Two-time Tony-nominated lyricist/composer Amanda Green has lots of creative irons in the fire, and she’s turning up the heat.She’s working on an original musical called Female Troubles, collaborating on a soon-to-be-announced musical with Billy Crystal and Jason Robert Brown, and is kicking off her monthly cabaret series, “AMANDA GREEN AF!* *And Friends (Wait, what did you think it was?),” on Sunday, September 23, at 7:30 PM at Birdland in New York City.In fact, it was performing in a such a cabaret that first lead her down the path of writing music.Green grew up in a songwriting home, the daughter of Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman and the late famed lyricist and screenwriter Adolph Green, who had a house in East Hampton (Green and her husband have a place in Springs), but she was never urged to pursue the family business. Still, they were a colorful family, and writing and performing was part of day-to-day life.“We always wrote each other poems, or sang songs,” Green recalled. “I wrote songs for family occasions. And we told jokes, endless jokes, and limericks. So, all of that was very much rewarded, while they never pushed my brother or me into that career. In fact, they were like, ‘If you can do anything else, do that!’”Green decided to pursue performing, but after graduating from acting school, work was sparse. Talented singer that she’d always been, she found herself singing in a cabaret.“At first it was a way that I could work when I wasn’t getting work, and I loved doing it. I loved performing,” she remembered. “Then, I’d written one song with a friend of mine, and I got up and sang that song, and the combination of performing something, and performing something I’d written was really intoxicating to me. I wanted to do more of it.”She started out writing pop songs and, finding identification and inspiration in Lyle Lovett’s comedic edge, began taking trips to Nashville for several weeks at a time, where she’d compose new work. It wasn’t until she enrolled in the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop in NYC and wrote her first musical theater song that she really felt her accumulation of musical talent and humor intertwine.“Obviously, that’s what I grew up with,” she said, “and it’s where I felt I belonged. So, I started from there.”Broadway CollaborationsIt was at BMI where she met many of her future collaborators, including Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) with whom she wrote High Fidelity, and with whom she co-wrote Bring It On: The Musical, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Originally, Green and Kitt were brought on to write the pop numbers, while Miranda was responsible for the hip-hop tracks.“We did a draft of that,” Green said of the Bring It On collaboration, “and then we sort of cross-pollinated; Tom and I wrote a bridge in one of Lin’s songs, and then we started collaborating just flat-out. I wrote an intro for one song, and then Lin wrote the body of it, then I wrote some of his things, he wrote some of my things. Anyway, after a while, when we all had a level of trust and we all knew the show we were writing, we were able to collaborate more fluidly, because we all had our eyes on the same prize.”Past collaborators have also included Trey Anastasio (lead guitarist/vocalist of Phish), with whom she wrote the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of the documentary film Hands on a Hardbody. And each partnership began a new process.“It’s all different all the time,” she said. “I’ve done lyrics first, music first — usually it’s the idea first. That’s the most important thing — to really know the song you’re writing. And often we find a hook of a song we both agree on, and the composer may go away and write a little bit of something, or I may go away and write a little bit of something, and we take it from there.”While much of her off-Broadway work has been fully original, her Broadway work has been primarily musical adaptations. It’s difficult for Green to put her finger on what it is about certain non-musical works that call to her — “Please, make me into a musical!” — but when she finds a character she really resonates with, the rest often falls into place.“I think I just have to love the characters and imagine them singing — imagine a situation where they’re so frustrated, or they’re so happy, or they’re so overwhelmed that they have to sing. I love the idea of the song that I would write for them. That’s what gets me going,” she said.Talented FriendsGreen is currently collaborating with Curtis Moore as well as Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan (“Veep”) on Female Troubles, an original musical that she described as “kind of like Bridesmaids meets Jane Austen, but about women’s reproductive rights.” The other project which has been a few years in the making is a collaboration with Billy Crystal and Jason Robert Brown, a friend whose work Green has long admired, and writing together has been an exhilarating process for her. The premise of that musical, however, Green is “not at liberty to discuss,” she teased.As for Green’s other talented friends, she will be joined in “AMANDA GREEN AF!