NY AG Sues To Dissolve NRA

first_imgStock Image.NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General is suing to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA), the largest and most influential pro-gun organization in the nation. Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that she is charging the organization with illegal conduct because of their diversion of millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization for personal use by senior leadership, awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty.The suit specifically charges the NRA as a whole, as well as Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, former Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wilson “Woody” Phillips, former Chief of Staff and the Executive Director of General Operations Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer with failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow numerous state and federal laws, contributing to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years for the NRA.In the complaint, Attorney General James lays out dozens of examples where the four individual defendants failed to fulfill their fiduciary duty to the NRA and used millions upon millions from NRA reserves for personal use, including trips for them and their families to the Bahamas, private jets, expensive meals, and other private travel. In addition to shuttering the NRA’s doors, Attorney General James seeks to recoup millions in lost assets and to stop the four individual defendants from serving on the board of any not-for-profit charitable organization in the state of New York again. “The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” said Attorney General James. “The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”Since 1871, the NRA has operated as a New York-registered 501(c)(4) not-for-profit, charitable corporation. Under state law not-for-profit, charitable corporations are required to register and file annual financial reports with the Charities Bureau in the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The assets are required to be used in a way that serves the interests of NRA membership and that advance the organization’s charitable mission. However, as today’s complaint lays out, the NRA is alleged to have fostered a culture of noncompliance and disregard for internal controls that led to the waste and loss of millions in assets and contributed to the NRA reaching its current deteriorated financial state. The NRA’s internal policies were repeatedly not followed and were even blatantly ignored by senior leaders. Furthermore, the NRA board’s audit committee was negligent in its duty to ensure appropriate, competent, and judicious stewardship of assets by NRA leadership. Specifically, the committee failed to assure standard fiscal controls, failed to respond adequately to whistleblowers, affirmatively took steps to conceal the nature and scope of whistleblower concerns from external auditors, and failed to review potential conflicts of interest for employees.NRA’s Culture of Self-Dealing, Mismanagement, and NegligenceThe lawsuit alleges that the four men instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight at the NRA that was illegal, oppressive, and fraudulent. They overrode and evaded internal controls to allow themselves, their families, favored board members, employees, and vendors to benefit through reimbursed expenses, related party transactions, excess compensation, side deals, and waste of charitable assets without regard to the NRA’s best interests.When board members challenged LaPierre and others over their financial governance and leadership of the NRA, LaPierre retaliated and turned the board against those who attempted to challenge the illegal behavior.The complaint lays out numerous other instances in which LaPierre, Phillips, Powell, Frazer, and other executives and board members at the NRA abused their power and illegally diverted or facilitated the diversion of tens of millions of dollars from the NRA. These funds were in addition to millions of dollars the four individual defendants were already receiving in grossly excessive salaries and bonuses that were not in line with the best practices and prudent standards for evaluating and determining compensation.Wayne LaPierre – Executive Vice-PresidentIn his nearly three decades as executive vice-president, Wayne LaPierre ran the day-to-day operations of the NRA and exploited the organization for his and his family’s financial benefit, and the benefit of a close circle of NRA staff, board members, and vendors. Of note, LaPierre:Spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the NRA’s charitable assets for private plane trips for himself and his family, including extended family when he was not present.Visited the Bahamas by private air charter at least eight times in an approximate three-year period with his family, at a cost of more than $500,000 to the NRA. On many of those trips, LaPierre and his family were gifted the use of a 107-foot yacht owned by an NRA vendor.Traveled to Africa with his wife for all-expense paid safaris, gifted by an NRA vendor.Spent millions on unwarranted travel consultants for decades, including for the booking of luxury black car services — spending more than $3.6 million in the last two years alone.Secured a post-employment contract for himself with the NRA, without board approval, currently valued at more than $17 million.Allotted several millions of dollars annually in NRA funds for private security costs for himself and his family without sufficient oversight on their use.Received more than $1.2 million in expense reimbursements in just a four-year period for expenditures that included gifts for favored friends and