David Hunter on Nabbing the Lead in London’s Once

first_img One interesting thing is that as far as I can tell, there has yet to be a Guy who is actually fully Irish, even though it’s an Irish role. Now that you say that, I don’t think there’s a single Irish person in our entire cast at the moment. I’m from Warrington in the north of England, about half an hour from Liverpool, so the style of folk music in Once has never been far from my ears. I feel such a deep connection to this music—and this material—without being Irish. I think it’s wonderful when such dedication to a show ends up rewarded. The truth is, I was nervous about taking an understudy job in this production because I didn’t want that stigma attached. I had absolutely heard that people in that position do then tend to get overlooked when it comes to the leading part. But Guy is such a phenomenal role in my absolute favorite musical that I made it clear I wanted to be considered as more than the understudy, and fortunately, I was given that opportunity. Well, maybe it is. We’ve actually done that in rehearsal: We’ve named our Guys, but that all remains a closely guarded secret. And because we’ve named the Girls, as well, that’s been helpful to me given that I’ve now performed the show opposite five different Girls—that means it’s really alive every time. It presumably was useful watching two other men play Guy when it came to defining your take on the part. The great thing about watching both Declan and Arthur was that each was so far apart in his approach from the other, which in turn opened up this huge scale of things to do with the character. I think my Guy is quite warm underneath all the bitterness and anger, and once you start to scrape that away, you see what a huge heart he has. How was it being guided by Tony winner John Tiffany, who is in talks to direct the stage adaptation of Harry Potter in London? We see John fairly regularly. He likes to pop his head in to see if the show is in safe hands but often when we least expect it. There are nights when he will come up to me afterwards with an assessment and I think, “I wouldn’t have done certain things this performance if I’d known John was there!” [Laughs.] That must make you unusually sympathetic to your own understudy. His name is Jack Beale, and he’s a great guy. We have neighboring dressing rooms, so it’s been wonderful listening to him rehearse, and he’s going to get his chance to play the part when I’m on holiday—or if he pushes me down the stairs! [Laughs.] The ongoing success of Once is itself remarkable given how fundamentally quiet and unforced the show is. That’s what I love so much about it—it’s almost an anti-Broadway musical and yet has won all those Tonys and now a few Oliviers. Its gentle nature means that you engage with it in a different way. Instead of throwing itself at you, the piece draws you in and requires you to pay attention. From understudy to leading man—you must be thrilled to now own the role of Guy for yourself. I am! I’d probably done about 40 performances or so in the time that I was understudying first Declan Bennett and then Arthur Darvill, so it absolutely helped with first-night nerves knowing that I wasn’t going to fall flat on my face. [That performance] instead became about knowing that the show as a whole worked well and that Jill [Winternitz] felt comfortable and supported by the rest of the cast. This gig means the world to you, doesn’t it? It’s been the absolute highlight of my life so far. At this point, I can’t imagine what will top it. That’s not me being negative—it’s that I can’t imagine something grabbing me in quite this way again. In other words, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. In a way, especially since my agent said to me, “If you ever feel uncomfortable [on Superstar], walk away from it, there is no pressure.” But once it started, it kept getting better and better and turned out to be a wonderful, incredible roller coaster. It’s something I’m incredibly proud of and enjoyed thoroughly, though at the same time, I do think I’m David Hunter now. I don’t think I carried the Jesus brand very long. View Comments Were you well aware of the show before it got to London? Let’s just say that the soundtrack from the film never left my car stereo for four or five years: It was on constant loop! And although I never saw the show on Broadway, I obviously YouTube’d the hell out of it and was just so excited when the production came over. The timing also was ideal because if it had been 10 years later—or earlier—I wouldn’t have had a look in. I’m intrigued that the leading characters are called Guy and Girl—which suggests that they exist to some degree as archetypes. Yes, in that they speak to anyone who has been in love or ever longed for someone. That said, we had a funny situation at the stage door where a woman came up and said, “I really liked the main guy, Stephen,” so she at some point must have heard something or decided that my character’s name was Stephen [laughs]. David Hunter has understudied the last two guys to play Guy in the West End incarnation of the hit musical Once—but earlier this month, he nabbed the starring role for himself. The new leading man plays opposite American actress Jill Winternitz (Dirty Dancing) as Girl at the Phoenix Theatre. He’s best known as a semi-finalist in the 2012 TV reality competition show Superstar, and superstardom may not be too far off for the warm and chatty 29-year-old Englishman. Broadway.com caught up with Hunter to find out more about the new Guy in town. Before Once, you were best known for rising through the ranks on a reality show to cast the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar. Yes, and I got to the semi-finals, which was an incredible experience. The truth is, prior to Superstar I had looked down on those sorts of programs. But I had auditioned for Rock of Ages and come down to the last two and not gotten the role, so my fear was that the show would come around again and there would be 10 Jesuses lined up before me so I had better get in there!last_img read more

