Photo: Kate Ausburn. / CC BY 2.0NEW YORK – Dozens of American Shale Oil companies could go bankrupt as prices reach a historic low.The companies use Hydraulic Fracturing to get SHALE Oil out of rock and stone.The innovative method has made the United States, a major oil producer. But, it’s expensive.That makes it hard to turn a profit with a price war and coronavirus disrupting supply and demand. West Texas Intermediate Crude is the cheapest it’s been, Since the New York Mercantile Exchange started trading oil futures.Now, some experts believe 100 oil and gas companies could file for bankruptcy this year if prices don’t go up significantly. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) kidTruant / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 WASHINGTON — While Congressman Tom Reed was hopeful the federal government could reach a deal on a new stimulus package, he now says politics took precedence over patriotism.“In my personal opinion, it is clear to me now, I was hopeful that she (Speaker Nancy Pelosi) was sincere and that she was going to cut a deal for the American people and would negotiate in good faith,” Reed said during a teleconference on Wednesday.“It is clear to me that it was Pelosi and (Sen. Charles) Schumer showing their true cards that they were never going to do a deal because they were putting politics first.”Unless something dramatic happens in the next few days, a deal, if one can even be struck, won’t likely be on the table again until February, Reed said. He explained that the election and possible changes in the presidency, the Senate and the House, would delay negotiations while lawmakers got the lay of the land.As for the upcoming election, Reed said he would not be surprised to see a very close presidential race that won’t be decided without court action.“You’re probably going to have to go through some recanvasing and you’re going to have to go through all the litigation that’s associated with it and so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a Bush-Gore scenario,” Reed said.
“Our talented music director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars,” said BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC in a statement. “Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck.” Six-time Tony nominee Howard Wheeler has been eliminated from the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. The Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, which is made up of 28 members, has been let go from the hit ABC show after 17 seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move was allegedly the result of an attempt to appeal to a younger audience for the long-running dance competition show. Wheeler received Tony nominations for his orchestrations of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Swing, Little Me and The Life. View Comments
Love and Information marks Churchill’s seventh American premiere at New York Theatre Workshop. The play is a theatrical kaleidoscope exploring more than a hundred characters using wit, candor and nimble use of language as they try to make sense of what they find out. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Love and Information Related Shows The cast includes Phillip James Brannon, Randy Danson, Susannah Flood, Noah Galvin, Jennifer Ikeda, Karen Kandel, Irene Sofia Lucio, Nate Miller, Kellie Overbey, Adante Power, John Procaccino, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Maria Tucci, James Waterston and Zoë Winters. Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information opens February 19 at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Directed by James Macdonald, the off-Broadway show, which was first produced at London’s Royal Court, will run through March 23. View Comments
Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Related Shows Rocky Clockwise from left, the sketch features Andy Karl as Rocky, Terence Archie as Apollo Creed, Margo Seibert as Adrian, Dakin Matthews as Mickey and Danny Mastrogiorgio as Paulie. Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 movie of the same name, Rocky tells the inspiring story of an amateur boxer from Philadelphia who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to fight for the heavyweight championship. View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The Winter Garden Theatre is ready to rumble! Rocky, a new musical featuring music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, is bringing the Eye of the Tiger to Broadway. To celebrate the official opening night of Rocky, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched this ringside portrait of the cast in action. Broadway.com wishes the cast of Rocky a bang-up opening night! Andy Karl
Reed Birney Related Shows I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Tony nominee Reed Birney and Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. The show, which will explore the eternal struggle of parents and kids finding common ground, is written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman. The Atlantic Theater Company production will begin previews off-Broadway on January 7, 2015 and officially open on January 20.Ella (Gilpin) is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David (Birney) proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there.The world premiere will play a limited engagement through February 15 at Atlantic Stage 2.
