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David Gordon is a journalist & presenter based in Belfast, United Kingdom.

He is a Broadcaster, Radio Presenter and Travel Journalist with bylines in national newspapers and magazines and a daily radio show in Northern Ireland

David is a Director of the British Guild of Travelwriters
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UK Plastic Packaging Tax: Proposed Updates to Recycled Content Definition to Facilitate Chemical Recycling

04 Apr 2024  |  squirepattonboggs.com
The UK's Plastic Packaging Tax, introduced in April 2022 and currently set at £210.82 per tonne, targets importers and manufacturers of plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content. HM Revenue & Customs has ended the 'soft landing' first year and will now enforce compliance.

Australian-Israeli woman, 28, who was supposed to be at the doomed music festival where hundreds of innocent revellers were savagely gunned down vows to stay and fight Hamas terrorists on the front li

10 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
An Australian-Israeli woman, Mai Gutman, vows to fight Hamas terrorists on the frontline after narrowly avoiding the deadly attack at the Supernova music festival in Israel. The article details the brutal assault by Hamas militants, the Israeli military's response, and the broader conflict's escalation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials emphasize a strong retaliatory stance, while Hamas issues threats and continues its attacks. The conflict has resulted in significant casualties and destruction on both sides, with Israel intensifying its military operations in Gaza.

Aaron Tveit, Natalie Mendoza, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas to Depart Moulin Rouge! in May

01 Oct 2023  |  TheaterMania.com -
On May 8, the Broadway production of Moulin Rouge! will bid farewell to principal cast members Aaron Tveit, Natalie Mendoza, Tam Mutu, and Ricky Rojas. Tveit, Mutu, and Rojas were original cast members from the Boston tryout, while Mendoza joined in September 2021. The musical, based on Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film, is directed by Alex Timbers with contributions from John Logan, Sonya Tayeh, and Justin Levine. New actors for the roles will be announced soon.

Interview: With the Gilded Age and The Accidental Wolf, It's a Golden Age for Kelli O'Hara

01 Oct 2023  |  TheaterMania.com -
Kelli O'Hara is experiencing a golden age in her screen career with prominent roles in HBO's 'The Gilded Age' and the Topic streaming series 'The Accidental Wolf.' Her performances bridge the worlds of old and new money in 'The Gilded Age' and showcase her versatility in 'The Accidental Wolf,' for which she received an Emmy nomination. Additionally, she is involved in an opera adaptation of 'The Hours.' The interview highlights her experiences working with a theater-centric cast and crew, her long-term collaboration with Arian Moayed, and her excitement for her diverse roles.

Kinky Boots Will Return to New York for Off-Broadway Run

01 Oct 2023  |  TheaterMania.com -
Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning musical 'Kinky Boots' will return for an off-Broadway run at Stage 42, starting performances on July 26 and opening on August 25. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the musical, based on the 2005 film by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, tells the story of Charlie Price and his journey to save his family's shoe factory with the help of Lola. The production, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, originally ran on Broadway for six years, closing in 2019.

Interview: Holland Taylor Becomes Ann Richards Once Again, for the Last Time (Maybe)

01 Oct 2023  |  TheaterMania.com -
Holland Taylor reflects on her decade-long journey portraying former Texas Governor Ann Richards in her solo show 'Ann.' As she prepares for what she believes will be her final performance at the Pasadena Playhouse, Taylor discusses the challenges and rewards of embodying Richards, the extensive preparation involved, and the impact the play has had on audiences. The production, directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, has received critical acclaim, including praise from journalist Robert Caro. Taylor also acknowledges the contributions of other actors like Libby Valari who have taken on the role, emphasizing the play's enduring appeal and the meticulous effort that has gone into refining the script over multiple performances.

Broadway's Cort Theatre to Be Renamed for James Earl Jones

01 Oct 2023  |  TheaterMania.com -
Broadway's Cort Theatre will be renamed in honor of James Earl Jones following renovations. Jones, whose Broadway career began in 1957, has earned multiple Tony Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Shubert Organization, which acquired the Cort in 1927, announced the renovations to enhance seating, restrooms, and stage functionality, with completion expected this summer. A formal dedication for Jones will occur in the future.

Interview: Simon Bailey Is Dancing With the Duke in West End Moulin Rouge!

01 Oct 2023  |  TheaterMania.com -
Simon Bailey discusses his role as the Duke of Monroth in the West End production of Moulin Rouge!, highlighting the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the joy of performing in the show. He shares insights into the camaraderie with Broadway counterparts and the positive reception from audiences. The interview underscores the resilience of the production and the supportive environment fostered by the producers.

Broadway Hosts Jocelyn Bioh’s Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

12 Sep 2023  |  The African Times/USA
Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the full casting for the world premiere of Jocelyn Bioh’s play 'Jaja’s African Hair Braiding,' set to begin performances on September 12 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with an official opening on October 3. Directed by Whitney White, the play features Grammy nominee Somi Kakoma as Jaja and a diverse cast. The production marks the Broadway debuts of both Bioh and White. The play, set in Harlem, explores the lives of West African immigrant hair braiders. The creative team includes notable designers and coaches, and the production is supported by partners such as Madison Wells Live, LaChanze, and Taraji P. Henson.

Book Review: ‘The Lost Americans,’ by Christopher Bollen

14 Mar 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Cate Castle, the protagonist of Christopher Bollen's 'The Lost Americans,' embarks on a journey to Cairo to uncover the truth behind her brother Eric's mysterious death, which is officially deemed a suicide. Eric, a weapons tech for Polestar, had a troubled life marked by guilt and loneliness. Cate's investigation reveals potential cover-ups involving Polestar, the Egyptian Army, and the U.S. Embassy, as she navigates family tensions and corporate deceit.