ACI marinas achieved a significant increase in revenue

first_imgAccording to financial indicators, the Company ACI dd in the first 9 months of 2017 generated total revenues in the amount of HRK 165,1 million, and revenues are at the same level as last year. Expenditures are also at the same level compared to the observed period last year and amount to HRK 131,7 million.The events that had a significant impact on business in the first 9 months of 2017 relate to the complete reconstruction of the ACI marina Rovinj and the construction of a travel elevator pool in the ACI marina Dubrovnik, point out the ACI, adding that given the fact that average revenues marinas Rovinj in recent years have been at a level of approx. HRK 11 million, it can be said that during 2017, other ACI system marinas achieved a significant increase in revenues and thus fully compensated for the absence of the mentioned revenues of the ACI marina Rovinj.Operating revenues (revenues from nautical activities – annual, monthly, daily berths, leases and other services to boaters) were realized in the total amount of HRK 156,4 million, of which revenues from annual berths amounted to HRK 70 million (decrease of 3%), revenues from daily (transit) connections amount to HRK 53,5 million (increase of 5%), while revenues from monthly connections amount to HRK 8,6 million (increase of 16%). Revenue from leases and ancillary activities amounts to HRK 12,6 million (an increase of 11%) while revenues from other services to boaters amount to HRK 9,8 million (an increase of 5%).According to the type of service, on the annual berth in ACI marinas on 30.09.2017. There were 3.427 vessels (decrease of 2%), a total of 98.827 ships of days in transit (decrease of 4%), and a monthly increase of 24% in months. “Based on data on physical indicators, 1% more boat days were achieved compared to the same period last year. Since ACI marina Rovinj in 2016 carried 8,8% of ship days, it is clear that physical indicators indicate growth compared to comparable period. ” stand out from the ACI marina.During 2017, ACI dd continued to make significant investments in marinas within the system, all with the aim of raising the quality of service provision.ACI marina Rovinj – investment of 160 million kunaThe most significant investment project in 2017 is the complete reconstruction of the ACI marina Rovinj, which is planned to be completed in 2018, when the renovated marina should start operating.ACI marina Rovinj, which is currently undergoing a complete reconstruction in the land and sea. The project is worth 160 million kuna and after the completion of the works will represent a significant step forward in the standards of nautical tourism in Croatia. In the sea part, the reconstruction envisages the division of the waters into two “basins”, one of which will be partly used for charter and transit vessels of smaller dimensions during the summer period. The new marina will have a capacity of 196 berths on which it will be able to accommodate ships with an average length of 17 meters, instead of the current 11 meters. Yachts up to 35 meters long will be able to be accepted for the annual berth, and in transit larger vessels for which a dozen berths will be provided.Other significant investments during the first nine months of 2017 include the construction of a travel elevator pool that was put into operation during the season, and a newly renovated golf course in the ACI marina Dubrovnik, the reconstruction of concrete piers and electricity in the ACI marina Vodice, reconstruction of pedestrian areas and indoor terraces of the restaurant in the ACI marina Umag and the reconstruction of the reception in the ACI marina Milna. “Based on all the above indicators, it can be said that the 2017 season was extremely successful for ACI dd ”conclude from the ACI marina.Related news:FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY IN CROATIA, 100 MILLION NIGHTS WERE ACHIEVEDlast_img read more

