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Gavin Lee, Chris McCarrell & More Are New Stars of B’way’s Les Miz

first_imgLook out for new feisty innkeepers, hopeless romantics, botched haircut victims and more! Beginning March 3, the Broadway revival of Les Miserables will welcome five new leads at the Imperial Theatre: Tony and Olivier Award nominee Gavin Lee as Thenardier, current ensemble member Chris McCarrell as Marius, Wallace Smith as Enjolras, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine and Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier. They will take over for Cliff Saunders, Andy Mientus, Kyle Scatliffe, Caissie Levy, Eponine understudy Brittney Johnson and Keala Settle respectively. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987 and was revived previously in 2006. Lee received Tony and Olivier nods for his performance as Bert in Mary Poppins; he also appeared in the West End in Contact, Oklahoma!, Crazy For You and Me & My Girl. McCarrell was recently seen on screen as a Lost Boy in Peter Pan Live!; Les Miz marks his Broadway debut. Smith’s Broadway credits include Rocky, Godspell, American Idiot, The Lion King, Hair and Ragtime. Les Miz will mark the Broadway debuts for both Hennigsen and Lark. Izen returns to the Great White Way after appearing in Mary Poppins. She was seen on the London stage in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lautrec and Annie.center_img Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo will continue in the role of Jean Valjean through the summer. The current cast also includes Tony nominee Will Swenson as Javert and Samantha Hill as Cosette. The role of Eponine is currently played by Erin Clemons, who steps in temporarily following Tony winner Nikki M. James’ departure earlier this month. Johnson begins performances as Eponine on February 10. Les Miserables View Commentslast_img read more

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UVM among NASA education research program award recipients

first_imgNASA has awarded approximately $19 million to colleges and universities nationwide to conduct research and technology development in areas of importance to NASA’s mission. The University of Vermont was among six schools to be selected for two proposals. In addition, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.The selections are part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. The program is designed to assist states in establishing an academic research enterprise directed toward a long-term, self-sustaining and competitive capability that will contribute to its economic viability and development. The program helps develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions and industry. The selected proposals support all four of NASA’s mission directorates: aeronautics, exploration systems, science and space operations.A total of 27 proposals were selected from organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.Two proposals were selected from each of the following colleges and universities:New Mexico State UniversitySouth Dakota School of Mines & TechnologyUniversity of Alabama In HuntsvilleUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaUniversity of Puerto RicoUniversity of Vermont & State Agricultural CollegeWichita State University, KansasOne proposal was selected from each of the following organizations:College of Charleston, South CarolinaLouisiana Board of Regents FoundationMontana State UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockUniversity of Hawaii SystemsUniversity of IdahoUniversity of MississippiUniversity of North DakotaUniversity of Northern IowaUniversity of OklahomaUniversity of UtahVanderbilt UniversityWest Virginia UniversityProposals were chosen through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The maximum award is $750,000 for a 3-year period. A one-to-one match of funds is required for every NASA dollar awarded.This program and the agency’s other education programs support NASA’s commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which will play a key role in preparing, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing the nation’s future workforce.For a list of project descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and look for “Competitive Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)” or solicitation NNH09ZNE002C at:http://nspires.nasaprs.com(link is external)For additional information about NASA’s EPSCoR program, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/education/epscor(link is external)For information about NASA’s Education programs, visit:http://www.nasa.gov(link is external)last_img read more

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Palatial Gold Coast mansion is fit for royalty

