Thumbs Up! Tony Host James Corden Made Broadway’s Biggest Night a Fun, Farcical & Fantastic Affair

first_img View Comments James Corden(Photo courtesy of Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Now that the 2016 Tony Awards are over, let’s take a moment to talk about how perfectly entertaining James Corden was as the evening’s emcee. Corden kicked off the ceremony with a heartfelt message about the devastating attack in Orlando, Florida, saying: “Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality and gender is embraced and is loved. Hate will never win. Together, we will make sure of that. Tonight’s show is a symbol and a celebration of that principle. This is the Tony Awards.” Corden then spent the next three hours showing off all of his many talents, including his cheeky sense of humor, his (Tony Award-winning!) singing and dancing chops and, of course, his uncanny ability to keep genuine smiles painted on everyone’s faces. We immediately fell for his early musical number where Corden joyously celebrated all of the theater roles he’s dreamed of playing ever since he was a young boy, including Jean Valjean (Les Miserables), Simba (The Lion King), Danny Zuko (Grease), Maria Rainer (The Sound of Music), Annie (Annie), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) and, naturally, Mama Rose (Gypsy). For the rest of the night, Corden kept the show moving right along while also eliciting chuckles from guests inside the Beacon Theatre and audiences at home. His bit about all of the Law & Order acting credits Broadway stars have, especially Danny Burstein (we counted seven!), had us LOL-ing. But most importantly, Corden kept the inclusive message of “This could be you!” at the forefront of the show, and that is exactly the right note for a show that celebrates the magic of Broadway and live theater. Hosting the Tony Awards is a challenging gig, but Corden pulled it off with ease. As far as we’re concerned, Corden has our love, our praise, and we’ll love him till our dying days.last_img read more

Vermont Yankee tritium leak still sought

first_imgAccording to a statement from Entergy Vermont Yankee Sunday night, the source of the tritium leak has not yet been definitively identified nor has the status of the situation changed much at the Vernon site. Vermont Yankee engineers and technicians continue their investigation into the source of tritium in the plant s groundwater.The last inspection of the Advanced Off Gas concrete pipe tunnel using a boroscope revealed little change in conditions over the past week. Any water in the tunnel continues to be collected in a sump and removed.  Plans continue to test for leakage paths to the ground from the tunnel floor using pure water. This will help determine if and where the tunnel theoretically may be leaking water into the ground. This test will be performed after excavation exposes the tunnel floor so that technicians might be able to observe any leakage paths. Water used during the test will be collected and processed through plant systems.Tritium concentration monitoring is ongoing.  Contingency plans to relocate well (GZ-10) located in the excavation area are underway in the event that the excavation affects the ability to use this well. Engineers and vendor experts approved the design of the engineered shoring for excavation work yesterday and excavation in the AOG area commenced last night. The design assures protection for workers and accounts for nuclear safety. As the excavation proceeds, shoring is being installed to hold back the dirt wall to prevent the possibility of a cave in. As of noon today, the excavation has reached the seven foot level. Sunday afternoon, workers expect to excavate down to 11 feet. At that point, excavation will stop temporarily so that additional cross bracing can be welded in place. An engineered solution to capture potential leakage encountered at the unearthed AOG tunnel has also been prepared if it is needed. The enclosure above the excavation area is in progress and will be completed after the shoring is moved into place and excavation has reached 15 feet. The installation of the two new deep monitoring wells is complete and they are in the process of being developed (GZ-13D and GZ-14D). Digging for two additional shallow groundwater monitoring wells continues. The information from these new wells will help engineers and hydrology experts better understand groundwater flows beneath the site. While this investigation continues, it is important to note that there has been no tritium levels found in any samples taken from drinking water wells or the adjacent Connecticut River.For more details on the tritium investigation, the Vermont Department of Health has a thorough status report on the investigation at this web link: http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/tritium.aspx(link is external)Source: Vermont Yankee. 2.21.2010last_img read more

Haidara: McManaman decision hard to take

first_imgMassadio Haidara has condemned as “ridiculous” the Football Association’s decision not to take retrospective action over Callum McManaman’s horror tackle at the DW Stadium on Sunday. The Newcastle player was stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury following the incident and is still waiting to discover the extent of the damage. And while Haidara insists he bears McManaman no ill will over the incident, he cannot understand why the Wigan player will not be punished due to it being seen by at least one match official. Haidara told Le Parisien: “It’s tough to take. I don’t understand why. He could have ended my career and ruined my whole life and he will play again before me – ridiculous!” He added: “You must protect players. This type of tackle cannot be condoned in football. You have to take all measures to ban these sorts of things from the game. It spoils the game. The authorities must take action.” Haidara admitted he feared the worst immediately after the challenge in the first half of the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat. He added: “At the time I was very angry. I thought he’d ended my career. Now I know I escaped a serious injury, I have taken time to stand back from it and I am not angry. “I simply hope it will serve as a lesson for him and the next time he will think twice before making a tackle like that. I hope when he watched it back he told himself that wasn’t who he really was.” While McManaman will escape retrospective punishment, Newcastle assistant manager John Carver and Wigan assistant coach Graham Barrow have been charged with misconduct by the FA after they clashed following the incident. And Wigan chairman Dave Whelan sparked a war of words between the two clubs by claiming McManaman “got the ball clean as a whistle”. Haidara added: “I understand he (Whelan) wants to defend his own player but I believe fairness and honesty must be respected. You simply need to see the images and photos to understand. People will have their own opinion, of course, and I don’t wish to cause a controversy. I am simply relieved to have escaped the worst.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more