In addition to Russell, Umbers, Humbley and Gabrielle, Merrily features Clare Foster as Beth and Glyn Kerslake as Joe Josephson, as well as Zizi Strallen, Matthew Barrow, Martin Callaghan, Amanda Minihan, Kirk Patterson, Amy Ellen Richardson, Ashley Robinson, Robbie Scotcher, and Joanna Woodward. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along will hit the big screen on October 23. Director Maria Friedman’s award-winning production, which originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will be broadcast in movie theaters across the United States for one night only. The first production distributed as part of the West End Theater series, Merrily We Roll Along stars Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers, Damian Humbley and Josefina Gabrielle. American audiences eager to check out the West End production can find the closest screening here. Check out Broadway.com’s interview with the musical’s stars during its initial run at the Menier in the video below. Merrily We Roll Along moves backwards in time from 1980 to 1955 and examines the lives of three writers whose friendship is tested by time, events, ambition and fate. Popular songs include “Not a Day Goes By,” “Good Thing Going” and “Old Friends.” The Menier production received more five-star reviews than any other musical in West End history and picked up the London’s Critic’s Theatre Awards for Best Musical and was named by Broadway.com’s Matt Wolf as one of the top five London productions in 2012. View Comments
BILLY PORTER! In 2013, Porter had an amazing Broadway comeback in the role of Lola in Kinky Boots, winning the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his sizzling work. All week, we’re highlighting the ten most-clicked stars who appeared on Broadway in 2013 (in no particular order!). Today’s fan favorite is… In the video below, Porter talks about his favorite things and moments from the year! View Comments
Joint Force Headquarters-PennsylvaniaJoint Force Headquarters – Pennsylvania (JFHQ-PA) is the headquarters for both the Army and the Air National Guards of Pennsylvania, providing oversight to all the Soldiers and Airmen in the state. JFHQ-PA’s mission is to maintain trained and equipped forces ready to perform missions as directed by state or federal authorities. The headquarters JFHQ-PA supports Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities and other domestic emergency missions. In addition, the JFHQ-PA provides expertise and situational awareness to Department of Defense authorities to facilitate integration of federal and state activities.Counterdrug Joint Task ForceThe mission of the Pennsylvania Counterdrug Joint Task Force (CJTF) directly supports the commonwealth’s mission to improve the safety and welfare of citizens of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania CJTF leverages unique National Guard capabilities to support community efforts against illicit drugs and emerging threats. Its missions include:Operational Support to Law EnforcementAssist in the disruption of illicit drug financing, production, transportation and distribution. Guardsmen provide personnel and services that include criminal analysis, technical support, engineer support, prescription take back, ground reconnaissance and aerial observation.Civil OperationsGuardsmen teach, coach and mentor civilian community anti-drug coalitions to deliver collaborative and effective strategies that promote drug-free communities and create healthy citizens.Northeast Counterdrug Training CenterPlease see the section on Tenant Training Units for more information.Visit www.counterdrug.org 3rd Civil Support TeamPennsylvania’s 3rd Civil Support Team (CST) is a 22-person, full-time force that provides state and regional chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response capability in the form of recognition, analysis, prediction and active monitoring. The Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is a 186-person force with five full-time personnel and the remainder traditional National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. The CERFP provides search and extraction, decontamination, medical triage and limited care capabilities in response to a CBRN event both in-state and regionally.
Blount Island Command (BICmd) provides technical assistance to Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commanders for all aspects of planning, deployment, arrival and assembly, and reconstitution of prepositioned assets. Directly supporting power projection during global crises.Located in Jacksonville, Florida, aboard Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, this industrial base and a robust local Navy support infrastructure provides an advantage not readily available to other sites. The MPF is comprised of two Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadrons that carry the combat equipment and sustainment to support up to two Marine Expeditionary Brigades of roughly 18,000 Marines and Sailors each. BICmd also manages the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway and the Marine Expeditionary Unit Augmentation Program in Kuwait.
