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London Assassins Star Mike McShane on ‘Thin Dude’ Aaron Tveit & More

first_img Assassins composer Stephen Sondheim attended an early performance—how nerve-wracking was that? We didn’t know he was going to be there, but just before I went onstage, someone said to me, “make sure you’re careful with your signage; don’t hit anybody with what you’re carrying.” All of a sudden I thought, “something’s going on,” and I got very nervous. View Comments We’re very happy to have you at the Menier in one of the finest musical theatre ensembles I can remember. Thank you! This is one of the best companies I’ve ever been part of in my life. The nature of how it’s performed is that we feed off one another. I’m an improviser as well as an actor, so to be fed by Aaron Tveit or Catherine Tate is to be getting a four-course meal of the highest quality. Jamie Lloyd’s blistering production of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Assassins is hurtling into its final month at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and is about to welcome two new cast members: Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini, who succeed Aaron Tveit and Catherine Tate, respectively (though Tate will return for the final two weeks). What better time to chat with company stalwart Mike McShane, whose devastating performance as the deranged Sam Byck is among the show’s highlights? caught the comedy circuit and film regular one recent afternoon and found the irrepressible performer in typically expansive mood. Both of whom are leaving the production, though Catherine is coming back for the final two weeks. Will you miss Aaron? I can hardly wait till he’s gone, I f*cking hate him [laughs]. No, of course, I’m real sad. He’s a brilliant actor and a decent dude who happens to be incredibly talented and good-looking and that’s why I hate him so much! We’re all going to miss him. In the decades since, that improbability has become a horrifying reality. Yes, and when I talk about dropping a plane on the president, you can feel the temperature in the audience shift; you can almost hear the Americans in the house holding their breath since that notion means something different to us now. Was Harvey a real mensch? Oh, he was, while also displaying this sharp critical mind about queer history and theater history, and I would just sit there and pick his brains. My cat died during the show, and the cat was 22-years-old so when it went, that was a big deal for me. I was a mess, actually, but Harvey just sat me down and talked to me. I’m especially fond of that memory. What was Mr. Sondheim’s review? He was so generous and sweet, and so affirming about where Jamie [Lloyd, director] and we were going with it. It was a good boost in the arm to us. He’s been back to see it three times, so we’re chuffed. I count myself a very lucky American on many levels and one of them is that I got to have Shakespeare, as I call our composer, come watch me in his work. You bring Samuel Byck to vivid life—do you envision him as an American misfit version of Sweeney Todd? Both Byck and Sweeney Todd—or Benjamin Barker—have that horrible unrequited anger that they don’t know what to do with, and the thing with Byck is that nobody wants to hear or listen to him which only intensifies his need to be heard, so he goes on the attack. It’s all there in what Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Weidman have written. Sondheim is the master, he really is.center_img I don’t envy the Menier box office having to deal with Aaron fans who discover he’s leaving February 8. There are some gals in the audience who are only there to see Aaron and he could be standing there shaving a cat and wearing a dunce cap and they would pay money to see that. But there are others, as well. There was one girl who came up to me afterwards and said, “Are all musicals like this?” and I said to her, “No they’re not. Make a note of the name Stephen Sondheim and have a look at this guy’s music.” Have you bought him a farewell gift? I have, in fact. It’s a really cool David Bowie t-shirt that he’s just the right sort of thin dude to wear. I certainly couldn’t; it wouldn’t give off the right vibe [laughs]. Do you think there could be a Sweeney Todd in your future? [Laughs.] Aside from whether I’d ever begin to be able to sing it, I don’t think so. I’m more Beadle Bamford territory now. It would be wonderful to see this production in New York. Do you think that could happen? That would be great but can’t you just see the Fox News headline: “American-hating British company comes to do American-hating musical written by American-hating Jew.” We live in difficult times. What amazes me is how quickly the cast emerges into the theater bar after the show given how bruising the material is. The Brits have this amazing sensibility about show business probably because they’ve been doing it since some dude picked up a lyre and said, “Here’s a song about Beowulf,” so there’s very little of that bullsh*t. Jamie Parker [the Balladeer] may feel like he’s ripped his guts out and then he goes downstairs and sees his wife and kid. You play a guy who attempted to crash a plane into the Nixon White House in 1974. Do you remember the real incident? I remember us joking about it then, strangely enough. I was 19 and in the service, so I was aware of it only in passing, but at that point in our history nobody had got a plane up in the air in order to crash it as a weapon. If he had succeeded, God knows what would have happened to our country then. Any memories that come to mind about your time on Broadway? I did a play with Matthew Broderick called Taller than a Dwarf [in 2000] where we had two opposing directors: Alan Arkin who was there to direct it and our writer, Elaine May, who tried to direct it. I did La Cage when Harvey [Fierstein] came in with Jeffrey Tambor, who left for reasons that remain locked forever in a secret vault. But what was great was that I got to meet Chris Sieber, who took over. That was the first time they’d actually had two gay men in those roles.last_img read more

