The King and I’s Conrad Ricamora & Ashley Park Bond Over Pranks, Puppies & More

first_imgQ: Conrad, you have to prank Ashley now!CONRAD: I know…just when you least expect it.ASHLEY: He would never. Not Conrad, not sweet Conrad! [Laughs.]Q: Ashley, you’re the Broadway vet here, and Conrad’s making his Broadway debut. Are you giving him any tips?ASHLEY: No, he’ll probably give me tips, because he originated a role in Here Lies Love and opened a show. I’ve done the Broadway thing in Mamma Mia! and Cinderella, but I’ve never been in an original company.CONRAD: No matter where you do it, on Broadway or not, you’re still telling a story in front of people. It’s less about this being a milestone in my life, and more about just telling the story.Q: How have all of the changes in previews been going?CONRAD: I feel pretty isolated because I really only have scenes with Ashley and a few lines with Kelli [O’Hara], and that’s it, but Ashley tells me about all the changes.ASHLEY: Our first preview was our first run-through and it was like three-and-half hours long! We’ve cut off about 45 minutes now, and it’s a completely different show. That’s the great thing about how Bart [Sher, director] works is he’s really using the preview process and we just keep on digging. See Ashley Park and Conrad Ricamora in The King and at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Q: What do you guys like to do when you’re hanging out backstage?CONRAD: Well, Ashley played an amazing April Fool’s joke on me and caught it on video (below). At the very end of the show I always come into her room and we have a snack and talk. So I came into her room as usual, eating a burrito, and she just started sobbing.ASHLEY: The funniest part is you can hear the final scene going on in the background. Afterwards he was like, “Wow, that was really good!” What do you think I’m paid to do every day, are you kidding? Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Getting to know a brand new cast of 51 can be daunting, but The King and I stars Conrad Ricamora and Ashley Park have become fast friends. When they’re not falling in love on stage in the new Lincoln Center Theater revival, they’re backstage cracking each other up and getting psyched for opening night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on April 16. spent the afternoon at Lincoln Center hanging out with the two new Broadway buddies. Q: When did you guys first meet? What were your first impressions of each other?CONRAD: We met at the final callback. I thought Ashley was really nice and pretty and—ASHLEY: You can say something real.CONRAD: I am! And I thought she was like a puppy dog.ASHLEY: A what?!CONRAD: Yeah, you get so excited about things. It’s such a fun energy to be around.ASHLEY: When I first met Conrad, I thought he sounded like Obama! We were doing the scene and I was like, am I listening to the State of the Union?CONRAD: We also have a friend in common.ASHLEY: Yeah, at the audition Conrad said he was filming How to Get Away With Murder. It hadn’t aired or anything, and I remember asking, “Do you happen to know my friend Jack Falahee?” I did theater with him growing up. And he was like, “Yeah, I’ve been making out with him a lot.” I had no idea they were lovers on the show—that they were gonna be “Coliver!”center_img View Comments The King and I Q: Many audience members will come to the theater having already seen The King and I on stage or on film. What is the new production bringing to the table?CONRAD: It’s very grand and majestic, but for us actors, we’re trying to really connect with each other. From what I’ve heard about other productions, sometimes The King and I can be very exoticized and decorative, but this seems to be more about us connecting on stage and through this time period.ASHLEY: Yeah, and so we… Wait, I forgot what I was gonna say!CONRAD: You can do it, use your words.ASHLEY: Conrad is the sweetest guy to everyone, and then he channels all his meanness into me [laughs].CONRAD: I do not! [Laughs.] Related Showslast_img read more

