Ragtime 25th Anniversary Concert Raises More Than $1 Million
On Monday night, the Entertainment Community Fund’s long-awaited one-night-only benefit reunion concert of Ragtime took place at the Minskoff Theatre to a sold-out crowd and raised more than $1 million in support of the programs and services to help people in the performing arts and entertainment community. The event celebrated the 25th anniversary of the show’s Broadway opening and starred original cast members Emmy, Grammy and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (“Sarah”), two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Coalhouse Walker, Jr.”) and SAG Award winner Peter Friedman (“Tateh”), with Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara (“Mother”) in the role originally performed by the late Marin Mazzie.
Official merchandise from the one-night-only concert is also now on sale online.
To purchase merchandise, please click HERE.
All proceeds from this one-night only benefit concert, as well as net proceeds from the sale of merchandise, benefit the programs and services offered by the Fund.
Lea Michele, who originated the role of “Little Girl”, introduced a Tribute segment honoring Ragtime company members who have passed away throughout the past 25 years.
“The Ragtime reunion concert was such a gift to everyone involved: everyone on stage performing and working tirelessly backstage to make it happen; all those in the audience, many of whom had held on to their original tickets for over three years; and the people in our entertainment community who the Fund will be able to help thanks to everyone’s support and generosity,” shared Mitchell, who also serves as Chair of the Fund.
Additional cast members included Mark Aldrich, Shaun Amyot, John D. Baker, Jack Baumrind, Darlene Bel Grayson, Dara Paige Bloomfield, Sandra M. Bonitto, Sherry Boone, Jack Casey, Mark Cassius, Jamie Chandler-Torns, Albert Christmas, Jim Corti, Pierce Cravens, Larry Daggett, Bernard Dotson, Roberta Duchak, Donna Dunmire, Adam Dyer, Duane Martin Foster, Patty Goble, Elisa Heinsohn, David Hess, Adam Hunter, Mark Jacoby, Kimberly JaJuan, Anne Kanengeiser, Judy Kaye, Mary Sharon Komarek (Dziedzic), Joe Langworth, Kai Latorre, Joe Locarro, Dan Manning, Michael X. Martin, Mary McCandless, Anne L. Nathan, Lynnette Perry, Orgena Rose, Gordon Stanley, Steven Sutcliffe, Addyson Evelyn Tabankin, Keith Thomas, Todd Thurston, Vanessa Townsell-Crisp, Allyson Tucker, Rema Webb, Leon Williams, Bruce Winant and Eric Jordan Young.
Based on the classic American novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime has a book by Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) and a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once On This Island, Anastasia, Seussical). The evening will be directed by Stafford Arima, with James Moore as music director and conductor. On the original Broadway production, Mr. Arima served as associate resident director, David Loud as musical director and conductor and Mr. Moore as associate conductor. Additional credits for the one-night-only evening include Wendall K. Harrington and Shawn Boyle as projections designers, Peter Hylenski as sound designer, Don Holder as lighting designer, Tracy Christensen as costume designer and casting by MUNGIOLI THEATRICALS, INC., Arnold J. Mungioli, CSA. This evening is executive produced by Robert Pullen of Nouveau Productions.
The original Broadway production of Ragtime opened on January 18, 1998, at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (now the Lyric Theatre) and played for 834 performances. The show received 14 Tony Award nominations and won for Best Book of a Musical (Terrence McNally), Best Original Score (Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Audra McDonald) and Best Orchestrations (William David Brohn).
The Fund is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of this one-night-only concert reunion: The Nederlander Organization, Ford Foundation, Art Lab, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Iris Smith, Adrienne Arsht, Bloomberg Philanthropies, ExxonMobil and Michael Kors.
The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, is a national human services organization that addresses the unique needs of people who work in performing arts and entertainment with services focused on health and wellness, career and life, and housing. Since 1882, the Fund has sought to ensure stability, encourage resiliency and be a safety net for those who shape our country’s cultural vibrancy. Learn more at entertainmentcommunity.org.
The New Dramatists’ 71st Annual Benefit Luncheon With Josh Groban, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ban Platt and More
On Tuesday the New Dramatists’ 71st Annual Benefit Luncheon was held at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Broadway ballroom 6th floor and T2C was there to interview.
