Initiative works to end hunger

first_imgStudent government’s “eND Hunger” campaign will target food scarcity in South Bend and hunger in the local community as the initiative kicks off tonight with an opening forum, senior Beth Simpson, chair of the campaign, said. “Rather than crossing the ocean to look for need, we are crossing the street to recognize the hunger that exists in our backyard,” Simpson said. “Rather than operating on a donations model which is more traditional and often easier, we are striving for increased community engagement.” Simpson is directing the “eND Hunger” campaign along with members of student government and the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). “This issue highlights the University’s mission to put knowledge at the service of truth and charity,” Simpson said. “We are recognizing that campus exists within community with the residents of South Bend.” Student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell included fighting hunger in their platform for election last spring. Soler and Bell were inspired by the Global Water Initiative, which the preceding student government administration developed during the 2009-2010 school year. “We wanted an issue a little more relevant to the South Bend area,” Soler said. “It is great to see Notre Dame students out in the community and really trying to make a difference in an innovative way.” The hunger campaign will target the west side of South Bend in particular. “We identified the west side of South Bend as a food desert based on research done by Notre Dame students and the United States Department of Agriculture,” Simpson said. “This means people living there have a decreased or at times no access to healthy and affordable foods.” Simpson said food scarcity results from lack of access in terms of distance, cost and availability of fresh and healthy foods. These factors are accompanied by greater access to fast food and other unhealthy options. Seventy-eight percent of northern Indiana households with children are food insecure, Simpson said. “Feeding the hungry is a direct corporal work of mercy that can also be achieved through a holistic awareness of the way we live,” Simpson said. The initiative is broken into two main parts — community and campus. “The first part is community engagement,” Simpson said. “We have organized and brought together a coalition of community leaders who work in South Bend with food scarcity or who work on South Bend’s west side to discuss the present need.” The community coalition met for the first time Oct. 15 to discuss the needs on the west side of South Bend. “We are capitalizing on the community leaders and asking them to articulate the vision they have for the area,” Simpson said. “Notre Dame student government is one member at the table to contribute to this larger community effort.” The coalition will decide a specific direction for its efforts during the next meeting. Options include forming a food cooperative, bringing another grocery store to the area, working to bring fresh produce to corner markets and advocating for transportation changes, Simpson said. The second branch of the campaign is campus engagement to inform Notre Dame students and faculty about food scarcity in the local community. Tonight’s forum in Geddes Hall will feature the CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana Lisa Jaworski and senior Laura Beverly, who will speak about local hunger. Later forums will also host leaders from the community to speak to Notre Dame students and faculty. “We are hoping the forums can be a conversation between the community and the students,” Simpson said. “ Notre Dame students can be liaisons between the community, farmers and entrepreneurs, Simpson said. “This part of the campaign can help us all to realize there are individuals living ten minutes from campus who do not know from where their next meal comes or how they might provide food for their children each evening,” Simpson said. CSC community partnerships director Annie Cahill Kelly participated in the community meeting several weeks ago. “My main hope is for sustainability for the project,” Cahill Kelly said. “I hope the good work they are doing will serve as a foundation for involvement on student’s behalf for many years to come.” Ensuring a long-standing connection the community needs to be a focus in this project, Cahill Kelly said. Simpson said the challenge for the “eND Hunger” vision is creating a connection to the community that will last beyond this year. “I think hopefully that when our term comes to an end the efforts and commitments people have made to the local groups will continue,” Soler said. Ongoing events include a food drive lasting until Nov. 19 and Domer Dollar collections in LaFortune Student Center in mid-November. Cahill Kelly said this collaboration between groups, along with the variety events, is key to making a difference in the South Bend community. “Any time that groups on campus collaborate, we further the goal of creating the kingdom of God together,” Cahill Kelly said. “It is tough work to do solely.”last_img read more

