Broadway In Akron

        The lights start to dim, the pit starts playing the opening number, and you start getting butterflies in your stomach as the curtain rises and the stage is brought to life. You would think I’m talking about New York and the famous Broadway. But what if I told you I was talking about Akron’s own E.J. Thomas Hall?

The University of Akron and Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio have partnered to continue the series known as Broadway in Akron. Broadway in Akron is kicking off its third year here at E.J. Thomas Hall, with the first show of the season being six time TONY award-winning show, Kinky Boots. With music written by Cyndi Lauper and book written by Harvey Fierstein, this musical is sure to have you dancing along in your seat,  in awe of the performers doing back flips in six inch stiletto heels, and even shed a few tears.

Nathan Mortimer, the chief financial officer here at Akron, said that he wanted to prove that Akron is a lover of art by having this series come back to Akron.

Gina Vernaci, Playhouse Square’s Executive Producer, announced on October 11, 2017 that there were 2,109 season ticket holders for this year’s Broadway in Akron series of shows.

“It continues to grow every year!” she stated while looking out into the crowd as applause echoed through the hall.

Looking around, one can see people of all ages in attendance. Kelly Unger, a student here at the University and avid musical lover, spoke about what having this program means to her, “I think it’s a great partnership between the Cleveland Playhouse and Akron. The prices for tickets are amazing and it makes these award-winning shows more accessible to students and the Akron community.”

The shows scheduled for the rest of the year are Dirty Dancing, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Jersey Boys. Show times and prices can be found at uakron.edu/ej/broadway/ or, go to ticketmaster.com, and type in the show that you are looking for to purchase tickets.

 

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Cavs tip-toe past Pacers in double OT

The LeBron vs. Paul George endeavor was entertaining throughout the course of the game last night in Cleveland. The Cavs topped the Indiana Pacers in double overtime with a tight score of 135-130. This game is a potential preview of a first-round playoff matchup.

LeBron finished with his 11th triple-double of the season, and poured in a resounding 41 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. On the other hand, Paul George had 43 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. In the double OT thriller, LeBron put in 51 minutes, and George countered with 48.

LeBrons extended minutes had to accommodate for Kyrie’s off night, while shooting 5/20 from the field. J.R Smith continued to heat up tonight while shooting 6/11 from deep, and hitting the clutch go ahead shot to send the game to overtime.

Playoff time is here, and LeBron is playing an extended amount of minutes to make sure that the Cavs end the season strong. As of right now, the Cavs are neck and neck with the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs have six games left, that includes a back to back that finishes with a trip to Boston for a final regular season showdown. The race for the top spot in the East is getting tighter and tighter, and the Cavs have limited time to build cohesion within the roster.

 

 

Larry Sanders Officially a Cavalier

Coming into the 2016-2017 season, the Cavs had their minds set on utilizing the 6’10, Chris Andersen as the traditional center. They found out 12 games later, that an ACL tear would end his season. From that point they thought that they could suffice, but the loss of Kevin Love for six weeks did not help. They currently sit in the middle of the pacfor rebounding, and shot blocking is ranked 26th in the league. Andrew Bogut was the hopeful player that was going to make the impact necessary, but 58 seconds later, that was already in the past.

 

The only ‘true’ big that the Cavs had was Tristan Thompson, but today that has changed. They signed Larry Sanders, who was the 2010, 15th overall pick and is coming from the Milwaukee Bucks. Sanders has not played since 2015, but he has a very promising potential that gives the Cavs hope. He is a 6’11 center who averaged 6.5 points, and 5.8 rebounds in his career. Interestingly, he averages 1.8 blocks per game and that is ranked 6th among active players in blocks per game.

 

The rim protector is not something that the Cavs have had in many years, and now they might have found the final championship piece. Sanders averaged 19.8 minutes in his career, and the Cavs will utilize him no more than this. They will keep him as an active spark off of the bench to clean up the paint, and to fill a crucial void down low.

 

Sanders has taken these past couple years off for reasons that are much more than basketball, and for a reason that is very much respectable. His mental health, and he said in an interview that he will not return to the game until his mental health allows him too. Two years later he feels that he is capable of returning to the league, and here he is as a Cleveland Cavalier.

 

There are many expectations for a great player to make an impact down low, and we will see he does for the remainder of the season.

 

A Closer Look at Mr. Cavalier

“Throw the hammer down!”, and “Deeeeeeep in the Q!” are common catchphrases that many acknowledge while watching a Cleveland Cavaliers game. Numerous spectators in Ohio, and even across the country watch the games but are not mindful of the man that announces them. For those who do not know, his name is Austin Carr. Not only was he a player for the Cavs, but also a college basketball legend at Notre Dame.

Basketball was not the main priority in his life nonetheless, education was in his roots from the start. His father was a hard working man, and pushed for him to get his degree and this became a priority in his life. The deans list was attained in his senior year, and that meant more to Austin than being a premier basketball player. He remained in college until his senior year, and graduated from Notre Dame with pride.

Austin was inducted into The Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, with a renowned career. 61 points, and 25 made field goals in a game is the record for the NCAA Tournament and this feat was accomplished by Austin Carr. This game was against Ohio University, and he did it without a three-point line. In his seven game career in the tournament, he averaged 41.3 points per game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers later drafted him as the number one overall draft pick in 1971, and he averaged 15 points per game over a ten-year span. Injuries plagued Austin’s career in the NBA but shortly after his career, he became the full-time announcer for the Cavs.

To learn more about Austin, and the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, click on the sound cloud link below.

https://soundcloud.com/user-221617666/austin-carr-interview