Neville blasts Solskjaer over poor selection

first_img Loading… Former Manchester United star, Phil Neville, was not pleased with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection against Chelsea in the FA Cup. The Red Devils lost 3-1 in the semi final at Wembley after a limp display, and in part due to goalkeeping mistakes from David De Gea. But Neville felt the team selection from manager Solskjaer was a key reason for the loss. The result means Chelsea face Arsenal in the final, while both United and Chelsea have to play the final two Premier League games of their seasons to try and secure a spot in the top four.Advertisement read also:Manchester United fans beg Solksjaer to drop Young against Everton “I don’t think United had a player on the pitch, maybe [Bruno] Fernandes, that played well,” the former Manchester United player explained on TV. “I think Ole picked the wrong team and the wrong system.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Muchlast_img read more

Kentucky Derby postponed until Sept. 5

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby postponed until Sept. 5.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 17, 2020 Associated Press center_img Kentucky Derby postponed until Sept. 5last_img

Rule 5 Draft: Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente leads list of best Rule 5 picks

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The Grand Hall rooms C/D at the Manchester Grand Hyatt were packed at 9 a.m. PT for an annual Winter Meetings event that rarely even lasts an hour, the Rule 5 Draft.On this day, only 33 minutes passed from the opening remarks to the final pick of the minor league phase. Eleven players were picked in the major league phase, and three of those players were in the Houston organization until this morning. As much as anything, that’s a compliment to the depth of the Astros’ farm system.  MORE: 2019 Rule 5 Draft resultsAs you probably know, all Rule 5 picks must stay on the MLB roster all season, or be put on waivers and offered back to their original teams for half of the $100,000 the team spent to pick the player.It’s a risky proposition (MLB roster spots are valuable), and most players who are chosen in the Rule 5 draft don’t wind up making a huge impact in the majors. Some do, though. In the 2014 Rule 5 draft, Mark Canha was the No. 2 pick by the Rockies, then immediately traded to the A’s, where he’s developed into a starter who popped 26 homers and had a 4.5 bWAR in 2019. Delino DeShields was the No. 3 pick, and he’s been a regular in the Rangers outfield, when healthy, since that draft day. Odubel Herrera was the No. 8 pick that year, and he posted a 4.0 bWAR as a rookie for the Phillies in 2015, then made the NL All-Star squad in 2016. But they don’t quite crack the list of the best Rule 5 players ever chosen.These three guys went on to do great things with the team that took the risk. 1. Roberto Clemente, 1954Details: Picked by the Pirates, from the DodgersNeed to know: You know all about his greatness on and off the field. But after hitting .257 for Brooklyn’s Triple-A club in 1954 as a 19-year-old, Clemente was left unprotected and the Pirates snagged him. He didn’t become an All-Star until his sixth season in the majors, but even then he was still just 25 and on his way to legend status.2. George Bell, 1980Details: Picked by the Blue Jays, from the PhilliesNeed to know: Bell took a couple of years to develop into a starter, but once he found his regular spot in the lineup, he became a star. From 1984-90, Bell averaged 28 home runs a year for Toronto, and he won the AL MVP in 1987. 3. Shane Victorino, 2004Details: Picked by the Phillies, from the DodgersNeed to know: Victorino was a rare two-time Rule 5 pick. In 2002, he was plucked by the Padres from the Dodgers, but that didn’t work out (he hit .151 in 36 games) and he was returned to L.A. But with the Phillies, Victorino turned into an All-Star (two times) Gold Glove (three times) winner who was a driving force behind the team’s 2008 World Series title. ———–And here are the top three players who were selected in the Rule 5 draft, but went on to greatness elsewhere.1. Josh Hamilton, 2006Details: Picked by the Cubs, from the Devil Rays  Need to know: The Cubs immediately sold Hamilton, who was coming back off drug-related suspensions, to Cincinnati on the day of the Rule 5 draft. After hitting .292 with 19 homers in 90 games for the Reds in 2007, they traded him to the Rangers. There, of course, he went on to become a perennial MVP candidate (he won the award in 2010) and five-time All-Star. His career was marked by extreme highs and extreme lows. 2. Johan Santana, 1999Details: Picked by the Marlins, from the Astros Need to know: With a pre-draft deal in hand , the Marlins picked Santana first in the Rule 5 draft and immediately swapped him to the Twins for Jared Camp, who went No. 2 in that draft. Oops. Santana held the best-pitcher-in-baseball title for a stretch where he finished in the top seven in the Cy Young voting six consecutive seasons (winning in 2004 and 2006). 3. Jose Bautista, 2003Details: Picked by the Orioles, from the PiratesNeed to know: Bautista’s road to big-league success was long and winding. After he was picked by the Orioles in that Rule 5 draft, he was also with the Devil Rays, Royals, Mets and Pirates (again) before he finally became one of the most feared sluggers in baseball for the Blue Jays.last_img read more