Interview: In Alex Edelman's Just for Us, a Jew Walks Into a White Nationalist Gathering

10 Mar 2023  |  theatermania.com
Alex Edelman's stand-up solo show 'Just for Us' recounts his experience attending a White Nationalist gathering, blending humor with themes of empathy and assimilation. The show, which has been a word-of-mouth hit, is transferring to the Soho Playhouse after selling out at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Edelman emphasizes the universality of the stories in his show, which is also deeply rooted in Jewish culture. Mike Birbiglia and director Adam Brace have significantly influenced the show's development, and Edelman's girlfriend, comedian Hannah Einbinder, has also contributed to the creative process.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Adds Megan Scheib to Litigation Section

01 Jan 2023  |  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has expanded its White Collar Defense, Compliance & Investigations practice group by adding senior attorney Megan Scheib to its litigation section in Philadelphia. Scheib brings extensive experience in criminal defense and compliance across various regulated industries. Her addition is seen as a significant asset to the firm, which continues to grow its team of white collar attorneys.

Disney's Hercules Musical to Have Indoor Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in 2023

12 Apr 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse will host the indoor premiere of Disney's Hercules musical from February 9 to March 12, 2023, directed by Lear deBessonet with a score by Alan Menken and David Zippel. The 2022-2023 season also includes On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, The Sound of Music, Murder on the Orient Express, and Rent.

From the Beach to Broadway: How Pamela Anderson Landed Chicago

12 Apr 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Pamela Anderson recounts her journey from a chance encounter with director Rob Marshall to landing the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago. Initially turning down the role due to family commitments, Anderson later embraced the opportunity, undergoing intensive rehearsals and training. She draws parallels between her life and the character of Roxie, expressing her excitement and fulfillment in taking on this new challenge. Key figures like Barry Weissler, Greg Butler, Rob Fisher, and Ivana Chubbuck played significant roles in preparing her for Broadway.

Watch Scenes From the New London Revival of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

07 Apr 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is set to be staged in London from June 24 to September 17 at the London Palladium. The production features Courtney Stapleton and Shaq Taylor as Belle and the Beast, with a supporting cast including Gavin Lee, Tom Senior, and Sam Bailey. Directed and choreographed by Matt West, the show includes a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. The creative team comprises Stan Meyer, Ann Hould-Ward, Natasha Katz, John Shivers, Darryl Maloney, David H. Lawrence, Jim Steinmeyer, David Chase, Danny Troob, and Michael Kosarin.

Ragtime Original Broadway Cast Album Released on Vinyl

05 Apr 2022  |  theatermania.com
Masterworks Broadway has released the original Broadway cast recording of 'Ragtime' on red, white, and blue commemorative vinyl, featuring a 20-page booklet, a new essay, and an interview. The Grammy-nominated album includes vocals from notable performers such as Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald, with the book by Terrrence McNaly and direction by Frank Galati.

Interview: Warren Carlyle Finds Harmony in Being Back at Work With Hugh Jackman and Barry Manilow

05 Apr 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Tony-winning choreographer Warren Carlyle reflects on his challenging pandemic experience and his return to work with renewed vigor. He discusses his involvement in the revival of 'The Music Man' and the New York premiere of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's musical 'Harmony.' Carlyle shares insights into his collaborative process with Manilow and Sussman, the extensive reworking of 'Harmony,' and his tailored approach to choreographing for stars like Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. The article highlights Carlyle's dedication to his craft and his excitement about being back in the theater world.

Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, Charlie Rosen, and More Win 2022 Grammy Awards

03 Apr 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Winners of the 2022 Grammy Awards have been announced, with Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear's The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical winning Best Musical Theater Album, marking the first Grammy win for a project originating on TikTok. Other notable winners include Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, and the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass's Akhnaten for Best Opera Recording.

Macbeth Performances Cancelled as Daniel Craig Contracts Covid

02 Apr 2022  |  www.theatermania.com
The Broadway production of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Longacre Theatre has cancelled performances through at least Thursday, April 7 due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the company. The cancellation was announced after lead actor Daniel Craig tested positive for Covid-19. Directed by Sam Gold, the production features a cast including Ruth Negga and Phillip James Brannon, with design and direction by various professionals. Performances are expected to resume on Friday, April 8, with refunds available for cancelled shows.

Brittany Bradford, Thomas Sadoski to Lead Alice Childress's Wedding Band

31 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Theatre for a New Audience has announced the cast for its new production of Alice Childress's play 'Wedding Band,' directed by Awoye Timpo. The play, set in 1918 South Carolina, explores the romance between a Black seamstress and her white lover amidst racial prejudice. The production will feature actors Brittany Bradford and Thomas Sadoski in lead roles and will run from April 23 to May 15. This marks the first time 'Wedding Band' has been performed in New York since 1972.

Carolee Carmello and Javier Muñoz to Lead NYC Premiere of Los Otros

31 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Carolee Carmello and Javier Muñoz will star in the New York premiere of the musical Los Otros, running from August 24 to October 8 at A.R.T./New York Theatres. Directed by Noah Himmelstein with musical direction by J. Oconer Navarro, the production explores significant moments in the lives of two Californians. Presented by Premieres NYC, Los Otros is part of an expanded Inner Voices series and was previously titled Tres Ninas.

The Who's Tommy 30th Anniversary Revival to Debut at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

31 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
A 30th anniversary production of The Who's Tommy, directed by Des McAnuff, is scheduled to run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre from June 13 to July 23, 2023, with opening night on June 26. The Goodman Theatre's 2022-23 season will also feature productions of Clyde's, Swing State, The Ripple, the Wave That Carried Me Home, Toni Stone, Lavalina, The Cherry Orchard, and Antonio's Song/I Was Dreaming of a Son, as well as the annual production of A Christmas Carol.