vendors; travel expenses for himself and his family; and membership fees at golf clubs, hotels, and other member clubs.Secured lucrative consulting contracts for ex-employees and board members worth millions.The complaint alleges that as executive vice-president, LaPierre handpicked individuals in senior staff positions at the NRA that have shown themselves to be loyal to LaPierre as an individual, rather than to the organization. Time and time again, LaPierre has shown that loyalty, more than competence and responsibility, is integral to his staffing picks, which led him to personally hire Phillips, Powell, and Frazer — some chosen despite failing to meet the necessary skills or experience for their respective roles and responsibilities.Wilson “Woody” Phillips – Former Treasurer and Chief Financial OfficerWoody Phillips — the former treasurer and CFO, who was responsible for managing the books and financial operations of the NRA — engaged in practices that violated NRA policy, lied on financial disclosure forms, and set up a deal worth more than $1 million that benefitted his girlfriend. Just before his retirement in 2018, Phillips obtained a contract for himself worth $1.8 million, purportedly for monthly consulting services to the incoming treasurer, even though the current treasurer knew nothing about this contract and has confirmed that “Woody [Phillips] never consulted for me.” Phillips, having served in the capacity as the chief steward of the organization’s finances, also oversaw the financial practices that allowed millions of dollars in entertainment and travel expenses incurred by NRA executives to be fraudulently billed to the NRA as disbursements by the NRA’s largest vendor: Ackerman McQueen, an Oklahoma-based advertising and public relations firm. Furthermore, the complaint asserts that Phillips consistently eschewed his fiduciary duties time and time again, as evidenced by his failure to seriously respond to whistleblower complaints about alleged fiscal improprieties and his readiness to unilaterally authorize payments and contracts outside of the NRA adopted purchasing and contracting policies and procedures.Joshua Powell – Former Chief of Staff and Executive Director of General OperationsJoshua Powell, the chief of staff to LaPierre, was terminated after just 3.5 years for, among other things, misappropriating NRA funds during his tenure. Powell, who is known as a LaPierre loyalist, received sudden and substantial salary increases almost immediately after starting his position. Within a month, his salary was doubled retroactively to the beginning of his tenure with the NRA to $500,000. After less than a year, Powell’s salary increased to $650,000. A little over two years into the job, Powell’s salary more than tripled from the original $250,000 to $800,000, despite numerous complaints of abusive behavior and evidence of illegal conduct and inappropriate spending. Further, Powell abused the NRA’s policy on housing and relocation reimbursements, pocketing in excess of $100,000 more than NRA rules allowed.Powell’s tenure was marked by nepotism. LaPierre, Phillips, and Powell also signed off on the hiring of fundraising consultant McKenna & Associates outside of the NRA’s contract process and without going through any approval process. The NRA paid the company more than $5 million over the course of five years. For all of 2018, Powell’s wife was hired as a consultant by McKenna & Associates, and her entire $30,000 monthly consulting fee was passed through the NRA. The hiring of Powell’s wife was hidden from the NRA’s general counsel, in an effort to not draw attention to and affirmatively hide the conflict of interest, and her role was not pre-approved by the NRA board, as the organization’s policy requires. Additionally, Powell requested an NRA vendor to add his father to a rotation of paid photographers, resulting in more than $90,000 in compensation for his father, an expense which was completely passed through to the NRA.John Frazer – Corporate Secretary and General CounselJohn Frazer was chosen by LaPierre to serve as general counsel and also served as corporate secretary at the NRA. Between 2014 and 2018, Frazer repeatedly failed to comply with board governance procedures, make necessary changes, or advise others that governance changes needed to be made; failed to ensure that financial transactions were being addressed by NRA officers and directors in accordance with law; failed to enforce compliance with the NRA’s conflict of interest policy; and failed to ensure that the NRA was in compliance with laws and policies governing whistleblowers. Additionally, Frazer repeatedly certified false or misleading annual statements.Ackerman McQueen – NRA’s Public Relations and Advertising FirmA practice decades-old between LaPierre and Ackerman McQueen’s co-founder — that would continue until the two companies severed ties in 2019 — ensured that Ackerman McQueen would pay for a variety of non-contractual, out-of-pocket expenses for LaPierre and other NRA executives and pass those expenses through to the NRA. The NRA leadership regularly used this pass-through arrangement — where expenses would be paid for by the NRA without written approvals, receipts, or supporting business purpose documentation — to conceal private travel and other costs that were largely personal in nature. Ackerman McQueen would aggregate the expenses into a lump sum amount and provide no details on the nature or purpose of the expenses when billing the NRA for them. The invoices only typically included a one-line description that read “out-of-pocket expenses” and included an invoice total amount. The expenses billed to the NRA for out-of-pocket expenses did not comply with IRS requirements, and, as a result, all