Along with Cerveris (Assassins) as Angel Rick, Osnes (Cinderella) as Margaret and Newman, the production’s cast will also include Isaiah Johnson (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Lord, Vonda Shepard (TV’s Ally McBeal) as Martha, Brooklyn Shuck as Angel Child, Tony Vincent (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Henry Faust and Broadway Inspirational Voices. Tony winner Michael Cerveris and Tony nominee Laura Osnes will star for one-night-only in Encores! Off-Center’s Randy Newman’s Faust. As previously reported, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy award winner Newman will play the Devil in the concert at the New York City Center’s Mainstage on July 1. The show will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana. Laura Osnes Michael Cerveris View Comments A darkly comic modern-day take on the Faust story, Randy Newman’s Faust was first seen in 1993. In Newman’s retelling, God and the Devil fight for the soul of Henry Faust, a student at the University of Notre Dame. The musical played at both San Diego’s La Jolia Playhouse and Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, as well as being released as an album with Newman as the Devil, James Taylor as Lord, Don Henley as Henry Faust, Elton John as Angel Rick, Linda Ronstadt as Margaret and Bonnie Raitt as Martha. Star Files
Andy Murray’s hopes of a third Wimbledon title was shockingly dashed by 24th seed American, Sam Querrey.30-year-old Murray, failed to match Johanna Konta’s quarter-final heroics, losing 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 in 2hrs and 42 minutes.Querrey, 29, fought back from a 2-1 deficit to claim his first Grand Slam semi-final spot in 42 attempts, becoming America’s first tennis player to reach Wimbledon’s last four since Andy Roddick in 2009.“This is a dream come true – to be in the semi-finals at #Wimbledon makes it even more special”– Sam Querrey pic.twitter.com/Yhzv6lYSGM— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017“I didn’t start my best, just kept swinging away,”“I’m going to enjoy this one a little bit longer, rest tomorrow and do my best to get ready for the semis,” Querrey explained shortly after the game.Win/loss records in last three five setters…Querrey: 3-0Murray: 0-3#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/QwV1wMJogC— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017The Scot narrated: “The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore but I tried my best right to the end,”“I gave everything I had, I’m proud about that but it’s obviously disappointing to lose at Wimbledon. There’s obviously an opportunity there, so I’m sad that it’s over.”Elsewhere, three-time Wimbledon Champion, Novak Djokovic’s, was trailing 7-6 (7-2) 2-0 when he retired from his quarter-final match against Thomas Berdych due to an elbow injury.The Serbian could have returned to the top of tennis world ranking if he had won this year’s Wimbledon title, as a result of Andy Murray’s failure to get past the quarter-final stage.Novak Djokovic retires from his quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych while trailing 7-6, 2-0… #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/tcice9LHDG— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017The 30-year-old said: “I haven’t felt this much pain since I’ve had this injury,”“It’s not the shoulder, it’s the elbow that has kept bothering me for over a year and a half.“I was able, for 30 minutes, to play with some pain that was bearable, but the serve and forehand were shots where I could feel it the most. After that, there was really no sense.”Playing in his 100th match at Wimbledon, Roger Federer, reached his 12th Wimbledon’s semifinal by defeating Canada’s Milos Raonic, 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-4), becoming the oldest man to reach the semi-final at the All England Club since Ken Rosewall in 1974.Federer, 35, said: “100 matches, I can’t believe it, that’s a lot,”“I’m so, so happy to be in another semi here. My dream run continues… we’ll see what happens”– @rogerfederer #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/YiLLhysjJ7— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2017“I’m very happy my body kept me going over all these years. It was a perfect setting, beautiful weather — a Mexican wave on Centre Court, you don’t see that every day. I’m so happy to be through.”“I’m very pleased with how I’m playing. You can always play a little better. You adjust to the conditions.”“It’s like going to work, you can’t produce the best every single day but you have to make sure your average is as high as possible.”The 7th time Wimbledon champion will now face Tomas Berdych in the semi-final on Friday, while, Sam Querrey will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic, who defeated Gilles Muller, in the other last four fixture.Related
