Aladdin Tour Star Adam Jacobs on Saying Salaam to Magic Carpet Rides & More

first_img View Comments Adam Jacobs(Photos: Cylla von Tiedemann & Bruce Glikas) In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. After playing everyone’s favorite street rat-turned-eventual prince for years, original star Adam Jacobs is jumping off the magic carpet and looking forward to a happy landin’. As Aladdin, Jacobs has taken theater fans wonder by wonder over sideways and under, welcomed twin boys into his life, recorded a splendid OBC album and performed at the Tony Awards. Jacobs also answered a slew of questions from die hard fans, talked about getting jacked on Show People with Paul Wontorek, showed us around his Broadway dressing room, performed at The White House and made millions of wishes come true by leading the touring production of Disney’s Aladdin. And along the way, Jacobs has remained one of the kindest, funniest and most hardworking leading lads in showbiz. Here, the performer tells us about creating the role of a lifetime in the epic musical, why his lungs and knee joints need a break and what he’ll miss most about playing Disney’s diamond in the rough.How did you feel when you first got this job?When I got the call from my agent that I was going to play Aladdin on Broadway I was over the moon, and I didn’t even have a magic carpet yet!How do you feel now that you’re leaving?It’s definitely bittersweet. Aladdin has been a huge part of my life (seven years!), and I’m so grateful to have done it and also sad to see it go.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Magical. Dream-like. Epic.What was the easiest thing about this job?Wearing a costume that felt like pajamas on stage.What was the hardest thing?Running around like a chicken with your head cut off and then stopping to sing a ballad.What was the highlight of your time at this job?Performing at the Tony Awards was absolutely incredible, but in hindsight just the whole experience feels like a huge accomplishment.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?Aladdin requires a good sense of humor first and foremost, lungs of steel, and hair because you don’t get a wig.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?It’s all about balance. Not just on the buildings. In life too. So bend your knees.How do you think you’ve grown?I stopped growing after about 16, but Aladdin has humbled me and also given me confidence with comedy as an actor. When you do a role for a long time, life happens along the way. Having twin boys has really changed my perspective on everything.Why are you leaving?It’s just time, you know? My journey from readings to out-of-towns to Broadway to tour is absolutely epic. I feel like I’ve reached the finished line on the Tour de France.What will you miss the most?I’ll miss having so much color and vibrancy in my life every night, between the costumes, sets and music. That’s a void that will be hard to fill with whatever my next show is. I’ll miss those stage door moments with fans, but mostly I’ll miss my castmates. To everyone who I’ve had the privilege of playing with onstage and off at Aladdin I say, “I love you, Salaam, and thank you!”last_img read more

How The Hen House Turns: More Horse Sense

first_imgBy CARY NEEPERFormerly of Los Alamos For my education committee presentation last summer I found YouTube videos of octopuses escaping traps, cuttlefish antics, elaborate squirrel challenges set up gradually in people’s backyards, ravens recognizing masks and faking the hiding of food, dogs responding to spoken English, parrots doing tricks and vocalizations, and the gorilla Koko’s accomplishments. When they have encountered humans and human artifacts, animals of all kinds have continued to learn from their interactions. In our cities, urban birds (cockatoos and stone martins, jays, ravens and pigeons ) have settled in. My favorite example is the famous picture of bear cubs enjoying a swing set in someone’s backyard. In Colorado Springs Sue Dickerson captured views of a skunk at 4 a.m. using a rock as a tool to break the ice in the frozen water dish she had set out. Also reported in the article are the photos of an Eurasian Nuthatch using a piece of wool to try to lift up a patch of willow tree bark. Groupers and octopuses work together to hunt fish. All kinds of fighting males — from fish to giraffes — assess their chances before fighting for mates. Ground squirrels have been noted threatening with stones and waving their tales to warn off rattlesnakes. It makes sense that animals have survived in the wild by using their common sense and experience in order to win mates and find food. New information is pouring into social media from amateur photographers with motion-activated cameras.center_img We are learning more and more about how closely we are knit into the living web of life on earth. The latest wake-up call comes from the “Notes From Earth” in Discover Magazine’s article “Wildlife” by Nancy Averett. Science News.org Aug. 17 recorded whispering between whale moms and calves in the shallows where orcas couldn’t hear them. Of course we remember the remarkable canine sense of smell that we humans have put to good use. Most amazing, we have learned recently that trees use chemicals to exchange help and information. It’s just a little alarming to realize that we are not alone in our cognizance. But it is also exciting — and challenging to realize that we are truly not alone in the struggle to maintain this beautiful planet as a haven for all kinds of life that both depend on each other, yet interact, as they must, to survive. Turkey Bear and Lucy. CourtesyCary Neeperlast_img read more

