How Finding Neverland Flew From the Big Screen to the Great White Way!

first_imgSince J.M. Barrie published Peter Pan in the early 20th century, the boy who never grew up has flown through the imagination of generations of children, along with visions of the Darling children being whisked away to Neverland, the lost boys, pirates and mermaids. It’s inspired remakes from the beloved 1953 Disney film to the 1954 Broadway musical smash starring Mary Martin, feature films from Hook and Pan to the recent live Peter Pan TV musical and approximately one million Tinker Bell movies. Now a new generation of children of all ages will hear the story behind the story when the Barrie-based musical Finding Neverland lands on Broadway. Read this bedtime story on the making of the show before the Diane Paulus-helmed musical opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 15. You Can FlyThe 1953 animated Disney film didn’t fare quite as well in the Times, “on the ground that it does not hold precisely to the pristine spirit of the J. M. Barrie play,” but that didn’t stop it from becoming hugely popular, and the highest-grossing film of the year. The stage adaptation, which had music and lyrics from Comden and Green and Jule Styne and was directed and choreographer by Jerome Robbins, was a hit when it opened on Broadway in 1954, earning Tony Awards for both Mary Martin as Peter Pan as Cyril Ritchard as Mr. Darling/Captain Hook. Ahoy, Peter!Peter Pan first appeared in print in 1902, in a novel called The Little White Bird. Barrie first made up the character to entertain the many boys of the Davies family—George, Peter, John and Michael—whom he’d met while walking his Saint Bernard in London’s Kensington Gardens. He grew close with the family, especially the boy’s mother, Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and the world of Peter Pan and Neverland grew out of the games Barrie invented to play with the boys. The play Peter Pan premiered in 1904 (and became a novel in 1911); it went to Broadway in 1905, to rapturous reviews. A review published on November 7, 1905 in The New York Times began, “Barrie, the talented father of so many sweet and delicate-mind children, has introduced to us another of his fledglings-Peter Pan by name. Peter Pan isn’t a play. It is just a gentle jogging of the memory and a reminiscence of your childhood.” View Comments Stage StruckThe revamped version of Finding Neverland landed stateside at the American Repertory Theater in Boston in 2014, starring Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewellyn Davies. Director Diane Paulus calls the show “a kind of a soul mate love story,” about a beautiful widow, Davies, and blocked writer, Barrie. Kelly has made the move to Broadway with the show, but Tony-nominated Broadway and Glee star Matthew Morrison assumed the role of Barrie. “He’s an incredibly tortured man, someone who suffers from severe writer’s block, who had a bad childhood that forced him to grow up really fast,” Morrison told “Meeting this family inspired him to help him change his life.” Another Tony nominee, Kelsey Grammer, also joined the cast as theater impresario Charles Frohman, who doubles as Captain Hook when the musical flies from reality into Neverland fantasy. “It’s so beautiful,” Grammer told “Anything is possible. You can fly. There’s nothing like it.” Up to No Good?Barrie has long been a subject of fascination and debate—some critics have found his relationship with the Sylvia and the Davies’ children a bit, well, creepy; others refute claims of impropriety just as vehemently. Allen Knee, in his 1998 off-Broadway play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, took a flattering look at Barrie and helped matters by having Sylvia’s husband Arthur already dead, though in reality he didn’t die until 1907 and was alive for all the story’s events. Johnny Depp, who starred (with Kate Winslet) in the resulting film adaptation, 2004’s Oscar-nominated Finding Neverland, did too. Barrie “only felt comfortable when he was hanging around with kids for the pure reason that there were no ulterior motives,” Depp told NPR. “Kids didn’t have any agenda… They just behaved and they were pure and honest and he was kind of obsessed with that.” Pop AppealThe story of Finding Neverland may begin in 1904, but the Broadway musical has a distinctly modern flavor. “J.M. Barrie was such a revolutionary, he thought different to other writers of his time. So in his head things would have sounded different,” says Kennedy. It doesn’t hurt that three members of the creative team—composer/lyricists Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and choreographer Mia Michaels—all have serious pop cred. Kennedy has written songs for the like of Bryan Adams and the Spice Girls, Gary Barlow is a member of oh-so-sexy British boy band Take That, and Michaels has won three Emmy Awards for her choreography on So You Think You Can Dance! She’ll be right at home working with the young lady playing Peter Pan—Melanie Moore won season eight of the competition series. Make It SingHarvey Weinstein, who produced the film Finding Neverland, began toying with the idea of having it turned into a musical because it was the only movie his four daughters all adored. In 2012, a version of the musical premiered in Leicester, England, with a book by Knee, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Greg Korie, with Rob Ashford on board as director/choreographer. After tepid reviews (Weinstein blames himself for the underwhelming start), beloved British actor, Tony winner and now host of The Late Late Show James Corden suggested to pal Weinstein that UK music star Gary Barlow might be a good fit for a musical do-over, and a whole new show was created. Baby BarrieJames Matthew Barrie was born in 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland, the son of a weaver and the ninth of ten children. The earliest seeds of Peter Pan were planted when he attended Dumfries Academy as a teenager, where he and his friends would play a pirate game that he credited with inspiring his later work. He started his career writing theater reviews, which led him to London and playwriting—he wrote dozens of plays and novels in his life, but none would ever approach the popularity of Pan. A fascination with and love for children permeated his work, which biographers have attributed to the death of his 14-year-old brother David when James was just six years old. His love of children lasted throughout his life and beyond—before his death in 1937 he bequeathed the not-at-all-insignificant rights to all Peter Pan properties to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.last_img read more

