Sondheim Makes History, Lea Michele Does a Cannonball and the Bumpus Hounds Are Hungry Again in This Week’s Datebook

first_img SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 THE GREAT WAR TAKES FLIGHT With The Snow Geese closing tomorrow, this is your final weekend to catch Tony winners Mary-Louise Parker and Victoria Clark and Tony nominee Danny Burstein on Broadway at MTC’s Samuel Friedman Theatre. The Chekhovian story of a widow (Parker) facing financial ruin and the deployment of her sons overseas in World War I, Sharr White’s family drama is packed with great performances in every role.  ALSO: The characters in Every Day a Visitor get cranky for the last time at the Clurman Theatre; one of Broadway’s most musical clans open the Graff Family Holiday Special at 54 Below. ALSO: Catch a slew of Broadway alums including Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford and Kathy Baker in the Mary Poppins-inspired film Saving Mr. Banks; Lea Michele chats about her new album on Ellen. MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 MONDAY ON THE COUCH WITH STEPHEN He’s here! He’s. Still. Here! HBO’s starry Stephen Sondheim documentary Six by Sondheim features re-stagings of six of the icon’s most popular songs including “Something’s Coming,” “Opening Doors,” “Send in the Clowns,” “I’m Still Here,” “Being Alive” and “Sunday,” plus never before seen archival footage of the musical legend and his muses. With appearances from TV stars and Broadway vets like Jeremy Jordan, Darren Criss, America Ferrera, Jackie Hoffman, Will Swenson and Audra McDonald, this is a doc you won’t want to miss. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 RALPHIE TO THE RESCUE, AGAIN With all the holiday hubbub stressing you out, it’s the perfect time get a jolly good laugh, so head to the Theater at Madison Square Garden to see A Christmas Story.  Four vets of the Tony-nominated Broadway production (Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly and Caroline O’Connor) reprise their roles in this tuneful hit. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like some garish dancing leg lamps! THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 CHESTNUTS ROASTING IN TIMES SQUARE James Barbour is closing out his Holiday Concert at 54 Below with a bang! For his final performance, Barbour will be joined by a special guest, two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, currently winning laughs in off-Broadway’s Disaster! The two powerhouse vocalists will duet on a plethora of holiday favorites, so head to 54 Below ‘cause baby, it’s cold outside! ALSO: Tony winner Len Cariou opens a three-performance run at 54 Below, while Broadway vet Chip Zien closes his 54 Below cabaret debut. Already sick of the cold weather? We’ve got some Broadway love to keep you warm! Soothe your mood with the documentary Six by Sondheim, groove to Lea Michele’s new single and celebrate the season with Ralphie saving the day in A Christmas Story. Check out this week’s list of must-see concerts, last-chance shows and lots more. ALSO: Murder Ballad alums Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy & Juliana Nash reunite in concert at 54 Below; Ian McKellen chats Broadway and Hobbits on Letterman; Mike Birbiglia makes ‘em laugh on Jimmy Kimmel Live. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 THE CUTE BUS IS LEAVING THE STATION Hurry up and catch that bus! Second Stage’s Little Miss Sunshine, starring Tony nominees Will Swenson and Rory O’Malley and the wicked-ly talented Stephanie J. Block, closes today. The high-energy musical features a score by William Finn and book by James Lapine, plus nine-year-old Hannah Nordberg as little miss misfit Olive, who’s too cute not to brighten up your Sunday! TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 FUNNY GIRL GOES BOOM She came in like a cannonball! Get ready to download, Gleeks, because Lea Michele releases the first single from her debut solo album Louder. Written by Sia and entitled “Cannonball,” the song features a promotional photo that’s more Miley and less Rachel Berry, but we’re super excited Broadway vet Lea is going pop! (We just hope she keeps campaigning to play Fanny Brice.) ALSLO: Tony nominee Euan Morton gets jazzy at 54 Below; Carey Mulligan talks Inside Llewyn Davis on Jimmy Kimmel Live. ALSO: West Side Story legend Carol Lawrence opens Handle With Care at the Westside Theatre; Arthur Darvill plays his last gut-wrenching performance in Once; off-Broadway says goodbye to One Night … and Star of David. ALSO: Original Jersey boy Daniel Reichard opens It’s Christmas…Again at 54 Below; just in time for Saving Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition CD is released; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 releases a deluxe original cast recording two-disc CD; Wicked alum Donna Vivino’s debut CD is released; Billy Crystal talks 700 Sundays on Letterman. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 WAITING FOR ROMEO Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen make the magical leap from Broadway to the big screen in The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug. Going from a star-crossed lover (Bloom, in Romeo and Juliet) and existential thinkers (McKellen, in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land) to an elf and a wizard, the stars reprise their portrayals of Legolas and Gandalf in this classic tale of rings. There are sure to be special effects Broadway could never afford! View Commentslast_img read more