*” by Jenn Colella (Come From Away), who’s been a friend of Green’s for nearly 15 years and sang the first demos for High Fidelity.“She’s sort of my spirit animal,” Green said of Colella. “She could sing anything. And she’s fearless, and just fantastic.”Also performing in “AMANDA GREEN AF!*,” which will begin as a bi-monthly series before resuming its monthly slot in the new downstairs theater at Birdland, will be heavy-hitters such as Howard McGillin, Martha Plimpton, Ryann Redmond, Javier Munoz, Mandy Gonzalez, and of course, Green herself, who joked about her one big performing credit.“I was actually the original Gary Coleman in Avenue Q,” Green explained, laughing, “because the writers, Bobby Lopez and Jeff Marks, were in my class at BMI, and they asked me to play the part, and I did, and I loved it. I did several workshops with them. That’s my claim to fame!”A performer at heart, Green urges any artists in a rut to make their own opportunities.“If something’s not happening for you, make something happen,” she said. “Whether it’s an evening of monologues you’ve written for yourself, or whatever. I was sitting at home twiddling my thumbs as an actor, and then I started singing in cabarets, and then writing songs, so anything that keeps you moving forward. Also,” she added, “don’t freak out if it’s not happening right away, because nothing is a straight line. I was 33 when I started writing lyrics, so it can take a while. Nobody has the same path.” Share
English Championship side Stoke City have signed Super Eagles forward from Portuguese side Feirense in a €7.2m (£6.35m) deal.Etebo, 22, has signed a five-year deal for the Potters to become the first signing since Gary Rowett left Derby County to take charge at the Britannia Stadium in May.On his new acquisition, Rowett said: “We’re really excited to have got the deal over the line for Etebo.”“I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Stoke City shirt as I’m sure our supporters are too.” He added.Oghenekaro Etebo had spent the second half of last season at relegated Spanish La Liga side Las Palmas.HHe is currently with the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of the start of this summer’s FIFA World Cup scheduled for Thursday.Related
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CESAR AZPILICUETA says Chelsea are out for revenge against Spurs after last month’s “unacceptable” defeat at Wembley.Maurizio Sarri’s men saw their unbeaten start to the season go up in smoke at the Home of Football in November at the hands of Spurs.5 Cesar Azpilicueta is out for revenge against TottenhamCredit: GettyThe final score was 3-1 but it could have been double that as Tottenham ran riot.Now Azpilicueta and Co have the chance to make up for it when they take of their capital rivals in the Carabao Cup semi-finals over two legs next month.The Spaniard said: “That game from the first minute to the last we were really bad. They were better than us. We cannot let this happen again. We have to improve.“After that game we understood what we can improve on and obviously when the game gets closer, we will study them more and try to get better because the game we played that day was not acceptable.5 Chelsea’s undefeated start to the campaign was ended last month by SpursCredit: Reuters5 The Blues sealed a Carabao Cup semi-final showdown with their rivals on Wednesday by defeating BournemouthCredit: AP:Associated Press“I have been here a long time and had very good moments and some tough ones. But the way that game went was a bad experience.“We were undefeated going into that game and to lose the way we did was tough. But it happened, the only thing we can do is turn it around and we have a good chance. We will try to do it.”POCHETTI-NO! Tottenham ban press from asking Mauricio Pochettino about Manchester UnitedAzpilicueta has been at Chelsea since 2012 but the team is still only five months into Sarri’s reign.That is in stark contrast to the four years Mauricio Pochettino has been at Tottenham.LATEST CHELSEA NEWSmighty fine brosRyan Thomas gets parking ticket on £285k Rolls Royce as bros ride bikesExclusiveRETURN TRIPRyan, Adam and Scott Thomas handed second series of their ITV travel seriesteetotalLove Island’s Scott Thomas reveals he nearly lost his business over love of boozeTHOMAS AND TEDDYAdam Thomas and son Teddy model new George at Asda range for Father’s Day’lockdown baby’Holly Willoughby praises Ryan Thomas’ ‘sweet’ eight-week-old baby RomanFAMILY TIESAdam Thomas confronts absent dad in new doc with brothers Ryan and ScottBut Azpilicueta insists the fact Spurs are further along in their development under their manager is no excuse when it comes to a London derby.The former Marseille man said: “They have been working together for a long time, but when you go on to the pitch in a derby, there are a lot of things that don’t matter, like how long or not you have been playing with the manager.