Michael Esper & More Will Lead the Cast of Sting’s The Last Ship on Broadway

first_imgBroadway favorites Michael Esper and Aaron Lazar, along with U.K. star Rachel Tucker, will lead the Main Stem cast of 16-time Grammy winner Sting’s new musical The Last Ship. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello, the musical will begin previews September 30 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for October 26. The Last Ship will sail to New York City following a pre-Broadway tryout from June 10 to July 13 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Star Files Esper has appeared on Broadway in American Idiot, The Lyons and A Man for All Seasons. Lazar’s Broadway credits include Mamma Mia!, A Little Night Music, Impressionism, Les Miserables and The Light in the Piazza. Tucker appeared in the West End in Wicked, and was a finalist on the BBC’s talent series I’d Do Anything. The Last Ship marks her Broadway debut. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 Nail’s TV and film credits include Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Spender, Evita and Still Crazy. He makes his Broadway debut in The Last Ship. Triplett appeared on Broadway in Carrie. Her West End credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Follies, Chess, Grease, Cats, Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls. Applegate’s Broadway credits include in The Producers, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein, Sister Act and The Sound of Music. Kelly-Sordelet makes his Broadway debut in The Last Ship. The Last Ship’s creative team includes scenic and costume design by Tony nominee David Zinn, lighting design by Tony winner Christopher Akerlind and sound design by Tony winner Brian Ronan. View Comments The Last Ship is set in an English seafaring town that operates around the local shipyard and follows Gideon Fletcher, a man who left home to see the world and returns fourteen years later to find that the future of the shipyard is in danger. The shipyard’s workers decide to take their fate into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that has defined their existence. In addition to Esper, Lazar and Tucker, the principal cast of The Last Ship will include Jimmy Nail, Sally Ann Triplett, Collin Kelly-Sordelet and Fred Applegate. Inspired by Sting’s own childhood experiences and his album of the same name, the musical features an all-star creative team including a book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey and choreography by Tony nominee Steven Hoggett. The Last Ship Michael Esper Related Shows Aaron Lazarlast_img read more

Watch Inishmaan Star Daniel Radcliffe Count Jimmy Fallon’s Balls

first_imgBroadway’s Daniel Radcliffe is everywhere! The star magically appeared on The Tonight Show and The Today Show to discuss his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which begins performances at the Cort Theatre on April 12. Not only did the affable actor reveal his cute run-in with Tom Brady and wife, supermodel Gisele, he also talked about his Food Network obsession and blah blah…let’s get to the balls. Radcliffe and Fallon donned crazy Velcro suits and played a game called Sticky Balls; think dodge ball with 200% more innuendo. The next morning, Radcliffe appeared on Today, and much to our chagrin, he did not play Sticky Balls with Al Roker. Oh, well. Check out the fun below and find out who has the most balls. Daniel Radcliffe View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 Star Files Related Shows The Cripple of Inishmaanlast_img read more

Florida utilities agree to close 848MW unit at Plant Scherer, U.S.’ largest coal-fired generator

first_imgFlorida utilities agree to close 848MW unit at Plant Scherer, U.S.’ largest coal-fired generator FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Plant Scherer in Georgia — for years, the highest capacity coal-fired plant in the U.S. — will lose one of its four units to retirement, a sign that even the largest coal power plants are not immune to the economic pressures driving down coal’s standing in the U.S. generation mix.On Friday the board of directors of Jacksonville municipal utility JEA, a minority owner of the 848-MW unit 4 at Scherer, agreed to a 20-year purchase agreement with Florida Power & Light, the majority owner of the unit, that will replace the capacity the municipal utility receives from unit 4 and lead to its closure on Jan. 1, 2022.While the other three units at the plant are not affected by the decision, the closure of unit 4 will reduce the capacity of Scherer to 2,673 MW, making Southern Co.’s over 3,000-MW Plant Bowen, also in Georgia, now the largest coal-fired plant in the country, according to a statement from the Sierra Club.Falling costs of competitive energy sources like renewables and natural gas, combined with new emissions regulations, have caused coal-fired generation to fall from producing 44% of U.S. electricity in 2009 to about 23% in 2019, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Smaller coal-fired plants, many of which were built in the 1950s and 1960s and have less operating capacity over which to spread the costs of new emissions controls, have been more likely to retire than newer, larger coal plants, as observed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and others.But Scherer unit 4’s impending retirement “is a clarion call that even the nation’s biggest coal plants don’t make economic sense,” Stephen Stetson, a senior representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said in a statement. Scherer, in addition to being one of the largest coal-fired plants ever built in the U.S., came online in 1982.The other three units are owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the city of Dalton, Georgia. Southern Co. recently announced a commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, a goal that could entail the retirement of Bowen and other coal plants in the near future.[Matthew Bandyk]More: FPL, JEA to retire 848 MW unit of largest U.S. coal plantlast_img read more

