Derek Hough & Martin Short Join NBC’s Hairspray Live!

first_img View Comments Derek Hough & Martin Short(Photos: Caitlin McNaney) Don’t change that channel, because this casting is timeless to us! Derek Hough and Tony winner Martin Short are on board to star in NBC’s Hairspray Live!. The duo of Emmy winners will play Corny Collins and Wilbur Turnblad, respectively. They join the previously announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein, who take on the roles of Motormouth Maybelle and Edna Turnblad. The telecast is set for December 7 on the Peacock network.This is kismet for the Broadway-bound Hough, who told Broadway.com exclusively in March that he would “love” to take part in the live event. “I think it’s wonderful that musicals are being brought to television,” Hough said.Additional casting, including the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, will be announced at a later date. The telecast, helmed by Kenny Leon and with live TV director Alex Rudzinski, will air from Los Angeles. This is a first for NBC: Their recent musical events, The Wiz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, were shot in New York.Hough is a six-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and took home two Emmy Awards for his choreography on the show. He is set to star in Broadway’s Singin’ in the Rain next year, having previously performed its title number in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular. His additional credits include Burn the Floor on Broadway, Footloose in the West End and Nashville on the small screen.Short, who starred on Broadway last year in It’s Only a Play, won a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He won an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV and one for AFI’s Lifetime Achievement tribute to Mel Brooks. He also appeared on Broadway in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The Goodbye Girl. His screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos and Saturday Night Live.The tuner features music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Hairspray follows plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she attempts to become a cast member of The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. Tracy soon finds herself leading a civil rights campaign to integrate the show.Hairspray, based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, opened on Broadway on August 15, 2002 and ran for 2,642 performances. The Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur-led show took home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was subsequently made into a movie, starring John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky, in 2007.last_img read more

Coal’s end may be on the horizon

first_imgCoal’s end may be on the horizon FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Should we just give up now?The world’s electrical utilities need to reduce coal consumption by at least 60 percent over the two decades through 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change that could occur with more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced Monday.Such a target seems wildly ambitious: Even Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which tends to be more optimistic than other analysts (and more accurate) about the speed of energy transition, expects coal-fired generation to increase by 10 percent over the period. Hold on though. Is it really such a stretch?After all, U.S. coal-power generation decreased by about a third in the seven years through 2017, to 12.7 billion British thermal units from 18.5 billion, based on data from energy-market consultancy Genscape Inc. In the European Union, black-coal generation fell by about the same proportion over just four years through 2016, according to Eurostat, to 385,925 gigawatt-hours from 544,279 GWh.Across Europe and the U.S., the decline in coal output recently has averaged close to 5 percent a year. If the world as a whole can reach 7 percent a year, it would be on track to meet the IPCC’s 2030 target. The conventional wisdom is that this isn’t possible, as rising demand from emerging economies, led by China and India, overwhelms the switch from fossil fuels in richer countries. That may underestimate the changing economics of energy generation, though.The mainstream view is still that we can’t decarbonize our electricity system fast enough to meet the IPCC’s targets. But a decade ago, the current situation of plateauing demand for coal and car fuel and cratering renewables costs looked equally outlandish. Given the way the world’s energy market has changed in recent years, it’s a good idea to never say never.More: The end of coal could be closer than it lookslast_img read more

Sri Lanka keen to visit Pakistan in September for T20

first_imgCOLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka are keen to visit Pakistan in September, potentially becoming the first high-profile team to tour the country which has played most of its home international matches in the United Arab Emirates in the last eight years due to security situation.Gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri Lankan players in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players, and killing six security staff and two civilians.Pakistan has since been largely starved of international cricket, apart from a short visit by Zimbabwe in 2015.Their full series against Sri Lanka in the UAE may see the return of international cricket on home soil.“I am keen to take my team to Pakistan,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala said at the Asian Cricket Council’s annual general meeting in Colombo.“We have had our security experts visit and make an assessment, and things look positive with things improving all over the country and especially Lahore being cleared.“We have three T20 games coming up against Pakistan in September and we would like to play at least one of those games in Lahore.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) also wants to support the tour of a World XI to Pakistan next month, subject to security clearance, for a three-match T20 series to help revive international cricket in the country.Sumathipala called for support for Pakistan from the Asian neighbours.“I call upon each one of you as members to play your role and give Pakistan the security of your support,” he added.“There is always risk – there were two attacks in London during the Champions Trophy – but cricket continued under the security assurances of the ICC, so likewise we too must be as accommodating and understanding as possible with our members and extend our fullest support to them as the cricketing family of Asia.”last_img read more