Cats National Tour Breaks Show’s Worldwide Box Office Record During Weeklong Run in Atlanta

first_imgA scene from the national tour of “Cats” (Photo: Matthew Murphy) The Jellicle cats will definitely be celebrating tonight! The North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats broke the show’s worldwide box office record during the production’s engagement at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta from August 6-11. Cats brought in $1,964,933.50 and played to 34,740 audience members over eight performances, which was part of the Broadway in Atlanta series.The box office record was previously held by the Broadway revival, which brought in a then record-breaking $1,826,206 over nine performances in December 2017.The cast of the Cats tour includes Keri René Fuller (Waitress) as Grizabella and McGee Maddox (An American in Paris) as Rum Tum Tugger along with Phillip Deceus as Alonzo, Lexie Plath as Bombalurina, Mariah Reives as Cassandra, PJ DiGaetano as Coricopat, Liz Schmitz as Demeter, Kaitlyn Davidson as Jellylorum, Emily Jeanne Phillips as Jennyanydots, Tion Gaston as Mistoffelees, Tony d’Alelio as Mungojerrie, Dan Hoy as Munkustrap, Timothy Gulan as Peter/Bustopher Jones/Asparagus, Tyler John Logan as Plato/Macavity, Anthony Michael Zas as Pouncival, Rose Iannaccone as Rumpelteazer, Ahren Victory as Sillabub, Ethan Saviet as Skimbleshanks, Halli Toland as Tantomile, Devin Neilson as Tumblebrutus, Brandon Michael Nase as Victor/Old Deuteronomy and Caitlin Bond as Victoria.Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.” The musical debuted on Broadway in 1982, closing in 2000 after a record-breaking run at the Winter Garden Theatre. The 2016 Broadway revival played the Neil Simon Theatre.The Cats tour features original scenic and costume design by John Napier, all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz, all-new sound design by Mick Potter and new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler—based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne. View Commentslast_img read more

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/31/18

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  Washington   102  Oklahoma City   96 Final  N-Y Knicks   111  Brooklyn        95 Final  Toronto      109  Minnesota      104 Final  Sacramento   114  New Orleans    103 Final  Houston      114  Orlando        107 Final  Detroit      125  Cleveland      114 Final  San Antonio  106  Denver         104 Final  Utah         129  Golden State    99 Final  Portland     104  L.A. Clippers   96    NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final SO  Minnesota    3  Columbus        2 Final  Pittsburgh   5  San Jose        2 Final  Florida      4  N-Y Islanders   1 Final  Anaheim      3  Boston          1 Final  Carolina     2  Ottawa          1 Final  New Jersey   3  Buffalo         1 Final  Winnipeg     3  Tampa Bay       1 Final  St. Louis    3  Montreal        1 Final  Chicago      2  Nashville       1 Final  L.A. Kings   3  Dallas          0 Final  Vegas        4  Calgary         2 Final OT  Vancouver    4  Colorado        3    TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  (6) Xavier          73  St. John’s            68 Final  (11) Auburn         79  Mississippi           70 Final  (12) Oklahoma       98  Baylor                96 Final  (17) Ohio St.       71  Indiana               56 Final  (20) Clemson        82  (19) North Carolina   78 Final OT  (21) Kentucky       83  Vanderbilt            81 Final  (22) Rhode Island   85  UMass                 83 Final  Georgia             72  (23) Florida          60Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Scotland’s Rugby Sevens squad named for Commonwealth Games

first_imgThe head coach said: “The challenge for this group will be how well we can come together over the next few days and weeks, to give ourselves the best opportunity to be competitive for Team Scotland at the Gold Coast Games.“To represent Team Scotland in a Commonwealth Games is a huge honour for everyone involved and I’d like to thank Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby for their continued support, insuring we have assembled our country’s leading sevens exponents.“It is great to welcome back some of Scotland’s leading talent, who have previously represented Scotland 7s and have developed into top 15-a-side players and combine them with our elite, core-sevens players, who have been competing on the World Series.”The 13-man squad is made up of seven core Scotland 7s squad players (capt Scott Riddell, Jamie Farndale, James Fleming, Nyle Godsmark, Gavin Lowe, Max McFarland and Joe Nayacavou) supplemented by two players from Edinburgh (Glenn Bryce and Darcy Graham) and four from Glasgow Warriors (Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Ruaridh Jackson and Lee Jones). The Team Scotland Rugby Sevens squad has been announced for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.Commonwealth Games Scotland revealed the 13-man line-up which completed Team Scotland’s total of 224 athletes headed for Australia.The Scots will depart for Hong Kong next week to compete in the seventh leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series before travelling to the Gold Coast to compete in the Commonwealth Games.John Dalziel’s side will face Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and South Africa in Pool A, from which the top-placed team will progress to the semi-finals for a chance to take home a medal.last_img read more

