allow for that without subsidies.“Nobody can afford to purchase, maintain, pay taxes on housing that you rent out for, say, $350 a month,” he says.Although McClure thinks the best way to fix the problem is by encouraging federal officials to help with more targeted subsidies, he says there is room for better city and state cooperation. Kansas has a little used program called mortgage revenue bonds that allow the state to offer loans to moderate-income, first-time homebuyers.McClure also says the state is still heavily influenced by real estate agents, builders and developers, who have long shaped the housing narrative in Kansas.“We need to be guided more in serving our needs,” he says. “We’ve got to start having the Johnson County delegation show some backbone and testify against the homebuilders.”Real estate groups have long been successful in Topeka, most recently pushing the Legislature to pass a law banning cities from forcing developers to set aside a portion of new construction for affordable units because it infringed on the rights of property owners and violated free market principles.Affordable housing advocates argue that the law makes no sense, especially when developers sometimes receive taxpayer-funded subsidies to finance luxury construction at the expense of schools, libraries and others.However, builders and developers point out that putting the onus on homebuilders to increase the amount of affordable housing penalizes their industry, which is already heavily regulated.“You’re basically just taking money out of one pocket and handing it to another,” says Shawn Woods, the president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City.Instead he’d like to see cities working with the building industry to come up with solutions.“It can be done, but it’s going to take some thinking outside the box. I don’t think the way to do that is to penalize a developer for building a bigger house,” Woods says.McClure thinks local officials need to get out their toolboxes and start being creative. Play the game, McClure says, by doing things like increasing water connection fees with a caveat: “We’ll reduce them if you set aside 20%” of the units for workforce housing.“There are creative ways to do this,” he says. “You’ve got to connect to a water system in order to have water.”A place to work and live?As she mulls her housing situation, Judy Intfen, the counseling secretary at Mill Valley High School (read more about her in Part 1) wishes cities would think about someone like her.She doesn’t want a tiny house or a single-family home. She’s content to rent. Intfen once had an ownership share in the well-known Paddy O’Quigley’s Pub & Grille. For more than 21 years, the Irish pub was mainstay at 119th Street and Roe Avenue in Leawood.Back then, Intfen did everything from managing, hiring and training staff to payroll and more. She spent 60-plus hours a week at her small business. She didn’t have time to attend to home ownership. One year she went without a salary as the business weathered the recession. Making a down payment and paying a mortgage was one thing. Confronting the inevitable home repair emergency was another.“I don’t want my furnace to go out. I don’t want my roof to leak. There’s no way I could afford to get those things fixed,” she says.Intfen just wants something affordable in a safe environment. “I want a bedroom, a kitchen, living room, storage. I want the basics,” she says.Back at Mill Valley High School, students and school staff seem to enjoy having Intfen around the building.She likens her job to a flight controller at times. She will likely get to know every student. She’ll try to learn their names, and often a lot more, before sending them off to meet with the right counselor. The students have noticed. They dedicated a full page to her in the 2018 yearbook.“I love it,” she says of her job. “I love the kids, love the administration. I really do enjoy every aspect.”There’s certainly a place for her to work, but the question policymakers in Johnson County will face in the years to come is whether something needs to be done to ensure she and others in her situation also have a place to live.This is part three of a three-part series about affordable housing in Johnson County being published by the Shawnee Mission Post. The stories are adapted from The Journal, a magazine published in print and online at by the Kansas Leadership Center, and are being used with permission.last_img read more

Record attendance at GAWDA’s SMC

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Northeast Ohio Baseball/Softball Scores: March 27