ConclusionNorth Carolina’s natural splendor and moderate climate make it a recreational wonderland. Take advantage of the opportunity to get outside and recharge while the country continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 on indoor recreational outlets.For information about the recreational programs at MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, visit their website here. For the most up-to-date information regarding closures, visit MCCS Lejeune-New River Facebook’s Page.More like this: 25 of the Best Camp Lejeune Restaurants (2020 Edition) IntroductionThere is plenty to do aboard Camp Lejeune and in the surrounding communities, especially in the Great Outdoors. We encourage you to have fun exploring your new base and find more things to do nearby with these 30 starter suggestions.Suggested Read: Camp Lejeune North Carolina: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.30 Of the Best Things to Do Near Camp LejeuneKnow what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go:(1-5) Museums(6) Golf Courses(7-12) Parks, Fishing, & Hunting(13-16) Movie Theaters(17) Farmers Market(18) Distilleries(19-30) GymsCamp Lejeune Museums1. Montford Point Marine MuseumNote: The museum is temporarily closed to the public due to the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Once repairs are made to the building and exhibits, we will reopen.In June of 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Employment Practices Commission that allowed, among other things, African Americans to join the Marine Corps. And the very first of these courageous, groundbreaking men trained right here at Camp Montford Point. Learn all about them right here on Camp Lejeune.Jacksonville2. Lynnwood Park ZooWho doesn’t love animals? Exactly. Everybody loves animals. And this 10-acre plot right here in Jacksonville is home to over 50 different species, from alligators to zebras. They’re open Friday through Monday until 5 pm, so grab the kids and have a day adventure seeing animals from all over the world.3. Lejeune Memorial GardensThis sprawling park complex is the site of the Beirut Memorial, the Onslow Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the 9/11 Memorial, and acreage reserved for future memorials. The Beirut Memorial is a solemn tribute to the 273 Marines killed in Lebanon and Grenada on Oct. 23, 1983. The name of each man is engraved in granite along with the words, “They Came in Peace.” The 9/11 Memorial includes a beam from the Twin Towers, while the Vietnam Memorial is one of the largest Vietnam Memorials in the nation and among the few that lists all the names of the fallen; inscriptions on its glass walls surrounding the central fountain recall all 58,229 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.In 2015, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Museum of the Marine. Currently, at what will be part of the entryway for the museum, sits a large Eagle, Globe, and Anchor statue over a reflective pond.Wilmington4. USS North CarolinaThe battleship USS North Carolina, docked across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk its decks and envision the daily life and fierce combat the crews faced during numerous World War II battles. You will encounter stories about men from all walks of life in their oral histories, photographs, and mementos on the ship and through its exhibits.Pine Knoll Shores5. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresOf the four aquariums run by North Carolina Aquariums, this is the closest. If you and/or your family love enjoying and learning about the wonders of the sea, this is a great place to do that. From guided tours to sleepovers in the facility, the aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is an amazing experience for people of all ages.Camp Lejeune Golf Courses6. Paradise Point Golf CourseDesigned by former Marine and world-renowned golf architect, George Cobb, Paradise Point Golf Course has two 18-hole courses, the 70-par Scarlet and the 72-par golf, along with driving ranges, a practice field and putting greens and a Pro Shop, all open to the general public. Golf lessons are available. To schedule a golf outing or reserve your tee time, call 1 (910) 451-5445.Parks, Fishing, & HuntingCamp Lejeune7. Outdoor AdventuresOutdoor Adventures offers fun on the water with paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. Plus a variety of camps available for all ages that include rock wall climbing, archery, mountain biking, and archery tag. See the events calendar to find some outdoor fun.8. MCCS Lejeune-New River PoolsGet fit or take a dip in the six pools located throughout MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River. In addition to lap and recreational swimming, pools offer swim lessons, splash camps, instructional classes, and more. Camp Lejeune also offers a swim team for children age 5 to 18, with competitions in age groups against other youth throughout North Carolina. Visit their website for more information.9. McIntyre-Parks Recreational Shooting ComplexThe recreational shooting complex offers an eight-lane practice course with stationary