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

Dani Ceballos’ ‘goal’ is to return to Real Madrid at end of Arsenal loan

first_img Man City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:58FullscreenMan City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 return 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.MORE: Mikel Arteta to make personal plea to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over his Arsenal futureMORE: Alexandre Lacazette joins Arsenal fans in urging Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Dani Ceballos’ ‘goal’ is to return to Real Madrid at end of Arsenal loan Arsenal resume action on 17 June (Picture: Getty)Ceballos is set to finish the season at Arsenal despite the fact the 2019/20 campaign will run until the end of July.Arsenal take on Manchester City in their first game back on 17 June and Ceballos is eager to end the season strongly with the Gunners languishing in ninth place in the Premier League table.‘I had to be away for a long time due to injury but I worked hard to turn the situation around,’ said Ceballos.‘With Arteta, I have had a very good relationship since he arrived, he has given me confidence and now I am focused on ending the season in the best possible way and achieving our goals.’Arsenal players can avoid a 12.5 per cent pay cut if they manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but there is an eight-point gap between the Gunners and fourth place. Commentcenter_img Ceballos’ parent club is Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has insisted he intends to return to Real Madrid to fight for a starting spot when his loan spell at Arsenal expires.The midfielder is a big favourite at Arsenal and the Gunners are thought to be keen to extend his stay at the Emirates for at least another season.Ceballos was signed by Unai Emery and then did superbly to fight his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans when he returned to full fitness at the start of the year.But the Spain international appears determined to prove himself at his parent club and reiterated his desire to break into Zinedine Zidane’s squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I have not spoken to Zidane, he is now focused on his players,’ he told Onda Cero about his future plans.‘When my loan contract ends I will be a Real Madrid player again. My goal is to succeed there.’The 23-year-old signed a six-year deal when he joined Real in 2017, but joined Arsenal last summer after being guaranteed first-team football by Emery. Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 2 Jun 2020 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.7kShareslast_img read more

From someone who would know: Gender neutral fitting rooms unnecessary

first_imgHe cited aircraft bathrooms as a successful and widespread implementation of them. 3News 21 July 2015The co-founder of a transgender support group says a department store’s move to ditch separate men’s and women’s fitting rooms is “totally unnecessary”.Farmers is making its fitting rooms ‘gender-neutral’ after a complaint was laid by Aucklander Mary Haddock-Staniland, who was described as a “half-man, half-woman” by staff at its Botany store in June.After an internal investigation and discussions with Ms Haddock-Staniland, Farmers yesterday said it would be overhauling its fitting rooms to remove any reference to gender.“I think this is an opportunity for New Zealand retail overall to kind of embark on siding or looking at ways they deal with similar situations, and I look forward to this incident being a catalyst for change,” says Ms Haddock-Staniland.But her view isn’t held by everyone in the transgender community. Claudia McKay, co-founder of Agender, transitioned 18 years ago.“All that time I’ve shopped in Farmers stores continuously, all around the country. I have never, ever had a single issue or problem,” she told TV3’s Paul Henry programme.“I think what’s been happening in this individual case is more a problem with one staff member than the store itself, or the store’s policies.” toilets should be gender neutral to make people feel safer – advocateOneNewsNow 21 July 2015A transgender support organisation says encouraging gender neutrality is about making people feel safer and in some cases giving them a choice.The Ministry of Education has made suggestions in its newly-released health and sexuality guidelines document that schools look at introducing gender-neutral uniforms.‘Stop this PC rubbish!’ – Kiwis slam door on gender neutral toiletsOneNewsNow 21 July 2015Many New Zealanders have slammed the door on gender neutral toilets if reaction on social media to the call from a transgender support organisation is anything to go by.Duncan Matthews from Rainbow Youth  told TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning that public bathrooms should all be transitioned to  gender-neutral to help the transgender community feel safer. “Stop this PC rubbish! NO! We’re not changing everything in society that’s offensive/inconvenient to these people. They can get over themselves. Do you think women will feel safe with ‘gender free’ changing rooms/bathrooms? Of course not!,” she raged. Julia DeLuney was among many on the ONE News Facebook page who shunned the idea of making public bathrooms gender neutral.last_img read more

