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Bills Sign McDermott To Multiyear Extension

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first_imgImage via Bill Wippert / BuffaloBills.com.ORCHARD PARK – The Buffalo Bills have signed coach Sean McDermott to a multiyear contract extension.A person with direct knowledge told the Associated Press the contract is a four-year extension that runs through the 2025 season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not released that information. McDermott had two years remaining on his original deal.ESPN.com first reported the length of the extension.McDermott, 46, has been the key figure in changing the direction of the franchise since his arrival in 2017. “His process-driven approach has brought great stability to our organization,” owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement. “We are happy to extend his contract and keep him in Western New York for many years to come.”McDermott has effectively changed the culture of the Bills franchise both on and off the field. Prior to his arrival, the Bills had the longest playoff drought in the NFL and just two winning seasons since 1999. The Bills have made the playoffs in two of McDermott’s three seasons in charge and are hoping to win the AFC East this season following Tom Brady’s departure from New England.“Sean’s leadership on and off the field has been nothing but genuine and transparent, qualities we appreciate as owners,” Terry and Kim Pegula said. “He is the same great person to us, the players and everyone across all our organizations. We will never forget how impressed we were during his first interview. Sean’s attention to detail was apparent back then.”A former defensive coordinator in Philadelphia and Carolina, McDermott has led the way in Buffalo with an aggressive and consistent defense. The Bills have finished near the top of the league in most defensive categories in recent seasons; from 2018-19, the Bills allowed the fewest yards in the NFL (296.2 per game). In 2019, Buffalo finished second in points allowed (16.2), third in yards allowed (4,772) and fourth in passing yards allowed (3,123).The Bills went 10-6 last season, reaching double-digit wins for the first time since 1999.McDermott is fifth on the Bills’ all-time coaching wins list with 25. He is the first Bills coach to receive a contract extension since Dick Jauron in 2008 — though Jauron was fired the following year. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Audra’s Back on Broadway! Lady Day Begins Previews

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first_imgWe wished on the moon, and it’s finally coming true. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill begins performances on Broadway March 25, with five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald headlining as blues legend Billie Holiday. The show will play a limited ten-week engagement at the Circle in the Square Theatre with an official opening on April 13. The bio-show, written by Lanie Robertson and directed by Lonny Price, leaves audiences witness to one of the last performances of Holiday’s lifetime. Set in a small Philadelphia bar in 1959, Lady Day recounts Holiday’s life through the songs that made her famous. McDonald will perform 18 numbers as the late singer, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness” and “God Bless the Child.” Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill debuted off-Broadway in 1986 starring Lonette McKee and has been produced around the country and internationally ever since. Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater starred in another show, entitled just Lady Day, off-Broadway that closed earlier this year. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Audra McDonald Star Files View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014last_img read more

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Hot Shot! Matthew Broderick Reunites with Kelli O’Hara Backstage at Bridges

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first_imgA very special visitor traveled “A Million Miles” to see The Bridges of Madison County on April 15: Tony winner Matthew Broderick! The Tony winner played a wealthy playboy opposite Kelli O’Hara as a tomboy bootlegger in Broadway’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, so Broderick was thrilled to see his former co-star back on the boards in a new musical! After the show, O’Hara and her new co-star Steven Pasquale caught up with the Producers alum and gave him a backstage tour. Check out this Hot Shot of the talented duo together again, then see The Bridges of Madison County at the Schoenfeld Theatre! Related Shows View Comments The Bridges of Madison County Kelli O’Hara Matthew Broderick Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 Steven Pasqualelast_img read more

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Bullets Over Broadway Tony Nominee Nick Cordero & Zach Braff Talk Broadway Bromance

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first_imgZach Braff and Tony nominee Nick Cordero may be starring together in Bullets Over Broadway, but from the looks of it, it’s more like Bullets Over Bromance for the duo. The two stopped by The Talk to discuss what it’s like working together on the musical: from welcoming guests like Taylor Swift, Chris Martin and Liza Minnelli backstage to spitting all over each other on stage. Braff revealed, “there are times where I’ve forgotten my line because I get lost in Nick’s eyes,” and calls Cordero’s show-stopping performance “thrilling.” Get a room, you two. Actually, don’t. Because this is adorable. View Comments Bullets Over Broadway Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Related Shows Zach Brafflast_img read more

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London Datebook: Bat Boy Flies, The West End’s Breakdown & More

