View Comments More Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in the U.K. Staying with London theater for a minute, Hadyn Gwynne, Jerome Pradon and Anna Skellern will join the previously announced Tamsin Greig in the U.K. premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s new musical adaptation of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the limited engagement will begin previews on December 20 at the Playhouse Theatre. Opening night is set for January 12, 2015. Has Benedict Cumberbatch Found His Ophelia? Benedict Cumberbatch has his eye on a Broadway alum. The Sherlock star, who will headline the sold-out production of Hamlet at London’s Barbican next year, thinks that Jessica Chastain (The Heiress) could be his Ophelia. “She can come and join our party if she wants,” Cumberbatch told Yahoo! Movies, after Chastain expressed interest in playing the heroine. “She hasn’t aged out of our production. I’m an older Hamlet, and we can all be contemporaries in the young world of that play.” Just in case Chastain doesn’t want to join your party, Benedict, we at Broadway.com will always be here to get it started. Matt Doyle and More Team Up for The Lost Boy Broadway’s Matt Doyle, Jennifer Cody, Sheffield Chastain, Chad Kimball, Mary Beth Peil, Elizabeth Morton and Oscar winner James Lecesne will appear in an industry reading of Ron Pallilo’s The Lost Boy. Helmed by Tony Speciale, the play will be performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club Studios on September 15 and 16. We’re keeping an eye on this one… The Obies Switch It Up Changes are afoot with The Obie Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway. The American Theatre Wing has entered into a partnership with the Village Voice to co-present the honor. Next year will mark the Award’s 60th anniversary and we look forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for the event in May 2015. Zachary Quinto & Brian Cox Set for NBC’s The Slap NBC’s The Slap is tapping Broadway vets left, right and center! Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox will join the previously reported Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard in the mini-series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Slap follows a family in crisis after Quinto’s character slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. Take a Tour Round SJP & Matthew Broderick’s House Yes we know it’s nosy, but we couldn’t resist taking a sneak peek. Stage and screen stars Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have listed their New York townhouse for sale and it’s as fashionably exquisite as you might expect. The Daily Mail reports that the historic five-story, 6800-square-foot home comes complete with cavernous closets (naturally), a terraced garden and working fireplaces. Pricetag? $22 million… Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
MORE: Join DAZN and watch Tevin Farmer vs. Jono Carroll on March 15 Farmer’s mood quickly went from joking around to dead serious when the conversation shifted to his weight class, however.The 130-pound division features great fighters that include Farmer, WBC titlist Miguel Berchelt, WBA champion Gervonta Davis, WBA (regular) titleholder Andrew Cancio and WBO titlist Masayuki Ito. On paper, everything looks great. While he respects what those fighters have accomplished, the 28-year-old Farmer feels the division will never progress if the top fighters aren’t facing one another.”It doesn’t matter who has the belts because nobody is fighting each other,” said Farmer (28-4-1, one no-contest, six KOs). “I really don’t care for that. Until world champions are fighting world champions, then it will be pretty good for the division. Other than that, there’s nothing really happening in the division. We have some good people, but they aren’t fighting each other.” He’s right. Fans want to see champions taking on other champions to see who the best really is. That has always been the case because of the politics that have plagued the sport for years. Those same politics caused fights like Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao to not happen when both were in the primes of their careers. It might even cause Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder to be heavily delayed.Some have put the onus on the promoters and some have put it on the boxers for not pushing the issue of making the best fights happen regardless of which network and promotion they’re fighting under. Farmer doesn’t say who should be blamed, but he gives his hot take as to why the best 130-pounders aren’t facing each other.”Because nobody wants to take a risk,” Farmer said. “I mean, if you’re a great fighter, you should feel like it isn’t a risk. I don’t feel like it’s a risk. I know I can beat the other champions in my division. I would like to fight all of them. So, for me, it would be easy. It’s easy for me to say