We heard it through the grapevine…The Commitments will close in London’s West End on November 1. The production opened at the Palace Theatre on October 8, 2013 and has played more than 1000 performances.Adapted for the stage by Roddy Doyle from his original novel, The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte. He shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show features classic soul songs including ” I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Think,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and “Mustang Sally. “Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the tuner currently stars Brian Gilligan, John Currivan, Natalie Hope, Sam Fordham, Sarah O’Connor, Jessica Cervi and Denis Grindel. View Comments
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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “There wasn’t an answer to that until we saw how it looked,” Eppler said.Cowart is out of options, so the Angels had to place him on outright waivers to allow him to be sent to the minors to work on his pitching next season. The Mariners claimed him, though.Cowart, 26, had not been able to establish himself offensively in the majors, hitting .177 in 380 plate appearances over parts of four seasons. The Angels continued with him as an infielder because he was young and was well above average defensively, at third.When he was a first-round draft pick in 2010, many teams viewed Cowart more as a pitcher than a hitter. After he struggled for a few seasons in the Angels’ farm system, the Angels toyed with the idea of moving him to the mound. That was when Jerry Dipoto was the general manager. Dipoto is now the Mariners’ GM.“He makes it awfully interesting,” Dipoto told the Seattle media on Monday. “We’ll give him a shot to do both and see where that leads us. If nothing else, it makes for a wildly interesting 25th man on the roster that can do a lot of different things.” The Angels have become more open to the idea of a two-way player since the success of Shohei Ohtani. They also have had minor leaguer hitters Jared Walsh and Bo Way begin getting instruction on pitching.“I do think that players are going to be more willing to do that because they’re going to look at it as another avenue to have more versatility,” Eppler said. “It’s another avenue for them, so it makes sense they would be open to it. I think teams are becoming more open-minded in general with everything.”ALSONew Angels infielder Tommy La Stella is expected to arrive in Arizona early for a “crash course” in playing first base, Eppler said on Monday. La Stella has played just one game at the position in the majors, but the Angels want to see if he can be used there, in addition to second and third. The Angels need coverage at first because Albert Pujols will be coming off knee surgery. …Left-hander Nate Smith, at one time one of the Angels’ top pitching prospects, is again healthy after undergoing major shoulder surgery that cost him all of the 2018 season, Eppler said. Smith was on the verge of a September call-up in 2016 when he hurt his elbow. Then he hurt his shoulder in 2017. …Ohtani is expected to return from Japan in January, when he will have his next appointment with the surgeon who performed his Tommy John surgery. In the meantime, the Angels are sending Bernard Li, their director of sports science and performance, to Japan to get a first-hand look at Ohtani’s progress. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAS VEGAS — The Angels had been preparing to try Kaleb Cowart as a pitcher, but now they won’t get the chance.Cowart was claimed on waivers by the Seattle Mariners on Monday, and the Mariners announced that Cowart would come to camp as a pitcher and infielder.Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Cowart let the organization know last season he was open to exploring pitching, so the Angels had him throw a bullpen session just after the season. They saw enough to have him accelerate his preparation as a pitcher throughout November.Eppler said the Angels hadn’t decided if they were going to try him as a two-way player, or make him exclusively a pitcher.