Broadway Grosses: Tony Winners Celebrate Record-Breaking Weeks at the Box Office

first_img View Comments While no particular contender swept the Tony Awards this year, a handful of shows saw box office bumps hot on the heels of celebrating significant wins on June 8. All four shows that took home top honors (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder for Best Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch for Best Revival of a Musical, All the Way for Best Play and A Raisin in the Sun for Best Revival of a Play) saw their highest grosses to date this week. Additionally, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which roped in two trophies including Best Actress in a Musical for Jessie Mueller, broke another box office record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The tuner grossed $1,170,050 during a regular eight-show week, surpassing the record held by Anything Goes for a nine-show week. In the aftermath of the Tonys we also said a scheduled farewell to two plays: Act One and A Raisin in the Sun. Meanwhile two productions posted closing notices: Mothers and Sons (shuttering June 22) and After Midnight (ending June 29). FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,043,643) 2. Wicked ($1,969,827) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,604,507) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,372,011) 5. Aladdin ($1,332,137) Source: The Broadway League *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 7 regular performancescenter_img Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 15: UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($342,638)  4. Rock of Ages ($280,008)  3. Casa Valentina ($256,272) 2. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($163,586)* 1. Mothers and Sons ($156,116) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.37%)** 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.71%) 4. Aladdin (100.03%) 5. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Chicago (70.36%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (67.29%) 3. Bullets Over Broadway (66.07%) 2. Once (65.59%) 1. Mothers and Sons (43.92%)last_img read more

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2019 Holds So Much Promise for Nigeria Football

first_imgBefore picking the AFCON ticket, Eagles were at the World Cup in Russia as first African team to qualify for the Mundial. Inexperience and unfavorable Group D Eagles found themselves ensured the three-time African champions returned home at the group.That Eagles even qualified for Russia 2018 was a miracle given the acrimonious distraction caused the Amaju Pinnick led board of the Nigeria Football Federation by Sports Minister Solomon Dalung and Chris Giwa who was laying claim to a mandate that did not exist.It was therefore no surprise that the Super Eagles ended 2018 as the fourth best team in the continent and 44th globally.The Super Sand Eagles was also a team to reckon with in the continent, getting to the final of the CAF African Beach Soccer Nations Cup in Egypt. Although they lost in the final to Senegal, they are one of the teams to represent Africa at the Beach Soccer World Cup this year in Paraguay.Nigeria’s Falcons remained the super team of Africa, winning the AWCON for a record ninth time in Ghana. After a sluggish start, losing their opening game to South Africa, the glorious Nigerian ladies went all the way to the final to beat Banyana Banyana in penalty shoot out to claim the trophy once again.They equally grabbed one of the two tickets as Africa’s representatives at the World Cup in France this 2019.In between, other Nigerian age-grade male and female teams proved their worth with Flying Eagles and the Golden Eaglets booking their places in continental CAF competitions.All these successes recorded by Nigeria in football were made possible largely through the sponsorship secured by the Pinnick-led board of the NFF. For the first time in the history of NFF, the Glass House succeeded in racking up sponsorship enough to fund between 65 to 70 per cent of its activities. With the backing of oil and gas giants Aiteo, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Cadbury, NIKE and several others, NFF succeeded in running its affairs without going cap in hand to the Federal Ministry of Sports for funds to prosecute some its crucial events. The most recent was Super Falcons campaign at the AWCON in Ghana.Away from national teams, Enugu Rangers won the Aiteo Federation Cup for the first time in over three decades. They came back from a 3-0 down to claim the silverware against Kano Pillars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba. It was perhaps the biggest come-back in the history of the former Challenge Cup. And their fans celebrated like never before.However, the same success recorded in the Federation Cup could not be repeated in the league. The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) ended abruptly with leading team, Lobi Stars of Makurdi handed the CAF Champions League ticket after just 24 weeks of action.Sadly, the second tier league, the NNL also could not finish its season with the programmed Super 8. The resulting confusion is the plan to promote all 8 teams to the NPFL. However, even that has fallen flat as the clubs rejected the plan. Attempts to coerce the teams to go to Aba for the play off has also failed. Now, both the NFF and the NNL are in quandary, looking for political solution to the self-inflicted mess. How they resolve this crisis will to a large extent decide what will happen to both the NPFL that did not relegate any team due to the inconclusive season.In continental performance, both Lobi and Rangers who are representing Nigeria in the Champions League and the Confederation Cup respectively have not fared badly. Lobi have qualified for the group stage while Rangers are just a step a way from also hitting the group stage of the Confederation Cup. Although Lobi are paired with champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Wydad Casablanca and Asec Mimosas, nothing says the Naija Spirit cannot propel them to doing the seemingly impossible in that group.And so, as Nigeria joined the rest of the world yesterday in celebrating the New Year’s day, there is so much to look forward to both at the club and the national levels.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In this concluding part of the 2018 review, DURO IKHAZUAGBE insists here that Nigerians have so much to look forward to in this New YearAfter a year in which there were more dramas and intrigues off the pitch than silverwares on the shelf, Nigeria football has so much to prove this New Year to regain the place of pride in the continent.Of course, 2018 was not altogether a bad year for Nigeria in the Beautiful Game. A quick run down on the performance chart will show an ascending graph after a four-year period in the wilderness of continental football. After missing two editions of the African Cup of Nations back-to-back in 2015 and 2017, Super Eagles regained their winning aura, they topped their AFCON 2019 qualifying group with a game to spare. Come this summer, Coach Gernot Rohr and his wards will return to the African football showpiece and try to lift the trophy they won last in 2013 in South Africa.last_img read more