Ohio Regulators Let Stand FirstEnergy’s $1 Billion Coal and Nuclear Bailout

first_imgOhio Regulators Let Stand FirstEnergy’s $1 Billion Coal and Nuclear Bailout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cleveland Plain Dealer:The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today rejected multiple appeals of its October 2016 ruling giving FirstEnergy an extra $204 million a year for up to five years, officially for upgrades to the company’s local wires and substations, but say opponents, actually allowing the company to use the money in any way it chooses.Consumer and environmental groups have charged that the company will funnel the money to its power plants, which have struggled to compete in wholesale markets against companies using gas turbines rather than coal and nuclear energy to generate electricity.The company has argued that it needs the extra money to keep its credit ratings healthy enough to allow it to borrow money at a reasonable cost for upgrades the PUCO wants it to make to its local power delivery system. It repeated that argument in a statement after the ruling was released.Yet when this rate case began just over three years ago, the company’s objective was to find a way to have customers help support its financially failing power plants, which since 2006 have been owned by its unregulated subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions.FirstEnergy began collecting the new charges in January and will continue to collect them for three years — plus two more years if it applies for them — even as opponents now head to the Ohio Supreme Court. That’s how Ohio’s utility law is written.More: PUCO rejects challenge to FirstEnergy special subsidy, you’ll keep paying morelast_img read more

Op-Ed: Electricity-Generation Transition in Canada

first_imgOp-Ed: Electricity-Generation Transition in Canada FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Globe and Mail:While momentum is clearly building to end pollution from burning coal, a change of that magnitude takes time. As environmental organizations reported this week, some Canadian companies are among those investing to expand coal power overseas.While companies are responsible for their own decisions, this news does not represent the growing trend worldwide. Many other companies and investors are moving in the opposite direction. They see opportunities not in the expansion of coal burning – which is a hazard to our health and a driver of climate change – but in the economic opportunity of clean growth.Major corporations such as Facebook, Google and Wal-Mart are all part of RE100, a global initiative that commits companies to move toward 100-per-cent renewable energy. One of these companies, Salesforce, had plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but through rigorous innovation has already reached its goal.There was also the announcement that 237 other companies – with a combined market capitalization of $6.3-trillion – publicly supported the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Led by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Michael Bloomberg, the recommendations of the Task Force will require companies to publicly disclose the risks climate change pose to the value of their assets.By adopting these recommendations, CEOs and boards of directors would be required to ask themselves: Does our business strategy align with the goals of the Paris Agreement? If not, they would have to answer to their shareholders.But all investors should be concerned about risk exposure. We know we’re in a global transition to cleaner energy, and the financial risks of investing in thermal coal are significant. Some institutions are taking action to reduce this risk. The World Bank announced this week that it would end financial support for upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, citing the increasing threats of climate change.The fact is, global markets are shifting.Renewable power is the most competitive source of electricity in many markets. Since 2011, more money has been invested each year in renewable electricity than in power from fossil fuels. And in the United States, solar power is more than 80-per-cent cheaper to produce today than it was in 2009, while wind power is more than 60-per-cent cheaper. Increasingly, clean power is affordable power.Yet any move away from coal also raises questions about jobs. I’m proud to say that Alberta – which generates more than half of its power from coal – is leading by phasing out coal, and making it a fair transition for workers and communities. The province appointed a task force to visit each of its coal communities, hear from workers, and find a way forward that supports them, including through skills training and community economic development.With smart and strategic investments, governments are moving away from coal and spurring clean economic growth. The federal government is doing this through historic investments in public transit, innovation and energy-efficient infrastructure – which together are making our economy stronger and our towns and cities cleaner.More: Why investing in coal is risky businesslast_img read more

Hempstead Murder Suspect Nabbed in Rhode Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect wanted for gunning down a 29-year-old Hempstead man last month has been apprehended in Rhode Island, Nassau County police said.William Flowers was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 31-year-old Rosedale man shot and killed James Warren on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead on Jan. 30.The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.Flowers will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

