Forbidden Broadway’s Christina Bianco on Being London’s ‘Most Annoying Anglophile’

first_img You also sing—and very well, too!—in your own voice. Do you flinch at being described as an impressionist? I wouldn’t say I flinch, because [doing impressions] has opened so many doors for me, and I enjoy doing it. But being an impressionist is only part of what I do; it doesn’t define me, given that I am an actress and a singer as well. What I don’t like so much is the word “impersonator,” because that suggests dressing up in order to be that person whereas I like doing the impressions with my voice and my face. You’re not going to see me dressed up as Celine Dion in concert any time soon [laughs]. In Forbidden Broadway, have you ever found yourself performing in front of one of the women you channel on stage? Not yet, but I hope that when the time comes they know that I really do it with love and that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. And it’s quite possible what you’re describing will be coming up soon, since word is that Elaine [Paige] is coming to our show and I do have to do her. Have you been running around the West End seeing all the shows that you’ll be sending up? The answer, I’m ashamed to say, is no. I did the last five shows at the Menier Chocolate Factory [where this production ran through the summer], and then I had four days before I went into my own show at the Hippodrome so there wasn’t time. I’m looking forward to trying to get to whatever matinees I can so that I can see some of the shows I get to parody. And now you’re the lone American in the West End company of Forbidden Broadway with two Australians (Ben Lewis and Damian Humbley) and England’s inimitable Anna-Jane Casey. I’m so over the moon about this! When I did Forbidden Broadway in New York, I always thought that was the coolest job for an actor to have and I thought at the time, `Hey, I’ve got a job for life.’ I was so sad when it ended having had eight months with the show which seemed such a short time, so to get to come back and do it six years later – and in London – feels like a real “pinch me” moment. I am so grateful! American performer and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco hasn’t exactly been sitting idle since moving to London. Not only is she in previews for the West End transfer of Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre, but she just concluded a sold-out cabaret run at the Hippodrome on September 7—the same evening, Bianco made a late-night appearance at West End Bares. Was she tired the next morning? If so, she didn’t sound it in her chat with Broadway.com, as her bubbly and savvy take on her ever-ascending stardom makes clear. Your cabaret includes an astonishing A-Z of impressions, from Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone to Shania Twain. Is there anyone you can’t capture vocally? There are a few people, like Eartha Kitt, who I think you sort of have to nail and I’m not sure I can. It’s about getting the right age in your voice, as well. I’ve been trying to do Angela Lansbury, and the age isn’t really in my own voice yet. It sounds quite forced, and if I’m going to do someone as brilliant as she is, I don’t want to make it sound as if I am in any way making fun of her. It was clear from your cabaret act, which I was at, that London is taking you to its heart. I’ve said this before, and it’s really true: I’ve always felt I was born on the wrong continent. I’m the most annoying Anglophile, so it’s been incredibly lovely to be embraced by the theater community here. You’re quite the YouTube phenomenon, building your career online in a way that wouldn’t have been possible for a previous generation. And what’s amazing is that I am still learning about it. I can’t believe that with a click of a button my entire career changed and that I could reach so many people around the world. [Bianco singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in 19 different voices has received over 6 million hits on YouTube.] I never thought I would have fans in Singapore, Beijing, Australia, and there’s a responsibility that comes with that.center_img I hope you get to do Bernadette in Forbidden Broadway—your take on her is especially brilliant. Yes, I’m doing Bernadette and Elaine Paige, who I’ve always loved, and Kristin [Chenoweth] again, reprising a number I did in New York but with updated lyrics. And I’m now doing the Idina [Menzel] “Let It Grow” number which is exciting because of the success I’ve had [on YouTube] with “Let It Go.” View Comments Are there any obvious candidates you’ve never tried to do? Hmmm. There are some where it just hasn’t worked because it’s difficult to ascertain what it is about their voice that you can pull out and exaggerate—Maria Friedman, for instance. But in terms of never trying? I’ve never tried to do Betty Buckley, which I know sounds silly. I will get on to that as soon as possible! Do you imagine possible Forbidden Broadway sketches every time you sit down to watch a show? [Laughs.] Yeah, I do—it’s unfortunate. I do that with impressions, too. It’s hard not to, since I have an ear for it now and a responsibility in that I can’t do the same impressions for the rest of my life. I have to change what the current topic and who the current celebrities are. It’s funny, when Forbidden Broadway first played London over 20 years ago, several British critics thought it was too mean. The thing is, [the show] really is all done with love. Some of the lyrics are more biting than others, but if what we were about was just complaining and being rude, nobody would come and see it. It’s all done with joy and respect because we’re actors as well, though at the same time, if something needs a bit of fun poked at it, then Forbidden Broadway does so. You’ve been having quite a time of it since crossing the Atlantic! Don’t I know it? Just yesterday, I finished the last of my three nights at the Hippodrome and was off immediately to a midnight performance at West End Bares. That was my first Bares experience, and it was so much fun and much louder than I could possibly have imagined [laughs].last_img