such expenses should have been included by the NRA in taxable personal income for LaPierre and other recipients.Ackerman McQueen was paid more than $70 million in just 2017 and 2018 for “public relations and advertising” services and for “out-of-pocket expenditures” that really went to entertainment and travel incurred by NRA executives and associates without scrutiny from within the organization, including millions for private planes, luxury hotels, memberships to private clubs, special events, fancy meals, and even personal hair and makeup services for LaPierre’s wife.NRA Audit Committee’s Failure to AuditUnder New York law, the NRA’s audit committee is responsible for overseeing the accounting and financial reporting processes of the organization and the audit of its financial statements, but the culture of noncompliance and disregard for the internal controls is evident within the audit committee. The committee failed to serve as an independent check on LaPierre, his senior staff, and the NRA as a whole, and basically served as a rubber stamp for the organization’s illicit behavior, when it did review finances.For example, the audit committee is charged with reviewing any contract that has the appearance of a conflict of interest, such as a contracts with insiders referred to as related-party transactions, and must not only perform certain considerations, but also document its deliberations. The committee routinely approved related-party transactions after LaPierre or senior staff entered into such agreements. In fact, in 2018, the audit committee approved seven related-party transactions after the fact, including a contract between the NRA’s then incoming president and Ackerman McQueen. At the time this contract was executed, the terms were known to LaPierre and Phillips, but the audit committee had no knowledge of it. Then, again in 2019 and 2020, the audit committee purportedly approved, retroactively, many other existing NRA contracts, some of which dated back 15 years.The audit committee’s chair testified during a deposition with the OAG that he had no knowledge of New York law governing audit committees, whistleblowers, or conflicts of interest, and that he could not recall the last time he had seen the audit committee charter that specifically states the audit committee “overs[ees] the integrity of financial information” at the NRA. In fact, the committee chair testified that, in his view and contrary to the charter, the audit committee had no role in oversight of internal controls and that “there is no internal auditing” within the NRA and there hadn’t been one in the whole 19 years he served on the NRA board.Unsurprisingly, during numerous occasions, the audit committee failed to respond adequately to whistleblowers, failed to appropriately review and approve related-party transactions and conflicts of interest, and failed to adequately oversee external auditors.Extensive Violations of Fundamental Not-for-Profit LawAttorney General James alleges in her complaint that the NRA violated multiple laws, including the laws governing the NRA’s charitable status, false reporting on annual filings with the IRS and with the OAG’s Charities Bureau, improper expense documentation, improper wage reporting, improper income tax withholding, failure to make required excise tax reporting and payments, payments in excess of reasonable compensation to disqualified persons, and waste of NRA assets; in direct violation of New York’s Estates, Powers & Trusts Laws; New York’s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law; the New York Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act; and New York’s Executive Law. The illegal nature of the four individual defendants’ action also violated multiple rules of the NRA’s bylaws, the NRA’s employee handbook, and the NRA’s policy manual.The failure of the NRA to comply with multiple fiduciary responsibilities and state and federal laws resulted in the NRA seeing substantial losses on its balance sheet: going from a surplus of $27,802,714 in 2015 to a net deficit of $36,276,779 in 2018 — contributing to a total loss of more than $64 million in just three years.Proposed ResolutionAs a result of all the allegations mentioned above, Attorney General James seeks to dissolve the NRA; asks the court to order LaPierre, Phillips, Powell, and Frazer to make full restitution for funds they unlawfully profited and salaries earned while employees; pay penalties; recover illegal and unauthorized payments to the four individuals; remove LaPierre and Frazer from the NRA’s leadership (Phillips and Powell are no longer employed by the NRA); and ensure none of the four individual defendants can ever again serve on the board of a charity in New York.Attorney General James began her inquiry into the NRA in February 2019.The matter was led by Bureau Chief James Sheehan and Bureau Co-Chief of the Enforcement Section Emily Stern, with a team of attorneys, legal assistants, and accountants, including Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel of the Litigation Bureau Monica Connell; Assistant Attorneys General William Wang, Sharon Sash, Jonathan Conley, Stephen Thompson, and Erica James — all of the Charities Bureau; with additional assistance from Chief Accountant Judith Welsh-Liebross, Associate Accountant Darren Beauchamp, and Associate Accountant Charles Aganu; in addition to numerous other individuals at the OAG. The Charities Bureau is part of the Division for Social Justice, which is supervised by Chief Deputy Attorney General Meghan Faux and First Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Levy. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jeepers Creepers! Satchmo at the Waldorf Will Trumpet Off-Broadway, Starring John Douglas Thompson

