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College of A & L creates new minor

first_imgNext fall semester, the College of Arts and Letters will offer a new minor in Business Economics, providing students with the opportunity to gain basic knowledge of business-related skills. “We’re very excited to offer the Business Economics minor next fall,” Dean of the College of Arts and Letters John McGreevy said. “It should be a great opportunity for Arts and Letters students to learn about the basic concepts of the business world.” The minor will consist of five courses: two in economics, one in accounting, one in finance and one in statistics. “It should be a rigorous, challenging program,” McGreevy said. McGreevy said the number of students whose primary major falls in the College of Arts and Letters has recently declined, while more students seem to be taking an interest in business. “At the same time, the number of majors in Arts and Letters has remained stable because so many students are double-majoring from [Mendoza] into [the College of] Arts and Letters,” he said. “We see this as an attractive option for those business students fundamentally attracted to Arts and Letters, but who want some basic business vocabulary.” Many students believe an Arts and Letters major decreases their chances of finding a job after graduation, so they enroll in Mendoza with their future careers in mind, McGreevy said. “We think that a lot of students want to be in Arts and Letters, but worry that a degree in the arts won’t serve them well in their future career searches,” he said. “This is not true. Many Arts and Letters students pursue a career in business and are very successful.” Students in the College of Arts and Letters have a variety of post-graduation options, and they do equally as well in obtaining work as do business students or students from any other college, McGreevy said. “We love where our Arts and Letters students end up,” he said. “Almost all of them find satisfying work. Indeed, the number of Arts and Letters students looking for work a year after graduation is the same as for students in any college across the university. About a third of them go on to graduate or professional school, 20 percent go into full-time service and about half go right into the paid labor force.” The Business Economics minor will provide students with business terminology and the fundamentals needed to understand a global economy. However, the minor is not necessary to secure a job in the field of business, McGreevy said. “Notre Dame students in Arts and Letters already have success in the business world, so you do not need the business minor to find a job. However, we think that for students seriously considering a career in business, it will provide a good feel for business vocabulary,” he said. One of the main goals of the new minor is to encourage students to study what they want to study, regardless of future career plans, McGreevy said. “The bottom line is, we want people to study what they love,” he said. “If you love English, you should study English. If you love science, you should study science. If you love accounting, you should study accounting. Students shouldn’t panic in their first year about whether or not they are going to find a job because the evidence tells us that Notre Dame students are going to do well.”last_img read more

SMC appoints student to Board of Trustees

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees appointed junior Malea Schulte, a studio art major, as the 2013-2014 student trustee April 19. Schulte will begin her term in June. Saint Mary’s is one of very few colleges to have a student on the Board of Trustees, current student trustee Alyssa Vinluan said. The student trustee is a full voting member and her opinion is weighted as much as that of every other Board member. “I think the fact that the College has a student trustee speaks to the mission of the College,” Vinluan, a Spanish and secondary education double major, said. “The mission strives to help women develop their talents and make a difference in the world, and the student trustee position is a perfect example of that.” Vinluan, who served on the Board for the 2012-2013 term year, said she was on both the Mission and Student Life Committees. Schulte said she has not yet been assigned to a committee. “Being on the Board gave me a different perspective of the reasoning behind every decision that the College makes,” Vinluan said. “Every decision that is made is made with the [College’s] mission in mind.” College President Carol Ann Mooney said it is important for the College to have a student trustee so students’ voices can be heard. “Having a student on the Board provides the ongoing opportunity for the Board to hear student perspectives, something that is obviously key to their work,” Mooney said. “But just as important is that having students on most major college committees provides an important educational opportunity for our students.” Vinluan said her experience with the Board taught her a lot and influenced her post-graduation plans. “What interested me the most about being on the Board was the fundraising aspect,” Vinluan said. “I was able to participate in the Faith Always, Action Now campaign, and it made me realize I have a knack for development.” Vinluan said being on the Board enabled her to meet great people who are passionate about Saint Mary’s. “The Board members are so inspiring,” Vinluan said. “They include some Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame graduates who have done a lot for the College and are excellent role models. I was very happy to introduce [Schulte] to them at the last meeting.” Schulte participates in several activities on campus, including Bellacapella, the Intercultural Leadership Certificate Program and Campus Ministry. Mooney said this extent of involvement made Schulte an excellent candidate for the position of student trustee. “[Schulte] was chosen from an unusually-strong pool of candidates for the breadth of her campus activities,” Mooney said. “This gives her knowledge of a cross-section of students and their interests and activities. In addition, her maturity, thoughtfulness and very strong letters of nomination helped me make my decision.”last_img read more