Vermonter to head FairPoint’s northern operation after organizational shakeup

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) announced today a number of organizational changes. David Hauser, chairman and chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications, announced that effective immediately he is making several organizational changes in order to position the company to better tackle the integration issues of its systems in northern New England. Executive Vice President Jeff Allen of Essex Junction, Vermont, will now oversee all of FairPoint s Northern New England Operations. Over the past two weeks I have met with FairPoint s leadership team to assess our situation, said Hauser. From these meetings one thing is very clear to me. We must direct our full attention to tackle the integration of our systems serving northern New England. These changes will help FairPoint more effectively address the systems issues and address them quickly.On Tuesday (July 14, 2009) the Vermont Department of Public Service filed a Show Cause Petition with the Public Service Board, requesting an investigation to determine if FairPoint Communications is capable of continuing its telecommunications in the state.  At stake is the company s Certificate of Public Good, or CPG which is their license to conduct business as a regulated utility in the state. Vicky Weatherwax has been appointed vice president of business solutions, and will report directly to Hauser. She will be responsible for developing a comprehensive plan of action with appropriate milestones to address the systems integration problems. The company s Project Management Office team will report to Weatherwax. She has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications, including network design, construction, project management and network cost optimization. She has an MBA from Wake Forest University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.Additionally, Executive Vice President Jeff Allen will oversee all northern New England operations. He will lead the operations, engineering, customer sales & service, sales, billing and support teams. Allen will report directly to Hauser. Allen joined FairPoint in 2007 and has more than 20 years of telecommunications experience. He has served in a number of leadership positions with FairPoint and recently led the company s systems stabilization plan in northern New England. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and prior to joining FairPoint served as chief executive officer of the data communications provider Intellispace, Inc. The company also annnounced that President Peter Nixon will oversee the supply chain function, regulatory compliance, external/government affairs, broadband stimulus package /economic development and Telecom Group operations. Nixon has worked at FairPoint since 1997 and began his career in telecommunications with Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corporation. He served in a number of senior leadership positions with FairPoint, including chief operating officer and senior vice president of corporate development.Hauser also announced the company will hire a chief information officer and will immediately begin a search to fill this position.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP. Learn more at is external).Source: FairPoint. PORTLAND, ME (July 15, 2009). Vermont Public Service Department, July 14, 2009.last_img read more

Stephen Colbert, ‘Late Show’ to Stay in New York

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The “Late show” will have a new face, but historic Ed Sullivan Theater will remain its home.New York State and CBS Wednesday announced that the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will remain in The Big Apple when the comedian takes over for David Letterman, who announced in April that he’d retire after hosting the show for 21 years. One week after Letterman’s on-air announcement, CBS said it agreed to a five-year deal with Colbert to take over the show.Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s widely-popular satire show, “The Colbert Report,” in which he plays a conservative blowhard, will takeover in 2015. CBS has yet to reveal the date of Letterman’s last show.“We’re thrilled to continue broadcasting CBS’s ‘Late Show’ from New York and call the Ed Sullivan Theater its home,” said CBS President Leslie Moonves. “David Letterman has graced this hall and city with comedy and entertainment that defined a generation.“When Dave decides to pass the baton next year, we look forward to welcoming Stephen Colbert, one of the most innovative and respected forces on TV, to this storied television theater.”The agreement includes a commitment from CBS of 200 New York-based jobs to support the show’s year-round schedule.Ed Sullivan Theatre (Photo credit: Andreas Praefcke/WikiMedia Commons)CBS will be eligible to receive $11 million in tax credits as part of deal. Also, the state will provide CBS with a $5 million grant to offset renovations of Ed Sullivan Theater.The state in recent years has enticed large film productions to the state by offering generous tax breaks under the New York State Film Production Tax Credit program, which started in 2004. For some productions, the tax credit can be as high as 30 percent. The largest ever production in the state was “Amazing Spider Man 2,” which filmed for nine months at Grumman Studios and Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage.The state also lured NBC’s “The Tonight Show” to New York from California when its current host, Jimmy Fallon, replaced Jay Leno.last_img read more

European pension fund tenders $200 microfinance debt mandate

first_imgAn undisclosed European pension fund has tendered a $200m (€160m) microfinance debt mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1468, the client’s preference is for a segregated account or single investor fund.Asset managers should have a three-year track record (preferably five) and at least $500m in assets under management (AUM).Minimum AUM and track record are strict limits. The closing date for applications is 28 November.Interested parties should state performance – gross of fees – to the end of September.For any questions regarding this search, please email Questions will not be accepted after the 25 November. For full information, please go to read more