Korean Pop Star Luna to Make Broadway Debut in Transfer of KPOP

30 Mar 2022  |  www.theatermania.com
Korean pop star Luna is set to make her Broadway debut in the musical KPOP, which opens at the Circle in the Square Theatre on November 20, with previews beginning October 13. The musical, conceived by Woodshed Collective and Jason Kim, delves into the Korean pop industry and its efforts to break into the American market. The production team includes director Teddy Bergman, choreographer Jennifer Weber, and musical director Sujin Kim-Ramsey, among others. KPOP had its immersive off-Broadway premiere in 2017, produced by Ars Nova with Ma-Yi Theater and Woodshed Collective.

Rob Berman and Seymour 'Red' Press to Step Down From New York City Center Encores!

30 Mar 2022  |  theatermania.com
Rob Berman and Seymour 'Red' Press are set to depart from their roles at New York City Center Encores! at the end of the season. Berman, the musical director since 2008, has contributed to over 30 productions and conducted six cast recordings. Press, a Tony Honor recipient, has been the music coordinator since 1994 and has worked on over 100 Broadway shows. Their successors have yet to be announced, with Lear deBessoent and Clint Ramos continuing on the creative team.

Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks to Lead Broadway Revival of The Piano Lesson

29 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington will star in a Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson. The production will run at the St. James Theatre starting September 19 for 16 weeks. The play, set in the 1930s, explores the story of two siblings grappling with their inheritance and past. The design team includes Beowolf Boritt, Toni-Leslie James, Japhy Weideman, Scott Lehrer, and Cookie Jordan. Producers are Brian Moreland, Sonia Friedman, and Tom Kirdahy.

You'll Want to Check In to Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's Plaza Suite

29 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Plaza Suite at the Hudson Theatre, directed by John Benjamin Hickey, features Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in a Neil Simon comedy. The production, with its glamorous set and costumes, is a throwback to a different theatrical era. Parker and Broderick play three different couples in a series of comedic playlets set in the Plaza Hotel. The highlight is the farcical third act, where Broderick excels. The production is praised for its rich and fabulous feel, with Parker and Broderick delivering standout performances.

Girl From the North Country to Return for 50 Performances on Broadway

25 Mar 2022  |  theatermania.com
The Broadway production of Conor McPherson's 'Girl From the North Country' will return to the Belasco Theatre for a 50-performance run from April 29 through June 11, coinciding with the Tony Awards season. The show had previously opened in March 2020 but was closed due to the Covid shutdown, and after reopening in October 2021, it closed again in January 2022 with low grosses and 45% capacity. The cast includes several returning actors, with Craig Bierko replacing Marc Kudisch. The production features design and direction by a team including Rae Smith, Simon Hale, Mark Henderson, Simon Baker, and Lucy Hind.

Aneesa Folds and Bryce Pinkham to Lead New Musical Trading Places

24 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of the new musical Trading Places, set to run at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta from May 25 to June 26. Based on the 1983 film, the musical features a score by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and a book by Thomas Lennon. Leading the cast are Aneesa Folds and Bryce Pinkham, with direction by Kenny Leon and choreography by Fatima Robinson. The production includes a talented ensemble and creative team, promising a fresh take on the classic story.

Along Versions of Encanto, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast

18 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Disney Plus will release sing-along versions of its iconic films, starting with Encanto on March 18, 2022. Viewers can follow lyrics in real-time for songs like 'We Don't Talk About Bruno' and 'Dos Oruguitas,' written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Additional titles to be released in 2022 include Frozen, Frozen 2, and both animated and live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast.

Original Cast Member Joel Hatch to Depart Come From Away This Weekend

18 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Joel Hatch, an original cast member of the Broadway production 'Come From Away,' will play his final performance on March 20 after nearly seven years with the show. He will be replaced by Gene Weygandt, who has been performing in the Australia/New Zealand company. 'Come From Away' tells the true story of 7,000 airline passengers diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, and the local community's response. The production features work by Irene Sankoff, David Hein, Christopher Ashley, and Kelly Devine.

First Listen: 'Another National Anthem' From New Recording of Sondheim's Assassins

17 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
The revival of Sondheim's 'Assassins' directed by CSC artistic director John Doyle, which began performances on November 2, 2021, and ended prematurely due to Covid-19, will have its physical CDs released on April 15. The cast includes notable actors such as Adam Chanler-Berat, Eddie Cooper, and Tavi Gevinson. The musical examines the lives of individuals who killed or attempted to kill U.S. presidents. The album features music direction by Greg Jarrett and sound design by Matt Stine and Sam Kusnetz, with production credits to Matt Stine and others. This is the third English language recording of the musical's score.

Birmingham Rep releases The Play What I Wrote with Tom Hiddleston for streaming

15 Mar 2022  |  www.whatsonstage.com
Birmingham Rep will stream its revival of The Play What I Wrote, featuring Tom Hiddleston, from 15 March to 4 April. The play is a tribute to Morecambe and Wise and includes Thom Tuck, Dennis Herdman, and Mitesh Soni as regular leads. Written by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley, and Eddie Braben, and directed by Foley, the play had a Broadway run in 2003 directed by Kenneth Branagh. It will also be broadcast by the BBC later in the spring. Streaming tickets are available internationally starting at £10.