Irish shut down Boilers

first_imgMany Notre Dame students made the drive to West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend to cheer the Irish to a 38-10 victory over in-state rival Purdue. Sophomore Michael Gills said he enjoyed the exciting atmosphere that an away game provides, even if it was a blowout victory. “It was not as spirited as a home game in the Notre Dame student section but there was a lot more bonding between students because we were at an away game,” Gills said. Sophomore Tom O’Brien also said he enjoyed the night game atmosphere at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium. “At the start of the game, the Purdue fans were really into it, as it was the biggest game of the year for them,” O’Brien said. “However, after it was clear the Irish were going to win, Ross-Ade Stadium quickly turned into a home game for Notre Dame, as many of the Purdue fans left early.” Freshman Madeline Basil said she noticed the Purdue section was not as energetic and cohesive as Notre Dame’s student section. “The Purdue students did not have as many cheers as we do, and the ones they did have were quite inappropriate,” she said. “In fact, it reminded me more of a high school game than a college football one, as students could stand wherever they pleased and did not pay as much attention to the action going on the field.” O’Brien said many Purdue students he spoke with were not expecting a win. “Purdue had a black out promotion for the students, so they were really excited to be in that kind of atmosphere,” he said. “I talked to some Purdue students before the game and they were expecting an Irish victory, as even they recognized Notre Dame as the superior team.” Despite the chilly weather, Basil said she was pleased with her first Notre Dame away game experience. “I was happy to see a good mix of Purdue and Notre Dame fans, and everyone seemed really excited to be a part of a night game,” Basil said. Gills said the 150-mile trip to West Lafayette was worth watching the Irish play well. “It was a great game to go to because Purdue is relatively close and the high number of Notre Dame fans that came out and supported their team,” Gills said. “It was an overall great game to watch the Irish play in.”last_img read more

Conferences highlight undergraduate research

first_imgNotre Dame’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) will accept abstracts until March 20th from students who wish to participate in the annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference (USC) and the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS-JAM).The conferences, scheduled for May 1 in DeBartolo Hall, are open to students from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s. All undergraduates are invited to participate in research presentations, critical analyses and creative endeavors on topics ranging from engineering to humanities to business.Senior Dan Courtney, civil engineering major and two-time conference participant, said the conferences provide opportunities for undergraduate students to expand their experiences outside the classroom.“I feel like this event is a real strong point for Notre Dame as a whole,” Courtney said. “It is one of the reasons I decided to come here. Notre Dame puts substantial resources into its undergraduate education, and a lot of professors take on several undergrads.“At a lot of other schools, students are just watching for four years and taking it all in. Notre Dame offers the unique opportunity of allowing undergraduate students to jump in and start their research early.”According to the CUSE website, the conference is an chance to share research and hear both constructive feedback and insightful questions. Research allows students to use the critical skills they’ve developed in the classroom to ask new questions, make discoveries and contribute to global conversations that can have a real-world impact.“That’s what it really is – it’s sharing,” Courtney said. “Presenting at the conference will make your research stronger because you need to be able to clearly and simply communicate your ideas. It exposes your research to criticism, which will ultimately make it stronger. Most students who are really good at research aren’t always good at communicating that research — marketing it, if you will.”Junior Lily Kang, an information-technology management and sociology double-major, said the conferences help students take their research to the next level.“The conference created an intimate setting in which I felt comfortable holding discussions on my research topic with the audience as well as sharing my personal thoughts,” Kang said. “In addition, the conference was truly interdisciplinary, and it was enlightening for me to learn about my fellow students’ research projects across all different disciplines.”Courtney said he would encourage all students to stop by the conference to learn about students’ various research projects.“It’s so cool seeing your friends in that setting,” he said. “You know your friends in one environment, and then to go hear them talk about their research and be amazingly complex is … fascinating.”More information about the USC and COS-JAM can be found on the CUSE website at abstracts, COS-JAM, CUSE, Undergraduate Scholars Conferencelast_img read more