Magazine mogul defends the morality of capitalism

first_imgCapitalism has been falsely maligned as an amoral or even immoral system, according to Steve Forbes.Chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and a former presidential candidate, Forbes was invited by Young Americans for Freedom, the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies and the Tocqueville Program to speak on “Morality and Capitalism” in Hesburgh Library’s Carey Auditorium on Thursday evening.Sarah Olson | The Observer Forbes began the lecture by discussing how capitalism is portrayed in popular culture and by Hollywood specifically. According to Forbes, films and TV shows characterize businessmen as greedy villains willing to sacrifice all ethical principles in search for profits.“Research has shown that in the movies, businessmen kill more people than serial killers do,” Forbes said. However, Forbes said this vicious stereotype rarely reflects reality, and in fact, the marketplace actually encourages moral behavior.“The reason that commerce is based on morality is very simple: In true free markets, you succeed by meeting the needs and wants of other people,” he said.This principle of cooperation extends not only to how companies interact with consumers, Forbes said, but also to how businesspeople and entrepreneurs work together to form corporations.“When we say the word corporation you think big, cold and greedy, but the fact of the matter is corporations are about working together towards a common goal,” he said.Forbes also said the concept of comparative advantage is key to understanding how the exchange of goods and services works.He said Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the duo behind Apple, utilized their different strength to lead the personal computing revolution. Jobs’s understanding of consumers and the marketplace helped him lead Apple’s business development and sales, while Wozniak’s technical knowledge and engineering background allowed him to perfect the actual products themselves.Forbes cited the essay “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read as an example of how even the most seemingly simple products require a sophisticated web of cooperation in order to be successfully manufactured and sold.Nonetheless, Forbes said, finding this kind of success is often a difficult task that involves repeated failure.“Sometimes there’s prodigies, but most of us have to learn the hard way,” he said.As an example, Forbes discussed the bankruptcies of Henry Ford before he successfully manufactured and sold the original Model A.Forbes said capitalism’s process of creative destruction and progress through competition gives opportunities to a greater amount of people than do more stratified systems.“It enables people from the most unlikely backgrounds to rise up,” he said.Ray Kroc, the cofounder of McDonald’s Corporation, embodies the ideal of the unlikely entrepreneur, Forbes said, because of his initial struggles and later meteoric rise to the top of the business world.“He was a guy in his 50s who had never achieved great success and was selling milkshake machines in California,” he said.Yet Forbes said the benefits of capitalism are not constrained to a few lucky individuals. Instead, capitalism spreads knowledge that continually improves society by encouraging innovation. He said the example of post-World War II Europe and Japan proves this idea because their economies were built on information and not merely physical capital that was destroyed during the conflict. “Thanks to the U.S. security umbrella, Western Europe and Japan, a few years after this devastating conflict, were producing more than before the conflict began,” Forbes said.Concluding the lecture, Forbes said the impact of religion and Christianity in particular is essential to growth of capitalism in the Western world.“Our Judeo-Christian heritage led to more curiosity and experimentation in a way no other faith did,” he said.Tags: business ethics, capitalism, Forbeslast_img read more

