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Danny Burstein Tapped for New Fiddler on the Roof Revival

first_img Star Files Danny Burstein Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 Fiddler on the Roof is to have its fifth revival on Broadway in the fall of 2015, according to the New York Times. The production will be directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, who has had informal talks with Danny Burstein to headline in the role of Tevye. No theater has yet been announced.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” Choreography in this latest production will be by Hofesh Shechter, based on the work of original director/choreographer Jerome Robbins.Burstein, who is currently readying to play Herr Schultz in the latest Broadway revival of Cabaret, has received four Tony nominations (for The Drowsy Chaperone, Follies and Sher’s productions of Golden Boy and South Pacific). His other Broadway credits include The Snow Geese, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, A Class Act, Titanic, Company and many more.Fiddler first opened on Broadway in 1964, winning nine Tonys. The most recent Great White revival opened in 2004 and starred Alfred Molina and later in the run, Harvey Fierstein.  View Comments Related Shows Fiddler on the Rooflast_img read more

Grinding Gears: Now, USC needs to earn its place

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanAs the USC men’s basketball team prepares to begin play in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament against Oregon State on Thursday, it must do so knowing that a loss could put their NCAA Tournament hopes in jeopardy. And that would be an embarrassment.It is true that head coach Andy Enfield has had to deal with a lot this season. The expectations were high right off the bat, with a No. 10 preseason ranking and some giving the Trojans a shot at making the Final Four. With all of their key upperclassmen returning and several NBA prospects on the roster, this was supposed to be the year that USC jumped from a program with simple March Madness goals to one with national championship aspirations.But now, after a slew of controversies — replete with involvement in an FBI sting that resulted in the departure of De’Anthony Melton and the firing of associate coach Tony Bland — and untimely injuries, the Trojans find themselves in the same position as last season: fortunate just to be included in the 68-team field.As it stands, the Trojans are projected by most to be part of the tournament. Their odds, though, are far from guaranteed after a disappointing loss to UCLA on Saturday at the Galen Center. The loss epitomized the season for USC: The Trojans had control of the game and should have won it, but could not close the deal. A win would have probably locked down a spot. Now, they’ll have to earn one in the conference tournament.Consensus is that USC will need at least two wins in the Pac-12 Tournament to satisfy the committee. There is a new format this year to choose teams for the tournament, a format that splits a team’s wins into four quadrants that vary based on difficulty and whether the win came on the road or at home, with Quadrant 1 wins being the most valuable. It will take up too much space to explain the system, but just know this: USC could use a few more Quadrant 1 wins on its resume.This is why the team will need at least two wins in the Pac-12 Tournament. Beating Oregon State will do little to move the needle. USC should hope that Utah reaches the semifinals so that a win would give the Trojans another Quadrant 1 win. The Trojans already beat Utah this year on the road, and they’ll be playing at a neutral site this time. If the stars align and USC beats Utah, they should be in decent shape. From there, a victory in the Pac-12 Championship, which would guarantee a spot in the tournament, would be the cherry on top.What happened to USC’s basketball team this season is similar to what happened to the football team in that both only have themselves to blame for their troubles, yet were victims of a supposedly weak Pac-12. In football, the Trojans were passed over for a spot in the College Football Playoff despite having the same amount of losses as Ohio State. But they were docked for posting “easy” wins against bad teams in their own conference. The Pac-12 also does not have the best reputation in basketball. Of the 12 teams, only two — Arizona and USC — have much of a national profile, and both are entangled in the aforementioned FBI investigation. The Trojans notched a 12-6 record in conference play and finished second in the conference for their highest finish since 2002, but that won’t do much considering the committee will not put a team’s conference ranking into consideration when selecting tournament teams.Enfield belabored that point, telling reporters after Saturday’s loss that “sometimes common sense has to prevail.”That’s a fair argument. But this team cannot make excuses if it ends up on the wrong side of the bubble on Selection Sunday. Despite the scandals, the injuries and whatever else went wrong this season, there were very winnable games that were lost, very simple steps that could have been taken to secure a tournament spot long before Thursday.Instead, USC’s postseason future is uncertain. And for a team with this much preseason hype, making the tournament is the very least it can do to salvage this year.Eric He is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

