Dollar In High Demand

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) MGN Stock Image.WASHGINTON – The United States Dollar is getting stronger.The dollar’s value around the world has surged, up 7-percent since hitting it’s lowest point of the year so far on March 9. That means it is viewed as the world’s safest and most stable currency.However, strong demand from other countries has created a liquidity crunch, or in other words, a dollar shortage.The federal reserve in turn is rolling out new loans with a growing number of central banks. Starting Monday, the reserve will let those loans, known as ‘dollar swaps’ take place with key central banks on a daily basis, not the usual weekly basis, until the end of April.last_img read more

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Look Out! Stacey Oristano, Annie Golden & Judy Gold Join Disaster!

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 11, 2014 View Comments Disaster! Annie Golden Related Shows Star Files Disaster!, the critically-acclaimed 1970s disaster movie musical now playing off-Broadway at the St. Luke’s Theatre, will welcome Stacey Oristano, Annie Golden and Judy Gold to the cast in the coming weeks. Oristano (Bunheads) will join the cast on January 13 as “Jackie” replacing Mary Birdsong. Golden (Orange is the New Black, Xanadue on Broadway) will replace Mary Testa as “Shirley” starting January 20. On February 10, Gold (The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom) will take over the role of “Shirley” from Golden.Directed and cowritten by Jack Plotnick and starring co-creator and co-writer Seth Rudetsky, Disaster! is set on a summer night in Manhattan in 1979 and follows a group of NYC A-listers who party at the grand opening of a floating casino/disco—  until disaster strikes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests, who sing some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s, including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock on Wood” and more.The cast of Disaster! also includes features Haven Burton, Paul Castree, Charity Dawson, Matt Farcher, Tom Riis Farrell, Robb Sapp, Jennifer Simard, Jonah Verdon, Sherz Aletaha, Saum Eskandani, and Maggie McDowell.Disaster! features costume design by Brian Hemesath, scenic and lighting design by Josh Iacovelli, sound design by Brett Rothstein and musical supervision by Steve Marzullo.last_img read more

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How Does Violet Star Sutton Foster Prep For B’way? By Riding the Bus!

first_img Violet Sutton Foster is doing some serious research for her new role in Broadway’s Violet—no, she’s not dyeing her hair purple. She’s riding the New York City bus! The Tony winner knows a thing or two about prepping for Broadway roles, and she’s taking her newest gig very seriously. Foster hit the road to study up on her new character, a young woman who journeys by bus from her farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in hopes that a televangelist will heal the scar on her face. Foster posted this adorable photo of her bus-riding adventures on her Instagram—what happened next, Sutton? Did you make it to your destination safe and sound? Check out this Hot Shot of Foster prepping for the stage, then see her in Violet, beginning March 28 at the American Airlines Theatre! Sutton Foster Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

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First Look! See Buyer & Cellar Star Christopher J. Hanke in the Basement

first_img Star Files View Comments Barbra Streisand has a brand new employee to toil away in her basement mall! Christopher J. Hanke is the newest star of Jonathan Tolins’ hilarious one-man show Buyer & Cellar, and we’ve got a first look at the star showing off Babs’ real-life book, My Passion For Design. Directed by Stephen Brackett, the solo show tells the story of Alex More, a struggling actor recently fired from Toontown who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a certain Hollywood mega-star. Check out this Hot Shot of the new employee in action, then see him hanging out underground at off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre! Christopher J. Hanke Buyer & Cellar Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more