Jenkins comments on sex abuse scandal at opening mass

first_imgAnna Mason | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins welcomed the campus community to the 2018-2019 academic year with Tuesday’s opening mass in Purcell Pavilion. Mass was followed by a picnic in the Notre Dame Stadium Concourse.Jenkins, himself a priest, expressed disgust that some clerics would take advantage of their position to carry out evil.“The stories in that report and in other reports are appalling in themselves, but are made much more so because the offenders were priests, called to be examples and pastors to those they exploited,” he said. “Such stories are painful to all, but they are particularly searing to me and the other priests with me today, whose commitment can seem so tarnished, so soaked in filth, by those who so badly abused it.”Jenkins further elaborated on this theme with a discussion of the betrayal at the heart of the scandal. The University President said Catholic institutions which should protect those who cannot help themselves, were guilty of “perversely exploiting the vulnerable and corrupting the young.” Specifically referencing the various cover-ups carried out by bishops in Pennsylvania, Jenkins said that bishops who should have been “shepherds” had in many situations “done more to protect the wolves than the sheep.”“For all these reasons, I — and many — feel deep sadness and shame,” Jenkins said.Quoting a letter published Monday from Pope Francis to the world’s Catholics regarding the abuse scandal, Jenkins said the University will do everything in its power to combat abuse.“As Pope Francis wrote on Monday, ‘Today we are challenged as the People of God to take on the pain of our brothers and sisters wounded in their flesh and in their spirit . . . Today we want solidarity, in the deepest and most challenging sense, to become our way of forging present and future history.’ I know Bishop Rhoades is committed to this path in this diocese, and Notre Dame is as well. We will do all we can to create a safe, nurturing environment everywhere,” he said.Jenkins expressed a hope for a better future and dedicated the mass to the victims of abuse.“‘Where sin abounds,’ writes St. Paul, ‘there grace abounds all the more,’” he said. “Let us pray that, though shaken by these stories of sin and exploitation, we may find the grace to help heal wounds and protect the vulnerable and young. I ask you to join me in offering this Mass for victims of abuse in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and asking God’s help to prevent it in the future.  Let us ask for God’s mercy, and for the Holy Spirit to come among us.”Later in the mass, in his homily, Jenkins reflected on a passage from 1 Corinthians in which St. Paul comments on the prideful practices and habits of the early Christian community in Corinth.“In this passage I just read, Paul addresses their practice of boasting about their spiritual gifts, claiming superiority for their gifts over those of others,” he said. “That pride, that need to raise oneself over others, led them to disparage what others bring. That, of course, is the zero-sum logic of human pride: ‘my light shines brighter if I can dim the lights of others in people’s eyes.’”Rather than focus selfishly on individual talents, Jenkins implored the congregation to use their gifts in the service of the larger community.“The antidote to that poison, Paul suggests, is for people to see their skills and abilities do not rise from themselves and they are not their individual possessions,” he said. “They are, rather, gifts from God distributed freely for the good of the community, so that the community may be enriched by them. They are gifts to the individual, for the community.”Tags: Catholic Church abuse scandal, Community, Fr. John Jenkins, opening mass Speaking at the opening mass of the academic year Tuesday, University President Fr. John Jenkins commented on the clerical sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church following a Pennsylvania grand jury report on the widespread prevalence of abusive priests and the various cover-ups Church leaders utilized to protect these abusers. Jenkins also delivered a homily about the importance of community and using individual skills for the betterment of a larger group.In his opening remarks at the service, Jenkins said the mass should be a day of “anticipation” for the new school year. However, he said that the abuse scandal had “cast a pall” over what should have otherwise been a joyous occasion.last_img read more

