Odds & Ends: See Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Rap Ode to Helen Mirren & More

first_img View Comments Betty Buckley to Lead Grey Gardens RevivalA show set in the Hamptons is set to play the Hamptons this summer! Tony winner Betty Buckley will star opposite Rachel York in a revival of Grey Gardens. Directed by Michael Wilson, the pair will play Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, respectively, in the tuner about two of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ unconventional relatives. Grey Gardens is scheduled for a limited engagement August 4 to August 30 at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater. The cast will also include Matt Doyle (back from Seattle), James Harkness, Sarah Hunt, Simon Jones, Gracie Beardsley and Dakota Quackenbush.Sneak Peek of Cumming & Chenoweth’s ChemistryBroadway’s biggest night will soon be upon us, co-hosted by Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth. Cheno is of course doing double duty, as she’s also Tony nominated this year for her current starring role in On the Twentieth Century. Check out the fun promo below as Cumming asks: does this make her a “Tony hostinee” or a “Tony nominost?” The 2015 Tony Awards airs on June 7. Idina Menzel on Her ‘Weird Dancing’And last but by no means least today, Broadway supernova Idina Menzel is about to kick off her world tour. Check out the video below as she reveals that if you’re going to catch one of her shows, you can expect “high notes” and “weird dancing.” We always knew she was great at defying gravity! [email protected] wants to tell you 3 things you can expect from her upcoming World Tour. WATCH here: pic.twitter.com/htEhgUKPb7— Live Nation NYC (@LiveNationNYC) May 28, 2015 Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzel Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. See Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Rap Ode to Helen MirrenFor those lucky enough to attend the recent Drama League Awards, the talk of the event was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tribute rap to The Audience’s Helen Mirren. Video of the Hamilton headliner in full flow along with 2015 Tony nominee Mirren’s adorable reaction has finally surfaced online—check it out below! The Audience is playing on Broadway through June 28; the Great White Way transfer of Hamilton begins previews on July 13. Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

Football preview: Wisconsin doesn’t plan on loosening tight grip on Paul Bunyan’s Axe

first_imgPaul Bunyan’s Axe hasn’t changed hands in more than a decade, and the Wisconsin football team has no intention of relinquishing it.Wisconsin (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten) has won its last 11 games against Minnesota (5-6, 2-5), the longest winning streak in a series that dates back to 1890. Still, Minnesota leads the all-time series 59-57, with the teams tying eight times along the way.The 125th matchup between the two teams will kick off at 2:30 p.m. in Minneapolis Saturday.When the two teams met last year on the final day of the regular season, the Big Ten West title was at stake. UW bested Minnesota 34-24 behind two touchdowns from Melvin Gordon and by overcoming a 17-3 first-half deficit.This year, much less is on the line. The Badgers are destined for a mid-level bowl game. The Gophers need a win Saturday to become bowl eligible, making the game even more important for them.The last time Wisconsin went to Minneapolis, it won 20-7 on a brutally cold day.“It was so cold I couldn’t even think,” senior safety Michael Caputo said.The Badgers come into the game with one of the top defenses in the league and even the country, boasting the top scoring defense in the nation (12.4 points per game). That should stack up well against a Gopher offense that ranks 12th in the conference in scoring offense (22.7 points per game). Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the Big Ten in every major category on both offense and defense.UW’s offense will hope senior wide receiver Alex Erickson’s performance against Minnesota carries over into 2015. He had a career-high 160 receiving yards, with 70 of them coming on a crucial third down in the second quarter to start the Badgers’ comeback.“I think Alex did a really good job last year of winning his one-on-ones and then just finding zones, because they do play a good mix of man coverage and zone coverage,” UW quarterback Joel Stave said.One way Caputo said the defense can help the offense is forcing more turnovers. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has placed an emphasis on turnovers all season, but UW’s -.18 turnover margin ranks ninth in the Big Ten.Turnovers would have really made a difference in Wisconsin’s 13-7 loss to Northwestern, he added.“We can definitely get more turnovers, squeeze that margin a little,” Caputo said. “We could’ve definitely improved that in the last game.”Aside from the nuts and bolts of the game, the Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry means a lot to the fans and the players.Caputo said the 11-game streak will not make Saturday any more or less meaningful.“This is a big game because it is a trophy game,” Caputo said. “I don’t think the streak will add any pressure. It’s more like, this is our season. We sculpted it — win, loss, whatever it is. This is next game on the schedule.”For Badgers head coach Paul Chryst, the Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry holds a special place in his heart. He attended the game as a spectator with his father, George, when he was a kid. Then, Chryst played in it, and has been an assistant several times during the rivalry.Now he gets his first taste as head coach in the battle for the axe.“That trophy symbolizes your success that year,” Chryst said. “When you put it in the context of defining a season, I think that it’s a culmination of all your work.”In terms of how this affects the season, Caputo said a win can give the Badgers a big boost heading into bowl game preparation.“We’ve proven time and time again that we’re not going to go down without fighting,” Caputo said.last_img read more