Tony Yazbeck & More Assume New Roles in Neverland

first_imgTony Yazbeck in ‘Finding Neverland'(Photo: Carol Rosegg) Star Files Some familiar faces are flying back toward the second star to the right. Finding Neverland alums Paul Slade Smith and Dana Costello have assumed the roles of Charles Frohman and Marie Barrie, respectively, in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning musical. They take over for Marc Kudisch and Teal Wicks at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Additionally, Tony Yazbeck will return to the role of J.M. Barrie on June 10, stepping in for current star Alfie Boe. The production is set to shutter on August 21.Smith returns to the role of Charles Frohman after temporarily stepping in in April; he also understudied the role while playing Mr. Henshaw. His additional credits include Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera on tour and writing Unnecessary Farce and The Outsider. Before Finding Neverland, Costello appeared on Broadway and on tour in Jekyll & Hyde.Yazbeck, who previously performed a two-month stint as J.M. Barrie earlier this year, received a Tony nomination in 2015 for On the Town. His additional stage credits include Chicago, White Christmas, Gypsy, A Chorus Line and Oklahoma! on Broadway and Prince of Broadway in Japan.Directed by Diane Paulus and featuring a score by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham, Finding Neverland follows the story of J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan.In addition to Smith, Costello and Boe, the current cast includes Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and Sally Ann Triplett as Mrs. du Maurier. Related Shows Tony Yazbeckcenter_img View Comments Finding Neverland Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

Child abuse figures fall

first_imgStuff co.nz 22 January 2015Child-abuse figures have dropped for the first time in a decade, but are still “appallingly high”, the Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.The Government has released figures for the number of children abused in the year ending June 2014.They show 19,623 findings of abuse substantiated against 16,289 children, compared to 22,984 findings of abuse against 18,595 children the previous year.Of the 146,657 overall notifications made to Child, Youth and Family, 54,065 involving 43,590 children required further action.That was compared to 148,659 notifications in 2013 where 61,877 reports required further action in relation to 48,527 children; a drop of 4937 children.Broken down into types of abuse, last year’s figures show 9499 children were emotionally abused, 3178 were physically abused, 1294 were sexually abused, and 4230 suffered neglect.  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/65302181/Child-abuse-figures-falllast_img read more

Buckeye defense not fooled by trickery

first_imgStuffedSomehow Wisconsin put up 17 points on the best team in the land despite Donovan getting sacked a mind-boggling nine times.“They bring a lot of different looks — three down, four down, five down and they bring from the boundary, they bring it from the field, they bring it with man pressure,” Bielema said.Defensive end Vernon Gholston finished with a school record-tying four sacks alone, helping to limit Donovan from finding open receivers, especially in the fourth quarter.“There’s a reason why they’re the No. 1 team in the country right now. They’re just very fundamentally sound in all categories,” Donovan said. “Their D-line gets a lot of push up front. They’re really athletic and know how to play their coverages to their advantage.” COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Wisconsin kept its first series alive with a fake punt turned into a 31 yard pass-play from punter Ken DeBauche to backup punter Paul Standring, it seemed that the Wisconsin coaching staff was trying to pull out all the stops to keep the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on their heels.“I wanted to do anything to get some energy, some momentum going,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said.Between offense and special teams the Badgers tried a handful of trick plays. The problem was because Ohio State didn’t blink, most of them backfired.“We thought we could get on them, and they weren’t falling for it,” UW quarterback Tyler Donovan said.Tight end Travis Beckum’s receiver option in the second quarter went nowhere. He got stuffed for a 9-yard loss. Daven Jones’ good return on a reverse on a kickoff was called back due to one of four block-in-the-back penalties.The most costly of them all, however, came when Wisconsin wasn’t trying to be cute, but DeBauche thought it was. DeBauche was supposed to kick it away, but due to a mix-up in the playcall signals, he faked and tried unsuccessfully to run for the first down deep in UW territory.“Blake (Sorenson) made the call, and I’m 14 yards away from the snapper, so whatever he said, I don’t hear,” DeBauche said. “The way we had practiced was if it was on, he would signal back to me, and he didn’t signal it on, and I didn’t get the signal off, so I assumed it was on. Me being unsure, I could have called a timeout.“It was bad timing for that play.”The play led to an Ohio State touchdown and put a damper on Wisconsin’s chances.Essentially, none of the trick plays reaped any rewards as the Badgers gained 28 yards on the four plays, indirectly leading to 3 points, and more importantly, 10 points allowed. Hill doesn’t playContrary to prior belief, starting tailback P.J. Hill was not going to play, period, Saturday due to a lower leg injury.“Basically from Wednesday on, we had a feeling that P.J. wasn’t going to be able to go good enough to go on Saturday,” Bielema said following Saturday’s game.Initial reports were that the sophomore would be a game-time decision.Freshman Zach Brown started at running back in Hill’s place. He wasn’t fazed running against one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, accruing 63 yards on 20 carries.“He’s not afraid of anything,” Bielema said. “He came in, he didn’t have big eyes. He mishandled a snap there at the end, but he did a pretty good job protecting the football, which was a concern for us.”center_img Three more downAlready without three starters entering Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes, the Badgers lost three more during the course of the game.Cornerback Allen Langford left the game midway through the first half with a knee injury. Soon to follow, right tackle Eric Vanden Heuvel was knocked out of the game with an injury to his right leg.The final blow came on Wells’ second touchdown run of the game at the start of the fourth quarter. Defensive tackle Jason Chapman, who found himself sprawled out on the field on a few occasions accompanied by the UW training staff, was helped off the field for the final time. He did not return.From the sound of it, both Langford and Chapman could quite possibly be out an extended period of time. Bielema didn’t mention the gravity of his tackles’ injury.“I don’t know how significant it is, but I do know that Allen’s was pretty significant, [the trainers] feel, and they feel the same thing with Chappy,” Bielema said.Return man David Gilreath also didn’t play much of the second half with what Bielema described as a tight hamstring.last_img read more