Bloodworth-Thomason also revealed that “we didn’t use the old script. Didn’t even reread it. I don’t do rewrites.” And who will be filling the classic Goldie Hawn/Diane Keaton/Bette Midler roles? “Our people will have to sing. I’ve been casting in New York and Hollywood, but not picked anyone yet. Stars aren’t a requisite.” View Comments We’re intrigued. The stage adaptation didn’t make it to Broadway after a San Diego run back in 2009 starring Barbara Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Karen Ziemba. This incarnation, directed by Simon Phillips, has music and lyrics by Motown’s Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, along with a book by Bloodworth-Thomason and Rupert Holmes. More information is coming to light about the previously reported stage adaptation of the First Wives Club, which is eyeing Broadway in fall 2015 following a run in Chicago. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who wrote the hit 1996 movie and is working on the show’s book, told the New York Post: “It’s a talksicle. It’s funny and takes place in ’92.” We’re envisioning big ballads, bigger shoulder pads and some smart one-liners.
(Xinhua) — Eighteen civilians were killed last week by Ugandan rebels, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in the city of Beni in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), a United Nations (UN) source said on Wednesday.The victims were farmers who were killed between April 15 and 16 in different incidents, military spokesman for the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO), Faycel Ben Youssef, said.“The DR Congo armed forces immediately deployed Rapid Response Units to the affected areas,” he said.The MONUSCO troops were also conducting rapid intervention patrols on the ground, with a view of stopping further attacks, supporting governmental troops and protecting the civilian population, he said.
Charlotte, N.C.— Duke Energy Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs that support K-12 education as part of its new Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which will award strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations to build powerful communities by bolstering education, developing the future workforce of the energy sector and conserving and protecting our environment.In 2017, Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $33 million to support communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.“Our new Powerful Communities grant program allows us to support programs that are closely aligned with building the smarter energy future our customers want and deserve,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “We are excited to be a part of building stronger communities across our service territory.”Applications for the Powerful Communities: K-12 Education grant cycle will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2019. Funding will focus on programs that address the summer reading loss experienced by rising kindergartners through rising third-graders and that advance energy, engineering and environmental education. Programs that extend into out-of-school time and that serve under-represented, low-income or diverse audiences will be given preference in this grant cycle.In addition to K-12 education, Powerful Communities will also include designated grant application windows for the following grant cycles:Workforce – Workforce development programs aligned with the energy industry’s future workforce.Nature – Programs supporting water quality, quantity, conservation and access, habitat and forest restoration and conservation, and species conservation.State Strategic Impact – Priorities defined annually at the state level to respond to the unique needs of the states Duke Energy serves.Duke Energy will continue to accept ongoing applications for smaller grants that support local communities.