Jonathan Groff on the Return of Spring Awakening: ‘I Love That It’s Back!’

first_imgJonathan Groff, who plays King George in the new hit musical Hamilton, has another buzzed-about show on the brain: the upcoming revival of Spring Awakening.“Oh my God! I am so excited to see it,” Groff told The actor, who was Tony-nommed for originating the role of Melchior in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Tony-winning musical, noted that his former Spring Awakening co-stars have given the revival their seal of approval. “Lea [Michele] saw it and Skylar [Astin] saw it, and I have a bunch of friends who saw it in L.A. and loved it,” he said. “I’ve heard nothing but good things. I just love that its back on Broadway, though it makes me feel a little old. But I’m into it. I’m happy to be old. I feel like I wish it had never left, so I’m thrilled that it’s back.”Spring Awakening, based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play by the same name, follows a group of teenagers as they navigate through their sexual and intellectual blossoming, with varying degrees of support from the adult figures in their lives. The new production utilizes American Sign Language in the production to intensify the rift between the lost and longing teens and the adults who refuse to hear them.The new production, which features Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and Emmy winner Camryn Manheim, begins performances on September 8 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Opening night is set for September 27. View Comments Jonathan Groff Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Spring Awakening last_img read more

Urban Sprawl.

first_imgIn 1979, Winfred Trice moved his family to Madison, Ga., with dreams of green acres and bank accounts in the black.Today, a sign in front of Trice’s 80-acre farm advertises the coming of a golf course community.”The taxes are getting so high and farm prices are dropping so low, we just can’t afford to farm anymore,” Trice said. “I will probably get out of farming altogether. There’s just not much future to it.”Trice is not alone. After years in the irrigation business, he’s seen others struggle. “Very few farmers I see are making progress,” he said. “They’re all going backward.”As farmland taxes skyrocket, Trice said, “about the only way a farmer can get out of debt is to sell his farm and get out of farming. It got me out of debt.”In Madison, which skirts metro Atlanta, the price of land has also gone sky-high.”I think a lot of the people are running from Atlanta, coming out to live in the country,” Trice said. “That has people buying land, subdividing and making a good profit. My only regret is that we sold a little too soon. Prices keep going up.”Every county in Georgia has lost farmland over the past 50 years. Some have lost as much as 90 percent of it. In 1945, Georgia was more than 63 percent farmland. Today, 28 percent is in farms.”Each year, 225 Georgia farmers leave the land,” said former Gov. Zell Miller in a recent speech. “Over the past 30 years, an average of 465 acres of Georgia farmland has been lost per day.”As urban Georgia overflows into rural areas, social and environmental problems quickly arise.”From an agricultural standpoint, the largest problem is dealing with farm odors,” said Horace Hudson of the University of Georgia. Hudson heads the agricultural leadership, education and communication unit of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”People who aren’t used to it don’t like the smells of farm operations like chicken litter or hog manure,” Hudson said.Other issues these areas face are some types of chemical spraying and the fear of animal waste lagoons overflowing to contaminate water supplies. “Sometimes noise and the slowing traffic of farm vehicles can annoy urbanites not used to it,” Hudson added.These merging populations also face social problems.”We’ve seen heated discussions over land use, planning and zoning and the inadequacy of protecting either side,” Hudson said.That has already become evident for Georgia’s poultry industry.”It is an issue and will become more of an issue as urban areas expand into agricultural areas,” said Dan Cunningham, a UGA extension poultry scientist. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve begun working with some counties on these zoning issues,” he said. “As the poultry industry has expanded, some counties have decided to look at zoning issues. Most of our counties haven’t had any real zoning related to poultry houses.”Zoning is good protection for poultry growers and their neighbors. “As new people move in, it becomes more an issue,” Cunningham said, “because people are less tolerant of those kinds of things.”These problems prevail where rural and urban areas are facing off. And Hudson doesn’t see a quick answer to them.”I think they’re going to continue,” Hudson said. “It could eventually affect farm production overall.”One long-term effect is a kind of Catch-22. “Many urbanites move to the fringe of these rural areas because they want that green, open space,” Hudson said. “And before long, it’s gone. Very little green space is left in DeKalb County. As Gwinnett and Cherokee become more urban, more green space is lost there, too.”As farms disappear one by one, Hudson sees the long-term result as dire. “I think we will eventually cause our food production to move outside the United States,” he said. “There are already reports of the swine industry looking at South America.””We’ll still have pork,” he said. “But we can look at history when the food supply was used as leverage over other countries. The country that has the food has the better position.” This story is another in a weekly series called “Planting the Seed: Science for the New Millennium.” These stories feature ideas and advances in agricultural and environmental sciences with implications for the future.last_img read more