The # 1 strategy to protect against the rogue credit union employee

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michele Dowis and Robin ReminesRegardless of the size of the Information Technology Team in your Credit Union – knowledge base and duties differ for everyone. You may have some team members that have “access to everything”. Without, separation of duties (requiring more than one person to complete particular tasks creating an internal control), that team is considered vulnerable or at risk of becoming an insider threat!What is an “insider threat”? It’s a threat to your credit union from within your organization. Employees, former employees, contractors and your coworkers who have information regarding security practices, data and the computer systems. The threat could involve fraud, theft of confidential information or even intentional service disruption of computer systems. These insiders may have accounts, access to computer systems, know the timing of processes and transaction posting, and any other details that make it easier to sidestep security controls of which they are aware. Any attempt could be for personal gain but could also be shared externally possibly creating a data breach.There’s an inherent trust that we place on our IT Teams. (As well there should be!) But, just like our front office employees who handle money,what happens if someone on that team isn’t as honest as you thought in the hiring process? We don’t want to go into those negative ways of thinking because it makes us uncomfortable. But let’s face it – money is insurable where data/reputation are not. So how do we protect against this threat?Separation of duties is the logical response in mitigating this risk and is discussed as a necessary strategy in the FFIEC IT Handbook.  Protect your IT Team just like you do your tellers. You have dual control processes in place for cash, opening the branch and other high risk functions. Why not create similar controls over the actual systems? DATA/MEMBER Information is far more valuable that money. Money is insurable and replaceable – your credit union reputation isn’t! continue reading »last_img read more

Hire one today

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Murdoch Michael Murdoch is the Communications Specialist at Wauna Credit Union in Clatskanie, Oregon. He serves on the board of the Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon and SW Washington as … Web: Details Young professionals play a critical role in the future of the credit unions you tend, the communities you serve, and world we call home. Managers and executives alike have their preferences, sure. But today is the day we insist on actively pursuing, drafting, and developing young professionals within, among, and around this movement. These renewed perspectives and insights are an advantage most ways you slice. If you have a young hire directly out of school for example, the learning mindset will linger, and they will absorb information quicker than other generations in the workplace. If your prospect has little experience, then you are starting with a very pliable clay, and the expectations of your organization will more than likely become theirs, steadfast and in due time. The culture of your credit union now grows a skosh less encumbered by previous work experience, structural conflicts, or other pains. Speaking of expectations, aren’t we clambering over the top of one another for newer, stronger, faster technologies? Core conversions, online and mobile banking upgrades, interactive teller machines, voice banking…any of these seem familiar? Remember, most Millennials and now all of Generation Z are growing up immersed in the newest, strongest, fastest tech offerings to date. Younger groups truly have an affinity for figuring out “how it works” and for applying that skillset to alternative and more creative offerings. Oh, and young professionals are by and large quite passionate beasts – they hope and want to make a difference. As the social climate shifts and political arenas rage and the economy turns this way and that, who is on the frontline? Young professionals today are experiencing the difficulties of such dynamics as they navigate the paths to their futures. This should not be lost on credit union employers, because these are opportunities, opportunities who are undoubtedly becoming the leaders of this industry.    The slow but sure killing of the “we’ve always done it this way” thinking has no doubt delivered joy and peace to many a progressive CUer. Times are indeed changing. Crash and i3 programs, young professional groups and conferences, youthful chapters, young executives, and young innovators are spilling in from all corners of the industry, and into the lights. And we must all of us pay attention. last_img read more

Don’t march out; Challenge speakers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I encouraged them to research the speaker, listen to his/her words, and then use their research and intelligence to rebut the speaker during the question-and-answer session.What then to make of the Albany Law School students who walked out of a panel on travel bans to protest one speaker?They’re students at a prestigious institution of legal education. I have friends who graduated from that school and serve in truly distinguished capacities today. These students will be challenged when they argue cases against opposing attorneys and try to convince juries. Why not undertake a challenge now?It’s my hope that the next time said students are again faced with this type of challenge, they’ll stay and question the individual(s) with the intelligence they obviously have in order to attend this school.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam I preface this letter by noting that I mentor Asian-American students at the University at Albany. I made clear to them at the beginning of this semester that should the university extend a speaking invitation an individual whose views they and I would consider reprehensible and repugnant that they shouldn’t interrupt or attempt to shut down the speaker.last_img read more

