Les Miserables One day more! Nothing says “Happy Graduation” like the aftermath of the June Rebellion of 1832. This clearly homemade (but very fun) Les Miz cake uses pretzel rods as barricades, and features Enjolras in what appears to be football shoulder pads. Mamma Mia! We don’t know many six-year-olds who would request a Mamma Mia! birthday cake, but hey, let’s get her started on the Broadway path early. This cake evokes the Greek Isles, and—damn it, now we’re going to have “Super Trouper” stuck in our heads for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot, Crystal. June is a time for celebration, and with Broadway fans all over the country getting married, graduating, celebrating Father’s Day, having impromptu barbecues and of course, making parole, we think you deserve a sweet treat. After hours of internet research, Broadway.com is highlighting the most impressive, silliest and weirdest Broadway-themed cake creations we could we could find. Check ’em out! Newsies How adorable is this Newsies birthday cake adorned with teeny papes? This obviously homemade treat gets an “A” for creativity—although we wish it included some edible photos of Jeremy Jordan and Corey Cott. The Book of Mormon Show your Book of Mormon-obsesed pal you care with this clever sheet cake. (If you’re thinking of sneaking into the kitchen and binge-eating the whole thing yourself, just turn those cravings off like a light switch.) View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Cakes featuring the Angel of Music are pretty basic stuff—what, you didn’t have a Phantom cake for your 12th birthday party? Don’t lie. But this treat by Toronto’s For the Love of Cake featuring a very smiley masked man really takes the, uh… You know. The Lion King He’s gonna be a mighty king! What three-year-old wouldn’t want this delicious bug-covered ode to The Lion King? Pumbaa looks a little squished down there, but hey, he’s just gonna get devoured anyway. Aladdin Four-year-old Anissa is one lucky girl—she got a gorgeous Aladdin cake for her birthday! We wonder if a tap-dancing, Tony-winning James Monroe Iglehart comes out of that magic lamp when you rub it. Chicago Celebrate your release from jail with this delectable and sexy Chicago creation. It’s got everything: metal bars, legs, inexplicable poppies… This looks illegally delicious. Kinky Boots Sex isn’t in the heel—it’s in the frosting in this cake by Ron Ben-Israel. There’s only one problem: We’re not exactly sure how you slice a piece of this gorgeous dessert and eat it. Lola? Help! Wicked Although we’re not sure how much this Elphie looks like Idina Menzel, she certainly defies gravity in this three-tiered treat by Anne Arvin. Created for a Wicked fanatic’s 21st birthday, the bottom tier is decorated with flying monkeys and decorated with green icing flowers.
A parks director from Modesto, Calif., has accepted an offer to lead the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department.City Manager Eric Holmes said Monday that Julie Hannon will start Dec. 3.“I’m excited to add Julie Hannon to the city’s leadership team. She has the right skills to lead our hard-working department into an exciting new era,” Holmes said. “As we look ahead to 2014 and beyond, Vancouver’s focus will be on a sustainable plan for Parks and Recreation as a city-focused department, after many years as a shared city/county agency.”Hannon has 25 years of parks and recreation experience, said Barb Ayers, the city’s spokeswoman. She has a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration from Ashford University. In switching jobs, Hannon will take a pay cut, as she earned $147,053 in 2012 in Modesto and will earn $133,272 a year in Vancouver. California, however, has an income tax, while Washington does not.She will oversee a smaller staff but be responsible for more parks. In Modesto she has a staff of 112 and 72 parks; Vancouver’s parks and recreation department has 44 full-time equivalent employees and 108 parks.But while Vancouver has cut the parks staff in half in recent years, worse times could be ahead in Modesto. Voters there will consider a temporary sales tax increase next week and a loss would will be “devastating” to its general fund, resulting in more parks cuts, according to the Modesto Bee.