London Odds & Ends: Emma Watson to Star on Stage? Oliver! to be a Movie Again?

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of London stories today. Game of Thrones’s Sam Mackay Heads to In The Heights Game of Thrones’ Sam Mackay is set to star in the the London premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s previously announced Tony-winning musical In The Heights. Joining Mackay as Usnavi will be Nathan Amzi as Piragua Guy, Olivier winner David Bedella as Kevin, Josie Benson as Camilla, Damian Buhagiar as Sonny, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Daniela, Emma Kingston as Vanessa, Jonny Labey as Graffitti Pete, Christina Modestou as Nina, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve Polycarpou as Abuela and Wayne Robinson as Benny. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the production will play a limited engagement May 9 through June 7. Press night is set for May 15 in The Large at Southwark Playhouse Oliver! to be a Movie, Again? Cameron Mackintosh, who turned his stage hit Les Miz into a successful film, is trying to repeat the move with Lionel Bart’s Oliver!. The original 1968 movie won five Oscars and the mega producer, who has the majority of the stage rights, is in the process of acquiring the film rights. “Every time I think I’ve unravelled the complex web of film rights, someone else comes out of the woodwork, saying they own this or that aspect,” he revealed to The Daily Mail. View Comments Emma Watson Heading for the Stage…Definitely, Maybe Emma Watson has reiterated that she’d like to tread the boards. The Harry Potter star told The Daily Mail that graduating from Brown this coming May “frees me up to consider doing theater, and I would love that opportunity.” Well, Broadway.com has already compiled a list of suitable roles for you, Emma, so hopefully you’ll take note and head to the Great White Way soon! West End Transfer for The Scottsboro Boys? Looks like John Kander, Fred Ebb and David Thompson’s The Scottsboro Boys, currently playing at London’s Young Vic Theatre, is going to be getting a West End transfer. According to The Daily Mail, its director, five-time winner Susan Stroman, will be returning to London later this year to oversee the Olivier nominated show moving to the Garrick Theatre.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger unhappy with Gary Neville criticism

first_img But speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday, Wenger called on former players to provide an educated opinion, and claimed that Francis Coquelin boasts the best defensive statistics in European football. “I think we have had that debate for a long time now that Arsenal does not buy defensive players,” said Wenger. “Since January we have conceded fewer goals than anybody else. The only thing I want is that when people have opinions, it is documented and worked out before, especially when it is football specialists. “I accept you can be right and I can be wrong, but what you do not want is just an opinion that comes out just because you feel like that. “People can say they don’t think Arsenal is good enough, I accept that, but it is dangerous to say that ‘he will never be a player’ especially when the comment has come from people in football. The concern is that it puts pressure on players. “Defensively, Coquelin is doing a great job. He has the best defensive statistics and numbers in Europe.” Arsenal have endured a sluggish start to their Premier League campaign. A victory at Crystal Palace has been sandwiched by an opening-day defeat against West Ham and a 0-0 draw with Liverpool, both at the Emirates Stadium. Indeed the Gunners have failed to score at home this season and they ended the last campaign without a goal in three of their final four matches at the Emirates. Wenger’s criticism comes in the wake of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville calling the Arsenal manager “arrogant and naive” following what he has deemed as a failure to find a replacement for Patrick Vieira. Wenger brushed off Neville’s criticism after his side’s goalless draw against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. Press Association Explaining his side’s poor return at home, Wenger said: “Teams are playing deeper, much deeper and that is why the first goal is important in these kinds of game. “If you don’t manage to score, they are quick on the break and they close you down very quickly. “We have to play quicker, be more incisive, combine quicker in the final third and we work hard on that. “We analyse the number of expected goals we should score with the chances we create and at the moment we have a little deficit.” Arsenal could travel to Newcastle without their first-choice defensive partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Koscielny is battling a back injury while Mertesacker is sidelined with a chest infection. Both missed Monday’s game against Liverpool. “I will certainly know more about Koscielny on Friday morning – the less likely to be fit is Mertesacker,” said Wenger. “At the moment he does not get better, and on Wednesday he was not good. “The Germans are a bit sceptical of antibiotics, I don’t know what sort of medication he is taking. I hope that he comes in and says I am perfectly all right.” Arsene Wenger stands by his decision not to buy a defensive midfielder and launched a stinging attack on former professionals working in the media. last_img read more

