Leslie Odom Jr. Could Return to Hamilton

first_imgLeslie Odom Jr. in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) You’ll be back?! After Hamilton ‘s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed that he’s open to returning to the hit tuner over the years in the titular role, Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. has admitted that he wouldn’t mind revisiting Aaron Burr. “Absolutely! I would do this part in this show anywhere in the world at anytime,” the Broadway.com vlogger told The Hollywood Reporter. “I love this show; I love this part.”Odom Jr. originated the role of Burr in Hamilton off-Broadway and received a 2016 Tony Award for playing the character on the Main Stem; he is set to depart the musical on July 9, along with Miranda. Odom Jr. made his Great White Way debut in Rent; he also appeared in the original cast of Leap of Faith on the Main Stem. His screen credits include Smash. Odom Jr.’s self-titled jazz album is out via S-Curve Records now.What about the star’s future projects? As Broadway.com broke yesterday, Odom Jr. has been workshopping a stage adaptation of The Sting in the Robert Redford role. Star Files View Comments Related Showscenter_img from $149.00 Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr.last_img read more

Beating the Heat in the Utah Desert

first_imgUtah is home to some of the best free camping in the country. Along Goblin Valley Road (headed towards the above destination) there are many incredibly scenic and free campsites. This is where we set up basecamp for a couple of days, while we explored the area. Most areas don’t have shade although there are a few campsites near the creek that had some trees. You’ll need at least an SUV to access them. We settled by making our own shade with the van and letting the strong desert breeze cool us down. This is also a certified dark sky area and we haven’t seen the Milky Way that vibrant in a long time. After hiking on hot sandstone all day we wanted to give Henry’s paws a break. Goblin Valley State Park is a few minutes down the road from the Little Wildhorse trailhead and is the perfect stop on a rest day. The easily accessible valley is home to some of the most unique sandstone structures in the San Rafael Swell. There are yurts and a campground within the state park that can be booked through their website. By the time we reached the Moab area to explore Dead Horse Point State Park (a dog-friendly state park with views of Canyonlands National Park), the mid-day temperatures had reached 105 degrees. We got a tip from a local to head into the La Sal Mountains (about 30 minutes out of town) for a break from the heat. We look the La Sal Loop Road out of town and as we gained elevation we also gained some incredible views. We found an excellent campsite under some trees where we stayed for the final two nights on our trip. There is ample camping in the area and it just takes a little exploring to find it. From here we dropped back down to the desert to hike the Fischer Towers. Explore the La Sal Mountains Hike Little Wildhorse Canyon to Bell Canyon Loop As with all of the hikes mentioned in this article, make sure to hike early in the morning or late in the day. This time is the best lighting for photographs and makes sure you avoid the hottest part of the day. We hiked this loop counter-clockwise by hiking Little Wildhorse Canyon first. If we had to do this hike again we would probably hike Bell canyon first. Little Wild Horse is by far a more scenic canyon. In fact, this is one of the most scenic canyon hikes that we have ever done. The canyon provides shade in the morning and evening so you can stay cool and enjoy the view. Your dog will need to be a fairly confident rock-hopper to complete the loop without assistance. We hiked early during the week and had the hike to ourselves. No need for ropes or canyoneering experience. Be cognizant of rains in the area, the canyons can flood. After a brief stop in Denver to see some friends and get some work done, we re-filled our water tanks and continued our drive West. It was cool in Denver when we arrived. Summer hadn’t yet hit its stride. We don’t usually consider late June as being “desert season” but as while looked at the forecast for central Utah it was sixty degrees and raining in Denver. While we sat outside in the cool evening air, temperatures in the high 90’s didn’t seem so bad. We love the desert but the desert doesn’t love our dog. Henry is a bit of a drama king when it comes to heat and he’s not allowed in any of the national parks. With a little research, we were able to find some epic dog-friendly hikes and we were able to beat the heat to boot. Camp in the San Rafael Swell Visit Goblin Valley State Park If you need something to do mid-day or on your way out of town, make sure to take a dip in the Colorado River. It might be triple digits outside but the cold snow-melt water of the mighty Colorado will be sure to keep you cool. There are several beaches and put-in just a few minutes from town that make a perfect beach for a hot summer day. As we barreled west across Kansas back to Colorado, we couldn’t help but think of the Utah desert. So much so, that Roxy began to have dreams about it. We gazed across the rolling prairies and industrial poultry farms, but our minds were fixed on sandstone arches and a night sky illuminated by the Milky Way. Maybe it was the onslaught of rain we dealt with this spring, but we were craving the arid, high-desert in central Utah. Go for a swim in the Colorado River There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. For more info on our sponsors, check out the post, “Live Outside and Play is Back!”last_img read more

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in second ODI in Karachi

first_imgPAKISTAN beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the second day-night international on Monday as Karachi staged its first ODI for 10 years.Pakistan hit 305-7 in their 50 overs with Babar Azam notching a brilliant 105-ball 115 and Fakhar Zaman scoring 54.Sri Lanka were bundled out for 238 in 46.5 overs with Usman Shinwari taking 5-51, giving Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The Green Shirts had won the toss and opted to bat first against the visitors.After starting strong, Pakistan lost their first wicket in the 15th over, when Imam-ul-Haq (31 off 41) was trapped leg before wicket by Wanindu Hasaranga.Fakhar Zaman (54 from 65) was next to go, getting caught by Isuru Udana off Hasaranga in the 21st over.Haris Sohail (40 off 48) became the casualty of a run out off Nuwan Pradeep’s bowling in the 40th over.Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was run out after scoring eight runs and Babar Azam, who smashed a 105-ball 115, was caught off Lahiru Kumara in the 46th over.Imad Wasim was caught out after contributing 12 runs and Wahab Riaz (2) was run out at the non-striker’s end on the last ball of the innings. Pakistan thus finished their batting with 305-7 at the end of the 50 overs.The long-awaited first ODI between the two sides was called off due to heavy rain in the metropolis on Friday. The second ODI, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was rescheduled for today and the third match will be played on Wednesday.Monday’s match was the first ODI played in Karachi after a yawning gap of exactly 3,901 days, equivalent to 10 years, eight months and six days.The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore next month.(AFP)last_img read more