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It’s Only a Play Recoups Investment on Broadway

first_img It’s Only a Play View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 The starry It’s Only a Play, capitalized at $3.9 million, has recouped its investment at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The Terrence McNally comedy marks the first show of the 2014-15 season to make its money back. The production currently features Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham and Micah Stock.It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic (Abraham), and a wide-eyed coat check attendant (Stock) on his first night in Manhattan.Tony winners Martin Short and Katie Finneran and 30 Rock alum Maulik Pancholy will step into the show beginning January 7, 2015, replacing Lane, Mullally and Grint, respectively. The production will move next door to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre beginning January 18 and run through March 29. Star Files Related Shows Nathan Lanelast_img read more

Syracuse overcomes sloppy play to defeat Boston University, 2-1, in 1st round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Ange Bradley angrily fired her beanie to the ground in the closing seconds of Syracuse’s 2-1 victory over Boston University, as clock malfunctions stalled play and punctuated a hysteric end to the NCAA tournament first-round match.Fourth-seeded SU (16-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) would eventually hear the final horn blare after the clock stopped momentarily with 35 seconds remaining, as it defeated the Terriers (13-8, 5-1 Patriot), and propelled into the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.In a game littered with penalties and green cards, Syracuse got on the board first via a penalty shot by senior back Jordan Page, giving SU a 1-0 advantage 9:44 into the first half. A defensive stalemate ensued for nearly 40 minutes after Page’s goal until freshman midfielder Lieke Visser cleared the ball over a mass of players in front of the goal and into the top shelf of the net to put SU up two.With 1:06 remaining, BU midfielder Hester van der Laan was awarded a penalty shot. It was blocked by SU goalie Jess Jecko lunging to her right, but Jecko was called for moving before van der Laan did, so another shot was rewarded. Van der Laan converted the second time around, providing the Terriers with final a glimmer of hope.The goal only delayed the inevitable, as the Orange ran out the remaining 66 seconds and conquered the lingering ghosts of last season’s first-round upset in the NCAA tournament to Michigan State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was an emotional game,” Bradley said. “I’m just so proud of our kids.”SU fell just short in it’s run to an ACC championship six days prior, losing in the final to Wake Forest, 2-0. Despite the loss in the tournament, the talented nucleus of freshmen for SU gained experience that led the Orange to victory with Visser scoring the game-winner on Saturday.“I think (the freshmen) kept their calm pretty well,” Page said. “The ACC tournament helped a lot with the experience of coming into this tournament”The Orange offense battled aggressively, outshooting BU 14-12, with 10-of-14 shots on target. Jecko, who hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game since Nov. 1, was up to the task on the Terriers’ six shots on goal.In the second half, Syracuse was tagged with two green cards and had a two-player disadvantage. But despite the uncertainty, junior midfielder Alyssa Manley said everyone was amply able to keep their cool.“I just knew we had to not drop off and keep pressure,” Manley said. “We just needed to stay calm and stay together with the players that we had.”That’s precisely what the SU defense did. Manley, along with senior forward Kati Nearhouse both aggressively pushed the Terriers offense away by clearing two scoring opportunities.The defense held back BU until that final minute when van der Laan cut the deficit to just one goal. Syracuse navigated the final tense moments by fluidly passing the ball and finding open space like they had all game.The clock ran down to zero and the brief moments of celebration quickly toned down, knowing the Orange would play again tomorrow with its season on the line.Bradley has brought SU to seven NCAA tournaments in her tenure. With no national championships in that time, she knows her team can’t look ahead further than 24 hours.Said Bradley: “We have another day. We have one of eight seats left in the tournament” Commentslast_img read more

Lakers keeping options open with addressing backcourt needs

first_imgThe Lakers are holding out hope they will have the right ingredients that make this a destination spot once again.Account for Magic Johnson’s stature. Calculate Rob Pelinka’s smarts. Mix their collective vision in assembling a roster by maximizing cap space and aiding Luke Walton’s coaching staff to develop their young players. Then, perhaps LeBron James, Paul George and Russell Westbrook will want to sign a contract with the Lakers in the 2018 offseason when they become free agents.The Lakers deliberate attempt to preserve cap space has made it difficult to make moves in the first few days of free agency. After the Lakers met with veteran guard George Hill on Monday with hopes to sign him to a one-year deal, Hill agreed to a reported three-year, $57 million deal in Sacramento.Nonetheless, the Lakers are being patient trying to fulfill their needs in their backcourt, shooting and veteran leadership without compromising cap space. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers met with free-agent guard Dion Waiters on Sunday, while also having extensive conversations in recent days about free-agent guard Rajon Rondo. The Lakers have expressed interest in retaining 22-year-old guard Tyler Ennis. Should the Clippers follow through on a proposed three-team trade that would send veteran guard Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks, he has “strong interest” in negotiating a buyout on his two-year contract and signing with the Lakers, according to a league source. Such possibilities could hinge on the subsequent fallout with Gordon Hayward choosing to sign with the Boston Celtics after playing for Utah Jazz for seven seasons since being drafted by them in 2010.The 25-year-old Waiters seems like a natural replacement for Nick Young, who opted out of his $5.7 million player option and has sparked interest from Golden State, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Minnesota. But the Lakers’ possible partnership with Rondo has evoked some uneasiness around their fan base for reasons that have little to do with Rondo once playing for the rival Boston Celtics (2006-15) and winning an NBA championship at the Lakers’ expense. Instead, it has more to do whether Rondo would help the Lakers with outside shooting and a positive locker room influence.center_img Rondo’s credentials are well-established as he has averaged 10.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting, 8.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds in a 10-year NBA career. During and after the two competed against each other in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals, former Lakers star Kobe Bryant often praised Rondo for his basketball intellect, passing ability and competitiveness. But after joining his fourth team in the past four seasons, Rondo has faced questions on his willingness to handle a reduced role and how he gets along with coaches.After the Mavericks made a mid-season trade for Rondo in 2015, he eventually clashed with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, including having an in-game disagreement over play calling that drew a team-imposed one-game suspension. Rondo then had short stints in Sacramento (2015-16) and Chicago (2016-17), which waived him last week. Yet, numerous publications quoted teammates that also characterized Rondo as a willing and supportive mentor.As for the Lakers, they had inquired about Rondo with numerous former teammates and coaches in recent days, according to a league source familiar with the situation. After Rondo’s representatives initiated talks shortly after free agency began on Friday, the Lakers viewed Rondo as someone that could play both as a reserve and in a starting role along with rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. The Lakers also see Rondo as someone who could become a positive mentor for Lonzo.Staff writer Bill Oram contributed to this reportlast_img read more