Bush makes first round of JNC appointments

first_imgBush makes first round of JNC appointmentsGov. Jeb Bush has announced his first judicial nominating commission appointments under a new state law, naming six people each to four of the state’s 26 JNCs.The appointments include one member to each JNC from a list of lawyers submitted by The Florida Bar.A new law approved by the legislature earlier this year and signed by Bush allows Bush to name all nine members of each of the JNCs. For four of the seats, he must choose from a list of three lawyers submitted by the Bar, although he can reject those nominated as many times as he wants. On the other five seats, Bush must appoint at least two lawyers but there are no other restrictions on his choices.The bills ended the terms of the three gubernatorial members plus the three public members on each commission. The three existing Bar appointees on each JNC are allowed to finish their terms before being replaced.A press release form Bush’s office said the appointments were being made first for the four JNCs the Second District Court of Appeal JNC, the Second, 11th and 13th circuit JNCs because they each have a large number of vacancies, either from retirements or from newly created seats.Bush’s office is also working on a training seminar for new JNC members, who must take the instruction within one year of taking office, for August 14 in Tallahassee.The Bar submitted its list of 78 applicants for the JNCs to Bush in late June.Named to the JNCs were:• Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission Nancy M. Alfonso, 39, of Dade City, attorney, McClain & Alfonso, P.A.; Malcolm E. Beard, 82, of Tampa, retired state senator; Jack P. Brandon, 56, of Lake Wales, attorney, Peterson & Myers, P.A.; Gow Fields, 38, of Lakeland, president, Fields & Company, Inc.; Armando Flores, 56, of Tampa, president, Supply, Inc.; and Carol M. McGuire, 43, of Parrish, attorney, Holland & Knight, LLP. • 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Marie S. Bell, 41, of Miami, president, Stockton Turner Mortgage; Raoul G. Cantero, III, 40, of Coral Gables, attorney, Adorno & Zeder, P.A.; Gonzalo R. Dorta, 39, of Coral Gables, attorney, Gonzalo R. Dorta, P.A.; Nilda Rodriguez Pedrosa, 27, of Miami, director of Public Policy and Governmental Relations, Miami Children’s Hospital; Ramon E. Rasco, 49, of Coral Gables, attorney, Rasco, Reininger & Perez, P.A.; and Justin Sayfie, 32, of North Miami, attorney, Poole, McKinley & Blosser, P.A. • 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission S. Cary Gaylord, 54, of Lutz, attorney, Gaylord, Merlin, Ludovici, Diaz & Bain, P.A.; C. Howard Hunter, 46, of Brandon, attorney, Hill, Ward & Henderson, P.A.; Ken Lawson, 36, of Tampa, assistant U.S. attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney; Sheila M. McDevitt, 54, of Tampa, general counsel, TECO Energy, Inc.; David H. Stitzel, 37, of Plant City, attorney, Stitzel Law Group; and Barbara B. Wilcox, 68, of Tampa, broker, Barbara Realty, Inc. • 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission Herman Baine, 60, of Lake Worth, professor, Broward Community College; Frank DeMario, 58, of Wellington, director of security, Fox Group International; Edward Downey, 42, of Jupiter, attorney, Downey & Downey, P.A.; Peter M. Feaman, 48, of Boca Raton, attorney, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP; Dorothy M. Guinn, 68, of Boca Raton, retired professor, Florida Atlantic University; and Kathleen G. Kozinski, 51, of Jupiter, attorney, Kay Scholer, LLP. Brandon, Cantero, Hunter, and Downey were Bar nominees for the JNC appointments. Kozinski in the 15th Circuit was also nominated by the Bar, but she will be serving as a gubernatorial appointee.Under the new law, those chosen from among the Bar nominees will continue to served staggered terms. Gubernatorial appointees will have terms that end shortly after gubernatorial elections to allow a new governor to make his or her own appointments to the panels.Bush’s office announced the appointments July 13, and the press release said the remainder of the appointments would be made within the following month. Bush makes first round of JNC appointments August 1, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

