Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel Announces New Tour Dates & More

first_img View Comments Idina Menzel Star Filescenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Idina Sets More Tour DatesIf/Then and Frozen queen Idina Menzel has announced more dates for her upcoming summer international world tour! The Broadway superstar will kick off performances at the Board Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on June 20, 2015, before heading to Britain. She’ll perform shows around the UK, ending at London’s Wembley Arena on June 27. Next stop, of course, will be the USA!Kyle Scatliffe is Back in Les MizKyle Scatliffe, who originated the role of Enjolras in the current Broadway revival of Les Miserables, returns to lead the crusade from December 2. Jason Forbach had temporarily stepped in as the revolutionary leader for Scatliffe, who had been on leave.Michael Keaton’s B’way Turn May Win Him an Oscar!?Looks like Michael Keaton’s (sort of) star turn on Broadway will dominate awards season! His movie Birdman, where he plays a past-his-prime movie actor preparing for his big comeback on the Great White Way at the St. James Theatre, took home Best Feature and Best Actor for Keaton at the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards on December 1. Industry “experts” are already uttering the word “Oscar.” We’re hoping that Keaton will follow in his Birdman co-star Emma Stone’s footsteps and make his next project treading the Broadway boards for real!Alysha Umphress’ New AlbumOn the Town star and Broadway.com Vlogger Alysha Umphress is appearing on a new record! I’ve Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz features Umphress singing original songs by Blumenkrantz, along with several original arrangements of standards including “Spring Is Here/Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You.” The album will be released on Yellow Sound Label on January 6, 2015.last_img read more

Slain boy’s wounded mother speaks at memorial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The memorial at Calvary Community Church featured harps and violins and a video slide show highlighting the short but impactful life of Sev’n, a handsome child with kind eyes. Ruiz was so touched by the outpouring of support from the community that she decided to have a memorial for her son, which also featured touching words from family members, school officials and church leaders. “Dear friend,” she wrote on the memorial program. “You have brought hope to a soul that was on the verge of giving up on hope. For surely, after the night of Aug. 12, how could I still believe in hope?” That was the night Calvin Leonard Sharp, 27, allegedly chased her and her son outside their apartment in the 1800 block of Hillcrest Drive with a meat cleaver. He ended up killing him and putting her in the hospital. A 53-year-old woman who lived at the complex intervened and was slashed in the face, but managed to wrestle the weapon away from Sharp, who was later arrested at the scene by police. Sharp is charged with murder and is in Ventura County Jail with bail set at $1.5 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 14. Following Sev’n’s death, Ventura County firefighters and police officers squared off in September in a charity basketball game that raised more than $8,000. The money was donated to the Sandra Ruiz Family Fund. During Friday’s ceremony, Mary McLemore spoke of how she used to take care of Sev’n after school. She said he was “one of a kind.” “He had a charming nature and his favorite expression was, `But why?”‘ McLemore said – and when she heard of his death, all she could do was ask the same question. “God wants beautiful flowers in his garden, and Sev’n was a beautiful boy,” she said. The Rev. Steven Day of Calvary Community Church praised Ruiz and her amazing courage and reassured her that her son knew how much he was loved. “He loved completely and he loved fully,” Day said, “and was loved completely and was loved fully.” As she continues to recover, Ruiz has found comfort in Scripture. During Friday’s ceremony, she shared an apt passage. “Do not be overcome by evil,” she said, “but overcome evil with good.” [email protected] (818) 713-3329 How to help If you want to help the family of Sev’n Molina, please send checks to the Sandra Ruiz Family Benefit Fund, c/o Rabobank, attention Kate Oswald, 6401 E. Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93003.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – Two months removed from a vicious attack that took her young son’s life and left her near death, Sandra Ruiz stood behind a church lectern Friday, remarkably composed and strong. She was there to honor the life of her 6-year-old boy, Sev’n, killed by a man wielding a meat cleaver in an assault that shook the community to its core for its sheer viscousness. And she was there to let the 150 people in attendance – relatives, Amgen co-workers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters – know that she was OK. “In my life, I have never known a greater love than the love I shared with my child, Sev’n,” said Ruiz, 33, who was severely injured in the attack and is still recovering. “It’s stronger now.” last_img