We were so pleased to interview Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford from Sweeney Todd, Natasha Yvette Williams from Some like It Hot, Colton Ryan (New York, New York) and Wayne Cilento (Dancin’)
Next up the honoree Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog and the Harder They Come), Miriam Silverman (The Sign in Sydney Brurstein’s Window), Jim Dale (Barnum), Eddie Cooper (Parade) and Stephen Boyer (Kimberley Akimbo)
And finally we talked to Ben Platt (Parade), Katy Sullivan (Cost of Living), Brandon Uranowitz (Leopoldstadt), Robert Horn (Shucked), Kevin Calhoon (Shucked) and Sharon Washington (New York, New York)
Tomorrow inside the event.
Top 5 Challenges With Digital Yuan Hardware Wallet
Hardware wallets for managing and storing digital assets have been created to guarantee the security of Digital Yuan transactions. To ensure the quick and secure execution of Digital Yuan transactions, various issues with the use of hardware wallets must be resolved. The top five difficulties with Digital Yuan hardware wallets will be covered in this post. Like other cryptocurrencies, you can also earn profits by investing in Digital Yuan.
Challenge 1: Compatibility issues
The introduction of the Digital Yuan hardware wallet poses several challenges, one of which is compatibility issues. The Digital Yuan hardware wallet, like any other hardware wallet, is designed to store digital currencies securely. However, the wallet must be compatible with various digital currency platforms to facilitate the transfer of the currency. The issue of compatibility arises because different digital currencies utilize different protocols, which can make it difficult for the Digital Yuan wallet to work with other wallets.
For instance, some digital currencies require the use of a specific type of wallet to store and transfer them. This requirement may be incompatible with the Digital Yuan wallet, and users may have to switch to another wallet to store or transfer their digital currency. Moreover, some digital currencies may require specific software or firmware upgrades, which may not be compatible with the Digital Yuan wallet, leading to compatibility issues.
Challenge 2: User interface and user experience
Another challenge with digital yuan hardware wallets is the user interface and user experience. While hardware wallets have been around for a while, they are still relatively new to many people. As such, they may be intimidating and difficult to use for some users. This is especially true for older people who may not be as tech-savvy as younger generations.
In addition, the user interface of some digital yuan hardware wallets may not be very intuitive or user-friendly. This could lead to users making mistakes, such as sending their digital yuan to the wrong address or accidentally deleting their wallet.
To address this challenge, hardware wallet manufacturers need to focus on designing user-friendly interfaces that are easy to navigate and understand. They also need to provide clear instructions and guidance for users on how to set up and use their hardware wallets.
Challenge 3: Security vulnerabilities
The security of digital assets is crucial, especially in the case of digital currencies like the Digital Yuan. Hardware wallets have been used as a secure way to store and manage digital assets. However, hardware wallets also face challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the security of Digital Yuan transactions.
One of the significant challenges of hardware wallets is security vulnerabilities. Despite the high level of security offered by hardware wallets, they are not completely immune to attacks.
Challenge 4: Regulatory challenges
Another significant challenge with the Digital Yuan hardware wallet is the regulatory challenges it faces. Since the hardware wallet is an integral part of the Digital Yuan ecosystem, the regulatory landscape surrounding it is complex. Regulatory challenges can arise at both the domestic and international levels.
At the domestic level, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is responsible for the regulation of the Digital Yuan, including its hardware wallet. The PBOC has issued several regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety and security of the Digital Yuan ecosystem.
Challenge 5: Cost and accessibility
One of the biggest challenges facing digital yuan hardware wallets is their cost and accessibility. While hardware wallets are known for their superior security, they are often more expensive than other types of wallets, such as software wallets. This can make it difficult for people with limited financial resources to obtain and use digital yuan hardware wallets.
In addition, the production and distribution of hardware wallets can also be limited. This is especially true in countries where the demand for digital yuan hardware wallets is low, and there may not be enough vendors or retailers to sell and distribute them. As a result, people living in remote or rural areas may not have access to digital yuan hardware wallets, which can limit their ability to participate in digital yuan transactions.
For the Digital Yuan hardware wallet to be widely used, several issues must be resolved. Compatibility problems, user interface and experience concerns, security flaws, governmental restrictions, cost, and accessibility issues are just a few of the difficulties.
How to Find the Best Certified Document Translation Services Near You
If you’re looking for certified document translation services near you, it can be overwhelming. With so many options out there, how do you know which company to choose? We’ve put together a guide to help you find the best certified document translation services in your area.
What are Certified Document Translation Services?
Certified document translation services refer to the act of translating official documents into another language while guaranteeing their accuracy and authenticity. The guarantee of accuracy comes in the form of a certification statement from the translator or providing company stating that the work was performed accurately and with accreditation.
