Broadway Grosses: Disney Remains King Over Independence Day

first_imgTshidi Manye in ‘The Lion King'(Photo: Joan Marcus) It’s the circle of life: tourists flock to New York for the summer, long-runners get a box office bump, crowds typically choose fireworks over shows. As is often the case, the Broadway box office took a toll over Independence Day weekend, down three shows and almost 10% of overall gross from the week before. A few productions managed an uptick, including The Lion King, which reigned supreme at $2,164,298. Just in time for the Fourth of July, Hamilton also upped its gross, surpassing $2 million for the fourth consecutive week. Meanwhile, following the closing announcements and final performances of several shows, a few big musicals from this year and beyond have struggled to keep houses full this summer: On Your Feet!, Jersey Boys and Kinky Boots each reached a capacity of less than 70%. While this doesn’t necessarily mean a closing notice is imminent, it is worth keeping an eye on these shows’ numbers.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 3:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,164,298)2. Hamilton ($2,022,790)3. Wicked ($1,863,121)4. Aladdin ($1,564,928)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,324,390)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Crucible ($507,081)4. Fully Committed ($430,791)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($428,289)2. Fun Home ($375,628)1. An Act of God ($348,283)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.51%)2. Hamilton (101.62%)3. The Lion King (100.04%)4. Waitress (99.57%)5. Aladdin (99.04%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An Act of God (72.92%)4. An American in Paris (68.07%)3. Kinky Boots (67.11%)2. Jersey Boys (65.09%)1. On Your Feet! (58.27%)Source: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Jordan’s NEPCO seeking 16 LNG cargoes for 2018 delivery

first_imgImage courtesy of BAMThe National Electric Power Company of Jordan (NEPCO) launched a tender seeking the supply of up to 16 cargoes to its Al‐Sheikh Sabah LNG Terminal at Aqaba.NEPCO plans to work with bidders to execute a master sale and purchase agreement before the bid submission deadline on August 2.Volumes would be delivered during 2018 on a DES (delivered ex-ship) basis, according to the tender document.Jordan started importing liquefied natural gas in May 2015 when the 160,000-cbm FSRU Golar Eskimo arrived in the port of Aqaba.The FSRU is capable of delivering up to 500 mmscfd with a peaking capacity of 750 mmscfd.last_img read more

