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

School bus driver admits to molesting young girl

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAuthorities in Gainsville, Florida have arrested a 27-year-old bus driver who reportedly forced a child under the age of 12 to perform oral sex on him. John Albert Martin was arrested Friday sometime after the child described the incident to police.Martin admitted to report stating that he hadn’t had sex in three years and just “wasn’t thinking” when he forced the child to perform the action on him.Martin was taken to the Alachua County Jail where he remains on a $300,000 bond.County officials reported that the 27-year-old began working for the school district in March but did not give a timeline as to when the incident occurred.It was also reported that has been released from is position and will not be allowed to return.last_img read more

Syracuse turns in several strong results while splitting up for 4 weekend competitions

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on April 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm Contact Byron: [email protected] Related Stories How Syracuse alumnus Jarret Eaton overcame obstacles to earn spot at US Olympic qualifyingFreddie Crittenden wins ACC men’s track performer of the weekSyracuse track and field’s Freddie Crittenden and Mary Malone lead way in pair of weekend meetsFreshman sprinter Kadejhia Sellers adjusts from basketball to indoor trackJustyn Knight builds off past struggles and pressure to stand out at Syracuse Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse split up again to attend four different events this past weekend — the Auburn War Eagle Invitational, the Virginia Challenge, Cornell’s Upstate Challenge and Princeton’s Larry Ellis InvitationalFreddie Crittenden led the way for the Orange at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational, posting a personal-best time of 13.48 seconds to win the 110-meter hurdles. It marks the third-best time nationwide this season and is just 0.04 seconds off Jarret Eaton’s school record set in 2012.Syracuse showcased its depth in the 110-meter hurdles as David Gilstrap (14.16) and Richard Floyd (14.24) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the finals.The Orange produced two top-10 finishes in the 400-meters. Kadejhia Sellers finished third at 54.49 seconds and Brittany Belo crossed the line in seventh at 55.73 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, Shaina Harrison took seventh with a time of 11.79 seconds.Tia Thevenin continued Syracuse’s run of top-10 performances at Auburn by placing third in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.57 seconds. Jabari Butler leaped to 2.06 meters in the high jump to finish ninth. Winston Lee took 12th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.56 seconds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the Virginia Challenge, Justyn Knight finished second in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:39.23, which broke the school record he set last year. Knight was edged out by defending NCAA indoor mile champion Henry Wynne from UVA. Adam Palamar finished fifth in the event with a time of 3:40.49 seconds.Colin Bennie took fourth in the 5k with a time of 13:45.77, his personal best in the outdoor event. Dan Lennon crossed the line in 22nd at 14:23.95.Syracuse sent a combination of sprinters, jumpers, and distance runners to the Cornell Upstate Challenge.Four members of the Orange competed in the 400-meters. Shasche Allen topped the group in second at 1:01.24. Natalie Zazzara, Maya Perry and Nia Gibson were close behind, finishing fifth, ninth and 11th, respectively. Emily Nist finished 13th in the 5k at 4:57.18.Syracuse also sent a trio of distance runners to Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational, where Margo Malone managed a 10th-place performance in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:29.12.In addition, three SU runners finished in the top 15 in the 5k. Maura Linde led the way for the Orange, finishing seventh at 16:59.54. Rebecca Skodis (17:06.54) and Mary Malone (17:18.09) finished ninth and 14th, respectively.Next weekend, in what will be its final weekend of racing before the Atlantic Coast Conference outdoor championships, the Orange will split up at the Penn Relays, the Payton Jordan Invitational and the Big Red Invitational. Commentslast_img read more