“In a derby like this there a lot of things. In the last derby we didn’t play the way we normally do and we have to learn from it.”Chelsea set up the two-legged semi-final against Spurs, to be played on January 8 and 22, after sub Eden Hazard’s late strike saw off Bournemouth.Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed in a more advanced role playing as a wide forward and Azpilicueta reckons the England star has improved significantly.5 Ruben Loftus-Cheek helped Chelsea to overcome Bournemouth in the quarter-final on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images5 The England midfielder has come back from his Palace loan spell a much better player, according to his Spanish team-mateCredit: ReutersThe 29-year-old said: “He came back to pre-season training from his holidays following the World Cup before he was supposed to.“He didn’t play much and he wanted to get in the team really quick. Obviously he took a bit of time to adapt to a new position, last season he played at Crystal Palace in a different role.“But he has adapted really well, now he is playing sometimes as a winger. His game is improving every day and I’m really pleased for him.“He has been with us for quite a long time and now he is getting more of a chance. He is showing his quality and how important he can be. We have seen a better Ruben and hopefully he can keep going.”It’s match week 18 of the Premier League as Chelsea greet Leicester City and Cardiff welcomes Manchester United
Share This!Ahoy! I know, not the typical way to start a merchandise review. But if you’re looking for treasures from the high seas, you’re in luck. This month, I’m showing the plunder available on the Disney Fantasy on my recent cruise. Shipboard merchandise is somewhat limited compared to what you find on land, but there are plenty of awesome finds just waiting to be seen. Let’s dive on it!More often than not, if I’m coming home with a souvenir from a cruise, it has been a Tervis cup. They’re incredibly usable while on board, and with tile floor throughout the house, they’re my drinkware of choice. They had “normal” Tervis cups, but also Tervis wine glasses and water cups.Here’s a close-up of the pattern on the water cup. I couldn’t justify buying any more, but I thought about it!Clothing is also very popular on the cruise. And yes, the spirit jersey trend continues at sea. I’ve been reducing my wardrobe at home, and I wouldn’t get much use out of a long-sleeve spirit jersey in Florida, but I really liked the look of this one.When I first saw this spirit jersey, I wasn’t too thrilled about the look, as it looked more flimsy than the others. Then I realized–it’s a spirit jersey rash guard. What do you think? Goofy or great?Also on the trend boat, rose gold is everywhere here as well. Given the limited amount of room to display items on board, rose gold got an entire section with headbands, backpacks, and (of course) spirit jerseys.They also had these wallets that I can’t imagine actually using, but if you need the entire rose gold experience….I almost bought this jacket, except they were out of my size, and again, living in Florida means that one jacket will last you for years upon years. I loved the retro design and silky feel, though.I’m not much of a fan of the I’m in love with the Captain shirt (and Pete was the captain of Steamboat Willie, not Mickey, so….). Yes, it may be a little corny, but I do like the Sea the Fantasy one.In the end, I bought the blue shirt on the right in this photo. It’s a comfy shirt, and it has sparkles. What’s not to love?There’s plenty of clothing for all ages, including a two-piece set and a lovely Minnie shirt in blue.You’ll certainly see kids of all ages on board, so no surprise there’s clothing for infants and toddlers.I’m still trying to make up my mind whether I like the retro Minnie style that they had on a lot of the merchandise. For instance, I liked this shirt…These went down into the “Just Okay” category for me…But this one wasn’t a style I liked at all. Is it the Minnie design or is it the shirt itself? Do any of you like it?For boy’s clothing, the emphasis was on the new-style Mickey from the new Mickey Mouse shorts. I’d love to see them do a complete short where the gang goes on DCL (beyond that one scene with Donald in Flipperboobootosis–can you tell I like the cartoons?).Toddler-size clothing was also available for the boys on board.Confession time–I saw this shirt out of the corner of my eye and thought that it said something very, very different. An honest mistake, really!If you want to get your Pirate on while on board, there’s plenty of last-minute options. Not all of them are outright Disney-themed either, like this one that you could wear to…..your other pirate-themed parties you attend?If your girl decides she wants to dress up, but you can’t get into the Pirate’s League for the full makeover, there’s still plenty of options for Disney to help for a few pieces of eight.Couples shirts. You either love ’em or hate ’em, right? I often find these just a tad awkward, because who knows who that hook is pointing at…Thanks to Star Wars and Marvel day at sea cruises, and the popularity of Marvel and Star Wars movies on board, there’s an abundance of merchandise for both franchises. Here’s some of the Star Wars stuff….