The long-in-the-works production of King Kong has run into another stumbling block: Marsha Norman, the show’s book writer, has left the production. “We exhausted the possibilities, I believe, of what I could do in writing a book where the main character doesn’t speak or sing,” the Tony winner told the New York Times, after penning nine drafts of the musical.”What has become evident throughout the process of readings and workshops is that King Kong—with its distinct physicality—doesn’t fit the traditional book musical format,” said Carmen Pavlovic, the show’s producer, in a statement to Broadway.com. “We are greatly indebted to everyone involved in this exploratory phase of the work…As a result of this earlier development we feel confident about the new structure we’ve found for the show. The next steps will be announced soon.”Norman replaced Craig Lucas on the project, while Jason Robert Brown was brought in to supply additional songs to those written by the original composer of the tuner, Marius de Vries. Directed by Eric Schaeffer, an industry-only reading of the musical took place earlier this year, starring Marc Kudisch, Robert Creighton and more.Set against the backdrop of bustling New York City in the 1930s, the show tells the story of the infamous ape and his encounter with aspiring actress Ann Darrow, megalomaniac filmmaker Carl Denham, Natural History Museum head Jack Driscoll and the people of NYC.No word yet on if or when King Kong will stomp on Broadway. Daniel Kramer was at the helm for the musical’s world premiere in Melbourne, Australia in June 2013. View Comments Marsha Norman(Photo: Bruce Glikas)
Reduced consumption, stocks at their highest level since 2009, additional import duties on European wines in the US as the main EU market and the pandemic have significantly destabilized the EU wine market, and this has been reflected in the Croatian market. The reduction in general demand, the blockade of the HORECA channel and the absence of a real tourist season as a significant generator of consumption, as well as difficulties in placement in EU member states and third countries, will drastically reduce wine consumption. Therefore, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce proposed to the relevant Ministry of Agriculture changes to the National Program for Assistance to the Wine Sector, the so-called wine envelopes. A survey conducted by the Chamber within the Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce shows that the placement of 50 to 60 percent of wine stocks is currently problematic, and sales are expected to fall by up to 80 percent in the first six months. The European Commission has amended the legislative framework that allows for the application of emergency measures for viticulture and viticulture. “The Chamber proposed that most of the 43 million kuna aid be directed to reducing stocks through the distillation of surplus wine, with a support of five kuna per liter on the basis of 11 percent alcohol. The minimum application for distillation would be five thousand liters, the maximum up to 30 percent of the stock. The rest would be used for crisis storage,”Said the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for agriculture and tourism Dragan Kovacevic, noting that the proposal also includes a favorable credit line for winemakers through HBOR and Hamag Bicro, with acceptable collateral and interest instruments, a maturity of five years and a grace period of one year. Almost all wineries realize over 70 percent of their sales through the tourist season. Likvidnost vinara i vinogradara ubrzano slabi, što dovodi u pitanje financiranje tekuće proizvodnje vina i grožđa te otkup grožđa berbe 2020. od kooperanata. “For the first six months of this year, sales are estimated to fall by about 80 percent, which will not be possible to compensate in the second half of the year” ističe Kovačević te dodaje kako bi se brojne vinarije mogle naći na rubu održivosti zbog pada cijena i blokade prodaje te bez pomoći države. The National Program is a basic document that determines how and why the funds intended for the wine and viticulture sector from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund are used, they conclude from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Izmjenama Nacionalnog programa pomoći sektoru vina 2019.-2023. godina omogućila bi se primjena izvanrednih mjera potpore za stabilizaciju tržišta vina – Distillation of wine in case of crisis and Support for crisis storage of wine. The crisis caused by the coronavirus has strongly affected the viticulture, ie wine sector. At the moment, wine stocks are accumulating, which is especially pronounced in larger and large wine producers, which is why there is a lack of storage capacity.