Alternative circuses with big-top dreams

first_img“I think of it as `omnitainment,”‘ said Robbie Kowal, a San Francisco disc jockey and music promoter who helps put on the Bohemian Carnival. “There are very few firsts left in music. The answer is visual stimulants.” Erin Shrader gave up a job touring with the Florida-based Clyde Beatty Circus to try her luck with the fledgling San Francisco troupe Vau de Vire Society. It allows her to be more creative and spontaneous than a conventional circus, she said. “I’m always challenging myself to see if I can take it a step further. Whether it’s costuming, makeup or dramatic expression, I’m always asking myself `How can you be as daring as possible without going too far?” said Shrader, 27, a hula-hoop whiz who goes by the stage name Shredder. Along with co-hosting the Bohemian Carnival, 3-year-old Vau de Vire has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, toured with the Boston-based punk rock duo the Dresden Dolls and appeared at parties for Silicon Valley corporations. Five members of the group, which has a core of 12 to 14 performers, have been invited to study at Cirque du Soleil’s school in Montreal. A longtime aerial performer with Cirque, Angelo Rodriguez, frequently appears with Vau de Vire. “We are becoming almost like a band. We have a following, which is why promoters are willing to bring us in to headline,” said Mike Gaines, 36, who started the company with his wife, Shannon, and describes it as a cross of cabaret, circus and dance. Dream Rockwell, who founded the Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque two years ago, also has built her troupe more around amateurs than seasoned professionals. The company, whose members range in age from 4 to 53, appeared in a circus-theme music video with the electronica band Panic! At the Disco, which won MTV’s video of the year. It also did a commercial for Farmer’s Insurance and has been hired to entertain at the official Grammy Awards post-party in February. “I wanted to start something where it was possible for people who were unusual, who didn’t have the right training or the right body or the right look (for Hollywood) to achieve their dreams,” said Rockwell. “Every child has some kind of strange fantasy to grow up and join the circus or carnival and run away.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsInspired by Cirque du Soleil and possessed of an advanced sense of the absurd, young adults who got their first taste of trapezes, tightropes and red noses at Burning Man or other indie art festivals are joining a growing number of small, alternative circuses with big-top dreams. San Francisco, with at least 15 groups, appears to be the American center of the nouveau circus movement – a form that owes more to buskers and burlesque than Barnum and Bailey and already has swept Canada, Australia and parts of Europe. Los Angeles, home of the Mutaytor-affiliated Cirque Bezerk, the Stilt Circus and the Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque, also has a thriving indie circus scene. Seattle boasts a few companies, including Pure Cirkus, whose novelty is performers getting strung up with hooks piercing their flesh. St. Paul, Minn., and Grand Rapids, Mich., also have homegrown troupes. “There are always people who see themselves outside the cultural box. Circus hits those archetypes really well,” said Cypher Zero, who founded a New York-based aerial acrobatics group and two years ago opened the city’s first dedicated circus school for adults, the New York Circus Arts Academy. Explaining what separates the urban circus subgenre from a traditional circus or the stylized drama of Cirque du Soleil can be difficult. Unlike Ringling Bros., there are no animal acts. The big top’s trademark three rings are abandoned for compact spaces where dancers, bands and acrobats do their thing simultaneously, or open-air venues where stilt-walkers and aerialists suspended from oversize sculptures mingle with the crowds. SAN FRANCISCO – The DNA Lounge was a real circus the night The Mutaytor came to town. The band looked like a bunch of clowns. Young contortionists folded their limbs like fortune cookies above and around the stage. There were no complaints from the 500 or so cognoscenti who paid $20 each to watch acrobats and aerialists on ropes perform to a live percussive beat. Once a month, the techno dance club hosts the Bohemian Carnival, an informal gathering of troupes from the Bay Area’s underground circus scene and a bellwether of a subculture trend taking hold in a city near you. “People are ready to be entertained on a much more visceral and darker level. There is this hunger to see something fancier,” said Mutaytor front man Buck Down, explaining why the group made clown costumes, fire spinners and jugglers part of its trance music act. “It pushes a button, and it’s a very primal button.” last_img

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation And, as the Giants showed us this year (and the Cardinalsin 2008), you do not have to be a great team to make it tothe Super Bowl. Hell, you don’t have to be a great team towin the Super Bowl. You only have to be good enough tomake the playoffs, and anything can happen from there.Now, this isn’t meant to say you should be making hotelreservations for New Orleans and take vacation time aroundthe weekend of February 3rd. While the Cardinals may befavored to land PeytonManning, they are not the favorites to win the NFCWest – let alone the NFC. What they are, though, is a decent team with room toimprove. What they are is a team that should have beatenthe eventual Super Bowl champions. What they are, on February 6, 2012, is a team not unlike30 other squads in the NFL, all looking to knock off theGiants, which is something the Cardinals should have donelast year. The good news is they’ll get their shot. On October 2, 2011, the Arizona Cardinals lost a game theyshould have won. Leading 27-17 with just more than five minutes left, theyhad the New York Giants on the ropes, staring a 2-2 record– as well as legitimacy – in the face.Of course, we all know what happened from there.The defense caved, Victor Cruz “gave himself up” and theGiants scored a pair of touchdowns to take the lead. TheCardinals drove as far as the New York 30 with less than aminute left, but a fourth-down slant to Fitzgerald fellincomplete. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Game over, Giants win. Looking back, did New York really have the look of a SuperBowl champion? Of course not. There’s a reason they wonjust nine regular season games, as well as why they arenot even close to being the favorites to win the2013 Super Bowl.None of that will take the shine off the Lombardi Trophythe team just won, nor mean some less-fortunate peoplearound the world won’t be receiving a shipment of shirtsthat say the New England Patriots won this year’s SuperBowl. What it does mean is that the 2012 season hasofficially begun, and the Arizona Cardinals — a team thatshould have beat the Giants (and thereby kept them out ofthe playoffs) — has a chance to reach the big game forthe second time in five years. Crazy talk? Perhaps, as I did consume large amounts ofgood tasting-yet-bad-for me food Sunday, possibly leavingme to write through some sort of sugary euphoria. However, the Cardinals, one season after finishing 8-8,certainly seem capable of taking another step forward. Remember, this is a team that ended the 2011 season as hotas any in football. They found a defense, rediscoveredLarry Fitzgerald and rode into the offseason with beliefin what they’re doing. They could still use a QB…cough…Peyton Manning…cough…but otherwise seem to have everythinga team needs to compete in the NFL. Top Stories last_img read more