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first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Diego Arias Students line up at the starting line to compete against football players in a 40 yard dash. The race was one of many events on Notre Dame Day.Around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, after the conclusion of the fourth annual Notre Dame Day — a 29 hour and 26 minute live broadcast that was watched by three million people — Pablo Martinez, class of 2011 graduate and program director for Notre Dame Day, and his team left the LaFortune Student Center.The event was a huge success, Martinez said. Notre Dame fans around the world contributed over 25,000 gifts, totaling $2,175,436 as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This year, of the over 850 groups who participated, the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund — a non-profit organization that funds medical research projects that strive to find a cure for Niemann Pick Type-C Disease — received the most votes from donors.Martinez attributed the organizations he was involved in during his time as a student at Notre Dame as part of the reason he is now involved in Notre Dame Day.“When I was approached to lead Notre Dame Day, I said definitely because [of my experiences as an] undergrad,” he said.“ … I know that formed me and I am very grateful for that.”According to Martinez, Notre Dame Day is often misconceived as simply a fundraising event, when it is much more. Donors are able to have a direct and substantial impact on Notre Dame students.“We aren’t asking alumni to make substantially large donations, just to be a part of the day … the day is based a lot on equity, getting people to participate, and getting people to watch the broadcast,” he said.Notre Dame day functions as a place for the campus community to showcase its accomplishments to the external Notre Dame community, Martinez said.“That added funding, those added resources … really helps the students take their experiences while they’re here on campus to another level — that’s why we do it,” he said. “ … one of the things we did do a better job of is making sure the student body feels ownership and they can make this day what they would like to make it.”One of the ways they did this was through the creation of a student advising committee and a Snapchat filter, Martinez said.In addition, to encourage student participation on the day itself, the team added two of what turned out to be some of the most popular events of the broadcast — The Fighting Irish 40-Yard Dash and a performance by two actors from the Chicago cast of “Hamilton,” Ari Afsar and Joseph Morales.Martinez said until Saturday night, due to a contractual restriction from performing Hamilton songs on a non-Hamilton stage, the two performers were just going to sing unaffiliated songs in Lafortune for the live broadcast. However, due to relentless requests from the Notre Dame Day the Hamilton executives allowed a few notes of “My Shot” to be as well as a rendition of “Dear Theodosia,” with Afsar playing the part of Aaron Burr.“I think there was something about the performance of Hamilton in relation to the rest of the broadcast that was so cool, so different that almost made you feel like you changed channels and you weren’t streaming it from LaFortune, you were watching an episode of ‘The Voice’” Martinez said.Martinez said getting more people than ever to watch and participate would not have been possible without his team, or their partnerships with the alumni association, student affairs, director of club sports and every college.“I’m glad I got everyone at the table at the right time and to see themselves enjoy themselves at the table,” he saidThe final monetary count, as well as the official order on the leaderboard, should be available in around a week, following audits, Martinez said.“We just need to make sure that all the transactions were made appropriately, correctly, making sure the number of votes, everything, was fair,” he said.Martinez attributed this year’s success to a wider audience reach via Facebook live, increased student participation and overall, the fact people want to be a part of something and help people accomplish goals.Notre Dame Day is a process that takes 364 days, and preparation for Notre Dame Day 2018 has already begun, with Martinez looking forward to the possibility of a location change to the new Camps Crossroads project.“Starting today, if we hear a good story that we want to include in Notre Dame Day 2018, we’ll log it,” Martinez said. “Come February and March we’ll start thinking about how we can produce it … the model of Notre Dame Day is that we tell ND stories, and no one can tell a story than the person who lived it first hand. So for me, it’s just a matter of making sure that people understand the value there is in Notre Dame Day and participating in it.”Tags: Hamilton Chicago, Notre Dame Day 2017, Pablo Martinezlast_img read more


