VIDEO: On This Day, January 18= RAGTIME Opens On Broadway Starring Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, and Brian Stokes Mitchell

On this day in 1998, the original Broadway production starring Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie, and Brian Stokes Mitchell opened at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Featured Content


When is Jane McDonald: Cruising Down Under on Channel 5 and where was the show filmed?

JANE McDonald is embarking on a new adventure in Australia as part of a series for Channel 5.

Here is what you need to know about Cruising Down Under and when you can catch it on TV.

Jane McDonald travels to Australia for her new Channel 5 series
Jane McDonald travels to Australia for her new Channel 5 series
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When does Jane McDonald Cruising Down Under start on Channel 5?

Jane McDonald: Cruising Down Under continues tonight, Friday, January 18, at 9pm on Channel 5.

The series is comprised of three episodes which are each one hour and 15 minutes.

Cruising with Jane McDonald first aired in 2017 with the singer visiting locations such as South America on luxury liners.

Jane first rose to fame when she appeared on the 1998 documentary series The Cruise as a singer aboard the ship Galaxy.

Jane McDonald in Sydney, Australia
Jane McDonald in Sydney, Australia
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What is Jane McDonald: Cruising Down Under about?

The series will see Jane McDonald explore all that Australia has to offer.

She’ll try her hand at indoor skydiving and get pampered with some holistic therapies.

To embrace the Aussie lifestyle she’ll also have a go at surfing.

Her cruise will take place on the ship used in the remake of the TV show The Love Boat.

Where was the series filmed?

The series starts off on The Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Jane then travels to the village of Nimbin in New South Wales and Sydney.

Her adventures also see her travelling to Brisbane and Perth, including a trip to Rottnest Island.

The series will include sights such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Australian rainforest.

Throughout the show Jane will also get acquainted with some Australian wildlife such as koalas and dingoes.

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Audra McDonald To Kick Off Broadway @ Series At The Town Hall; Kelli O’Hara And Jeremy Jordan To Follow

The internationally acclaimed Broadway concert series hosted and music directed by SiriusXM Radio Star Seth Rudetsky is finally landing smack dab in the middle of Broadway itself this fall. kicking-off with legendary Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonaldon November 12. Featured Content


Photo Flash: Audra McDonald and Renee Fleming Open the 2018- 2019 Season at Carnegie Hall with The San Francisco Symphony

Tonight, Carnegie Hall opened its 2018-2019 season with a sold out gala benefit concert featuring theSan Francisco Symphonyconducted by Music Director and Carnegie Hall Perspectives artistMichael Tilson Thomas.The programincluded Gershwin’sCuban OvertureandAn American in Parisas well as Liszt’sMephisto WaltzNo. 1. Mr. Tilson Thomas and the orchestra were joined on this celebratory occasion by renowned sopranosRenee FlemingandAudra McDonaldoffering vocal selections by Gershwin, Rodgers, Villa-Lobos, Stephen Sondheim, and others. Featured Content


Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty Of Murder In Shooting Death Of LaQuan McDonald


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Somewhat surprisingly, former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty for the death  LaQuan McDonald. The fact many people are shocked a cop was taken to task is a testament to the state of the justice system. 

Van Dyke, who is white, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the Black 17-year-old in 2014.

Reports CNN:

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke, who was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery, sat impassively in a dark suit — his shoulders slumped — as the verdicts were read in the high-profile case. At one point, he sipped water from a bottle. He was found not guilty of official misconduct.
The officer’s wife sat stoically, arms folded, as the long verdict was delivered. His father lowered his head while some members of the McDonald family held hands.
Van Dyke’s bond was revoked and sentencing was scheduled for October 31. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Van Dyke is reportedly the first Chicago police officer to be even charged with first-degree murder since 1980. Think about that.

The convicted murderer faces a minimum of 6 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Good riddance.


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