… and here’s some of what they had for Marvel.In my view, you can’t go wrong with a DCL plush or a tsum tsum, though. They make great gifts for all ages.I’m sure there’s some sort of psychological term for people who have phobias about drinking out of mugs shaped like someone’s head. But if you don’t have that, what do you think about this Pirate Stitch mug?Dish towels strike me as the kind of gift you’d bring home to your pet sitter. But what do I spy there? A red tag? Yes, even on the cruise line, you can sometimes find items on sale before they head state-side to the Outlets.Having stateroom door magnets, whether you buy them or bring your own, can be so helpful when you try to find your way back to your room late at night when you’re so exhausted you can barely walk.Picture frames can be a great family souvenir from a trip. I do like that ‘generic family people’ in this one are Mickey, Donald, and Minnie.This frame is also pretty cute, but it feels like something I’d be more likely to DIY from Pinterest at home.Forget a bag for port shopping? Reusable bags are available for sale in on the ship.And, when all else fails, artwork is a fun souvenir. Don’t you love the one of Mount Rustmore?Speaking of Castaway Cay, much of the merchandise was the same as my cruise last January, but this shirt was new to me. It’s very pretty, but I can’t imagine I’d get any use out of it.For Castaway Cay couples shirts, there’s these beauties. I think I like this better than the Pirate ones, but I doubt you’d see me in them…And now for my “best and worst”. First, the best. The free soft serve is a thing of legends on the ship. I highly recommend that we need to have accurate wait time measurements taken to help optimize when you should go for soft serve with the least line. It’s a sacrifice, but I’m willing to take some more cruises to get that data. Anyone want to send me on that research trip? Anyone? Anyone…..?And then, for the “worst”, there was this sweatshirt. The style didn’t work for me, and I don’t really know who is buying all these sweatshirts in July in the middle of the Caribbean. Am I missing something? If so, let me know!That’s it for this month’s round-up. Got merchandise you’d like me to report back on? Have a park you want me to visit? Let me know in the comments.
It’s estimated that one-third of the 1.5 million retailers in the United States aren’t ripe for investing in new cash handling technology—they’re simply too small or don’t have the revenue to see any benefit from an investment.However, that leaves legions of retailers that can—should they be convinced of the value—upgrade their current cash handling procedures.The low end of this available market, which represents about another one-third of retailers, is fairly mature, with simple cash control devices penetrating about 75 to 80 percent of the workable market for such solutions, according to a 2017 study by the ATM Industry Association, Retail Cash Management.- Sponsor – But at retailers with some level of automation, which have the size, level of profitability, or mindset to potentially automate aspects of cash management, there is significant room for growth. Penetration of the smart-safe workable market, which could be as much as 30 percent of the total retail space, is only at about 13 percent. And there are only 3,000 to 3,500 cash recyclers active in the US retail market space out of a serviceable market for recyclers of approximately 150,000 retailers, or just 10 to 12 percent penetration of the potential market for cash recyclers in retail.The new research study concludes, “With the introduction and expansion of smart safes in the mid to late 1990s, and with the growth of the market over time, as well as the expansion of cash management to the fully automated recycler products, the retail market is poised for an explosive growth in products, solutions, services, and support in automated cash management.”Potential for growth indicates opportunity—but also a complicated marketplace. Solutions range from entry-level systems to completely closed point-of-sale (POS) cash handling solutions in which cashiers have no access to cash at all to solutions that integrate back- and front-office solutions with those used by banks and cash-transit companies. There are traditional smart safes and newer cash recyclers, which include a bin for coin deposits in addition to a note