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Expect More Proxy Fights for Tech Companies in Wake of Yahoo Controversy

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img dave copeland By using the threat of a proxy fight to win significant change at Yahoo, Daniel Loeb and his Third Point LLC hedge fund did something that may become increasingly common as a result of new rules to increase shareholder oversight of publicly traded companies.And tech companies, with cultures that often clash with the straitlaced, profit-driven motives of Wall Street, seem particularly vulnerable to proxy fights. While Third Point’s power play – which resulted in three new board members and the company’s sixth CEO in five years — is expected to benefit shareholders, it is less clear what impact it will have on Yahoo employees or the people who still visit the Web portal more than half a billion times each month.Earlier this month, Loeb released documents showing that CEO Scott Thompson had listed on his resume a degree in computer sciences that he had not earned. By last week, International Game Technology CEO Patti Hart said she would not seek re-election to Yahoo’s board of directors after Loeb raised questions about her role in hiring Thompson. And by Sunday, Yahoo had reached a deal with Third Point that included Thompson’s resignation, a new chairman and seats for Loeb and three allies on Yahoo’s board.The dustup, however, has far broader implications than a simple case of calling someone out on an embellished resume. It shows the considerable sway that hedge funds hold over the companies in which they invest, and how the Wall Street culture often clashes with the tech darlings into which they’ve put money.When times are good, companies such as LinkedIn and Groupon, which went public last year, and Facebook, which will go public later this week, benefit from the relationship. But when times are bad, the public companies quickly realize they are never completely in control of their operations. Experts also believe that the rise in shareholder activism is a direct result of hedge fund involvement, and investors, companies and customers can expect more activism going forward.Hedge funds “are better at organizing people. They have tremendous resources, and proxy fights are one of their tools,” Franklin Allen, a finance professor at the Wharton School, said in an article on the school’s website. “Proxy fights are one way they can make money.” Hedge Funds Profit Through ControlEven after Thompson’s resignation, Yahoo is continuing to investigate Thompson to see if his departure can be considered to be for cause, which would save the company millions of dollars in severance. It’s an abrupt about-face from just last week, when Yahoo called Thompson’s listing of a degree from Stonehill College an “inadvertent error” that “in no way alters the fact that Mr. Thompson is a highly qualified executive with a successful track record leading large consumer technology companies.” What happens now will be bottom-line driven. Wall Street analysts are already praising the shakeup, saying it would boost long-term growth prospects.Loeb may push Yahoo to drop its patent lawsuits against Facebook, as Facebook has retaliated with what could be costly countersuits. As Richard MacManus noted Sunday, Loeb and Third Point will be fixated on boosting profits (and, by extension, their 5.6% stake in the company). That could ultimately mean selling off certain assets and streamlining Yahoo down to its core (and most lucrative) assets.“I’m not entirely convinced that Daniel Loeb’s motivations are good for Yahoo long term,” MacManus wrote. “They seem more focused on making money for Wall Street shareholders than returning Yahoo to its roots of being a true innovative force on the Web.”Given the context and Third Point’s true motives, it seems more and more as though Thompson is just a convenient casualty as opposed to the real target of Loeb’s attack.While shareholders tend to vote with management, making proxy fights ineffective, Allen said that could change as they become more common. Allen said hedge funds aren’t opposed to stepping in and running the business.“Mutual funds don’t want to run the business. If they don’t like something, they will just sell shares,” he said. “Hedge funds will try and run the business to improve the value of the firm. All shareholders can benefit.”Scott Thompson photo courtesy of Yahoo Tags:#web#Yahoo last_img read more

