Swoon For Bridges One Last TimeMay 18 at the Schoenfeld TheatreIt’s the end of the road for The Bridges of Madison County, the beautifully bittersweet musical by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. So make sure you catch Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale as the two strangers whose lives get thrown for a passionate loop over a heated four-day romance in the most exotic of locales: Iowa! If you need a fix afterwards, fear not—there’s the novel, the movie, and of course, this fan fiction. Click for tickets! Learn Lessons From Kate BaldwinMay 15 at 54 BelowLet’s be honest: we’d pay to hear Kate Baldwin sing a takeout menu. But the Tony nominee singing her Broadway favorites while sharing the lessons she learned in her journey from college student to the star of Finian’s Rainbow and Big Fish? We’re so in! That’s the focus of Baldwin’s Sing Pretty, Don’t Fall Down, her first NYC solo concert in three years. Click for tickets! Get Creeped Out by Michael ShannonMay 17 at Theatre for a New AudienceThe perpetually intense Michael Shannon is playing a “cheerful, well-meaning everyman?” What the what? Hold on. In Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 play The Killer, Shannon begins as a man who discovers a dream city of beautiful gardens and stunning architecture near his own shabby digs. But there’s a catch. No, not sky high rents and limited parking. A serial killer is running amok! And you thought stalled subways were a pain. Click for tickets! Michael Shannon Support the ClassicsMay 12 at the Hudson Theatre in the Millenium Broadway HotelWant to dress up like a million-dollar trooper and support the arts? Well, the Classic Stage Company provides the perfect opportunity with its annual Musical Masterworks Gala. This year, a collection of stage stars, including Jeremy Jordan, Brooke Shields and Santino Fontana, salute Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and Lorenz Hart. Try your best not to sing along—or get mustard on your gown. Click for tickets! Spring is finally, officially, here. Woo-hoo! But if Mother Nature suddenly plays some sick meteorological joke and New York gets blasted with a blizzard, that’s still no excuse to say inside. There’s plenty of great stuff happening this week, including the arrival of a new Phantom and Christine, the early departure of a new musical, and a Broadway belle’s one-woman show. It’s all part of this week’s must-see list! View Comments See Norm Lewis Make HistoryMay 12 at the Majestic TheatreIt’s time to go down to the Phantom’s lair once more! Tony nominee Norm Lewis debuts as the first African-American to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Even better: It’s the venerable actor’s dream role, so he’ll be primed. Even betterer: He’s playing opposite his Little Mermaid co-star, the returning Sierra Boggess, who is “the best Christine,” according to Andrew Lloyd Webber. So, yeah, this is a “dear diary” moment waiting to happen. Click for tickets! Star Files
In a recent interview, I stumbled over a question.What advice do you have for others who want to leave their office job? I bumbled out some answer about leaving stacks of paper behind and getting outside. Later, I turned the question over in my head, going round and round on how I should have answered the question, which is maybe why I am a writer instead of a public speaker – I need to time to process my thoughts before they are fit for public consumption.If I had it all over to do again, would have responded something like this:When I quit my ho-hum office job, I had this jump-and-the-net-will-appear attitude, believing that the freaked out moment of flying through the air would be brief and soon followed by a soft landing.In reality, leaving the 9-5 grind has been stressful. Instead of working during a confined block of time, I’m working around the clock. There is no paycheck. I’ve second-guessed my decision dozens of times. I’m plagued with self-doubt and constantly wonder – What if it doesn’t work out?The thing is, taking a leap of faith is more like jumping off a dock than off a cliff. The water is refreshingly cold and a bit of a shock to the system, but you feel energized and swim with a determined stroke toward an island that sounds like paradise, only it’s too far away to actually see. You tell yourself how once you get there you’ll lead your dream life.You continue to swim hard until you get winded. You tread water, turning around you realize that the land you left behind is out of sight. You turn forward, squinting into the horizon, but still can’t see the island. Not a soul around, you are alone in the middle of the sea. A panicky fear fills you and you take wild gulps of air before realizing your only option is to keep swimming. You put your head down and plod along, all the while your mind a battlefield of self-doubt, wondering if you’ll ever make it.I’m still