Last Call for 11 (!) Broadway Shows Closing in January

first_img View Comments It’s a new year and a new decade, which means Broadway is getting ready to make more compelling entertainment for the millions of people who flock to the Great White Way yearly. Unfortunately, some shows have to close to make room for the new ones coming in. In January, a whopping 11 shows will be taking their final bows. Check out everything you absolutely must see before the end of the month.  Chris McCarrell in The Lightning Thief. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) The cast of A Christmas Carol. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 5: The Final QuestThe Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will journey on its last Broadway quest on January 5. The show’s limited engagement arrived on the Great White Way three years after it made its off-Broadway debut, and fans of the popular Rick Riordan young adult series welcomed it with open arms. Chris McCarrell, the only cast member not making his Broadway debut in the show, has played the title character since the beginning. It won’t be long before lightning strikes again because the musical is hitting the road to bring Percy’s story of bravery, acceptance and love to cities across the country.  Mary-Louise Parker Star Files Katharine McPhee and Caitlin Houlahan in Waitress. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) January 5: One More CarolThe first Broadway production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will help ring in the holiday cheer one last time on January 5. With an adaptation by Tony winner Jack Thorne, the new take on the classic transported audiences back in time with the help of Campbell Scott’s portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge. Cookies, string quartets and a theater full of lights allowed audiences to revel in the holiday spirit and hear the beloved Christmas story in a new way.  James Cusati-Moyer Andrew Barth Feldman (Photos: Emilio Madrid and Matthew Murphy; Composite by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) The cast of Oklahoma! (Photo: Little Fang) The cast of Slave Play. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) Ato Blankson-Wood Katharine McPhee JANUARY 5: Red Sequins Are ForeverThe musical comedy, based on the 1982 film of the same name, will play its final performance on January 5. Tootsie follows Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, an unemployable actor who disguises himself as a woman to land a job. Needless to say, hilarious chaos ensues. The show received 10 Tony nominations and took home two: one for Fontana’s star turn and the other for scribe Robert Horn. Sad you missed it? Tootsie will soon embark on a national tour, so you’ll be able to see the unstoppable Dorothy Michaels in a town near you. JANUARY 19: Keep ListeningJeremy O. Harris’ buzzed-about Broadway debut work Slave Play will end its extended limited run on January 19. After Harris wrote the provocative piece while still in graduate school, it had its world premiere at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2018 before moving to the Golden Theatre. Following three interracial couples as they discover truths hidden deep within themselves, Slave Play’s impact will be felt for a long while. ALSO:JANUARY 4: Derren Brown: Secret will do its final trick at Broadway’s Cort Theatre.JANUARY 5: The Illusionists—Magic of the Holidays bows for the last time at the Neil Simon Theatre.JANUARY 5: The last snowfall will happen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in Slava’s Snowshow.JANUARY 5: The acclaimed Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof will close at Stage 42.JANUARY 5: Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, which received three extensions off-Broadway, ends its run.JANUARY 19: Samuel D. Hunter’s Greater Clements, starring Judith Ivey, closes at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.JANUARY 26: Current Dear Evan Hansen  stars Andrew Barth Feldman and Alex Boniello, who play Evan Hansen and Connor Murphy, respectively, will take their final bow at the Music Box Theatre.  Will Hochman JANUARY 12: Mic DropWhat started out as a side hobby during the creation of In the Heights, Freestyle Love Supreme has turned into its very own verifiable Broadway hit. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, FLS combines rap and improv, so no one can see the same show twice. With occasional surprise appearances by Miranda, Wayne Brady, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs and more, this is a Broadway event that must be experienced to be believed, so be sure to get to the Booth Theatre by January 12.  Ali Stroker The cast of Freestyle Love Supreme. (Photo: Joan Marcus) JANUARY 12: Turning the PageAdam Rapp’s Broadway debut thriller The Sound Inside will play for the final time at Studio 54 on January 12. The two-hander, directed by David Cromer, follows a professor and student’s complicated relationship that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Featuring newcomer Will Hochman and Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, this beautifully performed piece is quietly intense and literary, while leaving audiences stunned.  Alex Boniello Chris McCarrell Santino Fontana in Tootsie. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) JANUARY 19: Chili To-GoDaniel Fish’s Tony-winning revival of Oklahoma! will serve chili and corn bread to its final audience on January 19. Starring Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and recently crowned Tony winner Ali Stroker, this newly imagined version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has been surprising audiences at the Circle in the Square Theatre for 10 months. With history-making performances, a thrilling dream ballet and hearty snacks during intermission, Oklahoma!’s absence is sure to be felt.  Santino Fontana JANUARY 5: Goodbye PieComposed by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress will finish its Broadway run on January 5. Waitress garnered four Tony nominations and has gone on to play across the country and in the West End. With a treasure trove of casting replacements like Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan, Gavin Creel, Jordin Sparks, Colleen Ballinger, Todrick Hall and even Bareilles herself, Waitress has given fans many reasons to return during its almost four-year shift at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. McPhee will be the show’s final Broadway Jenna by finishing out the run. Will Hochman and Mary-Louise Parker in The Sound Inside. (Photo: Jeremy Daniel) View All (10)last_img read more