Two Years Later: Enrico Colantoni Makes New Discoveries in Birthday Candles

15 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
The article discusses the return of the play 'Birthday Candles' to Broadway after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Enrico Colantoni, making his Broadway debut, shares his newfound appreciation for the play's beauty and emotional depth, influenced by the pandemic. The production, led by Debra Messing and directed by Vivienne Benesch, is praised for its commitment and the actors' ability to portray aging without makeup. Colantoni reflects on his career and the supportive environment provided by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Call My Agent! Stage Musical in the Works for 2024 West End Premiere

11 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
The French television series Call My Agent! is being adapted into a stage musical, expected to premiere in London's West End in late 2024. The original series, created by Fanny Herrero and titled Dix Pour Cent in French, follows French talent agents and their celebrity clients. The musical will feature a special guest star each week, similar to the TV show. The series is available on Netflix in America, with an English-language version, Ten Percent, set to launch on Amazon Prime later this year.

Nominated Scout of To Kill a Mockingbird, Joins Touring Cast

07 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Full casting for the national tour of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' has been announced, with Emmy winner Richard Thomas leading as Atticus Finch. The tour begins on March 27 at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York, and officially opens on April 5 at the Citizens Bank Opera House in Boston, Massachusetts. The cast includes Melanie Moore as Scout, Jacqueline Williams as Calpurnia, and Mary Badham, who originally played Scout in the film, as Mrs. Dubose. The stage adaptation is by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher.

Caissie Levy and Bebe Neuwirth to Star in Sarah Silverman's The Bedwetter Musical

02 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Caissie Levy and Bebe Neuwirth are set to star in the world premiere of 'The Bedwetter,' a new musical based on Sarah Silverman's memoir, at the Atlantic Theater Company from April 30 to June 19. The musical, which features a book by Silverman and Joshua Harmon and a score by Silverman and the late Adam Schlesinger, will be directed by Anne Kauffman with choreography by Byron Easley. The cast includes Zoe Glick and others, with creative consultation from David Yazbek. The production team comprises professionals for scenic, costume, lighting, sound, projection design, music direction, supervision, coordination, orchestrations, hair and wig design, dialects, and casting. The show was delayed from its original 2020 schedule and marks Schlesinger's final theatrical score.

Watch the Broadway Cast of Paradise Square in Rehearsal

02 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
The new musical Paradise Square, set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City circa 1863, explores the lives of poor Irish immigrants and free Blacks during the war years and Draft Riots. The cast includes Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, and John Dossett, among others. The musical features a book by Christina Anderson, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan, with music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare. Directed by Moisés Kaufman, the production also boasts choreography by Bill T. Jones and a creative team including Allen Moyer, Toni-Leslie James, and Donald Holder.

New Comedy POTUS, With Julianne Hough and Vanessa Williams, to Open on Broadway

01 Mar 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Susan Stroman will direct the Broadway premiere of Selina Fillinger's farce 'POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive', with performances starting April 14 at the Shubert Theatre. The cast includes Julianne Hough, Vanessa Williams, and others, with the opening night on May 9 and the run concluding on August 14. The production features design and direction by various professionals, marking Fillinger's Broadway debut.

Company Star Patti LuPone Tests Positive for Covid

27 Feb 2022  |  theatermania.com
Patti LuPone, star of the Broadway revival of 'Company', has tested positive for Covid and will be absent from performances until March 8. The production at Jacobs Theatre has increased testing protocols following her diagnosis. Jennifer Simard temporarily takes over LuPone's role as Joanne in the musical, directed by Marianne Elliott.

Watch: In Rehearsal for the Moulin Rouge! Tour, Starring Courtney Reed and Conor Ryan

24 Feb 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Rehearsals for the North American tour of Moulin Rouge! The Musical are in progress, with the premiere set for March 19 in Chicago. The cast includes Courtney Reed as Satine and Conor Ryan as Christian, among others. The tour will visit several cities, including Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The musical, adapted from Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film, is directed by Alex Timbers and features a book by John Logan, choreography by Sonya Tayeh, and music supervision by Justin Levine. The Broadway production has won 10 Tony Awards.

Holland Taylor to Play Farewell Run in Ann at Pasadena Playhouse

24 Feb 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Holland Taylor will perform her farewell engagement as the late Texas Governor Ann Richards in her solo show Ann at the Pasadena Playhouse from March 22 to April 24. The play, which previously ran on Broadway at Lincoln Center in 2013, earned Taylor an Outer Critics Circle Award and several nominations. Directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein, the production is based on extensive research and features a comprehensive design team. This marks the show's West Coast premiere.

Watch 29 Seconds of Hugh Jackman Singing "Ya Got Trouble" in The Music Man

24 Feb 2022  |  theatermania.com
Hugh Jackman stars as Professor Harold Hill in the Broadway production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, which is currently one of the most sought-after shows. The production features a strong ensemble cast including Sutton Foster and several Tony winners. A 29-second preview showcases Jackman and the ensemble performing a number from the show. The Music Man is directed by Jerry Zaks, choreographed by Warren Carlyle, and includes a large creative team responsible for set, costume, lighting, sound, and music.

Interview: Through Power of Sail at the Geffen, Bryan Cranston Examines His Place in the World

15 Feb 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Bryan Cranston returns to the Geffen Playhouse in Paul Grellong's 'Power of Sail,' portraying a Harvard professor embroiled in controversy for inviting a white supremacist to speak. The play, directed by Weyni Mengesha, delves into themes of free speech, hate speech, and systemic racism, prompting Cranston to reflect on his own societal role. The production aims to spark ongoing discussions about these critical issues.

Original Jafar Jonathan Freeman to Depart Broadway's Aladdin; Dennis Stowe to Take Over

20 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Jonathan Freeman, who has played Jafar in the Broadway production of Aladdin since its inception, will depart the show on January 23. Freeman has been associated with the character for over 30 years, including voicing Jafar in the original 1992 animated film. Dennis Stowe, an original cast member and standby for the role, will take over as Jafar starting January 25.

