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  • Writing her way back

    first_imgSara Bareilles always knew she was destined for the stage. Cast albums from “Les Misérables,” “Chess,” “Miss Saigon,” and “The Secret Garden” filled her childhood soundtrack. She performed in choirs and school musicals, and sang duets from hit shows with her sister.Her future — she was certain — involved musical theater, maybe even Broadway.But in college, Bareilles got her “feet wet as a jazz singer.” Later, she performed her own music in clubs, perfecting the soulful melodies, clever lyrics, and catchy choruses that would launch her career. Soon her musical stage morphed into the recording studio and a life on tour.“The fact that my career kind of developed in another realm was sort of a surprise to me,” said Bareilles, who has released four albums and had a number of hits, including “Love Song” (2007) and “Brave” (2013). “So it feels really nice. It feels like a homecoming in some ways to come back toward the theater.”Bareilles is behind the music and lyrics for the American Repertory Theater’s new musical, “Waitress,” which opens Sunday and runs through Sept. 27. Adapted from the 2007 movie directed by Adrienne Shelly and starring Keri Russell, the musical centers on Jenna, a waitress trapped in a small town and a loveless marriage who dreams of a better life.Unsurprisingly, it was the show’s director, Diane Paulus, who engineered Bareilles’ return to musical theater. Since her arrival in 2008, Paulus, the A.R.T.’s Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director, has embraced the musical in her programming, energizing the stage with ballads, song-and-dance numbers, live bands, and seasoned singers belting it out in leading roles.“For me, the theater is music,” Paulus told an Oberon audience during a discussion in 2010 with the lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz. In Cambridge she has stayed true to that ethos, animating through song everything from baseball to the Bard.Now baking — the lead character makes mouthwatering pies — is being added to the mix.“I knew immediately that it had a heartbeat as a musical,” said Paulus of her reaction to watching “Waitress” on DVD. “There was something about both the humor and whimsy and intimacy of it as a film and [its] emotional heft.”Paulus’ only remaining question: Who could write a score that would evoke the story’s humor and heartache? Her instincts turned her from traditional theater to the world of pop. Her intuition locked on Bareilles for her ability to tell “personal and deeply emotional stories” with her songs, and for her talent with witty, “often ironic lyrics.”“I thought she could capture the right tone,” said Paulus.In 2012 the two had lunch in New York. “Just watch the film,” Paulus told her, “and see what happens. See if it starts to flow.”Soon, a song appeared in Paulus’ inbox. Nervously, the director clicked it open. Then she breathed a sigh of relief.“My heart melted. I was so unbelievably moved by how she captured the point of view of this waitress,” said Paulus of Bareilles’ “She Used to Be Mine,” which would eventually become the centerpiece for the musical.“She completely put herself into that title character, and then it just felt [like] destiny. She was born to write this.”Like Paulus, Bareilles was struck by the story’s emotional depth and the “relatable concept” of waking up one day like Jenna, reflecting on your life, and wondering how you got there.“We can all end up in positions in our lives where we don’t recognize ourselves anymore,” said Bareilles of the inspiration for “She Used to Be Mine.” The song, she said, was “the inroad into finding my voice on behalf of these characters.”Still, turning from the studio to the stage has been a learning process for the young composer. While writing a song for a musical, like creating a song for an album, involves “trying to express part of the human condition,” ultimately a song for the stage involves much more. A piece in a musical always must advance the storyline, said Bareilles, or offer the audience insight into a character’s mindset or background.Writing for the stage, she said, means not luxuriating “in your own self-indulgence.”“There’s plenty of songs that I’ve written where I am just wallowing in something and it’s cathartic for me as an artist and as a person to get to kind of revel in my state of being. But with the musical … the story and character remain king.”Actress and singer Jessie Mueller, a recent Tony award winner for her performance as Carole King in “Beautiful,” said it’s been a joy to watch Bareilles embrace the process.“As an actor it’s so satisfying, because she writes what you need,” said Mueller, who plays Jenna. “Not only is it so melodically satisfying and on a completely different note, so fun to sing, but lyrically what she’s done is so informative … so much is revealed about the characters through the song.”Much of what’s revealed — broken dreams, broken marriages — covers difficult emotional terrain. Jenna is trapped in an abusive marriage and her husband’s rage bubbles over on stage. But Paulus has never backed away from charged narratives, instead often using theater to open a dialogue about issues such as same-sex relationships (“Witness Uganda”), human-rights abuses (“Prometheus Bound”), and the psychological effects of war (“Ajax”).For “Waitress,” the A.R.T. is partnering with Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response and will host a discussion following the matinee performance on Sept. 12 with representatives of the office.“Artists have a unique opportunity to frame the subject in a way that maybe gets people to look at it … in powerful, unique ways,” said Paulus. “And I am hoping this musical will do that.”last_img read more