Qatar to lift lockdown in four phases from June 15

first_imgQatar will start lifting coronavirus restrictions under a four-phase plan starting on June 15, when some mosques can reopen and flights can depart, government spokeswoman Lulwa Rashed al-Khater said on Monday.She told a news conference the second phase of easing the lockdown would start on July 1, the third on Aug. 1 and the fourth on Sept. 1.Restrictions could be reimposed or the stages delayed if necessary, Khater added. The second phase will allow a partial opening of restaurants and the third will permit the resumption of flights from low-risk countries and the reopening of shopping malls and markets with limited capacity.Priority on flights will be given to holders of residency visas, she said.Everyone entering Qatar will be required to undergo a two-week quarantine in specially designated hotels at their own expense.The fourth phase will allow all mosques to resume normal operation and for flight schedules to be expanded. Wedding parties, business gatherings such as exhibitions, and the reopening of theatres and cinemas will be permitted. Topics :center_img The fourth phase will also include the lifting of restrictions on educational institutions in time for the new academic year, Khater said.Qatar reported 1,368 new coronavirus cases and three deaths on Monday, bringing the total to 70,158 cases including 57 deaths.It has the second-highest number of cases after Saudi Arabia in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which have recorded 279,662 cases of infection and 1,455 deaths.last_img read more

Premier League reform plan looks like power grab, UK minister says

first_imgAsked on Sky News if the proposal was a good plan or a power grab, Oliver Dowden, the minister for culture, media and sport, said: “I fear it’s the latter and I’m quite sceptical about this.”He added: “If we keep having these back room deals going on, we’ll have to look at the underlying governance of football. We promised in the manifesto a fan led review, and I must say the events that I’ve seen in the last few weeks have made this seem more urgent again.”The plan, which has been backed by the EFL, has already drawn opposition from the Premier League on the grounds that a number of individual proposals within it could have a damaging impact on the game.The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) has also opposed the plan.”Unless the clubs, the Premier League and the EFL can get together urgently… it does raise genuine questions about the governance of the sport,” Dowden added.”I’m sure many fans … will be thinking to themselves why can’t this sport get its act together at the Premier League and the EFL level in order to help.”Topics : The minister who oversees sport in Britain said on Monday he feared a plan by Liverpool and Manchester United to restructure the English Premier League was a power grab that could prompt a deeper look at the governance of the sport.The two clubs are backing a plan to radically change the Premier League’s structure, giving more power to the big clubs, reducing it to 18 teams from 20 for the 2022-23 season, and scrapping the League Cup and Community Shield.The plan would see the Premier League commit to providing 25 percent of the league’s revenue to English Football League (EFL) clubs and a 250 million pounds ($326 million) rescue fund to help with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 crisis.last_img read more

Tugun beach house going under the hammer

first_img22-24 Wagawn St, Tugun.A NEW career opportunity in Los Angeles has forced the sale of a 1950s beach house on the Gold Coast. The house at 22-24 Wagawn St is on an 810sq m double block and was bought by Gerrit van Dijk and his wife Fiona Landreth in 2014. 22-24 Wagawn St, Tugun. 22-24 Wagawn St, Tugun. 22-24 Wagawn St, Tugun. 22-24 Wagawn St, Tugun.Mr van Dijk and Ms Landreth had planned to develop their property but a new career opportunity in Los Angeles means the home is now going to auction October 27 at 10am.“The elevated position of the block itself is really lovely, catching sea breezes and ocean glimpses, yet you’re not copping the full force of the wind like you would if you were beachfront,” Mr van Dijk said.“Our house is comfy, relaxed and without pretence, like a beach holiday home from yesteryear.“Important though is the 810sq m double block which gives a lot of potential plus the 15m height limit to create something beautiful, profitable or both at a future date.” RELATED: Margot Robbie’s mum selling Gold Coast homecenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59Ray White Mermaid Beach sales agent Troy Dowker, who is marketing the property said the large block offered scope to capitalise with an array of redevelopment options to explore, subject to council approval.“Beachside Tugun is tightly held and has had little sales activity in the second quarter and first two months of the third quarter,” Mr Dowker said.“Buyers are now discovering the special part of this coast and are attracted to Tugun for its laid-back vibe and charm.” With plans to transform the property into a comfortable family home, the couple replaced the kitchen, polished the floorboards, redid the ceiling, updated the bathroom, replaced old water pipes and electric wiring, and closed in the storage cavity under the house.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Work commitments have kept us away and overseas for most of the time we have owned it,” Mr van Dijk said.“Whenever we returned from overseas, we realised how fantastic the beaches and Hinterland of the Gold Coast really were.“Northern New South Wales and Byron Bay at 45 minutes away, is just a leisurely drive.” Wagawn St is widely regarded as the premier beachside address in Tugun, just metres from the ocean, beachfront parkland, Tugun Village, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the weekly Village Markets. Bright outlook for state’s builderslast_img read more