Salatiga opens traditional market with physical distancing requirements in place

first_imgRead also: Greater Jakartans show low awareness of physical distancing measures despite PSBB: Survey“Closing down traditional markets will put people’s access to food at risk. The best option is to practice physical distancing and implement health protocols, such wearing masks and providing hand sanitizer.”He added that the administration would take strict action against people found violating the health protocols at the market.“People are not allowed to enter the market if they refuse to wear face masks. We do this for the sake of the public’s health, so we can prevent the coronavirus from spreading,” Yuliyanto went on to say.A photo of sellers practicing physical distancing, first published by Kompas daily newspaper, went viral on social media and received praise from Indonesian netizens.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo had also lauded Salatiga for implementing health protocols in its traditional markets. “This is well-managed. […] The residents just need to participate by wearing face masks and gloves, or bringing their own disinfectant,” the governor wrote on his official Instagram account @ganjar_pranowo on Tuesday. (dpk)Topics : Salatiga city in Central Java has shown the world it is possible to maintain economic activity while also following health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with traditional market sellers in the city following physical distancing measures while working at the market.The Salatiga administration has allowed sellers to open stalls along a major road in the city to ensure physical distancing measures are followed by both sellers and customers. The market operates daily from 1 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Jl. Jenderal Sudirman, as reported by kompas.com.center_img Sellers and officials make sure the distance between booths is 1 meter, with the location of each booth marked with chalk.The mayor, Yuliyanto, issued a regulation requiring sellers and buyers at the market to wear face masks as a precaution. The administration has also assigned security officers to the market to ensure every one obeys the health protocols.“The government doesn’t want to kill the economy,” Yuliyanto said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

EIOPA stress tests to give German IORPs ‘headaches’, Bayer warns

first_imgNellshen said some of the results of these exercises would be “critical” for most German pension funds and called on the European Commission to “abandon the idea” of the holistic balance sheet (HBS) approach with harmonised, EU-wide quantitative capital requirements.He urged the Commission to focus instead on a more differentiated, principle-based approach to capital requirements.Nellshen warned that the outcomes of some QA calculations suggested that financial “gaps” could be avoided only by those German pension funds with “a single, large plan sponsor that has very good credit quality”.For pension funds with several smaller sponsors – perhaps lacking any credit rating – the QA requirements in many of the examples would be nearly impossible to fulfil, he said. Nellshen said the calculations for the whole QA exercise, although “simplified” compared with the quantitative impact study (QIS) of 2012, was still “very complex”, particularly with respect to sponsor support. Bayer PK’s CFO, meanwhile, welcomed ECON member William Hayes’s comments on the IORP II Directive, as they “did not include any mandate for EIOPA to derive EU-wide, harmonised quantitative solvency requirements”.As for the stress test as a whole – mandatory for Bayer PK, being one of Germany’s largest pension funds – Nellshen said it was “logical and stringent”.However, he criticised that some parameters were “far removed from practical market experience”, such as the simulated shock on real estate values of up to 63%.“These assumptions,” he said, “might prevent investors from going into long-term real asset investments.”He also repeated his concerns, voiced after the first quantitative impact study in 2012, that marked-to-market valuation could create “completely false steering impulses” for IORPs and lead to “extremely pro-cyclical investment behaviour”. Stefan Nellshen, CFO at the €8.5bn pension fund for pharmaceutical giant Bayer, has warned that German pension funds will need to close “very substantial financial gaps” if they exposed to the full brunt of Solvency II. Speaking at the annual aba conference, Nellshen said meeting the “full Solvency II impact”-variant of the stress tests – referring to Example 1 in the quantitative assessment (QA) – would be “almost impossible” for most German IORPs.“We cannot swallow enough pills to cure the headaches the application of this variant would give us,” he said.Earlier this year, EIOPA issued stress tests for European IORPs (institutions for occupational retirement provision) to complete on a voluntary basis and added a QA exercise – including several variants on scenarios – to assess possible quantitative capital requirements and supervisory regimes.last_img read more

