Lady Day, Starring Audra McDonald, Extends One Final Time on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill View Comments Circle in the Square’s next show, The River, starring Hugh Jackman, will begin performances on October 31. Billie’s not going anywhere! Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, has extended its limited Broadway run for a final time. The production, which previously announced that it would play through September 21 at the Circle in the Square Theatre, will now take its final bow on October 5. The play with music will be dark from September 1 through September 7. Directed by Lonny Price, the play by Lanie Robertson tells the life story of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday through the songs that made her famous. Set in 1959, in an intimate bar in Philadelphia, Holiday (McDonald) puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witness to one of the last performances of her lifetime. The show features 18 musical numbers, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.”last_img read more


Kim Collins ready to ignite AP Invitational today at Leonora

first_img… aiming to use event to qualify for IAAF World Championship KIM Collins is in Guyana, but the 42-year-old is making it clear that he’s not here for an exhibition. Collins is hoping to use the second Aliann Pompey Invitational to qualify for next month’s IAAF World Championships in London.Collins, the 2003 100m World Champion and four-time bronze medallist in the event, will be among athletes from 20 countries, including USA, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria and Columbia. They will be competing in the ‘AP’ Invitational, set for today at the Leonora Track and Field Centre.Olympic Games triple jump bronze medallist Leevan Sands of Bahamas, American Tawanna Meadows and Trinidad and Tobago’s two-time Olympic Games relay gold medallist Emmanual Callender are among the big names.Should Collins clock 10.12 seconds or below, he will be heading to London for the August 4 – 13 IAAF spectacle, and during an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport yesterday, Collins believes that the mark is more than achievable.Former IAAF 100m World champion Kim Collins“I’ve had a cramp, but I’m good now. I’ve had three races since and I know my body and I know I’ll be able to do it (qualify for London) …,” said Collins.Despite not winning an Olympic medal, Collins remains one of the Caribbean’s most decorated athletes and, with a career that spans over 22 years, the St Kitts and Nevis native believes that competing at events like the AP Invitational is something all the region’s top athletes should do, since it’s a way of giving back to their fan-base and the people who are usually glued to their television to cheer them on.“It’s very important as a Caribbean person to compete within the Caribbean and the reason for that is that most persons aren’t able to travel to Europe where most of the competitions are kept, so we welcome these opportunities to compete in the Caribbean to showcase our talent to hopefully inspire the younger generation to want to be like us,” Collins stated.He added, “The best thing to come out of it is for the local athletes in these countries to come out and compete against athletes that they see on TV, because it will help to build their confidence so when they go out on the outside they don’t feel inferior, having competed against persons who have been world and Olympic Champions.”According to Collins, “Within the region, you’ll have one person that will emerge, whether it’s the 100, 200 or 400m; you’ll have someone to show that yes, the Caribbean has the talent. But the trick is, for that person to follow up and ride that and use that inspiration to show that we have more people, not just in that event, but others as well. I know that the Caribbean has the talent. We have shown that and every time a young athlete rises from the dust in the Caribbean, I feel proud and always willing to lend a helping hand wherever or however I could.”Collins burst onto the scenes in 1995 at the CARIFTA Games when he won bronze in the 100m. After that, he went on to become CAC gold medallist, Commonwealth champion, World champion, World Indoor silver medallist, among other notable medals at some of the world’s top events.“The thing is, young people they understand that it takes a lot and that comes from their own experience in competing and preparing; so when they see someone like myself who has been there for so many years, they know that it takes a lot more. It’s just a simple understanding and following the formula. Most people don’t want to do that; they get excited and just lose focus,” said Collins.Collins happens to be the oldest athlete on the international circuit, competing with the likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin among other world class athletes who are all younger, but the man, considered the ‘Caribbean Pride’, told Chronicle Sport that while he sees retirement in the horizon, when to hang up his cleats is something that’s not on his mind at present.“Yes, that moment is coming but I don’t know when,” said the 42-year-old Collins who doesn’t look a day older than 30 years old.“I want to make sure that when I leave, I leave on my terms and not too soon. It is about doing the best as you can, as long as you can. I believe that God has given me a talent and I intend to showcase it. Surprisingly each year you keep going faster and faster,” Collins noted.Meanwhile several rising stars, among them Guyanese duo of Kadecia Baird and Brenessa Thompson, Jamaican Martin Manley and Antiguan sprinter Tahir Walsh are also set to take centre stage at the IAAF sanctioned event today.Banks DIH Men’s 100m: Kim Collins (SKN), Emmanual Callender (TTO), Tre Houston (BER), Jeremy Bascom (GUY), Jaquone Hoyte (BAR), Rupert Perry (GUY), Owen Adonis (GUY), Tevin Garrway (GUY), Emanuel Archibald (GUY), Caesar Compton (GUY), Tahir Walsh (ANT), Levi Codogan (BAR), Yancarlos Martinez (DOM), Fred Dorsey (USVI) and Chavanghn Walsh (ANT).last_img read more


