Joel Grey & Stephen Daldry Among 2015 Drama League Award Honorees

first_img View Comments The Drama League will give special recognition to Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, Tony and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry and WNET’s Neal Shapiro and David Horn. As previously reported, the 81st annual Drama League Awards ceremony will take place on May 15 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. A host for the evening will be announced soon.Grey will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award. He is perhaps most known for creating the role of the Emcee in Cabaret which won him a Tony Award in 1967 and an Oscar in 1973. He was also Tony nominated for his performances in George M!, Goodtime Charley, The Grand Tour and for directing the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart. His additional credits include Chicago and Wicked.Daldry will be honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. His productions of Skylight and The Audience are currently on Broadway this season. He won Tony awards in 1994 and 2009 for helming An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot, respectively.Shapiro, CEO of WNET, and Horn, Executive Producer of Great Performances and Director of Performance and Arts Programming at WNET, are responsible for bringing arts education and programming to the New York City region through networks Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV. In addition to these special honors, nominations for the five competitive Drama League categories (Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Best Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance) will be announced on April 21.last_img read more

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Would Potential VP Choice Karen Bass Tank Florida for Biden?

first_imgJoe Biden’s announcement about his running mate selection is “unlikely” to come this week. Biden is narrowing his short list down to a final “three or four” candidates. California Senator Kamala Harris, California Representative Karen Bass and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Karen Bass was a frontrunner until she apologized to Floridians about supportive comments she made about the Castro regime in Cuba. She made the comments on FOX News when grilled by Chris Wallace over the weekend.Karen Bass CastroThere is a fear if selected as the Vice Presidential nominee Bass might cause Biden to lose Florida. Plus her name is “Karen” which is now a pejorative for white women.California Rep. Karen Bass, who is on Joe Biden’s vice presidential short list, said she now realizes that referring to Fidel Castro as “comandante en jefe,” or commander in chief, after his death in 2016 was a mistake.But her explanation — and longstanding ties to Cuba — are concerning to Biden’s Miami supporters as he enters the final phase of choosing a running mate. Biden said he will choose a vice president around August 8.last_img read more

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Weekend college fair gives student access to schools across the U.S.

first_imgDES MOINES — High school students from across Iowa are invited to a virtual event this weekend that might help them chart a career path.The Future Career and College Fair is being held Sunday and features more than 70 colleges, universities, and career resources from across Iowa and across the U.S. Brittania Morey, spokeswoman for ICAN — the College Access Network for Iowa, is helping organize the online gathering.“It’s a single event that can help a student explore all of their options,” Morey says. “We start with career assessments. We have business and industry exhibitors who can talk about what career options are available and what, as employers, they expect. And we have education and training exhibitors, registered apprenticeship programs, military academies, and colleges and universities to talk about all of their different programs.”Last year, the event attracted about 2,000 students and their parents but by going virtual, Morey expects the draw to be much larger. “Normally, this would have taken place at the end of March in Cedar Rapids. We did push it back to the end of May, hoping that we could hold it in person,” Morey says. “It’s now switched to virtual and that really opens it up to any student in the state. We probably wouldn’t have had western Iowa students drive across the state to attend a physical fair in Cedar Rapids but now they have the opportunity to attend virtually.”The online experience is designed to offer the same face-to-face connections as the in-person event, just through a screen from the comfort of home. Each exhibitor will have a virtual booth complete with webcam and audio features, so students and parents can chat with the representatives.“It is a little harder to catch someone’s eye, so what we’ve done is create a scavenger hunt that we will provide to all of the registered students that will get them to explore booths that maybe they wouldn’t have initially thought to stop at,” Morey says. “The idea will be to get them to talk with a multitude of exhibitors and not just the ones they initially thought they might be interested in.” The free event will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.To attend, students need to register at www.icansucceed.org/icrfuture-student.last_img read more

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Liang third in short program

first_img “And because of the way I made those comments in the ’60 Minutes’ interview it caused a lot of confusion and pain for all those people and obviously that’s not something I want to do so, firstly, I’d like to apologize to them,” he added. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Earlier, two-time champion Johnny Weir won the men’s short program with 83.28, almost six points ahead of Michael Weiss. Skeleton troubles: In the U.S. team’s worst showing at a major international race in at least five seasons, no American man finished in the top 10 at a World Cup race in Konigssee, Germany. Chris Soule’s 15th-place finish was as good as it got for the U.S. in its first race since the suspensions of Olympic gold-medal hopeful Zach Lund and coach Tim Nardiello. Sorry about that: World Cup champion downhiller Bode Miller apologized for his comments about skiing and drinking during a TV interview, regretting the “confusion and pain” he caused. “The most important thing is that I wanted to come straight out and apologize to mostly my family, friends,” Miller said during a news conference at an elementary school in Switzerland. “But also we have a lot of people who supported me along the way, through my team and even just family and friends who have supported me, who I think are subject to only what the media puts out in America. Granada Hills’ Bebe Liang, the last of 19 skaters for the night, took advantage of mistakes by two others ahead of her to grab third place after the women’s short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Thursday night at St. Louis. Liang ended up with 58.82 points, just .29 points behind Emily Hughes, the younger sister of 2002 Olympic champion Sarah. Sasha Cohen, the 21-year-old two-time world silver medalist and considered a lock for the national title with Michelle Kwan out, scored 65.15 points to easily win the short program. center_img Simi Valley’s Danielle Kahle finished 15th with 38.74 points. Cohen is well-positioned for Saturday’s free skate – and the one guaranteed spot on the U.S. team for next month’s Olympics. last_img read more

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