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Broadway can come back – by stealing tricks from local theaters



Broadway can come back - by stealing tricks from local theaters

On April 8, a reporter in Albany asked Governor Cuomo about the cancellation of the recent Broadway show until June 7 and what the plan meant for the country at large. The governor replied, “I will not use what Broadway thinks is any barometer unless they are in the public health business and have seen better numbers and models.”


Cuomo, as he often did when he was elegant, was completely misunderstood. A pencil date in the Broadway League is not a very strict comeback, but a method of managing travel plans and cash flow as the situation continues to develop. In a way, it becomes less responsible for canceling shows throughout January, unless you have DeLorean traveling with time. (Broadway is currently closed until September 6).

Cuomo’s turning tone is worrying. Broadway is the source of tourism life for New York City, the largest metropolitan city in the country. You can’t have serious talk about reopening restaurants and hotels without including Broadway, which drives thousands of people into the business every day. Absent only 41 theaters, Times Square is little more than a few big screen TVs and H&M. Cuomo then dumped the theater into Phase 4 which was not clear, which shrugged, and the plan was reopened, with all the encouragement and wisdom to complete Second Avenue Subway.

He was part of a growing trend of professional scolding, which when the world began to reduce locking of coronavirus for crippling weeks, preferred to question and curse rather than productive ideas of spitball. A sad story in The Atlantic about London’s West End doubts whether the theater has any attraction in the near future, asking, “When do we want to sit in a room full of strangers again?”

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Alright, get me a mask – I’ll be there in 15 minutes!

Julianne Boyd has a big pandemic plan for the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts.
Julianne Boyd, who produced “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (right) at the Barrington Stage Company theater in Massachusetts, has big plans for a new show in the middle of a pandemic this summer. Broadway can learn a lot from it.Barrington Stage; Joe Schuyler / Barrington Stage

Instead of blasting theater as a trivial and frivolous thing during a crisis, shouldn’t we praise companies that creatively adjust to our new reality now? In our lock-up weeks, we not only flatten the curves, we also fatten our knowledge. We now know that a 6 foot distance is good, so is a mask; outside the room is relatively safe. Why can’t the theater use that info to develop responsibly?

Inventive theater in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, already exists. They have devised a sound and innovative plan to begin production in August.

The Barrington Stage Company, a major regional theater where Tony Award-winning musical, “The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee” begins, counteracts the trend of postponing the season to 2021 and continuing the show. His offer will include small dramas, such as “The Price” by Arthur Miller, and intimate concerts such as performances by 92-year-old cabaret star Marilyn Maye. They will be shown in the main stage theater BSC with a third capacity, or outside the room, with lots of hand sanitizer and without channels.

“It should feel like a big party, very relaxed,” said old artistic director Julianne Boyd told Berkshire Edge. “All the performances that we do are in one round, 80 minutes or more, so there is no break, no long lines in the lobby for bathrooms or drinks.”

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Frankly, that sounds great even when we’re not socializing.

A study in April in China examined the source of 318 coronavirus outbreaks. While most occur indoors or public transportation, only one happens in the open air, which only involves two cases. The growing consensus is that transmission in parks or on the sidewalks is relatively low.

Knowing this, The Cabaret’s artistic director in Indianapolis, Ind., Told the Indianapolis Star that he turned the aisle near his theater into a Paris-like cafe venue with stage lights and suspended lamps. The space usually meant for trash cans and parking will be a “casual night club” with singers and solo singers, said CEO Shannon Forsell.

Meanwhile, some places in Florida are investing in technology that was not previously used to make the theater cleaner than before.

Cocoa Village Playhouse in Brevard County has purchased a device that fully fills its auditorium with disinfecting fog. “This is incredible,” executive director Anastacia Hawkins-Smith told Florida Today. “You can obscure the whole theater in 10 minutes.”

Ticket sales to Broadway productions, and shows sold out to Hamilton, directing money to nearby restaurants and bars.
Broadway production – and the show sold out to Hamilton – moving money into nearby restaurants and bars, so helping NYC theaters reopen as quickly as possible should be a priority.Alamy Stock Photo

He also used an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of the audience before the performance. Cocoa Village’s production of the musical “Into The Woods” aims to start the show again on May 28th.

Indeed, building and running Broadway has more logistical challenges than your average theater – mainly because of its size, cost, and density – but New York is filled with theater with different shapes and styles, and space for adaptation. If one small theater in New York can safely reinvent itself, it doesn’t have to wait for “Evil” to do it. The Broadway and off-Broadway industries will definitely watch such brave theaters in Florida, Massachusetts and Indiana to see if their experiments are successful, and what strategies they can steal from them.

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And so it should be, because the show must always take place.

Johnny Oleksinski is The Post’s entertainment critic.

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Pedro Pichardo: “I would like to be the best Portuguese athlete of all time” – Atletismo



Pedro Pichardo: "I would like to be the best Portuguese athlete of all time" - Atletismo

Olympic triple jump champion Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Portugal said this Thursday that he could break the world record of 18.29 meters this year and even surpass the biggest jump with wind by 18.43 meters.

An Olympic and European champion, but with a daunting simplicity and ambition, the Cuban-born Portuguese was the guest of the first of a series of conferences organized by the Setubal City Council, in the restored Forte de Albarquel, in which, in addition to showing that he intends to set a “triple” world record , and also wants to become “the most medal-winning Portuguese athlete ever”.

