Friday, March 15, 2019

'Like with Dracula, Theresa May will always come back': Brexit has tempers flaring in Cheltenham

By the time of the "meaningful vote" on Theresa May's Brexit deal, the odds were that the prime minister's deal would be defeated. It's festival week in Cheltenham but this time it's not race goers whose emotions are getting to them, instead Brexit has got tempers flaring. There were just too many hurdles to get over - a predicament that, normally, racegoers at the Cheltenham festival might sympathise with. ITV News spoke to a group on Tuesday evening who were divided about what had happened, why it had happened and what should happen next. A pub-goer in Cheltenham compared the prime minister to Dracula before saying Mrs May will "always come back". Jacque Gibbons said: "With Theresa May, it's a bit like with Dracula, until she's dead you're never sure she is, she'll always come back, pull the vote, or try and bribe people and pay people off." She also said Mrs May's defeat on Tuesday night "is the first step" towards a referendum. "I'm highly, highly relieved that this is the first step in a long journey towards a referendum," she added. Meanwhile there's no shortage of risk-takers in racing as an Irish trainer's business depends on the free movement of people and horses. Despite her business needs, Kate Harrington still backs the PM's tactic of taking things to the wire. She said: "If you've got to get something done you've just got to leave it to the 11th hour". "When we decide what races we're going to run, whilst in Cheltenham we leave it down to the last second, and maybe she just had to leave it that late to get the job done". However, it's another story in the kitchen that caters for the masses, as many are fed up with feeling everything's on a knife edge. Dorothy voted Leave but currently she is concerned for her own grandchildren and the PM. She said she worries about their future and wants to just move on. "We're in a world of uncertainty and we need to know where we are going," she said before adding, "Let's build a Great Britain".

Dracula TV series from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss has officially started filming 

Eamonn M. McCormack / Getty Images The candles have now been lit and the blood is being poured into goblets. This can only mean one thing – the Dracula TV series has finally kicked off production. Featuring the great Dane, Claes Bang, as the toothy Count, and Sherlock's Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss shadowing the project into creation, this exciting news was announced via Moffat's Instagram page. He wrote: "Night has fallen ... it's a new dawn," which seems to have sparked a wild reaction from fans on social media. "Good luck!! Wishing you the best and hope you'll have a great time...can't wait for it!" one follower responded, while more added: "Best news in depressing times...a dream team providing excellent entertainment. ..can't wait," and "Sweet!!! Filming for Dracula! Brilliant set of creators/writers/producers right there! Sending love from across the pond! Brits have the best telly!!" Also, notice how those appearing in the photograph are situated in a dank, dark chamber of some sort. How very gothic. We definitely can't wait for this one! Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images Related: BBC One reveals first Dracula plot teasers as it teams with Netflix on Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss series Previously, Moffat and Gatiss explained how their TV adaptation of Bram Stoker's iconic work will have a huge twist. "There's lots of things that are challenging about Dracula," said the former. "Having an evil lead character is actually really difficult. That's been the main challenge I think. But how we've handled [it], that you'll have to wait and see." Gatiss chimed in: "It's been very exciting though. Because we sort of made a promise to ourselves and the people who are making it, paying for it, that we'd make Dracula the hero of his own story, and less of a shadowy presence." Dracula doesn't currently have an official airdate. Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter account.