Stadium renovations aim to enhance fan experience

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first story in a three-part series featuring the completed Campus Crossroads project. Today’s story focuses on the enhancements and renovations to Notre Dame Stadium.Notre Dame Stadium represents more than football after the renovations made over the course of the Campus Crossroads Project, vice president for facilities design and operations Doug Marsh said.“The common introduction we have for all of our ushers and hospitality folks is, ‘We welcome fans from across the world to the Notre Dame Stadium, this very iconic college football venue,’” Marsh said during a press tour conducted Aug. 11. “But I’m happy to say, it’s much more than that at the completion of this project.” Jordan Cockrum | The Observer A 54 feet high by 96 feet wide video board is now located at the south end of Notre Dame Stadium. The video board will be used to show replays, highlight recognition ceremonies and tell Notre Dame stories.The renovated stadium, which has been under construction since 2014, will play host to the first official Notre Dame football game to feature the new changes Saturday, and Marsh said he expects the game day experience to be greatly improved as a result.“In the midst of the project, it’s one of those things that occurred to us that while it’s terrific to add these facilities that will activate Notre Dame Stadium every single day of the year — not just the days we host football or Commencement or our Blue and Gold spring game — but an opportunity while we’re at it to improve the game-day enhancement experience for our fans,” Marsh said. “So we took the opportunity to re-invest to make those enhancements.”Associate athletics director Beth Hunter said the adjustments highlight the football program’s history while simultaneously bringing it into the future.“Our goal was to blend tradition with the most innovative technology,” Hunter said during the press tour. “We approached the renovation thinking, ‘What would Knute Rockne build today?’”The ConcourseThe aspect of the stadium that recalls the history of Notre Dame football most strongly is the enhanced stadium concourse. Marsh said the concourse has been redecorated and retouched in the art-deco style, “which was the period of architecture the original stadium was constructed in.”The Campus Crossroads team paid close attention to details in transforming the concourse, Hunter said.“The stadium concourses have been completely transformed, and they now feature all new art-deco-inspired way-finding signage, new lighting throughout — including art-deco-inspired chandeliers — and new up lighting, which highlights the original Rockne stadium brick and arches,” Hunter said. “We’ve bricked up close to 100 columns throughout the entire lower concourse, and our goal here was to really create a sense of space, so you feel more like you’re walking down a concourse than you are an airport parking garage.”The stadium will also be easier for fans to navigate now, Marsh said.“One of the things we wanted to achieve by this series of improvements was also to make a better way-finding experience,” he said. “So fans as they come in — particularly we have, every game, many first-time fans of the Notre Dame game-day experience — not sure where their seats are, so we added all these way-finding graphics.”The backdrop for this signage, Hunter said, is a series of hand-picked program covers from throughout the football program’s history.“Working closely with the University archives, we hand-selected approximately 70 program covers, ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s,” she said. “ … These covers now encircle the entire lower concourse. Additionally, we identified 22 ticket graphics ranging from 1903 through 1957 and installed those in strategic locations throughout the inner bowl of the lower concourse.”Additional changes that will provide a more comfortable game experience for fans, Marsh said, are rebuilt and modernized restrooms and 150 televisions spread throughout the concourse, and the concession stand facades have been restored to a design featured in the 1930s.“We really wanted to keep this of that style of the art-deco period, and I think fans are really going to welcome the feel for this,” he said.As fans move upward through the concourse, Hunter said, they will also move forward in time.“While the lower concourse intentionally celebrates the original Rockne stadium, the graphics and theming take on a more modern-day feel as fans traverse to the upper levels,” she said. “We took advantage of large, concrete walls in the four corner stairwells by adding these enormous graphics. … We also worked to produce some visuals for fans as they traverse the ramps, which now feature hand-painted ND marks and logos, as well as popular game day fan slogans. In addition, we added two sets of season program covers featuring Heisman Trophy winners, which are framed in repurposed bleacher wood.”The concourse also features a Hall of Fame section of sorts, Hunter said.“Another update that we are excited to reveal is a brand-new recognition display honoring the accomplishments of football monogram winners,” she said. “This will now be located inside the Frank Leahy gate on the south end of the stadium. Individual plaques honoring all-Americans, academic all-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, College Football Hall of Fame members and National Championship teams will soon be mounted on columns surrounding 80-inch monitors.”The BowlOne of the most important aspects of attending a football game is fans’ experience inside the seating area around the field — known as “the bowl.” This year, Marsh said, Notre Dame’s signature wooden benches are missing, replaced by aluminum bleachers covered in vinyl.“Last season, we began to replace the redwood bleachers,” Marsh said during the press tour. “We did that in the upper bowl that was added 20 years ago. We’ve since then, this offseason, replaced all the planking bleachers on the lower bowl, and in the midst of that, widened each seat by two inches. So everybody gets the same amount, whether you’re [in the] lower bowl or upper bowl.”In addition to the increased comfort of wider seats, Marsh said the stadium has increased its safety by adding, “thanks to prompting and requests by many fans throughout the recent years,” railings to the aisles in the lower bowl area of the stadium.“They were not required in 1929–1930 when the structure was first built, but they’re really a good idea,” he said. “So we’ve added them to help increase mobility and safety.”Another added benefit of these railings, Marsh said, is the ability to conceal new Internet and cellular antennas within them.“ … We will have a new wireless infrastructure — first time ever — at Notre Dame Stadium, dedicated solely to fans in the bowl and in the concourse,” Marsh said. “So connectivity will greatly improve. Secondarily, but just as important, we’ll have a new dedicated cellular network in the bowl. … So a dedicated cellular network, dedicated wireless network — connectivity will be best in class and hugely improved from past experiences.”Marsh said the updates also took greater player safety into account through decisions such as extending the padding around the field, removing additional bleachers on the sidelines and moving the flagpole to sit farther back from the sidelines in its new location near the video board.