Lea Michele in Funny Girl on Broadway! No, Really!

View Comments The TV starlet told Broadway BFF Jonathan Groff in the new issue of Teen Vogue that Glee creator Ryan Murphy has now officially obtained the rights to the show and that “we’re hoping to do that at some point.” Hey, did you know that Lea Michele wants to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway? Yeah, we thought so. The Glee star has definitely been vocal about her love of Barbra Streisand and the role that made her a star. She’s sang the show’s songs on the Tony Awards, on her hit Fox show and, well, anywhere she can. And her Glee character, Rachel Berry, is now actually STARRING as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on TV. So what is all of this building up to? You guessed it: Lea Michele is Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on BROADWAY! OK, so it’s not exactly happening tomorrow. But it looks like it’s happening! Congrats, Lea! Dreams do come true. Is this the most perfect thing ever? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below! read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr defends Andre Berto choice

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr has defended his decision to fight Andre Berto in September in what he insists will be his final ever bout.Mayweather (48-0) has been criticised for choosing what some believe is a weaker opponent – compared to other eligible fighters – he will have no problem beating in his welterweight title defence.American Berto is 30-3, but that includes losing three of his past six fights having gone 27-0 previously.Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles on Thursday, Mayweather said the September 12 bout would be his last – and explained his decision to take on Berto.”I chose Berto because he’s very exciting. I’ve been getting backlash. He’s been getting backlash,” the 38-year-old said.”No one is forced to buy the fight. I appreciate it, but no one is forced to buy the fight. Andre Berto is going to push Floyd Mayweather to the limit. “The difference between Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao is that you guys put all the hype in Manny Pacquiao. That”s what the media did.”Mayweather described the fight as “very intriguing”, with the bout to be his first since beating Pacquiao in May.And he insisted it would be his last.”Number 49, this is it. I”ve had a tremendous career,” Mayweather said.”I”m older, and wiser. My health is a major concern for me. September 12th is my last fight.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Offering a ‘cheer’ for America

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – The Santa Clarita Master Chorale will wind up its seventh season June 3 and 4 with a program laden with patriotic music. The concert will kick off with “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” arranged by Mark Hayes. Accompanist Ann Moore will display her keyboard artistry in a solo performance of “American Declaration,” and Chorale soprano Leslie Garman will solo on “My Man’s Gone Now” from “Porgy and Bess.” “This concert represents a musical salute to everything good in this land,” Chorale director Allan Petker said. “We’ll do a variety of old favorites along with some very dramatic and emotional pieces. In other words, we’ll have fun with familiar pieces, while maintaining a dignified perspective on the sacrifices that made this country great.” One selection reminiscent of America’s revolutionary spirit 230 years ago will be the performance of Randall Thompson’s “The Testament of Freedom,” four selected writings of Thomas Jefferson. And Ron Kean’s “American Mass” weaves American hymns and spirituals into a traditional missa brevis (short mass). The Chorale also will present the premiere performance of a new medley of Irving Berlin tunes arranged by Santa Clarita resident Jan Sanborn. Sanborn has woven together three Berlin favorites – “Blue Skies,” “It’s a Lovely Day Today” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” – into one arrangement. The spring season will be celebrated with Aaron Copland’s “Stomp Your Foot,” “The Promise of Living,” and “Simple Gifts,” arranged by David L. Brunner. Several folk songs and spirituals will be featured, including “Camptown Races” and “Witness,” arranged by Jack Halloran; “Going Over Home,” arranged by Glenn H. Finney; and “The Battle of Jericho,” arranged by Moses Hogan. The Chorale will also perform Stephen Foster’s toe-tapping “Some Folks Do,” arranged by Mark Hayes. The men will present a David Dickau arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” and the women will present Robert Greenlee’s folk song, “Johnny Has Gone for A Soldier,” in addition to Copland’s “The Horses.” Performances of “Stand Up and Cheer!” are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 3 and 3:30 p.m. June 4 at Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Tickets are $19 for general admission and $14 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at The Cobblestone Cottage, 24335 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia; at Cookbooks Plus, 24339 San Fernando Road, Newhall; and at Rooms and Blooms, 24264 Valencia Blvd, Valencia. Order forms are also available on the Chorale’s Web site, www.scmasterchorale.org. For information, call (661) 254-8886.last_img read more