Fighting Irish Media student staffers promote Notre Dame athletics, build community

first_imgThe Fighting Irish Media (FIM) is a group of students and professional staffers that works to promote Notre Dame athletic programs and produce their media content. Notre Dame football is one of the most well-known college programs in the country. However, they have not gained and maintained this notoriety alone — a number of organizations on campus such as FIM have contributed to Notre Dame’s illustrious reputation.  “FIM does a bunch of athletic broadcasts and video editing,” freshman Matt Smith said. “We’ll do a bunch of different promos for every sport so they can always put stuff up on video boards and social media accounts. We’re trying to highlight athletics at Notre Dame.” Sophomore Maya Puterbaugh said FIM’s sports coverage is meant to energize the student section at every Notre Dame game. “Overall, our big things are doing coverage for sporting events,” Puterbaugh said. “We operate the cameras that go to the video board and live broadcasts. We also make the promotional videos that go up on the video board like all of the hype videos with the awesome music to get the student section riled up.”These are only a few of the many responsibilities that the FIM take on. For the football team, freshman Suneina Badoni said students are able to take up important production roles in areas such as “filming games, going to live events, making gifs for social media [and] making the hype videos for the video board.” Generally, the work that FIM does is geared towards getting people excited for Notre Dame sports, senior Mia Berry said in an email.“At FIM we’re consistently making sure that we’re creating a home-field advantage for every home game,” she said. “Home field advantage is just making sure that there’s a lot of energy in the stadium that ND players can feed off of and perform at a high level.” (Editor’s Note: Berry is a former Observer sports writer.)Freshman Eliza Smith said FIM strives to promote Notre Dame and the spirit of the Fighting Irish.“I definitely believe FIM works to better the brand of Notre Dame,” Smith said. “We don’t put players’ names on the backs of their jerseys because the brand is not the player … right now the brand is Notre Dame.”Supporting Notre Dame sports in this way contributes to school spirit in general, Matt Smith said.“We hope to promote athletics in general because it’s a great thing for school spirit and school pride,” he said.  “Something that Notre Dame is really good at is enhancing that.” The student workers at FIM get to explore the world of digital media in a very hands-on way, senior Natural Baptiste said in an email.“We have a lot of young adult and student workers who are in tuned with the times,” Baptiste said. “If someone has an idea, a lot of the time it gets green-lighted.” FIM is one of the few programs in the country that allows students to produce media, Berry said.“FIM has been complimented multiple times that our broadcasts look just as good if not better than other universities with professional staff,” she said. This open access provides students with a unique experience, Puterbaugh said. “ND is unique with how involved students can get,” she said. ”We have broadcasts where all the cameras are run by students, our replays are student-run, so much of the behind the scenes stuff they let us do. It’s real life experience and you don’t get that a lot of different places.”The FIM provides opportunities for these students to gain knowledge that not only impacts the Notre Dame community, but also their own lives. “Working with FIM made me realize that this was something I was doing with my free time, and I really enjoy it, and it made me realize that I wanted to go into the entertainment industry,” Puterbaugh said. “I actually ended up picking up FTT as a second major. It really helped me figure out that this is what I wanted to do as a career.” Though the student workers have experienced personal growth through FIM, Baptiste said they have also learned the value of hard work and community engagement.“It is a lot of work but at the end of the day, I know I was hired because I am capable of the job,” Baptiste said. “I can go back to my room after every game and know I did a good job.” Eliza Smith said she is dedicated to the work, a commonality all the student workers share.“I work really hard, I put in a bunch of hours, but that’s what everyone else does,” she said. “We all just have one goal which is the common goal, and the common goal is Notre Dame. I’m ok with not being recognized because if the players are meant to represent the brand of Notre Dame, why should I be any different? The point is that we made a good production and we did it together.” Though they’re dedicated to their work, the students find time for fun, Badoni said.“I don’t feel like work is an obligation,” she said. “It feels more like a privilege — I always have fun.”Eliza Smith said the friendships that have formed between the staffers make the challenges of work more manageable.“I really do believe that this is the most fun job I’m going to have in my life because you build relationships so easily,” she said. “Yeah, you’re under the wire and you have stressful moments, but then after it’s over and you just move on.”Tags: Fighting Irish Media, media content, Notre Dame Athletics, Notre Dame footballlast_img read more