first_imgWhat a wonderful world! Starring John Douglas Thompson and directed by Gordon Edelstein, the one-man Louis Armstrong bio-play Satchmo at the Waldorf is set to make its New York premiere. Penned by the Wall Street Journal’s theater critic, Terry Teachout, the one-man show will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre February 15. Opening night is scheduled for March 4. Related Shows Satchmo at the Waldorf Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Most recently seen on Broadway in A Time to Kill, Thompson made his Broadway debut opposite Denzel Washington in Julius Ceasar and later appeared alongside Jennifer Garner and Kevin Kline in Cyrano de Bergerac. Other credits include Othello, The Emperor Jones, The Forest and Antony and Cleopatra.center_img View Comments In March of 1971, one of the greatest music legends the world would ever know was performing the final set of shows he would ever play at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. But the audiences who adored him onstage never really saw the man behind the trumpet. In Satchmo at the Waldorf, we encounter Louis Armstrong where few ever had the chance to see him: backstage. Reflecting on his own unlikely career amidst a rapidly changing society, the icon is stripped bare, revealing complexities and contradictions that his omnipresent smile, horn and handkerchief belied. Thompson morphs between playing Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser, and fellow trumpeter Miles Davis. The design team for Satchmo at the Waldorf includes scenic design by Lee Savage, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Kevin Adam and sound design by John Gromada.last_img read more

