View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Robert Fairchild Set for A Chorus LineTony nominee and singular sensation Robert Fairchild, along with a host of Broadway faves, will appear in A Chorus Line at the Hollywood Bowl July 29 through July 31. Directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee, Fairchild will take on the role of Mike, with Mara Davi and Jason Tam reprising their roles of Maggie and Paul from the 2006 Main Stem revival, respectively. There’ll also be Spencer Liff as Larry, Sabrina Bryan as Valerie, Ross Lynch as Mark and J. Elaine Marcos as Connie.Julie Andrews Teams Up With Muppet-MakersJulie Andrews is joining forces with Netflix and the Jim Henson Company for Julie’s Greenroom. The icon will star in the new preschool show, which is set to feature an all-new puppet cast of kids learning about the performing arts. Confirmed guest stars include Waitress’ Sara Bareilles, the Broadway-bound Josh Groban, Broadway supernova Idina Menzel, Tony winner David Hyde Pierce, Fairchild (again!) and Stomp. The series will premiere in early 2017.Susan Stroman to Helm Crazy for YouNice work if you can get it! Susan Stroman will direct a 25th anniversary concert performance of the Tony-winning Crazy For You; she received the first of her five Tony Awards for her choreography on the original production. The Gershwin musical comedy is scheduled to take place on February 19, 2017 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.New Frank Sinatra Musical in the WorksThey’ll do it their way! The Ambassador Theatre Group, which controls two Broadway theaters, is to produce a new stage musical based on the life of Frank Sinatra, in partnership with Stewart Till and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. The production, which is planned to open in 2018, will feature a number of hit songs from the crooner’s catalogue; script development is set to start shortly.Cursed Child’s Harry Potter Speaks OutAfter those Harry Potter and the Cursed Child pics, now comes a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, including an interview with the titular star. The play, set 19 years after the end of J.K. Rowling’s original series, will begin performances at the West End’s Palace Theatre on June 7. “It’s just immeasurably exciting and I can’t wait to show it to people,” says Jamie Parker, who plays Harry, below. Muggles the world over quite agree! Robert Fairchild Robert Fairchild(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Star Files
– eyes new investmentsAlmost a decade after a major financial downfall, leaving behind a debt of some US million to Guyana, the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO) Limited is now looking to resume business here with the promise of settling its debt.This was indicated to the Government when Finance Minister Winston Jordan met with CL Financial majority shareholder, Lawrence Duprey, along with other officials of that company on Thursday last. According to a statement from the Finance Ministry on Friday, Duprey informed Minister Jordan that he would like to renew his relationship with Guyana as well as publicly apologise to its people for the collapse of CLICO Guyana.“He also said that CL Financial will try to make amends for the approximately US$40M debt owed mainly to the National Insurance Scheme,” the release to the media outlined.Additionally, the Finance Minister was told by Duprey that his company was interested in investing in several areas here, including providing solar energy at competitive prices, affordable housing, clay bricks and solar for housing as well as introduce a financial model that would generate savings and alleviate poverty.After listening to the CL Financial officials, Minister Jordan informed the delegation that he would apprise Cabinet of their discussions. Nevertheless, the Minister also advised Duprey that future engagements could be conducted on parallel tracks: discussions on recovering monies owed by CL Financial and investment in Guyana.The statement added that both the Finance Minister and the CL Financial team agreed to a follow-up meeting. In the meantime, the Ministry said the Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga would be consulted to determine the status of all outstanding matters relevant to CLICO Guyana.CLICO Guyana had approximately $6.9 billion invested in the regional insurance company, when it collapsed in 2009. Among the local investments was $5.2 billion by the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).NIS over the years would have also been experiencing a situation where its annual expenses began outstripping its revenue – a situation compounded by the billions it had invested in CLICO for a number of years.To this end, Government in September last year announced that it would be absorbing the $5.2 billion NIS loss incurred when CLICO Guyana crumbled. The “lifeline” monies are to be paid in tranches over a 20-year period.Minister Jordan had stated at the signing of the agreement to effect this decision that the monies would be returned to Government should the country recover the debt from the company.In addition, CLICO’s liquidator, Dr Ganga at the time had provided an update on the payments being made to policyholders, noting that while a significant amount has been recovered and paid over, the company still had weighty liabilities to honour – almost $6 billion.