Jennifer Holliday to Join Broadway’s The Color Purple


first_img Jennifer Holliday A new Shug Avery’s comin’ to town, and she is not goin’. Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday will step into the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. The Dreamgirls favorite is scheduled to take her first bow at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 4.Fellow Tony and Grammy winner Heather Headley will play her final performance as Shug Avery on October 2. Holliday is the third actress to take on the role in the Tony-winning revival; Jennifer Hudson, who won an Oscar for playing Effie (whom Holliday originated on stage) in the Dreamgirls film adaptation, headlined the show when it opened last fall.Holliday last starred on Broadway back in 2001 in Chicago; she appeared in a three-city-tour of The Color Purple as Sofia in 2014. Since winning the Tony in 1982 for her performance in Dreamgirls—as well as a Grammy for her pop cover of the anthem “And I Am Telling You”—Holliday has gone on to reprise her performance as Effie White numerous times, including on tour and at the Muny in 2012. She has also released a number of gospel and R&B albums.”I was deeply moved by this truly uplifting production of The Color Purple,” Holliday said in a statement. “I am highly honored and absolutely thrilled to be joining this extraordinary cast. Nothing compares to performing before a Broadway audience and I can’t wait to return to the Broadway stage, where I started my career over 35 years ago.”Holliday joins a cast that includes Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony nominee Danielle Brooks (both in their Broadway debuts) as Celie and Sofia, respectively, Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo and Patrice Covington as Squeak.Based on the Alice Walker novel, the musical follows Celie, a young black woman in Georgia who, through her friendship with her daughter-in-law and friend Sofia, relationship with the extravagant and troubled Shug Avery and her own self-acceptance, triumphs over adversity and learns to love herself.Holliday and Hudson—the two Effie Whites/Shug Averys—belted it out together in Atlanta in 2009. The video is worth watching. The Color Purple Jennifer Holliday(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images) View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017last_img read more

UPDATE: School employee arrested for public intox at school


first_imgColumbus, IN—Update:Wednesday evening, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Mount Healthy Elementary School in reference to public intoxication.Upon Deputies arrival, they observed an adult female exiting the school. During their initial contact, deputies observed signs of intoxication. During the investigation, Deputy Grant Carlson spoke with the original complainant who stated an ICARE worker at Mount Healthy had allegedly been verbally aggressive toward her 12-year-old child who attends the school. When the parent confronted the woman, she immediately noticed the school employee was intoxicated. The parent immediately called 911 due to her concern.The school employee has been identified as Tiffany Cooksey, age 35 of Bartholomew County. During the investigation, Cooksey was verbally aggressive towards Deputies. As they were preparing to transport Cooksey to Columbus Regional Hospital, Sheriff’s Captain Dave Steinkoenig located a vehicle in the school parking lot that had Cooksey’s two stepdaughters, ages 7 and 10 inside. It is not clear how long the children had been left inside the vehicle unattended. The vehicle did belong to Cooksey and was not running when deputies noticed the children inside it. The children were picked up by a family member and Child Protective Services will be made aware of the incident. Prior to Cooksey’s arrest for Public Intoxication and Child Neglect deputies located an empty bottle of vodka with her belongings.Due to Cooksey’s high level of intoxication, and after being asked several times to take a PBT which would show a level of alcohol in her system, she was taken to the Columbus Regional Hospital for jail clearance before her incarceration.Cooksey is currently being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on the two local preliminary charges.Public IntoxicationChild NeglectShe remains in BCJ in lieu of $11,000 bond.All persons are considered not guilty unless/until proven guilty in a court of law.Sheriff Matthew A. Myers stated, “this investigation is ongoing and it is being turned over to our Resource Officer for further investigation”. Additional charges could be forthcoming following a meeting with Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.“Through the school’s investigation, I am sure they will handle this serious incident in house.”“BCSO is working with BCSC and they are certainly taking this incident seriously and giving us information that we need”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “We will continue to work together”, added Sheriff Myers.“This is a case of when someone saw something, she did the right thing and reported it immediately”, said Captain Dave Steinkoenig.If anyone has information/concerns about this incident, please contact SRO Deputy Teancum Clark at: [email protected] Original Story:An employee in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation was arrested for public intoxication at an elementary school Wednesday according to BCSC Communications Coordinator Josh Burnett on Facebook Wednesday.  The employee was arrested for public intoxication and child neglect at Mt. Healthy Elementary School.Burnett, stated school officials are working with police to learn more about the details of the arrest. He also stated a second adult was also working at the school and “all children are okay.”The district’s website describes the i-CARE program as an optional before and after school program available to all students in the district.Burnett also stated on social media that the Sheriff’s Dept will be releasing the full information and details of the person arrestedlast_img read more

The Latest: IPL cricket could be staged without fans


first_imgIndian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.”The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL. March 12, 2020 Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday.___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team. The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak. The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___ ___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian. The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m. Associated Press The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.” Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.center_img The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus. Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m. The Latest: IPL cricket could be staged without fans There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high. ___11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family. ___11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries. 10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.” “You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title. Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: and read more

PL on Citi: Sheffield United stun Crystal Palace as John Lundstram nets decisive goal


first_imgSheffield United made it a winning start at Bramall Lane after 12 years out of the top flight as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0.Fans had to wait more than a decade for the Blades to return to the Premier League but they got off to the perfect start as John Lundstram netted the winner in the second half.John Lundstram scored the winning goal for Sheffield UnitedWilfried Zaha was recalled to the Crystal Palace starting line-up for their Premier League match against Sheffield United.Zaha wanted to leave the Eagles this summer but did not get a move away and began the season as a substitute last weekend as Palace drew 0-0 at home against Everton.The Blades were unchanged from their opening-day draw at Bournemouth as top-flight football returned to Bramall Lane for the first time in 12 years.Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend holds off a challengeAfter the early scare, things looked promising for the hosts. By contrast, their build-up play was sharp and varied, with pin-point switches of play between the flanks.Baldock was causing all sorts of problems for Palace down the right. Perhaps watching England manager Gareth Southgate was looking to nip in ahead of Greece, for whom the wing-back is also eligible due to his grandparents.The Blades thought they should have had a penalty midway through the first half when an Enda Stevens’ shot looked like it struck the hand of Martin Kelly, but referee David Coote waved away the appeals. Shortly afterward Baldock saw an effort deflected over the crossbar.An injury forced off John Fleck after 29 minutes, with Luke Freeman replacing him, but the change did not affect the hosts, who looked dangerous again when Robinson controlled a long diagonal pass and shot over the bar. Source: Talk Sportslast_img read more