first_img CHRIS O’DOWD Lennie in Of Mice and Men Before his Broadway debut in 2014, O’Dowd was known mostly to American audiences as that funny guy in Bridesmaids and This Is 40. But after wowing us with his heartbreaking performance as Lennie in of Mice and Men and becoming the first actor in history to garner a Tony nomination for the role, we’d be thrilled to see O’Dowd return to Broadway in any show he wants. ROSE BYRNE Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You It’s safe to say the screen star’s first Broadway stint is a complete success—she garnered great reviews as Alice, a woman brings her straight-laced boyfriend home to meet her loopy family, in the new revival of You Can’t Take It With You. In a cast of Broadway heavy hitters (and scenery chewers) like James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen and Annaleigh Ashford, Byrne holds her own with grace, poise and humor. View Comments LENA HALL Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch With a handful of Broadway musicals under her belt, we’d already seen Lena Hall (back when she was Celina Carvajal) shine in girly-girl roles like the shoe-obsessed Nicola in Kinky Boots. But her gender-bending turn as Hedwig’s downtrodden husband who longs to be a drag queen really piqued our interest. Her sensitive performance and rock-star vocals made her turn a winning combination—and Tony voters agreed! ADAM JACOBS Aladdin in Aladdin It’s no easy task to turn a cartoon character into a full-fledged human being, but this is exactly what Jacobs has done in Broadway’s Aladdin. His street rat doesn’t just have heart, humor and abs, but a real emotional core. Thanks to Jacobs’ earnest performance, it’s easy to cheer on Al as he tries to win over Princess Jasmine and live happily ever after—and for that, we’re proud of our boy! ANDY KARL Rocky in Rocky We never thought we’d see the day Rocky Balboa would uppercut his way to Broadway—and although the musical got knocked out far too soon, Karl’s first starring role really packed a punch. From chugging raw eggs, singing while doing pull-ups and pounding on sides of beef, Rocky was possibly the most physically demanding role of the year, proving Karl should certainly stay in the Broadway ring as a leading man. BRADLEY COOPER John Merrick in The Elephant Man Sure, this Hollywood stud already proved he was Broadway material in his 2006 debut in Three Days of Rain—he even won his first-ever trophy, a Audience Choice Award! But in Cooper’s longtime passion project The Elephant Man, the American Sniper and Silver Linings Playbook star delivers a tender, emotionally charged performance that can’t be missed.center_img ALYSHA UMPHRESS Hildy in On the Town After consistently wowing us in ensemble roles, this former video blogger made the leap to a featured role this year—and we were definitely not disappointed. Take her soulful, smooth-as-silk voice, add a dash of jazz scatting, mix them up with some spot-on comic timing, and you’ve got a star performance that’s really cooking! Broadway brought a bevy of stellar performances in 2014—theater mainstays like Audra McDonald and Kelli O’Hara delivered their usual top-notch turns like clockwork, but we’d also like to give a shout-out to 10 stars who both impressed and surprised us this year. While some are Hollywood superstars and others are complete newbies, is recognizing the performances of the 10 stars we absolutely can’t wait to see more from on the Main Stem…hopefully in 2015! EMILY PADGETT Daisy Hilton in Side Show Padgett and her co-star Erin Davie play conjoined twins in Side Show, and while both deserve recognition for their spectacular performances, this is Padgett’s first time opening a show. Whether she’s belting out an ’80s power ballad in Rock of Ages or singing the tender opening notes of “Who Will Love Me as I Am?” in Side Show, Padgett is one star we hope will never leave us. ALEX SHARP Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Sharp is the very definition of a breakout star—plucked from his senior class at Juilliard, the 25-year-old British actor’s performance is the talk of the town. While he’s a decade older than the character of Christopher Boone, a boy with Asperger syndrome who investigates the murder of his neighbor’s pooch, Sharp’s impressive physical and emotional performance is sure to get even more buzz come awards season. STEVEN PASQUALE Robert Kincaid in The Bridges of Madison County We’re so used to seeing him on our TV screens, it’s hard to believe Bridges was only Pasquale’s second time on Broadway—and his first Main Stem musical. His passionate performance as vagabond photographer Robert Kincaid made it easy to see why Francesca (played by Kelli O’Hara) would fall head over heels for him. Hey Steven, why don’t you skip pilot season in 2015 and stay with us?last_img read more

