January 18

Paul Alexander Nolan on Being Scared to Tackle Guy in Once and Becoming a Goofy Sock Connoisseur

first_img Are you excited to spend the holiday season in New York City? What will you be doing to ring in the new year? My gal gets here on New Year’s Eve, but I don’t know what we’re going to do. I doubt we’ll go to the ball drop in Times Square [laughs]. I said to the cast last night, “So what are you doing for New Year’s?” And the first thing out of all of their mouths was, “Don’t go to Times Square!” I’m not a big club person, but it would be fun to go to a burlesque show. We have a performance the next day, but I would like to do something fun! Related Shows What do you love about the show? I was really inspired by the fact that the show feels more like a play with music than a musical. The storytelling is poetic, and it doesn’t give you everything. The story is very human in that it addresses the complexities of relationships. It doesn’t necessarily have the most “satisfying” ending, but it speaks to you because it’s realistic.  See Paul Alexander Nolan in Once at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Paul Alexander Nolan Speaking of being a goofball, what’s the story with you and the crazy socks on Twitter? I wear a lot of gray, and I’m not really into fashion [laughs]. Last fall, I thought, “I’ve got to do something fun with my wardrobe,” so, I chose socks. While I was playing Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, I started tweeting photos of the goofy socks I was wearing underneath my calf-high boots. Then I invited people to send me pairs of socks they wanted me to wear during the performance of Fiddler they were attending. I did get some very cool socks! I got one pair of very sheer, feminine, ankle-high socks, which were an odd sensation under the boots, but I wore them. Was Guy in Once a role you’ve had your eye on? Yes and no. I first saw Once when I was here doing Jesus Christ Superstar and it was such a monumental event, a perfect, magical night for me. Steve [Kazee], Cristin [Milioti] and the whole company were so electric that I thought, “I’d love to play that, but it’s perfect, so there’s no point.” I just couldn’t imagine it being any better. But when I found out they were doing replacements, I was obviously very interested because I really believe in the show. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 What’s the biggest challenge in having to sing, dance, play guitar and act at the same time? To play an instrument and move is actually really tricky. My biggest challenge in the show is playing because I don’t have an extensive background in instrument-playing. I understand that Cristin didn’t play a lot of piano before she got the role of Girl, so that made me much feel better because I felt out of place coming into a company of people who are really fantastic musicians. I’ve played guitar for a number of years, but I don’t play in front of people. This is like a giant mountain to climb. Once Every time I see this show, it makes me want to head to an Irish pub. Does it do the same for you? Absolutely. The Once company is a pretty tight group, and they spend a lot of social time together. I’ve already been to a hootenanny with some of them. These guys play together a lot, so it’s an honor to be invited into the group. I would love to have seen you play Cousin Kevin in Tommy! It’s interesting you say that, because I don’t think most people would expect me to be good as Cousin Kevin [laughs]! It’s a really awesome show, and I think there is an appetite for it. It’s an incredible achievement because it doesn’t spoon-feed the audience. I knew nothing about Tommy and I didn’t do any research going in because I didn’t want to bring any preconceived ideas. Luckily, Des trusted me to figure it out. Jesus Christ Superstar was such a fabulous show! What was the highlight of playing the title role? What was exciting about that production was how much we all believed in it. Of course, we would have liked for it to have more success here—and by success I mean have it run longer and do well financially—but I moved to a new level of artistry doing that show. It helped me dig, dig, dig, dig deep because I was with it for so long. Playing Jesus was a huge responsibility, and I took it really seriously. I can’t lie: it was almost a relief to close. Maybe I took myself too seriously, but I did consider it something I had to show up for. Paul Alexander Nolan is back on Broadway in his first leading role since wowing audiences as the titular savior in 2012’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Fresh off his sixth season at the Stratford Festival, where recent roles included Cousin Kevin in The Who’s Tommy and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, the Canadian-born actor is now headlining the Tony-winning musical Once at the Jacobs Theatre. Nolan is taking over the lead role of Guy, whose will-they-or-won’t-they romance with Girl is at the center of the intimate show. Below, the actor gives Broadway.com the scoop on returning to the Great White Way and spending New Year’s Eve in New York City. Star Files View Comments What’s the advantage of being part of the Stratford Festival “family” and the range of roles you’ve been able to play? The biggest gift I’ve received from working in Stratford is that it solidified my skill as an actor, and my eyes have been opened to the technique behind classical theater. Also, working with the different directors there taught me how to adapt; Des McAnuff works very differently than Gary Griffin, who works differently than Antoni Cimolino, who works differently than John Doyle. I think the best artists are flexible. It’s dangerous to lock yourself into, “This is how I work.” I’ve constantly been rewarded for being willing to try it someone else’s way. Any dream roles you’d love to play on the Great White Way? Bobby in Company. I love that show. In fact, I’d probably play anything in that show. Sweeney Todd would be amazing. It’s a little low for my voice, but maybe if I stretch my muscles I can get there. It’s weird, I’m attracted to dark stuff, but I’m also drawn to really goofy stuff. If and when we bring Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots to New York, I’d love to play Ben Nickel again, who’s just a huge goofball. But I’d also love to do Floyd Collins, Long Day’s Journey into Night or The Country Wife on Broadway. Do you think the timing was wrong for that production? I don’t know. How would you time it? There was a lot of competition on Broadway at that time. It’s a tricky show to sell. You’ve got people who don’t want to see it because it’s religious, and then you have people who are religious and don’t want to see it because they don’t agree with it. I will say that the audience response to the show was huge. They absolutely went berserk for it.last_img read more

