Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Which First-Time Tony-Nominee Are You Rooting For?

first_img The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.The Tony night countdown is winding down, which means the viewing party plans, prediction discussions and our docu-series are heating up! No one is more stoked than us for Broadway’s biggest night—all right, maybe the nominees have got us beat on the excitement charts. For 24 performers, 2016 marks the year of their first Tony nomination. So which first-time Tony nominee will you be rooting for on June 12? Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started off the celebration with her top 10!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments (Photos: Caitlin McNaney, Joan MArcus, Bruce Glikas & Emilio Madrid-Kuser) last_img read more

Murray State looks to extend streak vs Austin Peay

first_imgMurray State looks to extend streak vs Austin Peay Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMurray State (18-6, 11-1) vs. Austin Peay (16-9, 10-2)Winfield Dunn Center, Clarksville, Tennessee; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Murray State looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Austin Peay. Murray State has won by an average of 17 points in its last five wins over the Governors. Austin Peay’s last win in the series came on Jan. 21, 2017, an 84-81 win. Associated Press FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor, Jordyn Adams and Carlos Paez have collectively accounted for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 56 percent of all Governors points over the last five games.RAMPING IT UP A NOTCH: The Governors have scored 79 points per game and allowed 67.5 points per game across 12 conference games. Those are both solid improvements over the 70.1 points scored and 77.6 points given up per game to non-conference opponents.TERRIFIC TEVIN: Tevin Brown has connected on 45.1 percent of the 162 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 16 of 33 over the last five games. He’s also converted 74.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Austin Peay is 0-5 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 16-4 when it scores at least 66.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Governors are 8-0 when at least four of their players score 10 or more points and 8-9 when any fewer than that achieve double-figures. The Racers are 14-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.6 percent or worse, and 4-6 when opponents exceed that percentage.DID YOU KNOW: Austin Peay is ranked second among OVC teams with an average of 77.3 points per game.center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 12, 2020last_img read more

Seniors hope to leave mark in final 2 home games

first_imgRedshirt junior forward Paige Adams has started all 14 games for the Badgers this season. She also leads the team in points (14) and co-leads the team in goals (5) with five games remaining.[/media-credit]With five games left in the regular season, the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team is looking to finish the season strong, a campaign starting this weekend in its final two home games.In a match that will honor the team’s seniors, Wisconsin (8-5-1, 1-4-1 Big Ten) will take on Northwestern (4-8-2, 0-6-0) Friday night at the McClimon Complex, where the Badgers are 5-2 on the season.Despite losing its last two games at home, UW has been tough to beat in Madison.With the added emotional advantage of Senior Night Friday, senior defender and team captain Lindsey Johnson thinks her team will step up its play for their home crowd and the seniors.“[The game] is obviously going to be kind of emotional in the beginning of the game because we are all going to get recognized for being here for so long,” Johnson said. “We just have to treat it like any other game and try to win it for us seniors.”Wisconsin’s defense has been struggling of late, allowing nine goals in the last five games, but was able to pitch a 2-0 shutout at UW-Green Bay Monday.Johnson says her defensive squad needs to stay focused and minimize mistakes to continue to improve defensively.“We just have to focus on the details,” Johnson said. “We aren’t going to make any dumb mistakes. We are going to try to keep the ball and not try to force it to places. I think that will avoid a goal.”And the Northwestern offense might be just what Wisconsin’s defense needs to get back on track.NU’s offense has been shutout in four straight games and has scored more than one goal in a contest only once this season.Junior forward Kate Allen poses the largest offensive threat for the Wildcats, scoring a team-high eight goals along with three assists in 2012.The Wildcats, who are on a five-game losing streak, are coming to Madison looking for their first conference win.Head coach Paula Wilkins knows the game against Northwestern is important for her team and expects a tough test.“It’s an important game for us in the Big Ten,” Wilkins said. “They have a dangerous player with Kate Allen up front. Every game they’ve played in the Big Ten they’ve been close and they haven’t given up many goals, so I think it’s going to be a challenging game.”The Wildcats’ defense has made life difficult for opposing offenses, allowing no more than two goals in each of its last five games. Northwestern will attempt to slow down a Wisconsin offense that has been productive as of late, scoring two goals in three of its last four games.Redshirt junior forward Paige Adams, who is tied for the team lead in goals with five, wants to see the offensive squad limit Northwestern’s transition scoring chances.“I think the biggest thing right now is to keep the backs from being able to serve the ball,” Adams said. “When they get counterattacks, that’s when we struggle. As long as we’re keeping them from playing it forward, we’ll be able to win the ball more and get forward and score more goals.”The Badgers tied the Wildcats 1-1 last season and are 2-2-1 against Northwestern during Wilkins’ tenure.Wisconsin cap off weekend against Illinois On Sunday Wisconsin will play its final home game of the 2012 season against Illinois (7-4-2, 4-1-1).The Fighting Illini are ranked third in the Big Ten and have lost only one of their last five games.Junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo is the leading scorer for Illinois with four goals in an offense that has scored only 15 times on the season, compared to Wisconsin’s 27 goals.The Illini defense has only allowed 15 goals on the season, led by senior goalkeeper Steph Panozzo who has a save percentage of .773 this season.Wilkins knows Illinois will put up a tough fight for Wisconsin Sunday.“They are a good, dynamic attacking team,” Wilkins said. “Their shape is fantastic. We are going to have to be really organized in what we are trying to do. They have a special player with Vanessa in the midfield. So we are going to have to make sure that we defend together as a group.“I think we are going to have to do well in our transition again. I think in both games, both teams kind of pose the same problems for us, so we are going to have to be focused in both of them.”Follow Spencer on Twitterlast_img read more

