West End Star Jennifer DiNoia on Her Worldwide Wicked Ride

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgJennifer DiNoia has traveled the world with Wicked, shifting between various American cities to perform the musical in Australia and South Korea and now in London, where she plays Elphaba at the Apollo Victoria through January 31. As she entered the final phase of her limited West End run, the delightful DeNoia chatted with Broadway.com about flying all over the world as the green-tinted witch.How amazing to have you in London as part of what seems to be your ongoing tour of the globe with Wicked.I know, right? It’s like I’m the international Elphaba, which is probably why they send me everywhere. I think [the producers] know I really enjoy it. My whole journey with this show has been so wonderful, and I couldn’t be happier about it.Where did your Wicked journey begin?I started as a dancer-swing in 2006 so I’ve been with the show on and off for almost nine years. In auditions, I had always gone in for the dance call, but then when I saw the show and heard the recording, I absolutely fell in love with it. After watching [performer] Kristy Cates I thought, “Oh my goodness, this show is insane and I want to play this role,” but it took a while for me to get to do it.Which you did eventually!Yes, I was a swing for a year and a half in the Chicago company and then I took on the understudy part and eventually moved into standby. I was fortunate enough to be a standby for quite some time during which I learned a lot of things from all the women I was standing by for while also building up my own stamina at the same time.When did you first go overseas with the show?The years all mush together, but I went out to Sydney [Australia] because somebody was injured. I found out on a Friday and left on a Monday—they had just opened in Sydney, so they needed someone who could jump on quick. Some while later, the Australian production went on their Asian tour so they needed a standby for that, which meant I got to go back and revisit all my friends.Have you always had the travel bug?Not at all. My family did a lot of camping when I was young but that was only in the U.S. My first time going abroad besides Canada was a trip to Italy for the first time in 2008 while I was still doing Wicked in Chicago. The London call kind of came out of the blue: I was in New York filling in on the Broadway company for a couple of weeks when it was mentioned that they needed somebody out here for a few months and everything fell into place.I hope you’re keeping a journal![Laughs.] I started keeping kind of one while I was in Korea but I really should write more stuff down. I have the memories in my head for sure.Does Wicked change depending on where in the world you are performing it?In Korea, they don’t have artichokes, so we changed that reference to broccoli. And where we talk in the U.S. version of the show of having “room assignments,” here in London we call them “room allocations.”Do you find that the material itself always works?This show seems to have no problem connecting anywhere. In Korea it was interesting because nobody there knows The Wizard of Oz. They never grew up with all that, so even though that part of the story is very clever and unique, it’s the relationship between the two women that makes people love [the musical] so much and keep coming back. At heart this is a really beautiful story of friendship, and presumably everyone can relate in some way to that experience.The original London Elphaba was Idina Menzel, and I think it works having that character speak with a different accent.It really does, and the Wizard here has an American accent, which kind of fits, as well. The thing about Elphaba is that she comes from a different world so it sort of makes sense that she’s not like everybody else. The truth is, once they hired me for London, the question of how I would sound never came up. I think they just assumed I would sound like myself.Do you find yourself changing intonation and inflection at all?Very much so. When I’m singing with Savannah Stevenson [who plays Glinda] or somebody else, I find that I am definitely over-pronouncing a lot of different words. It’s so strange: I got on stage for the first night and suddenly there I was singing “defying gra-vi-tee.” it was all very crisp! I’m going to try singing it like that if I ever do the show again in America if only because it keeps you from getting lazy.Is it hard leaving your husband [designer Rion Stassi] and your dog back in New York?It is hard being away and I really do look forward to working at home, but it’s also really exciting that my husband has come to see me in every city I’ve done the show. It’s been exciting showing him my version of London.What’s next in your Wicked future?This is the sixth company that I’ve been with and as I come to the end of this London run, I find myself thinking that I would love to do it again. I would love to play it at home but I’m up for traveling as well. I love the show so much that I don’t really mind where I play it! View Commentslast_img read more