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Pioli stands up for Suso

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli was cagey on his Milan choices against Roma, but defended Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu from criticism. “You hit one, you hit us all.” It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. This is his second game in charge after the disappointing 2-2 draw with Lecce, a performance that saw several players including Suso bitterly criticised. “We won’t be part of any social or media pillory of our players. We are united, the objective is to be a team and fight for the results together,” said Pioli in his press conference. “If you hit one player, you hit us all, you hit me and you hit Milan. We have to be positive and not let ourselves get caught up in hysteria. “We’ve got to prove ourselves in every match and learn from the Lecce game where we should’ve been more concentrated. It’s not just about players being young or inexperienced, but the way we interpret the matches. “Tomorrow we are up against a Roma side that has lost only one game this season. I expect them to be determined and we need to match them on that level.” Pioli left Krzysztof Piatek on the bench in favour of Rafael Leao against Lecce, so will he use the same trident with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu or draft in Ante Rebic? “I will choose the best line-up available, just as I did against Lecce. Leao and Piatek have different characteristics, so they can alternate, but also play together if we are able to find the right balance elsewhere. “I expect Lucas Paqueta to be more enterprising on the ball and create more danger going forward. He remains a midfielder, which means he needs to keep the intensity up throughout the match. “I liked the way Calhanoglu approached the game overall and not just the goal he scored. If we were to play Lucas Biglia and Ismael Bennacer together, we’d have to change other positions, which at the moment I do not want to change. We need some consistency at the moment. “The best possible team for the game will play tomorrow. That is all I can tell you, then you can read the XI when the time comes.” The new coach also tried to keep the expectations down, even though the club directors seem to believe in a top four finish. “We have to roll our sleeves up. We’ll try to win them all and then see where we are, that’s all we can do. I made no promises to anyone. All the players start with me on the same level and I’ll play those who can give me the most guarantees for that game.”last_img read more

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‘Kwality’ time with Afshaan

first_imgOne of the first things my wife and I realised about our daughter is that she has a wonderful sense of humour-and of family. And it is no paradox that to have a sense of family, you must have a sense of humour. When our daughter was not even one-and- a-half years old, we were driving back from a dinner in Mussoorie, with several of our family crowded lovingly into my uncle’s Maruti van. As we wended our way through the dark and the forests, one of us was telling-or attempting to tell-a humorous story; suddenly, my aunt pointed to our daughter, and said, “Just see, even Afshaan is laughing at the story.”Ever since that day, Afshaan has been laughing with and understanding our family so well, she also laughs at our family, for she is not a saint. But, always, the laughter is there. And that laughter-with and at our family-has been the foundation of my relationship with Afshaan; when the laughter is not there, I know something is wrong.We always had, she and I, certain bantering, certain pet-phrases of jest and jostling, that we would share with each other. I would say to her, out of the blue, “Whaaaaaayouuuuuuudooooooing” and she would explode with laughter. Until, one day, she did not and I knew that she was growing up, and I had to discover new bantering and phrases. Which has not been easy.Fathers and daughters are from opposite sexes-that is something all fathers must always remember, no matter how close they are to their daughters. It is not a wall between a father and daughter, but it is very much a fence. A fence, which can often be of the finest wood, ancient and shining, but a fence, nevertheless. Hence the bantering had to change, especially in front of her friends and classmates. She was a young lady, and I an ageing man. That was, and is, the truth.Several years ago when Afshaan was finishing school, I was shooting for a film with Arjun Rampal-and suddenly, when she found this out, she was very interested in the film; I was delighted, until I realised that Arjun was the true reason for the interest. This led to fresh bantering, and fresh understandings.I have a horrible temper-it erupts, usually, for some real reason-but, sadly, also for reasons of the ego. Afshaan recently told me, in a very straightforward way, how my temper had always frightened her. Only a daughter could tell a father that-not even a wife, or a son, only a daughter. And because she is a daughter, with all the truths which that relationship both hides and heals, the father will listen.Then there are my boots. I love to wear ‘cowboy boots’, made by a khandaani mochi in Mussoorie. They are a part of me, and have been so for many decades. Well, recently daughter told father that she always felt that those boots were ‘silly’-oh, my, what a long silence that led to. I am still wearing those boots and I teased Afshaan, with great temerity, recently when I saw her wearing-and looking stunning in- winter boots in the snow of the USA. To which, of course, she replied, “Of course I look good in them -because they are not ‘cowboy’ boots.”Her boyfriends, of course, are discussed with her mother for hours. I am allowed a slight peek at certain moments-like a sneak preview of a film, but never the actual story. This I fully understand, and also know that at the right moment, when she feels comfortable, I will meet the man of her dreams-and love him in my own way as much as she does.My passions are sports and sleep. Afshaan tried, so often and so lovingly, to share both with me. With sleep she succeeded, with sports all her wonderful attempts led to laughter, and then just wonder. I remember buying junior-size tennis rackets and cricket bats for her, and attempting, not too often, to actually play with her. They still lie there in her cupboard-a racket and a bat, tiny and half-forgotten. But every now and then I come across them and weep.But there is a passion we both share-even though we do not often share the products of that passion-and that is writing. Afshaan writes beautifully: she hides the talent away, but every now and then I steal a glance, and am awed at her wisdom-of language and of life. Of the books I have attempted to write, she has had little to say. But one day, I know, when her first book is published, she and I will sit back with cups of tea and talk and talk about writing. We will laugh together again, she and I, very soon. I know that.As we both learn and love-love and learn, we will realise just how much we need each other; need each other’s praise, each other’s companionship, each other’s time. And, most of all, each other’s laughter. Which brings me to the title of this piece-Afshaan will groan when she sees it, and yet laugh deep inside. For Kwality restaurant in Dehradun means so much to her father, and the daughter knows that so well. So she will forgive his sense of ‘tumour’. advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Curry would love to captain Team Curry again in 2019

