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Audra McDonald & More Lead Kiss of the Spider Woman Reading; Is B’way in the Works?

first_img Pasquale most recently appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison Country. His additional stage credits include Reasons to Be Pretty on Broadway and Fat Pig, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… and A Soldier’s Play. He was the star of NBC’s short-lived drama Do No Harm, and for seven seasons he starred as Sean Garrity on FX’s Rescue Me. Cumming earned two Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominations for Macbeth and has also appeared on the Great White Way in The Threepenny Opera and Design for Living. His film and TV resume includes The Good Wife, X2, Spy Kids, Web Therapy, Burlesque, Spice World, Josie and the Pussycats, Annie and The Anniversary Party. Kiss of the Spider Woman explores the relationship between Luis Alberto Molina and Valentin Arregui Paz, two prisoners in a Latin American country jail. Luis, a window dresser, mentally escapes captivity through fantasizing movies and the diva Aurora, whose many roles include a spider woman with a lethal kiss. The musical premiered in the West End in 1992 before transferring to Broadway in 1993, going on to win seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Actor for Brent Carver and Best Actress for Rivera. View Comments Could Kander and Ebb’s Kiss of the Spider Woman return to Broadway? A reading of the show took place early in January, and according to The New York Times, the cast was a doozy. Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald took on the title character (portrayed originally by Chita Rivera, who is Broadway-bound in another Kander and Ebb musical), while current Cabaret (yet another tuner from the duo) Tony winner Alan Cumming and Great White Way alum Steven Pasquale played the roles of Molina and Valentin, respectively. John Tiffany helmed the reading, which was organized by producer Tom Kirdahy. McDonald has won Tony awards for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. On screen, she has appeared in The Sound of Music Live!, Annie, Private Practice and Wit. She is rumored to be attached to the projects Corrina, Corrina and Night, Mother opposite Oprah Winfrey. “I think everyone is interested in having further conversations,” Kirdahy told the newspaper of their potential to move forward, “but there is no game plan for a production at this point.” Kirdahy is married to Terrence McNally, who penned the book for the tuner.last_img read more

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CASSIDY BELIEVES WOUNDS OF OLD DEFEATS MAY STILL HAUNT DONEGAL

first_imgAhead of this Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final, former Donegal star Kevin Cassidy has reflected on some painful defeats Donegal suffered to Armagh over the last decade.Former Donegal All-Star Kevin Cassidy has said he still fears Armagh, and admits that the psychological wounds of old defeats against the Orchard men could still exist.Cassidy played on Donegal sides that tried and failed to topple Armagh in the early 00’s and suffered some painful defeats to Armagh during his long and distinguished inter-county career.While many of the current panel were involved in that painful and embarrassing 2010 qualifier in Crossmaglen when Armagh walloped Donegal 2-14 to 0-11. On the eve of an All-Ireland quarter-final clash with their old enemies Cassidy has reflected on some of those battles.For Cassidy, the prospect of facing Armagh was a psychological stumbling block that Donegal could just not overcome.They had an edge over Donegal, the myth was that they were bigger and stronger than Donegal and Cassidy has admitted that Armagh bullied them.Cassidy told the Irish Independent, “They definitely bullied our players, bullied our forwards. We had some fantastic forwards in that period but we just never got any space and time against them. “Back then you knew what would happen, McEntee would drop back and McGeeney would go free and deliver long diagonal balls.“It was all very well knowing it but you could never stop it.”Our mentality and work rate changed.“We always had the players, we just never bought into what was required to be winners. They did.Cassidy revealed a startling revelation, after a league match in Ballybofey both teams retired to the hotel afterwards, but while Donegal ate, the Armagh side headed downstairs to do a weights session in the gym.“The whole Armagh team went downstairs to a gym and did a weights session after the game. “We were just finishing our grub when they were coming up with their protein shakes and what have you.“That just shows where they were at. It just shows you that they were two or three steps ahead of us.“We hated playing them. It was just something we couldn’t take. There was this myth that they were just bigger and stronger, that they did things differently, the symbols and all of that.Cassidy admitted that while they defeated Armagh in the Ulster championship in 2007, it was a steal that day, and that Armagh squad was approaching the end, even though they re-grouped and won an Ulster title again in 2008. While Armagh are currently perceived to be in a period of transition, they were relegated from Division Two this season, but have enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance under Paul Grimley and Kieran McGeeney in the championship this year.An All-Ireland quarter-final was unexpected, but they have been impressive and deserve to be there on Saturday.Nowadays the psyche has changed considerably in Donegal, since Armagh walloped them in 2010, Donegal have landed three Ulster titles and an All-Ireland title.McGuinness has changed the mentality, and with that change in mentality he has brought success, but Cassidy still worries about Armagh because of the wounds they inflicted to Donegal over the last decade.Cassidy added, “Who is to say that if the chips are down in the last 10 or 15 minutes that these thoughts (about previous defeats) won’t come back into the heads?“It’s always there, people will say it’s not there but the longer the games goes on, if Armagh can stick in the game until the last 15 minutes surely those thoughts can surface.Saturday should be a fascinating match, inevitably both teams will adopt defensive strategies and many are predicting a drab affair, but with a place in an All-Ireland semi-final up for grabs it may rekindle the wars of the early 00’s.CASSIDY BELIEVES WOUNDS OF OLD DEFEATS MAY STILL HAUNT DONEGAL was last modified: August 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:00’sarmaghCroke ParkDecadeDefeatsdonegalHome-page SportKevin CassidynewsUlster Finalslast_img read more

