Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel’s Snowman Challenge & More

first_img Idina Menzel Star Files Coronation. pic.twitter.com/MBIPWeRXkQ— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 2, 2015 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Idina Menzel’s Real-Life OlafBroadway and Frozen superstar Idina Menzel is inviting you to take The Snowman Challenge. It’s all in aid of A BroaderWay Foundation, the charity the If/Then headliner founded with her ex-hubby Taye Diggs that’s dedicated to empowering inner city girls through arts-based activities and education. Take part here and you could win a pair of tickets to one of Menzel’s upcoming concerts with exclusive access to the pre-show sound check! The cold never bothered you anyway, right?!Maggie Smith Teases the InternetDame Maggie Smith sent the Interweb into overdrive this weekend by suggesting to The Sunday Times that she was done with treading the boards and Downton Abbey. Although the Tony and two-time Oscar winner’s retirement from theater looks likely, Downton is set for a sixth season and Smith will definitely be a part of it. So breathe, everyone—you’ve got another year of put-downs from the Dowager Countess of Grantham to look forward to.The Carmen ZeitgeistThe word on everyone’s lips is “Carmen!” Olivier winner Noma Dumezweni, John Light, Jack Farthing, Downton’s Sharon Small and Viktoria Vizin will star in the previously reported U.K. premiere of Simon Stephens’ Carmen Disruption. Helmed by Michael Longhurst, the production will run at London’s Almedia this spring. Meanwhile, on this side of the Pond, Arturo O’Farrill’s adaptation of the classic Bizet opera, Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical, will present a dance workshop in the Big Apple on March 6. This version has direction by Moisés Kaufman and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Neither project is to be confused with Christopher Renshaw’s update of the Broadway musical Carmen Jones that played in Cuba last year.I Believe in Unicorns Goes Back to LondonI Believe in Unicorns will return to the West End this summer and play a limited engagement at the Vaudeville Theatre August 1 through August 30. The one-woman show, starring storyteller Danyah Miller, is a celebration of books and the power of reading and is based on the eponymous novel by award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo. If you’re over the age of six, then this one could be for you!Brian d’Arcy James Abdicates in Favor of Jonathan GroffJonathan Groff is assuming the role of King George in off-Broadway hit Hamilton on March 3, taking over for Brian d’Arcy James, who is set to star in the Great White Way’s Something Rotten. Check out the fun pic below of Groff’s coronation!center_img Jonathan Groff View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Audra McDonald Set for Gay Days at Disneyland & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. Audra to Headline at DisneylandAudra McDonald has been tapped for this year’s Gay Days at Disneyland, which will run October 2 through October 4 in California. The six-time Tony winner and future Beauty and the Beast star’s An Evening With Audra McDonald will take place at the Disneyland Hotel on October 2. Other theater faves scheduled for the weekend include Ben Rimalower, who will perform his off-Broadway show Patti Issues at the Grand Californian Hotel on October 4. Note that the 18th annual event is not sponsored by Disney; it is a “mix-in” with the park’s other guests.SpongeBob Enlists Newsies Tony WinnerAnother renowned name is heading to Bikini Bottom! Christopher Gattelli, who won a Tony for his work on Newsies, has been tapped to choreograph the Broadway-bound The SpongeBob Musical. Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision by Tom Kitt and songs by stars including Aerosmith, John Legend and David Bowie, the musical event will begin performances on June 7, 2016. The limited engagement will run through July 3 at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.Original Carrie in Carousel Dead at 93 Stage and screen star Jean Darling died aged 93 on September 4 in Rödermark, Germany, The New York Times reports. After making her Broadway debut in 1942 in the tuner Count Me In, Darling originated the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel on the Great White Way in 1945. Also known for starring in the Our Gang comedy films as a child, she later became an author. Darling is survived by her son with the late Reuben Bowen, Roy, and two grandsons.Casting Update for London’s Billy ElliotPut on your ballet shoes! Bradley Mayfield has become one of the boys taking on the role of Michael, while Beatrice Bartley and Hollie Creighton are now two of the rotating “Debbies,” in Billy Elliot the Musical. Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley continue to lead the adult cast as Mrs. Wilkinson and Dad, respectively. The long-running show is playing at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre.Vanessa Williams Returns to Miss AmericaTony nominee Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods) is going back to where she got her big break—the Miss America pageant! The stage and screen star was the first African-American crowned Miss America back in 1983, but she had to resign 10 months later after nude photos of her surfaced. “That’s one of the problems I’ve had to deal with for my career,” she told GMA’s Robin Roberts. “Not only being a Miss America, but a scandalous Miss America.” Williams will be one of the judges of the 2016 pageant on September 13. And yes, because the only pageant we really knew about was the one recently off-Broadway, we had to check: Miss America is the event that doesn’t have anything to do with Donald Trump. The presidential candidate is behind Miss USA. You learn something every day!last_img read more

100 million overnight stays realized a week earlier than last year

first_img“The realization of 100 million overnight stays a week earlier compared to last year is an excellent result of Croatian tourism and a clear fact that our country occupies a stable position in a very competitive international market. In order to maintain the positive trends, we are already working very intensively on the preparation of the 2020 tourist year, while a large campaign is still underway to promote the post-season, for which we are already making great announcements. “, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that the results achieved so far confirm that Croatia is increasingly perceived in many emitting markets as a meaningful year-round tourist destination. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and in the nautical charter, u This weekend, the number of 100 million overnight stays in Croatia was exceeded, a week earlier than last year. “The positive indicators so far on the realized tourist traffic, but also the financial ones, are proof that Croatia is excellently positioned on the world tourist market. We will continue to lead our tourism policy in the direction of sustainable and responsible tourism with the aim of improving the quality of the entire offer, ” said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.  In the same period, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and Italy, and the destinations where the highest number of overnight stays were realized were Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin.  center_img In the current part of the year, ie from January 1 to September 22, according to the first and incomplete data of the eVisitor system, 18,3 million arrivals and almost 101 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia, which is an increase of 4 percent in the same period last year. arrivals and 2 percent overnight stays. As they point out from the CNTB, the results confirm that the Croatian tourism sector is achieving extremely positive results in this very challenging and demanding tourist year.last_img read more

