It’s Imelda Staunton’s Turn! The Gypsy Star on Drinking with Roses Past & More

first_imgImelda Staunton has already won Olivier Awards for her Baker’s Wife in the London debut of Into the Woods and as Mrs. Lovett opposite Michael Ball in the 2012 West End revival of Sweeney Todd—but even by those illustrious standards, her current performance as the mother of all stage mothers, Rose, in Gypsy exists a league apart. A pint-sized dynamo of power and pathos, Staunton spoke to during her car ride to the Savoy Theatre, where the actress is giving it her formidable all—and then some—eight times a week.How do you give so much of yourself each time out? I saw the show on a Friday and couldn’t imagine you turning around and doing that again twice on Saturday.[Laughs.] I just take each day as it comes. You do have to put most of your life to one side so that after each performance you can regroup for the next one. The thing is, this isn’t like any other job and you sort of know that going in.Sure, but how do you find the stamina?You just try not to do too much. It’s not as if I feel that I’ve got to be silent all day; it’s more to do with self-discipline because I would be so pissed off with myself if I wasn’t absolutely at the top of my game every day.What does that mean in practice?Well, what it doesn’t mean is lying in bed all day—that hasn’t been the case! It’s more to do with no long phone calls or long lunches with friends. Those sorts of things I won’t do. This job takes up all my time but that’s fine; that is the gig.Is a lot of it about maintenance—not just of your voice but of the very fiber of the production?There might be moments technically that I change some nights or bits where I think, “Why don’t I try that?” But what’s important to me is to retain what I’ve found with Rose and to keep the integrity of her. Our director [Jonathan Kent] is great with that—he saw the first half two nights ago and he’s coming back again on Monday. This is literally the mother of all shows, so he wants to keep an eye on it just as I want to keep an eye on it.Was it moving having London’s last Rose, Angela Lansbury, at your opening night in April?I was so moved by her being there and by how gracious and generous she is as a woman. We had a very special half an hour or so after the performance where we shared a drink onstage with everyone.I know you saw Patti LuPone play Rose on Broadway but that was before you knew you would inherit the same role some years later.Well before! Patti did it in 2008 and I was so impressed that I saw her twice and thought to myself at the time, “That [performance] is so brilliant that no one needs to do [the role] again!” People had said to me, “Do Gypsy,” but it wasn’t until 2011 that it really entered my head.At which point, did you seek advice from her?In fact, we did meet in New York when she knew I was going to do it. I went to see her in the Mamet play [The Anarchist, in 2012] and we went for a drink and she said, “I hear you’re playing Rose.”Did she have any pointers?I remember Patti saying, “The only thing you need is vitamins,” and I took her at her word. She was right. That and things like the occasional throat massage and acupuncture. I have a warm-up I do before each performance and a cool-down afterwards.You had great success on the West End several years ago in another landmark musical, Sweeney Todd, but that must have felt altogether different.It really did. For one thing, Sweeney really is a shared assignment between the two leads [Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney] and it’s a different sing altogether. In a way what was far more helpful to me was doing Good People in between Sweeney and this: that’s another show about a mother who will do anything she can to help her child.What struck me watching the show was how many audience members clearly didn’t know the story and were responding to the narrative afresh.I think that’s right and it is nice to be performing to people who may have no idea what’s going to happen as opposed to an audience who’ve all seen the show many times before and know exactly what it is: you’re reminded all over again how well the piece works.The acting from everyone is so exacting—which pays enormous dividends in return.I think it’s fair to say for my part that I may have underestimated Gypsy as just a musical whereas it really does work as a play not just about Rose but about the journeys of six women—the three strippers, for instance, for whom time has stood still, June, who essentially says, “I’m outta here,” and Louise and Rose.Interestingly, this is the first major production of Gypsy to be done since the death in 2011 of its co-creator Arthur Laurents, who directed the LuPone revival.Yes, and I don’t know what [Laurents] would have made of it. In a funny way it feels as if our production has been released from him and from what’s gone before. The dance for Tulsa, for instance, has been re-choreographed. I’m not saying that’s good or bad; it just is.Is that your dog that you’re holding when you charge down the right-hand aisle at the very start?No, it’s a theater dog. We did have mine at Chichester [where the production was first seen last fall] but I didn’t want to keep that for London because I had found that I was handing my dog to three strangers each time and that didn’t really appeal. I’d much rather she have her own life so that I can relax.Does the production feel as if it’s moved to an altogether different level on the West End?I suppose it does, and I do think we’re starting from a better place. I’ve taken my own preparation pretty seriously, which is to say that I didn’t want people going, “Yeah, good actress, can’t sing” [laughs].Not much chance of that. One wonders what you could possibly do for an encore?Part of me thinks, “I’d like to never set foot in a theater again,” but that’s just because this feels so decisive. People ask me what’s next, but I have a pretty boring radar with not a lot on it.Besides, why worry about the future when you’ve got Rose to occupy your present?Precisely: I’ve done it. [Quoting Sondheim’s Follies] At least I was there. View Commentslast_img read more

