Odds & Ends: Get a Sneak Peek of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress & More

first_img Star Files Related Shows View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Get a Sneak Peek of Sara Bareilles’ WaitressCurious about what Sara Bareilles’ new Broadway musical Waitress will be serving up? Well, the five-time Grammy nominee will perform a special album release show for one night only, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, on November 5 at New York City Center. We’re sure it’ll be to pie for. (Sorry.) Waitress, starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller, will begin previews on March 25, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Rockettes’ Spectacular New NameNew York Spring Spectacular will be renamed Rockettes New York Spectacular. This makes perfect sense, bearing in mind the new production will run June 15, 2016 through August 7, in other words not in the spring. We’re still waiting for cast and creative team for next year’s incarnation—2015’s was led by Laura Benanti and Derek Hough. Interestingly, producers are hinting that Rockettes New York Spectacular “is poised to become a perennial favorite to complement the long running and beloved Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” If so, the Tony Awards may be finding a new permanent home.Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Gift to Public SchoolsAfter “Sticking it to the Man” with that 360 video, Andrew Lloyd Webber is continuing to make us smile. The legendary composer will provide $150,000 toward musical instruments for 20 public middle schools across New York City as part of a new program called Rock the Schools. In a statement, Lloyd Webber said that his foundation “has pioneered a scheme in problem public schools in Britain where every child receives a free musical instrument and free music tuition for their entire school career. 3,000 children are now part of this scheme and their academic achievements as a result have been transformed.” Empowering kids through music is the core message at the heart of Lloyd Webber’s upcoming new Broadway show, School of Rock—The Musical, which is set to begin previews on November 9 at the Winter Garden Theatre.Joel Schumacher Moves From Screen to StageSpeaking of Lloyd Webber, one of his former collaborators, Joel Schumacher, has an interesting project in the works. The director of The Phantom of the Opera movie will stage Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom off-Broadway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the play, about the collision of virtual and real worlds, is set to begin previews at Tribeca’s Flea Theater on November 9 and officially open on November 16.Revolting Children Charm Will & KateIt pays to be a little bit naughty! A performance of “Quiet” in Mandarin from Matilda The Musical was the highlight of the Society of London Theatre’s presentation at a creative showcase on October 21 for the President of The People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping. Other notable attendees included Their Royal Highnesses The Duke And Duchess of Cambridge (aka Will and Kate). Check out below an adorable photo of West End cast member and magical maggot Anna-Louise Knight with one or two dignitaries you might recognize… Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016center_img P.S. Manhattan Theatre Club’s fall benefit will honor two-time Tony winner Christine Baranski. Scheduled for November 2 at 583 Park Avenue, the evening is set to feature appearances by Baranski friends and colleagues including Nathan Lane and Meryl Streep. NY Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes Sara Bareilleslast_img read more

Dodgers will give Will Smith ‘a good runway’ as the primary catcher

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — As far back as spring training, the Dodgers expected Will Smith to arrive in the major leagues this season and start significant games at catcher for them at some point.That time is now.Smith was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday for the third time this season. He is expected to stay this time and serve as the Dodgers’ primary catcher, likely for the rest of the season and potentially in a postseason run.“Seeing him on a big-league field and seeing the way he conducted his at-bats, handled the pitching staff, following gameplans – even in big spots against good pitching how he handled himself, staying in the strike zone and what he did at the Triple-A level … he’s performed, really. Big time,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “So he’s checked every box. Now you’ve got to go out there and give him a little bit of runway.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Smith’s defensive skills have always been highly-rated. But he has had a breakout year offensively, hitting .269 with a .986 OPS and 20 home runs in 61 games with the OKC Dodgers. In nine games at the major-league level over his first two promotions, he hit .269 with a .999 OPS and three home runs – two walk-offs to win games.Roberts said he expects to give Smith “a good runway” with “the lion’s share” of playing time with veteran Russell Martin “in there a couple times a week is kind of what I see.”The window opened for Smith’s ascension with the continued collapse of Austin Barnes’ offensive game (and some recent defensive miscues as well). Barnes hit .289 with an .895 OPS in 2017, giving the Dodgers hope that he would develop into a two-way player and every-day catcher.Since then, however, Barnes has hit .200 with a .618 OPS in 471 plate appearances. He had just seven hits in his last 60 at-bats before being demoted to Triple-A this week.“Very difficult discussion with Austin,” said Roberts, who gave Barnes the news along with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. “It’s more about just trying to get him on track offensively. I think just to get him back in a good place mentally and mechanically. He’s a major-league player. He helps us in so many ways – in the clubhouse, behind the plate. But we see him as an offensive player as well. Just to get him out of this hot box (the pressure of the big leagues) will be best for him and it will help us as well. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco After batting .276 with 12 home runs and an .888 OPS last season, White slumped to a .225 batting average, .650 OPS and just three home runs in 71 games with the Astros this year.“Just kind of a grind so far,” White said. “I don’t want to blame it on anything in particular. It’s just been tough for me to gain any momentum this year. I’ve had some good weeks. It’s just been tough to put together a good month.“I’m excited to have some new scenery and join a new team.”ALSOKiké Hernandez had an MRI on his left hand after leaving Wednesday’s game with an injury. The results had not been reviewed by the team’s medical staff before Friday’s game, but Roberts said he expected Hernandez to be available to play defense only.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 8-2, 2.84 ERA) at Nationals (TBA), Saturday, 1:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AMcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “For any decision we made, you also have to have a solution. To have Will playing the way he’s playing, so consistently on both sides of the baseball, just made a difficult decision a little bit easier.”STRIPLING STARTRight-hander Ross Stripling said he is still bothered by neck stiffness, leaving his next scheduled start (Tuesday in Colorado) questionable.Stripling played catch on flat ground on Friday afternoon and said he still felt the discomfort in the right side of his neck.“If you think about pitching, that whipping action there at the end,” Stripling said. “It’s not so much pain, but I think I’m protecting it.”Roberts said Stripling is expected to make that start in Colorado “right now” but he would have to throw a bullpen session Saturday or Sunday to test the neck and prove his readiness to pitch. Right-hander Jaime Schultz traveled to Washington with the team in case a roster move needs to be made.FREESE OUTTyler White was officially added to the roster Friday after being acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros. David Freese was returned to the Injured List with a persistent hamstring problem in his left leg. Freese spent more than two weeks on the IL before the All-Star break due to the same problem.“It’s just something we can’t get over,” Roberts said. “He’s doing everything he can to stay on the field. We’re just not getting the best version of him as far as his health.”White will replace Freese as a right-handed bat off the bench and occasional first baseman.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more