Anne Hathaway & Barbra Streisand May Join The Drowsy Chaperone

first_img Featuring a Tony-winning score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, the show within a show tells the story of an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic who listens to the cast album for the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. As the recording plays, the characters magically appear in his apartment. The Drowsy Chaperone opened at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre on May 1, 2006, and ran for 674 performances. The production garnered 13 Tony nominations and won four awards, including a Best Featured Actress in a Musical win for Beth Leavel. The Broadway cast also included Sutton Foster, Danny Burstein and Jennifer Smith. Star Files “We’ve got Geoffrey Rush in it, and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway interested, and possibly Barbra Streisand,” Schepisi told The Boston Globe. “We’ll see.” These latest rumors are just increasing our excitement about the prospect of a movie adaptation of The Drowsy Chaperone. First we heard that Tony and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush was on board, then that Tony winner Hugh Jackman was “very interested in it,” and now director Fred Schepisi has revealed that both Les Miz Oscar winner Anne Hathaway and EGOT-er Barbra Streisand could be joining the Aussie actors.center_img View Comments Hugh Jackmanlast_img read more

Watch Lea Michele Join Kristin Chenoweth for a Wicked Duet

first_imgIt’s Monday before noon; have you had a good cry yet? Kristin Chenoweth, after being inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on June 21, performed at the concert venue a familiar Broadway tune alongside a familiar face: Wicked’s “For Good,” joined by Glee costar Lea Michele. Before singing, Michele revealed just how far back her love for Chenoweth goes: “I watched her Tony performance from Good Man, Charlie Brown over and over again in my living room. I sang the whole song last night—I still remember it.” Us too, Lea. Side note: we’re also obsessed with how into it the pianist is toward the end. Check out the duet below! Star Files View Comments Lea Michele Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Hedwig Star Darren Criss Will Host Stars in the Alley

first_imgHedwig headliner Darren Criss will emcee this year’s Stars in the Alley. The event will take place on May 27 in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets. The free outdoor concert in the heart of the Theater District will celebrate Broadway with star appearances and performances from over 20 new shows and long-running faves, accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra.“Darren Criss has so much energy and enthusiasm for the Broadway community, it will be a treat to have him as our host!” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League in a statement. “Stars in the Alley is a festive way for the Broadway community and fans to enjoy the magic of Broadway as the calendar counts down to the eagerly anticipated Tony Awards ceremony in June.”Criss recently starred as Blaine Anderson on Glee. He made his Broadway debut in January of 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. His additional film, TV and stage credits include Girl Most Likely, The Wind Rises, Web Therapy, ABC’s Backstage with Disney on Broadway, as well as hosting duties for the NewNowNext Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Darren Criss Related Showslast_img read more

X Factor’s Matt Cardle on ‘F**king Going For It’ in London’s Memphis

first_img View Comments Hockadoo! Memphis the Musical has a new leading man. The West End incarnation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit recently welcomed stage first-timer Matt Cardle to the cast, playing radio DJ Huey Calhoun opposite soul singer and Olivier nominee Beverley Knight as club singer Felicia Farrell. Having come to fame in Britain for winning the seventh season of The X Factor, Cardle has replaced Killian Donnelly in the production at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The genial star spoke to Broadway.com about treading the boards—and learning lines—for the very first time.How did your new theatrical life come about—and Memphis in particular?Doing theater had never crossed my mind! I loved it but it wasn’t on my radar. I had never acted before and it wasn’t something that I thought I would be able to do in the future. But having finished [The X Factor] and been halfway through album number four, my manager called me and said that he had just had Beverley [Knight] on the phone to say that they were looking for a new Huey in Memphis and would I be interested?Were you?In fact, I’d been down to audition for another show in town and things didn’t get very far with that one so I went along and saw Memphis and instantly fell in love with it, as everyone who sees the show does. I was watching Bev very closely, and Killian [Donnelly], and then one thing led to another. It was a case of, I love the show and I had come down and read through the script with the resident director, Tara Wilkinson, and I spoke to my mum and decided that it would be rude not to give it a go.In what way “rude?”Inasmuch as Beverley is such a lovely woman and it was a huge honor to be thought of for something like this, given that I had never in my life picked up a script or ever learned a line!That is amazing, alongside the challenge of playing Huey, who is from an entirely different country and culture.The challenges were coming thick and fast, literally one after the other. First, there was the American accent, and I thought, right, I’ve messed around with accents my entire life but this was the deep south so I had to swerve around that one but I think I managed to do OK.Not to mention tackling a sizable part that brought both Tony and Olivier nominations for its Broadway and West End originators.My dresser told me I’m only ever offstage for 11 minutes, and that time is spent running underneath the stage at full pelt or doing the quickest costume change, sometimes with only 15 seconds or less to spare. There’s no time to sit and think about how things are going, which is good [laughs].How did you actually learn the part?I was watching the show on DVD twice a day and when I went to bed, I would have an audio of the show on my bedside table filtering into my subconscious. I lived and breathed Memphis before we started and then we had three weeks of intense rehearsal. It was like, “Where do I stand? What do I say? How do I say it?” And then, on top of all that, acting with props.Talk about a baptism by fire.I was like, bloody hell. I’m not so much a fish out of water as a goldfish that had landed on the carpet [laughs].At least you only do a seven-show week so you have that eighth show off to catch your breath…or watch from the audience.I get Wednesday afternoon off, but I’m more likely to be lying in bed!What do you think about those who complain that reality TV show alumni are getting cast in musicals over drama students who would give their eye teeth to star in the West End?I would say the same thing in their position! These roles aren’t easy to come by, and people who go to drama school train for years for this kind of thing. So I would not only empathize with their point of view, I would apologize to these people if the reports were coming back that I was rubbish but I think I’m holding my own at the moment. I hope so, anyway!Did your predecessor Killian [Donnelly] give you any advice?He just said, “You gotta f**king go for it!” It’s one of those roles where there’s no point thinking too hard about it. You’ve got to know what you’ve got to do.And of course the material addresses some major themes, beginning with racism in the United States.What I love about the show is that it manages to deal with these issues and to get the message across while also being consistently entertaining. But there are also two or three moments—more than that, actually—where the message comes and stabs you in the gut. There’s no messing about.Had you seen many West End musicals prior to being in this one?Not really. I saw Tommy a long time ago and Les Miz, and I saw Shrek, but I have to say that I was genuinely blown away by Memphis and thought it was just incredible. If I had thought there was no f**king way, I wouldn’t have done it, but I did think there was a slim chance I could pull it off.Now that you’re up and running in this, are you keen to make musical theater an ongoing part of your career?I’ve been given the golden egg here, as you can understand. This is one of the best companies, the best casts, the best shows—these roles don’t come around very often so now that I’ve got this, I’m not looking any further than tonight’s show or tomorrow night’s show.So we’re not going to see you donning a cat suit alongside Beverley [as Grizabella] when Cats returns to the West End later this year?I don’t think so but you never know. I never thought I’d be standing on a stage saying “hockadoo!”Do you even know what that word means?I don’t think anybody knows what it means!last_img read more