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Break brings new options for on-campus dining

first_imgOn Thursday, after campus has cleared out, the handful of students left on campus will find they have more options than usual for Thanksgiving dinner.USC Hospitality, University Residential Student Community, the Office of International Services and the Trojan Knights have all arranged events for students who find themselves stuck on campus for the holiday.Trojan nights · The Trojan Knights will hold a Thanksgiving dinner in front of Tommy Trojan on Thursday as they guard the statue as part of Save Tommy Week. – Ian Elston | Daily Trojan“Lots of students go away with friends who live locally,” said Lynette Merriman, senior associate dean for USC Student Affairs. “But for those who choose to stay behind, we do have opportunities for Thanksgiving dinner.”Though students in previous years have complained about the lack of dining options on Thanksgiving week, Merriman said there will be plenty of opportunities for students to get a good meal this year.The school-sponsored options include dinners at Parkside Dining Hall and Everybody’s Kitchen, and a match-up program for international students to eat dinner with American families, Merriman said. Many residential faculty will also host full Thanksgiving dinners Tuesday night.Mercedes Antonich, an EVKemployee who has worked at the Thanksgiving dinner, said the dining hall tries to create a welcoming experience for students. She said creating that family experience is worth the extra time spent at EVK.“It’s so nice, I never minded it because we close at 7:30 p.m. and then go home and eat with our own family,” she said.EVK is expecting about 70 students to attend its Thanksgiving dinner.International students will also have the chance to have a more intimate experience for Thanksgiving dinner.The Office of International Servicesoffers an annual Thanksgiving match-up program, which pairs students with local host families to create a cross-cultural experience. About 80 students participate in the program each year, according to OIS.Waleed Ishtiaq, an international student from Pakistan and a freshman majoring in engineering, said he was unsure whether he will celebrate Thanksgiving, but the international student group invited him to join a family.“A lot of people have invited me, so I might as well go,” Ishtiaq said. “I guess it’s better than staying here alone.”This year, the Trojan Knights will host a new Thanksgiving dinner in front of Tommy Trojan, since Thanksgiving falls in the middle of its annual Save Tommy Week.Mark Wynohradnyk, a Trojan Knight and a sophomore majoring in business administration and cinematic arts, said he’s glad to be spending Thanksgiving on campus if it means serving the USC community.“I’m all the way from the East Coast, so I’m definitely excited to be doing this on Thanksgiving,” Wynohradnyk said. “Protecting Tommy Trojan comes first — if that means not seeing my family, that’s what I’ll do.”The Knights’ dinner costs $25 per person, and they are expecting about 50 people to attend.last_img read more

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