Shell hires Deep Down for umbilical support services in Trinidad

first_imgHouston-based oilfield services company Deep Down has received an order for umbilical support services from Shell Trinidad and Tobago.The order is for the design, fabrication, project management, and installation support for an umbilical repair/replacement package to restore communications to the Poinsettia Deep Well offshore Trinidad and Tobago.The Poinsettia platform is located off the northwest coast of Trinidad in 530 feet of water.Offshore operations will likely occur in the first quarter of 2020, the company added.Ron Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Deep Down, Inc. stated, “This award further highlights the success of our efforts to continue expanding our customer base internationally, especially in the provision of inspection, maintenance and repair solutions.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Russia set to bid for 2027 Rugby World Cup hosting

first_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Hosts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia, say they are interested in hosting the 2027 Rugby World cup with 2023 already billed for France.The Russian Rugby Federation confirmed the country will bid to stage the global tournament, with Australia the current favourites to earn host status.World Rugby’s official host bidding process will open in February 2021, with the 2027 host decision expected in May 2022.France held off competition from Ireland and South Africa to stage the 2023 tournament, with Japan having enjoyed a record-breaking competition in 2019.Russia finished bottom of Pool A at Japan 2019, with former London Welsh and Dragons coach Lyn Jones at the helm, and ex-Northampton wing Vasily Artemyev the captain.Russia and USA Rugby teams slug it our in one of their past clashes“On July 24 the supreme council of the Russian Rugby Federation established a committee to prepare an application to host the Rugby World Cup in Russia in 2027,” read a statement on the Russian Rugby Federation website.“Anticipating the creation of the committee, chairman of the supreme council of the Russian Rugby Federation Igor Artemyev recalled that the initiative to prepare an application to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Russia was supported president Vladimir Putin at the council for the development of physical culture and sports.Read AlsoHenry-Ajudua opts to play for Nigeria Rugby“The necessary consultations were held with the participation of the ministry of sports. By the end of this year detailed information and criteria for the application are expected.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Overseas relations

first_imgKathleen Stephens, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, speaks about her experiences and the future of relations between the United States and Korea. Stephens speaks English, Korean, Serbian and Chinese.Laura Walsh | Daily Trojanlast_img

