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.

 

 

History of the College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff is now set, and Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington will compete for the National Championship. Having a 4 team playoff is very new in the world of College Football, and in honor of the final four rankings being released, here’s a sound piece exploring the history of College Football National Championships. It originally aired on Sports Power Talk, Sundays from 11 am – 1 pm on 88.1 WZIP. 

 

5-0, and Just Getting Started

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The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Houston Rockets this past Tuesday with a season high, 128 points. With this win, they started the season off 4-0 for the first time in the past 16 years. Last night the Cavaliers grinded out a solid team win against the Boston Celtics, and enhanced their record to an emphatic 5-0. This is the first time that the Cavaliers have accomplished this in 40 years, and they do not plan on stopping yet. LeBron James led the team last night with a near triple double, and the game high 30 points. He was two points way from passing Hakeem Olajuwan for the 10th all time leader in points. Tristan Thompson continued his dominance with 15 points, and 14 rebounds. Another player that has kept his streak of authority alive, was Kyrie Irving who scored 23 and tossed 6 dimes along with it.

The Cavaliers shot a collective 61% from the three-point arc in the first half, and an impressive 41% by the end of the game. The one thing that the Cavaliers need to work on is the 1 on 1 defense, and they need to create more turnovers. This was an issue that was discussed with coach, Tyronn Lue during the post game press conference, and one thing that will have to be tweaked to stop the elite teams. With all that being said, the Cavs just ended a 3 game home stand and are back on the road this Saturday, November 5th against the Philadelphia 76ers.  For more information on the Cavaliers, make sure that you stay updated with our website, and we will continue to bring all of the Cavs stats and info that you need.

This is a short post-game soundbite from Kyrie Irving, talking about team chemistry and the Golden State Warriors.

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NFL Picks Week One

Week one of the NFL season kicked off this past weekend, and once again the WZIP sports team made their predictions prior to the start of each game. Here are the results:

Ben Thomas 11-5
Matt Parrish 10-6
Isaiah Houde 10-6
Jake Allen 9-7
Rocco Nuosci 9-7
Khalil Smith 9-7
Cami Justice 9-7
Cullen Perdue 9-7
Nick Jordan 9-7
Cortez Grayson 9-7
Clay Wyers 8-8
David Rodriguez

Ben Thomas takes the week one crown, as he made his first picks for the WZIP sports team. He stuck pretty close to the favorites, and that pushed him to the top of the week one standings. “The NFL can be so unpredictable”, Thomas said, “it’s hard to get even half of the games right. I feel lucky to get 11 in a week”.

Week one of the NFL featured such upsets as Denver beating Carolina with a first time quarterback, the Lions upsetting the Colts in their first game since Calvin Johnson retired, and the 49ers shutting down the Rams in their first game calling Los Angeles home.

It was the first time making predictions for several on the sports team, including Thomas, Nick Jordan, Isaiah Houde, Matt Parrish, Camryn Justice, Cullen Perdue, and Clay Wyers. It was an overall successful week for the rookies, with three of them going at least 10-6.

In fact, out of ESPN’s “expert predictions”, only Merril Hoge recorded the same 11-5 mark as Thomas. On the other end, CBSSports’ “expert” Will Brinson went just 6-10 in his picks, worse than any WZIP sports member.

The reigning champion, Khalil Smith, was successful as well, and as always he went for some upsets. He was among several that wrongfully expected the Browns to win, as well as Washington and Atlanta. However, he was just one of four that chose the Ravens to beat the Bills.

Make sure to check in as the sports team will provide picks every week of the NFL season.

For more information, be sure to tune into Sports Power Talk every Sunday morning from 11-1, only on 88.1 WZIP.