first_img Matt Medley Coaches/Parents/Players: If you do not see your school’s score, e-mail us @ [email protected] or comment your scores at the bottom of the article.BaseballNordonia 7 vs Connellsville 3Highland 7 West Mifflin 2Highland 11 Medina 8Dublin Jerome 9 West Geauga 5Sidwell Friends 14 West Geauga 4Padua 10 Olmsted Falls 9Wickliffe 5 Euclid 1Elyria 13 Bay 0Massillon Jackson 5 Solon 2Boardman 7 Massillon Washington 2Reading 5 Hawken 4Avon 4 St. Vincent-St. Mary 2 St. Edward 5 Cuyahoga Falls 1Chagrin Falls 9 Albert Gallatin, Pa. 1Chagrin Falls 6 Cincinnati Mariemont 2Mayfield 4 Montour, Pa. 3 *8 innings*Fairport Harding 4 Harvey 3 *8 innings*St. Ignatius 1 Bishop England 0Lincoln West at Lake CatholicNormandy vs Garfield HeightsEastlake North vs PaduaValley Forge vs Brooklyn PPDUniontown Lake vs Streetsboro PPDIndependence vs Cardinal PPDNorth Royalton vs Brunswick PPDFairview vs North Olmsted PPDBenedictine vs Trinity PPDBedford vs Lorain PPDClearview vs Vermilion PPDSoftballPlainfield Central 8 Highland 1Metamora Twp. 6 Medina 5Brecksville 3 Olmsted Falls 1East 5 Firestone 3Uniontown Lake 12 Massillon Washington 2Willoughby South 6 Appleton East 5Willoughby South 14 Grayslake North 4Elyria 10 Euclid 0Ursuline 10 Padua 0Amherst 2 Holy Name 2 scrimmageWestlake at ParmaEastlake North vs Plainfield CentralKenston at Cardinal PPDMagnificat at Vermilion PPDWellington at Rocky River PPDNorth Olmsted at Valley Forge PPDLorain at Bedford PPDSolon vs Shaker Heights PPDClearview at Sandusky PPDFirelands at Bay PPDOberlin at Elyria Catholic PPDStrongsville vs Brunswick PPDBaseball or softball teams, tweet us your scores @NEOSportsInside. Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

Botev (Pd) – CSKA 0: 0 (Development of the match by…

first_img90 + 3 ′ END OF THE MATCH! Zero draw between Botev and CSKA for the Cup, the mistakes of Sow guaranteed the intrigue for the rematchThe expectations for a spectacle of Komatevo did not come true 90 + 1 ′ FILIPOV WAS EXPELLED! At the end of the match the hosts were left with one less person. Filip Filipov allowed himself to make two quick penalty cards, which meant a premature end to his participation in the semifinals.89 ′ Philip Philip receives a yellow card from the Chief Judge.85 ′ Played a strong match Graham Carey is replaced by Edwin Jesse.82 ′ Ahmed Ahmedov will replace the central striker Ali Sow.80 ′ The coach of CSKA – Milos Kruscic receives a card for his angry reactions to the chief judge.77 ′ AND AGAIN A PASS! KNOW WHO? Ali Sow’s teammates watched in disbelief after another big omission of their Gambian counterpart in the 77th minute. The African again failed to give Sofia an invaluable lead, this time his ball was centered by Enrique Rafael, but here the former player of Chievo lost his individual battle against Yanko Georgiev.75 ′ ALI SOU! A quarter of an hour before the end, Ali Sow made another pass with the CSKA team. The Gambian enjoyed a perfect cross from Graham Carey and won the air duel against Bandalovski. However, aiming his head passed safely over the top beam.72 ′ The participation of Antonio Vutov in this match is over. The attacking player of the hosts has been replaced by Dimitar Tonev.71 ′ PASS ON THE DRUM! Not long after, Botev’s fans also cursed the fate of the lack of sports happiness. In the 71st minute Antonio Vutov remained uncovered in the penalty area of ​​CSKA. The firing angle turned out to be too small and he chose to combine it with the Burbano reserve. The winger tried to overcome Busato technically with a heel, but his skills did not turn out to be of the highest class.68 ′ TIAGO! CSKA created its clearest goal position in the 68th minute. Tiago created an excellent double pass with Malinov, which boiled Botev’s defense unprepared. From a comfortable position, however, the Portuguese did the hard thing and shot straight at the feet of the opponent’s goalkeeper.65 ′ FAST EXCHANGE OF BLOWS! Todor Nedelev created himself and decided to finish Botev’s action in the 65th minute. The playmaker from Plovdiv dealt with Antov and shot from over 20 meters, but away from Busato’s door. It was also interesting on the other side of the field. Enrique Rafael, who appeared as a reserve, tried his best to reflex Georgiev, who with one hand sent a cunning shot into the corner of the Brazilian.64 ′ The young man Stanislav Shopov is replaced by the Latin American Fabio Bourbano.63 ′ Another change for the “Army”. Enrique Raphael appears in place of Stefano Beltrame.62 ′ Milos Kruscic takes his first substitution in this match. Thiago will replace the disappointed one tonight Evandro. The Brazilian is not happy at all.57 ′ Yellow card for the player as a defensive midfielder tonight for CSKA – Valentin Antov.56 ′ BELTRAME !! Ali Sow became more active and in the next attack he again proved elusive for the young Stanislav Rabotov. His pass on the penalty kick for Stefano Beltrame followed, who could have scored for the “Army”, but Filipov bravely threw himself at his feet and so everything ended in the safest way possible for the “Canaries”.55 ′ ALI SOU !! CSKA created its first goal position for the second half in the 55th minute. Ali Sow reminded of himself after he took with him three defenders of Botev and made a diagonal shot, which in the end did not find the far corner of Georgiev.52 ′ The coaching staff of Botev (Pd) faced an unexpected difficulty in the 52nd minute. Jonathan Pereira received a blow to the ribs and had to be forcibly replaced by Lazar Marin.47 ′ Official warning for Christian Malinov from CSKA.45 ′ THE GAME IS RENEWED!45 ′ HOLIDAY!40 ′ Stefano Beltrame did not follow Botev’s star – Alexander Tonev and the winger with №7 scored in the penalty area of ​​CSKA. However, no football player of the “canaries” was found to catch Busato in the net.34 ′ Yellow card for Radoslav Terzievwho detained Ali Sow. <br /> 33 ′ Botev reminded that he could be dangerous in front in the 33rd minute. Evandro showed delayed reactions against Tonev and this allowed the former national to center sharply for Vutov. However, Levski’s teenager had problems with direct shooting and his will turned out to be quite disappointing.27 ′ CHANCE FOR CSKA !! Botev’s goalkeeper (Pd) – Yanko Georgiev decided to return the gesture to his colleague Busato in the 27th minute and also made a mistake. The former goalkeeper of September hung in a corner and only the slower reaction of Evandro deprived CSKA of the first goal in this semifinal.25 ′ CSKA carried out their attacks mainly on the right flank, where Graham Carey and Ivan Turitsov were quite insistent with their inclusions.20 ′ A blow to the face of Lacho Baltanov in a fight for a high ball. There is nothing to worry about with the host captain and he will not need medical help.14 ′ Two of Botev’s leaders – Todor Nedelev and Lachezar Baltanov played well in the center and the second fired a shot from medium distance, which did not lead to anything more dangerous.8 ′ BUSO’S ERROR! Out of nowhere, the CSKA team could get into big trouble with the onset of the 8th minute. Their Brazilian goalkeeper Gustavo Busato did not intervene well in Tonev’s cross and almost gave the ball to the lurking Toshko Nedelev. In the end, it all ended with a corner for the “yellow-blacks”.6 ′ Botev’s (Pd) coaching staff jumped like a sting for a controversial ball in the 6th minute, when no touch was awarded to Plovdiv near their bench. Graham Carey, for his part, took the leather ball a little rougher from a home player and was called a “mouse” by reserve Lazar Marin. <br /> 3 ′ Although the sports complex in Komatevo was not a favorite of the “reds”, the players of CSKA were the ones who showed more activity after the first referee signal. Proof of the high ambitions of Sofia turned out to be a long shot by Graham Carey, which, however, did not bother Yanko Georgiev in any way.1 ′ BEGINNING OF THE MATCH!last_img read more


