first_img Golden tickets are now on sale for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, led by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (after Falsettos). Directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, the production will begin performances on March 28, 2017 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The reworked transfer of London’s hit tuner is set to officially open on April 23.Featuring a book by David Greig with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life- changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.Dahl’s book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka. Christian Borle(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Related Showscenter_img Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018last_img read more

first_img Comments [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Fewer than 10 minutes into the second game of the season, the Syracuse field hockey team had a commanding 2-0 lead over visiting Northeastern. After two quick goals, the No. 8 Orange seemed poised to coast to another easy victory. But for senior forward Kristin Girouard and the entire SU team, it wasn’t enough. It’s never enough. After Northeastern closed the gap to one, SU didn’t panic. An offensive break led to a penalty corner and gave the Orange an opportunity to bust the game open. A scramble in front following senior back Maggie Befort’s pass gave Girouard her chance, and she responded, slamming home a goal just more than one minute before halftime. That tally propelled the Orange (2-0) into halftime, and its persistent attack throughout led to a 4-1 win over the Huskies (0-2) in front of a crowd of 424 at J.S. Coyne Stadium on Sunday. ‘It was a great day and everyone worked hard, but we have a lot that we need to improve upon,’ Girouard said. ‘I’m never really satisfied with how I’m playing. I think that’s the cool thing about our team, that we always keep working hard and we expect a lot from ourselves and from each other.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Expectations were high from the opening whistle on Sunday, and senior forward Shelby Schraden tallied the game’s first goal seven minutes in after a few quick passes in front of the net. True to its style, SU was aggressive immediately after the goal, forcing a penalty corner and a second straight scoring chance. After two saves from the Northeastern goalkeeper, junior forward Heather Susek slipped one into the net on a pass from Girouard. Girouard’s goal later made the score 3-1, and the outstanding work from head coach Ange Bradley’s experienced starters helped carry the momentum into the second half. ‘With this team, it’s like training a professional group instead of a first-year team,’ said Bradley, who now has a career record of 54-13 at Syracuse. ‘They assured me today that they’re going to take care of things, and I’m proud of the way that they stepped up.’ The Orange kept up the intensity throughout the second half, protecting their lead while searching for new scoring chances. With a little more than two minutes remaining, SU’s hustle forced another penalty corner, the team’s ninth of the match. Befort slid a pass through the middle to junior midfielder Martina Loncarica, who set up sophomore back Amy Kee for a blistering shot that deflected past the keeper for SU’s final goal. The set piece conversions demonstrated SU’s fast-paced mentality. Continued pressure led to potential corners and scoring chances.  Senior forward Lindsey Conrad was the personification of this relentless approach, as it was her aggressiveness around the net that sparked nearly all of SU’s best opportunities. ‘Our overall team mentality is to attack and to keep the corners coming and the goals coming, so everyone knows their role and what our game plan is,’ said Conrad. ‘It’s really important that we keep the attitude that we want to win and we want to score goals.’ Though the offense’s pressure tilted ball control in SU’s favor, the defense rose to the occasion as well, surrendering a few turnovers but ultimately allowing only seven shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver made four saves on five shots on goal, including a big save on a Northeastern set piece a minute into the second half. This marks the second straight game that SU has been tough on defense, as the Orange outshot Northwestern 33-2 in a 6-1 victory on Friday. Syracuse’s two wins to start the season is exactly the start it needed with 11 of its next 12 games on the road. Bradley isn’t concerned about the road swing, as the team’s frame of mind is in the right place with two dominating home victories. ‘It’s been really good for our morale to go 2-0. That was our goal for the weekend,’ Bradley said. ‘I think it just comes down to motivation and sheer will. It wasn’t the prettiest game today, but the will of these seniors and these kids knows nothing else. They’ve accomplished so much over three years and they’re committed to getting a result.’ Published on August 29, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_img Related Articles SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon SIS reintroduces Towcester service as it resumes full greyhound schedule May 27, 2020 UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 Share tweet Submit The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has named Mark Moisley as its new Executive Commercial Director, who will be tasked with overseeing ‘the development and implementation of greyhound racing’s new commercial strategy’.As part of his new role, Moisley will work alongside stadia and stakeholders across the sport to raise the profile of greyhound racing, widen its appeal to new audiences and explore commercial opportunities.Commenting on his appointment, Moisley said: “As a lifelong admirer of greyhound racing, I am delighted to be joining the sport. Greyhound racing is a vibrant, thriving and exciting sport and I look forward to working with everyone to unlock its true potential.”Moisley joins GBGB with nearly 20 years’ experience in working across the sports sector, having previously held positions at Sunderland Association Football Club, Sports First, England Hockey, Oldham Athletic Football Club and Wembley Stadium.Jeremy Cooper, Chairman of GBGB, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Mark to the GBGB team. He has wide-ranging experience within the world of sport and a strong commercial awareness that makes him an ideal fit for this new position. We are looking forward to working with him and wish him the very best in the role.”Mark Bird, Managing Director of GBGB, concluded: “British greyhound racing is an exciting, historic and welfare-centric sport. It is clear, however, that to ensure it has a bright future we need greater and more focused commercial direction so that we promote everything that is great about our sport, further our commercial partnerships and reach untapped audiences.“Mark has a clear entrepreneurial drive and through the recruitment process has proven his ability to see the big picture for the future of our sport. He has strong experience of working for a club, stadium and players and, over the coming months, he will translate this experience into the context of greyhound racing by getting to know stakeholders throughout our sport.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Minnesota Vikings are laughably and pathetically exemplifying both schizophrenia and sheer cowardice. After deactivating superstar running back Adrian Peterson last Friday, prior to the game against the New England Patriots, and then getting destroyed at home on Sunday, the Vikings came back on Monday and said they are bringing Peterson back on.However, just a day later, the vacuum of leadership for the Vikings released a team statement at 1 in the morning saying they are again deactivating Peterson and suspending him from all team activities for the foreseeable future. Not coincidentally, the Vikings radically changed their minds about bringing Peterson back after Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken blasted the Vikings and major sponsors such as Radisson Hotel pulled their advertising from the team.Here is a statement from the black hole of leadership within the Vikings ownership:“In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.“We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.“While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.“We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.”last_img read more

first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan Tuesday said the selectors have picked a “very strong side” for the ICC World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.The MSK Prasad-headed selection committee Monday named a 15-member squad, which will be led by Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma being his deputy. Dinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot.”For the World Cup we have a very good and a strong side and we are looking forward to the competition. We will perform really well once we get there,” Dhawan said at an event organised by Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals to raise awareness for organ donation.Talking about his IPL side Delhi Capitals, who are currently placed second on the points table with five wins from eight games, Dhawan said the experience of coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly is helping the side.”The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly… Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instil in us is great. At the same time, the young boys in our team are also getting mature.””It has been a good season for us. It’s a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new administration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players. The way we are performing is good.”The stylish opener missed out on his maiden century of the season when teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to give Capitals a seven-wicket victory, but Dhawan has no regrets.advertisement”I was not thinking of the century, it was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket and take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position.””People are only seeing that I missed my century by three runs but they should also see that I score a 97. If I have scored it once I can score it ten times more,” Dhawan said.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with RosogollasAlso Read | Robin Uthappa on Dinesh Karthik World Cup selection: Justice has been doneAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamlast_img read more

