Exclusive! Roger Rees & More Will Join Chita Rivera in The Visit on Broadway

first_img Related Shows The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. The Visit The musical premiered in 2001 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later played The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Rivera starred in both productions as Claire, a role originally written for Angela Lansbury, who withdrew from the project in its early stages after her husband fell ill. Further members of the company will be announced later. The cast at WTF also included Judy Kuhn (who is already booked for Fun Home on Broadway this season), David Garrison, Jason Danieley, Diana DiMarzio, Melanie Field, Christopher Newcomer, Aaron Ramey and Timothy Shew. As revealed by these exclusive photos from Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas, Tony winner Roger Rees, Rick Holmes, Matthew Deming, Tom Nelis and Michelle Veintimilla will join the previously reported Chita Rivera in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit on the Great White Way. All the actors are set to reprise their roles from the John Doyle-helmed production of the musical at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts last summer. Broadway.com has learned that The Visit will likely open at the Lyceum Theatre once Disgraced closes there this spring; a show spokesperson had no official comment. Rees won the Tony for his performance in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. His other Broadway credits include The Winslow Boy, The Addams Family, Uncle Vanya, The Rehearsal and Indiscretions. Holmes has most recently appeared on the Great White Way in Peter and the Starcatcher, The Pillowman and Spamalot. Deming made his Broadway debut in Chicago, while Nelis was last seen on the Great White Way in Enron. This will mark Veintimilla’s first appearance on the Main Stem. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015last_img read more

GTE: Lots of card competition heading CUs’ way

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A credit union that has meticulously reviewed all member touch-points around its cards is now bringing its cards in-house, saying the “card experience” is going to be more critical to future card loyalty than even rate or rewards.GTE Financial recently brought its debit and credit card programs in-house, and Chad Burney, EVP and COO, said too much competition is headed CUs’ way to do anything less.“We want to be in control of our own destiny and provide the experience we know we need to provide,” said Burney, adding significant changes are taking place at GTE financial and that even more change is coming to its card offerings.Complete control of a credit union’s card programs is extremely critical today, providing the credit union has the resources to do it, said Burney.last_img read more

Kiwis want more action on child poverty – but not higher taxes

first_imgNZ Herald 5 September 2014Most New Zealanders want more done to fix child poverty – but not if it means higher taxes to pay for it. A poll of 1013 people for the Child Poverty Action Group has found that 51 per cent of New Zealanders believe the current Government is not doing enough to address child poverty. Only 19 per cent believe it is doing enough. But only 36 per cent would be willing to pay higher taxes if that was necessary to reduce child poverty. A slightly higher number, 38 per cent, would not be willing to pay higher taxes if necessary, and 26 per cent were unsure. The poll was conducted by MMResearch from June 10-16 using an online panel designed to be representative of all adults aged 18-plus and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.…The poll found that 80 per cent of people agreed that child poverty is a problem in New Zealand. Only 13 per cent disagreed. They were then asked to write, unprompted, what they believed was the primary cause of child poverty. Answers were split evenly: 40 per cent listed economic factors such as low wages, unemployment and the widening gap between rich and poor; but another 40 per cent blamed the parents, listing factors such as neglect, not prioritising children, not budgeting, and spending too much on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Other suggestions included welfare, housing and political issues (12 per cent), uneducated parents (9 per cent) and having too many children (8 per cent). There was a clear age divide, with the numbers blaming parents rising from 29 per cent in the youngest age group (18-24) to 50 per cent in the oldest group (55-plus).…Only 18 per cent of Aucklanders said they personally knew any child living in poverty, compared with 23 per cent in the rest of the northern North Island, 28 per cent in the lower North Island and 30 per cent in the South Island.… Asked about the effectiveness of 11 suggested actions to reduce child poverty, there was most agreement (92 per cent) with the effectiveness of the Government’s policy of free doctors’ visits for children under 6, increasing to children under 13 from July 2015. The Labour Party also proposes free doctors’ visits for children under 13, while the Greens propose free visits until children turn 18.Other actions judged to be effective were: KidsCan’s programmes donating shoes and raincoats to children in low-decile schools (88 per cent), volunteers helping in schools and communities (88 per cent), targeting businesses to provide food (83 per cent), improvements to housing such as subsidised insulation (82 per cent) and Fonterra’s free milk in schools programme (79 per cent).None of these would require more taxpayer funding.Asked specifically whether four programmes should be available universally or only to a defined target group, 77 per cent supported universal free doctors’ visits for all children under 18 (19 per cent opposed), and 74 per cent supported Fonterra’s programme of universal free milk in schools (also 19 per cent opposed).But people were split 46 per cent each way on whether improvements to housing such as subsidised insulation should be available universally, as the Greens advocate, or only to a targeted group, as at present.Only 41 per cent supported Child Poverty Action’s key policy of universal tax credits for all children with young children, with 46 per cent supporting credits only for a targeted low-income group as at present.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11319509last_img read more