The Infamous Stringdusters Release A New Music Video For Their Love Song “Gravity”

first_imgThe Infamous Stringdusters just released a new music video for their song “Gravity,” off their thirteen-track album Laws Of Gravity, which was released in January of this year. The song was written by bassist Travis Book along with his singer/songwriter wife Sarah Siskind, with Book explaining the song as a “kind of a straight forward love song.” He elaborated in a press release, “In a lot of ways, it encapsulates the vibe around our relationship and our marriage. The lyric goes, ‘We thought the race was a long run, we didn’t know that we’d win it.’ When you’re in the middle of it you don’t necessarily realize this is it. You think there’s some trajectory but this is what it’s like to be in a relationship. And then hoping that gravity doesn’t let go, the forces that hold the earth together don’t just end and you all just sort of go floating off into space.”The video for “Gravity” was directed by Mara Whitehead, and is a touching nostalgia-inspired video showing moments of young love. After the Infamous Stringdusters’ video was premiered on CMT on the 18th, you can now check it out for yourself below. You can also check the band’s website for upcoming tour dates and to purchase the album here.last_img read more

Newsies Director Jeff Calhoun on the ‘One-Off’ Musical That Became a Hit

first_imgAbout the author: Disney’s Newsies will close on August 24 after more than 1,000 performances on Broadway. But while “fansies” are distraught by this news, director Jeff Calhoun isn’t mourning loss of the hit musical—he’s celebrating. The adaptation of the 1992 movie was initially intended to play a limited engagement at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, but after being extended due to popular demand, the loveable newsboys headed to Broadway to carry the banner in New York. What was initially intended to be a 12-week engagement has turned into a two-year journey at the Nederlander Theatre, where more than 30 young actors have made their Broadway debuts to date. In a First Person essay for, Calhoun recounts his extraordinary journey with the Newsies company, from their humble beginnings in New Jersey to the bright lights of New York City. It began as a regional production at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Disney simply wanted to create a show that could be licensed to stock and amateur theaters. That was it—a “one-off,” as we say in the business. Nobody had anticipated what was about to happen. We opened to positive reviews, the audiences were enthusiastic and tickets were difficult to come by. The next thing we knew, we were heading to Broadway for a 12-week limited run. Tom Schumacher, our producer, explained that those 12 weeks would help brand the title and increase demand for stock and amateur rights. View Comments There is also a very special club at Newsies that I want to single out for their unbelievable devotion and loyalty. A well-deserved THANK YOU to 15 actors and three stage managers who have been with the show from opening to closing: John Dossett, Ben Fankhauser, Andy Richardson, Aaron Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John Brady, Caitlyn Caughell, Tim Eaker, Michael Fatica, Becky Fleming, Thom Gates, Evan Kasprzak, Stuart Marland, Jack Scott, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan and Stuart Zagnit. I will always remember the pure joy and adrenaline that permeated every rehearsal back at New 42nd Street Studios. Each day was filled with an infectious longing for discovery and creativity. There was an innocence and generosity of heart that directly reflected the youth of the cast. I noticed something beautiful and profound was happening. Our boys, like the Newsies they were portraying, were responsibly representing their generation and diligently working to help make the world a better place. Just to put into perspective exactly how young some of our Newsies are, in the spring of 2013, four of them celebrated their high school graduation with an onstage diploma presentation in front of the matinee audience! Since opening on Broadway on March 29, 2012, we have had 62 actors in the cast. I can tell you that in those two-and-a-half years, not one of them has been anything but dedicated, conscientious, collaborative and every inch a professional. There isn’t a single person who I wouldn’t be proud to work with again. In addition, one of Newsies’ lasting legacies will be that it gave 32 deserving young actors their Broadway debuts—literally introducing the world of theater to the next generation of elite Broadway dancers. The cast, crew, designers and creative team didn’t care how long or why we were booked, we were all just thrilled to be there. It soon became clear that the enthusiasm we experienced at Paper Mill was no fluke. Thanks to more good reviews and our fiercely devoted fans, lovingly referred to as “fansies,” our advertised run of 101 performances was about to become open-ended! It is the genius of composer Alan Menken, lyricist Jack Feldman, book writer Harvey Fierstein and choreographer Chris Gattelli, expertly supported and nurtured by Tom Schumacher and everyone at Disney, that is responsible for helping create this musical that exceeded, by anyone’s analysis, all expectations. A lion’s share of the credit also goes to our impeccable design team. However, as easy and justified as it would be to continue to talk about this first-class pedigree of collaborators, I feel compelled to talk about another group of artists who, long after the creative team departed the theater, return through the stage door six days a week: The cast of Newsies. Newsies Before Newsies takes its final bow on Broadway, I would like to reflect upon some of the improbable legacies of a regional production that nobody predicted would become a bona fide Broadway hit! A Broadway hit only happens when a confluence of disparate talents miraculously and inexplicably synthesize their best efforts into one cohesive thing that, against all odds, actually works. Newsies is no exception. I believe people are remembered by what we leave behind in the hearts of others. If the same can be said of a show, then Newsies will leave a lifetime of memories in many of our hearts. Now that’s “Something to Believe In.” One thing that every show has in common is that they close (except perhaps The Phantom of The Opera). Even Cats’ “now and forever” turned out to have an expiration date. I think this ephemeral quality is one reason we cherish the theater so much. It only resides in our elusive memories and can’t be stored on a shelf or hard drive. 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Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Those facts aren’t lost on Reyes, and that’s why he’s taking a deliberate approach in the Philippines’ preparation for the tournament against the taller foes.“We all know the size of Iraq because we saw it in the Jones Cup. We all know how big Qatar is and of course, that’s China. The good thing is they all play one way. We’re not gonna change up from playing a Korea to a China, so they’re all going to be big teams and hopefully, we can find a way to beat those teams,” he said.It’s a tall order for Gilas as it has to finish on top in the group stages to advance and that means toppling China in the first day of the competitions.“The key is to finish first in our group in the first round. And that means we have to beat China in the first day,” he said.“We have our own sets of problems and we’re not even complete. It’s gonna be really difficult, but we’re going to try our best.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas leaves for Beirut, Lebanon on August 6.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Fajardo aware of tough road ahead for Gilas, but believes ‘nothing is impossible’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “(Our group is) very tough. It might be the biggest group, the tallest group,” he said.Seeking to defend its gold medal from 2015, China is still the favorites in the tourney, with studs like Guo Ailun and Zhou Qi expected to lead the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Qatar, meanwhile, is parading a youthful team under coach Qusai Hatem which still packs a lot of punch.Though ranked 94th in the world, Iraq is poised to parade a towering roster bannered by naturalized player Demario Mayfield. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn coach Chot Reyes’ eyes, Gilas Pilipinas has been slotted in the so-called “Group of Death” in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Placed in Group B together with defending champion China and Middle Eastern contenders in Qatar and Iraq, the outspoken mentor knows Philippines has its work cut out for it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more