DECEMBER 23: Glenn Closes In Mother of the Maid, Tony winner Glenn Close takes on the story of Joan of Arc, but not from the martyr’s perspective. In this telling, she plays Joan’s mother, Isabelle. The actress has plenty of Oscar campaigning to do for her role in the new movie The Wife, so catch her before the play wraps up December 23 at the Public Theater. DECEMBER 23: Heading North? With a starry cast including Mare Winningham, Marc Kudisch and more and a score straight from the catalog of Bob Dylan, Girl from the North Country made waves downtown this season as off-Broadway’s hottest ticket. Conor McPherson’s work (which he also directed) focuses on a small Minnesota community at the height of the Great Depression. The twice-extended off-Broadway run is slated to close at the end of December, but Broadway transfer buzz suggests it could be headed uptown. New York theater audiences are preparing to say goodbye to two fabulous leading ladies, a mega rockstar in his Broadway debut, a disco diva’s bio musical, several buzzy off-Broadway shows and more. Broadway.com rounded up the hit stagings and notable performances you need to catch before it’s too late. Nicolette Robinson in Waitress (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) DECEMBER 16: Taking Stock, No Apologies Stage and screen great Stockard Channing returned to the New York stage in Apologia, the London transfer of Alexi K. Campbell’s play. The story follows Kristin, a former radical activist, whose new memoir threatens to tear her family apart. Catch it before it ends at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre on December 16. Bruce Springsteen in Springsteen on Broadway (Photo: Rob DeMartin) DECEMBER 9: Will She Extend Again?Nicolette Robinson has extended her run in Waitress twice since taking over the role in September. Notably the first woman of color to play the leading character of pie-maker Jenna, Robinson currently has a scheduled end date of December 9 with no replacemnet announced. Watch this spot… DECEMBER 9: School’s OutJocelyn Bioh’s acclaimed work School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play has also extended twice in its off-Broadway reprise engagement at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The hilarious and powerful play, helmed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman, follows five hive-minded friends at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, a mysterious new student and a pageant that reveals more than just schoolyard jealousy. LeChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Photo: Matthew Murphy) LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever in “Summer,” Colton Ryan in “Girl from the North Country” and Bruce Springsteen in “Springsteen on Broadway” (Composite: Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) Grace Van Patten and Glenn Close in Mother of the Maid (Photo: Joan Marcus) Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole, Paige Gilbert, Joanna A. Jones, MaameYaa Boafo and Latoya Edwards in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Photo: Craig Schwartz) DECEMBER 9: Pop the BubblyAmanda Jane Cooper signs off every episode of her Broadway.com vlog with “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.” She’ll definitely leave sparkle (and more than a few sequins) at the Gershwin Theatre when she steps out of the role of Glinda in Wicked. Katie Rose Clarke, who’s resume boasts two turns playing the Good Witch on Broadway, takes over December 11. DECEMBER 15: Et Tu, Bruce? Springsteen on Broadway is coming to an end, three extensions and a special Tony Award later. We’re including the The Boss’s Broadway debut and autobiographical concert on this list just to remind you that it’s closing December 15—because if you haven’t seen the sold-out show yet, well, there’s really not much you can do about it now. Fear not, though: You can watch the whole show from the comfort of your Netflix account the very next day (December 16) when the previously announced filmed performance launches on the streaming service. Hugh Dancy and Stockard Channing in Apologia (Photo: Joan Marcus) Jeanette Bayardelle and the cast of Girl From North Country (Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments DECEMBER 30: Last Dance, Last ChanceThree actresses bring the disco diva to life on Broadway in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever play Donna Summer at different stages in her life, performances that netted LaChanze and DeBose 2018 Tony nominations. The jukebox musical recently announced it will close at the end of December, but make sure to look for it on the road. ALSO DECEMBER 9: Will Eno’s one-man show Thom Pain (based on nothing), starring Michael C. Hall, closes at The Pershing Square Signature Center.DECEMBER 9: Patricia Ione Lloyd’s dark dramedy Eve’s Song ends at the Public Theater.DECEMBER 16: The New York premiere of Hansol Jung’s play Wild Goose Dreams, directed by Leigh Silverman, ends at the Public Theater.DECEMBER 17: Celebrity Autobiography goes out with a bang at the Marquis Theatre, with readings from Mario Cantone, Rachel Dratch, Antoni Porowski and more. DECEMBER 22: The Resitable Rise of Arturio Ui, starring Raúl Esparza, closes at Classic Stage Company.DECEMBER 23: Ming Peiffer‘s world premiere play Usual Girls finishes its second extension at Roundabout Underground.DECEMBER 30: Mini-American Idol reunion Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show ends at the Imperial Theatre. DECEMBER 30: The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays disappears from the Marquis Theatre.DECEMBER 30: Joel Grey’s Yiddish-language Fiddler on the Roof ends at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. (Look for its uptown transfer, starting at Stage 42 on February 11.) Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda in Wicked (Photo: Caitlin McNaney)
