The Lightning Thief Begins Its Journey on Broadway

first_img Related Shows On the heels of celebrated off-Broadway and touring engagements, The Lightning Thief, the rollicking stage adaptation of Rick Riordan’s young adult fantasy novel, moves to Broadway’s Longacre Theatre on September 20. The musical will officially open on October 16 and continue for a limited run through January 5, 2020.Featuring a score by Rob Rokicki, a book by Joe Tracz and direction by Stephen Brackett, The Lightning Thief follows Percy Jackson on a fantastical journey across the United States in search of Zeus’ lightning bolt.The Broadway cast is led by Chris McCarrell, who repeats his acclaimed off-Broadway and touring turn as Percy Jackson, with Kristin Stokes as Annabeth, Jorrel Javier as Grover/Mr. D., Ryan Knowles as Chiron, James Hayden Rodriguez as Luke, Jalynn Steele as Sally and Sarah Beth Pfeifer as Clarisse. Rounding out the company are T. Shyvonne Stewart, Izzy Figueroa and Sam Leicht.The production features choreography by Patrick McCollum and musical direction by Wiley DeWeese, with scenic design by Lee Savage, costume design by Sydney Maresca, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Ryan Rumery and orchestrations by Rokicki and DeWeese. Kristin Stokes Chris McCarrell in the 2017 off-Broadway staging of “The Lightning Thief”(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) Chris McCarrell Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020center_img View Comments The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Star Files Jorrel Javierlast_img read more

SO Vermont Arts & Living Magazine to celebrate 10th anniversary

first_imgVermont Business Magazine SO Vermont Arts & Living magazine announced today that it will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special 10th Anniversary issue due out in January, 2018, featuring a gatefold of past covers that showcases the works of prominent artists in the region, which has become the magazine’s trademark.“We’ll take a look back at how the magazine started, and why, and where we are today,” said owner and publisher Lynn Barrett. We’re also announcing the SO Vermont Arts & Living Cultural Hero Award that will be give annually to the person or organization that has done the most to advance the arts and culture of Southern Vermont. Of course we’ll recognize our community partners, writers, designers, and everyone involved with the magazine. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by. We’ve grown in terms of enhanced events, exhibitions, readership, content and social media. But, the start-up was a leap of faith.”Before moving to Vermont, Barrett specialized in marketing and public relations for CBS, other Fortune 500 companies and her own firm, Primetime Concepts in Manhattan. “Starting a publishing company was not on my list when I came here,” she says.Barrett’s first foray into the magazine business came in 2005 with the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum when the Brattleboro Reformer invited her to sell ads and help produce Andy Warhol, The Jon Gould Collection. “I’d never sold an ad in my life, but I was game.”She subsequently worked with the daily newspaper to produce and market other publications centered around the arts and the local economy, including “Southern Vermont Arts,” a glossy magazine that became the inspiration for her own publishing undertaking.“The idea to publish a magazine to promote the arts and lifestyle of not just Brattleboro, but all of Southern Vermont, seemed like the next logical move,” Barrett says. “Who else was going to promote Southern Vermont? The state’s tourism marketing was focused north of Rte 4.”She began publishing SO Vermont Arts & Living independently in 2008, bringing the same premise and mission to the new magazine, which she describes as “a postcard to the world about Southern Vermont.”The magazine focuses on the arts, culture, and lifestyle that chronicles the rural yet sophisticated world of Southern Vermont. It’s distributed in two Welcome Centers and throughout Southern Vermont and the neighboring towns along the borders of New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Target readers are residents and tourists who are drawn to cultural and lifestyle coverage and are looking for things to do in the region. “We reach them where they live and where they visit,” she says.The magazine’s departments focus on a specific niche of Vermont’s lifestyle including Personalities; Entrepreneurs; Spotlights on productions and openings (Museums, Art Galleries, Antiques, Theater, Dance, Music); Design Observed; Food & Wine; New and Notable and Calendar of Events. The magazine also offers editorial space in “Talk of the Arts” pages for cultural commentary.SO Vermont Arts & Living’s team is comprised of Jeff Potter, design; Martin Langeveld, website; Eric Pero, calendar listings; along with a host of seasoned professional writers, including Joyce Marcel, Jon Potter, Arlene Distler, Susan Smallheer, Meg Brazill, Kathleen Cox, Nicole Colson, Kevin O’Connor, and Marty Ramsburg—all experts on various aspects of the arts and its impact on the local economy and local culture.“While the magazine has evolved over the last 10 years, the editorial focus of the magazine remains true,” she says.Barrett says that the magazine wants to know: Who are we?  Why do we come here? Why do we stay? How do we live? How do we work? How are we inspired? How do we inspire others? What do we care about? How do we play? Whom do we turn to for advice, information, and expertise? How are we fulfilling our dreams? What do we want for the future?“These are the questions we try to answer,” she says.  ‘We love hearing from our readers and their stories. In fact, we want to hear from folks specifically about why they love Southern Vermont. And we want to know about their biggest challenges.”The magazine is “conducting a little kitchen research,” says Barrett, who can be reached at [email protected](link sends e-mail).“With the world changing so fast, it’s not easy to predict what will happen next,” Barrett says, but she believes in the power of the magazine to help celebrate a region—and to get readers locally to perceive their own area as a special place with the capacity to capture visitors’ hearts, minds, and spirits.While many communities have turned to the arts to revitalize themselves and strengthen their economies, without a vehicle to promote the critical mass of activities, events, people, cultural experiences, and sense of place, many well intentioned efforts fall short of their full potential. Further, the lack of such a promotional tool diminishes all efforts to market the region as a vital, attractive destination. SO Vermont Arts & Living is that promotional tool that positively impacts the region,” she believes.And one editorial style decision reflects those values.“We believe in Southern Vermont with a capital S,” Barrett says. “Southern Vermont is not just an adjective. Southern Vermont is a destination.”Source: DUMMERSTON CENTER, VT—SO Vermont Arts & Living 11.16.2017,Yeslast_img read more

Hobby Lobby plans new store in Merriam; future of Mission location in doubt

first_imgA rendering of the new Hobby Lobby store submitted to Merriam.Mission will be gaining one big sales tax generator when Walmart moves from Roeland Park to the Gateway project, but it appears it could be losing another one as Hobby Lobby makes plans for a new store in Merriam.Register to continuelast_img

Takase, Fukushima double up on nationals sprint gold

first_img RELATED PHOTOS Both Takase and Fukushima earned the right to compete in both events at the world athletics championships to be held in Beijing in August.Ryohei Arai can also pack his bags for Beijing after throwing the men’s javelin with a meet record 84.13 meters. Joining him on the team for worlds will be Yuzo Kanemaru, who won his 11th 400-meter title, men’s 5,000-meter champ Kota Murayama, men’s long jump winner Yohei Sugai and women’s 5,000-meter champ Misaki Onishi.Meanwhile, 32-year-old Satoshi Hatase set a Japan shot put record of 18.78 meters to win his fourth straight national championship. NIIGATA – Kei Takase and Chisato Fukushima each won a second sprint title on Sunday, the final day of the national athletics championships.Takase captured his first men’s 100-meter crown in 10.28 seconds after winning the 200 the day before at Niigata’s Denka Big Swan Stadium, while Fukushima ran 11.50 to win her sixth straight women’s 100 championship. It was the fifth straight year in which she has won both the 100 and 200. Chisato Fukushima, Kei Takase GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Kei Takase comes home to win the men’s 100-meters at the national championships in Niigata on Sunday. | KYODO KEYWORDSlast_img read more