A Newly Imagined Beauty and the Beast to Return to the U.K. with Original Creative Team

first_img View Comments Beauty and the Beast is heading back to the stage! Reimagined and redesigned in a completely new production staged by the original award-winning creative team, the show will embark on a U.K. and Ireland tour next spring. Performances will begin at Curve, Leicester on May 25, 2021. Rob Roth (previously credited as Robert Jess Roth), who was Tony-nominated for helming the original production , will again direct, leading a team that includes composer Alan Menken, lyricist Tim Rice, bookwriter Linda Woolverton, choreographer Matt West, scenic designer Stan Meyer, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward and lighting designer Natasha Katz.“Beauty and the Beast is a testament to the genius of my late friend and collaborator Howard Ashman, but the show’s richness comes from the combination of Howard’s style and that of the brilliant Tim Rice, with whom I expanded the score to give voice to the Beast,” said Menken. “As the show returns to the U.K., I cannot wait to see how Rob Roth and this glorious creative team bring the whole universe of Beauty and the Beast to life once again.” The show will include new dance arrangements by David Chase, allowing original choreographer Matt West to revisit his work. Longtime Menken collaborators Michael Kosarin and Danny Troob will serve as musical supervisor/vocal arranger and orchestrator, respectively.Singing teapots and candlesticks, an evil spell and an unlikely love story come together in Beauty and the Beast, which is based on the Oscar-winning animated feature and includes all of the movie’s original songs by Menken and Ashman, plus additional gems by Menken and Rice. The West End production opened at London’s Dominion Theatre in 1997 and won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Broadway production bowed at the Palace Theatre in 1994 and ran for 13 years. It transferred to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in November of 1999. A live-action film version, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, was a huge hit in March 2017.Thomas Schumacher, the President of Disney Theatrical Productions, previously spoke on Show People about developing plans for a new incarnation of the musical: “We’re working on a revival of [Beauty and the Beast] with the entire original team but with a completely new design for every element: new dance arrangements, whole new staging ideas. It’s really fun for that team to be able to dive back in.”Casting, dates, venues and additional details will be announced later.last_img read more

NFL preview 2019: AFC East player to watch, impact rookie, projected finish

first_imgThe AFC East has been the most predictable division in football over the last decade.New England remarkably has taken home 10 straight division crowns and finished on top in 15 of the last 16 years. The Patriots and star quarterback Tom Brady aren’t focusing on their previous accomplishments, though. Player to watch Josh Allen, Bills quarterbackAllen will be one of the most intriguing players in the entire NFL this season. The Bills selected him out of Wyoming with the No. 7 pick in the 2018 draft. Overall, he struggled as a rookie, completing just 52.8% of his passes while throwing 10 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. But the team went 5-6 in his starts and he showed flashes of promise, including a five-score performance against the Dolphins in Week 17. “Being in the same system for a year … it’s been a huge help,” Allen said during OTAs in May. “It’s a complete 180 feeling from last year to this year. Obviously, having the year of experience under my belt now and being around the guys in the locker room and having such good relationships in here. … At the same time, we are just trying to make each other better and trying to win football games for the Bills.”Allen’s development will be fascinating to watch and a major key for the Bills, who hope to return to the playoffs in the near future. This was a fantastic throw by Josh Allen pic.twitter.com/j3bqvg9uD7— Bills QB Watch (@BillsQBwatch) August 24, 2019Impact rookie Chase Winovich, Patriots defensive endThe Michigan product slipped to the third round of the 2019 draft, where the Patriots scooped him up with the No. 77 overall pick. He appears to be a steal — so far, at least. Winovich recorded 11 tackles, along with 2 1/2 sacks, in the preseason and has already impressed his teammates.“He’s definitely got a high motor, that’s for sure,” Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower told reporters in early August. “He’s one of the guys who works really hard. He’s always asking questions and he obviously wants to do the right things all of the time. You really couldn’t ask much more from a guy that’s willing to do whatever and then with the way he does it. He acts like he’s done it for a while.”Winovich has a chance to take New England’s pass rush to the next level. #Patriots 3rd round pick Chase Winovich got the team 7th sack of the day. pic.twitter.com/fFA2NyviHS— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 9, 2019Coach on the hot seatSean McDermott, BillsMcDermott isn’t necessarily entering the season on the hot seat, but he’s the closest coach to it in the AFC East. Adam Gase (Jets) and Brian Flores (Dolphins) are in their first year in their respective jobs, so they’ll likely have some time to try to turn those franchises around. And — this goes without saying — Bill Belichick obviously isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, unless he chooses to.Coming off a 6-10 record from last season, McDermott’s seat could get warmer in 2019 if the Bills once again struggle and Allen either regresses or fails to take a step forward. Key matchup Jets at Patriots, Sept. 22:The Jets have a long, long way to go to challenge the Patriots. Everything will have to break just right in order for them to win, but with quarterback Sam Darnold and the addition of running back Le’Veon Bell, New York appears like the team in the division best positioned to do so. The Jets likely will need a win in New England if they want to have any shot at dethroning the Patriots in the AFC East.Predicted finishThis isn’t a tough call. Despite the Patriots losing tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement after last season, the defending champions still bring back Brady, receiver Julian Edelman and a host of other offensive weapons. Their defense isn’t too shabby, either, and they’re certainly a favorite to represent the AFC in a fourth straight Super Bowl.The Jets and Bills should fight for the second spot in the division behind New England, though neither is expected to finish the season in playoff contention. The Dolphins, on the other hand, may have a tough time picking up wins. 1. Patriots NFL preview 2019: AFC South player to watch, impact rookie, projected finish “If (there’s) anything the Patriots have taught me, it is being in the present and not resting on what has happened in the past and certainly not worrying what is happening in the future,” Brady said during a radio interview in mid-August. “I am excited to get out there and play this year and do what I hope to do for this team.”8/12, 75 yards. @TomBrady was sharp in his #NFLPreseason debut! #CARvsNE pic.twitter.com/yXmNPRHdOh— NFL (@NFL) August 23, 2019The Patriots clearly are the front-runners to capture an 11th straight AFC East title entering the season. The Bills and Jets are expected to be afterthoughts, but both are led by young, developing quarterbacks while the Dolphins are rebuilding. Here is your 2019 AFC East preview. Related Newscenter_img NFL preview 2019: AFC West player to watch, impact rookie, projected finish 2. Jets3. Bills4. Dolphinslast_img read more

