Though the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has yet to announce their 2017 lineup, that hasn’t stopped artists from revealing their late night plans. The latest announcement comes from the Nolafunk Series, joining members of Widespread Panic and The Meters together for a one-of-a-kind Foundation of Funk celebration.The Meters’ rhythm section of Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. will occasionally form these Foundation of Funk shows, bringing along top tier keyboardists and guitarists for these musical celebrations. Past editions have featured the likes of John Medeski, Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, Eddie Roberts and countless others. This time, Jimmy Herring and Jojo Hermann of Widespread Panic will get the call, sitting in with The Meters’ rhythm for some pure funk expression.The show is set for Republic NOLA on May 4th, confirming yet another great performance for the Nolafunk Series. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, January 13th, and more information about the show and the whole series can be found here.
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
Liverpool turned the Premier League title race into a procession this season, but Jurgen Klopp expects his champions to face a much tougher fight to retain the trophy next term.Klopp’s side powered to their first English title for 30 years with a dominant campaign that left their rivals trailing in their wake.Liverpool wrapped up the silverware with a record seven games remaining and finished the season 18 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. But the German insists Liverpool will take nothing for granted when the 2020-21 campaign kicks off because he expects a renewed push from City and stronger challenges from Manchester United and Chelsea.”Whatever people say, it will not be important for next season because for sure we both have to be ready,” Klopp said.”We see United coming up. People thought they had no chance but we see with one or two players how good they are and how good they can be, and for sure they will not be worse next season, and now there is Chelsea as well.”It will not be about City and us. For the last two years pretty much the top of the table was City and us, and City for four or five years before that.”City clearly have the pedigree to take back the title.They set a 100-point Premier League record total in 2018 that Liverpool were unable to match this season and pipped Klopp’s men to the title again in 2019.Guardiola’s side could yet underline their enduring class by ending the campaign as Champions League winners.’Anyone can beat you’ City were undeniably inconsistent this season, with defensive frailties exposed after failing to replace Vincent Kompany and losing Aymeric Laporte to injury for long periods.Long-serving Spanish midfielder David Silva will leave this summer, but Phil Foden’s development gives Guardiola a potential replacement.Klopp does not expect a drop-off from City, who made a point about their ability to compete with Liverpool when they crushed them 4-0 in the Reds’ first game after clinching the title.”I am very positive about my team but I cannot deny Manchester City are really good. That was always the case, and I cannot see the end of anything for Manchester City,” he said.FA Cup finalists Chelsea, who ended fourth, must improve a creaky defence and a costly lack of killer instinct if they are to close the 33-point gap to Liverpool.Frank Lampard’s emerging young side have potential however and the additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech should add potency to their attack.”Chelsea have incredible guys there in the squad and extra now with (new signings) Hakim Ziyech and (Timo) Werner,” Guardiola said.Third-placed United, who finished 15 points behind City, have improved dramatically since the January signing of Portugal playmaker Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can also deploy a lethal front three in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.”That is why it is the best league in the world. Anyone can beat you and every season will be stronger,” Guardiola said.”That is the reality of the Premier League. We are going to think about what we need to do to improve the team.”Topics : The Reds’ remarkable run forced City to surrender the title they had won for the last two years, with Pep Guardiola’s team unable to muster the consistency required to keep pace.With Liverpool having also won the Champions League in the 2018-19 season and the Club World Cup in December, some pundits believe the Anfield club are primed for a golden era of dominance.All the pieces are in place for Liverpool to win consecutive titles for the first time since 1984, with Klopp signed to a long-term contract and key stars Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson all in their primes.Liverpool also have a cadre of emerging youngsters capable of bolstering Klopp’s squad next season.