See Groundhog Day’s Andy Karl Prove He’s Not a Morning Person…Again and Again

first_img Groundhog Day View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 17, 2017 Related Showscenter_img ‘Groundhog Day’ star Andy Karl If winter doldrums have you hitting the snooze button on repeat, this will wake you up: a sneak peek at the new commercial for incoming Broadway musical Groundhog Day. Watch the ever-charming Andy Karl beat the crap out of his alarm clock… again and again. It never gets old to see Karl jumping in slow motion, but that morning wake-up jingle is another story. The new musical, which features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, follows cranky weatherman Phil Connors (Karl) as he reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil and ends up in a time loop that is no fun for him, but hilariously engaging for audiences. Groundhog Day begins performances at the August Wilson Theatre on March 16.last_img read more

New-home sales see sharp decline in May

first_imgNew-home sales decreased 7.8 percent from April’s upwardly-revised 679,000 annualized units. NAFCU Research Assistant Dhruv Singh attributed the plunging figure to the rising impact of tariffs on material costs.“Average monthly sales through May are 3.7 percent lower than the average over the first five months of 2018,” Singh said. “The housing market continues to sag despite low mortgage rates and a supportive labor market. Homebuilder sentiment is down from its late-2017 peak, but remains elevated.“Fresh concerns over the impact of tariffs on materials costs weighed on the June index, however. Overall, NAFCU expects home sales to remain relatively flat through the rest of 2019,” Singh added.Sales increased in two of the four regions from a year ago: Sales in the Midwest increased 2.4 percent, followed by the South (+1.3 percent). The West posted a decline of 17.2 percent compared to a year ago, followed by the Northeast (-15.2 percent). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on

first_img29 Sep 2015 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf moves on The first phase of 59Club’s pilot project with England Golf, the governing body for English amateur golf, has been completed at 10 clubs in the Midlands. 59Club, Europe’s leading customer service analysts and training consultants, assisted with the England Golf project in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership. The 10 clubs each took advantage of 59Club’s in-depth mystery shopper experience, comprising an initial new member enquiry call, a show-round visit, a society call and a full visitor experience. In addition each received a full-day’s training on ‘best practice’ from 59Club’s team of experienced trainers. This enabled analysis of sales systems and customer service levels, including those offered to non-members who visit as day guests. 59Club will now supplement the first phase with member surveys to establish viewpoints of existing members. The partnership between the two organisations supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan – Raising Our Game – which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs. England Golf’s project to trial new ways of increasing participation and club membership involves working intensively with clubs and county organisations in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire over two years. Clubs receive increased business support, including marketing and training, and have the opportunity to test new ideas to see if they make the game more accessible and membership more attractive, such as shorter and faster formats of the game, different types of membership and improved customer service. Richard Flint, England Golf’s Director of Participation and Club Support, said: “We are delighted that clubs have been able to take advantage of 59Club’s expertise to strengthen their customer service and make sure their members and guests enjoy a great experience. This is absolutely critical to successfully recruiting and retaining members.”  One of the clubs involved in the pilot project was Henley G&CC, in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, and general manager Adrian Cooper was effusive in his praise of the experience. He said: “As a new general manager it was good to be able to see how we were performing in relation to our competitors and the market leaders. To have that information, as a benchmark, after just a few months in the job was very, very beneficial. “We also benefited from a full day’s training with 59Club, but the angle they took made it feel more a part of a plan we were rolling out, rather than a traditional training seminar. And, consequently, the staff here have really embraced it. I’ve found it really good as I’ve been able to combine my sales background with strategic input afforded from 59Club.” 59Club director Matt Roberts added: “Once we have completed the member surveys for the initial 10 clubs we will take the partnership with England Golf to the next stage and look forward to welcoming more clubs into the fold. We have been delighted to hear the positive comments from the clubs we’ve been working with and are pleased they have found it so beneficial. We are enjoying our role within the ‘Raising our Game’ initiative and look forward to measuring the fruits of our labour.” 59Club is fast becoming the industry standard for measuring and comparing customer service levels and analysing all key revenue streams for golf venues, and is committed to the on-going development of club managers and PGA professionals. The industry experts at 59Club are on hand to provide support and assistance for all golf and leisure businesses keen to develop customer service and sales systems. Its products and insight provide measurable indicators which allow you to exploit every opportunity presented to each department within your club, from the sales team, front-line operators and those responsible for member and visitor retention. For further information visit www.59club.comlast_img read more

