Carnegie Hall’s West Side Story, Freshly Staged in a Warehouse in Queens, is a Musical Miracle

first_img View Comments Scenes from ‘West Side Story’ at the Knockdown Center There’s nothing like a multi-million dollar slick staging of a classic Broadway musical featuring the best acting talents available and the greatest creative team money can buy. Then again, seeing the same classic on a high school or community theater level can prove just as exhilarating, with raw, wide-eyed talents giving the material a freshness that’s undeniable. The Carnegie Hall production of the Weill Music Institute staging of West Side Story, set in a warehouse in Queens called the Knockdown Center for just one weekend, offers the best of both worlds and for this 57-year-old icon of a show, the results are nothing short of miraculous.The Sharks and the Jets are still rumbling, on a long jet runway of a stage, and the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim score still throbs and pulses like the New York City of our dreams, especially played by a full orchestra led by music director Marin Alsop and music supervisor Leslie Stifelman. But this isn’t your grandpa’s West Side Story. For one, hip hop choreographer Sean Cheesman has added new choreography to the show, which also features much of the original Jerome Robbins dance, recreated for the space by Julio Monge, a Broadway vet who actually danced as a Shark under Robbins’ eye in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. For fans of the original, it’s jolting to see sequences like the Dance at the Gym conceived with a new eye, but Cheesman’s work fits beautifully into Robbins’ and has a modern twist that’s vital to this new production’s success.Director Amanda Dehnert’s multi-cultural cast has an believability that’s impressive. They’re not dressed in period clothes, really, and if you don’t pay attention to some color-coded costuming (purple for Sharks, red for Jets), you might not know who’s side they’re on. And, although there are Broadway vets like Skylar Astin as Tony Chicago regular Bianca Marroquin as Anita and other adult roles taken by Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper, Stanley Bahorek and Peter Gerety, it’s worth noting that 30% of the principal cast are non-Equity performers, including the phenomenal golden-voiced Morgan Hernandez, a college freshman who is a natural talent and a major discovery in the role of Maria. Emotional heft and gorgeous musical moments are also provided by over 200 New York City high school students who make up the show’s off-stage chorus, also taking to the stage for several dazzling staging highs.Film and TV star Astin, who has only appeared on Broadway once in the original cast of Spring Awakening a decade ago, is a terrific Tony, playing the character’s optimism perfectly and singing the show’s ballads beautifully, in solos like “Something’s Coming” and “Maria” and a thrilling “Tonight” with Hernandez. As Anita, Marroquin is a fiery natural, leading the Shark girls (and—surprise!—guys!) through a showstopping “America” and breaking hearts in her final scene with the Jets at the drugstore. If we’re talking about showstoppers, it’d be a crime to not mention those Jet guys (led by Sam Lips as Action, Clay Thomson as Snowboy, Alex Ringler as Diesel and Emilio Ramos as Baby John) who received mid-song cheers for their “Gee, Officer Krupke,” which was perfection, and Dehnert’s clever use of performers to play the mannequins in an incredibly moving “One Hand, One Heart” sequence.So, what’s the bad news? Only that this unforgettable, must-see production is closing March 6! With it’s enormous cast and unique staging needs, it’s hard to imagine how, but we can’t help but hope that there’ll be a place for this gorgeous West Side Story somewhere closer to Broadway.last_img read more

The QPR v Newcastle quiz

first_imgQPR face Newcastle at Loftus Road tonight. How much do you know about the history involving the two clubs? Test your knowledge by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. See also:Trialist features again in QPR U23 gamePolter and Luongo doubtful, but QPR trio availableQPR v Newcastle: five key battlesQPR v Newcastle – as it happenedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Mobile Xhosa for health practitioners