  • Advocates Rally Against Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere was a lot of noise in the middle of Culligan Plaza on Saturday, that’s because a group of supporters, and survivors wanted to bring awareness to sexual abuse and domestic violence.There was a sea of teal blue and purple spreading nothing but stories, hugs, and tears Saturday. A rally was held for advocates to rally against both sexual abuse, and domestic violence.“No means no, it always will mean no,” one survivor said.Dealing with pain and grief from their experiences some of the rally goers believe that the justice system is not punishing abusers with enough time behind bars.“This means a lot to me that there’s a lot of people out here to show support. So many people are here for a change, a change in the system, and change in justice that people claim is not right, 90 days is not enough,” Doug Sadler said.Showing bravery, after being assaulted in college, Maddie Cardwell thanked her family for showing support during her road to recovery.“Thank you all for being here, and thank you all for sticking up for survivors. Never stop talking about it, this is not OK,” Cardwell cried.Sadler, survivors, and supporters want to continue to spread the word about issues on sexual abuse, and domestic violence, and hope that Saturday’s rally creates change within this community.“Anyone who is open to speaking and open to telling their story don’t be afraid. Just because something happened stand up and get your story out there, because it only takes one person to make that change,” he noted.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Family, Friends, Michigan State Police and More Honor Trooper Larry Forreider With a Memorial HighwayNext Nathaniel Ballard Found ‘Not Guilty’ in 18-Year-Old Murder Mystery of Patricia Leeperlast_img read more

  • Cutting costs while protecting profits

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt that corn and soybean farmers are taking a closer look at inputs and production budgets this year as margins get slimmer. The key to profitable farms is to maximize production while minimizing inputs — a simple theory, but a complex set of decisions.“Don’t pick one part of your operation and completely gut it. Whether it is seed, fertility or chemistry or whatever you are working with, the worst thing you can do is completely take out your spending on one thing,” said Justin Petrosino, with Stewart Seeds. “You can cut some fertility on some of your highest fertility fields that have those reservoirs built up. Or you can go with a cheaper hybrid as long as there is the yield potential, but be aware of what problems might arise by using that hybrid that is a little cheaper.”As parts of the operation are tweaked to save money, other parts of the farm may see an increase in costs to compensate.“Disease management, for example, is about keeping a balance across all of the things you are doing on the farm. If you are going with cutting the rotation or cutting tillage, you might spend more on chemistry. If you use a cheaper hybrid you might spend a lot more on fungicide at tassel. It is about looking at the balance of things you are trying to accomplish and keeping them on an even keel,” Petrosino said. “What you can look at taking out of your lineup really depends on each farm. There are some farms with P and K levels through the roof and we maybe can draw down some of those reserves. There are certain hybrids that may cost less but can have trouble with gray leaf spot. You can take more risk if the field is not in a river bottom or corn on corn. Cutting costs is a field-by-field scenario and not trying to make a cut across the whole farm.”Using hybrids and varieties with fewer, or no, traits can also help to save money.“We are definitely seeing folks back off of traits. We are seeing an uptick in conventional corn and we are seeing a slight increase in Roundup traits. A lot of the market is falling into that above ground protection with Roundup,” he said. “We all bought into rootworm protection because we did have a rootworm problem in Ohio, but since 2008 that first year variant has kind of disappeared. If you are on corn on corn ground or in a field with a history of rootworm pressure, we are still looking at the rootworm protection. When you are looking at that average acre we are seeing a lot of guys make that move to Double PRO or a corn product without rootworm protection. Most guys are starting to back off traits a little but not completely.”last_img read more

