Broadway Grosses: SRO Crowds for Taye Diggs’ Hedwig Swan Song

first_img View Comments Taye Diggs took off the make up and put the wig back on the shelf for good on September 13, as Hedwig and the Angry Inch played its final Broadway performance at the Belasco Theatre. Though grosses had taken a considerable dip in 2015, the show ended with a macroscopic box office push, returning above the $600k mark. In terms of capacity, Hedheads were in full force as the reached Standing Room Only for the first time since Neil Patrick Harris left the show in August 2014. Mamma Mia! also ended its run in high tide, while Hamilton maintained its prominent placement on the boards. Finding Neverland appeared in the bottom five by capacity for the first time and took a hit in revenue, though it’s no immediate cause for concern; many family-friendly shows face a downtick once school is back in session.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 13:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,727,320)2. Hamilton ($1,561,640)3. Wicked ($1,472,236)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,438,096)5. Aladdin ($1,386,168)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($625,159)**4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ($499,576)3. Spring Awakening ($448,879)*2. Amazing Grace ($332,663)1. Hand to God ($250,923)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.26%)2. Hamilton (101.28%)3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (100.13%)**4. The Lion King (99.96%)5. Fun Home (99.83%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Finding Neverland (77.98%)4. Jersey Boys (76.57%)3. Something Rotten! (67.78%)2. Hand to God (58.47%)1. Amazing Grace (53.46%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Keppel Verolme’s Price Tag Revealed

first_imgDamen Shipyards Group has paid EUR 23.5 million (USD 27.6 million) for the acquisition of Keppel’s Verolme shipyard in the Netherlands, Keppel Offshore & Marine said in its half-year report.As disclosed by the company, the sale was part of Keppel O&M’s efforts “to rationalize its global yard network according to business needs.”“Keppel O&M has the capacity and resources to continue servicing its customers in Europe and the North Sea region, as well as pursue new opportunities in these markets through our global network of yards. Our commitment to Near Market, Near Customer execution, remains intact,” the company said.Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), a part of the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group, said at the end of June that it had finalized the acquisition of the Keppel Verolme shipyard from Keppel O&M.From 1 July, the Keppel Verolme shipyard, including its 250 staff members, resumed operations under the Damen flag.Damen believes that with three dry docks and almost 2km of quay capacity, the Verolme yard, located in Rotterdam’s Botlek harbour, will significantly expand DSC’s portfolio of eight repair and conversion yards in the Netherlands and another eight abroad.Separately, Keppel said it posted half-year net profit of S$421 million (USD 308 million), slightly higher compared to the same period in 2016.“Our group has achieved creditable results in 1H 2017, despite the much lower contributions from the Offshore & Marine (O&M) Division, demonstrating our resilience as a multi-business company.” Keppel’s CEO Loh Chin Hua said.Keppel said that it won contracts of around S$300 million, year to date, including for newbuild LNG carriers and dredgers as well as FPSO conversions.According to Loh China, despite some pick-up in activity in the offshore market, uncertainty in the oil market remains to be an issue, which, coupled with the oversupply in the jackup market, hinders the possibility of a quick recovery.Hence the company is looking for new markets in the gas industry and non-oil and gas plays such as Jones Act vessels and dredgers.“We will also explore opportunities to re-purpose our offshore technology for other uses,” he added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Finley Market Parade

first_imgI am sure by now you are aware that the Finley Market Opening Day Parade will not occur on Opening Day but will be the following Monday.  Due to the great wisdom of the baseball commissioner and his inability to negotiate with the Players Association, we are starting baseball in March this year.  That means Opening Day will be Maundy Thursday.  Baseball is supposed to open at the beginning of a week, not a Thursday.The Finley Market Association has its biggest sales days right before Easter.  Normally, they close during the parade.  This year that would mean that they lose the largest day of their Easter sales.  They did not want to eliminate the parade, so they are moving it to Easter Monday.  I don’t think the crowd will be there.  Opening Day in Cincinnati is traditionally an all-day party.  Easter Monday is just going to be another Monday of school and work.On a personal note, I have never been into the parade so it doesn’t mean that much to me.  It does get my goat, though, because the commissioner’s office again defies common sense.last_img read more