May 25 webinar precursor to CUNA reg burden study

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions interested in participating in CUNA’s updated regulatory burden study are urged to register now, in time for an introductory webinar scheduled for next week.CUNA announced the updated study earlier this month, and CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle encouraged credit unions to participate so CUNA, leagues and credit unions have updated data to bring to policymakers about the costs of regulatory burden.“When we reported that regulations cost credit unions $7.2 billion in 2014, we generated a lot of attention here in Washington,” Nussle said when announcing the new study. “I’m convinced that this information, combined with the fierce advocacy of credit unions, leagues and CUNA, is a major reason behind the improved prospect for reducing your regulatory burden in the future.”CUNA, along with Cornerstone Advisors, conducted the study in 2015 looking at 2014 costs and finding that regulatory burden cost credit unions $7.2 billion that year. The updated study will again be conducted with Cornerstone Advisors.last_img read more

Central Islip Man Posed as Cabbie, Raped Woman, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Central Islip man has been accused of raping a 22-year-old woman after posing a taxi cab driver to lure the victim into his vehicle in Patchogue, Suffolk County police said.Adil Raja was charged with first-degree rape hours after the alleged attack occurred over the weekend.Police said the 22-year-old suspect was driving a green Lincoln when he approached the victim, who was walking at the corner of Bay Avenue and Main Street, indicated that he was a taxi driver and offered her a ride at 4 a.m.The woman accepted and asked the Raja to drive her to a nearby store, but Raja instead took the woman to a different location, flashed a bb gun and sexually assaulted her in the back of the vehicle, police said.Afterward, the woman got out of the vehicle and called 911, police said. Officers stopped a vehicle matching the description shortly later and the victim identified the driver, Raja, as her alleged attacker, police said.Suffolk County Judge Jennifer Henry set bail for Raja at $250,000 cash or $750,000 bond. He is due back in court on Thursday.Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have been a victim to a similar incident to call them at 631-854-8552.last_img read more

Legal merger sparks South Bank search

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Domestic workers among few Hong Kongers who will miss TikTok