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Syracuse improves rebounding in 68-54 loss to Iowa

first_img Published on December 3, 2019 at 11:16 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Elijah Hughes sat in the middle of the Syracuse locker room with his right wrist taped. Bourama Sidibe, in his own locker a few feet away, had bags of ice attached to his right knee and left ankle. Perpendicular to both of them was Marek Dolezaj, shoulders off-kilter, slouching to his left with his right shoulder wrapped.As they scattered, with a similar dejected look on their faces after a third-straight defeat, they wore the scars of a rebounding battle, that, for once, didn’t cost Syracuse the contest.“I think we did quite a decent job today,” Dolezaj said, “but we need to run faster.”Facing a third-straight frontcourt that’s bigger and more polished than SU’s, Syracuse improved on the glass. In the midst of a historically bad start, SU’s first three losses could be attributed to poor interior play. They averaged 18 fewer rebounds than their opponents, often losing the possession battle too. But, against Iowa (6-2) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on ESPN, Syracuse (4-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) provided an outlier. Coaches provided a pregame directive to limit the rebounding margin. While the Hawkeyes won the battle on the glass 37-36, they had to turn to shooting or tough defense to best the Orange.Syracuse may have wasted its last chance at a resume-boosting, nonconference win with its showing against Iowa, but the corrected rebounding provided a sliver of positivity. Without worrying about about the interior, SU was able to identify other issues that the reeling squad must fix next.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIowa’s 6-foot-11, do-everything player, Luka Garza provided one of the worst matchups of the season for Syracuse. A week ago, Oklahoma State crushed the Orange with a plus-19 rebounding margin. Two days later, Penn State’s Mike Watkins tallied 16 boards, 11 of which were offensive. PSU’s 57-to-28 rebounding lead triggered Boeheim to admit that his team “wasn’t ready,” as two tournament-caliber teams exposed SU. Before facing Garza, Sidibe and Hughes said Orange coaches emphasized rebounding at all costs.Elizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorThere wasn’t a schematic change. Instead, players were urged to get to the boards more often.As Garza looked for early offense inside, Dolezaj bumped him off the block each trip down the floor before settling into the 2-3. SU’s 2-3 zone isn’t predicated on matchup box outs, Sidibe said, so it wasn’t Sidibe or Dolezaj’s single responsibility to stop Garza. The Iowa junior finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and two assists, yet the Orange limited second chances (15-to-eight in Iowa’s favor). Syracuse even scored more points in the paint (26-to-24).“Sometimes it’s a long rebound,” Sidibe said. “We just need to find a way to get it. It’s a zone.”Hughes, who posted a season-high seven boards, skied through the lane repeatedly, often while teammates cleared out Hawkeyes. In one sequence, Hughes hauled in a board and quickly fed Quincy Guerrier for a two-handed slam. This success wasn’t consistent.“There’s a lot of bad out there,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “I didn’t see much good.”Sidibe operated at “half-speed” with his cold in Brooklyn, Boeheim said, and was limited today, too. Hughes rebounded more, but he wasn’t as effective as a facilitator, finishing with four turnovers. Guerrier followed his first collegiate double-double with four points and seven boards, but Boeheim identified situations where the strongest player on SU’s roster wasn’t strong enough.With a middling offense hunting for a secondary option behind Hughes, fast break chances can piece together points and runs. The Hughes-Guerrier connection showed what the offense could be but ultimately hasn’t been. And it starts with rebounding.“It’s a learning experience for those guys,” Boeheim said. “They’ve got a long way to go.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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