Prom earns maiden appearance at the Open Championship

first_imgProm Meesawat, seen here in action at the 2010 Indonesian Open, has qualified for this year’s British Open Championship to be played at Royal St George’s in July. (Photo/OneAsia)Knutzon endured a nervous wait for the fourth and final spot after his 67 as overnight leader Kodai Ichihara had a chance to force a play-off.  But the stocky Japanese missed his birdie chance on 18 to finish one shot shy of qualifying.The 26-year-old Prom was delighted to earn his Major stripes.  “It’s my first Major.  I played very good the past two days.  My driving and everything else was very good.  I’ve been working hard with my coach and psychologist and I need to thank them.”It was a welcome return to form for the former world amateur junior champion whose form dipped after finishing twice in the top-10 of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit in 2006 and 2007.  With his successful qualifying campaign, Prom is now eyeing a memorable trip to Royal St George’s.“My friends have been encouraging me all along when my form wasn’t good.  It’s a good comeback for me.  It’s a good feeling.  I played to my strength on this course.  I knew which holes to be cautious.  To qualify for the oldest Major, it’s an amazing feeling.”Hiratsuka, fifth on the Merit rankings last year, stormed home in 30 to book his first trip to the Open since 2004 when he finished tied 36th at Royal Troon.  “I played well despite my body condition being not so good.  But on the back nine, I played fantastic golf.  I hit it close with my irons for some easy birdies,” said Hiratsuka. Thailand’s Prom Meesawat earned his maiden appearance at The Open Championship after winning the International Final Qualifying Asia last Friday. Prom, a one-time Asian Tour winner, fired a superb second round seven-under-par 65 for a two-day aggregate of 12-under-par 132 to lead Japanese veteran Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and American Jason Knutzon into The Open at Royal St George’s in July.Hiratsuka, whose three victories in Asia last season included two titles in Thailand, earned his second trip to the Open with the day’s best of 64 at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi while Lam secured his third appearance with a bogey-free 67.last_img read more

Smith catches the field off guard

first_imgGlenn Smith (left) with his golfing mentor Yocky.The Growling Swan Golf SocietyMonday, June 26, Greenwood – Stableford1st Glenn Smith (26) 37pts2nd Gary Jones (25) 36pts 3rd Phil Taylor (15) 34pts4th Sal Brizzi (4) 33ptsNear Pins: C3 Gordon Clegg, C6 Sal Brizzi, B2 Craig Duncan, B5 Sal BrizziLong Putts:  C9 Niall Stuart, B9 Steve YoungerWell the numbers were not exciting but the golfers certainly were!  Nineteen lined up to play Greenwood, one of the better courses that we frequent and priced perfectly for us as a society.We played C & B from the white tees, with count-backs (if required on B).  The greens were true and the many deep fairway bunkers continue to make this course pleasurable, though very challenging.  The course was in its natural condition and near perfect for our golfers.Glenn Smith showed his potential to all, coming in first with 37 points amassed for the day.  Gary Jones took second only one shot in areas, followed by Phil Taylor two shots behind Gary.  Sal Brizzy (the Growlers Golfer) completed the podium in fourth.last_img read more