first_imgA MYSTERY millionaire is backing a well-known property developer in case against the Ulster Bank, it was revealed today.The financier is reported to have “written a blank cheque” to the former owners of Taggart Holdings.The company built hundreds of homes in Donegal and once employed several hundred Donegal people, many here in the county and others on dozens of sites around Ireland and Britain. The company was owned by County Derry brothers John and Michael Taggart.The Dungiven men have lodged a case against the Ulster Bank in the North and a hearing is due to take place at the High Court on June 17th.Ulster Bank wants to take the family farm off the Taggart brothers whose business was ruined when bank officials stopped them from paying creditors.The Taggarts have lodged a counter-claim. They want their business returned, compensation for the way they were treated and all creditors compensated. It’s understood they will make a number of allegations, including one where they allege that Ulster Bank acted outside its remit.The Taggarts are also reported to be furious at what they claim are ‘lies’ spun by unknown persons about them.These included claims that Van Morrison and Lionel Ritchie played at Michael Taggart’s wedding in 2007, which was attended by a number of friends from County Donegal. Friends say the music stars were not at the wedding.In fact wedding guests were told not to give presents – and €90,000 was raised for charity at the wedding and donations made to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin and the Royal Victoria’s Children’s Hospital in Belfast.A wealthy benefactor is now backing the Taggarts in their case. A source close to the case was reported today as saying: “This is going to be the first case of its kind since the property market collapsed. It will go into minute detail on how the Ulster Bank behaved in relation to Taggart Holdings.“The case is being closely followed by its parent bank RBS in Edinburgh.”Asked to comment Michael Taggart said: “We want to set the record straight but I’m reluctant to talk about this right now as the case is ongoing.”Asked about the mystery financial backer, he added: “I don’t want to comment on that. I’ve been asked not to say anything in relation to that.” MILLIONAIRE BACKS DONEGAL DEVELOPMENT BOSS IN FIGHT AGAINST ULSTER BANK was last modified: May 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more