Every week, Broadway.com introduces readers to a new Fresh Face in the New York theater scene—this season, 11 of our stellar standouts became 2015 Tony nominees! Read below for a cheat sheet on Alex Sharp, Sydney Lucas, Steven Boyer, Leanne Cope, Geneva Carr and more Tony-nominated breakout stars, featuring portraits by Broadway.com Photo Editor Caitlin McNaney. See if these first-time nominees win big at the Tony Awards June 7! MATTHEW BEARDEdward in SkylightSkylight is Matthew Beard’s Broadway debut, but it isn’t his first time working with co-star Carey Mulligan. The pair previously appeared on the big screen in When Did You Last See Your Father? in 2007 and An Education in 2009. The actor, who calls Sheffield home, has had insomnia since his move to New York City. “It feels like the city whizzes by your window,” he said, “and all you have to do is step out your front door to join the wave.” LEANNE COPELise in An American in ParisA British ballerina turned Broadway star, Cope is the very definition of poise in An American in Paris—but in her Fresh Face feature, she revealed her obsession with trashy reality TV (especially The Only Way Is Essex, which is the UK’s answer to Jersey Shore) and her shower cubicle audition for the musical’s director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. BRANDON URANOWITZAdam in An American in ParisWhile Brandon Uranowitz is fairly new on the Broadway scene (he made his debut in the 2011 jukebox musical Baby It’s You!), at age 10 he was the only star of Toronto’s Ragtime who did not get cast in the Broadway transfer. “I looked too Jewish,” he told Broadway.com. “They dyed my hair and eyebrows every two weeks. Imagine me with foils on my head and white shit in my eyebrows.” LYDIA LEONARDAnne Boleyn in Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoAfter wowing London audiences as Anne Boelyn in Wolf Hall Parts One and Two, she’s reprising her powerhouse performance on Broadway (in an extremely tricky corset). Although Leonard isn’t a singer, she’s dreaming of taking singing lessons so she can one day play Sally Bowles in Cabaret…and maybe Elphaba in Wicked! GENEVA CARRMargery in Hand to GodWhile Carr isn’t quite as crazy as her character in Hand to God, she’s got a great life story. After living in 11 states, she settled down with her husband, a “handsome, smarty-pants architect from Tokyo” whom she met on OKCupid. While the 44-year-old is making her Broadway debut, you might recognize her as AT&T’s nagging “Rollover Mom,” a gig that paid for her apartment. EMILY SKEGGSMedium Alison in Fun HomeThe Broadway newbie grew up seeing theater in New York City, but as a kid, she was more interested in being an animal than an actor. “My parents used to call me the Wolf Child because I was a really rambunctious kid,” she said. “I would get into these horrible temper tantrums where I would snarl and bite people.” STEVEN BOYERJason in Hand to GodThis Tony nominee isn’t technically a Broadway newbie—he cut his teeth playing Gilley in the 2002 revival of I’m Not Rappaport—but his explosive performance as a troubled teen and his posessed sock puppet Tyrone has the theater scene buzzing. Before his big break, he upstaged Leonardo DiCaprio in a bit part in The Wolf of Wall Street and proposed to his wife Emily on a kiss-cam at an NBA game. SYDNEY LUCASSmall Alison in Fun HomeWhen we first met Sydney Lucas, she was a 10-year-old bundle of energy taking on the tough role of young Alison Bechdel in the new musical Fun Home at the Public Theater. She’s now reprising her role on Broadway, and while she’s a little bit older and wiser, her performance is just as powerful. “People ask me, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?'” she said. “And I tell them, ‘I’m already doing it. I can’t change!” RICHARD McCABEHarold Wilson in The AudienceIt’s his first time on Broadway, but McCabe has played a Prime Minister three times before on stage and screen. “It’s strange, because I would be a lousy politician,” he said. “I couldn’t keep up that pretense all the time.” But he’s happy to keep up the pretense on stage, especially if it means improvising with fellow Tony nominee Helen Mirren. ALEX SHARPChristopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimePlucked straight from Juilliard (which he called “a fairly traumatic experience”), 25-year-old Sharp’s performance in Curious Incident is the talk of the town. But before he was a Broadway star, he was building tables to pay his rent. “I found all of these distressed wood tables for sale at extraordinary prices online, so I went to Home Depot, made the tables and starting selling them,” he said. “I have a more glamorous job now.” MICAH STOCKGus in It’s Only a PlayThere’s a reason Micah Stock is so adept at playing coat check boy Gus in the star-packed revival of It’s Only a Play—he actually was a coat check boy before making his Broadway debut! The star, who was the only actor in the Terrence McNally comedy nominated for a Tony Award, is still awestruck about appearing alongside Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. “I’m spoiled just to even be on the poster, let alone be on stage with them,” he told Broadway.com. View Comments