Black Dragon celebrates 20 years on Saturday Night with World Title Fight

first_imgLike Jason and the Argonauts chasing the golden fleece, the club moved to different locations around the city over the next few years looking for the perfect home.From Lombard Street, they moved into the Shantalla community  centre for a couple of years and then on to the old Columban Hall on sea road, but as they continued to grow and expand, they eventually moved into a commercial unit in Glenrock business park in Ballybane.Here they stayed for over three years before moving into a 5000 square feet unit in Riverside Industrial estate where they made their home.The club was going great and everyone was delighted with the new premises which had proper showers and changing rooms, a large training area, boxing rings, lots of punch bags, pads, skipping ropes, mats, treadmills, weights area, office etc and Black Dragon was fast establishing itself as the most successful kickboxing club in the country.But then disaster struck in March 2011 – as Foley was busy organising a big International promotion in the Black Box Theatre, at which he had flown in several fighters from the USA, France and the UK, he was informed that his gym was on fire just as he was walking out behind one of his fighters to face the American two time World Classic champion for the main event.Foley’s camp claimed victory that night and crowned another World champion, but it was a bitter sweet victory as the Black Dragon gym was completely engulfed in what was described as one of the biggest fires in Galway city in some forty or fifty years and a lifetime of work went up in smoke.A couple of weeks later, the club were offered a vacant unit at the top of the Riverside Industrial Estate which they gratefully accepted and the task of rebuilding began.Without even a skipping rope to their name, they gutted and cleared out and scrubbed the unit and with the help of the good willed people of Galway, they were back on track in record time and once again opened their doors to the masses.The club not only trains champion fighters, travels the World as a sporting ambassador for the city, keeps kids off the streets, helps promote health and fitness, trains adults and children alike in discipline, self defence and the all important  street awareness, but it has also been involved with several charities over the years and has helped raise almost a quarter of a million euros for good causes through the many White Collar Boxing programmes and fight nights they are involved with.This coming Saturday in the Clayton Hotel, will see another of Foleys proteges take to the ring in the biggest fight of his life, when current European champ Paul “the hurricane” Huish from Fana Burca in Knocknacarra, will square off with Dutch Thai boxer Dwane Panka from the World renowned “Mejiro gym” in Amsterdam for the vacant IKF World Lightweight K-1 title.Huish, who first came to the Black Dragon club in the old Columban hall when he was just eleven years old and has just recently turned twenty six, has his own story to tell.He originally started training at the club for a few short weeks before packing it in as he found the training was too tough.Shortly afterwards though, as his friends started to come through the doors, he made his way back and in a short time, he found he had a natural talent for the sport.He started competing in the many junior events up and down the country and after winning a few fights here and there, he had bitten the bug and a new fighting star was starting to emerge.The big issue with Paul however, was that he could quite easily pile on a few pounds if he wasn’t careful and when he was around twenty years old or so, he went off the rails a little and ballooned up to almost eighty seven kilos.Thankfully, his inner self had a long chat in a mirror and he made a conscious decision to get back in shape.Being a fighter, he asked his coach Pete Foley to set up some fights  to give him an incentive to make weight and that he did.Paul has the distinction of being the first person in this country to win  national titles in  four different disciplines in the sport of kickboxing with the highest weight title being at -69.5kg – a fair drop from his previous 87kg when he went astray.He went on to win two bronze medals at the Unified World championships in Italy in 2014 and in Spain in 2015 at -63.5kg and is the current and defending European Super Lightweight K-1 champion.His World title attempt on Saturday night will be at -60kg and he is in incredible shape for the fight and he will headline a 20 fight card on the night.This young man has beaten all the odds and hopefully he’ll be on top of the World in less than a week and it would be great if once again the people of Galway would come along and get behind one of their own as he reaches for the stars.Paul’s fight is being kindly sponsored by City And County Bouncy Castles and Trendz Barbers Shop.Tickets for the fight can be purchased from the Black Dragon Gym, any of the fighters on the card or a limited few at the door on the night.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club will mark its 20th year in existence this March and will celebrate with a big International fight night in the citys fabulous Clayton Hotel this coming Saturday, March 19. The club first opened its doors on March 27, 1996 when Pete Foley introduced the sport to the city of the tribes and with some thirty seven adults showing up to St Patrick’s school hall in Lombard Street on the first night, Foley knew there was great interest from the off.last_img read more