View Comments Amazing Grace The sweet sound of Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tony winner Chuck Cooper and more is currently being heard in Amazing Grace, and the CBS Evening News recently profiled the tuner. Christopher Smith, the cop turned Broadway composer/lyricist, believes that the beloved song “is one of the only things we can agree on as a culture.” He also talked of how he discovered the story of John Newton, the British slave trader in the 1700s who penned the hymn.”I was literally wandering through a library and pulled a book off a shelf at random,” said Smith. Check out the segment below and then the show at the Nederlander Theatre. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 25, 2015
Ruby Walsh has revealed he is “utterly perplexed” by the negativity surrounding Hurricane Fly as he aims to regain his crown in Tuesday’s Stan James Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Press Association The 2011 winner was a disappointing third when odds-on favourite 12 months ago, but has appeared as good as ever in three starts this season, completing the hat-trick with his third triumph in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. “I know there has been much negativity of late about the horse, but it has left me utterly perplexed,” the jockey said in his Irish Examiner column. “All I will say is that those of us closest to him are more than happy at where he is at the moment.” Having suffered two heavy falls at Leopardstown last weekend, Walsh has not been seen in competitive action since and will not be back in the saddle until the start of the Festival. He said: “My absence is purely precautionary and I’m 100% ready to go. I left Leopardstown, however, with a sprained ankle and it was badly bruised. “I could have ridden this week, no problem, but both Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls were anxious I gave it a skip and to arrive fresh and well for the start of the Festival. “It’s a similar situation for Paul Townend, who was also in the wars at Leopardstown. Willie wanted Paul to also head straight to Cheltenham and that is now the case. “Our whole season, of course, has been geared towards this extravaganza and it is terrific that both Willie and Paul’s horses are in the form of their lives. “That wasn’t the case a year ago, when they were just a bit flat. I don’t think Nicky Henderson – he had seven winners last year – will find it as easy this time round.”
Manager Tommy Twomey says while their panel is depleted due to local club action, they are confident heading into the match-up and he says and it’s a great opportunity for other players. His side will come up against Longford in Round 2 of the Hastings Cup this afternoon. The team’s Round 2 match-up versus Galway has yet to be played after it was called off twice within the last week. Arrangements are being made for it to be played at some stage next week.