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Byron Jennings Replaces Rene Auberjonois in She Loves Me

first_imgBroadway switcheroo alert! Byron Jennings has boarded the starry cast of She Loves Me. The Great White Way alum replaces the previously announced René Auberjonois as Maraczek in the revival, who has departed the production due to personal reasons. Headlined by Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski, the show will play a limited engagement February 19, 2016 through June 5. Opening night is scheduled for March 17 at Roundabout’s Studio 54.Jennings returns to the Roundabout Theatre Company stage, where his credits include The Man Who Came To Dinner, Heartbreak House, A Touch of the Poet, Twelve Angry Men and A Month in the Country. Other recent Broadway credits include You Can’t Take It With You and Macbeth.Directed by Scott Ellis and featuring a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me follows Georg (Levi) and Amalia (Benanti), two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? The score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend” and “She Loves Me.”The musical comedy’s cast will also include Gavin Creel and Michael McGrath. Zachary Levi Star Files View Comments Laura Benantilast_img read more

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Messi in good spirits during Barca training as departure saga fades

first_imgLionel Messi looked back in his comfort zone during training with his Barcelona team mates on Wednesday in preparation for the new La Liga season as he continued to move on from his aborted attempt to leave the club last month.Barca’s all-time top scorer was seen smiling as he and his fellow players worked through persistent rain at the club’s Joan Gamper training complex under the orders of new coach Ronald Koeman.Messi, who remains captain despite publicly declaring he wished to leave the club and lashed out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu, resumed training with the team on Monday after refusing to report back eight days previously while he continued to seek a departure. But the Argentine announced last Friday that he would stay at Barca for this year as he did not want to challenge the club in court over a disputed clause in his contract which he argued allowed him to leave without a transfer fee.Barca are sitting out the first two weeks of the new Spanish top-flight campaign due to participating in last month’s Champions League ‘Final Eight’ tournament, where they were humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.Koeman’s side play Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday in a friendly and then Girona next Wednesday before their first competitive game against Villarreal on Sept. 27. Topics :last_img read more

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From manager to walk-on, Bronson still inspires

