Hadestown Celebrates Vinyl Album Release with a Signing Party

first_img Patrick Page View All (5) Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page greet fans. Amber Gray Reeve Carney View Comments Hadestown celebrated the vinyl release of its Grammy-nominated cast album with an event on December 12 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The cast and creatives were on hand to mingle with fans and sign copies of the album, as well as sing original holiday carols. Show creators—composer-lyricist Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin—were present, as well as the cast, including Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, and 2019 Tony winner André De Shields. Hadestown is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus (played by Carney) and Eurydice (Noblezada), with a bluegrass score and a contemporary edge. See photos from the event below. The “Hadestown” cast sings an original holiday carol for attendees. Related Showscenter_img Hadestown Composer-lyricist Anaïs Mitchell, director Rachel Chavkin and star Reeve Carney are feeling the joy. Star Files from $69.00 Amber Gray, André De Shields and Eva Noblezada (Photos by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) André De Shields Eva Noblezadalast_img read more

LSU QB Harris anxiously waiting his next shot

first_imgBATON ROUGE – Brandon Harris knows he may not play Saturday night when No. 3 LSU hosts No. 3 Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium. And that’s killing him, but he is dealing with it and will be ready just in case.“Obviously, you want to be out there as a competitor. It’s so hard,” Harris said during a candid, 45-minute interview with Shreveport Times columnist Tim Fletcher on his hometown KWKH/1130 AM Radio in Shreveport Monday morning.“That’s one of the biggest adjustments in college because in high school, I was always a part of that. And if you’re not in there early on, it’s hard to watch,” Harris said. “You’re so competitive, and you feel like you didn’t help towards that victory if you don’t play. That’s one of the biggest things in understanding your role on the team.”A true freshman quarterback who threw for 3,172 yards and 34 touchdowns last season at Parkway High in Bossier City, Harris threw just one pass in LSU’s 41-3 home win over Kentucky last Saturday. And it was intercepted. He did not play the previous week in the Tigers’ thrilling, 30-27, victory at Florida.He suffered a minor ankle injury at Auburn and wore a protective boot for one day.“It didn’t affect my preparation. I went through a perfect treatment process throughout the week. I felt ready to go in the Florida game,” Harris said to Fletcher. “The opportunity didn’t present itself where I could win that game. Totally understandable. We won the game. So I mean that’s what it’s all about. We won. So there weren’t any complaints on my end.”Harris received permission from LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette to do the interview as Miles usually allows freshmen only to be interviewed after games in which they had a prominent role. Half of the interview did not deal with LSU football. Harris discussed the Parkway-Byrd game that was played Thursday night, his high school career among other things.Harris did address the Auburn game as Fletcher asked if the moment was too big for him as fans and radio show callers said in the days after the game.“I don’t think the moment was too big for me at all,” Harris said. “If I could do it over, I think that game would be a different outcome. You can’t rush basically God’s time. People want you to put up these numbers as a true freshman.”Harris completed 6-of-9 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in less than four minutes against Mississippi State in a 34-29 loss on Sept. 20. Then he completed 11-of-14 for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a 63-7 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 27 but could not keep his momentum going at Auburn.“A lot of people are unrealistic when it comes to expectations right off the bat,” Harris said. “What they don’t realize is it takes time. And the moment was not too big at all at Auburn. I just had a bad game. And I don’t think that will ever happen again if I was to be granted that opportunity in the future to go out and play.”When that will be, Harris does not know.“I’m told every week to go into the game like you’re going to play,” he said. “And that’s what I try to do regardless. Obviously, you’ve got to be ready because you never know the situation. As a freshman, I’m hoping to go into every game and play a significant role or any type of role where I can contribute to help the team win. That’s my deal. Like I said, I’m just so competitive, and I just want to be out there so bad. I would hope they wouldn’t have recruited me here if I wasn’t competitive because it’s all about competing.”While waiting for his next opportunity, Harris tries to help his teammates win games by the way he practices.“Obviously, you want to be out there as a competitor. You get the opportunity, you want to help your team get the victory,” he said. “That can also find me practicing hard that week, giving our receivers opportunities that may help them get that victory.”Harris wants to be the first LSU quarterback from Louisiana to lead the Tigers to a national championship since Baton Rouge native Warren Rabb did so in 1958. Matt Mauck, the quarterback of the national champion Tigers in 2003, is from Jasper, Indiana. Matt Flynn, quarterback of the 2007 national champions, is from Tyler, Texas.“I could’ve gone anywhere in the entire country to play quarterback,” said Harris, who received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State, UCLA, Texas A&M and several others.“I was loyal to the state. I tried to help recruiting and get other guys here. We had some guys who left the state. I stayed home, and that means a lot to me. At the end of the day, I just hope that pays off toward the end, and we go to a national championship one day down the road.”last_img read more