Interview: Layton Williams Brings Everybody's Talking About Jamie to Hollywood

19 Jan 2022  |  theatermania.com
Layton Williams discusses his role in the American debut of the West End musical 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. He shares his experiences from the ongoing UK tour, the demanding nature of his performance, and his anticipation for the American audience's reception. Williams also reflects on his previous visit to California and his excitement about returning for the show.

Jonathan Freeman Bids Farewell to Playing Jafar on Broadway in Aladdin

18 Jan 2022  |  theatermania.com
Jonathan Freeman, known for voicing Jafar in Disney's Aladdin, reflects on his time playing the character on Broadway since 2013, as he prepares to leave the role on January 23. He discusses the challenges and rewards of the role, his collaboration with fellow actors like Don Darryl Rivera and Gilbert Gottfried, and his favorite memories, including listening to the song 'Proud of Your Boy' before each performance. Freeman also mentions upcoming work with Cirque Du Soleil and expresses pride in bringing Jafar from animation to the stage.

Ariana DeBose to Host First Saturday Night Live of 2022

15 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
West Side Story star Ariana DeBose will host the first Saturday Night Live episode of 2022, airing live on January 15 with musical guest Roddy Rich. DeBose, who plays Anita in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the classic musical, is expected to earn an Oscar nomination and has already received Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations.

Terry Teachout, Playwright and Wall Street Journal Drama Critic, Dies at 65

14 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Terry Teachout, a playwright, biographer, and the Wall Street Journal's theater critic, passed away unexpectedly at 65. His career spanned journalism, music, and theater, with notable works including operas with Paul Moravec and plays such as 'Satchmo at the Waldorf.' Teachout was a prominent figure on Twitter, sharing his passion for the arts. Despite a previous diagnosis of congestive heart failure, he remained active in theater until his death. He is survived by his life companion, Cheril Mulligan, and his brother.

Anything Goes, With Sutton Foster and Robert Lindsay, to Stream in Cinemas This March

13 Jan 2022  |  theatermania.com
The West End revival of the musical Anything Goes, featuring Sutton Foster and Robert Lindsay, will be presented in cinemas across the United States on March 27 and 30. The production, which ran at the Barbican Theatre in London in 2021, includes a cast of notable actors and a creative team with a history of accolades, including Tony Awards for director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall and lead actress Sutton Foster.

Last Night's 'Broadway Musicals' Final Jeopardy! Clue Was a Doozy for All 3 Contestants

12 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Broadway is a challenging category for Jeopardy! contestants, as evidenced by last night's Final Jeopardy! clue. The clue asked for a first name shared by characters played by Ethel Merman and Sarah Jessica Parker in long-running shows. The correct answer was 'Annie,' referencing Merman in 'Annie Get Your Gun' and Parker in 'Annie.' Reigning champion Amy Schneider guessed 'Rose,' which was close but incorrect due to technicalities.

Rufus Wainwright to Bring Judy Garland 100th Birthday Concerts to City Winery

12 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Rufus Wainwright will celebrate Judy Garland's 100th birthday with a series of concerts at City Winery in New York and Chicago in June. The concerts will re-create the entirety of the Judy at Carnegie Hall album, with two shows per night featuring different sets of songs. Wainwright will be accompanied by a four-piece band, and all guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks.

New York Theater Schedule Updates: Black No More, Skeleton Crew, Long Day's Journey

11 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Multiple theater productions in New York have altered their schedules due to Covid-related absences and other illnesses. Key changes include the rescheduling of performances for 'Skeleton Crew,' 'Black No More,' and 'Long Day's Journey Into Night,' among others. The New York City Ballet's winter season and various off-Broadway shows have also adjusted their dates. The article provides a comprehensive list of these updates, ensuring theatergoers are informed of the latest changes.

Girl From the North Country to Close January 23; Hoping to Reopen This Spring

10 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
The Broadway production of Conor McPherson's 'Girl From the North Country' will close on January 23 at the Belasco Theatre after 31 previews and 117 performances. The production aims to reopen in the spring at a different theater. The cast includes notable actors such as Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, and Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, among others. The show originally opened on March 5, 2020, but was shut down due to the Covid pandemic, later reopening on October 13, 2021. The production features contributions from various designers and musicians.

Bob Saget, Actor, Comedian, and Drowsy Chaperone's Last Man in Chair on Broadway, Dies at 65

09 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
Bob Saget, renowned for his role as Danny Tanner on 'Full House' and his work as a standup comedian, passed away at 65. Found unresponsive in an Orlando hotel, the cause of death remains unknown. Saget's career spanned television, film, and theater, including notable roles in 'Fuller House,' 'America's Funniest Home Videos,' and Broadway's 'The Drowsy Chaperone.' He was also a dedicated fundraiser for the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Saget is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three daughters.

Mrs. Doubtfire to Shut Down, Run Planning to Resume in March

03 Jan 2022  |  TheaterMania.com -
The Broadway production of Mrs. Doubtfire will shut down for nine weeks starting January 10 due to the Omicron surge and performance cancellations. Producer Kevin McCollum aims to ensure the musical's long-term viability by resuming performances on March 15. The hiatus will result in the temporary layoff of 115 cast and crew members, with a commitment to rehire those who wish to return. The musical, directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring a creative team including Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, officially opened on December 5, 2021, after initial delays due to COVID-19.

Our 5 Favorite Broadway Debuts of 2021

31 Dec 2021  |  TheaterMania.com -
Broadway's return in 2021 saw remarkable debuts from Sharon D Clarke in Caroline, or Change, Emily Davis in Is This A Room, Adrian Lester in The Lehman Trilogy, and Brittney Mack in Six. Each performer brought unique strengths to their roles, earning high praise for their compelling and memorable performances.

