View Comments Tony nominations were announced on April 29, and many shows received a box office bump hot off the heels of multiple nods. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which led the pack last week with ten nominations, celebrated its highest gross of 2014 ($580,279) and a capacity of 93.30% (the highest since it began at the Walter Kerr). Beautiful, which received an impressive seven Tony nominations, broke a box office record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre with their highest gross to date ($1,036,646). Meanwhile, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, after celebrating eight Tony nominations, exceeded capacity for the fourth consecutive week, with A Raisin in the Sun and Aladdin, which both received five nominations, also making appearances in the top five shows by capacity. Raisin was also one of the week’s frontrunners by gross. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,940,102) 2. Wicked ($1,732,110) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,631,761) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,477,550) 5. A Raisin in the Sun ($1,190,876) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 4: FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.57%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.35%)* 3. The Lion King (100.01%) 4. A Raisin in the Sun (100.00%) 5. Aladdin (99.99%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Act One (65.67%) 4. Once (61.13%) 3. Cinderella (60.01%) 2. The Bridges of Madison County (58.01%) 1. Mothers and Sons (42.75%) *Number based on 7 regular performances UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($303,237) 4. The Bridges of Madison County ($286,948) 3. Casa Valentina ($275,997) 2. Mothers and Sons ($172,916) 1. The Velocity of Autumn ($130,333)
The former Lyon boss has signed a deal until 2019 and will watch his new side in their Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham on Monday. Villa are bottom of the league having lost their last six games and sacked former boss Tim Sherwood last month. Garde’s first game in charge will be Sunday’s visit of leaders Manchester City and the 49-year-old becomes Villa’s fifth manager in the last five years. He said: “It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club. “I’ve had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and chief executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the club and I’m excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them. “Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I’m looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa.” Garde spent three years in charge at Lyon, winning the French Cup in 2012, and left for personal reasons in 2014. He held talks with Newcastle earlier this year when the Magpies were looking to replace Alan Pardew. Garde won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 and made 45 appearances for the Gunners after joining in 1996 before retiring three years later. He also played for Lyon for six years before moving to Strasbourg in 1993 and won six caps for France. Press Association Villa chairman Lerner said: “Remi came with ideas, honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be – hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede. “Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind. “We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism – we are better than that. “On behalf of the Board we wish Remi every success.” Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Remi Garde as their new manager.
“We want to bind the best of both worlds to bring the public a new entertainment model that they love since the first day.” The competition will be played using KONAMI’s PES series. Hideki Hayakawa, CEO of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd, noted: ‘eFootball.Pro’s unique position in eSports, combined with its strong football leadership, will allow us to deliver a fresh way for customers to enjoy our products. We are thrilled to collaborate with eFootball.Pro’.The press release concludes by stating that in alliance with the ‘global vision of the project’, the Chinese company Desports will also be involved and play an important role in the expansion of the competition throughout China. Esports Insider says: This is an odd but interesting one as we’ve precious little information to go on beyond the fact that eFootball.Pro and KONAMI have partnered up and will be launching a global esports competition. The release ends by stating more information will be unveiled soon, so we’ll keep tabs on this one and give more information as soon as it drops. Esports company eFootball.Pro and the developer behind the Pro Evolution franchise, KONAMI, have reached an agreement to create an esports competition. The press release stated that ‘the league will be international and broadcasted all around the world’. Gerard Piqué, eFootball.Pro President and FC Barcelona player, said of the announcement: “The goal is to drive all that makes traditional football the king of sports, towards electronic football, towards eSports’. The company (eFootball.Pro) was briefly in the esports spotlight some months back after news broke of its formation and the fact that it has Spanish international and Barca player Gerard Piqué as its President. The company was seeking professionals with a knowledge of both esports and football across a variety of roles in March, from business development to content creation, though this is the only news we’ve heard since that time.