first_imgAfter graduating from Notre Dame, members of the class of 2017 will be involved in various different pursuits, ranging from full-time employment to attending graduate school.Though data regarding the class of 2017’s post-graduation plans will not be available for another year, director of the Career Center Hilary Flanagan said that the graduating class will be taking on a wide range of activities over the course of the next year.“From anecdotal evidence, it seems that the class of 2017 is incredibly diverse, as we would expect from their varied interests, passions and skill sets,” she said.While noting that some industries don’t perform entry-level hiring until the summer, Flanagan said the current job market is “one of the best in recent history for new graduates.”“Recruiters representing organizations across the spectrum of industries have indicated that their needs for acquiring new talent are at a high,” she said. “For those industries that have seen the bulk of their hiring occur throughout the academic year, the interest in our students has been at levels not seen since before this graduating class was in high school.”According to data for the class of 2016 — available on the Career Center website — 64 percent of graduates had found full-time employment the fall after graduation, 22 percent were enrolled in graduate or professional school, 2 percent were still seeking employment, 7 percent were involved in a service program, 1 percent were serving in the military and 3 percent had other plans.Graduating senior Ryan McMullen, a computer science major, will be working as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. this fall. McMullen said he ultimately decided between following this path and pursuing a two-year master’s program at Notre Dame with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).“I wanted to expand my professional acumen with the intent to teach in the future and bring what I learn in the professional world to that setting,” McMullen said. “I want to experience the working world and grow in ways I have not yet had the opportunity to do. I am also very passionate about helping people, which is what I think led me to the consulting realm.”McMullen said he credits the University’s Career Center for his placement in his future job.“Notre Dame’s career services and career fairs are 100 percent the reason I got this job,” he said. “They put me in touch with the company at the fair, and the rest just fell into place.”When it comes to the career process, McMullen said he advised patience for those still looking for a job.“The career process is a little daunting, but it just takes time and effort into determining what it is you truly want to do and what steps will help you get there,” he said. “Then, all you have to do is let your passion for those outcomes shine.”Senior English and theology double-major Madeline Lewis will be attending graduate school at Miami University in Ohio, working toward obtaining a Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing. As part of the program she is enrolled in, Lewis will be writing poetry in workshops and teaching freshmen. Had she not gotten into graduate school, Lewis said she would have worked for a year and then reapplied.“While I studied abroad the spring semester of my junior year, I started to realize that the things I would think about while traveling on long trains or while exploring different countries were always ideas for poems,” she said. “I was surprised by this because I had only taken one poetry class at ND the semester before, and didn’t consider at the time that that was something I wanted to do post-grad.”In the fall semester of this year, Lewis took an advanced poetry writing class and started considering an MFA as a possibility. In a mid-semester meeting, her professor suggested it as a possibility without any prompting, she said.“From then on, it started to feel like the perfect fit for these next couple years — the chance to be creative, gain teaching experience and have the structures in place to be able to really work on my writing in a focused setting,” Lewis said.Lewis said she credits her study abroad experience and her professors for helping her reach her decision to pursue an MFA. She also said it was important to keep everything in perspective when considering post-graduation plans.“One thing that has helped me find peace in the whole process has been remembering that I’m deciding what I want to do with the next one, two or three years of my life,” she said. “It took a lot of pressure away when I stopped thinking of my post-grad plans as ‘the whole entire rest of my life forever and ever.’ Reminding myself this, I felt more free to do something creative after college, and to plant good seeds of writing skills and imagination that I hope to be able to see grow in lots of ways over the course of my career.”Tags: Career Center, careers, Post-graduate jobs, post-graduationlast_img read more


first_imgOver 1,000 members of the Notre Dame and South Bend community will gather on the football field at Notre Dame Stadium on Monday evening to partake in a Zumba class kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Courtesy of Mike Bennett Pink Out Zumba participants take an annual Zumba class on the football field at Notre Dame Stadium to mark the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place each October.Paqui Kelly, board president and co-founder of the Kelly Cares Foundation, said the event was initiated in 2014 and welcomes participants of all skill levels.“I’m not a Zumba person,” Kelly said. “They made me take a class before the first year we did it, so I’ve probably done it less than 10 times in my life. But if you have people who are supporting you and they believe in what you’re doing, they’re going to come anyway.”The event features local Zumba instructors who teach from stages on the field, speaking dance cues over the loudspeakers. In the past, the event has been popular among families in the community, as well as among Notre Dame students. The director of marketing, communications and engagement for the Foundation, Becky Beckman, said she believes the community involvement is an important aspect of the event. “We want to make sure that our events are able to reach all demographics and be accessible to everyone,” she said. “Because we have some fundraisers that are higher-ticket events and then we have a free event like this, and I think that it obviously shows that