Josh Groban Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Related Shows Denée Benton Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 View Comments Josh Groban has found his Natasha! Denée Benton will make her Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, reprising her performance from the American Repertory Theater’s 2015 production. As previously announced, the Main Stem bow is set for September at a theater to be announced and will also mark the Broadway debut for Groban, who takes on the role of Pierre.Benton’s additional stage credits include The Book of Mormon in the West End and on tour, as well as regional productions of Annie, Sunset Boulevard and Fiddler on the Roof.Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 features a book and electropop score by Dave Malloy; this will mark his Broadway debut as well. Drawing inspiration from a 70-page portion of Leo Tolstoy’s Russian masterpiece War and Peace, it follows Natasha, a young girl who forms a relationship with the attractive rebel Anatole while her betrothed Andrey is off fighting. Andrey’s best friend Pierre remains on high alert as the new romance blossoms.Rachel Chavkin, who helmed the show off-Broadway and in Massachusetts, will return to direct. Additional casting will be announced later. Star Files
Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments The writing was on the wall when London’s Billy Elliot announced it was departing the Victoria Palace Theatre on April 9. The venue’s owner, Cameron Mackintosh, is set to refurbish the house and is aiming to put a small show you might have heard of called Hamilton in there. As previously reported, the British mega-producer will team up with the new musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring it to the West End in 2017 and the Daily Mail writes that the tuner will go into the venue as long as it’s ready.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Hamilton is currently playing to standing room only audiences at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also includes Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus)
Carrie Compere(Photo: Y.E.C. Creations) Hell yes! Carrie Compere will assume the role of Sofia in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple on November 15. She steps in for Danielle Brooks, who originated the role; the Tony nominee is scheduled to give her final performance in the John Doyle-helmed production on November 13.Compere has been performing as one of the original Church Ladies in the revival. She has also performed on Broadway in Holler If Ya Hear Me and off-Broadway in Sistas the Musical.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.Doyle’s stripped-down production opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on July 15, 2013, starring Tony winner Cynthia Erivo. The new staging cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original incarnation and its producers include Oprah Winfrey.Along with Erivo as Celie, the cast includes Jennifer Holliday as Shug Avery, Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo and Patrice Covington as Squeak. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 View Comments The Color Purple Related Shows
‘Hamilton Mixtape’ View Comments Danielle Brooks Set for CSC’s The Amen CornerOrange Is The New Black’s Danielle Brooks will perform in a one-night-only reading of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner as part of Classic Stage Company’s First Look Festival on November 28. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the cast will also be joined by Adeola Role, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sithole, Christina Redd, Brandon Jones, Curtiss Cook Jr, Kevin Mambo, Cristina Pitter and Folami Williams. It’s only natural Brooks is on board for the project—CSC’s artistic director is John Doyle, who helmed her Tony-nominated performance in The Color Purple.Director Marianne Elliott to Take on CompanyInteresting. Marianne Elliott, who won Tonys for her work on The Curious Incident and War Horse, is leaving her position as associate director at the U.K.’s National Theatre to form her own new theater company. Its first production, the U.K. debut of Broadway’s Heisenberg, will be followed by an all-female London revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. According to the New York Times, Rosalie Craig will lead the production, which the legendary composer is set to be involved in. We will keep you posted as dates and further details are announced.New Trailer for Denzel Washington’s FencesWe now have a second, more extensive trailer for Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, which is heavily-tipped for awards season success. The piece won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award in 1987, and the 2010 revival won Tonys for both Washington and Viola Davis, who reprise their roles on the big screen. Fences in slated to hit movie theaters on Christmas Day. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Ashanti & Ja Rule’s Hamilton Mixtape TrackWe’re mesmerized by this! We have another track, below, from the Hamilton Mixtape, Ashanti and Ja Rule’s collaboration on “Helpless.” It’s fitting, as Lin-Manuel Miranda recently admitted on Conan: “When I was writing that song, I was picturing it as Ashanti and Ja Rule. Eliza’s Ashanti, Hamilton’s Ja Rule.” The full album is scheduled to drop on December 2 and that’s not the only seasonal cheer for Miranda. According to Variety, the certified genius’ collaboration with Disney, Moana, was the top film over the Thanksgiving holiday, bringing in a massive $81.1 million, just shy of Frozen’s record-breaking totals. P.S. Jimmy Fallon and Jonathan Groff recently chatted about the aforementioned Mixtape, on which the late night host sang the Tony nominee’s track, “You’ll Be Back.” Hysterical.