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It’s Only a Play Recoups Investment on Broadway

first_img It’s Only a Play View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 The starry It’s Only a Play, capitalized at $3.9 million, has recouped its investment at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The Terrence McNally comedy marks the first show of the 2014-15 season to make its money back. The production currently features Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham and Micah Stock.It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic (Abraham), and a wide-eyed coat check attendant (Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.Tony winners Martin Short and Katie Finneran and 30 Rock alum Maulik Pancholy will step into the show beginning January 7, 2015, replacing Lane, Mullally and Grint, respectively. The production will move next door to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre beginning January 18 and run through March 29. Star Files Related Shows Nathan Lanelast_img read more

ICC World Cup Allan Border picks Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch as 3 skippers to watch out for in World Cup

first_img Melbourne: Cricket legend Allan Border has handpicked Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as the three skippers to watch out for in the ICC ODI World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. Border, who led Australia to World Cup triumph in 1987, said Kohli’s aggressive and “in-your-face” style of captaincy makes him a different kind of a leader than Morgan and Finch.       “Virat Kohli, I think he’s a different type of captain. He’s a bit more of a boisterous-type player and wears his heart on his sleeve,” Border told cricket.com.au.”So the players know if they’ve stuffed up because he’s one of those really in-your-face-type skippers.”Border, who captained Australia in 178 ODIs, however refused to rank the trio in any order but is mighty impressed with Morgan under whose leadership England have reached the pinnacle of ODI cricket.  RELATED “England, I think they’re doing exceptionally well. They’ve brought a different game plan to the table which is going to be interesting to see how it pans out in the World Cup. They’re a dangerous side because of it and you know as the bowling group you’re under pressure,” he said.”The way it looks to me, they might drop the odd game but they’re going to win enough games to get through to the semi-finals and that’s what it’s all about.”That game plan under Trevor Bayliss as coach and Eoin Morgan, I think he’s a seriously good one-day cricketer, and he’s as good a captain as there is going around.Tactically he’s very good and their game plan at the moment is a dangerous game plan to play against.”The 63-year-old former left-handed batsman was also impressed with compatriot Finch’s leadership qualities, especially under difficult circumstances.”Aaron Finch is doing a great job. He’s got a good feel around the group, I think that’s what he brings to his captaincy,” Border said.”Everyone knows their responsibilities and it’s a good environment to play in. So that’s a good start as a captain. He’s done a very good job.Tactically, I think they (Kohli, Morgan and Finch) all do very well.” highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img The World Cup is set to begin on May 30 as England play South Africa. Allan Border led Australia to the first World Cup title. Australia will play Afghanistan in their first league game. last_img read more

Global Witness’ Concerns about NOCAL’S Block 16 Sale

first_imgThe British-based environmental watchdog, Global Witness (GW), commented recently on the sale in London late last year of offshore block 16 to a coalition of three companies. One of them, says GW, lacks the financial capacity to operate the oil block.  Another “has close links with some of Liberia’s tax dodgers.  The main company, Liberty Petroleum, owned by Republican US Congressman Trent Franks, holds 90% of the shares.  But the company has only seven employees and last year turned over only US$3 million, GW says.  Can it raise the US$53 million needed to operate the oil block?Moreover, according to GW, “New Millennium, which holds a five% stake in Block 16, is linked to logging companies owing tax arrears in Liberia’s forestry sector”— US$11 million (2009).  The logging companies, Geblo Logging and International Consultants Capital, are partially owned by McDonald Wento.  The Daily Observer called him late Sunday afternoon, but he could not respond to these allegations because he said he was in a meeting and promised to call us back but did not.  Subsequent attempts to contact him by phone failed.NOCAL is reputed to be a financially well endowed company; so it should have in its employ some of the nation’s best trained personnel.  How is it that despite this advantage, the company was not able to undertake thorough research into the companies it engages for investment in the oil sector?Besides, what kind of portfolio did the bidders in the Block 16 oil deal, Liberty Petroleum, New Millennium and Glebo Logging, present to NOCAL’S top professional team?  Was a thorough background check done on each of the bidding companies?  When NOCAL discovered that Glebo Logging and International Consultants Capital had links with the Liberian forestry sector, did NOCAL call Harrison Karnwea, Forestry Development Authority head, to determine these companies’ standing in the sector?  Surely Karnwea was only a phone call away.And what did the Dallas and Houston Chambers of Commerce in Texas have to say about Liberty Petroleum?  Did NOCAL bother to ask?Having examined, over several months last year, these oil bids in London, NOCAL must have known that they were under GW’s keen scrutiny, since London is its base.  It was economist Byron Tarr who recently gathered some astute Liberians in Monrovia to brainstorm on developing a think tank in Liberia, to help change the way we do business.  NOCAL’S recent experience is a clear indication of the dire need for such a think tank, comprising scholars and thinkers that would make it their business to study carefully and deeply how Liberians do business and closely monitor, advise, even warn various public and private institutions and the country as a whole about how they are doing and what and where they could do better in the interest of accountability, transparency, national efficiency, security, improvement and productivity.Yes, we need not just one but several think tanks; and they need not be composed of people only here, but conscientious, smart and wise Liberians wherever they can be found.With such institutions of our own, we would be the first to blow the whistle on ourselves, rather than wait for others like GW to do it for us.There is only one problem—one with which we in the media are all too familiar—Liberian officials in both the public and private sectors  prefer to answer the questions of foreigners rather than those of their own fellow Liberians. But that, too, is part of our national nemesis (fate) that we MUST deal with, and the sooner, the better.  It is based on the fundamental issue of self-love—or lack of it.  This is one of the things we MUST fix in this country—love for ourselves and love for our country.  It must start in the home, the church, the mosque, the school and ultimately in the government.  Government must use the nation’s resources in the highest interest of the people, to convince them that government is there for them.  This is the sine qua non (main thing, requirement) of patriotism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more