10 fun facts about Virginia

first_img Related Stories Syracuse basketball predictions for Elite Eight matchup with VirginiaWatch Carmelo Anthony scream at his TV after Syracuse’s Sweet 16 win: ‘They didn’t want us to win’Syracuse press forces Gonzaga to cave late in 63-60 Sweet 16 winTime Machine: Syracuse knocks Virginia out in NCAA Tournament Facebook Twitter Google+ First Syracuse (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) lost in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, throwing all prospects of making the NCAA Tournament in jeopardy.Then, the bracket leaked and Syracuse made the Tournament. Crazy.As a No. 10 seed. Crazier.Now the Orange is in the Elite 8 after staving off Gonzaga in a hectic last 11.2 seconds. Craziest.Syracuse lives another day, and so do the fun facts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are 10 things about Virginia (29-7, 13-5) that, if you don’t know, now you know:1. Virginia said “Nah,” to Dr. SeussThe University of Virginia denied Dr. Seuss admittance and, rumor has it, he named the fictional town of “Whoville” as a pun off the University’s nickname of the “Hoos.” UVA got the last laugh, though. The school nickname is the Cavaliers, but the students unofficially adopted the Wahoos, a fish that can drink its weight in water, as its second mascot after opposing fans jeered it at a football game.2. Quoth the RavenEdgar Allen Poe briefly attended UVA. He registered in February and said, “Nevermore” in December.3. Can’t knock the hustleUVA has never awarded an honorary degree. Official policy states degrees from the university may “only be earned.”4. Trust me, I’m a doctorCharles T. Pepper, the dude who Dr. Pepper is named after, attended the university. Other famous alumni: Woodrow Wilson, Tina Fey, Robert F. Kennedy, Katie Couric, Georgia O’Keefe and the cofounders of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman.5. Young moolah, babyVirginia is the third most expensive Elite Eight school to attend for students without in-state advantages. The check comes to an aorta-tightening $59,498, per the school site’s estimate. It falls behind only Notre Dame and Villanova, each private schools with $60,000-plus semesterly limb hacks.6. Run the Campus (Bros)Women weren’t accepted into school until the Class of 1970. In 1969, a UVA governing board voted to gradually allow females onto “the grounds,” as UVA students call it, by proposing to admit qualified wives and daughters of staff. UVA administrators said the school would further increase the number of female students over 10 years with a student population cap of 35 percent. Then four women said — and I believe this is a direct quote — “This is whack,” and filed a lawsuit. One year later, the bro era ended.7. Secret Societies that aren’t secret/have Wikipedia pagesThe name of UVA’s oldest secret society is Eli Banana. If you’re an Eli Banana, you can’t tell anyone you’re an Eli Banana until you D-I-E.8. Apparently tremendous foliageAccording to the university’s own magazine, the No. 1 reason to love UVA’s campus in fall is not the Shenandoah National Park, Monticello Wine Trail or Ragged Mountains. It’s … leaves! Which no other campus has during autumn, I guess.9. The Honor SystemAfter a professor was shot to death on The Lawn at the center of campus while attempting to resolve a conflict between two students in 1842, UVA students founded an honor code. That was the pinnacle of conflict because tensions between teachers and students, mostly wealthy from southern plantations, were always high. Nowadays the code is simple: Don’t lie, cheat or steal. And one conviction on these violations leads to expulsion.10. Dick the MockingbirdThomas Jefferson, who founded the school, thought of mockingbirds as “superior beings in the form of a bird,” according to Jefferson’s official historian’s site. He had several pet mockingbirds, but liked “Dick” the best. According to the legend, Dick flew freely around the room, ate crumbs from Jefferson’s lips and literally sang him to sleep during siesta. #SquadGoals. Commentscenter_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 2:05 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

GVC Holdings confident of delivering its 2018 targets & objectives

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Publishing its Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September), FTSE100 betting group GVC Holdings details continued corporate growth and progress on its core strategic objectives.The enlarged FTSE firm continues its strong digital momentum, recording +28% period NGR increase, detailing growth across all its major operating territories.Boosted by the closing stages of World Cup Russia 2018, GVC sports brands NGR grew 31%, with the company maintaining double-digit growth for its acquired Ladbrokes (+24%) and Coral UK (+29%) digital properties.Furthermore, a strengthened digital framework has helped GVC Casino/Games brands achieve 19% NGR increase, driven by ‘strong levels of first-time depositors’.Despite its digital growth, GVC cannot escape tougher UK retail operating conditions, with the company reporting a like-for-like 2% NGR decline. Nevertheless, the firm’s UK retail woes are offset by +24% increase in its European retail assets, as GVC reports strong growth across its Italian assets.GVC Holdings Q3 2018 Trading UpdateMoving forward, GVC governance highlights significant future prospects for the operator, having secured its US joint-venture partnership with MGM Resorts during the Q3 trading.GVC will now act as technology and operations lead for MGM Resorts, the US’ biggest land-based casino operator, gaining a significant foothold within the liberalised US sports betting market. The strategic partnership will see GVC develop and launch exclusive platform and digital properties through the ‘playMGM’ brand.Commenting on the Trading update, GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander said:“The Group’s performance in the quarter was very pleasing with momentum continuing across the Online and European Retail divisions. As highlighted in our H1 results, we will look to consolidate our position in markets where we are taking market share through the reinvestment of excess returns, and the board is confident in its full-year expectations.“We believe our sports-betting joint venture with MGM is best placed to be the market leader in the US and we have taken the first steps on that journey with the soft-launch of our sports-betting app in New Jersey. We have also recently announced a series of CSR measures including a multi-million-pound commitment to responsible gambling initiatives and a call for a pre-watershed ban of TV advertising in the UK around football and other live sports.“The industry continues to evolve and whilst there are challenges there are also many exciting opportunities. Through our proprietary technology, a portfolio of brands, leading product and talent, GVC is well placed to continue to deliver shareholder value.”last_img read more