Corky Lee, a photojournalist who spent five decades spotlighting the often ignored Asian and Pacific Islander American communities, has died. He was 73. His family said in a statement that Lee died Wednesday in Queens, New York, of complications from COVID-19. The self-described “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate,” Lee used his eye to pursue what he saw as “photographic justice.” He was present at many seminal moments impacting Asian America over a 50-year career. He was also a founding member of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. A private funeral service will be held in New York.
Star Files Related Shows Non-stop Hamilton casting news lately. Daveed Diggs, the 2016 Tony Award winner for his performance as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, will play his final performance on Broadway on July 15. While the roles are being recast, Lafayette/Jefferson will be portrayed on the Main Stem by long-time understudies Andrew Chappelle, Austin Smith and Seth Stewart.Meanwhile, Tony winner Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani will headline the Chicago company of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning tuner. The trio take on the roles of Angelica Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively. Performances begin September 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago.Olivo won the Tony for her portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story and created the role of Vanessa both on and off-Broadway in Miranda’s Tony-winning In the Heights. Cervantes’ Great White Way credits include If/Then, American Idiot and 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee. Gemignani starred as Jean Valjean in the 2006 revival of Les Miz, and performed in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George, all on Broadway.Other principal roles in Hamilton in Chicago will be played by Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Chris Lee as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Morales as Cervantes’ alternate, Jose Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds.The current Broadway cast also includes Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Rory O’Malley as King George, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton and Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Michael Luwoye takes on the titular role on the Main Stem once a week. Brandon Victor Dixon will begin performances as Aaron Burr in mid-August; he is currently completing his run in Shuffle Along, which will close prematurely on July 24.In preparation for his Chicago debut as Alexander Hamilton, Cervantes will play the role on Broadway on July 13 matinee, July 18 and July 25.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Karen Olivo & Miguel Cervantes Hamilton View Comments Miguel Cervantes Daveed Diggs from $149.00
‘Far from over’ The tougher rules came after Health Minister Olivier Veran announced Monday a record daily coronavirus death toll of 833 people in 24 hours.He said 478 people were admitted to intensive care in the period, a higher figure than in previous days.”It is not over. Far from that. The path is long,” the minister said, urging people to “stay at home and continue this confinement effort”.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had already urged regional officials to toughen restrictions locally.Announcing the new measures for Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the capital’s police chief Didier Lallement said in a statement that “every excursion avoided aids the fight against the epidemic”.On Monday, the mayor of Sceaux, a commune south of Paris, issued a decree obliging all residents over the age of 10 to cover their mouth and nose when leaving the home starting on Wednesday.Those who do not have surgical masks must wear a homemade alternative or tie a scarf or bandanna around their face, otherwise they could be fined 38 euros ($41).In a radio interview earlier on Tuesday, Hidalgo said she was not making masks obligatory although she did encourage everyone to cover their faces and noses.The French government requisitioned all medical masks earlier in the outbreak for doctors and nurses. Topics : Paris officials said Tuesday that they would ban daytime jogging as people continue to flout the nation’s anti-coronavirus lockdown rules, after France recorded its highest daily death toll from the outbreak.Under the confinement rules that came into force on March 17, people can leave their homes only for essential purposes, which had included a solo walk or run within one kilometer of their homes.But as sunny days arrived at the weekend, large groups of Parisians were seen running, walking and congregating in groups, even as police issued fines for lockdown violations and hospitals struggled to cope with the influx of patients. On Tuesday, as France entered its fourth week of lockdown, Paris toughened the confinement rules, announcing a ban on individual outdoor sports between the hours of 10:00 am and 07:00 pm starting Wednesday.Also Tuesday, the Atlantic coastal resort city of Biarritz limited the amount of time people could sit on public benches or in other public areas to just two minutes maximum, saying the confinement rules meant that “dawdling is prohibited”.Biarritz, Paris and other cities have already closed public parks and gardens during the confinement, as part of the nationwide confinement that requires people to carry a document justifying their trips from home. Those caught without the document face fines starting at 135 euros ($147).