THE OTHER JOSH COHEN Ends Extended Off-Broadway Run In April 

Producers Suzanne Gilad & Larry Rogowsky announced today that the hit musical comedy The Other Josh Cohen will end its extended Off-Broadway run at The Westside Theatre on April 7, 2019. A National Tour will launch in 2020, cities and dates will be announced at a later date. Directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster, the musical began performances October 26th and received widespread critical acclaim, extending past its initial closing date of February 24th. The Other Josh Cohen features Book, Music and Lyrics by Drama Desk nominees David Rossmer (upcoming: Monopoly for Broadway; The Perfect Mate at Pittsburgh CLO; Alexa...for Audible) and Steve Rosen (upcoming: Secret of My Success at The Paramount Theatre, Chicago and The Curious Case of the Curse of Count Dracula at The Maltz-Jupiter Theatre), who also co-star in the title role. Their working relationship continues with a soon-to-be announced Broadway musical as well as a television pilot with Radical Media. "Producing The Other Josh Cohen has been the joy of a lifetime - and having it be such a successful engagement at The Westside Theatre is the cherry on top!," said Gilad and Rogowsky in a joint statement. "Due to exciting but unavoidable scheduling conflicts for our brilliant and unsurprisingly in-demand authors & stars, we've slightly adjusted the final date of our extension so that they can lead our final month together on stage. We are proud and beyond excited about the future for all our boys - Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, and especially Josh Cohen, whom you'll be hearing more about very soon!" Rossmer and Rosen are joined in the cast by Jane Bruce (Jagged Little Pill), Cathryn Wake (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Elizabeth Nestlerode (Once Tour), Luke Darnell (Million Dollar Quartet Vegas), Louis Tucci (Buddy), Zach Spound (Cruel Intentions: The Musical) and Megan Loomis (The Dead 1904). From the moment audiences enter The Westside Theatre, they are immersed in the quirky world of Josh Cohen's New York City apartment... as it is getting robbed. Thus begins the hilarious rock-and-roll romantic comedy about good-guy-Josh, caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost - until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. Leading a cast of extraordinary actor-musicians who play as many parts as they do instruments, David Rossmer and Steve Rosen both star as the hapless-yet-warmhearted title character - one eventful year apart - in a 90-minute life-changing laughfest for the whole family that will leave you feeling better about the world. Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical upon its world premiere, this hilarious, heartfelt and hummable musical described by Backstage Magazine as "Seinfeld-meets-Rodgers & Hart" makes a triumphant return in an all-new production, hailed by Jesse Green of The New York Times as "a spontaneously charming musical that is just right for right now." A special studio recording of the musical was released by Yellow Sound Label ahead of its Off-Broadway opening at The Westside Theatre. On the album, The Other Josh Cohen: a musical with songs, Rosen and Rossmer sing the title roles alongside an all-star lineup of special guest performers, including: six-time Emmy Award winner Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Ray Donovan, Brockmire), two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster ("Younger," Thoroughly Modern Millie), three-time Tony winner Chita Rivera (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara (The King and I), Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton), Tony nominee & Drama Desk winner Brian d'Arcy James (Something Rotten!, Shrek), Tony nominee & Drama Desk winner Richard Kind (The Big Knife, The Producers), Tony nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Emmy-nominated "Westworld" star Jimmi Simpson, Frozen star Caissie Levy, "Psych" star James Roday, Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel), Tony nominee & Drama Desk winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony nominee John Ellison Conlee (The Full Monty), Sara Chase ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Sarah Bishop (Cabaret), E. Clayton Cornelius (Beautiful), Jeremy Geller (Shrek), Marissa Rosen (R.R.R.E.D.) and Rashidra Scott (Ain't Too Proud). The album, produced by Michael Croiter (Heathers: The Musical, Matilda), was released October 19, 2018, and is now available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon, and in stores nationwide. Steve Rosen and David Rossmer met as teenagers at French Woods summer camp in the Catskill Mountains. In addition to writing and performing The Other Josh Cohen, they co-created the hit comedy variety show Don't Quit Your Night Job, which began at Joe's Pub before moving to a successful run Off-Broadway. For Don't Quit, Rossmer and Rosen wrote special material for the likes of Sting, Sutton Foster, James Corden, Julianna Margulies, Andrea Martin and David Hyde Pierce. Their work has been performed at Joe's Pub, Ars Nova and at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (to benefit The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation). Rounding out the creative team for The Other Josh Cohen are Scenic Designer Carolyn Mraz (Beardo, {my lingerie play}), Tony Award-winning Lighting Designer Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher), Sound Designer Bart Fasbender (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Costume Designer Nikki V. Moody (Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls at Bucks County Playhouse), Music Supervisor Dan Lipton (The Last Ship, Assoc.) and Co-Orchestrators David Rossmer and Dan Lipton. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting (Kaitlin Shaw, CSA), Musical Staging is by Whitney G-Bowley, and General Management is by Brierpatch Productions. Tickets are $59-$110, and are available for purchase by Telecharge (212-239-6200 or For groups of 10 or more, tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-BROADWAY ext. 2 or visiting The current playing schedule for The Other Josh Cohen at Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street) is: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm; and Sundays at 3:00pm. 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