targets set at known distances of 10 to 50 yards as well as seven skeet fields with two trap overlays with a five-stand overlay.Free basic shotgun safety and archery instruction by Certified Range Safety Officers is available. Learn how to hold, load, and shoot a shotgun, in addition to the rules of the sport. CRSOs can also teach you to hold and shoot a bow and training bows are available.The pistol range is open to authorized MCCS patrons ages 13 and older; children under the age of 18 must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian. Only privately owned weapons are allowed on the range. Customers must comply with all base regulations on firearms.Check out the McIntyre-Parks Recreational Shooting Complex and the Pistol Range website for up-to-date information on events such as Kids Day and $5 Friday.10. Onslow BeachFor a lot of folks, few things feel better than a dip in the ocean. And, at Camp Lejeune, you don’t even have to go off base to enjoy one. Onslow Beach is right here and is open to all. You can even rent a lodge or park your RV here for a multi-day stay. Or just pop over for a day trip and then head home. The Atlantic Ocean’s right here for your enjoyment.Swansboro11. Bicentennial ParkFrom the shores of the White Oak River along the Swansboro waterfront, Bicentennial Park includes areas on both sides of the White Oak River Bridge. The park includes a fishing dock, picnic facilities, brick walkways as well as a boardwalk, benches, local history info, and restrooms.12. Hammocks Beach State ParkA welcome center with nature exhibits showcasing island wildlife and history at Hammocks Beach State Park offers picnic tables and a gazebo, ferry shuttles to and from Bear Island year-round, as well as, opportunities for recreation on the island itself. The island boasts a wealth of unique shells that come fresh with every tide, year-round fishing, primitive camping, covered picnic tables, and swimming on the east shore from Memorial Day to Labor Day.Camp Lejeune Movie Theater13. Base TheaterFor a great cinematic experience, there are three movie theaters right here on base with the largest being the main base theater. Tickets are cheap, the theater seats 1,400, and getting there from anywhere on post is easy. They even offer private party packages so you can rent out a theater for special occasions. You can learn their current film schedule by calling 1 (910) 449-9344.14. MCAS New River TheaterA smaller theater located with the Air Station, it has its own snack bar so you can enjoy some tasty nibbles while enjoying Dolby surround sound film. Call them for the current movie schedule at 1 (910) 449-6292.15. Midway Park TheaterThe third theater on base is a lovely, quaint old brick building that reminisces small-town America. Closed on Mondays, it shows one movie every evening during the week, two on Fridays and Sundays, and three on Saturdays. Find out their current schedule at 1 (910) 449-9344.Jacksonville16. AMC CLASSIC Jacksonville 16The local megaplex with all the amenities you’d expect. Choose from a wide array of food and snacks, pick a great film to watch, and enjoy it all in surround sound on a big, plush seat. Plus, the theater is attached to the Jacksonville mall, meaning you can get a whole lot of great shopping done before or after your movie.Food & DrinksJacksonville17. Onslow County Farmers MarketThe Onslow County Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization established to provide fresh, local produce; farm-to-table meats and dairy; baked goods; and wonderful hand-crafted items.Shop the market Saturday morning at 4024 Richlands Highway and Tuesday morning at 512 New Bridge St. in Downtown Jacksonville.18. Walton’s DistilleryFounder Donald Walton may have learned his craft in Kentucky’s bourbon country, but he chose his home state of North Carolina to open his distillery. Which is lucky for all you lovers of high quality and downright delicious American liquors. Stop by for a tour, a drink, a bottle to take home, or all three of his specialty blends.Camp Lejeune GymsWhether you’re a Marine or Sailor prepping for that next PFT or a family member just trying to stay fit, there is no shortage of gyms on Camp Lejeune for your fitness needs. No matter where you live or work, there’s a place to work up a sweat nearby on base. All of them require 100% ID check, so have your CAC card or other appropriate identification when you go for a workout. Marines and Sailors should also be aware of the base gym policies on appropriate attire and guests.Note: All gyms are currently affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some are currently closed, others operating with shortened hours, and strict distancing policies. Check the MWR site for updates and specific guidelines for each gym.19. Area 5 Fitness CenterBldg. 500, McHugh Blvd., Camp Lejeune1 (910) 451-8921This weekdays-only gym has all the weights and cardio equipment you could need, plus locker rooms and showers.20. Camp Geiger Fitness CenterBldg. G930 C St., Camp Geiger1 (910) 449-0609Weight and cardio equipment, plus a sauna and racquetball court. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own racket, ball, or goggles, they have ones you can check out.21. Camp Johnson Fitness CenterBldg. M-168, Main Service Rd., Camp Johnson1 (910) 450-1250In addition to normal, indoor gym features this location has an outdoor space for conditioning exercises like pull-ups, jump rope, and boxing.22. Courthouse Bay Fitness CenterBldg. BB2 off Horn Rd., Courthouse Bay1 (910) 440-7447One of the larger gyms on base with the usual amenities and more, including a sports clinic, a boxing/sparring area, and two racquetball courts.23. French Creek Fitness CenterBldg. FC332 off McHugh Blvd. & Gonzalez, French Creek1 (910) 451-5430With a 10,000 square foot weight room, you won’t feel crowded as you get swole. And that’s in addition to the cardio machines, racquetball courts, sauna, and more.24. HITT Center Camp LejeuneBldg. 401 (across from the Field House), Camp Lejeune1 (910) 451-0122Take advantage of one of two facilities designed to provide High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) to Marines and Sailors looking to improve their combat readiness. Active duty personnel can attend special classes, but both HITT Centers are open to all authorized patrons for use.25. HITT Center New RiverBldg AS-4024, New River1 (910) 449-7698 or 1 (910) 449-5854The HITT facility servicing MCAS New River with much the same setup as the Lejeune center.26. Morgan Bay Fitness CenterBldg. H-1, Hospital Point, Camp Lejeune1 (910) 451-1676Another smaller, weekday gym but one with plenty of weights and cardio equipment nonetheless. Plus a dry-heat sauna and small group training sessions.27. New River Fitness CenterBldg. AS-4400 Douglass Rd., New River1 (910) 449-4961The main gym for the Air Station, this facility is full of great equipment and spaces. There’s a basketball court, an indoor climbing wall, an outdoor MCMAP pit, a smoothie shop, and more.28. Stone Bay Fitness CenterBldg. RR-136, Stone Bay1 (910) 440-2055A large gym with loads of cardio machines and weights.29. Tarawa Terrace Fitness CenterBldg. TT-2455C, Tarawa Terrace1 (910) 450-1681Weights and cardio, plus a sauna and an aerobics studio.30. Wallace Creek Fitness CenterBldg. WC1, Camp Lejeune1 (910) 450-7649Not does this large gym have all the cardio and weight gear you could need, but a huge, multi-lane pool for lap swimming only. Plus a smoothie shop for some post-swim (or any other workout) refreshment.
Originally a mid-level steel road race bike for the Italian company in the 1970s, Bianchi is bringing back the Sprint as a reasonably priced modern carbon road bike. The spirit of the new bike remains the same, providing a high-quality road bike suitable for cyclists just getting into road racing as much as for riders just looking to have fun on the bike – and now it comes with either rim or disc brakes.Bianchi Sprint Disc carbon road race bikeSlotting into Bianchi’s road race line-up, the new Sprint is as aero focused as the Oltre, or even the more affordable Aria, nor is it a lightweight like the Specialissima (which also brought back a classic Bianchi name.)Instead, the Sprint is something in between, a do-it-all road race bike that takes some lessons from Bianchi’s full aero bikes. The bike is meant to offer affordable performance, but appears to still be made in Italy like the higher-end Bianchis.GeometryThe UCI-approved monocoque carbon frame does get race-ready geometry, with the essentially the same head angles and stack & reach figures as the top-tier Specialissima. That should make for a reactive bike ready for your local racing circuit, and of course the finish line Sprint.Chainstays are a bit longer to make way for 28mm tire clearance on the rim brake version, and up to 32mm tires in the disc brake bike. That also works to add stability to the otherwise snappy front end, making for a bike that can still perform well in longer distance amateur events as well as gran fondos.While Bianchi talks of “pared back aesthetics” on the Sprint which comes in either black or classic celeste, this could win the prize for the most number of times the brand name is written on the bike.From tip to tail, the fork blades, toptube, downtube & chainstays all are covered with a low-contrast repetitive graphic of the Bianchi text logo for a subtle patterning. It isn’t offensive, but it is omnipresent.Tech DetailsThe new Sprint gets a full carbon, tapered steerer fork within its aero profile front end.The Sprint features full internal cable routing, compatible with mechanical & electronic groupsets, a pressfit BB86 bottom bracket, and a braze-on front derailleur.A wedge-style clamp on the top of the toptube secures the round 27.2mm seatpost. The frame also gets carbon dropouts with metal contact plates.The rim brake bike of course sticks with QRs, and the disc version gets flat mount calipers & 12mm thru-axles.The disc brake bike comes in seven sizes (47-61cm), and will be offered with 105, Ultegra, or with the new Force eTap AXS 12-speed. The rim brake bike is available in eight sizes from 44-61cm, and in two complete builds with either Shimano 105 or Ultegra, starting from 2000€.Bianchi.com