H7N9 sickens 2 more in ChinaWith H7N9 cases in China in January already outpacing December’s sudden and steep rise, China reported at least two more cases today, according to the latest official reports.Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) today acknowledged two cases reported from Hubei province yesterday, a 65 year-old man and a 78 year-old woman from two different cities, both in critical condition.Also, the CHP reported a new case from Shandong province, involving a 59 year-old man. The second new case-patient is a 67 year-old man from Hunan province who is in critical condition after having contact with poultry, according to a report today from China’s state news agency Xinhua, which cited Hunan province’s health department.Jan 26 CHP statement Jan 26 Xinhua story H9N2 infects Chinese babyChina recently reported an H9N2 avian influenza infection, involving a 7-month-old girl from Guangdong province who had a mild illness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest monthly report on flu transmitted between animals and humans. The report covers cases reported between Dec 20 and Jan 16.The baby’s symptoms began on Dec 11, and she wasn’t hospitalized and has since recovered. Investigators found she had been exposed to a live poultry market before she got sick.The case is China’s first since last summer when it reported two H9N2 cases to the WHO. Unlike H7N9, many the of the H9N2 cases have been in children. H9N2 is endemic in Chinese poultry.Jan 16 WHO flu at the human-animal interface report Texas reports local Zika infection in a pregnant womanHealth officials in Texas yesterday announced that a pregnant woman who had been in Brownsville when other local cases were detected has tested positive for Zika virus.The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) said the woman from Bexar County had visited Brownsville in November around the time six residents contracted the virus from local mosquitoes. She had not traveled outside of Texas, wasn’t sick, and her infection was detected during routine prenatal care.The woman could have been exposed to the virus by a mosquito bite or through sexual contact with an infected partner, the TDSHS said.Jan 25 TDSHS statement Saudi Arabia reports new MERS caseThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported one new case of MERS-CoV today in the city of Turbah.The 59-year-old Saudi man is in critical condition after presenting with symptoms of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). The man had direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for the disease.The new case raises Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total to 1,546 infections, including 641 deaths. Nine people are still in treatment or monitoring.Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released details on nine cases of MERS-CoV reported by Saudi Arabia between Jan 2 and 7. The report details a small healthcare-related outbreak of five cases, including two deaths, in the city of Buraydah. Two hospitals were involved.There was one patient with exposure to camels, a 70-year-old Saudi man from Medina who reported drinking camel milk.Since September 2012, 1,888 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 670 related deaths, have been reported to WHO.Jan 26 MOH report Jan 27 WHO report CDC details multistate 2016 E coli outbreak involving dessert pizza doughThirteen cases of Escherichia coli poisoning have been linked to contaminated dessert pizza dough, according to a new report published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The cases were reported early last winter.The cases appeared in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All states reported one case each, except Minnesota which reported five cases. The median age of patients was 17 years (range, 7 to 71 years) and 53% were female. Eight patients were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interviewed 12 patients and all reported eating a dessert pizza from “restaurant A,” identified by the media last year as Pizza Ranch. Dry dough mix samples from restaurant A showed contaminated flour as the possible source of pathogen introduction.”Flour is usually not thought to be a food safety risk, but flour-based mixes are ubiquitous in restaurants and are often used for dusting of surfaces for transfer of pizzas,” the authors write. “This outbreak serves as a reminder that consumers, industry, and government should consider that flour, a raw agricultural product, might be contaminated with pathogens and, when consumed raw or undercooked, might pose a risk to human health.”Jan 26 MMWR study
Lundin Norway has marked the first anniversary of production from its Norwegian Continental Shelf newcomer, the Edvard Grieg platform. Oil and gas production from the Edvard Grieg platform started exactly one year ago and has been running almost continuously since the start-up on November 28, 2015, with production uptime at 96 percent.Lundin said on Monday that there had been no serious incidents on board and that the oil and gas production figures are higher than expected.Operations manager Kari Nielsen said: “Edvard Grieg is a fairy tale and nothing less. We believe this is the first time a new platform on the Norwegian shelf has delivered such results in its first year.“Between 40 and 60 percent is normal during the start-up phase, and this gradually improves over time. However, Edvard Grieg has produced virtually continuously from the very beginning. And those last percentage points missing from a full 100 mainly relate to planned turnarounds for maintenance and preparation.”Norwegian engineering at workThe main contracts for the construction of Edvard Grieg were performed by the Norwegian companies with Kværner as the primary contractor. Detailed engineering was done by Aker Solutions, the living quarters and helicopter deck were delivered by Apply Leirvik, while construction of the jacket was done at Kværner Verdal.The platform deck was constructed at Kværner Stord and with Aker Solutions in Egersund while Saipem executed marine operations.Karl-Petter Løken, the engineering manager for the Edvard Grieg development, added: “Choosing Norwegian contractors gave us an added degree of confidence. We had the advantage of geographic proximity which resulted in a very close and excellent cooperation.“Kværner and their sub-suppliers have extensive experience with developments for the Norwegian shelf. All of this ensured that we received a high-quality platform.”Edvard Grieg is Lundin Norway’s first own-operated platform. That meant that the company had to establish new operations organization in parallel with the development.“We recruited more than 100 people who would ensure efficient and safe production from the Edvard Grieg field. The entire operations organization was in place while the platform was still in the yard. This gave us the time to establish routines and work processes and to familiarize ourselves with the installation while it was still on shore,” said Nielsen.Lundin said that, on its one-year production start-up anniversary, production on Edvard Grieg remains at a very high production rate, and the platform is expected to reach plateau production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalents a day in the fourth quarter this year.Edvard Grieg was designed as a field center and will receive oil and gas from nearby fields and future field developments for further processing. It is expected to begin processing oil and gas from Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen in December.From Edvard Grieg, oil is transported via the Grane pipeline to the Sture terminal in Øygarden municipality in Hordaland County, while gas is transported in a separate pipeline system to St. Fergus in Scotland.