Odds & Ends: Laura Benanti Joins Stritch Tribute, Idina’s in Bed With Elsa & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Laura Benanti Boards Elaine Stritch TributeIt’s now been confirmed that Tony winner Laura Benanti will join Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Lena Hall and more to honor Elaine Stritch on November 17. Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch will be held at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Your Side Show Opening Night InviteWish you were going to the Side Show revival’s glam opening night on November 17? Well now you can! Sort of. The Act 1 finale will be broadcast live at 7.45PM in Times Square by Clear Channel Spectacolor. Head to Duffy Square’s red steps at 47th Street to view Erin Davie and Emily Padgett’s rendition of “Who Will Love Me as I Am?”The Shuberts Will Buy New World StagesWe previously reported that The Shubert Organization, which owns 17 of the 40 Great White Way theaters, was looking to buy New World Stages. According to The New York Times, the Broadway bigwigs will complete the deal on November 17. Why are “The Shuberts,” as they are known in the biz, doing the deal? Partly for the opportunity to move waning Great White Way shows to a smaller, more cost effective, venue.Tony Winners Set for the OscarsA trio of Tony winners has been tapped by mega-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to help create create the 87th Academy Awards, hosted by the previously reported Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris. Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) will choreograph, with production design by Derek McLane (33 Variations) and musical direction by Stephen Oremus (Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon). The 2015 Oscars, featuring the work of some of Broadway’s best, will air on February 22!See Idina Menzel in Bed With Frozen’s ElsaWatch below—all our Holiday Wishes are coming true. Or something!?! If/Then’s Idina Menzel is in bed with her Frozen character Elsa. And to top it all off? Her Wicked Tony just happens to be in the vicinity. Happy Friday! Laura Benanti Star Files Idina Menzel View Commentslast_img read more

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Former Test umpire Hair admits stealing more than £5,000 from off-licence

first_imgFORMER Test umpire Darrell Hair has admitted stealing money from an off-licence where he worked. The 65-year-old Australian, one of the most controversial officials in the history of the game, stole more than AU$9,000 (£5,310) from the shop where he was employed between February and April this year, while he was suffering from a gambling addiction.During his umpiring career, Hair is best remembered for no-balling Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan during the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne in 1995 and punishing Pakistan for suspected ball-tampering against England at The Oval in 2006.Following the incident, Pakistan responded by refusing to return to the field after the tea interval.Orange Court magistrate Michael Allen did not record a conviction but sentenced Hair to an 18-month good behaviour bond, noting that he had repaid the money.Hair’s solicitor, Andrew Rolfe, said: “My client has been in the public eye for many years and this is a bit of a fall for him, to find himself before the court in these circumstances. This is an aberration in the life of a man who, prior to this, had a lifetime of service to the community and to a sport that he loved.”Caption;Australian Umpire Darrell Hair watches Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan bowl during a one day match against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground, January 13, 2003. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/File Photolast_img read more

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