India’s New Laws Silence Online Speech: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#TWiOT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkinscenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… India’s New Laws Silence Online Speech. An innocuous-sounding set of rules called the “Information Technology (Electronic Service Delivery) Rules, 2011” [pdf] went quietly into effect last month in India. These rules, possessing the force of law, practically guarantee that no user of electronic communications in one of the world’s largest countries will ever be completely safe from persecution again. Under the new rules, anyone who objects to content online will be able to effect that content’s immediate removal. The justifications for removal are so extensive and so vague that virtually anything will qualify for removal.Sri Lanka arrests online journalist. Lanka eNews announced one of its journalists, Shantha Wijeysooria, was arrested by a squad of cops at the website’s Colombo offices on contempt of court charges. Wijeysooria had written about a Sri Lankan magistrate – the same he’ll be appearing before – accusing him of holding two suspects in custody illegally. The website later published an apology and said it was not true.Photographers killed in Libya. Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in Misrata, Libya, covering the uprising there. They were only two of the 192 who have died in the line of duty since 1992.Syria. In addition to widespread casualties during the ongoing uprising in the streets, the battles against the Assad regime have been active online as well. This report from Global Voices outlines the high- and low-lights. Sri Lanka photo by Bertrand Hüe Related Posts last_img read more

Paes, Stepanek enter US Open men’s doubles final

first_imgLeander Paes put himself in contention for a third US Open men’s doubles title after the Indian and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek entered the final following their rivals’ injury-forced exit from the semifinals here.Fifth seeds Paes and Stepanek were tied 5-5 in the first set when their sixth-seeded rivals Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain retired due to injury.The match was halted when Lopez received a lengthy medical timeout due to a calf injury. Two games later, Lopez gestured that he would be unable to continue before limping off the court.The Indian offered his sympathies to Lopez at the end of the proceedings.”I wish Marc all the best because both he and Marcel are great guys,” said Paes afterwards.”This is our livelihood and we come out to work hard and put on a show for you guys, so he definitely deserves respect.”The Indian-Czech team grabbed an early break on Lopez’s serve to lead 2-1 after Stepanek fired a volley at Granollers.Even though the Spanish team had fewer opportunities, they made the most of them. A nine deuce game on Lopez’s next service outing at 2-4 resulted in six missed break point opportunities for Paes and Stepanek.Meanwhile, the fifth seeds converted the lone break point chance they had in the very next game. That levelled the set at 4-4 when Paes dumped a backhand volley into the net.Lopez called the trainer at 5-5, 15-15 to address his calf injury that had begun to affect his movement.He managed to stave off two break points and hold serve, but Paes began hitting drop shots and Lopez was unable to even run for them. When Paes held serve to send the match into a tiebreak, Lopez told his partner that he would be unable to continue.Paes has won two US Open men’s doubles title in 2006 (with Martin Damm) and 2009 (with Lukas Dlouhy), as well as a mixed doubles title in 2008 (with Cara Black).He and Stepanek will play the winner of the semifinal between second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the USA, and ninth seeds seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham willing to send Pedro Obiang to Roma

first_imgWest Ham willing to send Pedro Obiang to Romaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma are eyeing West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang.Sky Italia says West Ham are willing to send Obiang on-loan this month.Roma had an offer rejected by West Ham last summer, but circumstances have since changed.The 26-year-old spent most of his career in Italy with Sampdoria from 2008 to 2015, when sold to the Hammers for €6m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Photos: RGIII Is At Baylor Pro Day, Got A Workout In Beforehand

first_imgRGIII at Baylor's Pro Day.Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 and is one of the most accomplished players in BU history. He’s had some rough sledding in the NFL the past two seasons, but this morning he returned to where he played his best football. Griffin is back at Baylor for the Bears’ Pro Day today, and he got a workout in beforehand with one of his former wide receivers, Lanear Sampson.We wonder if Griffin will throw at all during the Pro Day as an extra arm for receivers running routes. Even if he does, he won’t be the most-watched QB at the event. That title goes to current BU signal caller Bryce Petty, who is trying to raise his draft stock.last_img