first_imgThe foyer is breathtaking. There are plenty of spots to kick back and relax in this mansion. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the Florida room. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoWinter nights by the fire? Yes please!Owners Lance and Wendy Cotterill bought the 1524sq m property on Observation Cres almost four years ago after falling in love with its grand design and elegant style.“Everything about it ticked all the boxes,” Mr Cotterill said.“And we love the lifestyle there, it’s like another world at Sanctuary Cove.”But an almost $1 million renovation has transformed it into the palatial three-storey home with four bedrooms and six bathrooms that stands today.“It’s like a palace,” Mr Cotterill said.“It took three years to do it up.” It’s a dream home.center_img The picture perfect mansion at 5694 Observation Cres, Sanctuary Cove.IMAGINE living like royalty in a private palace without having to leave the Coast.It’s a dream that will cost at least $3.25 million to make a reality.This palatial Sanctuary Cove mansion with all the bells and whistles expected of a prestige property has hit the market. The lounge room’s built-in wetbar means you can top up your glass of wine without missing a second of your favourite TV show. Watch the boats go by over the homes on the riverfront side of the street.A circular driveway surrounded by manicured hedges, chandelier in the foyer and Italian porcelain tiles make it feel like a home fit for royalty.“The lounge is my favourite, it’s like a ballroom,” Mr Cotterill said.It has 10-foot ceilings, a brick fireplace with marble stone mantle, a built-in wetbar and surround sound.“It looks out through the Florida room over the pool to the water,” he said.It also has a spa, pool house with sauna and vegetable garden.The Cotterills were reluctant to sell it but said family reasons were forcing them to move.Mr Cotterill is an agent with North Estate Agents — Tweed Heads and is marketing the property with Nadine Denny.last_img read more

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Man jailed after sending threats to Palm Beach Gardens church

first_imgA man is behind bars after police say he threatened a Palm Beach Gardens church via text message.Police say 40-year-old Jose Angel Gonzalez sent a text message to an employee of Christ Fellowship Church saying he was en route to commit an act of violence.Gonzalez voluntarily turned himself in to authorities and claimed he was joking about the text message.Gonzalez’s first court appearance is scheduled for Saturday.He is charged with sending electronic, written threats to kill or do bodily harm.The church released a statement thanking Palm Beach Gardens police.“I thank the Palm Beach Gardens police department for their swift action,” Christ Fellowship Church Senior Pastor Todd Mullins. “We are grateful for their support in keeping our church and community safe.”last_img

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TAXI-DRIVER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMAN IN CAB

first_imgA taxi-driver put his head in his hands with relief after he was found not guilty of sexually-assaulting a 20 year old woman in his cab. Jacob Okornoe, of 57 The Elms, Letterkenny had pleaded not guilty to the charge on November 28th, 2010.The father of three appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today and was found not guilty by a majority verdict after they deliberated for more than two hours. The court was told that Okornoe, 35, put his hand on the young woman’s leg and made suggestive advances towards her.The woman, who cannot be named, told the court that she had been out at her Christmas party with colleagues and got a taxi home.Another man in the taxi got out and she headed home in the front passenger seat.She claimed just five minutes into the journey, the driver starting talking suggestively to her.“He said I was making him hard and that I was a good looking girl. He put his left hand on my right leg and started rubbing it. I pushed him off and told him to stop – he did it again and I was really frightened.“I understood that hard meant is that I was making his penis hard,” she said.The young woman asked to get out of the taxi but the driver locked the doors and didn’t speak for the rest of the journey.“I was really scared” said the woman.She eventually arrived at a friend of her sister’s house and told them what had happened.Later that day she made a complaint to Gardai.The cab-driver was tracked down by CCTV as he was wearing an unusual hat.The hat was found by Gardai who came to his home with a search warrant.When interviewed, the taxi-driver said he never made any sexual suggestions or put his hand on the woman’s legs and dint even remember what she was wearing.He said he thought the woman was a bad woman because she said she was married and that she had just cheated on her husband.He said he came from a Christian family and that he loved his wife.He said the woman became angry when he asked her not to smoke in his cab.Barrister for the accused, Damian Crawford, appealed to the jury to consider their judgement very carefully.“A conviction for sexual assault is not just for Christmas, it’s for life,” he warned.After two hours, the jury returned and said they could not reach a unanimous verdict.Judge John O’Hagan said he would then accept a majority verdict of 11 to 1 or 10 to 2.The jury returned again a short time later and said they had found the taxi-driver not guilty.TAXI-DRIVER FOUND NOT GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OF WOMAN IN CAB was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennynot guiltysexual assaulttaxi-driverlast_img read more