The Hair’s the Thing! Get to Know Prolific Broadway Wig Designer Charles G. LaPointe

first_img View Comments Stephanie J. Block and Charles LaPointeat the 2019 Drama Desk Awards (Photo by Emilio Madrid-Kuser for “The Color Purple really cemented it. I really had to spend a lot of time literally getting caught in the subway staring at people’s hair to see how it grew out of their heads and trying to figure out texture and things like that,” he says. “At the time, it was very intimidating. LaChanze and I did a wig fitting, and we talked through it. We put the wig on her for the first tech day. She had a big smile on her face. There’s a moment when you just know it’s going to work, when you put the wig on and you hear this swoosh, and it just sits exactly where it needs to sit. I thought, ‘I’ve found my place.’”LaPointe’s design process goes like so: “I talk to the costume designer, look at the sketches and then kind of throw it all out the window. I don’t think about it too much,” LaPointe says. “With Beautiful, Jessie Mueller isn’t Carole King. Carole King isn’t Jessie Mueller. Actors want to get to the essence of what this character is, and the hair finalizes that for them. The costumes, the hair, that’s the topping, that’s the icing on all of it.” Jessie Mueller in Beautiful (Photo: Joan Marcus) LaChanze in The Color Purple(Photo: Paul Kolnik) Wig and hair designer Charles G. LaPointe has nearly 70 Broadway credits to his name. He crafted Carole King’s cascading waves in Beautiful, Alex Brightman’s ghoulish green tresses in Beetlejuice and the whopping 80 wigs in The Cher Show, for which he earned a 2019 Drama Desk Award. LaPointe fell in love with theater before he fell in love with creating looks. “I came to New York on a high school trip. We saw A Chorus Line,” he says. “I just remember thinking, ‘Wow, look at that. I want to be that.’”Pursuing a life in the theater as a performer was ultimately what led LaPointe to his true calling—one that he avoided for some time. “When I was younger, I used to dress my two sisters up and do their hair. My mother constantly said to me, ‘You should be a hairdresser.’ I’m like, ‘The last thing this homo needs is to be a hairdresser.’ It was the ‘80s, so it was a different time,” he says. “A lot of people go to school. Some people learn on the job. I’m one of the on-the-job kind of guys. My story’s a little sordid: I slept with my boss. We were on the road together and started a relationship. He traveled all the time, so I had to follow along with him. I needed a job, and he said, ‘Why don’t you try it?’ That’s how it began.” Flash forward, and LaPointe has designed the wigs and hair for over 100 different shows in the past 16 years.LaPointe’s Great White Way journey began with his role as an associate hair designer for Wicked. An introduction to Tony-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell led to his first big break in the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun and many more collaborations with Tazewell, including In the Heights, Hamilton and the original production of The Color Purple. Beautiful is scheduled to end its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on October 27. “I think when you’ve worked on a show that’s this big, you develop an emotional relationship with it that never really leaves,” he says. LaPointe has a slew of new projects coming up: some are in New York, some are out of town and some are even overseas. “It’s the fear, really, that makes me excited. There is not a show I do that I do not go into it thinking, ‘I have no idea what the hell I’m doing. They’re finally going to catch me.’ And then it suddenly just comes through,” he says. “In some way, it happens.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

SNCJCC to reconvene February 2

first_img S NCJCC to reconvene February 2The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims announces that it will reconvene its August 18 meeting, which adjourned early due to Tropical Storm Fay.The meeting will reconvene on Monday, February 2, at 9 a.m. at the Orlando Airport Hyatt Regency at 9300 Airport Blvd., in Orlando.The SNCJCC will conclude the interviews previously scheduled for the judicial vacancy for judge of compensation claims for the Gainesville District. The commission will not accept any new applications for this position. For more information visit the Division of Administrative Hearings Web site at Any questions or comments should be addressed in writing to Victor Marrero, SNCJCC Chair, Director of Risk Management, Broward Sheriff’s Office, 2601 West Broward Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale 33312. January 15, 2009 Regular News SNCJCC to reconvene February 2last_img read more

