Miles Wilkin to Receive 2016 Special Tony Award

first_imgMiles Wilkin(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Six-time Tony Winner Miles Wilkin and the National Endowment for the Arts will both be honored with the 2016 Special Tony Awards. The 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, is scheduled to take place on June 12; nominations will be announced by Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James on May 3.Wilkin is the COO and Executive Vice President of Key Brand Entertainment, the parent company of Broadway.com and Broadway Across America. At Key Brand, he provides the vision for theater and e-commerce, building on Broadway Across America’s significant touring network and Broadway.com’s vast e-commerce network. Wilkin, an original founder of Broadway Across America, is more broadly recognized as one of the founders of North American Touring Theater. During his most recent stint at Broadway Across America, he revitalized its North American Presenting and Theater operation. Prior to that, he was an executive with Clear Channel Entertainment and its predecessors (SFX Entertainment, PACE Entertainment and PACE Theatrical) responsible for company-wide operations and company-wide divisions, including, North American Music, North American Theater, Motorsports, Sports, International Music, International Theatre and Sports and Properties including Corporate Sponsorship and TV. Wilkin is the recipient of numerous awards including: six Tony Awards (Spamalot, Hairspray, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway), and a Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadway League.“Miles paved ‘the road’ for the modern Broadway touring system, and his accomplishments have been monumental and central to the success and economic growth of our industry,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, in a statement. “Because of his innovative and groundbreaking touring systems, theatre fans across the country have been able to experience the magic of Broadway.”Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.“The National Endowment for the Arts’s contribution to the theater community is incalculable,” added Hitchens and St. Martin. “Over the past 50 years, since its inception, the agency has funded 18 Tony Award-winning plays and 15 Tony award-winning musicals, not to mention offering vital support to hundreds of theatre professionals. They are invaluable to our industry, and to our nation’s cultural legacy!” View Commentslast_img read more

Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque sterilized amid coronavirus threat

first_imgThe management of Jakarta’s historic Istiqlal Mosque took several measures on Friday to keep the facility clean amid the threat of the coronavirus. The measures included removing the mosque’s prayer rugs, which could contain and transmit the virus, as well as disinfecting the building’s interior.”We heard that in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, the virus was transmitted via prayer rugs. So we removed them all. Saudi Arabia is doing the same thing [at the Great Mosque of Mecca],” Istiqlal Mosque grand imam Nasaruddin Umar said.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesian Mosque Council tells ailing Muslims to pray at homePresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and a number of his aides, including Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto visited the Mosque Friday morning to see how the process was going.Minister Fachrul Razi suggested that other mosques in the country follow suit to prevent further spread of the deadly coronavirus. However, he emphasized that religious activities in the country would continue to run normally despite the WHO declaring coronavirus a pandemic and urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.Read also: Catholic churches across Rome shut due to virusFriday prayers in all provincial capitals of Iran, which is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, have been halted to contain the virus. Meanwhile Tajikistan, which has no reported cases so far, has suspended Friday prayers, aljazeera.com reported.”Friday prayer will still be held normally, but we suggest that congregations avoid physical contact while greeting, like handshaking and such,” Fachrul said, adding that sick people should stay at home rather than be in the crowd. (vny)Topics :last_img read more