Dreamgirls Ends 35 Year West End Wait

The producer of the West End version of “Dreamgirls” has been looking to explain the reasons behind a 35 year wait for the story of a 1960s Motown style singing trio to hit the London stage. Sonia Friedman has been discussing the issues those producers looking to stage the show in London since it debuted on Broadway in 1981 have faced in finding a pool of talent large enough to bring the story largely involving African-American characters to the stage with the BBC; Friedman explained the diversity now found on the London stage is the main reason the musical has finally transferred to the West End a decade after the Oscar winning movie of the show was released.


During the interview the producer explained her belief that the singing trio of African-American characters would have been too difficult to find in terms of talented actresses in the UK and those who could sing in the correct style. The movie version of “Dreamgirls” starred Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in an Oscar winning role, which has been taken on the West End by former Glee actress Effie White who has been praised by critics attending the opening night as being the top performer in an impressive cast.


Sonia Freidman also looked to a range of shows that appeared on the London stage in recent years as providing the first steps in adding higher levels of diversity to a West End community that now includes a large number of women of color. The show is also said to be taking advantage of the many opportunities for actors from a variety of minority groups to find their way to the London stage, which has been undergoing many changes in terms of its diversity from the 1990s onward. The opening night of “Dreamgirls” saw a number of celebrities attending the premier who were joined by campaigners for diversity who have been working to provide openings on the stage for professionals from all backgrounds.


Vinny Parascandola of AXA Advisors Helps People Build A Fiscal Future

The world of finance is one in which people turn to for many reasons. Such reasons including being able to get the kind of results they hope will allow them to see their hard won savings grow over the long term. Planning for the future is vitally important. Many people realize they must start to save as soon as possible in order to allow them to accumulate the funding they need. One place that people have turned to for help is AXA Advisors. This firm is dedicated to the financial well being of people all over the globe. Officials at the firm work in order to help provide financial products that are of use to their clients. They know that clients can have healthier financial lives with their help.

The Work Of Senior Vice President

One person who has been working hard in order to help push the company to new heights is Senior Vice President Vinny Parascandola. In this role, he has been responsible for many aspects of the operations of the firm, allowing him to help offer superior services for the firm’s many clients. As one of the senior members of the firm, he looks for new and innovative ways to create value for his clients. During the course of his tenure here, he has seen the company continue to expand into new markets.

His Many Duties

Parascandola’s work in this area of AXA Advisors includes many kinds of responsibilities. As a Senior Vice President, he has been responsible for several areas of company work including that of sales of new products to clients. He has also been responsible for various other parts of the company’s efforts including that of management development that are designed to help offer leadership skills to those working here. He has also been involved in other areas such as that of recruiting new people for the company. His efforts also include other areas of the operations of the company including that of retention of new employees as well as making sure that all employees are productive and capable of being experienced financial professionals.

A Special Holiday Musical with Christiane Noll

According to an online article posted on heraldmailmedia.com, Broadway star Christiane Noll will join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for their “Home for the Holidays” concert on the weekend of December 17. This program is presented every year in the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, says the article. Noll will be the featured guest vocalist.


Christiane Noll has a rich history with Broadway. She studied voice and theater at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The native New Jersian was recently nominated for a Tony Award. It was for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in the play, “Ragtime”, says the article. Fans may remember her roles in Broadway hits such as “It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues” and “Jekyll & Hyde”. The article mentions some off-Broadway works she has done, such as “Frankenstein” and “Calling the Children Home”.


Although she has been in the spotlight so much, she still says how impressed she is with local talent in other regions. She was quoted from a phone interview she gave. Noll fondly remembers a musical she did back in 2010 at the Maryland Theatre. The name of the show was called “Broadway Rocks!” She praises the talents of the young performers from the Shenandoah Chorus of Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.


It was her love of talented choirs that brought her to Hagerstown again for MSO’s Christmas concert. For this performance, she will be joined by the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Choir and Hagerstown Choral Arts, says the article. They have added a special treat of Santa Claus doing a sing-a-long with the audience. Noll says that she is excited to work with Elizabeth Schulze again and all of the performers of diverse ages.


Noll shares some of the music that will be in the Christmas musical. There will be several traditional and religious carols, she says. Two of the songs that she highlights are “Ordinary Miracles”, by Marvin Hamlisch and “O Holy Night”. Noll says that she will be singing throughout portions of the musical. She says that it is special to share music—especially during the holidays. She hopes people will join her at the musical to boost their Christmas spirit, says the article.