International student orientation smaller than usual as first-years struggle to obtain visas

first_imgThis year’s international students’ orientation, held on Aug. 1-2, included a number of different events to get international students acquainted with Notre Dame and the U.S.The orientation consisted of a welcome from Notre Dame International, a presentation from International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) on responsibilities students with an F-1 or J-1 visa should manage, student community-building activities with International Ambassadors and presentations from a myriad of campus resources.Leah Zimmer, the director of ISSA, said orientation looked a little different this year as a result of the pandemic. While Notre Dame usually welcomes around 350 guests –– including both students and parents –– only about a 100 guests were able to attend this year.“Because of travel restrictions and the suspension of visa processing at U.S. embassies, far fewer students were able to attend this year,” Zimmer said. “We look forward to welcoming students in the next week, if they are able to get a visa, or in spring 2021 or fall 2021.”Though classes are set to begin on Aug. 10, Zimmer said some international students have not been able to finalize their plans due to the pandemic. Notre Dame is still expecting the arrival of a number of international students in the coming weeks.Melanie Benítez, a first-year student from Colombia, was able to move into Pasquerilla West Hall on Aug. 1. However, leaving her country was a complicated process.“Coming to the U.S., even while being a citizen, was challenging because Colombia’s international borders are closed, which makes traveling way more difficult and expensive,” Benítez said.For first-year Nicolás López, also from Colombia, arriving to the U.S. was equally challenging. He was able to leave his country through a humanitarian flight offered to U.S. citizens. Even though he found “an easy exit,” López acknowledged other international students might not have his luck.“Colombia’s borders have been and will remain closed for the foreseeable future and have deprived many close friends of mine from traveling to the States and attending their respective colleges,” López said.Across the world, a myriad of countries have established flight restrictions in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This reality has hindered student’s plans to pursue an education away from their home countries. In addition, international students have been struggling to obtain visas amid the pandemic.As a result, Notre Dame announced it was providing first-year international students four different options to complete their education.In the event that international students cannot travel to the U.S., they can either choose to study away locally, defer for a semester or a year or take “other academic provisions” in which the student can fill out a request form to likely study online from their home country.The path towards attending Notre Dame might not be clear for several international students. However, despite the difficulties, López, who is pursuing a major in economics, said Notre Dame inspired him to overcome the challenges in his way.“Although coronavirus, took a rough toll on all of us high school seniors, Notre Dame was always an aspect in my life that encouraged me to push through,” he said. “I hope that coming here will grant me the chance to rediscover myself and make a family of my own.”Tags: Colombia, International students, ISSA, Leah Zimmer, visaslast_img read more

Student Policy Network provides Notre Dame students with an avenue for learning about careers in public policy, advocacy

