View Comments Nathan Lane in ‘The Front Page'(Photo: Julieta Cervantes) The revival of The Front Page, starring a plethora of stage and screen favorites (including Nathan Lane, John Goodman, John Slattery, Holland Taylor and more) played its final performance on January 29 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The Jack O’Brien-helmed production celebrated the end of its run with an uptick, grossing $1,073,605 (one of eight shows to hit seven figures this week) and reaching a capacity just over 100% of its potential. Meanwhile, five perennial favorites took the top spots, but two of this year’s strongest Best Musical Tony Awards contenders were not too far behind: Dear Evan Hansen and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 29:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,465,369)2. The Lion King ($1,647,390)3. Wicked ($1,511,001)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,307,302)5. Aladdin ($1,275,539)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Phantom of the Opera ($766,486)4. On Your Feet! ($728,188)3. Chicago ($566,899)2. Jitney ($381,606)1. In Transit ($337,917)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Hamilton (101.80%)2. The Book of Mormon (101.79%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (101.56%)4. The Front Page (100.47%)5. Aladdin (99.14%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Paramour (80.81%)4. School of Rock (78.20%)3. Kinky Boots (76.91%)2. The Phantom of the Opera (72.86%)1. On Your Feet! (63.83%)Source: The Broadway League
BILL NEAL :10 The Masters is Coming, the Masters is Coming, the Masters is Coming…and so is Tiger Woods, and he’s bringing hell with him. (Tombstone…Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, after they killed his brother.) Come on people try to keep up.:09 “Champions” High School All-Star Basketball Classic (formerly The Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic) is back on track after a down year last year due to extenuating circumstances beyond our control. But as the saying goes, “Champions Rise to the Occasion…That’s Why They Are Champions.” And rise we did as the 38th annual classic tipped off Sunday, April 7 at the brand spanking new and super magnificent, state of the art Penn Hills High School. Over 1,000 people rolled through on the day to see the middle school girls’ tournament won by Pittsburgh Impact and the boys middle school tournament won by “UMOJA” out of Homewood. The big events on the day saw the WPIAL high school senior girls dominate the Pittsburgh City League girls for the fifth consecutive year with a final score of 58-36. And bringing home the WPIAL sweep, the WPIAL boys won a hard fought contest in a great game over the City League boys, 54-53. The event was a slam-dunk on the day and a “Great” time was had by all. A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors, volunteers, players, coaches, All-Star committee and executive staff, and most especially Chuck Sanders Charities and the Penn Hills Democratic Committee. And a real tip of the hat goes out to Jerry Chippinelli and Phil Scaleri.
Florida general manager Larry Beinfest declined to comment Tuesday, but another team official said the front office was angry about the matter. The official requested anonymity because Beinfest wouldn’t comment. Girardi’s relationship with management quickly soured in his only season with Florida, and he was fired in October – then chosen NL Manager of the Year. Marlins left-hander Dontrelle Willis shrugged off the comments about Girardi helping Lieber. “What are you going to do now?” Willis said. “He doesn’t even work here anymore. You can’t dock his pay. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. If we lost the wild card by two games, OK. But there are so many different other factors.” Torre’s brother ailing Joe Torre’s brother could undergo a kidney transplant in the next couple of months after tests determined two of his children are a match for the procedure. Former major leaguer Frank Torre needs the operation because of medication he’s taken since receiving a new heart more than a decade ago. Player news The Twins and reliever Jesse Crain agreed to a $3.25 million, three-year contract. The 25-year-old Crain went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 68 games last season. The Indians have started talks with the agent for C.C. Sabathia on a contract extension. Sabathia is due to make $8.75 million this year and $9 million in 2008. He is eligible for free agency after the 2008 World Series. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He just mentioned that the hitters said everything that was coming in was just very flat,” Lieber told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I wasn’t on top of the ball like I should have been.” Both teams contended for the NL wild-card berth, and Lieber beat the Marlins twice in September. Marlins officials were unhappy to hear that their manager last year, Joe Girardi, gave rival pitcher Jon Lieber helpful tips during the season. Lieber said his season with the Philadelphia Phillies turned around shortly after he was roughed up by the Marlins last July 31, and he credits a phone call from Girardi, a former major league catcher. They played together with the Chicago Cubs from 2000-02.