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Zachary Quinto & Matt Bomer Will Introduce New Honor at the Tonys

first_img As previously announced, the June 8 ceremony will feature appearances from Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Carole King, Kevin Bacon and more, and of course, plenty of live performances. Hollywood hotties Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer will take to the Radio City Music Hall stage on June 8 to introduce a new Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education, presented by Carnegie Mellon University. The award, which will recognize kindergarten through high school theater educators, will honor its first recipient at the 2015 Tony Awards. Star Files Zachary Quintocenter_img Quinto made his Broadway debut this season in the revival of The Glass Menagerie and has appeared off-Broadway in Angels in America. His screen credits include the Star Trek series and American Horror Story. Bomer recently starred in the HBO film adaptation of The Normal Heart in addition to the USA series White Collar and Magic Mike. Both are alums of Carnegie Mellon University, the first higher education partner of the Tony Awards. View Commentslast_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Tony Winners Celebrate Record-Breaking Weeks at the Box Office

first_img View Comments While no particular contender swept the Tony Awards this year, a handful of shows saw box office bumps hot on the heels of celebrating significant wins on June 8. All four shows that took home top honors (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder for Best Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch for Best Revival of a Musical, All the Way for Best Play and A Raisin in the Sun for Best Revival of a Play) saw their highest grosses to date this week. Additionally, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which roped in two trophies including Best Actress in a Musical for Jessie Mueller, broke another box office record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The tuner grossed $1,170,050 during a regular eight-show week, surpassing the record held by Anything Goes for a nine-show week. In the aftermath of the Tonys we also said a scheduled farewell to two plays: Act One and A Raisin in the Sun. Meanwhile two productions posted closing notices: Mothers and Sons (shuttering June 22) and After Midnight (ending June 29). FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,043,643) 2. Wicked ($1,969,827) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,604,507) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,372,011) 5. Aladdin ($1,332,137) Source: The Broadway League *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 7 regular performancescenter_img Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 15: UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($342,638)  4. Rock of Ages ($280,008)  3. Casa Valentina ($256,272) 2. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($163,586)* 1. Mothers and Sons ($156,116) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.37%)** 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.71%) 4. Aladdin (100.03%) 5. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Chicago (70.36%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (67.29%) 3. Bullets Over Broadway (66.07%) 2. Once (65.59%) 1. Mothers and Sons (43.92%)last_img read more

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The Wiz’s Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige & Amber Riley on Witchcraft, Wizardry & Nerves

first_img View Comments For a wizard and two witches, there’s a good amount of pressure when presenting The Wiz to millions of television viewers. Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Amber Riley take on the roles of the Wiz, the wicked Evillene and good witch Addaperle in the December 3 NBC telecast. At a recent press event, the trio opened up about expanding horizons—both for themselves and their audience—and whether Broadway is next in line.“It’s completely terrifying,” admitted Queen Latifah. “I’m so out of any comfort zone that I’ve been in.” While this is the closest the performer has gotten to live theater in her professional career, she’s no stranger to weaving singing and acting after Chicago, Hairspray and Bessie.But any fears are quickly resolved as she remembers the potential impact a live event like this has. “You think about how you see this play and kids are going to be doing these dances…This opens up a world. I hope that it touches someone. Not just someone African American, but anyone who feels like this could be [him or her].”A live theatrical event is also new to Blige: “I’m pulling every acting job I ever had.” But when The Wiz called, she had to accept. “The only reason I’m here is because of The Wiz and what it has done for me as a kid in my neighborhood. That’s why I’m here—so I can give someone else hope.”The musical has had an impact for all three; Queen Latifah even credits Stephanie Mills’ performance on Broadway as what made her want to perform. Riley is no stranger to singing and dancing (including on live TV), but the show makes it personal. “My mom has a special connection to [The Wiz], and now my four-year-old niece is going to sit down and watch.”After getting through the live telecast, Riley’s ready to bring her singing and dancing skills to the Great White Way. “I’ve always wanted to do Broadway,” she said with a grin. “I was locked down for seven years in the Glee vault! It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of doing. And I get to…all shall be revealed soon.”last_img read more

