Odds & Ends: Frozen Co-Creator Talks Adapting the Film for B’way & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Frozen Co-Creator Talks Adapting the Film for B’wayA little more information has come to light about the Broadway adaptation of the Disney megahit Frozen. Oscar winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, is working on the book of the stage version and told Buzzfeed: “there are so many great things that in the scope of a 90-minute [film] you can’t do, emotional parts of the story you can’t draw out. And a musical is perfect for that. Everyone’s very excited for the potential for what we could do.” So are we! And what about Frozen 2? “Until we find our way into what’s next, emotionally, it will feel too big,” she said. Good things come to those who wait!Patti LuPone & Bobby Cannavale Team-UpBroadway faves Patti LuPone and Bobby Cannavale will lead the cast of a benefit performance of Tennessee Williams’ Tony-winning play The Rose Tattoo. Directed by Doug Hughes, the one-night-only event will take place on April 27 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Why this project for LuPone? “This is a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion,” the two-time Tony winner said in a statement.All the Way Finds Its DirectorThe upcoming HBO screen adaptation of the Bryan Cranston-led All the Way will be helmed by Jay Roach (Game Change), writes The Hollywood Reporter. Cranston won a Tony for his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning All The Way; the production’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan will pen the screenplay. No word yet on timing.First Look at Jonathan Groff’s Return to GleeBroadway and Hamilton fave Jonathan Groff is returning to Glee for the Fox show’s final series and we finally have our first glimpse of his star turn. Check out the teaser trailer for the 11th episode below, where Rachel (Lea Michele) must choose between returning to NYADA and doing another Broadway show with her past love, Jesse St. James (Groff). “We Built This Glee Club” will air on March 13, so time to set your DVR! Star Filescenter_img Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

Mystery Dominican Illness Is Killing More Black People

first_img Caribbean beach full of tourists A Complete, Recent Timeline Of Disaster For Americans Visiting The Dominican Republic Another American dead in the #DominicanRepublic Help bring the body of Khalid Adkins home to the USA. We need to find out what agent killed him and cover burial costs. https://t.co/QjzkE9mmwo #TravelWarning #PutaCana #Travel #DemDebate #DomincanDeaths— EverNoticeThat (@EverNoticeThat) June 27, 2019Doctors reportedly attributed Adkins’ death to kidney failure, though it was unclear how his kidney(s) came to stop operating.READ MORE: Is There A Serial Killer In Dominican Republic?A similar diagnosis was reached in the death of Donette Edge Cannon, a 38-year-old Black woman from New York City who fell ill with a violent stomach sickness on her trip to Punta Cana month. In Cannon’s case, the autopsy determined she died from kidney failure, but the medical examiner’s report “but it never addressed what initially got her sick in the first place,” her sister said.READ MORE: Black Travelers Are Canceling The DRCannon’s death was reported days after Joseph Allen died while he was staying at a resort in the town of Sosua, nearly 250 miles northwest of Punta Cana. Allen’s family was demanding answers for what it said could be a “wrongful death.”As of Thursday, the deaths of Black people in the Dominican Republic in the past year included: Adkins; Allen on June 13;  Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, both of Maryland, on May 30;  Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle, both of Westchester County, on March 27; Yvette Monique Sport, of Pennsylvania, in June 2018; and Cannon in May 2018. SEE ALSO:R. Kelly’s Alleged Sex Tape Is Now In The Possession Of His LawyersBlack Women Play Major Role In First Democratic Debate Without Them Actually Being There The announcement on Wednesday that a Denver man died in the Dominican Republic brought the death toll to at least 14 Americans who have died there recently. But while the mystery illnesses that seem to be at the center of the deaths were confounding doctors and family members alike, one other thing that seemingly also couldn’t be answered was why so many of the people dying are Black.READ MORE: What The Hell Is Happening In The Dominican Republic?Eight of those 14 people were Black Americans, including Khalid Adkins, who had been vacationing in Punta Cana last week. His death was reported Wednesday in the Denver Post. “When he tried to fly back to the United States on Sunday he was forced to get off the plane because he was so unwell,” the Post wrote. It was unclear when Adkins died, but the local Fox affiliate reported on Tuesday night that he had fallen ill. By the next day, the Denver Post confirmed he died. black tourists , Dominican Republic 14 + Khalid Adkins today. Another teen in a coma… pic.twitter.com/gEpg4DrLRy— Nacho (@nachotweetz) June 26, 2019In addition to the deaths, dozens of violent illnesses have been reported by other vacationers. Those reports, however, were seemingly mostly from non-Black people whose sicknesses never progressed to fatal symptoms.The head of tourism in the Dominican Republic has repeatedly insisted that there was no cause for alarm when visiting the popular Caribbean island nation, USA Today reported.“The Dominican Republic is a safe country,” Francisco Javier Garcia, the minister of tourism in the Dominican Republic, said last week. “There is no such thing as mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic. There is not an avalanche of deaths.”Garcia said the Dominican Republic wasn’t the only place things like this happen.“Unfortunately, people die in situations that they don’t want; these things happen and they will continue to happen in the world,” he said before adding, “The worst news is when we are informed that a tourist that has visited the Dominican Republic has died, no matter the cause of death. … We are in mourning with the victim, we are in suffering with the victim, but the Dominican Republic has made a name for itself in tourism.”last_img read more