Week 11 DraftKings Picks: Best lineup stacks for NFL DFS tournaments, cash games

first_imgAfter weeks and weeks of high-total games, tasty matchups, and NFL DFS slates that are loaded with great stacking options, Week 11 sees one of the grossest slates of season. Only three of the 10 games this week have totals of 50 points or higher, but with that in mind, it may turn out to be one of the more fun weeks for daily fantasy football tournaments, as DraftKings ownership will likely to be heavily concentrated on the Panthers-Lions, Bucs-Giants, and the Eagles-Saints hammer game.In terms of roster construction, it looks like another week where in cash games we’re going to want to jam two or even three of the high-end running back options into our lineups. I’ll go over a few of my favorite running backs to target in both cash and tournaments, as well as some of the contrarian roster builds that are standing out early in the week. I also love Watson, who has curiously seen his price plummet below $6,000 for only the second time this season despite averaging over 25 fantasy points over the past two games. Watson has been excellent on the road in his career, posting a plus/minus of plus-5.3 over his past eight road games.  There’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning DFS lineup, and the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools. Our RotoQL’s Lineup Optimizer is a massive advantage when you’re building lineups, regardless of contest size or site. MORE ROTOQL: Week 11 DFS values | DFS Lineup Builder | DFS Strategy 101Last week’s Perfect Lineup Review showed us star players in questionable matchups can really pay off for those in DFS contests, and once again, we saw a QB-receiver stack stand out as key. The RotoQL tools can help you find the best stacks thanks to ceiling and floor projections, correlations, value ratings, and Vegas lines. RotoQL will help make lineup building — and winning DFS contests — easier.For more great DFS content, check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj), where I’m always available to answer daily fantasy questions and provide more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA DFS updates.Week 11 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerWeek 11 NFL DFS Strategy: Top DraftKings stacks for cash games*Screenshots are from RotoQL web app          QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey, Panthers @ LionsKicking us off, I’m going right back to the well with my favorite stack of 2018: Newton and McCaffrey. Last week, we saw McCaffrey erupt for three touchdowns against the Steelers, and he has solidified his every-down role with Carolina after they cut C.J. Anderson on Monday. There are no less than seven high-end running backs who are viable for cash games this week, but for me CMC is the top option in a prime matchup against the Lions. McCaffrey is one of the most game-script independent RBs given his pass-catching ability, and he should feast against a Lions run defense that, while improved following the addition of DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, still ranks 24th DvP against running backs.Newton let down many DFSer’s last time he was the chalk option at quarterback two weeks ago against the Buccaneers, but this is a perfect time to jump back on him at his $6,200 price point on DraftKings. Newton has the highest DraftSharks NFL projection among quarterbacks on the slate and has posted a plus/minus of plus-4.8 with a zero-percent “dud” rate over his past five games that have totals of 47 points or higher.​WEEK 11 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsQB Drew Brees and WR Michael Thomas, Saints vs. EaglesThe Saints offense looks like a juggernaut and is likely to be one of the most popular stacking options this week in a home matchup against the Eagles. Philadelphia’s defense was already banged up heading into their Week 10 matchup with the Cowboys and got even thinner following the loss of their best CB, Ronald Darby, who is out for the year with a torn ACL. Brees is the most expensive QB of the week but is still more than affordable on DraftKings at $6,500. Brees has been simply dominate at home this season, posting a plus/minus of plus-8.6 with three of his past four games going over 30 fantasy points. You could honestly make an argument that Brees is $1,000 underpriced given the matchup with the Eagles (23rd DvP) in a game that has by far the highest total on the main slate at 54.5 points.You don’t have to overthink the pairing with Brees in this matchup either, as Thomas is the clear top WR option on the slate. While I will likely look to roster multiple high-end running backs in cash games, you can’t go wrong with rostering Thomas and finding a value RB either. Thomas has an extremely strong correlation score with Brees at 0.45, and similar to Brees, he’s been incredible at home this season, posting a plus/minus of plus-14.0 with an average of 12.5 targets per game in the Superdome this season.  RB James Conner and Steelers D/ST, Steelers @ JaguarsThis season’s fantasy darling has clearly been Conner, and the fairytale will keep rolling on following Le’Veon Bell decision to sit out the entire season. Conner left last week’s game against the Panthers with a concussion, but all reports point toward him being available to play this week against the Jaguars. Conner is by far the best value at RB this week at only $7,200 on DraftKings, which frankly is an egregious pricing for someone who has posted a plus/minus of plus-11.2 this season, with only one “dud” game coming back in Week 4 against the Ravens.You can comfortably look to pair Conner with a Steelers D/ST that has shown great upside this season with four double-digit scoring games.WEEK 11 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsWeek 11 DraftKings Picks: Best stacks for daily fantasy football GPPs/tournamentsQB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Amari Cooper, Cowboys @ FalconsI wanted to put the Saints trio of Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas as the onslaught tournament stack of the week, but they will likely be a popular option being the highest totaled game of the week. With that in mind, I’m going off the board this week to load up on Cowboys, who have a prime matchup against the Falcons.Prescott hasn’t been a great real0life quarterback this season but has actually been a decent fantasy performer, exceeding salary expectations in five of the past six weeks with a plus/minus of plus-4.1. Prescott has to be thrilled with the arrival of Cooper, who he has targeted 18 times through his first two games with the Cowboys, and the duo has a great chance at posting their best game together this week against a Falcons team that ranks 30th DvP against both the QB and WR positions.The final cherry on top to the Cowboys onslaught is Elliott, who is one of the top overall options on the slate. Elliott is coming off his best game of the season against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football and faces a Falcons defense that has allowed 20 more PPR points to running backs in every game this season.QB Deshaun Watson and WR DeAndre Hopkins, Texans @ RedskinsTargeting a high-end wide receiver not named Michael Thomas is going to be a solid tournament tactic this week, and for me, the guy I’m going to look to load up on is Hopkins. I think it’s safe to lock in Hopkins for 10-plus targets each week with old man Demaryius Thomas being the only other receiver to take targets away from him in the Texans offense. Hopkins is just too cheap coming off the Texans bye week at $7,900 in a matchup against the Redskins, who have struggled against wide receivers this season, ranking 25th DvP.last_img read more

