Eight Shows to Look Out for at NYMF

first_img Lesli Margherita (Photos courtesy of New York Musical Festival) Star Files View Comments The thirteenth annual New York Musical Festival officially starts on July 11, kicking off a month of workshop productions, developmental readings and concerts of shows to look out for. Several musicals, including Next to Normal, [title of show] and Altar Boyz got their big break at NYMF, so this is your chance to stay ahead of the curve. Below are eight picks with talented stars, intriguing scores and noteworthy premises that caught our eye. For the full lineup and tickets, visit the NYMF website.RemissionReading: July 11, 15 & 17Tony nominee Emily Skeggs will take a quick hiatus from Fun Home to explore another troubled college student at NYMF. In the reading of Rebekah M. Allen’s musical, Skeggs will play Davy, a junior who hides her cancer diagnosis and copes with life or death decisions through storytelling and fantasy. Like Fun Home, the show’s tone jumps between somber and unexpectedly energetic while facing dark themes.A Lasting ImpressionReading: July 13 & 20Jennifer Damiano and Meghann Fahy both played Natalie in Next to Normal on Broadway, and now they’ll share the stage as siblings. The show follows the connections and relationships between sisters Kali and Simone and Jo (played by Ciara Renée), a journalist who returns from assignment in Syria. Whitney Mosery, who worked with Damiano as the associate director of American Psycho, will helm the reading of Emily Kaczmarek and Zoe Sarank’s musical.Eh Dah? Questions for My FatherSolo Show: July 19, 20, 23, 24, 25 & 28Self-proclaimed “Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll” Aya Aziz tackles culture wars, Islamophobia and more in her semi-autobiographical solo show. The performance artist and songwriter weaves through several characters and voices to find the balance between her eclectic New York City life with the uncertainties of her Egyptian-American father and Muslim family. For a taste of Aziz’s unique sound and style, check out footage from her previous show, Sitting Regal by the Window.IconProduction: July 20, 23, 24 & 26A lavish score, Broadway grand dames and an intricate plot involving an American princess and an ill-fated affair all come into play in this romantic drama. Jonathan Kaldor and Sebastian Michael’s musical follows an American debutante who marries into a royal family and the affair with her music teacher turns violent, as well as a young man who uncovers his grandfather’s story 40 years later. The starry lineup includes Donna McKechnie and Tony Sheldon.A Scythe of TimeProduction: July 21, 23, 24 & 26Lesli Margherita in a fancy hat with peacock feathers? You’ve got our attention. The Broadway.com favorite will star in Alan Harris and Mark Alan Swanson’s show, which follows a 19th-century London writer as she attempts to solve the mystery of the deaths of several contemporaries. So like Mrs. Wormwood, she’s British, but this time, she loves reading. Inspired by two Edgar Allan Poe stories, the production also features PJ Griffith and Matt Dengler.Bread and RosesReading: July 22An all-star cast, including Mandy Gonzalez, Jon Rua (recently of Hamilton) and Mary Testa will take part in a developmental reading of this new musical, inspired by a true story and based on the film of the same name. With a sound that blends cultures and genres, Jill Abramovitz and Brad Alexander tell the story of Maya, a young Mexican woman who crosses the U.S. border to work with her sister as a janitor. After facing harsh and abusive conditions, she joins the movement to unionize the workers.Dust Can’t Kill MeProduction: August 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7Once Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis and Spring Awakening’s Kathryn Gallagher are no strangers to incorporating instruments into their performances, and they’ll do so once more for this folk musical. The story follows a group of individuals who journey into the desert during the Dust Bowl following a prophet’s promise of paradise. The score, by Elliah Heifetz and Abigail Carney, is already one to keep your ears out for, having already picked up accolades from Fringe NYC.Newton’s CradleProduction: August 3-7Tony winner Victoria Clark will put her director’s cap on to helm a workshop of a new musical by mother-and-son team Kim and Heath Saunders (the latter set to make his Broadway debut this fall). The story, set to an electro-pop score, follows Evan Newton (played by Heath), a young man who, after proposing to his girlfriend, is forced to confront his family and fight the labels—like “autistic”—he was given from an early age.last_img read more

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Typhoon Haishen brings high winds, power outages to Japan

first_img“I am urging everyone to take the utmost caution, follow local authorities’ instructions and protect your own life. Once you enter an area of high wind, you may not be able to move to a safer place.”The typhoon is forecast to have atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals at its centre, and sustained winds of up to 234 km (145 miles) per hour by Monday, the meteorological agency said.The typhoon’s centre was near Yakushima, an island around 100 km (60 miles) south of Kagoshima city, on Sunday, moving northwest at 30 kph (20 mph).The typhoon was forecast to approach the Goto Islands west of Nagasaki around midnight and then move to the Korean peninsula on Monday, according to Japan’s meteorological agency.High waves lashed the southwestern coast of Kagoshima and high winds rattled street signs, NHK video showed.Airlines have cancelled more than 500 flights departing from Okinawa and southern Japan, NHK said.Japan’s coastguard on Saturday suspended its search for crew missing from a cattle ship that capsized in the East China Sea for a second day because of the typhoon.Typhoon Haishen follows Typhoon Maysak, which smashed into the Korean peninsula on Thursday, leaving at least two dead and thousands temporarily without power.Topics : Typhoon Haishen drew closer to Japan’s southern mainland on Sunday, prompting authorities to recommend evacuation and warn of potentially record rainfall, unprecedented wind, high tides and large ocean swells.Authorities urged early evacuation for more than 100,000 households in the southern prefectures of Okinawa, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Nagasaki, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA).Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with relevant cabinet ministers at 4 p.m. (0700 GMT) to discuss the emergency response to the typhoon, his office said. Elderly citizens wearing face masks due to the coronavirus outbreak were slowly gathering at evacuation centres in Kagoshima and other parts of southern Japan, footage on national broadcaster NHK showed.The typhoon has cut power to more than 3,000 homes in Okinawa, the southernmost island prefecture, and more than 8,000 homes in Amamioshima, according to national broadcaster NHK.Two injuries have been reported, according to the FDMA, but authorities were advising the highest levels of caution for a typhoon.”Areas where the typhoon passes are expected to see record high winds and waves,” a meteorological official told a nationally televised news conference on Sunday.last_img read more

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US Open 2018: Djokovic Sets up Potential Federer Clash

first_imgNovak Djokovic defeated Joao Sousa 6-3 6-4 6-3 yesterday to reach the US Open quarter-finals, where he could meet long-time rival Roger Federer.Two-time champion Djokovic broke twice in the first set but had to recover from a break down in the second.The Serb, 31, struggled physically in the third set and went off court for a medical time-out when he led 2-1. But he got the crucial break to take a 5-3 lead before serving out the match to secure his place in the last eight.The Wimbledon champion has never lost a set against the Portuguese world number 68, who had reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.Djokovic has reached the semi-finals of the US Open in every year he has competed since 2006.He will face Federer next if the Swiss 20-time Grand Slam champion beats Australian John Millman later yesterday.The former world number ones have not faced each other this early in a Grand Slam since the 2007 Australian Open, when Federer won to reach the last eight.Millman, the world number 52, knocked out 14th seed Fabio Fognini in the second round.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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