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B’way Faves Andrew Samonsky & Kate Reinders Get Engaged

first_imgAndrew Samonsky & Kate Reinders(Courtesy of Andrew Samonsky) View Comments Something Rotten! Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten! standout Kate Reinders has gotten engaged to her beau Andrew Samonsky, who is currently leading the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County. The happy couple posted the news on social media on March 28, with Samonsky capturing this adorable pic: “This reindeer is gonna be a Samonsky! #engaged #roxburymotel #thefinalfrontier.”We imagine that a certain someone is already planning the Bachelorette party…Candy penis necklaces anyone?Reinders’ additional Broadway credits include Good Vibrations, Wicked and Gypsy. Samonsky recently starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has been seen on the Great White Way in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Scandalous and South Pacific.As Robert Kincaid would say: “This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime!” Congratulations from us all here at Broadway.com!last_img read more

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Hamilton & More Shows Set for Stars In The Alley

first_img View Comments Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos & Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hamilton, Waitress and American Psycho are just some of the shows that will be participating in this year’s Stars in the Alley. As previously reported, the event is scheduled to take place on June 3 at 12:30 PM in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets. The free outdoor concert in the heart of the Theater District will celebrate Broadway with star appearances and performances from over 30 new shows and long-running favorites, accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra.This year’s razzle dazzle roster will also include: An Act of God, Bright Star, The Color Purple, Disaster!, Eclipsed, The Father, Fiddler on the Roof, Fully Committed, The Humans, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, On Your Feet!, Paramour, She Loves Me, School of Rock, Shuffle Along, Tuck Everlasting, Aladdin, An American in Paris, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Chicago, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera, Something Rotten! and Wicked. “Broadway has never had a bigger variety of offerings. With more shows participating in this concert than ever before, it is even more apparent that our goal of having something for everyone on Broadway is succeeding,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin. “No wonder we are breaking attendance records again! Join us in celebrating one of Broadway’s most exciting seasons as we count down to the 70th annual Tony Awards.”A host has yet to be announced, but Great White Way alum Darren Criss emceed last year’s Stars in the Alley. The productions are subject to change but then the rain-or-shine event is FREE!last_img read more

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Sienna Miller & Jack O’Connell to Headline London Revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

first_img Meet the Pollitts! Stage and screen stars Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell have signed on to play Maggie and Brick in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on London’s West End. The Young Vic production, directed by Benedict Andrews, will play a 12-week engagement at the Apollo Theatre beginning on July 13. Opening night is set for July 24, with the limited run scheduled to end on October 7. Additional casting will be announced later.Set on a Mississippi plantation on the night of Big Daddy Pollitt’s birthday, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof centers on the sexual tensions surrounding the marriage of favorite son Brick and his magnetic wife, Maggie. In an atmosphere of secrets, lies and “mendacity,” which version of the truth will win?Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof premiered on Broadway in 1955 with Barbara Barbara Bel Geddes and Ben Gazzara as Maggie and Brick. The 1958 UK premiere starred Kim Stanley and Paul Massie in the same roles. The 1958 Academy Award nominated film starred Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. The play was most recently seen in London in 2009 starring Sanaa Lathan, Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones as Big Daddy.Miller’s London theater credits include Flare Path and As You Like It. New York stage credits include After Miss Julie, Cabaret, Independence and Cigarette and Chocolate. Her many film credits include Live by Night, Mississippi Grind, Layer Cake, Alfie, Casanova, Factory Girl, American Sniper, Foxcatcher, The Edge of Love, G.I. Joe, Yellow and the forthcoming The Lost City of Z.O’Connell’s theater credits include The Nap, Scarborough, The Musicians and Just. His film work includes Money Monster, 300: Rise of an Empire, Unbroken, ’71, Starred Up, Liability, Private Peaceful, Tower Block, Weekender, Wayfaring Stranger, Eden Lake, Black Dog and the forthcoming Tulip Fever.Cat on a Hot Tin Roof marks the Young Vic’s first production to debut directly on the West End. The design team include Magda Willi (sets), Alice Babidge (costumes) and Jon Clark (lighting). View Comments Sienna Miller & Jack O’Connell (Photo: Charlie Gray)last_img read more

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