Meghan scores fourth USA win

first_img England’s Meghan MacLaren has kept her winning form going by capturing her fourth title on the US women’s college circuit. Meghan (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the British women’s stroke play championship in her final event on this side of the Atlantic, before she returned to Florida International University. Now, she’s won her first event of the new academic year taking the individual honours in the Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State. Meghan was in third place at the start of the final round and shot a third round score of 74. It gave her a tournament score of five-over par and a one stroke victory. She commented afterwards on Twitter: “Another stressful day but happy to have won my first college tournament back in America! Ready for a good year.”  Her previous US successes were in 2013 and 2012. Meghan, an England international from Wellinborough, stormed through the field to win her British title, sealing her triumph the day before she returned to the USA. She played the final two rounds in nine-under par and won by a stroke at Ashburnham in Wales. 15 Sep 2014 Meghan scores fourth USA win last_img read more

Flipping the Switch: How Harlequin Productions Has Fared in the Midst…

first_imgSubmitted by Harlequin Productions Harlequin Productions stages shows in the Historic State Theater in downtown Olympia.With the start of the 2008 economic recession, financial woes began spreading across our local county. Individuals and businesses alike felt the blow as consumer confidence fell and unemployment rose. Arts organizations in particular were adversely impacted, and Olympia’s own Harlequin Productions found itself right in the path of the oncoming economic storm.It took a couple years for the non-profit theater company to feel the effects, but it happened soon enough. As Managing Artistic Director, Scot Whitney describes, “In November 2010, it was like someone flipped a switch and all of a sudden ticket sales, sponsors, and donations fell off.”Since that sudden and distinct drop off in support over four years ago, Harlequin has experienced a steady, discouraging decline in ticket sales and has struggled to find new sponsors and advertisers. “We are so grateful to those local businesses and donors who continued their support through it all because we wouldn’t have made it without them.” says Scot Whitney.“It was heartbreaking,” says Artistic Director, Linda Whitney. “Year after year our reserves were depleted. Heading into Season 2015, the forecast for the next year looked pretty bleak.”  Early projections showed a cash flow shortage of about $50,000 come April 2015.  Yes, Harlequin was facing complete depletion of its reserves and had started planning a special campaign to increase working capital to make it through.The company’s leaders, however, were forced to face the possibility that Harlequin’s story may be coming to an end. “We have always said that we would be here presenting our distinctive brand of theater as long as the community supported it,” recalls Linda. “We decided that no matter what, we would not go into debt. If the day ever came that we couldn’t make payroll, or we couldn’t pay our actors, we’d shut the doors.”Then this past October, something happened. Harlequin opened their production of Clybourne Park, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Bruce Norris. It was a play that local critics praised, but tickets sales were lagging (a familiar story by this time). For the first two weekends, the show sold 20% under projections. But the final two weekends shocked the company by selling significantly over projections, with the final weekend nearly selling out. It had been years since they’d seen a non-musical performance come close to selling out.“I came in for the show one night in the third weekend and thought the ticket sales report might have been a typo,” remembers Scot. “It wasn’t until I was standing in front of the audience during the curtain speech that I could let myself believe we actually had a sold-out crowd.”After Clybourne Park closed, Harlequin was scratching its head wondering what suddenly happened halfway through the run. But they didn’t have too much time to think, because their next show, The Stardust Christmas Commotion, the latest in Harlequin’s series of holiday musicals, was opening in a few short weeks.Going into Stardust, Harlequin wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Was the sudden success of Clybourne Park just a