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12 Jan 2014  |  www.nytimes.com
David Gordon recounts his unexpected fame in Japan following the translation and success of his novel 'The Serialist,' which won multiple Japanese literary awards and was adapted into a film by Toei Studio. Despite his initial unfamiliarity with the language and culture, Gordon's work resonated deeply with Japanese audiences, leading to a peculiar yet gratifying cultural exchange. His subsequent book, 'Mystery Girl,' was also released in Japan ahead of its English publication, highlighting the significant impact of his literary success overseas.

Two Key Foreign Policy Openings for Obama

26 Feb 2013  |  www.nytimes.com
During a meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan highlighted two significant foreign policy opportunities for the U.S.: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the export of America's shale gas. These initiatives are seen as vital for U.S. economic growth and increased global influence, countering China's state-driven capitalism and contributing to national strength and resilience.

Europe’s Morass, America’s Fiscal Cliff

05 Jul 2012  |  www.nytimes.com
Europe is experiencing a temporary relief from market pressure due to steps toward banking union, while the U.S. faces a 'fiscal cliff' with the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and automatic spending reductions. The crisis likelihood differs, with the U.S. less likely to face one due to political incentives to avoid it. In Europe, rational behavior by individual market players can lead to systemic issues, whereas in the U.S., the lack of market pressure makes the crisis more manageable within the policy realm.

Keynes is Back, Thanks to Reagan

08 Jul 1984  |  www.nytimes.com
The article discusses the resurgence of Keynesian economics during Ronald Reagan's presidency, despite the previous counterrevolution by monetarism and supply-side economics. It highlights the increase in Federal Government expenditures to gross national product under Reagan and the record Federal deficit in 1983. The recovery is attributed to consumer spending through credit and the elimination of savings, rather than the supply-side tax cuts which failed to raise profit rates or spark an investment boom.

A New Study Details Puerto Rican Role

29 Jun 1975  |  www.nytimes.com
A new study by Professor John D. Vazquez from New York City Community College highlights the history and progress of Puerto Ricans in Brooklyn. Despite generational differences in attitudes towards work, the study shows significant adaptation and contributions by the Puerto Rican community. The oral history project, supported by the Long Island Historical Society and the State Council on the Arts, reveals the struggles and achievements of this immigrant group, including key figures like Carlos Tapia, Luis Weber, and Sister Carmelite, who played vital roles in supporting their community.

Whatever Else Changes in Brooklyn, the Traditional Ghosts Remain

18 May 1975  |  www.nytimes.com
Brooklyn's streets are rich with historical memories and ghost stories, particularly in areas like Flatbush, the Navy Yard district, South Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Heights. Notable tales include General Howe's ghost at the Bergen House, sea serpents at the Lefferts House pond, and the wraith of Melrose Hall. Arthur J. Konop and Dr. Donald Simon provide insights into these enduring legends, which continue to captivate the imagination of Brooklyn residents.

Student Film Recalls Brooklyn by the Sea

11 May 1975  |  www.nytimes.com
The Kingsborough Historical Society, sponsored by Kingsborough Community College, has produced a 28-minute film that explores the history of Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. The film, which will be shown on Channel 9, covers the area's transformation from the time of the Canarsie Indians to its development into a resort area frequented by various personalities, including entertainers and financiers. It also touches on the decline of the area following antigambling legislation and the changes brought by World War II. The film was a year-long project involving extensive research and will be used to educate people about the history of their neighborhoods.

A World Under the Brooklyn Bridge

17 Nov 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
The Brooklyn Bridge's underpass houses 19th-century chambers once bustling with activity, now mostly quiet. The Highway Department maintains some arches, while others, like a commercial wine cellar, stand empty. James Kirk, an electrical foreman, has worked in these chambers for 26 years and shared insights into the bridge's history, including its past vibrant life with cable cars, trolleys, and trains. The area has seen many changes, with old establishments gone and new structures like Pace University taking their place.

Pigeon Racers Swap Bird Stories

20 Oct 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
Pigeon racing is a popular hobby among certain residents of Brooklyn and Queens, with homing pigeons prized for their speed, endurance, and navigation skills. Harold Moskowitz, a retired automotive electrician and former president of the Brooklyn Concourse Association, has been a pigeon fancier for over 50 years. The association, comprising eight clubs from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island, holds regular races, including a 592-mile race from Spartansburg, S.C. Pigeon fanciers spend considerable time training their birds, which can fly up to 600 miles in races, and face hazards such as power lines. Pigeons are fed a special diet and are banded for identification. Despite the challenges, most pigeons successfully return to their home lofts after races.

Paramedic Jobs Hard to Get

15 Sep 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
Physician's associates trained by the Brooklyn‐Cumberland Medical Center have faced limited employment opportunities in Brooklyn due to resistance from physicians and nurses and restrictions imposed by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Despite the aim to provide medical care in underserved areas, only 10 out of 45 graduates are working in Brooklyn, mainly in ambulatory and chronic services. The program has been extended to four years to increase clinical exposure and professional status, awarding a bachelor of science degree upon completion. Some graduates have found jobs outside of Brooklyn, and the program is considered valuable and here to stay, with potential effectiveness in neighborhood comprehensive care centers.

Brooklyn: A Home of Monuments and Graffiti

08 Sep 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
Brooklyn's historical statues and monuments, including those of General Washington and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, face challenges from graffiti and community expressions. Joseph Bresnan, director of monuments in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Administration, and his team of four men work to maintain these monuments despite reduced budgets and occasional hostility from local communities. Bresnan emphasizes a diplomatic approach to avoid conflicts, particularly in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The article highlights the ongoing struggle to preserve the city's historical landmarks amidst modern-day challenges.