VCU vs. Oklahoma – Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

first_imgOklahoma guard Buddy Hield interacts with Kansas fans.Twitter/@_MarcusD_ buddy hield mvpTwitter/@OU_MBBallThere are three West Region second round games set to be played on Sunday, starting with second-seeded Oklahoma against No. 10 VCU.Playing close to home in OKC, the Sooners cruised to an 82-68 win over CSU Bakersfield yesterday. National Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield paved the way with 27 points.VCU took care of the No. 7 seed, Oregon State, 75-67. The Rams were led by JeQuan Lewis’ near-triple-double (21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds) and Mo Alie-Cox’s 20 points and eight boards.The winner of this game plays the winner of Texas A&M-Northern Iowa.  Date: Sunday, March 20Time: 5:15 p.m.TV Channel: CBSLocation: Oklahoma City, OklahomaAnnouncers: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime MaggioOpening Betting Line: Oklahoma -7oklahomaPrediction: VCU is capable of playing with the big boys, and their style can cause fits for any team. However, the Rams hadn’t beaten a Power Five opponent all year until Friday.Oklahoma is the best team VCU has faced all season, and the play of Hield, Isaiah Cousins and company will be too much to overcome.last_img read more

Indigenous leaders sounding alarm over implications of legal pot regime

first_imgOTTAWA – Indigenous leaders looking at the prospect of legalized marijuana in Canada say they don’t see a route to riches, but rather a serious risk that the black market in pot will set its sights on their vulnerable communities.Isadore Day, the Ontario regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Tuesday he fears for Indigenous community safety because the federal government is moving too quickly with its plans to legalize pot by July 2018.“First Nations are not just looking at this as a cash cow,” Day said in an interview. “We have very legitimate concerns and fears about what legalization of cannabis is going to do, the types of things it is …potentially going to create in our communities.”Day called it embarrassing that Indigenous leaders weren’t invited to take part in Monday’s meeting of finance ministers, and said he and Quebec Regional Chief Ghislain Picard are leading discussions on how First Nations communities will address the impacts of legal pot.“This is a problem and I don’t think that there’s been a deep dive done yet on the full breadth of implications on our communities,” said Day, who called it “backwards” that Ottawa would commit to a cost-sharing agreement without Indigenous leaders in the room.On Monday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced a two-year deal that will see Ottawa give 75 per cent of tax revenues to the provinces and territories while Ottawa retains 25 per cent, to a maximum of $100 million a year.Morneau, who originally floated a 50-50 split, said larger share will allow the provinces and territories to fairly deal with costs and allow for them to work with municipalities, who have also advocated for at least a third of the revenue.Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said the implications of legal cannabis for Indigenous communities are being discussed, including at a special chiefs gathering held last week in Ottawa by the Assembly of First Nations.“It certainly has come up on many occasions,” she said.Day has also raised concerns that the federal government won’t cover the cost of medicinal marijuana for people living on reserve, even though they do for other medically necessary drugs.“We entered into treaties,” he said. “We have to stand our ground … the right to have health care covered … we will continue to push so that applies.”Cannabis is not currently eligible for coverage through the First Nations Inuit health branch, Health Canada confirmed Tuesday, noting medications must meet appropriate criteria, including a drug identification number, a doctor’s prescription and dispensation by a pharmacist.“There are no forms of medical cannabis that currently meet these conditions,” the department said in a statement.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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