Wine Enthusiast Magazine: Long Island Among 10 Best Wine Destinations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Palmer Vineyards in Aquebogue has come up with a line of beverages that screams Long Island—495 WinesMove over Napa and Tuscany. Wine Enthusiast magazine has ranked Long Island as one of the ‘10 Best Wine Travel Destination for 2013’ alongside regions such as Rioja, Spain and Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil.The honor comes as The New York Wine and Grape Foundation has been celebrating the fact that last year 48 New York wines were rated 90 or above by the three major wine consumer magazines — Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and Wine & Spirits.“It’s a unique amalgam of metropolitan influences against a core of hearty, agricultural tradition,” Wine Enthusiast wrote of LI wine country’s allure, where more than 50 wineries dot the North Fork and the Hamptons.East End vintners have perfected the craft of making aromatic wines rich with flavor. LI’s wineries offer a profusion of Merlot, Chardonnays and sparkling wines, among other varieties.Oenophiles mostly flock to the wine trail to sample the latest offerings during summer and the fall harvest season.Among the local favorites are Lenz Winery in Peconic, the second-oldest winery, Martha Clara’s Vineyards in Riverhead, one of the most recognizable names, and Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehamton, which prides themselves on “artisanal experimentation.”For more information, check out www.liwines.comlast_img read more

NYC Developer in Fatal Sag Harbor DWI Tried to Flee Country, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A prominent Manhattan real estate developer allegedly involved in a drunken driving crash that killed his passenger last summer in Sag Harbor was arrested this week after authorities said they received a tip indicating he might flee the county.Sean Ludwick, who was free on $1 million bond after pleading not guilty to upgraded charges of vehicular homicide earlier this month, was placed under arrest at his home Tuesday afternoon, Southampton Town police said.His arrest came four days after detectives received a tip that Ludwick was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, “and was looking to purchase a boat and leave the country,” police said in a news release.Based on the information, authorities deemed Ludwick a flight risk and notified U.S. Marshals and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, who issued a warrant for his arrest.The 43-year-old is being held without bail before his next court appearance.Ludwick was originally charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident following the Aug. 30 crash. Authorities alleged that he slammed his Porsche into a telephone pole at 2 a.m., killing his 53-year-old passenger, Paul Hansen, of Sag Harbor.During his initial court appearance, prosecutors said evidence suggested Ludwick dumped Hansen’s body near his home and drove away. Ludwick’s blood alcohol content was .18 four hours after the crash, police said.Ludwick was arrested after police found him standing by his car.Judge Fernando Camacho ordered Ludwick to surrender his passport. US citizens traveling to Puerto Rico are not required to present a US passport.last_img read more

Low Commercial Vacancies Persist on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Commercial real estate vacancy rates on Long Island ended 2017 below the historical average for the region and little has changed so far this year, according to local realtors and data providers.Nassau/Suffolk industrial vacancies are still at 3.1 percent, office vacancies remain at 7.1 percent and retail vacancies have dropped from 4.4 percent to 4.3 percent, according to CoStar, a commercial real estate information provider. The most noticeable shift is in the retail sector, where brick-and-mortar stores are adapting to the rise in online shopping.“Retailers are closing their stores and doing much more business online,” says Ron Koenigsberg, a broker and president of Garden City-based commercial real estate company American Investment Properties. “They are increasingly purchasing and renting warehouse space to use as distribution centers.”Office space vacancy is “down significantly from the 19 percent it once was not that long ago,” says Mario Asaro, a broker and president of Melville-based commercial real estate company Investment One. On the other hand, retail vacancy rates “seem to be climbing due to e-commerce,” he says.“The malls will have to become entertainment and recreational-minded to attract shoppers,” Asaro predicts.Jeffrey Pliskin, CEO at Garden City-based Pliskin Realty And Development, notes that while he’s been busier, clients have been signing leases for smaller spaces.“They realize they don’t need as much,” Pliskin says.As for the industrial and office markets, Koenigsberg says he’s “expecting to see an increase in rental rates and a decrease in vacancy rates for both sectors.”Total commercial sales inventory seems to have increased within the past year, he adds.“Many of our clients were waiting to see how the political environment and tax reform would affect their investment properties,” he says. “Now that some of those questions have been answered, clients are making better informed decisions on whether they will like to sell their properties.”The “changing landscape” he’s seeing is “primarily because of the transition in the retail market,” he says. One strong positive is that there are “many new businesses buying properties” on LI, he says.Although Toys “R” Us is closing all its stores and Sears continues to close stores, other large players are expanding, he notes, pointing to Amazon-owned Whole Foods announcing that it’s moving forward with plans to open two more stores, in Garden City and Commack.last_img read more

