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Culturalist Challenge! Rank the Top 10 Broadway Roles for Josh Groban

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. Grammy-nominated crooner Josh Groban has been teasing us about coming to Broadway for ages. Now he’s putting a deadline on his Broadway aspirations, and it has us daydreaming about what part would be a perfect fit. With that in mind, we’ve asked you to join us in dreamcasting the hunk with the golden voice. We want to know: What are your top 10 parts for Josh Groban to play on Broadway? Broadway.com News Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber kicked off this new challenge with her list of top 10 picks here. Now it’s your turn…STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! Star Filescenter_img Josh Grobanlast_img read more

Chicago Cubs’ balanced attack makes LA Dodgers the underdogs

first_imgHow will they score?The Cubs’ lineup was a two-man wrecking crew while beating the San Francisco Giants in the division series. Javy Baez and Kris Bryant both went 6 for 16 in the four games, and combined to drive in five of the team’s 17 runs. (Another four scored as a result of home runs by pitchers, so the Dodgers have that to worry about too.) Chicago’s offense is deeper than that, though. Anthony Rizzo batted .292 in the regular season with 32 home runs and 109 RBIs, a left-handed bash brother for the right-handed hitting Bryant. Another seven players hit at least 10 home runs.Injury updatesVeteran catcher Miguel Montero is dealing with back pain and could miss the series. Former Dodgers backstop David Ross, who is 39 years old and in his final season, could get the bulk of the playing time. Pitcher Kyle Hendricks was hit on his right forearm by a comeback in the NLDS, but that won’t prevent him from starting Game 2.Who could be their x-factorThe ninth spot in the Cubs’ batting order is not a free space in the middle of your bingo card. Chicago pitchers drove in 27 runs and got on base often enough to score 21 — both among the top three marks in the league. The home runs by Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta changed the series against the Giants, and give the Dodgers another cause for concern.Newcomers to watchBryant, Baez, Jorge Soler, Addison Russell and Wilson Contreras are all under 25. Each is already a known quantity, and has shown varying degrees of flair with a bat. Only Lackey, Ross and second baseman Ben Zobrist are over 35. This is a young team with proven talent, a rare combination.The mad geniusJoe Maddon is one of the two managers Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has hired; Dave Roberts is the other. Maddon and Friedman go back to 2006 in Tampa Bay. In fact, when Friedman left Tampa for Los Angeles, Maddon was able to opt out of his contract and manage the Cubs as a result. Whether or not that familiarity negates any of Maddon’s ingenuity remains to be seen, but count on the Cubs trying something unconventional if their preferred method of dominance — getting on base, hitting home runs, and stifling opponents with their pitching — doesn’t work. The Dodgers will begin the National League Championship Series as the underdog, but why? What makes the Cubbies the favorites to end a championship drought that’s lasted since the (first) Roosevelt administration?Starts with pitchingCubs pitchers posted a 3.15 earned-run average this season, 24 percent better than the major league average. For comparison’s sake, the 1993 Atlanta Braves’ ERA was 25 percent better than league average, and no other team has bettered that mark since the end of World War II.Jon Lester (2.44), Kyle Hendricks (2.13), Jake Arrieta (3.10) and John Lackey (3.35) will start the first four games of the series in that order. All have postseason experience; Lackey and Lester each have two World Series rings.Closer Aroldis Chapman can throw a baseball 105 mph with his left hand, and he used this skill to record 16 saves in 18 opportunities after he was acquired in a midseason trade with the New York Yankees. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had just pitched the inning of his life Thursday night when he addressed reporters after Game 5 of the National League Division Series in Washington D.C. Soaked in champagne and drained of emotions, he still had enough left in the tank to make a subtly ironic statement about the Chicago Cubs.“They’re a solid team from what I understand,” he quipped.Chicago won 103 games in the regular season — eight more than any other club and more than any Cubs team since 1910. They have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated three times this year, twice proclaiming them the prohibitive World Series favorites. Curses? Don’t mention it, Clayton. Somebody already did. Somewhere.last_img read more

