Odds & Ends: Idina Menzel’s Snowman Challenge & More

first_img Idina Menzel Star Files Coronation. pic.twitter.com/MBIPWeRXkQ— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 2, 2015 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend.Idina Menzel’s Real-Life OlafBroadway and Frozen superstar Idina Menzel is inviting you to take The Snowman Challenge. It’s all in aid of A BroaderWay Foundation, the charity the If/Then headliner founded with her ex-hubby Taye Diggs that’s dedicated to empowering inner city girls through arts-based activities and education. Take part here and you could win a pair of tickets to one of Menzel’s upcoming concerts with exclusive access to the pre-show sound check! The cold never bothered you anyway, right?!Maggie Smith Teases the InternetDame Maggie Smith sent the Interweb into overdrive this weekend by suggesting to The Sunday Times that she was done with treading the boards and Downton Abbey. Although the Tony and two-time Oscar winner’s retirement from theater looks likely, Downton is set for a sixth season and Smith will definitely be a part of it. So breathe, everyone—you’ve got another year of put-downs from the Dowager Countess of Grantham to look forward to.The Carmen ZeitgeistThe word on everyone’s lips is “Carmen!” Olivier winner Noma Dumezweni, John Light, Jack Farthing, Downton’s Sharon Small and Viktoria Vizin will star in the previously reported U.K. premiere of Simon Stephens’ Carmen Disruption. Helmed by Michael Longhurst, the production will run at London’s Almedia this spring. Meanwhile, on this side of the Pond, Arturo O’Farrill’s adaptation of the classic Bizet opera, Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical, will present a dance workshop in the Big Apple on March 6. This version has direction by Moisés Kaufman and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. Neither project is to be confused with Christopher Renshaw’s update of the Broadway musical Carmen Jones that played in Cuba last year.I Believe in Unicorns Goes Back to LondonI Believe in Unicorns will return to the West End this summer and play a limited engagement at the Vaudeville Theatre August 1 through August 30. The one-woman show, starring storyteller Danyah Miller, is a celebration of books and the power of reading and is based on the eponymous novel by award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo. If you’re over the age of six, then this one could be for you!Brian d’Arcy James Abdicates in Favor of Jonathan GroffJonathan Groff is assuming the role of King George in off-Broadway hit Hamilton on March 3, taking over for Brian d’Arcy James, who is set to star in the Great White Way’s Something Rotten. Check out the fun pic below of Groff’s coronation!center_img Jonathan Groff View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Audra McDonald Set for Gay Days at Disneyland & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the holiday weekend. Audra to Headline at DisneylandAudra McDonald has been tapped for this year’s Gay Days at Disneyland, which will run October 2 through October 4 in California. The six-time Tony winner and future Beauty and the Beast star’s An Evening With Audra McDonald will take place at the Disneyland Hotel on October 2. Other theater faves scheduled for the weekend include Ben Rimalower, who will perform his off-Broadway show Patti Issues at the Grand Californian Hotel on October 4. Note that the 18th annual event is not sponsored by Disney; it is a “mix-in” with the park’s other guests.SpongeBob Enlists Newsies Tony WinnerAnother renowned name is heading to Bikini Bottom! Christopher Gattelli, who won a Tony for his work on Newsies, has been tapped to choreograph the Broadway-bound The SpongeBob Musical. Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with a book by Kyle Jarrow, music supervision by Tom Kitt and songs by stars including Aerosmith, John Legend and David Bowie, the musical event will begin performances on June 7, 2016. The limited engagement will run through July 3 at Broadway in Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.Original Carrie in Carousel Dead at 93 Stage and screen star Jean Darling died aged 93 on September 4 in Rödermark, Germany, The New York Times reports. After making her Broadway debut in 1942 in the tuner Count Me In, Darling originated the role of Carrie Pipperidge in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel on the Great White Way in 1945. Also known for starring in the Our Gang comedy films as a child, she later became an author. Darling is survived by her son with the late Reuben Bowen, Roy, and two grandsons.Casting Update for London’s Billy ElliotPut on your ballet shoes! Bradley Mayfield has become one of the boys taking on the role of Michael, while Beatrice Bartley and Hollie Creighton are now two of the rotating “Debbies,” in Billy Elliot the Musical. Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley continue to lead the adult cast as Mrs. Wilkinson and Dad, respectively. The long-running show is playing at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre.Vanessa Williams Returns to Miss AmericaTony nominee Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods) is going back to where she got her big break—the Miss America pageant! The stage and screen star was the first African-American crowned Miss America back in 1983, but she had to resign 10 months later after nude photos of her surfaced. “That’s one of the problems I’ve had to deal with for my career,” she told GMA’s Robin Roberts. “Not only being a Miss America, but a scandalous Miss America.” Williams will be one of the judges of the 2016 pageant on September 13. And yes, because the only pageant we really knew about was the one recently off-Broadway, we had to check: Miss America is the event that doesn’t have anything to do with Donald Trump. The presidential candidate is behind Miss USA. You learn something every day!last_img read more

