Confirmed! Bombshell Stage Adaptation In The Works

first_imgBrace yourselves…The drama, the laughter, the tears just like pearls are heading to the stage for real! After a huge amount of speculation, Bombshell, the fictional Marilyn Monroe musical from the NBC drama Smash, is officially being developed for the stage!The news comes in the wake of the much-buzzed about one-night-only concert earlier this month. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who penned the songs for Bombshell on screen, remain on board for the project, with Shaiman serving as composer and co-lyricist and Wittman as co-lyricist. On the Town’s Joshua Bergasse, who won an Emmy for his work on Smash and co-directed the recent concert, will serve as choreographer for the production. A book writer will be announced soon.Bombshell on the stage will be brought to you by a stellar team, including Smash executive producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Steven Spielberg, along with Universal Stage Productions. In short, this is happening, everyone, although we have no timeline for it.We’re still a long way from casting, but the series starred American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee and Broadway favorite Megan Hilty as the Marilyn hopefuls, as well as Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, Andy Mientus and Jack Davenport.Smash premiered in February 2012 and followed the conception, development and Broadway life of the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical. Among the ladies to have donned the platinum blonde wig during Bombshell’s course were Ivy Lynn, a Broadway alum looking for her big break (Hilty), Karen Cartwright, a wide-eyed newcomer from Iowa (McPhee) and film star Rebecca Duvall (Uma Thurman, because of course). The show’s second season introduced Kyle and Jimmy (Mientus and Jordan), a singer-songwriter duo who write Hit List, a new Broadway-bound musical that ultimately competes with Bombshell at the (fake/super campy) Tony Awards. The series concluded after two seasons in May 2013.A Marilyn Monroe musical has been seen on Broadway once before; in 1983 the short-lived Marilyn: An American Fable played 34 previews and 17 performances. View Commentslast_img read more

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The Brazilian AH-2 Sabre Attack Helicopter Conducts Its First Target Practice

first_imgBy Dialogo October 11, 2011 The Brazilian Armed Forces’ only attack helicopter model is conducting its first target practice at the Brigadier Velloso Proving Ground in Para. The first aircraft operated by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), the MI-35 Hind or AH-2 Sabre according to FAB nomenclature, represents a major step forward in terms of new combat resources. A 23-mm internal gun that can be individually aimed by the movements of the gunner’s or pilot’s head complements the wide variety of rockets, missiles, and other weapons used by the Sabre. A complex array of sensors, such as FLIR (forward looking infrared), laser telemetry, and terrain-following radar, in addition to an advanced suite of defensive countermeasures, give this helicopter the status of an armed “flying tank.” Its combat record includes actions in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Angola, Libya, and dozens of other military theaters. It has become so respected a weapon that examples captured by the Americans in Iraq are used for training in ‘anti-Hind’ tactics at U.S. Special Forces bases. Acquired as part of the plan implementing the National Defense Strategy, the 12 AH-2 Sabres ordered constitute one of the most effective weapons systems based in the Amazon region. The unit that operates the model, the Poti Squadron (2nd/8th GAV), was transferred to Porto Velho, the capital of the state of Rondonia, precisely in order to introduce the Sabre in this worrisome region along the country’s northern border. The Brigadier Velloso Proving Ground was chosen for the operational training test due to its excellent support infrastructure, which offers appropriate tactical scenarios for this purpose. The helicopter has been in Cachimbo since September 28, conducting its first live-fire air-to-surface target practice.last_img read more

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CUNA comments on NCUA proposal on combination transactions

first_imgNCUA headquarters continue reading » While CUNA supports the majority of NCUA’s proposed rule on bank-credit union combination transactions, there are aspects not statutorily required, several of which may be problematic, CUNA wrote to NCUA Wednesday. NCUA is accepting comments on the proposal through March 30.“The proposal essentially codifies current requirements and practices related to combination transactions with non-credit unions. While the proposal does not introduce much that is new, we believe codifying and centralizing the existing requirements will aid credit unions pursuing such transactions,” the letter reads. “Many of the elements of the proposal come from existing requirements, such as statutory factors the NCUA must weigh when considering an application for a combination transaction.”In its letter, CUNA disagrees with the proposed approach to exclude a limit on the length of time the NCUA may take to consider a combination transaction.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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