Do Your Research:
The first step when seeking certified document translations should always involve research, as doing otherwise might lead to entrusting your essential documents to incompetent hands resulting in consequential loss of time, litigation, or resources.
To get started with researching potential companies’ expertise and reliability:
- Check online review websites like Yelp or Google Reviews – these reviews often come from past clients who are satisfied (or dissatisfied) with their experiences.
- Look into industry associations, such as ATA (American Translators Association), NCIHC (National Council on Interpreting Health Care), and IAPTI (International Association of Professional Translators). These kinds of memberships show they belong to a wider community committed to upholding quality service delivery.
- Search forums: Online forums provide excellent platforms where people seek tested people’s opinions relative to service delivery or other products.
Ask for Recommendations:
It’s not uncommon to have loved ones recommend places that provide certified translations around them- especially if they’ve undergone this process themselves before! Strive towards gathering recommendations from reputable sources who have used these said companies’ services prior to you, saving yourself both time and nerves.
Check Certifications & Accreditations:
Ensure that whoever handles your critical documentation is by going through their company or individual credentials. While certifications and accreditation demonstrate that a firm has earned credibility, there are several different kinds of accreditations to look out for when seeking certified document translation services, the most widely recognized being ISO17100:2015 certification. Obtainable from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO17100 demonstrates proof of expertise in providing quality language services.
While checking certifications is vital, it’s not enough. Predominantly, evaluations done on translators vary relative to the region; thus, accredited establishments might prove less knowledgeable relative to what you’d expect them to handle relative to where you reside.
A great way to ensure that you’re getting value for your money involves conducting prior research concerning prevailing charges so no one ends up scamming or ripping you off. When requesting quotations, ensure companies list all the following details;
- Service fees – As stated earlier, rates differ depending on location, industry focus, and languages
- Turnover time – Obtaining accurate investments takes patience and effort.
- Specific offerings– It’s helpful if firms listed precisely which files can be translated by them as some turn down specific formats of documents.
- Quality assurance- Nothing is worse than receiving error-filled translations that risk legal work or any other work’s authenticity.
When gathering quotes, lead towards professionalism with service providers exhibiting empathy while answering questions about attaining a translator suitable for your immediate project/s.
In conclusion: Always prioritize selecting established practitioners with reputations guaranteeing quality service delivery and assurances such as indemnity insurance indicating cross-border protection relative to lawsuits originating elsewhere. Remember the four steps when searching for certified document translation services near you. Researching, asking for recommendations, checking certifications and accreditations, and getting quotes from multiple companies can help you confidently choose the best service for your needs.
Janet Jackson’s 2003 Aston Martin V-12 Vanquish Coupe Sold for $92,075, Scream & Alright Costumes Top Sellers at Julien’s Auctions
Julien’s Auctions presented today, “A Special Collection Of Global Icon Janet Jackson,” the grand finale to the auction house to the stars’ three-day auction blockbuster Music Icons that took place May 19, May 20th and May 21st live in Hard Rock Cafe® New York and online at Julienslive.com.
Thousands of bidders, collectors and ardent Janet fans across the globe, participated in person, on the phone and online to vie for a piece of music history owned by one of the most influential cultural figures of all time (photo: auctioneer Kody Frederick of Julien’s Auctions).
A dazzling collection featuring over 800 illustrious items owned by one of the biggest-selling musical artists in history; five- time Grammy’s® Award winner; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted singer, songwriter and producer; Academy Award / Golden Globe / Emmy nominated actor, Janet Jackson, including her famous costumes worn in her iconic music videos, record-breaking world tours and acclaimed live television performances, select custom-made pieces from her personal wardrobe, red carpet ensembles worn to prestigious events such as the BET Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, and gala movie premieres, and beloved home furnishings and personal items were sold with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the child advocacy group Compassion International
In addition, fans and collectors were in for a special treat on May 21st at the auction when the pop diva herself made a surprise virtual visit to relay her gratitude to everyone watching and bidding in the auction.
The top selling item of the auction was Janet Jackson’s stunning 2003 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish that sold for $92,075. The luxury vehicle personally owned and driven by Jackson features in the interior premium black leather seating with charcoal gray perforated leather inserts and is equipped with a DOHC 48-valve 6.0 liter 12-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox, producing 460 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft of torque. The Vanquish was capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, and reached 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds.