Laborer found dead

first_imgTorrefranca’s body was brought to alocal mortuary for a “post-mortem” examination./PN BACOLOD City – A laborer was found deadinside his house in Barangay Tabunan, Bago City, Negros Occidental. The victim sustained no injuries, makingthe police dismiss the possibility of murder. Police investigators said it was Torrefranca’ssister Mylene Romano who found him. The body of 52-year-old WinnieTorrefranca was discovered around 8 a.m. on Nov. 28, a police report showed.last_img

George J. Lamping, 90, Brookville

first_imgBorn in Oldenburg, Indiana on October 14, 1929, George E. Lamping, entered Post Everlasting on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the age of 90 years. George was the son of Raymond B. And Bernadette V. Lamping. His childhood and education were spent in Oldenburg. He shared many fond memories of growing up there and very recently enjoyed the reunions of his classmates from there.Upon graduating from Batesville High School, George entered the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict. Following his stint in the army George was employed by A.B. Beverage Company in Brookville. He delivered beer to many establishments in Franklin County and surrounding counties. During these years his good nature and pleasant demeanor helped him develop many friends and acquaintances. He was a fellow who could talk to anyone and make them comfortable and desiring to hold onto his friendship for many years. In later years he served as courier for FCN Bank.Mr. Lamping was a member of St. Michael Church, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks of Rushville, the HOBO’s, the Bernard Hurst American Legion Post 77, serving as commander in 1972. In addition he served as chaplain of the American Legion Firing Squad for many years. His true passion was a dedication to making the local American Legion a place for veterans and their families welcome to honor the noble service they provided for our country.Survivors include his life partner of forty years, Shirley Helms and her children, Kim Helms of Sidney, Ohio, Michael Helms of Florida and Bridgett Helms of Brookville. Grandchildren include Shantelle Fogt, Elizabeth Thomas and granddaughter/godchild, Cheyenne Wilson. He is also survived by seven great grandchildren, a sister, Esther A. Young and several nephews and nieces.Those preceding him in death besides his parents include his only daughter, Cindy Lamping who died October 15, 1972, sisters, Doris Suttman, Lorine C. Fehrman, and a brother, Raymond G. Lamping.Rev. Vincent Lampert will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Broookville. Following services the American Legion Post 77 will conduct services with full military honors.Friends and family may visit from 9 until 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Phillips and Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.          Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion Firing Squad or St. Michaels Building Fund.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Lamping family.  To sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Pardew: Class needed if Cabaye departs

first_imgNewcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he could lose Yohan Cabaye and has said the club must work on identifying a high-quality replacement for his influential French midfielder. Press Association Pardew thought his side were primed to pinch all three points in injury time when substitute Sammy Ameobi’s floated cross struck the inside of the post and bounced out for Yoan Gouffran, who somehow contrived to scoop the ball over the bar. Pardew added: “Sammy hit a great little cross and I thought it was in, then it came back on the wrong side for Gouffran – he’ll be sweating on the Christmas gaffes for misses of the season. “I think we looked a more disciplined and cohesive defensive unit but in the offensive areas you could tell we needed a few more options off the bench. “It would have been nice to have more senior players to bring on, but I can walk out of here fairly happy that we’ve put in a professional performance, if not a performance that we really wanted.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce maintained his personal unbeaten record at St James’ Park since his departure as Newcastle boss, but like Pardew blamed a lack of sharpness up front for his side’s blank scoresheet. Allardyce said: “We’ve got to improve on that scenario – I watched Chelsea beat Aston Villa in midweek and they didn’t create as many chances as us today. “You’ve got to finish your chances off. It was great to keep a clean sheet again and these are great points for us, but we have got to start being more clinical in front of goal.” Allardyce had no complaints over Modibo Maiga’s disallowed goal in the last minute and admitted he feared the worst when Ameobi went within inches of winning it for the hosts in injury time. Allardyce added: “Zero shots on target [from Newcastle] away from home is a pretty good achievement in the Premier League, but I could have been sat here so sick had that fluke cross ended up in the back of the net. “So in the end I’m satisfied with a point and another clean sheet but we are disappointed that we didn’t take any of those very, very good chances.” center_img Cabaye was once again sidelined for the grim goalless draw with West Ham at St James’ Park as transfer speculation continues to rage over Cabaye, with both Arsenal and Paris St Germain said to be preparing improved bids. Pardew said: “The situation is quite simple – we need to resolve the situation. We need to get ourselves in a position where if he stays, great, and if doesn’t stay we need to get someone equally as good.” last_img read more

