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Imperial Theatre Will Dim Lights for Kyle Jean-Baptiste

first_img View Comments Les Miserables The marquee lights of the Imperial Theatre, the home of Les Miserables on Broadway, will be dimmed on September 1 at approximately 10:15 pm, following the evening performance, in memory of cast member Kyle Jean-Baptiste. He passed away early Saturday morning at age 21, having made history at the Imperial on July 23 when he became the first African-American actor, and the youngest person ever, to play the lead role of Jean Valjean on the Great White Way.A native of Brooklyn and a graduate of the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Baptiste attended Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio where he starred in numerous productions. The day after his graduation, he was hired to join the ensemble of Les Miserables and understudy the role of Jean Valjean, beginning performances on June 23. Baptiste had been scheduled to depart Les Miserables on September 6 to board the new Broadway production of The Color Purple.“The tragic loss of Kyle to our company, just as he was on the threshold of a brilliant career, is a numbing reminder of how precious life is,” said producer Cameron Mackintosh in a statement. “His spirit was infinite and his voice from God—we are all so sad not to have spent more time with him, for he truly was a rare talent and a special person. Our loss is heaven’s gain and our prayers are with his family and friends.””We mourn the sudden and tragic loss of Kyle Jean-Baptiste, an immensely talented actor who followed his dreams that led to playing the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway. He was a rising star who graced our stage for too short a time, but his historic achievements and what he represents for the future will be remembered and honored when the Imperial Theatre dims its lights on Tuesday evening following the show,” added Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.”The Kyle Jean-Baptiste ’15 Music Theatre Scholarship has been established at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace University, to carry forward Kyle’s legacy and benefit music theater students. To make a gift in memory of Kyle, please make your check payable to Baldwin Wallace University, note “Kyle Jean-Baptiste MT Scholarship” on the memo line and send to Baldwin Wallace University, c/o Advancement Services, 275 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio 44017. To make an electronic gift, go to https://www.b-wcommunity.net/give, in the designation dropdown, select Kyle Jean-Baptiste, and follow the prompts. For more information, please call 440-826-2750. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016last_img read more

Low demand, growing renewable generation forcing India’s coal plants offline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:Half of India’s power generation capacity using coal and nuclear power is being shut down because of lackluster demand, the Indian Express reports, adding that some of the shutdowns have been temporary, lasting just a few days, but other power plants have been closed for months.Some 65.13 GW in generation capacity has been shut down at one point or another, with the earlier shutdown made in July. There seems to be simply not enough demand for electricity, which is worrying as a lot of this demand comes from the industrial and commercial sectors.Now, demand is on the decline for India’s coal-powered generation plants as renewables encroach on their territory: coal-fired plants currently account for 63 percent of the country’s energy mix, down from 73 percent three years ago. The country has one of the most ambitious renewables programs in the world, which should result in India deriving 55 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.To date, the country has 83 GW in renewable generation capacity, with another 31 GW under construction, and a further 35 GW awaiting bidders. All this taken together and with hydropower capacity added, India could cross the 200-GW threshold by 2022, according to the government.Yet there are also seasonal factors at play. A longer monsoon season and an early arrival of winter have served to dampen electricity demand faster than usual. The longer monsoon period affected activity in India’s industrial centers, with some of them registering declines in demand for electricity rather than the usual increase for that time of the year.More: A huge red flag? India shutters power plants citing lack of demand Low demand, growing renewable generation forcing India’s coal plants offlinelast_img read more

Rumpel records seventh career shutout in win

first_imgSundays have been kind to the Wisconsin men’s hockey team.One week after taking down No. 2 Minnesota 3-2 in the Hockey City Classic, No. 18 Wisconsin (14-10-7, 11-7-7 WCHA) downed Penn State (12-14-0) 5-0 on senior night.Heading into the series with the worst power play in the nation, the Badgers capitalized on two of their seven man-advantages of the night to pull away from the soon-to-be conference rival Nittany Lions.As junior forward Michael Mersch netted his sixth power play goal of the season on UW’s fourth opportunity of the night and sophomore forward Brendan Woods capitalized on its seventh, UW improved their meager power play from 9-of-90 with a 10 percent success rate to 11-of-97 with an 11.3 percent success rate.Those two goals allowed Wisconsin to move ahead of none other than Penn State – who with a 10.89 success rate with the man-advantage now has the worst power play in the country.Ending a three-game drought without a power play and scoring multiple goals on the man-advantage for the first time since Jan. 26 against Alaska-Anchorage, Eaves is hopeful Wisconsin can finally establish more consistency on the power play.“When [the first power play unit] is together they can be pretty darn good for us,” Eaves said. “The other unit did some pretty good things too. I was told … that we created 20 shots on our power play and (Joseph) LaBate, (Brendan) Woods and (Nic) Kerdiles – they were a product of forcing a lot of shots on net for us.”After slow start, offense explodesWhile the final score read 5-0, Wisconsin used a strong final 40 minutes to get there.After a long seven-day break, the Badgers struggled to find rhythm in the first period, managing only six shots on goal – matching up with Penn State’s six shots on goal.A period later, Wisconsin commanded a 2-0 lead after putting 22 shots on net. They added 23 more and three more goals to close out the contest with a season-high 51 shots on net. It was the first time all season the Badgers passed the 50-shot mark; their previous game-high was 40 shots against Bemidji State Feb. 8.“You always want more for yourself and your team,” senior defenseman John Ramage said. “We came out and did it. In the second and third periods we showed what we are capable of and really took it to them.”That offensive effort was led by junior forward Tyler Barnes who put seven shots on net and notched a team-high four points on the night with a goal and three assists.“I think a lot of that comes down to Mark and Nic,” Barnes said of his success. “How they’re playing and helping me out.”Rumpel earns seventh career shutoutIn his third straight start, sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel staved off 22 Penn State shots on net en route to his fourth shutout of the season.Late in the first period, Rumpel denied Penn State on a 3-on-2 effort. Losing the puck on the shot from the right circle, Rumpel had to turn around in the crease before he eventually found the puck underneath him.Eaves lauded the effort as Penn State’s best scoring chance of the night and a game-saving moment on Rumpel’s part.“He was in front of that puck,” Eaves said. “But you’re absolutely right, that was a big save for us.”While Eaves can’t complain about the result, he did note Rumpel didn’t perform as up to par as he hoped, especially in light of a successful weekend against Minnesota the week before.“He gets the shutout tonight, doesn’t have a lot of work,” Eaves said. “But we were pressing Joel after the game about some of his puck handling, it was not very good tonight. Oh, he got a shutout and everybody’s proud – I’m a little disappointed in him. He still got to keep working on his details … but he was good when the puck was in front of him.”last_img read more

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