Apartments hit new high

first_img443 Queen St by CBUSNEW apartment prices have jumped to a record high despite a drop in the number of sales.The latest Brisbane Apartment Essentials report by Urbis shows the average sales price increased by $87,000 in the last quarter, driving the weighted average price up to $767,000 – the highest ever recorded by the property analysis firm. The increase was driven by the higher average sales prices being achieved in the inner East Brisbane precinct ($1.33 million) and the Brisbane CBD ($1.28 million), according to the report.It comes at the same time as a penthouse sold off-the-plan in the Brisbane CBD for over $6 million — six times the city’s median unit sales price. This one goes on the market soon …The four-bedroom luxury pad has sold to a local Brisbane buyer, and is located on the 47th floor of the 443 Queen Stdevelopment being constructed by Cbus Property.It is one of two penthouses in the striking building, with the second one launching to the market soon. “We have already received a number of enquiries for the second penthouse and we are confident this will sell off-the-plan,” Cbus CEO Adrian Pozzo said.Urbis Property Economics and Research director Paul Riga said owner-occupier buyers were responsible for the increased price points in the last quarter, representing 48 per cent of all buyers.“Importantly, the majority of these sales are in projects that are in presale stage or under construction — indicating that buyers are becoming more willing to transact off-the-plan if the right opportunity presents itself,” he said.Local and interstate investors accounted for 19 per cent and 16 per cent of sales respectively, according to the report.Overall sales were down from 154 in the first quarter to 130 in the last quarter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe Inner South (32 sales) and Inner North (33 sales) precincts both offered more affordable stock at $569,000 and $676,000 respectively, representing one third of all sales, according to the Urbis report.Meanwhile, the latest Quarterly Apartment Report from Place Advisory is also predicting green shoots for the local apartment market, with that report suggesting prices had increased 1.7 per cent in the last quarter.Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker said Brisbane remained a buyers market, with a lot of units available for 2008 prices. But he warned that trend would not last, with no new major releases expected over the next six months. “175 unconditional sales were recorded in inner Brisbane during the June quarter, up 31 from the previous quarter, and totalling $118 million,” Mr Walker said.“The weighted average price — it’s a modest increase, but it’s promising.” Currently on the market for under that average is a two-bedroom apartment on level eight in Bohemia at West End ($625,000), the last remaining off-the-plan two bedroom apartment in Lume at Kangaroo Point ($615,000) and a two-bedroom apartment in the Brisbane Skytower in the CBD (from $492,000). Just three apartments are left at the now completed Mode Newstead development.The Place report said that at the end of the June quarter, only 21 per cent of the total new apartment market remained available for purchase.Mr Walker said there were currently 54 projects being sold off the plan in inner Brisbane, but several of those developments had pushed back their expected completion dates.“Of the 1936 new apartments currently available for sale, 30 per cent are expected to complete construction in the second half of 2018, 31 per cent in 2019 and the balance in 2020,” he said.“This means remaining supply will settle in a more staggered nature, softening any potential negative impacts to the market.”Realm Projects managing director Shane Foley, whose company markets new developments including Mode, said many buyers were also now opting to see the finished product before committing to a sale. “From 2013 to 2016, off-the-plan sales were very strong in the Brisbane apartment market … but now, as the market has shifted, buyers are waiting for projects to finish construction, and as a result, sales figures for newly-completed developer stock have risen,” he said.This trend was also recognised in the Urbis report.“Resales of new product is certainly impacting the overall demand, but it also highlights that interest in Brisbane is still present, with positive investment and employment drivers giving buyers, particularly investors, added confidence.” Mr Riga of Urbis said.last_img read more

Indians Fall To Twisters In Tennis

first_imgMilan lost to Oldenburg 3-2.Indians winners included Brent Quatman at #2 singles and #1 doubles team of Josh Bixler and Peyton Cann!Indians JV won 2-0.Milan winners were Dalton Messer at singles and the doubles duo of Isaac Rosenbarger & Hunter Holten.Courtesy of MHS Student Chris Hawk.last_img

Lyness offers internships

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — State Representative Randy Lyness is accepting applications for the legislative intern program.Internships are open to college sophomores and up, including graduate students and recent graduates. Interns are paid and earn college credit for the experience.For more information email or call 317-234-9380 or go online to .last_img