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce hopeful Lee Cattermole has seen back of problem

first_img Allardyce knows his squad face a battle to drag themselves out of the relegation zone as Sunderland aim to avoid what would be a third straight league defeat. Sunderland are second bottom, with only one league win all season, which came in Allardyce’s second match in charge against rivals Newcastle, one of his former clubs. The Black Cats could, though, prop up the table by the time they run out at Selhurst Park should Aston Villa get a result at Everton on Saturday. Allardyce said: ” I am still learning about the players and expected to have got more out of the games with the performances we gave, but we have to cut out the individual errors and the sooner we do that, then the sooner we will put points on the board. “We are all in it together and have to stick together now, enjoy our training, not feel sorry for ourselves to get on with the job and get better every week.” Sunderland Under-21 midfielder Martin Smith has joined Vanarama Conference side Gateshead on loan until January 2. Cattermole missed the home defeat by Southampton, but has since been able to resume full training this week and is expected back in contention for Monday night’s trip to Crystal Palace. “Lee is alright and he is available. He has had enough treatment and been to see a specialist in Germany who has made him feel a little bit better, Muller-Wohlfahrt … the master,” Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said at Friday’s press conference “With the specialist here and Hans, he has recovered and the good thing that came out of the international break is that he hasn’t really missed a game. “Hans is accomplished at what he does. It is not a normal way of treatment and sometimes it can be a bit quirky but it gives players so much confidence when they meet him. He has got him fit. “It has now been relieved and hopefully it is gone for a good deal of time now. “The problem was a nerve pressing against the disc in his lower back.” Allardyce reported no fresh injury concerns from players returning after international duty. Defender John O’Shea, who had been nursing a hamstring problem, is expected to feature in the Sunderland squad having made a late substitute appearance for the Republic of Ireland in their play-off second leg against Bosnia in Dublin on Monday night. The midfielder limped out of the Barclays Premier League match at Everton at the start of November with a suspected groin or back problem. Following further investigations over the international break, which saw Cattermole travel to visit Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt, who has helped the likes of Michael Owen and Jonathan Woodgate in the past, it transpires the issue is nerve related. Sunderland hope a visit to renowned German specialist Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt will help keep captain Lee Cattermole fit for their battle against relegation. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Harmanpreet, Smriti, Mithali to lead teams in Women’s T20 Challenge

first_imghighlights Supernovas, Trailblazers, Velocity are three teams to compete. All games to be played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Harmanpreet, Smriti, Mithali to lead teams in Women’s T20 Challenge. Teams:Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (WK).Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).Velocity: Mithali Raj (Captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (WK), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy. (With Inputs: PTI) New Delhi : Harmanpreet Kaur, Smrithi Mandhana and Mithali Raj will lead the Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity teams respectively in the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge to be played between May 6 and 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. India’s best cricketers and future stars will be joined by international players from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in a four-match tri-series. All the teams consists of 13 players with four overseas cricketers each.Some of the top international stars to feature in the series are England’s Natalie Sciver (Supernovas), New Zealand’s Sophie Devine (Supernovas), West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor (Trailblazers), England’s Sophie Ecclestone (Trailblazers), New Zealand’s Suzie Bates (Trailblazers), England’s Danielle Wyatt (Velocity) and New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr (Velocity) among others.While WV Raman will coach the Supernovas, Biju George and Mamta Maben have been named as the coaches of Trailblazers and Velocity teams respectively. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more