that because I know they can’t beat me. But for a guy that’s unsure, it would be a lot harder.” Many are expecting Farmer to beat Carroll and move on to a bigger fight. According to proboxingodds.com , Farmer is a 10-1 favorite to win in his backyard. What comes afterward if Farmer gets through Carroll?A Davis-Farmer showdown would be the biggest bout to make at junior lightweight. They have been going back and forth on Twitter since the summer of 2017. At times, it has gotten personal between the two. It’s the one fight that Farmer would prefer to have, though he doesn’t think it will happen any time soon because of Davis and his camp. Why you so worried bout me fat boy. Better start making weight. https://t.co/uQTncOPHS9— TEVIN FARMER (@TevinFarmer22) October 19, 2017″Let’s be serious about that, we know Gervonta doesn’t want to fight me,” Farmer says point-blank.Farmer has an Option B if the Davis fight cannot be made. “If Cancio wants to fight me next, I’ll take that fight,” Farmer said. “I liked what he did to Machado. It would be easier since we are on DAZN and our promoters get along well. Hell, yeah, I would take that fight.” Tevin Farmer was in a jovial mood when talking with Sporting News ahead of his IBF junior lightweight title defense Friday night against Jono Carroll at the Liacouras Center in Farmer’s hometown of Philadelphia, live and exclusively on DAZN.”I have a problem making weight all the time,” Farmer said, laughing loudly in reference to WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter having to cut his hair to make weight for his fight with Yordenis Ugas on Saturday. “Just kidding. I think making 130 pounds is pretty easy.” Carroll (16-0, three KOs) is looking to squash Farmer’s plans of future unification bouts. The 26-year-old earned the title shot by going to a split draw against Guillaume Frenois in December. Even though the Irishman is undefeated, Farmer sees no difficulty in changing that. “S—,” Farmer said point-blank when asked about what challenges Carroll presents. “He’s going to get his ass kicked. You hear fighters say, ‘Oh, yeah, so-and-so is a great fighter. He’s going to give me a tough fight.’ When they say that, they know damn well those guys aren’t going to give them a tough fight. They just want to make people think it’s going to be a tough fight, like when Gervonta fought Ruiz last month. He kept saying Ruiz was a tough opponent. In my head, I knew he was full of s—. That’s why he and his team picked him to be the opponent. He knew he would beat Ruiz’s ass.” Farmer added: “Jono was talking s—, saying he can beat me and is going to take my title. That’s why I wanted to face him, so I can kick his ass. I have no idea how I’m going to win. I just know he’s going to be bloody. I’ll tell you that for a fact. No one is going to recognize him when I’m done with him. I promise you that.”
Eloy Jimenez made his Wrigley Field debut Tuesday, formally introducing himself to the fans he once thought he would play in front of for much of his MLB career.The Cubs shipped him to the White Sox in 2017, however, in the deal that brought left-hander Jose Quintana to the North Side, so, for Jimenez, this was a chance to show his former organization what it was missing. “When I signed (as an amateur with the Cubs), I said, ‘I want to hit one in Wrigley,'” Jimenez said. “Now I’m with the White Sox, and it feels really good.”It was made even more impressive by his bat breaking on the swing, which postgame photo evidence confirmed.Eloy Jimenez’s broken bat. #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/zK4clzBxPF— Kevin Powell (@kpowell720) June 19, 2019White Sox fans know this season is meant to build a bridge to a more fruitful future — one heavily involving Jimenez and his powerful bat. Watching their left fielder consistently mash against opponents such as the Cubs and Yankees will make the wait easier while providing plenty of optimism for what comes next. THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE MISSING, @Cubs .Eloy Jimenez off the team that traded him! pic.twitter.com/vzDI52hS8z— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) June 19, 2019Like he has done this year against other teams South Side fans dislike, Jimenez drilled a home run. His ninth-inning blast gave the White Sox a 3-1 victory.”It was everything,” Jimenez told reporters after the game. “I can’t explain right now, but it was a really good moment.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNEarlier this year, Jimenez delivered a pair of multi-home run games against the Yankees, as well as two long balls in a contest against the Astros. Plus, he took the division-rival Royals — with whom the White Sox have openly feuded — deep on June 8 and June 9.But producing the home run to beat the Cubs in his first game at Wrigley might have been the most special MLB hit for him to date given his history with the organization.