“We’ve taken the band off the field. The band will actually be put in an expanded student section,” he said. “All 400 members of the band will now be right here in the front, and we’ll have new dedicated stairs. … I believe, historically, that is not a precedent. That had been that way kind of originally, so we’re kind of going back to that.”Something fans might notice when the Irish and Temple take the field Saturday is a new tunnel for Notre Dame’s opponents to enter and exit the field, Marsh said.“This helps for a variety of reasons — principally to help unclog the tunnel that we use. It’s very busy on game day, as you can imagine,” he said.Hunter said the relocated visitor tunnel, locker room and team trucks create more privacy for the Notre Dame football team, band and fans.“With so much of our focus on that of improving the fan experience within the existing Stadium, when it came to the north tunnel, our focus shifted to that of our football student athletes, coaches and recruits,” Hunter said. “ … We thought about how we could really create a special and unique environment [in the home locker room] for our football team, while also celebrating many of the traditional and historical elements of Knute Rockne’s original locker room.”The Premium SeatingIn the midst of Campus Crossroads construction, the University announced in February that it was transitioning to a tiered ticketing system, in which ticket prices would vary based on the quality of the tickets.This change has resulted in the decrease in the price of some tickets while increasing others — the cheapest face value option of a ticket to Saturday’s game in the general seating is $45, down from $75 for last year’s home opener against Nevada, and the most expensive one is $145, excluding preferred seating.In an interview with The Observer conducted Aug. 17, University athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the change in pricing “was borne out of a number of goals we wanted to achieve.”“One of those was, given all that this stadium represents, we wanted to be able to say — as we can — that the revenue from the bowl is the same this year as it was last year,” he said. “And so, while some tickets went up, we priced the house so it produces the same amount of revenue. The other thing that was important to us was to make the game more affordable. And so, we created a much lower ticket price than we’ve had in a long time. … And so we wound up with a much bigger spread of value.”The increased space for each seat in the bowl decreases the number of seats in the general seating area, which Swarbrick said is offset by the addition of 3,200 seats added through a premium seating experience fans can purchase.“ … Just as the $45 ticket responds to some customers who are looking for something in particular, the premium seat in the hospitality represents something else another part of our customer base is looking for,” Swarbrick said.In designing the upper levels of Campus Crossroads — where the premium seating is located — to be able to fit around the stadium, the section has “gained some terraces,” Marsh said.“There are eight terraces — four per side, two on [floors] nine and seven, respectively, of the two buildings,” Marsh said during the Crossroads press tour. “They create these really nice opportunities for people [in these sections] to get out.”Outside of football season, Marsh said people can rent out the upper levels of the Campus Crossroads buildings for meetings, parties or other gatherings.“This whole series of buildings are to be activated, and we want the community to use them just as much as we’ll use them,” Marsh said. The Video BoardThe addition fans will notice “most visibly,” Marsh said, is 54-feet high by 96-feet wide video board. Executive producer of live events for Notre Dame athletics Mike Bonner said the video board will allow the University to provide fans with what many have been asking for — replays.“Replays, replays, replays — that’s what our fans want, and that’s what we’re going to give them,” Bonner said. “And I can do that … I will be taking in upwards of — between our feeds and NBC’s feeds and other robotic cameras — 27, 28 different replay angles that I can take at any time.”Bonner, who has operated video boards for the New York Yankees and Denver Broncos, said the video board is of an extremely high caliber.“It has the most physical pixels in an NCAA outdoor venue,” Bonner said. “What that mean is on that video board the little RBG — red, green and blue LED pixels — are 10 millimeters apart the way they’re set. So there are nearly 4.8 million pixels within that video board. And that helps with viewing angles, it helps an incredibly clear picture on there. It’s really impressive.”The visual enhancements in the stadium have allowed the University to remove the scoreboard on the north end of the stadium, which previously impeded fans’ view of “Touchdown Jesus,” Marsh said.“It is enhanced by ribbon boards on the two sideline buildings … because we no longer have a scoreboard on the north [end],” he said. “We’ve replaced that with these boards on the three other sides. This opens up the view for many fans in the bowl to have a clear view of the ‘Word of Life’ mural on the library.”While the video board will primarily focus on the football game, Bonner said he will also be able to put on a “show” for fans in attendance that will remain true to Notre Dame’s values.“The University has been incredible — Jack Swarbrick’s vision, Fr. John and everything that we’ve been given here to really put on a great show,” Bonner said. “But let me tell you, it’s not just about football. We will be spreading the University message. We will make sure that fan are entertained in a variety of ways, and we will be continuing to do a lot of our traditions. We will be announcing our Mass schedule — it’s just going to come to you a little bit different. We’ve shot seven different Mass schedule videos with seven different Holly Cross priests here from Notre Dame, and they will tell you what’s coming up after the game or the next day.”Bonner said the video board will enhance traditions rather than eliminate them.“We’ll make sure that all of our traditions are kept alive. We’re going to continue to do the Sgt. Tim McCarthy reading, but it’s going to be in a little bit different way. I’ll save that one, that’s a tease for game day for you,” Bonner said. “Also, we’ll make sure that we continue to do our recognition ceremonies. So our faculty recognitions, our team Irish recognitions, but we’ll get to tell their stories. We’ll get to visually enhance a lot of the things we were doing. The band is still going to be a very big part of what we do. The great thing with the band and our communications — what we’re able to do with headset communications — is the coordination will be there.”The ultimate goal for the video board — and the Campus Crossroads renovations in general — is to ensure fans have a positive Notre Dame football experience.“We’ll be telling the story of how the wooden benches have been used, and the green groups, the bicycle racks that have been added here,” he said. “Football is also going to be up there on that video board, and as I mentioned, we’re going to make sure that the fans walk away after a great experience. We’re going to show them great action, we’re going to show them history, we’re going to show replays — did I mention we’re going to show replays?”Tags: Campus Crossroads, fan experience, football, game day experience, Notre Dame Stadium, premium seating, video boardlast_img read more