September 18

Carney’s penalty gives Chelsea Women first-leg win

first_imgKaren Carney scored with an early penalty. [Picture: Steven Paston/PA Wire]Karen Carney’s ninth-minute penalty earned Chelsea a slender advantage in their Women’s Champions League last-16 first-leg tie with Fiorentina.AdChoices广告Carney converted from the spot at Kingsmeadow for a 1-0 win ahead of the second leg at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence on October 31.German midfielder Stephanie Breitner was adjudged to have handled Erin Cuthbert’s attempted cross from the right.Carney kept her composure to score under the dive of Fiorentina goalkeeper Stephanie Ohrstrom.Chelsea will feel frustrated not to have added to their advantage, but Swedish goalkeeper Ohrstrom made a string of fine saves, with Romana Bachmann, Fran Kirby, Erin Cuthbert, Millie Bright and Carney thwarted. See also:Sarri condemns ‘disgusting’ abuse aimed at Chelsea Women star Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

September 16

Jānis Freimanis: Defibrillator for the deceased. Will Latvian volleyball be…

first_imgNot long ago, while preparing an article about the “Golden Radio Technician” golden season, I tore a small wound, because volleyball became my first sport in journalism fifteen years ago. Although maybe it wasn’t so accidental, because in my childhood memories I held Tatjana Weinberg’s Mexico Gold Medal and watched the performance of five sets from the Netherlands and Italy in the final of the Atlanta Olympics.And really – why not volleyball? In the last century, for 30 years, volleyball was played in Latvia at the level of the world’s elite. Only basketball flagships TTT and Riga ASK had greater success in team sports in Soviet times. “Radiotekniķa” volleyball players were 1984 USSR champions, ten-time vice-champions and five-time bronze medal winners. He won the title of the champion of the second strongest club tournament in Europe three times, but in 1983 the Latvian SSR team (read – “Radio Technician”) triumphed in the People’s Spartakiad. Yes, yes – these Soviet-era tournaments don’t matter much to me either, but let’s see what was the USSR volleyball at that time, namely, absolute dominance in Europe and, at the very least, “Top-3” status in the world.In summary – “Radiotekniķis” (read – Latvian SSR team) was one of the best volleyball teams in the world. What could not be said about Riga “Dinamo” in hockey, nor about VEF in basketball, or “Celtnieki” in handball, not to mention “Daugava” in football.last_img read more