Exciting Education Opportunities at The Washington Center

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts has big opportunities for local singers and dancers wanting to learn from top performers visiting Olympia. The 2018-19 Season is our most exciting and highly anticipated line-up of performances to date. The Center is committed to finding creative and unique opportunities for our community as we partner with top touring performers to bring educational programming as a feature to our season.Olympia native Shoshana Bean, a vocal powerhouse known for her roles on Broadway and her chart-topping albums, will be kicking off the 2018-19 season at the Washington Center Main Stage on October 4th. From performing as Elphaba in Wicked, to touring the world as a solo artist, she has had ample opportunity to learn the secrets to vocal health. Through the process of breaking down and analyzing lyrics, Shoshana will lead a master class on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Washington Center. She will guide students through a series of questions and exercises in order to custom fit the song to the singer in the most personal way, highlighting their individual strengths and helping them to find an honest, authentic and powerful connection to the music.Partnering with Olympia Youth Chorus, 16 emerging singers have been selected for this class The public is invited to audit the class for a suggested donation of $5.Shoshana Bean Master ClassDate:  Wednesday, October 3, 2018Time:  5-9 PMCost to Audit Master Class:  Suggested donation $5Location:  Washington Center for the Performing ArtsBodyVox, innovative dance company from Portland Oregon, returns to the Washington Center on Thursday October 25, for an evening performance of BlodyVox on the Main Stage! A hint of Hitchcock, a healthy dose of ghosts and zombies that draw from cinema, folklore and our collective nightmares to bring All Hallows’ Eve to life. This delightfully creepy show is a must see for the entire family!BodyVox will offer a special master class for emerging dancers ages 12 and up (limited to 60 students), on Wedneday October 24th. BodyVox has established itself as an exciting presence in the West Coast dance scene as they combine movement, theatre, and film to create unforgettable experiences in the visual arts. In this master class, young dancers will have the chance to practice their craft under the instruction of BodyVox company members – dancers who are shaping the future of performing arts.BodyVox Master ClassDate:  Wednesday, October 24, 2018Time:  3:30 – 5:00 PMTarget:  Emerging dancers, ages 12 + (Limited to 60 students)Cost:  $15Location:  Johansen Olympia Dance CenterFor more information about upcoming events please visit or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.last_img read more