Long Islanders Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Joaquin

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With Hurricane Joaquin threatening the East Coast, Long Island officials began urging the public to prepare for the worst despite the storm’s uncertain path as it reached major hurricane status Thursday.The National Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin to a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph sustained winds, terming it “extremely dangerous.” It was expected to batter the central Bahamas overnight. As for where Joaquin will hit next, meteorologists are grappling with major unknowns due to the myriad atmospheric conditions in play. The intensifying storm could make landfall in the Northeast or veer further into the Atlantic, sparing significant coastal damage.“Right now we’re essentially in a ‘prepare and pray’ mode,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone told reporters during a press conference at police headquarters in Yaphank. “We’re gonna prepare for a worst-case scenario; we’re gonna pray that it does not unfold.”Although the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane watch may not be issued for the East Coast until Friday at the earliest, the National Weather Service issued a coastal flood watch and high surf advisory through 6 a.m. Friday to start. Astronomically higher than usual tides are forecast to cause barrier beach erosion and flood coastal homes.The message from officials in both Nassau and Suffolk counties is to stay informed, have go-kits ready for residents in low-lying areas, stock up on enough food and water that would last at least three days, gas up vehicles and generators, and heed evacuation warnings, if any are issued, so as not to put first responders unnecessarily in harm’s way.“The county is prepared to respond,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said Thursday morning during a press conference at the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage.The county executive expressed confidence in a rapid and efficient reaction if the storm strikes, noting that Nassau learned from Superstorm Sandy, which hit LI three years ago this month. He added that residents also have to play their part, because early preparation prior to Sandy “saved lives.”Both Mangano and Bellone said their counties have more assets to help tackle the storm than they did during Sandy, touting dozens of high-axle vehicles used for flood rescues, portable traffic lights for blackouts and a slew of new emergency generators. One of the major issues in the early days following Sandy were the power outages that knocked out traffic lights, making roads very dangerous. An increase in portable traffic lights should help alleviate that problem, Mangano noted.Local municipalities are also calling residents to be vigilant. Town of Hempstead said it’s preparing equipment for a potential storm and urged boaters to begin removing their vessels from marinas.“It is critical for each and every one of us to formulate a hurricane preparedness plan, and to be ready when and if the storm arrives,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray.In Brookhaven Town, supervisor Ed Romaine informed residents that they should visit the town’s website for news and weather updates, and also to access its “Hurricane Survival Guide.”Calling for the public to be proactive, Islip town officials not only cited Sandy’s aftermath, but also invoked the “unprecedented and unpredicted” storm in August 2014 that flooded neighborhoods with a record-setting 13 inches of rainfall, the most ever measured in a 24-hour period statewide.If a major tropical storm does hit LI, it would be the first true test for PSEG Long Island since it took over for the Long Island Power Authority in January 2014 amid outrage over LIPA’s inadequate response to Sandy. The utility said it’s monitoring Hurricane Joaquin and is preparing for a potential deluge of rain and powerful wind gusts. Resources will be in place over the weekend to initiate electric service restoration “as soon as the storm passes,” PSEG LI said in a statement.Officials remain concerned about LI’s Sandy-battered infrastructure. For example, construction is ongoing at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, which suffered a catastrophic failure during Sandy. Mangano said the county will use sandbags as an added layer of protection around the plant because a planned storm wall is still being built. Pumps have also been installed to keep pumping sewage away from people’s homes, the county executive said.On the other side of the county line, Bellone expressed concern that the dunes on Fire Island have yet to be restored since they were flattened by Sandy, which puts coastal communities on the Great South Bay at risk of flooding. Fire Island Ferries, the largest boat service to the mostly car-free barrier island, said it plans to suspend service Sunday.Meanwhile, without knowing where Joaquin will go next, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told all New Yorkers to get ready for the hurricane.“Since we don’t know if the storm is downstate or upstate, you have to prepare statewide,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo reporters on a conference call Thursday.After Sandy,many upstate communities were devastated by severe flooding that left bridges impassable for days, if not weeks.The governor said it’s too early to tell what major roads, if any, will be closed or whether mass transit will be shut down in New York City and on Long Island as it was during Irene and Sandy.He added that maintenance crews are clearing problem areas in streams and conduits that have proven problematic in past storms, as emergency management offices are being activated statewide and are coordinating with utility agencies, “especially on Long Island.”Cuomo said that experience with prior hurricanes have helped the state better prepare for tropical cyclones. But he cautioned that Mother Nature always finds a blind spot.“You can’t be prepared for everything,” he warned.One thing’s for sure, more rain is definitely heading toward LI, with heavy downfall expected Friday morning and possibly through the weekend along with strong winds.last_img read more

