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The Giants Sweep the Tigers to Win the World Series!

It may have been the second time in three years that the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series, but no one expected them to stand a chance against the Detroit Tigers. Last night, in a game that went to extra innings, that’s just what they did. And in addition to winning the title, they made history time and time again.

It was the first time since 1990 that a National League team has completed a sweep in the World Series; last time it was the Cincinnati Reds. It was also the first time since 1976 that a National League team had won twice in three years; and the Giants are only the fifth team in history to ever to do it. And all from the team that was never supposed to win.

The Giants were no doubt the underdogs in this one; perhaps some of the biggest ever in Major League Baseball. Brian Wilson was out for the year. Melky Cabrera brought nothing but drama (albeit some great hits) that had him out for much of the regular season, and then for the playoffs. And the one card the Giants had left, Tim Lincecum, seemed to struggle during the first half of the game.

But it all came together for them in the end. The 4-3 score may not be impressive for the most enthusiastic baseball fans, but every score was hard fought for. So much so that the game needed one more inning just to make it complete. But that was all the Giants needed to not only go down as World Series champs this year; but to also go down in history.

“When you look at the clubs that we played and having our backs to the wall, it’s pretty remarkable what these guys have done,” said manager Bruce Bochy after the game. “It’s amazing what a club can do when they do play as a team and they’re unselfish and they do whatever they can do to help a club win. That’s what these guys did.”

After the game Pablo Sandoval was name World Series MVP with home runs in each of his first three at bats during Game 1; hitting four RBIs; and batting a .500.


Maroon 5 Releases Tour Dates

It was bittersweet for fans when Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, announced he was leaving his job as co-host of The Voice in order to go on tour with his band. With no venues or dates announced at the time, fans could only feel the coming loss of watching one of their favorite singers every week. Now though, Maroon 5 has released a full listing of dates, complete with venues, so you can catch them all when they’re in a city near you!

The tour will promote the group’s fourth studio album, Overexposed, from which the latest single “One More Night” is sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100s chart. Everything will kick off on February 13 in Columbus Ohio and some of the major stops the band will be making include Detroit, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Orlando, to name just a few.

Currently there are over 30 stops that have been announced, with all but 8 of them in North America. The band will wrap things up on April 6 in Rosemont, Illinois before heading to Birmingham, United Kingdom on June 22. North American general tickets go on sale tomorrow, with tickets for overseas shows already available.

Fans should get them as soon as possible, as Levine says this is going to be the biggest one the band has put on to date.

“This is our biggest tour yet,” Levine said on video. “Anybody who has seen a Maroon 5 show, even those people are going to be blown away by what we’re doing because we really feel this is our calling to put on the best show we’ve ever put on. And that is so exciting to us and I know that’s going to be exciting for our fans, too.”


Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Going on 2013 Tour!

Miranda Lambert has teased her fans recently with a few tour details, but few they are indeed. What we do know is that fellow country superstar, Dierks Bentley, will be co-headlining with her, and that the tour will begin on January 17, 2013. Even with the scant details, we already know that this is going to be one of the can’t-miss country events in the New Year.

The tour is being called the “Locked and Reloaded Tour,” and it will take Miranda and Dierks around to some of the biggest cities in the United States. Those include Denver, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, although no dates for these cities have been announced. Only two dates have been confirmed so far, with one on January 26 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and the second on July 13 in Boston, Massachusetts. So far over 30 cities have been announced; for a full listing you can find them here.

Lambert will be promoting her fourth studio album, Four the Record, while Bentley will be continuing to promote his seventh studio album, Home. But aside from hits off these two records, along with undoubtedly some older tunes from both artists, what can fans expect?

 

Miranda Lambert recently released a statement to express her excitement, and give some clues. “Making music for our fans is the best job in the world,” she said. “It’s especially great being able to take that music on the road with someone I respect as an artist and human being. This will be a tour of epic badassery.”

Only tickets for the Boston and Atlantic City dates are currently on sale. But with the tour just months away, you can be sure to expect the artists to firm up the details very soon.


“Kinky Boots” Comes to Broadway!

Theater, shoes, and a little bit of kinkiness thrown in — what’s not to love? Add to this the fact that one of the hottest shows currently running on Broadway is also based on a true story, and you’ve got a sure-fire winner on your hands. These are the things the show Kinky Boots are all about; and while it’s currently playing in Chicago, it’s set to come to Broadway in 2013!

Kinky Boots is a true story about a shoe factory in Northampton, New England that has hit hard times. Unable to lure customers in with even the newest designer trends, the owners turn to a different demographic — drag queens and “female illusionists” looking for fetish footwear. If you think the concept is enough for a hit show, wait until you actually see the boom this brings to business. With some of the most comedic characters making up the ensemble of customers and staff, and lots of music along the way, Kinky Boots has already opened to rave reviews in Chicago.

The show premiered last night at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, with the official opening being held on October 17. The show will run in Chicago until November 17, but it will only have a few months of rest. On April 4, 2013 it’s set to open on Broadway.

Jerry Mitchell is directing and choreographing the musical, Harvey Fierstein wrote the book for the show, and Cyndi Lauper has written the songs. And while that name may surprise some, while it’s Lauper’s first time stepping in as composer, she performed on Broadway in 2006′s The Threepenny Opera.

While some have wondered about how well Kinky Boots will debut on-stage, this talented cast and crew are just the ones to pull it off!


‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ Turns 50, Returns to Broadway

On October 13 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf will be turning 50. And to celebrate the anniversary, the show is making its return to the Broadway stage. But this revival is unlike any other, and not just because it will be the third revival of the play in the past seven years. What makes this one so unique is the original cast will be performing, exactly 50 years from the date it originally opened.

Uta Hagen, Arthur Hill, Tracy Letts, George and Amy Morton, and Carrie Coon will all be on stage at the Booth Theatre on October 13, 2012 to pick up all their original roles they donned half a century ago. The show originally performed at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and it landed there once again in 2005. It was in 2005 that it first made its way to Broadway, when Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin took the starring roles.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a story of an older couple that invites a younger couple over for drinks one evening. But while the younger couple thinks they’re going over to get to know some colleagues better, they have no idea the evening they’re in for. The older couple, George and Martha, spend the entire evening bickering and arguing, name-calling and making accusations that for the most part, are completely imagined. All the while, the younger pair are caught in the crossfire. It’s hysterical and theatrical, and makes for great entertainment — year after year.

The play is presented by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel and produced by Susan Quint Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, and Pam MacKinnon.