Odds & Ends: Christopher Fitzgerald Will Return to Syfy Series Happy! & More

first_imgP.P.S. Watch Ben Platt toast Nicolette Robinson with his perfect take on “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress. Christopher Fitzgerald Stuck in LA and so gutted that I can’t see the spectacular @NicoletteKloe during her run in @sarabareilles’s @waitressmusical so decided to sing out my frustration ?❤️ pic.twitter.com/injE5S4Q1T— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) October 2, 2018 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Christopher Fitzgerald Will Return to Syfy Series Happy!This news makes us more than a little happy! Recent Waitress star and three-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald will soon head back to the small screen, reprising his turn as world-famous children’s entertainer Sonny Shine on season two of the Syfy series Happy!, according to Deadline. Fitzgerald is now a series regular on the acclaimed show, which also stars Christopher Meloni and Bryce Lorenzo. In addition to his celebrated turn as Ogie in Waitress, Broadway regular Fitzgerald was Tony-nominated for Finian’s Rainbow and Young Frankenstein. He also originated the role of Boq in Wicked. A season-two start date for Happy! is still to come.Darren Criss, Shoshana Bean to Appear as Special Guests on Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel Book TourSpecial guests have been announced to take part in the upcoming book tour of Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel. Tony-winning composer-lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will appear on all stop of the tour alongside a slew of moderators and guests, including Queer Eye’s Tan France and Antoni Porowski (NY), James Corden and Shoshanna Bean (L.A.), NPR’s Ari Shapiro (D.C.), Darren Criss (Ann Arbor) and Kendra Kassebaum (Seattle). An NYC launch event, set for 10/8, will feature Alex Boniello, Will Roland, Rachel Bay Jones, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Mykal Kilgore. For a full list of tour guests, click here.Nancy Anderson to Play Mrs. Wilkinson in Signature’s Billy ElliotThis is what we call perfect casting. Multi-talented Broadway alum Nancy Anderson (Sunset Boulevard) will return to the D.C. stage this winter as dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson in a new staging of Billy Elliot: The Musical at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Signature’s Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner will direct and choreograph the previously announced production, slated to run from October 30, 2018 through January 6, 2019. The principal cast will also include newcomers Liam Redford and Owen Tabaka alternating in the title role, with Jacob Thomas Anderson as Michael Caffrey, Catherine Flye as Grandma, Chris Genebach as Jackie Elliot, Dan Manning as George, Grant Richards as Adult Billy, Sean Watkinson as Tony Elliot and Eileen Ward as Mum. Billy Elliot: The Musical features a book and lyrics by Lee Hall and an original score by Elton John.P.S. Check out the tour cast of Dear Evan Hansen singing the national anthem before a Denver Broncos game. Christopher Fitzgerald(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Fileslast_img read more

Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil…

first_imgFailure to secure support for the maritime initiative would be a blow to efforts by the United States, and its Sunni Muslim allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to isolate Shi’ite Muslim Iran and Iran-backed forces in the Middle East. A second Gulf official said: “We’re not going to do anything like that, we are not going to do anything on our own.” Because of fears of confrontation, any involvement by Washington’s allies is likely be limited to naval personnel and equipment already in place – near the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf and the Bab al-Mandab strait in the Red Sea, two Gulf sources and a British security source said. But with Washington’s allies reluctant to commit new weaponry or fighting forces, a senior Pentagon official told Reuters on Thursday that the United States’ aim was not to set up a military coalition but to shine a “flashlight” in the region to deter attacks on commercial shipping. “There are enough resources in the region now for the job at hand. The Americans want an international stamp on this effort,” one of the Gulf sources said. “They (the United States) also don’t want to bear the financial burden.” Addressing such concerns or possible misunderstandings, Kathryn Wheelbarger, one of the most senior policy officials at the Pentagon, told Reuters in an interview that the new initiative was “not about military confrontation.” “It’s just impossible. The Strait is already too crowded,” an Asian official said of an escort system in the Strait of Hormuz which is 21 miles (33 km) wide at its narrowest point. France, Britain and Germany, which with Russia and China are party to the agreement, have tried to rescue the deal and defuse tensions. France, which has a naval base in the United Arab Emirates, does not plan to escort ships and views the U.S. plan as counterproductive to easing tensions because Tehran would see it as anti-Iran, a French official said. Under Washington’s proposal, the United States would provide coordinating ships and lead surveillance efforts while allies would patrol nearby waters and escort commercial vessels with their nation’s flags. A decision by Japan to join such an initiative would be likely to inflame a divide in Japanese public opinion over sending troops abroad. Japan’s military has not fought overseas since World War Two. The United States is struggling to win its allies’ support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said. A senior Western official based in Beijing said there was “no way” China would join a maritime coalition. A South Korean official said Washington had yet to make any official request. RISING TENSION Tensions rose further on Thursday after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel. A U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work “aggressively” to ensure free passage of vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has said foreign powers should leave securing shipping lanes to Tehran and other countries in the region. The British security source said it was not viable to escort every commercial vessel, a view shared by several other countries. Asked what role Riyadh could play in the U.S. initiative, a Saudi military official said it would be the role that the Saudi-led coalition has been playing for the past few years in the Red Sea as part of the war in Yemen, including escorting and securing commercial shipping. “The Americans want to create an ‘alliance of the willing’ who confront future attacks,” a Western diplomat said. “Nobody wants to be on that confrontational course and part of a U.S. push against Iran.” India has deployed two ships in the Gulf to protect Indian-flagged vessels since June 20. Other Asian oil importers are unlikely to have anything but a symbolic presence, such as the involvement of a liaison officer, officials and diplomats said.center_img A U.S. State Department official, who asked not to be named, said Bahrain would host a working group meeting on maritime and aviation security in the autumn as part of a follow-up to a global conference in Warsaw in February that gathered some 60 nations to discuss stability in the Middle East. Britain has a base in Oman and China has a military base in Djibouti, which lies off the Bab al-Mandab strait. Beijing has had to tread softly in the region because it has close energy ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia. Gulf states, which are big purchasers of Western arms, have invested more in air and land capabilities than in naval assets, and have little experience coordinating large naval missions. SMALL SHIPS The United States does not want to go it alone. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are already patrolling the coastline off Yemen where they are leading a coalition battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, though the UAE has said it is scaling down its presence there. Policing burdens would largely fall on the United States, which has protected shipping lanes in the region for decades with its Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet. It also heads the Combined Maritime Forces, a 33-nation naval alliance that carries out security and counterpiracy operations in the region. Technical and financial aspects, such as refuelling, bunkering and maintenance costs, still need to be ironed out before countries sign up, the source said. The majority of vessels are small patrol craft and corvettes that would struggle on extended missions, said Tom Waldwyn, research associate for The Military Balance at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi support U.S. sanctions on Iran, which lacks a strong conventional naval fleet but has many speed boats, portable anti-ship missile launchers and mines. Tension has mounted since U.S. President Donald Trump last year quit a 2015 nuclear pact under which Iran agreed to curtail its atomic programme in return for relief from economic sanctions crippling its economy. Washington proposed on July 9 stepping up efforts to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen where it blames Iran and its proxies for tanker attacks. Iran denies the charges. “The Americans have been talking to anyone interested about setting something up, mainly looking to Asia as it’s of vital importance to their security of (oil) supply and asking for ships, but it’s gone a bit quiet,” a Gulf official said. Wheelbarger, the U.S. Pentagon official, suggested small, quick ships would be helpful. She said several countries has expressed interest in the initiative but did not name them. (Source: Reuters) Sea News, July 22 Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Man United star not ‘psychologically unscathed’ after transfer denied – Hasn’t…

