Rosamund Hine as Farmer in ‘What the Ladybird Heard'(Photo: Robert Workman) View Comments The musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ bestselling picture book What the Ladybird Heard will make its West End debut at the Lyric Theatre from July 5-September 10, prior to a UK tour in early 2018.With original songs and music, puppetry and plenty of audience participation, What the Ladybird Heard follows Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, who have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they don’t reckon on the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird who has a plan of her own.What the Ladybird Heard features music by Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw and direction by Graham Hubbard. The design team includes Bek Palmer (set and costume design), Ric Mountjoy (lighting design), Lydia Monks (design consulting) and Fiber and Shaw (sound design).The cast of What the Ladybird Heard will include Rosamund Hine as Farmer, Emma Carroll as Lily/Ladybird, Edward Way as Hefty Hugh and Matt Jopling as Lanky Len.Author and illustrator Donaldson and Monks began their partnership 14 years ago, when they first worked together on Princess Mirror-Belle. What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next have sold 1.5 million copies in all formats worldwide, with 20 foreign editions currently in print.
Orfeh(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Pretty Woman: The Musical Related Shows Mercy! Pretty Woman: The Musical, the Broadway-bound stage adaptation of the 1990 film, just got starrier. Beloved Tony nominee Orfeh has been announced to play Kit De Luca, the street-smart friend of Vivian (to be played by Samantha Barks). Featuring a score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance and a book by J.F. Lawton and the late Garry Marshall, the show will play a five-week run at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre starting on March 13, 2018, before landing on Broadway at a Nederlander venue (to be announced) in the fall. The role of Kit De Luca was played on-screen by Laura San Giacomo.”When Bryan and Jim played me a song they had written for the character Kit called ‘Rodeo Drive,’ I immediately thought Orfeh!” said the musical’s director/choreographer, Jerry Mitchell. “I told the guys…here’s the voice that will make this song fly on Broadway!”Orfeh’s extensive musical-theater résumé includes a Tony-nommed performance as Paulette in Legally Blonde: The Musical (also helmed by two-time Tony winner Mitchell). She has also appeared on the Great White Way in Footloose, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and Saturday Night Fever. Orfeh’s off-Broadway credits include Love, Janis; The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Love, Loss and What I Wore.In addition to Orfeh and Barks, the previously announced Pretty Woman: The Musical will star Tony winner Steve Kazee as Edward Lewis. Pretty Woman: The Musical will feature sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette with music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 18, 2019 Orfeh Star Files
The Band’s Visit Joel Grey snaps a pic with The Band’s Visit director David Cromer. Joel Grey & Katrina Lenk(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ The Band’s Visit has been drumming up a great deal of Broadway buzz this season. Tony winner Joel Grey attended a performance of the moving production on March 9 and headed backstage to snap photos with Dariush Kashani (who, as previously announced, is stepping in for original cast member Tony Shalhoub), Katrina Lenk, John Cariani, Ari’el Stachel, director David Cromer and the rest of the talented cast. Take a look at the exclusive shots, and then take a page out of Grey’s book and experience the magic of this transformative Broadway musical live at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Thanks for visiting, Joel Grey! Catch The Band’s Visit at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Mwah! Looks like Broadway legend Joel Grey was enchanted by Katrina Lenk’s performance. Dariush Kashani Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019
CITY OF PHOENIX SOUTHWEST POLICE PRECINCTDeveloper: City of PhoenixContractor: Gilbane Building Co.Architect: Arrington WatkinsSize: 25,000 SFLocation: 2111 S. 99th Ave., PhoenixConstruction began on the 12-acre site February 2008, and includes nine holding cells, three bay shooting range, admin. areas, locker rooms, equipment and evidence and public meeting space. The $11M project is scheduled to finish June 2009.
