Kelli O’Hara Sets Final Performance Date for The King and I

first_img Related Shows View Comments Kelli O’Hara will whistle a happy tune on Broadway for the final time this spring. She’ll conclude her Tony-winning turn as Anna Leonowens in The King and I on April 17.O’Hara will play her final performance at the Vivian Beaumont Theater opposite her original King, Ken Watanabe, who is scheduled to return to the role on March 17 after being treated for stomach cancer; he will also play his final performance on April 17. Jose Llana, who initially succeeded Watanabe, is set to do so again beginning April 19 for two weeks. On May 3, Daniel Dae Kim will make his Broadway debut as the King for an eight-week run. No official word yet who will step into Anna’s hoopskirts after O’Hara.The Tony-winning revival is also eyeing a London bow either later this year or in 2017. If O’Hara crosses the pond with it following her Broadway stint, it would mark her West End debut.Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical, set in 1860s Bangkok, tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children.The current cast also features Hoon Lee as the titular King (through March 16), Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang, Conrad Ricamora as Lun Tha and Ashley Park as Tuptim.UPDATE: Shortly after the news of O’Hara’s final performance, a spokesperson for Lincoln Center Theater confirmed that Tony nominee Broadway alum Marin Mazzie will assume the role of Anna beginning April 19. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016center_img Kelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe in ‘The King and I’ Photo: Paul Kolnik The King and Ilast_img read more

Editorial: Easter trading move adds to the muddle

first_imgNZ Herald 23 March 2017Family First Comment: NZ Herald Editorial copies our media release“What cannot be ignored is the historical significance of the day. The number who believe the date holds religious sanctity has decreased, but the devotion of those remaining has not.”Not just the historical significance but the family significance.It appeared such a pragmatic move for the Government to let local communities decide whether to relax the laws on Easter Sunday trading. The outcome is already a very mixed bag indeed.Far North District Council has voted for Easter Sunday trading, as has Kaipara. Whangarei has not, and nor has Auckland.The governing body of the Auckland Council is scheduled to debate the issue today. It is unclear why it would bother at this juncture as council officers have advised there can be no change before 2018.As of this week, about a quarter of councils have taken the chance to open on Easter Sunday. Where you find yourself in New Zealand on April 16 is likely to determine whether you can pop out to the shopping strips and malls to browse the shelves. If you are in the major centres Auckland or Whangarei, window shopping will have to do.At the time of passing, the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016 was hailed as a breakthrough in common sense.Until the amendment, the rules were standard, though the exemptions were convoluted.There were three and a half days a year when almost all shops must be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990. Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day (until 1pm).READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Brazil on Redemption Mission against Mexico

first_imgOne of the questions that Mexico will need to answer is: has their momentum gone? After starting their Russia 2018 journey off with two solid wins, most notably a 1-0 victory over 2014 champions Germany, they followed that up with a 3-0 defeat to Sweden. El Tri may take confidence from their most recent World Cup meeting with Brazil in 2014, a goalless draw in Fortaleza on 17 June, the only of the four encounters between the two sides that did not end in a Brazil victory.Brazil has been gradually improving, following the coaching staff’s plans. The team enters the knockout stage with plenty of confidence, and it feels like those first 180 minutes of tension are way behind them. The expectation around the players is that Mexico will go for a full-pitch press. This may put pressure on the defensive line to make plays, but could also open up spaces for A Seleção’s stars to shine.Mexico on the other hand will try to break their Round of 16 hoodoo by defeating the most difficult team possible, but one whom they have fared pretty well against in recent times. The team will also have the motivation of bouncing back from their disappointing performance in the last group match against Sweden, and will have to do so without suspended central defender Hector Moreno, one of its most important players.POSSIBLE LINE-UPSBRAZIL: Alisson; Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Casemiro, Paulinho; Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Gabriel JesusMEXICO: Guillermo Ochoa; Miguel Layun, Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Jonathan Dos Santos, Andres Guardado; Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Hirving LozanoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FACTIn their four previous World Cup matches with Mexico, Brazil has never conceded a goal against El Tri, outscoring them 11-0 in those encounters.Brazil’s mission to rectify their disappointing 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign is still on course after they navigated their way to the summit of Group E at Russia 2018. Brazil’s journey to the Round of 16 has been anything but smooth: After drawing 1-1 with Switzerland in their opener and leaving it late to claim a 2-0 win over Costa Rica, they beat Serbia 2-0 to ultimately move on as expected group winners.last_img read more