Barkley, Mays nursing injuries from Saturday

first_imgTwo of the biggest stars of USC’s football team did not fully participate in practice yesterday as they nursed injuries suffered in Saturday’s game against Ohio State.Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley is recovering from a bruised right shoulder and didn’t make any throws during practice, while senior safety Taylor Mays didn’t partake in any drills after mildly spraining his right knee in the Trojans’ 18-15 win over the Buckeyes.Big loss? · USC safety Taylor Mays was held out of practice because of the injury he sustained in the 18-15 win against Ohio State Saturday. – Leah Thompson | Daily Trojan Coach Pete Carroll said both players are day-to-day and it is unclear when they will return to practice.“We’re going to wait until [Tuesday] to find out,” Carroll said.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Aaron Corp took snaps with the first-team offense during practice, and freshman T.J. McDonald and sophomore Drew McAllister filled in for Mays in the Trojans’ secondary.Carroll said he is not sure at this point when Barkley would need to return to practice to start Saturday’s game at Washington. But if the true freshman doesn’t practice this week, the coach said he probably won’t play against the Huskies.“I would think not, but we’ll find out,” Carroll said.uJunior running back Joe McKnight, who ran for a game-high 60 yards and caught two passes for 45 yards against the Buckeyes, was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week.“It feels good,” McKnight said. “You just can’t let that get to your head. You’ve just got to come out, work hard everyday and continue playing hard.”McKnight showed up most when it counted in Columbus, Ohio. On the Trojans’ game-winning touchdown drive in the closing minutes of the game, the running back gained 32 yards on the ground, 21 yards through the air and caught the two-point conversion pass to extend USC’s lead to three.McKnight said he was thankful Carroll left him on the field for the majority of the game-winning drive. He wanted to take advantage of that opportunity and take over.“I was a little surprised [to be on the field at the end of the game],” McKnight said. “But Coach Carroll always had faith in me to make plays. I guess at that time he really believed in me to get us down the field, and that’s what happened.”McKnight admitted he made mistakes when the ball was in his hands during his first two years as a Trojan. But now, in his third year, he is focusing more on ball security than making spectacular plays, as he did at the end of the Ohio State game.“I didn’t want to cough the ball up,” he said. “That was the only thing on my mind. I wasn’t trying to break anything or make anybody miss. I was just trying to get downfield and keep the ball in my hands.”Overshadowed by the game-winning drive in Columbus was the play of USC’s defense down the stretch.Carroll thought that the defense stepped up after some early miscues and played really well in the second half.“I thought it was really cool that the guys hung together and continued to give us a chance to win the football game,” Carroll said. “And when it came down to it, we found a way.”Redshirt sophomore linebacker Chris Galippo was one of the many defensive players who stood out to Carroll. Galippo had five tackles and an interception that he returned for 51 yards, setting up USC’s touchdown in the first quarter.“The guy is really aware and watching what’s going on,” Carroll said.last_img read more