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Danny Murphy having a medical at Blackburn – report

first_imgDanny Murphy is reportedly close to signing for Blackburn Rovers.The Lancashire Evening News suggest that Murphy has undergone a medical at Ewood Park.QPR boss Mark Hughes has shown some interest in signing the veteran midfielder, whose Fulham contract is about to expire.Meanwhile, DJ Campbell is attracting interest from Reading and West Ham, according to The Sun.The striker joined QPR from Blackpool a year ago but endured an injury-blighted season, managing only one goal.It is claimed that Rangers could be willing to sell him for £700,000.The Sun also report a war of words involving Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and the agent of Victor Moses, who is said to be closer to joining Chelsea. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Things to know: the heir to Sharks’ Erik Karlsson is eager to face his idol

first_imgSAN JOSE — In cities across the NHL, puckheads are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to finally catch a glimpse of Rasmus Dahlin in person.Erik Karlsson is among them.Karlsson will get a front-row seat to watch the budding phenom who grew up idolizing him in Sweden when the Sharks faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres at SAP Center Thursday.“I haven’t seen him either,” Karlsson said. “It’s going to be exciting. Obviously, I’ve seen lots of clips and highlights from all over the world. It’s going …last_img read more

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Takeaways: Might Tomas Hertl be thrust back into full-time center role?

first_imgForward Timo Meier could have a healthy long-term contract offer coming his way from the Sharks in the summer of 2019 when he’s set to become a restricted free agent.The way Meier’s been playing lately, that potential deal certainly isn’t getting any cheaper.Meier scored two goals for the second straight game Thursday and Joe Thornton netted the game-winner with 12:04 left in the third period as the … (Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery or video on your mobile device.)last_img read more

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Restrictions on movement of people in Kashmir Valley eased

first_imgRestrictions on the movement of people in the Kashmir Valley were eased on Saturday, with landline services restored in some areas of the city, even as stringent security arrangements continued to be in place, officials said.The restrictions were eased on Saturday morning to facilitate the movement of government employees towards their offices, they said.The officials said the security forces continued to remain deployed, while barricades remained on the roads, but people were allowed to move after checking their credentials.There was increase in movement of private vehicles in the civil lines area and other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said, adding that some inter-district cabs were also seen plying in Dalgate area of the summer capital.Some shops in the civil lines areas of the city opened on Saturday morning, the officials said. However, most of the business establishments, including fuel stations, remained shut.Landline services restored in valleyLandline services were restored in some areas like Raj Bagh and Jawahar Nagar, but remained suspended in most parts, including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, Press Enclave and other areas around it, they said.  The services in 17 exchanges of the Kashmir Valley were restored on Saturday, officials said.Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges were made operational. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines area, Cantonment area, airport of Srinagar district.The landline services have been restored in Budgam, Sonamarg and Manigam areas of central Kashmir. In north Kashmir, the services have been restored in Gurez, Tangmarg, Uri Keran Karnah and Tangdhar areas.In south Kashmir, the landline services have been made operational in Qazigund and Pahalgam areas.Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines, were suspended in the early hours of August 5 when the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.2G mobile internet services restored in parts of JammuLow-speed (2G) mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region after remaining suspended for a fortnight, officials said on Saturday.The 2G mobile internet services have been restored in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts around midnight following an order by Inspector General of Police, Jammu zone, they said.The officials said the high-speed (3G and 4G) mobile internet services will be restored after a fresh assessment of the situation.However, the services continued to remain suspended in Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts, the officials said.last_img read more

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ESPN College Gameday Crew Makes Oklahoma State-Baylor Picks

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The ESPN gameday crew makes their picks each week on marquee games of the week, and the OSU vs. Baylor matchup was one of the hot games to pick this week. The crew was mixed on who they’re going with in Waco on Saturday evening, but Baylor eeked out the edge with three of the five crew members picking Baylor.Desmond Howard, Steve Spurrier and Lee Corso all picked Baylor to win at home.Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer picked OSU, adding that they’re back on track after an emotional win over Pitt and have moved past what he called the CMU game as a “debacle.”And Kirk Herbstreit also went with the Pokes: “I think OSU can ride Mason Rudolph and the deep ball,” adding that he likes the Cowboys in an upset in Waco.The two teams are set to meet on Saturday night at 6:30 on Fox at McClane Stadium in Waco, Texas.last_img read more