in the middle of the daunting swim, with no land in sight in either direction. I launched a Kickstarter campaign and have raised nearly two-thirds of the money necessary to launch a sailing journey for my four-year-old son where we’ll serve local communities as environmental stewards. I’ve dreamed about taking my child sailing before I even knew for sure I would one day have kids. The month of sailing will provide plenty of material for my writing career.With only a little over a week to go, failure looms over me like an ever-present storm cloud. I have no set plan for how or where the money to fill the gap will come from and so I just keep doing the next thing and the next thing after that.Along the way, I’ve learned something about trust, patience, and faith. The most unexpected hands have reached out to me. I’ve met people during the last few weeks who have guided me in new directions. There are days when I regret leaving behind my comfortable, familiar life. I just keep doing the next thing to move my Kickstarter forward even on those days, especially on those days.I remind myself that I decided to chase a meaningful life over avoiding discomfort. It’s the reason I’m work hard on a project that I have no guarantees will succeed. It’s why I’m telling a story that leaves me feeling vulnerable and exposed. It’s why I moved my son and I from a two-bedroom bungalow into a glorified studio.I disclose my own journey as a disclaimer about my qualifications to give advice at all, but I can share what I told myself several times a day before I mustered up the courage to leave my office job.Life consists of moments. It’s up to us to make those moments matter. Figure out what creates meaning in your life and trust yourself to make it happen. Make the leap, warrior, for there will be new horizons you can only experience by moving forward.With a little more than a week to go, we could use our help to make sure we leave the docks this January. Please check out our Kickstarter and consider backing us.
Kumasi Asante Kotoko are no strangers to late winners this season.Having scored a 90th-minute winner against Hearts of Oak a few weeks ago, you would imagine that the Porcupine Warriors would be well aware of the dangers of slacking off in the final minutes of a game.That lesson was perhaps not heeded as Aduana found a very late goal in a game that will dominate media talk over the next few days for various reasons.Photo: Abdul Razak Salim [Twitter]The game had already courted massive public attention when both teams decided to start their encounter with ten players instead of the usual 11.Both Aduana’s Farouk Adams and Kotoko’s Martin Antwi sat out the start of the game and eventually the entire first half.The two players entered the game in the second half.The game looked set to end goalless until a cross from the left was turned into the Kotoko net by Samuel Bioh.Wednesday’s win takes Aduana into third place, above Kotoko who drop down into fourth.Take a look at the winning goal below
9 Mar 2012 Payne and Rutherford aim to extend England’s record in Lima Greg Payne (Chobham, Surrey) and Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), will attempt to extend England’s fine record in the Lima International at Lima Golf Club in Peru on 11th – 14th April. James Burnett (Sleaford, Lincolnshire) won the title last year at the same venue, a performance that followed similar ones by English players in earlier years. Payne, 18, was capped at boys’ level last year, having previously represented England as an under 16. He finished sixth in the 2011 Titleist Footjoy EGU Boys Order of Merit, having finished runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy and as a joint winner of the Junior County Champions Tournament. The left-hander also won the Surrey Boys Championship, finished third in the Rudersdal Junior Open in Denmark and is a member of this year’s England ‘A’ squad. He finished equal eighth in the recent Portuguese Amateur. Rutherford, 19, (picture © Tom Ward) is also an England ‘A’ squad member, who came to the fore by winning last year’s County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa. He also finished fourth in the South of England Amateur and was joint 13th in last month’s Portuguese Amateur. The format for the Lima International is 72 holes of stroke play with both players’ scores counting over all four rounds for the team event. England’s glowing record in the Lima event started in 2005 when Neil Chaudhuri from Leicestershire shared the title with Mario Maya of Venezuela. A year later, Surrey’s James Morrison finished runner-up while he and John Parry from Yorkshire were second in the team event. In 2009, Adam Best from Cleveland finished joint fourth in the individual when representing an English Students team; Ben Loughrey from Wiltshire filled the same position in the 2010 championship, while Burnett triumphed last year.