Another top highlight of the event was the appearance of Jackson’s iconic Dexter Wong white long-sleeve puckered shirt and an off-white faux-leather bikini top worn by the Queen of Pop in the 1995 “Scream” music video with her brother Michael Jackson. The iconic costume sold for $31,750, more than thirty times its original estimate of $1,000. Costing $7 million at the time, the music video was listed in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive music video ever made and received 11 MTV Video Music Award nominations that year.
Her signature black and white pinstripe suit jacket and hat worn by Jackson throughout her famous 1989 “Alright” music video sold for $25,400, well over its original estimate of $3,000. The iconic 1930s and 1950s musical style video featured Jackson’s famed choreography and appearances of Hollywood dance legends Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers and Cyd Charisse.
Leading up to her auction and celebration of Jackson’s birthday week, exclusive exhibitions of her collection were presented in conjunction with Jackson’s acclaimed “Together Again” tour of North America and her performances at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Julien’s Auctions is the auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, sports and art markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner and many more.
In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction and two years later, sold Michael Jackson’s jacket from “Thriller” for $1.8 million. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction in the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million. Based in Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology. For more information on Julien’s Auctions, go to www.juliensauctions.com . Connect with Julien’s Auctions at www.facebook.com/JuliensAuctions or www.twitter.com/JuliensAuctions or www.instagram.com/juliens_auctions .
Amtrak, Audience Rewards and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Amtrak is the official rail transportation partner for the Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, now playing at the Lyric Theatre in New York City. As part of the collaboration with the show and Audience Rewards, the official rewards program for Broadway, Amtrak Guest Rewards members, Broadway enthusiasts and Wizarding World fans can earn and redeem Amtrak Guest Rewards points on tickets to the show. It’s free for Amtrak Guest Rewards members to register with Audience Rewards.
In addition, four specially wrapped Amtrak locomotives will power Northeast Regional service operating on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Washington, D.C., and Boston between April 28 and June 25. The eye-catching train wrap features the show’s iconic logo along with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and the next generation of wizards: Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy and Rose Granger-Weasley. The swirling clock will give you visions of time travel as you ride through the illustrious landscapes of the NEC. While this train won’t be stopping at Platform 9 ¾, you’ll be sure to have a magical journey on the NEC.
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry’s head-strong son Albus befriends the son of his fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, which sparks an unbelievable new journey for them all – with the power to change the past and future forever. The audience will experience a mind-blowing race through time, spectacular spells, and an epic battle, all brought to life with the most astonishing theatrical magic ever seen on stage. The entire theatre has also been transformed with hidden surprises to discover around every corner.
With Amtrak Guest Rewards, members enjoy exclusive benefits and an overall enhanced travel experience, both on and off the train. Members can earn points towards Amtrak reward travel, hotels, car rentals, upgrades, gift cards and more. Reward travel begins at just 800 points. In addition, Amtrak also has two credit cards, Amtrak Guest Rewards® Preferred Mastercard® and Amtrak Guest Rewards® Mastercard® for added benefits and greater loyalty program.
Customers are encouraged to save via Amtrak Saver Fares, which offer low prices on
the Northeast Regional, and other NEC service trains, Amtrak’s See NY and Savediscount when booking travel online within the Empire State at least five days in advance of travel or via everyday discounts for kids, seniors, military groups and more. Amtrak trains offer free Wi-Fi, Business Class seats, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), a café car, ample leg room and large spacious seats.
For 50 years, Amtrak has connected America and transformed transportation by modernizing train travel and building for thefuture. Amtrak willcontinue to play animportant role in thenational transportationnetwork for the next 50years and beyond by operating a safe, environmentally efficient and fiscally responsible business by providing travelers with an experience that sets a new standard. Book travel, check train status, access your eTicket and more through the Amtrak app .Learn more at Amtrak.com and connect with us on Twitter,Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Audience Rewards is theOfficial RewardsProgram of Broadway,providing membershipbenefits and rewards fornearly 3 million members and representing more than a quarter of all Broadway tickets purchased through Ticketmaster and Telecharge. Free and easy to join, Audience Rewards allows buyers to earn ShowPoints on every ticket purchase, to be redeemed for freetickets, theatercollectibles, uniqueexperiences, and more.Founded in 2008 by aunique coalition of prominent theater owners, including Nederlander, Shubert, and Jujamcyn, major national presenters, and key performing arts centers from across the country, Audience Rewards has offered members first access presales to more than 100 Broadway shows and 200 VIP experiences and events, which have included a walk-on role in Rock of Ages, a meet-and-greet with Jake Gyllenhaal, celebrity Q&As, backstage tours and much more.
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