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald photoTanner Bronson has been a fan favorite ever since he first joined the Badger basketball team. The first exhibition game that he ever played in against UW- Parkside he hit a shot from the corner that sent the Grateful Red into a frenzy.A year and a half later the novelty has not worn off. The student section still waits for “T-Bron” to make his entrance at the end of the games and hopes for his second career basket. The first one came against hapless University of North Carolina-Greensboro his freshman season. He scored his first points of this season when he sank a free throw late in the Badgers’ win over Penn State last week.His story has become a little cliché and almost every student knows the script: the generously listed 5’10” student team manager turned player that walked on and eventually earned himself a scholarship. The kid looks more like a SERF point guard than one that dons a jersey at the Kohl Center.In his sophomore year he has seen minutes in the first two conference road games. The first being at Minnesota when the full court pressure in the first half necessitated Coach Ryan bringing in a ball handler off the bench. It was something that was not necessarily expected, but he was ready for it. “I did not have too much time to think about it,” Bronson said, whose other road appearance was at Ohio State in a tightly contested matchup. “I tried to play the best I could. I thought about it more afterwards, thought about things I should have and should not have done.”Tanner may sit near the end of the bench, but his story has now reached national notoriety. Bronson was profiled in the Sunday edition of The New York Times Jan. 8, 2006. To put things in perspective, the nationally minded newspaper that day ran a story on Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison, the co- favorite for player of the year. When asked about his reaction upon hearing that the Times wanted to do a feature on him, Bronson spoke humbly about the experience.”I mean, it’s exciting,” Bronson said. “I don’t know how to explain it, they wanted to write an article and I told my family, they got happy. I try not to think about it too much.”Expect more playing time for Tanner this season due to ineligibility of Greg Stiemsma and Marcus Landry and the transfer of DeAaron Williams. The Badger bench has shortened significantly in their absences and that means increased production is needed by other members of the team. Evidence of this was shown at Michigan when walk-on freshman Kevin Gullikson played 20 minutes. Prior to that game Gullikson only played 19 minutes the entire season.Tanner is from Milwaukee and attended Nicolet High School, where he played alongside a distinguished list of teammates. The first is Morris Cain, a Nicolet grad who also walked on to Wisconsin. They played together his senior year, while he was a senior and Cain was a sophomore.Another Bronson teammate was Joah Tucker, who was one of the main reasons that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers had their miracle run to the Sweet Sixteen last March.Additionally, Pac-Ten preseason player of the year Dan Grunfeld ran the floor with him. He tries to keep in touch with them the best he can. “We call each other if one of us was on TV, they are definitely friends of mine, I talked to Joah before and after we played them last month,” Bronson said.Bronson does not demand the extra attention that he gets, though he understands why he receives it.”I try not to worry about things like that,” Bronson said. “I try to keep playing and doing things the right way, whatever happens, happens”.He, for one, does not get tired of hearing the old story of the little manager that could. “It’s who I am,” Bronson affirmed.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Ken Whisenhunt was out of a head coaching job for exactly 379 days.The Arizona Cardinals fired Whisenhunt on New Year’s Eve 2012 after six years on the job. Tuesday, at a news conference in Nashville, he was named the head coach of the Tennessee Titans.Undoubtedly Whisenhunt had success in the desert, leading the Cardinals to two straight NFC West divisional titles and their only trip to the Super Bowl. But following Kurt Warner’s retirement in 2010, things went downhill for Whisenhunt and the Cardinals, who struggled over the next three seasons and failed to groom a quarterback to fill Warner’s shoes. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling When asked by host Charissa Thompson if Whisenhunt or Warner should have received the credit for the Cardinals’ two-year run as a playoff team, Leinart responded again.“Kurt Warner was fantastic,” he said.Certainly, Leinart was clear that it was Warner, not Whisenhunt, that was the key to Arizona’s success. The numbers certainly support that claim. The Cardinals went 24-18 under Whisenhunt when Warner started games and 21-33 when others were under center.Tennessee doesn’t currently have a franchise-type quarterback on its roster. Jake Locker, a 2011 first-round pick, has been mostly ineffective when healthy. In three seasons, he’s only been able to start 18 games, going 8-10. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is also under contract for 2014.<br /> <A href=”http://msn.foxsports.com/arizona/story/leinart-questions-titans-hiring-of-whisenhunt-011414?videoId=1e1b7e0b-011f-4429-854a-b3e2bbbfc284&#038;from=shareembed-syndication&#038;src=v5:embed:syndication:” target=”_new” title=”One Timers: Pete Carroll, Ken Whisenhunt, Tom Brady and Superman”>Video: One Timers: Pete Carroll, Ken Whisenhunt, Tom Brady and Superman</A><br /> Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories One of the candidates to take Warner’s job was Matt Leinart. The former Heisman Trophy winner and 2006 first-round draft pick of the Cardinals completed 78.6 percent of his passes during the 2010 preseason, but was passed over by Whisenhunt for the starting job, which went to Derek Anderson, who had signed as a free agent prior to the season. Leinart was cut, and signed with the Houston Texans.Three years later, Leinart is a free agent and dabbling in the media. Monday, on Fox Sports Live, the 30-year-old shared his thoughts on Tennessee’s coaching hire.“I don’t think it’s a great fit, and I don’t think it’s great timing, and here’s why,” Leinart said. “You look at his tenure in Arizona — only two years, he had success, and in those two years, Kurt Warner ran that football team — I was a part of it.“Every single Monday, Kurt Warner would come in an implement 20-to-30 new plays which he would say ‘I want these in my game plan.’ We became a spread offense and we became Kurt Warner’s offense. Then Kurt Warner retires, they go 5-11 twice and they go 8-8.”Leinart’s thirty-second clock expired at that point, but he concluded with this: “The Tennessee Titans do not have a quarterback right now.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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