recycler that provides retailers with access to in-store cash from which they can make withdrawals after it is validated and credited to their account. Associates can use recycler units to fill their registers, cashiers can trade large bills for smaller ones, and smaller bills are recycled back into operating cash inventory, reducing the need for change orders and providing an audit trail for each transaction.It’s a maze of options, and at the risk of being distracted by cat videos, YouTube provides useful tutorials on the range of choices and a chance to watch units in action. Retail case studies offered up by major vendors in the field offer additional insight into specific projects undertaken by retailers, quick-serve restaurants, and others.Critically, it’s important for LP to educate themselves about solutions while not looking for the “one right” answer. “A retail strategy is actually the first determinant of how you should manage your cash,” advised Mike Keenan, CPP, CFI, LPC, an industry veteran who has led LP at Macy’s, Ross, and Gap during his distinguished career. Risks, resources, cash intake, and a host of other factors are also determinants. “Different retailers will need different solutions,” Keenan noted.In Search of Value through Cash Handling ProceduresCash demand forecasting is an important part of a decision on investing in cash handling systems; so, too, is a complete accounting of current cash handling activities and their associated costs. While both areas may exceed the boundary of LP, executives should be aware of them—and the full scope of the financial and business impacts of cash management—to be a full partner in a retailer’s drive for profitability—today’s higher mandate for LP.“It’s the direction of the industry, where we need to be expanding that value and changing what a project sponsor brings to the table,” explained John Van Slingerland, vice president of business development at G4S Retail Solutions, a provider of end-to-end retail cash management solutions.It’s also why providers such as G4S have invested heavily in educating LP on cash management beyond the impact on risk. “In general, folks in LP and AP are being asked to do more. Moreover, they want to be asked to participate in the strategic part of the business,” he said. “It’s about supporting them as they go to their business partners with more benefits than just securing cash and a provisional credit at the end of the day. It’s also about other benefits that put them in a position to help drive consistency in the business.”What are some of those other benefits? Broadly, a retailer that adopts more efficient cash handling procedures can reduce the costs of cash management, which may increase levels of customer service and allow a more transparent monitoring of cash payment flow.To maximize the effectiveness of a cash handling solution, experts say a retailer should examine the whole cash cycle and effectively involve all stakeholders, including LP, operations, finance, store owners and managers, banks, and cash-in-transit companies.On the business side, when a retailer can get a near real-time picture of its cash assets, it can make use of that working capital, make better business decisions, reduce bank fees and risk, and improve compliance. And as interest rates climb, the value to retailers of having nearly real-time access to cash deposits increases. And it’s not just LP and finance that can make use of the data that today’s solutions can generate. Marketing can use the intelligence to make a correlation between an advertising campaign or sale and cash intake, for example.Different technologies and features yield different value. Cash counting machines, for example, reduce errors and cash drawer counting to under a minute. Using a cash recycling machine also saves a retailer from depositing costs, automates the counting process, and makes it easier to track the reconciliation process. The benefits of smart-safe technology are broadly known—they sort cash and automatically credit accounts—but enhanced business intelligence from them is expanding their value.Cutting costs associated with maintenance and service is one example. Connected cash systems can continually perform health checks, issue status reports, and permit remote troubleshooting. And updating permissions, such as adding or deleting authorized users, can be made at the central repository. Configuration changes can be pushed out to 1,000 stores at once. “For larger retailers there is significant administrative burden associated with profile management and having technicians go out and do local updates. Now that it’s cloud-based, all of that can be done remotely,” explained Jim Poteet, former executive vice president [now CEO] at FireKing.If a retailer is experiencing high cash shortages in its stores, advanced cash management technology can be particularly beneficial, according to Keenan. By improving accountability and