first_imgPaul Pogba last appeared for Manchester United during their 1-1 draw against Arsenal in September and an injury has forced him to spend time away from the pitch. However, it has hasn’t stopped him from being linked with a move away from Old Trafford. L’Equipe’s front page talks about a possible departure, and within the report they provide an update on his injury and also talk about his future.Earlier reports suggested the midfielder could be fit on time for the derby against Manchester City, but the newspaper now claims the France international will return within two weeks.He is expected to be back for the EFL Cup clash against Colchester United on December 18th or four days later for the league clash against Watford.Moving on to the Red Devils star’s future, Marca reported on Wednesday that Zinedine Zidane still ‘loves’ his compatriot and is insisting Real Madrid to sign the player either in January or next summer after their failed efforts in the last window.L’Equipe reports a move away in the winter market is excluded from United’s point of view. Pogba wouldn’t mind an exit, but he will not push for a transfer, if he is not allowed to leave next month.His contract at United expires in 2021 and is unlikely to sign a new contract before the end of this season.The report adds the 26-year-old will have an advantage to push for an exit next summer and his employer will also not be able to demand €150m to sanction the transfer because he will have only six months left on his contract from January 2021.L’Equipe have not taken into account that United have an option to extend the contract by a year and if they exercise it, they can retain Pogba until 2022.After last summer’s saga, Pogba wasn’t left ‘psychologically unscathed’, and L’Equipe believe it harmed the player’s performances.There was also a lot of criticism sent his way, and the French newspaper state: ‘He was the target of racist insults of so-called supporters of the Mancunians. Nothing, absolutely nothing he experienced at the beginning of the season was likely to appease his summer regrets.’by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Need Those Adjustable Focus Reading Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

UVU basketball: Coach Dick Hunsaker discusses being at UVU, mentor Rick Majerus and coaching his son

first_imgDick Hunsaker has built Utah Valley University’s basketball program from the ground up, beginning in 2002 when the school was a junior college and making the transition to the NCAA’s Division I.He began his head coaching career at Ball State in 1989, where he found instant success in taking the Cardinals to the Sweet 16 in his first year. He left his job after four years and a 97-33 record in the midst of an NCAA investigation — even though the school did not blame him for any wrongdoing. He coached in the CBA and Manchester College before landing at the University of Utah, where he coached with former mentor Rick Majerus for four years, including one season when he filled in for an ill Majerus and was the MWC’s coach of the year. He has been at UVU for the past 12 years and has compiled a record of 212-135.Deseret News sportswriter Mike Sorensen talked with Hunsaker about his 37-year coaching career, which began as a graduate assistant at alma mater Weber State in 1977.Your team is off to great start in your first year in the WAC, standing in first place with three road wins already. Are you surprised by your instant success in the WAC?Any time you play three of four on the road and you pull them out, there’s always a degree of surprise. I have a group that’s not going to turn your heads with talent, but they play hard; they play intelligently; they play together with all the core fundamentals; and they believe in what we’re doing. We’ve been competitive in all of our games outside of Oklahoma State. We’ve played them all well and had a very challenging schedule.Your son Holton is a senior and leads your team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg). What has it been like coaching your son?I never believed in coaching my kids. I never coached them in Pee Wee ball or in any aspect. It was never an intended direction to coach my son. It just kind of fell that way. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s been terrific. He’s an exceptional young man; he stands for so many good things; he represents good things on and off the court. It’s worked out for us because of his style, his drive, his effort and his competitiveness.You worked with Rick Majerus at Ball State and at the University of Utah. What was it like coaching for Majerus?For me it was wonderful coaching with Rick. The relationship, friendship and times we had always brings a tear to my eye. We went so far back in life, the development of both of our careers and his influence and the friendship he gave me was irreplaceable. I first met him when I was a player at Weber State in the mid-’70s and he was in his first or second year at Marquette and we were working basketball camps in the mountains at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. He had hair back then. Rick had such a wonderful sense of humor. We were certainly hard-nosed and competitive and very driven, but sometimes at practice, the players were afraid to crack a smile or laugh. He really helped my style as a coach.What have been the biggest highlights of your career?Obviously the Sweet 16 was a highlight in my first year at Ball State. Coaching the Utes was a big deal. That frying pan was sizzling when I stepped in. The team I had was not yet a unit and the adjustment between Rick and myself took a little time and it took us awhile to get untracked. That was a real challenge but a great credit to the kids I coached on that team. But the greatest experience for me has been Utah Valley. From where we started to where we are now has been really a fantastic experience.Do you ever look back and wonder what might have been if you’d moved up the coaching ladder?Sure, but in the big scheme, you don’t know how you would have handled success. I’m a big believer in things happening for a reason and a purpose. The relationships I’ve had with my players has been so important throughout my career and none greater than my time at Utah Valley. When you get up in years, you start reflecting and what really does matter really is the relationships. As my career has evolved, without question, the greatest rewards have been my relationships with the players I have coached from my first JV players at Weber in 1977 to the CBA to now. It really has made … my career path feel 100 percent where it should have been.last_img read more