Man Utd boss Solskjaer happy with victory at Newcastle: But there’s more to comeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with their 2-0 win at Newcastle/Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku struck for the visitorsSolskjaer said, “Finally we kept a clean sheet. A very professional performance. We didn’t hit the heights that we can do but we were in control, kept plugging away and got the goals.”A good first touch from a sub! When you see big Romelu Lukaku running towards you, as a keeper you might take your hands away! We were sluggish in the first half, it was like a testimonial, too many square passes.”We go to Dubai after the FA Cup game, you need that fitness work because we will need legs come the end of March.”He also said, “You’d be happy with four wins from four – we haven’t conceded from open play yet either.”We were slow in the first half but we controlled the game well, we concentrated and overall it was a very professional performance.”In a five-minute spell we gave them two or three chances but then we settled down again. Newcastle is a fantastic club, fantastic crowd, you expect them to attack you but Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones were fantastic.”Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that. You need to rattle Paul Pogba at times to get him going, he has been immense for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Berlusconi hits out at AC Milan after defeat to Interby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has hit out at his old team after defeat to Inter Milan.The Monza owner has questioned the hiring of Marco Giampaolo.”We didn’t advise anyone, Milan chose him and he had seemed to everyone to be a good Coach. I’ve never met him, so I cannot pass judgment.“Suso is a great champion, but he needs to play as a support striker or behind two strikers. He needs to be put in the right condition to receive the ball, which so far hasn’t happened.”Berlusconi had particularly snide remarks for current Milan directors Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini.“Next question… Let’s just say that I cheered them on when they were players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 21: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Zane Cruz #43 of the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama back Derrick Henry is a physical specimen, and thanks to a recent Instagram post, we might have a clue as to how that happened. While most of us were sleeping (or stumbling back home after a late night out) at 4:08 in the morning, Henry was busy getting after it in the gym. The season is still just under four months away, but Henry looks like he’s ready to take a few hand-offs to the house. He’ll get his first chance on September 5 in Dallas, when the Crimson Tide take on Wisconsin.
Ohio State Black Jerseys ElliottWhile we’re still not sure which Nike schools will be wearing the black alternate jerseys that popped up this past weekend, we do know that fans of at least some of the schools are excited at the possibility. Maybe a few family members of players, too.Tuesday, the mother of Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dawn Elliott, apparently tried to go on Fanatics and purchase a black jersey shirt with her son’s number – No. 15. To her dismay, it was already sold out. ain’t this a bleep!? I didn’t get one ordered in time pic.twitter.com/rZ8t8U6Hbb— Dawn (@itz_mizdee) August 4, 2015We’re not sure what the NCAA rules are regarding this kind of thing, but shouldn’t the mothers of players get first crack at their son’s jersey?
SEC GradesIf you’re a long-time college football fan, you know that it was the SEC that came up with the idea of having two different divisions and a league championship game – back in 1992. One ESPN writer thinks that the league should reverse course and actually get rid of them.Edward Aschoff has a radical idea for the conference – get rid of the two divisions, pick four or five “permanent” rivalry games and put the two best teams in the title game.Aschoff isn’t a fan of the current 6-1-1 format, and doesn’t believe that having Missouri in the East is helping anyone. He also thinks that doing away with divisions would allow older rivalries – like Florida vs. Auburn – to be reborn.The SEC should fight to abolish divisions in college football https://t.co/lX8xMBaktC— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) May 4, 2016Obviously, the SEC would need to petition the NCAA to do away with its current system or rules to make this happen. But it’s an interesting idea, for sure.What do you think? Would leagues be better off doing away with divisions and just having their best two teams meet in a league title game?