Most in-form players in Europe: Messi, Ronaldo not listed

first_img Teammate Axel Witsel and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who has kept nine Premier League clean sheets out of ten, make up the current top three. The Brazilian’s fellow Anfield stars Mo Salah and Jordan Henderson are also both rewarded for the Reds’ recent form as well. Marco Verratti, who is joint ninth in the most recent rankings, is actually the most efficient over the entire season, with a 92.3 percent score during the last six months. But both Messi and Ronaldo find themselves clocking outside the top ten on both lists, with the Argentine currently down at 203rd with a lowly 78.3 rating. The Barcelona icon is paying the price for the Catalan’s recent poor form that has escalated into a public bust-up with sporting director Eric Abidal. Messi has managed four goals since the turn of the year but Quique Setien’s side have slipped three points behind Real Madrid in La Liga. The 32-year-old, who won his sixth Ballon d’Or title last December to take him one ahead of Ronaldo, does jump up to joint 18th over the whole season however. Juventus superstar Ronaldo meanwhile has scored 10 goals in his first six games of 2020 to fire the Old Lady back to the top of Serie A. Read Also:Messi playing through pain barrier in Barcelona injury crisis But it was only enough to take the Portgual captain to 22nd in the rankings, a slight dip from the joint 15th he places over the season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jadon Sancho is statistically the most in-form player in world football with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo out  of the top ten. The England starlet, who remains a £120million target for Chelsea this summer, became the top-scoring Bundesliga teenager of all time earlier this month. The 19-year-old has notched an incredible 12 goals and 13 assists from 18 matches this season, to help Borussia Dortmund to third in the Bundesliga. CIES Football Observatory have collected a list of football’s most in-form players based on ‘pitch production and efficiency at both individual and collective level’. And Sancho is the undisputed top dog with an astonishing 99 rating for his performances during the last month. The former Manchester City star has more than bounced back from a dip at the start of the season that saw him fined and publicly reprimanded for turning up late to training from England duty. Even with the rankings stretched to the last three months, Sancho still remains in the top-five for the most in-form players at a 91.1 level.center_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more

Georgia Officials Arrest, Charge Man Who Filmed Ahmaud Arbery Killing

first_imgThe Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested the man accused of recording the deadly February shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on a felony murder charge.Officials say 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr. was taken into custody Thursday on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.The GBI released a statement that reads, “On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder and Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. These charges stem from the February 23, 2020 incident that resulted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. He will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.”On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder & Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. Read the updated press release here :https://t.co/VJCuz8chVr pic.twitter.com/MXcs8qEY8m— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) May 21, 2020 Arbery was killed by 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his son, 34-year-old Travis McMichael. The pair allegedly armed themselves and then chased the 25-year-old black man while he was jogging on their street. They are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.This is a developing story.last_img read more