Portugal vaccine rollout gets new chief after unsteady start

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The new head of Portugal’s COVID-19 vaccination task force is due to start work Thursday. He takes charge a day after his predecessor resigned amid scandals over vaccine queue-jumping and frustration over a sluggish rollout similar to that seen in other European Union countries. At the current rate of vaccination, Portugal will reach its target of 70% of vaccinated adults only in 2023. Its goal was to reach that milestone in late summer this year. Portuguese officials note that they have received fewer vaccines than promised from manufacturers and say EU authorization of more vaccines will help accelerate the program.last_img

Watch Jessie Mueller Talk Aretha Franklin, Faking at the Piano and Discovering ‘Tapestry’

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 View Comments What a beauty! Check out a recent appearance by Beautiful leading lady Jessie Mueller on Katie. Mueller, looking absolutely adorable, talks about discovering the music of Carole King through her parents and becoming a true fan of the icon during the musical’s workshop process. The Tony nominee also describes the challenges of singing “Natural Woman,” which has been immortalized by Aretha Franklin. Take a look at the video below for some fun facts including that Mueller only pretends to tickle the ivories during the show, and that Katie Couric likes to play songs from “Tapestry” on the piano in her spare time! Not to mention check out some awesome Carole King and Gerry Goffin retro-hair!  Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Related Shows Star Files Jessie Muellerlast_img read more

Idina Menzel Will Reprise If/Then Performance on Tour

first_img View Comments A Broadway supernova is soaring over the United States! Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Idina Menzel will headline select stops on the If/Then national tour. The Frozen star will reprise her Tony-nominated performance as Elizabeth (Liz/Beth) for the Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tempe and Costa Mesa stops. Additional casting for the tour will be announced at a later date. The tour will kick off on October 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.“If/Then is especially meaningful for me because I had the opportunity to develop it for several years with the creative team, whom I have come to consider family,” said Menzel, in a statement. “I’m so thrilled to launch the show’s national tour and to send it off across the country and around the world. I am very much looking forward to sharing this original musical with Broadway fans who weren’t able to travel to New York and see it there.”Menzel made her Broadway debut in Rent and has since appeared in Aida and Wicked, for which she won a Tony Award. Her screen credits include Rent, Enchanted, Glee and, of course, Frozen. Her latest album Holiday Wishes debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart last year, and she is set to embark on a world tour this summer.Directed by Michael Greif, If/Then features music by Tom Kitt, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. The writers earned the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for penning Next to Normal. If/Then earned Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Actress (Menzel). The musical tells the story of Elizabeth, a woman on the verge of turning 40 who returns to New York City to make a fresh start. If/Then premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. in November 2013.“I am thrilled that Idina will be playing these select cities, in the time-honored touring tradition established by Broadway’s leading stars like Angela Lansbury, Yul Brynner and Ethel Merman,” said producer David Stone, in a statement. “I look forward to having audiences discover and embrace if/Then and to give Broadway fans across the country the unique opportunity to see a genuine superstar at the height of her powers, in a role that was literally tailored for her.”Can’t wait to see If/Then in your city? Watch the video below to go behind the music and get into the gorgeous score of the musical! Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

CONCACAF fully behind Canada, U.S., Mexico joint World Cup bid

first_imgFOLLOWING its XXIV Extraordinary Congress in Manama, Bahrain, on Wednesday, CONCACAF held a press conference in support of the joint proposal by three of its member associations – Canada, Mexico and the United States – to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani joined U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria, and Canadian Soccer Association president Steve Reed in addressing the upcoming bidding process.“CONCACAF is actively supporting Canada, Mexico and the United States in this ambitious bid to bring the FIFA World Cup back to the CONCACAF region,” said Montagliani. “With their pooled resources and experience hosting World Cups at all levels, these three countries are uniquely qualified to host the first 48-team World Cup in 2026.”In addition to the sporting benefits of organising the 2026 World Cup, president Montagliani has committed CONCACAF to extending the potential of hosting a FIFA World Cup into promotion of development throughout the region.last_img read more