Arizona’s Local And Regional Banks Are Facing More Distressed RE Loans

first_imgThe recent New West Era of Arizona’s fast-growth economy from 2004 through 2007 is now expansion-cycle history. Having faced the Great Recession and what Alan Greenspan called a “once-in-a-century credit tsunami,” we now plan to resume positive economic growth in 2010.Since late 2008, Arizona has lost more than 200,000 jobs. Commercial real estate (CRE) loan delinquencies are programmed to accelerate, with some distressed loan exposures exceeding 200 percent of total equity for smaller financial institutions. Given the scale of pending defaults, key decision-maker questions revolve around ideas such as “Who is too big to fail?” and “Who will benefit and who will pay in loan restructuring?”Since rents and property values rapidly declined last year, banks’ loan delinquencies have been widely reported. Borrower defaults are increasing due to the inability to make timely debt service payments on existing notes. Rent concessions abound, and some recent short-term leases have been negotiated as break-even deals that just cover operating expenses, a preferred choice over the cost of holding vacant space. Many existing tenants are attempting to renegotiate contract rents as record high vacancy rates are underreported, especially in cases where leases are intact but the tenant is in default. The credit freeze has taken a toll on loan refinancing, especially when funding loans of more than $1 million with lower loan-to-value constraints. Costar Analytics recently reported commercial property price declines from 15 percent to 35 percent since 2007 peaks.Negative commercial space absorption has given back the early gains of a few years ago, as new construction deliveries wind down and building permit activity is off dramatically in Arizona. Commercial space demand is driven by jobs, and employment is expected to be weak through the middle of this year. Positive business growth and a boost in hiring are essential for large-scale investment in the built environment. Considering employment as a lagging economic indicator and consumer spending as a prime driver in economic activity, commercial real estate vacancy rates are problematic.Since March 2009, Bloomberg reported a five-fold increase in Phoenix-area loan delinquencies backed by office, industrial, retail and apartments. Recently, Deutsche Bank projected price declines from 35 percent to 45 percent as necessary to maintain return-on-investment requirements in a declining rent environment. Over the next 24-plus months, delinquency rates are expected to exceed the results posted in the savings-and-loan bailout days of the early 1990s.Non-performance is two-fold: initially as term default risk where debt repayment cannot be met, and later as maturity default risk where the loan cannot be repaid or refinanced due to value declines and higher borrower down-payment requirements. Perhaps two-thirds of loans do not qualify to refinance at maturity, mostly recent (2004-2007) originations.The fall 2009 Greater Phoenix Real Estate Consensus Forecast, a quarterly consensus on general economic indicators and key construction measures from economists, real estate analysts and executives, shows only “marginally better” commercial real estate market results expected through 2011. With office vacancy so high, it is likely there will be no new office building construction for the next five years. Retail sales are tied to rooftops. While housing markets are expected to improve through 2011, improvement in single-family residential activity is expected to be slow by historic standards. Industrial demand will be end-user driven and also likely to be slower than historical trends.Economist Elliott D. Pollack, CEO of Elliott D. Pollack and Company in Scottsdale and co-editor of the Greater Phoenix Blue Chip Economic Forecast, states, “Now is the time for banks to raise capital in order for them to workout their loans.”He says many banks believe the best way to handle the loan workout is to deal with the current borrowers. The difference between now and the 1989-1992 real estate crisis is bank regulators are not currently forcing banks to immediately liquidate loans. Given the events of late 2008, regulators are reluctant to force financial institution closures and seem to be more willing to let institutions work out their problem loans. The idea is to rebuild confidence in America’s financial system.In positive terms, the Mortgage Bankers Association forecast calls for Real Gross Domestic Product growth in 2010, the first GDP gain in two years. Clearly, widespread hope exists for a rebound in local commercial real estate prices. In the near term, investors are closely monitoring federal government bank policies that privatize profits, nationalize losses and buffer the banks against failure.Fundamentally, real estate market performance will follow the time pattern when Arizona’s primary economic activity rebounds with measurable employment gains. Without recognizable fundamentals focused at the property level, end-user demand is missing, and commercial real estate performance is likely to remain speculative through 2011 and beyond.last_img read more

To Make Better Decisions, Pretend You’re Deciding for Someone Else

first_imgNew York Magazine:Perhaps the very last person you should turn to for advice is yourself, according to a new post from the Association for Psychological Science, which references research published last year in Psychological Science. We tend to make wiser decisions when thinking about someone else’s problems than when thinking about our own issues, researchers from the University of Waterloo and the University of Michigan found, but there’s a way around this. Think through your own decisions from a third-person perspective, suggest the researchers, led by Igor Grossmann at the University of Waterloo.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Europa goes into orbit

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BBC Television Centre sale exchanges