first_img29 April 2013 It’s a problem commonly faced by healthcare practitioners in multilingual societies: how to translate medical questions put to them in other languages accurately enough for them to provide correct diagnoses and treatment. Saadiq Moolla, a sixth-year medical student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), had to deal with the problem himself when treating isiXhosa-speaking patients as a volunteer at mobile clinics run by student community service organisation Shawco. His response was to develop Mobile Xhosa – mobilexhosa.org.za – a mobi-site that provides free English/isiXhosa translations, via mobile phone, for commonly used medical phrases. The site allows to search according to groups of commonly asked phrases such as “presenting problem”, “heart”, “respiratory” and “social”. It also offers a dictionary. According to UCT’s online newsroom, the idea first came to Moolla two years ago, when the need for medical translations became apparent during his volunteer work for Shawco Health, the Shawco branch he now heads up. It was also fuelled by an interest in web design and communications he had developed as a schoolboy. “Language proficiency is part of our medical training,” Moolla told the UCT news team. “We learn Afrikaans and isiXhosa through the Department of African Languages in the School of Languages and Literature, which teach us the basic skills needed to communicate with patients.” But many students, like Moolla, still struggle with isiXhosa. “So I built the site as an aid for myself, a handy reference on my phone. It helps so much to be able to explain to a patient that you will be taking blood, for example, so that they understand what you’re doing and why. It reduces anxiety and improves the quality of care.” Moolla then partnered with the university’s African languages and literature team on developing the mobi-site further. It’s still a work in progress, the UCT newsroom reports. “The department provides new translations on an ongoing basis – and Moolla keeps discovering new phrases he has trouble communicating. “He’d like to include sound bites to help students with pronunciation, and he’d like to see the site expand to include other vernacular languages.” University of Cape Town and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

StatCounter: Bing Just Beat Yahoo Worldwide

first_imgBefore the folks over at Bing break out the party hats, though, here’s some advice: StatCounter hasn’t always been the most reliable of Web tracking services in the past. For example, in 2009, StatCounter found that Bing had passed Yahoo in the U.S., then fell back to the #3 position. Meanwhile, competing firm comScore said that Bing’s search share in the U.S. was doing well, even climbing up percentage points, not losing them.So when does Bing get to celebrate? When multiple firms independently publish the same findings. Until then, cautious optimism is prescribed. Related Posts sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to analytics firm StatCounter, the Bing search engine has just overtaken Yahoo for the first time worldwide during the month of February 2011. From StatCounter Global Stats, Bing closed out the month with a 4.37% search share compared with Yahoo’s 3.93%. However, both still fall far behind Google’s search share of 89.94% of the global market.“It is significant that Bing overtook Yahoo globally for the first time,” said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen, “but it remains a tough battle to claw back Google’s search market share.”Cullen also noted that this past month was the first time Google dipped below 90% since August of 2009, but that it shows “little sign of losing its global dominance any time soon.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#search#web#Yahoo 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez coy about interest in Groningen winger Doanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is coy about their interest in FC Groningen winger Ritsu Doan.The Japanese youngster has been linked with a January move to the Toon.Asked directly about Doan, Benitez refused to rule anything out.”Normally we do not talk about players with the media,” he said. “But in this case I tell you that we are not even able to talk about it. We must first have a meeting (with the club management). Then we see what our targets will be. People ask me about Doan, but we do not yet know who we want to get.” last_img

18 days agoPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyol

first_imgPablo Machin named new head coach of Espanyolby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePablo Machin has been named new head coach of Espanyol.The former Girona and Sevilla boss takes over from David Gallego, who was sacked on Monday.Machin had been out of a job since leaving Sevilla in March and will be presented at the RCDE Stadium on Tuesday morning.Espanyol are currently in 19th position in LaLiga Santander and haven’t won a home game all season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Can College Football Schedules Be Fixed

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 22, 2017), we ponder the Indiana Pacers’ allegations that the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with the Pacers by trying to lure Paul George to L.A. Next, we’re joined by SB Nation writer Bill Connelly to preview college football. We talk about the validity of preseason polls, the lack of parity in NCAA football, and which metrics are most important. Plus, a significant digit on Felix Hernandez.Here are links to what we discussed during the show:Tom Ziller at SB Nation wrote about whether tampering should still matter in the NBA.Check out more of Bill Connelly’s work in SB Nation’s 2017 College Football Preview.On Monday, the Associated Press released its first poll of the college football season, and results were mixed, according to The Ringer’s Shaker Samman.Significant Digit: 51.8, the number of wins above replacement that Felix Hernandez has produced in years the Mariners did not make the division series of the playoffs. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Nomination Day Returns slow Will General Election wait be long

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 21, 2016 – Nomination Day for the General Elections closed at 4pm on Friday, yet more than 48 hours later the Elections Office has not produced a list of those nominees; members of the public expressed concern about the sluggish pace of the process.Elections Supervisor Dudley Lewis told Magnetic Media that he expected to have all returns within hours on the same day, but that did not happen and up to Saturday morning there were still documents outstanding.There is no employment of technology in the transmission of information and if that continues, it very likely means general election results may take days to be known.  Lewis said the official list of nominees will be dispatched today. Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #nominationday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcelast_img read more