first_imgLimited traction So popular is TikTok among women like Joane that the hashtag #ofwhk — “overseas foreign worker Hong Kong” — has been viewed nearly 12 million times on the platform.Local recruitment specialist Mirian Sim said she began using the app herself to communicate with and recruit migrant workers when she noticed how big its user base had become. “I started using it as a way to bond with our existing helpers, to spread positive vibes and information for them,” said Sim, whose agency Garford describes itself as an “ethical employment agency” that specializes in hiring Filipino helpers. But enthusiasm for the platform from foreign workers — and teenagers around the world — stands in stark contrast to the rest of Hong Kong. TikTok has gained little traction in the city, reporting just 150,000 local users last August. By comparison, Facebook currently has 5.6 million local users and Instagram has 2.6 million, according to analytics company NapoleonCat.In a city rocked by anti-Beijing sentiment, few trust ByteDance’s repeated assurances that it does not share any user information with Chinese authorities. Online forums used by Hong Kong democracy protesters have long advised people against downloading it, echoing security fears raised by the US government.Joane said domestic workers could ultimately live without the app.”We find TikTok very entertaining, but I know even if TikTok will be pulled out of Hong Kong, a lot of Filipino domestic workers can still manage,” she said. “We always find ways to entertain ourselves.” Poorly paid domestic workers, primarily from the Philippines and Indonesia, are the cogs that keep Hong Kong’s economic engine running, enabling both parents of a family to hold down full-time jobs in the notoriously expensive city.Domestic workers must live with their employers in Hong Kong’s tiny flats, are only entitled to one day off a week and often grapple with stressful work environments.”When [your] employer makes you… non-stop do this and do that and do this and so on,” reads the text in a video Joane posted in May.”Breathe in, breathe out… And say ‘yes ma’am, yes sir’.” Topics : TikTok’s exit from Hong Kong was met with a shrug among many locals who distrust the Chinese social media platform, but the app had been embraced by many foreign domestic workers as a way to creatively escape the drudgery of their toil.The globally popular video-sharing app was used by many of the city’s 370,000 foreign helpers, as they are commonly known in the finance hub. In between cooking, cleaning and childcare duties in Hong Kong’s cramped family homes they filmed creative, witty and sometimes scathing insights into their daily lives.  But this week TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, said it would no longer work in Hong Kong after a new security law imposed by Beijing gave authorities sweeping powers to police local users.Joane, a domestic worker from the Philippines, said she was “a bit sad” to see the app go.”It also helped me release some stress,” she told AFP. “Being away from family, financial problems, stress from work” are among the challenges faced by helpers in the city, she said, adding that the app’s popularity had taken off since the coronavirus pandemic meant workers like her were often stuck at home.last_img read more

Shkodran Mustafi praises Mikel Arteta but unsure over Arsenal future

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Mar 2020 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Arteta on coronavirus recovery and how Arsenal are adapting in a crisisTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:07FullscreenArteta on coronavirus recovery and how Arsenal are adapting in a crisis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He is managing that very well. I feel that in this short amount of time I already learned some new things that help my game.‘I can imagine continuing to play for him. But we still don’t know about the future. There are still many question marks.’Arsenal’s season has been put on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and Mustafi concedes his personal situation pales into insignificance against the backdrop of so much global uncertainty. ‘We are in a situation where everyone is worried about the current situation and not so much about their personal future,’ he added.‘First of all, I would like to play football again. That’s how we all feel, we want to get back onto the pitch. There are so many question marks at the moment.‘Euro 2020 has been postponed. There are so many discussions whether we can even finish the season or not.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘So it is difficult to think about my personal future. None of us know what will happen next and when we can play again.‘So once we have overcome this difficult time and are back on the pitch, I can think about questions like that.‘At the moment I don’t think about it. Also the club has more important stuff to deal with right now than my future.’MORE: Mikel Arteta outlines three key responsibilities to Arsenal squad during coronavirus lockdownMORE: Wolves ace Raul Jimenez breaks silence on Man Utd and Arsenal transfer linksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Shkodran Mustafi’s form has dramatically improved under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Shkodran Mustafi has praised Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta but admits he still faces an uncertain Arsenal future. The Germany international was deemed surplus to requirements by Unai Emery and told to find a new club last summer following a string of error-strewn performances. Arteta’s appointment in December, however, afforded Mustafi an Arsenal lifeline and he has repaid the Spaniard’s faith with a series of commanding displays alongside David Luiz. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTDespite his recent improvement, Mustafi’s current deal is due to expire in June 2021 and with William Saliba set to arrive from Saint Etienne in the summer, Arteta could be forced to cash in on the 27-year-old who cost £35million when he joined from Valencia in the summer of 2016.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’ve played more regularly under Mikel Arteta, also in the Premier League. That has really helped me. I feel very good. I understand his style of football, how he likes to play, that really fits me,’ he told Sky in Germany.‘The way he is at his age, that has really surprised me, I don’t know if after four years, I could be that serious and have a charisma like his to lead a team. Advertisement Shkodran Mustafi praises Mikel Arteta but unsure over Arsenal futurelast_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse goes to top of the class