control, the technology can reduce actual cash losses, enhancing the ROI equation.Time saving has been a major driver of business value for 7-Eleven from its investments in automated cash handling technology. “It has allowed for agreements that we don’t have to separate bills. The stores can take entire bundles as they are fed, rather than sorting, and that saves the stores time,” said Smith. “And with integration at POS, we can identify employees and to whom the machine dispenses change if they need more in the till. That level of intelligence has improved the time spent managing cash at shift changes and at start and end of day.”That can bring a retailer substantial value. Administration accounts for 72 percent of cash handling costs, according to data from Gunnebo, a provider of cash handling solutions. The average time spent on till reconciliation during shift changes is nearly fifteen minutes, and even more is spent on manual consolidation in cash offices for each checkout. Replenishing tills, reporting, safe reconciliations, cash transport preparation, ordering change, and other administrative tasks that technology can automate consume additional time.Indeed, retailers in case studies most frequently cite time saving as a primary source of payback for automated cash handling technology. For example, Tony Lawson, director of asset protection for Goodwill of Southeast Wisconsin and its 64 locations, estimates his organization is saving two to four hours per day by switching from counting all cash by hand to use of a Tellermate intelligent cash counter with an integrated keypad and printer. Schnuck Markets, Panda Express, and Rack Room Shoes tell similar stories of saving money by eliminating manual money handling.By conducting a pilot study in which time spent managing cash is measured pre- and post-implementation of cash handling technology, it’s possible for a retailer to make an assessment of the potential ROI from this aspect of automation. It’s an important step for all retailers to take because the value from faster cash handling will vary, according to Mike Keenan. While use of cash recyclers helped one major retailer eliminate thousands of back-office jobs in 2017, those types of major savings aren’t a sure thing. “Cash counting machines help people be more efficient and increase accuracy, but the value you’ll get from that depends on the business environment.”Keenan explained that if a store has personnel who just handle cash, there is an opportunity to reduce headcount, which would translate into significant savings. “But so many retailers have moved to lean payroll models that they may just have a manager responsible for handling the cash.” And although automation could allow a manager to increase his or her productivity, that is a substantially more squishy value-add than trimming payroll.Keenan believes that LP executives need to take a judicious approach in general. “Today’s cash management solutions are very creative, and they have lot of bells and whistles. They may sound good, but you have to thoroughly examine them—what will the ROI truly be?” He noted that for a retailer looking at purchasing units for thousands of locations, it’s far from a guarantee that the payback period will be quick enough to make for a winning business case. “So an important part of looking at cash solutions is to be extremely clear on exactly what the unit or solution is going to bring you.”To that end, retailers should be wary of taking a siloed approach to examining cash handling solutions. As for LP, experts we talked to suggested that they should educate themselves on the broad business benefits of advanced cash management solutions—such as achieving working capital benefits by getting cash more quickly into accounts—as well as measure and communicate the security risks and benefits associated with different cash handling options.Learn more about reducing risk through cash management processes by reading the full article, “Cashing In on Security,” which was originally published in 2017. This excerpt was updated August 21, 2018. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis officials are asking for more time to determine which of the nearly 900 felony detainees should be freed from jail, citing concerns that a judge’s ruling could put potentially dangerous suspects back on the streets.U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig ruled Tuesday that St. Louis must stop jailing people awaiting trial simply because they can’t afford bail. Her ruling also gave the city one week to hold detention hearings for inmates already behind bars.The city’s stay request filed Thursday seeks at least 30 days, saying a week isn’t enough time to adequately address hundreds of cases.City Counselor Julian Bush says most detainees are jailed for serious felonies, including 92 charged with first-degree murder.Fleissig’s ruling allows inmates to remain jailed if they are deemed dangerous.