The Lightning Thief, Starring Chris McCarrell, Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Get ready to enter the world of Percy Jackson! Author Rick Riordan’s young adult fantasy novel, The Lightning Thief, is heading to the New York stage. Les Miz fresh face Chris McCarrell will headline the off-Broadway musical penned by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. The Stephen Brackett-helmed production is set to begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on March 23. Opening night is slated for April 4.McCarrell made his Great White Way debut in Les Miserables, eventually going on to take over the role of Marius. His other stage credits include Pippin, Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, Summer of ’42 and a musical version of Bubble Boy. McCarrell appears in Netflix’s The OA and was one of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan Live! on NBC.Riordan’s best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel The Lightning Thief follows Percy Jackson on a fantastical journey across the United States in search of Zeus’ lightning bolt. The story has been adapted into a film series with Chris Columbus at the helm and Logan Lerman playing the role of Jackson. A one-hour musical version has also been created; however, the forthcoming off-Broadway production includes two acts and a larger cast.The production will include choreography from Patrick McCollum, lighting design by David Lander, sets by Lee Savage, costumes by Sydney Maresca, sound design by Ryan Rumery and orchestrations from Deweese and Rokicki.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The engagement is scheduled to run through May 6.  Chris McCarrell(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) The Lightning Thief Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 6, 2017center_img View Comments Related Shows Chris McCarrelllast_img read more

Watch: Donegal farmer has a surprise in store for First Dates

first_imgA Donegal farmer is set to have a very entertaining appearance on First Dates Ireland this week – as he reveals his drag queen alter ego.Martin McGuinness, aged 51, will be turning on his northern charms on the RTE dating series airing this Thursday at 9.30pm.Martin McGuinness, First Dates IrelandWhen not looking after his farm in Ardara, Martin performs as a cabaret artist called Scarlet Rose. And the theatrical singer is a big advocate of the vibrant drag scene.Speaking to his date, Cork fashion fan Alan (45), Martin says: “Every man should be put in heels and the whole outfit.”Martin first got involved in the drag scene after visiting the lavish Madame JoJo piano bar in London over thirty years ago in 1986. His fabulous alter ego has performed in Turkey and Egypt, as well as all the London hot spots.While originally from Belfast, he has lived in rural Donegal since the 80s. TV fans may recognise Scarlet Rose from her famous audition last year on Ireland’s Got Talent on Virgin Media One. She was put through to the semi-finals after a shocking mishap with judge Jason Byrne.Ireland’s Got Talent viewers floored by Donegal farmer’s jaw-dropping transformation Watch: Donegal farmer has a surprise in store for First Dates was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dragfarmerfirst dates irelandmartin mcguinnesslast_img read more

Round-up: QPR deals in trouble, Fulham signing close, Chelsea youngsters triumph

first_imgFulham look likely to beat QPR to the signing of United States international Tim Ream.The defender held talks with Rangers after they had a £1.4m bid accepted by Bolton but Ream appears to have decided to join Fulham, who have also had an offer accepted.Rangers’ attempts to sign highly-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley from Southend have also stalled, so they have made an approach to Huddersfield for Alex Smithies.And there continues to be speculation that first-choice keeper Rob Green could leave Loftus Road. No approaches have been received for the 35-year-old.Chris Ramsey has problems at the opposite end of the pitch – he blamed QPR’s failure to take several chances after the disappointing outcome against Cardiff, who came back from two down to draw 2-2.QPR boss Ramsey rues his team’s missed chances against CardiffHead coach Ramsey also said he substituted Charlie Austin and Tjaronn Chery for the second game running because both were showing signs of fatigue.R’s chairman Tony Fernandes told fans on Twitter after the match that the result was still a decent one and that the team is “a work in progress.”Fulham, meanwhile, were beaten 2-1 by Brighton at Craven Cottage, where the visitors scored with an injury-time penalty.Whites boss Kit Symons pointed the finger of blame at defender Shaun Hutchinson, who gave away the spot-kick.Brentford came from behind to win 4-2 at Bristol City – but they have problems.This week they were hit with the news that summer signing Andreas Bjelland will miss the rest of the season – and now boss Marinus Dijkhuizen says playmaker Jota will be sidelined for three or four months.Jota is expected to be out of action for some timeDijkhuizen is, however, hopeful that the club will be able to keep Andre Gray this season despite Hull’s attempts to sign the striker.Chelsea face title rivals Manchester City on Sunday and Blues boss Jose Mourinho has insisted they have not been affected in any way by the furore over his fall-out with two of his medical staff.Man City v Chelsea: five key battlesChelsea’s Under-18s were in action earlier today, maintaining their winning start to the season with a 1-0 victory against Aston Villa.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Airbus boost for SA aerospace sector