fluke? Or was it a sign that things were getting better?They got their answer: Stardust not only sold extremely well, it broke records. The Stardust Christmas Commotion filled the theater to an average of 95% of capacity. Seventeen out of its twenty-four performances sold out, and the show set a new all-time Harlequin record for most consecutive sold-out performances with fourteen straight completely packed houses. “We added two performances to the run to try to accommodate the demand,” said Korja Giles, Harlequin’s Box Office Manager, “but in the final week, we had to turn people away. It was terrible to have to disappoint so many people during the holidays!”The Stardust series is a local holiday favorite and this year’s production saw record ticket sales and sell-out shows.“We think someone may have flipped the switch back on,” declared Scot and Linda Whitney.Has someone finally flipped the switch? They have reason to feel optimistic. With the success of The Stardust Christmas Commotion, the projected $50,000 cash flow deficit has been whittled down to about $15,000, a much more manageable challenge.And things are not just looking up for Harlequin but for Olympia as a whole. People everywhere seem to be more optimistic. The Arts bring more than culture to a community. The success of Stardust brought more people downtown, enhancing local economic activity as Harlequin patrons shopped and dined before and after performances.  A recent Harlequin survey shows that 76% of their patrons dine out as a part of their theater excursion while 26% shop at local retail shops. “We see a 20% increase in our business on Harlequin show nights,” commented Mark Arndt, manager of the neighboring McMenamins Spar Café.This city is known for its appreciation of the arts. And the resurgence of its theater scene is good news for everyone who appreciates a vibrant and culturally diverse downtown.Harlequin is clearly excited about its upcoming offerings for Season 2015. Up next is The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow, an outrageously comic stage version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film thriller in which four actors play an incomprehensible number of characters. Find a list of all Harlequin Season 2015 shows at harlequinproductions.org. If recent experience is any indication, you may want to grab your tickets sooner rather than later.Next year’s Season 2016 will mark the 25th year that Harlequin Productions has been producing extraordinary theatrical adventures for the greater Olympia community. “It looks like we just may be around to celebrate our silver anniversary year,” says Linda. “And that’s good news!” Facebook147Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku posts ripped selfie after being fat-shamed: Not bad for a fat boy!

first_imgAdvertisement 4kdoo8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2kvswWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E95q1bs( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3dWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚4qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Belgian star Romelu Lukaku mocked his critics who questioned about his weight through an Instagram story, as he continues preparing for his competitive debut for Inter Milan. Earlier this month, some reports in Italy claimed that the former Manchester United striker was overweight with 104 kilograms upon his arrival at Inter. While, Corriere dello Sport reported that he set a target to drop below the 100kg mark in time for Inter’s Serie A opener against Lecce on August 26.Advertisement Lukaku who netted four times in a warm-up game last week, has been constantly criticised over his bulky physique since he re-joined the United squad after last year’s World Cup. Former United captain Gary Neville said on Twitter last week:“He admitted he was overweight. He is over 100kg! He’s a Manchester United player! He will score goals and do well at Inter Milan but unprofessionalism is contagious.”In response to the criticisms, a topless Lukaku posted a selfie on an Instagram story on Saturday with the caption “Not bad for a fat boy.” The forward looks to be content about his physique, having already missed most of the pre-season training during United’s Australia and Asia trip through an ankle injury. However, sources close to him claimed that he is at his ‘perfect weight’ and also pointed out his second-place finish in maximum speed sprints during a United training session in Perth last month. Advertisementlast_img read more