Big CHAN Battle: Imama pleads for support, patience from Nigerians

first_imgRelatedPosts Abia Warriors appoint new head coach COVID-19: Three new cases in Ogun are Togo returnees – Commissioner Yobo doesn’t need coaching experience to be on Eagles bench — Bosso Head Coach of Super Eagles B, Imama Amapakabo, has called on football loving Nigerians to turn out en masse and support the Eagles massively as they battle the Sparrow Hawks of Togo at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Saturday.The CHAN 2020 second leg qualifying match is a game Nigeria must win by at least 3-0 to scale through to the finals billed for Cameroon next year summer, and the former goalkeeper says what the team needs to achieve the ultimate goal is total backing from Nigerians.Amapakabo said: “We have done what we need to do for the work at hand.“We have learnt a lot going into this encounter and we are very optimistic everything will turn out well.“What we cannot provide for ourselves is support.“And that is why we are asking for full support and understanding all through the game.“The players need every show of love for optimal output on the pitch.”The Eagles had their last intensive training at the venue of the match on Friday morning as the rains showered across Lagos.The session lasted from 8am through 10am.Nigeria lost by 4-1 to Togo in the first game played last month in Lome despite scoring first and taking good control of the match for a major part of the 90 minutes.Since the first game, eight new players who were not in Lome have joined the team and this has given the team better colouring and a lot more positive charge.The aggregate winner of the two-legged fixture will qualify for the African Nations Championship to be hosted by Cameroon next year.Nigeria is hoping to qualify and finish better than their silver medal outing in Morocco last year, while the Togolese are looking for a first berth at the continental competition designed solely for professionals featuring in their domestic leagues.Tags: chanImama AmapakaboSuper Eagles BTogolast_img read more

Pinnick Hails Zenith Bank for AFCON 2019 Ticket

first_imgAmaju Pinnick The NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has hailed Zenith Bank Plc. for its support towards the qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for Cameroon.Pinnick made the remarks at the weekend when he visited the Head Office of the bank.While presenting an autographed jersey of the Super Eagles to the Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Peter Amangbo, as a thank you gesture from all the players for the bank’s support towards the team’s qualification for the 2019 AFCON, Pinnick thanked the bank for its continuous support towards the development of football and sports in general in the country.He noted that the story may have been different if not for the bank’s contributions and support, which was no doubt very vital to the recent qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2019 AFCON Championship.While responding, Amangbo reaffirmed the commitment of the bank towards supporting all the national football teams, and promised to continue to fulfill its part of the partnership with a view to ensuring that Nigerian national football teams take their pride of place in global football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

“No need to panic”

first_imgJamaicans travelling to the US should breathe easy – Jamaican Consul GeneralBY Garth A. RoseFranz Hall, Jamaican Consul General to the South Eastern USA, and based in Miami, says information gathered by the consulate offices in Miami, there is no basis for panic by Jamaicans traveling to the US.Since the Trump administration signed an immigration executive order banning migrants from several mainly Muslim countries, and began enforcing existing immigration laws there have been rumors of increasing numbers of Jamaicans denied entry at US airports.A recent report from Jamaica indicated that Hall in an interview broadcast on a Jamaican radio station said he was concerned a number of Jamaicans who arrived at the Hobby International Airport in Houston, Texas, were denied entry to the US, and had their visas cancelled.Hall…no need to panicIn an interview with National Weekly Hall said he cannot speak to, or verify information that implies several Jamaicans have been denied entry into the US at the nation’s airports, or had their US visa cancelled. He said it was however, a fact that at the Hobby International Airport in Houston, three Jamaicans were recently denied entry. This included a woman who was denied entry subsequent to her cell-phone being searched by US immigration officers.“When the incidences of Jamaicans being denied entry into the US increases from zero to three within weeks at the same airport, that is something that we need to look into,” Hall said.He said the Jamaican Consulate research has not revealed incidents of wide scale denial of Jamaicans entering US ports. Hall cited, that this research indicated more Jamaicans were denied entry into the US during the corresponding January to March period in 2016, than were denied entry since the Trump administration assumed office. He also cited that more Jamaicans were deported during February to March 2016, than the corresponding period this year. “I don’t think there is a situation that exists that warrants panic among people coming to the US from Jamaica, although incidents like those that occurred Houston’s Hobby airport where Jamaicans can fly into directly from Jamaica warrants  looking into.”Hall also said the Consulates research supported information National Weekly sourced from immigration officers at both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale International Airports that in cases where Jamaicans have been denied entry it is usually related to problems with their landing documentation, prior legal problems, not directly related to any recent US immigration policy.On the Jamaican radio program, “Both Sides of the Story’, which is aired on Power 106 FM, Hall said although Jamaican authorities are concerned about the incidents at the Houston airport, he conceded immigration officials in any foreign country have the right to determine who they allow into that country. He also said Jamaica has a responsibility to ensure that its citizens are treated fairly when they travel abroad.last_img read more