Odds & Ends: Broadway’s Spelling Bee Cast Reunites & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway’s Spelling Bee Cast ReunitesCan you spell R-E-U-N-I-O-N?! A 10-year anniversary concert will reunite the entire original cast of Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, new mommy Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss and Sarah Saltzberg will all appear alongside celebrity guest spellers in the one-night-only event on July 6 at Town Hall. The performance will be in memory of Spelling Bee Production Stage Manager Andrea “Spook” Testani Gordon and benefit The Actors Fund. We are E-X-C-I-T-E-D.Wicked’s Carla Stickler Set for Solo DebutWicked ensemble member and Elphaba understudy Carla Stickler will make her solo debut at the Metropolitan Room on June 1. Directed by Joe Ricci, Option Up is a night of music and stories about taking risks and facing challenges while trying to pave your way in the world… with a few high notes thrown in. We look forward to watching Stickler trust her instincts, close her eyes and leap!Peter Dinklage Performs Thrones Musical NumberIn the unlikely event that the plethora of Broadway faves taking part in the previously reported Red Nose Day, including co-host Jane Krakowski, still hadn’t convinced you to tune into NBC on May 21, this should do the trick. Check out below as stage and screen fave Peter Dinklage performs a musical number, penned by Coldplay, that pays tribute to Game of Thrones’ many dead characters—and his Tyrion Lannister’s survival. A stage adaptation led by Dinklage so needs to be in the works, right?!last_img read more

Total U-20 AFCON: Cobblah wants improvement from Satellites ahead of Senegal tie

first_img–By: Nathan Quao/citinewsroom.com/Ghana Black Satellites head coach, Jimmy Cobblah, is demanding for better output from his players as the team gets ready for its second Group B tie in the ongoing Total U-20 African Cup of Nations being played in Niger.The Satellites overcame a strong test from Burkina Faso on Monday to win 2-0 thanks to two goals from Daniel Lomotey in either half.But Cobblah noticed a few things with the team and he stated in an interview that the negative points from the match would have to be corrected in the preparations for the second match against Senegal on Wednesday.“I had a few issues with our central defenders. They played really well but there were times when they committed some blunders. One principle of defending is communication but the defenders were not doing do and it is something we will have to work on.Another thing I saw that the midfield was loose and that was because the players were not following instructions. The plan was to keep the ball and play it with speed and accuracy. However, I saw the players running, at certain times, with the ball at the wrong place like the defensive areas.In addition, we could not find good crosses but then I am hopeful that all these negatives will be worked on before the game against Senegal on Wednesday.”The Satellites need another victory in the group stage to book a place in the semi-finals of the tournament and by extension, a place in the U-20 World Cup in Poland this year.last_img read more

Island off Seattle known for low vaccine rates is changing

first_imgVASHON ISLAND — Sarah Day is a school nurse with “street cred” when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty, counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates.Since she began communal living on Vashon Island more than 20 years ago, the registered nurse has advocated for getting kids their shots against a loud contingent of anti-vaccine parents in the close-knit community of about 11,000 that’s accessible only by ferry, a serene 20-minute ride from Seattle.And it may now be working, thanks to a “perfect storm” of changes being felt on the island, Day said.The Vashon Island School District has seen a significant increase in fully immunized children. The number of kindergartners who received the required set of state-mandated vaccines jumped by 31% in the past six years, from 56% to nearly 74% in the 2017-18 school year, according to the King County Public Health Department.Amid the nation’s largest measles outbreak in 25 years, pro-vaccine advocates are cheering this apparent shift that challenges Vashon’s reputation as a hotbed of highly educated, anti-establishment parents who choose not to vaccinate their children from preventable and potentially devastating diseases.“We’ve been the poster children for the anti-vaccine or vaccine-hesitancy movement for so long,” Day said.She attributes the rising numbers to increasingly visible pro-vaccine information, expanded access to shots and media coverage of measles outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest and New York this year.last_img read more