Twitter/@thetournamentLast year, The Basketball Tournament really took off, with teams from across the country playing for a $1 million cash prize. Many of the top teams in the field are primarily comprised of alumni of some of college basketball’s most proud programs. This year, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Villanova are all teams well represented in the 60-team field.#TBT2016 $2M. Winner takes all. What team do you play for? pic.twitter.com/HZQNDIFHmM— TBT (@thetournament) February 23, 2016Some teams are true alumni squads, like Syracuse’s “Boeheim Army,” while others, the Kansas Morris Twins-sponsored FOE, are just heavy on a particular school. Here are some of the alumni team rosters, as well as the other notable former college stars from across the country.Next: ACC Alumni >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Coleen Rooney, Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Jameela Jamil and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen are amongst the first celebrities to donate to this year’s Alder Hey ‘Clothes Throw’.The Clothes Throw, which is proudly supported by online retailer Littlewoods, centres around an exclusive auction where stars from the worlds of entertainment and fashion donate stylish outfits to raise much-needed funds for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Other donations have come from high profile celebrities, including Twiggy, Paloma Faith and Vivienne Westwood.Coleen Rooney, who is fronting the Clothes Throw 2012 campaign, said: “I am delighted to be helping Alder Hey Children’s Hospital with their annual Clothes Throw. This is a cause very close to my heart and I’m hoping everyone can get behind this great campaign to make use of the things we all have in our wardrobes which we no longer need and raise much-needed funds for the UK’s busiest children’s hospital at the same time.”Alder Hey Children’s Charity is encouraging people to get involved with the Clothes Throw in a number of ways, including holding Clothes Throw fundraising parties at home, selling their unwanted clothes online through eBay, buying unwanted clothes from each other or updating their wardrobes and donating any proceeds to the charity in the process.Brand Director at Littlewoods, Gary Kibble, said: “Littlewoods is delighted to be supporting this year’s Clothes Throw event. We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we operate and those organisations that focus on improving the lives of children and young people are at the heart of our charity strategy.“Littlewoods has an ongoing partnership with Alder Hey and has donated around £3 million to the charity overall, including a significant donation in 2005 to build a specialist neurosciences wing at the hospital. As a Liverpool-based fashion retailer with families and children at the heart of our brand, this charity tie-up is the perfect fit for us. We can’t wait to see more donations rolling in.”Paloma Faith added: “I’m utterly excited to be taking part in the Clothes Throw again and I’ve donated my effervescent green glittery heels which I wore to death. I hope the Clothes Throw raises lots of cash for the children in Alder Hey Hospital who are all little sweethearts.”The majority of the celebrity donations, including Palma Faith’s shoes, will be auctioned online between October 30th and November 30th. A selection of prestigious items, such as Coleen Rooney’s own Philip Armstrong dress, will be auctioned on a catwalk at ‘The Clothes Throw Live Auction’ flagship event on 15th November in the unique setting of the Lady Chapel in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Models are kindly provided by Impact and hair and makeup generously by Barbara Daley.If you would like to get involved with the Clothes Throw or bid in the online auction, please visit www.theclothesthrow.com. If you would like tickets for the Clothes Throw Live Auction on 15th November, which cost £30, please call 0151 252 5716.Alder Hey, the UK’s busiest children’s hospital, provides family-focused care for around 270,000 young patients every year and is responsible for the health of more children than any other hospital in the UK.The Clothes Throw is now in its fourth year and has so far raised around £100,000 and has grown year on year with celebrity support from Daniel Craig, Dame Shirley Bassey, Yoko Ono and many, many more.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites. This time around, Muslim leaders from the Persian Gulf to Pakistan have offered little more than condemnation and urgently needed humanitarian aid.The lack of a stronger response by Muslim-majority countries partly comes down to their lucrative business interests in Southeast Asia, experts say. Much of the Middle East is also buckling under its own refugee crisis sparked by years of upheaval in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan.More than 500,000 people — roughly half the Rohingya Muslim population in Myanmar — have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh over the past year, mostly in the last month. The United Nations human rights chief has described Myanmar’s military crackdown and allied Buddhist mob attacks as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”Saudi Arabia is already home to around a quarter-million Burmese people who took refuge in the kingdom under the late King Faisal in the 1960s. The kingdom pledged $15 million in aid to the Rohingya this week.As the world’s