5 items you should never buy new

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgMost of us like the idea of buying something shiny and new, but that’s not always the best option for our budget. Despite the creative advertising campaigns that draw us in, remember buying new also means high mark ups and high rates of depreciation. Here are five things we should consider buying used to save money.CarsThat “new car smell” sure is enticing, but don’t forget that your new ride comes high dollar signs. There are many reasons why buying a used vehicle is better for your bottom line. One reason is that the original owner has already absorbed the depreciation associated with buying new. For example, if you buy a $30,000 car and sell it down the road, chances are you’ll be hit with depreciation of at least half the original cost. Secondly, buying used also means you’ll see lower insurance premiums, which can benefit your monthly budget.ClothingStyles change quicker than the blink of an eye, so instead of dropping serious dough on a brand-new wardrobe, consider hitting up your local consignment store. Many social media sites also provide access to high-end consignment or resale groups, offering quality clothing and accessories at reduced prices.Sports gearAs children bounce from sport to sport, you could end up spending an arm and a leg on various types of equipment. Instead of buying new at big retailers like Academy Sports, check out other options such as Play It Again Sports. This chain sells quality sporting goods for low prices and also allows customers to trade in or consign their used sports equipment.BooksThink about it: how often do you really go back and re-read your favorite page-turner? Chances are once they’re read, they go straight to the shelf to collect dust. Buying a new book may not seem like a huge purchase, but think about how much you’re spending over time. Instead of buying new, check out your local book exchange or online sites like eBay or Abe Books.Children’s apparelKids grow so quickly it’s hard to keep up. They barely stay in one size clothing for a significant period of time. Don’t make the mistake of buying them a brand-new closet full of clothes for every season. Instead take advantage of family hand-me-downs or gently used clothing from second-hand shops. You’ll be amazed at the name-brand items you can find if you’re willing to take the time to look. 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

You don’t even need to get up from the kitchen table to take in amazing views from this home

October 6, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgJust a small slice of the views from 10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.ONE of Matt O’Connor’s favourite things about the home he owns with his wife Robin at 10 Hawthorne Rd is not actually inside the house – it’s the view.Mr O’Connor described it as the best residential view in Brisbane.“We look at the Story Bridge, New Farm Park, the Powerhouse and we look at Mt Glorious and Mt Cooth-tha,’’ Mr O’Connor said.10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.He said the view expanded along the river from Ascot through to Mt Gravatt.“Nobody can see that from the kitchen table – but we can,’’ he said.The couple bought the home in 1993 when it was a lowset house on two large blocks of land.In hindsight, Mr O’Connor said they probably should have knocked it down and started fresh, but they were “carried away with its charm and the beautiful architecture inside it’’ and decided to renovate the 1923 house.10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.They raised it and extended it and once all the work was done only about 5 per cent of the original house remained.“All the back end of the house – the original 1923 section – we have kept as much of that architecture as possible, but we have modernised it.’’The family bought acreage at Hope Island and spend a lot of time travelling so have decided to list their Hawthorne home for sale.10 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The eight bedroom house is on an 1100sq m block of land.There are full length glass windows in the kitchen, dining and living area. This area leads through to a deck, which has an integrated Bose music system inside and out.The kitchen has granite benchtops, European appliances, a breakfast bar and a walk in butlers pantry.The main bedroom is on the top level of the house and has an ensuite and a walk- in wardrobe.On the northern side of the top level are two more bedrooms and a study and a second ensuite.10 Hawthorne Rd, HawthorneThree bedrooms are at the entry level of the home. There is also a media room with a 3D surround sound system and full size screen close by. A rumpus room opens out onto another deck area.This lower level also has a multipurpose space which could be used as a bedroom or a self-contained flat.Outside, there is a dining area which leads down to the glass-framed, 16m saltwater pool.The home has air conditioning, back-to-base alarm and intercom and keyless entry.There is a 10,000L water tank and garden irrigation, and a double remote garage plus a double carport.DETAILS:10 Hawthorne Rd, HawthorneAgent: Simon Caulfield, Taylor Kleinberg Place – Kangaroo Point.Price: By negotiationlast_img read more