Airbnb Reaches Tax Collection Deal With Chautauqua, 30 Other Counties Statewide

first_imgImage via Airbnb.MAYVILLE – Airbnb has reached a deal with Chautauqua and several other counties statewide to better collect taxes on vacation rentals.Starting Thursday, the online marketplace company will collect and report the revenue to counties.Officials say collecting and remitting hotel taxes can be complicated, and that, rules were designed for traditional hospitality providers and large hotel corporations, not individuals.“The tourism industry has been hit especially hard during the pandemic,” said Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and CEO of the CCIDA. “The additional revenue will help us further support our tourism industry and preserve our lakes and waterways.” Now, under the new tax agreement, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties are among 31 other counties statewide will see revenue from the internet-based vacation rental company.In total, Airbnb has partnered with over 400 local governments throughout the U.S. to collect and remit taxes part of similar agreements aiming to make the process seamless and easy for hosts to pay their fair share while contributing new revenue for local governments. Share: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)last_img read more

Tap Into Your Inner Idina Menzel! Disney to Release Sing-Along Version of Frozen in Theaters

first_img View Comments Star Files Disney’s Frozen Listen up, because this is music to our frostbitten ears! Since you’ve already seen Frozen at least twice in theaters, bought the soundtrack on iTunes and memorized all of Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s awesome lyrics—it’s time to get serious. According to, Disney has announced that they’ll release a sing-along version of the animated blockbuster in theaters on January 31.Theatergoers will be able to join in the chorus of all of their favorite tunes from the film including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “Fixer Upper,” “Love Is an Open Door” and the Oscar-nominated “Let It Go.” This version will feature on-screen lyrics, and viewers will be able follow a bouncing snowflake to show you which word to sing at that time.”Frozen fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion—there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’—we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Disney’s Dave Hollis, in a statement.Frozen won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and is the front-runner to capture that prize at the Oscars, too. The Disney Animation musical has taken in more than $337 million domestically and $763 million worldwide since its record-breaking Thanksgiving opening. Idina Menzellast_img read more