Got a first generation SRAM Red eTap wireless shifting group? Need a new derailleur? Or just want better chain management?SRAM has quietly released an updated eTap rear derailleur for their original wireless road group, and it gets some of the best AXS features. But it’s still only for their 11-speed group. So, you get the looks of the latest 12-speed AXS, but will only work with the original eTap 11-speed shifters.OK, so why?SRAM told us that, from a production standpoint, it just made more sense to use the updated tech and design. And that’s good news for anyone needing to replace their rear mech…this one is much better.The shifting motor is faster and more precise. it gets X-Sync ceramic bearing pulleys. But best of all, it adds their Orbit hydraulic damping “clutch” to the pulley cage. We shot some killer slow motion in our AXS launch video that shows how well it works. Check out the full AXS launch coverage for more details on all of that tech.To be clear, this one gets many of the AXS unit’s physical features, but does not operate on the AXS wireless signal and will not work with the AXS smartphone app. It’s only a replacement for the original’s eTap shifting system.It fits up to a 32t cog with their WiFLi mid-cage option, and a short cage is offered, too. Retail starts at $649 (€593 / £529, including VAT), available now.(UPDATE: This story originally published with images of the first generation eTap derailleur and has been updated with correct photos of the new unit and additional information on compatibility)SRAM.com
Wasting no time at all, SLF Motion is spinning up for the new year with an all new take on their Oversize Hyper Speed System. Launched last January, the Hyper Speed System was SLF’s answer to a complete pulley system that built on their history of making ultra fast Hyper Pulley wheels. Now, that complete system has been reworked in carbon with new features, but it’s also joined by another pulley system – the Midsize Hyper Crit.Moving forward, the Oversize Hyper Speed System will rely on a U.S. made carbon cage that is said to drop the weight by 15% depending on the model. The redesigned system also includes different spring tension settings in a cage that is said to be more durable with increased stiffness. All V2 Hyper Speed systems will be sold with a 14/18t pulley wheel combination which SLF Motion claims is the “ideal combination of reduced friction, ease of installation/setup, and repeatable precise shifting.” The cages are compatible with 32t cassettes, and bearing performance is apparently better as well. Available for Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo derailleurs with six different color options for the pulley wheels, the separate models are being offered through a pre-order for $485, with delivery starting in March.The Midsize Hyper Crit System is essentially the same as the Oversized V2 system, with the exception of a smaller 14t lower cog. The smaller lower cog is reported to be better for hard shifting and close encounters common with crit racing. The 14/14t combination will be offered for SRAM and Shimano derailleurs – though the SRAM system is compatible with eTap derailleurs only. Otherwise, the Midsize system uses the same U.S. made carbon cage, with high end pulleys and will sell for $425 with the same colorful options for pulleys.Finally, the pulley wheels themselves have been updated with aluminum or titanium versions and hybrid ceramic bearings with coated races. The pulley wheels are available in 11, 12, or 14t versions to fit various road and mountain derailleurs and start at $195.Already have some SLF Motion products and looking to upgrade? The company has also announced their new Trade in/Trade up program which will snag you an $80 – $175 credit on new products depending on your trade in.slfmotion.com
We’re headed down to the Southeast Bike Expo this Sunday, right after a little stop at the Southern Cross on Saturday for a Schwag Toss.As a bonus for Bikerumor readers, the SE Bike Expo has extended pre-registration until Midnight tomorrow, giving you an extra 24 hours to get your tickets and enter the massive raffle. They’ll be giving away prizes from Bontrager, Ergon, Vee Rubber, Osprey, Jamis and BikeRay Lights, plus grand prizes from Formula (a set of R1 brakes!) and Niner (a frame!). But you’ve got to pre-register to get a raffle ticket.Their list of exhibitors is growing, with Orbea, Pedal Pushers, Lazer, Zipp, Origin8, Club Ride, Belgium Bike, Jack Kane and many, many more signing on since our last update. They’ll also have a special course set up for testing bike lights from several brands on the trail and in the woods, and Terrapin Beer will be on hand with nice cold adult beverages. Check their website for a complete list, get your tickets and we’ll see you there! The weather’s looking great, and the trails at Conyers are phenomenal.Oh, and all proceeds benefit IMBA/SORBA, helping keep trails open and growing throughout the southeast.
For those of you who didn’t check out GnatLikesBikes photos on Flickr, here’s another one:You can just feel the cool grass on your legs as you take a break from a long ride. Ahhh…Now get off the computer and go ride your bike!