first_imgplain NCAA Logo.NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story:— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.last_img read more

first_imgSyracuse players in a pregame huddle.YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: In a clear indication of lack of support from the lenders on further funding, Jet Airways chief executive Vinay Dube has said it is painful that there is no commitment on the part of the all stakeholders on paying salaries to the employees which are due in a few days. The now grounded airline has not paid March salaries to its over 20,000 employees. Jet ceased operations on April 17. April salary is due in a few days. The airline suspended operations after the SBI-led consortium of lenders rejected its demand for a Rs 983-crore lifeline to help carry out operations and pay to the employees their March salaries. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”While we will continue to support the bank’s bid find a buyer or the airline, it pains us to communicate that no clarity or commitment on salaries has been provided by any of our stakeholders so far,” Dube said in a communication to employees Friday. Significantly, on Friday the employees had planned to take out a peace walk towards the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in the BKC are here, but was cancelled at the last minute on request from the police and the state government. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”While on the one hand, we are being told to preserve the value of Jet Airways during the bid process, on the other hand, with no salary payment, some of our colleague have no choice but to find employment elsewhere. “When we highlight the disappointing irony of this situation to the lenders, we are simply told that this problem is to be addressed by the shareholders, who should and could have agreed on a resolution plan a long time ago,” Dube lamented in the letter. He also said though there have been many board meeting, the promoters and strategic shareholder (Etihad) there was no favourable outcome on funding and paying salaries so far. “We have also approached government at the highest levels seeking intervention and assistance but that too has not yielded any positive results,” he added. Dube also said in the past few days the leadership team is trying to convince the lenders to release some funds to the employees, while continuing to support the bank led bid sale process. “We have told them repeatedly that our employees are facing grave hardships owing to non-payment of salaries and that if this were to continue any longer, our employees will have no option but to find employment elsewhere. “Unfortunately, the banks have said they are unable to make any salary commitments, until after the bidding process is complete,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Cheikh Lioussi Rabat- For the first time in the history of Italian football, a female referee conducted a football match while wearing the Islamic head covering, known as hijab.Chahida Chekkafi, a young Italian of Moroccan origin, was the referee of a football match between two male teams, San Luigi and Karimou Stradevar, in the north of Italy. Chekkafi was born and raised in Italy. As a 16-year-old referee for the Italian football league for young players, she commanded the admiration of those who know her. Her mother was a football player in Morocco.The Italian daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera dedicated an article on its front page on Monday to the story, and quoted the President of the Committee of Referees in Milan describing Chahida as “shy and young but talented and determined.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

2018St. John’sDuke1977Villanova2117Marquette17611511 2007AuburnArkansasAlabamaLSU1577 Win No. 1Win No. 2Win No. 3 2017NebraskaIndiana1910Maryland1840Iowa17671577 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, 1997MissouriNebraskaTexasOklahoma1619 SeasonTeamOpponentEloOpponentEloOpponentEloStarting Elo 2017NebraskaIndianaMarylandIowa1577 1997MissouriNebraska1764Texas1810Oklahoma18681619 1970W. ForestUNCDavidsonUNC1627 1977VirginiaMaryland1843W. Forest1828Clemson18901583 1985Miss. St.AlabamaLSUGeorgia1586 2008Georgia*Ole Miss1758Kentucky1788Miss. St.18931599 1985Miss. St.Alabama1827LSU1831Georgia17671586 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, 2008Okla. St.BaylorTex. A&MKansas1607 SeasonTeamNo. 