View Comments Christopher Gatelli is putting on his Top Hat! The Tony-winning Newsies choreographer is slated to direct and choreograph a developmental lab of the musical Top Hat, according to an Equity casting notice. It was previously rumored that Broadway legend Tommy Tune would stage the show. Tony nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin) is on board to write the book. Top Hat is adapted from the 1935 Irving Berlin movie musical starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The London stage adaptation had a book by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and included songs from the whole of Berlin’s musical catalogue. The production premiered in the West End in April 2012 and went on to win three 2013 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. The lab will take place March 7 through 20.
As the fall foliage season shifts into high gear, AAA is working with Vermont’s tourism industry leaders to disseminate information nationwide through its travel offices. The resources will be used by AAA’s travel counselors to help direct motorists and encourage them to travel the Green Mountain State.Tom Williams, Regional Manager of AAA Northern New England, noted, ‘We have a golden opportunity to provide up-to-date, practical information to members across the country. In the great majority of areas hit by the storm, visitors will find roadways with smooth pavement and bright lines. It is our role to make sure that people who are interested in coming to Vermont get the information they need.’ In a communication sent earlier this week to all AAA offices in the United States, AAA states, ‘In late August, the State of Vermont made headlines across the nation as flood waters from Hurricane Irene caused major damage to the states highways and bridges. Within weeks after Irene, Vermont rebuilt at an unprecedented rate. Now 95% of Vermont roads are open, with final touches being made every day.’Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing (VDTM) Deputy Commissioner Steve Cook works with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Ski Vermont on the ‘Foliage Force,’ a team which has been promoting Vermont’s vibrant foliage season in the wake of Irene. Cook noted, ‘The foliage season has begun, and all indications are that it will be as vibrant and beautiful as ever. We are delighted that AAA has taken a proactive role in informing people about Vermont, and our recovery from the storm. This is a testament to AAA’s confidence in our state, and the resilience of our tourism businesses.’The bulletin refers travel counselors to road repair resources provided by VTrans, as well as planning information supplied by VDTM, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Ski Vermont. It concludes that AAA Northern New England branch offices in Montpelier, Rutland and Williston are well prepared to help motorists navigate the state of Vermont. Vermont Dept of Travel and Tourism. 9.28.2011
Liverpool settled for a 1-1 draw at Anfield against Swiss side FC Sion in the Europa League on Thursday.Adam Lallana gave Liverpool the lead just five minutes into the game, side-footing a low cross from Divock Origi into the net from 12 yards.Sion equalised in the 18th minute, as Ebenezer Assifuah got in behind Nathaniel Clyne on a long ball over the top and slotted it under Simon Mignolet from a narrow angle.Origi had a pair of chances to score himself in the first half, but that was all the Liverpool attack could manage.Sion top Group B after two of six matchdays with four points, while Liverpool is second on two points after their second consecutive draw. The Reds are barely ahead of Bordeaux on goals scored after the French side managed a goalless draw at Rubin Kazan. Erik Lamela scored and Tottenham held on to secure a 1-1 draw away to Monaco on Matchday 2 of the Europa League group stage on Thursday.Spurs took the lead in the 35th minute as Lamela tapped home after Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic could only deflect Dele Alli’s shot from the centre of the box.It was Lamela’s third goal in his last four games in all competitions.Monaco equalised through Stephan El Shaarawy’s header in the 81st minute and could have taken the lead moments later if not for a heroic diving clearance by Danny Rose. Also in Group J, Qarabag defeated Anderlecht 1-0 though Richard Almeida’s 36th-minute goal.Tottenham lead the group on four points, one ahead of Qarabag and two ahead of