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Focus on…Paris’s office market

first_imgFocus on…Hong Kong’s office market Read other ‘Focus on…’ articles: Source: Taxiarchos228/Creative CommonsQ&A with James Burke, Associate Director, Regional Investment Advisory team EMEA, Savills:How has the Paris financial market performed in the last year?Last year, France boasted €40bn in commercial transaction volumes (Savills) which was a record. This accolade was driven by strong international investment into Parisian offices, with yields compressing, rents rising and take up increasing across several sub-markets in the French capital.  The extremely low vacancy rates in some central arrondissements meant there were some areas where there was no free office space and, as such, a competitive tension for prime office space was established.What has happened to take-up in Paris’s financial office market?Take up has fallen markedly in the first half of 2020 as a result of the strict national lockdown imposed in France. However the fundamentals of Paris remain compelling and constant – it is an historic city with constrained supply and a diversified tenant base across business sectors with strong domestic corporates.What are the main challenges facing Paris’s financial office market at the moment?As with many key European markets there is a dearth of debt in the market at present due to the uncertainty linked to the Covid-19 crisis, with this most acute for foreign investors buying non-core opportunities in secondary locations. Core French buyers who require conservative leverage and have strong relationships with local banks will stand to weather this scarcity best.What has happened to investment volumes in Paris’s office market? Investment volumes held up very well in the first quarter of 2020 with figures thought to be slightly higher (at €6bn) than 2019, a testament to how strong the market was. We were expecting 2019’s strong performance to continue into 2020 but Covid-19 has caused the market to pause temporarily and this will impact on the total investment volumes for the year.  However, there are tentative signs that the market is reawakening with a number of large lot sizes being brought to the market prior to the summer break.Over recent years, there has been a marked increase in international investment volumes, particularly from large Asian and European investors. However, throughout this period, the market has been underpinned by well-capitalised domestic investors who will ensure that Paris will retain robust levels of liquidity during the uncertainty. This occurred in 2008/2009 during the GFC when French investors stepped into the breach left by highly levered UK and Irish investors.  What are your expectations for the sector over the next 12 months?Domestic investors will continue to maintain transaction activity in Paris, with demand particularly robust for core office with defensive rental levels. Greater nervousness will prevail for those buildings leased off historically high rents or in more peripheral sub-markets exposed to a greater level of cyclical volatility.last_img read more

Fishing For The One

first_img Share I have one burning question for men concerning online dating — what is with the fish pictures?Did I miss the memo that men holding fresh caught fish is an aphrodisiac? Is this supposed to appeal to our DNA like the caveman holding a bison head? I surmise that the number of women who are into sport fishing isn’t huge. Maybe they are Hemingway fans? Pescatarians who think this grilled with a bit of rosemary and lemon will make a lovely dinner?A much safer bet is a boat — sailboat, motor boat, luxury yacht. A chance to be on the water is certainly romantic and a way to leave land-locked worries behind.The good thing about online dating is that you aren’t depending on a chance meeting or fix up or leaving your Jimmy Choo behind at a ball. If you are within a certain mile radius and age range — boom, there may be a match.For my first online date I was in Florida and having a hard time finding parking in a trendy, crowded resort town. My date met me on the street corner, asked if he could jump in, directed me to a perfect parking place on the next street, and, on the way, noticed the tire pressure warning on my console. “Hold on,” he said and ran to his car to get his pocket tire pressure measure.He proceeded to fix all four tires then took my arm to lead me to his favorite watering hole. He gave me a tour of the cute neighborhood including a historic hotel where he cued up his iPhone to Sinatra to spin me around the deserted ballroom floor. While he wasn’t ultimately the guy for me, I appreciated this heavy dose of chivalry and considered a second date when the engine light came on.“Catching” someone’s attention online has to happen in an instant. Humor can be successful. One guy I gave a chance because he said he worked at the Ministry Of Funny Walks (that’s Monty Python to you Millennials). I think my entrance with my personal interpretation was, however, less successful and undeniably dangerous in platform heels. But the guy who said he was “seeking a wealthy, lonely, European super model” fell flat. Of course, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt that he was indeed joking.It helps to be sharp yourself. My profile references Lady Chatterley and when I asked a date what he was doing and he said, “Watching the game,” I asked if it was the Yankees. Unfortunately, he had to remind me Lady C. had a thing for the game keeper. Literary gaffe.The one line, men, I would lose from your profile is, “You’d better look like your picture or pay for drinks until you do.” I agree pictures should be recent and accurate but when your profile has a fuzzy picture of a selfie in a bathroom mirror, I think you are living in a glass house and maybe don’t toss that first stone.Ultimately online dating is a leap of faith but it proves that there are still plenty of “fish” in the virtual romantic sea.You can send comments to read more

Date set for Air Liquide’s acquisition of Airgas

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Weldcoa celebrates 50 years of innovation

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