Set Your DVRs! Lifetime’s Six-Part Miniseries Broadway Balances America Will Launch in August

first_imgGrab an extra cup of coffee because your mornings are about to get a Great White Way-sized makeover! Lifetime Channel’s award-winning morning show The Balancing Act will present its new six-part special series Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. The series, which will take you backstage of some of Broadway’s most-beloved musicals, is slated to begin airing on Lifetime in August 2014.Broadway Balances America will provide behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide, including Annie, Dirty Dancing, Motown The Musical, Newsies and Pippin. Our hosts get up close and personal with the casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to dance in their shoes!“Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form,” said Lauren Reid, CEO Theater Division, Broadway Across America. “We thank our network of local theater partners nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country.”So, do you want to know what Broadway Balances America has in store for you? Of course you do! You’ll get to see The Balancing Act’s Olga Villaverde and Amber Milt dance in the rehearsal room with the star of Dirty Dancing, go through a “Supreme” transformation backstage Motown, get a sneak peek at the awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics in Pippin, learn how to “Get Up and Go” with the spry stars of Disney’s Newsies and pull the curtain back on the audition process to show what it takes to play everyone’s favorite orphan in Annie. The final segment takes viewers into Broadway Classroom, where students are introduced to all elements of the Broadway industry in collaboration with performers and industry professionals.“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, Supervising Producer for The Balancing Act. “These productions are hitting the road as their national tours get underway and heading to a stage near you. Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway right in their local community.”The air dates for Broadway Balances America will be:Annie on August 12 and 19Dirty Dancing on September 9 and 16Pippin on October 29 and November 5Newsies on November 6 and 13Motown The Musical on November 8 and 25 View Comments Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

State Increases Dontell Stephens’ Settlement to $6 Million

first_imgSeven years after Dontrell Stephens was shot and permanently paralyzed by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, he will be receiving a larger multi-million-dollar payout as compensation for his injuries than initially planned.The Florida Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday ordering Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to pay the 26-year-old homeless West Palm Beach man up to $6 million.Although the amount is significantly less than the $22.5 million a federal jury had recommended, Stephens’ attorney, Jack Scarola, says, “The fact that a Republican legislature, that historically has been opposed to claims bills, passed it as overwhelmingly as they did, shows it was deserved.”The state Senate passed the bill by a 37-2 vote late Wednesday afternoon, two days after the lower chamber approved it by a vote of 160-0.The amount gives Stephens $1.5 million more than what Bradshaw agreed to pay in what he described as his “final” offer.After the final $4.5 million offer was made, legal questions were raised about whether the state legislature could cover bills that Stephens received while he was in rehabilitation and was being treated for potentially fatal bed sores that plague paraplegics, according to Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican who sponsored the measure.For that reason, the bill was amended so that Bradshaw would have to use up to $1.5 million of tax money to in order cover Stephens’ unpaid bills.Stephens’ guardian will use about $3.4 million to purchase an annuity that could generate interest to cover Stephens’ living expenses, the measure explains.Another $1.1 million will go to Scarola’s law firm and other parties, including lobbyists, who worked together on the case.Scarola says his client will need more than $6 million. Since Stephens is expected to live another 50 years, he would $5 million in order to lead a semblance of a normal life for his condition, according to an expert who testified during the 2016 civil trial of the case in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale.The $3.4 million state lawmakers agreed to will provide some stability and security for Stephens, who had been living in a homeless shelter but is now sleeping on a friend’s couch, according to Scarola.The attorney adds that Stephens accumulated more than $3 million in bills from a Central Florida rehabilitation center, as well as doctors and hospitals that have treated him since he was shot by Deputy Adams Lin back in 2013.The deputy, who was later promoted to sergeant, shot Stephens a total of four times, moments after stopping him for riding his bicycle erratically on Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach.Although Lin testified that he thought Stephens was reaching for a gun, Stephens was unarmed. The black object he was holding at the time was a cellphone.Scarola will seek to reduce Stephens’ existing bills to $1.5 million by negotiating with those who are owed money.Lawmakers Slash Dontrell Stephens’ Settlement to $4.5 millionlast_img read more