in the community, people want to get together. They want to support the cause.”Since the Foundation began in 2008, Notre Dame has been a strong supporter and partner. Various events have been held at venues on the Notre Dame campus, and an upcoming event, the Power of Pink Cocktail Party, will be held in the new Corbett Family Hall on Oct. 11. Kelly said she plans to take advantage of the stadium’s new features during Zumba. “Part of it is the ambiance of the stadium,” Kelly said. “I’m really looking forward to this year because of the media board and the sound system. It’s been rocking at the games. I can’t imagine how the Zumba songs are going to be.”Kelly said she and her husband, Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly, founded Kelly Cares shortly after she overcame her own battle with breast cancer. Kelly was first diagnosed in 2003 and again while in recovery, causing her to get a double mastectomy. Around this time, Paqui and Brian signed the paperwork to begin the Foundation.“We started the Foundation with the idea of helping as many people as we could, in areas that we know are important, [like] health and education,” she said. “We ended up getting it much bigger than we would’ve thought, because of the position Brian holds here and what community we’re in. I don’t think that was an accident.”South Bend resident Jan Rhodes said became involved with the Kelly Cares Foundation when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Rhodes recently celebrated her fifth year being cancer-free.Rhodes, who moved to South Bend at the age of seven and has worked in the medical industry throughout her life, began volunteering with the Foundation in 2012.“I have met so many special people, some I’ve lost already. But it’s just a tight-knit society,” Rhodes said. “I think just being out there in the community, being an advocate, has really helped me get through my own personal situation.”One month after her own diagnosis with cancer, Rhodes’s brother was also diagnosed with breast cancer. “I just became very passionate about the cause,” Rhodes said. “I wanted to help get the word out there that, not only women, but men also do get breast cancer.”Rhodes will be volunteering at Pink Out Zumba as she has at Kelly Cares events in the past. “It’s a good feeling to be there, and of course to be out on the football field,” Rhodes said. “You’ve got a couple cheerleaders, you’ve got Paqui herself out there, so it’s just a great way to bring the community together.”Online registrants for this year has already topped the number of attendees from last year, but the Kelly Cares Foundation wants everyone who is interested to come to the event. “We’re not going to turn anybody away,” Beckman said. Besides dancing, community members can tour a mobile medical unit which will be at the event, Kelly said. The Kelly Cares Foundation helped the St. Joseph Health Center finance the traveling unit, which has the technology to offer mammograms around South Bend.“When the [mobile unit] comes up to your work, and there’s a schedule that says it’s coming to your work — then the excuse of ‘I don’t have time’ is hard to say,” Kelly said.Although Beckman sees Pink Out Zumba as a fun family event, she said the Kelly Cares Foundation understands its potential for more. “People aren’t even realizing that it’s an educational tool,” Beckman said. “We want to educate people, and it might just be Zumba, but it’s still putting in the forefront. I’m here because I’m supporting these initiatives.”Because of her own battles with breast cancer, Kelly strongly advocates for preventative health and said she hopes that the event helps attendees understand the importance of personal health. “Make sure you schedule your mammogram, know your body, know your health and know that it’s first and foremost,” Kelly said. “Because, if I would have waited, I just wonder how much longer.”The Kelly Cares Foundation’s fourth annual Pink Out Zumba will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors to the field open at 4:30 p.m., and the first 1,000 people to arrive will receive a free t-shirt, among other prizes.Tags: breast cancer awareness, Kelly Cares Foundation, zumbalast_img read more


first_imgNoah Cha Frank Franco cuts a customer’s hair in the LaFortune barbershop.“I grew up in a barbershop, my dad was a barber,” Franco said. “He made me go to barber school and then he wouldn’t hire me. He actually wanted me to use barbering to go through college, to pay my own way through college.” After attending barber school in Akron, Ohio, Franco enrolled in Kent State University. Shortly after graduating college, he was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. He was actually drafted twice, once while he was still in school and once barely a month after his college graduation. “The first time they drafted me, I was in Cleveland at the center and I kept telling them, you can’t draft me because for 12 more hours, I’m a bonafide student, no matter what I’m taking,” Franco said. “So they sent me home. As soon as I graduated, wasn’t a month when I saw the mailman deliver something, and I saw him give it a second look, so I knew what it was. I went back up and they knew who I was.”Franco served from 1967-1969 at the Overseas Replacement Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. He got married when he realized that he was not going to be deployed overseas, and after he got out of the army in 1969, began to work in business. He moved to South Bend from his home in Ohio to work for a fluid controls manufacturing company. “I came to town to work for South Bend Controls,” Franco said. “I worked for a couple of companies, did some budgets for them but I got tired of working for