Tradition Keeper At Coney Island

02 Jun 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
William Meinch, at 71, is the last Coney Islander manufacturing devices for the amusement business, continuing a family tradition. His company, Feltman Products, Inc., makes submachine guns for shooting galleries and supplies them to amusement parks in the U.S. and Europe. Meinch has a rich history with Coney Island, having operated rides and a wax museum, and is connected to the Feltman family, known for their restaurant and beer garden. The article details the changes in the amusement industry and Meinch's role in it.

Brooklyn's Trolleys Still Alive in the Heart of a Buff

05 May 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
Edward Watson, known as 'Mr. Brooklyn Trolley,' has dedicated his life to documenting the history of Brooklyn trolleys through photographs and memorabilia. His extensive collection includes 42 volumes of photographs and thousands of postcards. Watson's passion for trolleys began in 1920 and has continued into his retirement. He laments the decline of trolleys due to the rise of buses and automobiles but is hopeful for a trolley renaissance spurred by the energy crisis. Watson's work is preserved at the Branford Trolley Museum, and he remains an influential figure in the trolley enthusiast community.

A Cooperstown in Brooklyn

17 Mar 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
The article highlights the historical significance of a brownstone building at 133 Clinton Street in Brooklyn, once the clubhouse of the Jolly Young Bachelors baseball club, which evolved into the Excelsiors. Dr. Vincent P. Mazzola, the current occupant, reminisces about Brooklyn's rich baseball history, including the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbets Field. Borough President Sebastian Leone is advocating for the building to be declared a landmark. The article also touches on Dr. Mazzola's personal pride in the building and its historical artifacts, as well as his connections with notable figures.

Fort Greene Park To Get Lost Eagles

10 Mar 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
After an eight-year search by Roy Vanasco, four bronze eagles from the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park have been located. The eagles, created by Adolf Weinman, had been removed for repairs in 1966 and were awaiting funding for restoration. The renovation of the park and monument is expected to be completed in late spring, with costs amounting to $532,000 for the park and $251,000 for the monument. The monument is a significant memorial in Brooklyn, marking the burial site of 11,500 Revolutionary War soldiers.

Brooklyn Falconer's Pleasure Soars

03 Mar 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
William McGrath, a jewelry designer from Brooklyn, practices the ancient sport of falconry with his red-tailed hawk, Red, and great horned owl, Boo. Despite the decline of hawks in Brooklyn due to urban development, McGrath remains dedicated to training and caring for his birds. He recounts his experiences and challenges in falconry, including the loss of his first hawk, Casey, and the joy of spotting rare birds in the area.

Lead-Poison Cases Decline in Brooklyn

10 Feb 1974  |  www.nytimes.com
The New York City Health Department reports a significant decline in lead-poisoning cases in Brooklyn from 1,214 in 1970 to 367 in 1973, attributed to intensive efforts and early detection programs. The overall number of cases in Brooklyn, Queens, and other boroughs has also decreased. Dr. Vincent F. Guinee highlights the importance of detecting lead poisoning in younger children and the challenges posed by deteriorating housing with high lead content. The program involves blood test screenings, parent education, and landlord notifications for repairs. Despite some challenges, the program is seen as a reasonable stopgap measure to protect children from lead poisoning.

The Journal of Long Island History Is Revived After an Absence of 8 Years

02 Sep 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
The Journal of Long Island History, published by the Long Island Historical Society, has been revived after eight years. The latest issue features articles on Brooklyn and Long Island's history, including the life of Sag Harbor poet George Sterling and the impact of the California Gold Rush on Brooklyn residents. The journal, edited by Dr. Donald E. Simon, aims to engage a general audience with local history. It includes works by Sandra Shoiock Roff on Brooklynites during the Gold Rush, Barbara Marhoefer on Sterling, and Margaret O'Connor Bethauser on Henry A. Reeves, a Democratic editor with conservative views.

Brooklyn Preparing For Bicentennial

19 Aug 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
Brooklyn is gearing up for the 1976 bicentennial celebration with significant contributions from the Long Island Historical Society. The society, led by James Hurley, is organizing various programs, including seminars on Revolutionary War history and the creation of a relief map of Brooklyn during the Battle of Long Island. Efforts are also underway to place historical markers and revive the Fulton Ferry area. The society faces challenges in preserving its extensive collection of historical documents and is seeking additional funds. Hurley, with a rich background in history and ethnology, emphasizes the importance of community involvement in these initiatives.

Fulton Ferry Shaping Up as a Landmark

29 Jul 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
The Fulton Ferry waterfront in Brooklyn is undergoing changes with plans for restoration and the resumption of the ferry line to Manhattan. Architect David Morton is refurbishing his building at 8 Fulton Street, while Captain William J. Lacey of the South Street Seaport Museum is preparing a report on the ferry boat needed for the service. The Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to designate several buildings as landmarks. The ferry, seen as a valuable transit option and excursion vessel, may start operating in less than a year. The area also has historical significance, with a rock marking the American Army's embarkation point under General George Washington in 1776.

Students Gather Hispanic History

24 Jun 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
Three students from Medgar Evers College are compiling an oral history of Puerto Ricans in Brooklyn, focusing on early arrivals and their experiences. The project, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and supervised by the Long Island Historical Society, aims to document the lives of Puerto Ricans between 1917 and 1945. Ramon Colon, a key interviewee, shares his memories, highlighting Carlos Tapia as a significant figure who protected and supported the community. The students plan to interview a diverse range of individuals to create a comprehensive history.