Ravens veteran RB Mark Ingram has fully embraced the mentor role for rookie J.K. Dobbins

first_imgThe Ravens believe in taking the ‘best playeravailable model’ as their first commandment when it comes to the draft even ifthat player is at a position of strength over selecting a lesser player at aposition of need. Many thought the Ravens were going to take a wide receiver oran edge rusher at the spot that they took Dobbins, but they were both surprisedand delighted when he was available when they were on the clock. “He’s a great young back,” said Ingram. “He had agreat career at Ohio State. That’s what this league is all about. Especiallyrunning backs, being able to pay the game forward. I had guys that paid thegame forward to me so just being able to pass the game down, pass knowledgedown, anything he wants to know I’m there to help him, I’m there to supporthim.” The Ravens ran the ball more and with greaterefficiency than any team not just in 2019 but in league history. That’s 100years in case you were wondering. They ran for 3,296 yards without Dobbins’game-breaking ability as part of the equation. With him rounding out the alreadybeastly position group, the Ravens have all the horses they need field anotherelite ground game in 2020 with Ingram leading the way. His smash-mouth “big boy no little boy” running stylewas the perfect complement to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s electrifyinglyelusive rushing ability during his MVP campaign. He was the tone-setter forBaltimore’s offense and helped establish a rhythm and build up insurmountableleads in many of their league-leading 14 wins last season. Many were surprised when the Baltimore Ravens, who hadthe most dominant rushing attack in league history that rewrote NFL andfranchise record books, fortified a position group that was already atremendous strength and had great depth by selecting Ohio State running backJ.K. Dobbins with the 55th overall pick in this past April’s draft. However,veteran running back Mark Ingram wasn’t among the masses. We’ve been talking over the offseason, we’re finallyin the building together so that chemistry will keep getting stronger and I’llkeep helping him,” said Ingram. Dobbins reached out Ingram shortly after being draftedby the Ravens and the two have been in constant communication ever since andare both elated to finally be in the same building together after a virtual offseasonprogram where their position meetings were conducted via Zoom. Despite having Ingram under contact for the next twoseasons and showing no signs of attrition after nearly a decade in the league,having the equally as hardnosed running Gus ‘The Bus’ Edwards who has eclipsed700 yards rushing in back to back season and drafting change of pace backJustice Hill in the fourth round out of Oklahoma State last year, the Ravenscouldn’t pass up a talent like Dobbins who they and many others had a latefirst-round grade on in the middle of the second.center_img “I’ve been in the league 10 years and I’ve never seena team that didn’t either bring in a running back or draft a running back,”said Ingram. “It’s the norm so it didn’t surprise me and I think that it was ahigh-value pick right there where we were at “You’re only as strong as your weakest link so you tryto bring everybody along, you try to have everybody play at a high level,everybody competing at a high level.” Ingram signed with the Ravens in free agency lastMarch on a respectable three-year deal worth $15 million. The formerfirst-round pick of the New Orleans Saints was a smashing hit in his firstseason in Baltimore. In addition to recording his third 1,000 plus yard seasonin the last four years, scoring a career-high 15 touchdowns fromscrimmage—tying a Ravens franchise record—and earning the third Pro Bowl nod ofhis career, Ingram became an instant fan favorite and one of the most prominentleaders in the locker room. Entering his 10th season in the league and set to turn31 in December, it’d be understandable if a veteran player like Ingram would bemiffed by their selection of his successor after he had such a great firstseason with the team and reluctant to share his secrets of the trade and thekey to his longevity at a position where the average shelf life is the shortestof any position in the league. Nope, not Ingram. He has sincerely and whole-heartedlyembraced the role of a mentor to the gifted rookie that his hungry and eager toeat into his snap count and isn’t taking the patient approach to his firstseason. Ingram sees it as his duty to impart wisdom and any tricks of the tradethat he’s learned over the years to the younger generation of running backs inthe way that was done to and for him. “We run the ball a lot. We put emphasis on running theball,” said Ingram. “Being able to have our backfield, me, Gus, Justice, add JKto the mix, I think its an elite backfield of guys who I think can startanywhere in this league, play anywhere in this league. We’ll be competing,we’ll be working, and we’ll be working together to have the best rushing attackagain.”Please follow and like us:last_img read more