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Rushing Defense Anchoring an Otherwise Below Average Oklahoma State Defense

first_imgFour games into the season, the narrative of this Oklahoma State football team on defense is that A.) The pass defense is suspect and B.) The rush defense is incredible because of the depth at defensive tackle.And through those four games, that’s been proven to be true from a statistical standpoint.The Pokes are allowing an impressive 143.3 yards per game on the ground, which currently ranks 54th nationally. That includes holding the high powered Baylor rushing game to just 136 last weekend. That number puts them third in the Big 12 conference behind Kansas State and TCU, who are allowing 72.3 and 130.5, respectively.The strength of the Oklahoma State defense, without question, is the defensive tackle position lead by Vincent Taylor and Mote Maile, where OSU is also trotting out three deep with dudes like Darrion Daniels and DQ Osborne at backup. They have been consistent in stuffing the holes up front with the help of the group of linebackers like Jordan Burton, Chad Whitener and Devante Averette.But Oklahoma State’s pass defense is bringing the total defensive measurements down to 87th nationally. They are allowing an awful 417.8 pass yards per game, which ranks 8th in the Big 12 just ahead of West Virginia and Texas Tech, who can barely field 11 players to throw out on defense. (For reference, the third best passing offense in the country is Wazzu, who averages 393 pass yards per game.)“You can tell by looking at me,” Gundy said after the Baylor game. “And I told the team the same thing. You have to learn to take care of the ball and you have to learn to quit giving up so many big plays on defense.”Oklahoma State will need to shore up their deficiencies in the secondary quick in order to compete in the pass happy Big 12. The schedule won’t be fair to OSU: They have the Texas Longhorns and No. 44 passing offense, lead by freshman gunslinger Shane Buechele, coming to town on Saturday. Something’s gotta give, and things will need to change in a hurry if they have any hopes of turning things around defensively. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Watch Guide: Week 5

first_imgThis week’s slate is loaded with some big games across the country, with OU traveling to Fort Worth, Jim Harbaugh inviting Wisconsin to the Big House, and two top five teams in Louisville and Clemson facing off.Courtesy of the man Ryan Hartwig, your weekend watch guide for week 5 in college football is available right here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Watch: Oklahoma State Running back Pledge Chuba Hubbard Mid Season Highlights

first_imgVisionAs I mentioned above, Hubbard is unique in that he’s a talented track star with excellent vision and ability to make split-decisions out of the backfield. Track star Tyreek Hill was a bit raw in that it was a track star playing football, but Hubbard is a star running back and speedster who also runs track at an elite level. In the video below at the 1:14 mark, Hubbard snags a pass out of the backfield and is immediately met by a defender. However he has the wherewithal to jump cut back inside, get up field in a hurry, and slice and dice two more defenders on his way to the endzone. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State is getting the top ranked player in Canada for the 2017 recruiting cycle in running back Chuba Hubbard. Hubbard, a Bev Facey product, is a solid 6-foot-1, 200-pound speedster who chose the Cowboys over offers from Alabama, TCU, Oregon and a slew of others after being discovered first by Oklahoma State in February.Hubbard is a prospect with world class speed, who represents Canada in the 100M sprint, and will run track and play football for Oklahoma State.Unlike many track stars who play football, Hubbard has a natural vision and presence on the field. Where most track stars have a simple straight line speed with limited vision, Hubbard has a tool set of everything that made him so highly recruited. Here’s a couple of his major assets that Oklahoma State made him such a high priority:BurstThe Canadian rocket is a nickname earned, not given. Hubbard runs a reported 10.55 100M dash, and the burst that he uses helps him edge defenders to get to the outside and blow by the other team as you can see on the first play of his highlight below. The burst, especially in a running back, is something recruiters thirst for in a prospect. It’s what makes Justice Hill stand out from the pack this year despite being a true freshman. SpeedThe least surprising of traits for a sprinter, Hubbard flashes the incredible speed and makes it look effortlessly throughout a game. A lot of tailbacks don’t have the full arsenal with a burst and speed, but have the ability to make defenders miss and are good in space. Hubbard’s speed allows him to use his elusiveness in his burst to get open in space, and leave the defenders in the dust. At the :41 mark, you can see his team is backed up to the point he’s literally standing in the other team’s end zone. He takes a speed option pitch to the right side of the field, uses his stiff arm to shed one tackler, and finds open space reversing field and getting to the edge on the opposite side, eventually making a cut back up mid-field to score from 105 yards.I puked, I was dead.. But thats when the beast comes out! Me & the boys went 105 yards for the record @TheOkiePokie https://t.co/7poYrrrhJV— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) September 6, 2016 With Oklahoma State set to lose a lot of experience next year in Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, and Barry J. Sanders, Hubbard will likely be set to see the field a great deal as a true freshman. It’s pretty clear to me he could see the field a great deal next season, and the qualities listed above seem to be a perfect fit for the Cowboys up-tempo offense.last_img read more

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