first_imgThe main bedroom is huge!Ms Hurley has a passion for renovation, but said she did not realise it for a long time.“I was just doing it on the side of my main job, and one day I had the epiphany that this is what I love, so I gave up my job and took on property investing full time.”Ms Hurley has now renovated more than 40 properties, and said they completely gutted this property and rebuilt, keeping only the foundations. Many of the light fittings, like this one, are custom made.There are four main living levels, with the children’s bedrooms downstairs, the open-plan kitchen, living and dining on level two, and the master suite on level three. On level four is a 70sq m space currently used by Ms Hurley as an office, but it could be converted into an additional two bedrooms and a bathroom. The house has a neutral colour palette with timber features warming the rooms.Soak in your choice of indoor and outdoor baths, carved from riverstone, or kick back in the pool. The riverstone bath is one of the home’s many highlights.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe house, at 76 Main Ave, Balmoral, is spread across several levels, and has one of a kind features, such as handmade light fixtures and fittings.center_img The house at 76 Main Ave, Balmoral, is for sale.Coralie Hurley designed this house to be timeless with an earthy twist. There is another stone bath outside that doubles as a water feature.Splashing around with her grandchildren in the outdoor bath was one of her favourite memories.“I empty it out and put fresh water in it, and we all jump in together and have a bubble bath.”The property is being marketed by Trevor Egan of Ray White East Brisbane.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s US Open will see men’s and women’s singles champions earn a record $3.7m each, making the tournament the first tennis competition to top $50m in prize money.The record breaking purse for the 2017 US Open will be $50.4m, an increase of about 9% from the previous year, the U.S. Tennis Association announced.USTA President, Katrina Adams said: “Five years ago, we committed to the players that total player compensation for players would reach $50 million at the US Open, and we are honoring that commitment.” Runners-up will also receive $1.825m each, while men’s and women’s doubles champions will earn $675,000, with players who crash out in the singles 1st round pocketing $50,000.“Our goal is to make every experience at the US Open, whether for the players, our fans, or our partners, the best, world-class experience possible.” she concluded.The US Open starts on August 28 to September 10, 2017, at Flushing Meadows in New York.At A Glance – 2017 US Open Prize Money                         Singles:                               Winner: $3,700,000Runner-Up: $1,825,000Semifinalist: $920,000Quarterfinalist: $470,000Round of 16: $253,625Round of 32: $144,000Round of 64: $86,000Round of 128:    $50,000Doubles:Winner: $675,000Runner-Up: $340,000Semifinalist: $160,000Quarterfinalist: $82,000Round of 16: $44,000Round of 32: $26,500Round of 64: $16,500Related2019 Lagos Open: Nigeria Not Hosting To Win – Tournament Director (AUDIO)October 6, 2019In “Tennis”NTTF National Women Singles Open Championship Debuts in Lagos.June 24, 2019In “Table Tennis”2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open: Tikon Promises Fireworks As Competition Serves Off Today (AUDIO)August 7, 2019In “Table Tennis”last_img read more

first_img“Any Italian coach would love to be in charge of the national side,” Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their first ever Premier League title in 2016, told Sky Sport Italia.“I have a contract with Nantes for two years and I have not received any messages, so I can’t say anything.“But if I were to be contacted for the Italy job, I’d go to the Nantes president and ask to be released,” said the widely-travelled Ranieri, whose former clubs include Juventus, Napoli and Roma in Italy, Premier League giants Chelsea and Valencia and Atletico Madrid in Spain.He also had a brief stint in charge of the Greek national side.Ranieri joined Nantes this season and the club are in fifth position in Ligue 1, 10 points behind Lyon, who are in the fourth and final European qualifying spot.Italy’s 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden last year meant the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Former Italy head coach Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini are also among those linked to the coaching job.Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been appointed interim coach to oversee friendlies against Argentina and England next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri has said he would quit French Ligue 1 side Nantes if he is approached to become Italy coach © AFP/File / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUMILAN, Italy, Feb 21 – Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an unlikely English Premier League title, has revealed he is ready to quit French Ligue 1 club Nantes if he is asked to become Italy coach.The 66-year-old has been one of the names touted as a possible replacements for Gian Piero Ventura who was forced to resign after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more