View Comments Following on the heels of NBC’s acclaimed rock musical presentation Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, the network has announced Hair Live! as its next live musical event, set to be broadcast in the spring of 2019 in front of a live audience. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive-produced each of NBC’s live musicals since The Sound of Music revived the programming genre, will executive-produce the telecast.”When we both, individually, saw Hair on Broadway, we were knocked out by how musical theater could be stretched into something so daring, immersive and audacious,” said Zadan and Meron. “Its recent Broadway revival showed how timeless the show is and that it’s relevant to any era. Hair is filled with heartfelt emotion, joy and thrilling music and it really will be the new dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”Hair tells the story of a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friends Berger and Sheila, and their “tribe” are coming of age in the world of the sexual revolution while struggling with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and beliefs.After an off-Broadway debut in October 1967 at The Public Theater, the show opened on Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances. Since then, numerous productions of the show have been staged around the world, spawning dozens of recordings of the musical. A feature film adaptation was released in 1979, directed by two-time Oscar winner Milos Forman and choreographed by Twyla Tharp.A revival directed by Diane Paulus opened in 2008 at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater starring Jonathan Groff as Claude, Will Swenson as Berger and Caren Lyn Manuel as Sheila; it transferred to Broadway in 2009 (with Gavin Creel taking over for Groff and Caissie Levy replacing Manuel), winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.An exact broadcast date and casting for Hair Live! will be announced at a later time. Till then, look back at the 2009 Broadway production below.
Human Resources Business Partner Julian Currie.Julian Currie, human resources business partner at Minimizer, has been honored with the Rochester, Minnesota, Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementCurrie shares the honor with the 10 other members of the Steering Committee for Leadership Greater Rochester (LGR). LGR is a 10-month program that targets and recruits experienced professionals with the goal of developing business and community leaders.“I completed the program myself in 2015 and have been volunteering with the organization ever since,” said Currie.The Rochester Chamber surprised the Steering Committee at its annual awards banquet in January.“It’s humbling and gratifying to share this award with the other members of the Steering Committee,” said Currie. “It’s a program that was very beneficial for me, personally, so serving on the Steering Committee is my own way of giving back.”“We couldn’t be prouder to have such a fantastic business partner and person here at Minimizer,” said Minimizer Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg. “Julian is an incredibly selfless person who deserves this award.”LGR and the Steering Committee meet every month throughout the 10-month program, with the group’s focus designed to improve Rochester and the surrounding areas.“During my year in the program, we helped raise funds for the United Way and Rochester Public Library,” said Currie. “The end result expanded the number of mini libraries across Rochester. Our goal was to encourage the area’s youth to read. We ended up with so many books that the surplus will enable the program to continue for the foreseeable future.”AdvertisementIn the future, Currie hopes to lead a class, serving as the group’s guide and mentor as it works its way through the 10-month program.“This is a family. You build lifelong friendships and bonds not only with your fellow classmates, but with other alumni, as well,” said Currie.
Internationally, the news for Jamaican sport fans continued to make some of us long for the end of summer. The woeful performance of the West Indies cricket team continued here at Sabina Park, marked by one of the most abject surrenders on a cricket pitch, by a group of well-paid men, who amazingly continue to receive the same remuneration, whatever their performance on the pitch.Darren Bravo has scored only two half centuries in 29 innings at an average of 17.28 across all formats of the game since his return to International cricket in November 2018. Yet he continues to receive a generous emolument as a professional cricketer! Jason Holder, our captain, is the highest-ranked Test batsman (34th) in the West Indies team. He bats at number 7! When will Cricket West Indies realise that this group of men selected to represent us are just not good enough for Test cricket? It is time to withdraw from Test cricket for the next two years and concentrate on developing our under 19 and under 17 cricketers. This group of men getting paid good money to represent us are a waste of important resources, necessary for developing our juniors!Then the news of the positive drug test of the sensational junior sprinter Briana Williams caused literal shock waves across the nation. The substance has been reported as Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that has gained a reputation as the “masker-of choice” of some athletes in different sports. In Jamaica the authorities have had to deal with these reports in the past and have by and large taken a very relaxed view of this transgression. A local martial arts star, who tested positive for the diuretic, managed to convince an Independent panel that he inadvertently placed innocent medication he was taking into a container that his grandmother had used to store her hypertensive medication, thus resulting in the contamination of his urine test result. A sprinter of note postulated that maybe the sweat from a tainted athlete had somehow made its way into her urine sample, thus compromising the result of her test.But now, with the deadline for naming our team to the World Championships in Doha approaching, there needs to be an urgent meeting of the Independent Tribunal of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) if our teenage sensation is to fulfill her dream of going to a senior World Championships this year. I really doubt that the position articulated by the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) that an enquiry may not be necessary, can withstand scrutiny. Our teenage sensation and national treasure Briana Williams has some positives and negatives going into a possible hearing by an Independent Tribunal, considering her positive result. On the positive side, she is a junior, charismatic and a darling of every Jamaican sport fan. On the negative side is the fact that she competed a race, while having in her body, a substance banned by the WADA code and by rule, her result and time of the race should be erased.That would mean that an athlete who trained just as hard as everyone in the line-up for the finals, was excluded from consideration for Doha and may have stopped training. Her place denied by someone who transgressed the rules! Further her coach, the legendary Ato Boldon, in 2001 tested positive for ephedrine and convinced an Independent panel that he took “cold medicine” for flu and in no way intended to cheat! He was exonerated with a warning. Briana’s support team cannot escape blame and sanction. What about the manufacturers of the “flu medicine” who are now accused of selling medication contaminated by a drug that has no business in the medication for which it is advertised. I am reasonably sure that with the frequency that “fake drugs” have appeared in our Pharmacies and drug stores, the bar-code and batch number of the offending blister pack is vital to their investigation, because if the claim by our teenage sensation’s legal team is to be believed, then ALL packs with a similar batch number or bar-code has to be immediately recalled! A sympathetic nation awaits the decision of the “bigger heads” that has to come before this week is out. Let us pray!
Tipperary football fans are being told the next Senior panel will come back a “stronger better version” ahead of the 2019 season.The Premier bowed out of the 2018 Championship on Saturday with a defeat to Mayo at Semple Stadium.However Tipp manager Liam Kearns, who’s confirmed he will continue at the helm, says the player profile is young and they will regroup again.