DraftKings NBA DFS Picks for Christmas Day: Showdown advice, GPP lineup strategy

first_imgNBA on Christmas Day is a tradition that’s perfectly timed to put you in front of a television and away from your extended family right as you’re starting to get tired of them. You might as well pair that basketball watching with DraftKings picks for Christmas – surely, Santa Claus will be kind to your lineups. We’ve put together a possible lineup to use for the five-game slate on Christmas, along with Showdown lineups for each of the five individual games. Check them out below – included in some of the advice are possible pivots if you’d prefer a different approach, as well. DraftKings NBA DFS Picks for Christmas Day PG James Harden, Rockets @ Warriors ($11,600). It’s easy to imagine Harden trying to score a million points (slight exaggeration) on Christmas against a Warriors team that league executives are surely wishing wasn’t playing on such a big stage.SG Ben McLemore, Rockets @ Warriors ($3,700). McLemore gets consistent minutes for Houston in the mid-to-upper 20s, and he’s got some free reign to shoot from deep in a game that the Rockets could break 130.SF Donte DiVincenzo, Bucks @ 76ers ($5,300). DiVincenzo has been starting for the Bucks since Eric Bledsoe was injured, and his price is only starting to catch up to his production. Especially with 76ers’ bench defensive wizard Matisse Thybulle injured, there’s no perfect Philly matchup for Donte.PF Kyle Kuzma, Lakers vs. Clippers ($3,900). Kuzma’s started to produce more of late since being injured for much of the season, and with both LeBron James and Anthony Davis questionable for Wednesday, Kuzma could be staring at a bigger workload, too.C Brook Lopez, Bucks @ 76ers ($5,000). There’s nothing particularly special about Lopez from a value standpoint – he’s simply the lowest price you can go at center and still expect some respectable production.G Lou Williams, Clippers @ Lakers ($5,800). Sweet Lou is a bucket – he doesn’t always deliver off the bench, but when he does, the scoring returns tons of value on this pricing.F James Ennis, 76ers vs. Bucks ($3,000). With Thybulle out for the ‘Sixers, Ennis saw a bump in minutes earlier this week. That should continue, and any player seeing minutes in the 20s at minimum price is worth playing to allow the two best players on the slate into our lineup.UTIL Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks @ 76ers ($11,300). Giannis is a massive triple double just waiting to happen. Philadelphia has good matchups for him, but the way the MVP is playing this season, he might just dominate them to prove a point anyway.DraftKings Showdown NBA DFS Christmas Picks: Celtics vs. RaptorsRondae Hollis-Jefferson’s playing time has picked up since Pascal Siakim went down, and he’s a solid value captain for this game. Be sure to check in before tip-off that Gordon Hayward is indeed active as expected – he’s dealt with a bit of an injury, and the best pivot would be Toronto’s OG Anunoby if needed.CAPTAIN (1.5x price, 1.5x points): SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Raptors ($9,900)FLEX: PG Kyle Lowry, Raptors ($10,000)FLEX: PG Kemba Walker, Celtics ($9,400)FLEX: SF Jayson Tatum, Celtics ($9,200)FLEX: SF Gordon Hayward, Celtics ($7,600)FLEX: PG Brad Wanamaker, Celtics ($3,600)DraftKings Showdown NBA DFS Christmas Lineup: Bucks vs. 76ersEnnis is seeing minutes in the mid-to-high 20s due to Matisse Thybulle’s absence, and he’s an absolute lock to return value at his tiny price. That allows us to take four of the game’s best players in our lineup, too. The only player this construction can’t afford in the FLEX action is Tobias Harris – if you want him instead of Middleton, you could swap Matthews for Furkan Korkmaz.CAPTAIN (1.5x price, 1.5x points): SF James Ennis III, 76ers ($2,700)FLEX: PF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks ($13,200)FLEX: C Joel Embiid, 76ers ($11,200)FLEX: PG Ben Simmons, 76ers ($9,600)FLEX: SF Khris Middleton, Bucks ($8,200)FLEX: SG Wesley Matthews, Bucks ($4,600)DraftKings NBA Christmas Day Showdown: Rockets vs. WarriorsTaking a different approach with this lineup in the hopes that James Harden truly dominates this game. If he does, there’s enough value pricing around him to make up for not playing Russell Westbrook, Clint Capela or Draymond Green.CAPTAIN (1.5x price, 1.5x points): SG James Harden, Rockets ($21,000)FLEX: PG D’Angelo Russell, Warriors ($9,200)FLEX: SG Damion Lee, Warriors ($7,000)FLEX: C Willie Cauley-Stein, Warriors ($5,200)FLEX: SG Ben McLemore, Rockets ($4,000)FLEX: SG Danuel House Jr., Rockets ($3,600)NBA Christmas Day DraftKings Picks: Lakers vs. ClippersThe key to note when you’re putting together this lineup is the Anthony Davis selection. Both he and LeBron James are officially questionable for Christmas Day. At least one should play – Davis is my preferred option, but if he’s out and LBJ is playing, the easiest pivot is just to put the other Lakers superstar in that spot.CAPTAIN (1.5x price, 1.5x points): SF Kyle Kuzma, Lakers ($6,600)FLEX: PF Anthony Davis, Lakers ($12,200)FLEX: PF Kawhi Leonard, Clippers ($10,600)FLEX: SF Paul George, Clippers ($9,800)FLEX: SG Lou Williams, Clippers ($8,200)FLEX: PF Maurice Harkless, Clippers ($2,400)Christmas Day NBA DraftKings Advice: Nuggets vs. PelicansThis lineup is a mish-mosh of various price points. We get the microwave scorer Barton in the captain’s spot, and he’s been better on the boards and distributing of late, as well. That allows us to play both Nikola Jokic and Brandon Ingram, too. CAPTAIN (1.5x price, 1.5x points): SF Will Barton, Nuggets ($12,900)FLEX: C Nikola Jokic, Nuggets ($12,200)FLEX: SF Brandon Ingram, Pelicans ($10,400) FLEX: SG Gary Harris, Nuggets ($7,000)FLEX: PG Lonzo Ball, Pelicans ($5,400)FLEX: SG Malik Beasley, Nuggets ($2,200)last_img read more