Russell Westbrook gets 16th technical of season, could face suspension, fine

first_imgRussell Westbrook could be facing a suspension and a fine.The Thunder star received his 16th technical foul of the season when he bumped into Warriors guard Klay Thompson on Saturday. The Thunder are 5-7 since the All-Star break, and they could miss out on home-court advantage in the playoffs if things don’t shape up soon. Missing Westbrook certainly won’t help this effort. Russ earned his 16th tech of the season vs. the Warriors.If it’s not rescinded, he’ll be suspended 1 game and fined $5,000. pic.twitter.com/v0Vr0opqSg— ESPN (@espn) March 17, 2019If the league doesn’t rescind Westbrook’s technical, he will be suspended for one game and fined $5,000.The 30-year-old point guard is averaging a triple-double for the third consecutive season. His 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.5 assists per contest has helped Oklahoma City reach a 42-27 record entering Saturday, which is good for fifth in the Western Conference standings. Related Newscenter_img Jazz ban second fan for exchange with Russell Westbrook during 2018 playoffslast_img read more

Twitter reacts in encouragement despite Indian women falling short against Aussies in T20 World…

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement r5tgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3zmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ew1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 900dtWould you ever consider trying this?😱1nxCan your students do this? 🌚8si2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The stunning back to back wins in the Group stage, followed by an automatic qualification to the final of the T20 world cup for the first time. The Indian women’s cricket team had all the hopes and the backing of a billion supporters to bring home the trophy for the first time, but everything fell apart in Melbourne as the defending champions Australia overpowered Harmanpreet Kaur and the squad in both batting and bowling. After the dream run that ended in tears, the Indian women receive consolation and encouragement for their amazing overall performance and gifting the nation some of the best performance in Australia in the past few weeks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSWhile India defeated the same team in the inaugural match of the tournament, the Aussies were flawless in both innings, racking up an astounding total of 184 and them wiping out the Indian batting order before they could make it 100 runs. Following the defeat, Twitter flooded in to uplift the morale of the Women in Blue cricketers, who nonetheless performed amazing throughout the world cup.Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar felicitated the world cup winners, but also praised the Indian women, stating that the growing young team has a solid future.Advertisement West Indies hall of fame Sir Vivian Richards motivated the Indian team that in future they will clinch the title that they came so close in this world cup.Men’s team captain Virat Kohli tweeted for an optimistic future for the ladies.Former women’s team skipper Mithali Raj forwarded her felitications to the squad for their tremendous spell across the tournament, and vouched for the betterment of women’s cricket in future.Former women’s team stalwart Jhulan Goswami cheered the ladies for their amazing performance and a promising future.Former Team India icon Gautam Gambhir had the perfect morale boost for the tournament runners up.Cricket commentator and former international player Aakash Chopra pointed out that although both finalists each lost only one game in the world cup, it wast the Aussie’s day in the end.Former Men in Blue opener Virender Sehwag revered the ladies for having a stunning world cup, and wished for a better future, congratulating the winners at the end.Mohammad Kaif, who was a part of the legendary Indian squad that suffered a loss against an invincible Australian team in the 2003 World Cup final, sympathised with the squad for having experienced the same feeling. However, the former batsman eulogised India for their amazing campaign in the tournament.Snehal Pradhan, sports journalist and former Women in Blue international, lamented that the Aussies can easily overpower their opposition even when not in peak performance.Next was VVS Laxman, the retired Indian run machine who expressed his joy on watching the women perform throughout the tournament.Superstar Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah had similar reactions, and commended the ladies for providing some of the most memorable moments the supporters enjoyed watching them perform.Women’s CricZone analyst and cricketer Ananya Upendran stated that the Aussies were saving their peak performance for the final stage, overpowering their opposition. She also pointed out the swashbuckling knock from Alyssa Healy, the player of the match who scored 75-off-39.Team India opener Mayank Agarwal morned the loss, but he also sprinkled some joy as he expects the Women’s world cup to inspire more young girls to start playing cricket.Senior cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle pointed out that despite Smriti Mandhana or the captain Kaur’s lacklustre form in the tournament, India’s road to the final was mesmerising. He also added that Australia’s game was top notch today compared to the rest of the tournament.Congratulating the hosts for securing their fifth T20 World Cup title, Bhogle congratulated India for having top of the line performance until the final match.Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma felicitated the team.Also read-ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final Results: Indian tigresses falter at final hurdle against rampant Aussies Advertisementlast_img read more