Trade Ministry, TFO Canada team up to promote food, IT exports

first_imgThe Indonesian Trade Ministry and Canada’s Trade Facilitation Office (TFO), a nonprofit organization, signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in export promotion amid the subdued global trade caused by COVID-19.Kasan Muhri, the director general of national export development at the ministry, said on Tuesday the partnership was aimed at promoting exports of processed food products and information and technology services.The two parties plan to team up for promotional activities with a special focus on women-led small businesses, capacity building and technical assistance for exporters, while exchanging information on export development and trade-related opportunities. “In this case, the [directorate general] will encourage Indonesian exports, which in recent years have faced many obstacles, including COVID-19, which has made businesses more careful in conducting trade partnership relations,” Kasan said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.The cooperation follows Indonesia’s attempt to boost trade, which has been depressed by the ongoing global health crisis.Although the country recorded the biggest trade surplus in nine years in July, exports still declined by 9.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) to US$13.73 billion, while imports nosedived 32.55 percent yoy to $10.47 billion, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data.The World Trade Organization (WTO) has forecast global trade will contract by between 13 and 32 percent at worst this year. Indonesia’s envoy to Canada Abdul Kadir Jailani said that the new cooperation laid further groundwork to step up trade between the two countries, either in the form of regional or bilateral free trade agreements.“A bilateral free trade agreement will not only boost bilateral trade. But more than that, it will also help to enhance competitiveness, attract more Canadian investment to the country and pave pathways to wider areas of cooperation and untapped potential,” said Jailani, who also represents Indonesia at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).Indonesia’s merchandise exports to Canada amounted to $844.65 million in 2019, marking an 8.2 percent decline from a year earlier, according to data from the United Nations International Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade).Rubber topped Indonesia’s exports last year reaching $104.20 million, followed by footwear, iron or steel and uncoated paper.Indonesia is Canada’s largest export market in Southeast Asia. Canada’s top export to Indonesia last year was wheat, which amounted to $701 million. It was followed by fertilizers and wood pulp.“So, we have worked in areas such as apparel, coffee, footwear, processed food and services,” said Steven Tipman, the executive director of TFO Canada.“Today’s MOU signing will really serve as the umbrella agreement for the cooperation of both our organizations in the areas of trade promotion and capacity building of Indonesian trade support institutions, as well as [small and medium enterprises].”Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta cemetery space about to run out as COVID-19 burials increase

first_imgEast Jakarta’s Pondok Ranggon cemetery expects to run out of space for COVID-19 graves in October because of the recent increase in the number of burials.Nadi, the cemetery’s management officer, said there was only space left for another 1,100 burials in the cemetery’s southern area of 7,000 square meters.“The capacity is likely to be critical in mid-October,” Nadi said on Saturday, as quoted by It is estimated that, during October, the remaining land may only accommodate 380 to 400 bodies.Read also: Indonesia hits highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases, deathsNadi said the average number of bodies buried at the Pondok Ranggon cemetery was 700 a month. In August, an average 27 bodies were buried per day.“Aug. 31 set a record with 36 bodies buried that day, the highest number ever since I was put in charge in March,” he said.Since the establishment of the Pondok Ranggon cemetery as a COVID-19 burial location in March, the cemetery authorities have opened eight new plots and buried 2,623 bodies.“We use plot numbers 91 to 99 [for COVID-19 graves], except plot number 97, which is used for the general public. A plot can accommodate 240 to 300 bodies,” said Nadi.Regarding the possibility of the cemetery reaching its limit in October, Nadi admitted that his party had not come up with any plan. He only hoped that the number of COVID-19 cases and hence the death toll would be reduced so that there would be fewer bodies of COVID-19 patients to bury. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Toowong beauty decked out for family

first_imgInside the home at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.“It worked really well for us,” Ms Roden said.“We built and designed the home for teenagers. They usually had their friends over on a Friday and Saturday night.“Now the house is too big to live in on my own.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Set on a 866sq m block, Ms Roden described the home as peaceful.“It’s surrounded by greenery. On both my decks I can look out to Mt Coot-tha and I love the views,” she said. The home at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.She hopes a family with children buys her home as the back yard is spacious. “We were going to put in a lap pool down the side, but my son was a soccer player and really took to that area,” she said.“He put in a soccer net and chose that over the pool.” Ms Roden said the next owner could possibly put in a lap pool if they wanted and said there was room to expand inside and out. The home at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.A change of circumstances has prompted Suzy Roden to sell her beautiful home in Brisbane’s western suburbs.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 31 Musgrave St, Toowong, was built in 1999.Ms Roden said she moved in during September, 1999, and had loved living at the property.Hoping to stay in the area, Ms Roden said the home was the perfect place to bring up her two children, who enjoyed their teenage years there.center_img The deck at 31 Musgrave Rd, Toowong.The two-storey home is close to private schools, shops and public transport.Ms Roden said minor renovations had been done to the home including redoing the floors, carpets, and repainting.She said the kitchen and bathrooms had also been revamped.Ms Roden said she loved the living area of the home because when she invited friends around they just lifted up the rug and that area became a dance floor.last_img read more