J. Harrison Ghee Will Star in Broadway’s Kinky Boots

first_img J. Harrison Ghee J. Harrison Ghee will make his Broadway debut this spring in Kinky Boots as he reprises his star turn as Lola from the Tony-winning musical’s national tour. Ghee will begin performances on March 6, taking over for Todrick Hall at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Prior to the national tour of Kinky Boots, Ghee appeared in The Color Purple tour.The Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein-penned show is about a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from a local drag queen. Together, the two become an unstoppable team and find that they have more in common than they could have imagined.The current cast of Kinky Boots features Olivier nominee Killian Donnelly as Charlie Price, Taylor Louderman as Lauren, Marcus Neville as George, Shannon O’Boyle as Nicola and Daniel Stewart Sherman as Don. Kinky Boots Related Shows J. Harrison Ghee in ‘Kinky Boots'(Photo: Matthew Murphy)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

LavaLab hosts ‘Demo Night’ showcase

first_imgLavaLab, a student-run entrepreneurial incubator, hosted a Demo Night showcase on Tuesday, at which undergraduate teams presented final product demonstrations to peers, investors and program judges.Earlier in the semester at LavaLab’s Pitch Night, teams delivered initial product ideas with each presentation including a problem assessment, business and marketing plan, competition analysis, product conceptualization and audience feedback. On Tuesday night, the teams revealed their second installments, after utilizing feedback from Pitch Night and developing working models.LavaLab President Alex Zhang and Austin Spiegel, director of external relations for LavaLab helped plan and coordinate the event.“This is my first time ever leading anything at this scale, so I was definitely nervous. I have fallen in love with this group of people, and the organization’s mission. It’s been a blast,” Zhang said.The organization partnered with Digital LA, Cross Campus, User Experience Professionals Association of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Venture Association and Blackstone LaunchPad to bring industry professionals to campus for the event. Silicon Beach LA, USC Marshall Busines Student Government and the Undergraduate Student Government also co-sponsored the event.One of the groups was Hexcare, an application that gathers health data from wearable devices such as Fitbit or Jawbone and aggregates the information in a user-friendly program.“Building this product been a great experience. The stuff we are working on is unlike other apps in LavaLab because we aren’t just improving an existing program’s design. We are building a completely new platform that could impact the healthcare industry,” said team member Alex Wormuth, a senior computer science major.The Hexcare group met with doctors and other medical professionals at USC’s Keck School of Medicine to gather feedback about their product. Team members included Wormuth, Bianca Nasser, a senior majoring in communication, Jordan Furlong, a junior majoring in business administration, and Malvika Nagpal, a junior majoring in computer science and business administration.“We all wanted to get involved in the health industry and focus on a project that could genuinely help people,” Furlong said.Another group that presented at the Demo Night event was cheK, a task management application that features a visually appealing display system and unique group sharing capabilities. Group members included Lea Moret, a sophomore majoring in computer science and business administration, Alex Ogorek, a junior majoring in computer science (games), Charmaine Asril Lee, a sophomore majoring in business administration and media arts and practice, Anthony Neyer, a senior majoring in communication, and Alex Yang, a sophomore majoring in business administration.“We’ve been meeting twice a week since the start of the semester, and it has really brought us together. We really see ourselves as a cohesive team, even though we had never met before this project began,” Yang said.“Getting the website together and getting the application online was a high point for me this semester. It was exciting to see that we were making progress,” said Ogorek, who led the coding of the application and the prototype’s website.Going into next semester, LavaLab hopes to foster more of community within the organization by adding retreats and other programming to the organization’s calendar.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh not a one-man army, says Shakib Al Hasan

first_imgShakib Al Hasan has been the architect of each of Bangladesh’s three victories at the World Cup but the all-rounder denies they are a one-man army.The 32-year-old made 51 on Monday to reclaim his position as the tournament’s leading scorer and logged the ongoing World Cup’s best bowling figures of 5-29 in their comprehensive victory against Afghanistan.His stellar all-around show earned him his third man-of-the-match award of the tournament but Shakib also acknowledged the contribution from his teammates, including Mushfiqur Rahim who top-scored with 83.”It’s not like that… we have had several contributions,” Shakib said, dismissing they are essentially a one-man army.”You always need, especially on wickets like this, to string together small contributions from different players. Luckily I’m doing well, but a team can win only if others also contribute.Shakib’s fifth 50-plus score in six innings, which also contained two centuries, takes his tally to 476, ahead of Australian David Warner (447).”We’ve seen the same thing in bowling department too, with others also contributing,” said Shakib who has claimed 10 wickets in the tournament.Mustafizur (Rahman) and (Mohammad) Saifuddin also have 10 wickets, which is quite impressive.Shakib became only the second player, after India’s Yuvraj Singh, to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match.He is also the first player to score 400 runs and take 10 or more wickets in a World Cup.The spin-bowling all-rounder, however, refused to rate his performance against Afghanistan which kept their semi-final hopes alive.advertisement”I don’t rank my performance but it’s very satisfying when I’m contributing both with ball and bat. Against Afghanistan, the plan was to bat full 50 overs on Hampshire Bowl’s slow wicket and post a total around 240,” he said.”It was not a 300-350 kind of wicket. Our target was to bat full 50 overs and 240 was the minimum target. I thought it was good thinking.””We wanted to bat full 50 overs and if we got some extra runs, we’d take it as a bonus. That’s exactly what happened and we got 25 more runs. That gave us an edge, to go out and bowl Afghanistan out.Bangladesh faces former champions India and Pakistan in their next two matches and Shakib wants the team not to lose their focus.”We have a very important game coming against India. They are a top side, one of the title contenders. It’s not going to be easy but having said that we’ll give our best shot,” he said.”They got world class players who can win matches single-handedly. We have to be at our best. I believe as a team, we are capable enough”Also Read | Hardik Pandya not man enough to step into the ring with Brock Lesnar: Paul HeymanAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Jasprit Bumrah. India pacer makes smart comebackAlso Seelast_img read more