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Auto Junkyard With Touch of Americana Is Keeping Up With the Times

27 May 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
Leonard Knight's auto junkyard in New York has been a repository of America's automotive history for nearly 30 years. Knight, who specializes in car parts and a few used cars, reminisces about classic models like the Model-T Ford, Stutz, and Pierce-Arrow. Despite a decline in young customers interested in 'hot rods,' Knight's business thrives on supplying parts for second cars. He shares stories of rare finds, such as a 1903 Chalmers-Detroit and a 1953 Triumph, and his collection of auto ornaments and lamps. The junkyard faces challenges from urban development and vandalism, but Knight remains dedicated to preserving auto Americana.

Woman Rides Herd on Queens Zoo

20 May 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
Tatiana Gillette‐Infante, who previously worked at the Central Park Zoo, has been the supervisor of the Queens Zoo and Children's Farm at Flushing Meadows‐Corona Park since 1968. The zoo features a variety of animals including buffalo, bears, whitetail deer, and wolves, living in habitats separated from humans by moats and fences.

L.I. Historical Unit Wins Cut in Taxes

25 Mar 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
The Long Island Historical Society has been granted a partial exemption from real estate taxes by the city Tax Commission, preventing potential financial disaster or relocation. The society argued that the tax burden would force it to reduce services, exhaust funds, or move out of Brooklyn. The society, an important educational and cultural institution, has seen increased public interest and usage of its facilities. The building, constructed between 1878-1881, houses a significant library and serves multiple community functions.

History Unit Plans Exhibit on Blacks

18 Feb 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
The Long Island Historical Society is assembling a historical record focusing on the black communities of Brooklyn, Queens, and the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. The collection includes items related to the Underground Railroad, the fight against slavery, and notable figures such as Dr. Susan Smith McKinney, Brooklyn's first black woman doctor. The exhibit will cover material up to 1877 and may become a traveling exhibit on black history. Efforts are also underway to have a public school named after Dr. McKinney and to preserve historical landmarks in the Weeksville area.

Timely Reminder For Brooklynites

18 Feb 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
For 43 years, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank's four-faced clock has been a prominent timekeeper in Brooklyn, New York. The clock, situated on the tallest building in Brooklyn, is essential to many residents, who promptly report any malfunctions. Maintenance is performed by the Building Maintenance Corporation, with daily checks to ensure accuracy. The east face, in particular, has been prone to issues, often affected by sleet. The clock, visible from several landmarks, has no numerals but is illuminated by neon tubes and 60-watt bulbs. It has also been a home for hawks in the past. The clock's significance is highlighted by its mention in Betty Smith's novel 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.'

Ex-Zoo Chief Will Miss His Elephants

04 Feb 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
Ronald Ellis, who recently retired as the supervisor of the Prospect Park Zoo, reflects on his 36-year career and his close relationship with elephants. He shares anecdotes about various elephants he worked with, including Judy, Topsy, and Astra, and discusses the challenges and joys of zoo management. Ellis also expresses concern over increasing vandalism and the changing attitudes of visitors. His decision to retire was influenced by the passing of several long-time animal residents.

Physician's Associate Program In Danger

14 Jan 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
The Brooklyn‐Cumberland Medical Center's physician's associate program, which trains black and Puerto Rican individuals to provide medical care in poor areas, is at risk due to financial issues. The program's director, Dr. Arnold Lewis, is seeking alternative funding following the announcement of cutbacks in the Model Cities program by Secretary of Housing George Romney. The program, which costs $14,000 per student annually, has faced difficulties in obtaining promised funds, affecting student stipends and operational costs. Dr. Lewis is reaching out to political figures for support as the program's current contracts are set to expire soon.

A Transit Legend Lives in Brooklyn

07 Jan 1973  |  www.nytimes.com
Beneath Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn lies the remnants of the world's first subway, built in the 1840s and operational for only 11 years. The tunnel, now sealed and largely forgotten, has become the subject of numerous local legends, including tales of gangland corpses, bootleggers, and hidden treasures. Despite various proposals to repurpose the tunnel, it remains a historical curiosity, with its existence marked by the memories of local residents and the occasional inspection by authorities.

Brooklyn Bar Celebrates Its Centennial

17 Dec 1972  |  www.nytimes.com
The Brooklyn Bar Association, established in 1872 in response to court corruption, celebrates its centennial with a focus on improving justice administration. The association has a rich history, with founders achieving high posts and involvement in significant legal reforms. The centennial dinner highlighted the association's ongoing efforts to address court administration issues and improve public respect for the legal profession. Key historical figures and events, such as the Tilton-Beecher trial, were also commemorated.

Brooklyn Lobstermen Take Living From Sea

10 Dec 1972  |  www.nytimes.com
Brooklyn lobstermen, working out of Gerritsen Creek, face challenges such as harbor pollution, foreign fishing fleets, and marshland fills that harm fish breeding grounds. Charlie Morreale and his partner Americo Giannattasio, who sail the Cowhide Charlie, now fish 80 miles offshore in the Hudson Canyon due to these issues. They express frustration over the decline in local fishing areas like the Mud Hole and Seventeen Fathoms, attributing it to sewage sludge dumping by the city and industrial waste from dredging by the Army Corps of Engineers. The lobstermen also criticize the presence of foreign fishing fleets for overfishing and damaging their equipment. Despite the hardships, they continue their trade, which they consider a good life, though they acknowledge it is tough and requires constant maintenance of their equipment.

Brooklyn's Game Warden

05 Nov 1972  |  www.nytimes.com
Len Lippman, an enforcement officer for the State Environmental Conservation Department, works tirelessly to protect wildlife and enforce environmental laws in Brooklyn and Queens. His duties range from preventing illegal fishing and the sale of forbidden animals to checking for banned pesticides. Lippman, a conservation enthusiast and member of several environmental organizations, often collaborates with colleagues like Bill Brown to tackle environmental violations. Despite the challenges, including potential dangers from violators, Lippman remains committed to his role in safeguarding the environment.

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