Holder milestone ‘Bittersweet’

first_imgCMC – WEST Indies skipper Jason Holder reached a personal milestone on Thursday when he became the fifth West Indies player to score 1 000 runs and take 100 wickets in One-Day Internationals.The 26-year-old joined the legendary Sir Vivian Richards, Carl Hooper, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo on the list of those to achieve the feat, after claiming a three-wicket haul in the defeat to Afghanistan.Holder described the achievement as “bittersweet” especially with it coming during the Caribbean side’s first defeat of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifiers in their opening match of the Super Sixes.“I feel pretty good with my personal form. I’m trying to lead from the front,” Holder said.“I’ve been getting some runs and also getting some wickets. Unfortunately we couldn’t get across the line [on Thursday] so it’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that I’ve got a hundred wickets and a thousand runs.”Holder has scored 201 runs and grabbed 10 wickets in the tournament, in helping to put his side into the Super Sixes second stage, and closer to qualification for next year’s World Cup in England.He narrowly missed out on a hundred against Papua New Guinea when he ended unbeaten on 99, and claimed his second five-wicket haul in ODIs in the outing against United Arab Emirates.The Barbadian, who made his ODI debut five years ago and was installed as captain two years later, has scored 1 211 runs and claimed 101 wickets from 74 ODIs.Holder said his main focus, however, was ensuring West Indies qualified for the World Cup and was disappointed by the defeat to Afghanistan.“At the end of the day, our main focus is to win this tournament and we fell short [on Thursday],” he lamented.last_img read more

Patriots’ Tom Brady on being limited in practice: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m a spring chicken anymore’

first_img Patriots? Chiefs? Cowboys? Who’ll be the last unbeaten NFL team standing? NFL free agency news: Patriots sign Cody Kessler to add QB depth Le’Veon Bell to Jets fans after Patriots loss: ‘Just keep believing’ “I think they’re good at all levels, so that’s the challenging part,” Brady said. “They have a good front, very good at linebacker, very good in the secondary, play the pass well, tough, physical, stout defense, well-coached, fundamentally sound. They play well at home. It’s a great environment.”So, it’s pretty tough, it’s pretty tough. It’s a great challenge. They’re 3-0, they’re off to a great start and it’s going to be really a great environment for football. They’re going to challenge us. This will be the toughest game we’ve faced, and we’re going to have to play a great game.”The 3-0 @Patriots will go on the road and take on the 3-0 Bills in Week 4.Since @TomBrady became a starter in 2001, no QB has more wins at New Era Field (the Bills’ home stadium) than he does.— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 24, 2019Brady added the Bills are “a very good team.” The Tom Brady to Dorsett touchdown.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 22, 2019″You know, football is a contact sport,” Brady said. “I wouldn’t say I’m a spring chicken anymore. So, I’m trying to just feel as great as I can and see how it goes (Thursday). But, I feel pretty good.”The Patriots will look to remain undefeated when they face the 3-0 Bills in Buffalo on Sunday. Buffalo enters the matchup with the No. 5 ranked defense in the NFL.  Related News Tom Brady is feeling “pretty good” despite being limited in practice, he told reporters. The 42-year-old star has been dominant so far this season, throwing for 911 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions as the Patriots have opened 3-0. Brady was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday because of a calf injury, but he said there was nothing to worry about.  “I think (the Bills play) a great style of defense because (they) really make the offense earn everything, and I think they have very smart players that all work well together,” Brady said. “I think they’re playing really well. They’re playing well on offense, they’ve got a very good defense, they’re turnover driven, they win close games.”  The Patriots’ matchup with the Bills will kick off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.last_img read more