Dayco Appoints Tom Tecklenburg As VP Of Aftermarket, North America

first_imgTecklenburg brings with him 30 years of automotive and commercial vehicle experience across both the original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket sectors, with his most recent previous role at HDA Truck Pride, where he held the position of chief commercial officer for the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has also worked for The Timken Company, Honeywell International and Fram. Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, has appointed Tom Tecklenburg as its VP of Aftermarket for North America, reporting directly to Bruno Vallillo, president of Global Aftermarket.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Located at the company’s Troy office, Tecklenburg will be responsible for establishing the strategic plan and leading the North American Aftermarket team, which encompasses the U.S. and Canadian markets, to increase customer satisfaction and drive growth. Tom Tecklenburg Earning a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Dayton, Tecklenburg also holds an Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) certificate from the University of the Aftermarket. “I look forward to the opportunity at Dayco to lead the aftermarket team and leverage the heritage, strong OE position to drive continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.” said Tecklenburg. “I’m excited to have Tom onboard,”said Bruno Vallillo. “With his experience and the great team in North America,we can accelerate the growth of the business, while also improving customersatisfaction.”last_img read more

Turnovers doom Lake Hawks in 139-136 overtime loss to Team Network

first_img Shares Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Other Other Other (1445) × Report a problem This item is… × Not relevant × Other Report a problem This item is… × Fox Sports Go $22.99 Other Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Other Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY × (3879) By Andrew JohnsonLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON HEIGHTS — The West Michigan Lake Hawks made too many mistakes on Saturday in a 139-136 overtime loss to Team Network at Muskegon Heights High School.No. 5 Tremayne Thompson goes up for a shot in the post for the Lake Hawks. Photo/Leo ValdezPerhaps the most costly mistake was in the closing seconds of overtime, when the Lake Hawks needed a three-pointer to tie the game.After swinging the ball around the perimeter, Ralph Monday got caught in no-mans land with the ball and eventually threw it away. Team Network recovered the loose ball with about three seconds left and dribbled out the clock.“I should’ve called timeout,” West Michigan head coach Ron Jenkins about the final offensive seconds said. “But the players play, and the coaches coach. The players had a chance to finish it and they didn’t do it. It’s just a disappointing loss.”Overall, the Lake Hawks finished with 24 turnovers on the night and only 18 assists.“lt was a highly competitive game overall,” Jenkins said. “But at this level you can’t turn it over though, and that’s why we lost the game.”In the first quarter, West Michigan was down 27-24 before closing out the quarter with an 11-0 run to take a 35-27 lead after one. Terry Walker Jr led the Lake Hawks with 15 points in the opening quarter.In the second quarter, West Michigan surrendered 43 points and found themselves trailing 67-58 at halftime. Tremayne Thompson had seven points in the quarter to lead the Lake Hawk effort.Monday began to take over in the post after halftime, going to the free throw line six different times in the third quarter. He finished with 13 points in the quarter while going 8-of-11 from the charity stripe. At the end of the quarter, West Michigan trailed 101-95.Jacarrius Scott scoops a shot from under the hoop for West Michigan. Photo/Leo ValdezThe Lake Hawks came back to take the lead in the fourth quarter and held a 122-118 with 2:43 left in regulation. Team Network went on a 4-0 run to tie the game 122-122 with 1:23 to play.The teams remained deadlocked until Maurice Benson put Team Network ahead 124-122 with just 17 seconds remaining.On the final possession of regulation, Thompson made a lay-up with just two seconds remaining to send the game into overtime tied at 124-124.In overtime, Team Network started the period on a 10-3 run to take a 134-127 lead with 2:47 remaining.However, the Lake Hawks responded by 9-2 run to tie the game at 136-136 with 40 seconds to go.With just 29 seconds left, Seandale Shinolster of Team Network drew a foul and hit both free throws to take a 138-136 lead.Following the free throws, West Michigan turned the ball over on the inbounds pass and fouled Team Network again with 23 seconds remaining.Team Network went 1-of-3 from the free throw line, giving West Michigan a chance to tie and send the game to double overtime.One final turnover sent West Michigan to the locker room with a second straight loss, dropping their record to 11-3 on the season.Walker Jr led West Michigan with 32 points on the night while Monday finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds. 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