For 109 days, I stayed put inside my house. Then the office resumed and I have been travelling daily ever since. During the travel, I decided to study Mumbai and see how the city is reacting to Covid-19So I decided to observe the first 50 people I see on the road. This is a random sample- as random as the first 50 people that caught my eye. Out of the 50 people:-44 wore masksOut of the 6 who didn’t wear, 4 were sitting inside shops, 1 outside an ATM and the other was walking on the road*Fun fact*: It took me just 34 seconds to count the first 50 people. Mumbai (WOW )Moving all, all the partners and drivers of the cabs and autos I took so far wore masks. Except for two, all autos had a plastic sheet creating a division between the rider and passenger. It is important to mention that I took 10-12 auto rides during this period.Much like other cities, Mumbai has a series of shops on the main road. Based on the first three stretches I saw, here is the open to a number of shops ratio:-1st stretch- 2 out of 6 were open ( including 1 chemist)2nd stretch- 1 out of 5 was open3rd stretch- 2 out of 7 were open ( including 1 takeaway restaurant)Slowly and steadily, Mumbai is making progress and learning to adapt and live with Covid-19. The virus and its effects haven’t subsided but it is encouraging to see the city adapt and react to this pandemic responsibly. Together, we will overcomeWhen I get time, I ‘ll make a visual representation of data on and upload it on a daily or weekly basis. (Maybe Instagram)From the streets of Mumbai, this is Fawaz Jaleel reporting for India.
The Band, a new musical written by Take That and featuring their songs, will go on a tour of the UK from September, starting in ManchesterA new musical called The Band, featuring the music of Take That goes on its UK tour from 8 September.The new musical written by Take That will feature the band’s songsThe show, written by Tim Firth and Take That, will open at Manchester Opera House.Says Take That: “We are incredibly proud and excited that our first production as theatre producers is The Band – a musical that we think will touch the hearts of not just our fans, but everyone.”The musical is about five 16 year-old friends in 1992, who idolise their favourite band – fast forward 25 years later and they are women trying to fulful their dream of meeting their heroes.It will star AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman – the winners of the recent TV programme Let It Shine – who will play ‘the band’.Joining them will be Rachel Lumberg as Rachel and Faye Christall as Young Rachel, Emily Joyce as Heather, Alison Fitzjohn as Claire, Jayne McKenna as Zoe, Katy Clayton as Young Heather, Sarah Kate Howarth as Young Claire, Lauren Jacobs as Young Zoe, Rachelle Diedericks as Debbie, Martin Miller as Jeff and Andy Williams as Dave.The advance box office for the tour has now topped a record-breaking £10m.For full details of tour dates and venues, visit thebandmusical.com
Supporters of the EU are planning to hold a “stop Brexit” rally outside the Conservative Party conference later this year, the Guardian reported Monday.Campaigners told the paper they want the Tory leadership to “face up to the reality of Brexit.”Several pro-Europe and anti-Brexit groups are joining forces to organize the rally, and have reportedly assembled a line-up of speakers for the event including former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and former Labour adviser Alastair Campbell. In an unusual step, the Lib Dems said they will support the disruption of a rival party’s conference.“Brexit is the battle of our lives and it is vital we make the Conservatives see the strength of feeling against their disastrous extreme Brexit, which threatens to crash the economy and damage the life chances of millions,” said Lib Dem MP Tom Brake.“Liberal Democrats didn’t take the decision lightly to protest at another party’s conference but we can’t ignore the harm Theresa May’s Brexit will do to future generations,” he added.Peter French of campaign group Unite for Europe said groups from across the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland would take part in a show of solidarity against Brexit.“Our aim is to actually stop the Brexit process and I think things are beginning to turn in that direction. We have a long fight on our hands but I think it is something that is achievable.”The march will begin in Manchester on the first day of the conference, October 1. Also On POLITICO Brexit negotiations are not going well, says former top UK diplomat By Connor Murphy Britain prepares to show its Brexit hand By Tom McTague and Charlie Cooper
The Storm Prediction Center of National Weather Service rated the region for a 15 percent chance for severe weather.Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said the area with the highest risk is in East Texas and central Louisiana, with a smaller threat down along the Interstate-10 corridor of southeast Texas, southwest Louisiana and south central Louisiana.Large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats, but an isolated tornado is also possible. Next Up Port Arthur and Mid-County residents could face severe storms Wednesday afternoon.