Steelers’ defense preserves 27-21 win over Bengals

first_imgLIGHTS OUT—Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) levels Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens on a reception on the Bengals’ last drive in their 27-21 loss to the Steelers Nov. 8, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) by Joe KayAssociated Press Writer CINCINNATI (AP)—No trip to the commissioner’s office over this one. James Harrison’s final hit was high, hard and totally textbook.Decided a game, too.Harrison helped knock the ball loose from Jordan Shipley on Cincinnati’s final play, preserving a 27-21 win on Monday night that kept the Pittsburgh Steelers sharing first place in the AFC North at the season’s midpoint. Credit Harrison and Pittsburgh’s rib-smacking defense again.The Steelers (6-2) made it through Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension by letting their defense dominate games, winning three of them. On Monday night, it seemed there would be no need for a late defensive stand after Antwaan Randle El’s touchdown pass on a trick play made it 27-7 to open the fourth quarter.Somehow, Cincinnati (2-6) made it come down to Harrison and that nasty defense holding on.“As always,” said Roethlisberger, whose late interception turned it into a game. “They’re so good, so much fun to watch. I told them, ‘That’s my fault for the pick. It made it close, and I shouldn’t have let it happen.’ But they bailed me out.”The Steelers built that big early lead with the help of Cincinnati’s many gaffes—fumbling the opening kickoff, having a punt blocked, missing two field goals. The Bengals got a chance to make an amazing comeback after Roethlisberger’s interception set up Terrell Owens’ second touchdown catch, and Steelers kicker Jeff Reed missed a 46-yard field goal try that would have sealed it with 3:59 to go.At that point, the Steelers started getting a bad feeling.Last year, Cincinnati pulled one out that was eerily similar. Palmer’s touchdown pass with 14 seconds left sent the Bengals to a 23-20 win that was a springboard to their perfect run through the division.“They had Carson Palmer and company with timeouts,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “And that’s a horror movie and we’ve seen that before.”Palmer led the Bengals downfield with the help of a wacky play. His pass to Cedric Benson was tipped, but the running back made a juggling catch for a 16-yard gain on third-and-long. Chad Ochocinco’s only catch of the game moved it to the 12-yard line, where it was third-and-5.Uh oh.Palmer tried to get it to Owens in the end zone, but the Steelers had it covered. Then, he saw Shipley open over the middle around the 5-yard line, in place for a first-down catch with 34 seconds to go.“I ran in the middle of two guys,” Shipley said. “I felt like I had it, and they knocked it out of there.”Harrison hit him with his right shoulder. Ike Taylor helped strip the ball from the other side.“This is how the Steelers play ball,” Taylor said. “We might get a blowout here and there. But we’re always in tough, close ballgames. As a defense we just want to close them out. That’s what we did tonight.”Fitting that Harrison had a shoulder in the decisive play. Commissioner Roger Goodell summoned him to his office last week after his late hit on Drew Brees, wanting to talk about the league’s crackdown on flagrant fouls. That hit brought Harrison his third fine of the season, pushing his total to $100,000.Angered by the league’s crackdown, Harrison had talked about retiring briefly. On Monday, he helped save a game.“It’s really quite typical of James and the kind of play that he provides us,” Tomlin said. “He’s a great football player. He’s a detailed guy and a diligent worker. Much has been said about him of late — that’s not the James we know. He makes timely plays for us. We’d like him to be measured on plays like that rather than unfortunate penalties.”The Bengals had described the game as their final chance to save their season. Instead, the defending champs lost their fifth in a row. It’s the 14th time in the last 20 years that they’re out of contention at the season’s midpoint.“I feel we might be the best 2-6 team I’ve been on,” Owens said.last_img read more