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first_imgA new year always brings with it promise in abundance, especially for the London theater scene, which Is already kicking into gear. From the latest British reworking of a Broadway musical to an eagerly awaited new play from arguably the greatest living British playwright, January offers a mouth-watering feast of possibilities. ALSO: Nina Raine’s play Tribes was a long-running success off-Broadway, but the English author this month turns director to steer her brother Moses Raine’s play Donkey Heart to the Trafalgar Studios downstairs space for a three-week run opening January 8. The same night sees the first preview at the Young Vic for the London premiere of Bull, Mike Bartlett’s short, sharp piece about gender and power politics in the workplace that has played Sheffield and New York but never London—until now. JANUARY 12-18 Revisiting the Verge: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown got a sniffy response in some quarters in 2010 when the Pedro Almodovar film was conceived as a Broadway musical. So the director Bartlett Sher is using its West End premiere, opening January 12 at the Playhouse Theatre, as a chance to reconsider the material from scratch, which means some new songs from composer David Yazbek and a cast featuring Olivier winner Tamsin Greig Tony nominee Haydn Gwynne and Wicked alum Willemijn Verkaik. ALSO: James McAvoy reteams with director Jamie Lloyd for a rare revival of The Ruling Class, Peter Barnes’s play about a paranoid schizophrenic that is best-known to many from the 1972 Peter O’Toole film. Opening night is January 27 on the Trafalgar Studios mainstage. The night before sees a gala concert performance at the Palace Theatre of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s ever-glorious A Little Night Music, with an all-star cast headed by Anne Reid, Janie Dee, Jamie Parker and Joanna Riding. JANUARY 5-11 A Batty Revival: The cult off-Broadway musical Bat Boy got a big-deal West End outing in 2004 and here it is in a new off-West End production opening January 14 at the Southwark Playhouse. Rob Compton takes the title role amid a notably high-powered creative team that includes Tony nominee Lauren Ward as the title character’s adoptive mother and Tony nominee Joey McKneely on hand as choreographer. ALSO: Robert Hastie’s revival of the late Kevin Elyot’s beautiful and heartbreaking play My Night with Reg was one of the top productions of 2014, and now it gets a West End upgrade, opening January 23 at the Apollo Theatre, with its starry Donmar cast intact. Final pre-opening week of previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket of the West End transfer from Chichester of Taken at Midnight, Mark Hayhurst’s play about the mother of the German lawyer who famously put Hitler on the witness stand; Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton stars.center_img JANUARY 19-25 Crossing the Pond: The director Michael Longhurst is currently bringing a London hit to renewed life on Broadway with Constellations, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson. And scarcely does that production open in New York before he is back in London directing the West End premiere of an off-Broadway hit—Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, opening January 21 at the St. James Theatre. Ilan Goodman (son of the protean actor Henry Goodman) and Jenna Augen head the cast. View Comments ALSO: First preview January 15 of Dominic Dromgoole’s production at Shakespeare’s Globe of the classic play The Changeling, which returns the blissful Hattie Morahan to the London stage following her acclaimed New York run as Nora in the Young Vic production of A Doll’s House. A familiar New York name in his own right, author Will Eno brings his solo play Title and Deed to west London’s Print Room, opening January 16; Conor Lovett once again makes up the cast of one. JANUARY 26 –FEBRUARY 1 Sir Tom’s Time: It’s been more than eight years since Tom Stoppard’s last new play, Rock ‘n’ Roll, which stormed Broadway and the West End, so interest is doubly keen in the acclaimed scribe’s latest venture, The Hard Problem, opening January 28 in the National’s new Dorfman auditorium. Telling of a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, the play is directed by Nicholas Hytner in his last production before exiting the helm of the National this spring. His former Desdemona in Othello, Olivia Vinall, takes the central role.last_img read more

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Mark Rylance-Led Farinelli and the King Sets West End Dates & Cast

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first_img View Comments We’re keeping a close eye on this one—it has Broadway written all over it. Dates and full casting have been announced for the previously reported West End production of the Mark Rylance-led Farinelli and the King. The entire company will transfer with the show from Shakespeare’s Globe, including the three-time Tony winner as King Philippe V of Spain, along with Sam Crane playing the acting role of Farinelli and the singing role shared by Iestyn Davies and Rupert Enticknap. The production will play a limited engagement September 14 through December 5 and officially open on September 29 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.The cast will also feature Huss Garbiya as Doctor Jose Cervi, Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley as Metastasio and Edward Peel as De la Cuadra.Directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom, Claire van Kampen’s new play is set in eighteenth-century Spain and show tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. The new play explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s.last_img read more

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B’way Grosses: The Book of Mormon Stands Strong in Summer Months