companies and doing things for them.”Franco’s coming to Notre Dame is a story he says most people would not believe. “I was a little bit worried, out of work and some people won’t believe this but they say ND calls you,” Franco said. “In the middle of the night, I heard a voice telling me to get [myself] up here. So I was up here by 9:00 the next morning with that idea, only to learn that they already had a barbershop.”That barbershop was run by Joe D’Angelo, known among students as “ROTC Joe.” “The gentleman told me to come down and meet Joe D’Angelo, or ROTC Joe,” Franco said. “Joe and I got on pretty well, and he told me a secret nobody knew yet: he was retiring. And no one around the school knew that. That was 26 years ago and I’ve been here ever since.”After more than two and a half decades of cutting hair in LaFortune, and even more before that, Franco has his practice down to a science.“My routine is just to come, get ready and cut hair,” Franco said.Franco said he sees anywhere from 20 to 25 customers each day — mostly students, but a mix of faculty, clergy and other administration as well. “The haircut styles haven’t changed,” he said. “Not much has changed in the last 26 years. My pricing has changed, it’s gone up, but not a lot has changed.”Though not much about his haircuts has changed, the Notre Dame campus has changed a great deal in the past few decades. “The footprint has gotten much bigger,” Franco said. “If you think of a size 8 shoe [back then], I think it’s about a size fifteen now.” When asked what his favorite thing about cutting hair in LaFortune is, Franco said over everything else, he likes the variety of his job.“The atmosphere keeps me young, because I think I’m older than I look,” he said. “My wife will tell you I’m older than I act.”Tags: barber, barbershop, frank franco, LaFortune Student Center Nestled in the corner of the basement of LaFortune Student Center, amidst the wafting scents of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, sits the LaFortune barbershop. The small room is plastered in pictures of everything from the Golden Dome to motorcycles. On a table sits a red tin full of Hershey’s kisses for the women who pass through the shop. The iconic shop is home to barber Frank Franco, 76, who has been cutting hair at the University for 26 years.The art of cutting hair is a family business for Franco — his father was a barber as well in Franco’s hometown of Alliance, Ohio.last_img read more


first_imgNotre Dame is implementing a new system to reduce nonconsumable food waste while also fueling the clean energy needs of an Indiana farm, the University announced in a press release Monday. The system, Grind2Energy, helps convert food waste into renewable energy — reducing food waste and emissions, odors and pests. Notre Dame is the second school in the nation to invest in the food-recycling system, the release said. The project is a collaboration with Campus Dining, the Office of Sustainability and Homestead Dairy, a dairy farm about 30 miles south of Notre Dame in Plymouth, Indiana. “Our implementation of this solution to tackle a large portion of our nonconsumable food waste enables us to take a big step towards meeting our waste diversion goals set as part of our University Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy,” Carol Mullaney, senior director of sustainability, said. “While we continue to work on source reduction and donations of consumable food to local outlets, we will still have food waste and it’s exciting to know that it will now avoid the landfill and be converted into clean energy.”The first of what will be three Grind2Energy systems — made up of a processing sink, a grinder and an outdoor holding tank — was installed at the University’s Center for Culinary Excellence in January, according to the release.The 15-foot-tall holding tank can hold 5,000 gallons and is heated from inside so the contacts do not freeze, the release said. When it is time to empty the tank, a septic hauler adheres a hose to the bottom of the tank and pumps the waste into a septic truck, which is then transported to a nearby farm where the waste is converted to energy. The report said the waste is a donation to the farm, though the University will experience the benefit of lower trash costs. North and South dining halls will receive Grind2Energy systems “in the near future,” the report said.“We’re excited to partner with our colleagues from the Office of Sustainability in the introduction of Grind2Energy at Notre Dame,” Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining, said. “Campus Dining is able to divert a significant amount of food waste from the local landfills. The compost generated from the units enables us to enjoy upstream and downstream benefits by combining technologies in LeanPath and Grind2Energy. We look forward to completing a successful rollout at North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall over the next few months.”The three systems will reduce nonconsumable food waste on campus by 99 percent and overall campus waste by 10 percent, or 700,000 pounds per year, according to senior program director of the Office of Sustainability, Alison Mihalich.The system is a result of research about food waste on campus by junior Matthew Magiera, who recommended digesting waste because of the lack of available space on campus, the release said. The system works by breaking down organic waste, including food scraps from the Center for Culinary Excellence or the dining halls, and storing it in the holding tank as it is transported to Homestead farms. The waste is then converted to energy through anaerobic digestion, a process by which microorganisms decompose the scraps to produce a methane-rich gas that can be processed into energy or natural gas. “It is almost a closed-loop, zero-waste process for the farmers,” Magiera said.The system will add to several green initiatives Homestead Farms has in use, including converting cow manure and other substances into electricity. “If you really look at the cycle, what we do as far as feeding the cows, growing the crop, producing energy off the manure and then using the manure as fertilizer to regrow the crop, that’s a pretty awesome green cycle,” Ryan Rogers, co-owner of Homestead, said.Tags: observer staff report, sustainability, Waste Managementlast_img read more