LeBron James, defense power Lakers past Jazz in home opener

first_img“Both shifts in the lineup gave us a little bit of a burst offensively,” Vogel said. “And we didn’t lose anything defensively.”The spacing and quickened pace helped James come alive in the third quarter. He scored 12 of his 32 points in the period and the Lakers extended their lead from six points to 19.They were also boosted by Troy Daniels, one of the additions of the summer who was touted as impact 3-point help. Daniels knocked down four of his eight long-range attempts.“I’m out there just doing what I’m told,” Daniels said. “King James told me, ‘Go out there and shoot it.’ So that’s what I did.”The Lakers next face Charlotte at home on Sunday, but Davis made it sound like the follow-up would be hard-pressed to eclipse his regular-season home debut.“Couldn’t ask for nothing better,” he said. “Especially the first home game. Great crowd. Great atmosphere. We were able to get a win in front of our fans.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs None of them could touch James, who had a vintage performance while adding 10 assists and seven rebounds. He turned up the heat in the second half with contested layups, stepback jumpers and other shots that simply weren’t falling in the opener against the Clippers. James said he had to switch himself into aggression late in the first half.“I felt like I was trying to read the defense a little bit too much instead of being my normal self, just trying to play a read-and-react game instead of overthinking it,” he said. “Once I saw the game kind of slowing down, I felt like it was a need for our team to get in the paint a little bit more.”It was a change from the first half, when the only working part of the offense was Davis, despite physical contests by Gobert. Davis’ increasing chemistry with his teammates was on display on a pair of lobs he caught from James over the course of the game, but as a unit, the Lakers struggled. During one 6½-minute stretch, they scored just two points on a layup by Quinn Cook as the Jazz kept the game at a thudding pace.In an effort to find a more dynamic scoring lineup, Coach Frank Vogel switched up the second-half starters, moving Davis to center and subbing out JaVale McGee for guard Alex Caruso – a healthy scratch in the season opener.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe fashion in which that win came was herky-jerky against one of the best defenses in the league, but the Lakers also delivered on some of the structural changes made this season. The leading scorers were LeBron James (32) and Anthony Davis (21), who each took a half of whipping the offensive reins. It also featured another 3-point specialist, acquired over the summer, ripping the nets from long range.The surprise came on the defensive end, where the Lakers showed up the two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and his compatriots and forced 23 turnovers. The visitors were shown no harbor, shooting just 41 percent (29 for 70), getting clocked on the offensive glass (just three second-chance opportunities) and generally getting drummed out on the offensive end.It was a quiet night for many of Utah’s stars. Gobert had just eight points, while Mike Conley’s shooting woes continued (3 for 11, 13 points) while he was guarded by Green and Avery Bradley.“We are the real deal defensively,” said Davis, who added seven rebounds and five blocked shots. “We try to lay our hats on defense. We want to be a defensive-oriented team, and guys came in and were pesky today.”The biggest threat to the first home win of the season was the shot-making threat of Donovan Mitchell. The third-year guard started out 7 for 11 from the field, defying the hard-nosed defense of the Lakers. But even he missed his last four shots as a fourth-quarter comeback attempt faltered. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years PreviousThe Lakers’ Danny Green addresses the crowd before the team’s home opener against the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Staples Center. “We promise to work hard on and off the court,” he said. “And we’ll do better than last year.” (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis shoots a fade-away jumper in front of Utah’s Jeff Green, center, and Rudy Gobert during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound in front of Royce O’Neale #23 of the Utah Jazz during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores on a layup in front of Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz grabs a rebound in front of Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James prepares to whip a pass around Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. James had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 95-86 victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ LeBron James prepares to whip a pass around Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. James had 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 95-86 victory. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Head coach Quin Snyder reacts during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz saves a ball out of bounds in front of Troy Daniels #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers is tripped by Emmanuel Mudiay #8 of the Utah Jazz resulting in a flagrant foul during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers argues a call with referee Kevin Cutler #34 during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a fade away jumper in front of Jeff Green #22 of the Utah Jazz during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers laughs as his pass ends up going in the basket for a score during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Joe Ingles #2 of the Utah Jazz argues a call in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers argues a foul call with referee David Guthrie #16 during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his pass to Anthony Davis #3 for a score during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound in front of Ed Davis #17 and Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz, as he is fouled by Joe Ingles #2, during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a layup in front of Rudy Gobert #27 and Royce O’Neale #23 of the Utah Jazz during the first half at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers appeals to the crowd after his rebound during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, right, blocks a shot by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) questions a call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) lays up a shot asLos Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, vies for the ball with Utah Jazz center Ed Davis, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Utah Jazz forward Jeff Green, left, shoots next to Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and center JaVale McGee (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, rebounds the ball next to Utah Jazz center Ed Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Royce O’Neale #23 of the Utah Jazz leans on LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Ed Davis #17 of the Utah Jazz attempts a pass around Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz reacts to a Los Angeles Lakers foul during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, drives past Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz reacts after his shot and foul by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a Troy Daniels #30 three pointer during a 95-86 Lakers win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a Troy Daniels #30 three pointer during a 95-86 Lakers win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz drives on Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket between Anthony Davis #3 and Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers with Rudy Gobert #27 during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, lays up a shot against Utah Jazz forward Stanton Kidd, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket on Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers, with Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz ,during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers flagrant foul on Georges Niang #31 of the Utah Jazz during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Mike Conley #10 of the Utah Jazz drives on Troy Daniels #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) collides with Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) while making a pass under the rim during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers wait for play during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, goes up next to Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his foul during a 95-86 Lakers win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz attempts a head fake on Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 95-86 Lakers win at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: Quinn Cook #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 95-86 Lakers win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers juggles a second ball before the season opening home game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks on to the court before the season opening home game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Danny Green addresses the crowd before the team’s home opener against the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Staples Center. “We promise to work hard on and off the court,” he said. “And we’ll do better than last year.” (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Lakers’ Anthony Davis shoots a fade-away jumper in front of Utah’s Jeff Green, center, and Rudy Gobert during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 46The Lakers’ Anthony Davis shoots a fade-away jumper in front of Utah’s Jeff Green, center, and Rudy Gobert during the first half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Danny Green could have been being cheeky when he seized the mic before the Lakers were officially introduced for the first time.“We promise to work hard on and off the court,” Green said. “And we’ll do better than last year.”In the long run, Los Angeles is hungry for another championship. But most fans packing Staples Center just wanted to see the Lakers do better than Tuesday night.On the heels of a season-opening loss to the crosstown Clippers, the Lakers (1-1) got the chance to set their preferred tone in their home arena on Friday. Their championship banners were uncovered. Their court tiles were laid down. And on the first actual home game they got to play, they defeated the Utah Jazz 95-86.last_img read more

Wow! Tottenham’s new stadium listed among 15 most futuristic football grounds

first_imgTottenham are set to move into a new stadium in 2018 that will be the largest football club ground in London.The Premier League club’s new arena will hold 61,000 spectators and host NFL American football matches every year for a decade.It is one of a host of planned new football stadiums that will continue to revolutionise the way we watch live sport.Take a look at the video above to see another 14 futuristic football stadiums due to open between 2018-2024.Which one do you most like the look of? Comment below.last_img read more