first_imgView comments Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe “I know who I like watching and I had a draft board. I had a process,” James said. “Some of it went according to plan. A couple of them fell through, but I was satisfied and happy with the guys that I got.”James’ original roster was dramatically altered by injuries to Cousins, John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Love, who all missed the game.“Even with the four guys that got injured we were able to get four new guys that came in and played well for us.”James was named the game’s MVP after making the go-ahead, finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds left and scoring a game-high 29 points.Where did he hide his draft board?ADVERTISEMENT And there’s a definite appetite for the NBA to televise the captains’ draft rather than conduct it clandestinely like it was this year.“Televise it,” said DeMar DeRozan of Team Stephen. “Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person that gets picked, you are an All-Star, so it doesn’t matter where you really go, so I think televise it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlayers raved about the new format of having captains draft the teams rather than the traditional format of East vs. West.And James finally revealed his draft order: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, his former Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins, who missed the game due to a season-ending injury. 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Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Ain’t none of your business. You’re going too far, man,” James said with a laugh.Curry didn’t divulge his draft order.“As the draft kind of unfolded, you start to game plan around positions,” he said. “For me, I tried to get the best shooters. It was kind of cool to see both teams come together as me and LeBron were picking. So that part, that vibe of the format and having two guys select from your peers will be a fun show as it unfolds year after year.”The All-Star draft led to interesting dynamics on court.Curry chose his Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but the trio had to play against Durant. James also chose Oklahoma City duo Westbrook and Paul George to play along with Kyrie Irving, who forced a trade away from James in Cleveland just last summer.Irving and James had no obvious friction, even laughing and joking on the bench. Neither did Durant and Westbrook, who broke up in 2016 when Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State.Durant helped James smother Curry in the final seconds to prevent him from getting off a potential tying shot.And then there was Toronto’s Dwane Casey coaching Team LeBron against Raptors star DeRozan.“I think that having the captains and selecting the guys and being able to mix them up gave it a more authentic feel of kind of what us players want to be part of in an All-Star Game,” Irving said.“It’s great to play with guys in your conference, East-West. But when you get a chance to have Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and you know they’re teammates already, and then you mix them with myself and Kemba (Walker), and LeBron, and you could see the mix and it just worked.” Team Stephen’s Stephen Curry, left, of the Golden State Warriors, and Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, stand together during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES — Stephen Curry would love to be an NBA All-Star Game captain again next year, especially since the game will be in his hometown of Charlotte.LeBron James would be OK with someone else taking his place, depending on who the top two vote-getters are, although his draft prowess led to Team LeBron beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night .ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Everyone knows me and most people respect me: Muhammad Ali