A look at England’s previous record in major tournament semi-finals

first_imgBy Kathryn Batte, PAENGLAND have reached the World Cup semi-finals after beating New Zealand by 119 runs at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.Here, PA looks at England’s record of reaching the knockout stages of major tournaments.CWC 1975 – Semi-final v Australia, Headingley, LeedsEngland reached the semi-finals in the first edition of the CWC but were defeated by Australia. In what is still the best World Cup performance to date by a bowler, Gary Gilmour took six for 14 with England bowled out for 93 after having fallen to 37 for seven. Australia also fell to 39 for six before Gilmour hit 28 runs from 28 balls to seal a four-wicket victory.CWC 1979 – Semi-final V New Zealand, Old Trafford, ManchesterNew Zealand elected to bowl after winning the toss and England quickly fell to 38 for two. However, 53 from Mike Brearley and 71 from Graham Gooch lifted England’s innings with the final score reaching 221. New Zealand’s John Wright hit 69 but the loss of wickets hampered their efforts. After failing to hit the required 14 runs in the final over, England went on to play the West Indies in the final but lost by 92 runs.CWC 1983 – Semi-final v India, Old Trafford, ManchesterEngland won the toss and elected to bat but restrictive Indian bowling led them to be bowled out for 213. In response, India’s Yashpal Sharma and Sandeep Patil made half-centuries as they reached their target in 54.4 overs, winning by six wickets and subjecting England to another semi-final defeat.ICC Champions Trophy 2004 – Semi-final v Australia, Edgbaston, BirminghamEngland faced Australia in their first Champions Trophy semi-final and elected to bowl. Darren Gough took three for 48 as Australia reached 259 for nine. England’s Michael Vaughn hit 86 in reply, as the target was reached after 46.3 overs with England notching 262 for four. The West Indies awaited in the final but England went on to lose by two wickets.ICC Champions Trophy 2009 – Semi-final v Australia, SuperSport Park, Centurion, South AfricaAfter defeat in the 2004 semi-final, Australia claimed revenge over their rivals. Tim Bresnan hit an impressive 80 but England were all out for 257. The Aussies made their victory look easy, losing only one wicket as they reached their target with Shane Watson hitting 136 not out. Australia went on to beat New Zealand by six wickets in the final.ICC World Twenty20, 2010 – Semi-final v Sri Lanka, Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St LuciaThe third edition of the World Twenty20 tournament took place 10 months after the second due to the cancellation of the Champions Trophy in 2008. Sri Lanka were all out for 128 as Stuart Broad took two for 21. After a score of 42 from Kevin Pietersen, England reached their target in 16 overs leaving them to face Australia in the final.After another fine Pietersen performance, linking up for an 111-run partnership with Paul Collingwood, England claimed their first International Cricket Council (ICC) world championship.ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – Semi-final v South Africa, The Oval, LondonEngland elected to bowl after winning the toss and James Tredwell took an impressive three for 19 in seven overs as South Africa were bowled out for 175. Jonathan Trott’s 82 was the top score for England as they reached their target – losing only three wickets in the process. They went on to face India in the final at Edgbaston but narrowly lost by five runs.ICC World Twenty20 2016 – Semi-final v New Zealand, Feroz Shah Kolta, DelhiEngland won the toss and elected to bowl with New Zealand reaching 153 for eight from their 20 overs. England replied as Jason Roy scored the second-fastest half-century for an English player in a World Twenty20 match as he reached the landmark off 26 balls. The target was met after 17.1 overs as England progressed to the final where they were narrowly beaten by the West Indies.ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Semi-final v Pakistan, Sophia Gardens, CardiffAfter qualifying for the semi-finals by winning their first two group games, England faced Pakistan in Cardiff. Joe Root hit 46 as Hasan Ali took three for 35, with England reaching 211 before they were bowled out.Pakistan lost only two wickets as they reached their target in 37.1 overs after Azhar Ali finished with 76. They went on to beat rivals India by 180 runs in the final.last_img read more

I-pools launches UK first real-money Daily Fantasy Racing

first_img Telegraph Media Group launches ‘Telegraph Predictor’ game with i-pools March 22, 2017 StumbleUpon Tristan McDonald – i-pools: “an innovative, skill-based alternative” August 3, 2018 Share Submitcenter_img Social pools betting network i-pools has launched the UK’s first real-money Daily Fantasy Racing games, with the Tote monopoly reaching expiration.The introduction of Fantasy Racing pools offers punters an alternative to fixed-odds markets and totaliser betting, and does so in a social context, with players betting against each other rather than the house. Stakes start from £1, with players given the opportunity to create their own games and set their own stakes. Players don’t need to pick every winner to win the prizes, they just need to do better than the other players.Tristan McDonald, Founder of i-pools​, said: “We’ve patiently waited for the end of the Tote monopoly to launch a key element of our product range: daily fantasy racing, which offers racing fans a fun and skill-based alternative to fixed odds sportsbook. “Our objective, as a business, is to put the fun back into betting and to create a genuinely player friendly environment to have a flutter on all major sporting events.”Matt Steer, Head of Business Development for i-pools,​ added: “Our vision is to build a single pool of liquidity for social pools games, in the same way that the poker networks have done, by entering into product partnerships with existing media and operators. “We have three nodes on the network so far and are looking to expand rapidly over the next 12 to 24 months.” Share Related Articleslast_img read more