1No. 2No. 3Starting Elo The 2018 St. John’s Red Storm might go down as the most erratic team in men’s college basketball history. When they were losing, they couldn’t do anything right. But now that they’re winning, they’re taking down some of the most feared programs in the country. No team has ever rattled off a more impressive series of victories from a less likely place than the Johnnies did over the past week and change.But let’s roll things back a bit. To start things off, coach Chris Mullin’s squad began the season 10-2 — tied for the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. Although most of those wins came against relatively weak opponents, the team was competitive late in each of its losses (to Missouri and Arizona State, both of whom rank among the top 40 in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings). Coming off a season of progress in Mullin’s second year at the helm, things finally appeared to be looking up for the Storm in their quest to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015.Then the wheels fell off. Starting with their first Big East game of the year, a loss to Providence three days after Christmas, the Johnnies proceeded to drop 11 straight games. Before the calendar could even flip to February, St. John’s had matched its in-conference loss total for all of last season. An early season-ending injury to sophomore guard Marcus LoVett, who’d finished second on the team in scoring last season, helped tank the offense,1It dropped from 120th nationally in KenPom’s rankings before the losing skid to 165th. and the defense collapsed from 13th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings to 41st over the span of a month.St. John’s found numerous ways to lose during the streak. For instance, there was the 25-point loss to Butler, in which the Storm almost instantly found themselves in a 19-2 hole and scored just 45 points all game (the school’s second-worst offensive output in a game since 2010-11). Then there was the marathon back-and-forth defeat against Georgetown that it took two overtimes to decide — and that the Johnnies led by 5 with 24 seconds left in the first overtime, only to watch Hoyas forward Marcus Derrickson tie the game with a personal 6-1 run.After their 11th straight loss, a hard-fought 73-68 defeat against sixth-ranked Xavier, the Johnnies’ future looked even more bleak. Games against Duke, Villanova and Marquette were coming up, so there was little to suggest that the Red Storm would be able to pull their season out of its death spiral.And that’s when one of the most absurd eight-day turnarounds in college history started: an upset win over the then-No. 4 Blue Devils to snap the losing streak. An even bigger upset at Villanova, which was No. 1 at the time. A relatively — dare I say it? — routine victory over a tough Golden Eagles squad, with the kind of second-half performance that good teams grind out. All the while, sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds has transformed into a superstar, averaging 34 points per game on 55 percent shooting during the shocking three-game winning streak. For a team that might not even make the NIT, they’ve looked like a tournament dark horse in recent days.How unexpected was this sudden reversal? Our Elo power-rating data goes back to the 1949-50 season, and over that span there have been 1,207 streaks where a team won three games in a row against opponents who each had Elo ratings over 1750 — the mark of a good team.2For reference’s sake, a 1750 Elo would be the equivalent of an Oregon or Maryland — the 57th-best team in the nation this season, according to Elo. Of those 1,207 teams, none had a lower Elo at the start of their streak than St. John’s, who’d dropped to a 1511 rating at its nadir (which was a low point since Dec. 2016, and the program’s fifth-lowest rating in a season since 1964). Statistically speaking, the Johnnies might have been the least likely team in history to rattle off those three particular wins at that particular moment in time. 1970W. ForestUNC1835Davidson1751UNC18271627 2000MarquetteDepaul1768Louisville1800Charlotte17671621 1977VirginiaMarylandW. ForestClemson1583 2018St. John’sDukeVillanovaMarquette1511 2007AuburnArkansas1770Alabama1761LSU17671577 2008Okla. St.Baylor1767Tex. A&M1928Kansas20511607 2008Georgia*Ole MissKentuckyMiss. St.1599 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 Win 2000MarquetteDepaulLouisvilleCharlotte1621 The victories over Duke and Villanova alone were historic. According to Elo, St. John’s was the lowest-rated team ever to knock off two teams with ratings over 1900 in back-to-back games, toppling a record that had previously been held by the 1957-58 Nebraska Cornhuskers (when the Huskers beat No. 4 Kansas and then No. 1 Kansas State). But unlike that Nebraska team, which lost the following game, the Red Storm tacked on another impressive win to bring their streak up to three in a row.They’ll try to extend it to four straight on Wednesday night, against DePaul in Chicago — and according to Pomeroy’s projections, there’s a 49 percent chance that St. John’s will pull it off. If so, it would only add to one of the most up-and-down seasons the sport has ever seen. Even after three big wins, the Red Storm still aren’t on anybody’s NCAA tourney radar. In fact, with 13 losses already on the books, maybe the only sure way for St. John’s to get to the dance would be for them to win the Big East Tournament — possibly by knocking off Villanova again. But hey, stranger things have already happened. read more