first_imgRelax in the tri-level Pintari penthouse. What a view!A soaring atrium over the living area allows floor to ceiling windows to capture the stunning ocean views. Standout pendants create a luxurious ambience while a raised platform with built-in lights only adds to the ambience.A built-in window seat overlooking the ocean provides yet another area to relax in this room.Outdoor stairs leads up to a terrace and pool — the perfect place to entertain guests or unwind after a long day. 71/3 Cunningham Ave, Main Beach. Pintari penthouse. See yourself relaxing in the rooftop pool? The Pintari penthouse is on the market at $5.25 million.AS far as penthouses go, this Main Beach beauty is up there with the best.Spanning three levels in the residential-only Pintari building on Cunningham Ave, the four-bedroom apartment offers unrivalled elegance with a rooftop pool, state-of-the-art finishes and million dollar views of the city, ocean and Broadwater. Robert Graham, of Ray White Prestige, is marketing the property and describes it as the “jewel of beachside living”. The new staircase. The kitchen.“This luxurious penthouse enjoys a commanding position blending inspiring contemporary design with unimaginable views,” Mr Graham said. Vendor Meryvn Butcher bought the property off entertainment power couple Jackie and Billy Cross in 2009. “(Our) favourite features were the north facing aspect of the penthouse and its panoramic views of the ocean and the Broadwater,” Mr Butcher said. There is no shortage of space.center_img 71/3 Cunningham Ave, Main Beach. Pintari penthouse.Back inside and the second level offers three bedrooms including the main with its walk-in wardrobe, luxury ensuite with freestanding bath and private balcony. The Pintari building also offers its residents two pools, a tennis court, sauna, spa, and barbecue area.Main Beach is a peninsula north of Surfers Paradise. Enveloped by three bodies of water — the Nerang River, the Broadwater and 6km of beachfront, the suburb’s total land area is six square kilometres. Style abounds the penthouse.He spent big bucks on major renovations — the original staircase was removed and a new custom-made floating glass and stone staircase was installed. Now one of the standout features, the staircase immediately captures your attention on entry of the property.The wooden flooring was lime washed while the fourth bedroom on the lower level was converted into an office with an ensuite. The apartment was also painted and recarpeted while an interior stylist furnished the property. The first floor features the family and dining rooms, kitchen, office and living area. Pintari penthouse- 71/3 Cunningham Ave, Main Beach. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe lounge. Take in the sights of Main Beach.What it lacks in size, it makes up for in features — Main Beach boasts five parks, covering almost 23 per cent of its area, and is home to a number of resorts, including Australia’s premier marine animal park, Sea World. Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige is marketing the property at $5.25 million.last_img read more