Monaco.Borussia Dortmund also could only manage a point away from home as they were held to a 1-1 draw by PAOK in Greece.Robert Mak scored in the 34th minute for the home side and the Bundesliga side could not respond until the 72nd minute when Gonzalo Castro broke through to equalise.Despite the result, Dortmund still lead Group C by a point after Krasnodar defeated Qabala 2-1 thanks to Fedor Smolov’s 84th-minute winner. Napoli used an outstanding strike from Gonzalo Higuain to defeat Legia Warsaw 2-0 in Group D.Dries Mertens provided the opening goal with a header in the 53rd minute, before Higuain danced around defender at the top of the box before blasting a rocket into the top corner.Napoli have six points from two games, as do Midtjylland, who won away to Club Brugge 3-1 with second-half goals from Pione Sisto, Paul Onuachu and Filip Novak. Lazio rallied past Saint-Etienne 3-2 after the French side were reduced to nine men.Moustapha Bayal Sall opened the scoring for ASSE following a set piece just six minutes in, but Ogenyi Onazi cancelled it out 15 minutes laterRobert Beric was sent off shortly afterward and Wesley Hoedt gave Lazio their first lead just after half-time.Sall received a second yellow card, opening play for Lucas Biglia to score Lazio’s third, and the nine men could not find a late equaliser after Kevin Monnet-Paquet’s consolation goal.Yevhen Seleznyov’s goal allowed Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to defeat Rosenborg 1-0 in the other game in Group G. In Group K, Schalke rolled to a 4-0 win at home over Asteras Tripoli as Franco Di Santo recorded a hat trick by half-time.Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a late goal to complete the rout for the German side.Sparta Prague defeated APOEL 2-0 with goals from Kehinde Fatai and Jakub Brabec in the group’s other game.Fiorentina also won 4-0 in a dominating performance at Portuguese side Belenenses in Group I. Federico Bernardeschi, Khouma Babacar, and Giuseppe Rossi provided the scoring, to go along with a Tonel own goal.However, it’s Basel who top Group I after winning their second straight game in the group, 2-0 over Lech Poznan.Karol Linetty was sent off for the Polish side after earning a second yellow card just after half-time, and Birkir Bjarnason and Breel Embolo capitalised for Basel.Celtic drew 2-2 against Fenerbahce at Parkhead in Group A as Fernandao scored either side of half-time to rally the Turkish side back from a two-goal deficit.Celtic led through Leigh Griffiths’ 28th-minute opener, and Kris Commons doubled their advantage four minutes later.But Fernandao scored two minutes before the break and equalised three minutes afterward to secure their first point of the campaign.Molde stayed top of Group A with a 1-1 draw at home against Ajax as Eirik Hestad’s 8th-minute opener was enough to secure a point after Viktor Fischer’s equaliser on a massive deflection for the former European champions.Czech side Liberec delivered one of the day’s bigger surprises by winning 1-0 at Marseille in Group F.Vladimir Coufal delivered the only goal in the 84th minute after Marseille failed to clear a corner kick.Braga are top of the group with two wins from two after Ahmed Hassan Koka’s fifth-minute goal held up to supply a 1-0 win over Groningen.Steffen Hofmann’s goal gave Rapid Vienna a 1-0 win over Dinamo Minsk as the Austrian side took the lead in Group E.Leo Baptistao scored the only goal of the game nine minutes into the second half and Villarreal secured a 1-0 win over Viktoria Plzen.Partizan Belgrade are the surprise leaders in Group L after managing a 3-1 win at German side Augsburg.Andrija Zivkovic scored twice to go with a Dong-Won Ji own goal, and the Bundesliga club could not rally even after Aleksandar Subic was sent off after 64 minutes.AZ Alkmaar earned their first points in the group by defeating Athletico Bilbao 2-1.Markus Henriksen scored 10 minutes into the second half, followed by an Eneko Boveda own goal, and although Aritz Aduriz drew one back the Spanish club could not level the score.Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon played to a 1-1 draw in Group H, Gokhan Tore’s goal on the hour mark cancelling out Bryan Ruiz’s 16th-minute opener.That result allowed Lokomotiv Moscow to top the group with a 2-0 win over Skenderbeu, Baye Oumar Niasse and Aleksandr Samedov providing the goals.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. 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