Former Sugababes singer Jade Ewen and West End alum Dean John-Wilson are in talks to star in London’s Aladdin as Princess Jasmine and the titular character, respectively. According to the Daily Mail, they could join the previously announced Trevor Dion Nicholas as the genie in the production, which is scheduled to begin performances on May 27, 2016 and will officially open on June 9 at the Prince Edward Theatre.Ewen is best known for her work with British pop group the Sugababes; a former protege of Andrew Lloyd Webber, she is currently appearing in the London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Wilson was most recently seen in the U.K. National Theatre’s production of off-Broadway smash hit Here Lies Love; additional stage credits include From Here to Eternity.Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Beguelin, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman.Aladdin continues to run on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production officially opened on March 20, 2014, starring Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. View Comments
Expo Center at South Florida Fairgrounds PALM BEACH COUNTY – Palm Beach County is in the process of implementing a plan to stage a field hospital at the South Florida Fairgrounds.Palm Beach County has multiple plans for multiple hazards and is always refining and testing these plans. With the assistance of the state, this hospital will be setup in case there is a significant surge in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson explains the rationale behind the planning: “Palm Beach County has to take into consideration many possible scenarios in response to emergencies. Some of these responses require days of planning and setup and this requires us to implement a plan even before it is apparent that there is a need. This is a normal occurrence in emergency management and does not guarantee these worst-case scenarios will come to pass.”During his press conference in Miami, Governor Ron DeSantis stressed that there are at least five field hospitals being planned around the state, but at this time there is no need for these hospitals.The state as a whole has nearly forty-two percent available capacity in Florida hospitals and Palm Beach County currently has over forty-six percent of hospital beds available.Once the decision is made to open the field hospital, it will be made public through the media. This hospital will not be accessible to the public and will be used to take the pressure off of local hospitals that have a surge of incoming patients due to COVID-19.