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

Cheaper construction costs make now a good time to build, industry says

first_imgTV personality Liz Cantor and husband, Ryan Lysaught, with their children, Kit, 3, and Fin, 1, at the house they are building in Miami on the Gold Coast. Picture: Adam Head.HOME-hunters have been gifted a window of opportunity to build a home for a bargain price, with the coronavirus forcing builders to slash costs as work dries up.A study by MCG Quantity Surveyors has revealed some property owners are benefiting from the most competitive building and renovation environment since the GFC.MCG Quantity Surveyors director Marty Sadlier, who specialises in building cost analysis for property developers, builders and insurance advisory, said he had seen a dramatic fall in builders’ quote figures over the past month.“If you’re planning to sign up a builder, now is the time to do it,” Mr Sadlier said.“You have their attention 100 per cent and they’re not trading your job off against another potential client. “Furthermore, there is no delay in sub-contractors getting quotes back into their builder clients. Where a sub-contractor would need to be chased for a price and hounded, we are seeing quotes coming in in hours or only a day or two.”It comes as the Housing Industry Association (HIA) forecasts a drop in new home building of almost 50 per cent over the next year.“In 2018-19 the industry engaged over 1 million people to commence building almost 200,000 new homes. Next year we expect to start just 112,000 new homes leaving up to 500,000 jobs at risk,” HIA managing director Graham Wolfe said.“The shock to the economy from the halting of overseas migration, the absence of student arrivals and uncertainty over the domestic economy will see the market at a lower point in December 2020, than it was during the 1990’s recession. It will then continue to decline though 2021, even with the return of overseas students and migration.“This shock will reverberate through the residential building industry, up and down the supply chain.”But Mr Sadlier said the easing of restrictions was likely to start to restore confidence in the construction sector, and recommended moving fast in order to make substantial savings on building costs. “It’s fair to say that if you had a building contract priced and quoted 12-months ago and then had that same contract priced today, the 2020 amount to build would be much less,” he said.“We are working with builders now where we simply can’t get to their costs under the usual analysis. For example, we have a builder constructing a residential unit development for $2.5 million, and our QS assessment says it should be $2.8 million.”The question of whether to build or buy a home was one television personality Liz Cantor and her husband, Ryan Lysaught, considered for a long time.After months of attending open homes and being outbid, the pair, who have two sons, Kit and Fin, decided to build a new home in Miami to accommodate their family.The popular Channel 7 presenter took the extraordinary step of dropping flyers in letterboxes to find the perfect block to build on.“I actually said to Ryan we need to be more proactive and drop letters in every home in the areas we like that looks like a potential knockdown house and see if we can get lucky,” Ms Cantor said.“We dropped letters all through Palm Beach and Miami.”Not long after they got a call from a homeowner in Miami.“Ryan made an offer on the house before I had even seen the place which was a strange feeling,” she said.“But we knew we were buying for the area rather than the home.”The pair paid $670,000 for their beachside block at Miami.The existing house was bulldozed and construction of the new five-bedroom, two-storey Metricon home began in mid-January.It will be ready to move into in June, despite delays as a result of bushfires, floods and COVID-19.“To be very straight, it was far cheaper than any house we could find for sale,” Ms Cantor said. “And it gave us the ability to custom design to our needs and a young family. “We chose a freedom home that was four bedrooms, but changed the media room to a fifth bedroom, and added a door to our downstairs shower, so that I can walk the kids from the beach straight in!”Ms Cantor said waiting for council approvals as well as paying both rent and a mortgage was the most stressful part about building, but overall it had been a positive experience.“I’d built the new-process up in my mind to be so complicated, but you learn along the way, and it’s actually far less overwhelming then I imagined it to be,” she said. “It’s a special feeling to be able to fit out a home space for your needs.”But not everyone likes the idea of building a home from scratch.More developers are starting to cater for a growing market of homebuyers who want to buy a new home, ready to move into, without having to lift a finger. Stockland has released a range of new three and four-bedroom homes in its Pallara community aimed at first home buyers or downsizers.Starting from $525,000, the low maintenance homes come with appliances, NBN connectivity, airconditioning and ceiling fans.The homes also include exterior features that often come at an extra cost with a typical new build, such as landscaping, fencing, a letterbox, a clothes line and a driveway.Stockland senior development manager David Franklin said the homes were popular among first home buyers because they were covered by the $15,000 first homeowner grant. “We’re providing buyers with an immediate and stress-free entry into a thriving Stockland community,” Mr Franklin said. “No building anguish or wait — simply unpack your furniture and enjoy your brand new home.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoIndustry players say townhouses are also a potentially smart investment given they have so far been less affected by the pandemic than detached houses.Porter Davis Homes says interest in its Haven Townhomes at Newport has been strong despite the uncertainty.Porter Davis property consultant Megan McColl said buying a townhouse off-the-plan meant buyers only needed a 5 or 10 per cent deposit until the completion of the build. “This means first home buyers and investors can buy a townhouse without needing to make repayments for another 12-18 months, which has a lot of appeal as buyers navigate the economic uncertainty of the next few months,” Ms McColl said. Pros ConsThe ability to custom design Takes timeUsually cheaper Council approval process can be challenging BuyingPros ConsCan move in straight away usually Often more expensiveCan be less stressful More competitive environment Building PROS AND CONS OF BUILDING VS BUYING A HOMElast_img read more