first_imgThe Student Policy Network (SPN), a project of BridgeND that pursues student/firm partnerships in public policy, has launched three projects for the fall semester.Juniors Greg Miller and Patrick Aimone said they initiated the launch of SPN after identifying a gap in the opportunities for students to learn more about careers in public policy at Notre Dame. SPN provides undergraduate students with opportunities to pursue policy research and advocacy with partners. Both Miller and Aimone said they designed SPN to be structured similarly to the Student International Business Council (SIBC).“Notre Dame does a great job connecting and placing students who have even just a passing interest in consulting and finance in those worlds,” Aimone said. “I think part of it is the existence of these student organizations that make it really easy to take a first stab at figuring out if it’s something you enjoy doing.”Aimone said the goal of SPN is to provide an opportunity for students to get a feel for a career without committing to a full-time summer internship, while also gaining real experience on projects.“There are a lot of students who have a minor that’s associated with political science or have a passing interest in politics, but don’t want to devote a summer doing an internship,” he said. “So part of why SPN exists is to bridge that gap.” Courtesy of Greg Miller The Student Policy Network hosted its first meeting on Aug. 20.Similar to SIBC, students in SPN connect with partner organizations and work in teams to develop a project. This semester, SPN is pursuing three projects: one focused on human rights abuse sanctions under the Magnitsky Act, one lobbying for undocumented immigrants to be eligible for driver’s licenses in the state of Indiana and one researching solutions to the housing crisis in the city of South Bend, according to Miller.Miller is a lead for the Magnitsky Act project with the partner organization Human Rights First. Miller said the team is drafting a request to sanction that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of State, an idea he took away from the Washington, D.C. program this past spring.Miller said he thinks SPN is an example of how youth can make an impact in public policy and governance.“A lot of these public policy firms are really interested in user input, and they don’t get that enough,” Miller said. “So the projects we’re working on are all very real world and very useful to our partners.”Aimone said he is leading a project for a coalition of immigration organizers in northern Indiana, in which SPN students will lobby the Indiana State Government to pass a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants in Indiana the ability to drive. He said he thinks it’s a great example of what the SPN is capable of doing to assist partner organizations.“Many of these organizers have their hands full dealing with day to day immediate needs of the communities they serve,” he said. “And this is an area where the devoted efforts and research of a team of college students can really push forward something that a coalition might not have the manpower to do.”Robert Caruso, also a junior at Notre Dame, said he is leading a team of students in crafting a strategy to address homelessness in South Bend, which will be presented to the mayor’s office for consideration. Caruso said he’s excited about the local impact SPN has the potential to make. “I’m excited to see our projects actually implemented,” he said. “We’re emphasizing in our project the fact that it is so localized, we feel as if we can really make an impact, and that’s really powerful. … It gives students a sense of agency in the issues of the world around them, makes them feel as if they can really make a difference, even in the undergraduate experiences when it often feels like we don’t have any agency at all.”Looking ahead, Aimone said he’s confident that the organization will expand to take on more projects next semester and beyond. SPN will seek official recognition as a student organization for the spring semester. “We actually had more interest from [partner organizations] than our three projects could accommodate,” he said. “We’re hoping to double or more the number of projects we have next semester.”Beyond projects, Miller said he hopes SPN becomes an avenue to internships and careers in public policy for students. “While working on projects, students will get a chance to network and see what the partner organization is all about, and, hopefully, to develop internship routes and job routes,” he said.Echoing Miller, Aimone said he hopes the ND alumni network will embrace SPN, allowing students the opportunity to make connections with graduates working in the field.“We’re optimistic that Notre Dame alumni in the public policy sphere will see this as an opportunity to bolster their connection with current students,” he said. “We hope alumni will give back to the community by hosting these projects in the future and giving current students the opportunity to learn.”Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated SPN was a newly formed student organization, but the project has not received approval from the Student Activities Office. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: advocacy, immigration advocacy, nd washington program, political science, public policy, SIBClast_img read more

Another Person Recovers From COVID-19, New Case Reported

first_imgShare: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) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – One new case of COVID-19 was reported Thursday, with another person recovering from the illness in Chautauqua County.The Chautauqua County Health Department says the new cases involves a woman in her 30s.There are two actives cases, 24 recoveries and three deaths related to the outbreak. “51 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored,” said officials. “Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors; and 653 negative test results to date.”On Friday afternoon, Chautauqua County officials are scheduled to hold their 3 p.m. weekly update. Viewers can watch the press conference streamed LIVE on WNYNewsNow.com/LIVE, our mobile app, or Facebook page.Cattaraugus County Health Department reported two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday.The thirty-second confirmed case is a female who resides in the northeastern part of the county, who was possibly exposed to a active case. Officials say she developed a low grade fever while undergoing rehabilitation at a healthcare facility in Buffalo.The thirty-third confirmed case is a male who resides in the southwestern part of county who has no significant travel history, but developed fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath. He was taken and eventually admitted to Olean General Hospital where he was tested for the virus.The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that they have been in contact with and the places that they visited.last_img read more

