18 Jan
2021

Meet Kinky Boots Star Kyle Taylor Parker

first_img “Until now, I’d never been in drag or danced in heels. I’ve never done makeup. I’ve never had to think about how your hair can throw off your balance, just while walking! I have so much respect for women.” Current Role: A three-month stint in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, filling in for Billy Porter as the fierce and fabulous Lola, an outspoken drag performer who becomes a specialty boot designer. Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments “My mom works in public health for prevention and awareness of HIV and AIDS, so when I was nine years old, we started moving around a lot. I lived in East Africa, West Africa, Paris and Zurich, then ended up in Wisconsin from middle to high school.” “When I started selling merchandise for In the Heights on Broadway, I thought, ‘I’m gonna be in this show someday.’ [Choreographer] Andy Blankenbuehler would give notes in the lobby, so I’d hang around with my notebook. Years later, he was giving me notes on tour! It was a full-circle moment.” “I’m the biggest theater nerd I know, and I’ve always been obsessed with Broadway. I had a big playroom as a kid, so I would put together shows and charge my grandmother and mom admission. I’d play all the characters, so it was a very long evening.”center_img “I lost my father when I had first joined the Broadway company, so it’s interesting being back in the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Parts of my performance are a tribute to that relationship, which was a bit unfinished between the two of us. It’s been a time to reflect and to celebrate how much I’ve grown.” Age: 25 Hometown: “Wisconsin, by way of the world.” Stage & Screen Cred: After appearing in the national tour of In the Heights, Parker made his Broadway debut as an Angel in Kinky Boots. After kicking off the musical’s national tour as Lola, he’s returned to Broadway to reprise his role. “Oprah is my spirit animal! She taught me that you can shape your whole life just by thinking positively. She said, ‘Be yourself and make the best of it.’ I try to say at least one positive thing like that to myself before I take the stage.” Related Showslast_img read more

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20 Nov
2020

President Trump projected to win Ohio

first_img– Advertisement – But with Trump’s commanding victory in 2016 and a near Republican sweep in 2018 statewide races, Ohio’s battleground state status had been in question.Polling trackers had given little indication of which candidate held a clear advantage in Ohio heading into Election Day. RealClearPolitics showed Biden with a slim lead over Trump that tightened to a neck-and-neck race in the final days of the cycle.This is breaking news. Check back for updates. President Donald Trump is projected to win Ohio over former Vice President Joe Biden, according to NBC News.Ohio has 18 Electoral College votes. Polling averages had indicated a tight race in a state where Trump won by a convincing 8 points in 2016.Long considered a bellwether for national politics, Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1964. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning the Buckeye State. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img President Donald Trump arrives for a “Keep America Great” campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020.Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

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6 Oct
2020

Couple gives away land so 50 families can beat affordability crisis

first_imgThe $10.5m affordable living project will see a mix of one, two and three bedroom townhouses at Kallangur north of Brisbane for low to moderate income families.“Our aim is to provide quality housing solutions in empowered communities, with the supportof the Handy family we are achieving that here in Kallangur.”The mix of one, two and three bedroom townhouses were scheduled for completion in early October. They sit in one of the fastest growing parts of the Brisbane region – Moreton Bay. The median house price in Kallangur in the past 12 months was $365,000, with the median unit price at $305,750, according to CoreLogic Market Trends.Churches of Christ Housing Services has developed over 1,200 homes in the state and by the end of 2017 will deliver a further 95 homes for people on low to moderate incomes struggling in the private market. Philanthropists Ian and Neva Handy at the sod turning for a new $10.5 million housing development for disadvantaged families.THIS couple wins Valentine’s Day! They have given away land so 50 families can beat the housing affordability crisis.Ian and Neva Handy gifted over 9,000sq m (0.9ha) of land north of Brisbane to kickstart a $10,5 million affordable housing project by their church.The pair donated the land to the not-for-profit Churches of Christ Housing Services, which began construction of 50 townhouses. An artist’s impression of the $10.5m affordable living project by the Churches of Christ Housing Services. The project went ahead after Ian and Neva Handy donated over 9,000sq m of land for it.The Handys turned the sod on the Kallangur site on Monday so that construction could kick off.Mr Handy told The Courier-Mail that they had planned on building the townhouses themselves initially but found that it would be a lot more cost effective if a charitable organisation did it.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“It’s a big hunk of land, over 9000sq m. We had it valued and it was about $2.5m. I’m sure a lot of people can benefit from being able to live in those units, they’re well designed for seniors and disabled too.”The 50 townhouses would be targeted at people on low to moderate income, seniors and people living with disability, according to COC Housing services general manager Frances Paterson-Fleider.“The financial challenge of developing affordable housing is often about the cost of the land, rather than actual construction costs.”She said the project was an opportunity to use private capital and philanthropic resources for social returns. last_img read more

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