Researchers at the University of California–Los Angeles and University of New Mexico have found that women prefer a penis that is larger than average — but only slightly larger.“Since context matters, men should be thinking ‘fit’ rather than ‘fat’ with respect to their penis size,” researcher Nicole Prause told The Daily Beast. “In other words, women may prefer different sizes for different reasons at different times, so chances are very good any guy is someone’s ideal for the relationship type they are seeking.”The study, published September 2 in PLOS One, found that women tend to pick a slightly larger-than-average penis for one night stands, while their preference is about average when considering a long-term partner. Previous studies that examined women’s preferences regarding penis size have mostly relied on abstract ratings or used two-dimensional images of flaccid penises. To obtain a more accurate rating of women’s preferences, the researchers used a 3D printer to create 33 plastic penis models. The models were cylindrical, representing the shaft, and topped with a dome, representing the penis head. They ranged in length from 4.0 inches to 8.5 inches, and ranged in circumference from 2.5 inches to 7.0 inches. The models were blue to minimize racial associations. Seventy-five mostly white or Asian California women, who ranged in age from 18 to 65, used the models to answer 15 questions about their penis size preferences.The researchers found that 25 percent of women reported having ended a relationship due, in part, to their partner’s penis size. Having a penis that was too small, rather than too large, was more often cited as the problem.“Women preferred a larger penis size (especially a larger circumference) for one-time partners as compared to long-term partners. While this preference for a larger phallus is above the average penis size, it is only very slightly above the average,” the researchers wrote.The average American erect penis length is about 6 inches long, with a 5 inch circumference. On average, the women in the study preferred a penis that was 6.4 inches long and had a 5 inch circumference in one-time partners. They preferred a penis that was 6.3 inches long and had a 4.8 inch circumference in long-term partners.“Since women’s preferences for both relationship types were slightly larger than the average male, the preferred size for the one-time partner was farther from the average. Novelty itself contributes to pleasure, so seeking a more novel-sized penis may be consistent with a goal to pursue pleasure primarily in one-time partners,” the researchers wrote. “Given that women typically experience more pleasurable and orgasmic sex in longer-term relationships, they might prefer a larger penis for short-term sex partly so the increased physical sensation compensates for the reduced psychological connection.”The researchers also found that the women in the study could often accurately recall the size of a penis model, but tended to slightly underestimated penis length.“Women may misremember specific partners penis attributes as smaller than they really are. This may exacerbate men’s anxieties about their penis size,” the researchers said.But the study leaves a number of questions unanswered. The researchers did not investigate individual differences among the women, such as vaginal depth. In addition, 15 women in the study indicated “no answer” for their penis size preferences. Fifteen women also reported never having intercourse, which could have skewed the results. Share LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Email
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Oman Drydock Company (ODC) is to formally launch a new partnership targeting the LNG carrier repair market at next month’s Posidonia trade fair in Greece.The new package is being launched with DSEC a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company Ltd (DSME), which is ODC’s official partner.ODC Chief Executive Yong Duk Park said that Posidonia, which is one of the shipping industry’s biggest trade fairs, is an ideal location to raise the profile of ODC and the new partnership.“Working with DSME we believe we have developed one of the most advanced LNG repair packages in the world. Our new services will cover areas such as cargo containment systems and the supply chain of various materials such as INVAR, insulation boxes, membranes, prefabricated panels and cryogenic safety valves. Meanwhile, we are also investing in new facilities including renovating our cryogenic shop so it can cater to repairing up to four LNGCs at any one time. Our expansion into LNGC will further be strengthened by our new license to support the French engineering firm Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) which specialises in cargo containment systems for high-end LNG carriers. “ODC is one of the newest and biggest shipyards in the world and is based in Duqm Oman’s planned new ports and logistics mega city. Following a soft opening in 2011 the $1.5bn shipyard, which is 1.3m sq metres in size, has drydocked more than 230 vessels.The Greek shipping market is of vital importance to ODC. “ODC has already delivered repairs for more than 50 Greek owned or operated ships,” Mr Park said. “We have an important relationship with Dynacom Ship Management helping drydock a number of its vessels including VLCCs. We are further proud to repair the Astro Polaris owned by Maran Tankers which we delivered a day ahead of schedule.”ODC will be looking to increase awareness of its world class facilities and workforce at Posidonia. “We have worked enormously hard to develop a robust track record working on a wide variety of ships from Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) to container ships to LNG and LPG carriers to chemical carriers dredgers, RO-ROs and barges,” Mr Park said. “We can now show the shipping industry we not only have world class facilities, which include our massive dry docks which can accommodate any size of vessel, but we have the experience too.”“We know we can deliver on quality, cost and critically time. Our geographical location thrusts us into pole position for the Asia to Europe shipping route as well as the East African and Indian off shore industries. We can further slash costs and the time required for drydocking as vessels do not need to greatly deviate their course. This can save days in time, and a huge amount of money, which is such a key factor for shipping operators balancing tight budgets,” added Mr. Park.“Other key selling points include our unrivalled painting services and ability to deal with sludge and slops disposal With painting we have the perfect climate that few other yards can offer. With slops we can save up to three days sailing time as we can deal with it all here on site, there is no need to sail to another location. We intend to market all these benefits hard in the coming months and years.” [mappress]May 13, 2014
Former legal aid minister Lord Bach has tabled a House of Lords motion calling for the statutory instrument that introduced 10% cuts to legal aid lawyers’ fees this month to be annulled. Lord Bach made use of a little-used parliamentary procedure to secure a debate on the motion, which states: ‘The reduction in civil standard and graduated fees for legal help and help at court will seriously undermine access to justice, because it threatens the financial viability of already hard-pressed community legal practitioners who carry out an essential service to those least able to afford it, including the most vulnerable in our society.’ The motion will be debated in the Lords on 26 October, before the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill reaches the upper house next month. The bill is scheduled to receive its third reading in the House of Commons next week. Bach said: ‘Community legal lawyers do a fantastic job for little reward. This crude 10% cut will threaten the future of many charities and firms which provide services to their local communities.’ Pointing to the closure of Law For All earlier this year, Bach said the legal aid fee cuts and planned scope changes were already having an impact on organisations. The Law Centres Federations has warned that 18 of its network of 56 legal advice centres are at risk of closure due to the £350m legal aid cuts being implemented by the Ministry of Justice. ‘Many people, including vulnerable groups rely on these charities and legal aid firms for advice to do with housing, employment, benefits, debt and other civil legal problems. Without them people facing every day legal problems will be denied access to justice,’ said Bach. Co-chair of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Bill Montague, said: ‘We welcome Lord Bach’s move as another step in the campaign and hope it will generate a meaningful debate that will enable other parliamentarians to add their voices to speak out against the irresponsible and rash cuts. ‘They are a massive gamble with the viability of a declining legal aid supplier base,’ he added.