Willis Towers Watson, Mercer eye DC switches for Dutch staff

first_imgUntil 2011, Willis Towers Watson offered all staff a defined benefit (DB) plan.The advisory giant’s decision to switch to DC is part of a trend among Dutch pension consultancies.In 2016, Mercer also adopted DC arrangements, choosing ABN Amro’s PPI for new staff.Smaller consultancies, including Montae, Focus Orange and Sprenkels & Verschuren, already have DC plans in place.Mercer considers DC shiftIn Mercer’s €129m pension fund, almost 200 staff are accruing a pension under DB arrangements. However, the employer would like to switch to DC, according to its most recent member newsletter.In 2016 and 2017, the sponsor had to pay additional contributions of €1.7m and €743,000, respectively, in order to plug the scheme’s funding gap.At September-end, its coverage ratio stood at 103.7% – still short of the minimum level of 105% required by the end of this year – which could make another additional payment necessary.The employer said that it didn’t have concrete plans for DC in the Netherlands yet, but added that it was Mercer’s global policy to offer its staff a DC pension.Marc Heemskerk, trustee at the pension fund, said he expected it would take some time before the active participants switched to DC, as the employer had to consult employee representatives about any changes first.“Subsequently, the sponsor and the pension fund have to discuss how to deal with the accrued pension rights and the employer’s duty to fill the funding gap,” he said.Currently, consultancies Aon and Ortec have no plans to switch from their current DB plans to DC, but both are seeking consolidation in pensions provision.Aon is in the process of transferring its pension schemes to its Belgium-based pan-European multi-company pension fund United Pensions.Last year, the Ortec pension fund joined Volo, a multi-employer scheme established by asset manager PGGM. However, the consultant is now seeking new options after PGGM recently announced that it would cease supporting Volo. Willis Towers Watson Netherlands is to wind up its company pension fund next year and transfer accrued pension rights to its own low-cost defined contribution vehicle (PPI).The scheme’s board said its existing arrangement’s costs were too high and it had to invest too much in governance relative to the pension fund’s scale.Next year existing staff will transfer to LifeSight, the company’s defined contribution (DC) fund. New staff have been enrolled into LifeSight since 2015. At the end of 2017 the pension fund had more than 400 participants, predominantly deferred members. It reported administration costs of €585 per participant for 2017.last_img read more

Father and daughter admit incestuous relationship

first_imgNZ Herald 9 June 2012 32-year-old man and his 18-year-old daughter have admitted having an incestuous relationship. The two people appeared in Dunedin District Court yesterday charged with committing incest between August 2010 and May this year, knowing of their relationship as parent and child.….Information in the summary was that the man fathered his daughter when he was 14. Because of his age at the time of the girl’s birth, he had little contact with her until she was about 16. He had been told he was the girl’s father. And when the girl was a teenager, she was made aware of the identity of her father. The father made contact with his daughter’s family in 2010. A visit was arranged and, after several more visits, the father moved into his daughter’s family’s home. During that time, a relationship developed between the two which became a sexual relationship in August 2010. The girl and her family moved south early last year and her father moved with them. The sexual relationship continued, resulting in the birth of a child. After a complaint to the police, both were interviewed last month and freely admitted their sexual relationship and that they knew they were biological father and daughter. The young woman said she was in love with the man, her father, and they had been living as husband and wife. read more

Judge slams Child, Youth and Family for misleading information

first_imgStuff 21 March 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing!“The girl was living with her drug-taking mother whose boyfriend was abusive and violent. Child, Youth and Family (CYF) though told the court it was the girl’s father who was violent… The delays meant it took five months for the father to get care of his daughter”A Family Court judge says Child, Youth and Family put a three-year-old girl at risk with its unsubstantiated and unverified reports.Radio New Zealand reports the girl was living with her drug-taking mother whose boyfriend was abusive and violent.Child, Youth and Family (CYF) though told the court it was the girl’s father who was violent.Those reports were wrong, Judge Anthony Walsh said as he described the reports as unsubstantiated and unverified.“CYF acknowledged it had provided incorrect information about the father being violent … Understandably the misleading information distressed the father and compounded his frustration particularly with CYF,” he wrote.The delays meant it took five months for the father to get care of his daughter and he was now suing CYF for $10,000 legal costs plus to pay for therapy for his daughter.CYF has apologised to the father and said he could ask the Chief Executive’s Advisory Panel for a review if he was not happy.CYF sent a statement saying it would take a close look at its practice, as it always did if the Family Court raised concerns. read more