Buddy Cianci is the new ‘Hamilton’
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Happy Tuesday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Biggest Little. I’m Dan McGowan and I feel bad for “Jeopardy!” star James Holzhauer. Send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.
How much are Rhode Islanders looking forward to seeing “The Prince of Providence” when it debuts at Trinity Rep later this year?
Well, let’s just say Buddy Cianci is entering “Hamilton” territory.
A spokesperson for Trinity Rep confirmed to Rhode Map that the theater is only guaranteeing tickets to the play, based on Mike Stanton’s best-selling book, about the felonious former Providence mayor to individuals who subscribe to the whole season of shows.
That’s the same policy the Providence Performing Arts Center had when it announced “Hamilton,” the hit Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, was coming to the city July 23-Aug. 11. (Note: Individual tickets to “Hamilton” go on sale Saturday.)
“The Prince of Providence” kicks off Sept. 12 and runs through Oct. 20. Those close to Trinity Rep say they can’t recall a time where there has been this much demand for a show.
WHAT’S ON TAP TODAY
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• Treasurer Seth Magaziner is holding a press conference at the State House this afternoon to announce he’s creating a fund that will support educators who teach personal finance courses in Rhode Island’s public schools. This is part of Magaziner’s broader push to make those classes mandatory.
• Former Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will be interviewed during a live podcast tonight at Mary Fogarty Elementary School at 6 p.m. It’s part of the Rhode Island Foundation’s “Pioneers” series, which also included a show with the Globe’s Amanda Milkovits.
• Senate President Dominick Ruggerio’s attempt to strip Providence of its zoning power on the former I-195 land gets a vote tonight in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mayor Jorge Elorza strongly opposes the bill, but he’ll likely need help from the House to kill it this year.
• The Providence City Council is nearing the finish line on the city budget, as the Finance Committee has a meeting tonight and a public hearing set for tomorrow. Don’t forget, most property owners are likely to see a tax increase under the current proposal.
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• The Providence River Pedestrian Bridge that opens later this year cost $22 million to build. Ed Fitzpatrick found some folks who love it and others who say the money should have been spent elsewhere.
• After you get some Newport Creamery food into US Senator Jack Reed, who knows what he’ll say? Don’t miss this Globe Q&A, where Rhode Island’s senior senator tackles President Trump and foreign policy.
• Writing for ProPublica, Lynn Arditi has another blockbuster on Rhode Island’s troubled 911 system.
• The Globe’s Kevin Cullen compares Bishop Tobin to President Trump .
• Get ready to see even more Congressman David Cicilline on television now that he’s set to lead an antitrust investigation into companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. In a statement Monday, he said Congress wants to determine whether “existing laws are adequate to tackle abusive conduct by platform gatekeepers or whether we need new legislation to respond to this challenge.”
• A big win for Cranston Mayor Allan Fung: The Rhode Island Supreme Court upheld a ruling allowing the city to implement a 10-year freeze on cost-of-living adjustments for retirees. This could also be good news for Providence, which is currently before the high court on a similar matter.
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