‘Cats'(Photo: Alessandro Pinna) Star Files Cats Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017 Jellicle cats come out tonight, Jellicle cats come one, come all! The Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats will begin preview performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on July 14. Directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography and associate direction by Gillian Lynne, Leona Lewis is set to take on the role of glamour cat Grizabella in the production. Opening night is scheduled for July 31.The cast will also include Broadway.com vlogger Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, Ricky Ubeda as Mistoffelees, Quentin Earl Darrington as Old Deuteronomy, Eloise Kropp as Jennyannydots/Gumbie, Giuseppe Bausilio as Carbucketty, Jeremy Davis as Skimbleshanks, Kim Faure as Demeter, Sara Jean Ford as Jellylorum, Lili Froehlich as Electra, Daniel Gaymon as Macavity, Shonica Gooden as Rumpleteazer, Christopher Gurr as Gus/Bustopher Jones, Andy Huntington Jones as Munkustrap, Kolton Krouse as Tumblebrutus, Jess LeProtto as Mungojerrie, Georgina Pazcoguin as Victoria, Emily Pynenburg as Cassandra, Arianna Rosario as Sillabub, Ahmad Simmons as Alonzo, Christine Cornish Smith as Bombalurina, Corey Snide as Coricopat, Emily Tate as Tantomile and Sharrod Williams as Pouncival.Featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, Cats follows a clowder of jellicles and each cat’s quest to be selected to ascend to the Heaviside Layer. The show, based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway, where it won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. This production will be the first Main Stem revival.Rounding out the company will be Richard Todd Adams, Aaron Albano, Callan Bergmann, Claire Camp, Francesca Granell, Jessica Hendy, Harris Milgrim, Madison Mitchell, Nathan Patrick Morgan and Megan Ort. Leona Lewis
Ralph W. Kunz, 78, of Osgood passed away at 6:20pm, Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born near Napoleon on April 16, 1939 the son of Albert and Esther Peetz Kunz. He was married to Sylvia Russell on December 20, 1958 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Karen (Steve) Sullivan of Osgood, Marilyn (John) Washburn of Westport, and Lisa (Kyle) Seitz of Osgood; seven grandchildren Travis (Kimberly) Sullivan Jerid (Ally) Sullivan, Anita (Joe) Maloney, Michell (Jason) Schwering, and Tyler, Hunter, and Conner Seitz; 8 great-grandchildren; two brothers Tilford Brunner of North Carolina, and Bill (Rita) Robbins of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Howard, Cleo, Herschel, and Floyd Kunz, and his sister Vera. Mr. Kunz was a 1957 graduate of Napoleon High School. He served in the Indiana Army National Guard from 1956 to 1964 where he served as a scout driver and earned the sharpshooter badge with one bar. He was a former employee of ITT in North Vernon where he worked as a shipping foreman. He retired from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 2003 after working as a custodian for 20 years. Ralph enjoyed drinking coffee at the Whistle Stop and Red Barn in Osgood, riding his Harley, shooting guns, playing euchre, working with his hands, spending time with his family, and was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Otter Village”. Ralph was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church at Napoleon. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 26th at 11am at the St. John Lutheran Church in Napoleon with Pastor Donn Abdon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be given to Rescue 69 or the St. John Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.
Amidst government’s usual ‘no money syndrome’ due to budgetary constraints and failed promises from some senior government officials and presumptive sponsors, Team Liberia has safely arrived in Rio, Brazil, for the 2016 Olympic Games on borrowed money.Chief of Mission Malcolm Joseph told okayafrica.com over the weekend that the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) had to take a loan of US$75,000 from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) to enable the athletes and officials to make it to the games.He did not say how the money would be repaid, but pundits believe that it would be refunded through their annual US$5,000 budgetary allotment and grants from the International Olympic Committee.Mr. Joseph said the pair of US based Liberian athletes, Emmanuel Matadi and Mariam Kromah, were successfully processed and registered and accredited to represent the county.“The Liberia National Olympic Committee took a loan from LBDI bank and I (Chief of Mission) transferred the funds for their tickets to them. That’s how they arrived in Rio on Thursday. I in fact picked them up from the airport. Each of the athletes and technical staff received a very satisfactory per-diem provided by the LNOC,” Mr. Joseph said.Mariam Kromah, 22, will compete in the Women’s 400 meters track and field race. Ms. Kromah holds a Southern Mississippi outdoor record title in the 400 meters, with a season and personal best time of 24.87 in the 200 meters in 2015, according to Southernmiss.com. She competed for two seasons straight at New Mexico Junior College where she was named most outstanding athlete during the indoor and outdoor season as a sophomore.Emmanuel Matadi, 25, will compete in Men’s 100 meters. Matadi has won several titles for Minnesota State University and for his native Liberia. He won National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA division) 2 national titles in the 100 and 200 meters for Minnesota State.Matadi also won a bronze medal in the 200 meters at the just ended 2016 African championships. He has won NJCAA all American Honors capturing the 100 Jayhawk Conference title. Matadi has also won every race in the 100 meters category as a senior under Coach Mike Knox, according to the Louisville Cardinals profile of the athlete.According to Mr. Joseph, Matadi carries the hope of the nation on his shoulders: “He’s a top-notch athlete and we’re looking forward to him winning medals.”He told okayafrica.com “As I speak to you, the Government of Liberia did not provide a dime for the games. Ironically, this is a government who provided money to a private football club owned by the President’s son,” he claimed.“They used government money to support BYC (Barrack Young Controllers) to play an international match in Tunisia but they can’t support an international team for the biggest sporting event in the world,” he added.Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Henry Yonton confirmed to Okayafrica that the government could not provide funding for the Rio games, blaming it on budgetary constraints faced by the country due to the impact of last year’s Ebola outbreak.“I’m saying to you, the government did not have the money to fund the team to Rio,” said Yonton.“The Government of Liberia has supported other teams that have qualified before, why is he stressing on BYC? Is it because you want to politicize it, or simply because BYC is owned by the President’s son? Any team that qualifies to represent Liberia and fly the flag of Liberia is supported by the government of Liberia,” Yonton said.Mr. Yonton stated that the Ministry of Youth and Sports made efforts by requesting funding for the games but the Ministry of Finance told them that the money is not available.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)