“Obviously it’s never easy to break a record, but I’m just talking about the parameters that I achieve in training. I think I should be able to do it. [bater o recorde do mundo do triplo salto] this year,” said Pedro Pablo Pichardo at the Olympic Gold – Travel Story conference.

Perhaps the achievements of Pedro Pablo Pichardo do not stop there, because the athlete demonstrates unshakable confidence and the desire to win many more medals for the country that welcomed him.

“I would like to become the best Portuguese athlete ever. I don’t want anyone to get upset. Obviously, I respect all athletes who are always working to be the best. Personally, I work to be the best athlete in history. “, – he said.

Pichardo admits that he has “learned a bit about the history of Portuguese sports, obviously athletics” and says he knows that Fernanda Ribeiro is the most medalist with 12 medals.

“I already started with two, there are 11 left, because one of my goals is to become the most awarded medal in Portugal,” he stressed.

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The Benfica athlete, who lives and trains in Setúbal, considers it “an honor to be part of Portuguese sport” and to have his name next to other gold medalists in a designated area for them in Jamora, where he began training in 2017.

“Every time I looked there, I said to my father: “One day I would like to be there too,” admitted Pedro Pablo Pichardo, who spent about an hour talking to RTP and Antena 1 journalist Paulo Sergio in front of dozens of guests.

To achieve the goal of becoming the most medal-winning Portuguese ever, Pichardo wants to win this year’s indoor (Serbia) and outdoor (USA) and European outdoor (Germany) titles, convinced that he is able to achieve these goals as long as his health or some kind of injury does not give him away.

In a very calm and casual tone, Pedro Pablo Pichardo admitted that he enjoys living in the Setubal region and that he already loves fish – salmon, sea bass and sea bream, especially the latter – and even learned to like cod. He has yet to appreciate the famous fried cuttlefish from Setúbal, unlike his father, who has already fallen in love with this gastronomic dish from Setúbal.

At a conference in Forte de Albarquel, the new Portuguese Olympic champion also revealed that during his big triumph in Tokyo, his first thought was of his parents.

“I thought about my dad and mom because we went through a lot to get here. Obviously these days I jump by myself because I like to jump, but one of the things that I like the most is when I jump is to win so that my father and mother are happy. Because they did a lot for me to become who I am now,” he said.

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Pedro Pablo Pichardo put it clearly: “Whenever I win a title or recognition, I always think of them more than myself.”

An athlete from Benfica won Olympic gold with a score of 17.98 meters, which was a new national record, and on May 28, 2015 in Cuba, he jumped 18.08, which is 21 centimeters less than the world record set by Briton Jonathan Edwards (18, 29). from 1995.

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Portuguese cinema returns to the Italian commercial network this year | Cinema



Portuguese cinema returns to the Italian commercial network this year |  Cinema

Five Portuguese films, including mosquito e Variations, will be shown in Italy in the coming months, ending “several years without commercial premieres” of Portuguese cinema in that country, distributor Risi Film said. The intention is to make the Portuguese production visible in other territories, in particular in Italy, which “has shown interest in Portuguese cinema over the years,” Risi Film said in a statement.

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Professor UMinho leads a Portuguese engineering consortium



Professor UMinho leads a Portuguese engineering consortium

Consortium of Schools of Engineering (CEE), bringing together colleagues from the Universities of Minho (EEUM), Porto (FEUP), Aveiro (UA), Coimbra (FCTUC), Lisbon (Técnico-UL) and Nova de Lisbon (FCT). Nova) – in the 2022/24 biennium, the executive leadership of Pedro Areces, President of the EEUM, will be exercised. The person in charge replaces the FEUP colleague, Joao Falcao and Cunha. The decision was made at the last meeting of the consortium in Coimbra.

The meeting also reviewed larger projects, namely the protocol with the Science and Technology Foundation for twenty annual doctoral grants under the UNESCO Science Action Center, the short-term launch of the Open Online Course and Massive (MOCC) in Information Systems and Software Engineering, and the recent an agreement with idD – Portugal Defense and its Aviation Academy of Portugal, whose partners will include CEE.

Given these projects and the “high commitment” of all CEE participants, Pedro Areses believes that the expectations for this biennium are very promising. “It is in this forum for exchange between schools that we will find comprehensive and balanced solutions to promote learning and, not least, research and innovation in various fields of technology,” he says. “It is in the exchange and search for a common understanding, despite the differences between the members of the consortium, that the answer that the Schools offer to the challenges will be more balanced and balanced. Therefore, I hope that the consortium can remain dynamic and attentive to the challenges we face while actively promoting engineering at home and abroad,” he adds.

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CEE was established in July 2019 and brings together the six main Portuguese engineering schools, promoting joint activities in the field of higher education, research and innovation in engineering in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries and other territories of the world, promoting the progress of the field of mechanical engineering in its various aspects, and also for the national and international recognition of the Portuguese engineering industry. Official site

Pedro Arezes, born in Barcelos and based in Guimarães, holds a PhD in Manufacturing and Systems Engineering and has worked on his PhD at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), MIT and Harvard University (both in the USA). Professor and President of EEUM coordinates the Ergonomics and Human Factors group at Centro Algoritmi and is also the Program Director of MIT Portugal.

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