West Kootenay Cats score draw in final game at provincials against Prince George

first_imgJulie Sidoni of Trail scored the lone goal as West Kootenay Wildcats played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday at the B.C. Hockey Bantam Female Championships in Vernon.The game was the final contest of the Championships after the Cats finished were eliminated from the playoffs with a 0-2-2 record.West Kootenay lost 5-1 to Tri Cities earlier in the day.North Shore meets Juan de Fuca and Tri Cites battles Terrace in semi final action Thursday.The winners play for the provincial title at 8 p.m. Thursday. The last game of the championship for West Kootenay and Prince George was a very physical game with more than 30 minutes in penalties West Kootenay had 18 minutes and Prince George had 29.Earlier against Tri Cities, West Kootenay got off to a rough start falling behind 3-0 early.The Wildcats got on the board in the second period with a goal by Reese McCrory, assisted by Emilie Tebulte.However, Tri Cities added two more goals to complete the scoring.West Kootenay opened with a 3-3 draw against host Greater Vernon before dropping two straight games to Juan de Fuca 3-0 and Tri Cities.The tournament concludes the season for West Kootenay, consisting of players from throughout the region — including Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Fruitvale and Nelson.See previous:http://thenelsondaily.com/news/updated-wildcats-drop-heartbreaker-provincials-23753#.UUnKLhkdJE4last_img read more

Ice finally get to taste home cooking after horrendous start to BCMMHL season

first_imgThe Kootenay Ice are going to get a fantastic Christmas present in the form of an abundance of home games after spending most of the current BC Major Midget Hockey League season on the road.Kootenay plays 14 of its next 18 games in West Kootenay arenas after completing a horrendous part of the schedule on the road this BCMMHL season.“We’ve been on the road for most of the first half . . . and when we’ve played in Nanaimo and Victoria we’re getting home at one in the morning, which is a little tough,” said Ice coach Rob Wright.“We’ve got some home stretches coming but we’ve got to try to get some wins in those home games.”The Ice took a point from the Valley West Hawks in BCMMHL action this past weekend in Surrey.A goal by Shawn Campbell of Castlegar in the final minute of Saturday’s contest lifted the Ice to a 4-4 tie.Sunday, Valley West skated to a 4-2 win over the visiting Ice.Kootenay, playing with a short bench after a few players were held out of the game for internal reasons, held a 2-1 lead going into the third period on goals by Kobe Nishida of Nakusp and Nelson’s Keaton Roch. However, Valley West outscored the ice 3-1 during an eight-minute span to take a 4-3 lead.That set the stage for Campbell to score the tying marking on the power play to give Kootenay the tie.Evan Gorman of Trail scored the final goal for Kootenay.“We can play 40 to 50 minutes but we’ve got to learn to play 60 minutes to have success in this league,” Wright said.“When we’ve got teams down we’ve got to finish them.”Sunday, Valley West held period lead of 2-0 and 4-0 before Kootenay scored twice in the third period.Ellis Junker of Castlegar and Campbell scored for Kootenay.Kootenay, 3-16-3, is back home for a pair of games against the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs.The Chiefs are tied for fourth in BCMMHL standings with Valley West Hawks.Saturday, the NDCC Arena in Nelson is the site of the 3:30 p.m. puck drop game.Sunday, the teams play at 7:30 a.m. at the Cominco Arena in Trail.last_img read more

GO WEST MARIE POWERS UP RAIL TO TAKE SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER STEVENS; TRUMAN TRAINEE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:12.18

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2015)–With a powerful late rush at the rail, Go West Marie easily overhauled longshot Home Journey to take Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint by three quarters of a length under Gary Stevens. Trained by Eddie Truman, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Western Fame covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.18.Off at 5-1 in a field of 12 California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Go West Marie shortened up off of an impressive one mile turf allowance score on Dec. 28. She paid $13.00, $7.20 and $5.00.“A great trip,” said Stevens. “Eddie’s done a great job with this filly and I got on her at the right time. I learned a lot about her. I asked him if I could just sit on her and be quiet with her. It worked out well. She exploded with me the last eighth, and I rode her the same way today even though we were shortening up and there was so much speed. The key with a filly like this is they’re professional–let them settle and they’re going to finish for you.”Owned by Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd., Go West Marie ran her overall record to 17-5-1-5. Out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Marie’s Rose, she picked up $90,000 for the win, which improved her earnings to $402,520.“This race wasn’t really our choice,” said Truman. “We think she’s better going long but we wanted a Cal-bred race. Her last race was in open company and this was really our only option for Cal-breds. Gary said he would ride her the same way, just sit on her dead last…She has run down the hill and been on the lead, so really, she’ll do anything. She is just so sweet. She’s maturing and getting so much smarter and kinder.”In a massive effort, Home Journey, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, set fast fractions of 21.20, 42.80 and 1:05.88, held second by a half length over a fast finishing More Complexity. Off at 16-1, Home Journey paid $16.60 and $9.80.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, More Complexity, along with Marks Mine, were both returned to the saddling paddock during the post parade, resulting in a lengthy delay. Off at 14-1, More Complexity was keen early while mid-pack past the half mile, had dead aim on the leader turning for home but was third-best. She paid $8.60 to show.The favorite at 2-1 with Victor Espinoza up, Heat Trap never threatened and finished sixth.last_img read more