first_imgMuhammad Ali spends his time watching movies these days – not his own celluloid biography The Greatest which was released recently, but a film lasting just a couple of minutes. It shows Ali’s next challenger, Ernie Shavers, knocking out Jimmy Ellis with a right uppercut in the first round.Ali is,Muhammad Ali spends his time watching movies these days – not his own celluloid biography The Greatest which was released recently, but a film lasting just a couple of minutes. It shows Ali’s next challenger, Ernie Shavers, knocking out Jimmy Ellis with a right uppercut in the first round.Ali is undoubtedly impressed with Shavers and is taking him more seriously than he has his other opponents in the past. Shavers, who resembles a fearsome black Kojak, has the highest knockout percentage of any heavyweight in history. Of his 54 wins, only two opponents lasted the distance. Ali and Shavers come together at Madison Square Garden on September 29, and Ali realizes that this may be his moment of truth. Yet the Louisville Lip cannot resist his characteristic verbal one-two. “Hey, I got the angle,” he yells gleefully. “Because of his bald head, I’ll call him the Acorn. That’s it. The Acorn will fall in the garden.” But beneath all that bluster and blarney, Ali still possesses the shrewdest tactical brain in boxing. Shavers, known in the business as “a banger who breaks up”, generally runs out of stamina and ideas once the rounds nudge double figures. “Sure, he’ll be dangerous for five rounds,” Ali admits. “But after that, he’ll be wheezing like an old war-horse and I’ll lean over and whisper in his ear ‘Ernie, now you are out of gas, I’m gone kick your ass’.”Ali is firmly convinced that it will take a better man than Shavers to take over his crown. “If I get beat again, it won’t be by no big hitter. The type who gives me trouble is a Frazier or Norton who stay close, keep throwing punches and don’t get tired. There’s a lot of folk who say I’m over the top-too old and too fat. Well, I’m in shape, but maybe we can build up this fight by getting them to think this here nigger’s finished.”advertisementThe times when Ali drops the showman’s mask is when he talks of himself as a “Black Kissinger”. “Boxing and acting’s nothin’ compared to what I have to do. The world’s blacks are looking for a leader. Is there anyone better equipped than me to act as a troubleshooter for President Carter? Everyone knows me and most people respect me.”I’d love to go to South Africa to talk to them oppressed colored folks. And Rhodesia too. When I’ve finished fighting, in about eight months, maybe I’ll charter a plane and go out there.”You’d be surprised how many people come to me with their problems. I’ve just had a call from the secretary of Bangladesh, or something, who wants to come over and see me. Everywhere I go people ask my advise or say ‘Can you help us Ali?’ A lot just want money of course. I’ve earned 57 million dollars and I reckon I’ve given away three million in the last three years.”Recently, at the International Valour Award luncheon in London, Ali blandly suggested that a suitable introduction for himself would be “The world’s best-known, most respected and highest paid human”. Not the most modest of men, Ali, but still “The Greatest”.last_img read more

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9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp responds to Guardiola jibe

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp responds to Guardiola jibeby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has taken a gibe at Manchester City’s Carabao Cup fixture.The Reds boss was speaking about his reasons for rotating the team against Wolves.He believed that his attackers needed a rest. And he suggested that if they had faced easier opposition, he may have put some of them in the team.Liverpool face Brighton on Saturday as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table.”If you have the full squad together, it’s massive [to have a lighter schedule],” Klopp told a pre-match news conference. “It’s really good. That’s my preferred rhythm.”It’s our situation – it’s not that we decided to go out of the EFL Cup or the FA Cup ourselves or that it’s not important. That’s not how it is.”We had Chelsea at home, which was probably the most difficult game, it was pretty tight and we lost it. Then Wolves was the situation and we had to make changes after the most intense month of the year in December.”If we had played a League Two team [instead of Wolves], maybe the offensive line could have played because the intensity is different and you have the ball most of the time, you can play.”Wolves make the pitch unbelievably big. You have to run. You cannot have the ball all the time. That means you have to understand the expected intensity of the game and you have to make a line-up. That’s what we did and we had a few injuries on top.”I would love to still be in these competitions, but we are not in them. We have to make the best of the time now. I know Pep [Guardiola] said he would prefer to be in four competitions. I would prefer the same.”We have to make the best of the time and get as many points as possible.” last_img read more

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