Ryann Redmond, Curtis Holbrook and More Complete Casting for New Musical If/Then, Starring Idina Menzel
Related Shows Complete casting has been announced for the Broadway-bound musical If/Then, which will mark the Broadway return of Tony winner Idina Menzel when the show opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 27, 2014. Previews begin on March 4, following a world premiere out-of-town run at Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre in fall 2013.Joining previously announced stars Menzel, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, James Snyder, Jerry Dixon, former Broadway.com vlogger Jenn Colella, Jason Tam and Tamika Lawrence, the If/Then ensemble will include Joe Cassidy (Working), Miguel Cervantes (American Idiot), Curtis Holbrook (West Side Story), Stephanie Klemons (In The Heights), Tyler McGee (Ghost), former Broadway.com vlogger Ryann Redmond (Bring It On), Joe Aaron Reid (Catch Me If You Can) and Ann Sanders (Leap of Faith).The musical is set against the ever-shifting landscape of modern day Manhattan and tells the story of Elizabeth (Menzel), a woman on the verge of turning 40 who returns to New York City intent on finding a fresh start in life.If/Then features music, lyrics and book by Next to Normal writers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, direction by Michael Greif, choreography by Larry Keigwin, set design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Brian Ronan, musical direction by Carmel Dean and orchestrations by Kitt and Michael Starobin. Idina Menzel View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Star Files If/Then
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View Comments David Cromer, the Tony-winning director of The Band’s Visit, will return to acting this fall, completing the cast of the Broadway premiere production of The Waverly Gallery. Lila Neugebauer will direct the Pulitzer-finalist work by Kenneth Lonergan, slated to begin previews on September 25 with an opening set for October 25 at the Golden Theatre.As an actor, Cromer has been seen on Broadway in the 2014 Tony-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun and off-Broadway in the acclaimed 2009 staging of Our Town, which he also directed. The Waverly Gallery will also star the previously announced Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges and Joan Allen. The Waverly Gallery centers on the final years of a generous, chatty and feisty grandmother’s battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys (May) is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson (Hedges).The creative team will include David Zinn (scenic design), Ann Roth (costume design) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting design). Related Shows Star Files The Waverly Gallery Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 27, 2019 David Cromer
Rob Ashford (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Related Shows Frozen stars Caissie Levy and Patti Murin celebrate the show’s choreographer Rob Ashford. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Frozen choreographer Rob Ashford received a huge honor on October 10 when he received a Sardi’s portrait. Ashford won a Tony for his Thoroughly Modern Millie choreography and has worked on over 18 Broadway productions as a cast member, choreographer and director and has earned eight Tony Award nominations. Some of the biggest Broadway stars showed their support at the portrait unveiling, including Frozen stars Caissie Levy and Patti Murin and Broadway legend Chita Rivera. Check out the photos below to celebrate Ashford’s success. Rob Ashford with Broadway legend Chita Rivera. (Photo: Eric Emch) Frozen
New Horizons High School Principal Paul Colwell comes to Shawnee Mission from Turner High School, where he was principal.When classes get underway at Horizons High School in Mission next week, students will see a new face in the halls, the office — and just about everywhere they go.New principal Paul Colwell said the opportunity to get to know each and every one of the students at the district’s alternative high school was one of the key attractions that brought him to the job. Having served as the principal of the 1,100-student Turner High School for the past seven years, Colwell said he was drawn to the idea of the more intimate setting.“I’m going to know every kid personally, which I’m super excited about,” he said.Colwell served as a science teacher at SM South before moving to Turner, where he was an assistant principal for five years before moving into the top job at the school. As a district patron – his kids attend Rose Hill Elementary and Indian Woods Middle School — he said he’d admired Shawnee Mission for a number of years and was always interested in a return. The Horizons opportunity struck him as a unique challenge and a good fit for his temperament and skill set.“Kids come to alternative setting for different reasons. Some are behind in credits, some simply don’t feel like the comprehensive high schools are a good fit. Sometimes kids feel a little lost or want a smaller setting,” he said. “One of the things I’ve loved hearing since getting here is this message that Dr. [Kenny] Southwick stresses, which is ‘All means all.’ We’re going to try to get kids career and college ready — everybody.”Colwell hasn’t had experience working in an alternative setting before, but says one of his top goals is to create a true sense of community at the school. With a staff of 16 and approximately 130 students who come to the school from throughout the district’s high school feeder areas, Horizons provides a close-knit, but not geographically connected, experience.“I hope we can figure out a way to engage the community, especially with the kids at Horizons, because it’s a partnership,” he said. “We also need somebody at home to say, ‘Hey, how’s your day going?’ And the businesses, too. We want to see them saying, ‘We support Horizons.’”