Consolidated Freightways To Sell Distribution Facility

first_imgAs part of the largest realestate sale in transportation history – 220 total properties with anappraised value over $400 million – Consolidated Freightways announcedthat it is placing its Rutland distribution facility located at 7 RandburyRd. for sale to the highest bidder, through an open auction processscheduled for July 17, 2003.The Rutland property is an 11-door cross-dock distributionfacility situated on 5.0 acres and has been closed to operations sinceSeptember 3, 2002 when the 74-year-old company filed for bankruptcyprotection. Since then CF has been liquidating the assets of thecorporation under orders of the bankruptcy court. Eight CF employeesformerly worked at the Rutland terminal.A contract price of $235,100 has been established for the CFproperty. Interested parties who would like to participate in the July 17bankruptcy auction should submit the form Request to be Designated aQualified Bidder at Auction. That form can be found at HYPERLINK” is external)” is external)er.html and must be submitted prior to the date of the auction. Theindicated deposit must also be received, via wire or certified check,prior to the date of the auction.To date, 100 CF properties throughout the U.S. have been sold for $218million. Potential bidders should direct any questions about the propertyand the bidding procedures that cannot be answered at the company’s website HYPERLINK “ is external)” is external), toTransportation Property Company at (800) 440-5155.last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Al Horford declines Celtics option, hopes to work out new deal

first_imgBoston Celtics center Al Horford will not exercise the $30.1M option on his 2019-20 contract and become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Horford and the Celtics both have interest in working toward a new deal in July, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2019Horford, 33, is coming off of a season in which he averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 53.5 percent from the floor and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc.He is starting to get older and the team may want to restructure his deal so it can have more flexibility in free agency. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Kings prioritizing center, but unlikely to pursue Nikola Vucevic Al Horford and the Celtics want to extend their relationship.Boston’s center will decline his $30.1 million option this offseason and become an unrestricted free agent, but he is doing so in hopes of working out a new deal with the Celtics, according to ESPN. However, Rozier reportedly is open to returning if Irving doesn’t, so the Celtics likely will need a little bit more money to re-sign the guard.If Horford takes a pay cut then Rozier would likely be able to get his money.The Celtics currently are $16 million over the salary cap, according to Spotrac, but if Irving (option figure: $21.3 million) leaves then they would have some money to spend, especially if Horford agrees to a more team-friendly deal.center_img Kyrie Irving is expected to decline his option as well and hit the open market with the Nets the reported favorite to land the guard in free agency.Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum are expected to remain in Boston, but players such as Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier could find themselves with new teams. NBA free agency: Patrick Beverley says he’s open to signing with Bullslast_img read more

U.S.-hosted Ryder Cup postponed to 2021 amid coronavirus outbreak

first_imgIn a statement, organizers confirmed that the decision “was based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in conjunction with the state of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority”. Playing the event without fans had been mooted as an option, but instead it is now set to be held on September 21-26 next year with crowds present. The knock-on effect means the next edition of the competition in Europe, when Italy plays host, will move back to 2023 as it retains its biennial scheduling. The 2020 Ryder Cup has been postponed.— Ryder Cup (@rydercup) July 8, 2020The Presidents Cup, which was due to start on September 30 next year at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, will now move to September 19-25, 2022. Next year’s Wells Fargo Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club but move to TPC Potomac for 2022 to accommodate the Presidents Cup. “Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.”It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and the public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible.”Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. As disappointing as this is, our mandate to do all we can to safeguard public health is what matters most.”The spectators who support both the U.S. and European sides are what make the Ryder Cup such a unique and compelling event and playing without them was not a realistic option.”PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said: “With the uncertainty of the current climate, we fully support the Ryder Cup’s decision to delay a year in order to ensure fans could be a part of the incredible atmosphere in Wisconsin.”And the delay of next year’s Presidents Cup was the right decision in order to allow for that option.” US Team captain Steve Stricker said postponing the Ryder Cup was “the right thing to do under the circumstances”.He added: “At the end of the day, we want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all other Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen.”  European counterpart Padraig Harrington said: “Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration.”But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time. “When you think of the Ryder Cup you think of the distinctive atmosphere generated by the spectators, such as around the first tee at Le Golf National two years ago.”If that cannot be responsibly recreated at Whistling Straits in September, then it is correct that we all wait until it can be.  “I know, right now, that September 2021 feels like a long time away. But it will come around quickly and I guarantee that the European players and I will be ready when it does.”There have been more than 32,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, according to the state’s Department of Health Services. In total, there have been nearly 3.1million positive tests in the United States, with more than 134,000 deaths among those known to have contracted the virus. The Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits has been rescheduled to take place in 2021, organizers have confirmed, with the Presidents Cup moving to 2022.Doubts have persisted about the feasibility of staging the Ryder Cup since the outbreak of coronavirus and on Wednesday a decision was finally taken to push it back a year. last_img read more