A new school year filled with homework, exams and grades has begun, Broadway fans—but fear not! We know you’re going to make the grade, and we’ve got your back with full reports on the latest Broadway buzz, Odds & Ends and Lessons to keep you sharp and videos for those well-deserved study breaks (all right, late-night procrastination sessions). With a fresh semester also comes awesome locker decorations, new friends and favorite teachers. A few of them may even remind you of some of your favorite instructors in Great White Way musicals (even if they don’t let you get away with air guitar-ing through that history presentation). We asked you which teacher from a musical would make you want to sit at the front of the class. Take a look at your top 10 below, and good luck in the new school year! (Photos: Matthew Murphy, Paul Kolnik & Joan Marcus) Tom Collins, Rent View Comments Miss Trunchbull, Matilda Nettie,The Color Purple Dr. Dillamond, Wicked Dewey Finn, School of Rock Maria, The Sound of Music Miss Honey, Matilda Miss Mullins, School of Rock Anna Leonowens, The King and I Madame Giry, The Phantom of the Opera
Related Shows Taran Killam(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images) Hamilton from $149.00 View Comments Hamilton is about to welcome a host of new faces. Among those joining Broadway’s buzziest blockbuster is Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam, who will begin his reign as King George on January 17, 2017.Rory O’Malley will play his final performance as the monarch on January 15. While this marks Killam’s Broadway debut, he did appear in the City Center Encores! presentation of Little Shop of Horrors as Orin Scrivello, starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene.Original cast member Alysha Deslorieux takes over full time as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds on December 16; Jasmine Cephas Jones played her final performance in the dual role on December 8. Bryan Terrell Clark, who last appeared on Broadway in Motown, heads to the Richard Rodgers Theatre beginning January 10 to play George Washington, taking over for Nicholas Christopher.Two additional names will make their Broadway debuts in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit next year. J. Quinton Johnson will play Hercules Mulligan and James Madison beginning January 6 after Okieriete Onaodowan takes his final bow on December 24, and Anthony Lee Medina (an alum of the Spring Awakening first national tour) will assume the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton from Jordan Fisher in a date yet to be determined in March (Fisher leaves on March 5).The current cast is led by Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, with Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler and Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.
China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group reported year-on-year revenue growth of 38 percent to 161.4 billion yuan (US$23.12 billion) for the fiscal quarter ending Dec. 30, 2019.The company’s net profit attributable to shareholders was 52.31 billion yuan, soaring 58.3 percent compared with the same period last year.The profit surge was mainly due to the strong performances in online retailing and cloud computing, the company said. In the third fiscal quarter, the Alibaba Group Holding was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, making it the first Chinese Internet enterprise to list both in New York and Hong Kong.Alibaba’s annual active consumers on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 711 million. Mobile monthly active users on Chinese retail marketplaces reached 824 million in December, an increase of 39 million than that at the end of September 2019, with 60 percent of the annual new consumers coming from less developed regions.”We will remain dedicated to investing in digital infrastructure and services, supporting our customers and partners across the Alibaba Digital Economy, especially during the challenging time,” said Maggie Wu, the chief financial officer of Alibaba Group.Daniel Zhang, chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group said Alibaba will also mobilize its strength in commerce and technology to support the fight against novel coronavirus and mitigate the impact of the outbreak on small and medium-sized enterprises by lowering their costs. Topics :
RPMI Railpen, the asset management arm of UK-based Railways Pension Scheme, has named Michelle Ostermann as managing director of its investments business.She will take up the role following the retirement of Julian Cripps this month. In her new role, Ostermann will lead the investments business as it manages the railways pension fund’s £30 billion (€32bn) in assets.In a statement Ostermann said: “Defined benefit pension schemes, like the railways pension schemes, have an important role to play in ensuring members enjoy the financial security in retirement they work hard to save for with their employers.”Ostermann joined the investments business at the start of this year as chief fiduciary officer with responsibility for determining the schemes’ investment requirements and risk strategies. She was also appointed to the RPMI board in September.She has previously worked at British Columbia Investment Management Corporation where she was senior vice president responsible for investment risk, strategy, research and corporate relations.John Chilman, chief executive officer, said that Ostermann’s international experience and track record of delivering outstanding results in the institutional investment industry ”means she is perfectly suited to lead the Investments business”.RPMI is now actively recruiting for a replacement for Ostermann in the chief fiduciary officer role.