Rebecca Eichenberger & John Easterlin Tapped for Phantom

first_imgRebecca Eichenberger View Comments Please, Monsieur: another Giry! Rebecca Eichenberger is set to take on the role of the mysterious ballet mistress in The Phantom of the Opera on April 4. Also joining the company of Broadway’s longest-running show on that date will be John Easterlin, who will make his Broadway debut as opera tenor Ubaldo Piangi. They replace Linda Balgord and Christian Šebek, respectively.Eichenberger previously played the role of Phantom opera diva Carlotta for more than 700 performances, from April 2001 to June 2003. She joins direct from the original cast of An American in Paris. Among her many other Broadway credits are Evita, 1776, A Grand Night for Signing, The Frogs and Carousel, as well as the national tour of Ragtime.Four-time Grammy Award recipient Easterlin’s international opera credits include multiple productions with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, ROH Covent Garden, ENO, Teatro Real, Bolshoi and COC Toronto, in addition to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, Houston and Dallas Opera. He created the role of Andy Warhol in Philip Glass’ The Perfect American and Larry King in the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole.The cast currently includes James Barbour as The Phantom, Julia Udine as Christine, Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur André, Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta (now the longest-running actress to play the role in the Broadway production, surpassing the previous record of 1,700 performances set by Marilyn Caskey) and Kara Klein as Meg Giry. At certain performances, Rachel Zatcoff plays the role of Christine. from $29.00center_img The Phantom of the Opera Related Showslast_img read more