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III, Starring Tony Winner Mark Rylance, Recoup on Broadway

first_img Samuel Barnett Related Shows Mark Rylance The acclaimed all-male Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III recouped their $3.1 million investment, producers announced on January 9. Directed by Tim Carroll, the shows, playing in repertory, began their run at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre on October 15, and are scheduled to end their limited engagement on February 16. View Comments View All (4) Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 16, 2014 Star Files Starring two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance as Olivia in Twelfth Night and the title role in Richard III, the productions feature live music played on traditional Elizabethan instruments with the stage lit almost exclusively by the glow of 100 candles. Audiences are able witness the pre-show ritual of actors dressing and preparing their makeup on stage. In addition to Rylance, cast members include Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Jethro Skinner, Angus Wright, Terry McGinity, Kurt Egyiawan, Matt Harrington, Matthew Schechter Hayden Signoretti and Joseph Timms. Stephen Fry Paul Chahidi Twelfth Nightlast_img read more

Hello Kitty Gets Kinky! The Frisky Feline Reveals Her True Identity

first_img Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Related Shows OK, bear with us. Tokyo-based toy company Sanrio recently announced that their character Hello Kitty is not really a cat, but a “personification of a cat” named Kitty White. Yep. The company went on to explain that she is actually “a cheerful and happy little girl with a heart of gold” born in the outskirts of London. Since revealing her true identity, Hello Kitty has apparently been in the mood for some theater, because she went to visit the Tony-winning hit Kinky Boots and hang out with her drag queen pals from the English Midlands. Check out this shot of the “happy little girl” hanging out with the cast of Kinky Boots, then see the high-kicking stars for yourself at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre! View Commentslast_img read more

Check Out Footage From Broadway-Bound The Heart of Robin Hood

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015 Related Shows It’s Robin Hood like you’ve never seen! The familiar tale is getting a makeover and heading to Broadway this spring with The Heart of Robin Hood, but not before swashbuckling its way through Canada. Take a look at footage from the show’s Winnipeg premiere, featuring Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, Euan Morton and more. The play, written by David Farr and featuring music by the New England-based folk group Parsonsfield, begins at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre on March 10, 2015. The Heart of Robin Hoodlast_img read more

Date Set for The Drama League Awards

first_img The eligibility cut-off date will be on April 19, with the nominee announcement taking place on April 21 at Sardi’s for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award. View Comments Another date for your calendar! The Drama League has announced that the 81st Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony will take place on May 15 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members—specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Last year Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris took home the top honor, winning the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his performance in Hedwig.last_img read more

If/Then Supernova Idina Menzel Shows Off New Blonde Locks

first_img If/Then View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Idina Menzel Star Files Is she always starting over in a brand new hairdo? Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Idina Menzel took to Instagram to show off a drastic new look: a blonde bob!“Look what me and my girl [hairstylist Jeny Tamera] did today,” Menzel wrote. “Needed a change. Loving it! #brunettetoblonde #blondehairdontcare”.Does this mean she’s playing Elsa in Frozen on Broadway? Or that she’s returning to Wicked as Glinda?! Stop teasing us, Idina! You can catch her belting her face off in cardigans and (presumably) a brunette wig in If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theatre through Sunday. Related Showslast_img read more

OITNB’s Danielle Brooks Will Make B’way Debut in The Color Purple

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Star Files Danielle Brookscenter_img Orange Is the New Black star Danielle Brooks will make her Broadway debut as Sofia in the upcoming revival of The Color Purple. The John Doyle-helmed musical, co-starring the previously announced Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery and Cynthia Erivo as Celie, will begin performances on November 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and will now officially open slightly later than first reported, on December 10.Brooks stars as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson in Orange Is the New Black. Educated at Juilliard, her additional screen credits include Angry Birds, Girls, I Dream Too Much and Time Out of Mind.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.Doyle’s stripped-down production opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on July 15, 2013, starring Erivo. The new staging cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original incarnation and its producers include Oprah Winfrey. The Color Purple Jennifer Hudsonlast_img read more

