Hugh Jackman Gets Rocked By Hedwig

first_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Related Shows Lena Hall Neil Patrick Harris There’s only two weeks until Broadway’s biggest night of the year, the 2014 Tony Awards! But before host Hugh Jackman takes the stage on June 8, he paid a visit to a guy who knows a thing or two about the gig—four-time Tony host Neil Patrick Harris! The Emmy winner, who is currently starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, welcomed Jackman backstage to meet his co-star, fellow Tony nominee Lena Hall. After hanging out backstage, Jackman posted a photo on Instagram with the caption: “Do NOT miss this show!! Awesome…electric atmosphere.” Check out the cute snapshot of the stars catching up, then see the Hedwig, nominated for eight Tony Awards, at the Belasco Theatre! Star Files Hugh Jackmanlast_img read more

VICA head Herman leaves Valley group

first_img Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Bonny Herman took over the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, she found a small-time advocacy group run by volunteers and a couple of part-time assistants. By the time she said goodbye to the organization on Tuesday night, nearly 20 years after hiring on as its president, she’d seen it grow from an old-boys business club into a voice of industry heard all the way to Washington. During her lengthy service to the group, VICA rallied for issues ranging from tax reform to secession, ensuring that the Valley’s commercial class spoke loudly and politicians listened. After nearly two decades as president, Herman is departing to serve as president and chief executive officer of the California Center for Regional Leadership, a group of 20 regional collaboratives and business councils. Tuesday night, her cohorts in the business sphere feted her with a gala going away party at the Sheraton Universal, saluting her sure-handed stewardship and ability to get often disparate voices to agree. “She’s the classiest person in the business community in the Valley,” said Roberto Barragan, president of the Valley Economic Development Center. “In creating that dialogue, we have something you don’t see anywhere else in the city of Los Angeles.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card In her time guiding VICA, Herman watched the group evolve dramatically as the region’s employers moved, grew, changed hands and shut down, with stalwarts like General Motors, Carnation, Rocketdyne, Lockheed and Litton all enduring major changes. Through that tumultuous period, she kept the organization together and transformed it from a mere political critic to an advocacy group able to collaborate with local elected officials. Not that its positions have always been successful, notably support for secession and the breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District. But on its core issues, such as business tax and workers’ compensation, VICA’s dogged determination paid off in the form of a less onerous commercial climate in the city and statewide efforts to drive down workers’ comp costs for employers. “As the president of the organization, my job is to implement the vision of the board; It doesn’t matter what Bonny Herman’s opinion is,” Herman said. “Am I proud of what I did with VICA? You bet. Every year, we worked to make it better, richer and stronger.” Temporarily stepping into her shoes will be a tall order, according to VICA Chairman Bob Scott, who’s also interim president, chief executive officer and vice president of government affairs. While Herman will still be active in the local scene, relocating CCRL’s executive offices to the Valley, Scott said the organization won’t be the same without her guiding it behind the scenes. “She gave the organization a certain amount of credibility and a huge increase in political clout,” Scott said. “She has really done an excellent job of putting together the organizational pieces to make VICA function very well.” last_img read more