Alex Boniello(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Alex Boniello Releases EP Hi & New Music VideoBroadway favorite Alex Boniello, whose credits include Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Dear Evan Hansen, has released an EP called Hi. It is now available to stream on music platforms and includes the tracks “19 to 20,” “If I Died,” “Get Up” and “I’m So Tired.” He has also released a music video for “I’m So Tired,” which was directed by his former Dear Evan Hansen co-star Gabrielle Carrubba. Watch below. Alex Boniello View Comments Jagged Little Pill, Slave Play Casting Directors Nominated for Artios AwardsNominations are here for the 36th Annual Artios Awards, honoring casting directors for their work on stage and screen. Among the Broadway nominees are casting directors of Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, all honored in the Broadway Musical category. Other nominees on the theater front include Grand Horizons, The Great Society, The Inheritance, Slave Play and The Sound Inside in the Play category, with A Soldier’s Play, Betrayal and The Rose Tattoo in the Play Revival category. Winners willbe announced on April 15 in a virtual ceremony. For a full list of nominees, click here.Keegan-Michael Key to Star in & Executive Produce August Snow DramaKeegan-Michael Key, who was last seen on Broadway in Meteor Shower and can be seen in Netflix’s The Prom movie, is set to executive produce and headline a new ABC drama. According to Deadline, August Snow, which is based on Stephen Mack Jones’ book series, hails from Godfather of Harlem co-creator/executive producer Paul Eckstein, who penned the forthcoming TV show. Key will play the title character a former detective, who becomes a private investigator in his hometown of Detroit.Broadway Alum & Police Academy Star Marion Ramsey Dies at 73Marion Ramsey, who played Officer Laverne Hooks in the film franchise Police Academy died in Los Angeles on January 7 at the age of 73. CNN reports that no cause of death was given. Born in Philadelphia on May 10, 1947, Ramsey made her Broadway debut as a replacement for Ermengarde in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! Her other Broadway credits include Soon, Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It, Eubie!, Rock ‘N Roll! The First 5,000 Years, Grind and Uptown…It’s Hot! A guest role on The Jeffersons kicked off her career in television. She is survived by three brothers.The Prom’s Jo Ellen Pellman Catches Up with Co-Star James CordenJo Ellen Pellman, who stars in Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of The Prom on Netflix, reunited with one of her co-stars when she appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 7. Corden played the role of Broadway star Barry Glickman in the film, while Pellman played Emma, who is banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. Though COVID-19 shutdowns prevented the stars from an in-person red carpet premiere, Pellman spoke about enjoying the movie at home with her family. “I have just felt an overwhelmingly positive reaction on social media,” she said. “I am getting messages from people sharing their stories or how The Prom made them feel accepted and loved.” She also talked about howt she and co-star Ariana DeBose have started the Unruly Hearts Initiative, which encourages viewers of The Prom to advicate for the LGBTQ+ community. Watch the interview below.
An in-house lawyer cannot rely on a leaked email or overheard conversation in a pub to support his employment claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.In Curless v Shell International Ltd, judges upheld an appeal by the oil giant which argued it was entitled to claim legal advice privilege on two paragraphs of a claim by its former senior legal counsel Michael Curless. The court said Shell was not acting unfairly and so the paragraphs did not meet the so-called ‘iniquity principle’, which would make them admissible.The lawyer was employed by Shell from 1990 until his dismissal allegedly for redundancy in January 2017. Curless, who suffers from type 2 diabetes and breathing problems, alleges disability discrimination, victimisation and unfair dismissal. Shell denies all allegations.The two paragraphs under scrutiny relate to an overheard conversation in the Old Bank of England pub on Fleet St and an email exchange between two of Curless’ seniors. Both happened before his employment ended. Employment tribunal Judge Tsamados said the paragraphs should be struck out as Shell was entitled to claim legal advice privilege: Mrs Justice Slade in the Employment Appeal Tribunal allowed Curless’s appeal and set aside that decision.Curless explained in his claim he had been in the pub when two people, who he believed to have been lawyers from London firm Lewis Silkin, mentioned a senior lawyer at Shell who had started an employment tribunal claim. They were, submitted Curless, heard saying this individual’s ‘days are numbered’.Curless said he then learned that Shell’s managing counsel had emailed his line manager’s boss to say the company planned to re-organise the in-house legal department to terminate Curless’s employment. This, said the claimant, indicated the redundancy process was a ‘sham’.Shell submitted that the email was a standard piece of advice from lawyers dealing with redundancy and was headed ‘legally privileged and confidential’. The employment tribunal had accepted the advice was aimed at avoiding rather than evading possible legal action, and accepted that the case for an iniquity exception, which might waive privilege, had not been made out.In a joint judgment, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton, Lord Justice Lewison and Lord Justice Bean, agreed the email was the sort of advice which employment lawyers give ‘day in, day out’ and was not an indication of Shell lawyers acting in an underhand way.The judges said the overheard conversation was relied upon only as an aid to interpreting the disputed email, and so was also not admissible. The claim will now go ahead without the non-admissible elements.