Maria Friedman , one of British theater ‘s top stars, made a notable directing debut with this show. Her Sondheim credits include starring in the U.K. premieres of “Passion” and “Sunday in the Park With George,” as well as the lead female role in an earlier “Merrily We Roll Along” at Leicester Haymarket. After its initial sold-out run, “Merrily” moved to London’s West End, where it received more five-star reviews than any musical in West End history and won the Critics Circle Award as best musical. The Independent called it “one of the great musical productions of this or any era.” The Daily Telegraph deemed it “hugely witty, tunefully inventive and brightly entertaining.” The Sunday Express found it “stunningly performed.” Sondheim himself is on record with this assessment: “Not only the best (“Merrily”) I’ve seen, but one of those rare instances in which casting, direction and show come together in perfect combination, resulting in the classic ideal of the sum being greater than its parts.” This all-round triumph is a far cry from the show’s original 1981 Broadway production, which drew mostly poor reviews and ran just two weeks. Even then, just about everyone recognized the brilliance of Sondheim’s score, one of his most beautiful – with unforgettable highlights including the poignant ballad “Not a Day Goes By,” the buoyant camaraderie of “Old Friends,” and the soaring anthem “Our Time.” But despite much witty dialogue, Furth’s unwieldy book was problematic. A messy, misconceived production only made matters more confusing. Even though the original was directed by Harold Prince , whose superb stagings had launched the previous five Sondheim musicals splendidly, this time he just couldn’t find the right physical form in which to cast the material. Much of the trouble stemmed from the format telling 20-plus years of story in reverse chronology – a challenge inherited from the musical’s source, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart ‘s 1934 play of the same title. Sondheim and Furth kept the basic structure and themes, following three soulmate pals with careers in the arts from hopeful beginnings to disillusioned middle age. But they changed the names and specific arts disciplines of the three leads, as well as the time frame. The musical runs from 1980 back to 1957, rather than the original play’s 1934 to 1916. The musical centers on Franklin Shepard , who starts as a promising theater composer but sells out and winds up producing moneymaking movies he doesn’t care about, betraying his two best friends in the process. Charley Kringas is his more artistically committed lyricist-collaborator – until their collaboration and friendship are wrecked by Frank’s increasing commercialism and egotism.
Sayers was a bare-knuckle boxer, whose final fight is considered to have been in effect the first boxing world championship. It ended in chaos, but won him an army of fans. An estimated 100,000 people turned up to his funeral in 1865, with his dog, Lion, as chief mourner. Highgate Cemetery , Swain’s Lane, Highgate. Tours Monday-Friday, 1:45 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m; 12.00 adults, 6 children; +44 208 340 1834 Riddle of the sphinx … and the Gothic angels …. and the urns. Andrew Ducrow: Colossus of tombstones Kensal Green is among the most formal of great London cemeteries, but it still has tombs wacky enough to get the deads’ net curtains twitching — or so you imagine. The flamboyant Victorian circus owner Andrew Ducrow — the so-called “Colossus of Equestrians” — couldn’t decide which classical theme he wanted on the family tomb, so he went for them all. Egyptian sphinxes jostle with Greek capitals and Roman tablets lean against Gothic angels in what Catharine Arnold describes as a “suitably OTT monument to a larger than life showman.” The Builder magazine merely calls it “ponderous coxcombery.” Kensal Green Cemetery , Harrow Road, Kensal Green; +44 208 969 0152 William and Agnes Loudon: Six feet above The immaculate graveyard of St. John the Baptist church in the London neighborhood of Pinner, a former hamlet, has its fair share of carved skulls and weathered inscriptions to once-cherished octogenarians — and one very odd memorial. The legend holds that William Loudon and his wife, Agnes, inherited some money, but the bequest would end when they were buried. The obvious solution was to stick their coffin in an enormous stone wedge, making it practically impossible to bury — and also quite difficult to look at. It was erected in 1809 by their son, John Loudon, later an influential voice in the cemetery-preservation movement. Pinner Parish Church , Church Lane, Pinner, Middlesex Last “resting” place of erotic adventurer and wife.
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. . . If there was uncertainty, it isnt because of anything other than somebody might have an agenda. Ive been very clear. If Virginias administration were to consider a coaching change, it would carry a hefty price tag. It would cost approximately $8.06 million to buy out the remaining three years of Londons contract this offseason. He signed a two-year extension and got a raise after the Cavaliers finished with an 8-5 record and earned a spot in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2011. The university would also need an additional $3.12 million to pay for the contracts of associate head coach Tom OBrien, offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild, defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta and special teams coordinator Larry Lewis, all of whom were hired last winter when London overhauled his coaching staff. According to an amendment to Londons contract, which was signed Jan. 18 and obtained by The Post through a public-records request, he gave up $63,600 in supplemental compensation during the 2013 and 2014 seasons in order to increase the football programs assistant coach salary pool in the offseason. Littlepage declined to specify whether the pay cut was Londons idea or at the behest of administrators following his second 4-8 campaign in three years in 2012. Littlepage also admitted he did not know exactly how much money the school would owe London if he were fired after this season, because candidly . .
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Flights At Crazy Low Cost The Huffington Post | By Lisa_Miller Posted: 10/18/2013 12:06 pm EDT Subscribe Follow: Budget Travel , International Destinations , Airlines , British Airways , Virgin Atlantic , Budget Airlines , Cheap Airfare , London Flights , London Travel , Norwegian , Norwegian Budget Airline , Norwegian Budget Airline London Us Low Cost , Ryanair , Travel News Are you an anglophile that bemoans the exorbitant price of transatlantic flights to London? Well, we’ve got some good news for you. Beginning in July 2014, budget airline Norwegian will offer flights from New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Gatwick Airport starting at 149 (that’s just over $240), the Guardian reports. Norwegian is comparable to Ryanair, with slightly better amenities. Flying budget across the Atlantic Ocean doesn’t sound like the most comfortable situation but, at the price, it’s an attractive option. Travelers on Norwegian’s long-haul flights will fly on new Boeing Dreamliners . The airline will offer seat-back in-flight entertainment systems for free, but charge extra (30, approximately $50) for a package that will include meals, luggage and reserved seating. Even with the added charge for amenities, Norwegian’s flights will still be a steal. According to Skyscanner , the cheapest flight to London last month was 349 or $565. Norwegian will compete with popular New York to London air carries like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, which generally charge much higher air fares but have more amenities and fly into Heathrow Airport. “There’s great demand for high-quality flights at a low fare between the UK and the US, particularly to and from Gatwick,” Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian’s chief executive, said . “It shows the benefits to passengers of Gatwick competing with Heathrow on routes, price and service.” The airline plans on having three weekly New York to London flights and twice weekly flights to Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale. Would you fly on one of Norwegian’s long-haul flights? Let us know in the comments! Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow This is London like youve never seen it before caught on camera from the dizzying heights of a crane.