Tony Poll Top Three: Fans Are Fuming Over If/Then’s Tony Snub!

first_img 3. Daniel Radcliffe for Best Actor in a Play – 11% Radcliffe delivers a stellar performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan as Billy, not that the nominators seemed to notice. Or ever seem to notice—this is the Audience Choice Award winner’s third time on the Great White Way boards, and the third time he’s been given the Tony cold shoulder. The production received a total of six nominations, including Best Revival of a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Sarah Greene, but apparently there’s no magic spell for receiving a nod for this leading man. The 2014 Tony nominations were announced on April 29, and while we’re eagerly cheering on the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, there were a number of shows and performers that were left behind. (Seriously, only four Best Musical nominees when they could have picked five? Don’t get us started!) We asked fans which Tony snub they’re fuming over most. The results are in, and here’s what you had to say. Still angry? We don’t blame you. Show those nominators how it’s done by choosing the Audience Choice Awards nominees! View Comments 1. If/Then for Best Musical – 16% As Elizabeth would say/belt, “What the f*ck?!” Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy for all of the nominees, but it’s painful to see such a beautiful and original musical get left behind. Sure, past Tony winners Idina Menzel and composing team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey may have been nominated this year for their work, but where’s the love for the show? Come on, there’s an empty spot for a Best Musical nominee! 2. The Bridges of Madison County for Best Musical – 14% We cried our eyes out at the show, and now we’re reliving the heartbreak after this snub. While we’re at it, where’s Steven Pasquale on the list?! And did we mention that there’s a fifth spot left open on the list of Best Musical nominees? (Clearly, we’re not over it.) At least we can take solace in the tuner’s four nominations, including Best Original Score for Jason Robert Brown and Best Actress in a Musical for Kelli O’Hara.last_img read more

Sarasota woman, 22, wins over $800,000 from scratch-off ticket

first_imgA 22-year-old Floridian is $800,000 richer after winning on a scratch-off lottery ticket.Kylee Davis claimed the top prize in the $1,000 A Week for Life game this week.She chose to get her winnings all at once, in a lump-sum payment of $810,000.The store owner will get a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.last_img

Men’s volleyball opens postseason play with win

first_imgUSC will need both starters to be at full health as it prepares to face UCLA at Pepperdine  Thursday. The Trojans recently defeated the Bruins in five sets on Senior Night at Galen Center, but have won only one of their nine matches in road environments this season. This win-or-go-home rivalry match on neutral territory will certainly be the Trojans’ greatest challenge yet. USC’s No. 5 men’s volleyball team kept its home undefeated streak alive with a three-set sweep over No. 15 Grand Canyon University in its first match of the postseason Saturday. Galen Center was booked for the evening, so the contest took place in the Physical Education Building’s historic North Gym, which once served as USC’s indoor volleyball venue. The Trojans entered Saturday having won 10 of their last 12 matches, and their performance on Saturday exhibited the type of dominance that supporters have come to expect recently. Despite their impressive win, however, the Trojans remained humble in their victory. “It’s a really different environment,” senior outside hitter Jack Wyett said. “Galen Center is definitely more state of the art … but this is fun. You pack the gym and it feels like a full house … [It] brings [me] back to the high school days.” The story of the night was USC’s dominant offense: The Trojans had 40 kills, compared to the Antelopes’ 27. Senior outside hitter Ryan Moss led USC with 14 kills and 4 aces, while sophomore setter Chris Hall collected 33 of the team’s 37 assists. USC only tallied four blocks as a collective unit, but it hit at a .397 clip while holding GCU to .278 hitting. The first two sets were strong victories for USC. The Trojans put together a pair of lengthy runs late in the first set and captured it by a healthy margin, winning 25-17. Eager to answer back, Grand Canyon jumped out to a 5-3 lead over USC early in the second set, but the Trojans quickly tied things up and surged ahead. They soon found themselves up 10-6 and continued to hold a sizable lead for the remainder of the set, ultimately winning 25-19. Sophomore setter Chris Hall led the Trojans in assists against GCU Saturday, accounting for 33 of USC’s 37 assists. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) With the season on the line, USC supporters certainly had plenty to cheer for throughout  the match. However, they were treated to a bit of a scare in the later stages of the third set when Wyett and senior libero Matt Douglas awkwardly collided while they were going after a dig. USC’s impressive performance may have been fueled in part by the atmosphere generated by the raucous crowd of supporters who had gathered for the match. “You definitely can’t underestimate a team like [GCU], especially going into the playoffs,” Wyett said. “Everyone … [gains] an extra step in confidence because [they’ve] got a lot to lose.” The action came to a halt as a team medic came out onto the floor to ensure that neither had been concussed or otherwise injured. Luckily, both were cleared and were able to help close out the match for the Trojans. With just one set standing between them and the end of their season, the Antelopes put up a valiant effort in the third and final set of the match. The teams seemed to trade point for point for the majority of the set, but the Trojans pushed ahead at the tail end and won 25-22.last_img read more