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 Broadway.com. 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

Bob-White Systems launches farmstead cheese making business

first_imgSteven Judge, President of Bob-White Systems ‘ the Vermont farmstead and micro dairy supply and equipment company, announces the addition of a farmstead cheese making supply business and names South Royalton resident, Leslie Mann, the Cheese Manager.South Royalton’s innovative micro dairy equipment company will now offer cheese making supplies and equipment and provide farmstead and homestead micro dairy farmers with the expertise and support to produce local, artisanal cheese. From moulds, cheese cloths, and vat pasteurizers to measuring instruments, curd knives, and literature, products are available at the Bob-White Systems storefront on the green in South Royalton or online at www.bobwhitesystems.com(link is external).As Cheese Manager, Leslie Mann is responsible for developing and promoting the new farmstead cheese component of Bob-White Systems along with Tim Hollander, company farmstead cheese expert and former co-owner of the Craigston Cheese Company. Mann was previously employed as a cheese buyer at Formaggio Kitchen ‘ a Boston based importer and retailer of small production cheeses from Europe and across the United States.‘Bob-White Systems is committed to supporting and promoting micro dairies and local farmsteads and we consider cheese making a critical component of an efficient small-scale dairy. Leslie Mann brings knowledge, passion, and six years of experience working with cheese and cheese makers and we are thrilled to have her representing Bob-White Systems throughout Vermont ‘ helping us Bring the Cows Back Home!’ exclaims Steven Judge, President of Bob-White Systems.Bob-White Systems is bringing the cows back home by creating the technology, manufacturing the equipment, and generating the knowledge for the local, farmstead, and homestead production of pure, farm fresh milk. Located in South Royalton, Vermont, Bob-White Systems is committed to making it possible for every small or rural community to enjoy safe, fresh, and delicious milk produced by local, micro dairy farms. By designing, equipping, and helping to manage small micro dairy operations, Bob-White Systems reduces dairy start-up and operating costs, helps farmers enjoy more profits, and enables communities to produce and purchase their own local milk. More information is available at www.bobwhitesystems.com(link is external).last_img read more

Boult, Southee to sit out parts of Bangladesh series

first_imgNew Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said that pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be used sparingly in the upcoming home series against Bangladesh in a bid to help them get through a busy home season that culimates with the Test series against South Africa in March.New Zealand’s home summer begins on Boxing Day with the first of three ODIs against Bangladesh, in Christchurch. While Boult is expected to sit out of the last ODI and the start of the three-match T20I series that follows, Southee will miss the T20 leg altogether to stay fresh for the first Test that begins in Wellington on January 12.“It’s always a balancing act with guys that play all three forms, especially the bowlers,” Hesson said. “We’ll give them a chance to get their loads up so they’re ready to go for the Test match.”Boult was New Zealand’s most successful bowler in their previous international assignment – the three-match Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in which he took six wickets in three matches at 30. Both he and Southee have played for Northern Knights in the 2016-17 Super Smash.Hesson further indicated that while the pace-bowling duo are the only ones identified for a lighter schedule, there may be other personnel too who could be rested.Kane Williamson, the captain, joined the squad on Saturday after having had a break of two weeks to re-energise. Williamson has not played a match since the final ODI against Australia at the MCG and will have just a couple of training sessions as preparation for the Bangladesh series.“It’s been nice to be able to give him a break,” Hesson said. “It’s a tough ask playing all three forms of the game and you’re captain as well. I’ve left him alone, to be fair, to enjoy his break rather than getting annoying phone calls from me all the time. He’s certainly fresh and ready to go.”Despite New Zealand’s recent dip in form in ODIs – they lost 3-2 in India before being blanked 3-0 in Australia – Hesson exuded confidence in the team’s ability to bounce back.“I think it’s been good the guys have had 10-12 days home playing some domestic cricket,” he said. They are getting some confidence back, and on the back of a couple of wins in India …. it wasn’t too long ago that had some pretty good memories.”last_img read more

Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “It feels good just to be able to play for another game,” James said. “Like I’ve always said, Game 7 is the best two words in sports. … We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it.”This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday at TD Center, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.“We have one game to be able to compete for a championship, and what more could you ask for?” James said. “If I’d have told you at the beginning of the season we only needed one game to make the NBA Finals, we’d take it.”George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs, who lost Love in the first quarter after he banged heads with Boston’s Jayson Tatum.Terry Rozier paced the Celtics with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat Boston 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series.James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance — he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he’ll continue his remarkable career next season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Greatness,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Gave it his all. We needed that, especially with Kevin going down. He delivered. He carried us home as usual.”The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals. Cavs All-Star Love sustains head injury in Game 6 LATEST STORIES As Love stayed down, the Cavs huddled around him. He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation.The Cavs announced an hour later at halftime that Love wouldn’t return. His status for Game 7 is uncertain.The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game — and this city — in the hours leading to tip-off. Everyone had an opinion on what James will do next and that discussion filled the sports talk radio airwaves, bars and barber shops.The 33-year-old has said several times since coming home in 2014 that he wants to retire with the Cavaliers, but fans are uneasy because he can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and test free agency.And, of course, he left once before in 2010, bolting for Miami.James has said he’ll sit down with his family after the season ends to plot his next move, and he’s already being courted in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York who can only dream about adding him to their rosters.For now, though, he’s only going to Boston.TIP-INSCeltics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. … Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons. … Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. “Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game,” he said. “I think that the way in which he’s done that and all of the years now that he’s made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it’s unbelievable.”Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015. … James’ teams are 5-2 in Game 7s. … This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. Michael Jordan also had seven, one off Jerry West’s record set in 1965. … James passed Karl Malone (2,062) for sixth place on the career postseason rebounds list. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Celtics were still within seven in the final three minutes before James made consecutive 3-pointers, punctuating the second by pounding his chest with both fists and screaming along with 20,562 others.Just for good measure, he added a three-point play and then was taken out of the game to a rousing ovation and chants of “Cavs in 7!”“Just a lot of heart, a lot of grit, being resilient,” James said.Boston’s improbable run through the postseason without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will now take the Celtics back home, where they play with more intensity, togetherness and before fans hungry to see an 18th title banner raised to their arena’s rafters.Love went out with a head injury in the first quarter, forcing Lue to juggle his rotations and keep James on the floor longer than he wanted to. The three-time champion played the first 35 minutes without a break and then endured the final eight while nursing a sore lower leg.Backed by a sea of towel-waving fans wearing white “Cleveland Whatever It Takes” T-shirts, James did just that to push the series to Boston, where he has had some of his biggest moments on the renowned parquet floor.In 2014, he had 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in Game 6 for Miami, which went on to win Game 7 and the NBA title. He also scored 45 in a Game 7 loss for Cleveland in 2008, and now has a chance to boost his stunning resume further if he can get the Cavs to a fourth consecutive Finals.James has also had some bitter memories in Boston. He lost Game 6 in the East semifinals in 2010 to the Celtics and was soon on his way to joining the Heat.The game began ominously for the Cavs as Love was forced to leave following his violent collision with Tatum.Love and Tatum were away from the ball and didn’t see each other until it was too late. They banged heads and both immediately dropped to the floor with Love raising his left arm as if to signal he needed help. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives as Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) defends during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next.Game 7 is on. And any talk about James’ future is on hold.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Halloween once was all about fun

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And on top of that, you got to dress up like your favorite superhero or fairy princess or movie cowboy or whatever your fantasy was. And – the greatest thing of all – you got to go out by yourself after dark, an occurrence reserved the rest of the year only for adults. There were no worries then about razor blades in apples, no talk of having Halloween candy X-rayed at the local hospital, no fear of some pervert grabbing a little kid off the street. It was sheer fun, just for kids. The adults stayed in the background, remembering their own Halloweens, and some, perhaps, even playing their own pranks. My father, for instance, refused to hand out candy unless the greedy trick-or-treater danced for him first. The fun started early in the day. Kids all wore their costumes to school, where we’d have a costume parade so everyone could get a good look at their handiwork – or, more likely, their mother’s handiwork – generally late-night magic worked with a couple of burned corks, a pillowcase, a length of rope and maybe a little lipstick or your dad’s fishing hat. Back in the day, there were two holidays on the calendar you drew a red circle around if you were a kid. One was Christmas, for obvious reasons. The other was Halloween. It was the day of sugar highs to end all sugar highs, when nobody said you couldn’t have another candy bar or cupcake, and you ate all the treats you could swallow, even if – far back in your mind – there was the memory of the all-night bellyache you had the previous year. Nobody with any self-respect would buy a costume. That was only for the little kids, who were too young to realize their parents were dressing them up as adorable kittens and fat pumpkins. Older kids – third through sixth grades were the prime trick-or-treating years – took delight in creating our own outfits from stuff we found around home – or, if our mother was handy, something she could run up quickly on the sewing machine using some dish towels, an old sheet or a discarded suit from Grandpa. My twin younger brothers always dressed alike – usually as hoboes (big pants, big hats, cork-blackened faces) or ghosts (old pillowcases with two eyeholes cut in them). One year, though, they took first prize at their elementary school dressed in a single giant jacket, buttoned tightly around both of them. They carried a sign: “The Two-Headed Man.” My favorite Halloween was the one I dressed as a gypsy, or what my mom and I thought gypsies looked like, from what we had seen in the movies. I wore a voluminous purple skirt of my mother’s, with some kind of peasant blouse, a scarf tied around my hair and my mother’s big gold earrings. With a slash of bright red lipstick, I was ready. My second favorite – the year “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” was released – was as a Jane Russell look-alike. I really wanted to go as Marilyn Monroe, but my best friend was the blonde so she got to go as Marilyn. I was a far-distant second, with my brown hair piled up on one side of my head, lipstick laid on heavy, my training bra stuffed with my father’s white socks to make me look as sexy as a mousy, plump preteen could look. That year, as I recall, the two of us ventured far out of our neighborhood. We got lost and it grew later and later, and we started to panic as people turned off their porch lights. Finally, we spotted my dad’s truck; he had come to rescue us. After that, trick-or-treating became a group effort: The littler kids would go with the bigger, older kids, and they would look out for us. Torture us is what they actually did, with tickle fights and ghost stories that made us want to run home to our mothers. And they taught us to soap windows and TP houses and bushes, and blamed it on us little kids when they were caught. But the one thing we would hang on for was a visit to a house a couple of blocks away where a grandmotherly woman – gray hair in a bun, sturdy shoes, apron covering her housedress – would lay out a spread the likes of which today’s kids can only imagine. She’d invite us into her living room, where she had pushed the dining room table up against the wall, covered it with an orange tablecloth and added big black spiders and cobwebs. On the table were fresh-made doughnuts, hot from the frying pan and sticky with sugar and cinnamon, along with hot apple cider, apple turnovers and platters of homemade fudge. Today, nobody would go to the trouble of setting out such a spread. And if they did, nobody would allow their children to go inside. But there was no fear then, when you could trust your neighbors – even the ones you didn’t know well – and Halloween was strictly for fun. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more