Minister for Lands and Forestry, Paul Toole, together with Tweed MP Geoff Provest, announced earlier this week that the navigation channels at the lower Tweed River and the Terranora Inlet at Tweed Heads would be subject to a $1.8 million dredging program.At the ceremony, the minister said that the NSW Government committed the funding as part of its Coastal Dredging Strategy and the Dredging Priority Waterways on the North Coast program.“This is a significant investment for the region and will ensure the channel remains safe and accessible for the many recreational and commercial vessels that travel through the area,” Mr Toole said.“Dredging coastal river entrances provides a direct benefit for boating safety and the economy through maintaining access to waterways for both commercial and recreational boaters.”The lower Tweed River and Terranora Inlet are important waterways to the region and this work will help maintain safe navigational channels for both locals and visitors to the area, Tweed MP Geoff Provest said in its announcement.Work is expected to begin this month and finish around mid-October, in time for the summer boating season.Around 25,000 cubic meters of sand will be dredged from the lower Tweed River and an additional 58,000 cubic meters from the Terranora Inlet.The dredged sand will be dewatered and used to nourish Kingscliff Beach, with this work being done in partnership with the Tweed Shire Council which is completing other beach protection works.[mappress mapid=”24164″]
FORT WORTH, Texas – A pregnant inmate with COVID-19 struggling to live on a ventilator gave birth last week and Tuesday, she was pronounced dead.The Federal Bureau of Prisons said that 30-year-old Andrea Circle Bear was sentenced in South Dakota to 26 months in prison for “maintaining a drug involved premises.” and contracting the On April 4, Circle Bear was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. She died due to complications from the illness on April 28.After she started exhibiting a fever and cough, the mother-to-be was then transported to a federal prison medical facility, FMC Carswell, in Fort Worth, Texas where she was immediately quarantined.Evenutually as her health failed and her delivery date approached, Circle Bear was transported to a local hospital due to concerns about her pregnancy.Unfortunately, her symptoms of COVID-19 worsened and she was placed on a ventilator. The next day,doctors say her baby was delivered by cesarean section.Officials say Circle Bear had a pre-existing medical condition which the CDC lists as a risk factor for developing more severe COVID-19. The condition of the newborn baby has not been disclosed.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) is introduced before the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. It was Keisel’s first game this pre-season, since re-signing with the Steelers. The Panthers won 10-0. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)The Steelers enter the 2014 season coming off of two consecutive 8-8 seasons. While last year the Steelers nearly slipped into the playoffs after finishing the season strong; the black and gold don’t want to put themselves in a position where they need to rely on other teams to help them in. The 0-4 start they had to last season clearly dug a hole too big to get out of.To open this season, they take on the in division rival Browns. The Browns should be improved and have an entire new coaching staff to help rebuild the once proud franchise. They drafted Johnny Manziel and expect big things out of him down the line. They’ll certainly miss Josh Gordon this season and in the end this is a team the Steelers should and need to beat if they want to consider themselves a threat to win the division.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:1. The black and gold need to come out strong. They need to avoid early mistakes like turnovers and penalties and move the ball down the field effectively, utilizing the no huddle offense that Big Ben loves so much.2. Even with the no huddle offense, they need to run a balanced attack. LeVeon Bell and to a lesser degree LaGarrete Blount need to put up the yardage needed to control the clock and keep the defense honest. Bell should go for at least 100 yards in order for the ground attack to be effective enough.3. The defense needs to rattle Brian Hoyer. Hoyer will already be looking over his shoulder at Johnny Football and will be prone to making mistakes because he’ll be trying so hard not to make one. The defense needs to pound Hoyer into the ground and deflate his confidence early and often.4. They can’t let the Browns hang around. The worst thing the team can do is let a mediocre Browns team hang around and keep their confidence. If the Steelers can get up big early, they should be able to coast to an easy win.Here are a Few Things to Watch:1.Ryan Shazier-Shazier will be on the third linebacker in Steeler history to start a season opener as a rookie, joining Jack Lambert and Kendrell Bell. Shazier, the teams number one draft pick in May, appears to be the real deal. Look for him to make big plays in clutch situations.2. Markus Wheaton-Wheaton enters his second season as the number two starting receiver. Wheaton only netted six catches in his rookie year but the team expects big things out of him in year two. It will be interesting to see if he’s up for the challenge or if he’ll let Lance Moore or even Martavis Bryant pass him up.3. Dri Archer-Archer is another rookie who may be a big impact guy. He’ll see a lot of action out of the slot and as a third down back. He has the potential to be a special teams ace and is a true burner. Speed kills and he’s got a lot of it.4. Big Ben-He’s the leader of this team, the heart and soul. He is not going to want to start the season off like they did last year and he’s going to be instrumental in the development and growth of all the young talent on the offensive side of the ball. Watch how much of a leader he’s become.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]