  • 10 months agoChris Smalling signs new Man Utd contract

    first_imgChris Smalling signs new Man Utd contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Chris Smalling has signed a new contract.The centre-back extends his time at the club until 2022 ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool. There is an option for a further 12 months to take him up to 2023.Smalling admitted his delight at committing his future in his ninth season at Old Trafford.He said: “This is my ninth season with the club and I am delighted to be continuing my progression with this team.“It is a real honour to play for Manchester United and we are all now concentrating on the busy schedule of games throughout the festive period.”Jose Mourinho was equally happy for the player.“I am very happy Chris has signed a new contract,” Mourinho said. “Chris has been with the club for a number of years and is now one of the senior players within our squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • a month agoRoma striker Dzeko delighted for Mkhitaryan after goalscoring debut

    first_imgRoma striker Dzeko delighted for Mkhitaryan after goalscoring debutby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma striker Edin Dzeko was delighted for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in their 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo.On-loan Arsenal midfielder Mkhitaryan scored on his debut.Dzeko said, “He is a top level player. “I told him, you scored twice against Bosnia for Armenia, now you need to get a goal here too! And he did. When he gets settled in, he’ll do even better.”Dzeko was also on the scoresheet for the win. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 16 days agoReturn pushed back for Newcastle winger Ritchie after surgery

    first_imgReturn pushed back for Newcastle winger Ritchie after surgeryby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has undergone an operation on his ankle.The Scotland international has been out of action since August. He has been recovering from a nasty challenge by Hamza Choudhury in the League Cup lost to Leicester City.The Chronicle says a decision was made to have the surgery to “clear up the area” around his ankle. Ritchie had recently returned to first-team training but his return now looks likely to be further away than anticipated. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Video: 4-Star WR Cordell Broadus, Snoop Dogg’s Son, Commits To UCLA

    first_imgCordell Broadus commits to UCLA on ESPNU, with his father Snoop Dogg with him.Snoop Dogg’s son will be a UCLA Bruin. Wednesday afternoon four-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus announced he has committed to UCLA. Snoop Dogg, of course, is a major USC fan and has often been seen on the Trojans’ sideline over the past 10-15 years. That USC fandom has come to an end, though, the father says. Broadus, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect out of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada), was reportedly considering the Bruins, USC, Arizona State and Notre Dame. “We’re Bruins now.” -Snoop Dogg pic.twitter.com/3pbVh86qVD— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) February 4, 2015UCLA’s 2015 class ranks No. 9 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

  • Most actors have crocodile skin Soha Ali Khan

    first_imgNew Delhi: She has been in the industry for almost 15 years and comes from a family full of popular names including Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Actress Soha Ali Khan says showbiz is not meant for thin-skinned people. She feels most actors have a “crocodile skin”. Soha made her acting debut with “Dil Maange More” in 2004. She was later seen in films like “Rang De Basanti”, “Khoya Khoya Chand”, “Tum Mile” and “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” among others. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Asked if the acting profession comes with insecurities, Soha told IANS over an email: “People come with insecurities and the profession will exacerbate them if you are an insecure person. If you are made of thin skin, this is not the place for you or you will toughen up very fast.” “Most actors have crocodile skin and most people on social media, I think have crocodile skin. Because if you post something on social media and actually read the comments, some people will just be destroyed, but then you get used to it and like most human beings do, you adapt,” added the actress, who was here earlier this month for her association with BBLUNT. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Soha feels being content is important. “You tend to realise that you can’t make everyone happy and the most important person you need to make happy is yourself,” she said. Stardom comes with an expiry date, has that thought ever crossed Soha’s mind? “No, life comes with an expiry date and stardom cannot be taken seriously because honestly when you go, you are not going to take your awards with you or your money with you. I mean people say that you leave behind something but I have seen enough famous people being forgotten and not being taken seriously,” said the 40-year-old actress. Soha, who is married to actor Kunal Kemmu, asserted that a lot should not be given away for glory. “People have short memories and they want to know the current favourite flavour of the month and that’s what life is now. So, I would say don’t sacrifice too much for stardom, it’s important to be happy in life. “If stardom makes you happy, great, but if it makes you unhappy then maybe you need to re-look at things,” said the mother of one. With over a decade dedicated to Hindi filmdom, Soha has not had an easy ride. She says there have been ups and downs but she has “grown as a person and as an actor”. “I have always wanted more opportunities. I feel like I have not been tapped fully as an actor but most greedy actors feel that way. I love my job; I have always enjoyed my career to be a part of my life and my entire life. I have always craved a balanced life… Being self-employed and being an actor gives you the flexibility to do something like that,” said Soha.last_img read more