Corey Stoll & More Set for SITP’s Troilus & Cressida

first_imgCorey Stoll(Photo courtesy of the Public Theater) The complete cast is set for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park presentation of Troilus and Cressida. The lineup includes Corey Stoll as Ulysses, Sanjit de Silva as Aeneas and Max Casella as Ulysses. Performances will begin on July 19 at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre, where it will run through August 14. The Daniel Sullivan-helmed production opens officially on August 3.In addition to Stoll (who is also tapped to appear in the Public’s Plenty), de Silva (a Public alum from Dry Powder) and screen favorite Casella, the cast will include Andrew Burnap as Troilus, Ismenia Mendes as Cressida, Zach Appelman as Diomedes, Tala Ashe as Helen and Andromache, Alex Breaux as Ajax, John Glover as Pandarus, David Harbour as Achilles, Bill Heck as Hector, Edward James Hyland as Nestor, Maurice Jones as Paris, Nneka Okafor as Cassandra, Tom Peckina as Patroclus, Miguel Perez as Priam and Calchas and John Douglas Thompson as Agamemnon.Rounding out the cast is a non-equity ensemble, consisting of Connor Bond, Andrew Chaffee, Michael Bradley Cohen, Lee Edward Colston II, Paul Deo Jr., Jin Ha, Hunter Hoffman, Nicholas Hoge, Forrest Malloy and Kario Pereira-Bailey.The production will feature sets and costumes by David Zinn, lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by Mark Menard and original music by Dan Moses Schreier. Corey Stoll Star Filescenter_img Andrew Burnap View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Zac Efron Eyes Hugh Jackman’s Barnum Musical & More

first_imgZac Efron(Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images) Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Zac Efron Eyes Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum MusicalZac Efron is in negotiations to star alongside Tony winner Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman on Earth, writes Variety. Directed by Michael Gracey, the previously reported long-in-the-works biopic musical about P.T. Barnum will be penned by Jenny Bicks. At one point, Fox had slated the long-awaited movie for release on Christmas Day this year; it is hoped that Efron coming on board would kickstart the project.F. Murray Abraham & Josh Radnor Set for RabbitOscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) are the latest big names enlisted for White Rabbit Red Rabbit off-Broadway. Abraham will headline the production on July 18, followed by Radnor on July 25. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Spielberg Taps Tony Kushner for West Side StoryCould it be? Yes, it could! Back in 2014 we revealed that Steven Spielberg wanted to remake West Side Story…and it’s one step closer to actually happening. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Angels in America scribe Tony Kushner is penning a script for the legendary director. No word yet on timeline.Shuffle Along’s Chorus Receive AwardShuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed will receive Equity’s tenth annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. It is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical and the 24 individual recipients are: Phillip Attmore, Alexandria Bradley, Darius de Haas, C.K. Edwards, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Jason Holley, Adrienne Howard, Lee Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa La Touche, Alicia Lundgren, JC Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, Joseph Wiggan, Pamela Yasutake and Richard Riaz Yoder. The trophy will be presented on June 21—congrats to all!Catch She Loves Me at HomeWe think it important to watch this while eating vanilla ice cream! The Roundabout’s Tony-nominated revival of She Loves Me will be the first Broadway show to be broadcast live. Starring 2016 Tony nominees Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski, the classic musical is scheduled to stream on BroadwayHD on June 30 at 8PM ET. The production is playing a limited engagement at Studio 54 through July 10.center_img Related Shows White Rabbit Red Rabbitlast_img read more

Safer Family.

first_imgWhether your biggest concern is your farm or your family, an Atlanta workshop April 12-13 will address environmental concerns of interest to you. Key topics include: Ways to ensure that your well water is safe. How to care for your septic system. Safe ways to handle pesticides and fertilizers. Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst concepts and materials will be the focus of the workshop. The Farm*A*Syst/Home*A*Syst program is an interagency partnership. It provides farmers and homeowners information and a voluntary means to manage their farms or homes to prevent pollution and ensure their families’ well-being. The workshop will be at the Federal Building at 61 Forsyth St., SW, in Atlanta. It’s free, but you must pre-register to attend. To register, or for more information, contact Lisa Ann McKinley at (404) 562-9403. Or e-mail mckinley.lisa@epa.gov.last_img read more