Amazing Grace Opens Officially on Broadway

first_img Amazing Grace About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Amazing Grace opens officially at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre on July 16. The show, which tells the origin story of a certain familiar tune, stars Josh Young as John Newton, Erin Mackey as Mary Catlett, Tom Hewitt as Captain Newton and Chuck Cooper as Pakuteh. Gabriel Barre directs the new tuner by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron.In honor of the musical’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this sketch. In addition to Young, Mackey, Hewitt and Cooper, the portrait includes Chris Hoch as Major Gray, Stanley Bahorek as Robert Haweis, Harriett D. Foy as Princess Peyai, Laiona Michelle as Nanna, Rachael Ferrera as Yema and Elizabeth Ward Land as Mrs. Catlett.Broadway.com wishes the cast of Amazing Grace a happy opening. We’ll be over here studying up on those lyrics (all six verses). Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 25, 2015last_img read more

‘If shouting won trophies, Diego Simeone would’ve won everything’ – Kwesi Appiah rubbishes claims he was too calm

first_imgKnown by many as a mild-mannered and calm coach, Kwesi Appiah, received a lot of criticism from many Ghanaian football fans for seemingly failing to exert enough authority over the Black Stars players during his time in charge.A number of people have argued that Appiah’s almost subdued demeanour on the touchlines is a reason why the Black Stars’ trophy drought continued during his tenure as coach, despite two separate spells as boss.Many have speculated that this calmness on the touchlines often extends to the dressing room and this has contributed to player revolts and some periods of tension with the squad, resulting in the unsettled sides often falling short at international tournaments.Appiah, speaking to Godfred Akoto Boafo on Citi TV‘s Face to Face, accepted that he prefers not to deal with issues on and off the pitch by having shouting matches and insisted that his way was largely more effective in dealing with players.He argued that even though there are times were tough love was needed, it was more important to ensure the players get the right instructions.“When it comes to coaching, it’s not the shouting or throwing of legs and hands on the touchlines that makes the difference. It’s important to send the messages across to the players at the right time. You can only send messages to the players when there’s an infringement. That’s the only time players will turn and listen to what the coach is saying,” he said.“Your motions may not be having any effect on the players. If that were the case [Diego] Simeone of Atletico Madrid would have won all the titles because he does a lot of running and shouting and throwing of hands. The important thing is sending the right messages to the players.”Atletico Madrid manager, Diego SimeoneHe added that some players respond very negatively to being called out in front of their teammates and react better when they are dealt with privately.“If you are always shouting at them, I don’t believe you’ll get the results that you need. It’s important to humble yourself and show them respect but once in a while…“There are some people who don’t like being shouted at, especially when they are around their colleagues. You need to find the means to get to them.”The question of his pitchside demeanour came up in relation to the title of his new book: “Leaders Don’t Have To Yell”, which was obviously inspired by the talk surrounding his style of management.In the book, Appiah spoke about a wide range of issues including his personal experiences and his time as Black Stars boss.Watch the full interview on Face to Face below or jump to his comments on his coaching methods at 3:20.last_img read more

Gordon Hayward injury update: Celtics forward in NBA’s concussion protocol

first_imgCeltics forward Gordon Hayward has entered the NBA’s concussion protocol and is doubtful for Monday’s game against the Nuggets, the team announced.Hayward was injured Saturday against the Hawks after running into a screen set by Hawks forward John Collins only a minute after checking in to the game in the first quarter.  Hayward made contact with Collins’ shoulder and was visibly shaken. He went to the locker room for further evaluation, and the team later described his injury as a “strained neck” that kept him out of the remainder of the game.Hayward looked groggy coming off the floor, and coach Brad Stevens described him as “woozy” in his post-game comments (per MassLive.com). Related News Hayward, 28, has averaged 11 points with 4.3 rebounds this season while shooting 44.8 percent from the field as he has gradually worked his way back to full health and productivity from the season-ending broken ankle he suffered in the Celtics’ opener in 2017-18.He has been relatively healthy this season, appearing in 64 of Boston’s 70 games, though he missed some time with ankle issues.The Celtics (43-27) enter Monday’s game against the Nuggets (46-22) in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, a game back of the fourth-place Pacers and two games behind the third-place 76ers. It’s not clear how long Hayward will be sidelined. The NBA’s protocol is a multi-step process that compares the injured player’s current status with a baseline neurological scan taken before the season. Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star (ankle) out vs. Thunderlast_img read more