first_img27 June 2013South African state-owned defence equipment manufacturer Denel has signed a R157-million agreement with Airbus to manufacture tail plane parts for the A400M strategic airlifter.The contract will last eight years, with production beginning in the next few months; the first finished parts will be shipped to Airbus’ manufacturing plant in Stade, Germany in August 2013.It demonstrates the confidence that international manufacturers have in South Africa’s aerospace industry, according to Denel Group chief executive officer Riaz Saloojee.“We have proven ourselves to be a reliable and innovative top tier supplier to one of the most sophisticated aircraft manufacturing programmes in the world,” he said in a statement last week.“Airbus’s decision to place a third major order with Denel shows satisfaction with the quality of our design and manufacturing processes and our ability to deliver on time and within budgets.”The deal includes the manufacturing of vertical beams known as spars, horizontal composite machinings called ribs and a connecting plate at the bottom known as the sword.All of these parts are constructed from carbon fibre composites and covered with a metallic skin and added to the internal tail structure before the plane is assembled.“The vertical tail plane is a flight critical part of an aircraft of the size of the A400M and contributes to its unique ability to land and take off carrying payloads in excess of 35 000 kilograms,” the company said.“The new contract places the company at the core of the global aerospace manufacturing industry,” said Denel Aerostructures CEO Ismail Dockrat.Denel Aerostructures has also just completed a relocation of its operations to one location, which will cut costs and improve efficiency, as well as position the company to take on more manufacturing work.Dockrat said the contract also confirms that Denel is at the forefront of global trends to use composite materials for high-tech manufacturing and is driving the trend in the country.“Denel Aerostructures has made significant investments in a composite facility in which it is able to manufacture products ranging from simple aircraft parts to complex main rotor blades for helicopters,” the company said.“Government, in its Aerospace Sector Development Plan, recognises the immense potential of the composite sector, noting that it will be dominant in aerospace going forward and should be integral to future business planning,” Dockrat said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sport is a way to better life

first_imgThe Grootbos Foundation and Football Foundation of South Africa uses sport to lure youngsters in small Western Cape towns away from drugs, alcohol and crime.The football foundation runs football, netball, hockey and athletics training sessions in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus which reach 2 000 individuals weekly. (Image: Grootbos Foundation)Sport has the potential to change lives. It transcends the boundaries of race, religion and class. It is this potential that the Grootbos Foundation has tapped into, to help change the communities of Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus.The Football Foundation of South Africa (FFSA), established in 2008 and merged with the Grootbos Foundation in 2014, uses sport to encourage social integration in the Western Cape towns. It also educates and empowers young people, using sport as the tool.The football foundation runs football, netball, hockey and athletics training sessions in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus which, according to its website, reach 2 000 individuals weekly.It uses this range of sports to appeal to the youngsters, offering them more constructive ways to use their time. This way, it draws them away from getting caught in a culture of drug and alcohol abuse and gangsterism.The Grootbos Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College, another project run by the foundation, looks to educate between eight to twelve unemployed young adults.In addition to the sports training sessions, the organisation also runs programmes aimed at educating the youth about major social issues such as HIV, female empowerment, the environment, nutrition and enterprise development.By promoting education, health awareness and skills development, as well as providing leadership opportunities within the organisation itself, the FFSA looks to equip the youngsters involved in the programme with the knowledge and skills needed for them to develop and increase their chances of finding employment.“In South Africa there is a massive demand for skills,” said the director of the Grootbos Foundation, Leán Terblanche, during an interview with former Manchester United Football Club player Rio Ferdinand.“Employment is a problem worldwide, but by giving these people the skills and this kind of education and the accredited training which is key in this programme as well, it enables them to go on and their chances of finding employment vastly improve.”HOW YOU CAN HELPThere are a range of options for those looking to get involved in the activities of the organisation, including making a monetary donation to help cover expenses. You can also offer your time to volunteer with Grootbos.As a volunteer you can help the coaches in the running of the Football Foundation sports outreach projects throughout the Western Cape or assist with some of their administrative work at their offices.The organisation also welcomes those looking to make a donation of old sporting equipment or funds to help them continue reaching as many people as it can.Those interested in playing a part in the future successes of the organisation can have a look at Grootbos’ donate, volunteer or internship pages for more information on how you can get involved.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Football dreams are made of this

first_imgTwo Filipinos are about to take their young football careers to Germany where they will join the training camp of famed sports club FC Bayern Munich.Jan Meir Mitra of De La Salle Zobel, Konrad Keim Sollorin of Iloilo, Aeron Christian Tenollar of Baguio and Michael Antillo at Archie Dela Cruz of Don Bosco will fly to Bali, Indonesia, next week for the three-day Allianz Junior Football Camp to be conducted by Bayern youth coach Maximillian Knauer and retired Brazilian striker Giovane Elber.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lady Warriors, Jet spikers dispute semis slot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ They will vie for two of the five slots to the Germany camp set late August against players from China, India, among others.The Philippine representatives aged 14 to 16 years were chosen during the recent National Youth Futsal Cup organized by Allianz PNB Life, Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and Henry V. Moran Foundation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“When you are in the field, you have to make sure that you work as a team and you develop self-discipline,” said Allianz PNB Life branding communications and digital director Rei Abrazaldo during the media presentation Tuesday at Ayala Museum Cafe in Makati.Jess Landangan was assigned by the PFF to handle the Filipinos’ Bali camp. —ROMINA S. AUSTRIA El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more