first_imgTags: Near Northwest Neighborhood, Office for Civic and Social Engagement, volunteering On Sunday the Near Northwest neighborhood of South Bend will be hosting its annual Arts Cafe. Members from the Saint Mary’s student body will be participating in the event by helping out in the children’s area for the third year in a row.“The Arts Cafe is a neighborhood festival in the Near Northwest neighborhood. The festival itself has been going on for over 15 years. The Near Northwest neighborhood is just a little north and west of downtown South Bend,” said Rebekah Go, the director of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement at the College.Go said the College got involved with the Arts Cafe a few years back and have continued along with it.“Around this time two years ago, we were approached by one of the organizers of the Arts Cafe who always helped execute the kids’ area of the festival and asked if Saint Mary’s could help and send volunteers,” Go said. “So we sent volunteers that first year, and they’ve been asking us ever since to come back and help.”Go said she feels this event is good for the College and students.“It allows us to sponsor the kid’s area and also provide an opportunity for our students to get off campus and go to one of our neighborhoods in South Bend,” she said.The Office for Civic and Social Engagement will also be providing transportation to and from the event for the College’s volunteers.“We have these three little cars in our office, and we usually do little shuttles back and forth,” Go said. “That’s because the event itself is six hours, and we don’t ask people to stay the entire time. So we do three different shifts and we then bring the girls back and forth and that makes it a little easier for the girls.”The Near Northwest neighborhood has a convenient proximity to campus and unique features that make it worth visiting, Go said.“One of the neat things about that particular neighborhood is that it’s not that far from campus, and you can get there by biking even,” she said. “It also has the Local Cup, which is a pay it forward coffee shop that’s located in that neighborhood and it’s staffed in part by Saint Mary’s students.”Go said visiting the neighborhood is a nice way for students to interact with the areas around them and with the other students who work at the coffee shop.“For the students who work at the Local Cup, it’s nice for them to see their fellow students in the neighborhood and for students who have never been to the Local Cup or for whom this is their first time in the neighborhood, it’s nice for them to see something off campus that’s not the mall,” she said.Go said Sunday’s event has numerous great things to offer those who attend or volunteer.“It’s got a lot of really great energy. There are artists and musicians, and they have a stage and different acts will play,” she said. “Then there’s a whole area with the food trucks and food stations.”Go said the event shows off the unseen aspects of the neighborhood and is a great opportunity to bring in those from outside the community itself.“This festival was founded as a way to highlight what is good in the neighborhood and to bring together the community that is inside the neighborhood as well as outside of it, so others could see all the good things going on,” she said.last_img read more


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) WNY News Now Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore says he expects to release more information later this week discussing the reopening status of the County DMV offices to in-person visits. When the offices do open to in-person visits it will be for driver’s license renewals and upgrades and driver’s license testing only. All other transactions will continue by drop box and mail only. Barmore asks that all people coming to the office wear a facemask as proper social distancing is not possible at all times.Barmore adds that effective Monday, June 22nd, the County Clerk’s office in the courthouse in Mayville will be open to the public for all services. Chautauqua is an eFile and eRecord county so I am asking everyone to submit their documents in this manner where possible. He says his office is still accepting mail-in recordings where appropriate.New York State is still prohibiting foreclosures and judgements to be started in his office. The office has limited personnel to help with genealogy research at this time so it is recommended that you first call 753-4857 to make an appointment. The department has two employees out on voluntary furlough because of the county’s expected budget shortage so the office may not be as fast as normal and Barmore asks for your patience.last_img read more