Lesli Margherita Reflects on Her Cooter-Slamming, Scooter-Riding Time in Matilda

first_imgIn the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Lesli Margherita is playing her final performance in the hit musical Matilda on September 6, so we asked the Olivier winner to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview to tell us all about her time as Mrs. Wormwood before she begins her new gig in Dames at Sea. Below, Queen Lesli reflects on her wig-wearing, back-flipping and (of course) LOUD time in Matilda.How did you feel when you first got this job?At first it was extreme joy. Like, weeping joy. I had waited so long to finally make my Broadway debut—and had literally waited so long because it took three months to hear I got the job. Then it went to extreme fear when I realized I had to actually move to New York from L.A. The subway…walking…[shudders].How do you feel now that you’re leaving?Total mixed feelings. This is my family, and this show absolutely changed my life. But two and a half years is a long time to spend with one character, cooter-slamming and back-flipping. I’ll miss her, but I’m so excited to do something new—and not wear blue eyeshadow.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Loud. Loud. Loud.What was the easiest thing about this job?Mrs. Wormwood’s look. I’m a tacky Italian. I already had the fake nails, high hair and wear a ton of makeup. The more sparkles the better. I had much more in common with her than I wanted to admit. It was also easy to dance with Phillip Spaeth every day. Please. Gorgeous.What was the hardest thing?Saying goodbye to kids when they outgrew their roles. That and scooting in heels on a raked and extremely bumpy stage. The scooter won the Lesli vs. evil scooter battle many times.What was the highlight of your time at this job?There have been so many, but the first preview will always be special. It was my Broadway debut, and I’ll never forget stepping on stage and saying my first line. I remember listening to the London recording while driving on the 405 in L.A., and that moment was like, “Wow, it’s really happening.”What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?1. Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself.2. Be able to slide through someone’s legs with a giant wig on without knocking them in their man parts.3. Have the ability to scoot in heels on a raked and extremely bumpy stage.4. Have Ethel Merman vocal cords. (Loud! Loud! Loud!)What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Tylenol.How do you think you’ve grown?Figuratively, I’ve grown just by performing alongside these kids. Long runs can be challenging, but they were excited for every single show and always gave 100%. They made me do the same. Literally, I think I’ve grown wider because when you do a show with kids, someone is always bringing in sweets.Why are you leaving?I’m leaving to go about 50 feet across the street from the Shubert to play Mona Kent in Dames At Sea.What will you miss the most?My family at the Shubes: cast, crew, everyone. They became my first New York family and will always be special. And my pink sparkle dance shoes. I’ll miss them. A lot. [Steals shoes.] Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments Lesli Margherita Star Files Matilda Related Showslast_img read more

Sean Hayes Set to Headline New Oscar Levant Play

first_imgEmmy winner and Tony nominee Sean Hayes is on board to star in a new play based on the life of the legendary performer Oscar Levant. Developed by Grove Entertainment, Barbara Whitman Productions and Hazy Mills Productions, the creative time and timeline for the project will be announced later.Levant was known for his roles in films such as An American in Paris and The Band Wagon as well as for his virtuosic skills as a composer and concert pianist. “I’ve been wanting to play Oscar Levant for over 10 years and this partnership is a dream come true,” said Hayes in a statement. “I have a deep passion for this project and an enduring love for my dear, Oscar.”Hayes will next be seen back on the boards with the L.A. transfer of Broadway hit An Act of God. He won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace and earned additional nods for the role for the following six years. Hayes’ other small screen credits include Sean Saves the World, Smash and The Millers. He received a Tony nomination in 2010 for his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises, and later took home an Emmy for hosting that year’s ceremony. Hayes also appeared on the New York stage in Damn Yankees at City Center’s Encores!.Check out the video below from An American in Paris of Levant in the role of a jobless concertmaster dreaming about performing Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major.” It’s quite extraordinary. Star Files Sean Hayescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more