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first_imgThe Book of Mormon has no intention of turning it off on the Great White Way any time soon. The perennial box office favorite secured the top spot in terms of capacity—a position usually reserved for Fun Home in recent months. In their final week on the Main Stem, Penn and Teller, along with Broadway’s latest whopper Hamilton and usual suspects The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin led the pack as the top five grossing shows. On the other end of the spectrum, last year’s Best Musical winner, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, only brought in $517,799, making it the fifth lowest grossing show of the week. Another Tony-winning tuner showing signs of decline is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but it is possible that numbers will rise as the latest star to don the wig, Taye Diggs, settles into the role and that a low running cost will keep the show afloat.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 16:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,165,067)2. Wicked ($1,913,037)3. Aladdin ($1,778,618)4. Hamilton ($1,459,314)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,448,473)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder ($517,799)4. On the Town ($435,180)3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($400,061)*2. Amazing Grace ($298,798)1. Hand to God (273,184) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.89%)2. Hamilton (101.31%)3. Fun Home (101.25%)4. Mamma Mia! (100.43%)5. Aladdin (100.04%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Penn and Teller (71.90%)4. Jersey Boys (66.41%)3. Hand to God (63.49%)2. Amazing Grace (56.13%)1. On the Town (54.21%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League from $69.00 The Book of Mormon View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

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Gotta Dance Pushes Back Broadway Bow

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first_img View Comments Half Time The much-buzzed about Gotta Dance will no longer land on the Main Stem this coming spring (or thus go up against Hamilton at the 2016 Tony Awards). Instead, the new tuner, which features a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Sklar and Nell Benjamin, with additional music by Marvin Hamlisch, is aiming to begin performances in the fall; no word yet on which Broadway house it will head to. The show is currently playing a limited engagement at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the Chicago cast includes Tracy Jai Edwards, André De Shields, Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Stefanie Powers, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Nancy Ticotin, Joanna Jones, Madeleine Doherty, Diane Findlay, Lenora Nemetz, Jonalyn Saxer and Kay Walbye.Gotta Dance tells the true story of a group of professional dancers, who, in 2007, were tasked with getting a basketball team’s senior citizen dance troupe performance-ready for their center court hip-hop debut. Through an unlikely art form and some hot moves, generation gaps are crossed and friendships are formed.The world premiere is now set to end its limited engagement in Chicago on January 17, 2016. The company also includes Alexander Aguilar, Adinah Alexander, Sydni Beaudoin, Holly Ann Butler, Paula Castelon, Ari Groover, Colby Lewis, Lance Roberts, Elise Santora, Austin Scott III and Virginia Ann Woodruff.center_img Related Showslast_img read more

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John Hurt Joins Kenneth Branagh in London’s The Entertainer

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first_img John Hurt will join Kenneth Branagh in the West End production of John Osborne’s The Entertainer this summer. Directed by Rob Ashford, the production begins performances at the Garrick Theatre on August 20 with opening night August 30.Hurt, who will play Billy Rice, has been on stage in Travesties, Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, Inadmissible Evidence,The Seagull with Natasha Richardson, A Month in the Country opposite Helen Mirren and Heroes. His film work includes Alien, Midnight Express, The Elephant Man, 1984, The Hit, The Field, Love and Death on Long Island, V for Vendetta, TinkerTailor Soldier Spy, Snowpiercer, Hercules and Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series.The cast will also feature Jonah Hauer-King as Frank Rice, Sophie McShera as Jean Rice and Greta Sachhi as Phoebe Rice. Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, The Entertainer conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an examination of public masks and private torment.The Entertainer completes Branagh’s takeover of the Garrick, which saw The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade earlier this season and will welcome The Painkiller and Romeo and Juliet this spring. John Hurt(Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

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Go-Go’s Musical Taps Tom Kitt, Spencer Liff & More

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first_imgSpencer Liff & more at ‘Head Over Heels’ workshop(Photo: Instagram.com/spencerliff) Our lips aren’t sealed on this news! As previously announced, Head Over Heels, a musical featuring the songs of 1980s girl group the Go-Go’s, is in the works; Gwyneth Paltrow is producing and Tony winner Michael Mayer is at the helm of the Jeff Whitty-penned production. A recent workshop included music arrangements and supervision from Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tom Kitt as well as choreography from Spencer Liff, whose recent Broadway projects include Falsettos and the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening. Broadway alums Michael Park (Dear Evan Hansen) and Rachel York (Disaster!) were also on hand to perform. Other performers who participated in the workshop included Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Tom Alan Robbins (Newsies), Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Andrew Durand (War Horse), Lawrence Alexander (Follies), DeMarius R. Copes (Newsies), Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin), Ari Groover (Holler If Ya Hear Me), Brandon Hudson (Hamilton), Nina Lafarga (On Your Feet!) Samantha Zack (Wicked), Jenny Laroche (Smash) and Shakina Nayfack.Inspired by Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century pastoral romance, Arcadia, this new musical is an Elizabethan love story turned on its head. There’s a duke, a mysterious prophecy and two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other…not so much. All of this is set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s. Under the direction of Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, the tuner made its world premiere this past summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.Originally fronted by Belinda Carlisle, the Go-Go’s were the first and only all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Their hits include “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat,” “Vacation” and of course, “Head Over Heels.” View Commentslast_img read more

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