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) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.ALBNAY – New York State is loosening some restrictions on gyms and salons located in orange COVID-19 containment zones.On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo held his second briefing via Zoom, where he stated that gyms and salons in Orange Zones can operate at a limited capacity of 25%, and testing must continue to be done.Cuomo says that 74% of the current COVID-19 cases in New York State have been spread from households or small gatherings.Previously they were not allowed to operate at all. Below is a list of statewide contact tracing data, showing where new cases are coming from:Private Households are driving spread – 74%Households/Social Gatherings – 73.84%Healthcare Delivery – 7.81%Higher Education Student – 2.02%Education Employee – 1.50%Restaurants & Bars – 1.43%Travel/Vacation – 1.06%Sports – 1.04%Public Sector (Police/Fire/EMS/Military) – 1%Transit Public/Private – 0.96%Manufacturing – 0.84%Religious Activities – 0.69%Construction – 0.66%Retail – 0.61%Professional Services – 0.55%Elementary School Student – 0.49%High School Student – 0.46%Prisons/Correctional – 0.43%Middle School Student – 0.19%Auto Dealers & Car Rentals – 0.16%Hair & Personal Care – 0.14%Wholesale Trade – 0.14%Building & Dwelling Services – 0.13%Real Estate – 0.10%Arts & Entertainment 0.08%Gyms – 0.06%Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry – 0.06%Childcare – 0.05%Power/Utilities – 0.05%Accommodations – 0.02%Media Production – 0.02%Cuomo says he plans to continue to crack down on COVID-19 spikes in specific areas and does not plan a statewide shutdown; unless state hospitalizations go above 90%.last_img read more


first_img The show will be staged as a mystery within a mystery, with the case presented to Holmes forcing him to confront his murky past.  But is the unraveling of his childhood just a dangerous diversion? Sherlock Holmes is an original tale which will offer a new and theatrical exploration of the mind of the famous detective, while remaining faithful to the mysterious world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The characters and stories of Sherlock Holmes were first introduced in Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet. Conan Doyle went on to feature Sherlock Holmes in three more novels (including The Hound of the Baskervilles) and in 56 short stories. The famous detective made his first appearance on Broadway in 1899. In recent years, the property has been updated into hits with modern twists, as in the Emmy- winning BBC series Sherlock starring Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the Guy Ritchie films starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law and the hit CBS transfer Elementary starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Broadway alums Ian McKellen and Laura Linney will headline the upcoming 2015 feature film Mr. Holmes. Sherlock Holmes is eyeing Broaday in 2017! It’s a bit early for cast, dates and theater details, but the new play will be by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel. We are naturally dreaming that current TV Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, soon to be seen in Hamlet in London, will take the title role.center_img View Commentslast_img read more


first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Hamilton (Off-Broadway) The Public Theater’s production of Hamilton, created by and starring Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, only began previews off-Broadway on January 20, but it looks as if the founding father may already be eyeing a move uptown. The tuner’s producers, including Jeffrey Seller, aim to put the show on the fast track to open this spring on Broadway, The New York Post reports.Pre-opening buzz surrounding the musical has led to the assumption of a transfer down the line, though less assured is the timeline of the move. April 23 marks the Tony Awards eligibility deadline, and theater space is dwindling. One available house is the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where If/Then plays its final performance on March 22. The venue holds a great deal of nostalgia for both Miranda and Seller, as the two took home Tonys in 2008 for its previous tenant In the Heights (Miranda for composing, Seller for producing, naturally). Another option could be the Nederlander Theatre (where Seller brought Rent in 1996). The musical Honeymoon in Vegas is struggling to hit the box office jackpot there despite good reviews. However, no shutter date for the tuner has been announced.If not this season, 2015-16 would surely be on the table. The Public Theater’s 2013 production of Fun Home sat out a season before transferring to Broadway; preview performances will begin at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 27.A move this season could affect Hamilton’s previously announced extension at the Public through April 5; Seller reportedly has the right to cancel it to secure the show’s move before the cutoff date. Regardless of whether the production will stay at the Public or light up the Great White Way, the show will be short one star. Brian d’Arcy James, who plays King George, will take his final bow on March 1 to headline Something Rotten on Broadway (where he’ll remain British). A replacement for James has not yet been announced.Bringing Hamilton into the current season would likely put two Public Theater shows up against each other at the Tony Awards and effectively throw in a last minute wrench for the season’s other tuners (including Something Rotten, Doctor Zhivago and Finding Neverland) hoping to take home the big prize. Less certain is the Broadway landscape this time next year, but should Hamilton wait until then, it would be in the mix with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. Miranda and Lloyd Webber have a great deal of respect for each other; surely, the maestros of the two sides of the pond can keep things civil.You know, unlike the 18th century. Star Files Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more