Meet Matilda’s Hideous New Headmistress, Christopher Sieber

first_img Christopher Sieber View Comments After briefly falling victim to the Trunchbull curse, Matilda star Christopher Sieber has officially arrived on Broadway, and he’s scaring the daylights out of children everywhere. We’ve got a first look at the two-time Tony nominee in his Miss Trunchbull drag (complete with plenty of hammer-throwing medals), and we’re pleased to report that he makes a perfectly hideous headmistress. Check out these new photos of Sieber in Matilda, then catch him live at the Shubert Theatre…Just make sure you don’t get locked up in the Chokey! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Matilda Star Fileslast_img

Anthony Rapp Out of If/Then For Surgery Recovery

first_img Holbrook’s Broadway credits include West Side Story, Xanadu, All Shook Up, Fosse, The Boy From Oz, Taboo, Follies, The Addams Family and Footloose. His screen credits include Hairspray, Smash and Nurse Jackie. Directed by Michael Greif, the new musical also stars Idina Menzel, LaChanze, James Snyder, Jerry Dixon, Jenn Colella, Jason Tam and Tamika Lawrence. The ensemble includes Joe Cassidy, Miguel Cervantes, Stephanie Klemons, Tyler McGee, Ryann Redmond, Joe Aaron Reid and Ann Sanders. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Related Shows A spokesperson for If/Then has confirmed that Anthony Rapp has had to temporarily depart the Broadway production to recuperate from surgery. Curtis Holbrook will be performing the role of Lucas at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in his place. No word yet on when Rapp will be able to return. Rapp tweeted [sic]: “Sad 2 miss several weeks @IfThenMusical while I recover from knee surgery. Great @CurtisHolbrook will play Lucas. Can’t wait 2 return soon.” Featuring music, lyrics and book by Next to Normal team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, If/Then tells the story of Elizabeth (Menzel), a woman on the verge of turning 40 who returns to New York City to make a fresh start. If/Then Star Files Anthony Rapplast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Model Cara Delevingne Eyes Beach Boys Musical & More

first_img Wouldn’t It Be Nice? Model Cara Delevingne Eyes Beach Boys Musical British model and actress Cara Delevingne is eyeing the female lead in the upcoming Beach Boys movie musical All Summer Long. Before you think this project may not have “Good Vibrations” about it, you should know that it comes courtesy of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind movie musicals such as Hairspray and Chicago, as well as TV’s Smash, The Sound of Music Live! and the upcoming Peter Pan Live! So basically the duo has produced the entire contents of our DVRs. According to The Wrap, Michael Sucsy will direct a script penned by Susannah Grant. This is definitely a film we’ll get around to seeing! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Nathan Lane Star Files See Nathan Lane Talk to Andrea Martin About Her Lady Parts Two Tony-winning luminaries talking the business of show? Irresistible. Andrea Martin will sit down with her good friend Nathan Lane to chat about her new memoir, Andrea Martin’s Lady Parts, on September 14 at 92Y in the Big Apple. Catch the pair there and of course back on Broadway—Martin is returning to Pippin and Lane is headlining It’s Only a Play with Matthew Broderick. View Comments Fox’s New Sitcom is a Glee and Modern Family Mash-Up This sounds like a Glee and Modern Family mash-up. Fox, the network that will soon bid farewell to Glee, is producing a new musical family sitcom pilot, The Sound of the Sumners. Deadline reports that the show will explore a modern family and feature original music and songs. Miss Saigon to Celebrate Turning 25 With Gala & Live Album The heat is on in Saigon, or it will be in London on September 22! To celebrate 25 years since the original premiere of Boublil & Schönberg’s Miss Saigon, there will be a special gala performance of the West End revival, with members of the original company joining the cast of the new production onstage at the Prince Edward Theatre in a special finale. Unable to beg, borrow or steal a ticket? Never fear, the evening will be recorded for BBC Radio 2 and broadcast on September 28. Andrea Martinlast_img read more

Carol Burnett Begins Performances in Love Letters on Broadway

first_img Burnett received Tony nods for Once Upon a Mattress and Moon Over Buffalo. She is perhaps best known for her work on the Emmy-winning The Carol Burnett Show. Emmy winner Carol Burnett begins performances opposite Brian Dennehy in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters on October 11, stepping in for Mia Farrow. Directed by Gregory Mosher, the production is playing on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The pair will be followed by casts of stars in strictly limited engagements that include Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 Related Shows Burnett and Dennehy will remain with the production through November 7. Alda and Bergen will take over November 8 through December 5. Keach and Rigg will play December 6 through January 9, 2015. Huston and Sheen will then play January 10, 2015 through February 15.center_img Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away? Love Letters View Commentslast_img read more