biggest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia competes with Russia to be China’s top crude supplier. Expanding its footprint there requires Myanmar’s help.A recently opened pipeline running through Myanmar , also known as Burma, carries oil from Arab countries and the Caucuses to China’s landlocked Yunnan Province. The 771-kilometre (479-mile) pipeline starts at the Bay of Bengal in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, from where most of the Rohingya have been forced out.In 2011, a subsidiary of state oil giant Saudi Aramco and PetroChina, an arm of China’s state-owned CNPC, signed a deal to supply China’s southwestern Yunnan Province with up to 200,000 barrels per day of crude oil, just under half of the pipeline’s capacity.Saudi Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment on shipments through the pipeline.“One could argue that Saudi Arabia is less likely to be outspoken on this (Rohingya) issue because it actually relies on the Burmese government to protect the physical security of the pipeline,” said Bo Kong, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who has written about China’s global petroleum policy.The pipeline became operational in April following years of delays. It allows tankers to bypass the Strait of Malacca, cutting typical voyages by about seven days. A natural gas pipeline from Myanmar’s Shwe gas field runs alongside it.Daniel Wagner, founder of consulting firm Country Risk Solutions, said Saudi Arabia is moving ahead with its economic and political agenda in Mynamar and Southeast Asia, yet can still “claim to have stood the moral high-ground” by previously taking in refugees and providing financial aid.“The important point is that natural gas and oil flows through Rakhine state,” he said.Muslim-majority countries have been increasingly promising aid as the number of refugees swells in Bangladesh.Azerbaijan, which also appears to be exporting crude to China through the pipeline, has ordered 100 tons of humanitarian aid to be dispatched.Turkey, which like Iran jostles with Saudi Arabia to be the Islamic world’s centre of influence, has mobilized millions of meals for refugees in Bangladesh and vowed to maintain a refugee camp there. It has also provided clothing, part of more than 150 tons of humanitarian aid supplied overall.Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, has sent at least 40 tons of aid. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently took a swipe at other Muslim countries with business interests in Myanmar, urging them to ramp up pressure on the government there.“There are tens of Muslim countries and governments, some of whom have financial and economic transactions with them,” he said. “If we sit somewhere and engage in condemnations, what is the use of this?”Images of burnt Muslim villages in Myanmar and of traumatized and often barefoot Rohingya women, children and elderly crossing into Bangladesh sparked protests in several Muslim countries.A large rally was held to denounce the crisis in Indonesia, which is working to boost bilateral trade with Myanmar to $1 billion a year.In Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, tens of thousands protested. Lawmaker Farhatullah Babar of the Pakistan People’s Party has pushed his government to suspend or at least slow the implementation of defence agreements worth hundreds of millions of dollars with Myanmar.He told The Associated Press that an official responded to his request by saying Pakistan is pressing Myanmar through diplomatic channels to stop the violence.“Pakistan should not be seen as strengthening a regime that is using weapons against its own people,” Babar said. He declined to elaborate on the details of the defence agreements.A report by IHS Jane’s in February said Myanmar two years ago bought 16 JF-17 Thunder aircraft, co-developed by Pakistan and China. The defence weekly said Myanmar is now in advanced negotiations with Pakistan for licensed production of the fighter jet’s advanced third-generation variant.The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation held an emergency session on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week to discuss the crisis.The organization, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, issued a lengthy statement earlier this month expressing “grave concern” over the exodus of Rohingya. But unless its member states take tougher action on their own, there is little the OIC can do to pressure Myanmar’s government.Jason von Meding, a specialist in disaster response at the University of Newcastle in Australia, said religious differences are not the only reason Rohingya are being forced out.The government in Myanmar has designated 3 million acres in Rakhine state for development of the area’s rich mineral resources, he said. Farmers and vulnerable minority groups in the state have protested such schemes, calling them land grabs for which they receive little to no compensation.“There’s no question that there is a lot of religious tension and ethnic division in society there,” von Meding said. “The problem is that it’s a convenient excuse for some people to get on with some very dirty political and business dealings behind the scenes.”___Associated Press writers Zarar Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan; Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey; and Nasser Karimi in Tehran contributed to this report.___Follow Aya Batrawy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ayaelb