  • Malda student tops in state city shines in CBSE 2019 results

    first_imgKolkata: Sumaita Laisa of Usha Martin School in Shimuldhabi under Gajole police station area in Malda has topped from the state in the CBSE Class X examination, the results of which were declared on Monday. Laisa scored 99.4 percent marks, bagging 497 out of 500.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the students of the state. “Congratulations to all students who excelled and those who passed the CBSE exams. Good wishes to your parents and good luck for all your future endeavours,” she tweeted. “I had expected 95 to 96 percent marks but 99.4 percent came as a surprise for me. I want to be a doctor so I will take up Biology in my higher studies,” Laisa said. The schools in Kolkata affiliated to the CBSE board also fared well, with South Point High School emerging at the top with Suchana Haldar scoring 496 out of 500. However, Saumodip Das of Khalsa Model High School in Dunlop scored the same marks as Suchana. “I want to study Chemistry in my higher education. The support from my parents and my school has contributed to my success. I was confident of scoring high marks but 99.2 percent has come as a surprise,” Saumodip said. His father Amarnath Das, who works in an MNC, said that he studied six to seven hours daily and would never keep any school assignment pending. “He has been topping the school right from nursery,” Das added. Suchana wants to become a doctor like his father. “The credit goes to my parents who devoted calculative time despite their busy schedule. I had a single private tutor,” she said. Her father D K Halder, who is an ENT specialist at Panihati State General Hospital, said: “I have twins studying in South Point. My son Saswata also got 95 percent marks. He has also taken Bio-Science in higher secondary level like my daughter. They both are very good in table tennis and have represented their school team in other states and have bagged prizes.” A total of 725 students appeared from South Point High School, out of which 223 scored 95 percent and above. Rounak Roy and Sreyashi Holme Choudhury have both scored 495 out of 500. Abhirup Mistry of Birla Bharati School at Santoshpur located in the southern fringes of the city scored 495 out of 500. Interestingly, Abhirup did not have a single private tutor. “Our teachers have been so cooperative. I cleared doubts if any from them only,” Abhirup said. DPS Ruby Park also performed very well with four of the students bagging more than 98 percent marks. Lokesh Somani of Birla High School emerged as the topper in the school with 98.4 percent, in which 53 got more than 90 percent marks out of 163 students.last_img read more

  • GAIL finishes contract award for Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga gas pipeline project

    first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned gas utility GAIL India Friday said it has completed awards for all major contracts for the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga natural gas pipeline project that transverse from Jagdishpur to Haldia and Bokaro (Jharkhand) and Dhamra in Odisha. In a statement, GAIL said it has placed a Rs 475 crore order for steel pipes of about 280-kilometers to provide pipeline connectivity from Durgapur to Haldia, including spur lines to Kolkata in West Bengal. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThis completes contracting for the 3,400-km Jagdishpur (Uttar Pradesh) -Haldia (West Bengal) & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL). “Till date, the company has committed over Rs 12,500 crore for the project,” GAIL said. The pipeline has already reached Barauni in Bihar and GAIL is ready for supplying gas to a refinery and upcoming fertiliser plant. The pipeline also supplies natural gas for Patna city gas distribution network (CGD). “This is a major milestone towards providing green fuel to the eastern part of the country,” it said, adding the work for balance portion is going on in full swing and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021 in a phased manner. The construction work of Dobhi-Durgapur Pipeline section is likely to be completed by December 2019 for supplying gas to Matix Fertilizers, Durgapur, West Bengal. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe PSU is currently executing around 5,500 km of pipeline costing Rs 25,000 crore to provide gas supply largely to areas of eastern and southern parts of the country. Another 1,400 km pipeline involving capex of Rs 7,000 crore is under evaluation which is targeted to be completed by 2023. GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said the company is committed towards creating the National Gas Grid to provide natural gas connectivity throughout the country.last_img read more