FEEL THE GAME

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’FEEL THE GAME’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BOBBY MOTUS[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Thursday, January 5, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]NBA’s Endorsement All-Stars YOU play better than most, you get max money. It also helps if you belong to a big market team where fans fill the arena on a nightly basis. Then you build star power that you can command a hefty contract bordering on the ridiculous. With it come the companies that want you to be their sales agents.Off-court earning is big money for NBA stars. Peter Laatz of the research firm Repucom said, “The NBA is very good at producing ‘endorsable’ icons that transcend what happens on the court.” Their star power helps the products they pitch for sell quickly, especially among the younger age group.Forbes is very good at compiling top earners in various sports. Recently it came up with their “NBA’s Endorsement All-Stars of 2016.” Receiving a combined $189 million last year, here are the NBA’s top 10 off-court earners with their annual take-home pays from endorsements:LeBron James ($48 million). Major partners include Nike, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Kia Motors, and Beats by Dre. He is the first athlete given a lifetime contract by Nike, which sold $340 million worth of his signature pairs of shoes in 2014.Kevin Durant ($36 million). Partners are Nike, Panini, Sonic, Beats by Dre, BBVA, and American Family Insurance. The contract extension from Nike in 2014 earned Durant $300 million spread over 10 years. KD is the first athlete that fast-food chain Sonic had used in advertising.Kobe Bryant ($25 million). One of the best-ever to play on hard court, Bryant has partnered with Nike, Panini, Hublot, Alibaba, and Turkish Airlines, among others. He may be retired but he still rakes in the dollars.James Harden ($17 million). In 2015 he signed with Adidas for a 13-year, $200-million deal that included an undisclosed signing bonus. His first signature pair of shoes, “James Harden 1, Wake The Game Up,” is now in Philippine shores and sells for P8,000. Other partners are Footlocker, NBA2K, BBVA, and Beats by Dre.Derrick Rose ($14 million). Another Adidas endorser, he was the shoe company’s main man in 2012 when they signed him to a 13-year, $185-million deal. Injuries the past four seasons affected sales of his signature shoe. He also endorses products from Gatorade and Giordano’s.Dwyane Wade ($12 million). He left Jordan/Nike in 2012 in favor of China’s Li-Ning, inking a 10-year deal worth in excess of $50 million, plus a share in company ownership. Other companies D-Wade is connected with are Gatorade, Fan Duel, Hublot, Mission, and Pepperidge Farm.Stephen Curry ($12 million). With D-Wade, they are the only ones in this top 10 list not connected with either Adidas or Nike/Jordan. Curry’s deal with Under Armour, which also includes a share in ownership, will last until 2024. The company is banking on him to create a $1-billion basketball business. He also pitches for Kaiser Permanente, Fanatics, JBL, Degree, and Brita.Chris Paul ($8.5 million). Jordan/Nike has released the ninth edition of his CP3 signature shoe. Other company partners are Panini, State Farm and Fan Duel.Carmelo Anthony ($8 million). Melo had been with Jordan/Nike since he cracked the league in 2003. Other partners are Las Vegas Sands, Panini, SMS Audio, and Draft Kings.Blake Griffin ($8 million). I suppose KIA got interested in Griffin when he jumped over one of their cars in a slam dunk attempt in an All-Star Slam Dunk competition back in 2011. He also has endorsement deals with Jordan/Nike, Panini and Red Bull.It certainly pays well to be a star and, in this case, it pays double. Happy New Year!/PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

30,000 Hurricane Harvey victims desperate for shelter at evacuation centers

first_imgABCNews.com(HOUSTON) — Droves of people stranded and displaced by deadly Hurricane Harvey are being transported to nearby evacuation centers and shelters around the Houston area.As masses arrived on the back of city dump trucks — by boat, by bus and some by foot to downtown Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center — they were met with cots, blankets, towels, food and medical attention.The American Red Cross has set up stations inside the convention center to serve as an acting hospital, hotel and food court for those seeking refuge and had more than 2,500 people as of this morning. They can accommodate as many as 5,000. #RedCross is providing shelter, meals & comfort to people impacted by #Harvey. To find a location: https://t.co/sizEp51qtg or 1-800-REDCROSS pic.twitter.com/jfewo2EJh0— American Red Cross (@RedCross) August 28, 2017ABC Houston station KTRK-TV has a full list of all designated multiservice centers in the surrounding areas.City officials announced that in the past 24 hours there have been 4,000 water-related incidents and 290 water rescues.Creating a sense of stability for survivors is the top priority for now, emergency administrator Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said.“Once we move them we’re able to extract them from different areas; we’ve got to get them into shelters,” Long said in a news conference this morning. “This shelter rescue is going to be a very heavy lift. We’re anticipating 30,000 people placed in shelters temporarily to basically stabilize the situation and provide for their care.”Texas asked for a presidential disaster declaration, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration director Louis Uccellini, which President Trump enacted to help mobilize all resources to help when the state’s resources are depleted.“Underneath the president’s disaster declaration, we have turned on what we call individual assistant programs,” Uccellini said. “We are expecting, based on this event, over 450,000 potential registers of disaster victims. That is a huge number but we are ready to go, process. We’ve already processed nearly 15,000 calls over the last 24 hours.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more